She was also inducted into the National Soccer Hall of Fame as well as the Alabama Sports Hall of Fame, the Texas Sports Hall of Fame, and the World Football Hall of Fame. Washington Post columnist Michael Wilbon called Hamm, "Perhaps the most important athlete of the last 15 years." Hamm played sports beginning at a very young age. As a new player in 1987, and the youngest by over a year, she often started as a forward but never scored a goal. Hamm helped lead Team USA to a gold medal at the 2004 Summer Olympics and was also chosen by her fellow U. Olympians to carry the American flag at the Athens Closing Ceremonies. Hamm retired at age 32 with a record 158 international goals.
Mia Hamm is the author of Go For the Goal: A Champion's Guide to Winning in Soccer and Life and appeared in the HBO documentary Dare to Dream: The Story of the U. While in junior high school, she excelled as a football player on the boys' team. Hamm's brother played sports, inspiring her to do so as well. team for the first women's Olympic soccer tournament at the 1996 Summer Olympic Games. After the Olympics, Hamm and her teammates went on a "farewell tour" of the United States, which ended on December 8, 2004 against Mexico at the Home Depot Center in Carson, California. Upon her retirement, Hamm's #9 jersey was inherited by midfielder Heather O'Reilly.
As I sob into my Narragansett beer (did you know they still made those?
) and reminisce on good days gone by with my friend Nomar (who still won’t return my calls), here’s the story of Nomar Garciaparra’s wife Mia Hamm.
Hamm held the record for international goals, more than any other player, male or female, in the history of soccer, Hamm is also the third most capped female player in soccer history behind Kristine Lilly and Christie Rampone, appearing in 275 international matches.
She also holds the national team record for most career assists with 144.
Manny said no because he was probably confused by the verb shave, and Nomar said no because Mia wouldn’t let him due to their shortly pending nuptials.
Had that slag let him shave it, there’s no question they beat the Yankees in 6.As a high school freshman and sophomore, she played soccer for Notre Dame Catholic High School in Wichita Falls, Texas. Hamm attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where she helped the Tar Heels win four National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) women's championships in five years (she sat out the season of 1991 to concentrate on the 1991 FIFA Women's World Cup in China). Goals from Kristine Lilly and Tiffeny Milbrett led to a 2–0 win for the U. Hamm played goalkeeper for a few minutes after the goalkeeper, Briana Scurry, received a red card and was removed from the match. Hamm scored one goal in five games as the host Americans won the gold medal. National Team in the 1999 FIFA Women's World Cup, hosted by the United States. Hamm competed as a member of the United States national soccer team in four World Cup tournaments: China 1991, Sweden 1995, United States 1999 and United States 2003; and three Olympics tournaments: Atlanta 1996, Sydney 2000 and Athens 2004.North Carolina only lost one game in the ninety five she played on the team. She was injured in the final moments of the gold-medal match, a 2–1 win over China, a game witnessed by a record crowd of more than 76,000 fans. All together, she played in 38 matches and scored 13 goals at seven global tournaments.On May 14, 2004, Hamm announced her retirement effective after the 2004 Athens Olympics, expressing an interest in starting a family with her husband, Nomar Garciaparra.She retired from the sport in 2004, after playing her last game in the 2004 Fan Celebration Tour to commemorate the U. women's national team's victory in the 2004 Olympics.In 2001, she was a founding player in the newly established Women's United Soccer Association, the first professional soccer league for women in the United States, and played for the Washington Freedom.