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FC Indiana announce partnership with Mazamba

GOSHEN, IN, May 22, 2006 -- FC Indiana, the reigning US Open Cup and Women’s Premier Soccer League (WPSL) national champions, and currently ranked #4 in the world by , is pleased to announce that soccer equipment manufacturer Mazamba has become one of its marketing partners. As FC Indiana continues to look to maintain its dominance on and off the pitch, it is pleased to enter into a multi-year agreement with Mazamba.
Ronak Shah, Mazamba's CEO and President said: "FC Indiana is asserting itself as a global leader and an innovative club. It is one of the most ambitious, forward-thinking and recognizable clubs in women’s soccer and we are proud to make a long-term commitment to FC Indiana. Mazamba and FC Indiana are both dedicated to the continued development of women’s soccer worldwide and intend that this partnership become an example of what innovative, dynamic and successful relationships can do to enhance the game.
FC Indiana Director of Business Development Anton Maksimov was pleased with the deal. “We are absolutely delighted to have Mazamba as our new apparel sponsor," said Maksimov. “Mazamba has a key part to play in the future global development of women’s soccer and we believe that we can play a similar role for it in its strategic goals. Our club is gaining greater international appeal and we are impressed with Mazamba’s innovative designs and their desire to market the club around the globe. There is a great synergy between the two brands in terms of recent dramatic success and growth, levels of performance and market targets. We look forward to a long and fruitful relationship.”
FC Indiana kick off the 2006 season on May 26th when they travel to face the Tennessee FC.
The team returns to Indiana the following weekend with home match against the Memphis Mercury on June 2nd at 7:00 p.m.  at Goshen Soccer Complex.
See FC Indiana from anywhere in the world this summer! After every game this season, FC Indiana will have an FCI TV highlight show available by visiting the FCI website.
More information about FC Indiana can be found at


‘Leo the Lion’ has arrived at FC Indiana

GOSHEN, IN, May 19, 2006 -- Just in time for the Women’s Premier Soccer League season, which will kickoff on May 26th 2006, Leo the FCI Lion joined the the reigning US Open Cup and Women’s Premier Soccer League (WPSL) national champions, and currently ranked #4 in the world by
LEO is the new FC Indiana mascot and will bring cheer and laughter to children and adults.
"The idea behind LEO was not just the creation of a mascot", said Anton mascot, Director of Business Development for FC Indiana. “LEO is here to make an impact. To create memories and to ensure that our young fans are having a good time, during each FC Indiana match. LEO is determined to establish a connection with all our younger fans (and a few of the older ones to).
LEO compliments the club's reputation for entertainment and fun.”
Interested groups can request appearances by FC Indiana players and Leo the FCI Lion by calling 574-849-7158.
FC Indiana kick off the 2006 season on May 26th when they travel to face the Tennessee FC.
The team returns to Indiana the following weekend with home match against the Memphis Mercury on June 2nd at 7:00 p.m.  at Goshen Soccer Complex.


FC Indiana signs four Mexico Women’s National Team players

GOSHEN, IN, April 30, 2006 -- FC Indiana, the reigning US Open Cup and Women’s Premier Soccer League (WPSL) national champions, and currently ranked #4 in the world by, announced the signing of four Mexico women’s national team players. Goalkeeper Pamela Tajonar, midfielders Fatima Leyva and Luz Soto, and forward Lupita Worbis will strengthen the FC Indiana squad for the 2006 season.
Leyva (27), has had a storied international career, having participated at the CONCACAF (1998), Nike Cup (1998, 2000), World Cup (1999), Pan American Games (1999, 2003), Athens Olympics (2004) and Copa de Oro (2000) tournaments. She has 15 goals in 56 games for Mexico. When the Mexican national team failed to qualify for the 2003 women's World Cup, she was hired by Telemundo as a color commentator for their World Cup broadcasts.
Tajonar (21), Worbis (22) and Soto (22) have been part of the national team for the last 4 years.
“These signings, demonstrate FC Indiana’s continuing commitment to building a world class team,” said FC Indiana coach Shek Borkowski. “All four players come to us with good international pedigrees and are excellent technically and tactically. Additionally, all four will be great ambassadors for our club and for the game of soccer.”


FC Indiana to conduct soccer camp in Italy

GOSHEN, IN - FC Indiana, the reigning US Open Cup and Women’s Premier Soccer League (WPSL) national champions, and Domina Neapolis of Italy will conduct a girl’s soccer camp in Naples, Italy this July 12-19.
The camp, which is part of a three-year partnership agreement between FC Indiana and Domina Neapolis, will be historic for both clubs. For FC Indiana, it will mark the club’s first camp in Europe.
“The camp is a big step forward and one that demonstrates our determination to continue to grow during this decisive phase of our development,” said FC Indiana Director of Business Development Anton Maksimov. “Together, with Domina Neapolis and our marketing partners Rollpak Corporation, we will bring the highest level of women’s soccer to young players throughout Italy, as we further celebrate and develop the game of soccer. In 2007, we are scheduled to conduct camps in Russia, Poland and Belarus.”
Domina Neapolis President Alessandro Pannestri, “The US is recognized as a leading nation in women’s soccer and it’s a great opportunity for Italian female players to be exposed to international coaching methods.”


FC Indiana midfielder named to the US U-21 team

Goshen, IN (March 16, 2006) FC Indiana, the reigning US Open Cup and Women’s Premier Soccer League (WPSL) national champions, and currently ranked #4 in the world by, announced that FC Indiana midfielder Marisa Brown was called up for the U-21 national team camp.
Also named to the squad is Holly Gault, who helped FC Indiana to a historical ‘double’ in 2005.
The U.S. under-21 women's national team will be in training from March 19-24 at The Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif.
Coach Jillian Ellis has named 20 players for the camp and will add four more before the training commences, but will give first looks to goalkeepers Cori Alexander of Portland and Veronica Simonton of USC. Also getting first call-ups to the U-21s is defender Erin Hardy of UCLA, midfielders Marisa Brown of Wisconsin, Rebecca Moros of Duke and Lisa Sari of Portland, and forward Sophia Mundy of Houston.
U.S. U-21 Roster:
GOALKEEPERS (3): Cori Alexander (Portland), Veronica Simonton (USC), Kati Jo Spisak (Texas A&M); DEFENDERS (6): Rachel Buehler (Stanford), Kendall Fletcher (North Carolina), Holly Gault (Kansas), Erin Hardy (UCLA), Hayley Hunt (Stanford), Becky Sauerbrunn (Virginia); MIDFIELDERS (7): Marisa Brown (Wisconsin), Bristyn Davis (UCLA), Noelle Keselica (Virginia), Sarah Huffman (Virginia), Manya Makoski (Arizona State), Rebecca Moros (Duke), Lisa Sari (Portland); FORWARDS (4): Liz Bogus (Arizona State), Sophia Mundy (Houston), Ashlee Pistorius (Texas A&M), Tiffany Weimer (Penn State).


FC Indiana signs Indianapolis youth star

Goshen, IN (March 15, 2006) FC Indiana, the reigning US Open Cup and Women’s Premier Soccer League (WPSL) national champions, and currently ranked #4 in the world by, announced the signing of a U16 national team pool goalkeeper Hannah Messick.
Messick, a junior at Center Grove HS, is a first team IHSAA All-State goalkeeper, a four-year State Olympic Development Program (ODP), and a three-year Region 2 ODP player.
“Personally I am excited about Hannah joining FC Indiana. She is a dedicated, focused player who will be a good addition to our squad,” said FC Indiana coach Shek Borkowski. “She will get an opportunity to train with, and compete against some of the best players in the world. Being one of the best players in Indiana, we also expect her to be a good role model for our youth players.”



U.S. WNT To Face France for Spot in Algarve Cup Title Game
Sunday, March 12, 2006
U.S. Women’s National Team
Notes from The Algarve, Portugal

U.S. WOMEN FACE FRANCE FOR SPOT IN ALGARVE CUP TITLE GAME: The U.S. finds itself in a familiar position heading into the third and final group match at the Algarve Cup … in the driver’s seat. The U.S. team needs a win or a tie against France on Monday, March 13, in order to earn a berth in the championship game. Both teams have four points from a win and a draw, but the USA has a +5 goal differential while France, by virtue of a 2-2 draw vs. Denmark and a 1-0 win over China, sits at just +1, meaning a tie will put the U.S. in the championship against Germany on Wednesday, March 15. The USA is all but assured at least second place in the group, as even if the Americans should falter, it would be unlikely that China or Denmark could make up the goal difference in the final match between those teams. The USA-France match will take place at the beautiful Stadium Algarve, an ultra-modern stadium built for the 2004 European Championships. The match kicks off at 3:30 p.m. local time / 10:30 a.m. ET and can be followed live on’s MatchTracker. The game will be broadcast live across Europe in 19 languages on Eurosport. Visit the 2006 Algarve Cup competitions page at for a complete schedule and standings, plus features, podcasts, and exclusive all_access video coverage of the WNT in Portugal.

STILL CAT, NOW WHITEHILL: There is a new name on the U.S. back line, but it's the same face. While she may look 18, baby-faced defender Cat Whitehill is 24 and recently married. The former Cat Reddick talks about her wedding, her emerging role with the U.S. team and how she will navigate college football Saturdays with her new hubby in this exclusive podcast.

USA vs. FRANCE HISTORY: The USA and France tied, 0-0, on Jan. 20 at the Four Nations Tournament in China. It was the first-ever draw for France against the USA, which holds a 10-0-1 all-time record against Les Bleus. The USA beat France, 5-1, in the 2004 Algarve Cup, but edged them, 1-0, during last year’s tournament in an extremely hard fought match on a 20th minute goal from Christie Welsh. The scoreless draw in China shows how far the French have come in their development as a team. In the Four Nations match played earlier this year, France played a very conservative tactical game to earn the draw. This time, France will not be able to pack the midfield with players if they want to advance to the championship, as they must take some risks offensively to get the win needed to make the final. In addition, star forward Marinette Pichon was not in China due to a family commitment, but she is at the Algarve Cup and will no doubt stretch the U.S. defense with her sophisticated runs and world-class finishing ability. The former WUSA star is winding down her international career and has yet to score in the tournament, but is still widely regarded as one of the best - and most crafty - strikers in the world.

FRANCE PLAYING CATCH UP TO MAKE CHINA 2007: France played very well at the 2005 European Championships, but a 3-0 opening game loss to Germany could not be undone by a 1-1 tie with eventual finalist Norway and a 3-1 victory over Italy. France (six points from three matches) got off to a tough start in their 2007 Women’s World Cup Qualifying campaign, losing to Holland at home and currently sits behind England (nine points from three games). The French will need some good results down the road to right the ship, starting with a March 26 match at England.

USA-FRANCE PREVIEW: France is no doubt one of the most individually talented teams in the world as evidenced by their 1-0 victory over China in their last Group B match. France had a 1-0 lead over China at the Four Nations tournament this year, only to give up a 90th minute equalizer. They have some wonderfully skilled midfielders who can provide service for Pichon in Sandrine Soubeyrand and captain Sonia Bompastor. In addition to Pichon, France has several active and fast forwards, including Hoda Lattaf and Laetitia Tonazzi, who scored against Denmark. Midfielder Elise Bussaglia got her side’s lone goal against China. The USA’s clash with France will renew the rivalry of forward Abby Wambach against rugged French defender Laura Georges, who plays college soccer in the U.S. at Boston College. Georges is one of the few defenders in the world with the body mass and mentality to battle Wambach for 90 minutes, and after playing 64 minutes against Denmark, she should be fresh and ready for the challenge. France has an athletic goalkeeper in Sarah Bouhaddi, who can make the spectacular save, but has been known to drop a ball or two in traffic. The U.S. managed just 11 shots vs. France in their Four Nations match-up, and just one went on goal, so they certainly look to apply more pressure on Bouhaddi this time around.

U.S. goalkeeper Hope Solo, who played in France with Olympique Lyonnaise, on the French:
“They have such a love for the game, I think that is one of the reasons they are developing so much as a national team. Individually, they are all very talented on the ball, but what I like about them the most is that they are all tough little players, they go in hard and are not afraid to do the dirty work.”

U.S. Roster:
GOALKEEPERS (2): 1-Jenni Branam, 18-Hope Solo;
DEFENDERS (6): 8-Tina Frimpong, 14-Amy LePeilbet, 21-Stephanie Lopez, 2-Heather Mitts, 3-Christie Rampone, 4-Cat Whitehill;
MIDFIELDERS (7): 7-Shannon Boxx, 13-Kristine Lilly, 11-Carli Lloyd, 15-Marci Miller, 12-Leslie Osborne, 5-Lindsay Tarpley, 10-Aly Wagner;
FORWARDS (5): 6-Natasha Kai, 9-Heather O’Reilly, 16-Amy Rodriguez, 20-Abby Wambach, 19-Christie Welsh.

France Roster:
GOALKEEPERS (2): Celine Deville, 16-Sarah Bouhaddi;
DEFENDERS (7): 2-Delphine Blanc, 3-Peggy Provost, 4-Laura Georges, 5-Sabine Viguier, 7-Sandrine Dusang, 19-Amelie Coquet, 20-Laure LePailleur;
MIDFIELDERS (7): 6-Sandrine Soubeyrand, 8-Sonia Bompastor, 10-Camille Abily, 13-Ludivine Diguelman, 14-Louisa Necib, 15-Elise Bussaglia, 17-Marie-Ange Kramo;
FORWARDS (4): 9-Marinette Pichon, 11-Laetitia Tonazzi, 12-Elodie Thomas, 18-Hoda Lattaf.

GROUP A UPDATE: Germany clinched a berth in the championship after only two group matches with a 3-0 victory over Sweden. It is rare that a team earns a berth in the title game after two matches at the Algarve Cup, but two wins for Germany coupled with a pair of ties in the other group contests clinched an early spot in Wednesday’s championship match. Norway has tied both its matches by identical 0-0 scorelines. Meanwhile, Sweden lost defender Stina Segerstrom for a second yellow card in the 43rd minute in their March 11 match vs. Germany. The foul resulted in a penalty kick that was converted by Melanie Behringer and the Swedes had to play a woman down the rest of the match. Germany added goals by Petra Wimbersky in the 59th minute and Birgit Prinz in the 89th. Germany’s eight goals through two games are the most of all 11 teams at the Algarve Cup. Norway, Sweden or Finland are all still fighting to finish second in the group.

GROUP C UPDATE: In the three-team Group C, Mexico tied Ireland, 0-0, and now the Mexico-Portugal match will determine which team, along with Ireland, gets to play a placement game. A Mexico tie would be good enough for second place and a spot in the ninth-place match against the worst of the two fourth place teams from Groups A and B.

13th Annual Algarve Cup
Algarve, Portugal
Group A
Norway, Sweden, Finland & Germany
Group B
USA, China PR, Denmark & France
Group C
Ireland, Portugal & Mexico

Algarve Cup Match Day #3 Schedule:
March 13, 2006
Group A
Match-up    Kickoff    City    Venue
Germany vs. Norway    6:30 p.m. local / 1:30 a.m. ET    Faro    Estádio Algarve
Sweden vs. Finland    5:00 p.m. local / Noon ET    Lagos    Estádio Municipal

Group B
USA vs. France    3:30 p.m. local / 10:30 a.m. ET    Faro    Estádio Algarve
Denmark vs. China    3:30 p.m. local / 10:30 p.m. ET    Lagos    Estádio Municipal

Group C
Portugal vs. Mexico    4 p.m. local / 11 a.m. ET    Silves    Estádio Dr. Francisco Vieira

2006 Algarve Cup Scorers:
Player (Country)                Goals
Melanie Behringer (GER)      2
Conny Pohlers (GER)           2
Birgit Prinz (GER)                 2
Heather O’Reilly (USA)        2
Kerstin Garefrekes (GER)    1
Petra Wimbersky (GER)      1
Annie Nielsen (DEN)            1
Cathrine Sorensen (DEN)    1
Natasha Kai (USA)            1
Kristine Lilly (USA)            1
Abby Wambach (USA)       1
Amelie Coquet (FRA)         1
Latetitia Tonazzi (FRA)        1
Elise Bussaglia (FRA)          1
Laura Hislop (IRL)              1


“Il calcio femminile ha qualche difficolta’ a decollare in Francia”

dal quotidiano parigino “Le Monde” qualche giorno fa nella parte sportiva:

Secondo l’articolo, il c.f. francese nella stagione 2004-2005 ha avuto 48.500 iscritte, cioe’ il 2,5% della media nazionale.  Questo e’ quattro volte inferiore alle tesserate tedesche e ben dieci volte meno della Svezia.  Il 28 gennaio gli allenatori e i dirigenti delle 42 squadre coinvolte nella Coppa di Francia si sono incontrati per cercare di rilanciare questo sport.  Secondo la signora Bernadette Constantin, la responsabile del c.f. della LND francese, ancora pochissime societa’ (maschili) contano fra le file una squadra femminile.  Il calcio misto maschi-femminine termina all’eta’ di 14 anni, e secondo la Constantin, molte ragazze si fermano e non continuano a giocare.  E come in Italia, anche le societa’ francesi hanno difficolta’ a trovare degli sponsor.
Nel frattempo pero’ la Federazione Francese ha lanciato un “contratto di obbiettivi”: delle sovvenzioni alle societa’ che creano anche una squadra femminile.   Secondo invece il presidente della Lega Professionista francese, Fédéric Thiriez, “la nazionale francese comincia ad avere dei risultati positivi (n.b. come agli Europei l’anno scorso in Inghilterra, per non parlare alla Coppa Algarve in Portogallo), e quindi dobbiamo esporla di piu’ al pubblico.”  Per i francesi non e’ neanche una questione del loro “Audimat” (Auditel) perche’ un incontro de “Les Bleus”, la nazionale femminile, ha un seguito un po’ meno di una partita di campionato maschile.  Per altri invece del settore, il problema e’ quello delle telecamere negli stadi: non amano le tribune vuote (n.b. idem per  il calcio maschile italiano: per Udinese-Sampdoria la settimana scorsa c’erano si’ e no al Friuli non piu’ di 1.000 tifosi sugli spalti!).  Quello invece che i francesi vogliono fare e di “convertire” il pubblico al c.f., come hanno fatto in Inghilterra dove il c.f. inglese ha un seguito vicino a quello della Formula 1.
Nella stessa pagina c’e’ anche l’intervento del direttore tecnico della Federazione Francese, l’ex CT campione del mondo nel 1998, Aime’ Jacquet (che si vede spesso anche con il CT della nazionale femminile, Elisabeth Loisel).   A Jacquet viene chiesto le solite domande che sentiamo anche in Italia.  Ad una risponde pero’ cosi’: “Il calcio maschile soffre quotidianamente di violenza, di droga e di doping.  Sono sicuro che le donne possano giocare un ruolo positivo in questo senso.  Il calcio femminile in Francia si sta sviluppando, questo e’ senza dubbio, anche da un punto di vista commerciale”.
[Mario Rimati]


FC Indiana signs left back Karniski

Karniski honored as Big Ten co-Defensive Player of the Year.

Goshen, IN (February 17, 2006) FC Indiana, the reigning US Open Cup and Women’s Premier Soccer League (WPSL) national champions, and currently ranked #4 in the world by, announced the signing of a 22 year old defender Christen Karniski.
Karniski comes to FC Indiana after four highly successful seasons at University of Illinois where she has been honored as Big Ten co-Defensive Player of the Year, second team NSCAA/adidas All-America, second team Soccer Buzz All-America, first team NSCAA Scholar All-America and first team All-Great Lakes.
At Illinois, Karniski was a durable player starting 89 consecutive matches, scoring 4 goals and assisting on 14.
More information about FC Indiana can be found at


FC Indiana’ Bayor and Okolo recognized as top players in Africa

Goshen, IN (February 18, 2006) FC Indiana players Adjoa Bayor (Ghana) and Vera Okolo (Nigeria) finished second and third correspondingly at African Player of the Year gala held in Abuja, Nigeria on Friday.
Bayor, who won the award in 2003, finished 9 points behind the winner Perpetua Nkwocha of Nigeria.
Okolo, at only 21 years old, has represented Nigeria 62 times scoring 11 goals. She was the youngest player ever nominated for the award.
“We are very excited with Adjoa and Vera’s recognition as some of the top players in the world,” said FC Indiana coach Shek Borkowski. “It is a great event for our players, for FC Indiana, and also for the Women’s Premier Soccer League and women’s soccer fans in Indiana.”
More information about FC Indiana can be found at


FC Indiana signs two top African players

Bayor and Okolo finalists for African Player of the Year.

Goshen, IN (February 9, 2006) FC Indiana, the reigning US Open Cup and Women’s Premier Soccer League (WPSL) national champions, and currently ranked #2 in the world by, announced the signing of two finalists for the 2005 African Player of the Year.
Adjoa Bayor of Ghana and Vera Okolo of Nigeria are two finalists for the 2005 African Player of the Year award given annually to Africa’s best female player.
Bayor, 26, was previously honored by the Confederation of African Football (CAF) as the continent's best player in 2003. She also was a finalist in 2004. Bayor, who has been a key member of ‘the Queens’ since 1997, was recognized for her outstanding contribution for the Queens during the 2003 Women’s World Cup in the United States.
The petite offensive midfielder was the shining star for Ghana and was voted the Budweiser Best Player in Ghana’s 2-1 victory over Australia in the final group match. Bayor has represented Ghana 59 times.
Okolo, nicknamed “Tiny Terror”, has represented Nigeria at the 2003 World Cup, the 2004 Olympics and the 2005 African Championships. At 21 years old, she is the youngest player ever to be nominated for the prestigious award.
“Bayor and Okolo are two excellent additions to our squad,” stated FC Indiana coach Shek Borkowski. “Both are experienced internationals, both are very technical and tactically savvy. I expect both to impact our club right away.”
More information about FC Indiana can be found at


Clubs form partnership

USA – Russia alliance will optimize opportunities.

Goshen, IN (January 30, 2006)
FC Indiana, the reigning US Open Cup and Women’s Premier Soccer League (WPSL) national champions, currently ranked #2 in the world by, and Spartak Moscow have agreed in principal to a five year, ‘player and team exchanges, marketing cooperation, and technical assistance’ agreement according to Spartak Moscow Women’s Football Director Oleg Mahmutov and FC Indiana Director of Coaching Shek Borkowski.
The official signing ceremony will take place in Moscow on February  21, 2006.
Officials from both clubs said they believe the partnership will have "unlimited potential," and added that the pairing will create competitive opportunities for youth and senior players, and create marketing opportunities for both organizations.
Shek Borkowski, said, “Russia is the largest country in Europe and it’s women’s soccer is experiencing unprecedented growth and improvement. Russia’s U-19 national team won the European Championship last year and Spartak has many of the players on it’s roster. The women’s game is entering a period of tremendous upward change world wide and in order for us to stay competitive, we must not get complacent.”
Oleg Mahmutov, Spartak Moscow, continued, “We are extremely excited about this partnership. This agreement will allow both clubs to maximize benefits and opportunities that can be realized through the establishment of a long-term relationship and which will go on to strengthen both of our clubs.”
All FC Indiana and Spartak Moscow teams will wear the same kits designed by a sponsor yet to be named.


FC Indiana add endurance coach

Petkov brings international training experience.

Goshen, IN (January 13, 2006) FC Indiana, the reigning US Open Cup and Women’s Premier Soccer League (WPSL) national champions, and currently ranked #2 in the world by, announced the addition of Kolayan Petkov as their endurance coach.
Petkov has a BA in Track/Cross Country Coaching and Physical Education Teaching (1996) degrees from National Sports Academy, Sofia, Bulgaria.
Petkov’ head coaching experience includes:
Track & Field Head Coach – Vasil Levsky Sports Club, Sofia, Bulgaria (2000-2003) where he trained seven top female athletes for the European, and World athletics competitions.
Petkov also served as assistant coach for TWR Sports Club, Johannesburg, South Africa (1998-2000).
As an athlete, Petkov was a ember of the National Bulgarian Athletics Team (1995-2002) where he was a 2-time National Short-Distance (4000m), Cross Country Champion (2001, 2002), and National Outdoor Champion (1,500m).
Petkov was also a 2-time participant in the European Cup (1,500m) (1998, 20001).
Petkov will be responsible for endurance training of all FC Indiana players beginning March 1, 2006.


FC Indiana adds two more internationals

Baidu and Amoah-Tetteh bring World Cup experience.

Goshen, IN (January 11, 2006) FC Indiana, the reigning US Open Cup and Women’s Premier Soccer League (WPSL) national champions, and currently ranked #2 in the world by, announced today the signing of two members of the Ghana 2003 FIFA Women's World Cup (WWC) team.  Elizabeth Baidu and Basilea Amoah-Tetteh,  will join FC Indiana this season after contributing significantly to a victorious performance for Ghana in the last WWC.

Ghana opened their FIFA Women's World Cup USA 2003 campaign with a courageous 1-0 loss to China and looked a much-improved side. Much of the cohesiveness and organization can be chalked up to the fine play of Elizabeth Baidu.  Baidu was named Player of the Match for handling the formidable Chinese attack featuring the likes of Sun Wen, Han Duan and Bai Jie for nearly 90 minutes.

Less than a week later, Ghana surprised Australia, which needed a victory to keep its hopes of advancing alive, by the score of 2-1.  The historic win was the first for Ghana in World Cup play, and elevated the status of African women's soccer internationally.
Both played previously for the Ghatel Women's FC in the Ghanaian Professional League.

“I am very impressed with their positional play and intelligent reading of the game, and both will bring some strength, speed and experience to our team,” stated FC Indiana coach Shek Borkowski. “I know that both Elizabeth and Basilea will be dedicated players and a great addition for us.”


FC Indiana U-17 girls will travel to Denmark

Super Clubs National Champions to represent USA.

Goshen, IN (January 10, 2006) FC Indiana U-17 girls team, the reigning 2005 Indiana State Champions and 2005 Super Clubs National Champions, will travel to Denmark this July to participate in a prestigious Football Festival.
Also participating will be Arsenal Ladies (England),  Hammerby IF, IF Brommapojkarna and Malmø FF (Sweden), Sola FK and Team Strømmen (Norway), Valur Reykjavik (Iceland) and Skovlunde IF and IK Skovbakken (DK) from Norway.
“Our U17 team is very strong and we feel that our girls will do our club proud in Denmark,” said FC Indiana Director of Coaching Shek Borkowski. “We expect our girls to be great ambassadors for our club both on and off the field.”


FC Indiana get Australia defender

Bazi represented Australia at the 2004 U-19 FIFA World Cup.

Goshen, IN (January 9, 2006) FC Indiana, the reigning US Open Cup and Women’s Premier Soccer League (WPSL) national champions, and currently ranked #2 in the world by, announced the signing of Australia defender Julia Bazi for the 2006 season.
Bazi, who comes to FC Indiana from the NSW Sapphires, played for Australia in the 2004 FIFA U-19 World Championship in Thailand.
More information about FC Indiana can be found at

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