Solo, U.S. Women's National Team Blanks Canada 4-0

Jan. 16, 2008

GUANGZHOU, China (AP) - Hope Solo made her return to the U.S. women's soccer team in a 4-0 win over Canada in Wednesday's opening game of the Four Nations Tournament in southern China.

Amy Rodriguez -- making her international debut -- and Linsday Tarpley scored two goals each for the Americans.

Solo was back in goal, having been off the team since last year's World Cup. She played the full game Wednesday, making two saves. The best came off a corner kick when Solo made a reaction save to knock down a point-blank header, then smothered the ball before a Canadian attacker could react.

The first half was scoreless, despite an attacking American squad that had nine shots on goal to the Canadians' four. But Canada's defense unraveled in the second half after forward Rodriguez scored from close range in the 51st minute.

Rodriguez also converted a penalty in the 65th. Midfielder Tarpley then scored from eight yards in the 71st, and struck again in the 78th, putting the ball into the bottom right corner.

In the second game, China defeated Finland 2-0. Defender Li Jie headed in a cross in the 21st, and Liu Yali scored from inside the box 2 minutes before half time.

The tournament continues Friday when China plays Canada, and the Americans take on Finland.

Solo registered her 29th shutout, the second-highest total ever for a U.S. goalkeeper behind only Briana Scurry. She also ranks second among National Team goalkeepers with 53 caps for international appearances with the USA squad.

Solo (Richland HS/Richland, Wash.) finished her UW career in 2002 as the Huskies' all-time leader in every goalkeeping category. Solo started 68 games, amassing 325 saves, 18 shutouts and a 1.02 goals against average. In each of her final two seasons (2001, 2002), she was one of 15 nominees for the Hermann Trophy that honors the national player of the year.

A four-time all-conference honoree, Solo received the 2001 Pac-10 Player of the Year award. She surrendered only 12 goals in 17 games in 2001 en route to a school single-season record 0.68 goals against average. In 2000, Solo led Washington's to its only Pac-10 women's soccer championship.

Wednesday marked the beginning of the Pia Sundhage era with the U.S. Nationals.

Sundhage, hired in mid-November as the sixth head coach in U.S. Women's National Team history, gave first career caps to defenders Becky Sauerbrunn and Ali Krieger, as well as a first-ever start to Rodriguez in what was the USA's first match of 2008. The 20-year-old striker, who came into the game with five career caps and two FIFA youth world championships on her resume, rewarded her coach's confidence with her first two goals at the senior level. Rodriguez broke open a scoreless game with goals in the 51st and 65th minutes.

'I'm very satisfied with the game today,' said Sundhage. 'It was a great battle in the first half. The talk at halftime as good, so it was nice for all of us to see the goals, and younger players scoring goals. For us, it was a good start. We tried to change the attack a little bit. We weren't successful in the first half with the final pass, but the second half was much better and I am very happy about that.'

Canada started 10 players who were members of its 2007 FIFA Women's World Cup Team while the Sundhage sent out a lineup with eight players who represented the USA last September in China.

Among the starters for Canada was Clare Rustad, who completed her collegiate career at Washington in 2004. She is currently a member of the Vancouver Whitecaps soccer club.

The 24-year-old Rustad last appeared for Canada in a 6-0 friendly win over CONCACAF rivals Mexico at Swangard Stadium on September 4, 2003.


U.S. WOMEN'S NATIONAL TEAM GAME REPORT
Match-up:
USA vs. Canada
Competition:
2008 Four Nations Tournament
Venue:
Guangdong Olympic Sports Center Stadium; Guangzhou, China.
Date:
January 16, 2008; Kickoff - 1:00 p.m. local / 12 a.m. ET
Attendance:
1,000
Weather:
Overcast, Chilly - 48 degrees

Scoring Summary:

          1    2     F
USA 0 4 4
CAN 0 0 0


USA - Amy Rodriguez (Heather O'Reilly) 51st minute.
USA - Amy Rodriguez (Heather O'Reilly) 65.
USA - Lindsay Tarpley (Heather O'Reilly) 71.
USA - Lindsay Tarpley (Amy Rodriguez) 78.

Lineups:
USA:
18-Hope Solo; 17-Lori Chalupny, 27-Becky Sauerbrunn (14-Stephanie Cox, 64), 3-Christie Rampone - Capt., 26-Ali Krieger; 7-Shannon Boxx, 12-Leslie Osborne (16-Angela Hucles, 46), 11-Carli Lloyd (5-Lindsay Tarpley, 64), 9-Heather O'Reilly; 19-Amy Rodriguez, 20-Abby Wambach.
Subs not used: 1-Briana Scurry, 4-Cat Whitehill, 6-Tobin Heath, 8-Lauren Cheney, 10-Angie Woznuk, 25-Tina DiMartino.Head Coach: Pia Sundhage

CANADA: 18-Erin McLeod; 3-Melanie Booth, 9-Candace Chapman (13-Kaylyn Kyle, 78), 11-Randee Hermus, 15-Clare Rustad; 7-Rhian Wilkinson, 10-Martina Franko, 19-Sophie Schmidt; 12-Christine Sinclair, 14-Melissa Tancredi (16-Julie Armstrong, 67), 21-Jodi-Ann Robinson (5-Jonelle Filigno, 46).
Subs not used: 1-Karina LeBlanc, 2-Amy Vermeulen, 4-Taryne Boudreau, 8-Monica Lam-Feist, 17-Brittany Timko, 20-Stephanie Labbé.Head Coach: Even Pellerud

Statistical Summary:
USA / CAN
Shots: 18 / 8
Shots on Goal: 11 / 2
Saves: 2 / 6
Corner Kicks: 3 / 5
Fouls: 8 / 5
Offside: 5 / 2

Misconduct Summary:
None.

Officials:
Referee: Kirsi Savolainen (FIN)
AR 1: Liu Hongjuan (CHN)
AR 2: Zhang Lingling (CHN)
4th Official: Gu Ying (CHN)


USSoccer contributed to this report. For more information, visit USSoccer.com

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