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U.S. Kick-off 2008 Algarve Cup With 4-0 Victory Over China

ALBUFEIRA, Portugal (March 5, 2008) - The WNT came flying out of the gates in their 2008 Algarve Cup opener vs. China, scoring just five minutes in, and never looking back enroute to a 4-0 thrashing. The U.S. received goals from Lindsay Tarpley, Tobin Heath, Abby Wambach and Carli Lloyd.

Next up the United States will face Italy, Friday, March 7. Kickoff from Restinga Stadium in Alvor is slated for 8:45 a.m. ET. Fans can follow along on's MatchTracker.


Match-up: USA vs. China
Competition: 2008 Algarve Cup
Venue: Municipal Stadium; Albufeira, Portugal
Date: March 5, 2008; Kickoff – 1:45 p.m. local / 8:45 a.m. ET
Attendance: 250
Weather: Sunday, very windy – 63 degrees

Scoring Summary:
          1    2    F
USA  1    3   4
CHN 0    0   0

USA – Lindsay Tarpley (Carli Lloyd) 5th minute
USA – Tobin Heath (unassisted) 47.
USA – Abby Wambach (Shannon Boxx) 64.
USA – Carli Lloyd (Natasha Kai) 69.

USA: 24-Nicole Barnhart; 26-Rachel Buehler, 15-Kate Markgraf (14-Stephanie Cox, 46), 3-Christie Rampone – Capt., 17-Lori Chalupny; 7-Shannon Boxx (16-Angela Hucles, 70), 11-Carli Lloyd, 5-Lindsay Tarpley (13-Tobin Heath, 46), 9-Heather O’Reilly (10-Angie Woznuk, 78); 19-Amy Rodriguez (6-Natasha Kai, 60), 20-Abby Wambach (8-Lauren Cheney, 78).
Subs not used: 18-Hope Solo, 4-Cat Whitehill, 12-Leslie Osborne.
Head Coach: Pia Sundhage

CHN: 1-Zhang Yanru, 3-Le Jie Capt., 4-Kun Wang, 6-Zhang Ying (5-Jiang Shuai, 72); 7-Bi Yan, 8-Zhang Na (17-Zhang Cheng, 80), 11-Xie Caixia (14-Guo Yue, 70), 16-Liu Yali, 20-Zhang Tong; 22-Xu Yuan (10-Yue Min, 80), 9-Han Duan.
Subs not used: 2-Yuan Fan, 12-Qu Feifei, 15-Zhou Gaoping, 18-Weng Xiaojie, 21-Song Xiaoli.
Head Coach: Elisabeth Loisel

Statistical Summary:
21/ 5
Shots on Goal: 11 / 3
Saves: 3 / 6
Corner Kicks: 9 / 2
Fouls: 5 / 5
Offside: 3 / 1

Misconduct Summary

Referee: Jacqui Melksham (Australia)
Asst. Referee: Allyson Flynn (Australia)
Asst. Referee: Jacqueline Leleu (Australia)
4th Official: Pannipar Kamnueng (Thailand)

Sierra Mist Woman of the Match: Carli Lloyd