December 12, 2012
Wambach, O’Reilly lead USWNT 4-0 win over China
HOUSTON - Abby Wambach scored two goals and Heather O’Reilly dished out three assists as the U.S. Women’s National team posted a 4-0 win over China PR in front of 15,643 fans at BBVA Compass Stadium in the ninth match of the 2012 Fan Tribute Tour
|Heather O’Reilly assisted on three goals in the USWNT’s 4-0 win over China.
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The goals were the 149th and 150th of Wambach’s career. Midfielder Carli Lloyd added her 43rd career goal during her 150th career international appearance. O'Reilly assisted on both Wambach goals and Amy Rodriguez's 85th minute goal as the USA improved to 7-0-2 on the team’s post London Olympics tour.
After mustering some long-distance attempts against a young China side in the game's early moments, the USA found the ever-dangerous head of Wambach in the 20th minute to make it 1-0. Defender Heather Mitts played the ball up to O'Reilly on the right and she whipped a -perfect cross just over defender Wang Dongni's head to Wambach, who darted in front of another defender and snapped a powerful header from six yards into the right side of the net that gave China goalkeeper Wang Fei no chance.
The USA didn't score again until the 62nd minute, but then got two in two minutes. The USA made it 2-0 when second-half sub Megan Rapinoe took a corner kick from the left side, sending in a driven cross to the far post. Lloyd and Wambach both were in a good position to get a head on the service, but it was Lloyd who rose to bury a spectacular header that caromed off the right post and in.
Just one minute later, Wambach got on the score sheet again when O'Reilly played the ball up to the star striker near the end line. Wambach cut inside to her left to elude China defender Huang Yini and struck a crisp left-footed shot that took a deflection before landing in the left side of the net.
The goal was Wambach's 25th of 2012 and moved her to within eight goals of Mia Hamm's all-time world record of 158.
With just five minutes left, Rodriguez capped off the scoring with her ninth goal of 2012, all of which have come off the bench. O'Reilly created the buildup, hopping over a China defender during a run down the right side and took a shot at the near right post. Fei made the save, but the ball rebound directly to Rodriguez who finished from close range.
The USA improved to 27-1-3 in 2012 and extended its unbeaten streak to 22 games.
The U.S. concludes the year and the Fan Tribute Tour on Saturday, Dec. 15, when it hosts China at 7 p.m. ET at FAU Stadium in Boca Raton, Fla. The match will broadcast live on the NBC Sports Network and Univision Deportes Network.