Playing on home soil in Pasadena, CA, the US claimed their second trophy in 1999. The final game, which put the US vs. China on the field had the entire world on the edge of their seats. In over 100-degree heat, the teams played to a scoreless draw, and the game moved into 30 minutes of extra time. (I don't know about you, but I'm sweating just thinking about it.)
The game culminated in a penalty shoot-out, which the US won 5-4. The winning goal was scored by Brandi Chastain, who famously removed her jersey during the wild celebration. The image was featured on the cover of Sports Illustrated, and it was a moment that instantly became iconic not just in sports history but in American history.
The 1999 FIFA Women's World Cup is considered a "watershed moment" for women's sports; the excitement surrounding the event is credited with increased enthusiasm and participation in women's soccer. Over 90,000 people, including President Bill Clinton, attended the final game.