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POWDER SPRINGS: World Cup star now runs horse farm
POWDER SPRINGS: World Cup star now runs horse farm

POWDER SPRINGS, Ga. -- Michelle Akers doesn't think much about soccer anymore... except when the World Cup is on.

"The Brazil game, oh my gosh," she said. "I barely could keep myself from swearing ... They were falling down and rolling around, and I was like, 'I'll give you something to cry about.'"

Akers is widely regarded as one of the greatest women's soccer players of all-time. In fact, in an article in Sports Illustrated last month, her former coach Tony DiCicco called Akers "the best player who ever played."

As this World Cup takes shape, Akers is still into it. But after every game, she is right back on the job.

The job, in this case, is running a horse farm in Powder Springs. Akers spends her time rescuing and nursing horses as well as tending to goats, chickens, and her three dogs.

But for the past two years, she has been climbing out of a major issue: flooding that resulted from the infamous September storm in 2009.

"That flood, I mean ... it was up to my waist, in my barn," Akers said. It left her farm flooded for several days and the ground over-saturated for months.

Now, two Junes later, it's finally at full strength.

"I had a lot of people help me, and I was like, 'Thank God these people helped,'" Akers said. "So I want to help people who have been through something horrible."

With the current World Cup in full swing, every now and then, Akers gets the soccer bug. 

"As I watch the games, I know I'd love to be out there," she said. "I think about what I would be like out there."

But just as quickly, she's back on the job.