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March 30th, 2001 12AM
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Bay Area drops Pells, Wilson The Bay Area CyberRays, Philadelphia Charge, San Diego Spirit and Boston Breakers have announced their final, 20-player rosters, with the other four teams expected to announce their rosters soon. CyberRays coach Ian Sawyers cut goalkeeper Laurie Pells, a former Philadelphia player whom the team acquired in the waiver draft, and forward Kelly Wilson, who joined the club as a tryout player. Sawyers put defender Linda Kurtyka and goalkeeper Janine Szpara on the reserve list. Kurtyka (torn quadriceps muscle in her right leg) is injured and is expected to be out 2-3 weeks, but midfielder Lauren Molinaro (broken ankle) has already filled the C-Rays one-player injured list. Kurtyka likely will miss the April 14 inaugural game but could be ready for the CyberRaysÆ home opener April 29 against the Boston Breakers in Spartan Stadium. Bay Area CyberRays Roster
No. NamePositionNationDOBCollege/clubHow obtained
1 LaKeysia BeeneGKUSA3/9/78Notre DameFounding player
17 Christina BellDUSA7/2/75Fresno StateGlobal Draft R-13, OP-94
2 Thori Staples BryanDUSA4/17/74N.C. StateGlobal Draft R-1, OP-8
6 Brandi ChastainM / DUSA7/21/68Santa ClaraFounding player
11 Kim ClarkF / MUSA10/5/77USCGlobal Draft R-8, OP-57
20 Ann CookMUSA10/25/74William & MaryGlobal Draft R-4, OP-25
4 Carey DornM / DUSA10/3/78ConnecticutGlobal Draft R-5, OP-40
18 Megan HorvathFUSA6/8/79Santa ClaraGlobal Draft R-12, OP-89
16 Venus JamesMUSA3/21/79UCLAGlobal Draft R-11, OP-88
9 KatiaFBrazil2/18/77Spo PauloForeign Draft
14 Linda Kurtyka*DUSA11/20/70N.C. StateGlobal Draft R-14, OP-95
22 Kelly LindseyDUSA9/3/79Notre DameCollege Draft R-1, OP-1
23 Jacqui LittleFUSA3/10/78Santa ClaraGlobal Draft R-6, OP-41
24 Jennifer MeadGKUSA6/13/72George MasonGlobal Draft R-7, OP-56
25 Lauren Molinaro*MUSA9/23/79ConnecticutCollege Draft R-3, OP-17
7 Julie MurrayFAustralia4/28/70NSW SapphiresGlobal Draft R-2, OP-9
3 Lisa Na±ezDUSA3/10/77Santa ClaraGlobal Draft R-10, OP-73
26 Amber ReynoldsDUSA8/23/79Texas A&MCollege Draft R-2, OP-16
10 SissiMBrazil6/2/67Se PalmeirasForeign Draft
27 Janine Szpara#GKUSA1/11/67Colorado CollegeFree agent
15 Tisha VenturiniMUSA3/3/73North CarolinaFounding Player
19 Theresa WagnerMUSA8/31/78WashingtonGlobal Draft R-9, OP-62
13 Amy WalshMCanada9/13/77NebraskaGlobal Draft R-3, OP-24
* -- On injured list. # -- On reserved list (practices with team but not part of 20-player active roster). Charge down to 19 The Philadelphia Charge cut goalkeepers Danielle Dion and Carly Smolak, forwards Sarah Yohe and Gayle Smith and midfielder Raven McDonald. Philadelphia also claimed goalkeeper Melissa Moore off waivers from the San Diego Spirit. The Charge roster now stands at 19, with a spot still open for the addition of an international player. Philadelphia Charge Roster
NamePos.Ht.DOBHometownCollege
Liu AilingM5-55/2/67Beijing, China---
Jenny BensonD5-51/25/78Huntington Beach, Calif.Nebraska
Mandy ClemensF5-59/3/78San Diego, Calif.Santa Clara
Michelle DemkoM5-46/15/73Largo, Fla.Maryland
Deidre EnosF5-48/1/79Milton, Mass.Boston Univ.
Lorrie FairM5-38/5/78Los Altos, Calif.North Carolina
Doris FitschenD5-910/25/68Frankfurt,Germany---
Erica IversonD5-94/30/76Walnut Creek, Calif.Massachusetts
Kalli KamholzM5-911/3/78Indian Harbor Beach, Fla.North Carolina
Rakel KarvelssonF5-61/4/77Peachtree City, Ga.North Carolina
Erin MartinF5-72/21/75Arcadia, Calif.Stanford
Rebekah McDowellM5-83/21/78Lakewood, Colo.North Carolina
Heather MittsD5-56/9/78Cincinnati, OhioFlorida
Melissa MooreG5-97/17/75La Verne, Calif.New Mexico
Laurie SchwoyM5-62/14/78Baltimore, Md.North Carolina
Kelly SmithF5-610/29/78Watford, EnglandSeton Hall
Jennifer SoileauM5-53/15/75Baton Rouge, La.Mississippi
Jennifer TietjenM5-97/14/77Huntington, N.Y.Connecticut
Saskia WebberG5-96/13/71Princeton, N.J.Rutgers
Spirit waives four San Diego Spirit head coach Carlos Juarez set his roster for the 2001 season, waiving four players to get down to the league-mandated 20-player limit. Juarez released three defenders and a goalkeeper, cutting Melissa Ribaudo, Holly Broome and Jennifer Babel, as well as third goalkeeper Melissa Moore, who was picked up by Philadelphia in the waiver draft and put onto the Charge's 20-player roster where she will compete for a starting spot with 1999 Women's World Cup veteran Saskia Webber. Broome and Babel are still eligible to be a part of the Spirit's three-player reserve squad. The reserve players will train with the Spirit and be eligible to be brought up to the 20-player roster. Juarez will name his reserves next week. Bubble players that made the final roster include defender Karissa Hampton, the Spirit's first pick in the college draft who played for UCLA in the NCAA Championship game last December, former Portland forward Tara Koleski, who was an 11th-round draft pick in the inaugural WUSA draft, and midfielder Erin Montoya from Santa Clara, who was taken in the 12th round. Juarez also chose 36-year-old midfielder Trudi Sharpsteen, a 14th-round draft pick who will be the oldest player in the WUSA. Defender Rhiannon Tanaka, a former All-American at both UCLA and USC, made the team after coming all the way through local tryouts. The Spirit will face the U.S. under-21 national team on Saturday at noon in its final match of the WUSA Spring Training Tournament being held at the ARCO Olympic Training Center. San Diego Spirit Roster
No. PlayerPos.Ht.DOBHometownCollege/Previous ClubHow Acquired
19 Akide, MercyF5-118/26/75Port Harcourt, NigeriaMilligan/Pelican Stars2000 Discovery Player
9 Arkenberg, TraciF5-82/15/76Torrance, Calif.UCLA/Ajax2000 Player Draft -- 7th Round/52nd
5 Bengtsson, KristinM5-71/12/70Gothenburg, SwedenKopparbergs Landvetter2000 Foreign Draft
15 Boxx, ShannonM5-86/7/77Redondo Beach, Calif.Notre Dame/Ajax2000 Player Draft -- 3rd Round/19th
3 Fan YunjieD5-54/29/72Henan, ChinaHenan2000 Player Draft -- 1st Round/3rd
11 Foudy, JulieM5-61/23/71Mission Viejo, Calif.Stanford/U.S. Soccer2000 Allocation
22 Hampton, KarissaD5-912/23/78Tacoma, Wash.UCLA2000 Supplemental Draft -- 1st Round/6th
1 Karlsson, UlrikaG5-910/14/70Osterfarnebo, SwedenBalinge IF2000 Foreign Draft
10 Kester, SherillM5-33/7/78High Point, N.C.Duke/Raleigh Wings2000 Player Draft -- 2nd Round/14th
21 Koleski, TaraF5-27/20/77Phoenix, Ariz.Portland/F.C. Saarbruecken2000 Player Draft -- 11th Round/84th
8 MacMillan, ShannonF5-510/7/74Escondido, Calif.Portland/U.S. Soccer2000 Allocation
12 Mascaro, JennyM5-65/25/78Baton Rouge, La.Notre Dame/BR DfFeeter2000 Player Draft -- 4th round/30th
6 Montoya, ErinM5-34/30/75Fremont, Calif.Santa Clara/Calif. Storm2000 Player Draft -- 12th Round/95th
4 Oceguera, GinaD5-79/4/77Sunnyvale, Calif.Cal Poly/Calif. Storm2000 Player Draft -- 5th Round/36th
18 Pagliarulo, JaimeG5-77/20/76Hershey, Pa.George Mason/Maryland Pride2000 Player Draft -- 6th Round/49th
16 Pickup, KimD5-93/4/78Van Nuys, Calif.Santa Clara/Bos. Renegades2000 Player Draft -- 5th Round/33rd
28 Sharpsteen, TrudiM5-511/5/64Palos Verdes, Calif.California/Ajax2000 Player Draft -- 14th Round/111th
25 Tanaka, RhiannonD5-711/29/76Hunt. Beach, Calif.UCLA/SC Breakers2000 Local Tryouts
13 Tietjen, MargaretM5-97/14/77Huntington, N.Y.Connecticut/LI Lady Riders2000 Player Draft -- 9th Round/68th
2 Wycinsky, MissyF5-55/26/78Woodbridge, Va.William & Mary/Maryland Pride2000 Player Draft -- 8th Round/63rd
Boston waives four The Boston Breakers cut their roster to 20 players after the release of Rhode Island native Chrisy McCann, Lindsay Eddleman of Nebraska, Tina August from San Diego and Josha Krueger from Milwaukee, Wis.


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