The Americans got a powerful header from Shannon Boxx
in the first half (her first goal since returning from knee surgery) and second-half strikes from Kristine Lilly
(124th career goal and seventh of 2007) and Abby Wambach
(75th to tie Cindy
for fifth place on the all-time U.S. scoring list). The fourth U.S. goal was an own goal.
The USA has now won three consecutive games against the Japanese after tying the
three previous matches.
"I was really happy with the performance," said U.S. head coach Greg Ryan.
"I thought we defended really well. Japan is
very quick, skillful and creative, and broke us down in the second half, but overall I thought we defended very well. I was really happy with how aggressive we were in attacking and really going
after them." July 28 in San Jose USA 4 Japan 1.
Goals: Boxx 17, own goal 41, Lilly 55, Wambach pen.
72; Nagasato 79. USA --
Solo, Rampone, Whitehill, Markgraf, Lopez (Ellertson, 75), Boxx (Hucles, 85), Osborne (Lloyd, 61), Chalupny, Tarpley (Kai, 70),
Wambach, Lilly (Jobson, 83) Japan --
Fukumoto, Iwashimizu (Yamaguchi, 86), Isozaki, Sakai (Ando, 12; Sakaguchi, 67), Toyodal, Miyamoto, Miyama
(Yanagita, 58), Sawa, Kinga (Yano, 75), Arakawa (Nagasato, 67), Ohno. Referee:
Jennifer Bennett. Att.: