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Photo Gallery: WNT Enjoys Light-Hearted Regen Session Ahead of Second Algarve Cup Match

Photos from WNT training in Portugal on Thursday morning after the team's 2-1 comeback triumph over Norway the night before. The USA next plays Switzerland on Friday at 12 p.m. ET at the 2015 Algarve Cup. The game will be broadcast on FOX Sports 1 and fans can also follow everything happening with the WNT during the tournament by following @ussoccer_wnt on Twitter and Instagram @ussoccer_wnt

WNT vs. Norway: Highlights - March 4, 2015

The U.S. WNT kicked off the 2015 Algarve with a 2-1 win over Norway. Carli Lloyd scored both goals for the USA.

Algarve Cup Quote Sheet: WNT vs. Norway - March 4, 2015

U.S. WNT head coach Jill Ellis

On the match:
“I thought the game was played at a high-level. We hadn’t faced Norway in a long time and we knew we had to be prepared and ready. They gave us some good challenges and it was obviously a good transition that led to a very good goal. But overall, it was a very good game and I’m very pleased that we came out with three points against a very tough opponent.”

On giving up a goal against the run of play:
“I thought we dominated the match and in the first half we were a bit unfortunate not to come away with the goal, but this team showed good resolve. To give up a goal and come back and be able to fight and battle, and put ourselves in the position to get three points, I’m pleased. Those are certainly some things to take away from this game.”

On opponents playing defensively against the USA:
“We saw it with England and we saw it again today. I think teams’ best opportunities are probably countering against us because we do like to attack, we like to get forward. I thought today our players found good spaces to turn in the pockets. I thought today we had good sequences, finding a central ball or a wide ball. We got plenty of balls in the box and a bunch of corner kick opportunities. Now, we need to focus on two things:  our service in the box needs to be better, at times we’re hitting that front post player and we have to eliminate that, and then we have to be more aggressive and be in better position to win the set pieces.”

On Carli Lloyd’s performance:
“She’s a warrior; a big-game player and she loves tournaments. She’s just a spirit right now, and I’m so pleased because she’s had a lot of chances in previous games and for her to find the back of the net, it gives her confidence. Moving forward it’s the expectation for her to do that time and time again.”

U.S. WNT Forward Abby Wambach

On Carli Lloyd and her performance:
“Carli seems to also be setting up plays or finishing on the end of plays and it shows how much she’s worked over the years. She wants to be one of the best players in the world and I think to be able to do that you have to be making play like she did today, and consistently so. She’s been doing that for us for the years. Leading into this World Cup, she’s poised to give us a better opportunity of winning because she does so many good things.”

On the team’s evolution the last couple of months:
“We’re in the midst of an evolution and a process and working on a lot of things. We’re working on the things that we want to focus to exploit in other teams. You’re seeing more consistency, a bit more connectedness and the relationships on the field are building for sure.” 

On Hope Solo almost making the save on the Norway goal:
“Truthfully I think she saves that ball in certain ways and certain moments. That’s just her getting a little bit more time on the field; getting back into the rhythm of training. I think if that’s a World Cup game, that ball gets tipped over the bar and we’re still tied zero-to-zero.”

U.S. WNT Goalkeeper Hope Solo

On the match:
“I thought was a very back-and-forth game, a very physical game. I thought Julie Johnston played incredible in the back line and I was really proud of our defense. Players were going hard for tackles, we stayed with the game plan, we didn’t stress too much when they scored and we knew the goals were going to come.”

On what Carli Lloyd brings to the team:
“Carli is the mentality of this team. She holds everyone accountable; you do what you can to make this team win and she doesn’t let you get away with anything else. That’s the true leader she’s proven that she will get the job done.” 

On being back with the team:
“This was a happy moment. I’ve dealt with a lot of the emotions that I was harboring in the last 30 days. I dealt with that back in Seattle. I came in feeling free, feeling good and feeling like I dealt with things that I needed to deal with, and kind of with a new look on things. I felt refreshed; I felt great coming in. I would say I¹m more focused. Not more, or less emotional, just focused. That’s what I needed to be to help lead this team to the World Cup. Just focus on the game, on my teammates and focus on soccer.” 

U.S. WNT Midfielder Carli Lloyd

On making a big play to equalize:
“I hate losing…I’m a winner and I want to go out there and win. It might not be pretty, it might not be a shutout, but that’s what we need to do. I’m a veteran and I have to lead this team and show up in big moments.” 

On having Hope Solo back with the team
“It’s really good to see Hope back. We’re close and we’re rooming again during this trip. The most important thing is her happiness. She’s making strides every day and the team has welcomed her. She’s obviously human and people make mistakes, but she’s learning and growing and I think she will be fine.”

Photo Gallery: WNT Scores 2-1 Comeback Win against Norway

Photos from the USWNT's 2-1 comeback triumph over Norway in the teams' opening Group B match at the 2015 Algarve Cup in Portugal. The U.S. fell behind to a first-half header by Norway's Ada Hegerberg, but a second-half double from Carli Lloyd (her eighth multi-goal game in her WNT career) pushed the USA to victory. 

The USA next plays Switzerland on Friday at 12 p.m. ET. The game will be broadcast on FOX Sports 1 and fans can also follow everything happening with the WNT during the 2015 Algarve by following @ussoccer_wnt on Twitter and Instagram @ussoccer_wnt

WNT Opens Algarve Cup with 2-1 Victory against Norway

VILA REAL DE SANTO ANTONIO, Portugal (March 4, 2015) – Led by midfielder Carli Lloyd’s second-half brace, the U.S. Women’s National Team overcame a first-half deficit and defeated Norway 2-1 in Group B play at the 2015 Algarve Cup at Municipal Stadium.

Lloyd scored an 18-yard equalizer in the 55th minute and followed with a 62nd-minute penalty kick for the USA. In Wednesday’s other Group B match, Switzerland defeated Iceland 2-0. 

The USA resumes Group B action when it takes on Switzerland on Friday, March 6, at Vila Real de Santo Antonio (12 p.m. ET, FOX Sports 1). 

The WNT also donned their blue-gradient Nike away kit for the first time against Norway. 

Goal Scoring Rundown:

NOR – Ada Hegerberg (Kristine Minde), 43rd minute: Against the run of play, Norway’s Minde crossed the ball in from the right side to an unmarked Hegerberg in the middle of the box. Hegerberg rose up with a crisp header from seven yards out toward the center of the goal frame. U.S. goalkeeper Hope Solo got a glove on the ball, but the deflection was not enough as it clipped the crossbar and crossed the goal line for the Norway lead. USA 0, NOR 1

USA – Carli Lloyd (Christen Press), 55th minute: Press’ through ball down the right side to Lloyd was partially deflected by Norway’s Inger Ane Hole, but Lloyd quickly gained possession. Lloyd spun counter clockwise to create a gap and from 18 yards out, ripped a shot into the left of the frame to tie the score. It was Lloyd’s first goal of 2015. USA 1, NOR 1 (SEE GOAL) 

USA – Carli Lloyd (penalty), 62nd minute: Christen Press drew a penalty kick when her shot from outside the box struck Norway defender Trin Ronning’s right arm. Lloyd took the subsequent penalty and placed it perfectly into the upper right corner of the frame for her second tally in a seven-minute stretch. In addition to her first two goals of the year, Lloyd is now up to 63 for her career. USA 2, NOR 1 (FINAL) (SEE GOAL 

Key Saves and Defensive Stops:
USA – Ali Krieger, 4th minute: Norway crossed the ball into the box from the right side and USA goalkeeper Hope Solo was unable to corral through traffic. Norway’s Emilie Haavi had a couple chances to score with Solo off of the line. Her first attempt struck teammate Ada Hegerberg. The second chance was then blocked by Krieger near the goal line as the U.S. surrendered a corner kick and came away unscathed. 

NOR – Silje Vesterbekkmo, 9th minute: Carli Lloyd stepped up to steal the ball from Norway in the midfield. She juked to the left to evade Norway captain Trine Ronning at the edge of the box and then shot left-footed toward the far right post. Vesterbekkmo alertly saved with her left foot to give up a U.S. corner kick. 

NOR – Silje Vesterbekkmo, 32nd and 33rd minutes: Norway’s goalkeeper faced an onslaught of USA scoring chances during this stretch, opening with a Lauren Holiday corner kick from the left side. Holiday’s delivery threatened the goal and Vesterbekkmo punched it away. Shortly after, Christen Press drove a low, long-range shot that ricocheted off of the left post. Then in the 33rd minute, Alex Morgan tried to flick the ball over Vesterbekkmo, but she sacrificed her body to deflect it away. 

USA – Hope Solo, 54th minute: Off of a Lene Mykjaland corner kick from the right side, the ball bounced among a scrum in the box and then was up for grabs as Solveig Gulbrandsen had space with a left-footed shot. Gulbrandsen fired toward the left of the frame, but Solo was up to the task with a close-range reaction save. 

Milestone Watch:

  • Abby Wambach made her 235th appearance and ranks sixth on the all-time WNT list, four games behind fifth-place Joy Fawcett (239 games from 1987-2004).
  • Defender Lori Chalupny and midfielder Megan Rapinoe earned their 97th-career caps. They are three appearances away from hitting the century mark, which 30 other WNT players have reached.
  • Goalkeeper Hope Solo earned her first win of the year and 125th of her career. She trails only Briana Scurry (133) on the all-time list. 

Next on the Schedule:
The U.S. WNT faces Switzerland in Group B play at the 2015 Algarve Cup on Friday, March 6. Kickoff is at 12 p.m. ET at Vila Real de Santo Antonio.
Broadcast information: FOX Sports 1
Social: Twitter (@ussoccer_wnt; @ussoccer_esp); Facebook; Instagram 

Additional Notes:

  • The USA moved to 28-19-2 all-time against Norway.
  • The U.S. is now 2-1-0 in 2015.
  • Head coach Jill Ellis’ lineup featured a 4-4-2 formation, anchored by goalkeeper Hope Solo who returned from a 30-day suspension to make her first appearance of 2015.
  • In front of Solo was a defensive line that included Ali Krieger at right back, Lori Chalupny at left back and the center back tandem of Becky Sauerbrunn and Julie Johnston. Johnston made her first appearance of the year and earned her sixth-career cap.
  • The USA midfield featured the same four players for a third straight game, with Lauren Holiday and Morgan Brian playing centrally, Carli Lloyd on the right side and Christen Press on the left.
  • Alex Morgan and Abby Wambach were paired up top, with Wambach wearing the captain’s armband.
  • To open the second half, Meghan Klingenberg replaced Chalupny at left back.
  • In the 78th minute, Tobin Heath entered for Press and then in the 79th minute, Sydney Leroux made her first appearance of the year when she replaced Morgan.
  • In the first minute of second-half stoppage time, Megan Rapinoe subbed in for Holiday.
  • Lloyd recorded the eighth multi-goal game of her WNT career. She had four multi-goal games in 2014 alone.

- U.S. Women’s National Team Match Report - 

Match: U.S. Women’s National Team vs. Norway
Date: March 4, 2015
Competition: 2015 Algarve Cup – Group B
Venue: Municipal Stadium; Vila Real de Santo Antonio, Portugal
Kickoff: 2 p.m. ET
Attendance: 500
Weather: 63 degrees, cool and clear 

Scoring Summary:   1          2          F
USA                            0          2          2
NOR                            1          0          1

NOR – Ada Hegerberg (Kristine Minde)                    43rd minute
USA – Carli Lloyd (Christen Press)                            55
USA – Carli Lloyd (penalty kick)                                62 

Lineups:
USA: 1-Hope Solo; 11-Ali Krieger, 4-Becky Sauerbrunn, 26-Julie Johnston, 16-Lori Chalupny (25-Meghan Klingenberg, 46); 10-Carli Lloyd, 12-Lauren Holiday (15-Megan Rapinoe, 90+1), 14-Morgan Brian, 23-Christen Press (17-Tobin Heath, 78); 13-Alex Morgan (2-Sydney Leroux, 78), 20-Abby Wamach (capt.) (8-Amy Rodriguez, 56)
Subs Not Used: 5-Kelley O’Hara, 6-Whitney Engen, 7-Shannon Boxx, 9-Heather O’Reilly, 19-Rachel Van Hollebeke, 22-Crystal Dunn, 24-Ashlyn Harris
Head coach: Jill Ellis

NOR: 12-Silje Vesterbekkmo; 6-Maren Mjelde, 7-Trine Rønning (capt.), 2-Marita Lund, 3-Inger Ane Hole; 17-Lene Mykjåland, 8-Solveig Gulbrandsen (14-Gry Tofte Ims, 74), 20-Emilie Haavi (19-Marie Markussen, 69); 18-Kristine Minde, 8-Isabel Herlovsen, 21-Ada Hegerberg
Subs Not Used: 1-Ingrid Hjelmseth, 4-Melissa Bjånesoy, 5-Hedda Gardsjord, 10-Maria Thorisdottir, 11-Ida Elise Enget, 13-Ingrid Moe Wold, 15-Anja Sønstevold, 16-Andrine Hegerberg, 22-Cathrine Dekkerhus, 23-Cecille Fiskerstrand
Head coach: Even Pellerud 

Stats Summary: USA / NOR
Shots: 12 / 5
Shots on Goal: 7 / 4
Saves: 3 / 4
Corner Kicks: 8 / 3
Fouls: 5 / 11
Offside: 4 / 0

Misconduct Summary:
NOR – Trine Ronnin (caution)                        62nd minute

Officials:
Referee: Esther Staubil (SUI)
Assistant Referee 1: Belinda Brem (SUI)
Assistant Referee 2: Susanne Kung (SUI)
Fourth Official: Gladys Lengwe (ZAM)

Budweiser Woman of the Match:  Carli Lloyd


Solo recovered from major shoulder surgery last September to earn her place on the squad. Widely hailed as one of top goalkeepers in the world with an unparalleled kicking game, she underwent months of painful rehabilitation to get to this point and has been training and playing full out since the middle of March. Solo is second all-time in U.S. history in caps, wins and shutouts for a goalkeeper. She posted five clean sheets during 2012 CONCACAF Olympic Qualifying in January, and her shutout streak of 454 minutes dating back to the end of the 2008 tournament is a new record.

Has started in goal for the USA at every age level of the U.S. National Team program … 2012: Started 31 of the USA’s 32 matches and posted a record of 26-1-3 while helping the USA to the Olympic gold medal, her second … Led the USA in minutes played with 2,579 minutes in goal … Played every minute of the 2012 Olympics and put in an epic performance on the biggest of stages in the 2-1 gold medal game victory against Japan, making a handful of crucial and spectacular saves to preserve the victory … Had three shutouts in the Olympics … Played in more games and played more minutes than any other year during her career and her 11 shutouts were the second best yearly total of her career … Played every minute of all five games at the CONCACAF Olympic Qualifying tournament in Vancouver, Canada and did not allow a goal, which included a shutout of Canada in the championship game … 2011: Solidified her standing as the world’s best female goalkeeper with a stellar performance during the Women’s World Cup in Germany … She was one of four U.S. players to play every minute and made key saves along with consistent overall play throughout the tournament, winning the Golden Glove as the top ‘keeper at the WWC … She also won the Bronze Ball as the third best player, the first time a goalkeeper has been voted one of the top three players in the tournament … Spent the first part of the year completing her recovery from major shoulder surgery the previous September, then made her return to the lineup on April 2, playing the second half against England … She then started the next 11 games and compiled a 6-1-3 record … Was on the short list of 10 finalists for the FIFA Women’s World Player of the Year … 2010: Played in six games for the USA, winning them all, but had major shoulder surgery on Sept. 22 and spent the rest of the year rehabilitating … In the first match of the year, she became the first U.S. goalkeeper to save two penalty kicks during regulation time, twice stopping Iceland spot kicks in the opening game of the Algarve Cup … Made several excellent saves in the championship game of the Algarve Cup to help the USA to a 3-2 victory against Germany … Also played a world class match during a 4-0 victory against Germany in Cleveland, Ohio, in May … Finished seventh in the voting for FIFA Women’s World Player of the Year … 2009: Named the U.S. Soccer Female Athlete of the Year … Started six matches for the USA, earning four shutouts and allowing just one goal, that coming in the Algarve Cup final … Named MVP of the Algarve Cup after a spectacular performance in the championship game where she made a bushel of world class saves in regulation and then saved a penalty kick in the shootout that would have won the game for Sweden … Had a fantastic match against Germany in Germany to earn the shutout in a 1-0 victory … 2008: Started 27 games and compiled a record of 23-1-0 while allowing just 0.46 goals per game … Earned 13 shutouts on the year … Had an excellent tournament at the 2008 Olympics, starting all six games and playing every minute while making numerous huge plays throughout the tournament to help the USA to the gold medal … Was in goal for the USA in the championship game of the Four Nations Tournament and the Algarve Cup, the crucial semifinal victory in Olympic Qualifying that sent the USA to China and the championship game of the Peace Queen Cup in South Korea … Was on the 10-player short list for FIFA Women’s World Player of the Year … 2007: Started 15 games, earning nine shutouts and started the first four games of the 2007 FIFA Women’s World Cup in her first world championship … Was 13-0-2 on the year, allowing just eight goals and had three shutouts in the Women’s World Cup … 2006: Played in 18 matches, going undefeated at 14-0-4 … Goal given up against France in a 4-1 win at the Algarve Cup ended her streak of 1,054 minutes without allowing a goal from the run of play … 2005: Became the starting goalkeeper for the USA for the first time, starting seven of the team’s nine matches and earning seven shutouts … Started three of four games at the Algarve Cup, earning shutouts in each, including against Germany in the championship game … 2004: Trained with the USA in 2004 during Olympic Residency Camp and was named the alternate goalkeeper on the Olympic Team traveling to Greece ... 2002: Played 247 minutes with three starts in five matches and earning one shutout … 2001: Started four matches and played the full 90 minutes in all of them … 2000: Played three matches including her debut and first shutout against Iceland on April 5 … Youth National Teams: Arrived late for the 2002 Nordic Cup after training with the full WNT, coming on at halftime against host Finland and then playing every minute of the remaining three-and-a-half games … Was the U-21 starter on the 2001 Nordic Cup championship team in Norway … Also played one match for the U-21s at the 2000 Nordic Cup in Germany ... Started for the U-16s and U-18s from 1996-1999 ... Did not surrender a goal in eight games for the U-18s in 1999, including three Pan-Am tournament starts in Winnipeg, Canada ... Shut out Mexico 1-0 in the 1999 Pan-Am final … First Appearance: April 5, 2000, vs. Iceland … First Shutout: April 5, 2000, vs. Iceland.

2012: Allocated to her hometown Seattle Reign for the inaugural NWSL season … 2011: Signed with magicJack for the 2011 WPS season and played in four matches, compiling a record of 3-1-0 with two shutouts … Played in just four WPS matches as she took time off after the Women’s World Cup to heal her shoulder after accelerating her rehabilitation to make it back in time for the tournament … 2010: Played in six games for St. Louis Athletica before the team ceased operations, then signed with and played 16 games for the Atlanta Beat … Played the entire year with an injured shoulder and had major surgery soon after the end of the WPS season … Ended the season with a 6-8-8 record, six shutouts and a 1.64 GAA … Was third in the WPS in shutouts and goals against average and first in saves … Named as a starter in the WPS All-Star Game … 2009: Allocated to St. Louis Athletica for the inaugural WPS season in 2009 … Started 17 games for Athletica and was second in the league in saves and shutouts while allowing 14 goals and compiling a 0.82 GAA … Named the WPS Goalkeeper of the Year and a WPS All-Star … Played a key role in helping Athletica to a 10-6-4 record, good for second place during the regular season and a berth in the Super Semifinal … 2003: Taken in the first round of the 2003 WUSA Draft by the Philadelphia Charge … Battled early season injuries but played in eight games and had a 1.25 GAA … 2005: Stayed in Europe, this time to play in the French First Division with Lyon … 2004: Played in the Swedish First Division in 2004 with Göteborg.

Full name is Hope Amelia Solo … Already a popular player with fans and media, she gained tremendous notoriety after her World Cup performance, appearing on the cover of Sports Illustrated and the cover of ESPN the Magazine’s Body Issue … Also appeared as a contestant on ABC’s Dancing with the Stars, making it to the final four couples … Authored a best-selling autobiography in 2012 titled Solo: A Memoir of Hope … In 2012, she married Jerramy Stevens, a former tight end in the NFL who played five seasons for the Seattle Seahawks and four seasons for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers … They met at the University of Washington and are both proud Husky alums … Says she never thought she would come to love Florida, but now enjoys spending time in Tampa and learning how to fish from her husband … Grew up camping, crabbing, hunting and fishing on rivers … She and her husband now catch their own fishing bait as he taught her how to throw a net to catch it … Now spends quite a bit of time fishing on their boat named Amistad … Her favorite night includes watching movies and her favorite genre is science fiction … Almost went to college as a field player or for basketball and initially never wanted to be a goalkeeper … Worked with Team Up and Grassroots Soccer at the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa … Her trip to South Africa was the first time she had attended a men’s World Cup and now has a personal goal to never miss another … Her family owns four chickens … She has two Dobermans.

The top goalkeeper in Pac-10 history, she was a four-time All-Pac-10 selection for the Washington Huskies … Finished her career as Washington’s all-time leader in shutouts (18), saves (325) and GAA (1.02) … Was named an NSCAA All-American as a sophomore, junior and senior … As a senior, she was the only goalkeeper up for the Hermann Award … High School: Scored 109 goals as a forward at Richland High School ... Scored three times in the semifinals and twice in the state championship game for the Bombers in 1999 ... Scored 38 goals as a senior ... Was a two-time Parade All-American.
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