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Morgan, Johnston lift U.S. past Japan in rematch

Morgan, Johnston lift U.S. past Japan in rematch

The Equalizer Staff June 5, 2016 507

Lightning didn’t strike twice on Sunday for the U.S. women’s national team after a bizarre 3-3 draw with Japan on Thursday, but once was enough to halt the rematch in the 76th minute. Julie

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U.S. adds June 5 friendly against Japan

U.S. adds June 5 friendly against Japan

The Equalizer Staff April 20, 2016 56

The United States will play Japan in an international friendly at FirstEnergy Stadium in Cleveland on Sunday, June 5. The match extends the series between the rivals to two games over four days. The

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USWNT to play Japan on June 2 in Colorado

USWNT to play Japan on June 2 in Colorado

The Equalizer Staff April 4, 2016 181

The United States will host Japan on June 2 at Dick Sporting Goods Park in Commerce City, Colorado. The match will kick off at 9 pm. EDT and be broadcast live on Fox Sports

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Sasaki steps down as Japan coach after Rio failure

Sasaki steps down as Japan coach after Rio failure

The Equalizer Staff March 10, 2016 39

Japan has parted ways with Norio Sasaki after eight years, the federation announced on Wednesday. Sasaki led Japan to a miraculous triumph at the 2011 World Cup just months after the nation was devastated

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Australia, China to Olympics, Japan out

Australia, China to Olympics, Japan out

The Equalizer Staff March 7, 2016 68

China beat South Korea, 1-0 on Monday to knock Japan out of contention for the Olympics. Later, Australia downed North Korea, 2-1 tot wrap up trips to Rio for themselves and China. The only

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Japan on the brink after loss to China

Japan on the brink after loss to China

Dan Lauletta March 4, 2016 117

Japan’s hopes of qualifying for the Olympic Games have been reduced to needing a lopsided win over Vietnam plus some help from their rivals. The struggles for the Nadesheko continued Friday when they lost

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Wednesday roundup: Canada lose, Japan held

Wednesday roundup: Canada lose, Japan held

The Equalizer Staff March 2, 2016 112

Canada dropped to 0-2 since qualifying for the Olympics after losing their Algarve Cup opener, 1-0 to Denmark on Wednesday. Thorns’ forward Nadia Nadim scored in the 56th minute for the only goal of

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Australia beat Japan to open Asian qualifying

Australia beat Japan to open Asian qualifying

The Equalizer Staff February 29, 2016 143

Australia scored a huge victory, 3-1 over hosts Japan on the first day of Asian qualifying for this summer’s Olympic Games in Brazil. The six-team round robin is jammed into a 10-day window and

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Ellis seeks balance in preparation for Rio Olympics

Ellis seeks balance in preparation for Rio Olympics

Jeff Kassouf February 2, 2016 409

Roster management, particularly at the international level, is always about balance. That word is central to almost every decision on the micro and macro level. Is there balance within the team to adjust to

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Japan legend Homare Sawa announces retirement

Japan legend Homare Sawa announces retirement

Jeff Kassouf December 16, 2015 19

Legendary Japan midfielder Homare Sawa announced her retirement on Wednesday, the same day on which her friend and United States forward Abby Wambach will play her final match before retiring. Sawa, 37, lifted Japan

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