• Kyodo


The second match of Japan’s two-game friendly series away to the United States on Sunday was halted and ultimately abandoned with the Americans leading 2-0 in the second half because of a thunderstorm.

Goals from Julie Johnston in the 27th minute and Alex Morgan in the 62nd put the World and Olympic champions in the driver’s seat before play was halted because of the inclement weather in the 76th.

Both teams will await a decision from soccer’s world governing body FIFA on whether or not the result will stand.

Former world champion Japan snatched a last-gasp equalizer in a 3-3 draw with the Americans in Commerce City, Colorado, on Thursday in its first match under new coach Asako Takakura.

In Sunday’s game, poor Japanese defending allowed Johnston to tap in Allie Long’s cross at the back post before Morgan added the second, drilling in first time after a cross from the right from Crystal Dunn.


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