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– U.S. Women’s National Team Match Report –

Match: U.S. Women’s National Team vs. China PR
Date: June 7, 2018
Competition: International Friendly
Venue: Rio Tinto Stadium; Sandy, Utah
Kickoff: 7 p.m. MT
Attendance: 13,230
Weather:  88 degrees; Sunny

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

USA – Alex Morgan (Megan Rapinoe)                            57th minute                                                                                   

Lineups:
USA: 1-Alyssa Naeher; 4-Becky Sauerbrunn, 7-Abby Dahlkemper (23-Christen Press, 66), 12-Tierna Davidson, 19-Crystal Dunn; 2-Julie Ertz (20-Allie Long, 66), 9-Lindsey Horan (3-Samantha Mewis, 46), 25-McCall Zerboni; 26-Savannah McCaskill (14-Sofia Huerta, 46), 13-Alex Morgan (capt.) (8-Amy Rodriguez, 76), 15-Megan Rapinoe (10-Carli Lloyd, 66)
Substitutes: 21-Abby Smith, 6-Morgan Brian, 27-Merritt Mathias
Head coach: Jill Ellis

CHN: 12-Peng Shimeng; 25-Lou Jiahui (18-Han Peng, 85), 5-Wu Haiyan, 6-Lin Yuping, 2-Liu Shanshan (4-Li Danyang, 46); 11-Wang Shanshan (30-Yang Li, 46), 27-Yao Wei, 20-Zhang Rui, 23-Ren Guixin (16-Yan Jinjin, 68), 7-Wang Shuang (29-Li Tingting, 85); 10-Li Ying (21-Xiao Yuyi, 90)
Substitutes: 9-Tang Jiali, 13-Lu Yueyun, 14-Xu Yanlu, 19-Tan Ruyin, 24-Yang Yan, 26-Wang Yan, 28-Miao Siwen
Head coach: Jia Xiuquan

Stats Summary: USA / CHN
Shots: 11 / 3
Shots on Goal: 3 / 2
Saves: 2 / 3
Corner Kicks: 12 / 1
Fouls: 12 / 11
Offside: 5 / 6

Misconduct Summary:
CHN – Wu Haiyan (caution)                                           71st minute                   

Officials:
Referee: Lucila Venegas (MEX)                           
Assistant Referee 1: Stephanie Dale Yee Sing (JAM)
Assistant Referee 2: Jennifer Garner (USA)                         
4th Official: Cardella Samuels (JAM)                                                                                                                                                                                                     

Budweiser Woman of the Match:  McCall Zerboni

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Bid on Autographed WNT & MNT Rainbow-Numbered Jerseys

CHICAGO (June 20, 2018) – The U.S. Women’s and Men’s National Team autographed, game-issued jerseys from their matches in June are now available via an online auction with all net proceeds going to benefit the You Can Play Project.

Both teams donned rainbow-numbered jerseys in recognition of LGBTQ Pride Month for their respective pairs of matches. In cooperation with the Women’s National Team Players Association and the U.S. National Soccer Team Players Association, U.S. Soccer is offering one jersey per player at auction to support The You Can Play Project, an organization dedicated to ensuring equality, respect and safety for all athletes, coaches, and fans without regard for sexual orientation and/or gender identity.

The online charity auction has begun and will conclude at 10 a.m. ET on Friday, June 29. The bidding will start at $300 for each jersey.

The U.S. WNT players wore the pride-inspired jerseys against China PR on June 7 in Sandy, Utah, and on June 12 in Cleveland. The U.S. MNT players wore the pride-inspired jerseys on June 2 vs. Ireland in Dublin and on June 9 vs. France in Lyon. The jerseys from the first game of each U.S. team's two-match set are available through the auction.

Last year's jersey auction to benefit the You Can Play Project raised more than $65,000 combined between the WNT and MNT jerseys.

In addition this year, fans can purchase jerseys customized with their choice of rainbow numbers through store.ussoccer.com, as well as a scarf or hat featuring a rainbow “ONE NATION.” One-hundred percent of net proceeds on the sale of these limited-edition items will also be donated to The You Can Play Project.

The “ONE NATION.” design was inspired by U.S. Soccer’s commonly used “ONE NATION. ONE TEAM.” mantra and draws from U.S. Soccer’s belief in promoting a culture of diversity, inclusivity and global connectivity as a country and fanbase.


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GALLERY: WNT Defeats China PR, 1-0, in Sandy, Utah

Photos from the U.S. Women’s National Team's 1-0 victory vs. China PR in front of 13,230 fans at Rio Tinto Stadium on Thursday evening. The teams will meet again on Tuesday, June 12 in Cleveland, Ohio (7 p.m. ET, ESPN2 & UDN) at FirstEnergy Stadium.

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PREVIEW: WNT Goes for Sweep of China PR in Cleveland | 7 p.m. ET | ESPN2, UDN

The U.S. Women’s National Team will look to sweep its two-game set against China PR when it hits the field for the second leg on Tuesday, June 12 at FirstEnergy Stadium in Cleveland (7 p.m. ET; ESPN2). The USA defeated China, 1-0, on June 7 in Sandy, Utah, as Alex Morgan scored on a header in the 57th minute. The USA out-shot China 11-3, but the match had a dearth of quality scoring chances. China’s tactics featured a compact defense with 10 players often behind the ball and all 11 at times inside their own 35-yard line. The U.S. goal came off a set play on a perfect service from Megan Rapinoe. Although the USA did have 12 corner kicks to China’s 1, the Americans will be looking to break down China’s defensive wall more efficiently and frequently in Cleveland.

These two meetings mark the first matches against China PR since December 2015. The USA is 6-0-1 so far in 2018, with wins over Denmark, Germany, England, Mexico (twice), and China PR along with a tie against France.

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U.S. Women’s National Team Roster by Position (Caps/Goals):
GOALKEEPERS (4): Ashlyn Harris (Orlando Pride; 15/0), Casey Murphy (Montpellier HSC, FRA; 0/0), Alyssa Naeher (Chicago Red Stars; 28/0), Abby Smith (Utah Royals FC; 0/0)
DEFENDERS (5): Abby Dahlkemper (NC Courage; 18/0), Tierna Davidson (Stanford; 6/0), Sofia Huerta (Chicago Red Stars; 5/0), Merritt Mathias (NC Courage; 0/0), Becky Sauerbrunn (Utah Royals FC; 137/0)
MIDFIELDERS (8): Morgan Brian (Olympique Lyon, FRA; 74/6), Julie Ertz (Chicago Red Stars; 59/15); Lindsey Horan (Portland Thorns FC; 49/5), Rose Lavelle (Washington Spirit; 7/2), Carli Lloyd (Sky Blue FC; 252/100); Samantha Mewis (NC Courage; 34/7); Allie Long (Portland Thorns FC; 37/6), McCall Zerboni (NC Courage; 1/0)
FORWARDS (7): Crystal Dunn (NC Courage, ENG; 62/23), Tobin Heath (Portland Thorns; 132/18), Savannah McCaskill (Sky Blue FC; 5/0), Alex Morgan (Orlando Pride; 140/85), Christen Press (Kopparbergs/Göteborg FC, SWE; 98/44), Megan Rapinoe (Seattle Reign; 135/36), Amy Rodriguez (Utah Royals FC; 130/30)

China Women’s National Team Roster by Position:
GOALKEEPERS (3): 12-Peng Shimeng (Jiangsu FC), 24-Yang Yan (Henan FC), 31-Zhou Li (Shandong FC)
DEFENDERS (7): 2-Liu Shanshan (Beijing FC), 4-Li Danyang (Dalian FC), 5-Wu Haiyan (Wuhan FC), 6-Lin Yuping (Wuhan FC), 26-Wang Yan (Dalian FC), 27-Yao Wei (Wuhan FC), 29-Li Tingting (Shandong FC
MIDFIELDERS (6): 13-Lyu Yueyun (Wuhan FC), 14-Xu Yanlu (Jiangsu FC), 16-Yan Jinjin (Shanghai FC), 19-Tan Ruyin (Guangdong FC), 20-Zhang Rui (Changchun FC), 23-Ren Guixin (Changchun FC)
FORWARDS (9): 7-Wang Shuang (Wuhan FC), 9-Tang Jiali (Jiangsu FC), 10-Li Ying (Shandong FC), 11-Wang Shanshan (Dalian FC), 18-Han Peng (Changchun FC), 21-Xiao Yuyi (Shanghai FC), 25-Lou Jiahui (Henan FC), 28-Miao Siwen (Shanghai FC), 30-Yang Li (Jiangsu FC)

STORYLINES

Welcome Back, Friends: The matches mark the return to the roster for five players who have made recoveries from injuries, several who have been out of a U.S. jersey for months. Forward Tobin Heath, the 2016 U.S. Soccer Female Player of the Year, makes a roster for the first time since playing against New Zealand in September of 2017. Midfielder Samantha Mewis, who started every match in 2017, makes her first roster since the two matches against Canada in early November of 2017. Julie Ertz, the 2017 U.S. Soccer Female Player of the Year, played in the first two matches of the year but missed the final two games at the SheBelieves Cup and the Mexico series in early April. Since injuring her hamstring in June of 2017, midfielder Rose Lavelle has played in just one match for the USA, that coming in her hometown of Cincinnati in September of 2017. She has been in several training camps for rehab purposes, but this is the first camp in which she will be fully cleared to train. Forward Amy Rodriguez, who prior to June 7 had played just once for the USA since October of 2015, that coming in a 10-minute performance on April 6, 2017 (in which she joined a small group of players to play for the U.S. WNT after having two children). A-Rod missed almost all of 2016 due to pregnancy and the birth of her second son, and all of 2017 due to an ACL injury suffered in the first game of the 2017 NWSL season.

U.S. Soccer Celebrates Pride Month: Continuing the values of promoting a culture of diversity, inclusivity, and global connectivity as a country and as an organization, U.S. Soccer will partner with You Can Play Project, the Women’s National Team Players Association and the U.S. National Soccer Team Players Association to celebrate LGBTQ Pride month this June. You Can Play Project is an organization dedicated to ensuring equality, respect and safety for all athletes, coaches, and fans without regard for sexual orientation and/or gender identity.

As the highlight, the U.S. Men’s and Women’s National Teams will wear pride-inspired rainbow numbers during the June friendlies. The U.S. MNT donned the look against the Republic of Ireland on June 2, and France on June 9. The U.S. WNT wore the jerseys against China PR,on June 7 at Rio Tinto Stadium in Sandy, Utah presented by Cutter Insect Repellant, and will wear them again on June 12 at FirstEnergy Stadium in Cleveland, Ohio, (7 p.m. ET, ESPN2, UDN).

Alex Keeps on Scoring: With two goals in both April matches against Mexico, Alex Morgan is now third all-time in two-goal games for the USA and fourth all-time in multi-goal games.

U.S. WNT All-Time Two-Goal Games Leaders
 U.S. WNT All-Time Multi-Goal Games Leaders
         
                                    
 2G 
3G 4G 5G  Total
Abby Wambach 37
Abby Wambach
 37 5 2 1 45
Mia Hamm 28
Mia Hamm    
 28 8 2 0 38
Alex Morgan 19
Michelle Akers
 18 6 0 1 25
Michelle Akers 18
Alex Morgan
 19 3 0 0 22
Kristine Lilly 16
Kristine Lilly
 16 1 0 0 17
Tiffeny Milbrett 10
Cindy Parlow
 9 7 1 0 17
Cindy Parlow 9
Carli Lloyd
 8 7 0 0 15
Carli Lloyd 8
Tiffeny Milbrett
 10 2 1 1 14
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Five Things to Know About China PR, Presented by Thorne

After a 1-0 win against China PR on June 7 at Rio Tinto Stadium in Sandy, Utah, the U.S. Women’s National Team will now face China on June 12 in Cleveland, Ohio. Here are Five Things to Know about China PR.

China Women’s National Team Roster by Position:
GOALKEEPERS (3): 12-Peng Shimeng (Jiangsu FC), 24-Yang Yan (Henan FC), 31-Zhou Li (Shandong FC) 
DEFENDERS (7): 2-Liu Shanshan (Beijing FC), 4-Li Danyang (Dalian FC), 5-Wu Haiyan (Wuhan FC), 6-Lin Yuping (Wuhan FC), 26-Wang Yan (Dalian FC), 27-Yao Wei (Wuhan FC), 29-Li Tingting (Shandong FC)
MIDFIELDERS (6): 13-Lyu Yueyun (Wuhan FC), 14-Xu Yanlu (Jiangsu FC), 16-Yan Jinjin (Shanghai FC), 19-Tan Ruyin (Guangdong FC), 20-Zhang Rui (Changchun FC), 23-Ren Guixin (Changchun FC)
FORWARDS (9): 7-Wang Shuang (Wuhan FC), 9-Tang Jiali (Jiangsu FC), 10-Li Ying (Shandong FC), 11-Wang Shanshan (Dalian FC), 18-Han Peng (Changchun FC), 21-Xiao Yuyi (Shanghai FC), 25-Lou Jiahui (Henan FC), 28-Miao Siwen (Shanghai FC), 30-Yang Li (Jiangsu FC)

A RICH HISTORY
China has been the second-most frequent opponent in U.S. history. The U.S. has played China 57 times, behind only Canada (58). Since 1991 – a span of 27 years – the U.S. and China have failed to play a match in a calendar year only seven times, but two of those were 2016 and 2017. China’s nine all-time wins against the USA are the most of any team besides Norway (19).

The USA has only allowed China to score more than two goals once. The game was a 3-3 tie in Gavle, Sweden, during the 1995 Women’s World Cup. The USA has scored two or more goals in 30 of their 57 meetings with China.

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Amy Rodriguez: A Long Journey Back to the Field

U.S. WNT forward Amy Rodriguez has reached the highest pinnacles in women’s soccer. With two Olympic gold medals (2008 and 2012) and a World Cup title (2015) on her resume, she also has also scored some important goals in U.S. WNT history. None of them were bigger than the one in 2010 against Italy during the second leg of the Women’s World Cup playoff that gave the USA a 1-0 win, and a 2-0 victory on aggregate, which secured a berth to the 2011 Women’s World Cup in Germany.

Rodriguez became a mom for the first time in 2013 when she gave birth to her son Ryan about a year after winning the gold medal in London. She got back to full fitness in time to earn a spot on the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup team where she contributed to the USA’s historic championship. A year later, she gave birth to her second son, Luke.

Rodriguez’ final WNT game before her second pregnancy leave was on Oct. 25, 2015 during the USA’s Victory Tour. She did not play a competitive match – for club or country – in 2016. In 2017, after working incredibly hard to bounce back from having the second baby, Rodriguez was fit and ready to step back on the field and resume her career.

Her first official return to competition came with the U.S. WNT on April 6, 2017, when she played a solid 10 minutes against Russia in Frisco, Texas. Twelve days later, she stepped on the field with her club FC Kansas City for its opening day match on April 18, 2017.

It was a dream start, if only for a few minutes, as Rodriguez scored in the 48th minute to put FCKC up 2-0. There was joy and jubilation. The long-awaited return had come and been punctuated with a goal. But sometimes the universe can be cruel, and just six minutes later as Rodriguez was receiving a pass, an opposing player knocked into her right side, forcing her to jam her left foot awkwardly into the ground. The pressure appeared to cause her left leg to buckle, at which point she fell to the field, curled onto her left side and pounded her fist repeatedly on the turf.

It was tough to watch. Fans in the stands sat in complete silence. Everyone in the women’s soccer community was left speechless. She has battled so hard to return, and now this? It was unfair, and it probably would have been the end to a career for many.

She had won a World Cup, two Olympic medals, a pair of NWSL titles and an NCAA title at USC. She could have called it quits and retired from soccer with her legacy secure.

But Rodriguez didn’t feel like she was done. The Southern California native is a competitor and never for a moment did she doubt she was going to pull on the U.S. jersey again.

“It’s remarkable how well she’s come back, and I know the work she’s put into it,” U.S. WNT head coach Jill Ellis said. “To do it with two young boys, its exceptional. Her commitment is fantastic. She still has the same qualities and she’s just a great human being.”

On April 14, 2018, Rodriguez made her return to the field at Rio Tinto Stadium with her new NWSL club, Utah Royals FC. It was a special moment, coming almost a year to the date of her ACL tear.

And then on June 7, she stepped on that same field, but this time for the National Team. It was a heartwarming moment. An almost two-year journey had brought her back to play for the USA in front of her home fans.

“Gosh, it’s so fun to play with this team,” Rodriguez said following the USA’s 1-0 win against China in Utah. “I’ve been out a year with my ACL tear and to be back on the pitch, wearing the red, white and blue and supporting my team. I just wanted to get my legs back under me and just help the team solidify the win.”

Behind the scenes, being an elite athlete come with a grueling lifestyle. There are long training days, constant travel and non-stop dedication that a player must have to reach the top. There many ups and downs and Rodriguez has faced them all, all the while managing it with patience, class and a smile on her face.

“Tonight, was everything I remembered, but it also meant so much more because of the uphill battle I faced last year with the injury,” she said. “It’s never easy to come back. You never know what kind of player you’re going to be or if you’ll be as good as you once were. I put a lot of tears and sweat into this, and I was just happy to be back on the field.”

An incredible journey by an incredible woman. The soccer world is a better place when A-Rod is back in action.

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