US Women's National Team vs China, 1999 FIFA World Cup

World Cup Flashback: The U.S. Women Win on July 10, 1999

The important photos from that day, 19 years ago, when the women's soccer team took the world title

While the World Cup continues half a world away — without, of course, the American men's team which failed to qualify — it's worth remembering that today, exactly 19 years ago on July 10, 1999, the women's national team took the World Cup title in front of a packed Rose Bowl Stadium in Pasadena, California. After finishing extra time tied 0-0, Mia Hamm, Briana Scurry, Brandi Chastain and company defeated China in the final after winning the penalty shootout 5-4. Here, a look back at the tribulations, the triumph, and the world's most famous sports bra.

SHE ROARS ROBERTO SCHMIDT/AFP/Getty Images SHE ROARS Brandi Chastain whipped off her jersey after kicking the winning penalty shot. Photos of her celebration became instantly iconic and landed on the covers of Newsweek and Sports Illustrated. While male soccer players often shed their jerseys on the pitch, Chastain — who was, not for nothing, noticeably ripped – was the most prominent woman to do so. It was an exuberant, unexpected, and — to some — shocking image that became one of the most famous sports moments of all time. (In 2014, it was voted the second most famous SI cover after the "Miracle On Ice" from 1980.) "I had no idea that would be my reaction — it was truly genuine and it was insane and it was a relief and it was joy and it was gratitude all wrapped into one," Chastain told the BBC in 2014. Chastain still owns that black sports bra and has turned down several offers to sell it. STAR PERFORMER Elsa/Getty Images STAR PERFORMER Mia Hamm's fierce determination on display after she took her successful penalty shot.

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AIR UP THERE John W. McDonough/Sports Illustrated/Getty Images AIR UP THERE Michelle Akers heads the ball versus China's Zhao Lihong. Akers also was a star player on the team that won the World Cup in 1991. MAJOR SAVE TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images MAJOR SAVE In a moment that made all the difference, goalkeeper Briana Scurry blocks Liu Ying's penalty shot. FAN POWER Jon Buckle - EMPICS FAN POWER Over 90,000 spectators packed into the Rose Bowl for the final. IN IT TOGETHER John W. McDonough/Sports Illustrated/Getty Images IN IT TOGETHER The U.S. team during the penalty shootout. THAT WINNING FEELING Jon Buckle - EMPICS THAT WINNING FEELING Lorrie Fair, Tiffany Roberts, Hamm, and Scurry during the medal ceremony. TAKING FLIGHT Elsa/Getty Images TAKING FLIGHT Carla Overbeck takes a leap as the US team defeated China. SWARM Peter Read Miller/Sports Illustrated/Getty Images SWARM Chastain gets tackled by her teammates after the win. WINNING COACH Robert Beck/Sports Illustrated/Getty Images WINNING COACH Akers with the U.S. team coach Tony DiCicco. CONFETTI MOMENT John W. McDonough/Sports Illustrated/Getty Images CONFETTI MOMENT The U.S. team basks in their victory. ON THE STAND HECTOR MATA/AFP/Getty Images ON THE STAND Showing off their gold medals. OFFICIAL VISIT TIM SLOAN/AFP/Getty Images OFFICIAL VISIT One of the team's fans was President Bill Clinton, who greeted them after their win. COVER GIRL Robert Beck/Sports Illustrated/Getty Images COVER GIRL Chastain makes for a memorable Sports Illustrated cover.



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