Join Now | 
HomeAboutContact UsPrivacy & SecurityAdvertise
Soccer America DailySpecial EditionAround The NetSoccer Business InsiderCollege Soccer ReporterYouth Soccer ReporterSoccer on TVSoccer America Classifieds
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
Nothing but net for Arsenal youngster Gedion Zelalem    
[VIDEO PICK: Off the Post] In our latest addition of soccer players excelling at other sports ...
What They're Saying: Sigi Schmid    
"It's been sort of a strange rhythm ... it's going to be a hectic August for ...
Manchester City romps before record Pittsburgh crowd    
[INTERNATIONAL FRIENDLIES] English clubs made it three-for-three in the Guinness International Champions Cup as Manchester City ...
Kleberson winner gives Indy Eleven second win    
[NASL: Fall Week 3] Brazilian World Cup 2002 champion Kleberson scored deep into stoppage time to ...
Naho paces Reign in rout of rival Thorns    
[NWSL: Week 16] The Pacific Northwest battle of this year's leader, Seattle, and last year's champion, ...
Ocala Stampede shocks defending champion Austin    
[PDL] The Ocala Stampede got goals from Karamba Janneh and Ilija Ilic to beat the defending ...
Rochester ends Orlando's unbeaten streak at 18 games    
[USL PRO] Colin Rolfe's goal gave the Rochester Rhinos a 1-0 win over first-place Orlando City, ...
Valeri does it against for Portland    
[MLS: Sunday] For the second week in a row, Diego Valeri scored a late winner to ...
Diskerud's Rosenborg falls off pace    
[AMERICANS ABROAD] Mix Diskerud's Rosenborg dropped a 3-1 decision at first-place Molde, falling 12 points behind ...
Cal South teams clean up Sunday at National Championships    
[U.S. YOUTH SOCCER] Cal South teams won five of the 10 titles decided on Sunday as ...
>> Soccer America Daily Archives