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 Akers
10 Michelle Akers
 Position: Midfielder.
 Age, height, weight: 33, 5-10, 150.
 College: Central Florida.
 Previous World Cups: 2.
 Data: Scored 10 goals in six matches to lead the U.S. to the inaugural World Cup title in China in 1991, but will play a lesser role this time. Awarded the FIFA Order of Merit, soccer's highest honor, in 1998 for her contributions to the sport.

 Chastain
6 Brandi Chastain
 Position: Defender.
 Age, height, weight: 30, 5-7, 130.
 College: Santa Clara.
 Previous World Cups: 1.
 Data: Left off 1995 World Cup team but has been invited in 1996 after moving from forward to defender. Scored 5 consecutive goals as a substitute in a 12-0 1991 World Cup qualifying victory over Mexico.

 Ducar
19 Tracy Ducar
 Position: Goalkeeper.
 Age, height, weight: 25, 5-7, 140.
 College: North Carolina.
 Previous World Cups: 0.
 Data: Has a 0.63 goals-against average in her 22 appearances with the national team and has shutouts in her two matches this year. Will be a reserve in the World Cup. Was Phi Beta Kappa at North Carolina.

 Fair
2 Lorrie Fair
 Position: Defender.
 Age, height, weight: 20, 5-3, 125.
 College: North Carolina.
 Previous World Cups: 0.
 Data: The youngest player on the team, but has already earned 46 caps. Played with her twin sister, Ronnie, in a match versus England in 1997 at San Jose.

 Fawcett
14 Joy Fawcett
 Position: Defender.
 Age, height, weight: 31, 5-5, 130.
 College: California.
 Previous World Cups: 2.
 Data: Widely regarded as the best defender in the world, and can spark dangerous attacks down the wings. Has started 124 of her 126 games with the national team, and was the head coach at UCLA from 1993 to 1997.

 Fotopolous
17 Danielle Fotopolous
 Position: Forward.
 Age, height, weight: 23, 5-11, 165.
 College: Florida.
 Previous World Cups: 0.
 Data: The all-time leading scorer in NCAA women's soccer history, her 118 career goals eclipsed the old record of 103 held by Mia Hamm and Tiffeny Milbrett. Scored the only goal in Florida's 1-0 upset of North Carolina in the 1998 NCAA final.

 Foudy
11 Julie Foudy
 Position: Midfielder.
 Age, height, weight: 28, 5-6, 130.
 College: Stanford.
 Previous World Cups: 2.
 Data: A fixture at center midfield since 1991, Foudy has received ample recognition off the field. She won the FIFA Fair Play Award in 1997 for her efforts to halt child labor and received good reviews for her work as a television analyst during the men's World Cup last year in France.

 Hamm
9 Mia Hamm
 Position: Forward.
 Age, height, weight: 27, 5-5, 125.
 College: North Carolina.
 Previous World Cups: 2.
 Data: The world's all-time leading scorer with 109 goals, she likely will be the primary focus of media, fans and opposing defenses. Her personal trophy case contains a World Cup, Olympic and Goodwill Games gold medals, four NCAA titles and five straight U.S. Soccer player of the year awards.

 Lilly
13 Kristine Lilly
 Position: Midfielder.
 Age, height, weight: 27, 5-4, 125.
 College: North Carolina.
 Previous World Cups: 2.
 Data: The most capped player ever in men's or women's soccer, Lilly has played for the U.S. 180 times since 1987 and has scored 73 goals. Has scored 12 times this year, equaling her career high.

 MacMillan
8 Shannon MacMillan
 Position: Forward.
 Age, height, weight: 24, 5-5, 130.
 College: Portland.
 Previous World Cups: 0.
 Data: A versatile attacker, she led the U.S. team with three goals in the 1996 Olympics, including the overtime game-winner in the semifinal against Norway. Played in a Japanese professional league in 1996-1997.

 Milbrett
16 Tiffeny Milbrett
 Position: Forward.
 Age, height, weight: 26, 5-2, 130.
 College: Portland.
 Previous World Cups: 1.
 Data: Scored four goals in a 9-0 rout of Japan on April 29. She scored three goals in the 1995 World Cup and notched the game-winner against China in the Olympic gold-medal match in 1996.

 Overbeck
4 Carla Overbeck
 Position: Defender.
 Age, height, weight: 31, 5-7, 125.
 College: North Carolina.
 Previous World Cups: 2.
 Data: Is captain for the third straight World Cup. Played 63 straight matches from '93 to 96, a record for a U.S. man or woman. Ended the streak to have her first child.

 Parlow
12 Cindy Parlow
 Position: Forward.
 Age, height, weight: 21, 5-11, 145.
 College: North Carolina.
 Previous World Cups: 0.
 Data: Seen as a future star, and she is already ninth on the U.S. all-time goal-scorers list with 22. Parlow and Mia Hamm are the only players in NCAA history to win both the Hermann Trophy and Missouri Athletic Club Award in consecutive seasons.

 Pearce
3 Christie Pearce
 Position: Defender.
 Age, height, weight: 23, 5-6, 140.
 College: Monmouth.
 Previous World Cups: 0.
 Data: The starting point guard on Monmouth's basketball team, Pearce skipped games her senior year for a tryout with the national team. Scored 79 goals in 80 career games for Monmouth, but was converted to defender when she joined the U.S. in 1997.

 Roberts
5 Tiffany Roberts
 Position: Midfielder.
 Age, height, weight: 22, 5-4, 112.
 College: North Carolina.
 Previous World Cups: 1.
 Data: Debuted with the national team at age 16 and started four games at Sweden '95. She is a tenacious defensive midfielder who will likely play a reserve role.

 Scurry
1 Briana Scurry
 Position: Goalkeeper.
 Age, height, weight: 27, 5-8, 150.
 College: Massachusetts.
 Previous World Cups: 1.
 Data: Has been the U.S.'s first-choice goalkeeper since 1994 and will be the starter this summer. Has compiled 49 shutouts in her international career.

 Sobrero
20 Kate Sobrero
 Position: Defender.
 Age, height, weight: 22, 5-7, 135.
 College: Notre Dame.
 Previous World Cups: 0.
 Data: A tough, physical defender who joined the national team last year. Was the defensive stalwart of the 1995 Fighting Irish team that broke North Carolina's string of nine NCAA championships.

 Venturini
15 Tisha Venturini
 Position: Midfielder.
 Age, height, weight: 26, 5-6, 125.
 College: North Carolina.
 Previous World Cups: 1.
 Data: Has seen her starting role reduced but is still relied upon for attacking play from midfield. Her 41 career goals places her sixth on the U.S. all-time list.

 Webber
18 Saskia Webber
 Position: Goalkeeper.
 Age, height, weight: 28, 5-9, 145.
 College: Rutgers.
 Previous World Cups: 1.
 Data: Will back up Briana Scurry. Beat Australia 4-1 in her one match in Sweden in '95. Was the first female soccer player inducted into the Rutgers Hall of Fame.

 Whalen
7 Sara Whalen
 Position: Defender/Midfielder.
 Age, height, weight: 23, 5-6, 130.
 College: Connecticut.
 Previous World Cups: 0.
 Data: Has impressive quickness and can make dangerous attacking runs from the midfield or the back. Scored both goals in Connecticut's 2-1 upset of undefeated Notre Dame in the 1997 NCAA semifinal.

Brian Straus

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