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Starters sit in 4-0 shutout of Australia.

BEAVERTON, Ore. (Thursday, June 3, 1999) -- Forward Danielle Fotopoulos scored in the first minute and the United States cruised to a 4-0 victory over Australia at the Nike World Headquarters in a "closed-door" women's match that was nonetheless watched by nearly 1,500 fans this afternoon.

The game marked a successful homecoming for former University of Portland stars Tiffeny Milbrett and Shannon MacMillan, one or the other playing a part in all four goals.

The Americans were ahead 1-0 before 30 seconds had elapsed. Milbrett's cross from the left flank was poorly cleared by the Australian defense. The ball sat on the turf for Fotopoulos to bury into the roof of the net from seven yards out for her eighth international goal.

The U.S. started just three regulars in Kristine Lilly, Brandi Chastain and Tiffeny Milbrett, but Julie Foudy, Michelle Akers, Cindy Parlow, Kate Sobrero and Joy Fawcett came on at halftime. The final three goals came after the break.

First there were a couple of near missed with Parlow's glancing header going just wide of the right post in the 52nd minute and Milbrett's diving header brilliantly saved by Australian goalkeeper Tracey Wheeler a minute later.

In the 68th minute, MacMillan's cross was flicked on by a U.S. player to Kristine Lilly, whose rocket shot was saved by Wheeler. The rebound popped up in the air to Parlow, who placed her header over the sprawling Wheeler from six yards out. It was Parlow's 21st international goal.

Three minutes later it was MacMillan again who created the goal, this time running down the right flank before slotting a cross to the streaking Lilly, who buried her left footed shot into the right corner for her 73rd international goal.

Milbrett got the final goal five minutes from the end of the match, running onto a cross from Parlow and lifting the ball into the left corner from 10 yards out for her 58th international goal and team-leading 11th of 1999.

DiCicco gave the day off to Mia Hamm, captain Carla Overbeck and starting goalkeeper Briana Scurry, but none was missed as the Americans controlled the match, outshooting the Matildas 22-5 and owning a 9-0 edge in corner kicks. U.S. goalkeeper Saskia Webber made two saves to earn the shutout.

In the opening game of the doubleheader, Brazil beat Canada 4-2.

The U.S. and Australia return to action on Sunday at Civic Stadium in Portland with the Americans facing Canada at 2 p.m. (ET) in a match broadcast on ABC, followed by Australia-Brazil at 4:30 p.m.

United States 4, Australia 0

Lineups: United States - Saskia Webber, Lorrie Fair (Michelle Akers 46), Christie Pearce (Kate Sobrero 46), Tiffany Roberts (Joy Fawcett 46), Sara Whalen, Brandi Chastain, Kristine Lilly, Tisha Venturini (Julie Foudy 46), Shannon MacMillan, Tiffeny Milbrett, Danielle Fotopoulos (Cindy Parlow 46); Australia - Tracey Wheeler, Traci Bartlett, Sarah Cooper (Amy Taylor 66), Anissa Tann-Darby (Kristyn Swaffer 68), Bridgette Starr (Alicia Ferguson 75), Kelly Golebiowski (Amy Wilson 66), Joanne Peters, Cheryl Salisbury, Alison Foreman, Julie Murray, Angela Iannotta (Peita-Claire Hepperlin 86).

United States - Fotopoulos (unassisted) 1.
United States - Parlow (unassisted) 68.
United States - Lilly (MacMillan) 71.
United States - Milbrett (Cindy Parlow) 85.

Shots: United States 22, Australia 6. Saves: United States 2, Australia 9. Corner kicks: United States 9, Australia 0 Fouls: United States 19, Australia 10. Offside: United States 5, Australia 1. Yellow card cautions: United States - Pearce 38, Chastain 82.

Referee: Mohammad Zarrabi-Kashani (United States). Assistant referees: Kevin Boisen (United States), Mac Pinski (United States). Attendance: closed door match at Nike World Headquarters in Beaverton, Ore. Weather: Clear, 75 degrees.

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