April Heinrichs, captain of the 1991 team that won the United States' first women's world soccer championship, will be hired to coach the American team.

A soccer source confirmed today that Heinrichs will be introduced as the new coach of the U.S. women's team during a news conference Tuesday. U.S. Soccer officials would say only that they have scheduled a news conference Tuesday in New York.

The Los Angeles Times reported in its Sunday editions that Heinrichs would become the coach.

Heinrichs, 35, will replace Tony DiCicco, who guided the Americans to the World Cup championship last summer, then resigned in November.

The first female member of the U.S. National Soccer Hall of Fame, Heinrichs retired from the national team in 1991 after scoring 38 goals in 47 appearances for the United States.

She went on to serve as an assistant under DiCicco for the 1995 World Cup team, and then the 1996 team that won the Olympic gold medal. Since 1997, she has coached the national under-16 team.

Heinrichs earlier was not thought to be one of the top candidates to replace DiCicco, who had a 103-8-8 record as the women's coach.

The favorites for the job were considered to be longtime U.S. assistant coach Lauren Gregg and Jay Hoffman, also an assistant under DiCicco during the team's drive to the 1999 World Cup title.

Clive Charles, U.S. men's Olympic coach and coach at the University of Portland, also was considered a candidate, but he apparently decided he would rather remain in his present jobs.

Heinrichs led the North Carolina Tar Heels to an 85-3-2 record and three NCAA championships as a college star, then helped spark the American women to the world title in China in 1991.