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CARSON, Calif. (Oct. 1, 2006) – The U.S. Women’s National Team put up its highest goal total in more than six years with a 10-0 blowout of Chinese Taipei at The Home Depot Center, concluding the main event of the 2006 Women’s Nike Friendlies.
Sierra Mist Woman of the Match Abby Wambach recorded her fifth career hat trick while picking up three assists to lead the U.S. effort that saw a three young players score their first U.S. Women’s National Team goals. With the hat trick, Wambach upped her international goal total to 62 in just 78 games, moving past Shannon MacMillan into 6th place on the all-time U.S. goal scoring list.
“Games like this are games where you work on things,” said Wambach. “A lot of respect goes to Chinese Taipei. We've been playing for many years together and this exact team is really starting to click these days. These are the games where you take those risks that you might not take in a Germany game, but you'll get comfortable to take those risks in a Germany game.”
The margin of victory and total goals scored was the best for the U.S. since an 11-0 victory against Trinidad & Tobago on June 23, 2000, and also the largest margin of victory and highest goal total ever for the U.S. vs. a team outside of CONCACAF.
“The main thing for us is confidence and for us to get a rhythm and playing together,” U.S. head coach Greg Ryan said. “We really stressed playing on the flanks, using the whole width of the field, playing touchline to touchline. On the whole, I was happy with it. Obviously the level of opponent wasn't as strong as we normally play, but we appreciate them coming and giving us a game.”
The match also marked the return of defender Kate Margraf to the lineup for the first time since the birth of her son in July of this year. Markgraf, a veteran of two Women’s World Cup and two Olympic Teams, started and played 63 minutes in her first action since October of 2005.
In just her fourth appearance for the USA, forward Megan Rapinoe recorded her first two international scores, knocking home the ninth and 10th goals of the day. Midfielder Leslie Osborne opened the scoring for the U.S. in the eighth minute with her first career goal, and midfielder Carli Lloyd also opened her international scoring account, pounding in the eighth of the game. UCLA junior Danesha Adams, who was the USA’s leading scorer at the 2006 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Championship in Russia last August, made her debut for the senior Women’s National Team, recording an assist on the final goal.
Forward Lindsay Tarpley, who has played predominantly midfield for the national team, made just her third-ever start at forward, and recorded the second multi-goal game of her career, getting her 11th and 12th goals.
Midfielder Leslie Osborne opened the scoring in the eighth minute with her first-ever goal for the USA, running onto a Kristine Lilly corner kick from the right side. The ball flew over the pack of players and Chinese Taipei goalkeeper Chen Yi Ju to Osborne, who pounded her header in from almost right on the goal line.
The second goal came six minutes later, once again created by Lilly, who ran down an Aly Wagner pass down the right flank and bent a hard cross into the middle on the ground. Wambach was making a hard run to the near post and smashed her first-time shot into the net from 10 yards out.
Tarpley got the third goal in the 22nd minute after making a sneaky run behind the restraining line as the Taipei defenders pulled up. Wambach, who was on the right wing, cut her dribble back inside, then slipped a perfectly-timed pass to the cutting Tarpley. She pounded her first shot off the hands of Chen, then banged in the rebound from six yards out.
Tarpley added another just five minutes later as she simply ran past the Taipei backline to latch onto a Wagner through ball. Chen came about 30 yards out of her goal to challenge, but Tarpley beat her to the ball, poked it around her to the right, ran around to the left, and then beat another retreating defender to slot the ball into the open net from six yards out to finish the first half scoring.
The USA added six goals after the break, the first coming in the 49th minute as Wambach lifted a pass behind the Taipei defense to Lilly, who just seconds before had hit the crossbar on a similar play. This time her touch was a bit softer, and she lifted the ball over the head of Chen from eight yards out and into the net for her 113th career goal.
Three minutes later, Wambach got her second of the game as Lloyd bent a perfect ball behind the defense with the outside of her right foot. Wambach was in alone from at least 40 yards out before rounding Chen at the top of the box to her right and rolling the ball into the open net from 12 yards away.
In the 62nd minute, Wambach scored her 62nd career goal when the USA won a ball in midfield and sent Wambach loose in the penalty area for her to finish under substitute goalkeeper Huang Feng Chiu from 15 yards away.
Wambach then set up two players for their first career goals, playing in Lloyd for a breakaway in the 76th minute as she tallied with a low rocket from 16 yards out just inside the left post. Three minutes later, Wambach burst past a defender in the left side of the penalty area, drew the goalkeeper to the near post and sent a short cross back to Rapinoe on the ground for the University of Portland junior to knock home from close range.
Rapinoe added her second three minutes later as Adams plays a curling ball into the left side of the penalty area. Rapinoe took a touch around the goalkeeper to the left and then banged the ball off the inside of the far post from a sharp angle to cap the scoring.
Midfielder Angela Hucles made her first start for the USA since July 24, 2005, and played the entire 90 minutes.
The USA will finish its 2006 schedule of domestic friendly matches on Oct. 8 at the University of Richmond against Iceland. That game kicks off at 2 p.m. ET live on ESPN2.
Before today’s match, the 2006 Women's Nike Friendlies wrapped up a four-day weekend at The Home Depot Center with the U.S. Under-17 Women's National Team winning 5-1 against the Under-18 Dallas Texans. The U.S. U-17 women finished the weekend with a perfect 3-0 record after recording wins against San Diego Surf SC on Thursday, Sept. 28, and the Under-16 GNT on Friday, Sept. 29. The U.S. U-17 GNT won all three of its games at the 2006 Women’s Nike Friendlies with a combined goal differential of 11-2. Complete coverage of the 2006 Women's Nike Friendlies can be found at ussoccer.com's Women's Nike Friendlies Homepage.
U.S. WOMEN'S NATIONAL TEAM GAME REPORT
Match-up: USA vs. Chinese Taipei
Competition: International Friendly
Venue: The Home Depot Center; Carson, California
Date: Oct. 1, 2006; Kickoff – 1:00 p.m. PT
Weather: Cloudy, warm – 68 degrees
1 2 F
USA 4 6 10
TPE 0 0 0
USA – Leslie Osborne (Kristine Lilly) 8th minute.
USA – Abby Wambach (Kristine Lilly) 13.
USA – Lindsay Tarpley (unassisted) 22.
USA – Lindsay Tarpley (Aly Wagner) 27.
USA – Kristine Lilly (Abby Wambach) 49.
USA – Abby Wambach (Carli Lloyd) 51.
USA – Abby Wambach (Lindsay Tarpley) 62.
USA – Carli Lloyd (Abby Wambach) 76.
USA – Megan Rapinoe (Abby Wambach) 79.
USA – Megan Rapinoe (Danesha Adams) 82.
USA: 1-Briana Scurry; 17-Lori Chalupny, 3-Christie Rampone, 15-Kate Markgraf (8-Tina Frimpong, 63), 2-Heather Mitts (4-Stephanie Lopez, 46); 12-Leslie Osborne (21-Marci Miller, 63), 16-Angela Hucles, 10-Aly Wagner (11-Carli Lloyd, 46); 5-Lindsay Tarpley (25-Megan Rapinoe, 63), 20-Abby Wambach, 13-Kristine Lilly – (Capt) (9-Danesha Adams, 75)
Subs not used: 18-Hope Solo
Head Coach: Greg Ryan
TPE: 18-Chen Yi Ju (1-Huang Feng Chiu, 52); 2-Wang Chia Yu (19-Hsu Chi Ling, 80), 3-Huang Yu Chen, 6-Yu Pei Wen - C, 16-Lu Hui Mei, 20-Lin Chiung Ying; 9-Chiu Fu Yu (8-Lan Mei Fen, 39), 12-Lu Yen Ling (7-Chuang Shu Mei, 68), 14-Wang Hsiang Huei, 15-Shih Li Hui; 5-Chen Ya Huei.
Subs not used: 13-Chien Wan Ling, , 21-Su Wan Ching, 22-Chen Hui Shan
Head Coach: Chou Tai Ying
USA / TPE
Shots: 23 / 0
Shots on Goal: 14 / 0
Saves: 0 / 4
Corner Kicks: 7 / 1
Fouls: 14 / 7
Offside: 10 / 0
TPE – Huang Yu Chen (caution) 58th
Referee: Jennifer Bennett
AR 1: Veronica Perez
AR 2: Margaret Domka
4th Official: Marlene Duffy
Sierra Mist Woman of the Match: Abby Wambach