U.S. women crush China in exhibition
CHESTER, Pa. -- Alex Morgan scored twice and the U.S. women's soccer team beat China 4-1 on Sunday night in its second-to-last home exhibition game before leaving for the London Olympics.
Carlisle: Morgan Delivers Big Performance
Alex Morgan and the U.S. women dug in and won an Olympic tuneup against China, but the match wasn't without some hiccups, writes Jeff Carlisle. Story
Abby Wambach added a goal, and the United States also scored on an own-goal in front of a capacity crowd of 18,573 fans at PPL Park. Zhang Rui scored for China.
After China took the lead in the 22nd minute, Morgan tied it in the 34th and the U.S. pulled ahead on the own-goal in the 36th. Morgan stuck again in the 50th, and Wambach capped the scoring in the 83rd.
"I'm very happy scoring goals, but the happiest thing for us was we changed the game," U.S. coach Pia Sundhage said. "We struggled a bit in the first half, but we turned it around in the second half and the crowd was great. You look at the crowd like this and it makes a difference.
"In the Olympics, we'll have big crowds and in the World Cup we had big crowds. You have to deal with that feeling and you should take advantage of it. Playing in front of this crowd is almost like having a 12th player and it's fantastic."
Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press
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