U.S. women beat Japan in rain-shortened match

The U.S. women's national team beat Japan, 2-0, in the second game of their two-game series. Julie Johnston and Alex Morgan scored for the USA in the match that was played in Cleveland and halted in the 76th minute due to inclement weather. The American defense shut down the Japanese, who had scored three goals in the 3-3 tie in Colorado three days earlier.

Johnston was at the far post for a corner in the 27th minute when she scored after Allie Long dribbled into the box and whipped in a low cross.

Johnston was also involved in the second goal in the 62nd minute as she played a ball down the right wing to Crystal Dunn, whose cross across the face of goal found Morgan for her team-high 11th goal of the year.

Officials sent the two teams back to the locker room due to lightning and heavy rain. After a long delay, and with more bad weather rolling in, the matched was called off.

June 5 in Cleveland
USA 2 Japan 0. Hoals: Johnston 27, Morgan 62.
USA -- Solo; O'Hara, Johnston, Sauerbrunn, Klingenberg; Brian (Horan, 57), Long, Press; Dunn (Krieger, 75), Morgan, Heath.
Japan -- Yamane; Kawamura (Ariyoshi, 56), Takagi, Kumagai, Utsugi, Sugita (Nakajima 46), Sakaguchi, Nakasato, Masuya (Sasaki, 65); Sugasawa (Chiba, 46), Iwabuchi (Yokoyama, 64).
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6 comments about "U.S. women beat Japan in rain-shortened match".
  1. Michael Saunders, June 6, 2016 at 8:41 a.m.

    To the editors:

    May I kindly request that the editors provide a similar feature to the women's games as it does for the USMNT; namely, player ratings for the match played. It was done for the WC 2015, but not since that I am aware. Trust me your readers would appreciate it.

  2. William Thomas, June 6, 2016 at 9:10 a.m.

    I agree 100%! You are missing a big market for Soccer America if you relegate women's soccer to the back page.

  3. Carl Hudson, June 6, 2016 at 10:12 a.m.

    If anybody cares for MY ratings:.... Solo 7; O'Hara 5, Johnston 7, Sauerbrunn 3 (goes BACKWARD with her passes too often), Klingenberg 3; Brian- her usual 2; Horan 5 - USA picked up appreciably when she replaced the inept Brian in the 57th minute), Long 3 (in over her head), Press 6 (she brings action to the game); Dunn 4 (losing traction after scoring goals nicely in earlier starts), Morgan 8, Heath 3 (missed a layup early in second half).

  4. John Soares, June 6, 2016 at 2:05 p.m.

    Women's soccer in the back page....
    Isn't that mandated by FIFA!!??

  5. Allan Lindh, June 6, 2016 at 2:30 p.m.

    Sauerbrunn is there to defend, and is possibly the best defender in the world. 3 is rediculous.
    Heath is there to keep the ball moving, and mark back. 3 is way too harsh.

  6. John Soares, June 6, 2016 at 3:42 p.m.

    Carl, if the best (team) players in the world get 2s and 3s. I'd hate to see you rate the men.:)

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