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.
- 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).
- 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 -
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
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
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
USA – Tobin Heath (caution) 24th minute
CHN – Goa Qi (caution) 89
Assistant Referee 1: n/a
Assistant Referee 2: n/a
Fourth Official: n/a
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2014 International Tournament of Brasilia
U.S. Women’s National Team vs. China PR
Mane Garrincha Stadium; Brasilia, Brazil
Dec. 10, 2014
U.S. WNT FACES CHINA PR TO BEGIN FOUR-GAME TOURNAMENT: The U.S. Women’s National Team will finish its 2014 schedule at the four-team International Tournament of Brasilia, taking place from Dec. 10-21 in the Brazilian capital. Host Brazil, China PR and Argentina join the USA in the tournament that will feature round-robin play followed by a championship game pitting the top two teams in the group and a third-place match between the third and fourth place finishers. The USA will face China PR first on Dec. 10 (4:20 p.m. ET), then take on Brazil on Dec. 14 (4 p.m. ET) and finish group play with Argentina on Dec. 17 (4:20 p.m. ET). The championship and third-place matches will be played on Dec. 21. All the games will be played at Mane Garrincha Stadium, which hosted seven matches during last summer’s World Cup. Fans can follow along on Twitter @ussoccer_wnt and @ussoccer_esp and full highlights will be available on ussoccer.com.
International Tournament of Brasilia Schedule
USA vs. China PR
4:20 p.m. ET
Brazil vs. Argentina
7 p.m. ET
Argentina vs. China PR
1 p.m. ET
Brazil vs. USA
4 p.m. ET
USA vs. Argentina
4:20 p.m. ET
Brazil vs. China PR
7 p.m. ET
1 p.m. ET
4 p.m. ET
24 TO BRAZIL: U.S. Women’s National Team head coach Jill Ellis named 24 players to travel to Brazil for the International Tournament of Brasilia. Ellis named all 20 players who helped the USA win the 2014 CONCACAF Women’s Championship in October to qualify for the 2015 Women’s World Cup. In addition, she named Washington Spirit defender Crystal Dunn, who was initially on the qualifying roster before suffering an injury in the lead up, Boston Breakers goalkeeper Alyssa Naeher, former UCLA midfielder and 2014 MAC Hermann Trophy candidate Samantha Mewis and Chicago Red Stars defender Lori Chalupny. The official tournament roster is 23 players so one player will not suit up for the matches.
TOURNAMENT RULES: Should teams be even on points after the complete of group play, the tie-breakers are as follows: goal difference, goals scored, lowest number of red cards, lowest number of yellow cards, a drawing of lots. A player can only be suspended for the championship or third-place match if they received a yellow card in each of the three group matches or a red card in the third group match. Teams are allowed four field player substitutions per match, and a fifth if the team needs to change a goalkeeper.
U.S. Women’s National Team Roster By Position
GOALKEEPERS (3): Ashlyn Harris (Washington Spirit), Alyssa Naeher (Boston Breakers), Hope Solo (Seattle Reign FC)
DEFENDERS (9): Lori Chalupny (Chicago Red Stars), Crystal Dunn (Washington Spirit), Whitney Engen (Western NY Flash), Julie Johnston (Chicago Red Stars), Meghan Klingenberg (Houston Dash), Ali Krieger (Washington Spirit), Kelley O’Hara (Sky Blue FC), Christie Rampone (Sky Blue FC), Becky Sauerbrunn (FC Kansas City)
MIDFIELDERS (7): Morgan Brian (Virginia), Tobin Heath (Portland Thorns FC), Lauren Holiday (FC Kansas City), Carli Lloyd (WNY Flash), Samantha Mewis (UCLA), Heather O’Reilly (FC Kansas City), Megan Rapinoe (Seattle Reign FC)
FORWARDS (5): Sydney Leroux (Seattle Reign FC), Alex Morgan (Portland Thorns FC), Christen Press (Chicago Red Stars), Amy Rodriguez (FC Kansas City), Abby Wambach (WNY Flash)
USA DRAWN INTO GROUP D AT 2015 WOMEN’S WORLD CUP: After the Final Draw was conducted on Dec. 6 in Ottawa, Canada, the U.S. Women's National Team learned it will face Australia, Nigeria and Sweden in Group D at the 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup, taking place from June 6-July 5 in Canada. The U.S. will open Group D play against Australia on June 8 at Winnipeg Stadium. The USA then faces Sweden on June 12 in Winnipeg, followed by Nigeria on June 16 at BC Place in Vancouver. The USA, Nigeria and Sweden have competed in every edition of the FIFA Women's World Cup.
U.S. 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup Group D Schedule
Date Opponent Venue Local Kickoff / ET
June 8 Australia Winnipeg Stadium 6:30 p.m. / 7:30 p.m.
June 12 Sweden Winnipeg Stadium 7 p.m. / 8 p.m.
June 16 Nigeria BC Place; Vancouver 5 p.m. / 8 p.m.
- The USA is currently ranked No. 1 in the world. Brazil is sixth, China PR is 14th and Argentina is 37th.
- The USA, China PR and Brazil have qualified for next summer’s FIFA Women’s World Cup.
- Among the seven 2014 FIFA World Cup matches played at the National Stadium Mane Garrincha last summer were Argentina's 1-0 quarterfinal victory against Belgium and Brazil's 3-0 loss to the Netherlands in the third-place match.
- The National Stadium Mane Garrincha cost $900 million to build, making it the second-most expensive soccer stadium in the world after England's Wembley Stadium. It opened during the summer of 2013.
- In its history, the U.S. WNT has played six total matches in Brazil, four at a tournament in 1996 in Campinas (two against Brazil and matches against Ukraine and Russia) and two against Brazil in 1997.
- The USA won the championship of the 1996 event in penalty kicks after drawing Brazil 1-1 in regulation.
- The U.S. Women have never played anywhere in South America outside of those six games in Brazil.
- The U.S. Under-20 Women's National Team did participate in the Pan American Games in Rio de Janeiro in 2007 getting to the final of a tournament that featured full Women's National Teams before losing 5-0 to Brazil. That U-20 team featured current U.S. WNT players Lauren Holiday, Tobin Heath, Alyssa Naeher and Kelley O'Hara.
- The USA has not played Argentina since 1998 when the countries played twice in three days in Southern California. The USA earned 8-1 and 7-0 victories on April 24 and 26, respectively. Those were the only matches between the two teams.
- China PR is one of the most frequent opponents in U.S. history with 52 previous meetings. Most recently, the sides met twice last April with the U.S. winning both games: a 2-0 victory in Colorado and a 3-0 win in San Diego.
U.S. ROSTER NOTES:
- Midfielder Morgan Brian arrived in Brazil a few days after the rest of the team on Dec. 8 after playing in the NCAA Championship Game with the University of Virginia, where her team fell 1-0 to Florida State.
- The USA is coming off a highly successful run at the 2014 CONCACAF Women’s Championship where the USA won all five games by shutout, including a 3-0 win against Mexico in the semifinal that earned the team a berth to the Women’s World Cup, and a 6-0 win in the championship game against Costa Rica.
- Abby Wambach was the top scorer in the 2014 CONCACAF Women’s Championship with seven goals and travels to Brazil with a world-record 177 and counting.
- Carli Lloyd won the CONCACAF Women’s Championship tournament MVP after notching five goals and four assists. Hope Solo was named the top goalkeeper in the tournament.
- Lauren Holiday was named the 2014 U.S. Soccer Female Athlete of the Year on Dec. 6, and was also voted the Young U.S. Soccer Female Athlete of the Year in 2007 as Lauren Cheney. The 2013 NWSL MVP and 2014 NWSL Championship Game MVP, became the 30th American female player to earn 100 caps when she played against Canada on May 8. She currently has 110 caps.
- Wambach is the USA’s top scorer on the roster with 177 goals. After Wambach, Lloyd is the top scorer with 56 career international goals. Alex Morgan has 49 and Heather O’Reilly has scored 41. Sydney Leroux is quickly climbing the charts with 33.
- Wambach has now reached double-figures in goals in eight different calendar years. Mia Hamm still holds the record with nine years in double-figures.
- Lloyd’s eight assists are best on the team this year and she is followed by Leroux, Christen Press and Megan Rapinoe, all with five.
- Twenty-nine players have seen game action for the USA in 2014, including first-cappers Samantha Mewis, Sarah Hagan and Allie Long.
- Kelley O’Hara’s next cap will be her 50th, making her the 48th female to reach that number for the U.S. WNT.
Video and Features
Dec. 7 - WNT Watches World Cup Draw from Brazil
Dec. 7 - Lauren Holiday - 2014 U.S. Soccer Female Athlete of the Year
Dec. 6 - Holiday, Leroux, Press and Rampone React to Women's World Cup Draw
Dec. 6 - Jill Ellis Gives Thoughts on U.S. Group Opponents at 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup
Dec. 6 - Jill Ellis' Message to the Fans after Women's World Cup Draw
Dec. 5 - Bem-Vindo A Brazil
Dec. 6 - U.S. WNT to Face Australia, Sweden and Nigeria in Group D at 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup
Dec. 6 - Lauren Holiday Voted 2014 U.S. Female Athlete of the Year
Dec. 5 - Ellis Names WNT Roster for International Tournament of Brasilia
Dec. 4 - DeAndre Yedlin, Morgan Brian and Gavin Sibayan Earn 2014 U.S. Soccer Athlete of the Year Honors
Oct. 1 - U.S. WNT to Play in Four-Nations December Tournament in Brazil