USA Wins World Cup Of Soccer In 1999
Remember the headline "USA Wins World Cup Of Soccer" in 1999? It was a great year for women’s soccer in the United States. The United States won 1999 Women’s FIFA World Cup with an impressive showing for their home fans.
The women’s team was selected to Group A. There they were in direct competition with Nigeria, Korean DPR and Denmark. The women’s first match was June 19, 1999 and saw the American team overpower Denmark 3-0 Mia Hamm, Julie Foudy and Kristine Lilly scored goals.
In their next match, the Americans met Nigeria on June 24, 1999 on Solider Field in Chicago, Illinois. Nigeria was no match for the Americans as the U.S. would win 7-1.
On June 27, 1999, the women’s team completed group play by defeating Korea DPR 3-0. The game was the most attended of the three as more than 50,000 filled Foxboro Stadium to see the highly touted team.
From there the U.S. advanced to the knockout stage. Waiting for them in the quarterfinals were Germany. Germany would play the U.S. tough before falling 3-2.
On July 4, the United States faced Brazil. The women got off to a quick start and didn’t look back. They went on to defeat Brazil 2-0 to set up a showdown with China in the finals.
On July 10, in the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, California, China and United States waged an epic battle. Both teams were a solid match for each other. Regulation would end in a tie forcing penalty shots for the decision. Brandi Chastain came through to give the United States the 5-4 win. The win was the second World Cup title for the United States.