Quick Take: Scored the U.S.'s first goals in both the 1995 Women's World Cup and the 1996 Olympics, she has come off the bench for most of 1999 but adds invaluable depth and experience at the attacking midfielder position. Exceptional dribbler in tight situations. She has seven goals in three world championships. A skillful player, she is a strong header on both offense and defense.
U.S. National Team: The second-highest scoring midfielder in U.S. team history, she also has the sixth highest point total in U.S. history ... 1999: A key reserve on the 1999 Women's World Cup championship team, she played in two matches, scoring twice against North Korea on headers, the second of which she celebrated with a back-flip, which became one of the enduring images of the tournament ... Also played during the overtime in the World Cup Final Played in 17 matches in 1999, scoring five goals with four assists ... 1998: Member of the Goodwill Games gold medal winning team ... 1996: Member of the gold medal winning team at the 1996 Olympics ... Scored two goals at the '96 Olympic Games, including the game-winner versus Denmark ... 1995: Tied with Kristine Lilly and Tiffeny Milbrett with three goals to lead the team at the 1995 FIFA Women's World Cup in Sweden ... 1994: Member of the U.S. Women's National Team that won the title at the CONCACAF Qualifying Championship in Montreal in 1994 and helped the team qualify for the 1995 FIFA Women's World Championship in Sweden ... Youth National Teams: A member of the U.S. Under-20 Women's Team in 1992 ... First Appearance: Aug. 14, 1992, vs. Norway ... First Goal: April 10, 1993, vs. Germany.
College/High School: Named to Soccer America's College Team of the Decade for the 1990's ... Winner of the Missouri Athletic Club College Player of the Year Award and the Hermann Trophy in 1994 ... A four-time NSCAA All-American, she played on four NCAA championship teams while attending North Carolina from 1991-94 ... Named the NCAA tournament's Most Valuable Defensive Player in 1991 and Most Valuable Offensive Player in 1994 and was selected to the all-tournament team all four years ... The 1994 ACC Player of the Year, three-time ACC Tournament MVP in 1991, 1993 and 1994 ... Was also a four-time All-ACC selection (1991-1994) ... Named Freshman of the Year by Soccer America and ACC Rookie of the Year in 1991 ... In four years at UNC, she scored 69 goals and added 51 assists starting 93 of 95 games ... Broke her foot Sept. 28, 1993, and returned to action 22 days later just prior to the ACC tournament, where she was named the tournament's MVP ... Led the nation in scoring in 1991 with 58 points, 21 goals and 16 assists, her goals were the most scored by a freshman since Mia Hamm had 21 in 1989 Attended Grace Davis High School in Modesto, Calif., where she was a four-year start at center-midfield and a 1990 NSCAA All-America selection ... Led Davis to a four-year conference record of 54-0-2, scoring 107 goals and adding 37 assists.
Club: Played several matches with the Deleware Genies of the W-League in the summer of 1998.
Personal: Full name is Tisha Lea Venturini Loves golf, skiing, reading and playing cards with her teammates ... National Spokesperson for Produce for Better Health ... Sister Tracy is an airline pilot ... Graduated from UNC with a degree in physical education.