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BOXX SCORES SECOND GOAL IN SECOND GAME, U.S. CONVERTS THREE PKs IN ROMP:  Playing in their final match before the FIFA Women’s World Cup USA 2003, five different players scored as the U.S. Women's National Team topped Mexico 5-0 yesterday (Sept. 7) in front of 13,510 fans at San Jose's Spartan Stadium. Midfielder Shannon Boxx became only the third player in team history to score a goal in her first two international appearances with the early game-winner in the 10th minute, and Abby Wambach added a successful shot/cross strike in the 25th minute, with both goals being assisted by team captain Julie Foudy. The U.S. broke the game open in the second half as Brandi Chastain, Mia Hamm and Aly Wagner all converted penalty kicks. Prior to facing Mexico, the U.S. Women also got goals from five different players to roll past Costa Rica, 5-0, in front of a crowd of 12,349 in the team's first ever match at The Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif., Sept. 1.
U.S. WNT Results -- WWC Send-Off Matches
Date        Opponent          Result        U.S. Goal Scorers
Sept. 1    Costa Rica        5-0 W        Wagner, Wambach, Boxx, Parlow, Hamm
Sept. 7    Mexico             5-0 W        Boxx, Wambach, Chastain, Hamm, Wagner

U.S. WOMEN OPEN FINAL PRE-WWC TRAINING CAMP IN CHARLOTTESVILLE ON FRIDAY: The U.S. Women’s World Cup Team has the next four days off before traveling to Charlottesville, Va., on Friday (Sept. 12) to open its final pre-Women’s World Cup training camp. There will be 30 minutes of media availability after each U.S. training session when players and coaches will be available for interviews.  All U.S. training sessions are OPEN to the media and the public, except the training sessions at the stadium the day before a Match Date, when ONLY the first 15 minutes of training will be open, primarily for photographers and local TV crews to shoot. On those days, the U.S. players and coaches will be made available for interviews at another designated time during the day, usually in the afternoon after lunch at the team hotel.
Date                            Time (ET)   Location
Saturday, Sept. 13      11 a.m.        OPEN Training @ Univ. of Virginia Soccer Fields
Sunday, Sept. 14         4 p.m.         OPEN Training @ Univ. of Virginia Soccer Fields
Monday, Sept. 15       10 a.m.        OPEN Training @ Univ. of Virginia Soccer Fields
Tuesday, Sept. 16       10 a.m.        OPEN Training @ Univ. of Virginia Soccer Fields
Wednesday, Sept. 17  11 a.m.        OPEN Training @ Univ. of Virginia Soccer Fields
Thursday, Sept. 18      12 p.m.        OPEN Training @ TBA
Friday, Sept. 19          12 p.m.        OPEN Training @ TBA
Saturday, Sept. 20      12 p.m.        CLOSED Training @ RFK Stadium

18 of 32 FIFA WWC 2003 MATCHES TO BE BROADCAST LIVE ON ESPN, ESPN2 AND ABC: ESPN announced that ESPN2, ESPN and ABC Sports will present live coverage of 18 of the 32 matches of the FIFA Women’s World Cup USA 2003, which will be played from Saturday, Sept. 20 through Sunday, Oct. 12 at six venues across the U.S. Of the 18 live broadcasts, 14 will be on ESPN2 and one on ESPN, while ABC Sports will broadcast three matches. The TV coverage of the FIFA Women’s World Cup USA 2003 will kick-off on Sunday, Sept. 21, with ABC Sports broadcasting the competition’s official opening match featuring Mia Hamm and U.S. Women’s National Team vs. Sweden at 12:30 p.m. ET, live from RFK Stadium in Washington, D.C. The U.S. will next be seen on Thursday, Sept. 25 on ESPN2 live at 7:25 p.m. ET, when they take on Nigeria at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia, Pa. The USA’s third and final Group A match will be broadcast on Sunday, Sept. 28 live on ABC at 3:30 p.m. ET as they meet North Korea at Crew Stadium in Columbus, Ohio.
USA WWC 2003 Television Schedule (*if necessary)
Date                    Opponent        Venue; City                                                  Time (ET) / TV
Sun., Sept. 21      Sweden           RFK Stadium; Washington, D.C.                 12:30 p.m. / ABC
Thurs., Sept. 25   Nigeria             Lincoln Financial Field; Philadelphia, Pa.      7:25 p.m. / ESPN2
Sun., Sept. 28      North Korea    Columbus Crew Stadium; Columbus, Ohio  3:30 p.m. / ABC
Wed., Oct. 1       Quarterfinals*   Gillette Stadium; Foxboro, Mass.                 4:30 or 7:30 p.m. /                                                                                                                        Both on ESPN2
Sun., Oct. 5         Semifinals*       PGE Park; Portland, Ore.                            7:30 or 10:30 p.m. /                                                                                                                        Both on ESPN2
Sat., Oct. 11        Third Place*    The Home Depot Center; Carson, Calif.       3:25 p.m. / ESPN2
Sun., Oct. 12       Final*              The Home Depot Center; Carson, Calif.       12:30 p.m. / ABC

U.S. WOMEN TO PLAY ITALY ON OCT. 22 IN KANSAS CITY IN FIRST OF TWO POST-WWC MATCHES: The U.S. Women's National Team will return to the field less than two weeks after the completion of the FIFA Women's World Cup USA 2003, taking on Italy on Wednesday, October 22, at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City, Mo., in a match that will be broadcast live on ESPN at 7 p.m. CT. The U.S. Women have played to large crowds before at the home of Major League Soccer’s Kansas City Wizards and the NFL’s Kansas City Chiefs, drawing 36,405 for a 6-0 victory over Finland on October 7, 1999, just months after winning the 1999 FIFA Women’s World Cup. Kansas City also came out to cheer on the USA in one of its last matches before the 2000 Olympics, as 21,246 watched a rough-and-tumble 1-1 tie with Canada on August 20. The USA has a 6-4-0 all-time record against the Italians, losing the first three meetings in the ‘80s before recording five straight wins, interrupted only by a 1-0 loss in Rieti, Italy, on March 7, 2001. Ticket prices for the match start at $15 for adults and $13 for youth (lower level endline) and are $22 for adults and $20 for youth along the lower level sideline. Fans may purchase tickets through TicketMaster by calling 816-931-3330 or online at ticketmaster.com.

U.S. ROSTER INCLUDES 12 VETERANS, EIGHT NEWCOMERS TO WOMEN’S WORLD CUP: U.S. Women’s National Team head coach April Heinrichs named the 20 players that will represent the United States in their home country on women’s soccer’s grandest stage. Leading the way are four players who are poised to play in their fourth Women’s World Cup tournament in team captains Julie Foudy and Joy Fawcett, the world’s all-time leading scorer in Mia Hamm (141 goals), and the world’s all-time appearance leader in Kristine Lilly (254 caps). Hamm, Lilly and Foudy have played in all 18 of the USA’s Women’s World Cup matches. Of the rest of the players on the roster, four are set to play in their third Women’s World Cup tournament (Brandi Chastain, Tiffeny Milbrett, Tiffany Roberts and Briana Scurry), four made their second Women’s World Cup Team (Shannon MacMillan, Cindy Parlow, Christie Pearce and Kate Sobrero) and eight players will be debutantes (Shannon Boxx, Kylie Bivens, Angela Hucles, Siri Mullinix, Cat Reddick, Danielle Slaton, Aly Wagner and Abby Wambach). The 2003 U.S. Women’s World Cup Team is an experienced side with an average age of 27.5 years. Combined, the roster has 2,182 caps and 575 international goals. With 10 players having 100 or more caps, four players over 200 and two players almost at 100, the U.S. roster averages an astounding 109 caps per player. The 20 players named to the roster have a combined 116 games of Women’s World Cup experience and seven of those players have scored in a Women’s World Cup, led by Hamm and Milbrett, who have scored six goals each.
U.S. WNT Roster – FIFA Women’s World Cup USA 2003
GOALKEEPERS (2): Siri Mullinix (Washington Freedom), Briana Scurry (Atlanta Beat); DEFENDERS (7): Kylie Bivens (Atlanta Beat), Brandi Chastain (San Jose CyberRays), Joy Fawcett (San Diego Spirit), Christie Pearce (New York Power), Cat Reddick (UNC), Danielle Slaton (Carolina Courage), Kate Sobrero (Boston Breakers); MIDFIELDERS (6): Shannon Boxx (New York Power), Julie Foudy (San Diego Spirit), Angela Hucles (San Diego Spirit), Kristine Lilly (Boston Breakers), Tiffany Roberts (Carolina Courage), Aly Wagner (Boston Breakers); FORWARDS (5): Mia Hamm (Washington Freedom), Shannon MacMillan (San Diego Spirit), Tiffeny Milbrett (New York Power), Cindy Parlow (Atlanta Beat), Abby Wambach (Washington Freedom).

– FIFA WOMEN’S WORLD CUP USA 2003 UPDATE –

INDIVIDUAL MATCH DATE TICKETS STILL ON SALE AT FIFAworldcup.com: With under two weeks before the big event, a limited number of individual match date tickets for all six venues of the FIFA Women’s World Cup USA 2003 are still on sale at FIFAworldcup.com.  Each match date consists of an afternoon or evening doubleheader, except the Third Place Match on Oct. 11 and the Final on Oct. 12, which will both be played as stand-alone games at The Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif. Individual match date tickets range in price from $20 to $175 (and up to $400 for the final), depending on the USA’s involvement and the stage of the three-week competition. Fans can also purchase these tickets over the phone by calling 1-800-WWC-TIKS (992-8457) or by visiting the stadium ticket office of five of the six venues during normal business hours. For the match dates at RFK Stadium, fans must call 202-432-SEAT (7328) or 1-800-551-SEAT (7328), as the stadium ticket office will not be open. Tickets for groups of 50 or more are available by calling 312-528-1290. Tickets for the USA’s Group A showdown with North Korea on Sept. 28 in Columbus are limited to eight per customer. Tickets for the FIFA Women’s World Cup USA 2003 Final on Oct. 12 in Carson, Calif., are limited to six per customer.

COMPLETE ESPN BROADCAST SCHEDULE: Below is the complete broadcast schedule for the FIFA Women’s World Cup USA 2003 on ABC, ESPN and ESPN2:
– FIRST STAGE –
Date                   Time (ET)        Network      Match-up                     Group    Site  
Sun., 9/21          12:30 p.m.       ABC            USA vs. Sweden             A        Washington, D.C.
                          11 p.m.            ESPN2        China vs. Ghana              D         Carson, Calif.
Wed., 9/24         4:55 p.m.         ESPN2        Norway vs. Brazil           B         Washington, D.C.
Thu., 9/25          4:30 p.m.         ESPN2         Sweden vs. N. Korea     A         Philadelphia, Pa.
                          7:25 p.m.         ESPN2         USA vs. Nigeria             A         Philadelphia, Pa.
                          9:55 p.m.         ESPN2         China vs. Australia          D         Carson, Calif.
Sat., 9/27           3:25 p.m.         ESPN2         Argentina vs. Germany    C         Washington, D.C.
Sun., 9/28          1 p.m.              ESPN           Sweden vs. Nigeria         A         Columbus, Ohio
                          3:30 p.m.         ABC             USA vs. N. Korea         A          Columbus, Ohio
                         10:55 p.m.        ESPN2          China vs. Russia             D         Portland, Ore.
 
– SECOND STAGE –
Quarterfinals
Date                  Time (ET)        Network        Match-up                                   Site
Wed., 10/1        4:30 p.m.         ESPN2          B1 vs. A2                                  Foxboro, Mass.
                         7:25 p.m.          ESPN2         A1 vs. B2                                   Foxboro, Mass.
                         9:55 p.m.          ESPN2         Re-broadcast of select Quarterfinal match
Thu., 10/2         7:25 p.m.          ESPN2         C1 vs. D2                                   Portland, Ore.
                        10:25 p.m.         ESPN2         D1 vs. C2                                   Portland, Ore.
Semifinals
Sun., 10/5         7:30 p.m.          ESPN2         G1 Winner vs. G3 Winner           Portland, Ore.
                        10:25 p.m.         ESPN2         G2 Winner vs. G4 Winner           Portland, Ore.
                        1 a.m.                ESPN2         Re-air of a semifinal match
Third Place Game / Final
Sat., 10/11       3:25 p.m.           ESPN2         Semifinal losers                           Carson, Calif.
Sun., 10/12      12:30 p.m.         ABC             Semifinal winners                        Carson, Calif.

-- 2003 LAMAR HUNT U.S. OPEN CUP UPDATE --

FIRE, METROSTARS TO HOST ALL-MLS SEMIFINALS ON SEPT. 23, OCT. 1: The final schedule for the semifinals of the 2003 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup has been set, including the broadcast schedule on Fox Sports World and Fox Sports World en Español, with the Chicago Fire set to host the Los Angeles Galaxy on Sept. 23, and the MetroStars to host D.C. United on Oct. 1. All four teams are vying for a spot in the Oct. 15 U.S. Open Cup final, which will be played at a site to be determined, and a chance at $100,000 in prize money. The Fire will host the Galaxy at Cardinal Stadium on the campus of North Central College in Naperville, Ill. The match will kick off at 7 p.m. CT and be televised live on Fox Sports World and same day delay at 11 p.m. ET on Fox Sports World en Español. The game is a rematch of the 2001 semifinal, when the Galaxy used an overtime goal by Alexi Lalas to advance to the final, which they won to become Open Cup Champion. Chicago won the Open Cup in 1998 and 2000. The next week, the MetroStars will face D.C. United at Yurcak Field on the campus of Rutgers University at 7:30 p.m. ET on Oct. 1. The game will not be televised. The MetroStars, the only semifinalist never to have claimed the Dewar Trophy, will be looking for their first Open Cup semifinal win in four tries. D.C. United looks to make a trip back to the final for the first time since 1997. For more information, log on to the Competitions page of ussoccer.com.
Quarterfinals Results – 2003 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup
No.    Date             Result
27      Aug. 27        Los Angeles Galaxy (MLS) 5, Seattle Sounders (A-League) 1  
28      Aug. 27        D.C. United (MLS) 1, Wilmington Hammerheads (USL-PSL) 0
Semifinals Schedule – 2003 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup  
No.    Date             Match-Up                                                     Venue; City                    Kickoff
31      Sept. 23        L.A. Galaxy (MLS) at Chicago Fire (MLS)   Cardinal Stadium; Naperville, Ill.    7 p.m. CT
32      Oct. 1           D.C. United (MLS) at MetroStars (MLS)     Yurcak Field; Piscataway, N.J.    7:30 p.m. ET                     

 – U.S. YOUTH NATIONAL TEAM UPDATE –

U.S. SOCCER EXPANDS FULL-TIME UNDER-17 RESIDENCY PROGRAM TO 40 PLAYERS: U.S. Soccer has added 10 players to its full-time Under-17 Residency Program, bringing the total to 40 players, all of whom began the fall semester last week at the IMG Academy in Bradenton, Fla. This is the second year in a row that 10 additional players were added to the program, as just last year U.S. Soccer increased the number of players in the residency program from 20 to 30 in 2002. The 40 U.S. players, who will be separated into a U-16 and U-17 squad, will attend classes at nearby Edison Academy and then return to the IMG campus to train in the afternoon under the guidance of U.S. Under-17 head coach John Ellinger and assistant coaches John Hackworth, Keith Fulk and Peter Mellor.  A full roster of players in residency will be released later this week.

– AROUND THE SOCCER NATION –

U.S. SOCCER UNVEILS SPECIAL WOMEN’S WORLD CUP PLUS SECTION ON ussoccer.com: With FIFA Women's World Cup USA 2003 just days away, ussoccer.com has unveiled their "Women's World Cup Plus" section, a comprehensive new website area devoted to the U.S. Women's National Team's journey through the tournament. When fans log on to ussoccer.com, they will immediately notice the "Women's World Cup Plus" drop down box that invites fans to launch the new section and get the most detailed information anywhere on the entire U.S. Women's National Team. There will be a number of in-depth sections on the brand new site, including "News and Notes," which will provide daily information on the team's activities as they compete in the tournament. The site also features a "Facts and Stats" section (giving fans the nuts and bolts on the team's roster) and a "Standings and Schedules" section providing easy access to information on any of the FIFA Women's World Cup games or scores. For an inside look at the team when it's not playing, there is an "Off the Field" section where fans will be provided with insight into what is happening around the team as the media buzz and frenzy builds with player features, Q&As, diaries, and strategy sessions.

*** U.S. SOCCER SPOTLIGHT ***

PEAK PERFORMER: U.S. Women’s National Team forward Abby Wambach continued her recent string of dominant performances in yesterday’s 5-0 win over Mexico at Spartan Stadium in San Jose, Calif. When she wasn’t out-muscling the opposition to snap countless headers toward goal, she was showing a little finesse with clever backheeled passes. If not for an unlucky day of finishing, the Rochester, N.Y., native and Chevy Woman of the Match could have had three or four goals. Still, her goal in the 25th minute gave her an impressive goals-to-caps ratio of nine goals in 14 caps. Wambach also scored in the USA’s 5-0 win over Costa Rica on Sept. 1, a week after scoring two goals to claim MVP honors at Founders Cup III.

SOCCER SHOCKER: It must have come as a shock to all around the league to read that Colorado Rapids midfielder Mark Chung, a three-time MLS Fair Play award winner, received his first red card ejection in almost eight full seasons in the league. The soft-spoken and sportsmanlike All-Star was ejected in the 90th minute on a foul on Dallas Burn midfielder Oscar Pareja.

QUOTABLE: "I saw the back of the net and it was just one of those shot-crosses. If it goes in, you call it a shot. If it goes to the far post, you call it a cross."
--Wambach, on her goal in which she turned on a defender and fired a bending ball that ended up in the left side netting past Mexico goalkeeper Jennifer Molina


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