August 13, 2000 |
The defending gold medalist U.S. Olympic women's soccer team plays the first of three "send-off" games today when it faces Russia at the Navy-Marine Corps Stadium in Annapolis, Md. The match will be televised live by ABC at 11 a.m. Although it is only a "friendly," Coach April Heinrichs will use the game to give her starting lineup the chance to fine-tune its play before the Olympic opener against Norway on Sept. 14 in Melbourne, Australia.
November 28, 1991 |
Carin Jennings scored three goals in the first half and April Heinrichs scored two in the second to send the United States into the final of the first women's world soccer tournament, beating Germany, 5-2, Wednesday night in the semifinals. The United States, which has never won a world soccer title at any level, will play Norway in Saturday night's final. Norway beat Sweden in the other semifinal, 4-1.
February 9, 2000 |
April Heinrichs continues to march to her own music. Two days after losing her debut as coach of the U.S. women's national team, 3-2, to Norway, Heinrichs on Tuesday named the roster for her second game--a closed-door contest against the same Norwegians today at Florida Atlantic University. Notable by their absence are six starters from the 1999 Women's World Cup-winning team: Mia Hamm, Julie Foudy, Kristine Lilly, Joy Fawcett, Brandi Chastain and Kate Sobrero.
July 23, 2000 |
The Olympics are right down the road, and April Heinrichs likes what she sees. Her team is unbeaten in six soccer tournaments this year, and players from the 1999 World Cup squad are coming back from injury. "Our best soccer is still in front of us," said Heinrichs, coach of the U.S. women's national team. "I'm just very pleased with this team. They've met every challenge. It's amazing. This title just makes us very focused on the Olympics."
February 6, 2000 |
As a soccer player, April Heinrichs was forthright and decisive. Those traits stood her in good stead when she captained the U.S. national team to victory in the first women's World Championships in China in 1991. Not much has changed. It has been only three weeks since Heinrichs was named to replace Tony DiCicco as national coach, but already she is starting to stamp her imprint on the team. It took only a few days for her to show that she is unafraid of making changes.
February 10, 2000 |
Two losses in a row. That's the grim statistic staring the new-look U.S. women's national soccer team in the face this morning. It's not a pretty sight. For the first time in seven years, the U.S. women, the reigning world and Olympic champions, suffered back-to-back losses. On Wednesday afternoon, Norway repeated what it had done Sunday at Fort Lauderdale, outplaying the U.S. team on both ends of the field while recording a 2-1 victory in a closed-door match at Florida Atlantic University.