By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Thursday August 7, 2008
TIANJIN, China (AP) -- The United States beat Japan 1-0 in men's
soccer Thursday behind Stuart Holden's goal in the 47th minute. The Americans ended a three-game scoring drought in the Olympic opener for both teams.

The Scottish-born Holden struck a loose ball at the top of the
penalty area that Japanese goalkeeper Shusaku Nishikawa was able to
slow, but couldn't keep from trickling over the line. A victory was critical for both teams with the more heavily favored Dutch and Nigerians yet to play in Group B.

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