COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) – Abby Wambach scored and assisted on Amy Rodriguez’s goal in the first half to lead the United States to a 2-0 win against No. 4 Japan in an exhibition Saturday.
Wambach’s 118th career goal came in the 29th minute off a header from 8 yards after a 40-yard free kick by Ali Krieger.
Eight minutes later, Wambach took a pass on the right flank from Heather O’Reilly and found Rodriguez at the near post for a left-footed redirect.
Japan played its first match since devastating earthquakes and a tsunami hit the northeastern part of the country March 11. A moment of silence was held before the game.
The teams play again Wednesday in Cary, N.C., as the teams prepare for next month’s FIFA Women’s World Cup in Germany.
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