After a thrilling 4-3 victory over Iceland in the first match of the tour last Saturday that included a last-second game-winning goal by Heather Mitts, the USA wasted no time asserting itself, scoring just 85 seconds into the game. Wambach collected a poor Iceland clearance on the left flank, dribbled past Gudlaug Jonsdottir and chipped a cross into the middle where Parlow, with her back to the goal, somehow flicked the ball with her right foot as she spun towards the net and sent it past Iceland goalkeeper Thora Helgasdottir from eight yards.
"She was standing on her left peg with her back to the goal and she flicked the ball somehow into the net," said Wambach. "It was a phenomenal goal. That's my goal of the year right now."
With the goal, Parlow became the fifth player in U.S. history to score 70 or more goals in her career, joining Mia Hamm, Michelle Akers, Tiffeny Milbrett and Kristine Lilly. She was also named the Chevrolet Player of the Game.
Parlow returned the favor 15 minutes later, sending a long ball down the right side to the sprinting Wambach, who held off a defender on the outside as she popped the ball over the head of a closing defender into the middle of the field and then crushed a left-footed half-volley from 20 yards out over the head of Helgadottir to make it 2-0.
It was Wambach's team-leading 21st goal of the year, tying Tiffeny Milbrett for the second most goals in a calendar year in the history of the U.S. Women's National Team behind Michelle Akers (39 in 1991). She now has 35 for her career.
"Right now, it's not necessarily about winning, although it's always nice," said Wambach. "We always want to play well and entertain the fans and keep soccer growing in this country, and going around the country on this tour is a great way of doing that."
Iceland's offense consisted mostly of booming kicks from Helgadottir that flew upwards of 70 yards into the U.S. penalty area, some busy running from Margret Vidarsdottir and several long-range blasts that didn't trouble Scurry. Substitute goalkeeper Kristin Luckenbill made the only U.S. save of the night in the second half.
The U.S. had numerous solid chances during the match, but several shots went right at Helgadottir, and several others flew over the crossbar as the Americans out-shot Iceland, 15-8 for the match.
The USA added a final goal in the 61st minute after Angela Hucles sent a skipping pass through the penalty area and it rolled to Kristine Lilly in the left side of the box. Lilly took the chance first-time, and cracked her left-footed shot off the underside of the crossbar and into the upper right corner for the 99th goal of her international career. With one more score, Lilly will join just four other players - Mia Hamm, Michelle Akers and two Italian women - as the only players in the history of international soccer to score 100 times for their country.
With the win the USA moves to 22-1-3 on the year and within five wins of breaking the record for most victories in a calendar year for the U.S. women, which is 26 set in 2000. The U.S. team has eight matches remaining on the "Fan Appreciation Tour."
The U.S. women continue the "Fan Appreciation Tour" next Sunday, Oct. 3, in at PGE Park in Portland, Ore., as the USA faces New Zealand at PGE Park (5 p.m. PT) where the fans will have a chance to witness soccer history should Lilly score. The U.S. team played tonight without Mia Hamm, who had a prior commitment, but the world's leading scorer will return for the match against New Zealand as the USA returns to the site of its last domestic loss, which occurred during at the semifinal match at the 2003 Women's World Cup.
For each ticket purchased during the 10-game U.S. Women's National Team "Fan Celebration Tour" of cities throughout the country, NikeGO will donate $1 of Nike soccer product to support the increase of girls soccer participation in each city. NikeGO is a grassroots community outreach program designed to achieve NIKE's overarching corporate goal of promoting youth health and fitness through sport.
The recipient of the NikeGO donation in Pittsburgh is the Department of Parks & Recreation and their Big League Sports program.
U.S. WOMEN'S NATIONAL TEAM GAME REPORT
Match-up: USA vs. Iceland
Competition: International Friendly
Venue: Heinz Field; Pittsburgh, Pa.
Date: Sept. 29, 2004; Kickoff - 7:30 p.m. ET
Weather: Cool, cloudy - 64 degrees
1 2 F
USA 2 1 3
ISL 0 0 0
USA - Cindy Parlow (Abby Wambach) 2nd minute.
USA - Abby Wambach (Cindy Parlow) 18.
USA - Kristine Lilly (Angela Hucles) 61.
USA: 1-Briana Scurry (18-Kristin Luckenbill, 46); 3-Christie Rampone, 4-Cat Reddick, 6-Brandi Chastain, 15-Kate Markgraf (2-Heather Mitts, 46); 10-Aly Wagner (8-Angela Hucles, 46), 7-Shannon Boxx, 11-Julie Foudy - Capt. (21-Tiffany Roberts, 65), 13-Kristine Lilly; 12-Cindy Parlow, 20-Abby Wambach (19-Shannon MacMillan, 72).
Subs not used: 14-Joy Fawcett.
Head Coach: April Heinrichs.
ISL: 1-Thora Helgadóttir (12-Maria Agustsdóttir, 87); 3-Olga Faerseth, 4-Edda Gardarsdóttir, 6-Laufey Olafsdóttir (13-Dora Stefansdóttir, 55; 18-Pala Einarsdóttir, 85), 15-Dora Larusdóttir (7-Holfridur Magnusdóttir, 58), 8-Erla Hendriksdóttir (Capt.), 9-Margret Vidarsdóttir (17-Nina Kristinsdóttir, 76), 10-Iris Andresdóttir (5-Malfridur Sigurdardóttir, 56), 11-Gudlaug Jonsdóttir, 16-Erla Arnarsdóttir, 14-Asta Arnadóttir.
Subs Not Used: 2-Asta Thordardóttir.
Head Coach: Helena Olafsdóttir.
Shots on Goal: 6/1
Corner Kicks: 6/2
ISL - Edda Gardarsdottir (caution) 88th minute.
Referee: Riabel Trujillo (Peru)
Assistant Referee #1: Karalee Sutton (USA)
Assistant Referee #2: Martha Sinclair (USA)
Fourth Official: Deborah Coleman (USA)
Chevrolet Player of the Game: Cindy Parlow
2004 U.S. WNT "Fan Celebration Tour" Results / Schedule
# Date Result Venue City
1 Sat., Sept. 25 USA 4, Iceland 3 Frontier Field Rochester, N.Y.
2 Wed., Sept. 29 USA 2, Iceland 0 Heinz Field Pittsburgh, Pa.
3 Sun., Oct. 3 USA vs. New Zealand PGE Park Portland, Ore. 5 p.m. PT
4 Sun., Oct. 10 USA vs. New Zealand Paul Brown Stadium Cincinnati, Ohio 4 p.m. ET
5 Sat., Oct. 16 USA vs. Mexico Arrowhead Stadium Kansas City, Mo. 5 p.m. CT
6 Wed., Oct. 20 USA vs. Ireland Soldier Field Chicago, Ill. 7:30 p.m. CT
7 Sat., Oct. 23 USA vs. Ireland Reliant Stadium Houston, Texas 7 p.m. CT
8 Wed., Nov. 3 USA vs. Denmark Giants Stadium East Rutherford, N.J. 7:30 p.m. CT
9 Sat., Nov. 6 USA vs. Denmark Lincoln Financial Field Philadelphia, Pa. 4 p.m. ET
10 TBD TBD TBD TBD TBD