7) MARK THAT CALENDAR (U.S. WNT vs. Norway -- July 21, 1 p.m. ET, ESPN)
A stern reminder about an upcoming U.S. Soccer-related event, whether you plan to check it out live and in person, on the "telly" or that wacky world wide web.
When the U.S. Women's National Team takes on Norway on Sunday at the National Sports Center in Blaine, Minn., (live on ESPN at 1 p.m. ET), it will be just the third domestic match for the team in 2002. [Little-known fact: Blaine was the site of the first ever domestic U.S. Women's National Team match back in July of 1986.] But more than that, it will present a rare opportunity for the USA to face its most challenging rival on home soil, with the last seven meetings between the two teams coming outside the U.S.
Having lost the last two decisions to the Scandinavians, including the bitter 3-2 loss in overtime of the 2000 Olympic Gold Medal match in Sydney, Mia & Co. will undoubtedly be looking to take a step toward evening up the all-time series, which Norway leads with a 16-13-2 record. Speaking of the pony-tailed one, this will be her first match in almost a year (last appearing in a 3-1 win over Germany in Chicago), having missed all four U.S. events in 2002 and the first half of the WUSA due to injuries.
Along with welcoming Miss Mia back to the fold, the match versus Norway might mark the return of Briana Scurry to the National Team nets. After being dropped as the #1 keeper after the 1999 Women's World Cup and being relegated to a back-up role in 2000 for the Olympics, Scurry is back in bidness, having regained form and established herself as one of the top 'keepers in the land of WUSA. Appearing against Norway would be especially sweet for the Atlanta Beat leader, as she was born in Minneapolis and grew up in nearby Dayton. Coincidental call-up? Who knows? But we do know this: with the next Women's World Cup a year away, Bri will not let this chance to impress April slip by.
Table of Contents
1) Armchair Midfielder (Lasting Images of Korea/Japan 2002)
2) Word Association (w/ WNT midfielder Lorrie Fair)
3) Reyna Reminisces (w/ MNT midfielder Claudio Reyna)
4) Queries and Anecdotes (w/ WNT/U-21 WNT defender Cat Reddick)
5) The Long Road Back (w/ U-21 WNT defender Nandi Pryce)
6) Superstar!! (w/ MNT defender Tony Sanneh)
7) Mark That Calendar (U.S. WNT vs. Norway -- July 21, 1 p.m. ET, ESPN)
8) "You Don't Know Jack (Marshall)" (NEW World Cup trivia)
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