Pryce Selected for U.S. National Team Camp
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 AprilHeinrichs has named the 24 players who will train for five days inCharleston, S.C., before facing Iceland in the USA's second domestic game of2003 on Sunday, February 16, at Blackbaud Stadium. The match will kick offat 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 faceIceland. It will be the second-ever match for the U.S. Women at BlackbaudStadium after opening the 2002 campaign there on Jan. 12 with a 7-0 win overMexico 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 theCarolinas (including Publix and Cat's Music Stores), at Blackbaud Stadiumduring business hours, by phone (843-554-6060), and on-line atwww.ussoccer.com. Groups of 20 or more can order through U.S. Soccer at312-528-1290. The picturesque Blackbaud Stadium, which opened in the springof 1999, is the home of the Charleston Battery of the A-League and has acapacity 5,113.
Heinrichs named 16 players who helped the USA win the 2003 Four NationsWomen's Tournament in China, as well as forward Mia Hamm (WashingtonFreedom) and midfielders Kristine Lilly (Boston Breakers) and Julie Foudy(San Diego Spirit) -- the three most capped players in the history of theinternational soccer -- all of whom did not play in that tournament.Heinrichs also named three of the top four choices at last Sunday's 2003 WUSADraft in midfielder Aly Wagner (the first pick to the San Diego Spirit),midfielder Devvyn Hawkins (the third pick overall to the Boston Breakers) andgoalkeeper Hope Solo (the fourth pick overall to the Philadelphia Charge).Heinrichs called in four non-WUSA players in UCLA junior defender NandiPryce, as well as three members of the USA's 2002 Under-19 World Championshipteam in UNC freshmen Lori Chalupny and Lindsay Tarpley, and high schoolsenior Heather O'Reilly. Wagner, Hawkins, Tarpley and O'Reilly all playedkey roles in helping the USA win the Four Nations Tournament.
The Iceland match will give Heinrichs a last look at her player pool beforeshe names the roster for the 2003 Algarve Cup, taking place in Portugal fromMarch 14-20. Defender Joy Fawcett, midfielder Lorrie Fair, and forwardsTiffeny Milbrett and Shannon MacMillan, all members of the Four Nationssquad, were not called in as Heinrichs continues to rest and rotate herveteran 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 96after tallying against Norway at the Four Nations, but Lilly, now with 90goals, will pick up her run to reach the century mark, a level attained byjust four women in the history of international soccer, including twoAmericans, Hamm and Michelle Akers.
The U.S. women have played Iceland four times in their history, all in theUnited States. The four matches came in two-game sets in which the USAdominated the first game, but not the second. The USA defeated Iceland 6-0on May 8, 1998, in Indianapolis, but then two days later scraped out a 1-0win in Bethlehem, Penn. In 2000, the two teams played twice in NorthCarolina with the USA winning 8-0 on April 5 in Davidson, N.C., but thendrawing 0-0 three days later on a freezing cold night in Charlotte, N.C. asIceland 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), BrandiChastain (CyberRays), Heather Mitts (Charge), Christie Pearce (New YorkPower), Nandi Pryce (UCLA), Kate Sobrero (Boston Breakers).
Midfielders: Lori Chalupny (UNC), Julie Foudy (San Diego Spirit), DevvynHawkins (Breakers), Angela Hucles (Breakers), Jena Kluegel (Breakers),Kristine Lilly (Breakers), Tiffany Roberts (Carolina Courage), LindsayTarpley (UNC), Aly Wagner (Spirit).
Forwards: Mia Hamm (Freedom), Heather O'Reilly (PDA Torpedoes), CindyParlow (Beat), Abby Wambach (Freedom).
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