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DiCicco Names First 13 Players for U.S. Women's National Team Residency Camp to Begin in January in Florida


CHICAGO (Thursday, October 29, 1998) - U.S. Women's National Team Head Coach Tony DiCicco has named the first 13 women that will make up the 26-player residency camp beginning in early January, 1999, in Orlando, Fla., at the Lake Sylvan Park Training Facility in Seminole County. The U.S. team will be based at the camp for five months as they engage in intense preparation for the 1999 FIFA Women's World Cup that begins June 19 at Giants Stadium in New Jersey. The Opening Game doubleheader will feature the U.S. team and Opening Ceremonies.

DiCicco will name the final 13 players in the near future. All 26 players will live in Orlando for five months leading up the tournament. In addition to the players in residency, DiCicco will also call in several "floaters" for one-to-two week trials periods during the preparation. The American women will undergo the same camp program at the same facility that they used to prepare for both the 1995 FIFA Women's World Cup and the 1996 Olympics.

Following are the first 13 players invited to residency camp:

U.S. WOMEN'S NATIONAL TEAM RESIDENCY CAMP -- FLORIDA, 1999
Player Pos. Ht. Wt. DOB Hometown College Caps/Goals
Akers, Michelle Midfielder 5-10 150 2/1/66 Oviedo, Fla. Central Florida 126/98
Chastain, Brandi Midfielder 5-7 130 7/21/68 San Jose, Ca. Santa Clara 78/16
Fawcett, Joy Defender 5-5 130 2/8/68 Huntington Beach, Ca. Cal 125/17
Foudy, Julie Midfielder 5-6 130 1/23/71 Mission Viejo, Ca. Stanford 137/24
Hamm, Mia Forward 5-5 125 3/17/72 Chapel Hill, N.C. UNC 156/101
Lilly, Kristine Forward 5-4 130 7/22/71 Wilton, Conn. UNC 162/61
MacMillan, Shannon Forward 5-5 130 10/7/74 Escondido, Ca. Portland 62/14
Milbrett, Tiffeny Forward 5-2 125 10/23/72 Portland, Ore. Portland 101/46
Overbeck, Carla Defender 5-7 125 5/9/69 Chapel Hill, N.C. UNC 127/7
Pearce, Christie Defender 5-6 140 6/24/75 Point Pleasant, N.J. Monmouth 36/2
Scurry, Briana Goalkeeper 5-8 145 9/7/71 Dayton, Minn. UMass 77
Sobrero, Kate Defender 5-9 140 8/23/76 Bloomfield Hills, Mich. ND 12/0
Venturini, Tisha Midfielder 5-6 125 3/3/73 Modesto, Ca. UNC 110/37

Of the 13 players named so far, 11 are the veterans of the 1996 gold medal team. DiCicco also named 22-year old defender Kate Sobrero, who has just 12 caps, but started both matches at the 1996 Goodwill Games. Up-and-coming defender Christie Pearce, who started all three games at NIKE U.S. Women's Cup '98, was also named.

"This is the core group of players that over past two years have established themselves as deserving of a spot in residency camp," said DiCicco. "The majority of these players have won a Women's World Cup, an Olympics, or both, and will carry us through to our goals in 1999."

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