United States Women vs. China: Reign players help lead way to 3-0 win

Kent Horner

Sydney Leroux scores a goal, Megan Rapinoe gets an assist and Hope Solo records a shutout.

In their final match before the NWSL season, the Seattle Reign's fingerprints were all over the United States women's 3-0 win over China on Thursday. Sydney Leroux was a key part of the USWNT's opening score, chasing down a ball on the left sideline, cutting it in and sending in a cross that ultimately resulted in Carli Lloyd scoring the first of two goals. Leroux and Reign teammate Megan Rapinoe also combined to score the match's third goal just about 14 seconds into the second half.

Rapinoe controlled a ball near the top of the penalty area and tapped it ahead to Leroux, who beat her mark and found the back of the net. It was Leroux's 29th goal in her 50th appearance for the USWNT.

Although she wasn't very busy, Hope Solo also recorded her 70th career shutout, just one shy of the USWNT record currently held by Briana Scurry.

The Reign open their season on Sunday against the Boston Breakers at 4 p.m.

Scoring Summary: 1 2 F
USA                        2 1 3
CHN                        0 0 0

USA - Carli Lloyd (Lauren Holiday)          20th minute
USA - Carli Lloyd (unassisted)                23
USA - Sydney Leroux (Megan Rapinoe)   46

Lineups:
USA: 1-Hope Solo; 11-Ali Krieger, 16-Van Hollebeke (6-Whitney Engen, 7), 4-Becky Sauerbrunn (capt.), 25-Meghan Klingenberg, 7-Morgan Brian (20-Abby Wambach, 46), 10-Carli Lloyd, 15-Megan Rapinoe (17-Tobin Heath, 57), 9-Heather O'Reilly (23-Christen Press, 57), 12-Lauren Holiday (5-Kelley O'Hara, 64), 2-Sydney Leroux (8-Amy Rodriguez, 76)
Substitutions Not Used: 18-Alyssa Naeher
Head coach: Jill Ellis

CHN: 1-Zhang Yue; 3-Wang Lingling (7-Xu Yanlu, 34), 6-Zeng Ying, 26-Li Dongna, 30-Liu Shanshan; 14-Wang Shanshan, 23-Ren Guixin (capt.), 25-Zhang Rui (13-Gao Qi, 87), 28-Zhang Xin (16-Wan Chen, 63); 10-Li Ying, 29-Yang Li (18-Han Peng, 66)
Substitutions Not Used: 9-Lou Jiahui, 11-Huang Yini, 17-Li Xianglin, 19-Zhou Feifei, 20-Song Duan, 21-Wang Lisi, 22-Wang Yun
Head coach: Hao Wei

Stats Summary: USA / CHN
Shots: 18 / 3
Shots on Goal: 12 / 2
Saves: 1 / 3
Corner Kicks: 7 / 1
Fouls: 11 / 9
Offside: 1 / 0

Misconduct Summary:
CHN - Li Ying (caution)              59th minute

Officials:
Referee: Katja Koroleva (USA)
Assistant Referee 1: Felisha Mariscal (USA)
Assistant Referee 2: Amanda Ross (USA)
Fourth Official: Alejandro Mariscal (USA)

Budweiser Woman of the Match: Carli Lloyd

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