WUSA WEEK 4 WRAP: WUSA stars pull double-duty

By Scott French, Senior Editor

LET'S PLAY TWO: Nine WUSA players -- eight Americans and a Canadian -- pulled double-duty this weekend, seeing time in the U.S. women's national team's 6-1 win Saturday over Canada in Washington and in their clubs' league matches.

Three of them -- Atlanta goalkeeper Briana Scurry, San Jose defender Brandi Chastain and San Diego forward Shannon MacMillan -- went the full 90 twice.

Scurry and Washington's Mia Hamm played in both games of the RFK Stadium doubleheader. The Freedom and Beat tied, 1-1, in the nightcap.

Carolina's Danielle Slaton played one half for the U.S. women and -- following a flight to Raleigh-Durham -- another half in the Courage's 3-1 loss to New York.

Chastain, MacMillan and four more San Diego stars -- defender Joy Fawcett, midfielders Julie Foudy and Aly Wagner, and Canadian forward Christine Latham -- played all or most of Sunday's 2-1 Spirit triumph in San Diego.

MacMillan scored four goals in the Americans' triumph and assisted on San Diego's first goal.

IRON STREAK ENDS: San Jose defender Thori Bryan, one of the WUSA's ''iron women,'' was in the U.S. camp all week but didn't make the game roster. And then illness forced her off the field for the first time since the league kicked off in 2001.

Bryan, who had played every minute of the CyberRays' previous 46 matches, pulled herself out in the 78th minute, ending her streak at 4,232 minutes.

Washington defender Jen Grubb has played every minute of every Freedom match, all 4,320 of them spread across 48 games.

FLIPPING OUT: Kim Pickup's famed ''flip'' throw-in sent San Diego past .500 for the first time in club history, creating the winning goal in the Spirit's win.

Her toss -- in which she flips head over heels and back to her feet, generating force to heave the ball into the goalmouth much like a corner kick -- went off San Jose goalkeeper LeKeysia Beene and bounced inside the far post as CyberRays defenders frantically tried to knock it from danger. Beene was credited with an own goal.

''Just talking to other teams, they hate it,'' Pickup said of her throw-in style. ''So I'll keep doing it.''

The 61st-minute goal concluded a nine-minute span in which the Spirit created eight strong chances and scored twice. Julie Fleeting netted the first and contributed to the second, jostling Beene in a battle for Pickup's throw-in.

Pickup forced a similar own goal from Briana Scurry in a 1-1 tie with Atlanta last season.

BEST GOAL: Kelly Golebiowski's first WUSA strike was a good one. Just seconds after Maribel Dominguez netted a pretty goal to push Atlanta ahead in the battle of unbeatens, Golebiowski delivered a 1-1 draw that left Washington atop the WUSA standings.

The Australian forward volleyed Hamm's cross from the right wing -- which had been headed out of the goalmouth by Marci Miller -- from about 16 yards, bouncing it just inside the far, right post.

POWER WINS: New York had won just three of its previous 25 matches before adding to Carolina's misery with a 3-1 triumph in Cary.

Christie Welsh scored a terrific 10th-minute goal -- the second successive game the winless champions have surrendered a goal in the first 10 minutes -- and Tiffeny Milbrett scored her first two goals of the season.

The win was Tom Sermanni's first as a WUSA head coach, and it left Carolina's Jay Entlich as the only coach in the league without a victory.

HOME-FIELD ADVANTAGE: Boston GM Joe Cummings revealed the Breakers were looking to extend their agreement another three years with Boston University's Nickerson Field, which has become the best home field in the league.

A 3-1 win over Philadelphia in their Nickerson opener, as Maren Meinert scored twice and Dagny Mellgren set up a pair, extended the Breakers' home unbeaten streak to 12 games, dating to their regular-season finale in 2001.

WUSA SUMMARIES WEEK 4: Early goals hurt Charge, Courage

April 26 at Washington
WASHINGTON (3-0-1, 10 points) 1 ATLANTA (2-0-1, 7 points) 1.
Golebiowski 67; Dominguez 67.
Att.: 6,222.

April 26 at Boston
BOSTON 3 (3-1-0, 9 points) PHILADELPHIA (0-2-0, 0 points) 1.
Meinert (Mugneret-Beghe, McDowell) 3, Hawkins (Mellgren) 38, Meinert (Mellgren) 51; Hoffman pen. 92+.
Att.: 3,823.

April 26 at Cary, N.C.
CAROLINA (0-3-0, 0 points) 1 NEW YORK (1-3-0, 3 points) 3.
Fotopoulos pen. 66; Welsh 10, Milbrett (Baumgardt) 42, Milbrett 73.
Att: 5,614.

April 27 at San Diego
SAN DIEGO (2-1-0, 6 points) 2 SAN JOSE (1-2-0, 3 points) 1.
Fleeting (MacMillan, Latham) 54, own goal Beene 61; Venturini-Hoch (Sissi, Cook) 49.
Att: 5,965.

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