- The Washington Times - Sunday, July 14, 2002

Washington Freedom coach Jim Gabarra, who will sit in the RFK Stadium press box today because of a one-game suspension, can only hope defender Carrie Moore has brushed up on her French.
That's because Moore will be asked to mark French striker Marinette Pichon, the WUSA's leading goal scorer, when the Freedom face the first-place Philadelphia Charge (9-1-3).
"C-Moore will match up with her they've got one threat," Gabarra said.
Pichon, who has 12 goals this season, is expected to be shadowed by the 5-foot-4 Moore. And the Charge's 4-5-1 alignment falls perfectly into the Freedom's game plan as long as Moore holds up her end of the bargain against Pichon.
The defensive tactic of having Moore mark the opposing team's best offensive player has served the Freedom (6-5-3) well lately. In the past two games both wins Moore has singlehandedly shut down two of the league's most dangerous scorers. On June 29, Moore held New York Power star Tiffeny Milbrett scoreless for 90 minutes. On July 3 at RFK, Moore stymied high-powered Charmaine Hooper of the Atlanta Beat and another scoreless game resulted for the opposition's undisputed star.
"We started [man marking] a couple games ago against New York, we decided if we shut down Millie then it would be easier for us to match up with the rest of their team," Moore said. "I enjoy it and I definitely like doing that. It's an assignment that you know you have and you can take it personally."
Moore, a Virginia native who played at William & Mary, was a seldom-used reserve last season when the Freedom went a disastrous 6-12-3. She started just two games appeared in seven and logged just 340 minutes.
This season, Moore has earned her spot and has become an integral part of the Freedom's four-player back line. She said she's not bitter about her experience last season. Moore didn't see her first minutes until the Freedom's 15th game, but she is realistic about the experience.
"It's a lot more fun playing than not," Moore said. "Last year, I didn't deserve to play. It was frustrating that I wasn't playing well, it wasn't frustrating that I wasn't playing because I couldn't say that I deserved to be on the field instead of somebody else."
Moore said she received a "kick in the pants" in the Freedom's third game of the season a heartbreaking 1-0 loss at Atlanta.
In that game, Hooper scored the game-winner with approximately 30 seconds left in injury time. On that goal, the ball was served toward Hooper in the box. Moore and Hooper met near the penalty spot, but indecision cost Moore she wanted to play the ball back to goalkeeper Siri Mullinix, but Mullinix didn't want the ball. When the ball bounced, Moore lost her footing as she tried to clear the ball, but Hooper slipped past her and beat Mullinix to the right post for the game winner.
"We've learned that just because you play well, you're not going to win," Moore said. "Now, we're fighting and doing everything we can to win, even if it means not putting on a pretty show."
However, today Gabarra will miss the show and assistants Dave Vanole and Clyde Watson will run the team for him. Gabarra, who was ejected for berating the fourth official in the Freedom's last game, is allowed in RFK but he is not allowed to have any contact with his team during the game.
This game weighs heavier on the Freedom than the Charge. Washington, which has won four of its last five games, is in third place and in line for a playoff spot with seven games to go. There is added importance because Sunday in San Jose, the Freedom will be without forwards Mia Hamm (four goals and one assist) and Abby Wambach (six goals and five assists) the club's top two goal scorers because of U.S. national team duty.

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