US, Japan draw 1-1 at Kirin Cup

Associated Press Published: April 1, 2012
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SENDAI, Japan (AP) — Alex Morgan scored in the 72nd minute to give the United States a 1-1 draw with Japan, the team that beat them in the final of the Women's World Cup last year.

Yukari Kinga beat goalkeeper Hope Solo from close in to give Japan a 1-0 lead in the 32nd minute of the Kirin Cup match.

The United States created opportunities on the right wing, but Japan's superior speed was dangerous on the counterattack.

The exhibition tournament features three of the top four teams in the world. The U.S. is ranked No. 1 just ahead of Germany, while Japan is No. 3. The other team competing for the title, Brazil, is No. 4.


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