Canada downs Japan in teams' Algarve Cup final

Soccer Mar 8, 2018

Canada downs Japan in teams' Algarve Cup final

Japan drew a blank as it lost to fifth-ranked Canada in the teams' final Algarve Cup match Wednesday, finishing sixth in the 12-team invitational women's soccer tournament in Portugal. An early first-half goal by Janine Beckie and Ashley Lawrence's solo effort in the 50th minute ...

Nadeshiko tops Iceland at tourney

Soccer Mar 3, 2018

Nadeshiko tops Iceland at tourney

Japan rebounded from an opening-day loss to defeat Iceland 2-1 on Friday in their second Algarve Cup Group C match. Japan midfielder Rumi Utsugi converted a cross from Emi Nakajima for the eventual game-winner in the 85th minute, giving Asako Takakura's side the much-needed three ...

Japan women finish sixth at Algarve Cup

Soccer Mar 9, 2017

Japan women finish sixth at Algarve Cup

The Japan women's soccer team fell to the Netherlands 3-2 on Wednesday to finish in sixth place after the classification matches at the Algarve Cup. Japan came from two goals down to level the match after 77 minutes through Kumi Yokoyama and an own ...

Yokoyama leads Nadeshiko Japan past Norway

Soccer Mar 7, 2017

Yokoyama leads Nadeshiko Japan past Norway

Kumi Yokoyama struck twice in the second half as Nadeshiko Japan defeated Norway 2-0 at the Algarve Cup on Monday. Yokoyama opened the scoring just before the hour and sealed victory one minute to time for Asako Takakura's side, which finished runnes-up in Group B ...

Soccer Mar 2, 2017

Spain tops Japan at Algarve Cup

The Japan women's soccer team made a losing start to the year with a 2-1 defeat to Spain in its opening match of the Algarve Cup on Wednesday. Goals from Silvia Meseguer and Olga Garcia fired the Spaniards into a 2-0 lead before Kumi ...

Takakura chooses youth over experience for Algarve Cup squad

Soccer Feb 9, 2017

Takakura chooses youth over experience for Algarve Cup squad

German-based striker Yuki Nagasato was left out as Nadeshiko Japan manager Asako Takakura on Thursday named four uncapped players to her squad for the upcoming Algarve Cup in Portugal. Nagasato, a veteran of Japan's 2011 World Cup-winning and 2015 runner-up squads and part of the ...

Nadeshiko trip up in Algarve Cup opener

Soccer Mar 5, 2015

Nadeshiko trip up in Algarve Cup opener

Nadeshiko Japan was stunned 2-1 by Denmark in their Group C opener of the Algarve Cup on Wednesday. Sanne Troelsgaard scored early and set up Denmark's second by Johanna Rasmussen. Kozue Ando leveled midway through the first half for Norio Sasaki's side, which is trying ...

Soccer Feb 13, 2015

Sawa not included on Japan's 22-player roster for Algarve Cup

Former Women's World Player of the Year Homare Sawa was left off Nadeshiko Japan's 22-member squad for next month's annual Algarve Cup invitational in Portugal, the Japan Football Association said Friday. The 36-year-old Sawa is in a fitness race toward this summer's Women's World Cup ...

Soccer Mar 8, 2014

Iwabuchi on target in Nadeshiko win

Mana Iwabuchi scored a first-half winner as women's world champion and London Olympic silver medalist Japan beat Denmark 1-0 at the Algarve Cup on Friday. Coach Norio Sasaki made eight changes to the team that drew 1-1 with the United States in its opening game ...

Nadeshiko Japan, U.S. draw in Algarve opener

Soccer Mar 6, 2014

Nadeshiko Japan, U.S. draw in Algarve opener

Nadeshiko Japan failed to avenge their loss to the United States in the 2012 London Olympic gold medal match, but did manage to draw the world's top women's team 1-1 in their Algarve Cup opener on Wednesday. In a match that saw World Cup champion ...