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Twelve years later, still the best

The U.S. team that won the 1999 Women's World Cup captured the country's fancy

Originally Published: June 23, 2011
By Johnette Howard | ESPN.com

The U.S. team in the Women's World Cup that begins in Germany on Sunday faces uncertain prospects and a tough draw, which helps make it easy to root for the Americans but very hard not to compare them. That's their fate, and they know they're stuck with it. That's what happens when you play the same sport that produced the best U.S. women's team that ever was. Everywhere you go, you're followed by a couple of steamer trunks full of history.

Your name can be Abby Wambach, a very ...

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