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Carli Lloyd scores 2 goals as US women beat China 3-0 in 1st game firing of coach Tom Sermanni

  • U.S. midfielder Morgan Brian sends China forward Li Ying to the ground during the first half of an international friendly soccer match, Thursday, April 10, 2014, in San Diego. (AP Photo/Lenny Ignelzi)

    U.S. midfielder Morgan Brian sends China forward Li Ying to the ground during the first half of an international friendly soccer match, Thursday, April 10, 2014, in San Diego. (AP Photo/Lenny Ignelzi)  (The Associated Press)

  • China defender Liu Shanshan, right, fouls U,S, midfielder Heather O'Reilly while cutting off her drive during the first half of an international friendly soccer match Thursday, April 10, 2014, in San Diego. (AP Photo/Lenny Ignelzi)

    China defender Liu Shanshan, right, fouls U,S, midfielder Heather O'Reilly while cutting off her drive during the first half of an international friendly soccer match Thursday, April 10, 2014, in San Diego. (AP Photo/Lenny Ignelzi)  (The Associated Press)

  • China forward Yang Li and U.S. midfielder Morgan Brian vie for a head ball during the first half of an international friendly soccer match Thursday, April 10, 2014, in San Diego. (AP Photo/Lenny Ignelzi)

    China forward Yang Li and U.S. midfielder Morgan Brian vie for a head ball during the first half of an international friendly soccer match Thursday, April 10, 2014, in San Diego. (AP Photo/Lenny Ignelzi)  (The Associated Press)

Carli Lloyd scored two goals less than three minutes apart in the first half as the United States defeated China 3-0 Thursday night in a women's soccer friendly in the first game since Tom Sermanni was fired as coach of the Americans.

The victory extended the United States' unbeaten streak on home turf to 82 games (72-0-10) as Jill Ellis marked the start of her second stint as interim coach.

Lloyd took a pass from forward Lauren Holiday and beat China goalie Zhang Yue with a left foot drive just inside the right goal post in the 20th minute. In the 23rd minute Lloyd intercepted a pass and drilled a shot from 25 yards out that caught the inside of the left goalpost past Yue.

Lloyd has 50 goals in international play.