Tiffeny Milbrett set to join Chelsea

February 13, 2006

LONDON -- American Tiffeny Milbrett is set to join the Chelsea Ladies FC.

The 35-year-old Milbrett, who won the 1999 World Cup and Olympic gold in 1996 with the U.S. team, has scored 100 goals in 204 international appearances.

Christine Sinclair of Canada also signed to play for Chelsea in the FA Women's Premier League.

Chelsea director of communications Simon Greenberg said the club is waiting for work permits for the pair.

"If we can't get the necessary approvals for this season, we will be looking at next season," Greenberg said Monday. "This is not just about bringing them in (for) the short term."

Chelsea Ladies is next-to-last in the league. With only two games left, the team is headed for a relegation playoff. The league will expand from 10 teams to 12 next year.

Milbrett and Sinclair play for the Vancouver Whitecaps, but their Premier League commitments won't clash.


Copyright 2006 by The Associated Press