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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

Lilly scores two more in 5-0 rout of Mexico.

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (Saturday, April 14, 2007) -- Abby Wambach and Lindsay Tarpley scored in the first half, while Kristine Lilly, the third member of the striking trio, found net twice after intermission, allowing the United States women to continue their utter dominance of Mexico with a 5-0 romp before 18,184 at Gillette Stadium last night.

The Americans are 19-0 all-time against Mexico, having outscored their southern neighbor 89-6. The U.S. oushot Mexico 36-7 today, 20-4 on frame.

"I thought Abby, Lilly and Tarpley played some of the best soccer off of one another that I have seen in a while, in terms of understanding where each player was," U.S. coach Greg Ryan said. "I was really pleased to see that kind of chemistry. I'm very, very pleased with this team."

The U.S., playing on artificial surface for only the sixth time, raised its record to 6-0-2 in 2007, running its unbeaten streak to 40 matches (33-0-7). Ryan ran his record to 32-0-7 since being promoted to the head job in February 2005, though the Americans did lose in a penalty-kicks tiebreaker to Germany after a draw in the 2006 Algarve Cup final.

The Americans started in a 3-4-3 formation with Lilly, Wambach and Tarpley on top. Defender Catherine Whitehill served as a sweeper behind marking backs Heather Mitts and Christie Rampone.

'We tried to throw a lot of numbers forward," Ryan said. "We played a system that we don't normally play, but one we want to be able to play as an alternative. The goal is to win the ball, pressure and get it forward and attack as relentlessly as we could. Over the course of the game it went well. We organized our defending a little bit better which gave us more opportunities to get forward.

Tarpley put the U.S. ahead for good in 10th minute when she elevated to bring down a long ball, sending it to Wambach down the left flank. Wambach went around the outside of defender Elizabeth Gomez, cut back inside to get by Rubi Sandoval and drilled a right-footer into the right side-netting for a 1-0 edge.

It was Wambach's 69th career goal in 89 international appearances.

Tarpley recorded her 14th career goal for a 2-0 lead in the 33rd minute. Lilly sped down the right flank before bending a low cross into the middle. Tarpley used her first touch for a shot that was kicked away by goalkeeper Sophia Perez, then took the rebound away from two defenders and deposited in the net from three yards away.

In the 50th minute Lilly ran onto a bouncing ball and blasted a half-volley over Perez from 32 yards out for a 3-0 advantage.

Twenty minutes later, Lilly recorded the 121st goal in her 324th international appearance, the latter being by far a world record. Wambach carried down the left side of the penalty area before rolling a cross to the penalty spot. Lilly dodged a defender, faced Perez and beat the keeper into the left corner of the net to make it 4-0.

Nineteen-year-old Lauren Cheney, who replaced Lilly in the 82nd minute for her second career cap, scored her first goal six minutes later. Heather O'Reilly, who replaced former University of North Carolina teammate Tarpley midway through the second half, crossed from the left flank and Cheney found the left corner of the net from 17 yards for a 5-0 margin.

Despite being beaten five times, Perez did well to make 15 saves, as well as holding several crosses well and making several fine stops.

U.S. keeper Hope Solo was called on for four saves, but the only difficult one came when she hadf to dive to her left to turn away a skipping shot from Monica Ocampo in the first half.

Marian Dalmy, a 22-year-old defender out of Santa Clara University, made her first international appearance, substituting for Wambach in the 86th minute.

The U.S. women, who are in the midst of a four-month residency camp at The Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif., return to action May 12 to face Canada in Frisco, Texas. The Americans will wear pink uniforms in that match to benefit Breast Cancer Awareness.

After that, the U.S. will play six domestic matches before the Women's World Cup September 10-30 in China.


United States 5, Mexico 0

Lineups: United States - Hope Solo, Heather Mitts, Catherine Whitehill, Christie Rampone, Lori Chalupny, Shannon Boxx (Leslie Osborne 46), Carli Lloyd, Stephanie Lopez; Lindsay Tarpley (Heather O'Reilly 68), Abby Wambach (Marian Dalmy 86), Kristine Lilly - captain (Lauren Cheney 82). Mexico - Sophia Perez, Elizabeth Gomez, Rubi Sandoval (Janelly Farias 77), Leticia Villapando, Luz Saucedo, Monica Vergara (Carmen Padilla 52), Evelyn Lopez, Fatima Leyva (Lulu Gordillo 52), Arelli Martinez, Monica Ocampo (Tania Morales 82), Guadalupe Worbis (Christine Nieva 67), Maribel Dominguez (captain).

Scoring:
United States - Wambach (Tarpley) 10.
United States - Tarpley (unassisted) 33.
United States - Lilly (unassisted) 50.
United States - Lilly (Wambach) 70.
United States - Cheney (O'Reilly) 88.

Shots: United States 36, Mexico 7. Shots on goal: United States 20, Mexico 4. Saves: United States 4, Mexico 15. Corner kicks: United States 9, Mexico 1. Fouls: United States 9, Mexico 12. Offside: United States 2, Mexico 0 Yellow card cautions: United States - Boxx 11; Mexico - Gomez 51.

Referee: Rachel Woo (United States). Assistant refrees:Fourth official: Niko Bratsis (United States). Attendance: 18,184 at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Mass. Weather: Cloudy, cold, 52 degrees.

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