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Post-Match Quote Sheet: U.S. WNT 2, Denmark 0

U.S. Women’s National Team Quote Sheet

U.S. Head Coach Pia Sundhage

On the match:

“Even though it was raining the field was pretty good. So we tried to play through the midfield and at times we managed to do that, especially after the first 20-25 minutes. Then every single player in the midfield got involved in every attack and I was very pleased with that.”

On Shannon Boxx playing in the middle of the back line for the first time:
“She’s playing center back with Christie Rampone and (outside backs) Lori (Chalupny) and Heather (Mitts) and I think that is a good set up. I am happy to see that Boxx can do the job at the international level.”

On two young players scoring in the 2-0 victory:
“It’s a special feeling to score a goal and for (Angie) Woznuk and (Tina) DiMartino, who are fairly new to the team, it shows that on this team anyone can score and that’s a good quality. Everyone is happy when anyone scores a goal, but especially the new players.”

On the overall team performance:
“Because of the start of the WPS, the players seem to be fit. It’s a perfect pre-season for them going into the league. What we saw here was pretty good quality and this will be a great tournament for all of us.”

On the steadiness in the center of the defense:
“Hope Solo made some great saves. I am happy with her combination in the middle with Rampone and Boxx because it feels comfortable when teams are running at us because they are smart and experienced.”

On halftime substitute Lindsay Tarpley’s performance:
“If you look at the second half, the way Tarpley played, she changed the game a little bit because she kept the ball and her movement off the ball in the area in front of the back line was very good. That brings out the best of all the players in the midfield.”

On working in the USA’s four forwards – Natasha Kai, Lindsay Tarpley, Amy Rodriguez and Tina DiMartino:
“We have four players up top in this tournament. Tash, Tarp, A-Rod and Tina and it will be fun to play around with those combinations to see what works the best.”

On the Denmark team:
“I like the way they are playing. They are keeping it on the ground and trying to knock it around a little bit and using the width. I think (Danish midfielder Cathrine Sorensen) is one of the best players in the world and that fact that she didn’t score a goal, gives credit to our defending. I think the way they are playing is interesting and if they switch the attack a little bit more they will be even more dangerous.”

U.S. Captain Christie Rampone

On the match:

“The team did really well for having a few new faces on the field and a few people in new positions. But we made an effort towards trying to advance what Pia has talking about for 2011, and that’s being a more attacking team, interchanging positions and getting lots of movement. We tried that despite the conditions, but we put a full effort in and now it’s just building from this point.“

U.S. Goalkeeper Hope Solo

On Denmark:
“I’ve respected Denmark for a long time. We played them in the final at this tournament last year. They are really good at finding that diagonal ball to the oncoming runner. They had two or three breakaways and several shots on goal. They are a good team.”

On handling the ball in the rain and wind:
“It wasn’t too difficult today, surprisingly. (Some crosses) were hard to read because of the wind, but in terms of the rain, the ball felt fine. The gloves were good and sticky.”

On making several huge saves to keep Denmark off the board:
“I guess that’s the goalkeeper’s job, right? But our team kept the shots very easy. They gave them bad angles to shoot and were marking on corners. They made my job easy.”

U.S. Midfielder Angie Woznuk

On the match:
“I thought considering the conditions everyone played really well. We are trying to possess the ball which was really hard with the rain, but I thought came through with a good win and it’s a good game to build on.”

On the style of play early on:
“It was a little rough in the beginning. We were trying to play each other but it was tough to possess the ball and we were turning it over. As the game went on, we started to get a rhythm and possess more.”

U.S. Midfielder Tina DiMartino

On her first goal for the U.S. Women’s National Team:
“Tash headed the ball down and I was in front of the goalie and I kicked it and it hit the girl in between her legs, but there was mud so I slipped down and my head hit the mud. Then I saw Tash cheering so I thought she must have scored, awesome! Then someone said, ‘Tina you scored!” Oh, I scored? It was just really funny because I didn’t see it when I slipped. I knew I kicked it but I thought it was deflected. So that’s my first goal on the Women’s National Team.”

On the match:
“I thought we played well. In the first half it was kind of hard finding the space. I think Tash and I played well together and I think in the second half Tarp coming in, she did really well find that space for us. I think we played some great soccer, moved the ball and had some great opportunities. For our first game, we played really well.”

U.S. Under-23 WNT Defeats England 3-0 at 2008 Nordic Cup

BORLANGE, Sweden (July 17, 2008) -- U.S. Under-23 Women’s National Team earned its second straight win and shutout at the 2008 Nordic Cup with a comprehensive 3-0 victory over England in Group B.

The USA now needs a win or a tie in its final first round match, taking place on July 19 against Norway, to win the group and earn a berth in its 12th straight Nordic Cup title game. Both the USA and Norway have won their first two matches and are tied atop the group with six points, but the USA has a superior goal difference at plus-4 to Norway’s plus-2, meaning a tie would give the U.S. top honors in the group.

India Trotter, who earned Player of the Match honors, scored in the 37th minute after Meghan Schnur played a great bending ball around the defense from the left side at about midfield. Trotter got on the end of it and beat a defender to go one-on-one with the ‘keeper before slotting her shot into the right corner.

“I thought we played really well tonight,” said Trotter, who today was named an alternate to the 2008 Olympic Team after Lauren Cheney was called into the 18-player Olympic roster to replace the injured Abby Wambach. “England played really high in the back line so we were able to use our speed and knock balls into space to get around them. Our outside backs did a great job playing balls over their defense into the space where we could beat them to the ball on the run.”

The USA went into halftime with a 1-0 lead but doubled the lead just two minutes after the break. The goal came off a corner kick which England cleared, but Tina DiMartino latched onto the ball and sent a pass across the left side of the penalty area to Kiki Bosio, who first-timed her shot into the back of the net.

Brittany Klein sealed the game in the 79th minute with her second goal of the tournament. Katie Larkin created the score with a great move down the left sideline before passing to Kerri Hanks in the middle. Harkin drew a defender and played it off to Klein, who took a touch and blasted the ball in the left corner of the goal.

"We played well today,” said U.S. head coach Bill Irwin. “We executed the plan that we worked on. We knew we could exploit them with our speed, and that’s how India got our first goal. In the second half, we made some adjustments and took control of the game.”

The U.S. backline of Schnur, Becky Sauerbrunn, Nikki Krzysik and Katherine Reynolds helped hold England to just two shots on goal. U.S. goalkeeper Val Henderson picked up her second straight shutout.

In the Group A games, Germany pounded Scotland, 5-0, while Sweden downed Finland, 2-1. Sweden and Germany meet on July 19 with the Germans needing just a tie to win the group and advance to the championship game while Sweden needs a victory.


U.S. Under-23 Women’s National Team Match Report

Participants: U.S. Under-23 Women’s National Team vs. England
Competition: 2008 Nordic Cup – Group B
Location: Borlange, Sweden
Date: July 17, 2008
Attendance: 200
Weather: Cloudy, Rainy – 58 degrees

Scoring Summary:
          1  2   Final
USA  1  2     3
ENG 0   0     0

USA -- India Trotter (Meghan Schnur) 37th minute.
USA -- Kiki Bosio (Tina DiMartino) 47.
USA -- Brittany Klein (Kerri Hanks) 79.

Lineups:
USA: 1-Valerie Henderson; 11-Meghan Schnur; 15-Becky Sauerbrunn, 4-Nikki Krzysik, 7-Katherine Reynolds; 10-Yael Averbuch (12 Kasey Moore, 75), 13-Tina DiMartino (6-Lorraine Quinn, 82), 9-Brittany Klein, 5-Kiki Bosio (17-Katy Frierson, 82); 8-India Trotter (16-Katy Larkin, 72), 3-Ella Masar (14-Kerri Hanks, 52).

Subs Not Used: 18-Cori Alexander.
Head Coach: Bill Irwin

ENG: 13-Marie Hourihan; 3-Michelle Hickmott, 6-Kylie Davies, 5-Kelly Lawrence, 2-Stephanie Houghton (14-Kimberly Dixon, 45), 8-Rachel Williams, 4-Danielle Buet, 7-Dunia Susi, 9-Gemma Davisson (18-Sian Larkin, 70), 10-Natasha Dowie (16-Carla Cantrell, 72), 17-Rebecka Hall (12-Sophie Perry, 56).

Subs Not Used: 11-Danielle Bird, 1-Danielle Hill, 15-Katie Holtham.
Head Coach: Brent Hall

Statistical Summary:
      USA / ENG
Shots: 14 / 5
Shots on Goal: 6 / 2
Saves: 2 / 3
Fouls: 4 / 6
Corner Kicks: 8 / 0
Offside: 6 / 2

Misconduct Summary: None

2008 Nordic Cup Schedule
July 15-21, 2008

Group A Standings
Teams     W   L   T   Pts.   GF   GA   GD
Germany  2    0   0    6        7      0     +7
Sweden    2    0   0   6         5      1     +4
Finland     0    2   0    0         1     4      -3
Scotland   0    2   0    0        0      8     -8

Tuesday, July 15
Sweden 3, Scotland 0
Germany 2, Finland 0

Thursday, July 17
Sweden 2, Finland 1
Germany 5, Scotland 0

Thursday, July 19
Sweden vs. Germany
Scotland vs. Finland

Group B Standings
Teams          W  L   T    Pts. GF    GA   GD
USA               2   0   0     6      4      0     +4
Norway          1  0    1     4      4     2      +2
Switzerland   0  1    1    1      2      3      -1
England        0   2    0    0      0      5     -5

Tuesday, July 15
USA 1, Switzerland 0
Norway 2, England 0

Thursday, July 17
USA 3, England 0
Switzerland 2, Norway 2

Thursday, July 19
USA vs. Norway
England vs. Switzerland

Monday, July 21
7th Place Match
5th Place Match
3rd Place Match
Championship Match

U.S. Under-23 Women's National Team Opens Nordic Cup with 1-0 Win Over Switzerland

BORLANGE, Sweden (July 15, 2008) -- U.S. Under-23 Women’s National Team won its opening match of the 2008 Nordic Cup, defeating Switzerland, 1-0, as midfielder Brittany Klein tallied the winning goal six minutes into the second half.

While the USA out-shot the Swiss, who were using several overage players, by a 14-6 margin, the Americans produced just one goal but it was enough to hold up for a crucial three points.

The goal came off a throw-in that forward India Trotter took the right end line. She crossed the ball back to midfielder Tina Dimartino at the top right side of the penalty area. Faced with two defenders, DiMartino cleverly found Klein on her left and she bent the ball around the ‘keeper into the lower right corner.

"At times, we settled the ball and created good chances,” said Klein, who scored her first international goal for the U-23s. “We just have to be able to finish those chances we get. There are some things we really need to work on for our next game to move forward in the tournament, but we made big improvements from the first half to the second half."

The USA almost changed the game just three minutes in as Trotter slammed a shot off the post. Switzerland’s Maeva Sarrasin had the best chance of the game for her country as she broke through the U.S. defense and shot around U.S. goalkeeper Val Henderson, but the ball was cleared off the line by a hustling Katherine Reynolds.

"We played good football,” said U.S. head coach Bill Irwin. “In the first half, we were out-hustled and out-muscled, but we changed it up in the second half and we finally scored on one of our many chances. The win is a good start to the tournament, but we have a few things to work on to prepare for England on Thursday."

Held in Northern Europe every summer, the USA has competed in the Nordic Cup for the last 14 years, during which time it has become the focus of the USA’s oldest youth national team during its six-month run-up to the prestigious competition. The USA has won nine out of the last 11 Nordic Cups.

"I thought we played well when we found feet and width,” said DiMartino, who was named played of the match. “We put in a good effort tonight."

The American face England next on July 17 in Borlange and then will finish group play with Norway on July 19 in Famas. The USA must win its group to play in the championship game on July 21.

All four opening matches of the Nordic Cup were shutouts. In the other Group B match, Norway defeated England, 2-0. In Group A, Sweden downed Scotland 3-0 and Germany edged Finland, 2-0

U.S. Under-23 Women’s National Team Match Report

Participants: U.S. Under-23 Women’s National Team vs. Switzerland
Competition: 2008 Nordic Cup – Group B
Location: Borlange, Sweden
Date: July 15, 2008
Attendance: 300
Weather: Cloudy, Cool – 62 degrees

Scoring Summary:
               1st   2nd   Final
USA         0       1       1
SUI           0       0      0

USA – Brittany Klein (Tina DiMartino)     51st minute.

Lineups:
USA: 1-Valerie Henderson; 2 Marissa Abegg (11-Meghan Schnur, 62), 15-Becky Sauerbrunn, 4-Nikki Krzysik, 7-Katherine Reynolds; 10-Yael Averbuch, 13-Tina DiMartino, 9-Brittany Klein, 5-Kiki Bosio (16-Katie Larkin, 70); 8-India Trotter (17-Katie Frierson, 85), 3-Ella Masar (14-Kerri Hanks, 55).
Subs Not Used: 18-Cori Alexander, 6-Lorraine Quinn, 11-Kasey Moore.
Head Coach: Bill Irwin

SUI: 1-Marisa Brunner; 2-Gaelle Thallman (4-Rahel Graf, 74), 15-Isabelle Meyer, 5-Nora Hauptle, 13-Vanessa Burki, 6-Marina Keller (3-Caroline Abbe, 62), 14-Lara Dickermann (8-Prisca Steinegger, 62), 10-Noemie Beney, 19-Ramona Bachman, 20-Maeva Sarrasin, 7-Franziska Scharer (16-Marina Moser, 82).
Subs Not Used: 12-Sandra Betschart, 11-Vanessa Bernauer.
Head Coach: Beatrice von Siebenthal

Statistical Summary:
USA / SUI
Shots: 14 / 6    
Shots on Goal: 5/2
Saves: 2 / 4
Fouls: 7 / 16
Corner Kicks: 3 / 4
Offside: 1 / 3

Misconduct Summary:
SUI –Marina Keller (caution)    54th minute

2008 Nordic Cup Schedule - Sweden
July 15-21, 2008
 
Group A Standings
Teams        W    L    T     Pts.    GF     GA    GD
Sweden      1     0     0      3        3         0      +3
Germany    1     0     0      3        2         0      +2
Scotland     0     1     0      0        0         3       -3
Finland        0    1     0      0        0          2      -2

Tuesday, July 15
Sweden 3, Scotland 0
Germany 2, Finland 0

Thursday, July 17
Finland vs. Sweden
Scotland vs. Germany

Thursday, July 19
Sweden vs. Germany
Scotland vs. Finland

Group B Standings
Teams            W    L    T     Pts.    GF     GA    GD
Norway            1     0    0      3        2         0      +2
USA                 1      0    0      3        1         0      +1
Switzerland    0      1    0      0        0         1       -1
England          0      1    0      0        0        2       -2

Tuesday, July 15
USA 1, Switzerland 0
Norway 2, England 0

Thursday, July 17
USA vs. England
Switzerland vs. Norway

Thursday, July 19
USA vs. Norway
England vs. Switzerland

Monday, July 21
7th Place Match
5th Place Match
3rd Place Match
Championship Match

Irwin Names U.S. Under-23 WNT Nordic Cup Roster

CHICAGO (July 9, 2008) - U.S. Under-23 Women’s National Team head coach Bill Irwin has named 18 players to the roster that will travel to Falun, Sweden, on July 11 for the 2008 Nordic Cup tournament, being held from July 15-21. The U.S. roster features numerous players with extensive U.S. Youth National Team experience, four who have earned caps with the full U.S. Women’s National Team and seven players who have appeared for the USA in a FIFA youth world championship.

The USA has competed in the Nordic Cup for the last 14 years, which is held in Northern Europe every summer, during which time it has become the focus of the USA’s oldest Youth National Team.

After winning its first Nordic Cup in 1997 (over Norway), the USA has won an amazing nine out of the last 11 Nordic Cups including seven in a row from 1999-2005, before falling in 2006 in the championship game to Germany. The U.S. recaptured the title last year under Irwin, pounding Germany, 4-0, in the title game. The USA won the last Nordic Cup contested in Sweden in 2004, defeating Norway, 4-1, in the final.

The Nordic Cup features eight teams and two groups followed by placement matches. The USA was drawn into Group B, where it will face Switzerland, England and Norway. Group A features host Sweden, Germany, Finland the full National Team of Scotland.

The American women open play against Switzerland on July 15 in Borlange before taking on England on July 17 in Borlange. The team will finished group play against Norway on July 19 in Famas. The placement matches are on July 21. All the matches are near Falun, which is 120 miles northwest of Stockholm.

Irwin’s roster features six players who helped the USA win last year’s Nordic Cup in Finland, led by defender Becky Sauerbrunn and midfielder Tina DiMartino, both of whom earned caps for the full National Team at the Four Nations Tournament in China last January. Midfielder India Trotter, who spent the first six months of this year training with the full WNT, and midfielder Yael Averbuch, both have two caps for the senior side.

“We have players who have won the Nordic Cup and played in Youth World Championships,” said Irwin. “We’ve had some excellent international matches this year leading into this tournament and some success against European teams, but we will look to the experienced players to lead this team in Sweden. We are expecting mature and consistent performances from our team with four matches in seven days.”

Irwin’s squad has gone 4-1-1 in international matches in 2008, all against European countries.

Sauerbrunn, Averbuch, midfielder Meghan Schnur and forward Kerri Hanks, who won the Hermann Trophy in 2006 at Notre Dame, played for the USA at the 2004 FIFA U-19 Women’s World Cup in Thailand. Hanks also played for the U.S. team that won the 2002 FIFA U-19 Women’s World Cup in Canada. DiMartino, goalkeeper Val Henderson and defender Nikki Krzysik played for the USA at the 2006 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup in Russia. Henderson was named to the FIFA All-Star Team in that tournament.

Seven players on the roster have previous Nordic Cup experience, led by goalkeeper Cori Alexander, who will be attending her third consecutive Nordic Cup. Forward Kiki Bosio, who scored twice in last year’s Nordic Cup, is one of five additional players who were in Finland last year. The group also includes DiMartino, Krzysik, Sauerbrunn and forward Ella Masar.

The youngest player selected is 18-year-old midfielder Katy Frierson who will attend Auburn as a freshman this fall.

Many current full Women’s National Team players have participated in the Nordic Cup. At last year’s tournament were defender Rachel Buehler, a member of the USA’s 2008 Olympic Team, and defender Ali Krieger, who was named as alternate to the Olympic Team.

“As always, playing with the U-23s and traveling to the Nordic Cup is a chance for these players to show that they have the talent to make the jump to the full team,” said Irwin. “With the new pro league on the horizon, and the next Women’s World Cup three years away, this tournament is extremely valuable for these players. Some of them have seen time with the National Team but haven’t quite broken in. This is their chance to show that they can perform in a difficult tournament competition.”

Age eligible players for the 2008 Nordic Cup are those born on or after January 1, 1985.

Fourteen different colleges are represented on this year’s Nordic Cup roster, with UCLA and Virginia having two each while three players from Santa Clara made the squad.

2008 Nordic Cup Schedule - Sweden
July 15-21, 2008


Group A: Sweden, Scotland, Germany, Finland
Group B: USA, Switzerland, Norway, England

Tuesday, July 15
Group A: Sweden vs. Scotland
Group A: Germany vs. Finland
Group B: USA vs. Switzerland
Group B: Norway vs. England

Thursday, July 17
Group A: Finland vs. Sweden
Group A: Scotland vs. Germany
Group B: USA vs. England
Group B: Switzerland vs. Norway

Thursday, July 19
Group A: Sweden vs. Germany
Group A: Scotland vs. Finland
Group B: USA vs. Norway
Group B: England vs. Switzerland

Monday, July 21
7th Place Match
5th Place Match
3rd Place Match
Championship Match

U.S. UNDER-23 WOMEN’S NATIONAL TEAM
2008 NORDIC CUP ROSTER

Players Pos. Ht. DOB Hometown School

U-23 Caps/Goals

Abegg, Marissa D 5-7 03/14/87 Lake Oswego, Ore. Stanford

6/0

Alexander, Cori GK 5-10 05/06/85 Martinez, Calif. Portland

4

Averbuch, Yael M 5-11 11/03/86 Upper Montclair, N.J. UNC

6/1

Bosio, Kiki F 5-7 11/03/87 Mission Viejo, Calif. Santa Clara

10/3

DiMartino, Tina M 5-3 01/06/86 Massapequa, N.Y. UCLA

5/2

Frierson, Katy M 5-5 04/08/90 Homewood, Ala. Auburn

0/0

Hanks, Kerri F 5-7 09/02/85 Allen, Texas Notre Dame

4/0

Henderson, Val GK 5-7 04/19/86 Orinda, Calif. UCLA

10

Klein, Brittany M 5-3 10/29/86 Arcadia, Calif. Santa Clara

6/0

Krzysik, Nikki D 5-7 05/23/87 Clifton, N.J. Virginia

7/0

Larkin, Katie F 5-5 03/19/87 Draper, Utah BYU

3/0

Maser, Ella F 5-5 04/03/86 Urbana, Ill. Illinois

4/0

Moore, Kasey D 5-8 08/03/87 Mission Viejo, Calif. Texas

5/0

Quinn, Lorraine M 5-2 08/14/86 Farmingdale, N.Y. Duke

1/0

Reynolds, Katherine D 5-8 09/14/87 Medina, Wash. Santa Clara

0/0

Sauerbrunn, Becky D 5-7 06/06/85 St. Louis, Mo. Virginia

9/0

Schnur, Meghan M 5-6 04/16/85 Storrs, Conn. UConn

0/0

Trotter, India M 5-8 03/10/85 Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. Florida State

0/0



U.S. U-23 Women’s National Team Roster By Position
GOALKEEPERS (2): Cori Alexander (Portland), Val Henderson (UCLA)
DEFENDERS (5): Marissa Abegg (Stanford), Nikki Krzysik (Virginia), Kasey Moore (Texas), Katherine Reynolds (Santa Clara), Becky Sauerbrunn (Virginia)
MIDFIELDERS (7): Yael Averbuch (UNC), Tina DiMartino (UCLA), Katy Frierson (Auburn), Brittany Klein (Santa Clara), Lorraine Quinn (Duke), Meghan Schnur (Uconn), India Trotter (Florida State)
FORWARDS (4): Kiki Bosio (Santa Clara), Kerri Hanks (Notre Dame), Katie Larkin (BYU), Ella Masar (Illinois)

U.S. WNT Wins 2008 Four Nations Tournament With 1-0 Victory Against China

GUANGZHOU, China (January 20, 2008) – The U.S. Women’s National Team scored a 77th minute goal off a header from midfielder Shannon Boxx to earn a 1-0 victory over China and win the 2008 Four Nations Tournament. It was the first tournament title for new U.S. head coach Pia Sundhage.

The U.S. team swept almost all of the tournament awards as midfielder Lindsay Tarpley scored four times to earn the Top Scorer award, forward Heather O’Reilly was named Tournament MVP, Sundhage was named Best Coach and the USA also won the Fair Play Award, going three games without getting a yellow card. Chinese net-minder Zhang Yanru was named Best Goalkeeper.

Boxx’s goal came after defender Lori Chalupny had burst past a defender outside the penalty box on the right side only to be been scythed down, earning a free kick.

The initial service was cleared off a Chinese head, but the ball fell to defender Becky Sauerbrunn on the right wing and she sent a looping service back into the middle. Boxx got a bit of separation from her defender and arched her body to send a looping header over the Chinese goalkeeper into the right corner from 11 yards out. The goal was the 18th of Boxx’s international career. It was Sauerbrunn’s first career assist.

The USA came into the match needing just a draw to win the tournament, but it was China who played the more conservative game, dropping way back into a low-pressure defense, often getting all 11 players behind the halfway line when the U.S. defenders had the ball. The Steel Roses stayed in their 4-5-1 formation until late in the game when they finally tried to push some players forward in search of an equalizer.

The low-pressure tactics forced the Americans into a more patient possession game, as well as a formation change in the second half. The U.S. team moved from a 4-4-2 with O’Reilly playing wide on the left, to a 4-3-3 with Abby Wambach at center forward, O’Reilly coming down the right and halftime substitute Tobin Heath on the left.

The USA out-shot China 12-2 for the match, but the boisterous crowd, seemingly all armed with bang sticks, created an electric atmosphere as they urged their team forward.

China’s most dangerous chance came in the 13th minute when star forward Han Duan evaded U.S. captain Christie Rampone with a masterful juke at the top of the box and lashed a left-footed shot that was brilliantly saved by U.S. goalkeeper Hope Solo, who flew backwards to tip the ball over the crossbar.

China created most of its danger off three free kicks from outside shooting range. Solo had to grab two services that skidded into the penalty box and saw one cross flash through the goal mouth and out of bounds.

The U.S. put half of its 12 shots on frame, but dangerous chances were definitely at a premium against the organized and committed Chinese defense.

In the 32nd minute, O’Reilly tore into the penalty area on the left side and chipped a cross through the goal box. Zhang leaped to get a hand to it, changing the trajectory just enough to throw Boxx off-balance and she miss-hit her volley a yard wide right of the open net.

In stoppage time of first half, the USA took a short corner kick and midfielder Carli Lloyd fired a cross in on the ground. In a mad scramble, no U.S. player could get a solid swing at the ball and Zhang was able to corral it.
 
China definitely got the memo on Tarpley, who had scored twice in the two previous matches, Zhang Tong blanketing her for the entire first half and giving her little space to create. Tarpley was replaced at halftime by Angie Woznuk, who earned her third cap.

Lloyd came close to scoring on a set play three minutes into the second half, but Zhang pushed her 25-yard blast off the cross bar and out for a corner kick.

O’Reilly had a nice chance in the 54th minute after Wambach won ball at midfield and played her through down the right flank, but with a defender on her left hip, she cut her shot wide of the left post. In the 68th minute, Heath showed some crafty skills, beating her player in the left side of the penalty box and dribbled straight down the goal line to the near post. She cut the ball back to O’Reilly, but she knocked her contested shot over the goal.

In the 83rd minute, O’Reilly set up substitute Amy Rodriguez will a perfect slip pass behind the Chinese defense on a lightning counter-attack. Rodriguez got her shot on frame, but Zhang got a few fingers on it to push it outside the right post.
 
O’Reilly’s impact in taking players on and creating danger down the flanks during all three matches was so great that she won the tournament MVP award without scoring a goal.

The USA has now won the Four Nations Tournament six out of the seven times it has attended the competition. The USA won in 1998, 2003, 2004, 2006, 2007 and 2008, failing to take top honors only in 2002. The nine goals over the three games were also the most ever scored in a single Four Nations Tournament by the USA, besting its previous high by three.
 
Veteran U.S. defender Cat Whitehill did not see any action in the Four Nations due to an ankle injury suffered right before the tournament started. Becky Sauerbrunn and Ali Krieger shared minutes next to the ever-steady Rampone in the center of the defense and both performed admirably in their first-ever caps. Sauerbrunn played against China wearing a mask after breaking her nose against Canada in the first match. Rampone played all 270 minutes in the tournament, marshalling a defense that gave up just one goal over three matches.

In the first match of the day, Canada pulled out a last gasp tie with Finland, scoring its first goal of the tournament in the fourth minute of second half stoppage time as Jodi-Ann Robinson fired on a 25-yard blast into the left corner just 30 seconds before the final whistle. Canada earned third-place and Finland finished fourth.

The U.S. team now returns to the United States and will reconvene at the beginning of February for a training camp at The Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif. The roster for that camp will be announced in the near future.

U.S. WOMEN'S NATIONAL TEAM GAME REPORT
Match-up: USA vs. China
Competition:   2008 Four Nations Tournament
Venue:            Guangdong Olympic Sports Center Stadium; Guangzhou, China.
Date:              January 20, 2008; Kickoff – 3:30 p.m. local / 2:30 a.m. ET
Attendance:    3,000
Weather: Hazy, warm – 72 degrees

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

USA – Shannon Boxx (Becky Sauerbrunn)  77th minute.

Lineups:
USA: 18-Hope Solo; 14-Stephanie Cox, 3-Christie Rampone – Capt., 27-Becky Sauerbrunn, 17-Lori Chalupny; 7-Shannon Boxx, 11-Carli Lloyd (16-Angela Hucles, 66), 5-Lindsay Tarpley (10-Angie Woznuk, 46), 9-Heather O’Reilly; 8-Lauren Cheney (6-Tobin Heath, 46), 20-Abby Wambach (19-Amy Rodriguez, 76).
Subs not used: 1-Briana Scurry, 4-Cat Whitehill, 12-Leslie Osborne, 25-Tina DiMartino, 26-Ali Krieger.
Head Coach: Pia Sundhage

CHN: 1-Zhang Yanru; 2-Yuan Fan, 3-Li Jie, 4-Wang Kun, 6-Zhang Ying; 20-Zhang Tong, 7-Bi Yan, 8-Zhang Na, 11-Xie Caixia (17-Zhang Cheng, 80), 16-Liu Yali (14-Guo Yue, 69); 9-Han Duan.
Subs not used: 5-Jiang Ying, 10-Zi Jingjing, 12-Qu Feifei, 15-Zhou Gaoping, 18-Weng Xiaojie, 21-Song Xiaoli, 22-Yu Wimin.
Head Coach: Elisabeth Loisel

Statistical Summary:       
USA / CHN
Shots: 12 / 2 
Shots on Goal: 6 / 1 
Saves: 1 / 5  
Corner Kicks:  7 / 3 
Fouls: 7 / 7 
Offside: 4 / 1 

Misconduct Summary: None.

Officials:
Referee:  Carol Anne Chenard (Canada)  
AR 1:   Liu Hongjuan (China)  
AR 2:   Liang Jianping (China) 
4th Official: Kirsi Savolainene (Finland) 

Sierra Mist Woman of the Match: Shannon Boxx

2008 Four Nations Tournament Final Standings
Team W L T Pts GF GA GD
USA 3 0 0 9 9 1 +8
CHN 1 1 1 4 2 1 +1 
CAN 0 1 2 2 1 5 -4
FIN 0 2 1 1 2 7 -5

Jan. 16  
USA 4, Canada 0
China 2, Finland 0

Jan. 18  
China 0, Canada 0
USA 4, Finland 1

Jan. 20  
Finland 1, Canada 1
USA 1, China 0

2008 Four Nations Tournament Awards
Best Player:  Heather O’Reilly (USA)
Top Scorer:   Lindsay Tarpley (USA)
Best Goalkeeper:  Zhang Yanru (China)
Best Coach:   Pia Sundhage (USA)
Fair Play Award:  USA

Made her debut for the full National Team in January of 2008 at the Four Nations Tournament in China, picking up her first career assist in that match on a goal by college teammate Lauren Cheney … Played in 40 matches for the U-20s in 2006 before the World Cup, scoring 10 goals with a team leading 20 assists … Finished her U-20 international career with 19 caps and one goal … A member of the U.S. team that won the 2006 CONCACAF Under-20 Final Women’s Qualifying Tournament in Mexico … Played in four games in Mexico, starting three, and scored one goal, against Jamaica … Called into her first U.S. U-20 Women’s National Team training camp in May of 2005 … Also trained with the U.S. U-19s in preparation for the 2004 FIFA U-19 World Championships in Thailand ... Played with the U.S. U-16 and U-17 National Teams. First Appearance: January 18, 2008, vs. Finland … First Goal: None
Taken by FC Gold Pride at #3 overall in the first round of the 2009 College Draft … Played club soccer for the Albertson Express ... Helped her club team capture four state championships ... Albertson Express also won the WAGS Tournament and the Disney Cup in 2004.
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