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US Women Draw Japan With Big Contributions From Sounders

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If you were committed enough to be up at 3:30 this morning to watch the US Women play Japan on ESPN, you got to see some impressive play from the Sounders Women. Japan controlled the game throughout with slick passing reminiscent of Barcelona's tiki-taka. The US back line struggled to clear the ball and to move the ball into the midfield under intense forward pressure from the Japanese players, and the Nats were rarely able to possess the ball in the offensive end.

But Hope Solo was solid in goal to keep Japan to one goal despite a number of chances and Alex Morgan was the only significant US threat, scoring the late equalizer. Sounder Sydney Leroux also came in as a sub. Enjoy some highlights, in which you can see the Japanese keeper Ayumi Kaihori wearing Electricity (like, exactly Electricity with the green secondary color and everything):