Tuesday, April 3, 2012

U.S. Drubs Brazil 3-0 in Kirin Cup Action

It's not often that both Abby Wambach and Alex Morgan get shutout in a U.S. victory. The two biggest weapons in the U.S. offense had combined for 21 goals and 13 assists this year heading into today, but they weren't factors in the U.S.'s 3-0 win over Brazil. Instead it was veterans Carli Lloyd and Shannon Boxx who put the U.S. ahead in the first half with both goals coming off of free kicks. Amy Rodriguez then sealed the victory adding an insurance goal late in the second half after coming on as a substitute for Morgan as the U.S. converted on yet another dangerous free kick. The win was the U.S.'s largest against Brazil since a 5-1 win back in 2004. The win puts the U.S. in great position to win the Kirin Cup as now Japan will need to deliver a similar victory over the Brazilians on Thursday in order to not lose the tiebreaker.

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