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USA Rolls Past South Korea, 5-0, to Open NIKE U.S. Women's Cup '99; Sell-Out Watches Fotopoulos Score 99th and 100th U.S. Goals of 1999


COLUMBUS, Ohio (Sunday, October 3, 1999) - The U.S. Women's National Team opened the NIKE U.S. Women's Cup '99 with a convincing 5-0 victory over South Korea and in the process set the record for most wins in a calendar year. The Americans moved to 23-2-2 in 1999, playing in front of the second-largest crowd ever at Columbus Crew Stadium. The match had been sold out for two months.

The 23,101 appreciative fans that packed the beautiful soccer-only stadium were also witness to another milestone as two late goals from forward Danielle Fotopoulos helped the Americans reach 100 goals on the year.

This marks just the second time in its 14-year history that the U.S. women have scored 100 or more goals in a year. With her goal in the 39th minute, forward Tiffeny Milbrett became only the third player in U.S. soccer history to score 20 goals in a single year, joining Mia Hamm who scored 20 in 1998 and Michelle Akers who scored 39 in 1991.

"Danielle did what she does best, and that's putting the ball in the net," said U.S. Head Coach Tony DiCicco, who registered his 101st career win.

"She also did some other things well, and Sara Whalen and Christie Pearce had solid games in the back. It shows our depth and our development as a team."

It didn't take long for the USA to stretch Korea's net, scoring in just the 10th minute through a powerful header from Cindy Parlow off a corner kick from Shannon MacMillan. But the skillful Koreans proved organized and condensed in the defense, and despite a 35-2 shot advantage, the Americans struggled in their finishing.

Hamm put the USA up 2-0 in the 36th minute after Milbrett sprung Shannon MacMillan in the right side of the penalty box with a short pass. MacMillan slid her pass across the face of the goal and Cindy Parlow let it run through her legs to an unmarked Hamm at the far post, who touched the ball into the net for her world record 112th international goal.

Just four minutes later, Milbrett accomplished her milestone, but by no means was it the prettiest of her 20. Carla Overbeck's cross from the right side was punched straight up into the air by Korean goalkeeper Ho Jung Jung. Julie Foudy won the ball with her head as it descended, flicking the ball to Milbrett, who ran through the ball as it hit her shoulder and bounced into the open net from five yards out.

"The fans really love this team and there couldn't be a better group to fall in love with," said DiCicco after the USA's now-typical post-game, screaming pony-tailed autograph frenzy. "They are not only great players and winners, but great people as well. You couldn't pick better role models."

The USA had numerous chances to increase its lead in the final 45 minutes, including forcing Jung into four consecutive saves in the first 10 minutes of the second half. The USA fired a shot every two minutes at the Korean goal in the second half, including blasts by Milbrett and Venturini that hit the crossbar, but it was Fotopoulos who put the finishing touches on the game. She volleyed in Venturini's cross from the right side in the 82nd minute and then brought the crowd to its feet in the waning seconds. Milbrett ran onto a pass down the left wing on a counter-attack and as the last defender moved over to cut her off, she whipped a pass into the middle for Fotopoulos, who settled the ball and blasted her 11th career goal into the left side of the net.

In the 79th minute, Venturini scored on spectacular flick header from a sharp angle, but the goal was called back when the referee's assistant ruled that the ball had rolled over the end line before Tiffany Roberts' cross.

"We didn't know much about South Korea coming into the match, but we knew we wanted to come out and assert our game on them," said Milbrett, who now has 67 career international goals. "We just like to go out on the field and give the fans something to cheer about. I think we did that today."

Tracy Ducar played the entire match in goal for the USA as DiCicco used his entire bench, giving Foudy, Hamm and Parlow just 45 minutes.

"We need to evaluate all our personnel as we look towards the Olympics," said DiCicco. "We know we must be better in 2000 to win the gold again and we've got to identify everyone that can help us achieve our goals."

In the first match of the tournament, Brazil used two goals from star forward Roseli to defeat Finland, 3-1. Brazil broke open a scoreless game with two goals in the final three minutes of the first half, one each from the striking tandem of Maicon and Roseli. Star midfielder Sissi did not start, but entered the game in the 64th minute, giving her plenty of time to set up Roseli for the clinching goal in the 78th minute. The goals were Roseli's first since last year's NIKE U.S. Women's Cup, at which she suffered a knee injury against the USA in the championship game that knocked her out of the 1999 Women's World Cup.

The NIKE U.S. Women's Cup continues as the USA travels to Kansas City tomorrow in preparation to face Finland on Thurs., Oct. 7 (7:30 p.m. CT) in what not only will be the largest crowd for a weekday game in U.S. Soccer history, but also the largest soccer crowd in Kansas City history. Brazil faces South Korea in the first match at 5 p.m. The USA will finish the tourney against Brazil on Sunday, October 10, at Papa John's Cardinal Stadium in a match that will be televised live on espn2 at 1:00 p.m. ET and will likely decide the tournament champion.

1999 NIKE U.S. WOMEN'S CUP MATCH REPORTS

Participants:United States National Team vs. South Korea National Team
Competition:NIKE U.S. Women's Cup '99
Venue:Columbus Crew Stadium (Columbus, Ohio)
Date:Oct. 3, 1999 (3:30 p.m. ET kickoff)
Attendance:23,101 (Sell-Out)
Weather:60 degrees - Crisp, Breezy

Scoring Summary:1st2ndFinal
United States
325
South Korea
000

USA - Cindy Parlow, (Shannon MacMillan), 10,
USA - Mia Hamm, (Shannon MacMillan), 36,
USA - Tiffeny Milbrett, (Julie Foudy), 40,
USA - Danielle Fotopoulos, (Tisha Venturini), 82,
USA - Danielle Fotopoulos, (Tiffeny Milbrett), 90+.

Lineups:
USA - 24-Tracy Ducar, 4-Carla Overbeck (6-Brandi Chastain, 64th), 7-Sara Whalen, 3-Christie Pearce, 14-Joy Fawcett, 11-Julie Foudy (15-Tisha Venturini, 46th), 13-Kristine Lilly, 8-Shannon MacMillan, 12-Cindy Parlow (5-Tiffany Roberts, 46th), 16-Tiffeny Milbrett, 9-Mia Hamm (22-Danielle Fotopoulos, 46th).

KOR - 1-Ho Jung Jung, 2-Yu Jin Kim, 3-Suk Hee Jin, 5-Young Sil Soo, 6-Kyul Sil Kim, 7-Myung Hwa Lee (12-Min Joo Kwon, 60th), 9-Yun Hee Choi, 10-Sung Mi Cha, 11-Sun Mi Kang.

Statistical Summary:USAKOR
Shots . . . . . . . . . .
352
Saves . . . . . . . . . .
112
Corner Kicks . . . . .
141
Fouls . . . . . . . . . .
86
Offside . . . . . . . . .
10

Misconduct Summary:
NONE

Officials:
Referee:
Sandra Hunt(USA)
Assistant Referee:
Brian Darling(USA)
Assistant Referee:
Rachel Woo(USA)
Fourth Official:
Patrick Ruetschle(USA)


Participants:Brazil National Team vs. Finland National Team
Competition:NIKE U.S. Women's Cup '99
Venue:Columbus Crew Stadium (Columbus, Ohio)
Date:Oct. 3, 1999 (1:00 p.m. ET kickoff)
Attendance:23,101 (Sell-Out)
Weather:58 degrees - Overcast, Breezy

Scoring Summary:1st2ndFinal
Brazil
213
Finland
011

BRA - Maicon, (Roseli), 42,
BRA - Roseli, (Suzana), 45,
FIN - Susanna Heikari, (Unassisted), 68,
BRA - Roseli, (Sissi), 78.

Lineups:
BRA - 1-Andreia, 2-Cris (13-Deva, 83rd), 3-Juliana, 4-Fanta, 7-Suzana, 6-Fabiana (10-Sissi, 64th), 5-Cidinha, 8-Daniela, 14-Raquel, 11-Roseli, 9-Maicon (18-Nildinha, 77th).

FIN - 1-Satu Kunnas, 3-Jessica Julin, 4-Hanna Lalne, 6-Sanna Rasanen, 17-Sari Seppanen (7-Julia Uusmalmi, 78th), 5-Minna Tuominen, 10-Terhi Uusi-Luomalahti (9-Rosa Lappi-Seppala, 85th), 13-Maria Linda (14-Salla Ranta, 46th), 18-Sanna Valkonen (16-Marianne Murri, 75th) 2-Sani Ylitalo, 8-Susanna Heikari (15-Heidi Kackur, 69th).

Statistical Summary:BRAFIN
Shots . . . . . . . . . .
306
Saves . . . . . . . . . .
311
Corner Kicks . . . . .
91
Fouls . . . . . . . . . .
712
Offside . . . . . . . . .
20

Misconduct Summary:
NONE

Officials:
Referee:
Kari Seitz(USA)
Assistant Referee:
Tarek Kahn(USA)
Assistant Referee:
Zekai Akbay(USA)
Fourth Official:
Roberto Vanderwyngaard(USA)

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