Philadelphia Charge

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Philadelphia Charge
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Founded 10 April 2000[1]
Name established on
2 November 2000[2]
Dissolved 15 September 2003
Stadium Villanova Stadium
Villanova, PA
Ground Capacity 12,500
Owner Comcast
General Manager Tim Murphy
Head Coach Mark Krikorian
League Women's United Soccer Association
Final season
2003

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The Philadelphia Charge was an American women's professional soccer team that played in the Women's United Soccer Association. The team played at Villanova Stadium on the campus of Villanova University near Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

History[edit]

The team was founded in 2000 and began play in 2001 in the inaugural season of the Women's United Soccer Association.

Players[edit]

Several notable U.S. Women's National Team stars made their pro debuts with the Charge, including defender Heather Mitts (2001-2003) and goalkeeper Hope Solo, who appeared in 8 matches as a rookie backup goalkeeper in 2003. Other notables included French international Marinette Pichon, who won the 2002 WUSA Most Valuable Player award for the Charge, and English star Kelly Smith.[3]

2003 Roster[4]

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
1 United States GK Melissa Moore
2 United States MF Lorrie Fair
3 United States FW Emily Burt
5 United States DF Karyn Hall
6 United States DF Jenny Benson
7 Finland MF Anne Makinen
8 England FW Kelly Smith
9 Czech Republic MF Pavlína Ščasná
10 United States FW Deliah Arrington
11 France FW Marinette Pichon
No. Position Player
12 United States MF Erin Misaki
13 United States DF Heather Mitts
14 United States MF Rachel Kruze
15 United States MF Stacey Tullock
16 Germany MF Melanie Hoffmann
18 United States GK Hope Solo
19 United States DF Alex Borisjuk
21 United States FW Trina Maso De Moya
22 United States MF Mary McVeigh
25 United States MF Jennifer Tietjen-Prozzo

Coach: Mark Krikorian

Year-by-year regular season record[edit]

Year W L T Pts Pos GF GA Home Away
2001 9 8 4 31 4th/8 35 28 5-3-2 4-5-2
2002 11 4 6 39 2nd/8 36 22 7-1-3 4-3-3
2003 5 11 5 20 8th/8 30 40 3-4-3 2-7-2

Awards[edit]

In 2001, Philadelphia Charge player, Doris Fitschen was named WUSA Defender of the Year.[5]

In 2002, Philadelphia Charge player, Marinette Pichon was named WUSA's Most Valuable Player and Offensive Player of the Year and was the co-recipient with Mia Hamm for Goal of the Year for a scissor kick volley against the San Diego Spirit. Goalkeeper Melissa Moore was awarded Goalkeeper of the Year and Stacey Tullock was named Rookie of the Year. Coach Mark Krikorian took the honor of WUSA Coach of the Year the same year.[6]

In 2003, the Charge was awarded the WUSA Team Fair Play Award and defender, Jenny Benson, was named WUSA Humanitarian of the Year.[7]

League Suspension[edit]

The Women's United Soccer Association announced on September 15, 2003 that it was suspending operations.[8][9]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Women's soccer in deals". CNNfn. April 10, 2000. Retrieved October 26, 2013. 
  2. ^ Trecker, Jerry (November 3, 2000). "Wusa: From Heat To Rays". Hartford Courant. Retrieved October 26, 2013. 
  3. ^ http://www.funwhileitlasted.net/2012/07/06/june-8-2002-philadelphia-charge-vs-washington-freedom/
  4. ^ "2003 Philadelphia Charge Roster". Sports Illustrated. Retrieved 21 October 2012. 
  5. ^ "Power forward selected as first WUSA MVP". Sports Illustrated. Retrieved 21 October 2012. 
  6. ^ "Philadelphia's Pichon takes top honor in WUSA awards". USA Today. 22 August 2002. Retrieved 21 October 2012. 
  7. ^ "Meinert wins most valuable player". USA Today. 21 August 2003. Retrieved 21 October 2012. 
  8. ^ Michaelis, Vicki (16 September 2003). "WUSA ceases operations after three years". USA Today. Retrieved 21 October 2012. 
  9. ^ "U.S. WNT Responds to Women's United Soccer Association Suspending Operations". US Soccer. Retrieved 21 October 2012. 

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