Former Cal Star Joy Fawcett Named to 2003 U.S. World Cup Team

Aug. 26, 2003

BERKELEY - Former California star Joy Fawcett has been selected to the 20-member 2003 U.S. World Cup team, announced today by head coach April Heinrichs. The United States will host the Women's World Cup for the second straight time from Sept. 20-Oct. 12.

Fawcett, a defender, is one of four U.S. players poised to play in their fourth World Cup (others are Mia Hamm, Julie Foudy and Kristine Lilly). Overall, she has played in 17 World Cup games, tallying three goals and three assists. The Women's World Cup has been staged every four years since the inaugural 1991 tournament.

The only three-time All-American in Cal women's soccer history, Fawcett is the most capped and highest scoring defender in U.S. history with 214 games played and 26 goals scored. At 35 and with three daughters, Fawcett is still playing world-class soccer from the center of the defense. She had a phenomenal performance at the 2003 Algarve Cup, where she played all 90 minutes of four matches over seven days.

She recovered from surgery to remove bone spurs from her ankle in just 11 days early in the 2003 WUSA season, then had her best pro season with the San Diego Spirit, earning first team All-WUSA honors as well as the 2003 WUSA Defender of the Year award. The Huntington Beach, Calif., product is the only athlete to play every minute of the 1995 and 1999 Women's World Cups and 1996 and 2000 Olympics.

Prior to her professional playing career, Fawcett (maiden name Biefeld) was a forward for Cal from 1986-89 and still holds the Golden Bears' career records for points (133) and assists (23). She ranks second to Laura Schott for goals with 55.

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