U.S. Womenâ€™s National Team
Jan. 24, 2011
U.S. WOMEN TO FACE HOST CHINA AT FOUR NATIONS TOURNAMENT: The U.S. Womenâ€™s National Soccer Team will finish the 2011 Four Nations tournament on Tuesday, Jan. 25, with a match against host China PR (5:35 a.m. ET) in front of what is sure to be a large and vocal crowd. On a wacky two first match days, Canada beat China, which beat Sweden, which beat the USA, which beat Canada. That means the teams are all tied with one win and three points each as well as tied on goal difference, with each nation having scored as many goals as it has given up. There are numerous permutations of how the U.S. can win the tournament, a few of which are outlined in the WNT Blog. Fans can follow the USAâ€™s last match against China @ussoccer_wnt on Twitter.
2011 Four Nations Tournament Standings
2011 Four Nations Tournament Schedule / Results
|Jan. 21||Sweden 2, USA 1||--||Yongchuan Sports Centre Stadium; Chongqing, China|
|Â||Canada 3, China 2||--||Yongchuan Sports Centre Stadium; Chongqing, China|
|Jan. 23||China 2, Sweden 1||--||Yongchuan Sports Centre Stadium; Chongqing, China|
|Â||USA 2, Canada 1||--||Yongchuan Sports Centre Stadium; Chongqing, China|
|Jan. 25||Canada vs. Sweden||3:35 p.m. / 2:35 a.m.||Yongchuan Sports Centre Stadium; Chongqing, China|
|Â||USA vs. China||6:35 p.m. / 5:35 a.m.||Yongchuan Sports Centre Stadium; Chongqing, China|
TOURNAMENT SCENARIOS FOR THE USA: With all four teams tied at three points apiece and all having scored as many goals as they have let in, the final match day of the 2011 Four Nations Tournament should be quite interesting. The USA plays China in the second match of the day and will therefore know what needs to be done to win the competition. Right now the USA does know that in order to win it, a victory over China is a must. Canada and China have a slight edge right now as both have scored four goals while the USA and Sweden have scored three each. For complete scenarios, visit the WNT Blog.
U.S. WNT QUICK HITS:
- Lindsay Tarpleyâ€™s goal against Canada was the 31st of her international career, moving her past Brandi Chastain into sole possession of 12th place on the USAâ€™s all-time scoring list. Next up for Tarpley would be April Heinrichsâ€™ 37 scores.Â
- With her 121st cap, Tarpley also moved past Lorrie Fair into 20th on the USAâ€™s all-time caps list.Â
- Rachel Buehler earned her 50th cap against Canada, becoming the 39th U.S. player to reach that mark.Â
- Midfielder Meghan Klingenberg earned her first cap for the USA when she came on in the 78th minute. She becomes the 192nd player to earn a cap for the United States and the 15th player to earn a first cap under Pia Sundhage.Â
- Sundhage brought 23 players to China and so far 22 of them have seen action, with just back-up goalkeeper Ashlyn Harris yet to get on the field.Â
- The U.S. win against Canada extended its unbeaten streak against their northern neighbors to 21 games. It also ended Canadaâ€™s team-record 11-game unbeaten streak.Â
- Against Canada, three players got their first starts in D Brittany Taylor, M Kelley Oâ€™Hara and F Alex Morgan. Taylor and Morgan played the full 90 minutes.Â
- Lauren Cheney achieved the rare â€œtripleâ€ against Canada: A goal, an assist and a yellow card.Â
- Sundhage made all five of the allowed substitutions against both Sweden and Canada and the only U.S. player to play all 180 minutes of the tournament so far is goalkeeper Nicole Barnhart. Only four players have played as much as 135 total minutes: Rachel Buehler, Christie Rampone, Lauren Cheney and Lori Lindsey.Â
- Since the end of the 2007 FIFA Womenâ€™s World Cup, the USA is 58-3-6.Â
- The USA has allowed just 29 goals in 64 matches under Sundhage; 22 from the run of play, five from set plays and two on own goals. The USA has scored 147 goals under Sundhage.Â
- During its 23 all-time matches at the Four Nations, the USA has gone 14-3-6, with one loss to China, Norway and Sweden.Â
- The match against China will be the 53rd game the USA has played in China during the teamâ€™s history, a full 11 percent of games ever played by the U.S. women.Â
- Four of the last six meetings between the teams have been one-goal U.S. victories, with one draw and one 4-0 win.Â
- The USA has of course played China in all seven previous Four Nations Tournaments, going 4-1-2.Â
- The USA is 6-3-5 all-time against China in China.
OPPONENT CAPSULE: China
CURRENT FIFA World Ranking: 13
USA Overall Record vs. China: 24-8-12
Last Meeting vs. USA: Oct. 6, 2010 (a 1-1 tie in Chester, Pa.)
Head Coach: Li Xiaopeng
Key Players: D Weng Xinzhi, D Zhao Gaoping, M Zhang Na, F Xu Yaun
USA vs. China Fast Facts: The USA and China last met in a pair of matches last fall in the United States in Kennesaw, Ga., and Chester, Pa., with the USA winning the first 2-1 and tying the second 1-1 â€¦ This will be the 44th meeting between the two countries and the USA is on a 15-game unbeaten streak against the Chinese dating back to the 2003 Four Nations Tournament when the USA lost to China 2-0 in front of 40,000 fans â€¦ Prior to the meetings last fall, the USA and China have not squared off since Dec. 17, 2008, marking 22 months since the previous meeting, the longest gap between games since 1991 â€¦ After having two consecutive Europeans at the helm (Marika Domanski-Lyfors, assisted by Pia Sundhage, coached China in the 2007 FIFA Womenâ€™s World Cup followed by French coach Elisabeth Loisel who was let go after the 2008 Algarve Cup), China has hired Chinese coaches since then â€¦ Chinaâ€™s current coach is 35-year-old Li Xiaopeng, a former professional player who played for China from 2000-2005 â€¦ Li was also an assistant coach for the Chinese Menâ€™s National Team â€¦ China, a Womenâ€™s World Cup finalist in 1999 and host in 2007, failed to qualify for the tournament for the first time when it finished fourth in the 2010 Asian Womenâ€™s Cup last May â€¦ China fell to Korea DPR in the semifinal and then lost 2-0 to Japan in the all-important match for third place with the winner earning Asiaâ€™s third and final WWC berth â€¦ China suffered a quarterfinal loss at the 2008 Olympics where it also fell to Asian rival Japan 2-0 in what many saw as a changing of the guard atop Asian womenâ€™s football â€¦ The USA and China have played 22 times since 2000, but only seven of those have been in the United States â€¦ Eight have been in China and the remaining seven matches were in Australia, Germany and Portugal â€¦ After failing to qualify for Germany â€™11, China is focusing on developing a young team for qualifying for the 2012 Olympics in London â€¦ After taking a 2-0 lead against Canada in its first game of this tournament, China folded in allowing three second half goals, the last on the final attack of the game â€¦ Sweden rested four starters in Chinaâ€™s second match and the hosts managed a 2-1 victory in a game that saw them create numerous quality attacking chances.
U.S. WNT Roster
GOALKEEPERS (2): 18-Nicole Barnhart (out of contract), 24-Ashlyn Harris (Western New York Flash)
DEFENDERS (7): 19-Rachel Buehler (Boston Breakers), 14-Stephanie Cox (Boston Breakers), 6-Amy LePeilbet (Boston Breakers), 2-Heather Mitts (Atlanta Beat), 3-Christie Rampone (out of contract), 22-Becky Sauerbrunn (Washington Freedom), 25-Brittany Taylor (Sky Blue FC)
MIDFIELDERS (10): 4-Yael Averbuch (Western New York Flash), 7-Shannon Boxx (out of contract),11- Tobin Heath (Sky Blue FC), 27-Meghan Klingenberg (Washington Freedom), 16-Lori Lindsey (Philadelphia Independence), 10-Carli Lloyd (Atlanta Beat), 21-Kelley Oâ€™Hara (Boston Breakers), 9-Heather Oâ€™Reilly (Sky Blue FC), 15-Megan Rapinoe (Philadelphia Independence), 5-Lindsay Tarpley (out of contract)
FORWARDS (4): 12-Lauren Cheney (Boston Breakers), 26-Sydney Leroux (UCLA), 13-Alex Morgan (Western New York Flash), 8-Amy Rodriguez (Philadelphia Independence)
China WNT Roster
GOALKEEPERS (2): 1-Huang Luna, 13-Zhang Yue
DEFENDERS (6): 3-Zhou Goaping,5-Yuan Fan, 4-Li Danyang, 6-Weng Xinzhi, 14-Wang Lingling, 20-Wang Dongni
MIDFIELDERS (7): 7-Bi Yan, 11-Gu Yasha, 15-Yu Yahui, 16-Zhang Na, 17-Pang Fengyue, 18-Qu Shanshan, 25-Xu Wenjia
FORWARDS (5): 8-Xu Yuan, 10-Li Lin, 23-You Jia, 9-Ma Jun, 24-Zhang, Jieli
UP NEXT FOR THE USA: After returning home from China, the U.S. team will have about a week off before regrouping in Florida for a week-long training camp, after which U.S. head coach Pia Sundhage will chose a roster for the 2011 Algarve Cup in Portugal. The USA will be facing Japan, Finland and Norway in group play during that tournament.
HIGHLIGHTS FROM CHONGQING: You can see highlights of the USAâ€™s two Four Nations matches so far, as well as updates and features, by logging on to ussoccer.com and Studio 90.
FOLLOW THE WNT ON TWITTER: Keep up with all U.S. Womenâ€™s National Team news by following on Twitter @ussoccer_wnt. Itâ€™s also where you will be getting live updates for USAâ€™s final match in China.