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Every Vote Counts as Fans Can Go Online to Select U.S. Soccer's Chevy Athlete of the Year Awards


CHICAGO (Tuesday, December 18, 2001) - Voting for U.S. Soccer’s 2001 Chevy Athlete of the Year awards begins today, highlighted by the second year of fan voting, which can be done by logging on to ussoccer.com and voting for one or all of the four annual awards. The four prestigious annual awards are: Male Athlete of the Year, Female Athlete of the Year, Young Male Athlete of the Year and Young Female Athlete of the Year. The Chevrolet Awards are the only year-end soccer awards which honor both male and female athletes.

Online votes will be tallied and will be equivalent to 50 percent of the total votes. As in years past, 100 votes will be compiled from members of the national media, U.S. Soccer representatives (from National Team coaches to the National Board of Directors). Ballots will be accepted until Friday, January 18, 2002, at which time the votes will be tallied. U.S. Soccer, in conjunction with Chevrolet, will then announce the winners of the four awards at a press conference at the end of January. "We're honored to once again be involved with the Athlete of the Year awards," said Brian Boyd, Chevrolet brand promotional manager. "This year, we'll present one Chevy Cavalier to each Adult Athlete winner and donate $1,000 to the U.S. Soccer Foundation in the name of each Young Athlete winner. Chevrolet has a long history of being there, supporting aspiring athletes and our support of U.S. Soccer is one more example of this."

U.S. Soccer’s Chevy Male and Female Athletes of the Year awards are the oldest and most prestigious awards of their type. The annual award, which has existed since 1984 for the men and 1985 for the women, is based on competing and excelling at the highest level of soccer offered by U.S. Soccer for the calendar year, exhibiting decorum on and off the field which reflects well on U.S. Soccer, and contributing toward soccer's popularization, acceptance and credibility in the United States.

For their excellence both on and off the field, midfielder Chris Armas and forward Tiffeny Milbrett were selected as U.S. Soccer’s 2000 Chevrolet Male and Female Athletes of the Year. U.S. MNT and Under-23 MNT forward Landon Donovan and U.S. WNT and U-21 WNT midfielder Aly Wagner were the 2000 recipients of U.S. Soccer’s Chevrolet Young Athlete of the Year award. The young player award was initiated in 1998 to highlight upcoming stars within U.S. Soccer.

Chevrolet, the largest division of General Motors Corporation, has been a proud sponsor of U.S. Soccer, the U.S. Youth Soccer Association and state soccer associations since 1997. Chevrolet recently extended its relationship with U.S. Soccer through 2004. With the final round of the U.S. MNT’s World Cup qualifying and the inaugural season of WUSA, as well as youth world championships at the Under-20 and Under-17 levels, the candidates for the 2001 awards are many.

Below is a list of suggested candidates for all four awards, as well as a complete list of award winners dating back to 1984. Mini-bios on each of the suggested candidates can also be found below.

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2001 Suggested Candidates

Male Athlete of the Year

Female Athlete of the Year

Jeff Agoos
Chris Armas
Brad Friedel
Clint Mathis
Claudio Reyna
Earnie Stewart
Josh Wolff

Lakeysia Beene
Brandi Chastain
Mia Hamm
Kristine Lilly
Shannon MacMillan
Tiffeny Milbrett
Cindy Parlow

Young Male Athlete of the Year

Young Female Athlete of the Year

DaMarcus Beasley
Bobby Convey
D.J. Countess
Ed Johnson
Mike Magee
Oguchi Onyewu
Santino Quaranta

Aleisha Cramer
Jena Kluegel
Jill Oakes
Cat Reddick
Hope Solo
Abby Wambach
Christie Welsh

All-Time Chevrolet/U.S. Soccer Award Winners

Year

Male Athlete of the Year

Female Athlete of the Year

1984

Rick Davis

not awarded

1985

Perry Van der Beck

Sharon Remer

1986

Paul Caligiuri

April Heinrichs

1987

Brent Goulet

Carin Jennings

1988

Peter Vermes

Joy Biefeld

1989

Mike Windischmann

April Heinrichs

1990

Tab Ramos

Michelle Akers-Stahl

1991

Hugo Perez

Michelle Akers-Stahl

1992

Marcelo Balboa

Carin Gabarra (Carin Jennings)

1993

Thomas Dooley

Kristine Lilly

1994

Marcelo Balboa

Mia Hamm

1995

Alexi Lalas

Mia Hamm

1996

Eric Wynalda

Mia Hamm

1997

Kasey Keller

Mia Hamm

1998

Cobi Jones

Mia Hamm

1999

Kasey Keller

Michelle Akers

2000

Chris Armas

Tiffeny Milbrett

Year

Young Male Athlete of the Year

Young Female Athlete of the Year

1998

Josh Wolff

Cindy Parlow

1999

Ben Olsen

Lorrie Fair

2000

Landon Donovan

Aly Wagner

CHEVROLET MALE ATHLETE OF THE YEAR

Jeff Agoos--Defender--MNT / San Jose Earthquakes (MLS)
Moved from left back to central defense for both the U.S. Men's National Team and the San Jose Earthquakes, leading both teams to success in 2001 ... Tied for the U.S. MNT lead in starts and appearances with 13 in 2001, including all 10 World Cup qualifying games ... Had the game-winning assist on Ante Razov's goal in a 2-0 win over T&T on June 20 ... Was a key component in a defense that gave up just 13 goals in a total of 16 games, including just eight goals in the 10 qualifiers ... Recently tied the mark for most international appearances (117) without having appeared in a World Cup ... Was named MLS Defender of the Year after helping lead the San Jose Earthquakes from worst to first and the 2001 MLS Cup title ... Notched two goals and two assists in 20 regular season games while serving as team captain for the ‘Quakes, helping the club to a team-best 13-6-7 record and a league- low 29 goals in 32 regular season games ... Now has four championship rings in the six-year history of MLS, having won three titles with early league power D.C. United ... Was also named to the MLS Best XI and played in his fifth All-Star game in 2001.

Chris Armas--Midfielder--MNT / Chicago Fire (MLS)
Continued to play a key role in central midfield on the U.S. Men's National Team in just his third full year with the team ... Remains the first choice at defensive midfielder ... Tied for the U.S. MNT lead in starts and appearances with 13 in 2001, including nine of the 10 World Cup qualifying games ... Had an assist on the only goal in a 2-1 loss to Brazil on March 3 ... Won the 2000 U.S. Soccer / Chevrolet Male Athlete of the Year award ... Played in 21 regular season games for the Chicago Fire in 2001, helping them win the Central Division with a 16-6-5 record ... Was a major reason the Fire only gave up only 30 goals in the 32-game regular season ... Was named an MLS All-Star and to the MLS Best XI team for the fourth consecutive year.

Brad Friedel--Goalkeeper--MNT / Blackburn Rovers (England)
Emerged as the first choice in goal for the U.S. Men's National Team in 2001 ... Started six games, five of which were part of the successful final round of CONCACAF World Cup qualifying ... Posted two shutouts and a 3-2-1 record ... Earned a huge shutout in the final round opener versus Mexico on Feb. 28 in Columbus, where he spent the 1996-97 seasons in MLS ... Was in the nets when the USA clinched the World Cup berth after a 2-1 win at Foxboro on Oct. 7 ... After starting the 2000-01 season with Liverpool, Friedel moved to Blackburn Rovers in November 2000 and helped them earn promotion to the English Premiership ... Has enjoyed great success in the 2001-2002 season, starting all 17 league games and three Worthington Cup games ... Has posted a 1.05 goals against average and six shutouts, including shutouts in all three Worthington Cup games.

Clint Mathis--Midfielder/Forward--MNT / MetroStars (MLS)
Like fellow South Carolina alum Josh Wolff, Mathis's great start and promising 2001 ended with an injury and a lot of missed time with club and country ... Although only appearing in six games in 2001, he tallied an amazing two goals and three assists to finish second on the U.S. Men's National Team in scoring ... All three assists were game-winning and occurred in World Cup qualifying wins ... Provided a great long ball assist on the Wolff's game-winning goal in the CONCACAF World Cup qualifying final round opener versus Mexico on Feb. 28 ... Scored the only goal and was Chevrolet Man of the Match in a 2-1 loss to Brazil on March 3 ... Had the assist on the first goal and provided the game winner in a 2-1 away win versus Honduras on March 28 ... Set up Wolff for another game- winning goal ina 1-0 win over Costa Rica on April 25 ... Led the MetroStars in scoring with a whopping seven goals and five assists, despite playing in just 10 of 32 regular season matches ... Won the MLS Goal of the Year award.

Claudio Reyna--Midfielder--MNT / Sunderland (England)
Continued as the most important piece to the U.S. Men's National Team puzzle in 2001, but was limited to just six matches and 492 minutes played due to injury and overseas club commitments ... Finished the 2000-01 season and started the 2001-02 season with Scottish power Glasgow Rangers, but recently made the jump to the English Premier League with Sunderland for a U.S. MNT player record transfer of $6.8 million ... Scored three goals and appeared in 16 games for Rangers during the 2001-02 season, including three Champions League matches and two UEFA Cup games prior to the transfer.

Earnie Stewart--Midfielder--MNT / NAC Breda (Holland)
After finishing second in scoring in 2000 with four goals and four assists, Stewart stepped up and scored five goals to lead the U.S. team in scoring in 2001 with 10 points ... All five goals came during the successful, 10-game final round of World Cup qualifying ... Scored in the first two qualifying games, a 2-0 win over Mexico on Feb. 28 and a 2-1 win at Honduras on March 28 ... Almost pulled off a hat trick, but had to settle for two goals in a 3-2 loss to Honduras on Sept. 1 ... For the second consecutive year, he had arguably the biggest impact of any European-based player on the U.S. team in 2001 ... His stellar year and scoring touch for the U.S. MNT has translated to his pro season, in which he has scored an impressive seven goals in 17 league matches for NAC Breda in the Dutch Honor Division.

Josh Wolff--Forward--MNT / Chicago Fire (MLS)
Although injuries limited him to just six appearances and 353 minutes in 2001, Wolff continued to prove himself as one of the biggest future stars for the U.S. Men's National Team ... Was the most important player on the field for the first two World Cup qualifiers, scoring the game-winning goal in both games ... Took a long pass from Clint Mathis and spun around to beat Jorge Campos for the important first goal versus Mexico on Feb. 28 ... Scored the lone goal versus Costa Rica in the 70th minute on April 25 ... Had two goals in just three games for the Chicago Fire before missing the rest of the 2001 season due to an ankle injury ... Was the recipient of the U.S. Soccer's inaugural Chevrolet Young Male Athlete of the Year award in 1998.

CHEVROLET FEMALE ATHLETE OF THE YEAR

Lakeysia Beene--Goalkeeper--WNT / San Jose Cyber Rays (WUSA)
Started just one game for the U.S. Women's National Team in 2001, but should see significant time between the pipes as one of the bright young U.S. goalkeepers ... Earned the win over Germany in the first game of the 2001 Nike U.S. Women's Cup on Sept. 9 ... Has just four career caps with the U.S. WNT, posting a 2-0-1 record in 2000 ... Helped lead the San Jose CyberRays to a second-place 11-6-4 record and her play in goal was key in helping the club win the first ever WUSA Championship in 2001 ... Saved a penalty kick from Sun Wen in the shootout to help seal the victory ... Was among the top three in almost every goalkeeping category in 2001 ... Led the WUSA in saves (95) and save percentage (82.1) and finished second in goals against average (0.97) and winning percentage (65.0) while playing in 20 games for the CyberRays.

Brandi Chastain--Defender--WNT / San Jose CyberRays (WUSA)
Perhaps the U.S. Women's National Team's most skillful overall defender, Chastain has come into her own both on and off the field since her unforgettable, game-winning penalty kick goal in the 1999 Women's World Cup Final ... Appeared in three matches for the USA in 2001 ... Has 143 all-time caps and 25 goals for the U.S. ... Helped lead the San Jose CyberRays to a second-place 11-6-4 record and win the first ever WUSA Championship in 2001 ... Finished tied for fourth on the team in scoring with two goals and five assists in 19 games with the CyberRays in 2001 ... Her five assists tied her for eighth in the league.

Mia Hamm--Forward--WNT / Washington D.C. Freedom (WUSA)
Recently earned the great honor of winning the first ever FIFA Women's World Player of the Year award, edging out China forward Sun Wen and U.S. teammate Tiffeny Milbrett ... Continues to increase her world-record goal total, which currently stands at a whopping 129 scores in 219 matches ... Finished second on the team in scoring with two goals and two assists in six games ... Scored two goals in a big 4-1 win over Germany in the first game of the 2001 Nike U.S. Women's Cup on Sept. 9 ... Still the most popular female soccer player and one of the most popular female athletes ever, Hamm was part of the reason WUSA attendance figures exceeded initial projections and the league was viewed as a success ... Led the WUSA's Washington D.C. Freedom with six goals and one assist for 13 points ... Finished fifth in total shots (61) and fourth in shots on goal (35) while playing in 19 games for the Freedom ... Won five consecutive U.S. Soccer / Chevrolet Female Athlete of the Year Awards from 1994-98.

Kristine Lilly--Midfielder--WNT / Boston Breakers (WUSA)
One of the most experienced players in the world, Kristine Lilly's all-time totals are a staggering 228 caps and 87 goals ... Holds the all-time world record for international appearances for both men and women .. Appeared in three matches for the USA in 2001 ... Was third on the WUSA's Boston Breakers in scoring with three goals and 10 assists for 16 points ... Her 10 assists led the WUSA ... Was second in the league in shots (76) and sixth in shots on goal (31) in 21 games for the Breakers, who contended for a playoff spot until late in the season.

Shannon MacMillan--Forward--WNT / San Diego Spirit (WUSA)
One of the U.S. Women's National Team's most improved players over the past few years, MacMillan had another strong year for the USA and her club team ... Tied for third in scoring with one goal and one assist in just three games and a total of only 147 minutes of action ... Increased her caps and goals totals to 127 caps and 35 goals ... Was second in the WUSA (behind only U.S. WNT teammate and fellow University of Portland alum Tiffeny Milbrett) and led the San Diego Spirit in scoring in 2001 with 12 goals and six assists for 30 points ... With her rocket right foot, led the league in shots (86) and shots on goal (50) while playing in 20 games for the Spirit.

Tiffeny Milbrett--Forward--WNT / New York Power (WUSA)
Over the past few years, Milbrett has emerged as one of the best players in the world, as she consistently scored goals against all comers with the U.S. Women's National Team ... Led the team in scoring in 2001 with three goals and one assist in five games ... Scored in three consecutive games on June 30, July 1 and Sept. 9 ... Was a finalist for the first ever FIFA Women's World Player of the Year, losing to U.S. teammate Mia Hamm .. Had a fantastic year in 2001 as part of the New York Power, leading the WUSA in scoring with 16 goals and three assists to earn MVP and Offensive Player of the Year honors ... Won the 2000 U.S. Soccer / Chevrolet Female Athlete of the Year award after being third on the team in scoring with 15 goals and nine assists and leading the way with three goals at the 2000 Olympics.

Cindy Parlow--Forward--WNT / Atlanta Beat (WUSA)
At just 23 years of age, Parlow has already run her caps and goals total to 101 caps and 46 goals ... Celebrated her 100th cap with a 1-0 win over Canada on July 1 ... After leading the team in scoring in 2000 with 19 goals and seven assists, Parlow finished with one goal in just three games in 2001 ... Scored the first goal in the 4-1 win over Germany in the first game of the 2001 Nike U.S. Womens' Cup on Sept. 9 ... Helped lead the WUSA's Atlanta Beat to a league-best 10-4-7 record and a spot in the first ever WUSA Championship ... Scored the game winning goal in sudden death overtime to send the Beat to the championship game ... Finished 10th in the league and second in team scoring with five goals and seven assists ... Her seven assists were tied for fourth in the league, while she finished 7th in shots (54) and shots on goal (30) in 19 games with the first-place Beat.

CHEVROLET YOUNG MALE ATHLETE OF THE YEAR

DaMarcus Beasley--Midfielder--U.S. Under-20 MNT / Chicago Fire (MLS)
Made his full National Team debut on Jan. 27 with an impressive 90-minute performance in a 2-1 win against China ... Played three matches for the U.S. Men's National Team in 2001, starting against China, Colombia and in the last of 10 final round World Cup qualifiers at Trinidad & Tobago on Nov. 11 ... Named one of World Soccer Magazine's "Top 100 Rising Stars" in the world ... Tore up the CONCACAF Under-20 Qualifying Tournament with three goals and four assists in three matches ... Was named the tournament's Most Outstanding Player ... Put together two goals and two assists in the USA's 5-1 win against Trinidad & Tobago on March 20 ... Tallied two goals and one assist at the FIFA World Youth Championship ... Was the Under-20's leading scorer in international matches with five goals and five assists in seven matches ... Had two goals and six assists in his second year with the Chicago Fire, helping them win the Central Division ... Was third in games and minutes played for the Fire in 2001.

Bobby Convey--Midfielder--U.S. Under-20 MNT / D.C. United (MLS)
Played one match for the U.S. Men's National Team in 2001, starting and playing 64 minutes against Brazil on March 3 ... Named one of World Soccer Magazine's "Top 100 Rising Stars" in the world ... Was a terror at the CONCACAF Under-20 Qualifying Tournament in Trinidad, scoring three goals, including a double in the opener ... Finished 2001 with three goals and two assists in 10 international matches ... Forced to sit out the second half of the FIFA World Youth Championship Round of 16 loss to Egypt due to injury ... When healthy, was one of the team's most consistent and most dangerous players ... Had one goal and seven assists in 12 games in his second MLS season with D.C. United.

D.J. Countess--Goalkeeper--U.S. Under-20 MNT / MetroStars (MLS)
Started every game he played at the Under-20 level ... Finished his Under-20 career with a 5-3-3 record in internationals to go along with a 1.00 goals against average ... Was superb in the FIFA World Youth Championship, leading the U.S. into the Round of 16 ... Made 29 saves in four games at the World Youth Championship ... Saved a penalty kick to keep the match scoreless in the first half of the Round of 16 game against Egypt ... Recorded four saves and a shutout in the USA's final match at the Toulon Festival, helping the U.S. earn a 0-0 draw against one of Europe's powerhouses, the Netherlands ... Named Most Outstanding Goalkeeper of the CONCACAF Group B Qualifying Tournament in March, 2001 ... Shutout Guatemala in the tournament opener, making six saves in the game ... Notched a shutout against Holland in the Toulon Festival on May 28, a 0-0 draw ... Blanked Mexico 1-0 in Guadalajara in the team's first international match of 2001 ... Notched two shutouts in his first two internationals of 2001.

Ed Johnson--Forward--U.S. Under-17 MNT / Dallas Burn (MLS)
Scored an amazing 23 goals in 25 career Under-17 international matches ... Led the U.S. Under-17s with 15 goals in 13 internationals and 25 goals in 32 overall games in 2001 ... Earned top scoring honors with five goals at the CONCACAF Under-17 Qualifying Tournament ... Scored a hat trick in the deciding match at the qualifying tournament, a 4-0 win against El Salvador ... Scored six goals in the USA's first three international matches of 2001, including a hat trick against Honduras on Jan. 29 ... Tallied two goals in 10 appearances as a rookie for the Dallas Burn ... Selected as the 19th overall pick of the 2001 MLS SuperDraft ... His first career professional goal was a 95th-minute equalizer.

Mike Magee--Forward--U.S. Under-17 MNT / Sockers FC
Second on the U.S. Under-17 MNT in scoring with five goals in 2001 internationals ... Scored the opening U.S. goal against France on Sept. 16 ... Scored the free kick winner in a 1-0 win against Brazil on Sept. 2, 2001, which marked his 17th birthday ... His international strike rate of six goals in 14 matches is second on the team ... Started 11 of 13 internationals of 2001 ... Scored the opener in a 2-1 win against Switzerland in Zurich on May 30, 2001 ... Was a key part of the Sockers FC team that won the 2001 U.S. Youth Soccer Under-16 National Championship.

Oguchi Onyewu--Defender--U.S. Under-20 MNT / Clemson (NCAA)
Assisted on the USA's only goal in a 1-1 draw against Ukraine at the FIFA World Youth Championship, when his long throw-in found Kenny Arena in the box, and Arena's goal gave the U.S. all it needed to advance to the Round of 16 ... Played in 12 of the USA's 13 internationals in 2001 ... Tied for second on the team with three assists ... Scored the equalizer in the USA's 2-1 come-from-behind win against Italy in the Toulon Festival, heading home a Kyle Martino free kick ... Played all 270 minutes of the Toulon Festival ... Started in two of the USA's first three shutouts of 2001 ... Assisted on the second goal in the USA's 5-0 tournament-opening win against Guatemala at the CONCACAF Under-20 Qualifying Tournament ... Played all 270 minutes at the CONCACAF Under-20 Qualifying Tournament ... Was named an All-American as a sophomore, helping Clemson win the ACC Tournament ... Had the equalizer and the game-winning goal in a 3-2 double overtime win over Alabama-Birmingham to advance to the quarter-finals of the 2001 Men's College Cup.

Santino Quaranta--Midfielder/Forward--U.S. Under-17 MNT/ D.C. United (MLS)
Second on the team with 21 international starts over the last two years ... Second on the team in scoring with eight goals and nine assists for 25 points in 2000-01 internationals ... Tallied 44 points (17 goals and 10 assists) in his first 29 overall appearances of 2001, good for second on the team ... Scored in four consecutive games (eight goals) in the USA's four-game Portugal tour in February ... Scored five goals to go along with one assist in 16 league games as a rookie for D.C. United in 2001 ... Finished second in MLS Rookie of the Year balloting ... In 2001, became the youngest player to play in an MLS game, to score in an MLS game and to start in the MLS All-Star Game ... Played all 90 minutes at the MLS All-Star Game, tallying two assists ... Had two two-goal games for D.C. in 2001.

CHEVROLET YOUNG FEMALE ATHLETE OF THE YEAR

Aleisha Cramer -- Midfielder -- WNT, Under-21 WNT / Brigham Young University (NCAA)
The 5-foot-11 midfielder played in nine matches for the full national team in 2001, second most in the pool, upping her career caps to 16 ... Finished third on the team in minutes played ... Was also a key member of the U.S. Under-21 Women's National Team, helping the team win the prestigious Nordic Cup in August ... Started all four games for the U-21s at the Nordic Cup in Norway, and exploded in the championship game, getting two goals and two assists in a 6-1 thrashing of Sweden ... Played in 10 total matches for the U-21s in 2001 ... Played her sophomore season at BYU in 2001, helping the Cougars to the NCAA tournament ... Was named Mountain West Conference Player of the Year ... Led BYU in scoring with nine goals and nine assists for 27 points from the midfield.

Jena Kluegel -- Defender -- WNT, Under-21 WNT / University of North Carolina (NCAA)
Kluegel led the U.S. Women's National Team in games played (10) and minutes played (692) in 2001, increasing her career cap total to 13 ... One of the finest attacking defenders in the USA, Kluegel was a key member of the Under-21 Women's National Team as her play on the left flank was vital in helping the USA win the prestigious Nordic Cup ... Played in a total of 10 matches for the U.S. U-21s in 2001 ... Had an excellent senior season for UNC, notching eight goals and eight assists to help the Tar Heels to an undefeated regular season and a spot in the NCAA championship game ... Was named an NSCAA Third-Team All-American ... Was a finalist for both the Hermann Trophy and the MAC award.

Jill Oakes -- Midfielder -- Under-21 WNT, Under-19 WNT / Santa Anita Strikers
The 17-year-old Oakes will be fixture in the lineup for the U.S. Under-19s as they try to win the first-ever FIFA Under-19 Women's World Championship in 2002 ... Oakes, an extremely skillful central midfielder or central defender who is also a tremendous ball-winner, played in six matches for the Under-21 Women's National Team, but scored one of the most important goals of the year at the Nordic Cup ... Came off the bench to score the tying goal in a crucial 1-1 draw with Germany to send the USA to the championship game, a match she started, as the Americans trounced Sweden 6-1 ... Played in nine matches for the U-19s in 2001 and will play a key role during CONCACAF qualifying in May of 2002 ... Plays her club soccer for the Santa Anita Strikers, the top under-18 team in a viciously competitive Southern California soccer scene ... Helped the team win the prestigious NIKE Surf Cup in San Diego, Calif. over Thanksgiving ... Will attend UCLA as a freshman next fall.

Cat Reddick -- Defender -- WNT, Under-21 WNT / University of North Carolina (NCAA)
Reddick finished second in minutes played for the full U.S. Women's National Team in 2001, playing in eight matches ... Started both games for the USA for the Independence Day Series against Canada and all four games at the Algarve Cup ... She scored her first career goal on a rocket free kick against Olympic champion Norway in the Algarve Cup, and upped her career cap total to 10 ... Reddick played in 11 matches for the Under-21 Women's National Team, playing every minute of the prestigious Nordic Cup as she captained the team to the championship ... Played in 23 games for UNC, scoring three goals with 10 assists to help the Tar Heels to an undefeated regular season and a spot in the NCAA championship game ... Was named an NSCAA Second-Team All-American.

Hope Solo -- Goalkeeper -- WNT, Under-21 WNT / University of Washington (NCAA)
Solo played in four matches for the USA in 2001, upping her career total to seven caps ... Started all four games for the USA at the 2001 Nordic Cup in Norway, allowing just two goals in the tournament as the U.S. won the championship ... Played in a total of eight matches for the Under-21 Women's National Team ... Played in 17 matches for the Huskies, allowing just 12 goals for a 0.68 goals against average ... Was named the 2001 Pac-10 Player of the Year and was nominated for the Hermann Trophy and the MAC award ... Was also named the NSCAA Second-Team All-American goalkeeper.

Abby Wambach -- Forward -- WNT, Under-21 WNT / University of Florida (NCAA)
Wambach played in just one game for the U.S. Women's National Team, earning her first cap against Germany in the Nike U.S. Women's Cup ... It was with the Under-21 Women's National Team that she did most of her damage, scoring 10 goals in 13 matches to lead the team ... Scored three goals for the U-21s at the Nordic Cup, but was suspended from the championship game due to accumulation of yellow cards ... Had a spectacular season for the University of Florida, scoring 31 goals with 13 assists to help the Gators to the Final Four ... A finalist for the Hermann Trophy and MAC award, she was named a First-Team NSCAA All-American.

Christie Welsh -- Forward -- WNT, Under-21 WNT / Penn State University (NCAA)
Welsh played five matches with the full U.S. Women's National Team ... Scored one goal for the WNT against Portugal at the Algarve Cup, which upped her career total to 12 goals in 19 matches for the USA ... Played in five matches for the Under-21 Women's National Team, scoring two goals, but missed the 2001 Nordic Cup due to sickness ... Had a spectacular junior year for the Penn State Nittany Lions, scoring 25 goals with 18 assists ... Was named an NSCAA First-Team All-American ... Was the consensus national player of the year, winning both the Hermann Trophy and the Missouri Athletic Club Player of the Year ... Was also named the NSCAA Player of the Year and the Big-10 Player of the Year.

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