August 28, 2000
French added to Olympic Squad
U.S. National Team Head Coach April Heinrichs has chosen defender Michelle French to fill the spot vacated by Akers.
French, 22, was one of the four alternates named when the Olympic roster. She has been a four-year captain of the U.S. Under-21 National Team and helped lead the team to back-to-back Nordic Cup titles the last two summers. She has played on five consecutive Nordic Cup teams, also winning a championship in 1997, and has nine full caps with the national team, six coming this year. A left-footed player, she can play outside back, in the central defense or at flank midfield. Heinrichs named midfielder Aly Wagner to take French's place on the alternate list.
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