Briana Scurry, one of the most successful goalkeepers in the U.S. Women’s National Team history, joined ESPN in March 2011 as a studio analyst for the networks three-week coverage of FIFA Women’s World Cup Germany 2011.
Scurry was U.S. team’s goalkeeper from 1994 to 2008. Called into to the U.S. team by then coach Tony DiCicco, Scurry played 173 matches, the most-ever by a U.S. goalkeeper, and anchored the backline in the team’s most successful stretch bookended by the 1996 Olympics gold medal and the 1999 FIFA Women’s World Cup.
As the starting goalkeeper, Scurry helped lead the team to a third place finish in the 1995 Women’s World Cup, barely a year after joining the team. Other key results include a third place showing in the 2003 Women’s World Cup and the Olympic gold medal in 2004. Scurry’s best career moment was in the U.S. team’s overtime victory over China in front of more than 90,000 fans at the Rose Bowl during the 1999 Women’s World Cup title match when she saved one of the penalty kicks to ensure the win. The save and the impact of the match catapulted her and her teammates into the consciousness of sports fans everywhere.
Building on the success and popularity of women’s soccer from the World Cup, Scurry and her teammates became founding members of the WUSA (Women’s United Soccer Association) in 2001, the world’s first women’s league where the players were paid as professionals. She played three seasons as starting goalkeeper for the Atlanta Beat.
Scurry was a high school multi-sport athlete in Minnesota. She excelled in soccer and basketball. Upon graduation, Scurry attended the University of Massachusetts, where she led the team to the NCAA Women’s College Cup. She is currently general manager of South Florida’s magicJack FC, a Women’s Professional Soccer (WPS) team.
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