|Full name||Michelle Anne Akers|
|Date of birth||February 1, 1966|
|Place of birth||Santa Clara, California, United States|
|Height||1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)|
|Playing position||Midfielder /
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).
Michelle Anne Akers (born February 1, 1966) is a former leading American association football player, who starred in the historic 1991 and 1999 Women's World Cup victory by the United States. She won the Golden Boot as the top scorer in the 1991 tournament. She is a member of the National Soccer Hall of Fame and was named FIFA Female Player of the Century.
Born to Robert and Anne Akers in Santa Clara, California, Akers grew up in a suburb of Seattle, Washington where she attended and played soccer for Shorecrest High School.  She was named an All-American three times during her high school career. At 5 feet, 10 inches in height and 150 pounds, Akers had an imposing physical presence on the soccer field and was noted for her aggressive and physical style of play.
University of Central Florida
Akers attended the University of Central Florida on a scholarship where she was selected as four-time NCAA All-American. She was Central Florida's Athlete of the Year in 1988-89, the all-time leading scorer in UCF history, won the Hermann Trophy in 1988, and had her #10 jersey retired by the school.
Akers was a member of the 1985 United States women's national soccer team for its first game at a tournament in Italy in August 1985. Due to an ankle injury, she did not play in the first game. However, in the second ever international game for the United States she scored the first goal in the history of the program against Denmark, in a 2-2 tie.
Akers scored 15 goals in 24 games for the U.S. from 1985 to 1990 before scoring a team record 39 goals in 26 games in the 1991 season alone. In 1990 and 1991 she was named the United States Soccer Federation (USSF) Female Athlete of the Year. Akers was also the lead scorer in the inaugural FIFA Women's World Cup in 1991 in China, scoring ten goals, including five in one game. This led the U.S. Women's Team to the first women's world championship, defeating Norway 2-1. Akers scored both goals in the finals.
In 1996, Akers was again a member of the U.S. Women's National Team at the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta, Georgia where it won the gold medal. She was also a member of the gold-medal-winning, 1998 Goodwill Games team. On June 7, 1998, she was awarded the FIFA Order of Merit, their highest honor, for her contributions to the game of soccer. Akers again was part of the 1999 Women's World Cup team, leading to a second World Cup championship.
Shortly before the 2000 Summer Olympics in Sydney, Australia, Akers retired from the game as the U.S. National Team's second all-time leading scorer (behind Mia Hamm) with 105 goals, 37 assists and 247 points.
International career statistics
Matches and goals scored at World Cup and Olympic tournaments
Michelle Akers competed as a member of USA teams in three FIFA Women's World Cup: China 1991, Sweden 1995 and USA 1999; and one Olympics: Atlanta 1996; played in 18 matches and scored 13 goals at those four global tournaments. Akers was a goal medalist at Atlanta 1996 Olympics, and world champion at China 1991 and USA 1999 world cup tournaments. Akers with team USA finished third at Sweden 1995 world cup.
|Lineup||Start – played entire match
minute ( player) – substituted on at the minute indicated, and player was substituted off at the same time
minute ( player) – substituted off at the minute indicated, and player was substituted on at the same time
(c) – captain
|Min||The minute in the match the goal was scored; blank indicates played in the match but did not score a goal.|
|Assist/pass||The ball was passed by the player, which assisted in scoring the goal. This column depends on the availability and source of this information. See Assist (football) page.|
|Score||The match score after the goal was scored.
– match was won
– match was lost to opponent
– match was drawn
() – penalty-shoot-out was won after a drawn match
() – penalty-shoot-out was lost after a drawn match
|aet||The score at the end of extra-time; the match was tied at the end of 90' regulation|
|pso||Penalty-shoot-out score shown in parenthesis; the match was tied at the end of extra-time|
|penalty||Goal scored on penalty-kick which was awarded due to foul by opponent. (Goals scored in penalty-shoot-out, at the end of a tied match after extra-time, are not included.)|
|Result||The final score.|
|Orange background color – Olympic women's football tournament|
|Blue background color – FIFA women's world cup final tournament|
Since her retirement, she has continued to promote the game of soccer and has written several books, including one that documents her battle with chronic fatigue syndrome.
In 2004, she and Hamm were the only two women named to the FIFA 100, a list of the 125 greatest living soccer players selected by Pelé and commissioned by FIFA for that organization's 100th anniversary. Also in 2004, Akers was inducted, along with Paul Caligiuri and Eric Wynalda, into the US National Soccer Hall of Fame.
She currently lives with her husband Steve Eichenblatt, an attorney who represented her in her rehabilitation lawsuits against the USSF after her retirement, and their son Cody, born in 2005, in Orlando, Florida, and dedicates herself to rescuing horses.
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- Miller, Marla All-American Girls New York: Pocket Books, 1999, pp. 14-15
- "US WNT Flashback -- 20th Anniversary of First-Ever Match: Who Scored First?" http://www.ussoccer.com/News/Womens-National-Team/2005/08/U-S-WNT-Flashback-20th-Anniversary-Of-First-Ever-Match-Who-Scored-First.aspx, accessed 3 Oct 2012
- "FIFA Player Statistics: Michelle AKERS". FIFA.
- "FIFA names Akers ‘Player of the Century.’". ESPN. Retrieved 4 February 2013.
- Wahl, Grant, "Green Acres", Sports Illustrated, 4 July 2011, pp. 98-101.
- National Soccer Hall of Fame biography
- University of Central Florida biography
- Michelle Akers' U.S. Olympic Team bio
- Michelle Akers horse rescue website
- Michelle Akers on Twitter