Holiday, U.S. stop China in friendly
COMMERCE CITY, Colo. -- The U.S. defeated China 2-0 in a friendly Sunday, but the win wasn't enough for coach Tom Sermanni to keep his job.
Sermanni was fired hours after Lauren Holiday and Megan Rapinoe scored to lead the U.S. to victory.
The Americans held China to one shot on goal while running their unbeaten streak on home turf to 81 games, with 71 wins and 10 draws. Jill Ellis, the director of development for U.S. Soccer, will serve as interim coach when the team faces China again on Thursday.
After being hired in January 2013, Sermanni won 13 matches and drew three in his first year as coach. However, the Americans struggled at the Algarve Cup in Portugal last month, dropping two matches and finishing seventh.
Holiday scored off a ricochet late in the first half and substitute Rapinoe added another goal to help the U.S. improve to 31-8-12 against China.
It could have been worse. The U.S. had a 23-1 advantage in shots.
Holiday was back in the lineup after missing the Algarve Cup because of a family commitment. She scored in the 39th minute -- the U.S. finally solving goalkeeper Zhang Yue after a flurry of shots. Holiday nearly had another goal early in the second half, only to have China deflect it away near the goal line.
U.S. goalkeeper Hope Solo wasn't challenged in the first half and Jill Loyden took over in the second half, making the only save for the Americans.
The defense only allowed one scoring chance to China, which played a defense-oriented game even after falling behind.
Veterans Abby Wambach and Rapinoe began the game on the bench, both entering in the second half.
Rapinoe took a free kick at the 78th minute, lining a shot that rolled through all the traffic in the penalty box and struck the right post, before bouncing into the net. It was her 25th career goal.
O'Reilly was honored before the game for appearing in her 200th match for the national team in March. She made her debut in 2002 at 17 years old.
"This is something I'm incredibly proud of," O'Reilly said. "There are some very, very talented players in this country. To be able to suit up that many times is definitely an honor."
The Associated Press contributed to this report.