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World Cup qualifying semifinals are near after dominant 3-0 whitewash of Trinidad & Tobago.

FULLERTON, Calif. (Tuesday, October 29, 2002) -- The United States women beat up on another overmatched opponent, squelching Trinidad & Tobago 3-0 in a CONCACAF World Cup qualifying Group 1 match tonight before 4,210 at Titan Stadium tonight.

The U.S. That the Americans scored only three times after compiling a 30-1 shots advantage, however could be an area of concern for coach April Heinrichs. In Sunday's opener, the Americans rolled up a 25-2 advantage in shots taken in a 3-0 triumph over Mexico.

"There is a lot of parity across the world in women's soccer and the gap is closing, but T&T employed a style that was very defensive," Heinrichs said. "It was not to win, but it was also not to lose by a certain margin. I think it was one of the best bunker systems we've played against. They are athletic and quick and there was a minimum of seven players behind the ball. So when you have that many bodies with that sort of closing speed, it's quite easy to organize a game plan if you only have to play half the game, that being defense. They sat back and played very organized and disciplined, and played extremely hard. If I was their coach, I would be proud of them as well."

The U.S. (2-0, 6 points) closes group play Saturday against Panama (1-1, 3) at SAFECO Field in Seattle at 10:30 p.m. (ET) in a match televised by Fox Sports World. Mexico (1-1, 3) defeated Panama 5-1 tonight. With the top two teams from each of two four-nation groups moving to the semifinals, the Americans can clinch advancement with a victory, tie, or probably even a loss to Panama. Losing to Panama in the first meeting between the nations is a result beyond comprehension.

Trinidad is 0-2 in group play.

A victory in the November 6 semifinals in Seattle will earn one of the region's two automatic berths in the Fourth Women's World Cup in China from September 24 to October 11, 2003. The championship match, to determine the Gold Cup winner, will be played November 9 at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, Calif.

Cindy Parlow, Brandi Chastain and Tiffeny Milbrett recorded the goals to defeat Trinidad.

U.S. defender Joy Fawcett, who captained the team, became the fourth player, man or woman, to appear 200 times for her nation, joining Kristine Lilly, Mia Hamm and Julie Foudy in that exclusive club.

"It means a lot for me to stay in the game so long, but I wouldn't be out there without my teammates," Fawcett said. "I wouldn't be out here if they didn't make it fun, so it's a tribute to them and how much we get along and play well together."

The U.S. went ahead 1-0 in the 19th minute when Parlow stole the ball from a defender, whirled toward the goal and spun her shot into the right corner from nine yards. It was her 54th international goal, passing Carin Gabarra (nee Jennings) into sole possession of fifth place on the all-time U.S. goals list.

The U.S. had a scary moment in stoppage time of the first half when Hamm took a hard knock on the shin from goalkeeper Lisa Jo Ramkissoon as both chased a bouncing ball in penalty area. Hamm had to leave the game at halftime and suffered a bruise, but said she was fine after the match.

Milbrett, who came on for Hamm, curved a cross in from the left to Chastain, who met it on the run and powered a header into the roof of the net at the near post to make it 2-0 in the 54th minute.

Nine minutes later, Shannon MacMillan sent a right-side cross to fellow midfielder to Julie Foudy who bounced a back-heel to Milbrett. The striker's first flick was saved, but the rebound came back to her to roll into the for her 89th career goal and a 3-0 advantage.

U.S. keeper keeper Briana Scurry needed to make just one save, an easy catch of a 40-yard floater in the second half.

Another measure of the American dominance were their 18 corner kicks to none for Trinidad. The U.S. caromed two shots off the goal frame.

United States 3, Trinidad & Tobago

Lineups: United States - Briana Scurry, Kate Sobrero (Aly Wagner 62), Brandi Chastain, Joy Fawcett, Cat Reddick, Tiffany Roberts (Lorrie Fair 78), Kristine Lilly, Julie Foudy (captain), Shannon MacMillan, Cindy Parlow, Mia Hamm (Tiffeny Milbrett 46). Trinidad & Tobago - Lisa Jo Ramkissoon, Terrie-Lisa John, Izler Brown (captain), Germaine Gordon, Dawn Marie Alfred, Nadia James (Kamara Charles 64), Tasha St. Louis, Rae Ann Elder, Ricarda Nelson, Maylee Attin-Johnson (Jinelle James 48), Ahkeela Mollon.

Scoring:
United States - Parlow (unassisted) 19.
United States - Chastain (Milbrett) 54.
United States - Milbrett (unassisted) 63.

Shots: United States 30, Trinidad & Tobago 1 Saves: United States 1, Trinidad & Tobago 10. Corner kicks: United States 18, Trinidad & Tobago 0 Fouls: United States 12, Trinidad & Tobago 8. Offside: United States 4, Trinidad & Tobago 0 Yellow card cautions: United States - Parlow 44; Trinidad & Tobago - Brown 28, St. Louis 80.

Referee: Dianne Ferreira-James (Guyana). Assistant referees: Paulette Riley (Jamaica), Jackeline Saez (Panama). Attendance: 4,210 at Titan Stadium in Fullerton, Calif. Weather: Cool, 62 degrees.

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