Shannon MacMillan (born October 7, 1974 in Syosset, New York) is a
former American professional soccer player.
She was a member of the
U.S. Women's National Team
that won the gold medal at the 1996 Summer Olympics and at the
1999 Women's World Cup.
She was US Soccer's Female Athlete of the Year for 2002.
In 2007, MacMillan became an assistant coach for the UCLA women's soccer team.MacMillan attended San Pasqual High School in Escondido, California, and then played for the University of Portland, where she won the Hermann Trophy for the best female collegiate soccer player of the 1995 season.
While still in college, she joined the US National Team in 1994 as a midfielder. By 2000, she moved to forward.
In the Olympic semifinal against Norway in 1996,
she scored the game-winning goal in overtime.
In the Olympic final against China, she collected a
Mia Hamm shot that rebounded off the post and put it
in for the first goal of the match.
She was a "super-sub" on the US WNT's 1999 Women's World Cup team and the 2000 Olympic team. She earned a spot on the roster for the 2003 Women's World Cup team after making a miraculously quick recovery from an ACL tear suffered just four months before the tournament began.
MacMillan was one of the founding players of the Women's United Soccer Association, playing three seasons for the San Diego Spirit.
She retired from international play in 2006 at the age of 31. She finished her international career with 60 goals and with 175 caps, the tenth most of any woman in history up to that time.
She was inducted into the Oregon Sports Hall of Fame on September 25, 2007.
On January 7, 2010, she was named Director of the Competitive Program at the Del Mar Carmel Valley Sharks Soccer Club.