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U.S. WNT Keep Unbeaten Steak Alive With Mia Last Gasp Goal to Tie Denmark 1-1


EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (Nov. 3, 2004) – In yet another storybook ending for the U.S. Women’s National Team, Mia Hamm scored the 158th goal of her international career in the 91st minute of a 1-1 draw against Denmark, sending 18,885 fans at Giants Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J., into euphoria. The goal extended the Gold Medal-winning USA’s impressive unbeaten run to 21 games. On the year, the USA is now 27-1-4 in 32 matches and the draw moved the USA’s record on their 10-game “Fan Celebration Tour” to 7-0-1.

The tying goal for the U.S. came with just seconds left in the match as the U.S. applied same late pressure to the stingy Denmark defense. On the play, Danish defender Gitte Andersen failed to clear a bouncing ball outside the penalty area as Wambach and Hamm closed in on her. With the ball bouncing wildly, Wambach was able to knock it forward into the Hamm’s path, who found her self just inside the top of the penalty area where she crushed her shot into the upper left corner of the goal from 16 yards.

“At the end we were really pressing,” said Hamm, who earned the 273rd cap of her career in the game. “We were thankful to get that goal because this crowd deserved it. This crowd was amazing tonight. They were energetic. It felt like the Olympic Final goal in terms of their reaction. We were just grateful that we could pull out a goal for these fans in New York and New Jersey. They deserved it.”

The amazing last-second game saver was the USA’s first and only shot on goal in the game, coming a full 85 minutes after Wambach had opened the game with a header off the right post after just five minutes. In between those two attempts, the U.S. was able to create 10 other shots, compared to 11 for Denmark, but none were on target. In contrast, Denmark had seven shots on goal in the game as they did well creating space for themselves behind the U.S. defense.

“Denmark play professionally and are frustrating to play against,” added Hamm. “They got that early goal. They have some speed up top, and we got caught a little bit. It definitely wasn't our best game. We created some chances and didn't put them away early, and I think that gave them some life. They played hard throughout the entire game.”

Denmark, the ninth-ranked team in the world, got on the board first, putting the U.S. behind in a game for the first time in 15 matches, dating back to July 21. The goal came courtesy of forward Merete Pedersen, who beat Brandi Chastain to a ball on the right flank and calmly looped a chip over an on-rushing Briana Scurry and into the empty net in the eighth minute.

The crowd total for the game was the second highest on the "Fan Celebration Tour" so far, topping the 18,806 that saw the U.S. crush New Zealand 6-0 on Oct. 10 at Paul Brown Stadium. The crowd total for the tour has now topped 125,000 fans, with an overall mark of 125,783 for an average of 15,722 per game.

The USA and the “Fan Celebration Tour” next head to Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia, Pa., for a second clash with Denmark on Saturday (Nov. 6) at 3:55 p.m. ET (live on ESPN2). The tour will conclude the illustrious careers of Hamm, Julie Foudy and Joy Fawcett with one final match on Dec. 8 against Mexico (8 p.m. PT) at The Home Depot Center in Los Angeles.

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. The New York recipient of NikeGO's donation is the City of New York's Parks and Recreation Department.


U.S. WOMEN'S NATIONAL TEAM GAME REPORT

Match-up:          USA vs. Denmark
Competition:      International Friendly – “Fan Celebration Tour”
Venue:               Giants Stadium; East Rutherford, N.J.
Date:                  Nov. 3, 2004; Kickoff – 7:30 p.m. ET
Attendance:       18,885
Weather:            46 degrees, cool and clear

Scoring Summary:
    
                      1      2       F
USA              0      1       1
DEN              1      0       1

DEN – Merete Pedersen (unassisted)             8th minute.
USA – Mia Hamm (Abby Wambach)               91+.

Lineups:
USA: 1-Briana Scurry (18-Kristin Luckenbill, 46); 2-Heather Mitts (12-Cindy Parlow, 72), 3-Christie Rampone, 15-Kate Markgraf, 6-Brandi Chastain (4-Cat Reddick, 46); 7-Shannon Boxx, 11-Julie Foudy (capt.), 10-Aly Wagner (8-Angela Hucles, 62), 13-Kristine Lilly; 9-Mia Hamm, 16-Abby Wambach.
Subs not used: None.
Head Coach: April Heinrichs.

DEN: 1-Tine Cederkvist; 2-Mariann Knudsen, 3-Katrine Pedersen, 4-Gitte Andersen, 5-Bettina Falk; 6-Louise Hansen, 7-Cathrine Sørensen (15-Helle Nielsen, 88), 8-Johanna Rasmussen (17-Stine Jensen, 64), 9-Lene Jensen (12-Janne Madsen, 89); 10-Anne Dot Eggers, 11-Merete Pedersen.
Subs Not Used: 12-Janne Madsen, 13-Nadia Kjældgaard, 14-Tanja Christensen, 16-Mette Bjerg, 18-Camilla Anderson.
Head Coach: Poul Højmose.

Statistical Summary:           
                                     USA        DEN
Shots:                             12            11
Shots on Goal:                 1              7
Saves:                             5              0
Corner Kicks:                 7              3
Fouls:                              9            12
Offside:                           3              2

Misconduct Summary:
USA – Shannon Boxx (caution)        58th minute.
DEN – Louis Hansen (caution)         64.

Officials:
Referee:                     Rachel Woo (USA)
Assistant Referee:       Brenda Wright (USA)
Assistant Referee:       Sharon Wheeler (USA)
Fourth Official:           Pat Pinzon (USA)

Chevrolet Player of the Game:
Mia Hamm
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