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A stern reminder about an upcoming U.S. Soccer-related event, whether you plan to check it out live and in person, on the "tele" or that wacky world wide web.

After a hellishly busy schedule in the world championship years of 1999 and 2000, the U.S. Women's National Team took a breather in 2001, playing just five international games with the full roster compared to more than 70 contests across ‘99-'00.

But while international soccer's loss was the WUSA's gain last year, it's back to the four-year World Cup cycle, which picks up again in 2002 as Team USA prepares to qualify for the 2003 Women's World Cup and defend their title.

To kick things off after the down year, the U.S. Women will try to maintain their undefeated record (6-0-0 dating back to 1991) against the pesky Mexican WNT, who almost pulled off an upset in their last meeting in December 2000.

With a host of young college and new WUSA stars, now could be the time to start asking those questions that U.S. Soccer hasn't had to answer until now. Who will emerge as the next great leader like Michelle Akers? Who will be the next household name like Mia Hamm? Who will be the next Briana Scurry, saving a crucial penalty kick to help the U.S. win another Women's World Cup?

Turn on ESPN2 this Saturday (Jan. 12) at 7 p.m. ET and start predicting the future.

Table of Contents
1) Armchair Midfielder (U.S. Soccer's Chevy 2001 Athletes of the Year)
2) Word Association (w/ MNT forward Ante Razov)
3) D.J. for a Day (w/ U-17 MNT forward Corey Ashe)
4) Queries and Anecdotes (w/ WNT defender Kate Sobrero)
5) Big Woman on Campus (w/ U-21 WNT forward Christie Welsh)
6) Superstar!!! (w/ MNT midfielder Earnie Stewart)
7) Mark That Calendar (WNT vs. Mexico - Jan. 12)
8) From the Bleachers (w/ frequent-flying U.S. Soccer fan Andy Mead)
9) "You Don't Know Jack (Marshall)" (Gold Cup trivia)

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