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May 30, 2012

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May 30, 2012 - Cal South ODP alumni Landon Donovan and Alex Morgan sparked their respective national teams to huge victories over Scotland and China over the long Memorial Day weekend.

Landon Donovan Hat Trick Leads U.S. Men's National Team to 5-1 Victory Against Scotland in Jacksonville

• Landon Donovan Nets Third Career Hat Trick; Also Adds an Assist; Sets Record with 125th Career Start
• USA Improves to 4-0-0 in 2012, Marking Just Second Time Team Has Opened Year with Four Straight Wins
• U.S. Next Hosts Five-Time World Cup Champion Brazil at 8 p.m. ET on Wed., May 30, at FedExField in Landover, Md. (ESPN2, ESPN3, TeleFutura)

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (May 26, 2012) - U.S. Men's National Team forward Landon Donovan scored three goals and set a new record for career starts as the USA defeated Scotland 5-1 in front of 44,438 at EverBank Field. The boisterous crowd set a record for attendance at a U.S. MNT friendly in the southeast region.

Donovan netted his third career hat trick while collecting yet another National Team record, making his 125th career start and surpassing the previous record of 124 held by Jeff Agoos. Donovan also added an assist, while Jermaine Jones had a goal and two assists and Michael Bradley delivered a spectacular goal from 25 yards out and collected an assist of his own on Donovan's third goal.

The U.S. is in the midst of a five-game stretch in 18 days in what head coach Jurgen Klinsmann has approached as a 'five-game' tournament with 2014 FIFA World Cup qualifying on the horizon. The U.S. next faces five-time FIFA World Cup champion Brazil on Wed., May 30 at 8 p.m. ET at FedExField in Landover, Md. The match will be televised live on ESPN2, ESPN3 and TeleFutura, and fans can follow the match live on's MatchTracker and via Twitter @ussoccer.

The USA has won five straight matches dating back to last year's 3-2 victory against Slovenia on Nov. 15 in Ljubljana, and has an unblemished 4-0-0 record in 2012. The 1998 squad is the only other team in U.S. history to open the year with four wins in its first four games, starting 4-0-0 with victories against Sweden, Cuba, Costa Rica and Brazil.

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U.S. Women's National Team Defeats China 4-1 in Front of Sold-Out Crowd of 18,573 at PPL Park in Chester, PA.

• U.S. head coach Pia Sundhage Names 2012 Olympic Team Before the Match
• Alex Morgan Scores Twice, Abby Wambach Adds Late Goal
• U.S. WNT Will Travel to Sweden in June for Matches Against Sweden on June 16 and Japan on June 18

CHESTER, PA. (May 27, 2012) - The U.S. Women's National Team fell behind early but roared back to score four unanswered goals to defeat China 4-1 in the second-to-last domestic match before the team leaves for the 2012 Olympics. A sell-out crowd of 18,573 boisterous fans filled PPL Park to the brims as the Americans put on an entertaining show, scoring twice in each half. Forward Alex Morgan scored two goals, sandwiched around a China own goal, while forward Abby Wambach capped the night with a spectacular finish seven minutes from the end of the game. 

"I'm very happy scoring goals but the happiest thing for us was we changed the game," said U.S. head coach Pia Sundhage. "We struggled a bit in the first half but we turned it around in the second half and the crowd was great. You look at the crowd like this and it makes a difference. In the Olympics we'll have big crowds and in the World Cup we had big crowds. You have to deal with that feeling and you should take advantage of it. Playing in front of this crowd is almost like having a 12th player and it's fantastic." 

The U.S. team came out a bit jittery in the opening stages of the game and in just the fourth minute gave up a dangerous chance as Han Peng got loose in the left side of the penalty box. U.S. goalkeeper Hope Solo chose to hold her ground, and from a sharp angle, Peng scraped her shot off the crossbar. 

The USA then started to exert its game on the Chinese with Megan Rapinoe putting the ball through the legs of a Chinese defender on the left end line in the seventh minute, only to shoot into the side netting. 

In the 19th minute, a long ball into the Chinese penalty area was headed up in the air and it fell to Carli Lloyd in the middle of the box, but she struck her full volley high over the net. 

Lloyd had an even better chance one minute later after Heather O'Reilly made a darting run down the right wing and cut back a pass to Morgan in the slot. She took a touch and fired from close range at Chinese goalkeeper Zhang Yue, who made the save but pushed the ball into the middle. Lloyd was perfectly postioned for the rebound and kept this shot low. It was surely headed into the net before the ball hit the leg of a fortunate Chinese defender and skidded wide left of the goal. 

China scored in the 22nd minute against the run of play after Lloyd was disposed by several pressuring defenders near the top of the box on the left side. The ball rolled to Lou Jiahui who drove her dribble at U.S. captain Christie Rampone before dishing into the left side of the penalty area to Zhang Rui. The Chinese attacker was able to dribble uncontested almost all the way to the near post before slotting home low into the right corner. 

It took the USA only a dozen minutes to equalize and it came off a turnover in the Chinese defensive third. O'Reilly darted in to win a ball down the right wing and then accelerated into the penalty area before trying to find Morgan again in the slot. A defender got a foot on the ball, but it was deflected right into the path of Morgan who clinically bent her left-footed shot into the lower left corner from 14 yards out. 

Just two minutes later the USA took the lead as Rapinoe served a free kick from the left wing into a dangerous spot at the far post. The ball was headed up into the air by a Chinese defender and it fell to Shannon Boxx, who sent her header back into the pack of players inside the six yard box. Wambach then got a head on it to nod the ball towards the net where it bounced in front of defender Zhou Gaoping, who found her body in poor position to clear. She tried to head the ball away, but instead sent it past her own goalkeeper and trickling into the lower right corner.

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