Soccer's grande dame plans on playing for America at least through next year's women's World Cup and the 2000 Olympics, though Dorrance says Lilly could conceivably continue through the 2007 World Cup and 2008 Games (and amass more than 300 caps along the way). Not so fast, says Lilly. "That depends," she says. "I want to get married and have some kids first."
MLS Way of Life
Galaxy Missing Two Stars
The Los Angeles Galaxy was 8-0 last week when coach Octavio Zambrano gathered his players for a meeting. "We will not feel sorry for ourselves," he said, furrowing his brow. "We have to deal with the facts, and it's up to us to demonstrate that we can play" Why would an undefeated team be so concerned? For starters, the Galaxy had lost Cobi Jones, MLS's coleader in goals (eight) and assists (seven), to U.S. team duty until at least the beginning of July.
Unlike most of the world's top leagues, MLS plays its games during the summer, and management decided it couldn't afford to shut down in mid-schedule for the World Cup. Some teams will be hurt more than others—the Columbus Crew loses four of its stars, the Dallas Burn none—but the club whose fortunes are hardest to predict is Los Angeles. A notorious Jekyll-and-Hyde team, the Galaxy has had winning streaks of 12, six and nine in the past three years, yet began the 1997 season 1-7
In addition to Jones, defender Dan Calichman, L.A.'s charismatic captain, will be sidelined until the playoffs or longer after breaking his right leg against the Colorado Rapids on May 6. Although the Galaxy won its first game without both players on Sunday, beating depleted Columbus 4-2, the jury is out on whether Los Angeles will remain the best team in MLS or nosedive. "In an ideal world we wouldn't be playing during the World Cup," says L.A. defender Robin Fraser, "but that's the decision the league made, so why cry about it?"