Carli Lloyd Scores USA’s Lone Goal in 23rd Minute

BRASILIA, Brazil (Dec. 10, 2014) – The U.S. Women’s National Team tied China PR 1-1 in its first match of the 2014 International Tournament of Brasilia as Carli Lloyd scored the USA’s lone goal in the 23rd minute. The match was the first of four that the USA will play in this tournament that also features Brazil and Argentina.

The top two teams at the end of round-robin play will meet for the championship while the third- and fourth-place teams will meet for third place. Both games will be on Dec. 21.

This third USA-China meeting of the year was played in front of a sparse crowd at the mammoth Mané Garrincha Stadium that hosted seven matches of the 2014 FIFA World Cup and a sluggish U.S. team had a hard time creating chances against a compact and organized China defense.

The USA limited China to just one shot on goal, that coming on a tremendous strike from Hang Peng in the 67th minute, which produced China’s score.

China possessed the ball well, but could not get behind a stingy U.S. back line. While the USA sent numerous dangerous crosses into the China penalty area, and had five corner kicks to China’s zero, the U.S. only tested goalkeeper Wang Fei on a few occasions during the evening.

Goal Scoring Rundown:
USA – Carli Lloyd (Megan Rapinoe), 23rd minute:
After a slow 20-minute stretch to open the game, China’s first foul of the game led to the U.S. goal. The USA took the free kick quickly down the right side to Rapinoe, who drove to the end line and crossed hard on the ground. The cross found Lloyd unmarked and she pushed her shot home from close range to give the USA the lead. USA 1, CHN 0

CHN – Hang Peng, 67th minute: An increase in energy in the China attack paid off as the first (and as it turned out only) shot on goal of the game went in. Peng collected a long switched pass from the left in the right side of the box and struck a brilliant shot into the upper left corner past flying USA goalkeeper Hope Solo. USA 1, CHN 1 (FINAL)

Key Saves and Defensive Stops:
CHN – Wang Fei, 60th minute:
Sydney Leroux powered forward by herself on a counter with a defender in tow. She drifted to the right side of the box and fired a hard shot across the goal that Fei did well to push away on a full-out five.

Milestone Watch:

  • Christie Rampone, the active caps leader in the world, earned her 302nd cap. She trails only Kristine Lilly (352 games from 1987-2010) on the all-time list.
  • Carli Lloyd’s 57th goal put her just three shy of Shannon MacMillan for seventh on the USA’s all-time goal scoring list.
  • Lloyd moved past Julie Foudy into ninth place on the WNT’s all-time points list with 146 (57 goals, 32 assists). Foudy had 145-career points (45 goals, 55 assists).
  • Kelley O’Hara earned her 50th cap, becoming the 48th player to do so in WNT history.

Next on the Schedule:
The U.S. WNT will continue its group play in the International Tournament of Brasilia against host Brazil on Dec. 14 (4 p.m. ET) and finish group play with Argentina on Dec. 17 (4:20 p.m. ET).
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Additional Notes:

  • The USA is now 15-2-4 in 2014.
  • The U.S. WNT moves to 32-8-13 all-time against China PR. The USA has outscored China 93-35.
  • U.S. head coach Jill Ellis made all of her allowed four substitutes in the match, three of them at halftime. At the break, Abby Wambach came on for Megan Rapinoe, Kelley O’Hara replaced Meghan Klingenberg and Heather O’Reilly came in for Tobin Heath.
  • The U.S. WNT is now 90-8-14 in the 111 games that Rampone has been the team captain.
  • The U.S. is 15-0-4 under head coach Jill Ellis.

– U.S. Women’s National Team Match Report –

Match: U.S. Women’s National Team vs. China PR
Date: Dec. 10, 2014
Competition: 2014 International Tournament of Brasilia; Group Play
Venue: Mané Garrincha Stadium; Brasilia, Brazil
Kickoff: 7:20 p.m. local / 4:20 p.m. ET
Attendance: 300
Weather: 73 degrees, overcast

Scoring Summary: 1 2 F
USA                       1 0 1
CHN                       0 1 1

USA – Carli Lloyd (Megan Rapinoe)   23rd minute
CHN – Hang Peng                            67

USA: 1-Hope Solo; 11-Ali Krieger, 3-Christie Rampone (capt.), 4-Becky Sauerbrunn, 25-Meghan Klingenberg (5-Kelley O’Hara, 46); 12-Lauren Holiday (14-Julie Johnston, 59), 10-Carli Lloyd; 15-Megan Rapinoe (20-Abby Wambach, 46); 23-Christen Press, 2-Sydney Leroux, 17-Tobin Heath (9-Heather O’Reilly, 46)
Subs Not Used: 6-Whitney Engen, 7-Morgan Brian, 8-Amy Rodriguez, 13-Alex Morgan, 16-Lori Chalupny, 18-Alyssa Naeher, 19-Crystal Dunn, 22-Samantha Mewis
Head Coach: Jill Ellis

CHN: 12-Wang Fei; 2-Liu Shanshan, 3-Wang Shanshan, 5-Wu Haiyan (capt.), 8-Li Dongna, 11-Zhao Rong (18-Han Peng, 44), 15-Wang Shuang (17-Gu Yasha, 73), 19-Tan Ruyin, 23-Ren Guixin, 24-Tang Jiali (14-Goa Qi, 71), 25-Zhang Rui (10-Li Ying, 87)
Subs Not Used: 1-Zhang Yue, 4-Lu Jiayue, 6-Lyu Siqi, 9- Lou Jiahue, 16-Lei Jiahue.
Head Coach: Hao Wei

Stats Summary: USA / CHN
Shots: 6 / 6
Shots on Goal: 4 / 1
Saves: 0 / 3
Corner Kicks: 5 / 0
Fouls: 15 / 5
Offside: 0 / 3

Misconduct Summary:
USA – Tobin Heath (caution)  24th minute
CHN – Goa Qi (caution)         89

Referee: n/a
Assistant Referee 1: n/a
Assistant Referee 2: n/a
Fourth Official: n/a

Budweiser Woman of the Match: Becky Sauerbrunn