The sad part is that Trinidad and Tobago were the ones to experience
what that meant, in front of 10,483 American flag-waving fans.
In what amounted to little more than a stroll through Hershey
Park on Friday night, the world champions routed the overmatched Caribbean
side 11-0 as Cindy Parlow scored three goals. The American coach promised
her team would not back down, and it was relentless in the opener of the
Two of the younger, less-heralded World Cup players were dominant early in the one-sided match in which the Americans possessed the ball 90 per cent of the time.
Lorrie Fair, who has stepped in for injured Michelle Akers at
centre midfield, scored twice in a minute.
The visitors never had a chance. Were it not for some spectacular
saves by goalkeeper Nicole Mitchell, the United States might have reached
two dozen goals. And after Mitchell banged her knee in a collision with
Mia Hamm late in the first half, the Americans seemed capable of it.
Hamm, who missed a half-dozen wonderful chances in the first half,
drilled home a short shot off a scramble in the 48th minute. She got another
in the 68th.
Shannon MacMillan put a penalty shot over the crossbar moments
after Hamm's first score, but that didn't stem the onslaught. Parlow got
her second of the night with a header off a precise corner kick by Tiffany
Milbrett in the 51st.
Hamm then made a perfect feed to MacMillan for a short tap-in in the 62nd.
Eleven minutes later, Parlow headed in a long cross from Brandi
Chastain to make it 9-0. It was her fourth three-goal game of the year.
Sara Whalen converted the 10th goal off MacMillan's long through
pass and got the final goal on a breakaway in the 90th.
Earlier, Brazil had an equally easy time with Costa Rica as Roseli
and Formiga scored two goals each in an 8-0 romp.
T&T meet Brazil in their second match today. (USA Today)