Women’s World Cup capsules
Position by position analysis of the World Cup final.By Jerry Langdon
Gannett News Service
(Thursday, July 8, 1999) -- Here's a capsule analysis of the two 1999 FIFA Women's World Cup finalists:
United States: Briana Scurry, 27, is physical, good reflexes, positionally sound, good shotblocker, dominant in Brazil semifinal.
United States: Kate Sobrero, 22, has been big addition with her speed and athleticism in central defense, which is organized by Carla Overbeck, 31. Joy Fawcett, 31, is enjoying a great World Cup at right flank back, and Brandi Chastain, 31, has had moments of brilliance on the left.
United States: Michelle Akers, 33, is the heart and soul of the U.S. team. She is the team's main ball-winner, marker, and distributor. And even at the defensive midfield position, she hasn't forgotten how to score. Julie Foudy, 28, has generally been effective, while Kristine Lilly, 27, has been quiet, frequently exchanging positions with center forward Cindy Parlow. Big game needed from versatile performer.
United States: Mia Hamm, 27, with just two goals, is due for breakout game befitting her superstar status. Her defensive work has been excellent. She needs more help from Tiffeny Milbrett, 26, and Cindy Parlow, 21, a deft ballhandler and strong in the air.
Pediction: China looks better on paper, but it hasn't been tested except for a brief early scare in the opener against Sweden. The United States had to scrape to beat Germany and Brazil in tense games. Coach Tony DiCicco's team will respond to the occasion.
United States 3, China 2.
Note: The writer is 26-4 on predictions so far.
Jerry Langdon is sports editor of Gannett News Service and can be e-mailed at