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U.S. Women’s Soccer Team Loses to China

January 26, 2003

SHANGHAI, China (AP) _ Tiffeny Milbrett and Heather O’Reilly were unable to spark a second-half rally and the United States lost to China 2-0 Sunday in the Four Nations Tournament.

Germany tied Olympic champion Norway 2-2 in the day’s other game. The tournament features the world’s top four women’s soccer teams.

U.S. coach April Heinrichs experimented with her lineup, starting several reserves and saving her top scorers until the second half.

China dominated the first half as the Americans struggled to contain their opponent’s passing in a game played in icy rain in the city of Wuhan.

In the 18th minute, Fan Yunjie beat goalkeeper Lakeysia Beene with a header. Sun Wen scored 18 minutes later on a shot from midfield into the upper right corner.

In the second half, Heinrichs put in O’Reilly and Milbrett and the Americans controlled play. But China’s defense withstood a strong offensive effort by the U.S. team.

In the other game, Norway’s Dagny Mellgren scored in the 25th minute. Germany tied the game eight minutes later on a goal by Martina Muller.

In the second half, Anita Rapp scored for Norway, and Germany’s Linda Bresonik scored on a penalty kick.

On Wednesday, the United States plays Germany and Norway faces China.

The World Cup will be held in China in September.

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