Foudy played midfield for the U.S. women’s national team from 1987-2004 and was the team’s co-captain or captain from 1991 until her retirement in 2004. She made 271 appearances (caps) for her country during that span and tallied 45 goals.
In the inaugural FIFA Women’s World Cup in 1991, Foudy helped guide the U.S. to the title in China. She was also a part of the 1999 World Cup championship team that captured the title on home soil in the U.S. Foudy played on three Olympic teams, capturing gold in 1996, silver in 2000 and another gold in 2004.
Since her retirement, Foudy has covered women’s and men’s soccer for ESPN and ABC. She is the primary color commentator for women’s soccer telecasts on the two networks, and she has provided analysis for the biggest competitions in soccer, including the FIFA World Cup, FIFA Women’s World Cup, UEFA Euro, the Olympic Games, Major League Soccer and MLS Cup.
Foudy is a staunch advocate for women’s and children’s rights, and she is a past president of the Women’s Sports Foundation. Along with her husband, Foudy created the Julie Foudy Sports Leadership Academy for girls ages 12-18 that strives to create leaders both on and off the field.