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July 29, 2002 - Women's United Soccer Association (WUSA) - Carolina Courage News Release

Fewer Than 300 Tickets Remain For Mia's Return: The hottest tickets in town are going fast. There are fewer than 300 tickets available for the Washington Freedom only scheduled visit to SAS Stadium on Wednesday night. Don't be left behind. Call Ticketmaster today at (919) 834-4000

Courage Can Clinch A Playoff Spot Wednesday: If Carolina can earn a victory against Washington on Wednesday night, Marcia McDermott will have clinched a spot in the playoffs for her Courage squad. A frontrunner for Coach of the Year, McDermott has reversed the fortunes of the Carolina Courage in just one season.

Freedom Open Tuesday Night Practice To Media: The Washington Freedom will open the second half of its practice Tuesday evening at SAS Stadium to members of the working media. The Freedom will train from 5:00 - 6:00 pm, and the media is welcome after 5:30 pm. Interviews with Freedom players and coaches can be conducted following the training session.

UPCOMING GAME:

Washington Freedom (8-5-5, 29 pts) @ Carolina Courage (10-4-3, 33 pts)

DATE: Wednesday, July 31st TIME: 7:00 pm (EST)

PLACE: SAS Stadium, Cary, NC TELEVISION: Fox Sports South

ALL-TIME RECORD: Freedom leads series 2-1-2

LAST MEETING (6/15): Making her first start for the Carolina Courage, Venus James notched two goals and Birgit Prinz added a third as the Courage raced past Washington, 3-1.

QUOTE OF THE WEEK:

“I don’t think I’m concerned about it being a two game losing streak. Tonight was a good game for our team. I thought we actually played some very good soccer. We created a lot of chances, and It is unusual for us not to finish them. What we have to do right now is remain confident in our ability to put those chances away, because that is one of the qualities of this team.”

~ Courage head coach Marcia McDermott (7-27)

COURAGE INJURY UPDATE:

OUT: Tiffany Roberts (suspension)
DOUBTFUL: None
QUESTIONABLE:
PROBABLE: Kim Yankowski (lower back sprain), Carla Overbeck (sore right knee), Danielle Slaton (inflammation, right knee)

Week in Review:

Carolina suffered a difficult loss at Atlanta, when the Beat blanked the Courage 1-0. It was the second consecutive loss for the Courage, as well as the second game in a row in which the Courage was held scoreless. Charmaine Hooper scored the game winner for the Beat in the 68th minute.

TEAM NOTES:

Tiffany Roberts To Miss Wednesday’s Game: Courage captain Tiffany Roberts was ejected in in injury time, while protesting the rough treatment of her teammates Saturday night. Roberts will serve a one-game suspension when the Courage takes on Washington on Wednesday night.

WUSA's Top Offense Begins To Sputter: The Courage has lost back-to-back games for the first time this season. More significantly, the Courage, who has led the WUSA in goals scored for most of the season, has failed to score a goal in its last two matches.

It's Roary's Birthday!: The Courage's lovable Mascot "Roary" will celebrate his birthday on Wednesday night against the Washington Freedom. The first 1500 fans to arrive at the stadium will receive a free "Roary" bobblehead doll, compliments of Blue Cross/Blue Shield. There will also be a Mascot Soccer Game at halftime that you won't want to miss.

Stacy Roeck Added, Nicole Roberts Released: The Courage signed Wake Forest defender Stacy Roeck to a reserve contract and waived F Nicole Roberts last week. Roberts was the Courage’s 3rd round pick (22nd overall) in the 2001 Inaugural Draft. Roberts missed all of the 2001 season due to a leg fracture. This season she saw limited action, playing in three games and logging 65 minutes.

CAROLINA COURAGE TRAINING SCHEDULE:

Monday, July 29: 10:00 am – 11:30 am @ SAS Stadium

Tuesday, July 30: 10:00 am – 11:30 am @ SAS Stadium

Wednesday, July 31: Freedom vs. Courage 7:00 pm @ SAS Stadium

Thursday, August 1: 10:00 am – 11:30 am @ SAS Stadium

Friday, August 2: 10:00 am – 11:00 am @ SAS Stadium

Saturday, August 3: CyberRays vs. Courage 7:00 pm @ SAS Stadium

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