Linda Hamilton

A defender who was a regular in the United States teams at the first two Women’s World Cups.

Hamilton played all six United States games at the first Women’s World Cup in China in 1991, the opener as a substitute and the last five as a starter who went the whole game. Again four years later in Sweden, she played all six games, five of them as a starter. She was one of six players to play all 12 of those games, the others being Hall of Famers Carla Werden Overbeck, Mia Hamm, Julie Foudy, Kristine Lilly and Carin Jennings Gabarra.

In all, Hamilton played 72 full internationals for the United States, the first against China in 1987 and the last against Norway in 1995. In addition to her performances at the World Cup, those games included four World Cup qualifiers in 1994. She was a stay-at-home defender whose only goal in those 72 games came in a win over Russia in 1993.

Elected in 2022.