Morgan scores to save 1-1 tie for US vs. China
Alex Morgan scored her first international goal in the 83rd
minute to give the United States a 1-1 draw with China in an
exhibition game Wednesday night.
Ma Jun sent a cross from Zhou Gaoping past U.S. goalkeeper
Nicole Barnhart in the 37th minute. Barnhart is playing because of
a shoulder injury that has sidelined starter Hope Solo.
Abby Wambach assisted on Morgan’s goal to help the U.S. finished
an 11-game tour ahead of World Cup qualifying with a 9-0-2
”I wouldn’t say it was nerve-wracking out there, but I would
say it was frustrating at times,” Wambach said. ”China kind of
took it to us early and we missed on some passes. We came together
at the end and Alex scored a huge goal. It was big-time and gave us
confidence leaving this match.”
The United States hasn’t lost to China since falling 2-0 at the
2003 Four Nations Tournament, and hasn’t lost on American soil
since a 3-1 loss to Denmark on Nov. 6, 2004.
”I’m very happy about the result, and it was a lesson
learned,” U.S. coach Pia Sundhage said. ”You always want to win.
That’s why you’re playing. I’m a positive person and I always look
at the positives even though we didn’t win the game.”
Qualifying for the 2011 tournament begins Oct. 28 in Cancun,
Mexico, for teams from North America, Central America and the
Caribbean. The U.S. will face Haiti, Guatemala and Costa Rica in
the group stage of the tournament.