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Tiffeny Milbrett Just Two Goals Short of Reaching "Century Club"


CHICAGO (Wednesday, September 17, 2003) – U.S. Women’s National Team forward Tiffeny Milbrett is just two goals away from becoming the fifth player in the history of soccer to score 100 international goals.  Milbrett, who debuted for the USA in 1991, has 98 career goals and with just two more would join Mia Hamm (142 goals), Elisabetta Vignotto (107), Michelle Akers (105) and Carolina Morace (105) in one of international soccer’s most exclusive clubs.

Known as “Millie” to friends and teammates, the 5’2” striker is the fifth all-time scorer in the history of the world, behind the four players already in the “Century Club.”

Milbrett’s play on the field has long belied her size, and her darting, slashing dribbling style has made her not only one of the most exciting players in the world to watch, but also a fan favorite with thousands of young girls across the country.

Milbrett, 30, who hails from the small town of Hillsboro, Oregon, rose from a humble upbringing to become one of the greatest strikers in women’s soccer history.  She played in only 20 matches from 1991-94, starting just nine and scored four goals in that time span, before bursting onto the international scene at the 1995 FIFA Women’s World Cup in Sweden.

Then a reserve forward, Milbrett came off the bench in the first match of the tournament against China after Michelle Akers was felled by injury just minutes into the opening game.  She scored in that 3-3 draw with China, and added two more goals in the tournament to tie for the team’s leading scorer, beginning her run as one of the top performers in U.S. world championship history.

In the 1996 Olympics, Milbrett scored twice as a starter, including one of the biggest goals in U.S. Soccer history: the winning strike in the gold medal match.  At the 1999 Women’s World Cup, she again tied for the team lead in scoring, knocking in three goals, including a key score in the 3-2 quarterfinal win over Germany.

In the 2000 Olympics, her three goals once again led the team, two of them coming in the gold medal match against Norway, including a spectacular equalizer in stoppage time of the second half that was one of the most dramatic goals in U.S. history.  Her three goals in world championship finals are a U.S. record.

While Milbrett’s scoring has distinguished her on the international stage, her ability to create goals has also been impressive.  With 61 career assists, she is third on the all-time U.S. list and holds the U.S. record with five assists in a match, coming on June 5, 1997, against Australia.  Mia Hamm is the all-time leader with 116 career assists, many of them to Milbrett.  In fact, Milbrett earned her 100th cap in the same match that Hamm scored her 100th goal, a 4-0 win over Russia on Sept. 18, 1998, in Rochester, N.Y.  In that match both Milbrett and Hamm scored twice, with the two forwards assisting on each other’s goals.

Two of the more notable stats of Milbrett’s career include scoring in every match she has played for the USA in her hometown of Portland, Ore., tallying in all six matches, and the USA’s amazing record of 90-4-4 in games in which Milbrett scores.  Three of those losses were to Norway, the first coming when she scored her first ever goal on Aug. 16, 1992, and another in the 2000 Olympic Final where she scored twice.  In addition, from 1995 to 1999, she increased her point total every year, and even when she did not in 2000, the final year before the WUSA started, she still had 15 goals and nine assists.

BREAKDOWN BY COUNTRIES THAT MILBRETT HAS SCORED AGAINST:
Canada             17
Norway             9
Brazil                 8
Germany            6
Argentina           5
Japan                 5
Panama              5
Russia                5
Sweden             4
Australia            3
China                3
Denmark           3
Finland              3
South Korea      3
England             2
Ireland              2
Mexico              2
Nigeria              2
Portugal            2
T & T                2
Ukraine             2
France              1
Holland             1
Iceland              1
Jamaica             1
New Zealand    1
 
MILBRETT’S STATISTICS BY YEAR

 Year    GP/GS    MIN    G     A     Pts
1991       1/0         24       0      0      0
1992       2/2        142      1      0      2
1993       9/4        497      1      1      3
1994       8/3        301      2      1      5
1995     21/10    1,083     8      4      20
1996     24/19    1,531     13    3      29
1997     17/17    1,378     8     14     30
1998     20/19    1,371     14    9      37
1999     27/26    2,095     21   12     54
2000     35/32    2,620     15    9      29
2001       5/4        391      3      1      7
2002     12/11      913      9      6      24
2003       9/5        430      3      1      7
Total    190/152 12,776  98    61    257

MILBRETT’S GOAL BREAKDOWN

Two-goal Games:            10
Three-goal Games:           2
Four-goal Games:            1
Five-goal Games:             1
U.S. States Scored In:      23 
Goals as a Substitute:       14 
Goals as a Starter:            84 
Countries Scored In:        9 
Goals Scored in USA:      69
Goals Scored Abroad:     29
 
MILBRETT’S GOALS BY MONTH  
  
Jan:        7   
Feb:       2
March:   10   
April:     11
May:     15
June:     14
July:       9
Aug:      6 
Sept:     11
Oct:      5
Nov:     7
Dec:     1
 
MILBRETT’S TOURNAMENT GOALS
Goals in Women's World Cup:  6
Goals in Olympics:  5
Goals in Goodwill Games:  1
Goals in Algarve Cup:  6
Goals in CONCACAF Qualifying:  8
Goals in Nike U.S. Women's Cup:  11
 
ALL-TIME INT’L GOAL SCORERS
         as of Sept. 17, 2003    ® = Retired
No.    Player                         Goals    Country
1       Mia Hamm                    142      USA
2       Elisabetta Vignotto®     107       Italy   
3       Carolina Morace®        105       Italy
         Michelle Akers®          105       USA
5       Tiffeny Milbrett               98       USA
6       Kristine Lilly                   91       USA
7       Heidi Mohr®                  83       Germany
8T     Lena Videkull®              71       Sweden
8T     Pia Sundhage®              71        Sweden
9       Julie Fleeting                  68         Scotland

MILLIE’S ROAD TO 100
Date                    Goal #   Opponent    Score    Venue                       The Skinny

Aug. 16, 1992        1        Norway       2-4 L    New Britain, Conn.     First career goal
June 12, 1993        2        Canada        7-0 W    Cincinnati, Ohio         Scores as sub for Gabarra
Mar. 16, 1994         3        Portugal       5-0 W    Silves, Portugal         First goal abroad at Algarve Cup
Aug. 19, 1994        4        Jamaica       10-0 W    Montreal, Canada    1995 World Cup Qualifying
Mar. 16, 1995        5        Portugal       3-0 W    Portimao, Portugal     Another goal at Algarve Cup
April 12, 1995        6        Canada       5-0 W    St. Maur, France       Another goal as sub for Gabarra
May 14, 1995        7        Brazil           4-1 W    Portland, Oregon      Scores first time in hometown
May 19, 1995        8        Canada        9-1 W    Dallas, Texas              Goal in another rout of Canada
May 22, 1995        9        Canada        2-1 W    Edmonton, Canada   Scores in third consecutive game
June 6, 1995        10        China           3-3 T    Gavle, Sweden            First-ever World Cup goal
June 8, 1995        11        Denmark      2-0 W    Gavle, Sweden        Scores in fifth consecutive game
June 13, 1995        12      Japan          4-0 W    Gavle, Sweden          Third goal of 1995 World Cup
Jan. 14, 1996        13       Russia         8-1 W    Campinas, Brazil        First goal in South America
Jan. 16, 1996        14       Brazil    3-2 W    Campinas, Brazil            Another goal as sub for Gabarra   
Jan. 18, 1996        15       Ukraine    6-0 W    Campinas, Brazil        Another goal off the bench
Jan. 20, 1996        16       Brazil    1-1 T    Campinas, Brazil            Scores in all four games of tourney
Feb. 2, 1996        17        Norway    3-2 W    Tampa, Fla.                Scores in fifth straight game
Feb. 17, 1996       18        Sweden    3-0 W    Houston, Tex.            Second ever goal in Texas
Mar. 14, 1996    19, 20    Germany    6-0 W    Decatur, Ga.            First-ever multiple goal game
Mar. 16, 1996    21          Germany    2-0 W    Davidson, N.C.        Foreshadows success vs. Germany
April 28, 1996    22         France    8-2 W    Indianapolis, Ind.        Portland native tallies in pouring rain
May 12, 1996    23         Canada    6-0 W    Worcester, Mass.     First goal in Nike U.S. Women’s Cup
July 21, 1996    24          Denmark    3-0 W    Orlando, Fla.            Scores in Olympic opener
Aug. 1, 1996    25          China    2-1 W    Athens, Ga.                    Winner in Olympic gold medal match
Mar. 5, 1997    26          Australia    3-0 W    Canberra, Australia    USA 3-game sweep of Matildas
May 2, 1997    27, 28    South Korea    7-0 W    Milwaukee, Wis.    Gets brace on water-logged pitch
May 11, 1997    29        England    6-0 W    Portland, Ore.                Once again scores in hometown
May 31, 1997    30        Canada    4-0 W    New Britain, Conn.        Nike U.S. Women’s Cup
June 5, 1997    31          Australia    9-1 W    Ambler, Pa.                Gets goal, and record five assists
Oct. 12, 1997    32        Germany    3-0 W    Salzgitter, Germany USA avenges loss three days before
Oct. 30, 1997    33        Sweden    3-1 W    Chattanooga, Tenn.    First and only goal in Tennessee
Jan. 18, 1998    34         Sweden    3-0 W    Guangzhou, China    Scores at 1991 WWC Final stadium
April 24, 1998    35, 36, 37    Argentina    8-1 W    Fullerton, Calif.    First of four career hat tricks
April 26, 1998    38, 39     Argentina    7-0 W    San Jose, Calif.        Millie doesn’t cry for Argentina
May 8, 1998    40             Iceland    6-0 W    Indianapolis, Ind.   Goal makes five scores in three games
May 30, 1998    41           New Zealand    5-0 W    Washington, D.C.   Doubleheader with men
July 25, 1998    42            Denmark    5-0 W    Long Island, N.Y.        Goal in Goodwill Games
Aug. 2, 1998    43            Canada    4-0 W    Orlando, Fla.                Second goal at the Citrus Bowl
Sept. 12, 1998    44           Mexico    9-0 W    Foxboro, Mass.        Nike U.S. Women’s Cup
Sept. 18, 1998    45, 46     Russia    4-0 W    Rochester, N.Y.            100th cap for Milbrett
Dec. 20, 1998    47           Ukraine    5-0 W    Fresno, Calif.            Freezing temps don’t stop Milbrett
Mar. 14, 1999    48           Sweden    1-1 T    Silves, Portugal            Opens Algarve Cup with big goal
Mar. 16, 1999    49, 50     Finland    4-0 W    Quarteira, Portugal       Halfway to 100 at Algarve Cup
Mar. 20, 1999    51           Norway    1-2 L    Loule, Portugal    Ends 42-game unbeaten when scoring  
Apr. 29, 1999    52, 53, 54, 55    Japan    9-0 W    Charlotte, N.C.    First four-goal game in rain
May 13, 1999    56        Holland    5-0 W    Milwaukee, Wis.            Goals makes three in Milwaukee
May 22, 1999    57        Brazil    3-0 W    Orlando, Fla.                    Hamm breaks world scoring record
June 3, 1999    58          Australia    4-2 W    Portland, Ore.         Keeps hometown scoring streak alive
June 6, 1999    59          Canada    4-2 W    Portland, Ore.                Send-off game to 1999 WWC
June 24, 1999    60, 61   Nigeria    7-1 W    Chicago, Ill.                    Two goals at electric Soldier Field
July 1, 1999    62            Germany    3-2 W    Landover, Md.            Huge goal in WWC quarterfinal win
Sept. 4, 1999    63, 64    Ireland    5-0 W    Foxboro, Mass.    Tour starts with 7th 2-goal game   
Sept. 26, 1999    65, 66   Brazil    6-0 W    Denver, Colo.            Warm-up for Nike U.S. Women’s Cup
Oct. 3, 1999    67           South Korea    5-0 W    Columbus, Ohio    First-ever game at Crew Stadium
Oct. 7, 1999    68           Finland    6-0 W    Kansas City, Mo.            Five goals in last four games
May 5, 2000    69           Mexico    8-0 W    Portland, Ore.              Breaks nine-game scoreless streak
May 7, 2000    70           Canada    4-0 W    Portland, Ore.     Home scoring streak reaches six games
June 2, 2000    71, 72, 73    Canada    9-1 W    Sydney, Australia    Third career hat trick
June 23, 2000    74         T & T    11-0 W    Hershey, Pa.             First game of CONCACAF Gold Cup
July 1, 2000    75            Canada    4-1 W    Louisville, Ky.                Gold Cup semifinal
July 3, 2000    76            Brazil    1-0 W    Foxboro, Mass.                 Big Game Mil wins tournament
July 16, 2000    77          Norway    1-0 W    Osnabruck, Germany    Millie again difference in game
Aug. 13, 2000    78, 79    Russia    7-1 W    Annapolis, Md.        Brace at Navy Wins ‘Cold War’ Game
Sept. 14, 2000    80        Norway    2-0 W    Melbourne, Australia    USA Opens Olympics
Sept. 28, 2000    81, 82    Norway    2-3 L    Sydney, Australia        Two great goals, but silver medal
Nov. 11, 2000    83        Canada    1-3 L    Columbus, Ohio            Milbrett’s 33rd match of 2000
June 30, 2001    84        Canada    2-2 T    Toronto, Canada            Independence Day Series
July 3, 2001    85          Canada    1-0 W    Blaine, Minn.                16th career goal vs. Canada
Sept. 9, 2001    86        Germany    4-1 W    Chicago, Ill.                Nike Cup cancelled two days later
Jan. 27, 2002    87       China    2-0 W    Guangzhou, China            USA beats China in China
July 21, 2002    88        Norway    4-0 W    Blaine, Minn.                USA pounds Norway in humidity
Oct. 29, 2002    89      T & T    3-0 W    Fullerton, Calif.                CONCACAF WWC Qualifying
Nov. 2, 2002    90, 91, 92, 93, 94    Panama    9-0 W    Seattle, Wash.     USA qualifies for WWC
Nov. 9, 2002    95       Canada    2-1 W    Pasadena, Calif.     Brilliant volley helps USA to regional title
Jan. 23, 2003    96       Norway    3-1 W    Yiwi, China                USA will win Four Nations Tournament
May 17, 2003    97      England    6-0 W    Birmingham, Ala.            Second-ever goal vs. England
July 13, 2003    98        Brazil    1-0 W    New Orleans, La.            90th minute strike is the winner
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