Christine Rampone, last player from '99 World Cup team, retires

Christine Rampone, the final player still active from U.S. Soccer's 1999 World Cup-winning team, announced her international retirement on Monday.

Rampone, 41, made 311 appearances with the United States, making her the second-most-capped player in both U.S. and FIFA history.

The defender won her second World Cup in 2015, playing the last few minutes of the final. She made what would be her final appearance for the national team later that year in a friendly against Haiti. 

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At the Olympics, Rampone also won three gold medals as well as a silver.

U.S. Soccer announced a ceremony to honor her career before the March 4 friendly against England at Red Bull Arena in Rampone's home state of New Jersey.

"I really couldn't have asked for more from my career with the national team, not only on the field but also in the relationships I made and the life experiences I was fortunate enough to have," Rampone said in a statement. "As a young girl, I never imagined the things I would get to see and the amazing people I would meet."

Rampone plans to continue playing in the NWSL with Sky Blue FC in 2017.

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