U.S. soccer  Team USAsoccer

soccer feedback

Milbrett scores twice as United States again routs Argentina 7-0.

SAN JOSE, Calif. (Sunday, April 26, 1998) -- The United States women scored early and often, recording its second rout of Argentina in three days.

Tiffeny Milbrett had two goals, Michelle Akers a goal and two assists and Mia Hamm three assists in a 7-0 victory in front of a festive crowd of 14,608 fans at Spartan Stadium this afternoon.

Following a 8-1 triumph Friday, the U.S. needed only three minutes to go ahead for good when midfielder Kristine Lilly netted her 56th international goal. Shannon MacMillan drove a corner kick into the penalty box where Akers met the ball with a diving header. The ball was blocked on the goal line by an Argentinean defender, but the charging Lilly put on the brakes and flicked the bouncing ball back over her head with her heel and into the goal from one yard out.

Hamm set up the second goal when she beat her defender in the left side of the penalty box and dribbled at Argentina goalkeeper Liliana Torres before cutting the ball back to the trailing Milbrett, who chopped her left-footed shot into the goal from six yards out.

"We played some wonderful attacking soccer and I saw improvement in individual play as well as our team rhythm," said U.S. coach Tony DiCicco. "Argentina is still an emerging nation in women's soccer, but these games gave us confidence and were a good step towards getting us closer to our best possible performance."

Akers scored her 96th international goal in 37th minute, leaping to drive home a header off a Hamm corner kick.

Milbrett added her second goal on a virtually identical play to her first. Hamm rounded her defender in the right side of the penalty area before laying a pass back for Milbrett, who, after scoring three goals Friday, now has a career total of 39.

Hamm also created the fifth goal, dancing between two defenders in the left corner and driving into the penalty box before being chopped down from behind. San Jose native Brandi Chastain nailed the penalty kick, her fourth goal from the spot this year.

"I just want to win, and if that means passing the ball, I'll do that," said Hamm, who picked up three assists for the second straight match."We scored some really great goals, and as a team, we love to play entertaining soccer for the fans."

U.S. co-captain Julie Foudy, who attended nearby Stanford University, got the sixth goal on a close range header for her 23rd international score. The Americans got a final goal in the 76th minute when substitute Debbie Keller's hard shot was inadvertently redirected into her own net by Argentina defender Andrea Arce.

Notes: Former Notre Dame All-American defender Kate Sobrero made her first appearance for the national team as DiCicco used all five of his substitutes, also giving time to Tisha Venturini, Natalie Neaton and Sara Whalen.

Lilly made her 148th career appearance in the match, moving her past the men's world record holder for international appearances, Majed Abdullah of Saudi Arabia, who has 147.She now sets her sights on the women's world record of 151 appearances held by retired Heidi Stoere of Norway.

United States 7, Argentina 0

Lineups: United States - Briana Scurry, Carla Overbeck (Kate Sobrero, 50), Brandi Chastain, Christie Pearce (Sara Whalen 56), Joy Fawcett, Julie Foudy, Michelle Akers, Shannon MacMillan, Tiffeny Milbrett (Debbie Keller 56), Kristine Lilly (Tisha Venturini, 46), Mia Hamm (Natalie Neaton 56). Argentina - Liliana Torres, Andrea Arce, Mara Ramos, Cynthia Luporini, Malvina Peralta, Julie Achaval (Noelia Lopez,31), Marisa Gerez, Noemi Morales (Yanina Gaitan 75), Maria Trujillo (Norma Altamirano 54), Liliana Baca (Claudia Vallejos 82), Maria Villlanueva (Marta Soloman 65).

Scoring: United States - Lilly (Akers) 3; Milbrett (Hamm) 20; United States - Akers (Hamm) 37; United States - Milbrett (Hamm) 47; United States - Chastain (penalty kick) 55; United States - Foudy (Akers) 68; United States - own goal 76. Shots: United States 22, Argentina 1. Saves: United States 1, Argentina 9. Corner kicks: United States 15, Argentina 0. Fouls: United States 9, Argentina 17. Offside: United States 5, Argentina 0. Yellow card cautions: Argentina - Julie Achaval 22, Baca 29, Lopez 54.

Referee: Sandra Hunt (United States). Assistant referees: Ricardo Valenzuela (United States), Alex Del Angel (United States). Attendance: 14,608 at Spartan Stadium, San Jose, Calif. Weather: Sunny, breezy, 72 degrees.