Quick Take: A defender for most of her national team career, Fair has found a home in the center midfield. She has scored six goals after scoring just one before this year and at age 22 has played 73 times for the USA. The youngest player on the 1999 Women's World Cup team. One of the most skillful players on the team and good in the air despite being 5'3". With Michelle Akers out with a shoulder injury for most of the year, Fair shared time with Nikki Serlenga in the middle showing that she can play anywhere on defense and midfield. Her versatility is a huge plus for the Olympic Team.
U.S. National Team: Named U.S. Soccer's Chevrolet Youth Female Athlete of the Year in 1999 ... 1999: The youngest member of the 1999 Women's World Cup championship team, she played in four of the six games as a substitute ... Played in 17 games for the USA in 1999, starting six ... 1998: Had breakthrough year with the national team in 1998, playing in 15 games and starting several important matches, including both contests in the 1998 Goodwill Games ... Scored first international goal of her career against New Zealand at RFK Stadium on May 30, 1998 ... The daughter of a Chinese mother, she played against China in China on Jan. 21, 1998, in Guangzhou ... 1997: Started all three games at defender and played all 270 minutes on the USA's tour of Australia in early 1997 ... Played nine games for the USA in 1997, starting eight Pre-1996: Trained with the Women's National Team in September and December camps in 1995, and earned a spot in residential training camp for the 1996 Olympic Games ... Named an alternate for the '96 Olympic Team ... Played 11 games for the USA in 1996, starting two Debuted for the national team against then reigning Women's World Cup champion Norway in February of 1996 ... Youth National Teams: Member of the U.S. Under-20 Women's National Team player pool since 1994 ... A youth national team veteran, she played on the 1995, '96. '97 and '98 U-20 Nordic Cup teams (in Germany in July of 1994, in Sweden in August of 1996, in Denmark in August of 1997 and in Holland in August of 1998) ... Helped U-20s to Nordic Cup championship in 1997, playing every minute of all four games ... First Appearance: February 4, 1996, vs. Norway ... First Goal: May 30, 1998, vs. New Zealand.
College/High School: Gave up significant financial reward from winning the Women's World Cup to play her senior season at UNC, which turned out storybook as the Tar Heels won the NCAA championship and she was named Defensive MVP of the College Cup ... Scored eight goals with 10 assists to finish fourth on the team in scoring as a senior despite being dogged by injuries Played almost every position for the Heels during the '99 season ... Named First-Team NSCAA All-American and won the Honda Sports Award for soccer, one of the NCAA's highest honors A finalist for the both the MAC Award and the Hermann Trophy ... Helped UNC to an undefeated regular season in 1998 and a berth in the NCAA championship game ... Nominated for both the MAC Award and the Hermann Trophy in 1998 ... Started all 26 games for the Heels, scoring five goals with 16 assists and was named NSCAA First-Team All-American ... Helped UNC to 1997 NCAA championship, scoring eight goals with seven assists in 15 different games while playing defender and midfield ... Named to the NCAA All-Tournament team and was the Defensive MVP of the Final Four ... Started all 28 games for the Tar Heels and scored the tying goal in the NCAA semifinal in UNC's 2-1 victory over Santa Clara A First-Team All-ACC selection as a sophomore, junior and senior ... Regarded by many as the top recruit in the country her freshman year, she played a major role in helping UNC to the 1996 NCAA Championship Played in 24 games, starting 12 and picked up four assists for the Tar Heels in her freshman season ... Named to the Soccer America All-Freshman Team Named to the ACC and NCAA All-Tournament Teams ... A member of the 1996, '97, '98 and '99 ACC Academic Honor Roll A two-time NSCAA and Parade All-American at Los Altos High School, leading the team to the state title in 1995 ... Was her high school conferences' top freshman, sophomore and junior player and the league MVP as a senior ... Won top GPA award on high school team all four years Ran track at Los Altos for two years, earning the team's MVP award in 1993.
Club: Played six years for the Sunnyvale Roadrunners club team with her identical twin sister, Ronnie, who played at Stanford ... Led club team to the 1994 U-16 National Championship ... A two-time NSCAA All-American.
Personal: Full name is Lorraine Ming Fair Likes to play grass volleyball and mountain bike Hobbies included snowboarding, playing the piano and lounging ... Favorite athletes are Michael Jordan and Paolo Maldini ... When twin sister Ronnie entered the match vs. England on May 9, 1997, at Spartan Stadium in San Jose, near their hometown of Los Altos, it marked the first time sisters had played for the U.S. Women's National Team Majoring in Communications at UNC.