Tameka Butt scored in the 67th minute and Australia beat the United States for the first time in the 28-game series, 1-0 in the Tournament of Nations on Thursday night.
The Matildas also snapped the Americans' four-game winning streak.
Just moments after Butt's goal got past goalkeeper Alyssa Naeher,
Japan and Brazil played to a 1-1 draw in the tournament's opening game in the afternoon at
Each of the four teams in the tournament is in the top 10 of the
Rapinoe, who plays for the NWSL's Seattle Reign, had a good chance early on in the game but the Americans were unable to break through. Rapinoe has 12 goals to lead the NWSL in scoring this season.
The Matildas have been on the rise of the past several years, with quarterfinal appearances in both the 2015
Following the stop in Seattle, the tournament shifts to San Diego on Sunday before wrapping up at the StubHub Center in Carson on Aug. 3.