Andrew Keh, reporting for the New York Times:
In truth, the United States has dominated this rivalry for more than a decade, going unbeaten against China, the No. 16 team in the world, in the teams’ previous 23 matches dating to 2003. It was more of the same Friday, when the United States held 56 percent of the possession and outshot China, 17-6.
Ellis made effective changes to her lineup and tactics, some forced and some of her own volition. Two starting midfielders, Megan Rapinoe and Lauren Holiday, served one-game suspensions for yellow-card accumulation. Into their places stepped Kelly O’Hara, who ran along the right flank, and Morgan Brian, who served a metronomic role in the middle of the field, swinging passes left and right, letting her teammates orbit her.