Boxx, A-Rod deliver in U.S. victory
Brazil couldn't stop Alex Morgan, but a linesman could.
The scoring sensation from Diamond Bar scored again Tuesday, heading home a free kick from former L.A. Sol defender Stephanie Cox, but it was waved off because one of her U.S. women's national teammates was in an offside position.
No matter. The Americans, with goals from Redondo Beach's Shannon Boxx and Lake Forest's Amy Rodriguez, romped to a 3-0 rout of a Brazil side missing Marta to finish their participation in Japan's Kirin Challenge Cup, an Olympic prep for both sides.
The match, in suburban Tokyo, kicked off four hours ahead of schedule because of impending bad weather.
Boxx (South Torrance HS) gave the U.S. a two-goal lead from former UCLA All-American Lauren Cheney's free kick in the 23rd minute, and Rodriguez (Santa Margarita Catholic HS/USC), who came on for Morgan with 20 minutes to go, netted the third in the 83rd minute. Abby Wambach (Hermosa Beach) got a touch to Cheney's free kick before A-Rod's finish.
Boxx's goal, her 23rd in international play, was her first in 13 months. Rodriguez's goal was her 24th.
Carli Lloyd's goal in the 18th, also following a free kick, started the rout.
Morgan (Diamond Bar HS) has a dozen goals this year and had scored in six of the previous eight U.S. matches.