Abby Wambach helps US beat China 4-0

Published on NewsOK Modified: December 13, 2012 at 12:36 am •  Published: December 13, 2012
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HOUSTON (AP) — Abby Wambach scored twice Wednesday night to become only the second soccer player to reach 150 international goals, and the United States beat China 4-0 in an exhibition game Wednesday night.

"I'm just really lucky," said Wambach, who helped lead the U.S. women to a fourth Olympic gold medal at the London Games. "I've got really good players around me. They make me look good so often, so we're having a blast."

Carli Lloyd and Amy Rodriguez also scored to help the Americans extend their unbeaten streak to 22.

The night, however, belonged to Wambach.

She opened the scoring in the 20th minute, splitting two defenders to head home Heather O'Reilly's cross from the right side.

"I was lucky to have Abby in the box for the first goal," O'Reilly said. "That got us going. ... One hundred and fifty international goals is quite the feat. I'm so fortunate to have her on my team. I sure wouldn't want to be playing against her."

Wambach also slotted home an 8-yard rocket after cutting across a defender in the 63rd minute for her 25th goal of the year.

"She makes my job easy," U.S. coach Jill Ellis said. "When all is said and done and you deal with tactics and deal with teams, it comes down to special players, and that exactly what Abby is. She's a tremendous finisher inside the 18(-yard box). She's clearly the best in the world."

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