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Players whose influence reaches beyond the pitch

Updated: June 2, 2013, 4:44 PM ET
By Jeff Carlisle

The U.S. women's national team has been around for only 27 of the U.S. Soccer Federation's 100 years of existence, but no centennial celebration would be complete without acknowledging the influence of the women's side of the game.

The USWNT has provided some of the country's most indelible soccer moments, from the inaugural World Cup win in 1991 to the magical summer of 1999 to a slew of Olympic triumphs. In the process, the U.S. women have inspired fans of both genders ...

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