The United States don't look at all ready for next summer's Women's World Cup. They don't look ready for any competitive tournament after a 1-1 draw with China in the opening match of the International Tournament of Brasilia.
The U.S. went in front through Carli Lloyd, who was able to knock in Megan Rapinoe's cross from just a couple yards in front of goal. It was terrible defending by the Chinese, who did qualify for the World Cup, and the Americans took advantage.
The U.S. kept the ball for much of the match, but didn't do much with it. They looked out of ideas and it didn't help that Sydney Leroux was wasteful with her looks.
Eventually, the Chinese were able to exploit a U.S. defense that completely lost Hang Peng at the far post. She was able to bring the ball down and fire a nice shot into the back of the net to get China a point.
Jill Ellis' team struggled with the same things that have plagued them for much of 2014. Lauren Holiday as a deep-lying playmaker was ineffective and Megan Rapinoe didn't look the part of a No. 10. In fact, Rapinoe's best play, the assist on the lone goal, came when she found her way out wide. Meanwhile, Sydney Leroux's struggles continue and the team looks entirely out of sync.
The U.S. will play their next match of the tournament on December 14 at 4 p.m. ET when they meet Brazil.