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Rapinoe leads US' 3-0 rout of Japan in tournament finale

Japan's Yuka Momiki, left, and United States' Megan Rapinoe vie for the ball during the first half of Tournament of Nations soccer match, Thursday, Au...
U.S. goalkeeper Alyssa Naeher stops a Japan shot during the first half of a Tournament of Nations soccer match Thursday, Aug. 3, 2017, in Carson, Cali...
United States' Megan Rapinoe, front, celebrates her goal with Mallory Pugh during the first half against Japan in a Tournament of Nations soccer match...
Japan goalkeeper Ayaka Yamashita gives up a goal to United States' Megan Rapinoe during the first half of Tournament of Nations soccer match, Thursday...
United States' Casey Short, top, and Japan's Madoka Haji try to head the ball during the first half of a Tournament of Nations soccer match, Thursday,...

Japan's Yuka Momiki, left, and United States' Megan Rapinoe vie for the ball during the first half of Tournament of Nations soccer match, Thursday, Au...

U.S. goalkeeper Alyssa Naeher stops a Japan shot during the first half of a Tournament of Nations soccer match Thursday, Aug. 3, 2017, in Carson, Cali...

United States' Megan Rapinoe, front, celebrates her goal with Mallory Pugh during the first half against Japan in a Tournament of Nations soccer match...

Japan goalkeeper Ayaka Yamashita gives up a goal to United States' Megan Rapinoe during the first half of Tournament of Nations soccer match, Thursday...

United States' Casey Short, top, and Japan's Madoka Haji try to head the ball during the first half of a Tournament of Nations soccer match, Thursday,...

CARSON, Calif. (AP) — Although Australia wrapped up the inaugural Tournament of Nations title before the U.S. women stepped on the field, Megan Rapinoe and her teammates still finished strong.

Rapinoe scored a splendid goal in the 12th minute, and the Americans beat Japan 3-0 on Thursday night in the final match of the four-team round robin event.

Mallory Pugh and Alex Morgan scored in the second half as the U.S. entertained a crowd of 23,161 that didn't seem to mind finishing second in this friendly tournament.

Australia rendered the Americans' final result irrelevant to the standings by routing Brazil 6-1 in the early game at StubHub Center south of downtown Los Angeles. The U.S. needed Australia to lose to have any chance to make up a three-goal aggregate deficit.


Updated : 2021-02-25 13:44 GMT+08:00