In a Monday soccer match between the Japanese and American women’s teams, Nadeshiko Japan was dealt a painful defeat with only goal, while U.S. players Alex Morgan and Abby Wambach scored two goals each. Taking place in Sweden, the game was the second of the Volvo Winner Cup for the U.S. On Saturday they defeated Sweden’s team 3 – 1.
On the FIFA women’s soccer rankings, the United Stated states now number one, while Japan is third, and Sweden in ranked fourth. Within the first 10 minutes of Monday’s game, the U.S. was already up by 2 against Japan. Just before the 30 minute mark, Japan’s Yuki Nagasato headed a cross pass from Aya Miyama, which sailed into the goal like a hot knife through butter. Morgan and Wambach each scored their second goals for the U.S. in the second half of the match, while Japan only took one other shot at the goal, there weren’t able to bring their score up beyond the single.
Japan will play against Sweden on Wednesday, while the U.S. will play one more game next week against Canada, currently ranked seventh, on June 30th. Afterwards, the teams will begin their preparations of the 2012 Olympic Games in London, which start towards the end of July.