Known as “Millie” to friends and teammates, Milbrett, is the sixth all-time leading goal scorer in the history of the world behind the five players already in the “Century Club” and will look to score her historic 100th goal on the field where she found so much success in college at the University of Portland against Ukraine on Sunday, July 10, 2005. The match is being broadcast live on ESPN2 at 3:30 p.m. PT and fans can also follow the game on ussoccer.com’s MatchTracker presented by Philips Electronics. Milbrett, who must first make the 18-player game roster that will be announced by U.S. head coach Greg Ryan at the end of the week of training camp in Portland, has two career goals vs. the Ukrainians.
At just 5-foot-2, 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, 32, hails from the small town of Hillsboro, Oregon, and rose from humble upbringings to become one of the greatest strikers in women’s soccer history. She played in just 20 matches from 1991-1994, 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 tie with China, and added two more goals in the tournament to tie for the top scorer on the U.S. team, beginning her run as one of the top performers in U.S. world championship history.
In the 1996 Olympics, now a starter, Milbrett scored twice, including one of the most important goals in U.S. Soccer history, tallying the winning score 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 which was one of the most dramatic goals in U.S. history.
Milbrett scored once in the 2003 Women’s World Cup, helping the USA clinch third-place against Canada, but stepped away from the team at the end of that year, and did not play for the USA again until 10 days ago, when she came on against Canada in Virginia Beach, Va. to earn her historic 200th cap. She will be honored before the Ukraine match for that achievement.
Milbrett, who underwent knee surgery in 2004 for an injury suffered in 2003 Women’s World Cup qualifying, went to Sweden for two months this year to fine tune her game, scoring five goals for Sunnana SK during her brief stint.
In a testament to Milbrett’s performances against top teams, aside from Canada, against which she has scored 17 goals, she has scored the next most goals against world powers Norway (9), Brazil (8) and Germany (6).
All-Time Women's Goal Scorers
While Milbrett’s scoring has distinguished her on the international stage, her ability to create goals must not go overlooked. 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 144 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 six out of the seven matches she has played for the USA in her hometown of Portland, Ore., and that the USA is an amazing 70-4-4 in games in which she has scored. 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.
Goals by Month
Countries Scored Against
Goal Scoring Breakdown