Wambach leads U.S. past Japan

Wambach leads U.S. past Japan

Published May. 14, 2011 1:00 a.m. ET

Abby Wambach scored and set up Amy Rodriguez's first-half goal to lead the United States to a 2-0 win against No. 4 Japan in a friendly on Saturday.

Wambach's 118th career goal came in the 29th minute when she headed in a 40-yard free kick by Ali Krieger. Eight minutes later, Wambach took a pass on the right flank from Heather O'Reilly and found Rodriguez at the near post.

Japan played its first match since devastating earthquakes and a tsunami in March. A moment of silence was held before the game.

The teams will play again Wednesday as they prepare for next month's FIFA Women's World Cup in Germany.