CHICAGO (Tuesday, January 8, 2002) - U.S. Women's National Team captain and midfielder Julie Foudy will be available for an online chat with fans on Thursday, January 10, 2002, at 2 p.m. ET. Fans can log onto ussoccerfan.com to participate in the live online chat session. Only registered members of ussoccerfan.com will be able to take part in the chat, so U.S. Soccer recommends that those interested in the event fill out the form for free registration prior to the start of Thursday's chat.
Foudy, 30, has been a member of the U.S. squad at five major international tournaments during her career, playing in three Women's World Cups and two Olympics. With her leadership and steady play in the midfield, the team captured the Women's World Cup in 1991 and 1999, an Olympic Gold Medal in 1996 and an Olympic Silver Medal in 2000. In the inaugural season of the WUSA, of which she is a founding member, Foudy patrolled the middle of the field for the San Diego Spirit, earning recognition on the WUSA Global 11 Second Team. Foudy became the third member of the 200-cap club on June 30, 2001, against Canada in Toronto. She joined teammates Kristine Lilly and Mia Hamm as the only players in international soccer history to earn over 200 caps for their country. Foudy now stands at 202 caps, having scored 38 goals during that time, good for eighth in the history of the U.S. Women's National Team, one tally more than her current coach, April Heinrichs.
The U.S. Women’s National Team will begin its 18th year of competition on Saturday, January 12, facing Mexico in the 268th full international match for the U.S women. The match will be broadcast live on ESPN2 on at 7 p.m. ET. Rob Stone will handle the play-by-play while U.S. Women’s National Team legend Michelle Akers will handle the color commentary. The match will be a sell-out of the 5,113 seats at Blackbaud Stadium in Charleston, S.C. Only a handful of standing room only seats remain at the home stadium of the A-League's Charleston Battery.
Following the Mexico match, the U.S. team will stay in Charleston for three more days of training before Heinrichs selects 18 players to represent the USA at the Four Nations Women’s Tournament in China. The Americans depart for the Far East on Jan. 16 and will spend a week adjusting to the time change – 13 hours ahead of East Coast time – before playing three of the toughest matches a women’s national team could play in the span of five days. The USA will open the tournament on Jan. 23 vs. Norway at Huadu Stadium, face Germany on Jan. 25 at Panyu Stadium and finish the tournament in grand fashion, taking on China on Jan. 27 at Tianhe Stadium, site of the 1991 Women’s World Cup Final.