CHICAGO (Tuesday, June 3, 2003) -- U.S. Women’s National Team head coach April Heinrichs has named the 23-woman roster that will train for four days before facing Ireland in an important Women’s World Cup warm-up match at Rice-Eccles Stadium in Salt Lake City, Utah, on June 14, 2003. Kickoff for the match, which will follow a 4 p.m. Pro Select League match between the Utah Blittzz and the Orange County Blue Star, is at 7 p.m. MT (9 p.m. ET / 6 p.m. PT) and will be televised live on ESPN2.
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"We are excited to play Ireland as it’s always fun to have a new opponent that we haven’t faced in a while," said Heinrichs. "We’re still in the final phases of selection process for the Women’s World Cup roster, so for those that play, that will be their evaluation. Those who come into camp at the beginning of the week will have the benefit of being evaluated in training. It’s an important week as this is really our second to last event before we pick our roster."
Heinrichs will choose 20 players from the 23 to face Ireland in only the second meeting between the two countries in women’s soccer. The USA won 5-0 on Sept. 4, 1999, in a victory Tour match after the 1999 Women’s World Cup. The goal scorers in that match -- Joy Fawcett, Kristine Lilly, Julie Foudy and Tiffeny Milbrett (who tallied twice) -- were all named to the roster for Salt Lake City. Milbrett has 97 career goals and is just three shy from becoming the fifth player in soccer history to score 100 international goals.
In addition, two-time FIFA World Player of the Year Mia Hamm, who has a world record 139 career goals, was named to the roster and she, like the rest of the U.S. team, will play their first-ever match in Utah. It will also be the first ever U.S. women’s game on FieldTurf.
"Rice-Eccles Stadium and the University of Utah are extremely pleased to welcome the U.S. Women’s National Women's Soccer Team to our stadium and campus," said Mark Burk, Director or Rice-Eccles Stadium. "We have worked for over four years to make this happen. Due to the cooperation of the U.S. Soccer Federation, University Administration and the Utah Sports Commission, this rare event is now a reality. We look forward to a great event."
Ireland is currently competing in Group 5 of qualifying for the 2005 European Women’s Championship and is leading the group after a fine start. In their first three matches, the Irish defeated Bosnia-Herzegovina 6-0, tied Croatia 0-0, and most recently thumped Romania 19-0.
"Now that we have the World Cup in the U.S., our focus has become even sharper," said U.S. defender Kate Sobrero. "It’s hard to believe it’s just three and half months away, but we know the tournament is just around the corner and you can feel the excitement building. As a national team, we are at a good place right now and I feel we’ll be playing our best soccer during the World Cup."
"With the United States now set to host the World Cup this fall, this is a terrific opportunity for the people of Utah to see the U.S. Women's National Soccer Team compete in an international game just three months prior to the World Cup," said Jeff Robbins, President of the Utah Sports Commission. "In partnership with the local soccer community and Rice-Eccles Stadium, we are excited to help bring such a wonderful event to the state of Utah."
Following the game against Ireland, the U.S. Women will have one more match before Heinrichs picks her 2003 Women’s World Cup Team, facing Brazil in New Orleans, La., on July 13 (3 p.m. CT / 4 p.m. ET on ESPN). Of the 23 players on the roster, 20 are playing in the WUSA with two players still in college at the University of North Carolina – senior Cat Reddick and sophomore Lindsay Tarpley – with 18-year-old Heather O’Reilly the lone high school player.
The bulk of the U.S. roster will arrive in Utah on Monday (June 9) and begin training on Tuesday, but players who have WUSA matches that Wednesday (players from the Washington Freedom, Carolina Courage, Philadelphia Charge and the New York Power) will arrive in camp on Thursday.
U.S. Women's National Team
|1||Scurry, Brianna||G||5'9"||09/07/71||Dayton, Minn.||UMass/Atlanta||117|
|2||Fair, Lorrie||M||5'3"||08/05/78||Los Altos, Calif.||UNC/Philadelphia||113/7|
|3||Pearce, Christie||D||5'6"||06/24/75||Pt. Pleasant, N.J.||Monmouth/New York||97/4|
|4||Reddick, Cat||D||5'5"||02/10/82||Birmingham, Ala.||North Carolina/--||31/1|
|5||Roberts, Tiffany||M||5'3"||05/05/77||San Ramon, Calif.||North Carolina/Carolina||96/7|
|6||Chastain, Brandi||D||5'7"||07/21/68||San Jose, Calif.||Santa Clara/San Jose||168/29|
|7||O’Reilly, Heather||F||5'5"||01/02/85||East Brunswick, N.J.||--/PDA Torpedoes||17/2|
|9||Hamm, Mia||F||5'5"||03/17/72||Chapel Hill, N.C.||North Carolina/Washington||234/138|
|10||Wagner, Aly||M||5'5"||08/10/80||San Jose, Calif.||Santa Clara/San Diego||42/10|
|11||Foudy, Julie||M||5'6"||1/23/71||Mission Viejo, Calif.||Stanford/San Diego||226/40|
|12||Parlow, Cindy||F||5'11"||05/08/78||Memphis, Tenn.||North Carolina/Atlanta||123/57|
|13||Lilly, Kristine||M||5'4"||07/22/71||Wilton, Conn.||North Carolina/Boston||250/91|
|14||Fawcett, Joy||D||5'6"||02/08/68||Huntington Beach, Calif.||California/San Diego||212/26|
|15||Sobrero, Kate||D||5'7"||08/23/76||Bloomfield Hills, Mich.||Notre Dame/Boston||92/0|
|16||Milbrett, Tiffeny||F||5'3"||10/23/72||Portland, Ore.||Portland/New York||187/96|
|17||Slaton, Danielle||D||5'6"||06/10/80||San Jose, Calif.||Santa Clara/Carolina||37/1|
|19||Hucles, Angela||M||5'7"||07/05/78||Virginia Beach, Va.||Virginia/Boston||19/1|
|20||Tarpley, Lindsay||M||5'6"||09/22/83||Kalamazoo, Mich.||UNC/--||6/0|
|21||Bryan, Thori||D||5'8"||04/17/74||Joppatowne, Md.||NC State/San Jose||63/1|
|22||Wambach, Abby||F||5'10"||06/02/80||Rochester, N.Y.||Florida/Washington||9/5|
|23||Bivens, Kylie||d||5'5"||10/24/78||Upland, Calif.||Santa Clara/Atlanta||7/0|
|24||Beene, LaKeysia||GK||5'8"||03/09/78||Gold River, Calif.||Notre Dame/San Jose||16/0|
|28||Pagliarulo, Jaime||D||5'7"||07/20/76||Hershey, Pa.||George Mason/San Diego||3|
Goalkeepers (3): LaKeysia Beene (San Jose CyberRays), Jaime Pagliarulo (San Diego Spirit), Briana Scurry (Atlanta Beat);
Defenders (8): Thori Bryan (San Jose CyberRays), Kylie Bivens (Atlanta Beat), Joy Fawcett (San Diego Spirit), Christie Pearce (New York Power), Cat Reddick (UNC), Danielle Slaton (Carolina Courage), Kate Sobrero (Boston Breakers);
Midfielders (7): Lorrie Fair (Philadelphia Charge), Julie Foudy (San Diego Spirit), Angela Hucles (Boston Breakers), Kristine Lilly (Boston Breakers), Tiffany Roberts (Carolina Courage), Lindsay Tarpley (UNC), Aly Wagner (San Diego Spirit);
Forwards (5): Mia Hamm (Washington Freedom), Tiffeny Milbrett (New York Power), Heather O’Reilly (PDA Torpedoes), Cindy Parlow (Atlanta Beat), Abby Wambach (Washington Freedom).