CHICAGO (June 30, 2004) – With 43 days remaining before the USA opens the Olympic women’s soccer competition against Greece in Heraklio on the island of Crete, U.S. Women’s National Team’s head coach April Heinrichs has pared down the Olympic Residency Camp roster to 20 and will officially name the 18 players on the 2004 U.S. Olympic Women’s Soccer Team tomorrow at 2 p.m. ET on ussoccer.com.
The U.S. team will travel to Nashville today in preparation for the USA’s match against Canada on Saturday, July 3, at the Coliseum. The match will kickoff at 7 p.m. CT and will be broadcast live on ESPN. The match marks the third-ever game for the U.S. women in Tennessee, having played two matches in Chattanooga in 1997, both 3-1 wins over Sweden.
Heinrichs has had a total of 38 players in training since the USA started its Olympic Residency Camp program in early April, but has now reduced the camp numbers as she focuses on the final selection for the 2004 Olympic Team. Heinrichs released goalkeepers Jenni Branam and Siri Mullinix, defenders Kylie Bivens, Danielle Slaton and Amy LePeilbet, midfielders Lori Lindsey, Leslie Osborne and Lori Chalupny, and forwards Christie Welsh and Shannon MacMillan. Bivens, Slaton, MacMillan and Mullinix were members of the 2003 Women’s World Cup Team. All of the released players are eligible to fill one of four alternate slots to be named later in July.
The U.S. roster features a wide age range from 36-year-olds Joy Fawcett and Brandi Chastain to 19-year-old Heather O’Reilly. U.S. captain Julie Foudy, who has scored 44 times in her career, leads the way in the midfield along with Kristine Lilly, the world’s most capped player, and Shannon Boxx, who recently captained the FIFA Women’s World All-Stars to a 3-2 victory over world champion Germany at Stade de France in Paris. The other midfielders named were Angela Hucles, who is finally healthy after suffering shin problems early in Olympic Residency Camp, Aly Wagner, Tiffany Roberts, Lorrie Fair, and 20-year-old Lindsay Tarpley, the USA’s second-leading goal scorer in 2004 with seven in her first year with the full Women’s National Team.
At forward, Mia Hamm, the world’s all-time leading scorer, continues to terrorize opposing defenses as she has added five goals and nine assists in 12 games this year, increasing her career goal total to 149. Hamm, who scored her 100th career goal on Sept. 18, 1998, then broke the world scoring record with her 108th career goal on May 16, 1999, will reach another milestone with her next score, extending her world record to an unprecedented 150 goals.
The other forwards named to the roster for Nashville are 69-career goal scorer Cindy Parlow, a native of Memphis, Tennessee, and the state’s greatest-ever player, Abby Wambach, and O’Reilly, the team’s only teenager, who has three career goals for the USA. Wambach has been on a torrid scoring run in 2004 having pounded in a team-leading 12 goals in her last 12 matches, including the only goal in a 1-1 draw during the USA’s last match against Japan on June 6, and has upped her career total to 26 in just 37 matches.
Including Joy Fawcett, who returned to the U.S. lineup on June 6 against Japan after missing five games while recovering from back surgery, Heinrichs named six defenders to the roster in veterans Chastain, Christie Rampone and Kate Markgraf, as well as rising stars Cat Reddick and Heather Mitts.
The two goalkeepers named are Women’s World Cup and Olympic gold medal-winning ‘keeper Briana Scurry and Kristin Luckenbill, who has earned all three of her career caps this year.
The USA-Canada game renews one of the longest-standing rivalries in U.S. women’s soccer history as the two teams meet for the 34th time since first meeting almost 18 years ago to the day of the match in Nashville. While Canada is likely still smarting from a shock upset in the CONCACAF Olympic Qualifying Tournament that sent Mexico to Greece as the region’s second representative along with the USA, the Canadians are much improved as a country, advancing to the 3rd place match of the 2003 Women’s World Cup, where they lost to the USA, 3-1. The teams have already met once this year, a 2-0 U.S victory in Shenzhen, China, on February 3, as Tarpley and Fawcett scored to clinch the Four Nations Tournament title.
Tickets for USA-Canada range in price levels from $18 to $45 and can be purchased at all Ticketmaster outlets in the region (including Kroger and Hecht’s stores), by phone at 615-255-9600, and on-line at ussoccer.com. Groups of 20 or more can call 312-528-1290.
Please note that due to a scheduling conflict with the USA-Canada game, the Nashville Metros of the USL have changed the date of their match with the New Orleans Shellshockers. That game will now be played on Thursday, July 1, at 7 p.m. at Ezell Park. For more information please call 615-832-5678 or visit the website www.nashvillemetrossoccer.com.
USA vs. CANADA
July 3, 2004 – The Coliseum – Nashville, Tenn.
UNITED STATES WOMEN’S NATIONAL TEAM ROSTER
GOALKEEPERS (2): Kristin Luckenbill, Briana Scurry; DEFENDERS (6): Brandi Chastain, Joy Fawcett, Kate Markgraf, Heather Mitts, Christie Rampone, Cat Reddick; MIDFIELDERS (8): Shannon Boxx, Lorrie Fair, Julie Foudy, Angela Hucles, Kristine Lilly, Tiffany Roberts, Lindsay Tarpley, Aly Wagner; FORWARDS (4): Mia Hamm, Heather O’Reilly, Cindy Parlow, Abby Wambach.
Head Coach: April Heinrichs (Gainesville, Va.)
Assistant Coach: Tracey Leone (Phoenix, Ariz.)
Assistant Coach: Greg Ryan (Colorado Springs, Colo.)
GK Coach: Phil Wheddon (Monroe, Conn.)
General Manager: Nils Krumins (Manhattan Beach, Calif.)
Doctor: Dr. Becky Spaulding (High Point, N.C.)
Medical Trainer: Cody Malley (Apex, N.C.)
Medical Trainer: Debbie Prouse (Thousand Oaks, Calif.)
Massage Therapist: Scott Street (Chicago)
Massage Therapist: Hope Moore (Cary, N.C.)
Equipment Coordinator: Tonya Alleyne (San Diego, Calif.)
Team Security Officer: Mark Pharris (Atlanta, Ga.)
Press Officer: Aaron Heifetz (Hermosa Beach, Calif.)