Soccer Alum Julie Foudy Nears 200 Cap Mark
June 15, 2001
CHICAGO, Ill. - Former Stanford women's soccer standout Julie Foudy (1989-1992) is set to play in her 200th game with the United States National Team at the end of the month. Foudy, a 1996 Olympic Gold medalist and member of the 1999 Women's World Cup Championship team and 2000 Olympic team, was announced by head coach April Heinrichs as part of the 18-player roster for the two-game Independence Day Series.
The U.S. is scheduled to play Canada on June 30 in Toronto, Ontario and July 3 in Blaine, Minnesota. Heinrichs named 15 Women's United Soccer Association (WUSA) players and three Under-21 National Team regulars, all of whom are still in college. The clash in Blaine at the National Sports Center will be the first domestic match of 2001 for the U.S. women. The game kicks off at 12 p.m. Central Time and will be televised live on ESPN.
Heinrichs called up 13 members of the USA's 2000 Olympic Team, including the world's all-time leading scorer in Mia Hamm (127 goals), and Kristine Lilly, the all-time leader in international appearances with 225 caps. Two players are poised to achieve significant milestones during the series as U.S. captain Julie Foudy currently sits at 199 appearances for the national team, and if she plays in either game, will become just the third player in the history of international soccer to play 200 times for her country, joining Hamm and Lilly in that exclusive club. Forward Cindy Parlow, at just 23 years of age, will become the youngest player in U.S. history to reach the magical 100-cap mark if she plays in both matches.
'I'm just happy this old 30-year-old body made it this far,' said Foudy. 'It's been an honor to represent my country so many times and to be included in the same group with Mia and Kristine is truly special. Much of the credit must go to U.S. Soccer for giving us so many chances to compete and I'm sure all the players are looking forward to getting the team back together again.'
While at Stanford, Foudy became the first four-time All-American in the history of women's soccer on The Farm. She also ranks second in school history in points scored (137), goals (52) and assists (33). In 1991, she was named Soccer America's National Player of the Year.