2002 WUSA season

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Women's United Soccer Association
Season2002
Champions Carolina Courage
Top goalscorer Kátia (15)
2001
2003

The 2002 Women's United Soccer Association season was the second season for WUSA, the top level professional women's soccer league in the United States. The regular season began on April 13 and ended on August 11. The playoffs began on August 17, with the championship match between played on August 24 between the Carolina Courage and the Washington Freedom.

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Carolina Courage

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Changes from 2001

Prior to the season the Bay Area CyberRays, the champions in the previous season, changed their name to the San Jose CyberRays

San Jose CyberRays

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, 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 WUSA All-Star game was played for the first time after the completion of the 2002 season, with the South squad defeating the North 6-1 in front of 14,208 spectators at PGE Park in Portland, Oregon. Rookie Abby Wambach of the Washington Freedom was awarded the game MVP after scoring twice. [1]

Portland, Oregon city in Oregon, USA

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Washington Freedom

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.

Competition format

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Standings

Blue denotes team has clinched regular season championship.
Green denotes team has spot in 2002 WUSA Playoffs.

PlaceTeamGPWLTGFGAGDPoints
1 Carolina Courage 2112544030+1040
2 Philadelphia Charge 2111463622+1439
3 Washington Freedom 2111554029+1138
4 Atlanta Beat 2111913429+534
5 San Jose CyberRays 218853430+429
6 Boston Breakers 216873635+125
7 San Diego Spirit 2151152842-1420
8 New York Power 2131713162-3110

Source: [2]

Playoffs

Semi-Finals Founders Cup
      
2 Philadelphia Charge 0
3 Washington Freedom 1
1 Carolina Courage 3
3 Washington Freedom 2
1 Carolina Courage 2
4 Atlanta Beat 1

Semi-Finals

Founders Cup II

Awards

AwardPlayerClub
Most Valuable Player Flag of France.svg Marinette Pichon Philadelphia Charge
Offensive Player of the Year Flag of France.svg Marinette Pichon Philadelphia Charge
Defensive Player of the Year Flag of the United States.svg Danielle Slaton Carolina Courage
Goalkeeper of the Year Flag of the United States.svg Kristin Luckenbill Carolina Courage
Rookie of the Year Flag of the United States.svg Abby Wambach Washington Freedom
Coach of the Year Flag of the United States.svg Mark Krikorian Philadelphia Charge
Humanitarian Award Flag of Brazil.svg Sissi San Jose CyberRays
Team Community Service Award Boston Breakers
Team Fair Play Award Boston Breakers
Referee of the Year Flag of the United States.svg Kari Seitz

Source: [3]

Statistical leaders

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