Where Are They Now? USWNT's 1991 World Cup-winning squad
The United States’ triumph at the inaugural Women’s World Cup in 1991 was the foundation of what has become the top women’s soccer program in the world over the past 25 years.
Anniversary of `91
Many of the 18 players on that U.S. roster would stay involved in the sport beyond their playing days, from coaches, to administrators and broadcasters. Here’s a look at what each player has done since – and where she can be found now – beginning with the starting XI from the 1991 final:
The Americans' starting goalkeeper played through the 1996 Atlanta Olympics before embarking on a career in sports administration. Harvey served on U.S. Soccer's board of directors for 12 years and executive committee for five, then was FIFA's director of development -- the first American and first woman to head a FIFA division -- for five years, departing to become chief operating officer of Women's Professional Soccer, the second American pro league. She's active in the Sports Envoy program.
Carla (Werden) Overbeck
The Hall of Fame center back played with the U.S. until 2000, serving as captain and winning two World Cups and Olympic gold in 1996. She has been an assistant coach at Duke University, focusing on defense, since 1992, serving under Bill Hempen through 2000 and Robbie Church since, while raising a family with her husband, chef Greg Overbeck.
A physical center back who, like eight other field players in '91, had played for Dorrance at UNC, Hamilton remained with the national team through the 1995 Women's World Cup. She was coaching by then, starting Old Dominion's women's program and working with a Virginia club, and went fully into coaching in 2006. She just finished her second season at Southwestern University, north of Austin, after seven years at North Florida and another at Illinois College, and is active in the state department's Sports Envoy program.
Joy (Biefeld) Fawcett
The Hall-of-Fame defender was America's ultimate soccer mom, returning to the field in peak condition after giving birth to each of three daughters, the first in 1994. She played on through the 2004 Olympics, also starring in the WUSA, and was UCLA's coach for five seasons after starting the program in 1993. She's continued to coach since retirement; she founded Saddleback United in Southern California with her husband.
Shannon (Higgins) Cirovski
The U.S. playmaker retired right after the '91 Cup to devote her time to coaching -- she was head coach of George Washington University's women's team from 1991 to 1997 and Maryland's coach from 1999 to 2006 -- and raising a family with her husband, Maryland men's coach Sasho Cirovski. The National Soccer Hall-of-Famer has been Bethesda SC's director of girls coaching since May 2015.
Anniversary of `91
The colorful midfielder, who turned down a planned career in medicine to forge a Hall-of-Fame career in soccer, played on until the 2004 Olympics -- and in the WUSA -- and served as the U.S. captain following Carla Overbeck's retirement. An advocate for women's and children's causes, Foudy served as president of the Women's Sports Foundation and a decade ago started a sports leadership academy with her husband, soccer coach Ian Sawyers. She remains one of soccer's most vibrant voices as an analyst, studio host and reporter on ESPN telecasts.
The face of the national team for nearly a decade played until 2004, appearing in four World Cups, winning two Olympic gold medals, and leading the Washington Freedom to the final WUSA championship while setting an international goalscoring record -- 158 goals in 276 U.S. games -- that Abby Wambach eclipsed in 2013. Hamm and her husband, former baseball star Nomar Garciaparra, are part of the ownership group with coming MLS club Los Angeles FC. Hamm also serves on AS Roma's board of governors while operating her foundation, which advocates and raises funds for bone marrow and cord blood transplants. She also works with Kristine Lilly and Tisha Venturini Hoch running Team First Academy soccer camps.
Soccer's all-time caps leader, men or women, with 354, Lilly played with the U.S. until 2010, appearing in five World Cups and winning two Olympic gold medals. The National Soccer Hall-of-Famer has been since 2014 a volunteer assistant coach under Angela Kelly at the University of Texas and works with Hamm and Venturini Hoch with Team First Academy soccer camps.
The greatest women's player in history -- she's No. 1 on our list of Americans -- continued to star for the U.S. women through 2000, despite battling chronic-fatigue syndrome. Later that year, she was named Women's Player of the Century by FIFA. The National Soccer Hall-of-Famer today runs Michelle Akers Horse Rescue & Outreach, Inc., a Georgia nonprofit dedicated to saving horses.
Carin (Jennings) Gabarra
The first World Cup's Golden Ball winner, as MVP, continued with the national team through the 1996 Atlanta Olympics and has since focused on the women's soccer program at the U.S. Naval Academy. She started that program in 1993, has guided the Midshipmen to three NCAA appearances, and this year won her 300th game. She’s married to former U.S. national-teamer Jim Gabarra, the head coach of the NWSL's Washington Spirit. She was inducted into the National Soccer Hall of Fame in 2000.
The U.S. captain, who has been U.S. Soccer's women's technical director since 2011, retired after the '91 Cup because of knee issues. The Hall-of-Famer had coached at Princeton and would guide programs at Maryland and Virginia while serving on Tony DiCicco's staff with the national team. In 2000, she succeeded DiCicco as coach, guiding the Americans to a silver medal in Sydney, a third-place finish at the 2003 World Cup and gold at the 2004 Athens Games. She later coached at UC Irvine.