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Mia Hamm      

Retired Professional Soccer Forward; Two-Time Olympic Gold Medalist; Founding Member of the Women's United Soccer Association

Mariel Margaret Hamm-Garciaparra is an American retired professional soccer player, two-time Olympic gold medalist, and two-time FIFA Women's World Cup champion. She played as a forward for the United States women's national soccer team from 1987 to 2004 and was a founding member of the Women's United Soccer Association (WUSA), the first professional women's soccer league in the United States, where she played for the Washington Freedom from 2001–2003.

Hamm held the record for international goals, more than any other player, male or female, in the history of soccer, until 2013 when fellow American Abby Wambach scored her 159th goal to break the record and Christine Sinclair of Canada passed her in August 2016. Hamm's 275 international caps rank third for the most caps on the U.S. national team behind former teammates Kristine Lilly (354) and Christie Pearce (311). Her 144 international career assists rank first in the national team record books.

Twice-named FIFA World Player of the Year in 2001 and 2002 (the first two years that the award was given to women players), Hamm was inducted into the National Soccer Hall of Fame, Alabama Sports Hall of Fame, Texas Sports Hall of Fame, and was the first woman player inducted into the World Football Hall of Fame. Haled by Pelé as one of FIFA's 100 best living players, Hamm, along with teammate Michelle Akers, were the only two women included in the FIFA 100.

Author of Go For the Goal: A Champion's Guide to Winning in Soccer and Life, Hamm appeared in the HBO documentary Dare to Dream: The Story of the U.S. Women's Soccer Team, Nine for IX:The '99ers, Once in a Lifetime: The Extraordinary Story of the New York Cosmos and numerous television shows. The Washington Post columnist Michael Wilbon called her, "Perhaps the most important athlete of the last 15 years." She is a co-owner of the Los Angeles FC.

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Back in spotlight, US great Mia Hamm set for roles at AS Roma, LAFC

There's really no debating it: The biggest U.S.-born soccer star of all time is Mia Hamm, and that's still the case in 2014, 10 years after she retired from her ...

USWNT legend Mia Hamm aims to build AS Roma brand stateside

U.S. women's soccer legend Mia Hamm said she has agreed to boost awareness of the brand of Italian club Roma stateside, and expressed her admiration for ...

Mia Hamm on Why Girls Playing Sports Is So Important | TIME

Mia Hamm has been a role model for girls since she established herself as one of the greatest female athletes of all time. Hamm held the record for most ...

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