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Remembering The Most Epic U.S. Women's World Cup Moments

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1. November 30th, 1991: Michelle Akers leads the USWNT to glory in the very first Women's World Cup.

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Not only did she have the most epic hair on the squad, she paved the way with two goals in the 2-1 victory over Norway.

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Akers was the lead scorer during the inaugural FIFA Women's World Cup in China (which, at the time was actually called the Women's World Championship for the M&M's Cup).

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2. June 8th, 1995: Mia Hamm jumps into goal and proves she can literally do anything.

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In the closing minutes of a match against Denmark, U.S. goalkeeper Briana Scurry was ejected on a red card. Mia Hamm stepped up as keeper — becoming the first non-goalkeeper to ever play during a World Cup.

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She even made two saves. Because she's Mia Hamm, that's why.

3. June 24th, 1999: Cindy Parlow's stunning header against Nigeria.

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It wasn't a do-or-die situation, but that is one beautiful goal.

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4. July 10th, 1999: When Kristine Lilly used her head (literally) to save team USA in sudden-death overtime.

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When China's Fan Yunjie got the ball past goalkeeper Briana Scurry it seemed like it was all over. That is, until Lilly saved the day with this calm header:

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5. July 10th, 1999: Brandi Chastain celebrates her winning penalty kick against China by taking off her jersey, thus creating one of the most iconic sports images in history.

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Yes, this one:

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"As soon as I hit the ball, I knew I hit it well," Chastain remembers:

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6. July 10th 1999: The key save that made winning the 1999 World Cup a possibility for team USA.

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Scurry made the winning save by blocking a shot by China's Liu Ying.

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"It was an amazing feeling to just know where the ball was going to be," remembers Scurry.

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7. July 2nd, 2011: Megan Rapinoe scores against Colombia and does her best "Born In The USA" impression.


Not only was it a stunner of a shot, but who else could pull this off?

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8. July 10th, 2011: Abby Wambach saves the U.S. with the header-heard-round-the-world.

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Down by one against Brazil in the quarterfinal, team USA had only stoppage time left. Rapinoe sailed the perfect volley to connect with Wambach's head — saving the U.S. to go on and win in a 5-3 PK shootout.

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A moment that will forever be remembered as one of the greatest goals in Women's World Cup history.

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Who Believes? Team USA takes on Germany tonight at 7 EST.