Tuesday, January 20, 2009

And Then There Was One...

The ten-year anniversary of the 1999 FIFA Women's World Cup will happen this summer. Of the 20 players that represented the USA in that historic tournament -- to this day the largest women's sporting event in history -- only one remains. That would be U.S. captain Christie Rampone. Of course, while most of the players are retired, several of the them are still active, and could be called back to the WNT in the future, but Rampone was the only veteran of that legendary 1999 WWC Team called into this training January camp. Rampone, then Christie Pearce, did not play much in that 1999 WWC, but would go on to play major roles in the next two Women's World Cups and next three Olympic Games. Rampone (third row, second from right, under the e) comes into 2009 with 211 caps, fifth best all-time in U.S. history.

5 comments:

alondra said...

aww that's kinda sad, somehow...

Rampone is an awesome defender, one of the best I've seen, that's for sure.

Yana said...

aww i wana see the whole team get back together to play some matches XD

just miri said...

awww. I love that SI cover! I still have it!

Gregory Smith said...

Isn't Kate in this picture? Second from the left, red jersey, number 20.

Gregory Smith said...

Christie and Kate are the best backline tandem since Overbeck and Fawcett.