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US Women’s National Team concede late, draw 1-1 with Japan in Algarve Cup opener

Mar 5, 2014, 11:01 AM EDT

Carli Lloyd, Christen Press, Sydney Leroux AP

The United States Women’s National Team conceded late to draw 1-1 with Japan in their opening match at the 2014 Algarve Cup.

Sydney Leroux opened the scoring for the Stars & Stripes in the 59th minute when she ran down Japan goalkeeper Erina Yamane to block her clearance and slot home the rebound with ease.

The US looked primed to take all three points but the reigning World Cup champions fought back to equalize in the 82nd minute.

Japan midfielder Aya Miyama stepped to a free kick from 30 yards out, sending in a floated ball that US goalkeeper Hope Solo could only get a hand on, deflecting the ball into the side netting.

The result will be a disappointing one for Tom Sermanni’s side after having controlled the majority of the match and outshooting Japan by a 20-8 margin. Nevertheless, the draw preserves the US unbeaten streak, which now stands at 43 games.

The FIFA No. 1 ranked US team has won the Algarve Cup nine times in the past, including a 2-0 victory against Germany in last year’s title match. Next up for the Yanks is a game with No. 6 ranked Sweden this Friday.

  1. hildezero - Mar 5, 2014 at 2:17 PM

    Japan still seems like the most dangerous team to the USWNT, but Japan still can’t go over the hump to finally have the USWNTs’ numbers. They’re getting close though. Canada, Brazil, and Australia still got time.

  2. jerseybornfloridaliving - Mar 5, 2014 at 4:38 PM

    Def not worried about the Women they are so much better than rest of teams it’s hard to always be on top of game. When it comes to crunch time I have a lot of faith in the Women to pull it out unlike the Men’s team

  3. bloodydamnsox - Mar 6, 2014 at 10:57 AM

    Japan is technical, physical & fast. USWNT are the only ones who can challenge them. This will be the best rivalry for many years to come as both side have deep junior squads. As frustrating as it is for US fans, it’s great for the women’s game.

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