Milbrett shines in 5-0 whitewash of The Netherlands; Hamm nets 106th.MILWAUKEE (Thursday, May 13, 1999) -- Tiffeny Milbrett notched a goal and three assists while fellow striker Mia Hamm added her 106th career tally as the United States women disposed of the Netherlands 5-0 tonight before 6,767 chilly fans at Uihlein Soccer Park.
"Tiffeny Milbrett was the show tonight," U.S. coach Tony DiCicco said. "She almost single-handily dismantled their defense. Not only was she a threat to score every time she touched the ball, but she made some of the best passes of her career."
Hamm's now is one goal short of tying retired Italian Elisabetta Vignotto for the world scoring record. She’ll have a chance to tie or establish a new mark when the two nations meet again Sunday afternoon at Soldier Field at 2 p.m. (ET) in a match broadcast on espn2.
The U.S. wasted a chance to go ahead after four minutes after the team’s third forward Cindy Parlow was fouled in the penalty box by Dutch defender Liesbeth Migchelsen. Brandi Chastain's penalty kick, however, was turned away by a diving save from goalkeeper Marleen Wissink.
Ten minutes later, the Americans did take the lead. Milbrett took control of the ball at midfield and penetrated on the dribble through the middle of the Dutch defense. She then lofted a pass to Julie Foudy on the left wing. Foudy beat her defender and turned the corner toward the goal before rolling a cross on the ground back to the trailing Milbrett, who stroked her left-footed shot into the right corner under the foot of a sliding Dutch defender.
Milbrett's 56th international score was the only goal of the first half despite U.S. dominance of possession.
U.S. keeper Saskia Webber, who was not called on to make a save in the first half, needed to make three before the Americans got on the board again.
Then, four goals in a 17-minute span blew the game open.
In the 60th minute, Brandi Chastain's crafty pass popped Milbrett free in the penalty area where she side-stepped the last defender. Milbrett took a touch to the goal, and faked Wissink to the ground before feeding Parlow, who slid to push the ball into the open net from two yards out for her 20th international tally.
Six minutes later, Milbrett set up the third goal as well, springing Kristine Lilly behind the defense. Lilly had time to compose herself before bending a left-footed shot around Wissink into the left corner from 15 yards out. It was Lilly's 71st international goal.
Three minutes after that, Hamm got goal 106 after defender Christie Pearce, who entered the game at halftime for Michelle Akers, picked up the ball just over midfield and streaked down the left sideline. Pearce drew Wissink out and rolled a cross to the far post where Hamm who slid to knock the ball off Wissink’s hand into the net.
"I did some good things tonight, but I would like to do more," Hamm said. "It was a good result because the Dutch have played some quality games against World Cup teams recently. We're excited about where we are, but it was nice to see the players off the bench play so well because to win this summer, it will take all of us."
Milbrett was the architect of the final goal as well, dancing through three defenders at the top of the penalty box before feeding Shannon MacMillan with a pass that left her one-on-one with Wissink. MacMillian bent her shot around the keeper with the outside of her right foot, burying a shot in the left corner.
"I was impressed with Holland," said Milbrett. "They've improved a lot since we played them three years ago. They have good ball movement and very good players. I know the game on Sunday will be much more difficult."
DiCicco will announce his 20-player World Cup roster on Monday in Chicago. "Overall, it was a great performance," he said. "We were solid in the back, the substitutes played very well and we our finishing in the second half showed me that we are getting close to where we want to be."
United States 5, The Netherlands 0
Lineups: United States - Saskia Webber, Carla Overbeck (Lorrie Fair 77), Kate Sobrero, Brandi Chastain, Joy Fawcett, Michelle Akers (Christie Pearce 46), Julie Foudy (Tisha Venturini 75), Kristine Lilly, Cindy Parlow, Tiffeny Milbrett, Mia Hamm (Shannon MacMillan 75); The Netherlands - Marleen Wissink, Liesbeth Migchelsen, Sandra van Tol, Daphne Koster, Cindy Burger (Willemijn Lodder 85), Gilanne Louwaars, Sabine van Eijk, Sarina Wiegman (Jessica Torny 86), Lisan Goudena (Minke van der Waals 90), Annemieke Griffioen, Shirley Smith (Miranda Noom 46).
Shots: United States 18, The Netherlands 6. Saves: United States 3, The Netherlands 6. Corner kicks: United States 11, The Netherlands 0. Fouls: United States 5, The Netherlands 15. Offside: United States 1, The Netherlands 0. Yellow card caution: The Netherlands - Daphne Koster 70.
Referee: Kari Seitz (United States). Assistant referees: Francisco Sanchez (United States), Alberto Echeverria (United States). Attendance: 6,767 at Uihlein Soccer Park in Milwaukee. Weather: Cold, windy, 52 degrees.