The U.S. women's soccer team added more gold to its collection with a 2-0 victory over China on Monday night in the debut of soccer at the Goodwill Games.
Mia Hamm and her teammates took a victory dive after her second goal of the game and fifth of the two-game tournament.It was reminiscent of what they did after a 2-1 victory over China in 1996 when they won the first Olympic gold medal and before that in 1991 when they won the first world championship.
"It was a tremendous effort," Hamm said. "China is a very athletic club. They play a frantic style."
Hamm's first goal came in the 66th minute and the 97th of 97th goal of her international career came in the 87th minute, an unassisted 35-yard blast that curled into the back of the net over the head of China goalie Zhao Yan.
"Mia Hamm turned in a Michael Jordan-like performance tonight," U.S. coach Tony DiCicco said. "In fact, I think China took the game over and had more quality chances than we did, but then Mia scored the brilliant goal."
On a relatively quiet day of competition with diving and boxing the only other sports, there was plenty of news away from the venues.
Ivan Dominguez, a member of the Cuban cycling team, was reported missing after failing to return home with the squad.
Games officials and members of the Cuban delegation said Dominguez was last seen Sunday night when he left the team's hotel.