US beats Brazil 3-0 in women's Kirin Cup

April 3, 2012
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Daiane Menezes, left, of Brazil and Amy Rodriguez of the United States fall on the ground while battling for the ball during their Kirin Challenge Cup women's friendly soccer match in Chiba, eastt of Tokyo, Tuesday, April 3, 2012. (AP Photo/Koji Sasahara)

CHIBA, Japan (AP) — Carli Lloyd, Shannon Boxx and Amy Rodriguez scored to give the United States a 3-0 victory over Brazil in the three-team Kirin Cup on Tuesday.

Lloyd picked up a loose ball off a Christie Rampone free kick in the 18th minute and scored from close range. Boxx doubled the lead just five minutes later with a header off Lauren Cheney's free kick.

Substitute Rodriguez completed the scoring in the 83rd, slotting home a loose ball off a free kick by Cheney.

The game started four hours earlier than scheduled because heavy rain and strong winds were forecast to hit Chiba.