Match Report Archives


US National Team Reports

US 0 Japan 0 - January 12, 2003

An uninspired offensive effort to start the year.  However, the game featured strong performances from the starting defense and served as a good chance to get young players some playing time.

US 4 Italy 0 - October 6, 2002

The match featured a strong second half offensively and a proper introduction to high school phenom Heather O'Reilly.  

US 4 Australia 0 - October 2, 2002

A nice training game on the road to WWC qualifying.  The match featured a strong performance from the entire starting unit with special kudos going to the midfield.  Cindy Parlow tallied two goals, but Kristine Lilly starred. 

US 8 Scotland 2 - September 8, 2002

A tough first half against a scrappy opponent.  In the second half, the flood gates opened courtesy of the dynamic duo from Washington, Abby Wambach and Mia Hamm.

US 4 Norway 0 - July 21, 2002

A nice result against a sluggish Norway team.  The match saw Brandi Chastain's switch to the central defense and nice performances from Tiffeny Milbrett and Cindy Parlow.

US 3 Finland 0 - April 27, 2002

A fun shoot 'em up game a little short on goals, but not short on shots.  The match featured a strong US possession game and an especially dynamic performance from Abby Wambach.

US 7 Mexico 0 - January 12, 2002

Monsoon Bowl 2002.  Soccer played in a driving rain, youngsters showing they're ready to shine, goals galore and a nice second half by Shannon MacMillan - what better way to start the year.

US 4 Germany 1 - September 9, 2001

First and only game played in Nike Cup 2001.  A nice result and well played match from a team that seemed re-energized and refocused due to the light international schedule.  If you like Lorrie Fair diatribes, then this is the match report for you.  Due to very unfortunate circumstances, this was not only the last match of Nike Cup, but the last match played in 2001.

Norway 3 US 2 - September 28, 2000

The Olympic final.  A game truly worthy of an international stage.  The best played match of the tournament for the US.  This one was filled with fast paced action from both teams, a dramatic last second goal for the US to send the game into extra time and ultimately a very opportunistic goal by the Norwegians to win gold.

US 1 Brazil 0 - September 24, 2000

The Olympic semifinal.  A rather flat offensive performance was balanced by a strong defensive effort in a lackluster game in which Team USA simply did what it took to win and move on to the final. 

US 3 Nigeria 1 - September 20, 2000

The last group game for the US in the Olympics.  Nigeria played a very physical, bordering on violent, match during which the goal was as much to escape from the game intact as it was to win.  This one wasn't pretty, but no one got hurt, and the US went into the semis with a win.

US 7 Russia 1 - August 13, 2000

A nice tuneup game on the road to Sydney . . . and I think the last time we saw Carla Overbeck and Michelle Akers on the field together in National Team uniforms.

US 1 Germany 0 - July 22, 2000

An entertaining match against tournament host Germany.  Fawcett and Lilly had great matches, but the best player on the field was Tiffeny Milbrett.  The trip to Europe in 2000 was a turning point in Milbrett's career.  This was where her evolution from nice scorer and Mia Hamm running mate to one of the best players in the world began in full force.  Her performances were outstanding the entire trip.

US 1 China 1 - July 19, 2000

The second game in the German leg of the summer of 2000's pre-Olympics European Tour.  A game notable only as a harbinger of defensive miscommunications yet to come. 

US 1 Norway 0 - July 16, 2000

The first of what would be an entire European tour of sluggish performances.  A troublesome monkey that was several weeks away from death, a formidable face mask, a disorganized defense, and another strong performance from Tiffeny Milbrett were the highlights in this one.

WUSA Reports

Washington 4 SD 0 - June 15, 2002

"Coach" Crow comes to Washington and makes all the same mistakes of inexperienced coaches before him.  The game featured a bad formation decision, many SD injuries, one of Mia's first games back from injury and some nice scoring from Abby Wambach.

Washington 1 Carolina 1 - May 18, 2002

Siri Mullinix's first start of the season.  A game largely played in the midfield and that featured strong defensive performances from Jennifer Grubb and Danielle Slaton and strong offensive performances from Abby Wambach and Hege Riise. 

Washington 2 SJ 1 - April 21, 2002

Game 2 of the season and an improvement over a rather disturbing opening weekend.  A nice defensive performance from both teams with high marks for Beene, Grubb and Stoecker, and great possession by the Freedom midfield, especially Anne Makinen.  A strong offensive performance from Abby Wambach in her second professional outing.

NY 4 Washington 1 - April 13, 2002

A discouraging start for the 2002 Washington Freedom.  Luckily it was a bit of an aberration for the Freedom fans . . . unluckily it was an aberration for the Power fans as well.  This was my "it's all a bad dream" game of the 2002 season, I'm not even going to reread the match report to do a summary.

Washington 2 Carolina 2 - May 19, 2001

The Freedom played a strong first half with many opportunities.  The Courage displayed early signs that speed was going to be a problem all year long.  Yet the Courage lived up to their name and  showed grit, heart and character, managed to make the Freedom pay for their missed opportunities and eked out a tie.

Washington 2 Boston 2 - May 12, 2001

An early game in the inaugural season.  An exciting action packed match ending with Keri Raygor scoring the equalizer and snatching victory from the Freedom in stoppage time.