CHICAGO (Tuesday, September 17, 2002) - U.S. Women's National Team head coach April Heinrichs has named 28 players to train for four days in Long Island, N.Y., before the USA opens the 2002 Nike U.S. Women's Cup against Russia at the Mitchel Athletic Complex on Sept. 29 at 4 p.m. ET in a match presented by Philips Electronics.
The training will serve a dual purpose for Heinrichs, who will choose 18 players to represent the USA in the tournament, but will also be using the time to evaluate her pool in preparation for the 2002 CONCACAF Women's Gold Cup, which will serve as the USA's qualification tournament for the 2003 Women's World Cup in China. The Women's Gold Cup, which also serves as the regional championship, will be held from Oct. 27-Nov. 9, 2002 at four venues on the west coast of the United States and Canada.
Following the Nike U.S. Women's Cup opener against Russia at the home field of the New York Power, the USA will travel to Cary, N.C., to play two matches at the new SAS Park, home of the WUSA champion Carolina Courage. The American women face Australia on Oct. 2 at 7:30 p.m. ET live on ESPN2 and then finish the tournament against Italy on Oct. 6 at 2 p.m. ET in a match also broadcast live on ESPN2. The tournament concludes with one more match in Cary, N.C. as Italy takes on Australia on Oct. 9. The U.S. has amassed a 21-0-0 record across the eight U.S. Women's Cups, winning seven championships (last year's tournament was canceled after the events of Sept. 11) against many of the top teams in the world.
Heinrichs has spoken often about blending the U.S veterans, the young professionals from the WUSA and the up-and-coming young stars of the future, and this roster is representative of that philosophy. Heinrichs called in 23 WUSA players, including 12 players with 75 or more caps, but also named 10 WUSA players with 32 or less caps. Heinrichs named four college players, including defender Cat Reddick of North Carolina and midfielder Aly Wagner of Santa Clara. In addition, Heinrichs named three stars from the USA's 2002 Under-19 World Championship team in midfielder Lori Chalupny and forward Lindsay Tarpley of UNC as well as high school senior Heather O'Reilly.
Chalupny, a freshman at UNC, was perhaps the USA's best player at the recent FIFA U-19 Women's World Championship in Canada as the young Americans defeated the hosts, 1-0, in the final on Sept. 1. O'Reilly was dominating during the entire tournament, scoring four goals with seven assists and was named to FIFA's All-Tournament Team. Tarpley, a freshman at UNC who has already scored five goals this season for the Heels, captained the USA to the world title, scoring six goals with five assists. Her final goal was perhaps one of the most important and dramatic in U.S. Women's National Team history. In overtime of the championship game, Tarpley pounded in a rebound of her own shot to score a 109th minute "golden goal" in front of 48,000 screaming Canadians at Commonwealth Stadium in Edmonton, giving the USA the historic first-ever world title for youth women. Tarpley, the only uncapped player on the roster, was also named to the All-Tournament Team.
Heinrichs has called in 20 of the 24 players who were in Columbus, Ohio, for the USA's last match, an 8-2 win over Scotland on Sept. 8, including the Washington Freedom forward tandem of Mia Hamm and Abby Wambach, the 2002 WUSA Rookie of the Year. The two combined for six goals and four assists against Scotland as Hamm upped her international goal record to 133 while Wambach notched her first career hat trick and now has four goals in her four caps.
Defender Joy Fawcett returns after missing the Scotland match due to a prior commitment, but forward Tiffeny Milbrett will sit out the Nike U.S. Women's Cup as she is still recuperating from the long WUSA season. Defender Danielle Slaton, the youngest member of the 2000 Olympic Team and the 2002 WUSA Defender of the Year, also returns after missing the last two events to rest an injured knee.
With goalkeeper Hope Solo, the starter against Scotland, back playing her senior season with the Washington Huskies, Jaime Pagliarulo was called up to join Briana Scurry, LaKeysia Beene and Siri Mullinix as the four 'keepers in camp.
Tickets for the tournament opener against Russia, which is presented by Philips Electronics, range in price from $22 to $55 and are available at all Ticketmaster outlets throughout the area (including The Wiz, Compact Disc World, Tower Records, HMV Record Stores and Filene's) or by calling 631-888-9000 (Long Island) or 212-307-7171 (New York City). Tickets are also available on-line at www.ticketmaster.com. Groups of 20 or more can call the New York Power at 866-769-7849. Complete ticket information is available at and at ussoccer.com.
For the matches in Cary, N.C., against Australia on Wednesday, Oct. 2 (presented by Avaya) and Italy on Saturday, Oct. 6 (presented by Chevy) tickets range from $18 to $55, and are available at all Ticketmaster outlets throughout the Carolinas (including Kroger, Hecht's and FYE), by calling 919-834-4000 or going on-line at www.ticketmaster.com. For groups of 20 or more, call 312-528-1249.
U.S. Women's National Team Roster
|1||Scurry, Briana||GK||5'9"||09/07/71||Dayton, Minn.||UMass/Atlanta||105/0|
|2||Fair, Lorrie||M||5'3"||08/05/78||Los Altos, Calif.||North Carolina/Philadelphia||100/7|
|3||Pearce, Christie||D||5'6"||06/24/70||Pt. Pleasant, N.J.||Monmouth/New York||91/4|
|4||Reddick, Cat||D||5'5"||02/10/82||Birmingham, Ala.||North Carolina/--||18/1|
|5||Roberts, Tiffany||M||5'3"||05/05/77||San Ramon, Calif.||North Carolina/Carolina||82/6|
|6||Chastain, Brandi||D||5'7"||07/21/68||San Jose, Calif.||Santa Clara/San Jose||150/25|
|7||Kluegel, Jena||D||5'3"||11/02/79||Mahtomedi, Minn.||North Carolina/Boston||20/1|
|8||MacMillan, Shannon||F||5'5"||10/07/74||Escondido, Calif.||Portland/San Diego||138/47|
|9||Hamm, Mia||F||5'5"||03/17/72||Chapel Hill, N.C.||North Carolina/Washington||221/133|
|10||Wagner, Aly||M||5'5"||08/10/80||San Jose, Calif.||Santa Clara/--||25/6|
|11||Foudy, Julie||M||5'6"||01/23/71||Mission Viejo, Calif.||Stanford/San Diego||212/39|
|12||Parlow, Cindy||F||5'11"||05/08/78||Memphis, Tenn.||North Carolina/Atlanta||108/49|
|13||Lilly, Kristine||M||5'4"||07/22/71||Wilton, Conn.||North Carolina/Boston||237/88|
|14||Fawcett, Joy||D||5'6"||02/08/68||Huntington Beach, Calif.||California/San Diego||194/24|
|15||Sobrero, Kate||D||5'7"||08/23/76||Bloomfield Hills, Mich.||Notre Dame/Boston||76/0|
|16||Tarpley, Lindsay||F||5'6"||09/22/83||Kalamazoo, Mich.||North Carolina/--||0/0|
|17||Hucles, Angela||M||5'7"||07/05/78||Virginia Beach, Va.||Virginia/Boston||3/0|
|18||Mullinix, Siri||GK||5'8"||05/22/78||Greensboro, N.C.||North Carolina/Washington||31/0|
|19||Slaton, Danielle||D||5'6"||06/10/80||San Jose, Calif.||Santa Clara/Carolina||32/1|
|20||Bryan, Thori||D||5'8"||04/17/74||Joppatown, Md.||N.C. State/San Jose||60/0|
|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||4/4|
|23||Mitts, Heather||D||5'5"||06/09/78||Cincinnati, Ohio||Florida/Philadelphia||3/0|
|24||Beene, Lakeysia||GK||5'8"||03/09/78||Gold River, Calif.||Notre Dame/San Jose||12/0|
|25||Benson, Jenny||D||5'5"||01/25/78||Huntington Beach, Calif.||Nebraska/Philadelphia||3/0|
|26||Chalupny, Lori||M||5'4"||01/29/84||Chesterfield, Mo.||North Carolina/--||4/0|
|27||O'Reilly, Heather||F||5'4"||01/02/85||East Brunswick, N.J.||--/PDA Splash||4/0|
|28||Pagliarulo, Jaime||GK||5'7"||07/20/76||Hershey, Pa.||George Mason/San Diego||3/0|
Head Coach: April Heinrichs (Charlottesville, Va.)
Asst. Coach: Bill Palladino (Chapel Hill, N.C.)
GK Coach: Phil Wheddon (Monroe, Ct.)
General Manager: Nils Krumins (Chicago, Ill.)
Sport Psychology Consultant: Dr. Colleen Hacker (Tacoma, Wash.)
Medical Doctor: Dr. Sandy Glasson (Virginia Beach, Va.)
Medical Trainer: Cody Malley (Apex, N.C.)
Massage Therapist: Nestor Battung (Chicago, Ill.)
Massage Therapist: Scott Street (Chicago, Ill.)
Equipment Coordinator: Francisco Tobar (Washington, D.C.)
USOC Video Specialist: Tanya Porter (Colorado Springs, Colo.)
Security Liaisons: Mike Gibbs, Ben Payne (Atlanta, Ga.)
Press Officer: Aaron Heifetz (San Diego, Calif.)