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All-Star team for USA 1999.

LAREMONT, California (Thursday, July 8, 1999) -- As chosen by the FIFA Technical Study Group, five Americans and seven Chinese players were selected to the first-ever Women's World Cup All-Star team:

Goalkeeper: Gao Hong, China
Goalkeeper: Briana Scurry, United States
Defender: Brandi Chastain, United States
Defender: Doris Fitschen, Germany
Defender: Wang Liping, China
Defender: Wen Lirong, China
Defender: Carla Overbeck, United States
Midfielder: Liu Ailing, China
Midfielder: Michelle Akers, United States
Midfielder: Zhao Lihong, China
Midfielder: Sissi, Brazil
Midfielder: Bettina Wiegmann, Germany
Forward: Ann Kristin Aarones, Norway
Forward: Mia Hamm, United States
Forward: Sun Wen, China
Forward: Jin Yan, China

Established stars, Mia Hamm and Michelle Akers, were joined by Briana Scurry, Brandi Chastain, and Carla Overbeck on the elite team.

"That's awesome," Hamm said. "With all the great players, that's a real honor." Looking at the roster induced surprise for her teammates who were not on the chosen list. "They're missing Kristine Lilly, who's one of the very best, and Tiffeny Milbrett," Hamm noted. "But you look at the players who are on there, and it would have been hard to leave any of them off.

Certainly, there was no disputing the majority number of Chinese honorees that included forward Sun Wen, the tournament's leading scorer with seven goals, and goalkeeper Gao Hong, who has allowed a tournament-low two goals through the semifinals. In addition, China had representation through all of the field positions.

The tournament's other two leading scorers, Sissi of Brazil (7) and Ann Kristin Aarones (4) of Norway, were the sole representatives of their respective teams. Two more players chosen from Germany completed the list.

MasterCard will donate $16,000 in the players' names to the SOS Children's Village, an official charity of FIFA, the world governing body for soccer.

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