April 4, 2014
U.S. WOMEN VS. CHINA, TAKE TWO
National teams meet in Denver, San Diego
The U.S. Women's National Team will play its first domestic match since Feb. 12 when it takes on China PR on Sunday, April 6 at Dick's Sporting Goods Park in Commerce City, Colo., and then travels to San Diego for the second leg of the two-game set on Thursday, April 10 at Qualcomm Stadium.
The USA is 4-2-1 in 2014 and is coming off an unusual performance at the Algarve Cup in Portugal where the USA drew with Japan, lost to Sweden and Denmark and defeated Korea DPR for seventh place. The results were enough to keep the USA at No. 1 in the FIFA Women's World Rankings, while China's fifth-place at the Algarve Cup boosted that country to 16th place in the rankings.
These will be the final two domestic friendly matches before the majority of the U.S. WNT player pool begins the second National Women's Soccer League season. The USA could have up to six additional friendly matches before CONCACAF Women's World Cup qualifying takes place in Mexico in October.
The USA's 43-game overall unbeaten streak ended at the Algarve Cup, falling eight games short of tying the record of 51 (43-0-8) set from Dec. 8, 2004, through Sept. 22, 2007. The USA is still in the midst of an 80-game home unbeaten streak that includes 70 wins and 10 draws. The last loss for the USA on home soil came on Nov. 6, 2004, a 3-1 setback to Denmark in Philadelphia. It is one of only two losses the USA has suffered when Abby Wambach scores a goal.
The trip to suburban Denver will mark the USA's third match at Dick's Sporting Goods Park, home to the Colorado Rapids of Major League Soccer. The USA played there in 2008 against Brazil (1-0 win, goal from Amy Rodriguez) and in 2012 against Australia (6-2 win, two goals from Alex Morgan, one goal from Heather O'Reilly, Wambach, Shannon Boxx, and Sydney Leroux) in Pia Sundhage's last game as coach, and against a Matildas side coached by current U.S. coach Tom Sermanni. The USA's only other match in Denver came at Mile High Stadium on Sept. 26, 1999, a 6-0 victory over Brazil.
The USA holds a 30-8-12 all-time record against China, a team it has faced more times than any country in the world after Canada. The USA and China have been playing since the second year of the U.S. Women's National Team program in 1986, when the teams met in the USA's seventh match. The countries developed quite a rivalry in the 1990s, meeting twice in the 1995 FIFA Women's World Cup, in the gold medal game of the 1996 Olympics, as well as the championship game of the 1999 FIFA Women's World Cup.