Former United States international goalkeeper and World Cup champion Saskia Webber joins Kickin’ Back to talk about what the sport was like in the ’90s, including her experiences as game-changer in 1999 and the mixed-emotions she had as an alternate at the 1996 Olympics. She also discusses the U.S.’ ability to produce great goalkeepers, and women’s soccer’s ongoing fight for equality.
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Editing and production: Claire Watkins.
Here are rough timestamps of the topics Saskia and I spoke about in this episode:
4:15 — Memories of playing for the United States during the ’90s
9:00 — The story behind the American flag hair at the ’99 World Cup, and keeping the starters motivated during tough times in the quarterfinal
17:15 — Being an Olympic alternate, and being on the team but outside of it
22:45 — The forgotten World Cup of 1995, and the heat of the Norway rivalry
29:30 — What makes the U.S. so good at producing goalkeepers?
34:30 — The feeling of watching the NWSL thrive, and going through WUSA folding
39:00 — U.S. women’s players influencing the next generation
48:30 — Favorite club memories, from playing in Japan to WUSA
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