Heinrichs Announces 18-Player Roster for Norway Rematch
FT. LAUDERDALE, Florida (Tuesday, February 8, 2000) - U.S. Women's National Team Head Coach April Heinrichs has chosen 18 players from her 35-player training camp to face Norway on Wed., Feb. 9, in a closed door full international match at Florida Atlantic University. The match kicks off at 2 p.m. and is open to the media but closed to the public.
The USA will be looking to avenge a 3-2 loss to Norway last Sunday at Lockhart Stadium in Ft. Lauderdale, snapping the 18-game unbeaten streak on home soil and 21-game unbeaten streak overall. Norwegian midfielder Dagney Mellgren's world class goal in injury time was the difference in a match that was seemingly headed for a draw.
Heinrichs has made 10 changes from the 18 players that dressed last Sunday as she continues the process of choosing her roster for residency training camp beginning in April, as well as her 18-player Olympic Team. Added to the roster were five members of the 1999 Women's World Cup Team: goalkeeper Briana Scurry, defenders Lorrie Fair and Sara Whalen, and midfielders Michelle Akers and Tisha Venturini. Also added were 17-year old midfielder Veronica Zepeda, former Under-21 National Team captain Michelle French, 21-year-old midfielder Nikki Serlenga, 20-year-old defender Danielle Slaton and goalkeeper Siri Mullinix.
Heinrichs will give the game off to veterans Mia Hamm, Julie Foudy, Kristine Lilly, Joy Fawcett and Brandi Chastain as well as Women's World Cup starter Kate Sobrero.