Feb. 5, 2003
UCLA defender Nandi Pryce has recently been named one of 24 players brought into camp by U.S. National Team coach April Heinrichs. The team is gearing up for a match with Iceland on Feb. 16 in Charleston, S.C.
Official U.S. Soccer Release below.
CHICAGO (February 5, 2003) -- U.S. Women's National Team head coach April Heinrichs has named the 24 players who will train for five days in Charleston, S.C., before facing Iceland in the USA's second domestic game of 2003 on Sunday, February 16, at Blackbaud Stadium. The match will kick off at 6 p.m. ET and will be broadcast live on ESPN2.
Heinrichs will choose a team of 18 from the 24 players in camp to face Iceland. It will be the second-ever match for the U.S. Women at Blackbaud Stadium after opening the 2002 campaign there on Jan. 12 with a 7-0 win over Mexico in front of a sold-out crowd. Tickets ranging in price levels from $18 to $35 are on sale now at all Ticketmaster outlets throughout the Carolinas (including Publix and Cat's Music Stores), at Blackbaud Stadium during business hours, by phone (843-554-6060), and on-line at www.ussoccer.com. Groups of 20 or more can order through U.S. Soccer at 312-528-1290. The picturesque Blackbaud Stadium, which opened in the spring of 1999, is the home of the Charleston Battery of the A-League and has a capacity 5,113.
Heinrichs named 16 players who helped the USA win the 2003 Four Nations Women's Tournament in China, as well as forward Mia Hamm (Washington Freedom) and midfielders Kristine Lilly (Boston Breakers) and Julie Foudy (San Diego Spirit) -- the three most capped players in the history of the international soccer -- all of whom did not play in that tournament. Heinrichs also named three of the top four choices at last Sunday's 2003 WUSA Draft in midfielder Aly Wagner (the first pick to the San Diego Spirit), midfielder Devvyn Hawkins (the third pick overall to the Boston Breakers) and goalkeeper Hope Solo (the fourth pick overall to the Philadelphia Charge). Heinrichs called in four non-WUSA players in UCLA junior defender Nandi Pryce, as well as three members of the USA's 2002 Under-19 World Championship team in UNC freshmen Lori Chalupny and Lindsay Tarpley, and high school senior Heather O'Reilly. Wagner, Hawkins, Tarpley and O'Reilly all played key roles in helping the USA win the Four Nations Tournament.
The Iceland match will give Heinrichs a last look at her player pool before she names the roster for the 2003 Algarve Cup, taking place in Portugal from March 14-20. Defender Joy Fawcett, midfielder Lorrie Fair, and forwards Tiffeny Milbrett and Shannon MacMillan, all members of the Four Nations squad, were not called in as Heinrichs continues to rest and rotate her veteran players in the USA's run to the Women's World Cup.
Milbrett's run to 100 career goals is temporarily on hold as she sits with 96 after tallying against Norway at the Four Nations, but Lilly, now with 90 goals, will pick up her run to reach the century mark, a level attained by just four women in the history of international soccer, including two Americans, Hamm and Michelle Akers.
The U.S. women have played Iceland four times in their history, all in the United States. The four matches came in two-game sets in which the USA dominated the first game, but not the second. The USA defeated Iceland 6-0 on May 8, 1998, in Indianapolis, but then two days later scraped out a 1-0 win in Bethlehem, Penn. In 2000, the two teams played twice in North Carolina with the USA winning 8-0 on April 5 in Davidson, N.C., but then drawing 0-0 three days later on a freezing cold night in Charlotte, N.C. as Iceland goalkeeper Thora Helgadottir made 11 saves, most of them spectacular, to keep the USA off the board.
U.S. Roster by Position
Goalkeepers: LaKeysia Beene (San Jose CyberRays), Siri Mullinix (Washington Freedom), Briana Scurry (Atlanta Beat), Hope Solo (Philadelphia Charge).
Defenders: Jenny Benson (Charge), Thori Bryan (CyberRays), Brandi Chastain (CyberRays), Heather Mitts (Charge), Christie Pearce (New York Power), Nandi Pryce (UCLA), Kate Sobrero (Boston Breakers).
Midfielders: Lori Chalupny (UNC), Julie Foudy (San Diego Spirit), Devvyn Hawkins (Breakers), Angela Hucles (Breakers), Jena Kluegel (Breakers), Kristine Lilly (Breakers), Tiffany Roberts (Carolina Courage), Lindsay Tarpley (UNC), Aly Wagner (Spirit).
Forwards: Mia Hamm (Freedom), Heather O'Reilly (PDA Torpedoes), Cindy Parlow (Beat), Abby Wambach (Freedom).
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