U.S. Women Down New Zealand, 6-0, in Front of Largest Crowd of 2004

CINCINNATI, Ohio (October 10, 2004) - The U.S. Women's National Team dominated New Zealand for the second straight match to record a 6-0 win, as six different players figured in the scoring in front of 18,806 appreciative fans on a gorgeous day at Paul Brown Stadium, home of the NFL's Cincinnati Bengals.

It was the largest crowd to watch the U.S. women in 2004, besting the previous high of 17,805 that saw a 3-0 win over Mexico in Albuquerque, N.M. It also became the highest-attended match on the "Fan Celebration Tour," improving on the mark of 16,554 fans that were at PGE Park on Oct. 3 to watch the U.S. down the Kiwis last weekend.  The game also marked the return to the hometown of U.S. defender Heather Mitts, who played all 90 minutes at right back.

"I'm proud of Cincinnati for getting such a great crowd," said Mitts, who won a state title with St. Ursula Academy in 1993.  "This tour is partly about saying goodbye to some of our veterans players and a great way to do that is in front of a crowd like this."

The win moved the USA to 4-0-0 during the 10-game tour and 24-1-3 on the year.  The USA is now within three wins of breaking the record for most victories in a calendar year for the U.S. women (26, set in 2000), with six matches remaining on the "Fan Celebration Tour."

The USA put on consistent pressure in the first 25 minutes, firing seven total shots, five on goal, with Hamm having the best chance in the 16th minute as New Zealand goalkeeper Pam Yates saved her point blank re-direction of a Lilly pass at the left post.  It was only a matter of time however until New Zealand buckled under the U.S. pressure and the Americans struck for two goals in less than a minute.

The first was a rather simple play from Hamm as she took a pass from Cat Reddick on the left flank, dribbled into the penalty area and blasted a right-footed shot into the net at the near post from 15 yards out.  The driven shot extended her world record to 157 career goals.

Less than a minute later Lilly scored her 101st career goal after Hamm once again dribbled into the box in the left side of the penalty area, but instead of shooting, cut a pass back to Lilly.  She stepped around a charging defender to the inside and hit a hard right-footed shot that skipped off the right hand of Yates and into the net.  The goal marked Hamm's 138th career assist.

The goal also moved Lilly to within six scores of becoming the second all-time leading international scorer in the history of the world behind Hamm.  Last weekend in Portland, Ore., Lilly became just the fifth player in the history of the game to record 100 goals for her country when she tallied in a 5-0 win over New Zealand.  Lilly joined Hamm, former teammate Michelle Akers (105) and two Italians, Elisabetta Vignotto (107) and current Italian National Team head coach Carolina Morace (104).

The USA scored four goals in second half, the first coming from Aly Wagner just six minutes after the break after Abby Wambach was cut down right above the left side of the penalty area.  Wagner spun her shot over the wall and into the left corner for her 16th career goal.

Four minutes later, U.S. captain Julie Foudy added the fourth with a cracker of a goal, running onto a first-time touch back from Cindy Parlow to strike a 27-yard blast -- left-footed no less -- that skipped off the turf, off the hands of the diving Yates, off the right post and into the net.

"The tiger striping near the goals was a little hard to negotiate," said Foudy of the football end zones painted with the Bengals black and orange colors.  "But maybe it worked to our advantage because you could throw a couple step-overs and get the defenders lost in there.  But it was great that we could put on a good show for the fans.  They were great today."

Parlow added the final two goals for the USA, the fifth coming on a U.S. counter-attack as she took a pass from Wagner down the right wing and dribbled into the penalty box, where she struck a low shot that deflected off the toe of Kiwi captain Rebecca Smith and into the net from eight yards out.

The final goal, and the 72nd of Parlow's international career, came when she pounded in a header off a Lilly free-kick from the left flank in the 77th minute.

The "Fan Celebration Tour" stops next in Kansas City as the USA will face 2004 Olympic participant Mexico on Saturday, Oct. 16, at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City, Mo., (5 p.m., with Kansas City Wizards vs. Los Angeles Galaxy to follow at 7:30 p.m.), before facing Ireland in a pair of matches, on Wed., October 20 at Soldier Field in Chicago (7:30 p.m. CT) and on Saturday, October 23 at Reliant Stadium in Houston, Texas (7 p.m. CT).

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.  NikeGO is a grassroots community outreach program designed to achieve NIKE's overarching corporate goal of promoting youth health and fitness through sport.

Match-up:       USA vs. New Zealand
Competition:  International Friendly - "Fan Celebration Tour"
Venue:           Paul Brown Stadium; Cincinnati, Ohio
Date:             Oct. 10, 2004; Kickoff - 4:00 p.m. ET
Attendance:  18,806
Weather:       Clear, warm - 68 degrees

Scoring Summary:
                   1    2     F
USA           2   4     6
NZL            0   0     0

USA - Mia Hamm (Cat Reddick)            25th minute.
USA - Kristine Lilly (Mia Hamm)             26.
USA - Aly Wagner (Unassisted)             51.
USA - Julie Foudy (Cindy Parlow)         55.
USA - Cindy Parlow (Aly Wagner)         66.
USA - Cindy Parlow (Kristine Lilly)        77.

USA: 1-Briana Scurry (18-Kristin Luckenbill, 46); 4-Cat Reddick (3-Christie Rampone, 46), 6-Brandi Chastain, 2-Heather Mitts, 15-Kate Markgraf; 10-Aly Wagner, 7-Shannon Boxx (8-Angela Hucles, 46), 11-Julie Foudy - Capt., 13-Kristine Lilly; 9-Mia Hamm (12-Cindy Parlow, 46), 20-Abby Wambach.
Subs not used: 14-Joy Fawcett.
Head Coach: April Heinrichs.

NZL: 1-Pam Yates; 12-Jane Simpson (2-Melissa Ray, 46), 5-Maia Jackman, 6-Rebecca Smith (Capt.), 3-Zarnia Cogle (11-Rebecca Simpson, 71); 15-Kirsty Yallop (4-Priscilla Duncan, 63), 7-Simone Ferrara, 8-Hayley Moorwood, 9-Nicky Smith (20-Michele Keinzley, 63), 14-Dana Humby (18-Pip Meo, 46); 10-Amber Hearn (19-Anne Ormrod, 63).
Subs Not Used: 13-Jenny Bindon, 16-Rebecca Sowden, 17-Zoe Thompson, 21-Olivia Meares.
Head Coach: Paul Smalley.

Statistical Summary:     
                                USA      NLZ
Shots:                       32          2
Shots on Goal:        17          0
Saves:                        0          9
Corner Kicks:            5          2
Fouls:                         6          9
Offside:                      4          2

Misconduct Summary:

Referee:            Jennifer Bennett (USA)
Assistant Referee:  Brenda Wright (USA)
Assistant Referee:  Deborah Powell (USA)
Fourth Official:      Rachelle Bramlege (USA)

Chevrolet Player of the Game: Cindy Parlow

2004 U.S. WNT "Fan Celebration Tour" Results / Schedule