The Sisterhood is the story of the first and second generations of national team players, known as the 99ers, who were the driving force behind the rise of U.S. women’s soccer and who built the foundation for the team’s enduring success. Rob Goldman takes the reader onto the pitch and into the minds of the players and coaches for the team’s greatest victories and most heartbreaking defeats. Among those featured are players Michelle Akers, Julie Foudy, Mia Hamm, and Brandi Chastain, as well as coaches Anson Dorrance and Tony DiCicco.
When the team won the ’99 World Cup in front of more than ninety thousand fans at the Rose Bowl, it was the largest crowd to ever attend a women’s sporting event. After Brandi Chastain’s winning penalty kick beat China, everything changed. These women’s soccer players were no longer outcasts; they were hard-nosed players and leaders who not only transformed women’s sports but led a cultural revolution. They were trailblazers, role models, and selfless best friends. Their story, told here largely in the voices of the players and coaches who were there, is epic and inspiring.
“The Sisterhood includes some of my favorite stories from the badass women whose DNA and gritty mentality are the inspiration and legacy of today’s world-dominating U.S. Women’s National Soccer Team.”—Michelle Akers, National Soccer Hall of Fame member, Olympic and World Cup champion, and FIFA Female Player of the Century
“In The Sisterhood, Rob Goldman vividly captures the 99ers’ personalities, mentality, and our love for the game and for each other. I lived this story and became a better player and person because of these women. The Sisterhood shows you why.”—Kristine Lilly, National Soccer Hall of Fame member, Olympic gold medalist, and 1991 and 1999 World Cup winner
“A phenomenal story of how an extraordinary group of women built the foundation for one of the most dominant teams in sports history. A fantastic read that takes you along on the journey with players who formed more than a team. They formed a sisterhood.”—Kevin Baxter, Pulitzer Prize–winning sportswriter for the Los Angeles Times
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This book is a treat for any sports fan, but especially those young girls that have been encouraged by the strength and commitment of these tremendous athletes to make things better for the next generation. The interviews show a side to the story that not many are truly aware of. It is an honest look inside the growth and development of the game of women's soccer, including both the good and the bad sides of the times.
Such a detailed and interesting look into the development of Women's Soccer. The fight the 99ers had for their sport and to have a supportive national team and league is in equal parts amazing and frustrating to read about. Amazing for how hard these women worked and frustrating because their followers on the national team are still having to fight for equal pay. An excellent look into the sport and these important women.
Soccer fans rejoice! The Sisterhood provides an incredible look into the development of U.S. women's soccer. I enjoyed the insider perspective of the coaches and players, their struggles and triumphs as U.S. women's soccer rose to dominance on the world stage. I would recommend this books to sports fans, feminists, and anyone interested in stories of grit and determination.
This book dives into the Women's National Soccer Team and explores their founding days all the way up until the retirement of several veteran members. As a U.S Women's Soccer fan, I was very excited to read this book and it didn't disappoint. Goldman does a great job of moving the narrative forward in a compelling way, while also going deep into many individual players and their thoughts, hopes, and motivations. I discovered a newfound respect for these soccer pioneers, reading about the various ways they were forced to fight for their team and discovering how they persevered through difficult battles in their personal lives as well. I was also dismayed to learn that the women's team was trying to fight for equal pay all the way back in the 90's, and that particular issue is still prevalent for the women's team to this day. As for the writing, there were quite a few spelling and grammar errors in the copy of the book I read, but they didn't damper my enjoyment of the book itself. The book was also structured well, with a comprehensive epilogue that I very much enjoyed reading after getting so invested in these women and their lives.
As a lifelong women’s soccer fan, I really loved reading this. I grew up as women’s soccer was really becoming a thing in the US and remember watching the 99ers and how much of an impact it had on me. The author provides some amazing insight into specific players and off the field encounters while also walking you through game play of some of the biggest moments in USWNT history. I really loved some of the soccer history I hadn’t heard before, especially surrounding rules and equipment. And the personal touch of having stories about individual players and team connections on and off the field was something I hadn’t seen in a book like this before. Would highly recommend to any fan of US Women’s Soccer!
I received this novel as an advanced reader copy from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This book goes into great detail about the women who played soccer in the 1990s, shaping the game for generations to come.
Thank you to NetGalley and University of Nebraska Press for an ARC of The Sisterhood: The 99ers and the Rise of U.S. Women's Soccer in exchange for an honest review. As a young girl who loved playing soccer, I grew up watching and emulating the 99ers. Around that time, I read every article and book I could get my hands on, in addition to watching any interviews and TV specials I could find. Now, decades later, I was looking forward to reading a new book about this team. While I enjoyed the interviews, the overall story left much to be desired. This book has the potential to be great, but in my opinion it needs some additional editing and polishing. The order of the story was disorganized and chaotic. It almost seemed as if several interviews were vaguely tied together from recycled sources. For example, there were chapters detailing the outcomes of tournaments, and in the middle of a game recap, an unrelated story was wedged in. Issues of racial bias, sexualization of female athletes, harassment of players by coaches, and soccer politics that affected playing time were all briefly touched on, before being shelved to discuss an outcome of a game. Then, the respective issue would be briefly touched on in a later chapter, but again only enough to scratch the surface and move on. In the chapter about Tiffeny Milbrett, there is an entire paragraph that is repeated. Transitions from chapter to chapter were rocky, with some previewing the next chapter, and others that abruptly cut off. The ending seemed abrupt as well, jumping from Foudy and Hamm's victory against US soccer regarding their post-world cup tour in 1999, to Tony DiCicco's death and celebration of life in 2017. Overall, I liked the book, because I love the game of soccer and have personal memories of watching the 99ers play. However, I think it could be even better with some thoughtful editing and organization. I'm keeping in mind that I read an advanced reader copy prior to publication date, so hopefully some of these issues will be worked out before the official release.