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US Women Defeat Marta-less Brazil 3-0

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Last night the US Women played their second and final match of the Kirin Challenge Cup. The initial kickoff time was an inconvenient 4am Pacific, but due to impending bad weather the match was moved up to a more reasonable midnight. Unfortunately, ESPN stuck with the initial time for the broadcast, so Twitter was the only source for live updates.

This game saw a US team that was less reliant on the Sounders Women than in the match against Japan. Hope Solo and the US defense were rarely tested by a Brazil team that had little offensive threat without Hundred Time (or whatever) World Player of the Year Marta. The finished the match with only one shot on goal. All 3 US goals came off of set pieces. Alex Morgan scored a goal that was called back for offside and was subbed out in the 71st minute. Sounder Megan Rapinoe also came on at halftime.

Enjoy some highlights: