In Issue Two of XI Quarterly, former USWNT star and ex-FIFA executive Mary Harvey discusses her unique career.
The USWNT, prior to their first ever competitive match, way back in 1985.
The US Women’s National Team collects their medals after winning the 1999 Women’s World Cup in front of more than 90,000 spectators at the Rose Bowl.
“You walk in and the U.S. women’s national team is nothing to anybody outside the United States. They were like “Who are you? And how come Americans play soccer? You seem pretty good. Why is that, because your country isn’t very good traditionally?” “I had to prove everything. Everything that they knew about American women soccer players was based on the impression that I gave in soccer practice.”
- Mary Harvey was the goalkeeper for the USWNT’s winning 1991 World Cup team, and played club soccer for FSV Frankfurt. In Issue Two of XI Quarterly, “Americans Abroad,” she explains what life was like as a pioneer women’s soccer player, on her path to becoming the first female and first American director at FIFA headquarters in Zurich.
Michelle Akers scored five goals at the inaugural 1991 Women’s World Cup, helping the United States to victory. In the early 1990s, Akers was one of the first American women to play abroad, spending three seasons at Tyreso Football Club in Sweden.
@kohara19: Exactly 16 years apart. Still a kid giddy about the Olympics!!
Bringing this one back, because everyone needs some Little KO in their life.
Mexican captain Monica Gonzalez pictured above shaking hands with USWNT captain Kristine Lilly at an October 2005 international at Blackbaud Stadium in Charleston. Born in Corpus Christi, Texas, in issue one of XI Quarterly she talks to Jeff Kassouf about her experiences as an American-born star for the Mexican national women’s soccer team.
“I can tell you right now, I never would have gotten 89 caps [with the U.S.].” Gonzalez says. “Never.”
Photo Credit: Scott Bales/YCJ
But Rapinoe has decided to pull off another landmark in women’s soccer: to come out and publicly discuss her sexuality.
“I feel like sports in general are still homophobic, in the sense that not a lot of people are out,” she says. “I feel everyone is really craving [for] people to come out. People want — they need — to see that there are people like me playing soccer for the good ol’ U.S. of A.”
Not that Rapinoe has been hiding anything; it’s just that no one ever asked her directly. “I think they were trying to be respectful and that it’s my job to say, ‘I’m gay.’ Which I am. For the record: I am gay,” she says. In fact, Rapinoe’s been dating her girlfriend, an Australian soccer player, for three years, and even brought her home to visit her family in Northern California last Christmas.
Great shot of Pinoe doing work against China in Sunday’s friendly versus China at PPL Park in Philly. Still in love with the new kits [and I just saw a tweet about them changing the name/number color soon!] and glad there was a live stream of the game [though bitter that it wasn’t televised!].
USWNT love. [SMASH]