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Mal Swanson extends scoring streak as USWNT beats Japan

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The U.S. women’s national team remains unbeaten in 2023 and in the SheBelieves Cup with a 1-0 win Sunday against Japan in Nashville.

The match presented a different challenge from Thursday’s 2-0 win against an exhausted Canada side. Japan came out with its foot on the gas, putting the USWNT defense to work.

But despite controlling much of the game in the first half, Japan couldn’t find the back of the net. Then, right before halftime, Mallory Swanson struck once again, scoring her sixth goal in four games and her third of the SheBelieves Cup.

Her scoring streak reached five consecutive matches, the longest such streak of her career. Swanson was named Woman of the Match for the game-changing play.

She was assisted by Alex Morgan on the goal, marking Morgan’s 49th career assist which ties for 10th on the USWNT’s all-time list.

The team is back in action for the final game of the tournament against Brazil on Wednesday.