Quick Take: The USA's co-captain is tough, steady and the emotional leader, she overcame Graves Disease and knee surgery to make her second Olympic Team. In a testament to her mental toughness, Overbeck played one of the best games of her career in the 1999 Women's World Cup Final, and made the crucial first penalty kick in the shootout. A tremendous header of the ball, the field leader is comfortable playing with three or four defenders in the back. While rare to see, she is effective when attacking and is a key component on set plays, both on offense and defense. She will retire from international competition following the 2000 Olympics.
U.S. National Team: The captain of the U.S. Women's National Team ... Played every minute of all six games in the 1999 Women's World Cup and became just one of two players to play every minute of the 1999 World Cup, the 1996 Olympics and 1995 Women's World Cup ... 1999: She started 27 games for the USA in 1999 and was third on the team in minutes played ... Nailed the opening penalty kick in the shootout in the Women's World Cup Final against China ... Had stellar match in the World Cup Final as her play and organization of the defense was crucial in shutting down a vaunted Chinese attack ... Started 23 games for the USA in 1998, finishing fourth on the team in minutes played for the second straight year ... Through the end of 1999, she had started 152 of her 155 games played in her national team career ... 1998: Captained the USA to the first-ever Goodwill Games gold medal during the Summer of 1998 ... 1997: Took a year off from the national team to have her baby after the Olympic final on Aug. 1, 1996, and returned to the U.S. lineup on Oct. 9, 1997, against Germany in Duisburg, playing in just five matches in 1997 ... 1996: Captain of the gold medal winning U.S. Women's National Team at the 1996 Olympics Games ... She played in 63 consecutive international games, a record for any U.S. national team player, men or women ... She started all but one of those matches and came out of a game just once ... Overbeck's consecutive minutes streak started August 4, 1993, against New Zealand and she did not miss any minutes until subbing into a game on January 18, 1996, against Ukraine in Brazil ... She played 3,547 consecutive minutes in that span, facing 19 different national teams and competing in seven different countries ... Her consecutive games streak ended only because she took time off after the Olympics to have a baby ... Earned her 100th cap for the USA in the Olympic gold medal match ... Pre-1995: A finalist for the 1995 Women's Sports Foundation Athlete of the Year in a group that included Bonnie Blair, Steffi Graff, Picabo Street and Rebecca Lobo ... Scored her first international goal Aug. 19, 1994, when she scored twice in the USA's 10-0 win over Jamaica ... Started every game for the U.S. women in the 1991 FIFA Women's World Cup when the USA captured U.S. Soccer's first world championship ... Led a world-champion defense that allowed just five goals in six games ... First Appearance: June 1, 1988, vs. Japan ... First Goal: Aug. 19, 1994, vs. Jamaica.
College/High School: Won four NCAA championships while attending the University of North Carolina ... Was named to Soccer America's All-Freshman Team and was a three-time NSCAA All-American ... Attended Richardson High School in Dallas, where she played volleyball and basketball.
Club: Played for the Dallas Sting, starting at age 11, and blossomed as youth player in the club through the U-19 age bracket ... Won two national championships with the Sting ... Played for the W-League champion Raleigh Wings during the summer of 1998, helping the team to an undefeated season.
Personal: Full name is Carla Werden Overbeck ... Formerly Carla Werden, she married Greg Overbeck Dec. 5, 1992 ... Her husband is part owner of three restaurants in Chapel Hill and Raleigh, N.C. ... Serves as the assistant women's soccer coach at Duke University ... Graduated from UNC in 1990 with a degree in psychology ... Had her first child on Aug. 14, 1997, a baby boy named Jackson August ... The only female player to win a Women's World Cup in the city in which she was born.