USWNT romp over China in Algarve Cup

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BY DAN KARELL

No Abby Wambach, Carli Lloyd, or Shannan Boxx in the starting lineup?

No problem.

The US Women’s National Team cruised to a 5-0 victory over China in their second match at the Algarve Cup in Portugal. The Americans currently sit atop Group B with six points in two games, and have one match remaining, against Sweden on March 11.

Becky Sauerbrunn captained a squad that featured a mix of experience and fresh faces trying to break in. Manager Tom Sermanni gave starts to defender Whitney Engen, midfielder Kristie Mewis, and Christen Press, each of whom have less than five caps in their international careers.

The Americans got on the board in the 15th minute, a counter-attack launched speed demon Sydney Leroux into the final third, and she finished easily to give the US a 1-0 lead. The lead was doubled in the 32nd minute, when Ali Krieger scored her first goal for team USA, after getting on the end of a cross from Alex Morgan.

A minute after the second half began, the US extended the lead when China’s Wu Haiyan deflected a trademark Megan Rapinoe free kick into her own net. The lead became four in the 64th minute when Press continued her blisteringly hot form, scoring her fourth goal in four games. Finally, Engen was there in the 84th to put China out of their misery, scoring her team’s fifth goal by collecting a deflected show from substitute Heather O’Reilly. It was also Engen’s first goal for her country.

USWNT Notes:

18-year-old Lindsey Horan won her first cap for team USA when she replaced Christen Press in the 73rd minute. The Golden, Colorado native plays her club soccer for Paris Saint-Germain.

After sitting out Friday’s match, Abby Wambach is likely to return to the field to face Sweden on Monday. Wambach currently has 154 goals, four behind Mia Hamm’s all-time record for the US Women’s National Team.

The USWNT has extended their winning-streak against China to 21 matches.

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15 Responses to USWNT romp over China in Algarve Cup

  1. beachbum says:

    Nice result :)

    China is not what they used to be tho, de-evolving is that team.

    • unbeknownst says:

      There is no such thing as “de-evolving.” You’re still evolving, even if it’s to something else, regardless of the results.

  2. Weaksauce says:

    Ali krieger is back

    oooooh la la

  3. knife fight says:

    damn our women are so GREAT. why is it so hard for our men?

    • Bobb says:

      Because until like ten years ago pretty much no country but the US cared about women’s soccer?

  4. Josh D says:

    Women’s US soccer is getting boring. We win by multiple goals almost every game and we haven’t lost in what, two years? While I envy that – coming from the men’s side – after awhile, it must get dreary.

    • Jerrod says:

      you really think that being the best team in the world is boring?

      • Bobb says:

        You think knowing that a certain team will massacre their opponent in every game is exciting?
        You should go to an elementary school and play basketball against little kids, you would totally dominate them which is really exciting!!

      • Old School says:

        I’m erring on the side of caution that his post was sarcasm.

  5. Raymon says:

    well at least we got that going for us

  6. knife fight says:

    Sweden, Germany, France, England, Norway, Japan all have great leagues and great NT. We have a sub-par league but a great NT. something is not adding up

  7. bizzy says:

    Diferent coach better results….the games with China are always close, a different coach without names that we are accustomed to and we get a big result…..now if we can just apply that to the USMNT

  8. OBRick says:

    Ives, why do you always put results in the headlines? This game hasn’t even been shown on TV yet!!