U.S. women take down China, Morgan joins 20-20 club

DETROIT — On a day she and Abby Wambach were both kept off the scoreboard, Alex Morgan still managed to reach a rare milestone.

Morgan became the second player in U.S. women's national team history with at least 20 goals and 20 assists in the same year, and the Americans scored twice in the second half to beat China 2-0 on Saturday.

Morgan set up Sydney Leroux's goal in the 84th minute after Carli Lloyd had given the U.S. the lead in the 50th. Morgan has 28 goals and 20 assists in 2012. Mia Hamm finished with 20 and 20 in 1998.

"I just realized the other day that Mia was the only one with 20-20, so this is really awesome," Morgan said. "It's really great to be in that exclusive club with Mia, someone that I looked up to for many years."

It was the eighth match of a 10-game "Fan Tribute Tour" for the Americans, who won the Olympic title in London this year. The U.S. is unbeaten in its last 18 meetings with China. The teams will face each other twice more this month, in Houston on Wednesday, and in Boca Raton, Fla., next Saturday.

This game marked the first time since the Olympic final against Japan that Morgan and Wambach were both held scoreless. Lloyd scored both goals in that 2-1 victory.

Lloyd broke a scoreless tie early in the second half against China, taking a pass from Tobin Heath near the edge of the penalty area, cutting to her left and beating goalie Zhang Yue to the near post from about 12 yards.

"I feel like I'm playing really smart soccer out there, just kind of being the engine," Lloyd said. "That's the most important thing that I need to do to help my teammates."

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