Quick Take: Tagged by many as the best defender in the world, she is a genius at diffusing dangerous situations and is also an extraordinary attacker from the back. Often overlooked because nothing exciting seems to be happening in her area of the field, lest anyone forgot that lack of excitement is a mark of quality defending. She has been going forward much more as a flank defender in the 4-3-3 and 4-4-2 formation, but has also stepped into a role in the midfield on occasion. She is a prime example of the Americans' ability to attack from every position on the field. A career outside back with the national team, she moved into the middle after the injury to Carla Overbeck and showed no drop off in effectiveness. The highest scoring defender in national team history, Fawcett's calmness under pressure and ability to score an will be a key in the USA's Olympic run.
U.S. National Team: One of two players to play every minute of the 1995 Women's World Cup, the 1996 Olympics and the 1999 Women's World Cup ... The highest scoring defender in U.S. Women's National Team history with 21 goals at the end of 1999 ... Has started all but two games in which she has played for the U.S. through 1999 (151 of 153) ... 1999: Scored one of the most important goals in U.S. history when she headed home the third goal off a corner kick in the 1999 Women's World Cup quarterfinals against Germany to complete a comeback, 3-2 victory ... One of four players to play every minute of the 1999 Women's World Cup ... Nailed the second penalty kick against China during the shootout in the World Cup Final ... Played in 27 games for the USA in 1999, scoring four goals with four assists, the second highest total of her 13-year career ... Was second on the team in minutes played in 1999 with 2,280 ... 1998: Started 24 matches for the USA in 1998, her first full year back in the lineup after having her second daughter, and picked up where she left off, playing 1,992 minutes, the most on the team ... Member of the gold medal winning team at the 1998 Goodwill Games Scored two goals with three assists in 1998 ... Named MVP of the NIKE U.S. Women's Cup '98, the first defender to win the award, and scored the opening goal in the championship game against Brazil ... 1997: Played just one match in 1997 after returning to the U.S. team following the birth of daughter Carli ... 1996: Member of the Gold Medal winning U.S. Women's National Team at the 1996 Olympic Games Earned her 100th cap in the Olympic semifinal game ... Started and played every minute of the USA's five matches at the '96 Olympic Games, assisting on the game-winning goal in the gold medal match ... Took time off after the Olympics to have her second child and did not play for the USA until Nov. 1, 1997, against Sweden in Chattanooga, Tenn. ... 1995: One of two players to play every minute of the United States' six games in the 1995 FIFA Women's World Cup in Sweden ... Suffered broken right leg while competing in the 1995 U.S. Olympic Festival in Denver but made a complete recovery ... Pre-1994: Member of the U.S. team that won the title at the 1994 CONCACAF Qualifying Championship in Montreal, allowing the team to qualify for the 1995 World Cup in Sweden ... Member of the U.S. team which won 1991 World Cup in China ... Named U.S. Soccer's Chevrolet Female Athlete of the Year in 1988 One of 10 U.S. players to player more than 100 games ... First Appearance: Aug. 3, 1987, vs. China ... First Goal: Dec. 16, 1987, vs. Australia.
College/High School: Three-time All-American from 1987-1989 at the University of California, Berkeley where she is the all-time scoring leader with 55 goals and 23 assists ... Inducted into the UC Berkeley Hall of Fame in October 1997 ... Helped lead Cal to third-place finishes in the NCAA tournament in 1987 and 1988 ... Set a UC Berkeley school record for goals scored in a season with 23 in 1987 ... Attended Edison High School in Huntington Beach, Calif., where she helped led the team to four straight league championships and was selected MVP of Southern California by the Los Angeles Times.
Club: Plays club soccer for Ajax of Manhattan Beach, champions of the U.S. Women's Amateur National Cup in 1992, 1993 and 1998.
Personal: Full name is Joy Lynn Fawcett ... Formerly Joy Biefeld, she is married to Walter Fawcett ... Joy and Walter have two daughters, Katelyn Rose, born May 17, 1994, and Carli, born in May 21, 1997 ... Named UCLA's first women's soccer coach May 25, 1993, and in her fifth season at the helm of the Bruins, led the team to the quarterfinals of the NCAA tournament Named Pac-10 Coach of the Year in 1997 ... Resigned her position at UCLA in December of 1997 to concentrate on playing for the national team and spending time with her family ... At one point during 1997, she was coaching UCLA, coaching a youth club team and playing for the national team while raising two children, all at the same time, earning the title of the ultimate "Soccer Mom" ... Graduated from Berkeley in 1990 with a degree in physical education