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WNT vs. China PR: Field Level Highlights - 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.

WNT vs. China PR: Sydney Leroux Goal - April 10, 2014

Sydney Leroux latched onto Megan Rapinoe's pass to score just seconds into the second half.

WNT vs. China PR: Carli Lloyd First Goal - April 10, 2014

Sydney Leroux's run opened up the defense for Carli Lloyd to find the back of the net for the opening goal in San Diego.

WNT vs. China: Highlights - April 10, 2014

Carli Lloyd became the ninth player to reach the 50-goal milestone with a brace and the U.S. Women’s National Team defeated China PR 3-0 in front of 12,857 fans at Qualcomm Stadium.

U.S. Women's National Team vs. China PR - Post Match Quotes

U.S. WNT vs. China PR
Post-Match Quotes – April 10, 2014
Qualcomm Stadium; San Diego

U.S. WNT head coach JILL ELLIS
On tonight’s match:
“I thought there were some really good moments and to score three goals against China, which is a feisty opponent, was a good result. We got a little choppy in the second half and obviously we had took a few injuries, but I think it went great. They’ve been through a lot this week and they’ve got great resilience, good professionalism, and put on a quality display on the field.”

On her last few days:
“It’s been a lot of travel and not a lot of sleep, but I know these guys and I know my role is to come in here and galvanize them a little bit. But they are so professional. It’s not a challenge to bring this group to be focused on the field.”

U.S. WNT forward SYDNEY LEROUX
On the crowd:
“It was awesome. I love the West Coast and California, so it’s great to play in San Diego. The crowd was great and really brought some energy to the game.”

On how the head coaching change impacted the team:
“I think with the U.S. Women’s National Team, our approach is always going to be the same. We’re a very resilient team and obviously there were a few hard days for us. Jill came in and she is awesome, she is very well respected within the team. We know what we needed to do and just like every game we came ready to fight. Obviously we’ve been dealing with a lot of questions, but at the end of the day our job is to play soccer. We’re happy we got to do that in front of all the fans tonight.”

U.S. WNT midfielder CARLI LLOYD
On the goals:

“That’s what all the training is for, but there were some great plays by my teammates. Syd out on the left started one play and then Megan Rapinoe on the second one when she kind of whipped in in there and it bounced out to me. I think overall, the performance of the players coming off of the bench did great. I think it’s been a tough couple of days for us, but this team, what we do best is come together and we get more fired up. I think it was a good end to the trip, now we can go back to our NWSL teams and continue on.”

On the crowd:
“The crowd was amazing. Obviously we’re playing in a huge football stadium, but you wouldn’t have been able to tell. The crowd was loud, energetic, especially on a really late Thursday night. So overall it was great and a good way to end the trip.”

U.S. WNT goalkeeper HOPE SOLO
On interim head coach Jill Ellis:

“We’re very comfortable with Jill Ellis. She has been around the program for a long time. We’re comfortable with Jill, we love Jill, we have a lot of respect for Jill, and she didn’t really miss a beat. She put the pen on the board and she just started coaching. I’m always honored to be coached by Jill. Every time she has something to say, I always perk up and listen.”

On the match:
“We had a lot of attacking players up front with the 4-3-3, and Carli Lloyd played great. She got her two goals, which is awesome. Our defense was on top of their game, so I think we took care of all of the details today, and I thought it was an entertaining game for the crowd.”

U.S. WNT defender BECKY SAUERBRUNN
On interim head coach Jill Ellis:

“A lot of us were shocked about the decision, but Jill had been our interim before. She came in and was it was really natural. A lot of us had played for her at UCLA or the youth national teams, so it really was a pretty smooth transition.”

On the match:
“We’ve been working a lot of defense so it was nice to get tested a little bit more to make sure we were in the right positions. A big thing that we worked on the last few days was making sure that we were getting into the right positions quickly, and really helping out each other and I think we did that really well tonight.”

Lloyd Hits for Two, Leroux Adds the Third: U.S. WNT vs. China - April 10, 2014

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).

Milestone Watch:

  • 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.

Additional Notes:

  • 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
Attendance: 12,857
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

Lineups:
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

Misconduct Summary:
CHN – Li Ying (caution)                     59th minute

Officials:
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

Leroux opened 2012 in dramatic fashion by tying a U.S. WNT record with five goals during the USA's 13-0 CONCACAF Olympic Qualifying win against Guatemala on Jan. 20 in Vancouver, Canada, where Leroux grew up. All of her goals came in the second half in just her second international cap.

2012: Had a breakout year, playing in 27 games, all as a reserve, and set a U.S. record for most goals as a substitute with 14, which were the first 14 of her career … Averaged a goal for every 37 minutes she was on the field … In her second career cap against Guatemala at CONCACAF Olympic qualifying, she scored the first five goals of her career, all in the second half, in her hometown of Vancouver, Canada … Played in three games during Olympic qualifying as the USA won the regional title … Made her first world championship team at the senior level for the 2012 Olympics and played off the bench in four games … Scored her first Olympic goal against New Zealand in the quarterfinal, sealing the 2-0 victory in Newcastle … Scored the winning goal against Norway in a 2-1 victory in group play at the Algarve Cup … Also scored against Denmark at the Algarve Cup … Had a two-goal game against Ireland on Nov. 28 during the Fan Tribute Tour … 2011: A prolific scorer with the U.S. Under-20 WNT, she earned her first cap with the senior team at the beginning of 2011 … Made the roster for the Four Nations Tournament in China in January and came off the bench late in the game in the first match of the tournament against Sweden … Youth National Teams: One of the most dangerous forwards in the world at the U-20 level, finished her U-20 career as the USA’s most-capped player (39) and highest scorer at this level (24) … The USA’s all-time leading scorer in U-20 Women’s World Cups with 10 goals … Played in 18 international matches in 2010, including four at the FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup, and scored 17 goals in those games … Scored against Jamaica, Trinidad & Tobago, Mexico, Germany, England, New Zealand, Japan, Ghana, Switzerland and Korea Republic in 2010 … Scored a hat trick against Switzerland at the 2010 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup, just the third ever in a Women’s World Cup by a U.S. player … A member of the U.S. team that won the 2010 CONCACAF U-20 Women’s Championships in Guatemala to earn a berth to the 2010 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup, she scored the winning goal in the final minutes of the 1-0 victory against Mexico in the championship game … Started all five games in Guatemala and led the USA in scoring with six goals, scoring two each against Jamaica and Trinidad & Tobago and two against Mexico, one in group play and one in the final … Also a key member of the U.S. team that won the 2008 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup in Chile … She became the first American since Carin Gabarra in 1991 to win the Golden Ball as the tournament’s top player at a FIFA Women’s World Cup … She also won the Golden Shoe as the tournament’s top scorer with five goals, including the first in the 2-1 championship game victory against Korea DPR … At the age of 14, she was a member of Canada’s team that played in the 2004 FIFA U-19 Women’s World Cup in Thailand, where she was the youngest player in the tournament ... Served as captain of Canada’s U-15 team that traveled to Germany in 2005 but got her clearance from FIFA to change associations to the USA in 2008 and went on to star at the U-20 Women’s World Cup … First Appearance: Jan. 21, 2011, vs. Sweden … First Goal: Jan. 22, 2012, vs. Guatemala (5 goals).

Allocated to the Boston Breakers for the inaugural NWSL season … 2012: Taken with the first pick in the 2012 WPS Draft by the Atlanta Beat, but never played after the league ceased operations … 2011: Played with the W-League Vancouver Whitecaps in her hometown during the summer, scoring 11 goals in 11 games with two assists … Youth Club: Won provincials three years in a row with the Coquitlam City Wild, where she played from U-14s through U-16s … 2004: The Wild won the national championship, where she had two four-goal games and more than 11 goals in the four-game tournament ... Youngest player to play for the Vancouver Whitecaps Club in the W-League at the age of 15 ... 2005: Won a championship with Team BC at the Canada Games in 2005 where she scored in the final ... 2006: Member of three state cup-winning teams in the United States, helping Eastside (Seattle, Wash.) to a title in 2006 before moving to Arizona where she played for Sereno in 2007 and 2008.
Full name is Sydney Rae Leroux … Nickname is “Syd” … Majored in history at UCLA and graduated in the Fall of 2012 … While in Canada, she also won provincials in the 400-meter relay as a member of the track team ... Loves Vancouver, Canada, where she grew up … Gives much credit in her youth development to club coaches Chico Munoz and Les Armstrong … Loves animals and has a rather fierce Chihuahua named Boss who is eight pounds … Has confessed that she has a “ridiculous” amount of clothes … Loves wearing heels, but admits she can’t walk in them very well … Always has her nails done … Mom is Canadian and played third base for the Canadian National Softball Team … Father is American and played Major League Baseball with the Anaheim Angels … Born and raised in Canada until she was 15 and moved to the United States with a goal of earning a college scholarship and playing for the U.S. Women’s National Team … Is an avid shopper … Loves music, reading and is a collector of inspirational quotes … Favorite musical artists include Beyonce, The Weekend and Ed Sheeran … Favorite candy is Swedish Fish … Favorite color is purple … Does yoga whenever she can … Favorite movies are “Pitch Perfect” and “Wedding Crashers” … Played Little League Baseball with boys from the ages of 5-14.As a senior, she played in 21 games and led the team in scoring with 16 goals and three assists … Was named First-Team NSCAA All-American and Soccer America MVP First Team ... Led the team in scoring for the third-straight season ... Led the Pac-12 in game-winning goals with eight ... Came in second in the voting for Pac-12 Player of the Year and was named to the All-Pac-12 First Team ... Had four multiple-goal games and two hat tricks on the season ... She finished her college career ranked in the top 5 at UCLA in several offensive categories, including points (126 - 4th), goals (57 - 4th) and game-winning goals (23 - 4th) … As a junior, she played in 20 games and was the team’s leading scorer with 13 goals and one assist … Named a First-Team Soccer America MVP … Named a Third-Team NSCAA All-American and a First-Team All-Pac-10 selection … Had a breakout sophomore season at UCLA in 2009, leading the team in scoring with 23 goals and two assists … Her 23 goals tied the school single-season record previously set by Lauren Cheney in 2007 … Was named an NSCAA Third-Team All-American and Second-Team All-Pac-10 selection … Set UCLA single-season records for both points and goals in NCAA Tournament play, registering 16 points on eight goals during the 2009 NCAA Championships … Tied the school’s single-game record for goals, scoring four in a 7-1 victory against Boise State in the NCAA First Round … Also scored twice in a 5-0 win against San Diego State in the second round … Punched in two more in a 3-0 quarterfinal victory against Virginia … Scored a goal in 14 of 24 matches and had seven multiple-goal games … As a freshman, she played in 19 matches, making 18 starts, and scored five goals with six assists … Was a member of the Pac-10 All-Freshman Team, but missed all five of UCLA’s matches during the NCAA Tournament while leading the U.S. to the FIFA U-20 world title ... Scored her first collegiate goal in the team’s season opener, tallying the game winner in a 2-1 victory against UC Santa Barbara ... High School: Played two years of high school soccer for Johnston Heights Secondary School in Surrey, Canada ... Led the team in scoring as a freshman and sophomore.
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