U.S. player pool
Quick Take: The co-captain of the 1999 Women's World Cup team has thrived after her position change in the midfield, moving from a defensive role into an offensive one. The USA's engine in the middle is the verbal leader that ignites their competitive fire. Possessing flowing strides and a tireless work rate, she will do the running in midfield that releases the "personality players" to take on defenses. Her attacking skills are adding punch to the forwards, and her goal scoring has been the best of her career. A veteran of the three Women's World Cups and one Olympics, she is the third most capped player in history. Foudy's ability to dictate the rhythm of the match through her passing and running is vital to the U.S. attack, and underrated ball-winning abilities add anotherlayer of strength to the defense.
U.S. National Team: Co-captain and 12-year veteran of the U.S. Women's National Team, she is the third most-capped player in U.S. history ... Through the end of 1999, she had started 162 of the 166 games in which she appeared ... 1999: A member of the 1999 Women's World Cup championship team, she scored the second goal in the opening game against Denmark and had three assists in the tournament, including one on the first goal against Brazil in the semifinal ... Played in 28 matches for the USA in 1999, tied for most on the team, and scored five goals with six assists ... 1998: A fixture in the center-midfield for the USA, she scored her first career hat trick against Ukraine on Dec. 20, 1998 in Fresno, Calif. ... Her six goals and seven assists in 1998 marked her highest scoring year since 1993 ... A member of the gold medal winning team at the 1998 Goodwill Games ... 1997: Earned her 100th cap on April 24, 1997, against France in Greensboro, N.C., one of 10 American women to have that distinction ... 1996: A member of the gold medal winning team at the 1996 Olympic Games ... Started and played every minute of the USA's five matches at the '96 Olympic Games ... Assisted on Shannon MacMillan's sudden death overtime goal in the Olympic semifinal to defeat Norway ... 1995: Member of the team that placed third at the 1995 FIFA Women's World Cup in Sweden ... 1994: Member of the U.S. team that won 1994 CONCACAF Qualifying Championship in Montreal, earning the USA a berth at the 1995 Women's World Cup ... Pre-1991: A starter for the USA when it captured the inaugural 1991 FIFA Women's World Cup in China, playing every minute of every game A starter at attacking midfielder for the 1991 world champions, she played defensive midfielder on the 1995 World Cup Team and the 1996 Olympic Team ... Made her first appearance with the national team in 1988 at age 17 First traveled with the USA at age 16 ... First Appearance: July 29, 1988, vs. France ... First Goal: April 3, 1991, vs. Hungary.
College/High School: Named to Soccer America's College Team of the Decade for the 1990's ... Four-time NSCAA All-American at Stanford University, where she was named the 1991 Soccer America Player of the Year and the 1989 Soccer America Freshman of the Year ... A 1991 and 1992 finalist for the Hermann Trophy ... Finished her career at Stanford with 52 goals, 32 assists and 136 points ... Named the team's MVP for three consecutive years, 1989-91 ... Winner of the Stanford Outstanding Freshman, Sophomore and Junior Athlete Award and helped lead the Cardinal to NCAA tournament playoff berths all four years ... Attended Mission Viejo High School where she was a two-time First-Team All-American ... Honored as the Player of the Year for Southern California three straight years (1987-1989), as well as the Los Angeles Times' soccer player of the decade.
Club: Played in Sweden in 1994 for Tyreso Football Club along with U.S. National Team teammates Michelle Akers, Mary Harvey and Kristine Lilly ... Member of the Sacramento Storm, which won the 1993, 1995 and 1997 California State Amateur championship.
Personal: Broke new ground with her work as an in-studio analyst for ESPN's coverage of the 1998 World Cup, drawing rave reviews and making her a highly recognizable personality throughout the country ... Earned positive reviews for her TV work from Sports Illustrated, Time and TV Guide, as well as from a slew of TV sports columnists Did color commentary for ESPN for the 1998 and 1999 NCAA Women's College Cups ... Married Ian Sawyers in July of 1995 and did not compete in U.S. Women's Cup '95 as she was on her honeymoon ... A 1993 graduate, she earned her bachelor of science degree in biology ... Was accepted into Stanford Medical School, but decided not to pursue medicine ... Made a well-publicized trip to Pakistan during March of 1997 on behalf of her shoe sponsor to see for herself the business of making soccer balls and assure herself that child labor was not involved ... Won the 1997 FIFA Fair Play Award for her work against child labor, the first women and first American to win the award, traveling to Paris in January 1998 to receive the honor ... Favorite shampoo is "whatever Mia is using" Favorite meal is donuts and/or anything sweet or fattening Lists her favorite actress as Brandi Chastain.