The Pac-12 is celebrating it’s 100th birthday. (It was created in 1915 as the Pacific Coast Conference, initially representing just four schools: the University of California, the University of Washington, the University of Oregon, and Oregon Agricultural College, which is now Oregon State.)
Even though the 100 years from 1915 to 2015 isn’t technically a century — a century is, for example, Jan. 1, 1901 to Dec. 31, 2000 — the Pac is marking its centennial by naming all sorts of teams and athletes “of the century.”
In women’s soccer, the player of the century is Julie Foudy (Stanford, Class of ’93).
Hard to argue against that.
The Hall of Fame midfielder was a four-time All-American, a two-time World Cup champion, a two-time Olympic gold medalist, and, off the pitch, a pioneer in championing equal opportunity for women in sports, not just in the United States but around the world.
Even though she’s been retired from Team USA since 2004, Foudy still ranks fourth all-time in appearances (behind only Kristine Lilly, Christie Rampone, and Mia Hamm); 3rd all-time in starts; and fifth in assists.
Since hanging up her boots, she’s established herself as a solid sports journalist and color commentator, notably with ESPN.