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U.S. Women Fully Loaded for Showdown with Norway on February 6; Two Women's World Cup Champions Clash in Ft. Lauderdale


CHICAGO (Saturday, January 29, 2000) - U.S. Women's National Team Head Coach April Heinrichs has called in 35 players, including 17 members of the 1999 Women's World Cup championship team, to her first training camp at the helm of the world's premier women's soccer power. The USA will begin training in Ft. Lauderdale on Tuesday, Feb. 1, in preparation for its clash with arch-rival Norway on Feb. 6 at Lockhart Stadium (Kickoff 2 p.m. ET -- LIVE on ESPN).

Tickets are priced at $20 (VIP), $16 (sideline), $12 (end zone) and can be purchased by calling the Miami Fusion at 1-888/FUSION4 or 954/473-0927. The USA-Norway game will be followed at 4:30 p.m. by the annual Umbro Select Women's College All-Star Match, featuring the top seniors from the 1999 season. The USA's Mia Hamm and Brandi Chastain will serve as assistant coaches for the East and West teams, respectively.

The match between the only two countries ever to win a Women's World Cup will mark the 2000 domestic debut for the reigning World Cup and Olympic champions, who face a team that holds the distinction of being the only country to own a winning record against them. Norway is also one of just three teams (China and Germany being the others) to defeat the U.S. on home soil during the 1990s. In the most recent meeting between the two teams, the USA defeated the 1995 Women's World Cup champions, 2-1, at the Algarve Cup in Portugal last March, but are 10-11-1 all-time against the Scandinavians.

The match may also mark the final international appearance for Michelle Akers in Florida. The former University of Central Florida All-American and Orlando resident will retire from international soccer after the Olympics. She returns to the field where she scored her 100th career goal in a 6-0 victory over Portugal on Jan. 30, 1999, during the USA's last visit to Lockhart.

In an ironic twist, Heinrichs will coach her first full international match against the team she played in her final international appearance, captaining the USA to the 1991 Women's World Cup title with a 2-1 victory over Norway. Norway finished fourth at the 1999 Women's World Cup, its lowest placement ever in a world championship following a second-place at the 1991 Women's World Cup, a first-place in 1995 and a bronze medal at the 1996 Olympics.

In addition to the 35 players called in by Heinrichs for the national team camp, the U.S. Under-18 Women's National Team will conduct an 18-player camp, with two of those players (Aylssa Ramsey and Anne Morrell) training with the national team pool, but playing matches with the U-18s. The USA will play exhibitions against the Under-18s and the West College All-Stars. In addition to its tussle with the full national team, the Under-18 women will play matches against the East College All-Stars and two Under-19 Regional Teams also in town for a USYSA Inter-Regional Tournament.

Following are the rosters and game schedules for the U.S. Women's National Teams in Florida:

DateTeamsVenueTime (ET)
Wed. 2/2USA vs. USA U-18sNova Southeastern3:30 p.m.
Fri. 2/4USA vs. West College All-StarsNova Southeastern4:00 p.m.
Fri. 2/4U-18s vs. East College All-StarsNova Southeastern4:00 p.m.
Sat. 2/5U-18s vs. Region III U-19sFlorida Atlantic10:30 a.m.
Sat. 2/5U-18s vs. Region I U-19sFlorida Atlantic7:00 p.m.
Sun. 2/6USA vs. NorwayLockhart Stadium2:00 p.m.
Wed. 2/9USA vs. Norway (Closed Door)Florida Atlantic2:00 p.m.

United States Women's National Team
Player Pool Roster * Ft. Lauderdale, Florida
PlayerPos.Ht.Wt.DOBHometownCollegeCaps/Goals
Akers, MichelleM5-101502/1/66Oviedo, Fla.Central Florida146/104
Beene, LakeysiaGK5-81353/9/78Gold River, Ca.Notre Dame3/0
Bush, SusanF5-412011/10/80Houston, Tex.North Carolina6/1
Chastain, BrandiD5-71357/21/68San Jose, Ca.Santa Clara106/21
Clemens, MandyF5-51259/3/78San Diego, Ca.Santa Clara4/0
Cramer, AleishaM5-101307/29/82Lakewood, Co.Colorado Rush5/0
Fair, LorrieD5-31308/5/78Los Altos, Ca.North Carolina52/1
Fawcett, JoyD5-51302/8/68Huntington Beach, Ca.California153/21
French, MichelleD5-41351/27/77Kent, Wash.Portland6/0
Foudy, JulieM5-61301/23/71Mission Viejo, Ca.Stanford166/32
Hamm, MiaF5-51303/17/72Chapel Hill, N.C.North Carolina183/114
Kester, SherrillF5-31203/7/78High Point, N.C.Duke3/3
Kluegal, JenaM5-312511/2/79Mahtomedi, Minn.North Carolina0/0
Lilly, KristineM5-41257/22/71Wilton, Conn.North Carolina191/81
MacMillan, ShannonF5-513510/7/74Escondido, Ca.Portland89/22
Milbrett, TiffenyF5-212510/23/72Portland, Ore.Portland129/68
Morrell, AnneF5-31359/24/82Plymouth, MIMichigan Hawks0/0
Mullinix, SiriGK5-81455/22/78Greensboro, N.C.North Carolina1/0
Orlandos, LaurenD5-1014507/16/81Lake Forest, Ca.Portland0/0
Overbeck, CarlaD5-71255/9/68Chapel Hill, N.C.North Carolina155/7
Parlow, CindyF5-111455/08/78Memphis, Tenn.North Carolina67/26
Pearce, ChristieD5-61406/24/75Point Pleasant, N.J.Monmouth55/2
Pryce, NandiD5-101405/30/82Casselberry, Fla.C.F. United3/0
Ramsey, AlyssaF5-81409/21/82Charlotte, N.C.Charlotte SC0/0
Randolph, SaraM5-51272/27/83Cincinnati, OhioHammer FC0/0
Scurry, BrianaGK5-81459/7/71Dayton, Minn.UMass98/0
Serlanga, NikkiM5-71306/20/78San Diego, Ca.Santa Clara2/1
Slaton, DanielleD5-61356/10/80San Jose, Ca.Santa Clara4/0
Sobrero, KateD5-91408/23/76Bloomfield Hills, Mich.Notre Dame33/0
Venturini, TishaM5-61253/3/73Modesto, Ca.North Carolina128/43
Wagner, AlyM5-51208/10/80San Jose, Ca.Santa Clara9/2
Webber, SaskiaGK5-91456/13/71Princeton, N.J.Rutgers28
Welsh, ChristieF5-101502/27/81Massapeaqua Park, N.Y.Penn State2/1
Whalen, SaraD5-51304/28/76Greenlawn, N.Y.UConn42/3
Zepeda, VeronicaM5-01006/11/82Riverside, Ca.Claremont Stars4/1

United States Women's Under-18 National Team
Player Pool Roster * Ft. Lauderdale, Florida
PlayerPos.DOBHt.Wt.HometownClub/School
Ballweg, JessicaD4/11/835'5"126Metuchen, NJMC Dynamo/Union Catholic
Breger, NicoleM12/30/825'6"135Sterling Heights, MIMichigan Hawks/Bishop Foley HS
Clugston, JodiGK4/01/825'8"150Red Hill, PAFC Delco/Upper Perkiomen HS
Gagarin, AlexandraGK10/31/825'6"130Austin, TXChallenge 81-82/LBJ High School
Lewis, JenniferM6/28/825'7"140Birmingham, ALBriarwood Lightning/Briarwood Christian
Lindstrom, StaceyD2/23/855'10"140Laguna Niguel, CASoCal Blues/Aliso Niguel HS
Lohman, JoannaM6/26/825'6"135Silver Spring, MDBethesda Scorpions/Springbrook HS
Matthews, VondaD2/14/825'6"130Broken Arrow, OKTulsa SC/Broken Arrow HS
McDonald, KellyF4/13/835'7"130Littleton, COColorado Rush/Chattfield HS
McDowell, MaryF7/25/825'6"125Lakewood, COColorado Rush/Wheat Ridge HS
Morrell, AnneF9/24/825'3"135Plymouth, MIMichigan Hawks/Plymouth Canton HS
Ramsey, AlyssaF9/21/825'9"145Cornelius, NCCharlotte SC/North Mecklenburg HS
Reddick, CatherineD2/10/825'5"120Birmingham, ALBriarwood Lightning/Briarwood Christian
Spilger, NatalieD5/19/825'6"130El Cajon, CAHotspurs/Granite Hills HS
Swanson, SarahF2/19/825'7"125Morrison, COColorado Rush/Mullen HS
Tomecka, MagdaD4/30/825'11"155Shrewsbury, MAFuller Hamlets/Shrewsbury HS
Ward, MarcellaM2/01/825'8"125Alamo, CASan Ramon Crunch/Carondelet HS
Wosnuk, KyleeM1/15/825'6"125Folsom, CASan Ramon Crunch/Folsom HS

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