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USA routs Germany in Women’s Cup opener

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CHICAGO — Mia Hamm scored two goals a minute apart and added an assist Sunday, leading the United States to a 4-1 victory over Germany on the second day of the U.S. Women's Cup.

The six-game, four-team tournament also features China and Japan.

Cindy Parlow opened the scoring in the 19th minute for the U.S, taking a corner kick from Shannon MacMillan. Germany, the European champion, answered four minutes later with a goal by Martina Muller.

Tiffeny Milbrett, the MVP of the women's pro soccer league, made it 2-1 in the 51st minute with a pass from Hamm.

Hamm then ignited the Soldier Field crowd of just more than 10,000. In the 72nd minute, she scored unassisted. In the 73rd, she completed the scoring off a pass from Julie Foudy.

On Tuesday, the United States plays Japan and China faces Germany in Columbus, Ohio. The tournament ends Sept. 16 in Kansas City, Mo.

The Americans will play China for the first time on U.S. soil since the United States beat China to win the 1999 World Cup at the Rose Bowl.