Milbrett Goal Gives USA Victory in Women's Gold Cup final

Published July 4th, 2000 - 02:00 GMT

Tiffeny Milbrett's 44th-minute strike was enough to give the United States a 1-0 victory over Brazil Monday and the first Women's Gold Cup crown. 

Milbrett claimed her 76th international goal in 147 appearances with a left-footed blast from 12 yards out after a crisp pass from Mia Hamm. 

"I just found myself open in the penalty area, and I thought, 'If Mia could just get the ball to me,'" Milbrett said. 

"She had the great sight to get the ball to me and I just took a whack at it." 

Siri Mullinix staked her claim to the starting US goalkeeper's job as the Olympics approach with five saves for her 10th clean sheet. 

Mullinix originally inherited the role in place of injured World Cup hero Briana Scurry. 

"I think we all get a sense that Siri Mullinix is playing big-time soccer," US coach April Heinrichs said of the keeper, who demonstrated her athleticism in the 60th minute when she dived and rolled to clear the ball in front of a closing Cidinha. 

Brazil reached the final by beating China, who were expected to reach the final, and make it a re-match of the 1999 Women's World Cup final won by the United States. 

China earned third place earlier Monday with a 2-1 victory over Canada. 

Qiu Haiyan scoring the game-winner in the 73rd minute, benefiting from a defensive mix-up that let her gain control of Pan Lina's long ball into the penalty area. 

Canadian goalkeeper Nicky Wright came off her line sluggishly, and neither she nor two Canadian defenders could control the ball, leaving Qiu to grab her second goal of the tournament. 

Jin Yan had given China a 1-0 lead in the 42nd minute, racing from the left onto a ball put through by Shui Qingxia and firing a left-footed shot through Wright's feet. 

Charmaine Hooper converted a penalty in the 58th as the Canadians made the 1999 Women's World Cup runners-up work hard for the victory – (AFP)

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