Join Now | 
HomeAboutContact UsPrivacy & SecurityAdvertise
Soccer America DailySoccer World DailySpecial EditionAround The NetSoccer Business InsiderCollege Soccer ReporterYouth Soccer ReporterSoccer on TVSoccer America ClassifiedsGame Report
Paul Gardner: SoccerTalkSoccer America ConfidentialYouth Soccer InsiderWorld Cup Watch
RSS FeedsArchivesManage SubscriptionsSubscribe
Order Current IssueSubscribeManage My SubscriptionRenew My SubscriptionGift Subscription
My AccountJoin Now
Tournament CalendarCamps & AcademiesSoccer GlossaryClassifieds
U.S. women hammer Finland in final tune-up
by Ridge Mahoney, August 27th, 2007 7AM

MOST READ
TAGS:  women's national team

MOST COMMENTED

Shannon Boxx scored her fifth goal in as many games at Home Depot Center as the U.S. women completed their preparation matches for the Women's World Cup by thumping Finland, 4-0, on Saturday. Boxx, who grew up in nearby Torrance, Calif., returned to action earlier this year after suffering a torn anterior cruciate ligament and medial collateral ligament in her right knee during a training session on July 17, 2006.

She headed home a Kristine Lilly free kick to open the scoring in the 30th minute, and the U.S. added goals by Lilly, Lindsey Tarpley and Heather O'Reilly to win going away. The U.S. outshot Finland, which had lost, 1-0, to the U.S. in March at the Algarve Cup, by a 38-2 margin.

In the next U.S. Algarve Cup match, against Sweden, Boxx made her comeback official.

"Shannon is looking like herself again, which is fantastic," said U.S. coach Greg Ryan. "She's one of the best in the world at set-play goals. She looked like a forward tonight taking players on. I think she likes it here."

Said Boxx, "My first cap was here. My first goal was here. This place will always have a special place for me, and I will always remember my first goal with the national team."

Lilly's assist is the 100th of her career; she and Mia Hamm, who along with Julie Foudy were inducted into the U.S. Soccer Hall of Fame Sunday, are the only U.S. players to hit the century mark in goals and assists.

"It's nice," said Lilly. "It helped us score a goal, that is always good. It's always good when you can help your team win and hit some milestones along the way."

The team is scheduled to depart for China Monday. It opens the 2007 FIFA Women's World Cup against North Korea Sept. 11 and also meets Sweden and Nigeria in the first round.

"I thought that we had a lot of energy in attack tonight," said Ryan, who used all six of his allotted subs and replaced Abby Wambach, who jammed her toe in the 27th minute, with attacking midfielder Carli Lloyd.

"We said let's just roll up our sleeves and go after them in attack. It's important to carry that kind of spirit into the World Cup. We are going to go after teams and if they can hang with us OK; if not, we'll just keep swinging until we can knock them out."

GAME SUMMARY
Aug. 25 in Carson, Calif.
USA 4 Finland 0

Goals: Boxx (Lilly) 30, Lilly (Chalupny) 36, Tarpley (Rampone) 68. O'Reilly (Lloyd) 76.

USA - Solo, Rampone, Whitehill (Jobson, 84), Markgraf (Ellertson, 79), Lopez, Boxx (Wagner, 79), Chalupny (Osborne, 76), O'Reilly, Lilly (Kai, 74), Tarpley, Wambach (Lloyd, 27).
Coach: Greg Ryan

Finland - Korpela, Vaelma (Pyhajarvi, 69), Salmén, Julin, Niemi (8- Saari, 28), Lehtinen, Valkonen, Koivisto (Vartiainen, 84), Puranen, Hokkanen, Sjolund (Sallstrom, 60), Talonen (Hokkanen, 90).
Coach: Michael Kald

Referee: Kari Seitz
Att.: 7,118.



No comments yet.

Sign in to leave a comment. Don't have an account? Join Now




AUTHORS

ARCHIVES
FOLLOW SOCCERAMERICA

Recent Soccer America Daily
What They're Saying: Carolina RailHawks fan Howie Perl    
"You'd think if corruption at all touched the RailHawks, that they'd be really good and buying ...
Reports: High-powered lawyer presses NASL demands    
Sports attorney Jeffrey Kessler, who represented MLS players in the 1996 lawsuit against MLS, its owners ...
MLS Power Rankings: Galaxy stays on its perch     
The LA Galaxy, winner of four games in a row and eight out of its previous ...
O'Neill moves on to last-place Belgian club    
The deal by which Shane O'Neill left MLS for Cypriot club Apollon Limassol a month ago ...
NASL: Pinho's hat trick gives him scoring lead    
Brazilian striker Stefano Pinho is the hottest player in the NASL. He followed up on two ...
USL: OKC's Koenig ties league scoring record    
OKC Energy FC moved into first place and became the first Western Conference team to earn ...
What They're Saying: Caleb Porter    
"We're coaches, and we're all ambassadors for MLS and want the game to grow, and I ...
Video Pick: BWP's volley leads MLS golazos    
A diving header by Kevin Doyle (Colorado), sharp-shooting from Diego Fagundez (New England) and Andrew Jacobson ...
Nesta joins Maldini as head coach at Miami FC    
Miami is the home to retired Italian stars. It's been Paolo Maldini's second home for 15 ...
U.S. Abroad: Timothy Chandler needs knee surgery    
U.S, national team defender Timothy Chandler has been lost for the friendlies against Peru and Brazil ...
>> Soccer America Daily Archives