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April 1, 2012 at 10:21 AM

Alex Morgan scores in 1-1 tie with Japan

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Sounders Women forward Alex Morgan scored the lone goal for the U.S. in a 1-1 tie with Japan early Sunday morning in the Kirin Challenge Cup.

Japan’s Yukari Kinga opened the scoring in the 32nd minute, but Morgan equalized on a fine left-footed strike that was initially ruled offside and then rightly overruled in the 73rd minute.

From the USsoccer.com report: “It was Morgan’s team-leading 12th goal of 2012 and 10th since she earned a spot in the starting lineup at the end of January for the championship game of the CONCACAF Olympic Qualifying tournament in Canada.”

Morgan has scored in six of the last eight U.S. games.

The U.S. is winless in its last three against Japan and plays Brazil next, at 4 a.m. Tuesday, in a match broadcast live on ESPN2 and ESPN3. It will be the first meeting between the two since a memorable Women World Cup quarterfinal last year.

Here is your Sounders Women’s involvement:

Alex Morgan — Started, played 81 minutes, scored a goal

Sydney Leroux — Replaced Morgan off the bench, played nine minutes

Hope Solo — Started, played 90 minutes in goal

Megan Rapinoe — Unused sub

Stephanie Cox — Unused sub

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