As part of its Nine for IX series celebrating the impact of Title IX, ESPN will air the documentary The 99ers tonight at 8 PM ET. The documentary is about the 1999 U.S. Women’s World Cup team that won the World Cup in an epic shootout over China. Through its incredible, team-oriented play, and sold out stadiums, the team brought women’s soccer to a new level of popularity in the U.S. and sparked the creation of the first women’s professional soccer league in this country. The documentary features many legends of the women’s game including, Mia Hamm, Julie Foudy, Michelle Akers, and Brandi Chastain (and her sports bra).
Have a peek at a short clip from the film:
Where were you for the final? I was on vacation, glued to the television with my family, friends, and the girl who is now my wife. We all lost our minds when Kristine Lilly cleared the ball off the line to save it for the U.S. and again when Brandi Chastain put her penalty kick away to win it. Here’s a clip of Abby Wambach talking with Julie Foudy, Mia Hamm, Brandi Chastain, and Alex Morgan, about where she was for the final, what the game itself meant to her, and Brandi’s abs.
You can catch the documentary tonight at 8 PM ET on ESPN. Set your DVRs so you don’t miss a second of