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2011 Algarve Cup Venues Finalized


USA Will Play Japan and Norway at Vila Real de San Antonio and Finish Group Play Against Finland in Quarteira

CHICAGO (Feb. 18, 2011) – The kickoff times and venues for the U.S. Women’s National Team at the 2011 Algarve Cup have been confirmed, with the seven-time Algarve champions opening up against Japan on March 2 at Estádio Municipal in Vila Real de San Antonio, which is located almost on the border between Portugal and Spain. Kickoff time is 3 p.m. local / 10 a.m. ET. Fans can follow all the U.S. matches on ussoccer.com’s MatchTracker.

The USA’s second Group A match against Norway on March 4 will also be in Vila Real de San Antonio (kickoff at 3 p.m. local / 10 a.m. ET). The Americans finish group play against Finland at Estádio Municipal in Quarteira on March 7 (kickoff at 3 p.m. local / 10 a.m. ET).

This will be the first time Japan has participated in the Algarve Cup, and the meeting marks the first between the countries since the U.S. defeated Japan 4-2 in the semifinal of the 2008 Olympics. The meeting with Norway will be the 13th at the Algarve Cup, the most against any opponent. The USA is 7-4-1 all-time against Norway at the Algarve Cup. This will be the sixth meeting between the USA and Finland at the Algarve Cup, with the Americans winning all five previous games.

The U.S. team must win its group to earn a place in the championship game, which will be played on March 9 at the Estádio Algarve in Faro, a 30,000-seat venue built for the 2004 European Championships. The third-place match will be played at the Bela Vista Municipal Stadium in Parchal. Aside from the Estádio Algarve, the venues for the rest of the matches are small stadiums spread out along the southern coast of Portugal.

Last year’s Algarve Cup was marred by rain, cold and muddy fields, but the weather forecast for this year’s tournament calls for a bit drier and warmer conditions.

Since the expansion from eight to 12 teams eight years ago, the Algarve Cup format has been as follows: The teams in Group A and B will compete for the title as the group winners will play in the championship game.. The two second-place finishers in Groups A and B will play for third place while the third-place finishers 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.

18th Annual Algarve Cup
The Algarve, Portugal

Group A
USA, Japan, Finland, Norway
Group B
Sweden, China, Iceland, Denmark
Group C
Portugal, Chile, Wales, Romania

March 2

Group Match Time (local/ET) Venue
A Norway vs. Finland 6 p.m. / 1 p.m. Estádio Municipal; Lagos
A USA vs. Japan 3 p.m. / 10 a.m. Estádio Municipal; VR de SA
B Sweden vs. Iceland 3 p.m. / 10 a.m. Estádio Municipal; Loulé
B China vs. Denmark 3 p.m. / 10 a.m. Parque Desportiva da Nora; Ferreiras
C Portugal vs. Wales 6 p.m. / 1 p.m. Estádio Municipal; VR de SA
C Romania vs. Chile 3 p.m. / 10 a.m. Estádio Municipal; Lagos

March 4
Group Match Time (local/ET) Venue
A Japan vs. Finland 3 p.m. / 10 a.m. Estádio Municipal; Lagos

A

USA vs. Norway 3 p.m. / 10 a.m. Estádio Municipal; VR de SA
B Iceland vs. China 3 p.m. / 10 a.m. Estádio Municipal; Albufeira
B Denmark vs. Sweden 3 p.m. / 10 a.m. Estádio José Arcano; Olhão
C Portugal vs. Chile 6 p.m. / 1 p.m. Estádio Municipal; VR de SA
C Wales vs. Romania 6 p.m. / 1 p.m. Estádio Municipal; Lagos

March 7
Group Match Time (local/ET) Venue
A Norway vs. Japan 3 p.m. / 10 a.m. Estádio Municipal Bela Vista; Parchal
A USA vs. Finland 3 p.m. / 10 a.m. Estádio Municipal; Quarteira
B China vs. Sweden 3 p.m. / 10 a.m. Estádio José Arcano; Olhão
B Denmark vs. Iceland 3 p.m. / 10 a.m. Estádio Municipal; Lagos
C Chile vs. Wales 6 p.m. / 1 p.m. Estádio Algarve; Faro
C Portugal vs. Romania 6 p.m. / 1 p.m. Estádio Municipal Bela Vista; Parchal

March 9
Placement Matches

Match Time Venue
11th Place Match 10:30 a.m. / 5:30 a.m. Estádio Municipal Bela Vista; Parchal
9th Match 11 a.m. / 6 a.m. Estádio Municipal; Loulé
7th Match 11 a.m. / 6 a.m. Estádio Municipal; Albufeira
5th Place Match 11 a.m. / 6 a.m. Parque Desportiva da Nora; Ferreiras
3rd Place Match 1:30 p.m. / 8:30 a.m. Estádio Municipal Bela Vista; Parchal
Championship 5 p.m. / 12 p.m. Stadium Algarve; Faro

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