Legends are born in Pasadena

Brandi Chastain, who turns 45 on July 21, scored 30 international goals, but none sweeter than the strike that won the 1999 Women's World Cup. Roberto Schmidt/AFP/Getty Images

Brandi Chastain. Mia Hamm. Briana Scurry. Julie Foudy. Kristine Lilly. Michelle Akers. And the rest of the 1999 U.S. women’s soccer team, this day is for you. Fourteen years ago today, on July 10, 1999, American soccer players transformed into legends in front of a women’s sports-record 90,185 hysterical fans at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, Calif. After a scoreless 90 minutes of regulation and two 15-minute overtime periods, the United States beat China to win the Women’s World Cup 5-4 on penalty kicks. Chastain kicked the game-winner, setting off a celebration that will go down as one of the most iconic moments in women’s sports history. After making the United States the first nation to win the Women’s World Cup on its home soil, the team became national celebrities as it visited the White House, appeared on the cover of national magazines and set off a new soccer craze in the country.

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