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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

Photo Gallery: WNT on the Pitch and with the Press

Photos from U.S. WNT head coach Jill Ellis's press conference and the team's final day of training before beginning the 22nd edition of the Algarve Cup against Norway on Wednesday afternoon. The game will be broadcast at 2 p.m. ET on FOX Sports 1 and will also be available on FOX Sports Go. Fans can also follow U.S. Soccer's coverage on Twitter @ussoccer_wnt@ussoccer_esp and Instagram @ussoccer_wnt.

Photo Gallery: Training Intensifies for WNT Ahead of Algarve Cup Opener

A glimpse at the U.S. WNT's fifth day of training in Portugal ahead of the annual Algarve Cup. The USA takes on Norway on March 4 in its opening Group B match. The game will be broadcast on FOX Sports 1 and will also be available on FOX Sports Go. Fans can also follow U.S. Soccer's coverage on Twitter @ussoccer_wnt,@ussoccer_esp and Instagram @ussoccer_wnt.

WNT Preps For Its 20th Algarve Cup

The WNT has once again encamped on the beautiful southern coast of Portugal for the annual Algarve Cup. This year’s tournament takes on increased importance with the 2015 Women’s World Cup about 100 days away. With group matches against Norway, Switzerland and Iceland in a span of six days, the coaches and players are looking forward to the excellent competition as they continue the process of building towards the World Cup.

One of the USA’s most versatile players over the past four years, she has become a key player in the U.S. midfield … Tremendously strong and one of the USA’s best with her back to the goal, she has also shown to be an adept passer and scorer when facing the net … The former Lauren Cheney started using her married name on the back of her jersey during the NWSL season and in the fall of 2013 with the U.S. WNT

2014: Has appeared in 16 games for the USA, starting 15 while the USA compiled a record of 14-0-2 with her on the field …  While playing primarily a deeper role in the midfield, she has scored two goals, against China PR during a 2-0 win and Russia in an 8-0 victory … An integral member of the U.S. team that won the 2014 CONCACAF Women’s Championship … She was in the starting lineup for all five games,  playing 435 minutes and helping the USA book its ticket to the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup … 2013: Played 876 minutes – fourth most on the team -- in 12 matches, starting 10 and scored three goals … Tied for the team lead in assists with six … Scored in both friendlies against the Korea Republic in June and against Australia in October … Assisted on Abby Wambach’s first two goals in her four-goal performance on June 20, 2013, against the Korea Republic at Red Bull Arena, setting up goal No. 157 and No. 158, that tied Mia Hamm’s world all-time international scoring record … 2012: Played in 31 of the USA’s 32 games, starting 24 … She scored two goals with 11 assists, fourth best on the team and more than twice her previous yearly high for the USA … Her 2,131 minutes were by far a career high for a year and twice as many as any previous yearly total since debuting in 2007 … Played in all six games at the Olympics, starting five, and came off the bench in the gold medal game to play the final 23 minutes after she had suffered a minor injury in the semifinal … Played in all five games at Olympic qualifying, starting four of the games, and scored two goals while registering a team-high seven assists in the tournament … 2011: Played in 19 games – a career high at that point for a calendar year – while starting 13, which more than doubled her previous career high for a year … Tied for second on the team in scoring with five goals and five assists and surpassed 50 career caps … Played more than 1,000 minutes in a year for the USA for the first time … Was one of the breakout players of the 2011 FIFA Women’s World Cup as she played most of the year as a reserve, but earned a starting spot right before the tournament and ended up being in the first 11 for all six games … Scored twice in Germany – the USA’s opening goal of the tournament against North Korea and the opening goal of the semifinal against France – while leading the team with three assists, two off corner kicks to Abby Wambach’s head … Was named to the Women’s World Cup All-Star Team … Scored against Iceland in the Algarve Cup final … 2010: Had her best year to date with the WNT, scoring seven goals with two assists and was the second-leading scorer on the team … Played in 13 total matches, starting seven … Had a fantastic Algarve Cup in Portugal, scoring in three out of the four matches while totaling four goals, including the game-winner in the 3-2 championship game victory against Germany … Also scored against Iceland and bagged two against Sweden at the Algarve … Scored against Mexico in a friendly in March … Played in three games in CONCACAF Women’s World Cup Qualifying, scoring two goals, including the important second goal in the 4-0 third-place match victory against Costa Rica … Came off the bench in both games of the two-leg FIFA Women’s World Cup playoff series against Italy …2009: Played in three matches for the USA, all off the bench, while scoring one goal, a fantastic header against Canada in the USA’s 4-0 win in Toronto … 2008: Saw her first significant action, playing in 10 matches leading into the Olympics while scoring two goals, one against Finland at the Algarve Cup and the other in the Olympic Qualifying Tournament against Jamaica … Named as an alternate to the 2008 Olympic Team but was moved into the 18-player roster after an injury to Wambach … A last-minute addition, she did not play in the first three matches of the Olympics, but then came off the bench in the final three games to contribute some vitally important minutes, and played a part in the movement that led to the game-winning goal in the Olympic gold medal game … Ended the year playing in 14 games, with three starts … 2007: Earned her first senior team cap and start against Germany at the 2007 Four Nations Tournament in China … Residency Training Camp participant … Earned her second cap, and scored her first goal, against Mexico in the USA’s first domestic match of 2007 on April 14 in Foxborough, Mass. … Named the U.S. Soccer Young Female Athlete of the Year … 2006: Was a participant in Residency Training Camp in Carson, Calif. … 2005: First trained with the Women’s National Team in two training camps … Youth National Teams: A member of the U.S. squad at the 2006 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup, she scored 21 goals in 30 total matches for the U-20s in 2006 heading into the World Cup … Ended her U-20 career with 15 goals in 20 U-20 international matches, which included the Pan Am Games in 2007 … A member of the U.S. team that won the 2006 CONCACAF U-20 Final Women’s Qualifying Tournament in Mexico, helping the USA earn a berth to the 2006 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup in Russia ... Scored four goals in the qualifying tournament, tying for the team lead, and got an assist and the winning goal in the USA’s 3-2 comeback win against Canada in the championship game … Played for the USA at the 2007 Pan American Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, leading the team with six goals, including a pair in a semifinal upset of the full Canadian Women’s National Team … Attended her first U.S. U-20 training camp at The Home Depot Center in May of 2005 … The youngest member of the 2005 U.S. U-21 Nordic Cup Team, she scored two goals and had an assist in each of the four games, helping the USA to its unprecedented seventh straight title … Scored in the Nordic Cup final against Norway … Played with the U.S. U-17 Women’s National Team in 2004 ... First Appearance: Jan. 26, 2007, vs. Germany ... First Goal: April 14, 2007, vs. Mexico.

2014: Was named NWSL Championship Game MVP after providing both assists on teammate Amy Rodriguez’ goals to clinch FC Kansas City’s first NWSL title in a 2-1 victory over the Seattle Reign … Scored a goal during FC Kansas City 2-0 victory over Portland Thorns FC in the NWSL semifinals  … Named to the NWSL “Best XI” First-Team … Appeared and started in 21 matches during the regular season to help FCKC to a runner-up finish, a 12-7-5 overall record and a spot in the playoffs … Scored eight goals, second best on the team, and recorded a team-leading seven assists during the regular season …  2013: Allocated to FC Kansas City for the inaugural NWSL campaign and had a fantastic season, leading the NWSL in goals (12) and assists (9) and was named MVP of the league … Played every minute of all 18 games she started … Also named to the NWSL Best XI and led FCKC to a second place finish in the regular season and a berth in the playoffs … Finished fourth in the league in shots (63), just two behind second place Megan Rapinoe … Was also fourth in shots on goal (31) … 2011: Played 764 minutes in nine games for the Boston Breakers, scoring three goals during the regular season, including two in the season finale, a 2-0 victory over New Jersey to put the Breakers into the playoffs … 2010: The first round pick of the Breakers and second overall player taken in the 2010 WPS Draft … Played in 23 games for Boston in 2010, starting 21, and scored five goals with two assists … Helped Boston to a playoff berth and scored her team’s lone goal in the playoff match … Named as a starter in the WPS All-Star Game … 2009: Signed to play with the Pali Blues of the USL W-League in the summer of 2009 … Youth: Played on boys’ teams from the age of six until 12, before moving to Carmel United Heat … Won five state championships with the Heat.

Full maiden name is Lauren Nicole Cheney … Majored in sociology … Has an obsession with shopping … Enjoys watching movies … Is one of the WNT’s best dancers … If she could, she would eat Mexican food or sushi every day … Married New Orleans Pelicans guard and 2013 NBA All-Star Jrue Holiday in Malibu, Calif. in July of 2013 … The couple attended UCLA together … Had open heart surgery at the age of three to correct a heart defect.


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