What if Brandi Chastain’s penalty kick against China in the 1999 Women’s World Cup final had bounced off the crossbar resulting in defeat? Just imagine the devastating fallout. There would be no thriving women’s professional league, women’s soccer highlights wouldn’t dominate ESPN and female players would’ve never gotten the same pay as the men. The thing is none of that actually did happen, despite their triumph in 1999. Journalist Louisa Thomas talks to Chastain and Julie Foudy about the mixed legacy of women’s soccer in the U.S.
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