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U.S. Women to Face Finland at University of Florida on Feb. 27


CHICAGO (Tuesday, January 12, 1999) - The U.S. Women's National Team will face Finland on Saturday, February 27 at the University of Florida in Gainesville. The game, which will be carried live on ESPN2, kicks off at 4 p.m. (ET).

The match is the first full international for the U.S. Women's National Team in Gainesville and marks the homecoming of NCAA women's soccer all-time scoring leader Danielle Fotopoulos, who led Florida to the 1998 Division I National Championship in December. Fotopoulos, a native of Altamont Springs, Fla., finished her four-year collegiate career with 118 goals, including the game-winner in the Gators 2-0 upset of North Carolina. Her final goal total shattered the NCAA all-time scoring record of 103 set by fellow National Team teammates Mia Hamm (North Carolina) and Tiffeny Milbrett (Portland).

Hamm, who recently became only the third player in international soccer history to score 100 goals, will be looking to break a record of her own as she shoots for the international scoring mark of 108 goals set by Elisabetta Vignotto of Italy.

The USA holds a 4-0-0 all-time record against Finland, outscoring them 10-0 in three victories in 1995 with the most recent win coming 2-0 in March 1998.

Fans can purchase tickets to the Finland fracas by calling the University of Florida Athletic Department at 352/375-4683.

The U.S. Women's National Team is coming off its most successful season since the team was established in 1986. Ranked No. 1 in the world, the team finished 1998 with a single year best 22-1-2 record that was capped by a 5-0 victory over Ukraine on December 20 in Fresno, Calif.

The USA opens its 1999 season with a friendly versus Portugal on January 30 in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., just four hours from where the team is maintaining residency in Orlando, Fla., in preparation for the Women's World Cup. Following the Portugal match, the squad hosts the FIFA World All-Stars on February 14 at Spartan Stadium in San Jose, Calif. in a game that will feature the 1999 FIFA Women's World Cup Draw at halftime.

Tickets for all Women's World Cup matches, which recently surpassed the 200,000 mark, are available by calling 800/WWC-TIKS (800/992-8457).


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