COLUMBUS, Ohio (Saturday, September 7, 2002) - U.S. Women's National Team head coach April Heinrichs has named the 18 players who will face Scotland tomorrow, Sept. 8, 2002, at Columbus Crew Stadium in Columbus, Ohio, at 1 p.m. ET live on ESPN. Heinrichs chose the roster from 22 players who have been training in Columbus for the past five days.
It will be the first-ever meeting in women's soccer between the two countries and an important preparation match for the Americans as they move towards the 2002 Nike U.S Women's Cup and the 2002 CONCACAF Women's Gold Cup, which will serve as 2003 Women's World Cup Qualifying, later in the fall.
Mia Hamm, the world's all-time leading scorer with 130 goals, will play in her second national team match of the year after scoring against Norway on July 21 in the USA's most recent game. Kristine Lilly, the world's all-time caps leader with a staggering 236 games played, also returns to the national team after missing the last match against Norway while playing for her WUSA club.
Goalkeeper Briana Scurry should play in her second national game of the year after getting 45 minutes of action against Norway in her first appearance since August of 2000. Heinrichs also chose goalkeeper Hope Solo of the University of Washington, the only college player in the 18-woman roster.
Two players were ruled out of the squad due to injuries as midfielder Devvyn Hawkins injured her ankle before the team came to Columbus and midfielder Stacey Tullock suffered a knee injury early in the week. Heinrichs also did not select defender Nandi Pryce, who will return to UCLA for her college match tomorrow against Penn State, and defender Christie Pearce of the New York Power, who was in her first national team event since tearing her ACL at the end of the 2001 WUSA season. Heinrichs also did not select goalkeepers Siri Mullinix and LaKeysia Beene.
Should midfielder Lorrie Fair play tomorrow, she will become the 14th U.S. women's player to play 100 times for her country.
Tickets are available at all Ticketmaster locations in Ohio and the surrounding states and by phone at 614-431-3600. Tickets are also available at the Crew Stadium ticket office and online at www.ussoccer.com. Tickets prices are $18 (endline), $25 (sideline), $35 (midfield) and $45 (club seats).
The match will be the third appearance for the U.S. Women at Columbus Crew Stadium. The USA defeated South Korea 5-0 on Oct. 3, 1999, in a post-Women's World Cup match and lost to Canada, 3-1, on November 11, 2000, in a match following the Sydney Olympics. The U.S. team was scheduled to play Japan at Crew Stadium on Tuesday, Sept. 11, 2001, but the tragic events of that day caused the cancellation of that match and eventually the rest of the 2001 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||104/0|
|2||Fair, Lorrie||M||5'3"||08/05/78||Los Altos, Calif.||North Carolina/Philadelphia||99/7|
|4||Bryan, Thori||D||5'8"||04/17/74||Joppatown, Md.||N.C. State/San Jose||59/0|
|5||Roberts, Tiffany||M||5'3"||05/05/77||San Ramon, Calif.||North Carolina/Carolina||81/6|
|6||Chastain, Brandi||D||5'7"||07/21/68||San Jose, Calif.||Santa Clara/San Jose||149/25|
|7||Kluegel, Jena||D||5'3"||11/02/79||Mahtomedi, Minn.||North Carolina/Boston||19/1|
|8||MacMillan, Shannon||F||5'5"||10/07/74||Escondido, Calif.||Portland/San Diego||137/46|
|9||Hamm, Mia||F||5'5"||03/17/72||Chapel Hill, N.C.||North Carolina/Washington||220/130|
|10||Hucles, Angela||M||5'7"||07/05/78||Virginia Beach, Va.||Virginia/Boston||2/0|
|11||Foudy, Julie||M||5'6"||01/23/71||Mission Viejo, Calif.||Stanford/San Diego||211/39|
|12||Parlow, Cindy||F||5'11"||05/08/78||Memphis, Tenn.||North Carolina/Atlanta||107/48|
|13||Lilly, Kristine||M||5'4"||07/22/71||Wilton, Conn.||North Carolina/Boston||236/88|
|14||Benson, Jenny||D||5'5"||01/25/78||Huntington Beach, Calif.||Nebraska/Philadelphia||2/0|
|15||Sobrero, Kate||D||5'7"||08/23/76||Bloomfield Hills, Mich.||Notre Dame/Boston||75/0|
|18||Solo, Hope||GK||5'9"||07/30/81||Richland, Wash.||Washington/--||11/0|
|20||Lindsey, Kelly||D||5'6"||09/03/79||Omaha, Neb.||Notre Dame/San Jose||3/0|
|22||Wambach, Abby||F||5'10"||06/02/80||Rochester, N.Y.||Florida/Washington||3/1|
|23||Mitts, Heather||D||5'5"||06/09/78||Cincinnati, Ohio||Florida/Philadelphia||2/0|
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.)
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.)
Press Officer: Aaron Heifetz (San Diego, Calif.)
Security Liaison: Mike Gibbs (Atlanta, Ga.)