[USA-CHINA] The USA extended its unbeaten streak to 21 games Saturday with a 2-0 win over China before a crowd of 17,371 at Detroit's Ford Field. For the first
time since the semifinals of the 2012 Concacaf Olympic qualifiers, Alex Morgan started the game on the bench but she came on to assist on Sydney Leroux's goal in the 84th minute. The assist gave Morgan 20 for the year to go along with 28 goals, making her just the second player to score at least 20
goals and record 20 assists in a calendar year.
Mia Hamm is the only other player to achieve that feat, doing so in 1998 when she had exactly 20 goals and 20 assists.
Another sub, Tobin Heath, set up the first goal, breaking through the China defense with a swerving dribble and passing to Carli Lloyd in the middle for a 12-yard shot.
The USA, which moved to 26-1-3 in 2012, then made it 2-0 when Morgan slipped a pass into the left side of the box, where Leroux beat her defender and calmly rolled the ball past China goalkeeper Zhang Yue for 13th goal of 2012 -- all of them off the bench.
The match was the 100th career international game for Amy Rodriguez, who became the 28th player to achieve that mark. As is tradition on the U.S. team, she served as captain for the match.
The USA and China will again be in action on Wednesday at BBVA Compass Stadium in Houston (TV: Fox Soccer, 8:30 pm ET).
Dec. 8 in Detroit
USA 2 China 0. Goals: Lloyd 50, Leroux 84.
USA -- Solo; LePeilbet (Mitts, 71), Rampone, Buehler, O'Hara (Sauerbrunn, 46), Rapinoe (O'Reilly, 46), Boxx, Lloyd, Cheney (Leroux, 71); Rodriguez (Heath, 48), Wambach (Morgan, 46).
China -- Zhang Yue; Wang Lingling, Li Jiayue, Wang Dongni (Huang), Wu; Bi (Han, 59), Pu, Wang Lisi (Wang Chen, 72), Ren, Zhang Rui (Li Ying, 66), Ma (Wang Shanshan, 55)
Referee: Margaret Domka (USA).