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Aug. 14, 1992 – U.S. 1:3 Norway, New England Sports Museum Challenge Cup at Ellis Oval, Medford, Mass.

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Norway had the edge on the U.S. in the New England Sports Museum Challenge Cup, winning both editions of the tournament. Mia Hamm scored for the U.S. Women’s National Team, then sustained a knee injury in the second game, two days later.

Aug. 16, 1992 – U.S. 2:4 Norway at Veterans Memorial Stadium, New Britain, Conn. (Att.: 1,547)

Tiffeny Milbrett and Gina Cassella scored as the U.S. went with a revamped team (Hamm and goalkeeper Mary Harvey were the only holdovers from the 1991 Women’s World Championship titlists) in a rainstorm. Norway’s Birthe Hegstad was named tournament MVP.

The tournament established women’s soccer as a viable draw, the 1991 event attracting the first four-figure crowds for the USWNT in the U.S.

The U.S. has a 29W-19L-2D all-time record in 50 matches against Norway. But the Norwegians held the advantage in the series’ early years, and though the U.S. won the 1991 WWC, Norway won the 1995 Women’s World Cup, the first women’s championship designated as a World Cup and administered by FIFA rules.

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