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w/ Former WNT forward Carin Gabarra


What ever happened to what’s-her-face? Did you hear about so-and-so? Where are they now? Inquiring minds want to know. So we give you "Then and Now," a piece that will reacquaint you with a former National Team player or coach, from their exploits on the field for the USA to their current line of work or play. Are they still playing? Coaching? Maybe even day trading? Read on and find out.

Carin Jennings-Gabarra THEN:
It's a pity that Carin Gabarra, formally Carin Jennings when she ruled the world at the 1991 Women's World Cup, didn't play too many games on TV. The four-time UC Santa Barbara All-American who scored 102 career goals in college was in her National Team prime in the early 90s, a good three years before the first live broadcast of a U.S. Women's National Team game, and thus, thousands of little girls across the country were denied the chance to witness her dribbling artistry. Gabarra won the Golden Ball as the MVP of that first Women's World Cup, and her three goals in the 5-2 semifinal victory over Germany amount to one of the greatest single-game performances in U.S. history. Nicknamed "Crazy Legs" for the amazing angles that she took during her long, powerful dribbling runs that can best be described as "Maradona-esque," perhaps there’s no better compliment than the fact that she was the role model of a young Mia Hamm. Gabarra, who suffered from a painful back injury that limited her effectiveness at the 1995 Women's World Cup, bowed out of international soccer gracefully at the 1996 Olympics as a reserve. She came on at the end of the Gold medal game to end her career on the field, a place were she provided so much magic for women's soccer while scoring 53 international goals, still good for seventh on the all-time U.S. Women’s National Team list.

Carin Jennings-Gabarra NOW:
With her legacy sealed as one of the all-time greatest female soccer players, Gabarra now inspires women's soccer players at a place where the students are equally inspiring, serving as the head women's soccer coach at the Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland. Starting her 11th season at Navy, she has amassed a career record of 115-61-13 and has consistently made the Midshipmen a competitive side in the Mid-Atlantic Region after building the program from ground level. Since taking over the Navy program in 1993, she has taken the Midshipmen from a club-level organization to a force vying for NCAA Tournament bids. The Mids posted their first undefeated regular season in the program's history with a 16-0-4 record in 2002. In 2002, Gabarra was inducted into the National Soccer Hall of Fame in Oneonta, N.Y., and at the time, was just the second woman player to be inducted. She is married to former U.S. international and current Washington Freedom head coach Jim Gabarra, who is also a former captain of the U.S. Indoor National Team and a member of the 1988 Olympic team. The Gabarras have three children: a boy and two girls.

 

Table of Contents
1) Armchair Midfielder (A Look at the U.S. Women’s World Cup Team)
2) In Threes (w/ MNT midfielder Steve Ralston)
3) Whatever Happened to... (former WNT forward Carin Gabarra)
4) Queries & Anecdotes (w/ U-17 MNT defender Julian Valentin)
5) Mark That Calendar (WNT vs. Group D Opponents – Sept. 21, 25, 28)
6) Superstar!!! (w/ WNT midfielder Shannon Boxx)
7) FAN Point/Counterpoint (Who will win the FIFA Women’s World Cup USA 2003?)
8) "You Don’t Know Jack (Marshall)" (Women’s World Cup Trivia)

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