Quick Take: Very fast, she has worked hard to improve her game and has seen time on all three lines since the 1999 Algarve Cup. She has proven to be the USA's most versatile player this year, playing outside back, outside midfield and forward. That versatility and speed won her a spot on the 1999 Women's World Cup team. Possessing burning speed, she can add a spark to the attack and has shown a consistent ability to get around defenses. She excels at outside fullback, where she can use her work rate to make an impact on both ends of the field. Likely the first option off the bench at outside midfield, she has shown that she can step into the most important of matches and perform.
U.S. National Team: Had a breakthrough year in 1999, playing in 18 matches while scoring two goals with three assists ... A member of the 1999 Women's World Cup championship team, she played the second most minutes of the reserves, including the entire overtime in the Women's World Cup Final ... 1998: Played in 17 games off the bench for the USA in 1998, scoring her first international goal against Iceland on May 8, 1998 ... Set up winning goal against Japan in Tokyo in a 2-1 win in May of 1998 ... 1997: Started all three games at outside fullback for the USA at U.S. Women's Cup '97 ... Debuted with the U.S. team on the Nike Victory Tour in April of 1997 ... Joined the U.S. team in Brazil the day after UConn finished as runner-up in the 1997 NCAA Final Four and played in both matches in Sao Paulo ... Pre-1996: First training camp with the national team came in Florida in January of 1995 following her freshman season at UConn ... Called back to national team camp in San Diego in December of 1996 ... First Appearance: April 24, 1997 vs. France ... First Goal: May 8, 1998, vs. Iceland.
College/High School: Named to Soccer America's College Team of the Decade for the 1990's ... Scored both goals in the 1997 NCAA Final Four semifinal match against Notre Dame, as UConn won 2-1 to record one of the biggest upsets in NCAA women's soccer history by defeating the previously unbeaten Irish An NSCAA First-Team All-America in 1995, 1996 and 1997 ... The NSCAA Player of the Year for 1997 ... After playing sweeper her first three college seasons, she played her senior season at Connecticut at midfield and forward, scoring 21 goals with 22 assists to lead the team in scoring ... Won the Honda Award for soccer in 1998, the NCAA's highest academic/athletic honor ... UConn's Athlete of the Year for 1997 ... Started every game for UConn during her career and holds the Husky career record for games played with 99 ... The 1995 and 1996 Big East Defensive Player of the Year at sweeper for the Huskies First-Team All-Big East, All-Northeast and All-New England in 1995, 1996 and 1997 ... A finalist for the Missouri Athletic Club Player of the Year Award in 1996 and 1997 ... A finalist for the Hermann Award in 1997 ... The 1997 Soccer America Player of the Year ... Picked up 14 assists in 25 games as a junior from the sweeper position ... Connecticut retired her #8 jersey following her senior year ... All-state as a senior at Harborfields High School ... Team captain and MVP as a senior, leading her team to the Long Island championship ... Won four letters in basketball and three in track at Harborfields ... Held school records in the 100-meter and 200-meter dashes in high school ... Competed in the New York state track meet in the 100 meter dash as a junior.
Club: Played last three summers with the Long Island Lady Roughriders of the United Soccer Leagues' W-League.
Personal: Full name is Sara Eve Whalen ... An education psychology major at UConn ... A member of the Dean's list at UConn for three semesters ... Appeared on the cover of Time Magazine hugging Brandi Chastain after her historic penalty kick in the Women's World Cup Final.