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Venue Changes For U.S. Women at 2008 Algarve Cup; USA To Play China in Albufeira, Face Italy and Norway in Alvor


CHICAGO (February 29, 2008) – The venues for all three of the USA’s Group B matches at the 2008 Algarve Cup have been changed, but the kickoff times will remain the same.

The U.S. women will open the tournament against China on March 5 in Albufeira, kicking off at 1:45 p.m. local / 8:45 a.m. ET. The match against Italy has been moved to Alvor, a venue in which the Americans have never before played at the Algarve Cup. That match will kickoff at 1:45 p.m. local / 8:45 a.m. ET. The USA finishes group play against Norway, also in Alvor, with a kickoff at 3:00 p.m. local / 10 a.m. ET.

Fans can follow all the U.S. matches live as they happen on ussoccer.com’s MatchTracker.

All-in-all, 11 of the tournament’s 24 matches were moved, mostly to accommodate television, while kickoff times were adjusted on just four matches. Eight matches of the Algarve Cup will be broadcast throughout Europe, including the third-place match and championship. None of the USA’s group games will be televised.

As they were last year, the third-place and championship games will be played at Municipal Stadium in Vila Real de San Antonio, which is right on the border between Portugal and Spain.

15th Annual Algarve Cup
The Algarve, Portugal

Group A

Germany, Sweden, Denmark, Finland
Group B
USA, Norway, China, Italy
Group C
Portugal, Iceland, Ireland, Poland

MARCH 5

Group Teams Stadium City Kickoff Local / ET
A Germany vs. Denmark Estadio Algarve Faro 1:15 p.m. / 8:15 a.m.
A Finland vs. Sweden Municipal Stadium Lagos 3:45 p.m. / 10:45 a.m.
B China vs. USA Municipal Stadium Albufeira 1:45 p.m. / 8:45 a.m.
B Norway vs. Italy Restinga Stadium Alvor 4:15 p.m. / 11:15 a.m.
C Portugal vs. Ireland Estadio Algarve Faro 3:45 p.m. / 10:45 a.m.
C Iceland vs. Poland Municipal Stadium Lagos 1:15 p.m. / 8:15 a.m.

MARCH 7

Group Teams Stadium City Kickoff Local / ET
A Denmark vs. Sweden Municipal Stadium Lagos 2:00 p.m. / 10:00 a.m.
A Germany vs. Finland Estadio Algarve Faro 1:15 p.m. / 8:15 a.m.
B USA vs. Italy Restinga Stadium Alvor 1:45 p.m. / 8:45 a.m.
B Norway vs. China Municipal Stadium Albufeira 4:15 p.m. / 11:15 a.m.
C Portugal vs. Poland Estadio Algarve Faro 3:30p.m. / 10:30 a.m.
C Ireland vs. Iceland Municipal Stadium Lagos 4:30 p.m. / 11:30 a.m.

MARCH 10

Group Teams Stadium City Kickoff Local / ET
A Denmark vs. Finland Municipal Stadium Lagos 1:15 p.m. / 9:15 a.m.
A Sweden vs. Germany Municipal Stadium VR de SA 1:15 p.m. / 9:15 a.m.
B USA vs. Norway Restinga Stadium Alvor 3:00 p.m. / 11:00 a.m.
B China vs. Italy Municipal Stadium Louie 3:00 p.m. / 11:00 a.m.
C Portugal vs. Iceland Municipal Stadium VR de SA 3:45 p.m. / 11:45 a.m.
C Poland vs. Ireland Municipal Stadium Lagos 3:45 p.m. / 11:45 a.m.

MARCH 12 – Placement Matches

Group Stadium City Kickoff Local / ET
11th Place Match Arsenio Catuna Complex Guia 10:00 a.m. / 6:00 a.m.
9th Place Match CD Montechoro Montechoro 10:00 a.m. / 6:00 a.m.
7th Place Match Municipal Stadium Loulé 10:30 a.m. / 6:30 a.m.
5th Place Match Jose Arcanjo Stadium Olhão 10:30 a.m. / 6:30 a.m.
3rd Place Match Municipal Stadium VR de SA 11:30 a.m. / 7:30 a.m.
Championship Municipal Stadium VR de SA 2:30 p.m. / 10:30 a.m.

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