The U.S. women’s national soccer team won its second consecutive contest, clinching second place at the Tournament of Nations with a dominant 3-0 win against Japan in front of 23,161 fans at StubHub Center in Carson.
Australia was crowned champions following a 6-1 win against Brazil for a perfect 3-0-0 tournament record.
For the U.S., it was Megan Rapinoe who made her presence felt early on. She had a dangerous chance in the ninth minute when her left-footed shot from the top of the box grazed the crossbar.
She had another opportunity in the 12th with help from a beautiful through-ball from Stanford grad Christen Press.
Press found space between two defenders inside the box and sent Rapinoe a beautiful ball that the midfielder did well to take towards the right upper corner of the six-yard box where she juked her defender and finished into the lower left towards the far post.
Press, in her 90th cap, earned her second assist of the year. It was also the second of the tournament in as many games and both to Rapinoe.
Mallory Pugh and Alex Morgan extended the USA’s lead with late goals in the 60th and 80th minutes, respectively.
Both scores were assisted by defender Taylor Smith, who on her third cap, earned her first career points for the WNT.
Stanford grad Kelley O'Hara earned her 99th international appearance today and is one away from becoming the 36th U.S. WNT player in history reach the century mark.
Team USA plays a pair of friendlies against New Zealand on Sept. 15 (7 p.m., ESPN2) at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park in Commerce City, Colorado, and on Sept. 19 (4:30 p.m. FS1) at Nippert Stadium in Cincinnati, Ohio.
Stanford grad Ali Riley is a member of the Football Ferns.