January 23 – This Day in Soccer

Foudy_JulieU.S. WNT Leader Julie Foudy Born

One of the key players of the ‘golden generation’ of women’s soccer in the United States, Julie Foudy was born in 1971 on this day in soccer history.  The midfielder played with the U.S. WNT from 1987 through 2004, finishing with a remarkable 271 caps.  She captained the side from 2000 through 2004.

During her time with the team, they won two FIFA World Championships, in 1991 and 1999, Olympic soccer gold medals in 1996 and 2004 as well as a silver medal in 2000.  She retired along with legends Mia Hamm and Joy Fawcett.

In addition to the national team, the Stanford graduate played with the San Diego Spirit of the now defunct WUSA.

Soccer Birthdays

1919 – Bob Paisley, English soccer player/trainer/manager of FC Liverpool
1971 – Julie Foudy, SD Calif, soccer midfielder (Olympics-96)
1984 – Arjen Robben, Dutch footballer
1985 – Dong Fangzhuo, Chinese footballer
1986 – Steven Taylor, English footballer

Soccer Deaths

1939 – Matthias Sindelar, Austrian footballer (b. 1903)

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