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Milbrett: I really cant ask for much more.

By Jerry Langdon
Gannett News Service

(Wednesday, May 26, 1999) -- United States women's national team starting forward Tiffeny Milbrett responded to a series of questions with the FIFA Women's World Cup quickly approaching.

Q: What role did your parents play in your development as a soccer player?

A: My mom was my first coach. She loved soccer, and the way my mom is, is that if she loves something, she passes it on to me. Soccer was one of the greatest gifts she's given me.

Q: What role did any specific youth coach play in your development as a soccer player?

A: Clive Charles no doubt has a great impact on my development. I played for him when I was 15 on the FC Portland women's team, but before that I had gone to his camps and had played for his elite FC Portland and CFFC club teams from age 15-18. Of course, he also coached me in college. I have a special connection with Clive. The way that he coached and taught allowed you to play to the best of your ability. He really has been my mentor.

Q: What is the major thing you have gotten from playing soccer?

A: I'm doing what I love and having an active life, and I really can't ask for much more than that.

Q: Is a first-division professional soccer league for the United States needed? Elaborate.

A: We need it, but we need it done right. I want to be a part of a league that is run professionally in all aspects. If we can achieve that, it will be a tremendous help to the development of the game.

Q: Does the presence of soccer leagues overseas give other countries an advantage over the United States? Elaborate.

A: I played three years in Japan, and it hasn't given them an advantage yet, but if we don't start getting our league together, they will continue to develop and perhaps have an edge over the USA. Q: Please give one-sentence descriptions, the first thought that comes into your mind, on the following teams:

Norway? -- "Norway likes to play a long-ball style and are very physical and dominating in the air."

China? -- "China is probably the team that is closest to us in talent. They are athletic, strong, quick and fast."

Germany? -- "They are the utmost soccer country. They play smart, their skills are sharp and they have a great tradition."

Brazil? -- "They have incredible individual talent, but they need to improve on their organization. They have some of the best dribblers in the world."

Sweden? -- "Sweden is in transition right now, but I think they are on the upside. They are putting together some great soccer and playing even with some of the best teams in the world.

Denmark? -- "Denmark is in between a Sweden and a Norway as far as styles. Denmark is physical and tough on tackles and in the air, but they have some really skillful players."

Jerry Langdon is sports editor of Gannett News Service and can be e-mailed at jlangdon@gns.gannett.com.

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