Hamm Ties World Record for International Goals with Number 107; Chastain Adds Pair of Goals as USA Downs Holland, 3-0
Hamm almost took care of business two minutes into the game, but her header off a cross from Brandi Chastain flew just over the crossbar. Chastain played a splendid match all over the field, starting the game at defender before moving into the midfield and registering her first multiple-goal game since scoring the first five goals of her career against Mexico in 1991.
Both of Chastain's goals came from set plays. She scored her first in the 14th minute after Tiffeny Milbrett was taken down hard in the right corner. Milbrett spun the free-kick into middle and Chastain got a piece of the ball, but the shot was deflected by a Dutch defender. Chastain pounced on her own rebound and blasted the ball off Dutch goalkeeper Martine van Pelt's hands and into the roof of the net from five yards out.
Holland came close to tying the game in the 19th minute as Sabine van Eijk made the most of one of her team's two shots, hitting the crossbar on a brilliant overhead volley. Holland would take just one more shot in the game as U.S. goalkeeper Briana Scurry picked up her seventh shutout of the year and 49th of her career.
Hamm got historic number 107 in the 53rd minute after receiving a short pass from Cindy Parlow at the top of the penalty box. Hamm, dribbling to her left, rode off a Dutch tackle and faked her shot once before stroking her left-footed bullet off the underside of the crossbar and down into the net from 16 yards out.
The goal tied Hamm atop the world's all-time goal scoring list with long-retired Italian legend Elisabetta Vignotto. With one more score, Hamm will sit alone as the most prolific goal scorer in the history of international soccer, men or women.
"Whenever the record goal comes, it will be special," said Hamm. "But as I've said for the last couple weeks, I want it to come in a winning cause. If I score on next weekend against Brazil, that would be wonderful, but if it comes in the World Cup and we win, that'll be great too."
Chastain's second goal came on a spectacular header in the 81st minute as she skied above two Dutch defenders to punch home Hamm's free-kick cross from the right wing. The two goals upped Chastain's career total to 20.
"I'm very excited about how Brandi is going after it this year," said U.S. Head Coach Tony DiCicco. "She is really picking up her game and has a good nose for the goal. Her versatility is a great benefit to the team."
The match was marked by rugged play from the Dutch, which earned them five yellow cards. The U.S. shook off the physical play, much of which was directed at Hamm, to outshoot Holland 26-2 and move to 12-2-1 on the year with three matches remaining before beginning Women's World Cup play on June 19.
Chastain almost picked up the hat trick in the 90th minute, but her header glanced off the crossbar. Hamm had two chances to get her 108th goal, the first coming just one minute after she scored, but she didn't get all of her left-footed volley and it rolled wide left. She had golden opportunity in the 59th minute as Michelle Akers touched a ball back to her in the penalty box, but Hamm's driven shot flew over the goal.
"This match was great training for the World Cup," said Chastain. "We don't know what we will face in Nigeria and North Korea, but if they bunker and play defense, we'll know how to solve it and hopefully we can put in a few more set plays."
The USA returns to its Orlando, Fla. training camp tomorrow, will have Tuesday off and then resumes training on Wednesday. Hamm will get her next chance to break the record on Sat., May 22, as the USA takes on Women's World Cup favorite Brazil at the Citrus Bowl in Orlando, Fla. (Kickoff at 7:30 p.m. ET -- LIVE on espn2).
Following the Brazil match, the U.S. team will take a week off before traveling to the West Coast on June 1 to prepare for two matches in Portland, Ore. The USA will play a closed-door match against Australia on June 3 at the NIKE Campus in Beaverton, Ore. and the June 6th "Send-Off Game" against Canada at Civic Stadium (Kickoff is 11 a.m. PT Live on ABC).
1999 U.S. WOMEN'S NATIONAL TEAM GAME REPORT
|Participants:||United States National Team vs. Holland National Team|
|Competition:||NIKE Road to Pasadena / International Friendly|
|Venue:||Soldier Field (Chicago, Ill.)|
|Date:||May 16, 1999; Kickoff 1:00 p.m. CT|
|Weather:||Warm, breezy, overcast - 72 degrees|
USA - Brandi Chastain, (unassisted), 14,
USA - Mia Hamm, (Cindy Parlow), 53,
USA - Brandi Chastain, (Mia Hamm), 81.
USA - 1-Briana Scurry, 4-Carla Overbeck, 20-Kate Sobrero (3-Christie Pearce, 61st), 6-Brandi Chastain, 14-Joy Fawcett, 10-Michelle Akers (2-Lorrie Fair, 61st), 11-Julie Foudy (5-Tiffany Roberts, 75th), 13-Kristine Lilly, 12-Cindy Parlow (22-Danielle Fotopolous, 81st), 16-Tiffeny Milbrett (8-Shannon MacMillan, 56th), 9-Mia Hamm.
HOL - 1-Martine van Pelt, 2-Liesbeth Migchelsen, 3-Sandra van Tol, 4-Daphne Koster, 5-Cindy Burger, 6-Gilanne Louwaars, 8-Sarina Wiegman (12-Willemijn Lodder, 74th), 9-Lisan Goudena (17-Jessica Torny, 80th), 10-Annemieke Griffioen, 11-Shirley Smith, 13-Miranda Noom (18-Minke van der Waals, 69th).
|Cindy Burger (caution)||16,|
|Sarina Wiegman (caution)||25,|
|Sandra van Tol (caution)||27,|
|Liesbeth Migchelsen (caution)||82,|
|Sabine Van Eijk (caution)||83.|