The U.S. women's national team has had some amazing comebacks through the years, but nothing like what more than 21,000 fans saw at Qualcomm Stadium on Sunday. The USA came back from two goals down in
the last nine minutes to beat Brazil, 4-3, in the Tournament of Nations.
Megan Rapinoe led the way with her first U.S. goal since the opening game of the 2015 Women's World Cup and added two assists.
U.S. coach Jill Ellis continued her
experimentation, starting Abby Dahlkemper and Casey Short in the middle of the backline and inserting captain Becky Sauerbrunn at central midfielder.
the favor five minutes later, setting up Rapinoe for her 32nd career goal to the near post. On the winner in the 89th minute, Rapinoe wasn't credited with an assist but her ball to Kelley O'Hara
started the sequence. Julie Ertz scored on a loose ball in the area after O'Hara's cross bounced off the sliding Carli Lloyd.
-- Australia, which beat the USA, 1-0, in
the opener, leads the Tournament of Nations after a 4-2 victory over Japan. The tournament wraps up Thursday at StubHub Center in Carson, Calif. The USA faces Japan in the nightcap (7 p.m. PT on ESPN2
and UDN) after Australia takes on Brazil (4:15 p.m. PT on ESPN3).
July 30 in San Diego, Calif. USA 4
Brazil 3. Goals: Mewis 18, Press 80, Rapinoe 85, Ertz 89; Andressinha 2, 78, Bruna Benites 63. USA -- Naeher; Smith (Ertz, 57), Dahlkemper, Short (Leroux, 76), O'Hara; Sauerbrunn,
Mewis (Long, 86), Lloyd; Dunn (Pugh, 53), Morgan (Press, 57), Rapinoe (Williams, 90+1). Brazil -- Barbara; Leticia (Maria, 71), Monica, Bruna Benites, Jucinara (Tamires, 46);
Djenifer, Gabi Nunes (Camila, 22), Andressinha; Debinha (Andreia Rosa, 82), Marta, Bia Zaneratto (Ludmila, 86). Att.: 21,096.