Red-hot Megan Rapinoe
scored a golazo to open the scoring, but the big story of the USA's 3-0 win over Japan in the final game of the Tournament of Nations was two assists by Taylor
, who was playing just her third game for the USA.
A crowd of 23,161 fans at StubHub Center watched the USA add to its haul with three more goals after scoring four in a 4-3
comeback win over Brazil in San Diego on Sunday.
Rapinoe, the NWSL's leading scorer, took a through ball from Christen Press
and faked out her Japanese marker before firing a shot
into the far post in the 12th minute. Mallory Pugh
and sub Alex Morgan
scored in the 60th and 80th minutes, respectively, both on crosses from Taylor, who came on in the
30th minute for Kelley O'Hara.
Taylor is one of three former UCLA Bruins from the North Carolina Courage who were playing along with Sam Mewis
and Abby Dahlkemper
Australia, which beat the USA, 1-0, in their opening game, finished with a perfect record after a 6-1 win over Brazil and won the inaugural Tournament of Nations, the second four-team
tournament U.S. Soccer has introduced to promote international women's soccer. August 3 in Carson, Calif.
3 Japan 0. USA:
Megan Rapinoe (Christen Press) 12 USA:
Mallory Pugh (Taylor Smith) 60 USA:
Alex Morgan (Taylor Smith) 80 USA --
Sauerbrunn, Dahlkemper, O'Hara (Smith, 30); Ertz (Long, 54), Mewis, Lloyd (Horan, 65); Pugh (Williams, 73), Press (Morgan, 73), Rapinoe (Leroux, 73). Japan --
Yamashita; Manya (Kitagawa,
46), Sameshima, Ichise; Utsugi, Sakaguchi, Nakajima (Hasegawa, 46), Haji (Tomari, 85), Sumida; Momiki (Nakasato, 79), Tanaka (Yokoyama, 64). Att.: