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  • U.S. women's coach fired after win

  • COMMERCE CITY, Colo. — Lauren Holiday scored off a ricochet late in the first half and substitute Megan Rapinoe added another goal, helping the U.S. women's soccer team to a 2-0 win over China on Sunday in an exhibition game.
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  • COMMERCE CITY, Colo. — Lauren Holiday scored off a ricochet late in the first half and substitute Megan Rapinoe added another goal, helping the U.S. women's soccer team to a 2-0 win over China on Sunday in an exhibition game.
    U.S. coach Tom Sermanni was fired afterward.
    Sermanni took over as coach of the U.S. women's national team in January 2013. He previously he spent eight years coaching Australia's women's team.
    The Americans held China to one shot on goal while running their unbeaten streak on home turf to 81 games (71-0-10). The team plays China in another friendly Thursday in San Diego.
    Holiday was back in the lineup after missing the Algarve Cup last month because of a family commitment. She scored in the 39th minute — the U.S. finally solving goalkeeper Zhang Yue after a flurry of shots. Holiday nearly had another goal early in the second half, only to have China deflect it away near the goal line.
    U.S. goalkeeper Hope Solo wasn't challenged in the first half and Jill Loyden took over in the second half, making the only save for the Americans.
    The U.S. had a 23-1 shot advantage in running its record to 31-8-12 against China.
    The U.S. squad was without captain Christie Rampone (toe). Veterans Abby Wambach and Rapinoe began the day on the bench, but entered the game in the second half.
    Rapinoe took a free kick at the 78th minute, lining a shot that rolled through all the traffic in the penalty box and struck the right post, before bouncing into the net. It was her 25th career goal.
    The U.S. was looking to get back on track after a disappointing performance at the Algarve Cup. The team went 1-2-1 to finish an uncharacteristic seventh.
    Despite that lackluster performance, the team remains No. 1 in the world rankings.
    Sermanni experimented with his formation against China, going with a 4-3-3 alignment (four defenders, three midfielders and three forwards). The team usually goes with a 4-4-2 concept.
    The Americans are mixing things up to figure out the right combination before 2015 World Cup qualifying begins in October.
    China couldn't generate any sort of offensive attack in the first half and were outshot 15-0.
    Stepping in as captain for this match was forward Heather O'Reilly, who was honored before the game for appearing in her 200th career game for the national team in March. She made her debut in 2002 at 17 years old.
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