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Milbrett, Parlow net a pair of goals apiece in 7-1 rout of Russia.

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (Sunday, August 13, 2000) -- American coach April Heinrichs experimented with so many different lineups this year that Tiffeny Milbrett was a little concerned she might not make the Olympic team.

Milbrett concerns were far from justified. Although the diminutive forward is not nearly as well-known as teammates Mia Hamm, Kristine Lilly, Michelle Akers, et al., she has provided as many goals in key situations as anyone.

This afternoon, the situation was hardly dire, facing an overmatched opponent, but Milbrett had two goals and an assist among the Americans first four tallies in a 7-1 romp over Russia before 21,278 at the Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium.

Tiffeny Milbrett
Tiffeny Milbrett
"At this level you never know what the game is going to give you," Milbrett said. "The game was very generous to me today."

And despite her worries, Milbrettís contributions are greatly appreciated by her teammates and coaches. "Tiffeny was outstanding," Heinrichs said. "She has such a sweet technical ability inside the box. Those were two beautiful goals."

The Americans (21-4-5 this year) took a deserved 1-0 lead in the 11th minute when Milbrett, the shortest player on the field at 5-foot-2, outjumped two Russian defenders from 10 yards out and headed home Shannon MacMillan's cross from the right flank.

In the 24th minute the United States went ahead 2-0, when Russian goalkeeper Tatiana Repeikina could only punch out Mia Hamm's cross from the left wing. The ball came to U.S. defender Brandi Chastain, who was just outside the penalty area, and she sent the ball back across the goal. U.S. captain Julie Foudy, standing at the far post, headed it in from one yard out.

"I think we played the future Olympic champions," Russian coach Yuri Bystritsky said after the game.

Milbrett got her second goal in the 50th minute when, from seven yards out, she converted a Hamm pass to increase the lead to 3-1. Milbrett has 11 goals for the Americans this year, tied for second behind Cindy Parlow's 17.

"Tiffeny is so enthusiastic and dangerous," Hamm said. "She is one of the unsung heroes on this team."

The Russians narrowed their deficit to 3-1 six minutes later when Natalia Barbashina broke through the U.S. defense and beat U.S. keeper Siri Mullinix with a low shot that went in off the far post.

Hamm made it 4-1 in the 58th minute after Repeikina failed to hold on to Milbrett's cross from the left flank. Hamm controlled the loose ball and rounded the goalie to tap in an easy shot for her 123rd career goal in her 205th game.

Parlow upped the advantage to 5-1 when she took Danielle Slanton's pass and chipped a pretty right-footed shot over the Russian goalie.

Michelle Akers
Michelle Akers
The crowd roared at the start of the second half when Akers replaced Shannon MacMillan. Akers, the veteran midfielder, showed no signs of being bothered by her injured shoulder and had the crowd on its feet in the 77th minute when she drove home a shot from seven yards to make it 6-1.

It was Akersí 105th career goal. She is tied for third as the highest goal scorer in the world with Italyís Carolina Morace.

Two minutes later, Parlow rounded out the scoring with a beautiful back heel shot off Joy Fawcett's pass.

The U.S used all 18 players on its roster. "Everybody got to play in this game, so it was the perfect tune-up for the Olympics," Heinrichs said of the Summer Games that start next month in Australia.

The two nations meet Tuesday for a closed door match (that counts as a full international) at University of Marylandís Ludwig Field at 7 p.m. (ET).

United States 7, Russia 1

Lineups: United States - Siri Mullinix (Briana Scurry 81), Christie Pearce, Joy Fawcett, Brandi Chastain (Carla Overbeck 63), Kate Sobrero (Danielle Slaton 46), Kristine Lilly, Lorrie Fair, Julie Foudy (Michelle Akers 46), Shannon MacMillan (Nikki Serlenga 46), Tiffeny Milbrett (Cindy Parlow 61), Mia Hamm (Sara Whalen 76). Russia - Tatiana Repeikina, Natalia Kopkova (Yulia Yushkevich 46), Marina Burakova, Elena Zhikhareva, Natalia Filippova (SvetlanaFekolina 63), Armine Gevorgian (Oksana Shmachkova 46), Elena Fomina, Olga Karasseva, Tatiana Skotnikova (Olga Sergaeva 62), Natalia Barbashina, Olga Letushova.

Scoring:
United States - Milbrett (MacMillan) 11.
United States - Foudy (Chastain) 24.
United States - Milbrett (Hamm) 50.
Russia- Barbashina (Fomina) 56.
United States - Hamm (Milbrett) 58.
United States - Parlow (Slaton) 73.
United States - Akers (Whalen) 77.
United States - Parlow (Fawcett) 79.

Shots: United States 20, Russia 4. Saves: United States 0, Russia 0. Corner kicks: United States 6, Russia 2. Fouls: United States 8, Russia 7. Offside: United States 8, Russia 4. Yellow card caution: Russia - Burkova 75.

Referee: Andrew Barnes (United States). Assistant referees: Robert Fereday (United States), Craig Lowry (United States). Attendance: 21,278 at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium in Annapolis, Md. Weather: Balmy, windy, overcast, 74 degrees.

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