World Cup co-captain Overbeck kicks it around with Md. fans

Victorious U.S. team player visits Baltimore County

July 23, 1999|By Kendra Powell | Kendra Powell,CONTRIBUTING WRITER

Armed with cameras, soccer balls, T-shirts, magazines and even socks, children and adults lined up outside of TSI Soccer in Timonium yesterday for an autograph session with Carla Overbeck, the 1999 co-captain of the champion U.S. Women's World Cup team.

The session, along with a soccer clinic sponsored by Fila, completed her part in a weeklong promotional tour.

During a two-hour period yesterday, Overbeck signed more than 200 autographs and posed for more than 50 pictures with fans, while exchanging friendly conversation and words of thanks.

"It was so exciting to meet Carla Overbeck," said an elementary-school-age girl. "I never thought I'd actually have the chance to meet her in person, but I did, and it was one of the best days of my life."

A soccer clinic was held in mid-afternoon on a field at Fila corporate headquarters in Sparks. More than 100 children gathered to learn from the champion defender. Groups of 30 encircled Overbeck as she demonstrated fundamental soccer moves. Then her diligent pupils made use of the maneuvers, such as headers and ball touches, in one-on-one drills.

At the end of the clinic, a smiling Overbeck spent an additional hour sitting at a table in the middle of the field signing more autographs.

There are endless opportunities for young athletes today, Overbeck said. "If you put your mind to it and make the commitment to be the best, it will happen," Overbeck told the youngsters.

Overbeck began her promotional tour this past weekend with a trip to the White House, two trips to Cape Canaveral and an appearance on the "Late Show with David Letterman."

She headed home last night to Dallas, where she planned to spend time with her 2-year-old son and husband.

Pub Date: 7/23/99

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