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Goalie is first Yankee to win FA Cup title

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Published May 23, 2004

CARDIFF, Wales - Manchester United won the FA Cup on Saturday, beating Millwall 3-0 and making goalkeeper Tim Howard the first American to win an FA title.

The only other American to play in the final was John Harkes, whose Sheffield Wednesday team lost 2-1 to Arsenal in 1993.

"For me, it is awesome to win a Cup and get a medal in my first year," said Howard, who won a gold medal at the 2000 Olympics and came over after playing five seasons with the MetroStars of MLS. "It is a good feeling, better than advertised."

This was United's first FA Cup title since 1999. The Reds won the showcase game of English soccer for a record 11th time, and they tied Arsenal's record of 16 finals appearances in the 132 years of the world's oldest club knockout competition.

Howard didn't have a shot to save, fielding only a series of crosses. He was removed with seven minutes left so Roy Carroll could make a Cup final appearance.

Before 71,350, Ruud van Van Nistelrooy made a penalty kick in the 65th minute. He also scored in the 81st minute from 3 yards after taking a pass from Ryan Giggs.

Cristiano Ronaldo scored a minute before halftime when he headed home Gary Neville's cross from cross range.

With two minutes left, Millwall's Curtis Weston became the youngest player to appear in the final at 17 years, 119 days.

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