With Mia Hamm out for the first half of the season for knee surgery and recovery, the Freedom found themselves in sixth place.
After Hamm's return, the team finished the remainder of the season 9–1–2, finishing third with a berth into the playoffs.
Her last game was played on December 16 in New Orleans when the United States played its last match of its 10-game Victory Tour following its win at the 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup.
She began playing soccer at the age of four after her sister decided she wanted to try the sport.
After tying with the Carolina Courage for last place during the previous season, the Freedom hoped to turn things around in 2002.
"Growing up as the youngest of seven was like being in a team environment, you learn all kinds of things ...
I learned how to compete, my brothers and sisters always played with me on the same level and they never let me win until I was better than them and deserved it. You might have a certain skill or talent but there is always someone who is better at something than you.""She was as competitive as you can get.
The team also won four consecutive Southeastern Conference (SEC) championships from 1998 to 2001.
Individually, she was the SEC Freshman of the Year (1998), a freshman All-American (1998), a first-team All-SEC selection for four straight seasons (1998, 1999, 2000, 2001), a two-time SEC Player of the Year (2000, 2001), twice received SEC Tournament Most Valuable Player honors (2000, 2001), and was named a first-team All-American her sophomore, junior, and senior seasons in 1999, 20.