WNT Mar 1, 2012
After the USA's solid 5-0 win over Denmark in its first match of the Algarve Cup on Feb. 29, the team will face Norway on March 2 in a quick turn-around. The players who played 90 minutes against the Danes did not train on the field today, instead doing a regen session on the hotel, but the remainder of the squad went through an extremely sharp session on the pitch.
The USA faced Norway in its second group match at last year's Algarve Cup, coming away with a 2-0 victory on March 4 on goals from Carli Lloyd and Lindsay Tarpley. The teams will meet almost a year to the day tomorrow.
For years Norway was the only team in the world that had the USA's "number." Yes, Norway was the only team in the world with a winning record against the USA. But since Norway's 3-2 victory over the USA at the 2002 Algarve Cup, the Americans have flipped that record, winning 13 of the last 14 matches. The only loss came in the first game of the 2008 Olympics when Norway scored twice in the first five minutes, but it was the USA that had the last laugh, going on to win the gold medal.
The USA now holds a 26-19-2 all-time record against Norway, but back in 2002 after that loss in Lagos (site of the match on March 2), the USA was 13-18-2 against the Scandinavians. Norway is the only team in the world that has beaten the USA in four consecutive meetings, and they've done it twice (1992-1994 and 2000-2002).
Setting up the next drill, Pia says, "Everyone down here at this end."