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Scurry: Attention Has Been Great

July 16, 1999

BURBANK, Calif. (AP) _ Goalie Briana Scurry says the attention she’s received since her stellar performance in the Women’s World Cup victory over China has been great, and she said she’s not a victim of racism.

In an interview before her ``Tonight Show″ appearance Thursday, Scurry said she signed a lucrative endorsement deal with Pepsi.

Scurry, a 1990 graduate of Anoka High School, grew up the youngest of nine children in Dayton, Minn., 20 miles northwest of Minneapolis.

She has heard people complaining she did not get enough credit for her overtime shutout last weekend against China in the World Cup title game.

``I know some people are saying the camera wasn’t on me enough during the game,″ she said in her NBC dressing room. ``But I watched a tape today, and I had the camera on me tons. Goalies never get too much notice on highly offensive teams.″

``The last week has been hectic but great,″ she said. ``Actually, I’m getting a lot of attention. Pepsi has all kinds of things planned for me. I’ve been on the ‘Today Show,’ the ‘Tonight Show,’ ‘Good Morning America,’ you name it.″

The team plans to visit the White House and President Clinton on Monday.

Robbie Scurry, the goalkeeper’s mother, on Wednesday joined those complaining that her daughter is being kept out of the post-World Cup limelight because she is black.

``My mom is a little biased in that sense,″ said Scurry. ``She probably never thinks I get enough attention.″

Scurry, 27, also said she has an idea for her next career: she wants to play in the WNBA.

Scurry was an all-state basketball player at Anoka but opted to play soccer at the University of Massachusetts.

``I hope to change my focus in sports because basketball is the sport I love more than anything else,″ she said.

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