Mia Hamm

Hamm taking a corner kick, 1995
Hamm during a match against Germany, 1997
Hamm warming up before a match, 1998
Hamm during the third-place match against Canada at the 2003 FIFA Women's World Cup
Hamm with husband Nomar Garciaparra, 2010
Hamm signing an autograph, 2006
Hamm (second from left), with members of the United States delegation at the 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup Final in Vancouver, Canada

American retired professional soccer player, two-time Olympic gold medalist, and two-time FIFA Women's World Cup champion.

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Washington Freedom

American professional soccer club based in the Washington, D.C., suburb of Germantown, Maryland, that participated in Women's Professional Soccer.

Washington Freedom players and coaches pose with the Founders Cup at RFK Stadium after winning the 2003 WUSA championship
Primary logo (2001–2008)
Secondary Logo (2008–2011)

The team's "founding players" (players from the national team allocated three to each WUSA team) were Mia Hamm, Siri Mullinix and Michelle French.

North Carolina Tar Heels women's soccer

The North Carolina Tar Heels women's soccer team represent the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in the Atlantic Coast Conference of NCAA Division I soccer.

North Carolina Tar Heels celebrate winning the 2006 Women's College Cup.
Mia Hamm won numerous awards with the Tar Heels
Yael Averbuch, ACC Defensive Player of the Year in 2006

Mia Hamm – 1992, 1993

FIFA World Player of the Year

Association football award presented annually by the sport's governing body, FIFA, between 1991 and 2015.

Ronaldo, the youngest recipient of the award aged 20, won it three times.
Marta, the youngest recipient of the award aged 20, won it five times.

Birgit Prinz won three times in a row and Mia Hamm won twice in a row.

1995 FIFA Women's World Cup

Held in Sweden and won by Norway, who became the first European nation to win the Women's World Cup.

Official logo
Qualifying countries and their results of the 1995 Women's World Cup

With all three substitutions used, U.S. manager Tony DiCicco called upon striker Mia Hamm to play goalkeeper.

United States women's national soccer team

The United States women's national soccer team (USWNT) represents the United States in international women's soccer.

USWNT at a parade in their honor after the 2019 Championship
A ticker tape parade in Manhattan celebrating the USWNT's 2015 World Cup victory

Dorrance gave national team appearances to teenage players, including future stars Mia Hamm, Julie Foudy, and Kristine Lilly, instead of the college players preferred by the federation, and called into camp the first African-American player on the team, Kim Crabbe.

National Soccer Hall of Fame

Private, non-profit institution established in 1979 and currently located in Toyota Stadium in Frisco, Texas, a suburb of Dallas.

Former National Soccer Hall of Fame Museum in Oneonta, New York
Giant ball going out of the former National Soccer Hall of Fame Museum
Rendering of building for the National Soccer Hall of Fame in Frisco, Texas. The opening was October 20, 2018. Image release by Hall of fame.

Mia Hamm’s cleats.

College soccer

Played by teams composed of soccer players who are enrolled in colleges and universities.

An NCAA tournament game between Indiana University and the University of Tulsa in 2004
North Carolina Tar Heels celebrate winning the 2006 Women's College Cup.
Fans at college soccer games (here at Indiana University in 2004) can number in the thousands between top teams

Hermann Trophy winners who have starred for the U.S. national teams at multiple FIFA World Cups include Tony Meola (1989), Alexi Lalas (1991), and Claudio Reyna (1993), Michelle Akers (1988), Shannon Higgins (1989), Kristine Lilly (1991), Mia Hamm (1991–92), Tisha Venturini (1994), Shannon MacMillan (1995), Cindy Parlow (1997–98), Aly Wagner (2002), Kelley O'Hara (2009), Christen Press (2010), Crystal Dunn (2012) and Morgan Brian (2013–14).

2003 FIFA Women's World Cup

The fourth edition of the FIFA Women's World Cup, the quadrennial championship of women's association football teams organized by FIFA.

Official logo
Qualifying countries

Mia Hamm, the longtime face of the team, scored from a penalty kick in the sixth minute and a 32 yd free kick in the twelfth minute.

Michelle Akers

American former soccer player who starred in the 1991 and 1999 Women's World Cup and 1996 Olympics victories by the United States.

The attacking player (No. 10) attempts to kick the ball beyond the opposing team's goalkeeper, between the goalposts, and beneath the crossbar (not shown) to score a goal.

In 2004, Akers and Mia Hamm were the only two women named to the FIFA 100, a list of the 125 greatest living soccer players selected by Pelé and commissioned by FIFA for that organization's 100th anniversary.

Abby Wambach

American retired soccer player, coach, and member of the National Soccer Hall of Fame.

Wambach warming up for an international friendly match against Canada, September 2011
Wambach during a Washington Freedom exhibition game in 2004
Wambach at Harvard Stadium in August 2011.
July 4, 2013; Chicago Red Stars vs Western New York Flash; Abby Wambach-20 marked by Taryn Hemmings-14
Wambach plays off a corner kick at the 2003 FIFA Women's World Cup bronze medal game against Canada.
Wambach with teammates during penalty shoot-out in the Final of 2011 FIFA Women's World Cup. Left to right: Buehler-19, Rampone-3 (c), Morgan-13, Lloyd-10, Krieger-11, Heath-17, Wambach-20, O'Reilly-9
Gold medal match in 2012 London Olympics. Left to right: Asuna Tanaka-14, Abby Wambach-14, Hope Solo-1, Becky Sauerbrunn-4
Wambach and England captain Steph Houghton shake hands before kick off on February 13, 2015
Wambach and the national team pose for a photo with President Barack Obama at the White House, 2015

With Mia Hamm out for the first half of the season for knee surgery and recovery, the Freedom found themselves in sixth place.