Michelle Akers was a Title IX kid and has been a key factor in the women's soccer revolution of the 1990s. She has scored 91 goals in 104 games for the national team and is on her way to becoming the most prolific scorer in U.S. soccer history. A four-time All America at the University of Central Florida, Akers has battled everything from a foot sprain to knee surgery to chronic fatigue syndrome during her career, but she has not been broken. At 31 she is an 11-year veteran of the U.S. team, which won the gold medal at the '96 Olympics. Before the Games in Atlanta, Akers played three seasons in Sweden's pro league for Tyreso FC, scoring a league-leading 43 goals in '92. Now she is preparing to suit up for the first U.S. women's pro league this fall.

 

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