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Women's Gold Cup 2002
USA finally gets past Mexico in 3-0 opening victory


The USA were made to struggle, but eventually scored a 3-0 victory against Mexico in their opening match of the CONCACAF Women's Gold Cup. Aly Wagner had opened the USA's account after just five minutes, but a spectacular performance by Jennifer Molina in the Mexican goal saw her beaten just twice more - late in the first half on a Cindy Parlow tap-in, then unluckily late in stoppage time by Shannon MacMillan.
Women's Gold Cup 2002
Panama rides deMera hat-trick to win against 10-player T&T


Panama took advantage of a short-handed Trinidad & Tobago team to draw first blood in the CONCACAF Women's Gold Cup with a 4:2 victory in the tournament opener. Amarelis deMera scored a hat-trick - two in a five-minute span in the second half to put the match away - as a young Panama side pulled off a mild surprise.
•  USA, Panama record victories to open play in Group 1
•  France close in on first finals as England falter
•  North Korean women win Asiad gold
•  United States and Mexico open the tournament on 27 Oct.
•  FIFA U-19 Women's World Championship Canada 2002 - Issues Report

Gao Hong: Chinese player. Place & Date of Birth: Jiangsu, 27 November 1967. Position: Goalkeeper (1.75m).
She is a mainstay in the nets for China for over a decade.

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Hong joined the Chinese Women's National Team in 1999 and has led China to Gold Medals in the 1993, 1995 and 1997 Asian Women's Championships, and an Olympic Silver Medal at the 1996 Olympic Games held in Atlanta. She also was on the team that received the Silver Medal at the 1999 Women's World Cup. She turned in one of her top performances ever in the 1996 Olympic Games when she shut out the United States in a first round match. In 2001, she joined the New York Power, a club under the newly formed Women’s United Soccer Association (WUSA), the first U.S. Soccer Federation-sanctioned Division I outdoor professional women’s football league in the United States.
Professional Career: 1994/1997 Japanese Clubs; Guangdong; 2001 New York Power (United States); Asian Women's Championship - 1993, 1995, 1997; Silver Medal (Atlanta Olympic Games), 1996
International Status: Capped by China.
Media Releases
Japan wins FIFA Fair Play Award at the FIFA U-19 Women's World Championship
Women's competitions in 2002 and 2003 take shape
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