CHICAGO (Saturday, September 28, 2002) — U.S. Women’s National Team head coach April Heinrichs has named the 18 players who will compete in the 2002 Nike U.S. Women’s Cup, beginning tomorrow in Uniondale, N.Y., as the USA takes on Russia at 4 p.m. ET at the Mitchel Athletic Complex.
Heinrichs chose the roster from the 28 players invited to train before the tournament, which will continue on Wednesday Oct. 2 as the USA takes on Australia at the SAS Stadium in Cary, N.C. Kickoff for that match is 7:30 p.m. ET and it will be broadcast live on ESPN2. The first match of the doubleheader features Italy vs. Russia at 5 p.m. ET. The USA will finish its tournament play on Sunday, Oct. 6, taking on Italy at 2 p.m. ET live on ESPN2. The first half of that doubleheader at SAS Stadium features Australia vs. Russia at 11:30 a.m.
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. For the matches in Cary, N.C., against Australia (presented by Avaya) and Italy (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.
Heinrich chose eight players who will be making a homecoming of sorts to North Carolina as Mia Hamm, Tiffany Roberts, Lorrie Fair, Kristine Lilly, Cindy Parlow and Siri Mullinix played their college ball at UNC, while defender Cat Reddick is currently a junior for the Tar Heels. Defender Danielle Slaton was a key cog on the Carolina Courage’s 2002 WUSA championship.
Hamm, the world’s all-time leading scorer with 133 goals, returns to North Carolina where she has never lost a match as a collegian or a professional. Both Hamm and Kristine Lilly went undefeated in Chapel Hill during the their college careers, while Hamm has not lost while playing for the national team or the Washington Freedom inside the North Carolina state lines.
The two goalkeepers selected were Mullinix and Briana Scurry, who has seemingly resurrected her national team career after a lack of fitness and injuries kept her off the field for the USA for almost two years. Mullinix also suffered from injuries and had a slow recovery from shoulder surgery, but a fine WUSA season and a solid several days of training have earned her the chance to get back on the field for the USA for the first time since July of 2001, when she played against Canada. Heather O’Reilly, a 17-year-old senior at East Brunswick High School in New Jersey, and one of the stars on the U.S. team that won the FIFA Under-19 Women’s World Championship a month ago, also made the roster. Following is the USA’s 18-player roster for the 2002 Nike U.S. Women’s Cup.
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|
|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|
|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|
|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|
|22||Wambach, Abby||F||5'10"||06/02/80||Rochester, N.Y.||Florida/Washington||4/4|
|27||O'Reilly, Heather||F||5'4"||01/02/85||East Brunswick, N.J.||--/PDA Splash||4/0|
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.)