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Milbrett nets her own rebound, providing 1-0 decision over Canada.

BLAINE, Minnesota (Tuesday, July 3, 2001) -- Striker Tiffeny Milbrett’s 85th international goal, coming in the 77th minute, was enough for the United States women to snap a four-game winless streak against Canada with a 1-0 victory this afternoon before 15,614, a National Sports Center record.

The U.S. goal came after defender Brandi Chastain collected a Canadian clearance in full stride, dodged a sliding tackle and then was leveled by an elbow to the head 28 yards from goal by Silvana Burtini who received a yellow card.

After midfielder Kristine Lilly ran over the dead ball, striker Mia Hamm took the free kick which deflected off the head of a Canada’s Charmaine Hooper. The ball spun to U.S. forward Cindy Parlow who had the ball go off her chect to Milbrett. In front of goalkeeper Nici Wright, U.S. midfielder Aleiha Cramer went down in a pile with two Cacandians. Milbrett shot into the scrum from eight yards with the ball bouncing off and sitting on the six-yard line. Milbrett was first to the loose ball and nailed the top right corner to make it 1-0.

"Sometimes a 1-0 game is more dramatic for the fans, but we would have like to put in a few more goals for them," Milbrett said. "Mia had some great deception on the goal. We all thought she was going to shoot the ball, but she sent a great pass over the wall to Cindy. I think we got one shot off, but it looked like a rugby scrum in there and I just hit it with my left foot."

The Americans, who were tied 2-2 by the Canadians on Saturday night in Toronto, are 1-2-2 in their last five games and 23-3-2 overall against Canada.

U.S. keeper Siri Mullinix made a acrobatic diving saved at her right post to snare Sharolta Nonen 25-yard blast off a Chastain clearance in the fourth minute of stoppage time to preserve the victory.

"It was a great crowd and a great atmosphere," said midfielder Julie Foudy. "We can play much better and we certainly can finish better, but when you get a win over a tough team like Canada, especially with all the problems they've given us lately, you've got to be pleased."

The U.S., the 1999 World Cup and last year's Summer Olympics silver medalist is 2-5-2 this year, but before these two matches with Canada, the roster consisted on young players with the veterans participating in the Women’s Uniter Soccer Association.

Most of the first half was spent in the United States' attacking half with the Americans taking seven shots. For the game, the U.S. outshot Canada 17-4, 12-2 on frame.

American forward Shannon MacMillan came up empty on three solid chances in the penalty area, including one that forced Wright to make a diving save. Canadian defender Isabelle Morneau cleared an open-net shot by Milbrett in the sixth minute.

Cindy Parlow, 23, became the youngest U.S. player in history to make 100 international appearances.

Canada was without Amy Walsh and Karina LeBlanc because of badly sprained ankles. Walsh was injured in the eighth minute of Saturday's game.

United States 1, Canada 0

Lineups: United States - Siri Mullinix, Keri Raygor (Jena Kluegel, 35th), Catherine Reddick, Brandi Chastain, Michelle French (Christie Pearce 46), Julie Foudy, Lorrie Fair (Aleisha Cramer 46), Kristine Lilly (Nikki Serlenga 83), Shannon MacMillan (Mia Hamm 56), Cindy Parlow, Tiffeny Milbrett. Canada - Nicci Wright, Breanna Boyd, Sharolta Nonen, Isabelle Morneau, Isabelle Harvey, Kristina Kiss (Wanda Rozwadowska 82), Anderea Neil (Randee Hermus 86), Silvana Burtini, Christine Sinclair, Charmaine Hooper, Christine Latham.

United States - Milbrett (unassisted) 77.

Shots: United States 17, Canada 4 Shots on goal: United States 12, Canada 2. Saves: United States 2, Canada 10. Corner kicks: United States 7, Canada 2 Fouls: United States 11, Canada 16. Offside: United States 4, Canada 2. Yellow card cautions: Canada - Neil 12, Burtini 76.

Referee: Rachel Woo (United States) Assistant referees: Robert Petersen (United States), Anthony Vasoli (United States). Attendance: 15,614 at National Sports Center in Blaine, Minn. Weather: Sunny, breezy, 78 degrees.

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