Solo recovered from major shoulder surgery last September to earn her place on the squad. Widely hailed as one of top goalkeepers in the world with an unparalleled kicking game, she underwent months of painful rehabilitation to get to this point and has been training and playing full out since the middle of March. Solo is second all-time in U.S. history in caps, wins and shutouts for a goalkeeper. She posted five clean sheets during 2012 CONCACAF Olympic Qualifying in January, and her shutout streak of 454 minutes dating back to the end of the 2008 tournament is a new record.
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.
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. 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.”
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
Field Level Highlights from the U.S. Women's National Team's 2-0 victory against China PR on April 6, 2014 in Commerce City, Colorado at Dick's Sporting Goods Park.
Lauren Holiday scored an unassisted goal in the first half and Megan Rapinoe followed with a second-half goal off a direct free kick as the U.S. Women's National Team defeated China PR 2-0 in front of 14,903 fans at Dick's Sporting Goods Park.
2012: Allocated to her hometown Seattle Reign for the inaugural NWSL season … 2011: Signed with magicJack for the 2011 WPS season and played in four matches, compiling a record of 3-1-0 with two shutouts … Played in just four WPS matches as she took time off after the Women’s World Cup to heal her shoulder after accelerating her rehabilitation to make it back in time for the tournament … 2010: Played in six games for St. Louis Athletica before the team ceased operations, then signed with and played 16 games for the Atlanta Beat … Played the entire year with an injured shoulder and had major surgery soon after the end of the WPS season … Ended the season with a 6-8-8 record, six shutouts and a 1.64 GAA … Was third in the WPS in shutouts and goals against average and first in saves … Named as a starter in the WPS All-Star Game … 2009: Allocated to St. Louis Athletica for the inaugural WPS season in 2009 … Started 17 games for Athletica and was second in the league in saves and shutouts while allowing 14 goals and compiling a 0.82 GAA … Named the WPS Goalkeeper of the Year and a WPS All-Star … Played a key role in helping Athletica to a 10-6-4 record, good for second place during the regular season and a berth in the Super Semifinal … 2003: Taken in the first round of the 2003 WUSA Draft by the Philadelphia Charge … Battled early season injuries but played in eight games and had a 1.25 GAA … 2005: Stayed in Europe, this time to play in the French First Division with Lyon … 2004: Played in the Swedish First Division in 2004 with Göteborg.
Full name is Hope Amelia Solo … Already a popular player with fans and media, she gained tremendous notoriety after her World Cup performance, appearing on the cover of Sports Illustrated and the cover of ESPN the Magazine’s Body Issue … Also appeared as a contestant on ABC’s Dancing with the Stars, making it to the final four couples … Authored a best-selling autobiography in 2012 titled Solo: A Memoir of Hope … In 2012, she married Jerramy Stevens, a former tight end in the NFL who played five seasons for the Seattle Seahawks and four seasons for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers … They met at the University of Washington and are both proud Husky alums … Says she never thought she would come to love Florida, but now enjoys spending time in Tampa and learning how to fish from her husband … Grew up camping, crabbing, hunting and fishing on rivers … She and her husband now catch their own fishing bait as he taught her how to throw a net to catch it … Now spends quite a bit of time fishing on their boat named Amistad … Her favorite night includes watching movies and her favorite genre is science fiction … Almost went to college as a field player or for basketball and initially never wanted to be a goalkeeper … Worked with Team Up and Grassroots Soccer at the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa … Her trip to South Africa was the first time she had attended a men’s World Cup and now has a personal goal to never miss another … Her family owns four chickens … She has two Dobermans.The top goalkeeper in Pac-10 history, she was a four-time All-Pac-10 selection for the Washington Huskies … Finished her career as Washington’s all-time leader in shutouts (18), saves (325) and GAA (1.02) … Was named an NSCAA All-American as a sophomore, junior and senior … As a senior, she was the only goalkeeper up for the Hermann Award … High School: Scored 109 goals as a forward at Richland High School ... Scored three times in the semifinals and twice in the state championship game for the Bombers in 1999 ... Scored 38 goals as a senior ... Was a two-time Parade All-American.
Date of Birth
Jul 30, 1981
Seattle Reign FC