April 10, 2002
CHICAGO - U.S. Women's National Team head coach April Heinrichs has named six former and current Broncos to the 18-woman roster that will face Finland on April 27, at Spartan Stadium in San Jose, Calif., in the USA's second domestic match of the year. The contest will air live on ESPN2 at 7 p.m. Pacific Time.
Of the 18 players, 15 were on the USA's Algarve Cup roster for the tournament in Portugal at the beginning of March. The three new additions are defender Brandi Chastain '91, who missed the tournament while recovering from minor knee surgery, forward Christie Welsh, the 2001 Hermann Trophy and MAC Award winner from Penn State, and forward Mandy Clemens '00, who is poised for a breakout year with the Philadelphia Charge of the WUSA.
In addition to Welsh, Heinrichs named four other college players to the roster in current Bronco midfielders Aly Wagner and Devvyn Hawkins, as well as North Carolina defender Cat Reddick and Washington goalkeeper Hope Solo.
Other Broncos include the 2001 College Cup MVP Danielle Slaton and Kylie Bivens '00.
The match will be a part of the first-ever doubleheader with the U.S. Women's National Team and WUSA squads as the San Jose CyberRays face the Carolina Courage at 4:30 p.m.
The roster is stocked full of local ties as 10 of the players either hail from or went to college in the San Jose/Bay Area. In addition to the six Broncos, there is CyberRays goalkeeper LaKeysia Beene, who hails from Sacramento, Los Altos native Lorrie Fair, former Stanford star Julie Foudy and UC Berkeley legend Joy Fawcett.
Please visit ussoccer.com for the complete roster.