Rodriguez and Tarpley net twice each

January 16, 2008

GUANGZHOU, China -- Hope Solo made her return to the U.S. women's soccer team in a 4-0 win over Canada in Wednesday's opening game of the Four Nations Tournament in southern China.

Amy Rodriguez -- making her international debut -- and Linsday Tarpley scored two goals each for the Americans.

Solo was back in goal, having been off the team since last year's World Cup, when she strongly criticizied the decision to bench her for the semifinal.

She played the full game Wednesday, making two saves.

The first half was scoreless, despite an attacking American squad that had nine shots on goal to the Canadians' four. But Canada's defense unraveled in the second half after forward Rodriguez scored from close range in the 51st minute.

Rodriguez also converted a penalty in the 65th. Midfielder Tarpley then scored from eight yards in the 71st, and struck again in the 78th, putting the ball into the bottom right corner.

In the second game, China defeated Finland 2-0. Defender Li Jie headed in a cross in the 21st, and Liu Yali scored from inside the box 2 minutes before half time.

The tournament continues Friday when China plays Canada, and the Americans take on Finland.


Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press