The Nine for IX series winds down next Tuesday, August 20th with the penultimate film in the Summer-long film series from ESPN Films and espnW. The 99ers premieres Tuesday night at 8pm ET on ESPN. It focuses on the 1999 U.S. women’s national soccer team. On July 10, 1999, the U.S. women’s national soccer team turned the women’s sports world on its ear when the Women’s national soccer team defeated China’s women’s national soccer team at the famed Rose Bowl to take the Women’s World Cup. The victory came in front of more than 90,000 fans in attendance and an estimated 40 million fans watching on television.
The story of the iconic victory is told by longtime U.S. Women’s national soccer team captain Julie Foudy. It’s through Foudy’s own words that audiences gain an understanding of the mentality that led the U.S. women’s national soccer team to victory over China. It uses not just interviews with Foudy, but behind-the-scenes footage shot by members of the team that have never before been seen. It reunites key players from the 1999 U.S. women’s national team for the story, directed by Erin Leyden and produced by Foudy.
The 99ers is the second to last film in the Nine for IX series this Summer. The series’ final film, Branded airs August 27th at 8pm ET on ESPN. Each film will be available for download via iTunes the day after its broadcast. A collectible gift set containing each film will be available on October 15th, 2013.
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