The 6-0 win was a commanding performance by the U.S., but it was against a team that is a far cry from Brazil, France, Germany, Japan or any other power -- including Canada, host of next summer's World Cup.
The U.S. women have a new coach and new faces in the starting lineup. But Friday was a night to celebrate history repeating itself as the Americans again clinched a berth in the Women's World Cup and veteran Christie Rampone notched her 300th cap.
More than a dozen years after she starred for the U.S. as it won the first under-20 World Cup, goalkeeper Ashlyn Harris made just her fourth appearance for the senior team and her first in a competitive game.
With injured stars, a rookie goalkeeper and home-field advantage all part of the mix, there are plenty of issues to consider heading into the first NWSL championship game between the Thorns and the Flash.
The U.S. win over a Chinese team that proved to be a pale shadow of its former self, was noteworthy in the sense that Carli Lloyd is looking more and more deserving of a regular spot, writes Graham Hays.