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Retiring trio major players in golden era of U.S. women's soccer

Updated: December 6, 2004, 7:39 PM ET
Associated Press

LOS ANGELES -- Mia Hamm realized women's soccer wasn't quite the same when celebrities began asking her for an autograph for their children.

"You know who we are?" was her amazed reaction.

After the U.S. team created a national phenomenon in the 1999 World Cup, millions of people across the United States -- and in China -- knew who Hamm and her American teammates were.

A crowd of 90,000 watched at the Rose Bowl, and another 40 million on TV, as the Americans beat China on penalty ...

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