SUWON, South Korea The U.S. women's team edged Brazil 1-0 Tuesday in the Peace Queen Cup on a goal by forward Amy Rodriguez.
Rodriguez scored in the 41st minute, lifting the Americans to a 2-0 record heading to Thursday's match with Italy. Abby Wambach ran down a ball in the deep left corner of the field and was hauled down by Brazilian defender Daniela. Aly Wagner took the free kick from just a few yards in front of the corner flag and her low service to the near post fell in the middle of several players. Rodriguez sent a point-blank shot from almost no angle high toward the near goalpost. Goalkeeper Barbara stuck up a hand, but could only palm the ball into the upper left corner of the net.
Rodriguez got her fourth international goal, and it came on the Americans' first shot of the game and only shot of the first half.
"I thought the first half was just a battle, so we changed the style and formation (in the second half)," U.S. coach Pia Sundhage said. "We didn
Sundhage made three changes at halftime, sending on Heather O'Reilly to replace Wagner, who had started her first match in about eight months; Rachel Buehler to replace captain Christie Rampone (ankle injury); and Stephanie Cox to replace Lori Chalupny.
Both teams lost key players early. Brazil captain Aline left in the seventh minute with an ankle injury. U.S. midfielder Carli Lloyd broke her nose about 10 minutes into the game while jumping for a header and had to be replaced by Angela Hucles.
It was the first meeting between the United States and Brazil since the 2007 Women.