On a goal by Carli Lloyd, the U.S. Women’s National Team defeated Japan 1 – 0, in round robin play. This was a game that the U.S. team needed to win, after a first game loss to Norway.

Lori Chalupny did not play. She was replaced by Stephanie Cox. Lori Chalupny was injured in the first match against Norway. She was struck in the face and had to leave that game. There was some dizziness and blurred vision. In 2006, Lori Chalupny missed months of play with a concussion. There is the possibility that she will return for the next game, against New Zealand on Tuesday.

The U.S. women appear to be creating scoring opportunities. The U.S. has significant speed in its front lines and is able to exert pressure on the defense. Now, it is a matter of finishing those limited chances. The offense still may be adjusting to not having Abby Wambach. The U.S. women know that they will need more offense if they advance beyond this initial round robin group play.

Catherine Forsythe