San Jose CyberRays

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San Jose CyberRays
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Full name San Jose CyberRays
Nickname(s) Bay Area CyberRays; CyberRays
Founded 2001
Stadium Spartan Stadium
Ground Capacity 30,456
Owner United States WUSA
League Women's United Soccer Association
2003 6th

San Jose CyberRays was a professional soccer team that played in the Women's United Soccer Association. The team played at Spartan Stadium on the South Campus of San José State University in San Jose, California. Stars included U.S. National Team star Brandi Chastain, WUSA Goalkeeper of the Year LaKeysia Beene, and leading scorer Julie Murray. Other memorable CyberRays were Brazilians Sissi and Katia, Tisha Venturini (from the U.S. National Team), and "ironwoman" Thori Bryan, who played every minute of the first season. They were coached by Ian Sawyers, who received WUSA Coach of the Year honors in 2001.

The team won the WUSA title (known as the Founders Cup) for the league's inaugural season in 2001. The CyberRays triumphed over the Atlanta Beat, in 4-2 shootout after double overtime of a 3-3 game.

In 2002 the team changed its name from the Bay Area CyberRays to the San Jose CyberRays, and also gave their roster a facelift, allowing Murray to retire and trading for Pretinha from the Washington Freedom, who along with Katia and Sissi, gave the new attack a decidedly Brazilian flavor. The bold changes didn't have the desired effect, however, and the team finished out of the playoffs. One bright spot was the emergence of Katia, who scored 15 goals and broke Tiffeny Milbrett's record for most points in a season.

The CyberRays had high hopes for 2003, but an anemic offense (worst in the league in goals scored) hurt the team all year. The team remained in contention until the end of the season, but finished out of the playoffs for a second straight year.

But even bigger problems were brewing in the background, as the WUSA continued to struggle financially. The CyberRays folded on September 15, 2003, when the league announced it was suspending operations.

The 2001-2003 Team Roster included

  1. Dianne Alagich, 2003, 2002, 2001
  2. Katie Barnes, 2003
  3. Betsy Barr, 2003
  4. LaKeysia Beene, 2003, 2002, 2001
  5. Christina Bell, 2003, 2002, 2001
  6. Danielle Borgman, 2002
  7. Thori Bryan, 2003, 2002, 2001
  8. Melinda Carter, 2003
  9. Brandi Chastain, 2003, 2002, 2001
  10. Kim Clark, 2003, 2002, 2001
  11. Mandy Clemens, 2003
  12. Ann Cook, 2003, 2001
  13. Amanda Cromwell, 2003
  14. Carey Dorn, 2002, 2001
  15. Gina Eagleson, 2001
  16. Michelle French, 2003, 2002
  17. Dawn Greathouse, 2003
  18. Maren Hendershot-Brown, 2002, 2001
  19. Megan Horvath, 2001
  20. Venus James, 2002, 2001
  21. Megan Jeidy, 2001
  22. Katia, 2003, 2002
  23. Kelly Lindsey, 2003, 2002, 2001
  24. Jacqui Little, 2001
  25. Jennifer Mead, 2001
  26. Julie Murray, 2001
  27. Lisa Nanez, 2002, 2001
  28. Julie Podhrasky, 2003
  29. Pretinha, 2003, 2002
  30. Amber Reynolds, 2001
  31. Keri Sanchez, 2003
  32. Sissi, 2003, 2002, 2001
  33. Janine Szpara, 2001
  34. Tisha Venturini, 2003, 2002, 2001
  35. Theresa Wagner, 2002, 2001
  36. Amy Walsh, 2001

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