March 29, 2005

USA Soccer Star Julie Foudy to Speak at Yale

March 29, 2005

Julie Foudy, former co-captain of the 2-time Women's World Cup Champion US National Soccer Team and Olympic gold medalist, will speak at the 2005 Kiphuth Fellowship Public Lecture at Yale on Thursday, April 7 in a speech entitled "Going for Gold."

The speech, which will be on the corner of Prospect and Grove Streets in Room 114 of Sheffield-Sterling-Strathcona Hall, begins at 4:30 PM and will be open to the general public.

Foudy, who retired in 2004 along with Mia Hamm and co-captain Joy Fawcett, was a nine-year veteran of the National Team who appeared in the 1995, 1999, and 2003 Women's World Cup tournaments. She co-captained (along with Carla Overbeck) the famous 1999 team that won the World Cup on a penalty kick, and was a co-captain with Fawcett when the US team successfully defended its World Cup title four years later. In addition, she was a member of the 1996 US Olympic team that won the gold medal in Atlanta.

After being part of the third-place 1995 World Cup team, Foudy started and played in every minute of the USA's games at the 1996 Olympic Games. She assisted on Shannon MacMillan's sudden death overtime goal to move into the gold medal game, which the US won.

In 1999 at the Women's World Cup, Foudy scored in the opening game against Denmark and added three assists, including one in the team's semifinal game. She would score three goals and add seven assists four years later in the 2003 World Cup.

Foudy, who hails from Mission Viejo, Calif., attended college in her home state at Stanford University, where she led the Cardinal to NCAA appearances in each of her four years and was a four-time All-American. She earned Soccer America Freshman of the Year honors in 1989 and College Player of the Year in 1991, and was named to the College Team of the Decade for the 1990s.