WOMEN: USA and Germany tie 0-0 in China

The USA opened play Friday at the Four Nations Women's Tournament at Guangzhou, China, with a 0-0 tie with reigning world champion Germany.

U.S. defender Cat Whitehill earned her 100th cap while captaining the USA to mark the occasion. The match was also the first career cap for forward Lauren Cheney, who played the first 45 minutes before giving way to Natasha Kai. Defender Stephanie Lopez got just her second career start and went the entire 90 minutes at left back in place of Lori Chalupny, who made her first start for the USA at the attacking midfield slot.

ôOn the whole, I thought the young players played well, but I think it takes time to develop consistency and I think thatÆs what you saw in the game,ö said U.S. head coach Greg Ryan. ôWe would play some good soccer and then the level would drop, and weÆd revert to just kicking balls instead of really just being composed, possessing, supporting each other and communicating. IÆd say the main thing is putting together a more consistent performance over 90 minutes. ThatÆs just part of being young. ItÆs the part you have to go through and we are happy to be in that process with them.ö

The tie also kept Ryan undefeated as head coach of the USA, moving his record to 26-0-6.

In the first match of the day, host China earned a 2-0 victory over England, getting a goal in the fourth minute from Zhang Ying and one in the final minute of the first half from forward Han Duan.

Jan. 26 in Guangzhou
USA 0 Germany 0.
USA --
Solo, Mitts, Whitehill, Markgraf (Frimpong, 58), Lopez, Osborne, Hucles (Lloyd, 46), Chalupny, Tarpley, Cheney (Kai, 46), OÆReilly.
Germany -- Rottenberg, Stegemann, Hingst, Krahn, Peter, Carlson (Omilade, 64), Okoyino de Mbabi, Wimbersky, Mueller (Behringer, 46), Mittag (Bresonik, 46), Smisek.
Referee: Deng Junxia (China).
Att.: 1,500.
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