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Hamm, Lilly each nets a pair; Americans capture title by beating Brazil 4-2.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Sunday, October 10, 1999) -- Striker Mia Hamm and midfielder Kristine Lilly each netted two goals for the United States which rallied from a 2-1 deficit to defeat Brazil 4-2 and win the U.S. Women’s Cup before 35,211 at Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium today.

The U.S. has never lost a U.S. Cup match, going 18-0 in capturing its own invitational tournament six times. The first-ever match for the American women in Kentucky brought the three-event attendance for the ’99 U.S. Cup to 94,717.

"This team finds a way to win," said U.S. coach Tony DiCicco. "You never like to go down a goal, especially in a championship game, but with our group of players, there is never any doubt about their ability to take back the game. Brazil is an excellent team and they have new and talented players every time we see them. With all their players back for the Olympics, they will be a very difficult team to beat."

With the U.S. (3-0, 9 points) trailing 2-1, Lilly took over and carried the Americans to victory.

Eight minutes after Nildinha’s second tally put Brazil (2-1, 6) ahead 2-1, defender Sara Whalen split two defenders with a pass to find Lilly in the left side of the penalty area. She whirled and fired a blistering shot over Andreia and into the roof of the net 10 yards out to tie the game at 2-2 in the 38th minute.

With a draw good enough to give the Americans the tournament title on superior goal difference, Lilly received a ball on the left flank, averted a defender to get to the end line before sending a cross on the ground to Hamm, who stuck the ball into the net from seven yards out for the 3-2 advantage in the 60th minute.

Lilly then sealed the game in the 88th minute by converting a penalty kick after forward Cindy Parlow had been collared and dragged down by Cidinha.

"I didn't think we played very well in the first half," said Lilly, who was named tournament most valuable player with four goals with one assist. "The Brazilians are so skillful that sometimes we fall into the trap of chasing them and don't play our game. We asserted ourselves more in the second half."

The U.S. dodged an early bullet when goalkeeper Briana Scurry made two big saves in the just the second minute, denying Cidinha with a kick save before scrambling to her feet and batting away the rebound from Roseli.

Then, it seemed like business as usual for the U.S., which defeated Brazil 6-0 September 26. Hamm shot the United States into the lead in the 18th minute, finishing a low cross from midfielder Joy Fawcett.

Brazilian forward Nildinha tied the score on a breakaway, taking a pass from Roseli. Nidinha, who recorded her first two career goals, fought off U.S. defender Christie Pearce and bent her shot around Scurry with her left foot into the left corner to tie the game in the 21st minute even the affair at 1.

Three minutes later, Nidinha managed another break, but Scurry came out, cut off the angle and was able to snag the shot with two hands over her head.

In the 30th minute, a nice combination from Roseli to Cidinha to Nildinha, set the 27-year-old up in the middle for a 13-yard shot into the left corner and a 2-1 lead.

The match was played with a physical edge that boiled over in the final minutes when Brazil received three yellow cards. After the final whistle, the two teams briefly scuffled when Hamm was pushed to the turf by Brazil's 15-year old Daniela, but order was quickly restored. That gave Brazil a total of four cautions after accumulating 17 fouls to the Americans seven.

In the match for third-place, Finland (1-2, 3) defeated South Korea, 3-0, getting two goals from Susana Heikari, who plays her college soccer in the U.S. for the University of Portland.

South Korea (0-3, 0) had a chance to score its only goal of the tournament in the 83rd minute, but missed a penalty kick wide right.

This was the last outdoor match of 1999 for the U.S. women, who finished 25-2-2 along with its Women’s World Cup trophy.

United States 4, Brazil 2

Lineups: United States Briana Scurry, Carla Overbeck, Sara Whalen, Christie Pearce, Joy Fawcett, Julie Foudy (Brandi Chastain, 46), Kristine Lilly, Shannon MacMillan (Tiffany Roberts, 67), Cindy Parlow, Tiffeny Milbrett, Mia Hamm; Brazil - Andreia, Juliana, Fanta, Suzana (Sissi 61), Fabiana, Cidinha (Robertinha 93+), Deva, Daniela, Raquel (Jacqueline, 83r), Roseli, Nildinha (Maicon, 71).

United States - Hamm (Fawcett) 18;
Brazil - Nildinha (Roseli) 21;
Brazil - Nildinha (Cidinha) 30;
United States - Lilly (Whalen) 38;
United States - Hamm (Lilly) 60;
United States - Lilly (penalty kick) 88.

Shots: United States 26, Brazil 11. Saves: United States 4, Brazil 6. Corner kicks: United States 10, Brazil 3. Fouls: United States 7, Brazil 17. Offside: United States 4, Brazil 0. Yellow card cautions: United States - none; Brazil - Raquel 44, Jacqueline 87, Deva 88, Daniela 95+.

Referee: Sonia Denoncourt (Canada). Assistant referees: Sharon Wheeler (United States), George Gansner (United States). Attendance: 35,211 at Papa John's Cardinal Stadium (Louisville, Ky.). Weather: Drizzling, cool, 71 degrees.

Finland 3, South Korea 0

Lineups: Finland - Satu Kunnas, Hanna Lalne (Susana Heikari 39), Sanna Rasanen, Sari Seppanen, Julia Uusmalmi, Christina Forssell, Rosa Lappi-Seppala, Terhi Uusi-Luomalahti, Salla Ranta (Minna Tuominen 83), Sani Ylitalo, 1Heidi Kackur); South Korea - Mi Jung Kim, Yu Jin Kim, Suk Hee Jin, Young Sil Soo, Kyul Sil Kim, Me Jung Kim (Sun Mi Kang 38), Mi Yeon Lee, Eun Hyang Kim (Myung Hwa Lee 40), Yun Hee Choi, Sung Mi Cha, Kyung Suk Park (Suk Hee Jin 75).

Finland - Kackur (Forssell) 18;
Finland - Susanna (Unassisted) 58;
Finland - Susanna (Heidi Kackur) 84.

Shots: Finland 15, South Korea 16. Saves: Finland 10, South Korea 6. Corner kicks: Finland 1, South Korea 4. Fouls: Finland 17, South Korea 4. Offside: Finland 0, South Korea 0.

Referee: Nancy Lay (United States). Assistant referees: Brian Darling (United States), Andres Johannes (United States). Attendance: 35,211 at Papa John's Cardinal Stadium (Louisville, Ky.). Weather: Drizzling, cool, 71 degrees.

Goal scorers

United States: Lilly 4, Hamm 3, Fotopoulos 2, Milbrett 2, Fawcett 1, Parlow 1, Whalen 1.

Brazil: Roseli 4, Nildinha 2, Racquel 2, Maicon 1.

Finland: Heikari 3, Kackur 1.

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