While living in Florence, Italy , Hamm first played soccer, which was hugely popular there; her entire family quickly became involved in the sport. Her father coached Mia and her newly adopted brother, 8 year old Garrett.
She played at the U. Olympic Festival , the youngest player to play for the United States women's national soccer team. As a new player, she often started as a forward but did not score a goal during her first year on the team.
She led the team at three Olympic Games, including: In total, she played 42 matches and scored 14 goals in international tournaments. Hamm held the record for most international goals scored—by a woman or man—until and remains in third place as of There are always new, grander challenges to confront, and a true winner will embrace each one.
At 19 years old, she was still the youngest player on the team. In front of 63, spectators, the U. Hamm played goalkeeper for a few minutes after Briana Scurry received a red card and was removed from the match.
Hamm scored the second U. Atlanta Olympics and th international goal[ edit ] Hamm was a key part of the U.
Hamm scored a goal and served an assist to Tiffeny Milbrett to lead the U. Defeating Norway in the semi-finals, the team faced China in the final. On September 18, she scored her th international goal in a friendly match against Russia in Rochester, New York. Hamm scored five of the team's seven goals at the tournament, including two during the championship match against China. The five American players to take penalty kicks, including Hamm, converted; China missed one attempt so that the home team won.
She was treated by medical staff with an intravenous drip and three liters of fluids. During the group stage, she scored a goal against Norway to lift the United States to a 2—0 win. Hamm and a number of others were rested for the game by head coach April Heinrichs ; this was the first World Cup match Hamm had missed in her career. One of Norway's 24 fouls resulted in a penalty kick for Hamm which was saved by the Norwegian goalkeeper.
She held the world record until Abby Wambach scored her th goal on June 20, She competed at three Summer Olympic Games: All together, she played in 38 matches and scored 13 goals at seven top international tournaments. For list that include caps, blank indicates played in the match but did not score a goal. This column depends on the availability and source of this information. Goals scored in penalty-shoot-out, at the end of a tied match after extra-time, are not included.
Score The match score after the goal was scored.