In the U.S. women’s national team, there will never be more than 90,000 spectators at the Rose Bowl under the blazing Southern California sun at the moment when Brandi Chastain was created in 1999. A women’s football match in front of a TV audience beyond anyone’s imagination.
Of course, this is not her time alone. Many others contributed to this process, keeping her 12 yards from the winning goal of the Women’s World Cup, which will change the way the United States views the Women’s World Cup. But she had to hit the ball out of the Chinese goalkeeper Gao Hong to win the championship for the United States, and she did it.
Everything about American women’s football is built in these few seconds. There was a World Cup champion eight years ago, but this event was not originally named by that name, and few people in this country even knew it was happening. The 1999 Championship made American fans aware, made potential American players aware, and even made some remote parts of the world that love football and suppress women aware of it. Nothing can usurp the legacy of Mia Hamm, Kristine Lilly, Michelle Akers and Julie Foudy and their teammates.
This is not to say that their greatness cannot be surpassed. That can happen. Moreover, if the current version of the USWNT can add an Olympic gold medal to the Women’s World Cup title won two years ago, it will be 12 months before the pandemic delays the Olympics.
The team consisting of Megan Rapinoe, Sam Maywes, Rose LaVille and Becky Sauerbrunn lacks the cool nickname of the “99ers.” And, for now, they may be missing Julie Ertz, the excellent defensive midfielder who is about to recover from a spring injury, which prevents her from participating in all the team’s pre-Olympic preparations. game. However, this is all that this team lacks. They are so deep and talented that they are working hard for Christine Price, Lindsay Holland, and Carly Lloyd. Talented players look for space on the court.
This is the best situation in 2019 than in 1999.
Press (pictured below) scored 5 goals and 4 assists in 9 USWNT starts this year. She has scored 37 goals in the past 37 international matches. As veteran Tobin Heath returns to health, she may not be a regular starter in this tournament.
Holland is a midfielder who can dominate the game with the ability to cover the ground, hold the ball and create scoring opportunities. She participated in the 2019 Women’s World Cup as the defending NWSL Most Valuable Player. She has only started four in seven games, sitting on the bench in the quarter-finals against France and the final against the Netherlands, because coach Gil Ellis prefers Mavis and Lavelle. Under the leadership of new coach Vlatko Andonovski (Vlatko Andonovski), the Olympics may also be the case.
Lloyd is a legend in the national team, although still (very) active. She is ranked 6th in the global women’s career goals list and 3rd in the number of national team appearances. She scored the championship goal in two Olympic Games (2008 and 2012) and performed a hat-trick in the 2015 World Cup finals. At 39, she leads the USWNT in assists this calendar year. But with Alex Morgan returning after giving birth to his first child in 2020, the job of the starting forward may be hers.
These are the biggest reasons why 2019 is better than 1999.
But not the only one:
Increase competition: The 2019 World Cup championship was won in the deepest match in women’s football history, and the brutal draw of USWNT meant that it had to be motivated by an indomitable and outstanding opponent. Starting from the last game of the group stage against Sweden, the U.S. team needed at least one draw to win the group stage. They faced five teams ranked 13th or higher in 17 days: Sweden ranked 9th, ranked 13th. Spain, ranked 13th. 4 France, 3 England and 8 Holland, which are the defending European champions.
To a large extent, because of what the 99-man team has shown the world, more and more countries are investing more money to promote and develop women’s football. This is most evident in the knockout matches between the United States and France and the United States and England in 2019.
Road Construction: The 99ers have the advantage of participating in the World Cup in the United States. The group matches were played at Giants Stadium in New Jersey, Soldiers Field in Chicago, and Foxboro Stadium in Massachusetts, followed by the quarterfinals in the Washington area and the semifinals at North Stamford Stadium. California.
The 2019 team had to beat France in France (above). Nancy Amor of USA Today called it “the biggest game in the history of women’s football. It used to be.”
The Sublime Crystal Dunn: Because the US team’s offense and midfield are too deep, the past two coaches have sent Dunn (below) as the team’s left back. As a club player, she mainly fills the offensive position. She scored 36 goals and sent 27 assists in 111 games, such as the Portland Thorns and NWSL’s North Carolina Valor team and England’s Chelsea Football Club. She demonstrated this ability with the national team’s permission. But she has also become an excellent one-on-one defender, with a keen sense of positioning that can shut down the opponent’s offense. There is no player like her now, nor did there 20 years ago.
Even some 99 people agreed. After the U.S. team defeated the Netherlands in the 2019 World Cup final, Foday, now an ESPN analyst, told Sports Illustrated, “I do think this is a comprehensive team, the best team we have ever seen. Foday is the core player of the 99-man team, a tireless midfielder, played 274 times and scored 45 goals.
However, to complete the task, the USWNT must ensure that it wins the Olympic gold medal in the final at the Tokyo National Stadium on August 5. It is often mentioned that no team won the Olympic gold medal immediately after winning the World Cup. But the 99-man team did win the World Cup after winning the Olympic gold medal with basically the same lineup in 1996.
During these three years, they built a model for each subsequent iteration of USWNT.
However, this is an opportunity for the 2019 World Champion to achieve more.