Women’s National Team Defeats Japan

HALMSTAD, Sweden (June 18, 2012) – The U.S. Women’s National Team picked up a big win in its second-to-last exhibition match before the 2012 Olympics, defeating Japan 4-1 in a highly entertaining match-up as forwards Alex Morgan and Abby Wambach scored twice each. With two victories in Sweden, the USA takes the title of the Volvo Winners Cup with a match between Japan and Sweden still remaining on June 20 in Gothenburg.

The U.S. team will now head into a week-long break before coming together for its Olympic Send-Off game on June 30 against Canada at Rio Tinto Stadium in Sandy, Utah. Kickoff is set for 12 p.m. MT and more than 11,500 tickets have been sold (tickets). The match will be broadcast live on NBC.

Morgan showed early that it would be a great afternoon for the United States in the third match of the year between the two 2011 Women’s FIFA World Cup finalists. Her goal on the cusp of the third minute shocked Japan and set the tone for the rest of the match. Wambach made it 2-0 just six minutes later as the USA scored on two of its first three shots of the game and created a bushel of dangerous chances throughout the 90 minutes. The USA fired 19 shots to Japan’s nine, and while the Japanese had seven corner kicks to the USA’s one, the Americans put 11 shots on goal while Japan had just two. more