Ja­panese women post 1-0 win over U.S. in Al­garve Cup

The Washington Times Daily - - Sports -

Ja­pan beat the U.S. women’s soc­cer team, just like last sum­mer. And this time, the Ja­panese didn’t need penalty kicks.

Megumi Takase scored on a 6yard header off Aya Miyama’s corner kick in the 84th minute to give the world cham­pi­ons a 1-0 vic­tory Mon­day at Faro, Por­tu­gal, in a re­match of last year’s World Cup cham­pi­onship game.

The Ja­panese be­came the first team in more than three years to hold the Amer­i­cans score­less and ad­vanced to a matchup against Ger­many in the Al­garve Cup final.

The Amer­i­cans, who had been seek­ing their third straight ti­tle and ninth over­all in the an­nual tour­na­ment, fin­ished sec­ond in Group B with a 2-1 record and will play Swe­den in the third-place game Wed­nes­day. The U.S. had gone 58 con­sec­u­tive games with­out be­ing shut out since a 0-0 tie against South Korea on Nov. 5, 2008. to three years in a Cal­i­for­nia state prison Mon­day af­ter plead­ing no con­test to grand theft auto and pro­vid­ing a false fi­nan­cial state­ment.

Dykstra, 49, has had a se­ries of re­cent le­gal trou­bles and the prison sen­tence is part of a post-ca­reer down­ward spi­ral for the stocky slug­ger known as “Nails” that has in­cluded a stint at a sober liv­ing fa­cil­ity.

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