was part of the 1999 U.S. team that won the Women's World Cup and took part in the post-victory celebrations. ASSOCIATED PRESS FILE
was part of the 1999 U.S. team that won the Women's World Cup and took part in the post-victory celebrations.
ASSOCIATED PRESS FILE
Im pulling for them so hard, Danielle Fotopoulos
, 39, lives in Land O Lakes with husband/soccer coach George and their children, Alexia, Will, Michael and Demetri.
You ought to see those family pickup games.
Fotopoulos is the head womens soccer coach at Eckerd College.
was a two-time All-American at Florida and scored the lone goal when the Gators won the national title in 1998.
remains the all-time goal scorer in NCAA history.
In short, a legend.
And on July 10, 1999, Danielle Fotopoulos
(nickname: Fotop) stood in the Rose Bowl with a medal around her
neck, celebrating with other members of the last U.S. womens team to win the World Cup ... those iconic world beaters, a Title IX wave machine all by themselves, inspiring a generation of can-do athletes, including some of the players in todays game.
The 99ers were a sensation from sea to shining sea.
Everywhere you go, people tell you what they were doing, where they were when we won it, Fotopoulos
I dont think any of us at the time realized the impact it had on soccer, on sports, on women in general, or for the country.
was a reserve forward for the 1999 champions.
It was the last time the U.S. won the Cup.
was watching in Germany four years ago when the American women were stunned by Japan in the final.
They were hurting so bad, Fotopoulos
Fotopoulos remembers the locker room after, everyone taking swigs from bottles of champagne brought there by: President Bill Clinton.
We flew on Air Force One with the female U.S. senators, with Chelsea and Hillary Clinton, chatting all the way down, Fotopoulos
What in the world was going on?
thinks of that 1999 team, she
thinks of what they always told each other.
Its the same thing she
players at Eckerd
or in the Tampa Bay
United youth program.
message for young women and young men.
Dream big, Fotopoulos
If you can dream it, you can do it.
thought of her
friend Wambach, the world record-holder for international goals.
One of the reasons I think theyre doing so well is because of Abbys leadership, Fotopoulos
You see her
on the bench having a great time.
In the huddles, shes in the middle, getting them going.
Thats what it is to be a leader.
Today, the stage belongs to the 2015 crew.
I think itll be huge for them to win, because theyve felt like theyve been living in the shadow of that 99 team, Fotopoulos