[CHINA-USA WOMEN] The United States beast host China, 2-0, on goals by Carli Lloyd and Amy Rodriguez Tuesday to win the won the Four Nations Tournament in Chongqing.
The Americans edged Canada, a 1-0 winner over Sweden on Christine Sinclair's goal, on goal difference.
They had lost to Sweden, 2-1, in their opener but recovered to win their next two games.
“It’s so much more fun to win,” said U.S. coach Pia Sundhage. “We took some good things from the loss to Sweden, and that’s one of the reasons we stepped up a little bit against Canada. We took certain things from the 2-1 win against Canada and I think today we ended up controlling the game.”
Lloyd scored her second goal of the tournament in the 31st minute when she passed to Rodriguez, took a return pass and beat a defender before driving a low shot inside the near post from 16 yards out.
In the 53rd minute, Lloyd struck the crossbar on a shot from near the top of the penalty box, and Tobin Heath’s follow-up volley was just deflected away for a corner kick.
On the second U.S. goal, Heath launched a pass over the Chinese defense to Rodriguez, who punished Zhang Yue's indecision by slipping the ball past the stranded Chinese keeper into the lower left corner from just inside the penalty area.
Next up for the USA: a training camp Feb. 3-9 in Florida.
Jan. 25 in Chongqing
China 0 USA 2. Goals: Lloyd 31, Rodriguez 67.
China --Zhang Yue, Liu (Li Wen, 46), Zhou Goaping, Yuan, Li Danyang, Gu (Wang, 46), Zhang Na, Pang (Xu, 82), Qu (Zhang Jieli, 54), You, Ma.
USA --Barnhart, Sauerbrunn, LePeilbet (Cox, 42), Rampone, Buehler (Klingenberg, 82), Heath, Boxx (Averbuch, 46), Lloyd, O’Reilly, Cheney (Rapinoe, 46), Rodriguez (Morgan, 71).
Referee:Wang Jia (CHN).