Briana Scurry, who will forever be remembered for her dramatic save during the penalty kick shootout at the 1999 FIFA Women’s World Cup Final, has retired from professional soccer.
Scurry made the announcement today during a press event at the Maryland SoccerPlex, home of her current and final club, the Washington Freedom.
Scurry was the USA’s first-choice goalkeeper for most of the 11 years between 1994 and 2004, during which time she helped the USA to a pair of Olympic gold medals and the 1999 Women’s World Cup title.
Known for her steely mental toughness and her ability to make crucial saves in the biggest of matches, the wonderfully athletic Scurry earned 173 caps for the USA, but far the most for any goalkeeper in U.S. history. She started 159 of those games and finished her international career with a record of 133-12-14. She also earned 71 shutouts.
During the three Women’s World Cup tournaments and two Olympic Games in which she played, Scurry was in goal for just two losses, compiling a record of 22-2-5 over those competitions. Her 19 matches in World Cup play are by also far the most ever for a U.S. goalkeeper.
The retirement of Scurry leaves just four players from the 1999 Women’s World Cup Team still active in professional soccer: defenders Kate Markgraf and Christie Rampone, forward Tiffeny Milbrett and midfielder Kristine Lilly.