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2009 Algarve Cup Schedule and Venues Finalized


CHICAGO (Feb. 18, 2009) – The schedule, kickoff times and venues for the U.S. Women’s National Team at the 2009 Algarve Cup have been confirmed, with the two-time defending Algarve champions opening up against Denmark on March 4 at Municipal Stadium in Lagos. Kickoff time is noon local and 7 a.m. ET. Fans can follow all the U.S. matches on ussoccer.com’s MatchTracker.

The USA’s other Group B matches will be played on March 6 in Ferreiras against Iceland (3 p.m. local / 10 a.m. ET) and on March 9 in Albufeira against Norway (3 p.m. local / 11 a.m. ET). Pia Sundhage named an 18-player roster for the Algarve Cup, which will travel to Portugal on Wednesday, Feb. 25, for their participation in the prestigious event.

The U.S. must win its group to earn a place in the championship game, which will be played at the Estadio Algarve in Faro, a 30,000-seat venue built for the 2004 European Championships. The third-place match will also be played at the venue. Aside from the final and third-place games, the rest of the matches will be held in small stadiums spread out along the southern coast of Portugal.

The venues for the other placement games (for eleventh, ninth, seventh and fifth place) will be determined by which placement match Portugal qualifies for, as the hosts are scheduled to play in Lagos for their final game no matter where they finishes in Group C.

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 on Wednesday, March 11. 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.

16th Annual Algarve Cup
The Algarve, Portugal


Group A
Germany, Sweden, China, Finland

Group A Schedule

Date Match Venue; City Kickoff (Local/ET)
March 4 Germany vs. Finland Estádio Municipal; Albufeira 1:15 p.m. / 8:15 a.m.
  China vs. Sweden Estádio Municipal; Lagos 3 p.m. / 10 a.m.
March 6 Sweden vs. Finland Estádio Municipal; Lagos 12 p.m. / 7 a.m.
  Germany vs. China Estádio Municipal; Albufeira 1:15 p.m. / 8:15 a.m.
March 9 Finland vs. China Estádio Municipal; VR de SA 1:15 p.m. / 9:15 a.m.
  Sweden vs. Germany Estádio Algarve; Faro 1:15 p.m. / 9:15 a.m.

Group B
USA, Norway, Demark, Iceland

Group B Schedule
Date Match Venue; City Kickoff (Local/ET)
March 4 USA vs. Denmark Estádio Municipal; Lagos 12 p.m. / 7 a.m.
  Norway vs. Iceland Estádio José Arcano; Olhão 3 p.m. / 10 a.m.
March 6 USA vs. Iceland Parque Desportiva da Nora; Ferreiras 3 p.m. / 10 a.m.
  Denmark vs. Norway Estádio Municipal; Lagos 3 p.m. / 10 a.m.
March 9 Norway vs. USA Estádio Municipal; Albufeira 3 p.m. / 11 a.m.
  Iceland vs. Denmark Parque Desportiva da Nora; Ferreiras 3 p.m. / 11 a.m.

Group C
Portugal, Poland, Wales, Austria

Group C Schedule
Date Match Venue; City Kickoff (Local/ET)
March 4 Austria vs. Wales Estádio de Restina; Alvor 3 p.m. / 10 a.m.
  Poland vs. Portugal Estádio Municipal; Albufeira 5:45 p.m. / 12:45 p.m.
March 6 Austria vs. Poland Estádio Municipal; VR de SA 3 p.m. / 10 a.m.
  Portugal vs. Wales Estádio Municipal; Albufeira 5:45 p.m. / 12:45 p.m.
March 9 Portugal vs. Austria Estádio Algarve; Faro 5:45 p.m. / 1:45 p.m.
  Poland vs. Wales Estádio Municipal; Loulé 5:45 p.m. / 1:45 p.m.

Placement Matches
Date Match Venue; City Kickoff (Local/ET)
March 11 Match TBD Hotel Montechoro Fields; Albufeira 10:30 a.m. / 6:30 a.m.
  Match TBD Estádio José Arcano; Olhão 10:30 a.m. / 6:30 a.m.
  Match TBD Estádio Municipal; Loulé 10:30 a.m. / 6:30 a.m.
  3rd Place Match Estádio Algarve; Faro 10:30 a.m. / 6:30 a.m.
  Portugal Placement Match Estádio Municipal; Lagos 11:30 a.m. / 7:30 a.m.
  Championship Estádio Algarve; Faro 1:15 p.m. / 9:15 a.m.

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