The U.S. women's national team and Japan met for the second time in four days, and after a wild 3-3 draw in Colorado Thursday night, the U.S. controlled the action on Sunday until Mother Nature intervened.
Julie Johnston scored in the 27th minute, and Alex Morgan added one in the 62nd before the skies opened and lightning and a torrential downpour caused the game to be abandoned in the 76th minute with the U.S. leading 2-0.
Johnston scored her eighth career U.S. goal to open the scoring, finishing off a pass from Allie Long off a set piece to put the U.S. ahead 1-0. The U.S. had to battle back from a surprise 2-0 deficit in the last meeting, which was the first since their 2015 Women's World Cup final clash. There was no early deficit this time, with a misplay by Japan giving Long a free chance to pick out Johnston by the far post.
The center back, who has scored all of her U.S. goals off set pieces, one-touched it home for the goal. She appeared to be offside when Long sent in her cross, but the assistant referee kept the flag down:
Morgan made it 2-0, with her third goal in two games against Japan and seven all time against the U.S. tournament nemesis. Crystal Dunn curled in a perfect cross from the right, and Morgan fired home with her first touch to make it 2-0 just after the hour mark. It was her 67th international goal for the USA:
That was the last action for the two sides, as the storm caused the game to be canceled with about 15 minutes to go.
The U.S. continues its Road to Rio July 9 in Chicago, when it takes on South Africa as part of a send-off series.