U.S. women opens with big win

North Carolina freshman Cindy Parlow scored twice in her national team debut and Mia Hamm had three assists as the U.S. women routed Russia 8-1 in Campinas, Brazil.

The match was the United States' first in the Brazil Soccer Cup, the latest step in the U.S. preparation for the Summer Olympics in Atlanta. The Russia game featured five starters for the U.S. who were not in the opening day lineup at the World Championship in Sweden. Mary Harvey, Jen Grubb, Brandi Chastain, Holly Manthei and Tiffeny Milbrett all got the nod from coach Tony DiCicco, who had said he would use this tournament to give his less experienced players some playing time.

Parlow, the ACC Freshman of the Year, came in for Michelle Akers in the 23rd minute to mark her first international appearance for the U.S.

Jan. 13 in Campinas

USA 8, Russia 1. Goals: Gabarra (12), Akers (19), Parlow (32, 67), Foudy (56, 87), MacMillan (73), Milbrett (82); Pokatilo (69).

USA -- Harvey, Overbeck (Roberts, 65), Grubb (Wilson, 27), Chastain, Manthei, Foudy, Lilly, Hamm, Milbrett (Garrett, 84), Gabarra (MacMillan, 52), Akers (Parlow, 23).

Russia -- Petko, Djarbolova, Litvinova, Darenbedova, Pokatilo, Filippova (Savina, 62), Prikhodko, Svetilskaia, Grigorieva, Dorocheva, Kononova.

Att.: 1,500.

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