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Title: USA 1 England 1
Post by: David on January 28, 2007, 09:55:00 AM
Alex Scott in the second half for England
Title: Re: USA 1 England 1
Post by: David on January 29, 2007, 09:18:28 AM
WOMEN: USA opens with two ties in China

The USA was forced to settle for a pair of ties in its first two games at the Four Nations Women's Tournament in Guangzhou, China.

After opening with a 0-0 tie against reigning world champion Germany on Friday, Greg Ryan's Americans tied England, 1-1, on Sunday. The USA got its lone goal against England on a bullet header from forward Heather O'Reilly -- her ninth international goal -- on a cross from Natasha Kai in the 17th minute. England, which had the better of play with more dangerous attacking chances, equalized just two minutes into the second half on a goal by right back Alex Scott.

In the opener against Germany, U.S. defender Cat Whitehill earned her 100th cap while captaining the USA to mark the occasion. The match was also the first career cap for forward Lauren Cheney, who played the first 45 minutes before giving way to Kai. In the England game, 17-year-old forward Casey Nogueira, who played the first half, and 20-year-old midfielder Yael Averbuch, who played the final half hour, both earned their first senior caps.

China beat England, 2-0, and tied Germany, 0-0, in its first two games. The final day of the tournament takes place on Tuesday at the Guangdong Olympic Stadium. China host the USA at 3 a.m. ET.
Jan. 26 in Guangzhou
USA 0 Germany 0.
USA -- Solo, Mitts, Whitehill, Markgraf (Frimpong, 58), Lopez, Osborne, Hucles (Lloyd, 46), Chalupny, Tarpley, Cheney (Kai, 46), O'Reilly.
Germany -- Rottenberg, Stegemann, Hingst, Krahn, Peter, Carlson (Omilade, 64), Okoyino de Mbabi, Wimbersky, Mueller (Behringer, 46), Mittag (Bresonik, 46), Smisek.
Referee: Deng Junxia (China).
Att.: 1,500.

Jan. 28 in Guangzhou
USA 1 England 1. Goals: O'Reilly 17; A.Scott 47.
USA -- Scurry, Mitts, Whitehill, Markgraf (Lopez, 61), Chalupny, Miller (Lloyd, 46), Osborne, Hucles (Averbuch, 61), Nogueira (Tarpley, 46), Kai (Lohman, 79), O'Reilly.
England -- Brown, A.Scott, Stoney, Asante, Westwood (Unitt, 81), Williams, K.Smith, Chapman (Exley, 84), Aluko (J.Scott, 60), Carney, Yankey.
Referee: Bibiana Steinhaus (Germany).
Att.: 3,000.

Title: Re: USA 1 England 1
Post by: David on January 29, 2007, 09:19:57 AM
Coming to terms with their Guangzhou City diet has been as much of a problem as taking on some of the world's top teams during England's first appearance at the China Cup, in which Hope Powell's side are competing in order to gain experience of the environment they will find themselves in for September's World Cup finals in China.

"The food has been a challenge," said the England coach with as much diplomacy as she could muster after a week in which chips, pasta and rice - all cold - have been on offer at every meal time accompanying delicacies such as cattle jaws. "The girls haven't been eating enough and that can lead to low energy levels," added Powell, "but fortunately they haven't shown signs of fatigue in our matches."

Powell was speaking after yesterday's creditable 1-1 draw with the United States - the world's second-ranked women's team - which followed Friday's disappointing 2-0 defeat by the host nation. "We didn't wake up until the second half of our first game," said Powell, "but against the Americans we gave a very professional performance."

The result was quite a turn-up, England having lost their previous six encounters with the US. Tomorrow, in their final game of the four-nation tournament, they face another tough task when they take on the world's No1 team, Germany

With the China Cup claiming players from most leading clubs, yesterday's FA Cup fifth round schedule was reduced to only three matches. Birmingham City, Blackburn Rovers and Liverpool advanced while, in a much-delayed fourth-round Bristol derby, Academy beat City 3-1 after extra-time.

Title: Re: USA 1 England 1
Post by: David on January 29, 2007, 09:21:13 AM
England stun US 1-1 at Four Nations soccer tournament

England shocked second-ranked the United States with a deserved 1-1 draw in the Four Nations women's soccer international tournament in Guangzhou on Sunday.

Endland manager Hope Powell brought on a strong forward line made up of Arsenal's Rachel Yankey and Leeds United hitman Eniola Aluko, who had been sitting on the bench during their first game against China. The two skillful strikers posed big trouble to the Americans.

Yankey, Aluko and right midfielder Karen Carney all produced some tricks on the pitch and had several pretty shots after imaginative and effective dribbling. But it was their opponents who found the target first.

Forward Heather O'Reilly headed home midfielder Natasha Kai's right flank cross in the 16th minute.

Right back Alexandra Scott dashed in to the box timely and poked in the nice equalizer at the far post on 48 minutes after Yankey fed a clinical low center from the left.

Both sides fought fiercely in the midfield in the second half. England seemed to take the upper hand with several sharp forays down the flanks and nice shots, but US defence was hard to break again.

Title: Re: USA 1 England 1
Post by: BillyBoy on January 30, 2007, 07:28:35 PM
Another report for this match can also be found at the following link:


You can also see brief highlights for the game with the "Video from China" button.
Title: Re: USA 1 England 1
Post by: David on January 30, 2007, 07:47:18 PM
Thanks for the link Billyboy !