One of the team's best goal scorers and craftiest players, Rapinoe saw the early part of her career stalled by knee injuries. But in recent years, Rapinoe has developed into a true scoring threat for the USA. She gained national and international acclaim with her left-footed cross to Abby Wambach to set up the tying goal in the dying seconds of overtime against Brazil in the 2011 FIFA Women's World Cup quarterfinal. Rapinoe also scored her first Olympic goal during a 3-0 win against Colombia on July 28, 2012, to clinch a quarterfinals berth at the 2012 London Olympics.
SAN DIEGO (April 10, 2014) – Carli Lloyd became the ninth U.S. Women’s National Team player to reach the 50-goal milestone, scoring twice as the USA defeated China PR 3-0 in front of 12,857 fans at Qualcomm Stadium.
Sydney Leroux added a goal – her 29th career tally – moments after halftime when she found the net 13 seconds into second half. U.S. goalkeeper Hope Solo made one world-class save to earn her 70th career clean sheet and move within one of Briana Scurry’s USA record of 71.
Interim head coach Jill Ellis began her second stint as interim head coach after Tom Sermanni was relieved of his duties as on Sunday. Ellis is now 6-0-2 all-time after compiling a record of 5-0-2 as the interim coach in 2012 following Pia Sundhage’s departure.
The USA almost got on the board just seconds into the match captain Becky Sauerbrunn launched a long ball over the defense on the right side. Megan Rapinoe ran it down and crossed that ball into the middle where it was deflected to Lloyd. The midfielder had a brief look at an open net, but her shot was deflected wide left off the toe of a China defender.
The USA lost San Diego native Rachel Van Hollebeke early in the game as she suffered a left ankle injury, which forced Ellis to bring in Whitney Engen in the seventh minute.
In the 12th minute, Solo came up with her huge save on Zhang Rui’s right-footed blast, flying to her left to parry the ball away despite being screened by goal mouth traffic.
That was the best effort from China on the night and the USA was the aggressor the rest of the way, led by Lloyd’s finishing prowess. In the 20th minute, the U.S. broke the deadlock when Rapinoe dished to Leroux down the left sideline. Leroux dribbled past her defender to the end line and crossed the ball to Lauren Holiday at the far post. Holiday, who was on the right side of the six-yard box, redirected the ball back to Lloyd, who finished from 12 yards out with a left-footed shot into the right side of the net.
In the 23rd minute, it was Rapinoe again who sparked the initial attack with a shot from the right side that was deflected by China’s Zeng Ying. Wang Shanshan attempted to clear the ball out of harm’s way, but it went to Lloyd, who controlled it from 24 yards out and then smashed another left-footer that flew just inside the left post for a 2-0 advantage. The goal was the 50th of Lloyd’s WNT career and made her the ninth U.S. player to reach that milestone.
The U.S. came out of the halftime break and padded its lead after just 13 seconds. Off the kickoff, the USA sent a long ball into the penalty area, and China was burned by a botched clearance when Wang Shanshan only partly made contact with the ball at the edge of the box. Rapinoe pounced with a short pass to Leroux, who slid from just outside the left corner of the six-yard box to sneak the ball underneath goalkeeper Zhang Yue and into the lower right corner. Leroux now has 29 goals for her WNT career and a team-leading five tallies for the USA in 2014.
The USA pushed for more goals, and only several quality saves from Zhang kept the score down. Among the chances created was a Rapinoe attempt from about 30 yards out in the 55th minute that forced the Chinese goalkeeper to make a tip save over the crossbar. Second-half sub Christen Press had a strong scoring chance nearly two minutes after she entered the game, but her 59th-minute shot was blocked by Wang in the right side in the box.
The U.S. had two chances in the 60th minute when a Leroux header hit the crossbar and then Zhang dove to save an Abby Wambach header off the ensuing corner kick.
The majority of the WNT players will have approximately a month away from international duty as they start the National Women’s Soccer League season this weekend.
Next up for the U.S. WNT is a match against Canada on Thursday, May 8, at Investors Group Field in Winnipeg. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. CT (8 p.m. ET).
- The USA added to its record home unbeaten streak which is now at 82 games. The U.S. WNT is 72-0-10 during its current streak, which started on Dec. 8, 2004, with a 5-0 victory against Mexico in Carson, Calif.
- Carli Lloyd, who increased her career goals total to 50, is now three tallies behind eighth-place Carin Gabarra on the WNT all-time list.
- Heather O’Reilly passed longtime defender Kate Markgraf to move into sole possession of eighth place on the all-time caps list with 202 appearances. Markgraf earned 201 caps from 1998-2010. O’Reilly is inching closer to seventh-place Tiffeny Milbrett, who played in 204 games from 1991-2005.
- Hope Solo earned her 150th career cap and is the 18th WNT player to reach that milestone. Among USA goalkeepers, Solo is second only to Briana Scurry (173 caps from 1994-2008).
- Lauren Holiday played in her 99th career game, and with her next appearance she would be the 30th player in WNT history to reach the century mark.
- Sydney Leroux made her 50th appearance since debuting for the USA in 2011. She is the 47th WNT player to reach 50 games in her career.
- With her 30th assist, Holiday becomes the 12th WNT player to reach that career mark.
- With her 109th appearance, Amy Rodriguez tied with Angela Hucles for 28th all-time.
- The USA is 6-2-1 in 2014.
- The U.S. is now 32-8-12 all-time against China PR.
- The U.S. WNT moved to 6-0-2 all-time under interim head coach Jill Ellis.
- Thursday’s starting lineup featured Hope Solo in goal, with a defensive line that included right back Ali Krieger, left back Meghan Klingenberg and center backs Rachel Van Hollebeke and Becky Sauerbrunn. Sauerbrunn wore the captain’s armband, while Van Hollebeke enjoyed a homecoming as she hails from northern San Diego suburb Del Mar, Calif.
- The midfield of the USA’s 4-3-3 formation included Megan Rapinoe on the left side, Morgan Brian on the right and Carli Lloyd centrally.
- Lauren Holiday pushed up from her typical midfield role to center forward, flanked beside Heather O’Reilly on the right and Sydney Leroux on the left.
- Rapinoe, O’Reilly, Press and Sauerbrunn are the only WNT players to have appeared in all nine USA matches this year.
- Van Hollebeke picked up an ankle injury just two minutes into the match. After trying to fight through the pain on the sidelines, Ellis decided to sub out Van Hollebeke, bringing in Whitney Engen in the seventh minute.
- Abby Wambach was brought into the match to open the second half as she entered for Brian. It marked Wambach’s 220th career appearance.
- In the 57th minute, Tobin Heath and Christen Press replaced Rapinoe and O’Reilly, respectively.
- Kelley O’Hara replaced Holiday in the 64th minute. O’Hara moved to left back and Klingenberg pushed into the midfield.
- Amy Rodriguez was the USA’s sixth and final sub, entering for Leroux in the 76th minute.
-U.S. Women’s National Team Match Report-
Match: U.S. Women’s National Team vs. China PR
Date: April 10, 2014
Competition: International Friendly
Venue: Qualcomm Stadium; San Diego, Calif.
Kickoff: 8 p.m. PT
Weather: 62 degrees, mostly cloudy
Scoring Summary: 1 2 F
USA 2 1 3
CHN 0 0 0
USA – Carli Lloyd (Lauren Holiday) 20th minute
USA – Carli Lloyd (unassisted) 23
USA – Sydney Leroux (Megan Rapinoe) 46
USA: 1-Hope Solo; 11-Ali Krieger, 16-Van Hollebeke (6-Whitney Engen, 7), 4-Becky Sauerbrunn (capt.), 25-Meghan Klingenberg, 7-Morgan Brian (20-Abby Wambach, 46), 10-Carli Lloyd, 15-Megan Rapinoe (17-Tobin Heath, 57), 9-Heather O’Reilly (23-Christen Press, 57), 12-Lauren Holiday (5-Kelley O’Hara, 64), 2-Sydney Leroux (8-Amy Rodriguez, 76)
Substitutions Not Used: 18-Alyssa Naeher
Head coach: Jill Ellis
CHN: 1-Zhang Yue; 3-Wang Lingling (7-Xu Yanlu, 34), 6-Zeng Ying, 26-Li Dongna, 30-Liu Shanshan; 14-Wang Shanshan, 23-Ren Guixin (capt.), 25-Zhang Rui (13-Gao Qi, 87), 28-Zhang Xin (16-Wan Chen, 63); 10-Li Ying, 29-Yang Li (18-Han Peng, 66)
Substitutions Not Used: 9-Lou Jiahui, 11-Huang Yini, 17-Li Xianglin, 19-Zhou Feifei, 20-Song Duan, 21-Wang Lisi, 22-Wang Yun
Head coach: Hao Wei
Stats Summary: USA / CHN
Shots: 18 / 3
Shots on Goal: 12 / 2
Saves: 1 / 3
Corner Kicks: 7 / 1
Fouls: 11 / 9
Offside: 1 / 0
CHN – Li Ying (caution) 59th minute
Referee: Katja Koroleva (USA)
Assistant Referee 1: Felisha Mariscal (USA)
Assistant Referee 2: Amanda Ross (USA)
Fourth Official: Alejandro Mariscal (USA)
Budweiser Woman of the Match: Carli Lloyd
One of the USA’s most skillful attackers and goal scorers, she (and her hair) gained instant fame for sending in the cross that Abby Wambach headed home in the dying seconds of extra time against Brazil in the 2011 FIFA Women’s World Cup quarterfinal … Her two-goal performance in the epic semifinal match of the 2012 Olympics further cemented her star status … 2012: Had her best year yet for the U.S. WNT, playing 1,649 minutes in 29 games while starting 20, the highest yearly totals of her career … Scored eight goals with 12 assists, also career highs … Her 12 assists were third highest on the team … Started all six games of the 2012 Olympics, her first Olympic tournament, while scoring three goals with four assists … Her four assists at the Olympics were tied for tops on the team … One of her assists came on Carli Lloyd’s game-winning goal in the 2-1 Olympic gold medal game victory against Japan … Scored the game-winning goal against Colombia in group play and also scored two spectacular goals against Canada in the Olympic semifinal, twice drawing the USA even in a match it would win 4-3 in the final minute of extra time of overtime … Her first goal against Canada came directly off a corner kick and the second was a brilliant strike from outside the penalty area … Played in four games at CONCACAF Olympic Qualifying, starting one and had one goal and one assist … Was on the short list for the FIFA Women’s World Player of the Year and finished 10th in the final voting … 2011: Played in 18 games, starting 13, and scored three goals with five assists over her 1,085 minutes … Was a starter for most of the year, but lost her spot just before the Women’s World Cup, where she played her role extremely well coming off the bench, getting one goal with three assists … Played in all six games in the World Cup, starting the group match against Sweden and the World Cup Final … Her three assists came in the final three games of the World Cup, crossing the ball that was famously headed home by Abby in the quarterfinal against Brazil, setting up Alex Morgan’s game-clinching goal in the semifinal victory against France and Morgan’s score in the World Cup Final against Japan … Also scored against England and Japan during the year … 2010: Recovered from illness to work her way back into the U.S. lineup, starting eight of the 10 games she played … Scored four goals with two assists, one of which came in the second leg of the Women’s World Cup playoff series against Italy that set up Amy Rodriguez’s game-winning goal … Started both games in the playoff series … Scored against Sweden and China, and twice against Guatemala at the CONCACAF Women’s World Cup Qualifying tournament, in which she played three games … 2009: Made a big impact in her return to the WNT for the first time in two years, playing in seven games and starting six while scoring two goals with one assist … Scored against Norway in the Algarve Cup in a 1-0 victory and also added a goal against Canada in Toronto … 2007-08: Did not play for the USA as she recovered from two ACL injuries … 2006: Trained with team at 2006 Residency Training Camp in Carson, Calif. … Came into training with the USA early in 2006 and played in four matches, scoring her first two career goals against Chinese Taipei on Oct. 1, but returned to her college team and suffered an ACL injury just four days later … Youth National Teams: Was one of the standout players on the U.S. team that finished third at the 2004 FIFA U-19 Women’s World Championship in Thailand … She had an excellent tournament, scoring three goals, tied for the team lead, including one in the third-place match victory against Brazil … Ended her U-19 international career with 21 caps and nine goals … First camp with the U-19 WNT was in January of 2003 in Chula Vista, Calif. … Played in three matches at the 2004 CONCACAF U-19 Qualifying tournament, scoring three goals … Scored her first goal with the U-19s against Mexico on March 1, 2003 … Scored against Canada in 6-1 victory on May 27, 2003 … Traveled with U-19s on European tour to Netherlands and Germany in July of 2003 … Played in USYSA International Tournament in Houston in May of 2003 … Played with the U-16 GNT in 2002 and traveled with the U-16s to France and Houston … First Appearance: July 23, 2006, vs. Ireland ... First Goal: Oct. 1, 2006, vs. Chinese Taipei (two goals).
Full name is Megan Anna Rapinoe … Nickname is “Pinoe” … Enjoys playing guitar, the beach and shopping … Majored in sociology … Has a twin sister, Rachael, who also played soccer at Portland … Is the youngest of six children … Prefers living in a city … Lists “The Shawshank Redemption” as one of her favorite movies … Competed in track as a freshman and sophomore, and basketball as freshman, sophomore and senior in high school … Was on the honor roll every semester of high school … Enjoys traveling, going to zoos and good coffee … Her favorite cities are Sydney; London; San Francisco; Phuket, Thailand; Chicago and Boston … She cannot travel without gum, a hair straightener, her computer, neck pillow, iPod, and toothbrush … Her favorite musical artists are currently Florence and the Machine, Adele, Missy Higgins, Kings of Leon and Dar Williams, Tegan + Sara, M83, Black Keys, Cat PowerPlayed just three full seasons at Portland as her junior year was cut short after two matches due to an ACL injury … Had one more season of college eligibility remaining, but opted to enter the WPS draft … As a senior in 2008, she started all 22 games for the Pilots and was named a Soccer America First-Team All-American and an NSCAA Second Team All-American … Voted the WCC Player of the Year and was All-WCC First Team … She led the team and the WCC in assists (13) … Also became the eighth player in school history to get 30 goals and 25 assists in a career … Her 88 career points (30 goals, 28 assists) are 10th-best in school history despite playing just 60 total games due to injuries … As a junior in 2007, she appeared in just two matches off the bench early in the year before suffering season-ending knee injury for the second consecutive season … Was granted a medical hardship waiver by the NCAA, but never used it … As a sophomore in 2006, she was among the nation’s leading scorers with 10 goals and two assists in 11 matches before suffering a season-ending knee injury against Washington State on Oct. 5 … She joined Tiffeny Milbrett and Shannon MacMillan as the only Pilots to score 25 goals and 15 assists in just two years … In 2005 as a freshman, she helped the Pilots to an undefeated season and the NCAA championship. … She was an NSCAA First-Team All-American and was on the Soccer America First Team Freshman All-American list ... She made the College Cup All-Tournament Team and was the WCC Freshman of the Year ... An All-WCC First Team and All-WCC Freshman Team selection ... She played and started all 25 games as an attacking midfielder, scoring 15 goals and adding 13 assists for 43 points … Also recorded seven game-winning goals … Did not play college soccer in what would have been her freshman season in order to play in the 2004 FIFA U-19 Women’s World Cup in Thailand … High School: Did not play high school soccer, opting for club instead … Parade and NSCAA All-American as a junior and senior … A McDonald’s All-American in 2004.