Midfielder who was one of the U.S. women’s national team’s leading players throughout a national team career that lasted from 1988 to 2004.
Foudy became captain of the U.S. team when Carla Overbeck retired after the 1999 Women’s World Cup, and captained the United States in one World Cup and two Olympic Games, including a winning effort in the 2004 Olympics. Foudy played for the United States women’s national team the 1991, 1995, 1999 and 2003 Women’s World Cups, and the 1996, 2000 and 2004 Olympics Games. She and Kristine Lilly were the only two players to play in all 40 of the United States’ games in those seven tournaments.
Foudy finished her national team career with 272 appearances, then third of all time among U.S. women.
Foudy was among the youngest players in the United States team at the 1991 Women’s World Cup, but was already an international veteran. She made her debut in the U.S. women’s national team against France in 1988, when she was 17 years old. The 1991 Women’s World Cup final against Norway was her 32nd game in the national team.
In 1997, Foudy attracted notice throughout the soccer world, and won an award from FIFA, for her work with efforts to control the use of child labor in Pakistan in the making of soccer balls.
Inducted in 2007.