By Aria Ellise, blackdoctor.org
Briana Colette Scurry, the goalkeeper who has been called the “Jackie Robinson” of soccer as the only African American starter on the U.S. women’s soccer team, has reason to celebrate once again. The same fierce player who rose to global fame as one of the stars of the 1999 World Cup-winning U.S. women’s national team, was just elected to the National Soccer Hall of Fame.
Scurry will be in the hall’s Class of 2017 and, according to the Washington Post, will be the first black woman and first female goalkeeper to make the hall.
Scurry, 45, won gold medals at the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta and the 2004 Games in Athens. She made over 170 international appearances, second-most among female goalkeepers. She retired from professional soccer in 2010.