The United States women’s national team began its search for a third SheBelieves Cup title in four tries with a draw versus tournament debutantes Japan.
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The other match saw England rebound from an early Brazil penalty to set up a pivotal second match with the USWNT.
USWNT 2-2 Japan
Yuka Momiki’s stoppage time marker was the second time the USWNT conceded a lead on Wednesday in Chester, Pennsylvania.
Alex Morgan scored a late goal after Emi Nakajima tied the match after halftime.
Morgan used her chest to redirect a Christen Press cross home with a 76th minute marker.
Unfortunately for the USWNT, a deft bit of Japanese footwork turned their back line and goalkeeper into a puddle on Momiki’s stoppage time equalizer.
But the first goal…
Tobin Heath got the ball on the right wing and dribbled Saori Ariyoshi into a face plant, cueing up Megan Rapinoe for her 42nd international goal and giving Japan a welcome in its first ever SheBelieves Cup match.
England 2-1 Brazil
If you’re going to score a late winner for your country, might as well make it a worldie.
Arsenal forward Beth Mead hit this vicious strike to complete England’s comeback from a halftime deficit and send Brazil into the loss column.
England faces the USWNT next, while Brazil will meet Japan.