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Fifteen years ago today, USWNT won World Cup

Fifteen years ago today, on July 10, 1999, the United States women’s national team won its second and most recent World Cup title.

The anniversary is a reminder of the most iconic moment in U.S. national team history, as well as the fact that the U.S., ranked No. 1 in the world for six years running now, hasn’t won the World Cup since. If the American women fail to do so next year in Canada, the drought will astonishingly extend to at least 20 years, something that wouldn’t (and already doesn’t, at 15 years) sit well with them.

ESPN offers a chance to relive Brandi Chastain’s game-winning penalty kick, and the unforgettable celebration that followed:

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July 10 is also the three-year anniversary of Abby Wambach’s 122nd minute equalizer against Brazil in the World Cup quarterfinals, which stood as the latest goal ever in a FIFA competition until Alex Morgan scored the winner in the 123rd minute in the 2012 Olympics semifinal vs. Canada.


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