Source: World Journal - Saturday 17 February, 2001
On Time Arrival: WUSA's Chinese Players
Original in Chinese by Liu Kaiping (c) World Journal, San Francisco
English translation by Bonita
San Francisco: Four WUSA players from China arrived yesterday and will proceed to join their club teams over the next several days.
They are Sun Wen (Forward, Atlanta Beat), Liu Ailing (Midfielder, Philadelphia Charge), Wen Lirong (Defender, Carolina Courage) and Fan Yunjie (Defender, San Diego Spirit). Gao Hong, the fifth Chinese natinal drafted by WUSA has already flown to New York from Canada where she will join the Power as goalkeeper.
Sun Wen, who was voted FIFA Internet Female Player of the 20th Century, told World Journal reporters that she is recovering from a knee operation and should be fit by the first Altanta Beat match. Sun was operated on last December in Kentucky and returned to China last month to recuperate. She also said that she was looking forward to playing with the Beat and learn English.
When asked about her goals and objectives in the U.S., Liu Ailing replied: "I want to give my best and be a model for Chinese players who will follow our footsteps to join WUSA."
Will the arrival of five Chinese nationals hinder the strength of the China National Team? "In sports there is always a large turnover. The next generation will push to surpass us. That is only natural; and is best for China," replied Wen Lirong.
How do they like America so far? Fan Yunjie was optimistic. She said, "There's a lot of interest in soccer among girls and young women in the U.S.; which is certainly a blessing. Why? When there's enough interest, there will be potential for growth. American coaches are very lucky, they have many excellent players to choose from."
From left to right:
Fan Yunjie, Liu Ailing, Sun Wen, Wen Lirong
Photo credit: Liu Kaiping (c) World Journal
[Edited by Bonita on 07-03-2001 at 00:46]