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U.S. WNT Beats China PR 4-1 to Wrap up 2012

  • Wambach Scores Four in Two-Game Stretch, Her 151st and 152nd Career Goals on Saturday, to Move Within Six Goals of Mia Hamm’s World Record of 158
  • Wambach and Alex Morgan Tie U.S. WNT Duo Record with 55 Combined Goals in 2012, Matching Mark Set by Michelle Akers and Carin Jennings in 1991
  • U.S. Women Finish a Spectacular 2012 Campaign at 28-1-3, Will Start 2013 Schedule on Feb. 9 Against Scotland in Jacksonville, Fla.
     

BOCA RATON, Fla. (Dec. 15, 2012) – The U.S. Women’s National Team defeated China PR 4-1 in front of 10,493 fans at Florida Atlantic University Stadium to cap off the 10-game 2012 Fan Tribute Tour, presented by Panasonic.

Abby Wambach scored her 151st and 152nd career goals, Megan Rapinoe tallied an unassisted game-winner from 40 yards out and Sydney Leroux scored her record 14th goal off the bench as the 2012 London Olympic gold medalists finished the year with a 28-1-3 record.

U.S. defender and team captain Christie Rampone earned her 276th career cap on the night to move into sole possession of second place all-time, moving ahead of Mia Hamm (275 caps from 1987-2004) and behind only Kristine Lilly who had 352 caps from 1987-2010.

The match marked the final game for U.S. interim head coach Jill Ellis, who compiled a 5-0-2 record in the final seven games of the Fan Tribute Tour. New head coach Tom Sermanni officially begins his tenure on Jan. 1, 2013. The U.S. WNT will take a much-deserved break over the holiday season and start its 2013 schedule on Feb. 9 against Scotland in Jacksonville, Fla.

Wambach finished the year with 27 goals, the second most for her in a calendar year. Combined with Alex Morgan’s 28 goals, the two forwards tied a U.S. WNT record for most combined goals scored by two players in a calendar year, equaling the mark of 55 goals set by Michelle Akers (39 goals) and Carin Jennings (16 goals) in 1991.

The USA got on the board in the 18th minute after left back Kelley O’Hara took a throw-in on the left sideline in the attacking third. Megan Rapinoe touched the ball back to O’Hara, who flicked it into the box to Morgan. The forward fended off a couple of China defenders before looping a short, but high cross with the outside of her left foot toward Wambach. As she had done 61 times previously, Wambach scored with her head, placing her lunging six-yard shot perfectly just inside the left post.

The USA pushed the lead to 2-0 in the 36th minute when Rapinoe scored opportunistically and spectacularly from long distance. Carli Lloyd and Heather O’Reilly put some intense pressure on the Chinese back line and forced a hurried clearance from Chinese goalkeeper Wang Fei, who was already about 30 yards off her line. The ball rolled straight to Rapinoe just outside the center circle and she launched her shot from 40-yards out into the open net on one bounce. It was Rapinoe’s eighth goal of the year and 19th of her career.

China pulled a goal back just seconds before halftime when Han Peng eluded U.S. right back Amy LePeilbet with a tremendous dribbling move in the left side of the penalty area and struck a left-footed shot the skipped into the lower right corner of the goal. It was China’s only goal over the three matches that ended the Fan Tribute Tour and came on just one of its two shots on goal. The USA out-scored China 10-1 over the three games.

China’s goal put to end a 409-minute shutout streak by the USA defense, which had previously not allowed a goal since a 2-2 draw against Germany on Oct. 23.

The U.S. regained a two-goal lead in the 64th minute as Rapinoe sent in one of her trademark bending crosses from the left wing that settled perfectly onto Wambach’s head. Wambach muscled her way between two China defenders for the header that clanged off the right post and bounced just over crossed the goal line. It was the 63rd header goal of her career.

With just three minutes left, second-half sub Leroux put a cap on a remarkable year, scoring her 14th goal of 2012, all of them coming off the bench. The USA’s youngest player set a team record for most goals as a reserve in a single year. The goal came when Lloyd played a nice ball down the right wing to Tobin Heath, who then played a pass back to defender Heather Mitts who chipped a cross in from the right side of the box. Leroux cut in front of a defender to majestically power home her header from close range and into the lower right corner.

Additional Notes:
• Alex Morgan’s 21st assist of 2012 tied her for the second-most assists in a calendar year with Carin Jennings (21 assists in 1991). Hamm still holds the assists record with 22 in 2004.
• Alex Morgan has 58 career caps since she debuted in 2010. In those 58 games, she has been a part of 62 goals with 38 scored and 24 assisted.
• Interim head coach Jill Ellis made three changes heading into the second half. Midfielder Lauren Cheney, defender Becky Sauerbrunn and midfielder Tobin Heath came on for Alex Morgan, Amy LePeilbet and Heather O’Reilly.
• The U.S. improved to 97-2-7 when Abby Wambach scores a goal.
• In the 23-game unbeaten streak since the USA lost to Japan on March 5 at the Algarve Cup in Portugal, the USA has scored 73 goals while allowing 18 in 20 wins and three ties.
• The USA has not lost a match in a little more than nine months.
• The U.S. WNT finished the year with 120 goals, the third most all-time in a calendar year. The USA scored 124 in 2000 and 22 in 1991.
• 101 of the 120 U.S. goals were assisted.
• Defender Heather Mitts more than doubled her career assists this year, registering five after having only three assists prior to 2012.
• Abby Wambach was the only U.S. player start and play in all 32 matches this year. Carli Lloyd and Christie Rampone were the only two other players to play in all 32 matches.
• Over the 10-game Fan Tribute Tour, Abby Wambach led the team with nine goals. Nine different players scored the 36 goals during the Fan Tribute Tour.
• At halftime of the match, the new name and logo of the National Women’s Soccer League were unveiled.

- U.S. Women's National Team Match Report -

Match: U.S. Women’s National Team vs. China PR
Date: Saturday, Dec. 15, 2012
Competition: International Friendly
Venue: FAU Stadium; Boca Raton, Fla.
Kickoff: 7 p.m. ET
Attendance: 10,493
Weather: 73 degrees, humid and partly cloudy

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

USA – Abby Wambach (Alex Morgan) 18th minute
USA – Megan Rapinoe 36
CHN – Han Peng (Li Ying) 45
USA – Abby Wambach (Megan Rapinoe) 64
USA – Sydney Leroux (Heather Mitts) 87

Lineups
USA: 1-Hope Solo; 6-Amy LePeilbet (4-Becky Sauerbrunn, 46), 3-Christie Rampone (capt.) (2-Heather Mitts, 75), 16-Rachel Buehler, 5-Kelley O’Hara; 9-Heather O’Reilly (17-Tobin Heath, 46), 7-Shannon Boxx, 10-Carli Lloyd, 15-Megan Rapinoe (11-Sydney Leroux, 65); 13-Alex Morgan (12-Lauren Cheney, 46), 14-Abby Wambach (8-Amy Rodriguez, 75)
Subs Not Used: 18-Nicole Barnhart
Head coach: Jill Ellis


CHN: 12-Wang Fei; 4-Li Jiayue, 14-Wang Dongni, 20-Huang Yini, 26-Wu Haiyan, 16-Wang Chen, 18-Han Peng, 11-Pu Wei (capt.), 23-Ren Guixin (13-Wang Shanshan, 55), 25-Zhang Rui, 27-Li Ying (21-Wang Lisi, 67; 7-Bi Yan, 86)
Subs Not Used: 1-Zhang Yue, 2-Wang Lingling, 6-Lin Yuping, 10-Ma Xiaoxu, 19-Liu Shanshan, 33-Zhang Xin
Head coach: Hao Wei


Stats Summary: USA / CHN
Shots: 20 / 5
Shots on Goal: 11 / 2
Saves: 1 / 8
Corner Kicks: 7 / 0
Fouls: 8 / 10
Offside: 0 / 6

Misconduct Summary
CHN – Zhang Rui (caution) 33rd minute
CHN – Han Peng (caution) 90+1

Officials:
Referee: Christina Ibanez (USA)
Assistant Referee 1: Veronica Perez (USA)
Assistant Referee 2: Shannon Poplstein (USA)
Fourth Official: Kari Seitz (USA)

Budweiser Woman of the Match: Abby Wambach

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- U.S. Women's National Team Match Report -

Match: U.S. Women’s National Team vs. China PR
Date: Saturday, Dec. 15, 2012
Competition: International Friendly
Venue: FAU Stadium; Boca Raton, Fla.
Kickoff: 7 p.m. ET
Attendance: 10,493
Weather: 73 degrees, humid and partly cloudy

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

USA – Abby Wambach (Alex Morgan) 18th minute
USA – Megan Rapinoe 36
CHN – Han Peng (Li Ying) 45
USA – Abby Wambach (Megan Rapinoe) 64
USA – Sydney Leroux (Heather Mitts) 87

Lineups
USA: 1-Hope Solo; 6-Amy LePeilbet (4-Becky Sauerbrunn, 46), 3-Christie Rampone (capt.) (2-Heather Mitts, 75), 16-Rachel Buehler, 5-Kelley O’Hara; 9-Heather O’Reilly (17-Tobin Heath, 46), 7-Shannon Boxx, 10-Carli Lloyd, 15-Megan Rapinoe (11-Sydney Leroux, 65); 13-Alex Morgan (12-Lauren Cheney, 46), 14-Abby Wambach (8-Amy Rodriguez, 75)
Subs Not Used: 18-Nicole Barnhart
Head coach: Jill Ellis


CHN: 12-Wang Fei; 4-Li Jiayue, 14-Wang Dongni, 20-Huang Yini, 26-Wu Haiyan, 16-Wang Chen, 18-Han Peng, 11-Pu Wei (capt.), 23-Ren Guixin (13-Wang Shanshan, 55), 25-Zhang Rui, 27-Li Ying (21-Wang Lisi, 67; 7-Bi Yan, 86)
Subs Not Used: 1-Zhang Yue, 2-Wang Lingling, 6-Lin Yuping, 10-Ma Xiaoxu, 19-Liu Shanshan, 33-Zhang Xin
Head coach: Hao Wei


Stats Summary: USA / CHN
Shots: 20 / 5
Shots on Goal: 11 / 2
Saves: 1 / 8
Corner Kicks: 7 / 0
Fouls: 8 / 10
Offside: 0 / 6

Misconduct Summary
CHN – Zhang Rui (caution) 33rd minute
CHN – Han Peng (caution) 90+1

Officials:
Referee: Christina Ibanez (USA)
Assistant Referee 1: Veronica Perez (USA)
Assistant Referee 2: Shannon Poplstein (USA)
Fourth Official: Kari Seitz (USA)

Budweiser Woman of the Match: Abby Wambach

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With nearly 700 official matches in the books against 97 different opponents since the U.S. Men’s National Team first started playing in 1916, the MNT has accumulated a rich history of dramatic results, intriguing story lines and interesting anecdotes.

Ahead of Thursday’s match against Ecuador, here are three tidbits of the MNT’s history against La Tricolor:

A Team to Debut Against

This is a completely random and unscientific fact, but did you know that six MNT players who made their senior debut against Ecuador went on to represent the United States in at least one FIFA World Cup?


Future MNT captain Tony Meola around the time of his MNT debut vs. Ecuador in 1988

Why is it significant? Because as international opponents go, that ranks as the second most behind only Canada and Guatemala, who each had seven future U.S. World Cup players debut against them.

Who are the six, you ask? Here’s a grid to lay it all out for you…

Future USA World Cup Players to Debut vs. Ecuador

Player

Debut Date

World Cup Rosters

Total MNT Caps

Mike Windischmann

Nov. 30, 1984

1990

50

Brian Bliss

Dec. 2, 1984

1990

33

Tony Meola

June 7, 1988

1990, 1994, 2002

100

Pablo Mastroeni

June 7, 2001

2002, 2006

61

Tim Howard

March 10, 2002

2006, 2010, 2014

121

Benny Feilhaber

March 25, 2007

2010

44

The seven players on that list combine for a total of 11 World Cup rosters and 409 caps. Two players captained the USA at the World Cup (Mike Windischmann 1990; Tony Meola 1994), while Meola and Tim Howard are two of the MNT’s world-record holding 17 players to attain 100 or more caps.

Landon’s Second Hat Trick

The last MNT World Cup player to debut against Ecuador was Benny Feilhaber, but his first cap in 2007 was understandably overshadowed by the second of Landon Donovan’s MNT record three career hat tricks.

Donovan tallied one of the fastest goals in MNT history, putting back a rebound just 35 seconds into the game. He then completed the feat with goals in the 66th and 67th minutes to cap the scoring in a 3-1 victory at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Fla.


Donovan made his 157th and final international appearance against Ecuador, playing 41 minutes in a 1-1 draw on Oct. 10, 2014 in East Hartford, Conn. 

The Last Meeting

The highest stakes encounter with Ecuador was also the last meeting, coming in the quarterfinals of the 2016 Copa America Centenario.

In a chippy match where both teams played much of the second half with 10 men, goals from Clint Dempsey and Gyasi Zardes and a strong defensive effort helped the USA earn a memorable 2-1 victory in front of 47,322 fans at CenturyLink Field in Seattle.

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