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U.S. Womenís Cup

Americans, Brazil ease to championship match with dominant victories.

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (Thursday, October 7, 1999) -- As anticipated, the United States will play Brazil Sunday in Louisville to decide U.S. Womenís Cup í99.

The 1 p.m. (ET) match at Papa Johnís Cardinal Stadium will be broadcast on espn2. Tonight, Kristine Lilly netted two goals and Mia Hamm contributed three assists for the U.S (2-0, 6 points) in a 6-0 drubbing of Finland (0-2, 0) before 36,405 at Arrowhead Stadium, the largest soccer crowd in Kansas City history.

In the first match of the doubleheader, Brazil (2-0, 6) came away with a 4-0 decision over South Korea (0-2, 0) with Roseli and Raquel each finding net twice.

The U.S. had little difficulty in its match, not allowing Finland a shot while taking 27.

Hamm was the catalyst for the first three scores, giving her 92 career assists. In the ninth minute, she collected a ball in the right side of the box, shook free of a defender and cut a perfect pass back to Tiffeny Milbrett, who slammed the ball into the roof of the net with her left foot from 12 yards out. The tally was the 67th of Milbrett's international career and her 21st of the year.

Four minutes later, it was Hamm on the left flank crossing a ball on the ground that Milbrett let run through her legs to a streaking Joy Fawcett, who hit the ball in full stride with her instep into the right side of the net to make it 2-0. With her 21st international goal. Fawcett is the highest scoring defender in U.S. women's history.

The third goal came in the 36th minute when Sara Whalen took a short pass from Hamm in the right side of the penalty area. Whalen beat her defender to the inside and fired a shot that deflected off the hip of a Finnish defender and scooted into the right corner with Finnish goalkeeper Satu Kunnas unable to reverse her course.

Lilly netted both her goals in the second half through passes from substitutes. The first came in the 54th minute when Danielle Fotopoulos ran down a ball on the left wing and crossed on the ground to the near post, where the darting Lilly slammed the ball home from three yards.

In the 63rd minute, Brandi Chastain bobbed and weaved through defensive traffic in the box before finding Lilly, who bent her shot over Kunnas and into the left corner for her 79th international goal.

"It's great to put together such a sharp performance in what is basically our off-season," said Lilly, who extended her world record for international appearances to 190. "We are celebrating the World Cup win right now, but our Olympic preparation will pick up next year, and the coaches are working on getting all the players into the game in different positions. Everyone contributed tonight."

In the 88th minute, when Shannon MacMillan's cross from the left side was converted into an own goal by Finland defender Terhi Uusi-Luomalahti with Fotopoulos bearing down on her.

"We all know we probably didn't play our best soccer in the World Cup," Chastain said. "But those games are so pressure packed and all the teams so good that the situation doesn't always lend itself to wide open games. So to come out here and play attacking soccer in front of such an appreciative crowd is a great feeling."

United States 6, Finland 0

Lineups: United States - Briana Scurry, Carla Overbeck (Tisha Venturini 46), Sara Whalen, Christie Pearce, Joy Fawcett, Julie Foudy, Kristine Lilly, Shannon MacMillan, Cindy Parlow (Danielle Fotopoulos 46), Tiffeny Milbrett (Brandi Chastain 46), Mia Hamm (Tiffany Roberts 46); Finland - Satu Kunnas, Jessica Julin, Hanna Lalne (Rosa Lappi-Seppala 74), Sanna Rasanen, Sari Seppanen (Julia Uusmalmi 74), Christina Forssell, Terhi Uusi-Luomalahti, Salla Ranta, Sanna Valkonen (Minna Tuominen 83), Sani Ylitalo, Susanna Heikari (Heidi Kackur 60).

United States - Milbrett (Hamm) 9;
United States - Fawcett (Hamm) 13;
United States - Whalen (Hamm) 36;
United States - Lilly (Fotopoulos) 54;
United States - Lilly (Chastain) 63;
United States - own goal (Terhi Uusi-Luomalahti) 88.

Shots: United States 27, Finland 0. Saves: United States 0, Finland 8. Corner kicks: United States 11, Finland 0. Fouls: United States 9, Finland 10. Offside: United States 8, Finland 0.

Referee: Ali Saheli (United States). Assistant referees: George Gansner (United States), Joseph Heyden (United States). Attendance: 36,405 at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City, Mo. Weather: Warm, breezy, 70 degrees.

Brazil 4, South Korea 0

Lineups: Brazil - Andreia (Cristina 87), Cris (Sissi 56), Juliana, Fanta, Suzana, Fabiana (Jaqueline 76), Deva, Daniela (Robertina 85), Raquel, Roseli, Maicon (Nildinha 46); South Korea - Ho Jung Jung, Yu Jin Kim, Suk Hee Jin, Young Sil Soo, Kyul Sil Kim, Myung Hwa Lee (Eun Hyang Kim 66), Yun Hee Choi, Sung Mi Cha, Sun Mi Kang (Min Joo Kwon 75), Kyung Suk Park, Ju Hee Song (Mi Yeon Lee 41).

Brazil - Roseli (penalty kick) 39;
Brazil - Roseli (Nildinha) 53;
Brazil - Raquel (Suzanna) 54;
Brazil - Raquel (Nildinha) 74.

Shots: Brazil 15, South Korea 5. Saves: Brazil 0, South Korea 4. Corner kicks: Brazil 8, South Korea 7. Fouls: Brazil 17, South Korea 10. Offside: Brazil 3, South Korea 1.

Referee: Michael Kennedy (United States). Assistant referees: Richard Huber (United States), Jose Andrade (United States). Attendance: 36,405 at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City, Mo. Weather: Warm, breezy, 74 degrees.

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