2002 WUSA Founders Cup

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2002 WUSA Founders Cup
Event 2002 WUSA season
Date 24 August 2002 4:00pm
Venue Herndon Stadium, Atlanta, Georgia
Player of the Match Julie Murray (CyberRays)
Referee Ricardo Salazar
Attendance 15,321
2001
2003

The 2002 WUSA Founders Cup, also known as Founders Cup II, was the second championship match in Women's United Soccer Association history, played between the Carolina Courage and the Washington Freedom to decide the champion of the league's inaugural season. The game was played at Herndon Stadium in Atlanta, Georgia on August 24, 2002. The Carolina Courage defeated the Freedom 3–2. [1] [2]

Womens United Soccer Association

The Women's United Soccer Association, often abbreviated to the WUSA, was the world's first women's soccer league in which all the players were paid as professionals. Founded in February 2000, the league began its first season in April 2001 with eight teams in the United States. The league suspended operations on September 15, 2003, shortly after the end of its third season, after making cumulative losses of around US $100 million.

Carolina Courage

Carolina Courage was a professional soccer team that played in the Women's United Soccer Association. The team played at Fetzer Field on the UNC-Chapel Hill campus in 2001, and then at the soccer-specific SAS Stadium in Cary, North Carolina in 2002 and 2003.

Washington Freedom

The Washington Freedom was an American professional soccer club based in the Washington, D.C., suburb of Germantown, Maryland, that participated in Women's Professional Soccer. The Freedom was founded in 2001 as a member of the defunct Women's United Soccer Association. Beginning in 2004, the Freedom played its home games at the Maryland SoccerPlex. In 2011, the team relocated to Boca Raton, Florida, and became magicJack.

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Pre-match

Ticket prices for the final started at $15 and were also available at $30 and $45, with a discount for group purchases. [3] The game was broadcast live to a national audience of over 90 million households via PAX TV in the United States and several other countries. [3]

Match

Carolina Courage 3–2 (a.e.t.) Washington Freedom
Riise Soccerball shade.svg 20'
Fotopoulos Soccerball shade.svg 53'
Prinz Soccerball shade.svg 58'
Report Fotopoulos Soccerball shade.svg 31' (o.g.)
Hamm Soccerball shade.svg 64'
Herndon Stadium,
Atlanta, Georgia
Attendance: 15,321
Referee: Ricardo Salazar

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References

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