Q&A: Soccer Legend Christie Pearce on Why the Future of the Women's Game Looks So Bright

Olympic gold medalist and World Cup champ talks Lifetime's league sponsorship and more

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Soccer star Christie Pearce knows a thing or two about winning. From 1997 until early this year, Pearce (formerly Rampone) was part of the legendary U.S. Women’s National Team that won three Olympic gold medals and two FIFA World Cup championships in addition to inspiring a generation of girls to play the increasingly popular sport and cheer on their newfound heroes. At the same time, Pearce rode the wave of women scoring major sponsorship deals, and currently counts Adidas, Jif, Smucker’s, Chevy and Sports Authority as partners.

Pearce, 42, retired from the USWNT in February, having been its longest-serving team captain, and will soon hang up her cleats for good after finishing this season with the National Women’s Soccer League’s New Jersey squad Sky Blue FC—close to home, where the Garden State native lives with her two daughters ages 7 and 11.

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This story first appeared in the June 26, 2017, issue of Adweek magazine. Click here to subscribe.