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Sun Wen, China
John W. McDonough
2000 Sydney Olympics soccer
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Sun Wen, a forward, is China's captain. Her blend of creative playmaking and
technical ability makes her a nightmare to defend. During the Women's World Cup
in 1999, U.S. coach Tony DiCicco said that Sun Wen's play had elevated
dramatically since the 1996 Olympics -- where the U.S. defeated China 2-1 for
the gold medal -- she went from an excellent player to one of the best in the
world. Sun was the top scorer at the '99 Women's Cup (seven goals) and was
designated the outstanding player of the tournament.
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| 1999 ||Women's World Cup, 2nd|
| 1999 ||Chinese Women's Super Cup with Shanghai team,
| 1998 ||Goodwill Games,
| 1998 ||Asian Games,
| 1996 ||Olympics,
| 1995 ||Women's World Cup,
| 1994 ||World Goodwill Games, champion|
| 1993 ||World Championships, champion|
| 1992 ||Olympic Games, champion|
| 1991 ||Women's World Cup,
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Wen has consistently been a thorn in the side of the U.S. team. She scored her
team's first goal in China's 2-1, March 1999 victory, which ended the U.S.'s
50-game domestic unbeaten streak. Then, at the Pacific Cup this past May, Sun
converted a penalty kick in the 86th minute to again help China beat the U.S.
1-0 in the first round of the round-robin tournament. She also scored in China's
2-1 loss to the U.S. in the '96 Olympic
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"She is very, very good. She's a very smart player. She can run at our
defense and cause us problems. She can make runs off the ball that are
tactically at a high level so that she runs in behind us or makes diagonal runs.
She does it all, and always seems to find a seam in the boxes, -- and her
teammates find her there. She's a very sophisticated player."
--U.S. defender Carla Overbeck, during the 1999 World Cup tournament, on
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