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Hamm, Foudy, Rothenberg & Smith in Hall of Fame
August 27th, 2007 7AM

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[PROFILES] Mia Hamm, Julie Foudy, Alan Rothenberg and Bobby Smith were inducted into the National Soccer Hall of Fame on Sunday. ...

During Hamm's 18 years on the U.S. national team she became one of the most recognized women's athletes in the world and set a world record with 158 international goals. She played 275 international matches, second only in history to former teammate Kristine Lilly. Such is her iconic status for thousands of girls across the country that she was honored by Nike when the company named the largest building on its campus at the World Headquarters in Beaverton, Ore., after her.

Hamm is married to Los Angeles Dodgers first baseman Nomar Garciaparra and is expecting twins in the next month or two - the couple's first children.

Hamm and Foudy played their final game for the USA on Dec. 8, 2004, just months after winning their second gold medals with the USA. They also started on two world championship teams.

Foudy, who captained the USA from the time of Carla Overbeck's retirement in 2000 to her own in 2004, played 271 times for the USA, third behind Lilly and Hamm, and scored 45 goals from her midfield position.

Off the field, Foudy is one of the most influential figures in women's sports, having served as president of the Women's Sports Foundation (2000-02). She was a member of the Presidential Commission on Title IX in 2002 and played a major role stopping any major changes to the law. Foudy recently had her deal with ESPN and ABC as a soccer analyst extended through 2009 and will expand her responsibilities beyond soccer to provide ''personality-driven features'' for ESPN's studio programs.

Foudy became a first-time mother on Jan. 1, when she gave birth to daughter Isabel.

Five other members of the 1991 U.S. women's world championship team have been inducted into the Hall of Fame are April Heinrichs (class of 1998), Carin Gabarra (2000), Shannon Higgins-Cirovski (2002), Akers (2004) and Overbeck (2006).

Rothenberg has worked in soccer for 40 years, beginning as a lawyer for Jack Kent Cooke, the owner of the Los Angeles Wolves of the National Professional Soccer League. Rothenberg was an owner of the Los Angeles Aztecs of the North American Soccer League (1977-80) and served as commissioner of soccer during the very successful 1984 Los Angeles Olympics, where soccer had the largest attendance.

In 1990, he succeeded Werner Fricker as president of the U.S. Soccer Federation, serving two terms. He was made chairman of the World Cup organizing committee and later took over as CEO. The 1994 World Cup set an attendance record of 3,567,415 and made a profit of more than $50 million that later funded the U.S. Soccer Foundation.

Rothenberg was instrumental in creating Major League Soccer 

Smith started on the 1973 NASL champion Philadelphia Atoms in his rookie season out of Rider College, and he also started for the New York Cosmos in their 1977 Soccer Bowl victory over the Seattle Sounders in Pele's last competitive game. Smith played mostly at right back in his nine-year NASL career with Philadelphia, the Cosmos, San Diego and Montreal and for the U.S. national team (18 caps).

Smith, who was also active in labor affairs on behalf of players, was a product of South Jersey, one of the bastions of American soccer in the early 1970s. U.S. internationals to come out of the area shortly after Smith were the late Glenn Myernick and Tony Bellinger.


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