Milbrett scores two, adds assist in 5-0 drubbing of Ireland.
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (Saturday, September 4, 1999) -- The United States women’s first test since winning the Women’s World Cup was hardly a test at all.
Tiffeny Milbrett led the way with two goals and an assist as the U.S. drubbed Ireland 5-0 at Foxboro Stadium before 30,564 fans, many of whom were there to see the home New England Revolution get humbled 5-1 by the Tampa Bay Mutiny in Major League Soccer action.
"I give a lot of credit to Ireland for playing an entertaining match," said U.S. coach Tony DiCicco. Of course the only ones entertained were fans of the victorious Americans who outshot World Cup nonqualifier Ireland 26-3 and held a 17-0 edge in corner kicks.
"I'm proud of our team, because while we might not have had as much to leave on the field as we did in the World Cup, everything we had, we gave," DiCicco said. "It showed the pride these players have and their professionalism every time they step on the field."
The 17 U.S. players have a total 1,599 international appearances; the young Irish a combined 104 caps.
In the 25th minute, defender Joy Fawcett played a pass out to Cindy Parlow on the left flank. Parlow then one-touched a looping ball over the top of the Ireland defense to a streaking Milbrett, who ran it down, touched it forward with her chest and then calmly volleyed the bouncing ball into the left corner from 16 yards out for a 1-0 advantage.
In the 38th minute, Parlow created the second goal when her header off an Ireland goal kick put Milbrett alone behind the defense in the right side of the penalty area. A defender came over to cover, leaving the middle open, and Milbrett played her cross on the ground to a wide open Julie Foudy, who netted her 32d career goal on the first touch from four yards to make it 2-0.
In the 59th minute, speedy defender Sara Whalen, who entered the game one minute earlier for Parlow, broke free on the right wing and streaked toward goal. She laid a perfect ball on the ground for Milbrett to push into the left corner from 13 yards for her 64th career goal.
The final two U.S. tallies came in the 72d and 75th minutes. The score became 4-0 after Shannon MacMillan drove a corner kick to the far post where Brandi Chastain headed the ball into the middle where Fawcett could nod it home.
Striker Mia Hamm exposed the Ireland defense for the final goal when she penetrated and forced a kick save from Irish goalkeeper Emma Byrne. The clearance landed at Kristine Lilly's feet 25 yards from the goal. She took one touch and drove a curving 19-yard into the upper right corner with the outside of her right foot. It was her the 77th career tally.
The U.S. next plays Brazil September 26 at Mile High Stadium in Denver.
United States 5, Ireland 0Lineups: United States - Saskia Webber (Tracy Ducar 46), Carla Overbeck (Brandi Chastain 46), Kate Sobrero, Christie Pearce (Shannon MacMillan 46), Tiffany Roberts, Joy Fawcett, Kristine Lilly, Julie Foudy (Tisha Venturini 46), Tiffeny Milbrett, Cindy Parlow (Sara Whalen 58), Mia Hamm; Ireland - Emma Byrne, Carol Conlon (Sonya Maher 46), Rosie Power, Abby Walsh (Susan Heapes 46), Dolores Deasley, Ciera Grant (Emma Kilduff 69), Sylvia Gee (Niamh Connelly 58), Holly Pierce (Yvonne Tracey 79), Margaret Saurin, Grainne Kierans, Claire Scanlon.
Shots: United States 26, Ireland 3. Saves: United States 0, Ireland 5. Corner kicks: United States 17, Ireland 0. Fouls: United States 8, Ireland 6. Offside: United States 5, Ireland 0. Yellow card caution: none.
Referee: Nancy Lay (United States). Assistant referees: Jennifer O'Brien (United States), Rachel Woo (United States). Attendance: 30,564 at Foxboro Stadium in Foxborough, Mass. Weather: 82 degrees, humid, balmy.