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U.S. women finish year with 28-1-3 record
by Paul Kennedy, December 16th, 2012 7:03PM

TAGS:  china, women's national team


[USA-CHINA] The U.S. women's national team defeated China, 4-1, in front of 10,493 fans at Florida Atlantic University Stadium to finish the year with a 28-1-3 record. The .922 winning percentage was the third highest in U.S. history (minimum of 10 games).

Abby Wambach scored her 151st and 152nd career goals, Megan Rapinoe scored from 40 yards out and Sydney Leroux scored her record 14th goal off the bench to lead the USA to the win, which extended the USA's unbeaten streak to 23 game unbeaten streak.

Wambach finished the year with 27 goals, one behind Alex Morgan's 28 goals. They tied a U.S. record for most goals scored by two players in a calendar year, equaling the mark of 55 goals set by Michelle Akers (39 goals) and Carin Jennings (16 goals) in 1991. The USA's 120 goals are the third most all-time in a calendar year.

“I’m not really one to talk about records ever," said Wambach, "but something I’m very proud of is Alex and I tied a record today. Tying that record means so much to me because Alex and I spend so much time together in practice."

U.S. defender and team captain Christie Rampone earned her 276th career cap on the night to move into sole possession of second place all-time behind only Kristine Lilly (352 caps).

The match was the final game for Jill Ellis as interim coach. The former UCLA coach compiled a 5-0-2 record in the final seven games of the Fan Tribute Tour. New head coach Tom Sermanni officially begins his tenure on Jan. 1. The USA opens the 2013 season on Feb. 9 against Scotland in Jacksonville, Fla.

Dec. 15 in Boca Raton, Fla.
USA 4 China 1. Goals: Wambach 8, 64, Rapinoe 36, Leroux 87; Han 45.
USA --
Solo; LePeilbet (Sauerbrunn, 46), Rampone (Mitts, 75), Buehler, O'Hara; O'Reilly (Heath, 46), Boxx, Lloyd, Rapinoe (Leroux, 65); Morgan (Cheney, 46), Wambach (Rodriguez, 75)
China -- Wang Fei; Li Jiayue, Wang Dongni, Huang, Wu, Wang Chen, Han, Pu, Ren (Wang Shanshan, 55), Zhang Rui, Li Ying (Wang Lisi, 67; Bi, 86)
Referee: Christina Ibanez (USA).
Att.: 10,493.

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