US tops Mexico 1-0 in final tuneup for World Cup

By the Associated Press | June 5, 2011 | 5:00 PM EDT

USA forward Lauren Cheney, right, is picked up by teammate forward Alex Morgan after Cheney scored a goal during the second half of a women's soccer international friendly game, Sunday, June 5, 2011 in Harrison, N.J. USA won 1-0. The game is Team USA's last friendly before the 2011 Women's World Cup in Germany. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

HARRISON, N.J. (AP) — Lauren Cheney scored in stoppage time to give the U.S. women's team a 1-0 victory over Mexico on Sunday in a final tuneup before the women's World Cup.

The Americans dominated the match through 90 minutes, but were unable to score until Cheney unleashed a 25-yard blast in the first minute of stoppage time at Red Bull Arena.

Abby Wambach had the assist on the goal in her 157th international game.

The warmup win was the third straight for the U.S., which takes an eight-day break before resuming practice for its World Cup opener against North Korea in Dresden, Germany, on June 28.

Mexico goalkeeper Ceci Santiago came up with several big saves, while the U.S. took a total of 27 shots although only three were on goal.

In the 35th minute, Santiago got a fingertip on a close-in shot by Megan Rapinoe; and her acrobatic save on Shannon Boxx's shot in the 41st minute kept the match scoreless. She stopped a point-blank shot from Carli Lloyd in the 70th minute.