Heather O’Reilly and Megan Rapinoe scored first half goals as the U.S. Women’s National soccer team defeated China 2-1 in an international friendly in Kennesaw, GA on Saturday night.
O’Reilly assisted on Rapinoe’s goal in the 21st minute before notching the game winner in the 37th. China’s Qu Shanshan equalized in the 37th minute against the run off play with a spectacular long-range effort.
The teams will meet again on Wednesday in Philadelphia before the USA sets off for Mexico for the CONCACAF World Cup qualifying tournament. Team USA is grouped with Costa Rica, Haiti and Guatemala in Group B of the competition.
USA — Megan Rapinoe (Heather O’Reilly) 21st minute
CHN — Qu Shanshan (Wang Yihang) 33
USA — Heather O’Reilly 37
USA: 24-Jill Loyden; 16-Ali Krieger, 6-Amy LePeilbet, 3-Christie Rampone (capt.), 26-Rachel Buehler (14-Stephanie Cox, 46); 9-Heather O’Reilly (13-Kristine Lilly, 62), 7-Shannon Boxx (11-Lori Lindsey, 46), 10-Carli Lloyd (4-Yael Averbuch, 62), 15-MeganRapinoe; 12-Lauren Cheney (8-Amy Rodriguez, 56), 20-Abby Wambach
Subs not used: 2-Heather Mitts, 18-Nicole Barnhart
Head Coach: Pia Sundhage
CHN: 18-Huang Luna; 3-Yu Fan, 5-Weng Xinzhi (14-Li Danyang, 46), 20-Zhou Gaoping, 26-Zhang Nan; 4-Xu Wenjia (17-Pang Fengyue, 46), 7-Sun Lisha (6-Zhang Na, 82), 19-Qu Shanshan, 24-Gu Yasha (15-Sun Ling, 61); 9-Wang Yihang (8-Xu Yuan, 53), 11-You Jia (13-Ma Jun, 46)
Subs not used: 1-Zhang Yanru, 2-Liu Huana, 12-Zhang Jieli, 16-Wang Dongni, 28-Zhang Yue, 35-Hou Xuecheng
Head Coach: Li Xiaopeng