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Abby Wambach, Alex Morgan score 2 goals each in U.S. national team’s 4-1 win over Japan

With the Olympics five weeks away, the U.S. women’s team made an emphatic claim to most favored nation status Monday with a 4-1 victory over world champion Japan at the Volvo Winners Cup in Halmstad, Sweden. Abby Wambach and Alex Morgan scored two goals apiece.

Two days earlier, the Americans earned a 3-1 triumph over another Olympic contender, Sweden.

Wambach and Morgan, starting on the frontline, had three goals each in the tournament. With 138 career goals, Wambach is 20 behind U.S. scoring champion Mia Hamm. Morgan has 27 goals in just 41 appearances.

Pia Sundhage’s squad is 13-1-1 this year — a loss and draw with Japan are the only blemishes — heading into the final Olympic tuneup: June 30 vs. Canada at Rio Tinto Stadium in Sandy, Utah (2 p.m. ET, NBC). Ticket sales are around 11,500.

Although the Americans haven’t won a World Cup title since 1999, they’ve been an Olympic force by winning three of the four gold medals since women’s soccer was introduced in 1996.

The complete Olympic women’s schedule is available here.

Video of Wambach’s goal from 30+ yards against Sweden on Saturday:

Steven Goff is The Post’s soccer writer. His beats include D.C. United, MLS and the international game, as well as local college basketball.

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