April 12, 2001
Fourteen former Santa Clara soccer players are taking part in the newly-formed Women's United Soccer Association, with five Bronco alumni kicking off the inaugural season in the league's first-ever match this Saturday, April 14, when the Bay Area CyberRays visit the Washington Freedom.
The game will air live on Turner Network Television at 11 a.m. PDT.
In addition to the Bay Area, the WUSA is launching in seven other markets: Atlanta, Carolina, Boston, New York, Philadelphia, San Diego and Washington D.C. Santa Clara alumni are spread over each of the eight WUSA rosters.
Saturday's match-up will feature five Santa Clara standouts, four of which will be on the Bay Area CyberRays' roster: Brandi Chastain '90, Jacqui Little '99, Lisa Naņez `98 and Megan Horvath '00. 1996 graduate Emmy Barr will be the Broncos' lone representative in the Freedom lineup.
More information on the WUSA can be found on the league's official website at
Former Santa Clara athletes now in the WUSA
|Player||Position||Years at SCU||WUSA Team||How Selected to League|
|Nikki Serlenga||MF||1996-99||Atlanta Beat||Allocated at League Formation|
|Brandi Chastain||D||1989-90||Bay Area CyberRays||Founding Player|
|Mandy Clemens||F||1996-99||Philadelphia Charge||Allocated at League Formation|
|Jennifer Lalor||MF||1992-94, '96||New York Power||Drafted in Round Two, Pick 13|
|Kylie Bivens||D||1996-99||Atlanta Beat||Drafted in Round Two, Pick 16|
|Heather Aldama||MF||1997-2000||Boston Breakers||Drafted in Round 4, Pick 28|
|Kimberly Pickup||D||1996-99||San Diego Spirit||Compensation Pick in Round 4, Pick 32|
|Emmy Barr||F||1994-96||Washington Freedom||Drafted in Round 5, Pick 39|
|Jacqui Little||MF/F||1996-99||Bay Area CyberRays||Drafted in Round 6, Pick 41|
|Mikka Hansen||F||1993-96||Carolina Courage||Drafted in Round 9, Pick 71|
|Lisa Naņez||D||1995-98||Bay Area CyberRays||Drafted in Round 10, Pick 74|
|Megan Horvath||F||1997-2000||Bay Area CyberRays||Drafted in Round 12, Pick 90|
|Erin Montoya||MF/F||1993-96||San Diego Spirit||Drafted in Round 12, Pick 95|
|Dayna Smith||D||1995-96||Atlanta Beat||Drafted in Round 15, Pick 114|
Santa Clara athletes by WUSA Team
|Bay Area CyberRays|
|New York Power|
|San Diego Spirit|