As we laid out earlier in our match preview, the buzz surrounding a mid-April friendly between the United States women’s national team and a China PR team they’ve routinely beaten is anything but ordinary (Watch live from California at 11pm ET on NBCSN and online via Live Extra).
After beating tonight’s opponents 2-0 on Sunday — but truly controlling everything but their finishing — the USWNT underwent a major shakeup later that night, as US Soccer fired head coach Tom Sermanni after just 15 months on the job.
Jill Ellis is back at the helm for her second interim stint in the last year-and-a-half. During her last go at the gig, she finished unbeaten at 5-0-2.
Lauren Holiday and Megan Rapinoe scored for the States in Sunday’s win.
There are two changes to the Starting XI from Sunday, with Whitney Engen and Christen Press departing from the lineup in favor of veterans Megan Rapinoe and Rachel Van Hollebeke (Buehler).
The match is Hope Solo’s 150th cap.
United States: Solo; Krieger, Van Hollebeke, Sauerbrunn-C, Klingenberg; Brian, Lloyd, Rapinoe; O’Reilly, Holiday, Leroux
Subs: O’Hara, Engen, Rodriguez, Heath, Naeher, Wambach, Press
China PR: Zhang Yue; Wang Lingling, Zeng Ying, Li Dongna, Liu Shanshan; Wang Shanshan, Ren Guixin, Zhang Rui, Zhang Xin; Li Ying, Yang Li
Subs: Wang Yun; Xu Yanlu, Huang Yini, Gao Qi, Wan Chen, Li Xiangli, Han Peng, Zhou Feifei, Wang Lisi, Lou Jiahui, Song Duan