The U.S. Women’s National Soccer Team’s first superstar has turned much of her career memorabilia over to auction.
Gold medals, game-worn jerseys, trophies and other items from Michelle Akers will be offered by Goldin Auctions beginning September 23.
The collection features 60 lots of memorabilia consigned directly by the National Soccer Hall of Famer with a portion of the proceeds benefiting the Michelle Akers Horse Rescue and Outreach Foundation.
Some of the historic items being offered include Akers’ 1996 Olympic Gold Medal; 1991 and 1999 FIFA World Cup Gold Medals; 1991 FIFA World Cup Golden Boot Award as the tourney’s outstanding player; 1996 Olympic gold medal match game-worn and signed jersey and shorts; 2004 National Soccer Hall of Fame Ring; and the ball from her 100th career goal signed by teammates from the 1999 squad. The complete catalog will be available for viewing on September 22 at GoldinAuctions.com.
“The U.S. Women’s National Soccer team is one of the most popular teams in the country as their 2019 ESPY Award for best team illustrated,” said Ken Goldin Founder of Goldin Auctions. “It’s truly an honor to offer the personal collection from one of the sport’s pioneers who scored the first goal in the history of the USWNT.”
During her spectacular career, in which she played in 153 matches for the USWNT from 1985-2000, Akers was the team’s second all-time leading scorer with 105 goals, 37 assists and 247 points. A four-time All-American at the University of Central Florida, she won the Hermann Trophy in 1988, was a member of three U.S. FIFA World Cup teams and the 1996 Olympic team. She was named FIFA Female Player of the Century in 2002 and was inducted into the National Soccer Hall of Fame in 2004.
Akers is described by former USA coach Tony DiCicco as “the best woman that has ever played the game.”
The auction will run through October 19.