Perhaps nothing highlights the growth of U.S. Soccer better than the organization's record as host to the FIFA World Cup and the FIFA Women's World Cup.

In 1994, the U.S. staged the highest attended event in FIFA history, hosting the World Cup for the first time and silencing a world of doubters on just how the sport would be received in the United States.

Five years later, U.S. Soccer was the host federation for the most successful women's sporting event in history - Women's World Cup 1999.

With the advent of SARS in China in 2003, the U.S. again showed the capabilities as one of the world's leading soccer associations in the world by taking on the challenge of staging the FIFA Women's World Cup with just four months of preparation time. The tournament would make a record profit of more than $6 million.