Joy Fawcett

A defender who played in four Women’s World Cups and three Olympic Games for the United States, winning four of those seven events, during a career that lasted from the last 1980s until 2004. For most of that time, Fawcett and Carla Overbeck were a formidable duo in the center of the United States defense, although Fawcett played right back in the 1999 Women’s World Cup.

Fawcett, the sister of former U.S. men’s national team player Eric Biefeld, was still Joy Biefield when she made her first appearance in the national team, against Trinidad in 1987. Subsequently, she started five of the United States’ six games at the 1991 Women’s World Cup, all six at the 1995 Women’s

World Cup, all five at the 1996 Olympics, all six at the 1999 Women’s World Cup, all five at the 2000 Olympics, all six at the 2003 Women’s World Cup and all six at the 2004 Olympics. When she retired in 2004, she had played 241 games for the United States, including a total of 54 in either the World Cup, the Olympics or qualifying for those events.

Although she was not primary an attacking player, she did scored 27 goals in those 239 games, including a crucial one in the quarterfinal victory over Germany at the 1999 Women’s World Cup. She also had a remarkable disciplinary record in the national team. In her 241 games, she was never red carded and received only two yellow cards.

Fawcett played from 2001 to 2003 for the San Diego Spirit in the Women’s United Soccer Association and was a WUSA all-star in 2003. She set a record of sorts in the first of her WUSA seasons by returning to play just six weeks after giving birth to her third child.

Inducted in 2009.