The U.S. Women's National Team won the first-ever FIFA Women's World Cup Championship in China by defeating Norway 2-1 on November 30, 1991. That victory helped carry the U.S. Women's National Team on a decade of incomparable success, as the team won the Olympic Gold Medal in 1996 and then captured the hearts of the entire American sports world when they won the 1999 Women's World Cup, defeating China 1-0 on Brandi Chastain's dramatic goal in the shootout at the Rose Bowl. As a result, the players on the 1991 World Cup Championship Team, were instrumental in ultimately laying the foundation for the WUSA.
In addition to Lilly and Hamm, other founding players of the WUSA who played on the 1991 World Cup Championship Team and that will be honored with the "Medal of Honor" are: Michelle Akers, Brandi Chastain (Bay Area), Joy Fawcett (San Diego), Julie Foudy (San Diego), Carla Overbeck (Carolina), Tony DiCicco and Lauren Gregg (WUSA).
"The achievements of this special core group of players is historic not only for their accomplishments on the field, but for the great pioneering efforts they created in establishing the foundation for the growth of women's soccer in this country," said Barbara Allen, CEO of the WUSA.
"We are forever indebted to their efforts, without which, there would be no WUSA. We're proud that many of the members of that team are now founding players of our league and we're very proud and honored that two of them, Kristine Lilly and Mia Hamm will be able to participate in this special exhibition game that will be part of the Hall of Fame induction ceremonies."
As part of the Hall of Fame induction activities, both the Breakers and Freedom will participate in autograph sessions at the Hall of Fame Museum on Sunday and Monday, October 7-8. The Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony is scheduled for Monday morning, followed by the Breakers-Freedom exhibition game at 1:00 p.m.