Oct. 1, 2007
WILL THEY RETURN?
Scurry says yes, Lilly undecided
Shanghai, China -- One world champion definitely wants to return to the U.S. Women's National Team next year for one final shot at glory, the other isn't quite as certain.
Goalkeeper Briana Scurry, 36, unwittingly embroiled in a controversy when coach Greg Ryan decided to switch keepers for the semifinal match against Brazil last Thursday, said yes.
Forward Kristine Lilly, 36, isn't as certain, at least not yet.
“Oh, absolutely," Scurry said about returning. "That has always been my goal since the last couple of years is to play a World Cup, play the Olympic Games because I feel like I can still contribute to this team and help this team win, and I have every intention of remaining on this team.”
Lilly has played in more international soccer matches than anyone else on the planet, but wants to take some time before committing to the 2008 Beijing Summer Olympics. There is speculation around the team that Lilly will have one more fling with the side.
“I’m going to take this time and figure it out in the next couple of months and figure out how I feel and everything," Lilly said. "It’s a lot of work, but I love this group and I think we still have something to accomplish, and the Olympics are so close, so we’ll see.”
ESPN commentator Julie Foudy, who played with Lilly on the National Team, reported that the veteran would like to have a baby in the not-too-distant future with her husband.
-- Michael Lewis