Julie Foudy, the pride of Mission Viejo High, was famously the captain of the U.S. women's team that shocked the soccer world on July 10, 1999, with a penalty-kick shoot-out victory over China to win the World Cup before a sold-out crowd of more than 90,000 at the Rose Bowl.
An estimated 40 million Americans watched on television, but Foudy would be happy if only a fraction of that many people watched the documentary she produced and narrated that premieres tonight.
Thanks to Foudy's insights, The 99ers, the latest Nine For IX documentary, gives ESPN viewers an inside look at the women's team ethic and “do for each other” mentality that propelled the U.S. to victory.
Also employed is candid, behind-the-scenes footage shot by players during the tournament. Key members of the 1999 squad reunite for new on-camera interviews, which are also given by current U.S. players. Foudy appears with Mia Hamm, Brandi Chastain, Abby Wambach, Alex Morgan and Kristine Lily.
Directed by Erin Leyden, The 99ers is set to premiere at 8 tonight, but as they say on the teevee, check your local listings (on on-screen guide) for showtimes.