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WUSA Firsts


Think you know your soccer trivia? We’ll be the judge of that. Pop quiz: who the heck is Jack Marshall? Even the trivia buffs in the U.S. Soccer Communications Department would be hard-pressed to tell you that one Jack Marshall received his one and only cap way back in 1926. Okay, that was pretty much impossible. They get easier. We give you four questions at varying difficulty levels, from 1 (easiest) to 4 (hardest).

With it being the first year that women’s soccer has featured both a Women’s World Cup and the WUSA, we give you trivia focused on remembering back to a set of firsts from the three-year-old league. Seeing how it was just two years ago that the WOO-sah (sic) splashed on to the sports scene, this should be relatively easy. Well, easy if you’re former U.S. WNT head coach and current League Commissioner Tony DiCicco.

Questions:
Q1
(1 of 4): Which player, who is also the WUSA all-time scoring leader, was the first to register a hat trick in league play?
Q2 (2 of 4): Which team was the first to secure a playoff berth in the 2001 season?
Q3 (3 of 4)Who was the MVP of the first Founders Cup?
Q4 (4 of 4): Who scored the first goal in WUSA history?

 

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Answers:
A1:
Tiffeny Milbrett, who scored three against Boston in a 3-1 win on June 25, 2001. Milbrett went on to claim 2001 WUSA MVP honors after leading the Power to the playoffs on the strength of her 16 goals and three assists.
A2: The San Jose (nee Bay Area) CyberRays, who finished with a 11-6-4 record and went on to claim the inaugural championship by way of a penalty kick shootout after a 3-3 tie after 90 minutes of regulation and 15 minutes of sudden-death overtime (see A1).
A3: Julie Murray, who scored the CyberRays second goal to make it 2-2 just before halftime (43rd minute), then added the game-winning penalty kick to give San Jose a 4-2 shootout win after 15 minutes of scoreless overtime had the score knotted at 3-3.
A4: Pretinha, then of the Washington Freedom, who converted a 70th minute penalty kick versus the Bay Area CyberRays in front of a home crowd of 34,148 at RFK Stadium on April 14, 2001.

 

Table of Contents
1) At the Movies (w/ WNT midfielder Aly Wagner)
2)
In Threes (w/ Under-23 MNT midfielder Logan Pause)
3)
Queries and Anecdotes (w/ MNT midfielder Claudio Reyna)
4)
Mark That Calendar (MNT vs. Wales – May 26 / MNT vs. N.Z. – June 8)
5) FAN Point/Counterpoint (Who will be the 2003 MLS Rookie of the Year?)
6)
"You Don't Know Jack (Marshall)" (WUSA Firsts)

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