Thori Bryan Named to US Women's National Team Roster
Jan. 21, 2003
CHICAGO - U.S. Women's National Team head coach April Heinrichs has named the 20 players who will travel to China to participate in the Four Nations Tournament, running from Jan. 23-29 and featuring the top four women's teams in the world in the USA, Norway, Germany and China. All four have qualified for the 2003 FIFA Women's World Cup being held Sept. 23-Oct. 11 in China. Heading the cast of returnees to the roster is former Wolfpack standout Thori Bryan (Staples) (1992-95). The 50th Anniversary team member is NC State's only four-time All-Atlantic Coast Conference selection and three-time first team All-American honoree. She is no stranger to the US National team as she was a member from 1992-999 and represented the US in the 1995 World Cup and was an alternate for the 1996 Olympic team. Currently, Bryan plays professionally with the WUSA's Bay Area CyberRays.
In the three FIFA Women's World Cup Finals that have been contested, no other country besides these four teams have made an appearance in the ultimate game for women's international soccer. The USA has made two Finals ('91 and '99), Norway has appeared in two ('91 and '95), while Germany ('95) and China ('99) have been in one each. The USA will open the competition on Jan. 23 vs. 2000 Olympic champion Norway in Yiwu at the Meihu Sports Center (5:30 p.m. local / 4:30 a.m. ET), then travel to Wuhan for a Jan. 26 match against Women's World Cup host China (3:35 p.m. local / 2:35 a.m. ET) at the Wuhan Sports Center Stadium before finishing the tournament on Jan. 29 against three-time reigning European champion Germany in Shanghai at Hongkou Football Stadium (1:55 p.m. local / 12:55 a.m. ET). Wuhan will host eight 2003 Women's World Cup matches including two quarterfinal games, while the Hongkou Football Stadium, one of two Women's World Cup stadia in Shanghai, will host six matches, including a semifinal. The Final Draw will also be held in Wuhan on May 24, 2003. Of the 18 players who faced Japan last Sunday during a 0-0 tie in San Diego, Calif., Heinrichs selected 16, with only goalkeeper Siri Mullinix and defender Cat Reddick not making the roster. Heinrichs added goalkeeper Briana Scurry and Reddick was ruled out of the trip due to a foot injury suffered in training. Heinrichs also added defenders Christie Pearce and Jenny Benson, and midfielder Devvyn Hawkins, to complete the 20-player roster. This will be the third appearance at the Four Nations Tournament in China for the U.S. women, who also participated in 1998 and last year. The tournament will feature quite a bit of traveling for the USA, which will play three matches in seven days in three different cities, located in three different provinces, all 13 times zones from the East coast of the United States. Just half of the 2002 Four Nations roster played in the tournament last year: goalkeeper LaKeysia Beene, defenders Thori Bryan, Brandi Chastain, Joy Fawcett and Kate Sobrero, midfielders Lorrie Fair and Aly Wagner, and forwards Shannon MacMillan, Cindy Parlow, and Tiffeny Milbrett. MacMillan and Milbrett scored the USA goals in the victory over China.
What: Four Nations Tournament Who: USA, Germany, Norway and China When: Jan. 23-29, 2003 Where: Yiwu, Wuhan, Shanghai - China
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