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Americans blank young Dutch 3-0, Chastain nets pair; Hamm gets 107th.

CHICAGO (Sunday, May 16, 1999) -- Striker Mia Hamm tied the all-time international goal scoring record of 107 and defender Brandi Chastain scored a pair of goals to send the United States women to a 3-0 defeat of The Netherlands before approximately 20,000 fans today at warm, but overcast Soldier Field.

It was Chastain, coming from the defense, who put the Americans ahead for good in the 14th minute. Forward Tiffeny Milbrett was taken down hard in the right corner and spun the ensuing free kick into the penalty area. Chastain got a piece of the ball, but the shot was deflected by a Dutch defender. Chastain pounced on her own rebound and blasted the ball off Dutch goalkeeper Martine van Pelt's hands and into the roof of the net from five yards out.

Holland came close to tying the game in the 19th minute as Sabine van Eijk made the most of one of her team's two shots, hitting the crossbar with a bicycle kick. The Netherlands would take just one more shot in the game as U.S. goalkeeper Briana Scurry picked up her seventh shutout of the year and 49th of her career.

Hamm got historic number 107 in the 53rd minute after receiving a short pass from Cindy Parlow at the top of the box. Hamm, dribbling to her left, rode off a Dutch tackle and faked her shot once before stroking a left-footed bullet off the underside of the crossbar into the net from 16 yards. She tied retired Italian Elisabetta Vignotto for the career record.

"Whenever the record goal comes, it will be special," Hamm said. "But as I've said for the last couple weeks, I want it to come in a winning cause. If I score on next weekend against Brazil, that would be wonderful, but if it comes in the World Cup and we win, that'll be great too."

Chastain, who moved up to midfield, registered her first multiple-goal game since scoring the first five goals of her career against Mexico in 1991. In the 81st minute, Hamm sent a right-side free kick to the far post where Chaistain went above two defenders for a header into the left corner.

Chastain now has 20 career goals. "I'm very excited about how Brandi is going after it this year," U.S. coach Tony DiCicco. "She is really picking up her game and has a good nose for the goal. Her versatility is a great benefit to the team."

The match was marked by rugged play from the Dutch, who earned five yellow cards. The U.S. shook off the physical play, much of which was directed at Hamm, to outshoot Holland 26-2 and move to 12-2-1 on the year with three matches remaining before beginning Women's World Cup play on June 19.

Chastain almost picked up the hat trick in the 90th minute, but her header glanced off the crossbar. Hamm had two chances to get her 108th goal, the first coming just one minute after she scored, but she didn't get all of her left-footed volley and it rolled wide left. She had golden opportunity in the 59th minute as Michelle Akers touched a ball back to her in the penalty box, but Hamm's shot flew over the goal.

The Netherlands used seven starters for its national under-21 side and the overmatched team spent most of its time defending. "This match was great training for the World Cup," Chastain said. "We don't know what we will face in Nigeria and North Korea, but if they bunker and play defense, we'll know how to solve it and hopefully we can put in a few more set plays."

United States 3, The Netherlands 0

Lineups: United States - Briana Scurry, Carla Overbeck, Kate Sobrero (Christie Pearce 61), Brandi Chastain, Joy Fawcett, Michelle Akers (Lorrie Fair 61), Julie Foudy (Tiffany Roberts 75), Kristine Lilly, Cindy Parlow (Danielle Fotopolous, 81), Tiffeny Milbrett (Shannon MacMillan 56), Mia Hamm; The Netherlands - Martine van Pelt, Liesbeth Migchelsen, Sandra van Tol, Daphne Koster, Cindy Burger, Gilanne Louwaars, Sarina Wiegman (Willemijn Lodder 74), Lisan Goudena (Jessica Torny 80), Annemieke Griffioen, Shirley Smith, Miranda Noom (Minke van der Waals 69).

United States - Chastain (unassisted) 14;
United States - Hamm (Parlow) 53;
United States - Chastain (Hamm) 81.

Shots: United States 26, Netherlands 2. Saves: United States 0, Netherlands 5. Corner kicks: United States 14, Netherlands 1. Fouls: United States 9, Netherlands 21. Offside: United States 1, Netherlands 1. Yellow card caution: Netherlands - Burger 16, Wiegman 25, van Tol 27, Migchelsen 82, Van Eijk 83.

Referee: Rich Grady (United States). Assistant referees: Alberto Echeverria (United States), Terry Vaughn (United States). Attendance: 20,000 (estimated) at Soldier Field in Chicago. Weather: Warm, breezy, overcast, 72 degrees.

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