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CyberRays' Brandi Chastain named to U.S. World Cup team

August 26, 2003 - Women's United Soccer Association (WUSA) - San Jose CyberRays News Release

SAN JOSE (Aug. 26, 2003) – CyberRays captain Brandi Chastain, whose penalty kick in 1999 clinched the Women’s World Cup title for the United States, has been named to the U.S. team to defend that championship this fall.

Chastain, 35, a defender, was named today to the 20-player U.S. team by coach April Heinrichs and will be on the roster when the United States plays its final World Cup tune-up match Sept. 7 against Mexico in Spartan Stadium.

This will be the third World Cup for Chastain, who also played for the championship-winning U.S. team in the first women’s world soccer championship in China in 1991, when she was a forward.

Nineteen of the U.S. players played this season in the WUSA. The only non-professional on the team will be defender Cat Reddick of Birmingham, Ala., who will miss part of her senior season at North Carolina for the World Cup, which runs Sept. 20-Oct. 12. Nine of the U.S. players are from California and six played their college soccer in the Bay Area: Chastain, Kylie Bivens, Aly Wagner and Danielle Slaton at Santa Clara, Julie Foudy at Stanford and Joy Fawcett at Cal.

The United States opens its World Cup campaign Sept. 21 in Washington’s RFK Memorial Stadium against Sweden. Group tickets for the USA-Mexico sendoff match are available through the CyberRays at (408) 261-7795 and (408) 261-7725, or in person at CyberRays Tower, 1991 Park Ave., in San Jose.

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