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Lorrie Fair

Personal information
Full nameLorraine Ming Fair
Place of birthLos Altos, California, USA
Height1.62 m (5 ft 3 in)
Playing positionMidfielder

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Lorraine Ming "Lorrie" Fair (born August 5, 1978) was a member of the United States national soccer team. She most recently played for Chelsea in the FA Women's Premier League.

Her twin sister, Veronica (Ronnie) Ching Fair, was also a member of the national team, and when Ronnie was called in to participate in a game against England on May 9, 1997 at San Jose, California, it became the first time a pair of sisters played together in the Women's National Team.

Lorrie and Ronnie both participated on Los Altos High School's female soccer team in Los Altos, California, where they grew up. They were born at Stanford Hospital, but moved to New York for three years before returning to the Bay Area in 1982. While Ronnie chose Stanford to go to college, Lorrie decided on the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill instead, but not before being a two time NSCAA all-American and Parade magazine all-American. At UNC, she was picked as one of Soccer Americas freshmen of the year, and she helped lead UNC to the 1996 NCAA championship.

She joined the Under 20 national team in 1994, playing, among other events, in the Nordic Cup. In 1995, she was a member of the West Team at the US Olympic Festival, and she started practicing for the National team. She impressed so much during practice that she was named an alternate for the 1996 Atlanta Olympic Games team that won the Gold.

Fair had made her senior international debut against Norway in February 1996. In March 1998 she scored her first international goal against New Zealand at RFK Stadium.

In 1999, Fair helped take the team to that year's FIFA Women's World Cup.

Lorrie, Ronnie and their brother all got their start and played for many years in AYSO 43.

On February 1, 2008, it was announced that Fair had signed for Chelsea Ladies as a player, for whom she had been working solely as an ambassador up to that point. Fair vowed to continue her work with the club at grass roots level. The move was significant as she became the first American international to sign for a club in the Women's Premier League. Fair suffered a serious cruciate ligament injury in May 2008, which ruled her out of the following season.

Since 2008, Fair has worked with several projects, such as Charlize Theron's Africa Outreach Project and her own Kickabout Africa 2010 project, to promote development efforts in Africa.




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