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.
Sydney Leroux added to the scoring column with her 29th career tally within the first minute of the second half. Hope Solo made one save for her 70th career clean sheet, moving to within one of Briana Scurry’s USA record of 71.
Interim head coach Jill Ellis ran the sidelines for the first time since Tom Sermanni was relieved of his duties as head coach on Sunday. Ellis is now 6-0-2 as the USA’s interim head coach. She was 5-0-2 as the interim coach in 2012 following Pia Sundhage’s departure.
Goal Scoring Rundown:
USA – Carli Lloyd (Lauren Holiday), 20th minute: Megan Rapinoe scraped the left sideline with a strong pass to Sydney Leroux, who dribbled past her defender to the end line. Leroux crossed the ball in to Lauren Holiday who was on the right side of the six-yard box and redirected to Carli Lloyd. She finished from 12 yards out with a shot into the right side of the frame. It was Lloyd’s 49th career goal and Holiday’s 30th career assist. USA 1, CHN 0
USA – Carli Lloyd (unassisted), 23rd minute: Megan Rapinoe’s initial shot from the right side was deflected by China’s Zeng Ying. Wang Shanshan attempted to clear the ball out of harm’s way, but Lloyd controlled from 24 yards out, and her left-footed shot inched inside the left post for a two-goal cushion and goal No. 50 of Lloyd’s career. USA 2, CHN 0
USA – Sydney Leroux (Megan Rapinoe), 46th minute: Just 13 seconds into the second half, China was burned by a botched clearance. Wang Shanshan only partly made contact with the ball at the edge of the box, and Megan Rapinoe pounced with a tap pass to Sydney Leroux. From just outside the left corner of the six-yard box, Leroux lunged and had enough pace on her left-footed shot to sneak the ball underneath goalkeeper Zhang Yue. Leroux now has 29 goals for her WNT career and a team-leading five tallies for the USA in 2014. USA 3, CHN 0
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.
The U.S. WNT faces Canada at 7 p.m. CT (8 p.m. ET) on Thursday, May 8, at Investors Group Field in Winnipeg, Canada.
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