Four Former Cal Players to Play in Inaugural WUSA Season
April 3, 2001
BERKELEY - Final cuts have been made by all of the Women's United Soccer Association (WUSA) teams, and California will be well-represented when the inaugural season begins April 14.
Midfielder/forward Allie Kemp ('97) and midfielder Trudi Sharpsteen ('86) are active members of the Boston Breakers' and San Diego Spirit's 20-player rosters, respectively. Defender Joy Fawcett ('90) is on the injury protection list for San Diego, and goalkeeper Maite Zabala ('01) is a reserve for the Atlanta Beat.
Kemp, who hails from Encinitas, Calif., played in the midfield and at forward for the Golden Bears from 1993-96. She earned first team All-Pac-10 honors in 1996 and third team NSCAA all-region recognition in 1995. From 1998-00, she played semi-professional soccer for WFC/Auto Trader in San Diego.
Sharpsteen was a midfielder for Cal beginning in its inaugural 1982 season through 1985. The Palos Verdes, Calif., native was named a second team All-American in 1984, all-region in 1985 and all-conference in 1982. She helped lead the Bears to their first of three final four appearances in 1984. The oldest player at age 36 on any of the WUSA rosters this season, Sharpsteen has played soccer for the last 30 years.
The Spirit is not expected to have the services of Fawcett for the majority of the season as she is pregnant with her third child. Fawcett, a native of Huntington Beach, Calif., was a forward for Cal from 1986-89 and holds the Bears career records for points (133), goals (55) and assists (23). She is one of two players to play every minute of the 1995 World Cup, the 1996 Olympics, the 1999 World Cup and the 2000 Olympics. Arguably one of the world's top defenders, she is the highest scoring defender in U.S. women's national team history with 24 goals at the end of 2000.
Zabala receives a small salary as one of three reserves (practice players) for Atlanta. There are several circumstances, including an injury to one of the Beats two goalkeepers, in which Zabala can be activated. A product of Boise, Idaho, she became the Bears all-time leader for career shutouts during the 2000 season. Her 9.5 shutouts last year boosted her career total to 26.5, breaking Karen Cook's (1993-96) previous record of 22. She finished the 2000 season with the 10th-best goals-against average in the nation at 0.64.