By Shannon Hovan
0: Before Japan’s remarkable win over the United States in the Women’s World Cup final last July, it beat the US 0 times in over 20 matches, dating back to the 1980’s.
Since that win [a heartbreaking loss for USWNT fans] Japan is 2-0-1 against the US. The July 2011 game has given birth to a US/Japan rivalry, and a turning of the tables it seems. The US has had two opportunities to heal the wound and gain some retribution since, but have fallen short in attaining a decisive victory.