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Schedule for World Cup prep matches is set.

Ryan, Lilly to visit China for Women's World Cup draw.

Lilly scores two more in U.S.'s 5-0 rout of Mexico.

Wambach's two goals, Lloyd strike beat Sweden 3-2, earn Algarve final.

Lloyd's second straight winner downs Finland 1-0 in Algarve Cup.

Lloyd goal is winner in 2-1 Algarve opening win over China.

Chalupny, Kai power Americans past China 2-0, to Four Nations crown.

Solo stops help save 0-0 draw with Germany to open Four Nations Cup.

Wambach finds net twice, U.S. defeatd Mexico 2-0, qualify for Women's World Cup.

Pardoned Lilly scores, Americans edge Canada to take Peace Cup title.

Lilly equalizes for 1-1 draw with Denmark to open Peace Cup.

Wambach scores three, assists three in 10-0 rout of Taiwan.

Peace Cup event is added to WWC preparation.

Wambach, Kai provide winning margin in 2-0 win over Canada.

O'Reilly, Whitehill help post familiar 5-0 triumph over Ireland.

Germany blanks U.S. 2-0 in U-21 Nordic final.

Reserve Kai nets winner in 1-0 decision over Japan.

Wambach's three strikes lead 3-1 comeback victory over Japan.

Visit to Japan is scheduled, qualifying road is set.

U.S. women

Wambach nets pair, UNC quartet adds four in 6-2 rout of Canada.

Greg Ryan
Greg Ryan is yet to lose a match in regulation, running his record to 33-0-7 since becoming head coach of the United States women.
-- U.S. Soccer Federation photo --

FRISCO, Texas (Saturday, May 12, 2007) -- Striker Abby Wambach scored twice, while a quartet of University of North Carolina alumni each added a goal, lifting the United States women to a 6-2 rout of Canada before a spirited 8,569 at Pizza Hut Park tonight.

Forward Lindsay Tarpley, midfielder Lori Chalupny, and strikers Kristine Lilly and Heather O'Reilly, all former UNC stars, each chipped in a goal, while Tarpley and Lilly also recorded assists. This allowed the U.S. to raise its record to 7-0-2 in 2007, stretching its unbeaten streak to 41 (34-0-7, .915), though the Americans did suffer a loss to Germany in penalty kicks in the 2006 Algarve Cup final, a result that officially went into the books as a 0-0 draw. Coach Greg Ryan, who was promoted to replace April Heinrichs following her resignation before the 2005 Algarve Cup, is 33-0-7 (.913) in a remarkable start to his head coaching career.

The U.S. managed only 12 shots tonight, seven on frame, but six of those went in as Canada's usually reliable goalkeeper Erin McLeod, a former All-American at Penn State, had a rough day, particularly culpable on the first three American tallies.

The U.S., the top-rated team in the rankings of world governing body FIFA, defeated No. 10 Canada for the ninth straight time and is undefeated in the last 13 meetings (11-0-2). It was the largest margin over Canada's first team since a 9-1 romp at the Pacific Cup in Australia in the summer 0f 2000. In April 2003, the Americans posted a 6-1 decision over Canada, which put together a young, inexperienced side on short notice to replace Nigeria after it pulled out of a match in Washington, D.C.

"They threw a lot of numbers forward and that's why you saw a lot of goals in this game," Ryan said. "They threw numbers forward, and then we countered and had great chances. Our set plays were very good tonight as well. We scored off two long balls and a great cross from Kristine Lilly. . . Set pieces are always a big thing and we produced tonight."

Three goals were scored in the first 13 minutes tonight with the Americans jumping ahead for good at 2-1. After only two minutes, U.S. defender Catherine Whitehill, another UNC alum, launched a long free kick into the penalty area from the left flank. As U.S. midfielder Carli Lloyd settled under the ball, McLeod tried to go over her to punch the ball away. The two became tangled and both went to the ground with referee Sandra Serafina ruling McLeod had knocked Lloyd over.

As McLeod guessed and dove to her left, Wambach drove the subsequent penalty kick down the middle for a 1-0 lead in the third minute.

Eight minutes later, McLeod sent a goal kick to midfield where forward Christine Sinclair headed it down the right flank. Fellow striker Rhian Wilkinson was the recipient and she beat U.S. defender Christie Rampone around the corner and hit a low shot from 12 yards out under advancing goalkeeper Hope Solo to equalize at 1-1.

The American needed only two minutes to respond. U.S. defender Heather Mitts collected a Canadian clearance on the right side and curled a cross to the near post. McLeod came out, but could not get to the ball. Tarpley used her first touch to volley the ball into the right side of the net for her 15th career goal and a 2-1 advantage.

The U.S. made it 3-1 in the 28th minute when Whitehill again sent a long free kick into the penalty area. McLeod again came out of her net, but she only managed to punch the ball weakly. Tarpley worked the ball free from the pack of players and poked it back to Chalupny, who deftly lifted a 23-yeard shot over the pack of players into the middle of the net for her fourth career goal before McLeod to get back into position.

Seven minutes later, Wambach flicked a header of a long-throw-in down the right wing to Lloyd, who beat defender Randee Hermus off the dribble. Lloyd carried deep into the right side of the box before cutting a pass back into the path of Lilly who, in stride, drove a left-footer into the right corner of the net past a helpless McLeod from eight yards for a 4-1 lead.

In her world-record 325th international appearance, Lilly registered her 122nd career goal, second only to former U.S. and UNC teammate Mia Hamm's 158.

Lilly nearly struck again from midfield in the 40th minute when she spotted McLeod straying far from her net, but her long shot sailed wide right.

Canada reduced its deficit to 4-2 in the 50th minute when McLeod sent a free kick into the U.S. box where midfielder Amy Walsh headed the ball into the pack of players. Sinclair dug the ball out of the crowd, touched the ball to create space and slipped her shot past Solo into the lower right corner of the net from eight yards away.

"They scored two goals, but we kept finishing and that was the difference," Lilly said. "Once we started to calm the ball down and play our game, we finished some great goals.

"This team has been working hard for the last two-and-a-half years and you see things starting to come together. Players are stepping up now. Carli Lloyd is finishing, Heather O'Reilly finished, Lori Chalupny finished a goal tonight. These younger players are making things happen and feeling good about themselves and that's what we need going into the World Cup (September 10-30 in China)."

In the 65th minute, Chalupny was chopped down on the left flank by Canada defender Brittany Timko, who played collegiately at Nebraska. Lilly bent a cross into the box to Wambach who, moving away from the net, headed the ball back and into the lower right corner of the net.

Wmbach now has 71 goals in 90 career outings and is four behind Cindy Parlow for fifth place on the U.S. all-time scoring list.

O'Reilly, who entered 11 minutes earlier, made it 6-2 in the 73rd minute. Lilly headed a poor Canada clearance to reserve midfielder Aly Wagner, who joined the fray a minute earlier. Wagner found O'Reilly in the right side of the box and she turned to hit a shot from the 18-year-line across the face of the goal and into the right corner of the net for her 10th career tally.

The U.S. women wore special pink uniforms in support of breast cancer awareness. The jerseys will be auctioned off through Wednesday with the funds donated to benefit the cause.

Notes: U.S. defender Kate Markgraf played the first 53 minutes after coming back from injuries that caused her to miss the last five matches. Defender Marian Dalmy came on for Markgraf for her second international appearance.

Mitts went down in the 25th minute with an injury to her left knee with an MRI exam scheduled to determine the extent of the injury. She was replaced by Stephanie Lopez.

The U.S. women, currently involved in a four-month residency camp at The Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif., next face China June 16 at Cleveland Browns Stadium to commence a six-game send-off series that precedes the World Cup. One June 23, the Americans take on Brazil at Giants Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J.


United States 6, Canada 2

Lineups: United States - Hope Solo, Heather Mitts (Stephanie Lopez 27), Catherine Whitehill, Kate Markgraf (Marian Dalmy 53), Christie Rampone, Shannon Boxx, Lori Chalupny (Aly Wagner 72), Carli Lloyd (Leslie Osborne 58), Lindsay Tarpley (Heather O'Reilly 62), Abby Wambach (Natasha Kai 82), Kristine Lilly (captain). Canada - Erin McLeod, Katie Thorlakson (Kristina Kiss 72), Randee Hermus, Martina Franko, Brittany Timko, Diana Matheson (Sophie Schmidt 79), Andrea Neil (Kara Lang 46), Amy Walsh, Candace Chapman, Christine Sinclair (captain), Rhian Wilkinson (Jodi-Ann Robinson 85).

Scoring:
United States - Wambach (penalty kick) 3.
Canada - Wilkinson (Sinclair) 11.
United States - Tarpley (Mitts) 13.
United States - Chalupny (Tarpley) 28.
United States - Lilly (Lloyd) 35.
Canada - Sinclair (Walsh) 50.
United States - Wambach (Lilly) 65.
United States - O'Reilly (Wagner) 73.

Shots: United States 12, Canada 6. Shots on goal: United States 7, Canada 3. Saves: United States 2, Canada 1. Corner kicks: United States 2, Canada 1. Fouls: United States 10, Canada 15. Offside: United States 7, Canada 1. Yellow card cautions: United States - Lloyd 9, Boxx 80; Canada - McLeod 3, Franko 79, Walsh 85.

Referee: Sandra Serafini (United States). Assistant referees: Margaret Domka (United States), Kim Oberle (United States). Fourth official: Shelley Finger (United States). Attendance: 8,569 at Pizza Hut Park in Frisco, Texas. Weather: Humid, breezy, 80 degrees.


The field for the 2007 Women's World Cup to be played September 10-30 in China:

Host: China
Asia: Australia, North Korea, Japan.
Africa: Nigeria, Ghana.
North America, Central America, Caribbean: United States, Canada.
Europe: Norway, Sweden, Denmark, Germany, England.
Oceania: New Zealand.
South America: Argentina, Brazil.


The Wormen's World Cup venues:

Shanghai: Shanghai Hongkou Football Stadium (six first-round matches, third-place match, championship game).
Tianjin: - Tianjin Olympic Center Stadium (two first-round matches, two quarterfinal matches, one semifinal match).
Hangzhou: Zhejiang Dragon Stadium (six first-round matches, one semifinal match).
Wuhan: Wuhan Sports Center Stadium (four first-round matches, two quarterfinal matches).
Chengdu: Chengdu Sports Center Stadium (six first-round matches).

Group A will be based in Shanghai.
Group B will be based in Chengdu.
Group C will be based in Hangzhou.
Group D will be based in Wuhan.

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