Career years: 1987-2004
Clubs: Washington Freedom
Accolades: 2x FIFA World Player of the Year, 1997 Sportswoman of the Year, 5x Soccer USA's Female Athlete of the Year, 1995 World Cup MVP, FIFA 100 member, National Soccer Hall of Fame member
Mia Hamm was, and still is, the face of women's soccer in America. The influence she wields over women's sports is immense, and she continues to be perhaps the most recognized professional women's athlete in the world. Hamm's importance transcends nationality and gender—she's simply a soccer legend. Her talent and accomplishments back up her star too. She's the USWNT's leader in assists, is second in goals, and at one time was the all-time leader in international goals scored across men and women with 158.
Hamm was one of only two Americans to be named to the FIFA 100, thanks in large part to her catalytic impact at the 1999 World Cup. Hamm is an icon, a philanthropist, and a celebrity, but above all, she was one of the finest American soccer players ever.