Lorrie Fair, in 2011
|Full name||Lorraine Ming Fair|
|Date of birth||August 5, 1978|
|Place of birth||Los Altos, California, U.S.|
|Height||5 ft 3 in (1.60 m)|
|1996–1999||North Carolina Tar Heels|
|2005||Olympique Lyonnais Féminin||11||(0)|
|2006||North Carolina (Volunteer Assistant Coach)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only|
Lorraine Ming "Lorrie" Fair (born August 5, 1978) is a retired American professional soccer midfielder who was a member of the World Cup Champion United States national soccer team. Over the span of ten years, she was a part of one World Cup Team and three Olympic teams, and retired from international play in 2005.
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Her twin sister, Ronnie Fair, (now Veronica Fair Sullins) was also a member of the national team, and when Ronnie was called in to participate in a game against England on May 9, 1997 at San Jose, California, it became the first time a pair of sisters played together in the Women's National Team.
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Lorrie and Ronnie both participated on Los Altos High School's female soccer team in Los Altos, California, where they grew up. They were born at Stanford Hospital, but moved to New York for three years before returning to the Bay Area in 1982. While Ronnie chose Stanford to go to college, Lorrie decided on the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill instead, but not before being a two time NSCAA all-American and Parade magazine all-American. At UNC, she was picked as one of Soccer America's freshmen of the year, and she helped lead UNC to the NCAA championship in 1996, 1997, and 1999.
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She joined the Under 20 national team in 1994, playing, among other events, in the Nordic Cup. In 1995, she was a member of the West Team at the US Olympic Festival, and she was invited to train with the National team. At 17 and a senior in high school, she was named an alternate for the 1996 Atlanta Olympic Games team that won the Gold. Fair rejected the chance to travel as an alternate because she was upset at being cut from national coach Tony DiCicco's main 16 player squad.
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Fair had made her senior international debut against Norway in February 1996. In March 1998 she scored her first international goal against New Zealand at RFK Stadium.
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Fair played for the Philadelphia Charge in the WUSA (2001–2003),Olympique Lyonnais in Lyon, France (2005), and Chelsea FC in the UK (2008–2009).
Lorrie, Ronnie and their older brother, Greg all got their start and played for many years in AYSO Region 43.
She most recently played for Chelsea in the FA Women's Premier League.On February 1, 2008, it was announced that Fair had signed for Chelsea Ladies as a player, for whom she had been working solely as an ambassador up to that point. Fair vowed to continue her work with the club at grass roots level. The move was significant as she became the first American international to sign for a club in the Women's Premier League. Fair suffered a serious cruciate ligament injury in May 2008, which ruled her out of the following season.
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