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FIFA WOMEN’S WORLD CUP FINAL DRAW TO BE HELD THURSDAY: The Final Draw for the FIFA Women's World Cup USA 2003 will take place on Thursday, July 17 at 11 a.m. PT (2 p.m. ET) at The Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif., located just outside of Los Angeles. Soccer fans around the world can follow the results and view capsules on each of the teams live via’s DrawTracker, presented by Philips Electronics. The Final Draw will feature some of the top players from the U.S. Women's National Team, as well as players from a number of nations qualified for the tournament and will decide all the match-ups for the 32-game, 16-team, four-group tournament. On the day prior to the Final Draw on July 16, FIFA will conduct a press conference at noon PT to announce the long-awaited first edition of the FIFA Women's World Rankings and the launch of the FIFA Women's World Cup 2003 Official Web Site, The Final Draw will place the 16 qualified teams into four groups (A, B, C and D) of four teams. As the host and defending FIFA Women's World Cup champion, the USA has already been slotted as team A1. The rest of the draw is wide open, with world powers such as '99 runner-up China, 2000 Olympic champion Norway and European champion Germany all jockeying for position with strong contenders like CONCACAF Women's Gold Cup runner-up Canada, South American champion Brazil and two-time defending Asian champ North Korea.
FIFA Women’s World Cup 2003 Finalists
AFC (4): China (original host), Japan, North Korea, South Korea
CAF (2): Ghana, Nigeria         
CONCACAF (2): Canada, USA
CONMEBOL (2): Argentina, Brazil          
OFC (1): Australia             
UEFA (5): Germany, France, Norway, Russia, Sweden
U.S. MNT TOPS EL SALVADOR 2-0, PREPARES FOR MARTINIQUE IN GOLD CUP:  The U.S. will face Martinique in their second and final game of group play in the 2003 CONCACAF Gold Cup Monday (July 14) at 8:30 p.m. ET. The match will be televised live on Galavision and will be available via’s MatchTracker, presented by Philips Electronics. On Saturday (July 12), goals on both sides of halftime by Eddie Lewis and Brian McBride led the United States to a dominating 2-0 victory against El Salvador in their opening group match. Coming in his 50th appearance with the team, the Lewis goal was scored with a low, right-footed shot in the 28th minute on a pass from McBride at the top of the box. McBride, the Chevrolet Man of the Match, then found the back of the net in the 76th minute. Second-half sub Steve Ralston sent a first-time cross off a bouncing ball right to the head of McBride, who finished the chance from the top of the six-yard box. Claudio Reyna returned to the starting lineup for the first time for the United States since the 2002 World Cup. Reyna turned in 60 solid minutes for the U.S., demonstrating the passing touch and ability to dictate the pace of a game that has become his trademark. U.S. goalkeeper Kasey Keller has now recorded five consecutive shutouts in Gold Cup play, dating back to January 21, 2002. For complete Gold Cup coverage, log on to the competitions page at
U.S. MNT Gold Cup Results
Date: Opponent - Result - U.S. Goal Scorers (Assists)   
July 12: El Salvador - 2-0 W - Lewis (McBride), McBride (Ralston)
U.S. MNT Gold Cup Schedule (* - if necessary)
Date: Opponent - Venue; City - Kickoff (TV)
July 14: Martinique - Gillette Stadium; Foxboro, Mass. - 8:30 p.m. ET (Galavision)
July 17: Quarterfinals* - Gillette Stadium; Foxboro, Mass. - 3 p.m. ET (Univision)
July 23: Semifinals* - Orange Bowl; Miami, Fla. - 8 p.m. ET (Galavision)
July 26: Third Place* - Orange Bowl; Miami, Fla. - 8 p.m. ET (Galavision)
July 27: Final* - Azteca Stadium; Mexico City, Mexico - 1 p.m. ET (Univision)

KELLER IN REACH OF SHUTOUT MILESTONE: U.S. goalkeeper Kasey Keller, who began his U.S. Men's National Team career back in 1990, will be within reach of a career milestone should he start against Martinique in the USA's CONCACAF Gold Cup match tonight in Foxboro, Mass. Keller has recorded an astonishing 31 career shutouts in just 63 international matches for the U.S., and will tie Tony Meola's career shutout mark of 32 with his next clean sheet. Should he reach the milestone in his next match, Keller will have recorded a shutout in exactly 50 percent of his MNT games, an amazing ratio considering Meola recorded his 32 shutouts in 99 career games.  Perhaps more impressively, Keller is currently in the midst of a streak of 20 consecutive domestic appearances without a defeat, compiling a 16-0-4 record during that stretch.


MILBRETT GOAL IN 90TH MINUTE SEALS 1-0 VICTORY FOR U.S. OVER BRAZIL: The U.S. Women’s National Team got a late strike from second-half substitute Tiffeny Milbrett to top Brazil 1-0 in a physical battle played in the stifling heat at Tad Gormley Stadium in New Orleans, La. on July 13. A crowd of 15,074 came out on the hot summer day to watch the U.S. in their third-to-last match before the 2003 FIFA Women’s World Cup and the first ever game in Louisiana. The match was played on a restrictive 64-yard wide field, making it difficult for both teams to establish a rhythm in tight spaces and led to numerous crunching tackles from both sides. Despite out-shooting the young Brazil team, there were few great chances for either team during the match. The winning goal came with seconds left in regulation, when the ball off a booming punt from Briana Scurry found Milbrett, who then smashed a left-footed half volley from 19 yards out into the right corner that froze the Brazilian goalkeeper. The win was the sixth of the year for the U.S. women over a team that will participate in the upcoming Women’s World Cup. The U.S. will play its last two matches before the Women’s World Cup on Sept. 1 against Costa Rica at The Home Depot Center and on Sept. 7 against Mexico at Spartan Stadium.

NEW U.S. WNT NIKE UNIFORMS DEBUT VS. BRAZIL: The U.S. Women’s National Team debuted their new Nike uniforms on Sunday, July 13, during their 1-0 victory over Brazil at Tad Gormley Stadium in New Orleans. The innovative and stylish uniforms will be seen throughout the remainder of the U.S. Women's National Team competition this year, including the upcoming 2003 FIFA Women's World Cup being played in six venues across the country from Sept. 20 to Oct. 12. The great new home and away uniforms are available right now for the first time anywhere at The white home jersey features a number of distinctive features, including blue side-panels and two angular blue triangles on the shoulder blades. The red road jersey features blue paneling on the hips and underarms. Both uniforms feature two stars on the right sleeve to indicate the U.S. Women's FIFA Women's World Cup championship victories in 1991 and 1999.

PEARCE BECOMES 15th U.S. WNT PLAYER TO RECORD 100 CAPS: Defender Christie Pearce became the 15th, and most unlikely, player to earn 100 caps for the U.S. Women’s National Team as she started and wore the captain’s armband in the team’s 1-0 win over Brazil. Pearce’s debut came against Australia in 1997 and quietly the rugged, powerful and fast defender has continued to be a stalwart with the team. The only player in U.S. Women's National Team history to make an impact on the team coming from a small soccer school - Monmouth in New Jersey - Pearce played basketball and soccer in college, where she starred in both. She is the best all-around athlete ever in Ocean County, where she played basketball, soccer and field hockey (and even a little lacrosse) for Point Pleasant Boro High School in Point Pleasant, N.J. A forward all her life in soccer, she switched to defender for the national team and three years later started all five games for the USA at the 2000 Olympics.  A knee serious knee injury kept her out of the national team for more than a year, but she is back to 100 percent and competing for a starting spot.
All-Time Cap Leaders with U.S. Women’s National Team
Kristine Lilly (253), Mia Hamm (237), Julie Foudy (229), Joy Fawcett (214), Tiffeny Milbrett (190), Brandi Chastain (169), Carla Overbeck (168), Michelle Akers (153), Shannon MacMillan (154), Tisha Venturini (132), Carin Gabarra (117), Cindy Parlow (126), Briana Scurry (119), Lorrie Fair (114), Christie Pearce (100)


JAPAN EARNS FINAL QUALIFYING SPOT FOR WOMEN’S WORLD CUP: Japan became the 16th and final team to qualify for the FIFA Women’s World Cup USA 2003 by virtue of a 2-0 victory over Mexico on July 12 in Tokyo’s National Stadium. Japan and Mexico played to a 2-2 draw on July 5 in front of 75,000 fans in Mexico City in the first leg of their two-leg playoff. For Japan, the victory qualifies the country for their fourth consecutive FIFA Women’s World Cup, bringing to eight the total number of teams that have played in each FIFA Women’s World Cup tournament since the inaugural 1991 competition (along with Brazil, China, Germany, Nigeria, Norway, Sweden and the United States).


TWELVE TEAMS IN ACTION AS U.S. OPEN CUP BEGINS THIRD ROUND ON WEDNESDAY (July 16): Six of the eight third round matches of the 2003 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup are set to kickoff this Wednesday, July 16 as A-League and Major League Soccer teams join the fold for the first time this year. In a late schedule change, the Carolina Dynamo (USL-PSL) and the Virginia Beach Mariners (A-League) have moved their match to the Virginia Beach Sportsplex at 7 p.m. ET because of heavy rains in North Carolina over the last week. The Mid Michigan Bucks (PDL) face the toughest task, as the amateur side will host the MetroStars (MLS) at Hurley Stadium in Berkley, Mich., at 7:30 p.m. ET. The A-League’s Rochester Raging Rhinos (A-League) will host the New Hampshire Phantoms (USL-PSL) at 7:35 p.m. ET at Rochester’s Frontier Field, as the Phantoms held off the Chesapeake Dragons (PDL) in the final game of the second round. D.C. United is the second MLS team to begin Open Cup play in the third round, as they host the Pittsburgh Riverhounds (A-League) at the Maryland Soccerplex in Boyds, Md., at 7:30 p.m. ET. The Atlanta Silverbacks (A-League) will face the Wilmington Hammerheads (USL-PSL) in Wilmington’s Legion Sports Complex at 7:30 p.m. ET. The final Wednesday night match-up will feature two A-League teams, as the Seattle Sounders and Minnesota Thunder face off at the National Sports Center in Blaine, Minn., at 7:30 p.m. CT. Two other third round matches will be played Tuesday (July 22) and Wednesday (July 23) of next week. For complete coverage, log on to the competitions page at
2003 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup Third Round Schedule (all times local)
No. Match-Up - Venue, City - Date/Time (local)
11: Seattle Sounders (A-League) at Minnesota Thunder (A-League) - National Sports Complex, Blaine, Minn. - July 16/7:30 p.m.
12: Pittsburgh Riverhounds (A-League) at D.C. United (MLS) - Maryland Soccerplex, Boyds, Md. - July 16/7:30 p.m.
13: Fresno Fuego (PDL) at El Paso Patriots (A-League) - Dudley Stadium, El Paso, Texas - July 22/7 p.m.
14: Atlanta Silverbacks (A-League) at Wilmington Hammerheads (USL-PSL) - Legion Sports Complex, Wilmington, N.C. - July 16/7:30 p.m.
15: Carolina Dynamo (USL-PSL) at Virginia Beach Mariners (A-League) - Va. Beach Sportsplex, Virginia Beach, Va. - July 16/7 p.m.
16: Milwaukee Bavarians (USASA) at Milwaukee Wave United  (A-League) - Uihlein Soccer Park, Milwaukee, Wisc. - July 23/7:30 p.m.
17: MetroStars (MLS) at Mid Michigan Bucks (PDL) - Hurley Stadium, Berkley, Mich. - July 16/7:30 p.m.
18: N.H. Phantoms (USL-PSL) at Rochester Raging Rhinos (A-League) - Frontier Field, Rochester, N.Y. - July 16/7:35 p.m.

FOURTH ROUND HOSTS FINALIZED FOR AUGUST 6 OPEN CUP GAMES: The hosts for all eight fourth round games in the 2003 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup have been determined, as the final eight MLS teams enter the tournament. All of the games in this round are tentatively scheduled for Wednesday, Aug. 6. In the round’s all-MLS match-up, the Kansas City Wizards will be traveling to face the Colorado Rapids at Denver’s Invesco Field with a 7:30 MT kickoff. Both of the MLS soccer-specific stadiums will also host fourth round action, as the Los Angeles Galaxy (MLS) will host either the Fresno Fuego (PDL) or El Paso Patriots (A-League) at The Home Depot Center at 7 p.m. PT. The defending Open Cup champions will open play on their home turf in Crew Stadium, as Columbus (MLS) hosts either the MetroStars (MLS) or the Mid Michigan Bucks (PDL) at 7:30 p.m. ET. The Dallas Burn (MLS) will travel to face the winner either the Atlanta Silverbacks (A-League) or the Wilmington Hammerheads (USL-PSL) at 7:30 p.m. ET at a site to be determined. The Chicago Fire (MLS) will be traveling up I-94 to face either the Milwaukee Wave United (A-League) or Milwaukee Bavarians (USASA) at 7:30 p.m. CT. The Rochester Raging Rhinos (A-League) or the New Hampshire Phantoms (USL-PSL) will travel to face the New England Revolution at Ludlow, Mass.’s Lusitamo Stadium at 7:30 p.m. ET. For the final two games, multiple scenarios exist. If the Minnesota Thunder (A-League) beat the Seattle Sounders (A-League), then the Thunder will host the San Jose Earthquakes (MLS) in the fourth round. Otherwise, the Earthquakes will host the Sounders at a site and time to be determined. Four scenarios exist for the final match-up, as the winner of the Pittsburgh Riverhounds (A-League) and D.C. United (MLS) will face the winner of Carolina Dynamo (USL-PSL) and Virginia Beach Mariners (A-League).  If Pittsburgh wins, the will travel to face either Carolina or Virginia Beach. If D.C. United wins; they will either travel to face Carolina or host Virginia Beach.
2003 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup Fourth Round Schedule (all times local)
No.: Match-Up - Venue, City - Date/Time (local)
19: San Jose Earthquakes (MLS) at Minnesota Thunder (A-League) - TBD - Aug. 6/TBD
      OR Seattle Sounders (A-League) at San Jose Earthquakes - TBD - Aug. 6/TBD
20: Pittsburgh Riverhounds (A-League) at Carolina Dynamo (USL-PSL) - TBD - Aug. 6/TBD
      OR Pittsburgh Riverhounds at Va. Beach Mariners (A-League) - TBD - Aug. 6/TBD
      OR D.C. United (MLS) at Carolina Dynamo (USL-PSL) - TBD - Aug. 6/TBD
      OR Virginia Beach Mariners (A-League) at D.C. United (MLS) - TBD - Aug. 6/TBD
21: Fresno Fuego (PDL) OR El Paso Patriots (A-League) at Los Angeles Galaxy - Home Depot Center, Carson, Calif. - Aug. 6/7 p.m.
22: Dallas (MLS) at Atlanta Silverbacks (A-League) OR Wilmington Hammerheads (USL-PSL) - TBD -  Aug. 6/7:30 p.m.
23: Kansas City Wizards (MLS) at Colorado Rapids (MLS) - Invesco Field, Denver - Aug. 6/7:30 p.m.
24: Chicago (MLS) at Milwaukee Bavarians (USASA) OR Milwaukee Wave United (A-League) TBD -  Aug. 6/7:30 p.m.
25: Mid Michigan Bucks (PDL) OR MetroStars (MLS) at Columbus Crew (MLS) - Columbus Crew Stadium, Columbus, Ohio - Aug. 6 - 7:30 p.m.
26: Rochester (A-League) OR N.H. Phantoms (USL-PSL) at New England (MLS)    Lusitamo Stadium, Ludlow, Mass. - Aug. 6 - 7:30 p.m.   


U.S. U-17 MNT TOPS CANADA 3-1 BEFORE CROWD OF 10,511 IN MINNESOTA:  The U.S. Under-17 Men’s National Team got goals in each half from Guillermo Gonzalez and one from Freddy Adu in the final minute of the game to topple Canada 3-1 yesterday (July 13) in front of a sold-out crowd of 10,511 at the National Sports Center in Blaine, Minn. The U.S. was able to get on the board first when Gonzalez knocked home a penalty kick awarded when captain Corey Ashe was taken down in the box. Gonzalez and Eddie Gaven, both of who played in their first games for their respective MLS teams this past month, combined for the game-winning goal in the 77th minute. Gaven (MetroStars) dribbled down the right flank and served in a pinpoint cross to Gonzalez (L.A. Galaxy), who hit a one-time volley with his left foot from about six-yards out, slamming the ball past a helpless Robert Giacomi. Adu wrapped up the scoring with a rebound goal off his own one-time shot in the closing minutes. The U.S. left for Carson, Calif. today (July 14), where it will conduct a week-long training camp at the National Training Center at The Home Depot Center. The team will face off against the Australia Institute of Sport, which includes Australian national team pool players, on July 19 and 21 at the NTC.
U.S. U-17 MNT Results
Date: Opponent - Result (U.S. Goal Scorers/Assists)
July 13: Canada - 3-1 W (Gonzalez PK, Gonzalez/Gaven, Adu)

U.S. UNDER-19 WOMEN GO UNDEFEATED, DON’T ALLOW A GOAL ON EUROPEAN TOUR: The U.S. Under-19 Women's National Team won all three of its matches on its most recent European tour, outscoring German and Holland, 8-0. The team shutout Germany, 4-0, on July 2 in Duisburg, Germany, beat Holland, 3-0, in Groensbek, Holland on July 5 and then the downed the Dutch again, 1-0, on July 9 in Heenk, Holland. Carrie Schmitt (La Mesa, Calif.) captained the U-19s for the first time in the second match against Holland and got the game-winner in the fifth minute.  Both Ashley Phillips (West Peabody, Mass.) and Laura Comeau (Lee, N.H.) saw time in goal for the U.S. and combined to blank the opponent in all three matches. Jeff Pill served as head coach for this trip as Tracey Leone gave birth to her first child in early June.
U.S. U-19 WNT Results
Date: Opponent - Result (U.S. Goal Scorers)
July 2: Germany - 4-0 W (Kerri Hanks (2), Megan Schnur, Carrie Schmitt)
July 5: Holland - 3-0 W (Alexia Orand, Schmitt, Hanks)
July 9: Holland - 1-0 W (Schmitt)

U-16 BOYS FINISH SECOND AT INTERNATIONAL U-17 TOURNAMENT: The U.S. Under-16 Boys National Team, made up of mainly younger players in the U.S. Under-17 residency program, finished in second place at the International U-17 Tournament in Notts County, England. The U.S. opened the tournament with a 2-1 win over the host nation on goals by Rodrigo Hidalgo and Danny Szetela. Then on July 10, the team played Brazil to a 1-1 draw on a goal by Jason Singh. The team wrapped up the tournament falling to Portugal 3-0 on Sunday, July 13 to end up with a second-place finish.  The team was be coached by U-17 MNT assistant John Hackworth.
U.S. U-16 BNT Results
Date: Opponent - Result (U.S. Goal Scorers)
July 7: England - 2-1 W (Rodrigo Hidalgo, Danny Szetela)
July 10: Brazil - 1-1 T (Jason Singh)
July 13: Portugal - 0-3 L   

PETUCELLI NAMES U.S. U-21 WNT ROSTER FOR 2003 NORDIC CUP: U.S. Under-21 Women’s National Team head coach Chris Petrucelli has named the 18-player squad that will travel to Denmark on July 16 in an attempt to win an unprecedented fifth consecutive Nordic Cup championship.  The team is currently holding a two-day training camp in New Jersey prior to leaving for Europe.  Held in Northern Europe every summer, the Nordic Cup is the top competition in the world for U-21 women and the focus of the USA’s oldest youth national team during its seven-month run-up to the prestigious competition. The USA was drawn into a tough Group A and will face Denmark, Norway and Iceland in first-round play.  Group B features Sweden, Germany, Finland and the full Greek Women’s National Team, who is using the tournament as preparation for the 2004 Olympics in Athens.  The USA opens the tournament against the host nation on Monday, July 21.  Petrucelli was forced to juggle his roster at the end of last week as two players previously named to the roster were forced to pull out with injuries.  Manya Makoski (Arizona State) injured an MCL and was replaced by UCLA-bound 18-year-old forward Bristyn Davis (HBC Fury).  Amy Steadman (UNC), a member of the USA's U-19 World Championship Team in 2002, suffered a meniscus tear and was replaced by Ali Andrzejewski (Maryland).
U.S. U-21 WNT Nordic Cup Schedule
Date: Match-up - Venue
July 21: Denmark vs. USA - Randers Stadium
July 23: USA vs. Iceland - Randers Stadium
July 25: Norway vs. USA - Randers Stadium
July 27: Placement Matches - Randers Stadium
United States U-21 WNT Nordic Cup Roster
Goalkeepers (2): Nicole Barnhart (Stanford), Ashlyn Harris (Satellite Beach, Fla.);
Defenders (5): Amy LePeilbet (Arizona State), Ally Marquand (Stanford), Nandi Pryce (UCLA), Cat Reddick (North Carolina), Natalie Spilger (Stanford);
Midfielders (5): Kim Yokers (California), Leslie Osborne (Santa Clara), Lori Chalupny (North Carolina), Joanna Lohman (Penn State), Lindsey Huie, (Portland);
Forwards (6): Ali Andrzejewski (Maryland), Bristyn Davis (HBC Fury), Sheree Gray (Toms River, N.J.), Kelly Wilson (Texas), Kelly McDonald (Texas), Lindsay Tarpley (North Carolina)


U.S. MNT GOALKEEPER TIM HOWARD TO JOIN MANCHESTER UNITED: The MetroStars announced today that goalkeeper Tim Howard has been transferred to Manchester United of the English Premier League club. The financial details of the deal are undisclosed.  The team will be receiving an allocation for future use. Howard will join Manchester United as the team begins preseason training for the upcoming Premier League season, which kicks-off with Manchester United taking on Bolton Wanderers on Saturday, Aug. 16 at Old Trafford. The North Brunswick, N.J., native has posted a 37-36-11 record with a 1.46 goals against average and 15 shutouts in his MLS career. He had joined the Metros prior to the start of the 1998 season as a Nike Project-40 player. With the U.S. Men's National Team, Howard was an alternate for the 2002 World Cup and he also backed up Brad Friedel as the U.S. finished fourth at the Sydney Olympic games. Howard has nine caps with the U.S. and a 4-3-2 record. He has recorded three career international shutouts and has given up just five goals. Howard will be replaced on the MetroStars roster by Jonny Walker, who comes to the team from Colo Colo in Chile.

MISL ADDS TEAM EXPANSION TEAM IN MONTERREY, MEXICO:  The Major Indoor Soccer League Commissioner Steve Ryan announced today (July 14) that they league has granted an expansion team to Monterrey, Mexico, thus becoming the only major professional sports league in the United States to include a team in Mexico.  The Monterrey franchise will begin play in the 2003-2004 MISL season and will play its home games in the new Monterrey Arena, which is scheduled to open in November. “We are very excited about the opportunity to expand into Mexico, and we are thrilled to bring our game to the country’s great soccer fans, who are among the most enthusiastic and passionate fans in the world. We have an outstanding group with very strong ties to the community in Monterrey,” said Ryan. The lead Investor/Operator of the new team is Monterrey, Mexico, businessman Alvaro Ordoñez Peña.


PEAK PERFORMER: U.S. Women’s National Team goalkeeper Briana Scurry has a record of 26-0-4 across the last 30 games where she is the goalkeeper of record. Her last loss with the team came more than four years ago, prior to the 1999 World Cup in a 2-1 loss to China on April 25,1999 in New Jersey. Including the Sunday (July 13) win over Brazil, she has won 14 straight games.

MARQUEE MATCH-UP: Who will face the U.S. this fall in Group A for FIFA Women’s World Cup 2003? The team and U.S. Soccer fans will find out this Thursday, July 17, as the Final Draw is held. The fate of 16 qualified teams is at stake as the Women’s World Cup picture becomes clearer. Follow the draw live on’s DrawTracker, presented by Philips Electronics.

SOCCER SHOCKER: The Canadian Men’s National Team, ranked 78th in the latest FIFA World Rankings, topped Costa Rica, ranked 18th, in the opening game of Group D in the 2003 CONCACAF Gold Cup by a 1-0 margin at Foxboro Stadium in Foxboro, Mass. The match is just one of the puzzle pieces that could fit together see former U.S. MNT head coach Steve Sampson and his Costa Rica side match-up vs. the U.S. in the Quarterfinals.

QUOTABLE: "This is the first time we have played a World Cup opponent in a while so this is great for us to kind of measure ourselves see where we are at. Obviously, we saw some things tonight that we need to work on and we will go back and fix those things and get ready for the World Cup."
- U.S. Women’s National Team forward Cindy Parlow on the value of playing a team, Brazil, that has qualified for the FIFA Women’s World Cup 2003.