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Americans make short work South Korea 5-0; Brazil beats Finland 3-1.

COLUMBUS, Ohio (Sunday, October 3, 1999) -- Cindy Parlow, Mia Hamm and Tiffeny Milbrett scored in the first half, while Danielle Fotopoulos added a pair of goals in the final eight minutes for the United States which blanked outmatched South Korea 5-0 in the U.S. Womenís Cup before 23,101 at Columbus Crew Stadium today.

"The fans really love this team and there couldn't be a better group to fall in love with," said U.S. coach Tony DiCicco. "They are not only great players and winners, but great people as well. You couldn't pick better role models."

In the other game of the tournamentís opening day, Roseli had two goals and an assist to lead Brazil to a 3-1 decision over Finland.

The U.S., now 23-2-2 in 1999, outshot the Koreans 35-2, but struggled to finish its chances. In the 10th minute, Parlow gave the Americans the only goal they would need, heading home a Shannon MacMillan corner kick to make it 1-0.

Hamm put the U.S. up 2-0 in the 36th minute after Milbrett sprang MacMillan in the right side of the penalty box with a short pass. MacMillan slid a ball across the face of the goal which Parlow let run through her legs to an unmarked Hamm at the far post. Hamm had no trouble netting her 112th international goal.

Just four minutes later, Milbrett made it 3-0. Carla Overbeck's cross from the right side was punched straight up into the air by Korean goalkeeper Ho Jung Jung. Julie Foudy won the ball with her head as it descended, flicking the ball to Milbrett, who ran through the ball as it hit her shoulder and bounced into the open net from five yards out. The tally was Milbrettís 20th of 1999, becoming only the third U.S. player to net 20 in a single calendar year, joining Mia Hamm who scored 20 in 1998 and Michelle Akers who recorded 39 in 1991.

The U.S. had numerous chances to increase its lead in the final 45 minutes, including forcing Jung into four consecutive saves in the first 10 minutes of the half. The United States averaged a shot every two minutes at the Korean goal in the second half, including blasts by Milbrett and Tisha Venturini that hit the crossbar. It was Fotopoulos, however, who put the finishing touches on the contest.

She volleyed in Venturini's cross from the right side in the 82nd minute. Then, in the waning seconds, Milbrett ran onto a pass down the left wing on a counterattack and as the last defender moved over to cut her off, she centered a pass to Fotopoulos, who settled the ball and blasted her 11th career goal into the left side of the net.

"We didn't know much about South Korea coming into the match, but we knew we wanted to come out and assert our game on them," said Milbrett, who now has 67 career international goals. "We just like to go out on the field and give the fans something to cheer about. I think we did that today."

In the first match, Brazil broke open a scoreless game with two goals in the final three minutes of the first half, one each from the striking tandem of Maicon and Roseli.

Star midfielder Sissi did not start, but entered the game in the 64th minute, giving her plenty of time to set up Roseli for the clinching goal in the 78th minute. The goals were Roseli's first since last year's U.S. Women's Cup, at which she suffered a knee injury against the United States in the championship game that knocked her out of the 1999 Women's World Cup.

United States 5, South Korea 0

Lineups: United States - Tracy Ducar, Carla Overbeck (Brandi Chastain 64), Sara Whalen, Christie Pearce, Joy Fawcett, Julie Foudy (Tisha Venturini 46), Kristine Lilly, Shannon MacMillan, Cindy Parlow (Tiffany Roberts 46), Tiffeny Milbrett, Mia Hamm (Danielle Fotopoulos 46); South Korea - Ho Jung Jung, Yu Jin Kim, Suk Hee Jin, Young Sil Soo, Kyul Sil Kim, Myung Hwa Lee (Min Joo Kwon 60), Yun Hee Choi, Sung Mi Cha, Sun Mi Kang.

United States - Parlow (MacMillan) 10;
United States - Hamm (MacMillan) 36;
United States - Milbrett (Foudy) 40;
United States - Fotopoulos (Venturini) 82;
United States - Fotopoulos (Milbrett) 90+.

Shots: United States 35, South Korea 2. Saves: United States 1, South Korea 12. Corner kicks: United States 14, South Korea 1. Fouls: United States 8, South Korea 6. Offside: United States 1, South Korea 0. Yellow card caution: none.

Referee: Sandra Hunt (United States). Assistant referees: Brian Darling (United States), Rachal Woo (United States). Attendance: 23,101 at Columbus (Ohio) Crew Stadium. Weather: Crisp, breezy, 60 degrees.

Brazil 3, Finland 1

Lineups: Brazil - Andreia, Cris (Deva 83), Juliana, Fanta, Suzana, Fabiana (Sissi 64), Cidinha, Daniela, Raquel, Roseli, Maicon (Nildinha 77); Finland - Satu Kunnas, Jessica Julin, Hanna Lalne, Sanna Rasanen, Sari Seppanen (Julia Uusmalmi 78), Minna Tuominen, Terhi Uusi-Luomalahti (Rosa Lappi-Seppala 85), Maria Linda (Salla Ranta 46), Sanna Valkonen (Marianne Murri 75) Sani Ylitalo, Susanna Heikari (Heidi Kackur 69).

Brazil - Maicon (Roseli) 42;
Brazil - Roseli (Suzana) 45;
Finland - Heikari (unassisted) 68;
Brazil - Roseli (Sissi) 78.

Shots: Brazil 30, Finland 6. Saves: Brazil 3, Finland 11. Corner kicks: Brazil 9, Finland 1. Fouls: Brazil 7, Finland 12. Offside: Brazil 2, Finland 0. Yellow card caution: none.

Referee: Kari Seitz (United States). Assistant referees: Tarek Kahn (United States), Zekai Akbay (United States). Attendance: 23,101 at Columbus (Ohio) Crew Stadium. Weather: Overcast, breezy, 58 degrees.

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