Behind The Scenes

Scurry recalls 1999 WWC

Editor’s Note: Last week on Front Row, Brandi Chastain discussed her historic winning goal over China in the 1999 FIFA Women’s World Cup final. Today, current ESPN analyst and former National Team goalkeeper Briana Scurry describes her performance in the net which secured the victory for the U.S.

Imagine having your career defined by one play, one moment in time.

You are forced, in a split-second, to make a decision in front of more than 90,000 screaming fans.

Your heart is pounding. The butterflies are churning.

Would you buckle under the pressure, or would you have the sheer will and determination to rise above it all?

Former U.S. Women’s National Team goalkeeper Briana Scurry, who will serve as a studio analyst for ESPN in Germany later this month, was faced with this exact challenge in the 1999 Women’s World Cup final.

The U.S. and China were deadlocked 0-0 after extra time and the match went to penalty kicks.

The U.S. needed a stop to win the tournament, and all her teammates were relying on her to make the critical play.

In the video above, Scurry describes this special moment that defined her career.

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