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Michelle Akers

Awards And Accomplishments

1985 Scores goal against Denmark in first game with U.S. national team
1985 ESPN Athlete of the Year
1988 Inaugural winner of Hermann Award for national women's soccer collegiate player of the year, while at Central Florida
1990 U.S. Olympic Committee Soccer Player of the Year
1990-91 Soccer Federation Female Player of the Year
1991 Scores winning goal late in championship game as U.S. wins inaugural women's World Cup, 2-1 over host China; Akers receives Silver Ball award as second-best player
1991 U.S. Olympic Committee Athlete of the Year
1991 First female American soccer player to sign shoe endorsement deal
1995 Named to U.S. Women's Cup all-tournament team
1996 Member of the gold medal-winning national team at Centennial Olympic Games, scoring pivotal goal in 2-1 semifinal victory over Norway
1996 Most Valuable Player in U.S. Women's Cup
1999 Leads U.S. to World Cup victory despite injury against China in title game in Pasadena, California
2000 Voted FIFA (Federation of International Football Associations) Women's Player of the Century in joint poll of FIFA committee and FIFA Magazine readers
2001 Receives Wilma Rudolph courage award

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