In 1987, when she was just 15, Mia Hamm became the youngest ever member of the US national team.
She was also inducted into the National Soccer Hall of Fame as well as the Alabama Sports Hall of Fame, the Texas Sports Hall of Fame, and the World Football Hall of Fame. Washington Post columnist Michael Wilbon called Hamm, "Perhaps the most important athlete of the last 15 years." Hamm played sports beginning at a very young age. As a new player in 1987, and the youngest by over a year, she often started as a forward but never scored a goal. Hamm helped lead Team USA to a gold medal at the 2004 Summer Olympics and was also chosen by her fellow U. Olympians to carry the American flag at the Athens Closing Ceremonies. Hamm retired at age 32 with a record 158 international goals.Mia Hamm is the author of Go For the Goal: A Champion's Guide to Winning in Soccer and Life and appeared in the HBO documentary Dare to Dream: The Story of the U. While in junior high school, she excelled as a football player on the boys' team. Hamm's brother played sports, inspiring her to do so as well. team for the first women's Olympic soccer tournament at the 1996 Summer Olympic Games. After the Olympics, Hamm and her teammates went on a "farewell tour" of the United States, which ended on December 8, 2004 against Mexico at the Home Depot Center in Carson, California. Hamm competed as a member of the United States national soccer team in four World Cup tournaments: China 1991, Sweden 1995, United States 1999, and United States 2003; and three Olympics tournaments: Atlanta 1996; Sydney 2000; and Athens 2004.Back to Sports Back to Soccer Back to Biographies Mia Hamm is one of the most prolific soccer players of all time. She enjoyed sports as a kid and was very good at soccer. A few years later, Mia would become a star in soccer when, at the age of 19, she helped the U. Her all-time goal record is even more impressive when you consider that she was consistently marked as the player to be stopped by opposing teams.She has scored more goals (158) in international soccer play than any other athlete. Mia Hamm was born on March 17, 1972 in Selma, Alabama. At the young age of 15 she became the youngest player ever to play for the women's U. Mia's skill allowed her to score while double and triple teamed by some of the best defenders in the world.Mariel Margaret "Fiona" Cameron is a retired English soccer player.
Hamm played many years as a forward for the United States women's national soccer team and was a founding member of the Washington Freedom. Hamm held the record for international goals, more than any other player, male or female, in the history of soccer, Hamm is also the third most capped female player in soccer history behind Kristine Lilly and Christie Rampone, appearing in 275 international matches.She also holds the national team record for most career assists with 144.She was an All-American and Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) player of the year for her last three years. Hamm was also a member of the American National college team that played in the 1993 Summer Universiade and lost to China, obtaining the silver medal. She graduated from college with the ACC records for goals with 103, assists with 72, and total points with 278. As a result, she played in only three seasons of professional soccer.In 2001, she was a founding player in the newly established Women's United Soccer Association, the first professional soccer league for women in the United States, and played for the Washington Freedom.After high school, she went to play soccer at the University of North Carolina, where she led the Tar Heels to four straight national titles and finished as the team's all-time leading scorer.