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Mia Hamm, Julie Foudy Named to US Soccer Hall of Fame


Two women soccer stars, Julie Foudy and Mia Hamm, will be inducted into the US National Soccer Hall of Fame. Mike O'Sullivan reports from Los Angeles, the announcement marks the growing importance of women in the game.

There have been 129 players inducted into the Hall of Fame, only five of them women. Hamm and Foudy, two-time Olympic gold medalists and two-time World Cup champions, will join their ranks as the only inductees this year.

A group of young female players greeted the soccer legends at the state-of-the-art stadium where the Los Angeles Galaxy and their new star David Beckham are based. Hamm says those young girls are the future of US soccer. "We were those girls who played in front of 110 or 200 people on some high school field that wasn't really kept up that well, to now playing in stadiums like this," she said.

Hamm and Foudy both retired in 2004, after leading the US women's team to a gold medal at the Athens summer Olympics.

The induction ceremony will take place at the Soccer Hall of Fame in Oneonta, New York, in late August.