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SI.com: Ann Killion: After captivating the nation, U.S. women struggle to stay in spotlightupdated: Fri Aug 19 2011 16:16:00

Not long ago -- well, very long ago if you're only tracking in 15-minute news cycles -- much of our country halted on a Sunday afternoon. They tuned into a television, tracked on a smart phone and wanted to know what happened when an appealing team of soccer players wearing our nation's uniform took the field against an emotionally charged team from Japan. It was the Women's World Cup. It was cool. It was entertaining. It was invigorating.

U.S. goalie draws inspiration from '99 team, strength from fansupdated: Tue Jul 19 2011 10:53:00

Everyone remembers the iconic image of Brandi Chastain on her knees after the U.S. women's soccer team won the 1999 World Cup Championship. Hope Solo was only 17 then, inspired by the American women on the field.

Solo on U.S. Women's fight for victoryupdated: Tue Jul 19 2011 10:53:00

Hope Solo, goalkeeper for the U.S. Women's soccer team, previews Sunday's final game for the World Cup title.

U.S. women in unfamiliar role as World Cup beginsupdated: Fri Jun 24 2011 16:37:00

Mia Hamm had a warning for U.S. soccer as she and others from the golden generation of women's players neared the end of their careers.

SI.com: Ann Killion: U.S. women's soccer team searching for their own legacyupdated: Tue Jun 21 2011 11:26:00

It has been 12 years since the U.S. women's soccer team had its iconic moment:

SI.com: Ann Killion: Quiet superstar Kristine Lilly exceeded them allupdated: Fri Jan 07 2011 00:21:00

Girls often come in predictable groupings -- in literature, pop culture and even in real life. There's the "pretty" one, the "outgoing" one, the "smart" one, the "motherly" one. And then there's the other one, the quiet girl who rounds out the social circle.

SI.com: Grant Wahl: From Brandi Chastain to Clint Mathis, we celebrate the builders of U.S. Soccerupdated: Thu Nov 11 2010 15:58:00

Sports Illustrated will announce its choice for Sportsman of the Year on Nov. 29. Here's one of the nominations for that honor by an SI writer.

SI.com: Frank Deford: Rough economic times hurt women's sportsupdated: Wed Jul 29 2009 17:38:00

The Ladies Professional Golf Association is like the NAACP -- both are a bit retro in their language. Nobody says "colored people" anymore, and, at least in sports, "ladies" is passe. Apart from golf, the females playing professionally today are not L's, but W's -- women: the WTA, the WNBA, and so forth. After the old joke: that is no lady, that's my athlete.

SI.com: Where Are They Now linksupdated: Fri Jul 10 2009 12:50:00

1969 Miracle Mets • October 20, 1969: Just Call Them Plain Folk Heroes • October 27, 1969: Never Pumpkins Again • December 22, 1969: Tom Seaver Sportsman story

The most memorable goal celebrationsupdated: Mon Dec 15 2008 05:45:00

They're the icing on the cake and the cherry on your muffin.

People.com: Former Olympians Ready for the N.Y.C. Marathonupdated: Mon Nov 03 2008 08:39:00

Gymnast Kerri Strug and soccer star Brandi Chastain say the race is a whole new kind of competition

SI.com: Mark Bechtel: Kristine Lilly is now the high-scoring captain of a U.S. teamupdated: Tue Sep 04 2007 00:16:00

Shortly before she left Brookline, Mass., for the 2004 Olympics, Kristine Lilly was walking her golden retriever, Scribner, when the dog suddenly fixated on a guy in front of a fire station. Or maybe it was the garbage the guy was lugging to the curb that caught Scribner's nose. Whatever. Bottom line, the dog dragged Lilly toward firefighter David Heavey. They struck up a conversation, during which Heavey was surprised to learn that Lilly was a fixture on the U.S. soccer team. "I had no idea who she was," he says.

SI.com: Kate Macmillan: U.S. women's coach Ryan has crafted a new winnerupdated: Tue Jul 10 2007 04:55:00

After beating Brazil 2-0 in a one-sided "friendly" (Brazil had five yellow cards) last month, the U.S. women's soccer team moved to 35-0-7 under head coach Greg Ryan, whose tenure began following the retirement of U.S. legends Mia Hamm, Julie Foudy and Brandi Chastain.

SI.com: Sex sells? Not so fastupdated: Wed May 09 2007 15:38:00

Sex doesn't sell.

SI.com: Time for changeupdated: Thu Apr 19 2007 14:56:00

The topic of debate for the day: Stanley Cup overtime.

Tonight's Best TVupdated: Mon Apr 11 2005 10:41:00

Entertainment Weekly's daily guide to notable shows.

Fortune: Women's Soccer League Will Have Trouble Scoringupdated: Mon Apr 16 2001 00:01:00

Behind the new Women's United Soccer Association, which debuts this month, are two sets of players: the triumphant athletes from the 1999 U.S. World Cup team, led by superstars Mia Hamm and Brandi ...

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