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U.S. Roster for FIFA Women's World Cup USA 2003 Announced


CHICAGO (Tuesday, August 26, 2003) - With 27 days until the USA’s opening match of the FIFA Women’s World Cup 2003, U.S. Women’s National Team head coach April Heinrichs has named the 20 players who will represent the United States in their home country on women’s soccer’s grandest stage.

Leading the way are four players who are poised to play in their fourth Women’s World Cup tournament in team captains Julie Foudy and Joy Fawcett, the world’s all-time leading scorer Mia Hamm (140 goals) and the world’s all-time appearance leader Kristine Lilly (253 caps). Hamm, Lilly and Foudy have played in all 18 of the USA’s Women’s World Cup matches.

The roster is a product of more than two and a half years of player evaluation by Heinrichs and her staff that included 42 international matches, countless youth national team practices and games and almost 260 WUSA games. In the last three years, Heinrichs has looked at 56 players in full international matches.

"The roster is a reflection of the veteran leadership and heading into this Women’s World Cup, we will need the veterans to provide leadership and the foundation for our consistent performances," said Heinrichs. "I also think this roster reflects an injection of youthful energy and enthusiasm as it includes a large contingent of young WUSA professionals. These players have proven themselves on the highly competitive battlegrounds of the WUSA."

Overall, Heinrichs selected 12 players who were on the USA’s historic 1999 Women’s World Cup Team and 13 that were on the USA’s 2000 Olympic Team.

"We all know that there are advantages and disadvantages to naming a team too early or too late, but I felt that after watching the players play this week in San Diego, that the timing was perfect to do it now," said Heinrichs, who trained the team for four days at the U.S. Olympic Training Center – Chula Vista and then attended the Founders Cup WUSA Championship game last Sunday.

Of the 20-player roster, four are set to play in their third Women’s World Cup tournament (Brandi Chastain, Tiffeny Milbrett, Tiffany Roberts and Briana Scurry), four made their second Women’s World Cup Team (Shannon MacMillan, Cindy Parlow, Christie Pearce and Kate Sobrero) and eight players will be Women’s World Cup debutantes (Shannon Boxx, Kylie Bivens, Angela Hucles, Siri Mullinix, Cat Reddick, Danielle Slaton, Aly Wagner and Abby Wambach).

"Three things led us to make the decision to announce the roster today," said Heinrichs. "Obviously, we had some injuries to key personnel and we wanted to provide as much of an opportunity as possible for them to return to the field. We still don’t have clarification as to the regulations regarding replacement players so that caused us to pause as well, and we also wanted to leave open the possibility of bringing on a player or players that were having great seasons or late season surges for their WUSA clubs that would warrant them being a member of this team."

The inclusion of MacMillan, the USA’s leading scorer in 2003, marks a remarkable comeback from ACL surgery on May 21 after suffering the serious knee injury three days earlier while playing for the San Diego Spirit. MacMillan worked tirelessly to rehabilitate her knee, trained with the USA last week, and still has almost four weeks left before the opening match on Sept. 21 against Sweden at RFK Stadium in Washington, D.C.

Heinrichs chose two goalkeepers to the roster (all three previous U.S. WWC teams had three goalkeepers) as ’95 and ’99 Women’s World Cup and ’96 Olympic starter Briana Scurry and 2000 Olympic starter Siri Mullinix got the nod. Both goalkeepers had stellar seasons in the WUSA for the Atlanta Beat and league championship Washington Freedom, respectively.

The youngest player and only non-professional selected to the roster is 21-year-old defender Cat Reddick, who is a senior at the University of North Carolina. On the 1999 Women’s World Cup roster, Lorrie Fair, then a rising senior at UNC, was the only college player selected. In 1999, the tournament was in the summer and Fair did not miss any college games. Reddick will miss about a month and a half of her college season while representing the USA.

Midfielder Aly Wagner, the second youngest player on the team and the top pick in the 2003 WUSA Draft by the Spirit, was one of the last players released from both the 1999 Women’s World Cup Team and the 2000 Olympic Team, but has realized her dream of making a U.S. squad for a world championship. Slaton and Mullinix, both members of the USA’s 2000 Olympic team, make their first Women’s World Cup Team.

Four players were bolstered by strong WUSA seasons, including defender/midfielder Kylie Bivens of the Atlanta Beat and All-WUSA First Team midfielder Shannon Boxx of the New York Power, who becomes the first-ever uncapped player named to a U.S. Women’s World Cup Team.

Midfielder Angela Hucles (Boston Breakers) and Abby Wambach (Washington Freedom) also had stellar seasons for their clubs. The 5-foot-11 Wambach tied for the WUSA lead in scoring with 33 points and tallied both goals in the WUSA championship game last Sunday, including a dramatic "golden goal" six minutes in overtime to defeat the Atlanta Beat, 2-1. Wambach has scored seven goals in her 12 matches for the USA in her young international career.

The selection of Roberts completes of rebirth of sorts for the midfielder who started four games at the 1995 Women’s World Cup at the age of 18. Roberts played 78 minutes as a reserve over two games at the 1999 Women’s World Cup, but was out of the national team picture for almost two years until an excellent WUSA season in 2002, which included a league championship with the Carolina Courage, thrust her back into the national team. Her next cap will make her the 16th U.S. player to play 100 times for her country.

The 20 players named to the roster have a combined 116 games of Women’s World Cup experience and seven of those players have scored in a Women’s World Cup, led by Hamm and Milbrett, who have scored six goals each. Lilly has scored five times in Women’s World Cup tournaments. Fawcett and Foudy have both scored once in each of their three Women’s World Cups. Parlow and MacMillan also own Women’s World Cup goals.

Of the 11 players who started the 1999 Women’s World Cup Final, nine made the 2003 squad, with only retired legends Carla Overbeck and Michelle Akers not on the team.

"This is the best roster a U.S. Women’s National Team has ever fielded in a world event," added Heinrichs. "We have experience, composure, athleticism, versatility and depth in every position."

The 2003 U.S. Women’s World Cup Team is an experienced side with an average age of 27.5 years. Combined, the roster has 2,182 caps and 575 international goals. With 10 players having 100 or more caps, four players over 200 and two players almost at 100, the U.S. roster averages an astounding 109 caps per player. Nine players, almost 50% of the roster, hail from California.

Of the WUSA clubs, the San Diego Spirit has the most players on the roster with four. The Atlanta Beat, Boston Breakers, New York Power and Washington Freedom have three players each. The Carolina Courage have two players and the San Jose CyberRays have one. From the colleges, six players represent the University of North Carolina, Santa Clara has four alumni and Notre Dame and Portland have two each.

The 2003 U.S. Women’s World Cup Team is currently on a break and will re-group in Los Angeles for training at the U.S. Soccer National Training Center in Carson, Calif., from Aug. 29-Sep. 3. The team will then travel to San Jose, Calif., where the U.S. will be based from Sept. 4-7. That schedule includes two matches, the first against Costa Rica on Sept. 1 at The Home Depot Center (8 p.m. PT on ESPN2) in the first-ever game for a U.S. National Team at the sparkling new stadium and the second on Sept. 7 against Mexico at Spartan Stadium (10 a.m. PT on ESPN).

U.S. Women’s National Team
FIFA Women's World Cup USA 2003 Roster

No.NamePos.Ht.BirthdateHometownCollege/
Club
Caps/
Goals
1Scurry, Briana***GK5'9"09/07/71Dayton, Minn.UMass/Atlanta119/0
2Bivens, Kylie*D5'5"10/24/78Upland, Calif.Santa Clara/Atlanta7/0
3Pearce, Christie**D5'6"06/24/75Pt. Pleasant, N.J.Monmouth/New York100/4
4Reddick, Cat*D5'5"02/10/82Birmingham, Ala.North Carolina/--34/1
5Roberts, Tiffany***M5'3"05/05/77San Ramon, Calif.North Carolina/Carolina99/7
6Chastain, Brandi***D5'7"07/21/68San Jose, Calif.Santa Clara/San Jose169/29
7Boxx, Shannon*M5'8"06/29/77Redondo Beach, Calif.Notre Dame/New York0/0
8MacMillan, Shannon**F5'5"10/07/74Escondido, Calif.Portland/San Diego154/58
9Hamm, Mia****F5'5"03/17/72Chapel Hill, N.C.North Carolina/Washington237/140
10Wagner, Aly*M5'5"08/10/80San Jose, Calif.Santa Clara/San Diego45/10
11Foudy, Julie****M5'6"01/23/71Mission Viejo, Calif.Stanford/San Diego229/41
12Parlow, Cindy**F5'11"05/08/78Memphis, Tenn.North Carolina/Atlanta126/61
13Lilly, Kristine****M5'4"07/22/71Wilton, Conn.North Carolina/Boston253/91
14Fawcett, Joy****D5'6"02/08/68 Huntington Beach, Calif.California/San Diego214/26
15Sobrero, Kate**D5'7"08/23/76Bloomfield Hills, Mich.Notre Dame/Boston95/0
16Milbrett, Tiffeny***F5'3"10/23/72Portland, Ore.Portland/New York190/98
17Slaton, Danielle*D5'6"06/10/80San Jose, Calif.Santa Clara/Carolina39/1
18Mullinix, Siri*GK5'8"05/22/78Greensboro, N.C.North Carolina/Washington38/0
19Hucles, Angela*M5'7"07/05/78Virginia Beach, Va.Virginia/Boston22/1
20Wambach, Abby*F5'11"06/02/80Rochester, N.Y.Florida/Washington12/7

* First Women’s World Cup
** Second Women’s World Cup
*** Third Women’s World Cup
**** Fourth Women’s World Cup

GOALKEEPERS (2): Siri Mullinix (Washington Freedom), Briana Scurry (Atlanta Beat);
DEFENDERS (7): Kylie Bivens (Atlanta Beat), Brandi Chastain (San Jose CyberRays), Joy Fawcett (San Diego Spirit), Christie Pearce (New York Power), Cat Reddick (UNC), Danielle Slaton (Carolina Courage), Kate Sobrero (Boston Breakers);
MIDFIELDERS (6): Shannon Boxx (New York Power), Julie Foudy (San Diego Spirit), Angela Hucles (Boston Breakers), Kristine Lilly (Boston Breakers), Tiffany Roberts (Carolina Courage), Aly Wagner (San Diego Spirit);
FORWARDS (5): Mia Hamm (Washington Freedom), Shannon MacMillan (San Diego Spirit), Tiffeny Milbrett (New York Power), Cindy Parlow (Atlanta Beat), Abby Wambach (Washington Freedom).

Team Staff

Head Coach: April Heinrichs (Gainesville, Va.)
Assistant Coach: Bill Palladino (Chapel Hill, N.C.)
Goalkeeper Coach: Phil Wheddon (Monroe, Ct.)
Sport Psychology Consultant: Dr. Colleen Hacker (Tacoma, Wash.)
General Manager: Nils Krumins (Chicago)
Team Administrator: Heather Walles (Chicago)
Medical Doctor: Dr. Sandy Glasson (Virginia Beach, Va.)
Medical Trainer: Cody Malley (Apex, N.C.)
     Julie O'Connell (Chicago)
Massage Therapists: Nestor Battung (Chicago)
     Scott Street (Chicago)
Equipment Coordinator: James Armstrong (Chicago)
Logistics Coordinator: Rodd Bragg (Akron, Ohio)
Press Officer: Aaron Heifetz (San Diego, Calif.)

2003 U.S. Women’s World Cup Bio Shorts
Career WWC Stats = Games Played/Games Started, Minutes Played, Goals, Assists

GOALKEEPERS (2):

SIRI MULLINIX - #18 (First Women’s World Cup) – Career WWC Stats: n/a
Mullinix, the 2000 Olympic starter, was dogged by injuries for the better part of 2001, but returned to the Washington Freedom lineup last season and helped her club to the WUSA title game with some stellar play. Back in form and playing as well as any goalkeeper in the WUSA, she helped her club back to the WUSA championship game this year, and then once again was solid in the nets as the Freedom won the league title. In the semifinal against the Boston Breakers, she made two saves in the penalty kick shootout to lead her team to victory after holding Boston scoreless for 105 minutes.

BRIANA SCURRY - #1 (Third Women’s World Cup) – Career WWC Stats: 11/11, 1014, GA-7, Record-9-1-1, GAA-0.62
Scurry was the USA’s starter in both the 1995 and 1999 Women’s World Cups. Her splendid goalkeeping throughout USA ‘99 and her historic save in the penalty kick shootout in the championship game against China helped the U.S. to the title. Following the 1999 Women’s World Cup, Scurry fell out of favor due to a lack of fitness and injuries, and did not play for the USA for almost a two-year span. She is by far the most-capped goalkeeper in U.S. history with 119 appearances. Scurry is 26-0-4 across the last 30 games in which she was the goalkeeper of record, going back to April 25, 1999, a 2-1 loss v. China, and was the 2003 WUSA Goalkeeper of the Year for the Atlanta Beat and the All-WUSA First-Team goalkeeper.

DEFENDERS (7):

KYLIE BIVENS - #2 (First Women’s World Cup) -- Career WWC Stats: n/a
One of the most versatile players in the WUSA, she was part of the Atlanta Beat back line that was the best in the league in 2003. With only seven caps, Bivens’ stellar WUSA season and ability to play a number of positions for the Beat helped her earn a spot on her first WWC Team. The skillful player has exciting speed and a biting defensive presence, tying for the league lead in yellow cards this year. She was named to the 2003 All-WUSA Second Team.

BRANDI CHASTAIN - #6 (Third Women’s World Cup) – Career WWC Stats: 8/7, 693, 1G, 3A
Chastain has been the USA’s first-choice left back since 1996, but has moved into the middle of the defense, giving the USA tremendous depth and savvy. Still one of the best attacking defenders and most skillful players in the world, she brings some unique attributes to the position. She has combined extremely well in the central defense with Fawcett to give the USA loads of composure and experience in the back. Her goal celebration after her penalty kick won the 1999 Women‘s World Cup will forever be one of the most famous images in women’s sports history.

JOY FAWCETT - #14 (Fourth Women’s World Cup) – Career WWC Stats: 17/17, 1560, 3G, 3A
Fawcett is the most capped and highest scoring defender in U.S. history with 214 games played and 26 goals scored. At 35 and with three daughters, Fawcett is still playing world-class soccer from the center of the defense. She had a phenomenal performance at the 2003 Algarve Cup, where she played all 90 minutes of four matches over seven days. She recovered from surgery to remove bone spurs from her ankle in just 11 days early in the WUSA season, then had her best pro season, earning First-Team All-WUSA honors as well as the 2003 WUSA Defender of the Year award. The only player to play every minute of the 1995 and 1999 Women’s World Cups and 1996 and 2000 Olympics.

CHRISTIE PEARCE - #3 (Second Women’s World Cup) – Career WWC Stats: 1/0, 17, 0G, 0A
2000 Olympic starter Christie Pearce played every minute of the five matches in Australia. She tore her ACL at the end of the 2001 WUSA season and worked her way back into form during the 2002 season, coming into two national team camps and getting steadily stronger. Pearce, a Monmouth University graduate who is the only player from a small soccer school to make an impact on the national team, earned her 100th cap for the USA against Brazil on July 13.

CAT REDDICK - #4 (First Women’s World Cup) -- Career WWC Stats: n/a
A rising senior at UNC and perhaps the top draft pick in the 2004 WUSA Draft, she started all five games at the 2002 CONCACAF Women’s Gold Cup. Reddick, the only player reared in the state of Alabama to earn a cap with the full national team, is versatile enough to play in the middle or on either flank. She was a star on the last four U-21 Nordic Cup Championship teams, this summer helping the USA to the title in Denmark. Strong and fast, she serves some of the best long balls in the world.

DANIELLE SLATON - #17 (First Women’s World Cup) -- Career WWC Stats: n/a
Almost totally recovered from knee surgery that caused her to miss the 2002 CONCACAF Women’s Gold Cup. At the end of this WUSA season, she found the form that earned her WUSA defensive MVP honors for Carolina in 2002. A true left-sided player with the talent to attack, she also can play in the middle or on the flank, and is one of the toughest players in the world to beat one-on-one.

KATE SOBRERO - #15 (Second Women’s World Cup) -- Career WWC Stats: 5/5, 435, 0G, 0A
At 27, Sobrero is in her prime and has two world championship tournaments under her belt. Able to play in the middle (where she did with Carla Overbeck in the 1999 Women’s World Cup and at the 2000 Olympics with Joy Fawcett) and on the flank, where she is currently seeing the most minutes, Sobrero’s versatility will be a key to the USA’s success. She is the USA’s leader in minutes played this season and was a 2003 All-WUSA Second Team pick.

MIDFIELDERS (6):

SHANNON BOXX - #7 (First Women’s World Cup) – Career WWC Stats: n/a
The rugged midfielder had a great WUSA season for the New York Power in which she had one goal and eight assists and was named to the All-WUSA First Team. Like Bivens, she tied for the WUSA lead in yellow cards. A classic defensive midfielder with world-class ball-winning skills on the ground and in the air, she is also very skillful with the ball at her feet.

JULIE FOUDY - #11 (Fourth Women’s World Cup) – Career WWC Stats: 18/16, 1516, 3G, 4A
The U.S. captain broke 200 caps in 2001 and is still going strong. She played 90 minutes in four straight games at the 2003 Algarve Cup and will likely to once again be the team leader and anchor of the midfield at the FIFA Women’s World Cup USA 2003. She scored her 41st career goal against Ireland last June 14 and was named to the All-WUSA Second Team for the third consecutive year.

ANGELA HUCLES - #19 (First Women’s World Cup) – Career WWC Stats: n/a
A perfect example of a player who has blossomed in the WUSA, Hucles worked herself onto the 2003 WWC team with solid play during the last two seasons. Fast and skillful, she was one of the all-time leading scorers in Virginia history, where she played for Heinrichs. Named to the All-WUSA Second Team, she adds composure and consistency to the U.S. midfield.

KRISTINE LILLY - #13 (Fourth Women’s World Cup) – 18/17, 1524, 5G, 3A
The most capped player in the history of the world, but also one of the greatest scorers of all time, she needs just nine goals to hit the magical 100 mark. She earned her 250th cap on April 26, and at 31, 300 caps is not out of the question. She was named to the All-WUSA First Team, the only player so honored in all three WUSA seasons.

TIFFANY ROBERTS - #5 (Third Women’s World Cup) – Career WWC Stats: 6/5, 427, 0G, 1A
The veteran, who is pound-for-pound perhaps the toughest player in the world, captained the Courage to the WUSA championship in 2002 and experienced a revitalization of her national team career in the same year. A veteran of the 1995 Women’s World Cup, 1996 Olympics and 1999 Women’s World Cup with 99 caps, she may become the 16th player to earn 100 caps for the USA, against Costa Rica on Sept. 1 in Los Angeles.

ALY WAGNER - #10 (First Women’s World Cup) – Career WWC Stats: n/a
The first choice in the 2003 WUSA draft, she brings some special playmaking talents that have earmarked her as a star of the future, and maybe the present. She led the USA in assists in 2002 with 11 and has a team-leading six thus far in 2003. She also has two goals, making her the USA’s second-leading scorer this year. Her two goals were world-class strikes from distance at the Algarve Cup in March. The San Diego Spirit rookie was named to the All-WUSA Second Team.

FORWARDS (5):

MIA HAMM - #9 (Fourth Women’s World Cup) – Career WWC Stats: 18/18, 1491, 6A, 7A
The world’s all-time leading scorer is playing some of the best soccer of her career. Equally happy to score, pass or play defense, she played a part in both goals at the 2003 Algarve Cup Championship game last March in Portugal, assisting on the first and scoring the second in a 2-0 win. She piled up a league-leading 33 points in the WUSA this season and was an All-WUSA First Team selection out of the midfield, helping the Freedom to their first WUSA title.

SHANNON MacMILLAN - #8 (Second Women’s World Cup) – Career WWC Stats: 6/1, 253, 1G, 3A
The striker made a miraculous recovery from ACL surgery on May 21 to make the WWC team, but still has rehab work to do before the tournament begins. The 2002 U.S. Soccer Chevrolet Female Athlete of the Year, MacMillan has moved into sixth place on the U.S. all-time scoring list in both goals (58) and total points (162), moving past legend Carin Gabarra.

TIFFENY MILBRETT - #16 (Third Women’s World Cup) – Career WWC Stats: 12/9, 908, 6G, 0A
The dashing, diminutive Milbrett is just two goals shy of 100. While she has struggled at times with her club, she is still the all-time leading scorer in WUSA history and her production for the U.S. has remained consistent. Equally productive in a two- or three-forward formation, the speedy Milbrett is in her prime and won back-to-back U.S. Soccer Female Athlete of the Year awards in 2000 and 2001.

CINDY PARLOW - #12 (Second Women’s World Cup) – Career WWC Stats: 6/6, 429, 2G, 2A
Parlow gives opponents a different look than the darting strikers, but her strength and skills in the air make her just as difficult to contain. At just 25 she has 61 goals in 126 games, almost one goal for every two games played. With the skills of a midfielder, the scoring attitude of a forward and the tackling presence of a defender, Parlow is a menace all over the field. She is 5th all-time in goals (61) and 7th in points (143), trailing only legends Mia Hamm, Michelle Akers, Tiffeny Milbrett and Kristine Lilly.

ABBY WAMBACH - #20 (First Women’s World Cup) -- Career WWC Stats: n/a
The tall striker played a major role in leading the Washington Freedom to the 2003 WUSA title and is practically unstoppable in league play. With 33 points from 13 goals and seven assists, she tied teammate Mia Hamm for the WUSA scoring lead. She was also honored with the WUSA Goal of the Year for a spectacular diving header and was the only American among the six forwards on the All-WUSA teams, earning First-Team honors. With smooth skills despite her size and a world-class heading and shooting presence, Wambach is a force.

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