CHICAGO (Friday, July 5, 2002) - U.S. Women's National Team head coach April Heinrichs has named the 23-woman roster that will participate in a four-day training camp prior to the USA's match against Norway on July 21, 2002, at the National Sports Center in Blaine, Minn. The match will be televised live on ESPN at Noon CT (1 p.m. ET). The team will arrive in Minnesota on July 16 and Heinrichs will use the training camp to pick 18 players from this roster to face Norway.
Tickets are available at all TicketMaster outlets and can be charged by phone at 651/989-5151 and online at ussoccer.com. For group tickets of 10 or more people, fans can call the Minnesota Thunder at 763/785-3668. Fans can also purchase individual tickets at Thunder home games on July 13, 14, 17 and 20.
Mia Hamm - the world's all-time leading scorer for women's international soccer - returns to the national team fold after missing the last four events due to injuries. Hamm last played for the USA on Sept. 9, 2001, against Germany, scoring twice in the 4-1 victory. She currently has a record 129 career international goals.
The match also marks the return of 1999 Women's World Cup hero and Minnesota native Briana Scurry, whose splendid goalkeeping throughout that tournament, and historic save in the penalty kick shootout in the championship game against China, helped the USA to the title. Scurry has not played for the USA since Aug. 20, 2000, against Canada when she replaced an injured Siri Mullinix. Following the Women's World Cup, she lost her starting spot to Mullinix and was the backup at the 2000 Olympics.
Scurry, who went to high school just 10 minutes from the National Sports Center at Anoka, where she was an All-American, has regained her form with the Atlanta Beat and will be battling with the USA's most recent first-choice 'keeper LeKeysia Beene and 21-year-old Hope Solo. At 103 caps, Scurry has 72 more games played than any other goalkeeper in U.S. history.
The roster also features another Minnesotan in Jena Kluegel of the Boston Breakers. Kluegel, the Ms. Soccer of Minnesota in 1997 for the Mahtomedi High School Zephyrs, was an All-American in soccer and a state champion in the 800 meters in track. Kluegel played for the USA last summer in Blaine during a 1-0 victory over Canada as 15,614 fans showed up to cheer on the U.S. women.
In her continuing effort to blend the rising young talent with the USA's core of veterans, Heinrichs has called in two stars of the U.S. Under-19 National Team in midfielder Jill Oakes and forward Heather O'Reilly. Oakes, who is headed to UCLA in the fall for her freshman season, was named the MVP of the 2002 CONCACAF Qualifying Tournament in Tobago in early May, while O'Reilly, who just finished her junior year of high school, has four caps for the full national team, all coming at the 2002 Algarve Cup in Portugal. The pair recently returned from Europe where they helped the U-19s to victories over the German and Swedish U-19 sides as they continue preparations for the first-ever FIFA Under-19 Women's World Championships to be held in Canada from Aug. 17-Sept. 1, 2002.
The U.S. women will be looking to break a frustrating four-game losing streak to the Norwegians, all on foreign soil, which has seen the USA play equal to or better than Norway over the four matches, dating back to the 2000 Olympic gold medal game in Sydney, Australia, a crushing 3-2 sudden death overtime loss. In the next meeting, a young U.S. team fell 4-3 to Norway at the 2001 Algarve Cup in Portugal. The USA has also lost to Norway twice this year, 1-0 at the Four Nations Tournament in China in January and 3-2 at the 2002 Algarve Cup. Norway remains the only team in the world with an all-time winning record against the U.S. women, who are 13-18-2 vs. the Scandinavians.
The U.S. women have played Norway more times than any country. This match will be the first time the USA has played Norway in the United States since February of 2000. The teams have met the last nine consecutive times outside of the USA.
The match marks just the third domestic game of 2002 for the U.S. women, who defeated Mexico, 7-0, in Charleston, S.C. on January 12 and downed Finland, 3-0, in San Jose, Calif. on April 27.
The USA-Norway game will be an important one for Heinrichs as she continues the process of selecting the team that will attempt to qualify for the 2003 Women's World Cup in China. The USA's qualification tournament will be the CONCACAF Women's Gold Cup, being held from Oct. 27-Nov. 9, 2002, at four west coast venues. Norway has already qualified for China, running away with European Group 1 by piling up 16 points from it six matches over France, Ukraine and the Czech Republic.
Norway, which will play Canada in Toronto on July 17 before dropping down to Minnesota, will bring most of their stars, including Hege Riise and Unni Lehn of the Carolina Courage and Anita Rapp and Linda Ormen of the New York Power.
U.S. and world all-time caps leader Kristine Lilly was requested for the Norway match, but the Breakers retained her for their weekend WUSA match against the Atlanta Beat.
U.S. Women's National Team Roster
|1||Scurry, Briana||GK||5'9"||09/07/71||Dayton, Minn.||UMass/Atlanta||103/0|
|2||Fair, Lorrie||M||5'3"||08/05/78||Los Altos, Calif.||North Carolina/Philadelphia||98/7|
|3||Benson, Jenny||D||5'5"||01/25/78||Huntington Beach, Calif.||Nebraska/Philadelphia||1/0|
|4||Reddick, Cat||D||5'5"||02/10/82||Birmingham, Ala.||North Carolina/--||17/1|
|5||Hucles, Angela||M||5'7"||07/05/78||Virginia Beach, Va.||Virginia/Boston||1/0|
|6||Chastain, Brandi||D||5'7"||07/21/68||San Jose, Calif.||Santa Clara/San Jose||148/25|
|7||Kluegel, Jena||D||5'3"||11/02/79||Mahtomedi, Minn.||North Carolina/Boston||18/1|
|8||MacMillan, Shannon||F||5'5"||10/07/74||Escondido, Calif.||Portland/San Diego||136/46|
|9||Hamm, Mia||F||5'5"||03/17/72||Chapel Hill, N.C.||North Carolina/Washington||219/129|
|10||Wagner, Aly||M||5'5"||08/10/80||San Jose, Calif.||Santa Clara/--||24/6|
|11||Foudy, Julie||M||5'6"||01/23/71||Mission Viejo, Calif.||Stanford/San Diego||210/39|
|12||Parlow, Cindy||F||5'11"||05/08/78||Memphis, Tenn.||North Carolina/Atlanta||106/46|
|14||Fawcett, Joy||D||5'6"||02/08/68||Huntington Beach, Calif.||California/San Diego||194/25|
|15||Sobrero, Kate||D||5'7"||08/23/76||Bloomfield Hills, Mich.||Notre Dame/Boston||74/0|
|16||Milbrett, Tiffeny||F||5'2"||10/23/72||Portland, Ore.||Portland/New York||177/87|
|17||Oakes, Jill||M||5'6"||07/18/84||West Hills, Calif.||UCLA/SA Strikers||0/0|
|18||Solo, Hope||GK||5'9"||07/30/81||Richland, Wash.||Washington/--||11/0|
|19||Slaton, Danielle||D||5'6"||06/10/80||San Jose, Calif.||Santa Clara/Carolina||32/1|
|20||O'Reilly, Heather||F||5'4"||01/02/85||East Brunswick, N.J.||--/PDA Splash||4/0|
|21||Bivens, Kylie||D||5'5"||10/24/78||Upland, Calif.||Santa Clara/Atlanta||7/0|
|22||Wambach, Abby||F||5'10"||06/02/80||Rochester, N.Y.||Florida/Washington||2/1|
|23||Roberts, Tiffany||M||5'3"||05/05/77||San Ramon, Calif.||North Carolina/Carolina||80/6|
|24||Beene, Lakeysia||GK||5'8"||03/09/78||Gold River, Calif.||Notre Dame/San Jose||11/0|
Head Coach: April Heinrichs (Charlottesville, Va.)
Asst. Coach: Bill Palladino (Chapel Hill, N.C.)
GK Coach: Eric Yamamoto (San Jose, Calif.)
General Manager: Nils Krumins (Chicago, Ill.)
Sport Psychologist: Dr. Colleen Hacker (Tacoma, Wash.)
Team Doctor: Dr. Joyce Tarbet (Columbia, Mo.)
Medical Trainer: Gigi Garcia (Miami, Fla.)
Massage Therapist: Nestor Battung (Chicago, Ill.)
Massage Therapist: Scott Street (Chicago, Ill.)
Equipment Coord: Francisco Tobar (Washington, D.C.)
Security Liaison: Mike Gibbs (Atlanta, Ga.)
Press Officer: Aaron Heifetz (San Diego, Calif.)