Carli Lloyd scored for the second straight game, getting her head on a Julie Johnston cross in the 51st minute to push the U.S. to a 1-0 win over China in the quarterfinals. The appearance was also the 200th international cap for Lloyd, the 10th American player to the feat and third to score in her 200th game. Meghan Klingenberg and the rest of the U.S. defense put together yet another shutout, stretching their unscored-upon streak to 423 minutes (a U.S. World Cup record). Morgan Brian stepped into the lineup for her second start of the tournament, replacing the suspended Lauren Holiday to pair with her Dash teammate in the middle of the park.
The United States now faces Germany in the semifinals on Tuesday in a battle between No. 1 and 2, according to the latest FIFA rankings. Match kicks off at 6 p.m. CT on FOX, you can join us as always at The Phoenix on Westheimer.
Erin McLeod, Lauren Sesselmann and Allysha Chapman all went the full 90 minutes on Saturday night as the host nation heartbreakingly bowed out of the tournament in a 2-1 loss to England. The back line, anchored by the three Dash players, only allowed three goals in their five matches. McLeod and Chapman played all 450 minutes, while Sesselmann played 338 minutes.