U.S. player pool
Quick Take: The 5-foot-11 striker is a key to the U.S.'s offensive success. Equally adept at holding the ball on the forward line or running at defenders, she battles for all air balls and is deadly in the penalty box. With Hamm and Milbrett's slashing runs in the offensive third, Parlow's ability to combine with them gives the Americans a combination of speed and power up front. She leads the team in scoring this year with a personal-best goals scored. Her four hat tricks this year is one short of a U.S. record held by Michelle Akers and she is one of the best in the world at heading on goal. Tremendously strong, she dishes out as much punishment as she takes on the forward line, which is a lot in either case. The youngest player on the '96 Olympic Team, Parlow has proven herself dangerous as a starter or coming off the bench, depending on the USA's system.
U.S. National Team: Youngest player ever to win both an Olympic gold medal and a Women's World Cup title, she is already among the top 10 goal scorers in U.S. Women's National Team history ... 1999: Started all six games for the USA in the 1999 Women's World Cup, scoring two goals with two assists, including the first goal against Brazil in the semifinal ... Emerged as a starter for the USA in March of '99 after finally overcoming a nagging hamstring injury ... Played in 25 games in 1999, scoring nine goals with 10 assists, the most prolific scoring year of her four-year international career ... Also scored in the USA's 7-1 win over Nigeria in Women's World Cup first-round play on a diving header ... 1998: Saw limited action for the USA in 1998 due to senior year commitments to North Carolina, but played in 13 games, starting seven, and scored goals against world powers Norway and Germany ... A member of the Goodwill Games gold medal winning team during the summer of 1998 ... Won the first-ever Chevrolet Youth Female Athlete of the Year in 1998 ... 1997: Scored the winning goal in the championship game of U.S. Women's Cup '97, heading in a cross from Kristine Lilly in the 2-0 win over Italy ... Pre-1996: The youngest member of the gold medal winning team at the 1996 Olympics ... Scored twice in her full U.S. National Team debut against Russia on Jan. 14, 1996, in Campinas, Brazil ... First trained with the U.S. Women's National Team in March 1995 ... Youth National Teams: Played with the U.S. Under-20 National Team at the 1997 Nordic Cup championship in Denmark in 1997, scoring twice in the tournament to lead the USA to the championship ... Also played for the U.S. Under-21s at the Nordic Cup in Holland in the summer of 1998, leading the team in scoring with two goals ... Was also a member of the U-16 National Team pool ... The tallest player on the national team at 5-foot-11 along with Danielle Fotopoulos ... First Appearance: Jan. 14, 1996 vs. Russia ... First Goal: Jan. 14, 1996 vs. Russia.
College/High School: The consensus top player in college soccer in 1998, she won both the Hermann Trophy and the MAC Player of the Year Award, joining Mia Hamm as the only two-time winner of both awards ... Also won the Hermann and MAC after her junior year ... Helped UNC to an undefeated regular season and to the NCAA championship game in 1998, leading the team in scoring with 21 goals and 11 assists ... Led UNC in game-winning goals with seven and was named 1998 ACC Player of the Year ... Named a First-Team NSCAA All-American for the fourth time (1995, '96, '97 and '98) ... As a junior, she helped UNC to the 1997 NCAA championship, scoring 13 goals with 18 assists ... Scored winning goal in NCAA championship game ... A First-Team All-ACC selection in 1996, '97 and '98 and the MVP of the ACC Tournament in 1997 ... Named to the NCAA All-Tournament Team all four years ... Overcame early-season injuries to lead North Carolina to the 1996 NCAA championship as a sophomore ... Scored 15 goals and had 11 assists for 41 points and was a finalist for the 1996 Hermann Trophy and MAC Award ... Was the Soccer America Freshman of the Year in 1995 ... Voted All-ACC and ACC Rookie of the Year as a freshman ... Had 17 goals and 12 assists in her freshman year at UNC ... Ended her career for the Tar Heels with 68 goals and 53 assists in 103 games ... Entered the University of North Carolina after completing high school in three years ... The 1994 Tennessee High School Player of the Year ... Was a three-time all-region and all-state selection at Germantown High, and also was honored as MVP of state and regional tournaments ... One of only two players in Tennessee prep history to score more than 100 goals in a career (105 in just three seasons) and is the all-time state leader in assists with 83 ... Also a two-time high school All-American ... Named school MVP in basketball as a freshman.
Club: Memphis Football Club won the state championship from 1990-1995 and finished second in the nation at the U-17 level in 1995 ... Her club won regional championships in 1992 and 1995 ... Was named MVP at the 1995 Under-17 U.S. Youth Soccer national tournament.
Personal: Full name is Cynthia Marie Parlow, and her nickname around the team is "CP" ... A member of the ACC Academic Honor Roll from 1996-1998 ... Enjoys golf and rollerblading ... Grew up playing soccer against her three brothers, two older and one younger ... Active in volunteer work with children at pre-school for underprivileged kids in the Chapel Hill area ... Had a 4.0 GPA in high school and ranked in the top five percent in her class ... Majoring in nutrition at UNC.