CHICAGO (July 20, 2002) - U.S. Women's National Team head coach April Heinrichs has named the 18-player roster to face Norway tomorrow, Sunday, July 21, at the National Sports Center in Blaine, Minn. The game will be televised live on ESPN at 1 p.m. ET.
After four days of training, Heinrichs pared the 23 players down to 18 for the match, which should feature the return of striker Mia Hamm, the world's all-time leading scorer with 129 career goals. Hamm has missed the last nine U.S. matches due to injury. She last saw action for the USA on
Sept. 9, 2001, against Germany, when she scored twice in the 4-1 win. The match may also feature the return of 1999 Women's World Cup hero Briana Scurry, a Minnesota native who has been out of the national team since the 2000 Olympics. At 103 caps, Scurry has 72 more games played than any other goalkeeper in U.S. history.
Heinrichs' attack will also feature forward Shannon MacMillan, the USA's leading scorer this year with 11 goals, 2001 WUSA MVP Tiffeny Milbrett and towering strikers Cindy Parlow and Abby Wambach.
The midfield will feature another Minnesota native in Jena Kluegel, who was Ms. Soccer of Minnesota in 1997 for the Mahtomedi High School, team captain Julie Foudy, 21-year old Aly Wagner and veteran Tiffany Roberts, who was a starter on the 1995 World Cup Team when she was 18. Angela Hucles, who made her national team debut last April 27 against Finland, was also named.
The back line will feature veterans Joy Fawcett and Brandi Chastain, as well as 20-year-old Cat Reddick, Kate Sobrero, who missed the Finland match while recovering from injury, Lorrie Fair, who should earn her 99th career cap and newcomer Jenny Benson, who will be looking for her second career cap. Scurry and 2001 WUSA goalkeeper of the Year LaKeysia Beene are the two options in goal.
Of the players who were not named to the roster, goalkeeper Hope Solo left today to join the U.S. Under-21 Women's National Team in Finland for the Nordic Cup championship, the top competition in the world for U-21 women. Wagner and Reddick will join the U-21s after the Norway game.
Eighteen-year-old Jill Oakes and 17-year-old Heather O'Reilly both left Minnesota today to join the U.S. U-19 Women's National Team, currently engaged in a training camp in San Diego, Calif., in preparation for the FIFA Under-19 Women's World Championship starting Aug. 17, 2002, in Canada.
Defender Heather Mitts was ruled out of the match due to a minor hip injury and midfielder Kylie Bivens returned to her WUSA club, the Atlanta Beat, for its match against Boston today.
The U.S. women will be looking to break a frustrating four-game losing streak to the Norwegians, all on foreign soil, which has seen the USA play equal to or better than Norway over the four matches, dating back to the 2000 Olympic gold medal game in Sydney, Australia, a crushing 3-2 sudden-death overtime loss. Following is the U.S. roster for the Norway match.
U.S. Women's National Team Roster
|1||Scurry, Briana||GK||5'9"||09/07/71||Dayton, Minn.||UMass/Atlanta||103/0|
|2||Fair, Lorrie||M||5'3"||08/05/78||Los Altos, Calif.||North Carolina/Philadelphia||98/7|
|3||Benson, Jenny||D||5'5"||01/25/78||Huntington Beach, Calif.||Nebraska/Philadelphia||1/0|
|4||Reddick, Cat||D||5'5"||02/10/82||Birmingham, Ala.||North Carolina/--||17/1|
|5||Roberts, Tiffany||M||5'3"||05/05/77||San Ramon, Calif.||North Carolina/Carolina||80/6|
|6||Chastain, Brandi||D||5'7"||07/21/68||San Jose, Calif.||Santa Clara/San Jose||148/25|
|7||Kluegel, Jena||D||5'3"||11/02/79||Mahtomedi, Minn.||North Carolina/Boston||18/1|
|8||MacMillan, Shannon||F||5'5"||10/07/74||Escondido, Calif.||Portland/San Diego||136/46|
|9||Hamm, Mia||F||5'5"||03/17/72||Chapel Hill, N.C.||North Carolina/Washington||219/129|
|10||Wagner, Aly||M||5'5"||08/10/80||San Jose, Calif.||Santa Clara/--||24/6|
|11||Foudy, Julie||M||5'6"||01/23/71||Mission Viejo, Calif.||Stanford/San Diego||210/39|
|12||Parlow, Cindy||F||5'11"||05/08/78||Memphis, Tenn.||North Carolina/Atlanta||106/46|
|13||Hucles, Angela||D||5'7"||07/05/78||Virginia Beach, Va.||Virginia/Boston||1/0|
|14||Fawcett, Joy||D||5'6"||02/08/68||Huntington Beach, Calif.||California/San Diego||194/25|
|15||Sobrero, Kate||D||5'7"||08/23/76||Bloomfield Hills, Mich.||Notre Dame/Boston||74/0|
|16||Milbrett, Tiffeny||F||5'2"||10/23/72||Portland, Ore.||Portland/New York||177/87|
|22||Wambach, Abby||F||5'10"||06/02/80||Rochester, N.Y.||Florida/Washington||2/1|
|24||Beene, Lakeysia||GK||5'8"||03/09/78||Gold River, Calif.||Notre Dame/San Jose||11/0|
Head Coach: April Heinrichs (Charlottesville, Va.)
Asst. Coach: Bill Palladino (Chapel Hill, N.C.)
GK Coach: Eric Yamamoto (San Jose, Calif.)
General Manager: Nils Krumins (Chicago, Ill.)
Sport Psychologist: Dr. Colleen Hacker (Tacoma, Wash.)
Team Doctor: Dr. Joyce Tarbet (Columbia, Mo.)
Medical Trainer: Gigi Garcia (Miami, Fla.)
Massage Therapist: Nestor Battung (Chicago, Ill.)
Massage Therapist: Scott Street (Chicago, Ill.)
Equipment Coord: Francisco Tobar (Washington, D.C.)
Security Liaison: Mike Gibbs (Atlanta, Ga.)
Press Officer: Aaron Heifetz (San Diego, Calif.)