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Wambach scores three, assists three in 10-0 rout of Taiwan.
CARSON, Calif. (Sunday, October 1, 2006) -- Striker Abby Wambach had three goals and three assists in the United States women's 10-0 humiliation of Taiwan in a friendly before 5,479 at The Home Depot Center this afternoon.
| Megan Rapinoe came off the bench to score the first two goals of her career with the U.S. womne.
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With her fifth career hat trick, Wambach increased her career total to 62 goals, passing the recently retired Shannon MacMillan to move into sixth place on the all-time U.S. scoring list.
The Americans won by their biggest margin since drubbing Trinidad & Tobago 11-0 on June 23, 2000.
"Games like this are games where you work on things," Wambach said. "These are the games where you take those risks that you might not take in a Germany game, but you'll get comfortable to take those risks in a Germany game."
That the U.S. would romp to victory certainly was no surprise -- the Americans won a closed-door scrimmage between the nations 7-0 during the week.
"The main thing for us is confidence and for us to get a rhythm and playing together," U.S. coach Greg Ryan said. "We really stressed playing on the flanks, using the whole width of the field, playing touchline to touchline. On the whole, I was happy with it. Obviously, the level of opponent wasn't as strong as we normally play, but we appreciate them coming and giving us a game."
Forward Lindsey Tarpley and her replacement Megan Rapinoe, who entered in the 63rd minute, each scored twice, while striker Kristine Lilly had a goal and two assists in her 312th international game - extending her all-time appearance record for women or men.
Goalkeeper Briana Scurry was not required to make a save in earning her first clean sheet since the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens, Greece. Taiwan did not manage to take a shot.
Defensive midfielder Leslie Osborne scored her first international goal in the eighth minute, heading home Lilly's right-side corner kick from about a yard out after the ball had sailed over the head of goalkeeper goalkeeper Chen Yi Ju
Five minutes later, Wambach reached a Lilly cross and put it away from 10 yards with her first touch to make it 2-0.
Tarpley then found net twice in a span of five minutes. After Chen made one of her four saves, Tarpley converted the rebound in the 22nd minute. Then Tarpley scored on a breakaway and it was 4-0 in the 27th minute.
Lilly scored her 113th international goal on a chip in the 49th minute. Wambach scored on a breakaway in the 51st minute and made it 7-0 in the 62nd minute when her shot from 15 yards went under under substitute goalkeeper Huang Feng Chiu.
Midfielder Carli Lloyd added her first international goal in the 76th minute before Rapinoe, in her fourth international appearance, registered the first two goals of her U.S. career in the 79th and 82nd minutes.
"I'm playing well and I'm having a lot of fun, but we had three people score their first goal and that's a huge stat," Wambach said. "We're building the confidence of the younger players to send us through and, hopefully, win the World Cup."
U.S. defender Kate Margraf, a veteran of two Women's World Cup and two Olympic teams, returned to the lineup for the first time since the birth of her son in July. She started and played 63 minutes in her first action since last October.
Midfielder Angela Hucles, back from injury, made her first U.S. start since July 24, 2005, and played the entire 90 minutes.
United States 10, Taiwan 0
Lineups: United States - Briana Scurry, Lori Chalupny, Christie Rampone, Kate Markgraf (Tina Frimpong 63), Heather Mitts (Stephanie Lopez 46), Leslie Osborne (Marci Miller 63), Angela Hucles, Aly Wagner (Carli Lloyd 46), Lindsay Tarpley (Megan Rapinoe 63), Abby Wambach, Kristine Lilly - captain (Danesha Adams 75). Taiwan - Chen Yi Ju (Huang Feng Chiu 52), Wang Chia Yu (Hsu Chi Ling 80), Huang Yu Chen, Yu Pei Wen (captain), Lu Hui Mei, Lin Chiung Ying, Chiu Fu Yu (Lan Mei Fen 39), Lu Yen Ling (Chuang Shu Mei 68), Wang Hsiang Huei, Shih Li Hui, Chen Ya Huei.
United States - Osborne (Lilly) 8.
United States - Wambach (Lilly) 13.
United States - Tarpley (unassisted) 22.
United States - Tarpley (Wagner) 27.
United States - Lilly (Wambach) 49.
United States - Wambach (Lloyd) 51.
United States - Wambach (unassisted) 62.
United States - Lloyd (Wambach) 76.
United States - Rapinoe (Wambach) 79.
United States - Rapinoe (Adams) 82.
Shots: United States 23, Taiwan 0.
Shots on goal: United States 14, Taiwan 0.
Saves: United States 0, Taiwan 4.
Corner kicks: United States 7, Taiwan 1.
Fouls: United States 14, Taiwan 7.
Offside: United States 10, Taiwan 0
Yellow card caution: Taiwan - Yu Chen (caution) 58.
Referee: Jennifer Bennett (United States).
Assistant referees: Veronica Perez (United States), Margaret Domka (United States).
Fourth official: Marlene Duffy (United States).
Attendance: 5,479 at The Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif.
Weather: Cloudy, warm, 68 degrees.
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