U.S. WNT Forward Shannon MacMillan Retires From International Soccer
Shannon MacMillan, one of the greatest goal scorers in U.S. Women's National Team history, has retired from international soccer. MacMillan, 31, scored 60 goals in her National Team career that spanned 12 years from 1993-2005.
Sep. 18, 2006
MacMillan rose from humble beginnings in Escondido, Calif., to become a star at the University of Portland -- where she won the MAC and Hermann awards in 1995 -- and then for the USA.
She was a member of two Women's World Cup Teams and two Olympics Teams, including the USA's historic 1996 gold medal winners. At that Athens Olympics, MacMillan scored two of the most important goals in U.S. history. In the semifinal against Norway, she scored the "golden goal" in overtime to avenge a loss the year before at the 1995 FIFA Women's World Cup and send the U.S. to the gold medal match, where she tallied the first score in the 2-1 win over China. No other player in U.S. history has scored in the semifinal and final of a FIFA world championship.
Affectionately known as "Mac" to her teammates and fans, she was also a member of the famous 1999 FIFA Women's World Cup winners and came off the bench in the legendary penalty kick win over China in the title game at the sold-out Rose Bowl. She had one of her most memorable games in that tournament, scoring once and assisting on two goals against North Korea in the final game of the first round.
At the 1999 WWC, she also served up one of the most memorable assists in U.S. history, hitting the corner kick that Joy Fawcett headed home against Germany in the quarterfinals. It was MacMillan's first touch of the game after coming into the match right before the corner kick. She also scored a goal against Nigeria at the 2000 Olympics as the USA went on to win the silver medal.
In 2003, MacMillan made a remarkably speedy and certainly inspirational comeback from a torn ACL, suffered during a WUSA match, playing just 101 days after her surgery and earning a spot on the 2003 FIFA Women's World Cup Team. She saw limited action in that tournament, but did get an assist against North Korea.
MacMillan had perhaps her best year in 2002, scoring 17 goals and was voted the U.S. Soccer Female Athlete of the Year. MacMillan played her final match for the USA on Oct. 23, 2005, coming off the bench against Mexico in Charleston, S.C. MacMillan, who notched 53 assists in her career, hangs up her boots as the sixth-leading goal scorer in U.S. history, although Abby Wambach is just one goal behind her.