United States 4, Canada 0
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) _ Cindy Parlow scored a goal and had an assist for the United States in a 4-0 win over Canada in the finals of the U.S. Women’s Cup on Sunday.
Kristine Lilly played the whole game for the U.S. team, making her the first player in the history of international soccer to play in 200 games.
Lilly, who wore red and gold shoes for the occasion, assisted Parlow’s goal, a header into the left corner of the net in the 75th minute.
All the U.S. goals came in the second half.
Julie Foudy started the scoring 56 seconds into the half by connecting on her fourth shot of the game, a strong header on a cross from Shannon MacMillan that went just over Canada goalkeeper Karina LeBanc’s outstretched hands.
In the 80th minute, Parlow nearly scored again, but LeBanc jumped and blocked the ball off the crossbar.
Tiffeny Milbrett was right in front of the goal, and she scored easily to put the United States ahead 3-0.
Christie Welsh then closed out the scoring on a high arching shot went over Lebanc and bounced into the center of the goal.
Canada, which played an aggressive and quick first half, nearly scored in the 50th minute when 16-year-old Christina Sinclair followed Carla Overbeck’s tap to keeper Siri Mullinix, forcing Mullinix to hurry her clear.
Canada’s Christine Latham was charging and fired a low shot just to the right of Mullinix, who dove and stopped the threat.
Canada had a good shot at tying the game in the 71st minute, as Sinclair found Latham dead center in the penalty area. But the pass caught Latham short, forcing her to pass to Amy Walsh, who hit Mullinix in the chest with a hard shot.
Without the precise passing it used to beat Mexico 8-0 in the semifinals, the U.S. team finally settled down in the first half and ended up outshooting Canada 32-9, including 13-3 in the second half.