Griffin Awards Akers Golden Scarf At Sounders Match

Aug. 31, 2009

SEATTLE - FIFA co-player of the century and Seattle native Michelle Akers was presented with the Golden Scarf at the Seattle Sounders game on Saturday and UW associate head women's soccer coach Amy Griffin was there to present the scarf to the icon of women's soccer.

Griffin and Akers played youth soccer together in Seattle and were teammates at Central Florida before they also played together on the U.S. National Team, teaming up to win the Women's World Cup in 1991.

Akers remained on the U.S. National team through the historic 1999 World Cup, again leading the USA to gold in a breakout event for women's soccer.

Akers told about the experience of receiving the Golden Scarf from her long-time friend and teammate.

'That was awesome. She was like, 'I think I'm going to cry,'' Akers said of Griffin. 'She was so excited and it was great for me to have her out there because I've known her for so long. We used to play youth soccer against each other here in Seattle so it was a really fun to have her there too.'

To watch the interview with Akers which includes footage of Griffin awarding her the Golden Scarf, click here.

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