"I've worked too hard and too long to let anything stand in the way of my goals. I will not let my teammates down and I will not let myself down." - MIA HAMM
Legendary U.S. striker Mia Hamm is responsible in large part for the surge in popularity women's soccer experienced in America in the 1990's. She led Team USA to its historic win at the 1999 Women's World Cupand was named the Women's FIFA World Player of the Year the first two years the award was given.
Until 2013, Hamm held the record for most international goals scored by any player, male or female, in the history of soccer with 159. She has been inducted into the National Soccer Hall of Fame.
ESPN commentator and former sportswriter for the Washington Post Michael Wilbon called her, "Perhaps the most important athlete of the last 15 years."