Charge's Fair Will Pull Double Duty
MF Attempts to Play for USWNT and Charge on Same Day
Wednesday, April 23, 2003
By Greg Wiley
Philadelphia Charge Correspondent
Midfielder Lorrie Fair announced today that she is going to attempt to play for the U.S. Women's National Team and the Philadelphia Charge on the same day this Saturday, April 26 when the U.S. plays Canada at RFK Stadium in Washington, DC beginning at noon (ET) and the Charge face the Boston Breakers at 7 p.m. (ET) at Nickerson Field in Boston.
"It's going to be a long day, no doubt," Fair said. "I have my national team obligations, but I also want to be there at the game with the Charge. Whether I play the entire game for the national team and none of the game for the Charge or vice-versa, it's important to me to be there to support both sets of teammates."
With the national team game ending at approximately 2:00 p.m. (ET), Fair will have only five hours to shower, change, drive to the airport, catch her flight to Boston and drive directly to Nickerson Field in time for opening kick-off.
"It's quite a testament to Lorrie and any of the national team players who try and play for both teams in the same day," Charge head coach Mark Krikorian said. "Obviously, Lorrie's playing time with us will depend upon how much action she sees with the national team."
Fair, who was a 2002 WUSA All-Star, has made 113 appearances lifetime with the national team. Last year with the Charge, Fair registered a career high five assists and she returns to the Charge midfield this season, hoping to help lead Philadelphia into Founders Cup III.
The U.S. game was originally supposed to be played against Nigeria. However, on Thursday it was announced that Nigeria was unable to clear proper travel visas for their trip into the United States. The USA-Canada match will be televised live on ESPN2 and is part of a WUSA doubleheader featuring the host Washington Freedom and the Atlanta Beat at 2:30 p.m. ET.
Heinrichs called in all 24 players to the national team camp leading up to Saturday's game. Twenty of those players, including Fair, helped the USA win the prestigious Algarve Cup in Portugal last month.
Philadelphia will make its home debut on Saturday, May 3 at 4 p.m. against the New York Power. The first 3,000 fans 14 & under to the game will receive a Sport Headband courtesy of Beneficial Savings Bank. For ticket information call 215-467-GOAL or log on to www.PhiladelphiaCharge.com for news, stats and features on the Charge.
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