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12-year veteran felt stifled under Heinrichs

Updated: June 20, 2004, 9:51 PM ET
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The U.S. national women's soccer team has known for months that it would play for Olympic gold without outspoken and energetic Tiffeny Milbrett.

This week, the reasons why became clearer as Milbrett talked with The Associated Press about quitting the team last fall.

The forward said she craved creativity and freedom on the field and off, and decided she could no longer play for coach April Heinrichs.

"I'm an adult. I'm 31 years old," Milbrett said in an interview from her ...

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