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Women’s World Cup Soccer Team Named

The soccer players who will represent the United States in this summer’s Women’s World Cup have been named.

Six of the 20 team members have been veterans of the team since 1991, and 13 won gold medals at the 1996 Summer Olympic Games in Atlanta, Georgia. Although the average age of team members is only 24.5, eight have significant experience, having played in at least 115 international matches.

One of the World Cup team’s most accomplished members, Mia Hamm on Sunday tied the international record of 107 career international goals. Her teammates Michelle Akers and Kristine Lilly also have distinguished careers. Both have already played in two prior World Cup tournaments. Coach Tony DiCicco boasted of his team’s quality, saying “Our depth this year is the deepest we’ve ever had.”

The Women’s World Cup will begin on June 19.

Sources:

AP - May 17, 1999

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