US, Japan draw 2-2 in Women’s World Cup tune-up

February 28, 2019

United States’ Megan Rapinoe (right) tries to get around Japan’s Risa Shimizu during the first half of SheBelieves Cup football match last night in Chester, Philadelphia. The game ended 2-2.
United States’ Megan Rapinoe (right) tries to get around Japan’s Risa Shimizu during the first half of SheBelieves Cup football match last night in Chester, Philadelphia. The game ended 2-2.

CHESTER, Philadelphia (AP):

Alex Morgan scored her 99th international goal, but Yuka Momiki responded with a stoppage-time equaliser and Japan tied the United States 2-2 on Wednesday night in the SheBelieves Cup tune-up tournament for the Women's World Cup.

Megan Rapinoe also scored for the Americans in a rematch of the last two Women's World Cup finals.

Emi Nakajima scored in the 67th minute for eighth-ranked Japan after a poor clearance from Tierna Davidson, and Morgan chested home the go-ahead goal in the 77th minute off a pass from Christen Press -- a minute after Press entered the game.

But Momiki stunned the crowd with a 91st-minute goal from close range.

The match was part of the opening day of the round-robin tournament that features four of the world's top 10 teams. England beat Brazil 2-1 in the first game of the double-header at Talen Energy Stadium, home of Major League Soccer's Philadelphia Union.

Exactly 100 days before the World Cup kicks off in France, US coach Jill Ellis deployed a mostly first-choice line-up with the exceptions of the injured Lindsey Horan and Becky Sauerbrunn.

The Americans will face England in Nashville, Tennessee, on Saturday, and close out the tournament against Brazil in Tampa, Florida next Tuesday.

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