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DiCicco Announces U.S. Women's National Team Roster for 6th Algarve Cup in Portugal as Akers is Cleared to Play


CHICAGO (Monday, March 8, 1999) - U.S. Women's National Team Head Coach Tony DiCicco has announced his 18-woman roster that will depart for Portugal on March 9 to compete in the 6th Algarve Cup, an eight-team international tournament held on the coast in the Southern tip of the country. The U.S. Women have failed to win the tournament in four previous attempts, but are hoping to break the frustrating streak in these crucial Women's World Cup tune-ups. Six of the eight teams at the Algarve Cup will be participating in this summer's Women's World Cup, including three top seeds, China, Norway and the USA.

"Algarve has been trouble for us in the past," said DiCicco, who has coached two Algarve Cup teams that failed to take top honors. "There are six World Cup teams participating, but generally the teams are not at peak performance. No one is playing great soccer right now. The Algarve Cup is just a chance to see the teams and leap ahead in training. We learn a lot from these events."

U.S. midfielder Michelle Akers, who suffered a gash over her left eye that required 25 stitches and three broken bones in her left cheek from a head-head collision with Norway's Linda Medalen in the match with the FIFA World Stars on Feb. 14, has been cleared to play. Akers had minor surgery last Wednesday to remove accumulate blood and small bone fragments from her cheek and then was cleared to play on Friday, three weeks earlier than doctors had originally predicted. She will travel with the team to Portugal.

U.S. forward Mia Hamm will travel to Portugal with 104 career international goals and is just four scores away from breaking the all-time international scoring record of 107 goals held by the long-retired Elisabetta Vignotto of Italy. Vignotto played the bulk of her national team career in the 1970s, earning 109 caps for Italy, but played club soccer for 20 years.

It was previously reported that Vignotto's world scoring mark was 108 goals, but upon further research by the Italian Women's Soccer Federation, it has been confirmed that the record is in fact 107. Hamm has four matches in Portugal to pursue the record, and then will come back home to face Mexico on March 28 at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, Calif., as part of a doubleheader with the Los Angeles Galaxy of MLS.

Hamm is one goal shy of tying another Italian legend, Carolina Morace, for second place on the world's all-time goal scoring list. U.S. midfielder Michelle Akers is fourth on that list with 100 career international goals. The great Pele is the men's all-time international scoring leader with 77 career goals.

The USA opens the tournament on March 14 against Sweden in Silves, faces Finland on March 16 in Quarteira, and finishes first-round play against defending Women's World Cup champion Norway on March 18 in Albufeira. All the venues are within a 30-minute bus ride in the Algarve region, which is four hours by bus from Lisbon. The other group features China, Denmark, Australia and Portugal. The group winners will meet for the championship on March 20, with the second place finishers playing for 3rd place, the third place finishers playing for 5th and the fourth place finishers playing for 7th.

6th Algarve Cup Tournament Schedule -- 1999

Sun., Mar. 14, 1999

USA vs. Sweden -- 2:30 p.m. Local/8:30 a.m. ET -- Silves
Norway vs. Finland -- 4:30 p.m. Local/10:30 a.m. ET -- Silves
Denmark vs. Australia -- 2:30 p.m. Local/8:30 a.m. ET -- Faro
Portugal vs. China -- 4:30 p.m. Local/10:30 a.m. ET -- Faro

Tues., Mar. 16, 1999

Sweden vs. Norway -- 2:30 p.m. Local/8:30 a.m. ET -- Quarteira
USA vs. Finland -- 4:30 p.m. Local/10:30 a.m. ET -- Quarteira
Denmark vs. China -- 2:30 p.m. Local/8:30 a.m. ET -- Olhão
Portugal vs. Australia -- 4:30 p.m. Local/10:30 a.m. ET -- Olhão

Thurs., Mar. 18, 1999

USA vs. Norway -- 2:30 p.m. Local/8:30 a.m. ET -- Albufeira
Sweden vs. Finland -- 4:30 p.m. Local/10:30 a.m. ET -- Albufeira
Denmark vs. Portugal -- 2:30 p.m. Local/8:30 a.m. ET -- Montechoro
Australia vs. China -- 4:30 p.m. Local/10:30 a.m. ET -- Montechoro

Sat., Mar. 20, 1999

Match for 7th and 8th -- 11 a.m. Local Time/5 a.m. ET -- Montechoro
Match for 5th and 6th -- 11 a.m. Local Time/5 a.m. ET -- Loulè
Match for 3rd and 4th -- 11 a.m. Local Time/5 a.m. ET -- Quarteira
Championship Match -- 4 p.m. Local Time/10 a.m. ET -- Loulè

United States Women's National Team Roster
6th Algarve Cup -- Portugal
No. Player Pos. Ht. Wt. DOB Hometown College Caps/Goals
1 Scurry, Briana GK 5-8 145 9/7/71 Dayton, Minn. UMass  80
2 Fair, Lorrie D 5-3 125 8/5/78 Los Altos, Ca. UNC 38/1
3 Pearce, Christie D 5-6 140 6/24/75 Pt Pleasant, N.J. Monmouth 40/2
4 Overbeck, Carla D 5-7 125 5/9/69 Chapel Hill, N.C. UNC 131/7
6 Chastain, Brandi M 5-7 130 7/21/68 San Jose, Ca. Santa Clara 82/17
7 Whalen, Sara D 5-5 130 4/28/76 Greenlawn, N.Y. UConn 26/1
8 MacMillan, Shannon F 5-5 130 10/7/74 Escondido, Ca. Portland 66/15
9 Hamm, Mia F 5-5 125 3/17/72 Chapel Hill, N.C. UNC 160/104
10 Akers, Michelle M 5-10 150 2/1/66 Orlando, Fla. UCF 128/100
11 Foudy, Julie M 5-6 130 1/23/71 MV, Ca. Stanford 141/27
12 Parlow, Cindy F 5-11 145 5/08/78 Memphis, Tenn. UNC 43/17
13 Lilly, Kristine F 5-4 130 7/22/71 Wilton, Conn. UNC 166/66
14 Fawcett, Joy D 5-5 130 2/8/68 Hunt. Beach, Ca. California 129/18
15 Venturini, Tisha M 5-6 125 3/3/73 Modesto, Ca. UNC 114/38
16 Milbrett, Tiffeny F 5-2 125 10/23/72 Portland, Ore. Portland 105/47
18 Webber, Saskia GK 5-9 145 6/13/71 Princeton, N.J. Rutgers 23
20 Sobrero, Kate D 5-9 140 8/23/76 Bloomfield Hills, Mich. UND 16/0
22 Fotopoulos, Danielle F 5-11 165 3/24/76 Altamonte Sprgs, Fla. Florida 12/5
 
TEAM STAFF
General Manager Brian Fleming Lake Mary, Fla.
Head Coach Tony DiCicco Wethersfield, Conn.
Asst. Coach Lauren Gregg Charlottesville, Va.
Asst. Coach Jay Hoffman Chagrin Falls, Ohio
Team Administrator Melissa Pilgrim Lake Mary, Fla.
Trainer Sue Hammond Lake Mary, Fla.
Equipment Manager Dainis Kalnins Des Moines, Iowa
Massage Therapist Clint Wynn Gainesville, Fla.
Press Officer Aaron Heifetz West Los Angeles, Calif.

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