Join Now  | 
Home About Contact Us Privacy & Security Advertise
Soccer America Daily Soccer World Daily Special Edition Around The Net Soccer Business Insider College Soccer Reporter Youth Soccer Reporter Soccer on TV Soccer America Classifieds Game Report
Paul Gardner: SoccerTalk Soccer America Confidential Youth Soccer Insider World Cup Watch
RSS Feeds Archives Manage Subscriptions Subscribe
Order Current Issue Subscribe Manage My Subscription Renew My Subscription Gift Subscription
My Account Join Now
Tournament Calendar Camps & Academies Soccer Glossary Classifieds
Sundhage delighted with U.S. showing in debut match
by Paul Kennedy, January 17th, 2008 6:45AM
Subscribe to Soccer America Daily

MOST READ
TAGS:  women's national team

MOST COMMENTED

Pia Sundhage's reign as U.S. women's national team coach began with an emphatic 4-0 victory over Canada Wednesday at the Four Nations Tournament in Guangzhou, China.

The Americans got two second-half goals apiece from Amy Rodriguez and Lindsay Tarpley as they rolled over their CONCACAF rival, which started 10 veterans of the 2007 Women's World Cup. Heather O'Reilly was a terror for the USA, setting up the first three goals from her position on the right side of midfield.

Sundhage said the game was special.

"Of course, I was nervous," she said, "but at halftime, I felt that no matter where you are, this is soccer and that felt good. It's good for my confidence. I'm so happy because it's a good start on our road to [Olympic] qualification and it is a game I always will remember."

She was delighted with the USA's attacking mode.

"For us, it was a good start," she said. "We tried to change the attack a little bit. We weren't successful in the first half with the final pass, but the second half was much better and I am very happy about that."

Sundhage was impressed with Rodriguez, who was making her first start of the USA.

"Her speed is exceptional," said Sundhage, "and the fact that she scored two good goals today is good confidence for her and for the team. There will be different players stepping up at different times and I think that can be one of our strengths. It's not about one player, it's will be about the whole team. There will be different teams, different times and different stars."

There will also be different roles. O'Reilly, normally a striker, took on the role of playmaker.

"I like to usually be on the other team's restraining line," said the former North Carolina star, "and this time I found myself serving the restraining line. Luckily, I connected with Amy Rodriguez on a couple of goals and later to Lindsay Tarpley when she came into the game. As much as I like scoring goals, it was a great feeling to help set up some really nice goals today."

The game also marked the international debuts for right back Ali Krieger and center back Becky Sauerbrunn. Sauerbrunn's first game ended on an unhappy note, however, as she broke her nose in a collision with a Canadian player and had to come off in the second half.

"I'm always going to remember," said Sauerbrunn. "First cap, first broken bone, first win."

In goal, Hope Solo made her first start for the USA since her controversial benching by Sundhage's predecessor, Greg Ryan, at the Women's World Cup.

The USA next faces Finland on Friday. China defeated the Finns, 2-0, on first-half header goals from captain Li Jie and Liu Yali.

Game Summary:
Jan. 16 in Guangzhou

USA 4 Canada 0. Goals: Rodriguez 51, 65, Tarpley 71, 78.
USA -- Solo, Chalupny, Sauerbrunn (Cox, 64), Rampone, Krieger, Boxx, Osborne (Hucles, 46), Lloyd (Tarpley, 64), O'Reilly, Rodriguez, Wambach.
Canada -- McLeod, Booth, Chapman (Kyle, 78), Hermus, Rustad, Wilkinson, Franko, Schmidt, Sinclair, Tancredi (Armstrong, 67), Robinson (Filigno, 46).
Referee: Kirsi Savolainen (Finland).
Att.: 1,000.

Statistics:
Shots: USA 18, Canada 8
Shots on Goal: USA 11, Canada 2
Saves: USA 2 Canada 5
Corner Kicks: USA 3, Canada 5
Fouls: USA 8, Canada 5
Offside: USA 5, USA 2.



No comments yet.

Sign in to leave a comment. Don't have an account? Join Now




AUTHORS

ARCHIVES
FOLLOW SOCCERAMERICA

Recent Soccer America Daily
U.S. Abroad: Gonzalez debuts for Monterrey    
Jonathan Gonzalez, 18, made his Liga MX debut, starting for Monterrey on the opening day of ...
U.S. Abroad: Schoenfeld's Maccabi advances in Europa League    
Aaron Schoenfeld was the only American who advanced in UEFA play this week as Israel's Maccabi ...
Making a List: Top 20 PDL prospects    
Each summer, many of the top college players scatter across the country to play for PDL ...
Business: AT&T remains with MLS with new presence    
AT&T, the title sponsor of the MLS All-Star Game for seven years (2010-16), remains as a ...
What They're Saying: Olivia Jimenez    
"In my humble opinion, I believe that it's absurd to be able to represent my country, ...
USA-Costa Rica: Tico threat, simple things and big picture    
After Wednesday's win at the Gold Cup, U.S. coach Bruce Arena admitted he didn't know much ...
U.S. women: Uncapped trio picked for summer series    
Three uncapped players -- Abby Smith and Midge Purce of the Boston Breakers and Taylor Smith ...
Mexico-Jamaica: Rematch of 2015 final on tap    
Mexico and Jamaica will meet in a rematch of the 2015 Gold Cup final Sunday in ...
MLS confirms implementation of VAR after All-Star Game    
Video review, using a fifth match official in a booth equipped with monitors that are used ...
Video Pick: Meet MLS leading scorer Nemanja Nikolic    
Chicago's Nemanja Nikolic is on pace to break the MLS single-season scoring record. In this MLS ...
>> Soccer America Daily Archives