Milbrett, MacMillan net two goals apiece in 6-0 rout of visiting Brazil, for DiCicco’s 100th win.DENVER (Sunday, September 26, 1999) -- With news reports circulating that their coach Tony DiCicco would not be rehired for next year, the United States women gave him his 100th victory with an impressive 6-0 trouncing of World Cup semifinalist Brazil before 25,099 at Mile High Stadium this afternoon.
DiCicco, who side is now 22-2-2 with a World Cup title in 1999, has a career mark of 100-8-8 (.896), easily the winningest coach in U.S. history.
"The 100th win was very special," said DiCicco, who got a Gatorade shower from his players at the match’s conclusion. "It wasn't just a milestone for me, but for the U.S. Soccer Federation, the players and my family who have been with me and supported me through it all."
During a second-half interview during the broadcast on ESPN, U.S. Soccer president Bob Contiguglia hesitantly responded, "Yes," when asked whether DiCicco’s contract would be extended beyond December 31.
Forwards Tiffeny Milbrett and Shannon MacMillan, who teamed together on the front line for the University of Portland during their college careers, each scored two goals while midfielder Kristine Lilly picked up three assists.
The Brazilian team was a shadow of the squad which pushed the Americans to their limits in a tense 2-0 decision during the World Cup semifinals. The U.S. side, despite playing without starters Mia Hamm and Michelle Akers, two of four players in women’s international history with more than 100 goals, as well as goalkeeper Briana Scurry, looked sharp in its second game since winning the world championship.
Saskia Webber played the entire match for the U.S. and made two saves for the shutout.
"Brazil was not at is strongest," DiCicco said. "But we came out to show that the United States is not going to rest on past success. We want to get better because we have a new goal now and that's the Olympic gold medal. We know it will be a very difficult challenge to win in Australia, but this game was a great step towards that end."
The first U.S. goal came in the 29th minute when MacMillan sprang Milbrett with a through pass down the left flank. The speedy Milbrett ran past Brazilian defender Juliana into the penalty area, then cut back sharply into the middle before driving her shot on the ground into the right corner.
The Americans made it 2-0 following a bizarre set of circumstances when Andreia caught a back-pass off the foot of one of her defenders in the 34th minute. Referee Sandy Hunt immediately whistled for the indirect free kick about 12 yards from the Brazilian goal. Lilly wrestled the ball away from Andreia, quickly put it on the ground and played a short pass to MacMillan, who easily tapped the ball into the open net as the Brazilians just stood and helplessly watched.
Lilly was also the catalyst for the third goal four minutes later when she won a slide tackle at midfield, then quickly popped to her feet and rolled a beautiful pass that put Cindy Parlow behind the defense. Parlow dribbled in on goal and bent her shot into the right side of the net for the 3-0 lead.
Lilly got her third consecutive assist in the final seconds of the half when she penetrated down the right flank and slotted a perfect pass on the ground into the middle. Milbrett had time to take a touch before slamming the ball into the roof of the net from seven yards out for her 66th international goal and a 4-0 advantage.
MacMillan got her second goal in the 70th minute, taking a square pass from Tisha Venturini at the top of the penalty box before ripping a shot that was deflected and looped over Andreia before settling in the right corner for her 22nd career goal. Danielle Fotopoulos got the final goal in the 84th minute when she redirected MacMillan's free-kick into the net from three yards out.
United States 6, Brazil 0Lineups: United States - Saskia Webber, Carla Overbeck (Tiffany Roberts 46), Kate Sobrero, Sara Whalen, Christie Pearce, Joy Fawcett (Brandi Chastain 46), Julie Foudy (Aleisha Cramer 66), Kristine Lilly (Tisha Venturini 46), Cindy Parlow (Danielle Fotopoulos 46), Tiffeny Milbrett, Shannon MacMillan; Brazil - Andreia, Cris (Suzana 46), Juliana, Fanta, Fabiana, Cidinha (Deva 46), Daniela, Raquel (Nildinha 64), Sissi, Roseli, Maicon.
Shots: United States 15, Brazil 4. Saves: United States 2, Brazil 5. Corner kicks: United States 11, Brazil 1. Fouls: United States 15, Brazil 15. Offside: United States 1, Brazil 1. Yellow card caution: United States - Parlow 34, Foudy 42. Brazil - Raquel 50, Daniela 52.
Referee: Sandy Hunt (United States). Assistant referees: Jose Corro (United States), Rudy Bettmann (United States). Attendance: 25,099 at Mile High Stadium in Denver. Weather: Sunny, breezy, 78 degrees.