Alex Morgan scores game-winner as USA beat China PR 1-0 in front of 13,230 fans.
Morgan Gets Team-Leading Sixth Goal and Megan Rapinoe Records Team-Leading Sixth Assist of 2018.
The USA Women’s National Team scored the lone goal of the match in the second half and came out victorious in a tough contest against China PR in front of 13,230 fans at Rio Tinto Stadium on Thursday evening.
The teams got off to a slow start, with the USA creating more opportunities than its rival but none presented a major threat. China PR played low-pressure defence, with a compact midfield and backline that resulted in a 5-3 shot advantage for the USA in the first half. China PR managed to get two shots on goal to the USA’s none, but both were magnificently handled by U.S. WNT goalkeeper Alyssa Naeher.
The USA made two substitutions to start the second half, with Samantha Mewis and Sofia Huerta coming on, and both helped reinvigorate the attack. The USA finally broke through in the 57th minute, when Alex Morgan headed home a beautiful cross off a Megan Rapinoe free kick. The goal was Morgan’s team-leading sixth of the year.
Next, the U.S. WNT will travel to Cleveland, Ohio, tomorrow in advance of its second of two international friendlies vs. China PR on June 12 (7 p.m. ET, ESPN2 & UDN) at FirstEnergy Stadium.
– U.S. Women’s National Team Match Report –
Match: USA 1-0 China PR (Alex Morgan (Megan Rapinoe) 57th minute)
Date: June 7, 2018
Competition: International Friendly
Venue: Rio Tinto Stadium; Sandy, Utah
Kickoff: 7 p.m. MT
Weather: 88 degrees; Sunny
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 / 2
Corner Kicks: 12 / 1
Fouls: 12 / 11
Offside: 5 / 6
CHN – Wu Haiyan (caution) 71st minute
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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