July 14, 2005
Jill Oakes was part of that very special team that won the first-ever FIFA world championship for youth women in 2002. A rising star in the U.S. youth ranks, a severe knee injury derailed her career for almost a year, but she battled back to earn her first cap with the full Women’s National Team in 2005. A key member of this summer’s U-21 Nordic Cup Team, there were times when Oakes thought she might never again wear the U.S. jersey. She was wrong. And the U.S. Women’s National Team is better for it.