*Soccer star Briana Scurry will join ESPN as a studio analyst for coverage of the FIFA Women’s World Cup 2011 (June 26 – July 17).
Scurry and two fellow key members of the 1999 FIFA Women’s World Cup winning U.S. team – Brandi Chastain and head coach Tony DiCicco – will contribute to ESPN and ESPN2’s studio coverage of the three-week tournament, providing analysis on pre-match, halftime and post-match shows from Germany.
Chastain’s 16-year career on the U.S. Women’s National Team was highlighted by scoring the 1999 FIFA Women’s World Cup winning penalty kick vs. China in front of 90,185 fans at the Rose Bowl – the most-attended stand-alone women’s sport event in history. Scurry’s save on China’s third shot in the penalty kick shootout helped secure the Women’s World Cup title for the U.S. team. Under DiCicco (1994 – ’99), the U.S. Women’s National Team enjoyed its most successful five years, winning the 1996 Olympic gold medal and the 1999 Women’s World Cup.
“Brandi, Briana and Tony are among the best minds and most recognizable faces for women’s soccer anywhere in the world,” said Jed Drake, ESPN senior vice and executive producer, production. “Their ability to draw from past experiences will give our viewers the best insight on what these exceptional athletes are going through on the biggest stage of their careers.”
Brianna Scurry was U.S. Women’s National Team goalkeeper from 1994 to 2008. Called into to the U.S. team by then coach DiCicco, Scurry played 173 matches, the most-ever by a U.S. goalkeeper, and anchored the backline in the team’s most successful stretch bookended by the 1996 Olympics gold medal and the 1999 FIFA Women’s World Cup.