CHICAGO (Friday, May 16, 2003) - U.S. Women's National Team head coach April Heinrichs has named the 18 players that will face England tomorrow in an important Women's World Cup warm-up match at Legion Field in Birmingham, Alabama. The match will be shown live on ESPN at Noon CT / 1 p.m. ET. Fans can also follow the game at ussoccer.com's MatchTracker presented by Philips Electronics.
Named to the roster are two players with Alabama connections in hometown girl Cat Reddick, a 21-year-old defender who grew up in Birmingham where she won four state titles with Briarwood Christian High School, and Mia Hamm, the world's all-time leading scorer who was born in Selma, Alabama.
Some heavy rains have fallen on the Birmingham area this week, making for a few wet and muddy training sessions for the U.S. women, but the playing surface at Legion Field is in world-class condition for the match against a strong English team. Muggy and hot temperatures into the low 80s, but no rain, are forecast for the Noon local kickoff.
The two teams last met at the 2002 Algarve Cup in Portugal with the USA coming away with a 2-0 victory. England failed to qualify for the 2003 Women's World Cup, losing a two-game playoff series to France for the fifth and final European berth, but is gearing up for the 2005 European Women's Championships, which it will host that summer.
U.S. Women's National Team
|3||Pearce, Christie||D||5'6"||06/24/75||Pt. Pleasant, N.J.||Monmouth/New York||97/4|
|4||Reddick, Cat||D||5'5"||02/10/82||Birmingham, Ala.||North Carolina/--||31/1|
|5||Roberts, Tiffany||M||5'3"||05/05/77||San Ramon, Calif.||North Carolina/Carolina||96/7|
|6||Chastain, Brandi||D||5'7"||07/21/68||San Jose, Calif.||Santa Clara/San Jose||168/29|
|8||MacMillan, Shannon||F||5'5"||10/07/74||Escondido, Calif.||Portland/San Diego||153/58|
|9||Hamm, Mia||F||5'5"||03/17/72||Chapel Hill, N.C.||North Carolina/Washington||234/138|
|10||Wagner, Aly||M||5'5"||08/10/80||San Jose, Calif.||Santa Clara/San Diego||42/10|
|11||Foudy, Julie||M||5'6"||1/23/71||Mission Viejo, Calif.||Stanford/San Diego||226/40|
|12||Parlow, Cindy||F||5'11"||05/08/78||Memphis, Tenn.||North Carolina/Atlanta||123/57|
|13||Lilly, Kristine||M||5'4"||07/22/71||Wilton, Conn.||North Carolina/Boston||250/91|
|14||Fawcett, Joy||D||5'6"||02/08/68||Huntington Beach, Calif.||California/San Diego||212/26|
|15||Sobrero, Kate||D||5'7"||08/23/76||Bloomfield Hills, Mich.||Notre Dame/Boston||92/0|
|16||Milbrett, Tiffeny||F||5'3"||10/23/72||Portland, Ore.||Portland/New York||187/96|
|18||Mullinix, Siri||GK||5'8"||05/22/78||Greensboro, N.C.||North Carolina/Washington||37/0|
|19||Hucles, Angela||M||5'7"||07/05/78||Virginia Beach, Va.||Virginia/Boston||19/1|
|22||Wambach, Abby||F||5'10"||06/02/80||Rochester, N.Y.||Florida/Washington||9/5|
|24||Beene, LaKeysia||GK||5'8"||03/09/78||Gold River, Calif.||Notre Dame/San Jose||16/0|
|25||Mitts, Heather||D||5'5"||06/06/78||Cincinnati, Ohio||Florida/Philadelphia||3/0|