Briana Scurry

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Briana Scurry
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Scurry in 2014
Personal information
Full nameBriana Collette Scurry
Date of birth (1971-09-07) September 7, 1971 (age 47)
Place of birth Minneapolis, Minnesota, U.S.
Height 5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)
Playing position Goalkeeper
Youth career
1986–1989 Anoka High School
1989–1993 UMass Minutewomen
Senior career*
YearsTeamApps(Gls)
2001–2003 Atlanta Beat
2009–2010 Washington Freedom
National team
1994–2008 United States 173 (0)
Teams managed
2018– Washington Spirit (assistant)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Briana Collette Scurry (born September 7, 1971) is an American retired soccer goalkeeper and current assistant coach of the Washington Spirit. Scurry was the starting goalkeeper for the United States women's national soccer team at the 1995 World Cup (3rd place), 1996 Summer Olympics (gold medal), 1999 World Cup (champions), 2003 World Cup (3rd place), and the 2004 Summer Olympic Games (gold medal). She played in the semi-final and playoff for third place in the 2007 Women's World Cup (3rd place). She was a founding member of the WUSA, playing three seasons as starting goalkeeper for the Atlanta Beat (2001–2003).

Washington Spirit Soccer club and National Womens Soccer Leugue franchise in Germantown, Maryland, USA

The Washington Spirit is an American professional soccer club based in Germantown, Maryland that participates in the National Women's Soccer League (NWSL). It is a continuation of the D.C. United Women of the W-League and continues to field both an amateur WPSL team and a youth team, both under the Spirit name. The Spirit is coached by Richie Burke.

Goalkeeper (association football) position in association football

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United States womens national soccer team Womens national association football team representing the United States

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Her career total of 173 international appearances is the second most among female soccer goalkeepers. It is also the fifteenth most of any American female player, and the thirty-second most among all women.

Cap (sport) sports game between two national teams

In sport, a cap is a metaphorical term for a player's appearance in a game at international level. The term dates from the practice in the United Kingdom of awarding a cap to every player in an international match of association football. In the early days of football, the concept of each team wearing a set of matching shirts had not been universally adopted, so each side would distinguish itself from the other by wearing a specific sort of cap.

Scurry was elected to the National Soccer Hall of Fame on August 3, 2017. She was the first woman goalkeeper and first black woman to be awarded the honor. [1] [2] [3]

National Soccer Hall of Fame Professional sports hall of fame in Frisco, Texas

The National Soccer Hall of Fame is a private, non-profit institution established in 1979 located in Toyota Stadium in Frisco, Texas, a suburb of Dallas. The Hall of Fame honors soccer achievements in the United States. Induction into the hall is widely considered the highest honor in American soccer.

Early life

Scurry was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota [4] to parents, Ernest and Robbie Scurry. She is the youngest of nine children, with three brothers and five sisters. [5]

She played goalie for the Anoka High School Tornadoes for four years and was instrumental in their Minnesota State Championship win in 1989 which ended in a shootout victory. In high school, Scurry ran track and played floor hockey and softball, but basketball was her first and deepest love. [6]

Anoka High School is a four-year public high school located in Anoka, Minnesota, US on 3939 7th Avenue N.

Briana was named Anoka High School's Athena Award winner as the school's top female athlete. She was also named High School All American and Minnesota's top female athlete. [7]

In 2010, she was inducted into the Minnesota State High School Hall of Fame. In September 2011, Scurry was named to the inaugural class of the Anoka High School Hall of Fame. [7] [8]

University of Massachusetts

Scurry attended the University of Massachusetts Amherst and completed her four-year collegiate career with 37 shutouts in 65 starts and with a career record of 48–13–4 and a 0.56 goals-against-average She split time in the net in 1992 during her junior season, starting 13 games and earning seven shutouts. Scurry played three games in 1992 as a forward.

In 1993, she helped lead the UMass Minutewomen to a 17–3–3 record, to the semifinals of the NCAA Women's Soccer Championship and the titles of the Atlantic 10 Conference regular season and tournament. In her senior season, she started all 23 games and recorded 15 shutouts and a 0.48 goals-against average, the third best in the nation.

Scurry was named the National Goalkeeper of the Year in 1993 by the Missouri Athletic Club Sports Foundation and was a 1993 second-team All-American, All-Northeast Region and All-New England first-team selection.

Playing career

Club

Scurry was a founding player for the Atlanta Beat in the Women's United Soccer Association (USA), the world's first women's league where the players were paid as professionals. [9] She was the starting goalkeeper for the three seasons (2001–2003) of the league. She helped the Beat to two WUSA Championship Games and was named the league's Goalkeeper of the Year in 2003. [10]

On March 13, 2009, Scurry was named to the preseason roster of the Washington Freedom, in the inaugural season of Women's Professional Soccer (WPS). She suffered a season-ending concussion [11] early in the 2010 season, and announced her retirement later that year on September 8. [10]

In 2012 Briana was part of "Pitch Slap", a tournament softball team which dominated a beer league coed softball league

International

Scurry was a goalkeeper for the United States women's national soccer team for most of the years between 1994–2008, earning a record 173 caps for the United States. She started 159 of those games and finished her international career with a record of 133–12–14. She also earned 71 shutouts. [12]

Scurry's first appearance for the United States women's national soccer team was March 16, 1994, versus Portugal. Her first shutout was recorded the same day. [13] [ unreliable source? ] In her first year with the USA, she earned seven shutouts in 12 starts. [14]

She was a member of the Gold Medal-winning US Women's National Team at the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta where she started and played in every minute of the team's five matches conceding only three goals.

Scurry played every minute of the 1999 Women's World Cup allowing only three goals and recording four shutouts. She saved one penalty during the shootout in the final against China and the United States won. [15] Following the World Cup, Scurry announced her intention to play in the WNBA. [16]

She started for the USA in the 2003 FIFA Women's World Cup and 2004 Summer Olympic Games. She also played two matches for the USA in the 2007 FIFA Women's World Cup and was the alternate goalkeeper on the 2008 Olympic Team.

On June 23, 2008, United States Women's Olympic soccer coach Pia Sundhage announced that Scurry would not be on the Olympic team. [17] Her last match for the USA was on November 5, 2008, against the Korea Republic. [12]

Sports administration

Scurry was appointed general manager of the WPS franchise magicJack beginning with the 2011 season. [18]

Broadcasting

Scurry was part of the rotation of studio commentators for ESPN's telecasts of the 2011 FIFA Women's World Cup. [19]

Coaching

On December 6, 2017, Scurry was announced as the First Assistant Coach of the Washington Spirit and would serve as Technical Advisor for the Spirit Academy programs in Maryland and Virginia. [20]

Honors and awards

In Dayton, Minnesota where Briana grew up, there is a soccer park named in her honor.

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