August 9, 2022

Briana Scurry, the trailblazing goalkeeper at the 1999 FIFA Women’s World Cup who literally saved the day for the United States in their thrilling victory over China in the crowded Rose Bowl 23 years ago, contributed to pave the way for many changes for girls and women in sports.

But a groundbreaking development is slow in coming, and it troubles Scurry, the most famous black player in American football history. The U.S. roster for the 2019 Women’s World Cup included just four players of color out of 23 on the squad, while the U.S. women’s soccer team for the 2021 Olympics included just six players of color on a roster of 22.

“There are definitely more talented players of color who should be up there,” Scurry said in a phone interview with USA TODAY Sports to discuss her autobiography, “My Greatest Save: The Brave, Barrier-Breaking Journey. of a World-Champion Goalkeeper.”