Brandi Chastain will be among the honored with her 1999 Women’s World Championship teammates.
The 1999 U.S. Women’s World Cup championship team will be honored at halftime of the U.S-Belgium match on April 7 at Banc of California Stadium in Los Angeles Sunday (9 p.m. ET on ESPN2).
U.S. Soccer invited the entire team to Los Angeles to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the team’s title that ended on July 10, 1999, with a penalty-kick victory against China PR as Carla Overbeck, Joy Fawcett, Kristine Lilly, Mia Hamm and Brandi Chastain buried their kicks before a crowd of 90,125 fans at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, Calif., and millions more around the U.S. The crowd is still a record for largest attendance ever to witness a women’s soccer match.
At the invitation of the U.S. Women’s National Team Players Association, about 40 other former USWNT players will be in attendance for a weekend that will include various events for the players to reunite and celebrate women’s sports and the long-time success of the U.S. women’s national team prior to this summer’s Women’s World Cup in France.
The members of the 1999 world championship team that will be attendance are: goalkeepers Briana Scurry, Tracy Noonan, Saskia Webber; defenders Christie Pearce, Brandi Chastain, Sara Whalen (now Hess), Joy Fawcett and Kate Sobrero (now Markgraf); midfielders Tiffany Roberts (now Sahaydak), Lorrie Fair, Julie Foudy, Kristine Lilly (now Heavey), Tisha Venturini (now Hoch) and Michelle Akers; and forwards Shannon MacMillan, Mia Hamm (now Garciaparra), U.S. Soccer vice president Cindy Parlow (now Cone) and Danielle Fotopoulos. Only team captain Carla Overbeck and Tiffeny Milbrett were unable to attend.