CHICAGO (Tuesday, May 6, 2003) - U.S. Women's National Team head coach April Heinrichs has named the 24-woman roster that will train for four days before facing England in an important Women's World Cup warm-up match at Legion Field in Birmingham, Alabama, on May 17, 2003. Kickoff is at Noon CT and the match will be televised live on ESPN.
Tickets ranging in price levels from $16 to $50 are on sale starting at all Ticketmaster outlets throughout Alabama (including Publix, Coconuts and Wherehouse Music), by phone at 1-800-277-1700, and on-line at ussoccer.com. Groups of 20 or more can order through the Alabama Sports Foundation at 205-967-4745.
The match will be a homecoming for both defender Cat Reddick and forward Mia Hamm. Reddick, who grew up in Birmingham and attended Briarwood Christian High School, is the only player in the history of the U.S. Women’s National Team program who hails from Alabama to earn a full national team cap. Hamm was born in Selma, Alabama, where her father was stationed in the Air Force, before moving on to various stops in her youth career that led to her being the youngest player ever to appear for the U.S. Women’s National Team at the age of 15. She has scored a world record 138 career international goals since debuting for the USA in 1987.
Heinrichs has called in essentially the same roster that was in Washington, D.C. last month to face Canada, adding only UNC freshman midfielder Lori Chalupny to the mix. Chalupny, a member of the USA’s 2002 Under-19 Women’s World Championship team, joins fellow U-19 world champs Lindsay Tarpley and Heather O’Reilly as the youngest players on the U.S. roster. Heinrichs will name 18 players from the 24 to suit up against England.
England is coming off a Women’s World Cup qualifying campaign that ended in heartbreak as they dropped a two-game playoff series to France for the final European berth. England did not have star forward Kelly Smith for those games as she was recovering from a serious knee injury, but the "Mia Hamm of English soccer" is back healthy and has been called up to represent her country in this important Women’s World Cup tune-up for the United States.
England has also called up veteran goalkeeper Pauline Cope (Charlton Athletic) as well as Arsenal’s Ellen Maggs, a whippet quick striker who was the star of England’s U-19 team at last year’s FIFA U-19 World Championship. England will also feature Sue Smith of Leeds United who was England’s representative at the 1999 FIFA Women’s World All-Star Match that was played in conjunction with the 1999 Women’s World Cup Final Draw, and veteran striker Karen Walker of Arsenal. England’s roster will also include five players from the 2003 Women’s F.A. Cup winners Fulham, including the speedy midfielder Rachel Yankey, defender Mary Phillip and midfielder Rachel Unitt.
The match will be the first ever game in the state of Alabama for the U.S. Women, and if chosen to the roster of 18, it will be the first time Reddick, who has 31 appearances for the USA, would be able to represent her country in her hometown.
"Everyone is still battling for spots on the Women’s World Cup Team, so this will be another great preparation match for us," said Reddick, who watched from the Legion Field stands as Briarwood won two 3A high school football championships. "If I get to play, it will be a dream come true to play at Legion Field in front of my family and friends. I have so much pride in Alabama and I can’t wait for my teammates to experience the great fans and support we will receive in Birmingham."
Following the game against England, the U.S. Women will face Ireland in Salt Lake City, Utah, on June 14 (7 p.m. MT / 9 p.m. ET on ESPN2) and Brazil in New Orleans, La. On July 13 (3 p.m. CT / 4 p.m. ET on ESPN).
Of the 24 players on the roster, 20 are playing in the WUSA this season with three players still in college – Reddick, Tarpley and Chalupny – with O’Reilly the lone high school player. Boston Breakers midfielder Devvyn Hawkins was invited into training, but had to decline due to an injured left foot.
U.S. Women's National Team
|1||Scurry, Briana||GK||5'9"||09/07/71||Dayton, Minn.||UMass/Atlanta||117/0|
|2||Fair, Lorrie||M||5'3"||08/05/78||Los Altos, Calif.||North Carolina/Philadelphia||113/7|
|3||Pearce, Christie||D||5'6"||06/24/75||Pt. Pleasant, N.J.||Monmouth/New York||97/4|
|4||Reddick, Cat||D||5'5"||02/10/82||Birmingham, Ala.||North Carolina/--||31/1|
|5||Roberts, Tiffany||M||5'3"||05/05/77||San Ramon, Calif.||North Carolina/Carolina||96/7|
|6||Chastain, Brandi||D||5'7"||07/21/68||San Jose, Calif.||Santa Clara/San Jose||168/29|
|7||Chalupny, Lori||M||5'4"||01/29/84||St. Louis, Mo.||North Carolina/--||4/0|
|8||MacMillan, Shannon||F||5'5"||10/07/74||Escondido, Calif.||Portland/San Diego||153/58|
|9||Hamm, Mia||F||5'5"||03/17/72||Chapel Hill, N.C.||North Carolina/Washington||234/138|
|10||Wagner, Aly||M||5'5"||08/10/80||San Jose, Calif.||Santa Clara/San Diego||42/10|
|11||Foudy, Julie||M||5'6"||1/23/71||Mission Viejo, Calif.||Stanford/San Diego||226/40|
|12||Parlow, Cindy||F||5'11"||05/08/78||Memphis, Tenn.||North Carolina/Atlanta||123/57|
|13||Lilly, Kristine||M||5'4"||07/22/71||Wilton, Conn.||North Carolina/Boston||250/91|
|14||Fawcett, Joy||D||5'6"||02/08/68||Huntington Beach, Calif.||California/San Diego||212/26|
|15||Sobrero, Kate||D||5'7"||08/23/76||Bloomfield Hills, Mich.||Notre Dame/Boston||92/0|
|16||Milbrett, Tiffeny||F||5'3"||10/23/72||Portland, Ore.||Portland/New York||187/96|
|17||Slaton, Danielle||D||5'6"||06/10/80||San Jose, Calif.||Santa Clara/Carolina||37/1|
|18||Mullinix, Siri||GK||5'8"||05/22/78||Greensboro, N.C.||North Carolina/Washington||37/0|
|19||Hucles, Angela||M||5'7"||07/05/78||Virginia Beach, Va.||Virginia/Boston||19/1|
|20||Tarpley, Lindsay||M||5'6"||09/22/83||Kalamazoo, Mich.||North Carolina/--||6/0|
|21||Bryan, Thori||D||5'8"||04/17/74||Joppatowne, Md.||N.C. State/San Jose||63/1|
|22||Wambach, Abby||F||5'10"||06/02/80||Rochester, N.Y.||Florida/Washington||9/5|
|23||O'Reilly, Heather||F||5'4"||01/02/85||East Brunswick, N.J.||--/PDA Torpedoes||17/2|
|24||Beene, LaKeysia||GK||5'8"||03/09/78||Gold River, Calif.||Notre Dame/San Jose||16/0|
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)
Medical Doctor: Dr. Chris Amann (Chicago)
Medical Trainer: Julie O'Connell (Chicago)
Massage Therapists: Nestor Battung (Chicago)
Scott Street (Chicago)
Equipment Coordinator: James Armstrong (Chicago)
Logistics Coordinator: Ben Payne (Atlanta, Ga.)
Press Officer: Aaron Heifetz (San Diego, Calif.)