Foudy will be game-time decision

Updated: August 25, 2004, 9:19 AM ET
Associated Press

ATHENS, Greece -- U.S. soccer captain Julie Foudy's sprained ankle showed signs of improvement Wednesday, though she remains a game-time decision for Thursday's gold medal game against Brazil.

"Julie's doing better,'' coach April Heinrichs said. "We're real excited to see her walking.''

Heinrichs said Foudy no longer needed the crutches she'd been using since she was injured in the second half of Monday night's overtime win over Germany in the semifinals.

Asked about Foudy's chances of playing, Heinrichs sighed heavily and paused before answering.

"I don't know. It's a very physical game,'' Heinrichs said. "It's just hard to tell right now. She's walking. She's encouraged. She's optimistic, as she is as a person and should be as an athlete who wants to play in this game. We'll make the call tomorrow, much closer to the game.''

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