Charge Name 2003 Roster
16 Players, 2 Reserves Named by Head Coach Mark Krikorian
Monday, March 24, 2003
By Greg Wiley
Philadelphia Charge Correspondent
With the start of the 2003 WUSA regular season just 12 days away, Philadelphia Charge head coach Mark Krikorian named his 18-person roster Monday and making the club are U.S. national team members Lorrie Fair, Jenny Benson, Heather Mitts and Hope Solo. Fair, Benson and Mitts have been with the Charge since the first year of the Women's United Soccer Association. Solo, a goalkeeper, was the club's first selection (fourth overall) in the 2003 draft after being named an All-American at the University of Washington.
"This league continues to get stronger and stronger," Krikorian said. "As a result, it continually becomes harder and harder to make roster decisions. We still have some time before the season starts, but at this point we feel that this team gives us the best shot to win."
Remaining on the team from last season is reigning league MVP and Offensive Player of the Year Marinette Pichon. The forward led the team last season with 14 goals and 29 points. She will be joined by fellow internationals Kelly Smith, of England, and first-year member Pavlina Scasna, of the Czech Republic. Both Smith and Scasna play for their respective national teams.
Other returners include 2003 first-team All-WUSA selection Jen Tietjen-Prozzo, 2003 Goalkeeper of the Year finalist Melissa Moore, 2003 Rookie of the Year finalist Stacey Tullock and Mary-Frances Monroe. Moore led the WUSA last season with a paltry 1.00 goals-against average.
Joining Solo and Scasna in their first season with the Charge are rookies Deliah Arrington, Mary McVeigh and Erin Misaki, and veterans Anna Kraus and Anne Makinen. Arrington, from Clemson, was the Charge's second first-round selection (sixth overall) in the 2003 draft, while McVeigh, a Dartmouth product, followed one pick behind and Misaki in the second round out of Portland. Kraus and Makinen were both acquired via two different draft-day trades.
The two reserve spots went to Alexa Borisjuk and Trina Maso de Moya. Borisjuk was invited to camp after being released by the Boston Breakers, while Maso de Moya was invited as a rookie from Florida Atlantic. Maso de Moya was a one-year standout at FAU while working on her master's degree. Prior to that she was a four-year letter winner at Wake Forest in volleyball.
The Charge, along with reigning league MVP Marinette Pichon, begin their 2003 season on Saturday, April 5 in San Jose against Brandi Chastain and the CyberRays. Philadelphia makes its home debut on Saturday, May 3 at 4 p.m. versus Tiffeny Milbrett and the New York Power. Tickets to watch U.S. National Team members Lorrie Fair and Heather Mitts and the rest of their teammates can be purchased by calling 215-467-GOAL or log on to PhiladelphiaCharge.com for up-to-date information on the team.
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