Julie Maurine Foudy (born January 23, 1971 in San Diego, California) was a midfielder for the United States women’s national soccer team from 1987 through 2004, finishing with a remarkable 271 caps. She served as the team’s captain from 2000 through her retirement in 2004. Her retirement, alongside fellow soccer legends Mia Hamm and Joy Fawcett (and the unanticipated retirement of Brandi Chastain following the change of USWNT coaches), marked the end of what the media labeled the “golden era” of women’s soccer. Foudy also held the captain’s position for her WUSA team, the San Diego Spirit. The WUSA suspended operations in September of 2003; Foudy is the official player’s representative to the ongoing efforts to resurrect the league. She has been selected for induction into the National Soccer Hall of Fame.
Foudy has served as an in-studio analyst for ESPN and ESPN2’s coverage of the 2006 FIFA World Cup, and has provided on-air commentary and analysis during United States Women’s National Team matches since then.