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Briana Scurry

Moving On

In 2000, Scurry battled injuries and lost her starting job to Siri Mullinix. She did not appear in the 2000 Olympics, even though she was healed from her injuries, and played in only five games all season, slipping to a 1.19 goals-against average. After that year, Scurry's career totals for the National Team included records for most appearances by a goalie (103), most wins (79) and most shutouts (54).


1989 Member of state championship high school team in Anoka, Minnesota
1990-93 Stars for University of Massachusetts
1994 Blanks Portugal in first appearance for U.S. National Team
1995 Plays in Women's World Cup
1996 Plays on U.S. Olympic gold medal team
1999 Keeper for U.S. Women's World Cup champions
2001-02 Plays for Atlanta Beat in WUSA

After the Olympics, Scurry said she wanted to try something new and seriously considered joining the Women's National Basketball Association. Instead, she became a founding member of the Women's United Soccer Association (WUSA). In its inaugural season in 2001, Scurry was assigned to the Atlanta Beat. She held opponents to 0.82 goals per game that season, the league's best average, and won nine games, losing three and drawing six. Her eight shutouts was the second-highest in the league, and after the season she was named goalie on WUSA's Global 11 second team. In the Founders Cup championship game, Scurry got an assist on a goal by Charmaine Hooper.

In 2002 Scurry added five more shutouts to take over the WUSA lead with 13 career shutouts. She allowed 1.33 goals per game, with nine wins, eight losses and a tie. Again, she was named to the league's second team. Scurry also played two more games for the U.S. national team, but she was unable to regain her starter's job from Mullinix.

Awards and Accomplishments

1989 High school All-American
1989 Top female athlete in Minnesota
1993 All-New England, All-Northeast Region teams and second team college All-American
1993 National College Goalkeeper of the Year
1994 Most Valuable Player, Chiquita Cup
1996, 2000 Olympic Gold Medalist
1999 Member of Women's World Cup champions
2001-02 WUSA Global 11 second team

Scurry donated volunteer time to promote awareness of AIDS and for the Make a Wish Foundation, and she visited many U.S. cities to try to spark interest in soccer among inner-city girls and boys. "I am proud of my heritage," she told Knight Ridder Newspapers in 1998, "and I take very seriously my role of showing African-American youth and people in general that we can excel in any sport or anything."

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