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Event Spotlight:
Fair Named to U.S. Gold Cup Roster
Charge Midfielder Among 18 Players Selected

Wednesday, October 16, 2002

By Greg Wiley
Philadelphia Charge Correspondent

Charge midfielder Lorrie Fair was named to the U.S. Women's National Team roster Wednesday for the 2002 Gold Cup by head coach April Heinrichs. Fair was among 18 players selected, as the U.S. will attempt to qualify for the 2003 Women's World Cup in China. Fair, a 24-year-old midfielder, is a national team veteran, having become the second youngest player in US WNT history to appear in 100 career matches. She had five assists for the Charge this season, missing two games due to national team duty.

Overall, she has scored seven goals in 103 appearances with the U.S. WNT. She recently appeared in all three games of the 2002 Nike Cup, which the U.S. won by posting a 3-0 mark.

The USA's regional qualification tournament is being played as the eight-team 2002 CONCACAF Women's Gold Cup, taking place from Oct. 27-Nov. 9, 2002, at four venues on the west coast of the United States and Canada. All 16 matches of the tournament will be televised live on Fox Sports World.

The USA, which has been placed in Group 1 along with Mexico, Trinidad & Tobago and Panama, needs to advance to the championship game on Nov. 9 at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, Calif., to earn one of two automatic berths afforded to the CONCACAF region for the 4th FIFA Women's World Cup, taking place from Sept. 24-Oct. 11, 2003 at four venues in western China.

The U.S. women have not played a Women's World Cup qualification match since Aug. 21, 1994, when the Americans downed Canada, 6-0, to win the CONCACAF qualifying tournament in Montreal. The USA had earned its berth to the 1995 Women's World Cup in Sweden with an 11-1 thrashing of T & T in the semifinals. Of the 18 players named to this roster, seven played on that 1994 team: Briana Scurry, Joy Fawcett, Tiffany Roberts, Julie Foudy, Kristine Lilly, Mia Hamm and Tiffeny Milbrett.

Photos by Pedro Cancel

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