U.S. Women: DiCicco names 20-player roster for March 28 Mexico match

The U.S. women's national team will play its first-ever match at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, Calif., against Mexico on Sunday, March 28, a venue the Americans hope to return to on July 10, 1999, for the Women's World Cup Final. The USA-Mexico match, which kicks off at 2 p.m. PT and will be broadcast live on ESPN, is part of a doubleheader that will also feature the Los Angeles Galaxy against the Dallas Burn at 5 p.m. PT. U.S. Head Coach Tony DiCicco will bring a 20-woman squad to Los Angeles as he continues to make decisions on his roster for the 1999 FIFA Women's World Cup. "Starting with the 'Nike Road to Pasadena' there will be less and less players brought into the mix as we try to pare down to our final Women's World Cup roster of 20 players and train that team," said DiCicco. "These games are key to us fine-tuning and preparing for the biggest challenge that this team has ever faced. I can tell you there is a lot of excitement from the U.S. players and staff as we get within 90 days of the Women's World Cup Opening Game at Giants Stadium." The USA roster features three players with Southern California connections in forward Shannon MacMillan (Escondido, Calif.), midfielder Julie Foudy (Mission Viejo, Calif.) and defender Joy Fawcett (Huntington Beach, Calif.). All three won Olympic gold medals with the U.S. team in 1996. The USA is coming off a second-place finish at the 1999 Algarve Cup in Portugal, an eight-team international tournament that saw the Americans defeat defending Women's World Cup champions Norway in group play, 2-1, before falling in the championship game to China by the same score. The USA is 6-1-1 on the year after tying Sweden at the Algarve Cup. The USA and Mexico have met three times in their history with the Americans posting convincing wins each time. A new and improved Mexican team will face the USA on Sunday however, bolstered by numerous Mexican-American players and new talent that helped the Tricolores defeat Argentina in a two-game playoff to earn the final berth to the 1999 FIFA Women's World Cup. U.S. forward Mia Hamm enters Sunday's game with 104 career international goals, just four shy of breaking the world scoring record for men or women, held by the long-retired Elisabetta Vignotto of Italy. Hamm currently sits third on the all-time list, also behind another Italian legend, Carolina Morace, who has 105 career goals. U.S. midfielder Michelle Akers is fourth with 100 career goals. Here is the American roster for the Mexico match: Goalkeepers -- Tracy Ducar (N. Andover, Mass.), Briana Scurry (Dayton, Minn.). Defenders -- Lorrie Fair (Los Altos, Calif.), Joy Fawcett (Huntington Beach, Calif.), Michelle French (Kent, Wash.), Carla Overbeck (Chapel Hill, N.C.), Christie Pearce (Point Pleasant, N.J.), Kate Sobrero (Bloomfield Hills, Mich.), Sara Whalen (Greenlawn, N.Y.). Midfielders -- Michelle Akers (Orlando, Fla.), Brandi Chastain (San Jose, Calif.), Julie Foudy (Mission Viejo, Calif.), Tiffany Roberts (San Ramon, Calif.), Aly Wagner (San Jose, Calif.). Forwards -- Danielle Fotopoulos (Altamonte Springs, Fla.), Mia Hamm (Chapel Hill, N.C.), Kristine Lilly (Wilton, Conn.), Shannon MacMillan (Escondido, Calif.), Tiffeny Milbrett (Portland, Ore.), Cindy Parlow (Memphis, Tenn.).
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