Briana Scurry talks US Soccer diversity, USWNT 1999 World Cup heroics

Briana Scurry talks US Soccer diversity, USWNT 1999 World Cup heroics

Briana Scurry, the trailblazing 1999 Women’s World Cup soccer goalkeeper who saved the day, literally, for the United States in its riveting victory over China in the packed Rose Bowl 23 years ago, has helped lead the way for many changes for girls and women in sports.

But one groundbreaking development has been slow in coming, and that troubles Scurry, the best-known Black player in the history of American soccer. The US roster for the 2019 Women’s World Cup featured only four players of color out of 23 on the team, while the US women’s soccer team for the 2021 Olympics included just six players of color on a roster of 22.

“There are definitely more talented players of color who should be up there,” Scurry said in the telephone interview with USA TODAY Sports to discuss her autobiography, “My Greatest Save: The Brave, Barrier-Breaking Journey of a World-Champion Goalkeeper. “

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