Mia, Mia, Mia: Three Hamm Assists Lead U.S. Past Sweden 3-1
WASHINGTON, D.C. (Sunday, September 21, 2003) - Mia Hamm assisted on three U.S. goals - two off corner kicks - as the U.S. held off Sweden 3-1 on Sunday afternoon in RFK Stadium. The U.S. opened the scoring in the 28th minute with Abby Wambach dribbling into the right side of the box before playing the ball square to Hamm. Hamm sent the ball to the top left side of the box to Kristine Lilly, who joined the play with a hard blast into the upper left corner. Nine minutes later Hamm would find the head of Cindy Parlow of a corner to give the U.S. a 2-0 going into halftime. Sweden got a goal back, but Shannon Boxx became the first U.S. player to score a goal in each of her first three appearances to put the game out of reach for Sweden. U.S. defender Brandi Chastain came out of the match at halftime with a foot injury, and will be evaluated by team doctors this week. In the other Group A match, North Korea made easy work of Nigeria 3-0 in Lincoln Financial field on Saturday. The U.S. leaves tonight for Philadelphia, where they will meet up with Nigeria this Thursday at 7:30 p.m. ET live on TeleFutura and ESPN2.