Wambach leads U.S. into Olympic semifinal against Canada

    Abby Wambach, center, celebrates her goal with U.S. teammates Megan Rapinoe, left, and Alex Morgan in Newcastle.

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    • Abby Wambach scores her 142nd international goal as U.S. reaches semifinals
    • American women beat New Zealand 2-0 to keep Olympic title defense alive
    • The U.S. will play Canada on Monday after rival beats host Great Britain 2-0
    • World Cup champion Japan will play France in the other semifinal
    The United States women's soccer team remains on course to defend its Olympic title after reaching the semifinals on Friday, while rivals Brazil and Great Britain crashed out.
    The U.S. beat New Zealand 2-0 to set a Monday clash with North American rival Canada, which defeated host Britain 2-0.
    In the other semifinal, World Cup champion Japan will play first-time Olympic qualifier France.
    Veteran striker Abby Wambach gave the U.S. a 27th-minute lead as she turned home a cross from fellow forward Alex Morgan at the far post, making up for the duo's earlier misses.
    It was her fourth goal in four games so far in the tournament, and eighth in all Olympic appearances.
    "Everything she does on and off the field, she leads this team. If you look at this game today, she scored a huge goal," coach Pia Sundhage said of the 32-year-old Wambach, whose 142 international goals from 186 games is second only behind former teammate Mia Hamm in the scoring stakes.