Throwback Thursday | U.S. Women’s Soccer Success Has Local Roots

World Cup title at the Rose Bowl was a springboard of success for women’s soccer in America

PHOTO: Rick Thomas Collection | SouthPasadenan.com News | Signed photo of Brandi Chastain after kicking the game winner, Rose Bowl (1999)

On Sunday, the U.S. women’s national soccer team won back-to-back World Cup soccer titles continuing their unpreceded success in the sport.

U.S. women’s soccer team record:

  • Four FIFA World Cup (1991, 1999, 2015, 2019)
  • Four Olympic gold medals (1996, 2004, 2008, 2012)
  • Eight CONCACAF Championship and Gold Cup (1991, 1993, 1994, 2000, 2002, 2006, 2014, 2018).

The 1999 Women’s World Cup Final (Rose Bowl)

Brandi Chastain kicked the game-winner in a shootout against China in the 1999 World Cup final at the Rose Bowl. The tournament is considered a “watershed moment” for women’s sports in the U.S. increasing participation and ongoing success in soccer ever since.

PHOTO: Rick Thomas Collection | SouthPasadenan.com News | Signed photo of Brandi Chastain after kicking the game winner, Rose Bowl (1999)

In the above-signed collector’s photo, Brandi Chastain removes her uniform in celebration producing one of the most iconic photographs in sports history.

Note: The 1999 World Cup final set a world record for attendance of a women’s sporting event – 90,185 in a sellout at the Rose Bowl.

Throwback Thursday is written and produced by Rick Thomas

 

Rick Thomas
Author Rick Thomas is the former museum curator and vice-chair of education for the South Pasadena Preservation Foundation. He served on the South Pasadena Natural Resources Commission, helping to maintain a strict policy protecting the city’s great old-growth trees. Using touchstone photographs from his own collection—one of the San Gabriel Valley’s largest accumulations of historical images and artifacts—as well as national, state, and local historical archives, Thomas provides a window to his city’s past and an understanding of why its preservation is so important.

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