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Foudy scores once, Lilly adds two in 3-0 domination of Mexico.

PASADENA, Calif. (Sunday, March 28, 1999) -- The United States was totally dominant in possession but could only manage Julie Foudy’s goal in the 38th minute and a pair by Kristine Lilly in the final five minutes in a 3-0 victory over Mexico before an estimated 21,000 at the Rose Bowl today.

In their first-ever appearance by the U.S. women at the Rose Bowl, the site of the Women’s World Cup championship match July 10, the Americans completely dominated all facets of the game, but were frustrated by some poor decisions on shots and passes as well as a tremendous effort from 18-year old goalkeeper Linnea Quinones.

The U.S., which beat Mexico 9-0 in September, had a 24-0 edge in corner kicks. And it was on a corner-kick that it finally broke into the scoring column. Mia Hamm touched a right-side corner kick forward to midfielder Shannon MacMillan who slipped by a defender and beat a defender down the goal line and chipped a cross to the far post where Julie Foudy nailed a header from eight yards.

"Give Mexico credit," U.S. coach Tony DiCicco said. "They defended well and their goalkeeper played a wonderful match. We had a lot of good shots, and although two goals came at the end, I think it was a deserved result. I've said it before, but we're going to see teams bunker on us in the World Cup and we have to be effective attacking the defense and breaking it down. We did a good job today, but we must get better."

Lilly added goals in the 85th and 88th minutes as the Mexicans finally wore down from the onslaught. Hamm created both goals from the right flank, the first coming when her cross was deflected to Lilly who buried her shot into the left corner from 16 yards out.

Three minutes later, Hamm's cross was poorly cleared by a Mexican defender and Lilly hit the bouncing ball on the first touch into right corner. The goals were Lilly's 68th and 69th of her career.

Hamm, who has gone scoreless in her last five matches, sits at 104 career goals, trailing retired Italians Elisabetta Vignotto (107) and Carolina Morace (105) for the world record.

"I just want to help my team win," said Hamm, who was credited with one assists, now has 81. "I don't think about breaking the record. The record will come and go, but if we don't win the World Cup, it will have no meaning. Goals have never defined me as a player. What has defined me is my impact on the team. If that means passing or playing defense to win, I'll do it."

Mexico, which is one of 16 nations to compete for the Women’s World Cup, had one good chance in the 19th minute after a through ball skipped by the U.S. defense to Maribel Dominguez, whose shot from 15 yards was snared by American keeper Briana Scurry.

"I am very satisfied with the performance and with the character and fighting spirit that my team showed," Mexico coach Leonardo Cuellar said. "We have had a short preparation with the team, but I am confident that with the group of players we have, we will be a much better team in the World Cup this summer."

It was the 49th consecutive win for the USA in full internationals on American soil.

United States 3, Mexico 0

Lineups: United States - Briana Scurry, Joy Fawcett, Carla Overbeck (Christie Pearce 82), Brandi Chastain (Lorrie Fair 60), Michelle Akers, Julie Foudy (Aly Wagner 73), Kristine Lilly, Shannon MacMillan (Sara Whalen 60), 16-Tiffeny Milbrett, Cindy Parlow (Danielle Fotopolous 46), Mia Hamm; Mexico - Linnea Quinones, Gina Oceguera, Lisa Nanez, Denise Ireta, Susie Mora, Andrea Rodebaugh, Laurie Hill (Iris Mora 89), Fatima Leyva, Myra Rosales (Patricia Perez 20, Monica Vergara 68), Monica Gerardo (Monica Gonzales 73), Maribel Dominguez.

Scoring:
United States - Foudy (MacMillan) 38;
United States - Lilly (unassisted) 85;
United States - Lilly (Hamm) 88.

Shots: United States 42, Mexico 1. Saves: United States 1, Mexico 16. Corner kicks: United States 24, Mexico 0. Fouls: United States 8, Mexico 17. Offside: United States 1, Mexico 1.

Referee: Kevin Stott (United States). Assistant referees: Emiliano Monje (United States), Ali Hacock (United States). Attendance: 21,000 (estimated) at Rose Bowl in Pasadena, Calif. Weather: Hazy, warm, 75 degrees.

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