2013 Algarve Cup Venues Finalized
2013 ALGARVE CUP VENUES FINALIZED
USA Will Play Iceland and China PR in Albufeira, Finish Group Play vs. Sweden in Lagos
CHICAGO (Feb. 13, 2013) – The kickoff times and venues for the U.S. Women’s National Team at the 2013 Algarve Cup have been confirmed, with the eight-time Algarve champions opening against Iceland on March 6 at Municipal Stadium in Albufeira. Kickoff time is 2 p.m. local / 9 a.m. ET. Fans can follow all the U.S. matches on ussoccer.com’s MatchTracker and on Twitter @ussoccer_WNT.
The USA’s second Group B match against China PR on March 8 will also be in Albufeira with a kickoff at 2 p.m. local / 9 a.m. ET. The Americans will finish group play with a match against Sweden at the Municipal Stadium in Lagos with a start time of 3 p.m. local / 10 a.m. ET.
While it was previously announced that Al Bann Media would be web streaming the U.S. matches on delay, due to Al Bann’s inability to secure the projected funding for the project, the matches will no longer be available in the USA. ussoccer.com will still feature highlights of each of the U.S. games during the tournament.
The meeting with Iceland will be the fourth for the USA at the Algarve Cup, with the Americans holding a 3-0-0 record. The last match between the USA and Iceland at the Algarve Cup came in 2011 when Iceland made a surprising run to the championship game where it fell 4-2 to the Americans.
The USA will be meeting China for the seventh time at the Algarve Cup. The U.S. Women are 4-1-1 all-time against China in Portugal which includes two meetings in the championship game, a 2-1 loss in 1999 and a 2-0 win in 2003.
The group finale against Sweden will mark the first time the USA will face former head coach Pia Sundhage since she ended her five-year run in the USA to take over the head coaching job with her native country. The USA has played Sweden 12 times at the Algarve Cup with Sweden finding a bit of success in the tournament. The USA has won six games, lost two and tied four. The USA played Sweden in the championship game in 2009 and tied 1-1 in regulation before falling in penalty kicks.
The U.S. team must win its group to earn a place in the championship game, which will be played on March 13. The venues and kickoff times for all the placement matches have yet to be confirmed, but this year’s group games will take place in six small stadiums spread out along the southern coast of Portugal along with two group games between held at the 30,000-seat Stadium Algarve – built for Euro 2004 stadium -- as Denmark faces Japan and Portugal meets Mexico on March 11.
Since the expansion to 12 teams 12 years ago, the Algarve Cup format has been as follows: The winners of Groups A and B will compete for the Algarve Cup championship. The two second-place finishers in Groups A and B will play for third place while the third-place finishers in each group will play for fifth. The Group C teams will be competing for a chance to play for spots 7-12 as the winner of Group C will play the best fourth place team from Groups A or B for seventh place. The second place team in Group C will play the worst fourth place team from Groups A or B for ninth place, and the third and fourth place finishers in Group C will play each other for 11th place.
In preparation for the Algarve Cup, a new issue of “Anthem” will be available for download in the new U.S. Soccer Digital Publications app available for iPad, iPhone and Android devices. The issue will be the first Women’s National Team focused edition and will provide information on the 2013 Algarve Cup, a look back at previous editions of the tournament, as well as other features with players from the team. The app is available to download now free of charge, with Issue Two becoming available on March 5.
- Group A features Germany, Norway, Japan and Denmark and Group C will see Hungary, Wales and first-time participant Mexico joining host Portugal.
- This is the 20th edition of the Algarve Cup.
- This year will mark the 18th trip to the Algarve Cup for the U.S. Women, who have won the tournament a record eight times, including an unprecedented three straight championships from 2003-05.
- Last year, the USA lost to Japan 1-0 in group play (the team’s only loss of the year) and missed the championship game for the first time in 10 years, but rebounded to defeat Sweden 4-0 in the third-place match behind Alex Morgan’s first-career hat trick and a goal from Abby Wambach, her team-leading 18th all-time in Algarve Cup play.
- The USA has a 49-10-8 record all-time at the Algarve Cup and has scored 147 goals while allowing 53.
- The USA will arrive in Portugal on Feb. 26 and train for a little over a week before opening the tournament against Iceland.
20th Annual Algarve Cup
The Algarve, Portugal
Germany, Norway, Japan, Denmark
USA, Sweden, Iceland, China PR
Portugal, Hungary, Wales, Mexico