Kristine Lilly Plays in Unprecedented 200th Career Game as U.S. Women Defeat Canada, 4-0, to Win Nike U.S. Women's Cup 2000
PORTLAND, Ore. (Sunday, May 7, 2000) - The U.S. Women's National Soccer Team exploded for four second half goals to defeat Canada, 4-0, and win its seventh consecutive NIKE U.S. Women's Cup at Civic Stadium today. The day was highlighted by U.S. midfielder Kristine Lilly appearing in her 200th game for the United States as she was carried off the field by her teammates at the end of the match. The veteran of three Women's World Cups and one Olympics becomes the first player in international soccer history, man or woman, to play 200 times for her country.
"She is just a unique and special player and person," said Mia Hamm, Lilly's teammate in college and on the national team for the past 13 years. "She tried to downplay (the 200 caps) all week, but we were not going to let that happen."
The U.S. women put together 90 minutes of splendid possession and spirited attacking which produced 32 total shots, but could not find a way past Canadian goalkeeper Karina LeBlanc in the first half. The USA peppered the Canadian goal with shots and crosses, coming the closest in the 12th minute when Tiffeny Milbrett spanked the right post with a shot from 25 yards out followed by a Kristine Lilly blast seconds later that was pushed wide by the diving LeBlanc. Julie Foudy had two golden chances midway through the first half, but headed one right at LeBlanc and forced the Candian goalkeeper into a point blank save on another. Milbrett sent a screamer just wide of the right post in the 36th minute and halftime came with the scored knotted at zero.
"Teams with shaky chemistry, teams that have rough personalities and teams that are much more 'me-driven' can fall apart at a halftime like that," said U.S. Head Coach April Heinrichs. "That weakness doesn't manifest in an 8-0 win over Mexico, it comes out in a 0-0 tie at halftime of a big tournament. Instead, we came out with a collective 'knowing' that we would wear Canada down, that we would knock the ball around and that we would get our chances. We just had to be patient."
It was Foudy who finally broke through, scoring just 56 seconds into the second half for her 34th international goal. Carla Overbeck played a pass wide right to Shannon MacMillan, who bent a perfect cross with her first touch to the far post where Foudy leaped to head the ball into the upper left corner.
Cindy Parlow entered the match in the 68th minute and added a spark to the U.S. attack, scoring the second goal and setting up the third. Her goal came in the 75th minute when she ran hard up the middle to get on the end of a short cross from Lilly and finished with a glancing header that stuck in the left corner. It was her 30th international goal.
Just five minutes later, Sara Whalen bent a cross into the middle and Parlow skied to snap a bullet header off the cross bar. Milbrett raced in to volley the rebound past the prone LeBlanc, who got a hand on the ball, but couldn't keep it from rolling over the goal line. It was Milbrett's 70th international goal. She has now scored in all five matches that the U.S. Women's National Team has played in her hometown of Portland.
"The first half we were struggling to connect our passes," said Lilly. "But we started to clean it up a bit and had some great chance in the first half, then started to finish them in the second half. It is frustrating to dominate and not score, but you have to remember that this is the game of soccer and sometimes that happens. You can have 50 shots on goal and the one that ends up going in will be the winner. You have to be patient and wait for your chances and that's what happened in the second half."
The USA finished the scoring in the 85th minute when substitute Christie Welsh ran onto a long pass from Kate Sobrero. She out-muscled her defender at the top of the penalty box and then leapt into the air to kick the ball high over the onrushing LeBlanc, looping it into the open net. Welsh entered the game just six minutes before her goal, replacing Mia Hamm, and now has seven goals in her first 10 full national team games. Only Brandi Chastain had previously accomplished that feat in the history of the national team program.
Canada did have two good chances to score in the second half, but U.S. goalkeeper Siri Mullinix came up with saves both times. The first came off a poor clearance from Mullinix that landed at the feet of Christine Latham, who then saw the U.S. goalkeeper off her line and tried to beat her from long range. But Mullinix dove to her right to smother the shot. The second came when Canada found itself with a three-on-two break and Christine Sinclair crossed to Latham in the middle of the goal, but she fell as she tried to shoot. Latham scrambled to her feet and played Isabelle Morneau back at the top of the penalty box, but her 18 yards drive was straight at Mullinix.
The USA improved its NIKE U.S. Women's Cup record to a perfect 20-0 and earned yet another Waterford crystal trophy awarded to the tournament champions. The two hometown heroes -- former University Portland Stars Milbrett and MacMillan -- received the post-game hardware as Milbrett earned Chevrolet Woman of the Match honors while MacMillan was voted tournament MVP.
In the third place match, Maribel Dominguez scored twice, Mayra Rosales had a goal and an assist and Iris Mora added a score in stoppage time as Mexico defeated South Korea, 3-1, for its first-ever NIKE U.S. Women's Cup win.
NIKE U.S. Women's Cup 2000 All-Tournament Team: USA -- Siri Mullinix, Joy Fawcett, Kate Sobrero, Shannon MacMillan, Kristine Lilly, Julie Foudy, Mia Hamm, Tiffeny Milbrett. CAN: Christine Sinclair, Andrea Neil. MEX: Maribel Dominguez. KOR: Young Sil Yoo.
MVP -- Shannon MacMillan.
2000 U.S. WOMEN'S NATIONAL TEAM GAME REPORT
|Participants:||U.S. Women's National Team vs. Canada National Team|
|Competition:||NIKE U.S. Women's Cup 2000 (Final)|
|Venue:||Civic Stadium (Portland, Ore.)|
|Date:||May 7, 2000 - Kickoff 11:30 a.m. PT|
|Weather:||64 degrees - Sunny, warm|
USA - Julie Foudy, (Shannon MacMillan), 46,
USA - Cindy Parlow, (Kristine Lilly), 75,
USA - Tiffeny Milbrett, (Cindy Parlow), 80,
USA - Christie Welsh, (Kate Sobrero), 85.
USA - 26-Siri Mullinix, 6-Brandi Chastain (3-Christie Pearce, 83rd), 4-Carla Overbeck (12-Cindy Parlow, 68th), 20-Kate Sobrero, 14-Joy Fawcett, 13-Kristine Lilly, 2-Lorrie Fair (5-Nikki Serlenga, 46th), 11-Julie Foudy, 8-Shannon MacMillan (7-Sara Whalen, 79th), 9-Mia Hamm (22-Christie Welsh, 79th), 16-Tiffeny Milbrett.
CAN - 22-Karina LeBlanc, 2-Isabelle Morneau, 3-Breanna Boyd, 4-Tanya Franck (9-Silvana Burtini, 53rd), 5-Andrea Neil (11-Kelly Haxton, 74th), 6-Sharolta Nonen, 7-Cindy Walsh, 10-Christina Sinclair, 12-Isabelle Harvey, 13-Amy Walsh, 15-Christine Latham.
|Tanya Franck (caution)||44,|
|Christine Latham (caution)||88.|
|Participants:||Mexico Women's National Team vs. South Korea National Team|
|Competition:||NIKE U.S. Women's Cup 2000 (Third Place Match)|
|Venue:||Civic Stadium (Portland, Ore.)|
|Date:||May 7, 2000 - Kickoff 2:00 p.m. PT|
|Weather:||64 degrees - Sunny, warm|
MEX - Mayra Rosales, (Patricia Perez), 19,
MEX - Maribel Dominguez, (Mayra Rosales), 21,
KOR - Ju Hee Song (Unassisted), 22,
MEX - Maribel Dominguez, (Iris Mora), 44,
MEX - Iris Mora, (Monica Gonzales), 90+.
MEX - 1-Linnea Quinonez, 2-Fabiola Vagas, 3-Christina Romero, 5-Patricia Perez, 15-Gina Oceguera, 4-Monica Gerardo, 6-Liliana Garcia (16-Miriam Perez, 66th, 18-Rosa Ramirez, 88th), 11-Mayra Rosales, 7-Monica Gonzales, 9-Maribel Dominguez, 10-Iris Mora, 13-Ana Gonzales.
KOR - 1-Ho Jung Jung, 2-Yu Jim Kim, 3-Suk Hee Jin, 5-Young Sil Yoo, 7-Myung Ha Lee, 9-Yun Hee Choi, 10-Ju Hee Song (22-Mi Suk Kwon, 74th), 11-Sun Mi Kang, 12-Kyung Hee Lee (16-Yoon Jung Park, 57th), 19-Hae Young Hang (21-Jin Sook Lee, 32nd), 23-Hyo Eun Kim.
|Maribel Dominguez (caution)||45,|
|Particia Perez (caution)||54,|
|Young Sill Yoo (caution)||90.|