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Joy Fawcett Bio

Team: San Diego Spirit
Position: Defender
Status: Active
How Acquired: Founding Player-2000
WUSA Experience: 2
Previous Team: U.S. National Team
College: California
Hometown: Huntington Beach, CA
High School: Edison HS [Huntington Beach, CA]
Born: February 8, 1968 Inglewood, CA, USA
Height: 5' 5"

2002 WUSA Season:
The ultimate soccer mom (she has three children) played her first full WUSA season, starting 19 games and scoring one goal ... Was second the Spirit in minutes played with 1627 ... Voted as a starter for the WUSA South All-Star Team ... One of the best attacking defenders in the WUSA, Fawcett garnered the club's MVP and Defender of the Year honors.

2001 WUSA Season:
"America's #1 Soccer Mom" made her triumphant return to the Spirit starting lineup on July 25 and celebrated the event with her first goal (a game-winner) ... Fawcett stabilized the Spirit's back line and provided the team her world-class skill. Spirit fans are tantalized by the thought of what could have been if Fawcett had been with the team from the beginning of the year. The team was 3-0-3 in her six starts.

National Team:
One of two players to play every minute of the 1995 Women's World Cup, the 1996 Olympics, the 1999 Women's World Cup and the 2000 Olympics ... Was probably the USA's best and most consistent player at the 2000 Olympics, playing a stellar tournament in the center of the defense widely hailed as perhaps the best defender in the world ... The highest scoring defender in U.S. Women's National Team history with 24 goals at the end of 2000 ... Has started all but three games in which she has played for the U.S. through 2000 (180 of 183) ... 1999: Scored one of the most important goals in U.S. history when she headed home the third goal off a corner kick in the 1999 Women's World Cup quarterfinals against Germany to complete a comeback, 3-2 victory ... One of four players to play every minute of the 1999 Women's World Cup ... Nailed the second penalty kick against China during the shootout in the World Cup Final ... Played in 27 games for the USA in 1999, scoring four goals with four assists, the second highest total of her 13-year career ... Was second on the team in minutes played in 1999 with 2,280 ... 1998: Started 24 matches for the USA in 1998, her first full year back in the lineup after having her second daughter, and picked up where she left off, playing 1,992 minutes, the most on the team ... Member of the gold medal winning team at the 1998 Goodwill Games ... Scored two goals with three assists in 1998 ... Named MVP of the NIKE U.S. Women's Cup '98, the first defender to win the award, and scored the opening goal in the championship game against Brazil ... 1997: Played just one match in 1997 after returning to the U.S. team following the birth of daughter Carli ... 1996: Member of the Gold Medal winning U.S. Women's National Team at the 1996 Olympic Games ... Earned her 100th cap in the Olympic semifinal game ... Started and played every minute of the USA's five matches at the '96 Olympic Games, assisting on the game-winning goal in the gold medal match ... Took time off after the Olympics to have her second child and did not play for the USA until Nov. 1, 1997, against Sweden in Chattanooga, Tenn. ... 1995: One of two players to play every minute of the United States' six games in the 1995 FIFA Women's World Cup in Sweden ... Suffered broken right leg while competing in the 1995 U.S. Olympic Festival in Denver but made a complete recovery ... Pre-1994: Member of the U.S. team that won the title at the 1994 CONCACAF Qualifying Championship in Montreal, allowing the team to qualify for the 1995 World Cup in Sweden ... Member of the U.S. team which won 1991 World Cup in China ... Named U.S. Soccer's Chevrolet Female Athlete of the Year in 1988 ... One of 11 U.S. players to play more than 100 games...Played in the Four Nations Tournament in China and in the Algarve Cup in Portugal, starting all seven games ... Fourth most capped player in US History with 193 ... Is now the oldest active player in the U.S. Women's National Team pool ... 2001: She is the highest scoring defender in U.S. women's National Team history with 24 goals at the end of 2001.

Played club soccer for Ajax of Manhattan Beach, champions of the U.S. Women's Amateur National Cup in 1992, 1993 and 1998.

Three-time All-American from 1987-1989 at the University of California, Berkeley where she is the all-time scoring leader with 55 goals and 23 assists ... Inducted into the UC Berkeley Hall of Fame in October 1997 ... Helped lead Cal to third-place finishes in the NCAA tournament in 1987 and 1988 ... Set a UC Berkeley school record for goals scored in a season with 23 in 1987.

Full name is Joy Lynn Fawcett ... Formerly Joy Biefeld, she is married to Walter Fawcett ... Joy and Walter have three daughters, Katelyn Rose, born May 17, 1994, Carli, born May 21, 1997, and Madilyn Rae, born June 5, 2001 ... Named UCLA's first women's soccer coach May 25, 1993, and in her fifth season at the helm of the Bruins, led the team to the quarterfinals of the NCAA tournament ... Named Pac-10 Coach of the Year in 1997 ... Resigned her position at UCLA in December of 1997 to concentrate on playing for the national team and spending time with her family ... At one point during 1997, she was coaching UCLA, coaching a youth club team and playing for the national team while raising two children, all at the same time, earning the title of the ultimate "Soccer Mom" ... Graduated from Berkeley in 1990 with a degree in physical education.