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ALBUFEIRA, Portugal (March 1, 2002) - The U.S. Women's National  Team got a first-half goal from Shannon MacMillan, but allowed an equalizer  midway through the second half and was forced to settle for a hard-fought 1-1  draw with Sweden in the opening game of Group B at the 2002 Algarve Cup.


 While the USA out-shot Sweden 16-12, and perhaps had more quality scoring  chances, it was the Europeans who controlled most of the match, building a 10-7 margin in corner kicks.  In fact, a talented Swedish team put more  pressure on U.S. goalkeeper LaKeysia Beene in the second half than she saw in  three full
matches at the Four Nations Tournament in China in January.
    "We did enough to win the game," said U.S. head coach April Heinrichs.   "We started off much better than we did at the tournament in China, but we  always
take a tie as a loss and that's what separates us from the rest of the  world, our standards are higher.  But we also always build on the positives.   The defense
played very well and we strung some passes together to create  some very good chances."
    The U.S. had the first chance of the game in the 8th minute as Cindy  Parlow played Shannon MacMillan down the right wing with a perfectly weighted  pass.
MacMillan got a step on her defender, but sliced her shot wide left of  the goal after long run.  Sweden's best chance of the first half was a header  from captain
Malin Mostrom in the 15th minute that bounced just wide left of  the goal.


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