Brazil repeated as Copa America champion, beating Uruguay, 3-0, yesterday in Asuncion, Paraguay, on two goals by Rivaldo and another by Ronaldo.
Brazil, which last year lost to France in the World Cup final, went ahead in the 21st minute. Flavio Conceicao curled a free kick from the left side, and Rivaldo headed it past goalkeeper Fabian Carini from the near post.
Rivaldo scored again six minutes later. He took a cross from Ze Roberto, trapped the ball, shook his defender with a dribble and gently chipped the ball over Carini.
A few minutes into the second half, Rivaldo spotted Ronaldo on a breakaway and sent a perfect pass to the forward, who sent a hard shot past Carini to make it 3-0.
Ronaldo and Rivaldo scored five goals each, tied for the lead in the biennial tournament that decides the South American champion. Brazil, the only four-time World Cup champion, outscored opponents 17-2 in winning its sixth title.
Uruguay won only once in the tournament, qualifying from the first round as one of the best third-place teams and then winning its quarterfinal and semifinal matches in penalty kick tiebreakers.
"This is the first phase of our project to prepare for the Olympics and the 2002 World Cup," Brazil Coach Wanderley Luxemburgo said. "We're happy with the win, but our minds are on the World Cup."
D.C. UNITED: Midfielder John Maessner and forward Chris Albright, both acquired in trades with the Miami Fusion over the weekend, are scheduled to arrive in Washington today. They should practice with the club Tuesday at United Park in Herndon.
Maessner, who played for United in 1996 and '97, probably will start Saturday at New England.
In the trades, United gave up veteran midfielder Brian Kamler, a first-round pick in the 2000 college draft and future considerations.