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Women's Soccer Stars

Briana Scurry (Goalkeeper ) - Scurry was the USA ’s starting goalkeeper from 1994 to 1999. She is by far the most capped goalkeeper in U.S. Women’s National Team history, starting three times as many matches as any other ‘keeper.

Scurry is the only goalkeeper to play 100 times for the USA . She started and played every minute during the USA ’s gold-medal run during the 1996 Olympic Games. The University of Massachusetts at Amherst graduate had a world-class performance during the 1999 FIFA Women’s World Cup, playing every minute of every game while allowing just three goals and earning four shutouts.

Scurry battled nearly two years of injury in 2000 and 2001 before returning to the Women’s National Team in 2002. She earned back the starting goalkeeper position in 2003, just in time for the FIFA Women’s World Cup.

Kristine Lilly (Midfielder) -  The USA ’s “Iron Woman”, Lilly became the first player in history, man or woman, to play in 200 career internationals when she played against Canada in the championship of the Nike U.S. Women’s Cup on May 7, 2000 .

She is the USA ’s and world all-time appearance leader. Lilly played every minute of Team USA ’s gold-medal run at the 1996 Olympic Games. She nailed the third penalty kick against China in the final of the 1999 FIFA Women’s World Cup at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena , Calif.

In sudden-death overtime, Lilly made one of the most important plays in U.S. women’s soccer history when she cleared a Chinese header off the goal line to preserver the tie. The Wilton , Conn. , native runs a soccer camp each summer in the town.

When not on the soccer field, Lilly enjoys competing in road races, music, reading, movies and shopping. She sits on the Board of Directors for the non-profit organization Empowering Girls Through Sports.

Mia Hamm (Forward) -  The most recognized female soccer player in the world, Hamm holds the international scoring record for men and women. She is second only to teammate Kristine Lilly in all-time international caps. From 1997 to 1999, she scored 51 goals in her 63 matches.

Hamm was named U.S. Soccer’s Chevy Female Athlete of the Year an unprecedented five years in a row, 1994-1998. Because of her amazing assist total, even if she had never scored a goal, she would still be among the top 10 scorers in U.S. history. A 17-year veteran of the U.S. National Team, at age 15 she became the youngest woman to ever play with the USA .

In the fall of 2003, Hamm wed long-time boyfriend, Boston Red Sox All-Star shortstop Nomar Garciaparra.

Kate Markgarf (Defender ) - Markgarf first came into a national team camp after her sophomore season in 1995, but did not make an impact on the squad until 1998. In 2003, she was second for the USA in minutes played with 1,620, starting 20 of 21 matches.

Formerly known as Kate Sobrero, Markgraf married former Providence College soccer player Chris Markgraf on Oct. 31, 2003 . The University of Notre Dame graduate trains in the off-season with Women’s National Team member Kristine Lilly. Markgarf was invited to throw out the first pitch at a Detroit Tigers game following the USA ’s gold-medal performance at the 1999 FIFA Women’s World Cup. An image of her is depicted in a mural hanging in the Detroit Airport .

In her free time, she enjoys indulging her habit of searching for the perfect ottoman. Markgarf is also an avid cook.

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