U.S. Women Rout Mexico
With the United States leading Mexico by two at halftime, Abby Wambach told Kristine Lilly, “ Let’s get you a goal.” The U. S. captain complied — twice.
Lilly, in front of a hometown crowd at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Mass., scored two second- half goals yesterday to help the Americans beat Mexico, 5- 0, in the first of eight tuneup matches before the World Cup in China in September.
Lilly, who grew up in nearby Connecticut, lofted a left- footed shot from about 30 yards over the head of goalie Sophia Perez in the 50th minute. For good measure, she used her right foot to send in a cross from Wambach 20 minutes later.
“ Kristine is quiet but deadly,” Wambach said of Lilly’s style.
The 35- year- old Lilly said it was “ nice to sneak a couple in.” She said she knew her first goal would find the net as soon as she touched it.
“ I hit it great. It’s one of those times when you hit it — you’re like, ‘ Okay, it’s in.’ You don’t even have to look.”
The Americans, ranked No. 1 in the world, are playing a domestic schedule through the summer in preparation for the 16- team World Cup. They play Canada on May 12 in Frisco, Tex. Their opponents in June are China and Brazil. The World Cup starts Sept. 10.
World Cup teams will learn who they play in the first round on April 22.
Major League Soccer
Taylor Twellman scored two first- half goals to lead the New England Revolution to a 4- 0 victory in its home opener against Toronto FC.
Twellman, who has 13 career multiplegoal games, took a cross from Adam Cristman and beat goalie Greg Sutton in the 12th minute. Six minutes later, he headed home a cross from Steve Ralston.
“ We made chances and put them away,” Revolution Coach Steve Nicol said. K DYNAMO 1, CHIVAS USA 0: Brian Ching scored the lone goal and Pat Onstad had five saves to lead host Houston to victory.
The Dynamo got its first goal of the season on a header by Ching in the 64th minute. After not scoring for the first 154 minutes of the season, Brad Davis centered a pass to Ching, who headed it past Chivas USA goalkeeper Brad Guzan. K CREW 0, REAL SALT LAKE 0: Columbus goalkeeper Andy Greenbaum denied late scoring chances by host Real Salt Lake in the Crew’s second consecutive 0- 0 tie.