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Kickin’ Back with Saskia Webber

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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