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July 9, 1999 | By Gwen Florio, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Her hairstyle notwithstanding, it would not do to dismiss 10-year-old Colleen O'Brien as a flighty "pigtailed hooligan. " "Just because you're a girl doesn't mean you're not serious about a sport," said an unsmiling O'Brien, of Piscataway, N.J. Don't even suggest to her friend, Allie Whittle, that the popularity of the U.S. Women's World Cup soccer team - especially among young girls like themselves - is a fad as passing as the Spice Girls....
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September 3, 1999 | By Mike Jensen, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
A 290-pound offensive tackle from the University of Maryland stopped blocking a teammate during warm-ups at Franklin Field last night and looked past the end zone. He kept looking. You could imagine his thoughts: Hey, that's Mia Hamm. The sports world had another first last night. Women's soccer players appeared at a college football game to pump up the gate. It worked because the players appearing at the Temple-Maryland game were some of the biggest stars in their white-hot sport.
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May 11, 2002 | By Marc Narducci INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Soccer's most recognizable female player will be in town today, but only as a spectator. Mia Hamm has yet to play this season for the Washington Freedom (2-2), who visit the Philadelphia Charge (3-0) for a game at 4 p.m. today at Villanova Stadium. Hamm underwent arthroscopic knee surgery in late February for a lesion on her left thighbone. Though there is no timetable for her return, Hamm went through her first practice with the team Thursday, Freedom coach Jim Gabarra said.
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July 7, 1999 | By Mike Jensen, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
"Mia. MIA! MIA!" yelled a young schoolgirl, one of hundreds of fans watching a U.S. women's national soccer team practice last week outside Washington, her voice rising with each plea. "She can't hear you. She's not going to look over," the girl's friend told her with some exasperation as they sat on a hill in the hot midday sun. "I don't care," the screamer said. "MIA!" When the Women's World Cup began just over two weeks ago, Mia Hamm was the U.S. team celebrity, the recognizable face, the Nike and Gatorade pitchwoman.
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September 15, 2000 | By Mike Jensen, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Tiffeny Milbrett took off on a fastbreak, chased down a long ball from her goalkeeper, headed it forward, knocked it off Norway's goalkeeper, and then put it in the net for the first goal of the Olympics for the U.S. women's national team. Milbrett almost got another and another and another, hitting the right post and then the crossbar and then the left post while the United States yesterday dominated arch-rival Norway at the Melbourne Cricket Ground, more than even the 2-0 score indicated.
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April 23, 1999 | By Mike Jensen, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
The U.S. women's soccer team, starting its run-up to this summer's World Cup, won most of the style points in last night's friendly with arch-rival China. But the numbers on the scoreboard at HersheyPark Stadium still said 1-1 until the very end. That's when U.S. substitute midfielder Tisha Venturini, barely into the game, scored on her only touch of the night, providing a dramatic 2-1 U.S. victory. The youth-soccer-dominated crowd of 15,257, most of whom waited around afterward to shriek for autographs, went home happy.
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July 8, 2015 | By Mike Jensen, Inquirer Columnist
Yes, there will be a Victory Tour. The U.S. women, the World Cup champions, will stop in 10 cities later this summer, basking in the screams of the faithful and all the new converts, as it should be. Just make one of the stops Delran High. Seriously, U.S. Soccer should take one date out of the mix, not worry about maximizing profit that night, and use the game for another purpose - to thank Carli Lloyd, to give her a truly memorable gift. Maybe this country would still be World Cup champion without Lloyd, just as maybe the national team could have won the 2008 Olympics without Lloyd's 19-yard screamer in overtime, the only goal that night in Beijing.
NEWS
June 18, 1999 | By Mike Jensen, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Mia Hamm is more than simply the face of the Women's World Cup. At 27, she is already one of the world's best-known athletes - the greatest scorer ever in international soccer, man or woman. And that has helped make her a millionaire, a cult figure, and an advertising colossus with an appeal that transcends sport. She seems to be everywhere these days. Turn on your TV and watch her in a Nike spot, sitting in a dentist's office, offering to take two fillings for the team, or in a Gatorade spot, flipping Michael Jordan over her shoulder.
SPORTS
June 20, 2013 | The Inquirer Staff
The United States women's soccer team's friendly on Thursday against South Korea at Red Bull Arena in Harrison, N.J., has some compelling story lines. Goalkeeper Hope Solo - back with the squad after injury - may get the start; striker Abby Wambach has another chance to supplant Mia Hamm as the Americans' all-time leading goal scorer; midfielder Carli Lloyd can continue her strong comeback from injury; and there's a couple of win streaks on the line. The Americans have a 33-game unbeaten streak and a 71-game home unbeaten streak.
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August 12, 2002 | THE INQUIRER STAFF
The Charge learned yesterday who their opponent will be in Saturday's WUSA playoff semifinal at Villanova at 1:30 p.m.: Mia Hamm and the Washington Freedom. The Charge's fate was decided last night when Carolina Courage midfielder Hege Riise's goal in the 75th minute gave her team a 1-1 tie against the San Diego Spirit. As a result, the Courage won the WUSA regular-season championship and will host the Atlanta Beat in the other semifinal Saturday. The Charge (11-4-6) finished the regular season in second place, one point behind the Courage, who went from worst last season to first this year.
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July 8, 2015 | By Mike Jensen, Inquirer Columnist
Yes, there will be a Victory Tour. The U.S. women, the World Cup champions, will stop in 10 cities later this summer, basking in the screams of the faithful and all the new converts, as it should be. Just make one of the stops Delran High. Seriously, U.S. Soccer should take one date out of the mix, not worry about maximizing profit that night, and use the game for another purpose - to thank Carli Lloyd, to give her a truly memorable gift. Maybe this country would still be World Cup champion without Lloyd, just as maybe the national team could have won the 2008 Olympics without Lloyd's 19-yard screamer in overtime, the only goal that night in Beijing.
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June 22, 2013 | By Kate Harman, For The Inquirer
HARRISON, N.J. - A buzz encompassed Red Bull Arena even before Abby Wambach stepped onto the pitch. It only grew every time the striker, who entered Thursday night's friendly against South Korea two goals from Mia Hamm's all-time international record of 158, touched or even came near the soccer ball. The buzz got even louder when Wambach made history during the U.S. women's national team's 5-0 victory. She finished with four goals, for a career international total of 160. "I don't think about how I sit in history and the books," Wambach said.
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June 20, 2013 | The Inquirer Staff
The United States women's soccer team's friendly on Thursday against South Korea at Red Bull Arena in Harrison, N.J., has some compelling story lines. Goalkeeper Hope Solo - back with the squad after injury - may get the start; striker Abby Wambach has another chance to supplant Mia Hamm as the Americans' all-time leading goal scorer; midfielder Carli Lloyd can continue her strong comeback from injury; and there's a couple of win streaks on the line. The Americans have a 33-game unbeaten streak and a 71-game home unbeaten streak.
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June 27, 2011 | By Mike Jensen, Inquirer Staff Writer
After the passage of Title IX, the 1999 Women's World Cup remains the most significant women's sporting event ever held in this country. As far as team sports go, what else is even close? Among all events, it's way up the list. I understand why Billie Jean King vs. Bobby Riggs deserves its place in the history books. But in terms of real impact, a soccer team filling stadiums and getting massive media attention - and winning, as the country stopped to watch - that had far more influence than a top women's player, already a worldwide star, beating an old man, great schemer that Riggs was. A generation of athletes - including all the women now playing in college - grew up thinking it was no big deal that women filled those stadiums and got that massive media attention solely because of their athletic skill.
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October 10, 2008
THERE WILL BE some fiction mixed in with fact in this journal. When I can figure out the difference, I will let you know. A fact The Phils beat the Dodgers, 3-2, in Game 1 of the NLCS with one big inning - the sixth, when they scored all three of their runs. Chase Utley's postseason issues ended with that two-run skyball homer. And Pat Burrell, 4 days after playing hero in Milwaukee, did it again with the game-winning homer. He got the last word on the field, talking to Fox's Ken Rosenthal before heading into the clubhouse.
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September 14, 2004 | By Mike Jensen INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
The U.S. Soccer Federation is billing it as a "Fan Celebration Tour," a last chance to see Mia Hamm and some of her celebrated retiring teammates on the U.S. women's soccer team. Eight of the 10 cities on the tour have been announced, most of them yesterday. According to several sources, the ninth stop will be Lincoln Financial Field on Nov. 6, when the United States plays Denmark. An official announcement of the Philadelphia stop is expected this week. None of the opponents is a world power.
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August 24, 2004 | Daily News Wire Services
For 10 minutes, the crowd booed and whistled, creating a deafening roar. Paul Hamm sat around and waited to start his routine. A week's worth of controversy in gymnastics boiled over into the stands yesterday during a bizarre, extraordinary evening. Hamm was able to block out the noise and win a silver medal on high bar, and four-time Olympic gold medalist Alexei Nemov finished fifth, much to the chagrin of the crowd. On a night when American all-around champion Carly Patterson won silver on the beam to give the U.S. women their sixth medal, and Romania's Catalina Ponor won gold on beam and floor, it was the high bar routine that everybody wanted to see. Hamm scored a 9.812, tying Igor Cassina for first, but the Italian won a tiebreaker to take the gold.
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May 16, 2004 | By Frank Fitzpatrick INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
It was hardly surprising that Jennie Finch, the super softball pitcher with the supermodel's looks, attracted the largest crowd of reporters yesterday when the U.S. Olympic softball team appeared at the U.S. Olympic Team Media Summit. Despite being a relative newcomer to a veteran-packed team, Finch's is by far its most recognizable face. She appeared on David Letterman's talk show last week, has pitched to major-league hitters in a series of ESPN promos, and is engaged to Arizona Diamondbacks reliever Casey Daigle.
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September 26, 2003 | By Mike Jensen INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
The U.S. Women's World Cup team came to Philly last night for the first time, determined to show our town its tough side. Some overmatched Nigerians also got an American clinic on corner kicks. Other attractions for the crowd of 31,533 at Lincoln Financial Field: Mia Hamm scored a couple of early goals, new scoring star Abby Wambach got her first World Cup goal, American captain Julie Foudy scored twice on the same penalty kick, and the North Koreans whined. Something for everyone.
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September 24, 2003 | Daily News Wire Services
With superstar Mia Hamm and rising sensation Abby Wambach flanking her on the front line, Cindy Parlow gets little attention on this U.S. team. Then Parlow goes out and scores a big goal. Parlow did it in the United States' opener of the Women's World Cup, a 3-1 victory over Sweden on Sunday. She lifted her 5-11 frame in the penalty area and, virtually uncontested, headed home the Americans' second goal. It was her 63rd international score - third in a World Cup - and, she claimed, typical Parlow.
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