|ASIA - AFC NEWS|
January 14, 2006
USA 1-0 in friendly warm-up game for Four-Nation Tournament
By Jia Ailing
With a goal from Ma Xiaoxu, the China National Team defeated the USA
1-0 in a friendly warm-up game before the Four-nation tournament. The
veteran Sun Wen was substituted in for the last ten minutes.
Ma Xiaoxu's thunderous shot found the back of the net in the 17th minute
after a cross from Bai Lili. But Han Duan, Ma's teammate in Dalian Shide,
missed several opportunities in the match.
In the last ten minutes of the match, Head Coach Ma Liangxing sent in
Sun Wen who was wearing the No. 10 jersey. She showed her experience in
the match and won accolades from her teammates.
"This is only a warm-up," China National Team Head Coach Ma Liangxing said after the match and Greg Ryan, the head coach of USA said "that China and USA were all young teams and they need time to mature."