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WNT Set for Switzerland at Algarve Cup

U.S. Women’s National Team vs. Switzerland
2015 Algarve Cup
Municipal Stadium; Vila Real de Santo Antonio, Portugal
March 6, 2015

WNT PREPARES FOR SWITZERLAND AT ALGARVE CUP: The U.S. Women’s National Team, coming off a 2-1 victory against Norway to open the 2015 Algarve Cup, heads back to the Spanish border to face Switzerland in Vila Real de Santo Antonio, Portugal (12 p.m. ET on FOX Sports 1). The WNT opened its 20th Algarve Cup in Portugal on March 4 with come-from-behind 2-1 victory against longtime rival Norway as Carli Lloyd scored both goals. The USA gave up a goal against the run of play near the end of the first half, but stormed back in the second on a brilliant left-footed strike from Lloyd from just outside the penalty box in the 55th minute, followed by a converted penalty kick in the 62nd minute after Christen Press’ shot had been knocked down by the hand of Norway captain Trine Ronnin. After Friday’s game, the USA finishes Group B play on March 9 against Iceland in Lagos (1:30 p.m. ET). The USA’s final Group B match against Iceland will not be televised due to inadequate lighting at the Municipal Stadium in Lagos.

GOING FOR 10: The U.S. WNT won its most recent the Algarve Cup in 2013, beating Germany 2-0 in the title game to earn its ninth title, the most of any country. The U.S. team trained for eight days in Portugal before the tournament that features six of the world’s top-10 ranked teams, including the top five. Brazil, currently ranked eighth, will be participating for the first time. In all, 11 of the 12 participating countries are ranked in the top-20 in the world. Fans can follow all the U.S. games on Twitter @ussoccer_wnt and @ussoccer_esp, and watch highlights on ussoccer.com.

ALGARVE CUP FORMAT: This will be the 22nd edition of the Algarve Cup, and for the first time in 14 years, it has undergone a change in the competition format. When the Algarve Cup expanded from eight to 12 teams in 2001, a Group C was created that generally consisted of lower-tier teams that were eligible to compete only for spots in the placement matches for seventh, ninth and 11th. This year, for the first time, all 12 teams will be competing for the tournament title. The final will be contested by the two group winners with the most points (or if all three group winners are tied on points, the top two will be determined by a series of tiebreakers). The third-place match will feature the third-best group winner against the best second-place team from the three groups. In addition, the fifth-place match will be played between the two remaining second-place teams; the seventh-place match between the two best third-place teams; the ninth-place match between the remaining third-place team against the best fourth-place team; while the 11th-place match will feature the remaining two teams that finished fourth in their groups.

22nd Annual Algarve Cup Standings
Group A

Team

GP

W

L

T

GF

GA

GD

Pts.

SWE

1

1

0

0

4

2

+2

3

BRA

1

0

0

1

0

0

0

1

CHN

1

0

0

1

0

0

0

1

GER

1

0

1

0

2

4

-2

0

Group A Update: Sweden gave up two goals in the first 160 seconds against Germany but then mounted an epic comeback to score four unanswered. After Dzsenifer Marozsán and Simone Laudehr gave Germany the shock early lead, two goals each from captain Caroline Seger and fleet forward Sofia Jakobsson gave Sweden the victory against the world’s top-ranked team. In the other Group A match, Brazil tied China PR 0-0. Brazil had beaten China 4-1 during the International Tournament of Brasilia last December.

Group B

Team

GP

W

L

T

GF

GA

GD

Pts.

SUI

1

1

0

0

2

0

+2

3

USA

1

1

0

0

2

1

+1

3

NOR

1

0

1

0

1

2

-1

0

ISL

1

0

1

0

0

2

-2

0

Group B Update: The USA currently sits in second place in Group B on goal differential after Lara Dickenmann’s two second-half goals in the 57th and 66th minutes paced Switzerland to a 2-0 victory against Iceland. The USA’s match against Switzerland on March 6 will be crucial to determining the group winner and a possible place in the Algarve Cup title game. Still, a group title does not guarantee a place in the championship game as the two best group winners will advance to play for the Algarve Cup title on March 11.

Group C

Team

GP

W

L

T

GF

GA

GD

Pts.

DEN

1

1

0

0

2

1

+1

3

FRA

1

1

0

0

1

0

+1

3

JPN

1

0

1

0

1

2

-1

0

POR

1

0

1

0

0

1

-1

0

Group C Update: Denmark, which did not qualify for the FIFA Women’s World Cup, pulled off a bit of an upset, downing reigning world champion Japan 2-1. After Sanne Troelsgaard gave Denmark the lead just two minutes into the game, Kozue Ando equalized in the 17th minute. Denmark got the game-winner from Joanna Rasmussen in the 58th minute. Rasmussen played in the USA in Women’s Professional Soccer with the Atlanta Beat and magicJack. In the other Group C match, Portugal held strong against powerful France, but finally succumbed on a 64th-minute goal from Eugenie Le Sommer, who also scored against the USA in France in February.

For a full listing of the 2015 Algarve Cup schedule and results, visit the tournament page on ussoccer.com.

ALGARVE CUP FAST FACTS

  • There will be no overtime in the Algarve Cup placement games on March 11. If tied at the end of regulation, any of the six placement matches will go directly to penalty kicks.
  • In each match, each team is allowed to perform six substitutions using four stops during the match. However, when the second half starts, each team can only make three stops to perform a maximum of six substitutions. During each stop, each team can substitute one or more players.
  • The tiebreakers within the groups are as follows: 1) head-to-head result, 2) goal differential, 3) goals scored, 4) best Fair Play ranking from the group matches and 5) best FIFA ranking.
  • If two or more teams have the same points in different groups, the tiebreakers to determine the placement matches will be: 1) goal differential, 2) goals scored, 3) best Fair Play ranking from the group matches and 4) best FIFA ranking.
  • If a player earns two yellow card cautions during the tournament, she will receive a one-match suspension. A red card will also result in a one-game suspension.
  • Two awards will be given out at the end of the tournament – Best Player and the Fair Play Award.

ALGARVE CUP BEGINS EIGHT-GAME RUN TO WORLD CUP: The USA heads into the Algarve Cup with eight games remaining before opening FIFA Women’s World Cup play on June 8 against Australia in Winnipeg. The U.S. team will play four matches in eight days at the Algarve Cup and then return home for four matches over April and May, the first of which will be played on April 4 at Busch Stadium in St. Louis. More than 30,000 tickets have already been sold for the match. Last year at the Algarve Cup, the USA had its 43-game unbeaten streak snapped when it fell 1-0 to Sweden in its second group game. Prior to that, the USA’s most recent loss was a 1-0 defeat to Japan on March 5, 2012, in the third match of group play at the Algarve Cup. Since last year’s Algarve Cup, the USA has gone 14-2-4.

2015 U.S. WNT SCHEDULE:

Date

Opponent

Time

TV/Result

Venue

Feb. 8

France

12 p.m. ET

0-2 L

Stade du Moustoir; Lorient, France

Feb. 13

England

3 p.m. ET

1-0 W

stadiummk; Milton Keynes, England

March 4

Norway*

2 p.m. ET

2-1 W

Vila Real de Santo Antonio, Portugal

March 6

Switzerland*

12 p.m. ET

FOX Sports 1

Vila Real de Santo Antonio, Portugal

March 9

Iceland*

1:30 p.m. ET

--

Lagos, Portugal

March 11

TBD*

TBD

FOX Sports 1

TBD, Portugal

April 4

New Zealand

2:30 p.m. CT

FOX Sports 1

Busch Stadium; St. Louis, Mo.

May 10

Ireland

11:30 a.m. PT

FOX Sports 1

Avaya Stadium; San Jose, Calif.

May 17

Mexico

6 p.m. PT

FOX Sports 1

StubHub Center; Carson, Calif.

May 30

Korea Rep.

4:30 p.m. ET

ESPN, WatchESPN

Red Bull Arena; Harrison, N.J.

June 8

Australia

6:30 p.m. CT

FOX

Winnipeg Stadium; Winnipeg, Canada

June 12

Sweden

7 p.m. CT

FOX

Winnipeg Stadium; Winnipeg, Canada

June 16

Nigeria

5 p.m. PT

FOX

BC Place Stadium; Vancouver, Canada

* Algarve Cup

USA DRAWN INTO GROUP D AT 2015 WOMEN’S WORLD CUP: At the Final Draw conducted on Dec. 6 in Ottawa, the U.S. Women's National Team was drawn into Group D at the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup where it will face Australia, Nigeria and Sweden. The seventh Women’s World Cup will take place from June 6-July 5 in Canada. The U.S. will open the tournament against Australia on June 8 at Winnipeg Stadium, face Sweden on June 12 in Winnipeg, and finish Group D play against Nigeria on June 16 at BC Place in Vancouver. The USA, Nigeria and Sweden have competed in every edition of the FIFA Women's World Cup.

25 TO ALGARVE: U.S. Women’s National Team head coach Jill Ellis named a 25-player training roster for the 2015 Algarve Cup but as just 23 can suit up for the games, goalkeeper Alyssa Naeher, and captain Christie Rampone – who is still returning to full fitness after recovering from a back injury – will not suit up. The roster includes 22 of the 24 players that were in Europe for the USA’s recent matches against France and England, with midfielder Megan Rapinoe, Rampone and goalkeeper Hope Solo rejoining the squad.

U.S. Women’s National Team Roster By Position:
GOALKEEPERS (3): 24-Ashlyn Harris (Washington Spirit), 21-Alyssa Naeher (Boston Breakers), 1-Hope Solo (Seattle Reign FC)
DEFENDERS (10): 16-Lori Chalupny (Chicago Red Stars), 22-Crystal Dunn (Washington Spirit), 6-Whitney Engen (Western NY Flash), 26-Julie Johnston (Chicago Red Stars), 25-Meghan Klingenberg (Houston Dash), 11-Ali Krieger (Washington Spirit), 5-Kelley O’Hara (Sky Blue FC), 3-Christie Rampone (Sky Blue FC), 4-Becky Sauerbrunn (FC Kansas City), 19-Rachel Van Hollebeke (Portland Thorns)
MIDFIELDERS (7): 7-Shannon Boxx (Chicago Red Stars), 14-Morgan Brian (Houston Dash), 17-Tobin Heath (Portland Thorns FC), 12-Lauren Holiday (FC Kansas City), 10-Carli Lloyd (Houston Dash), 9-Heather O’Reilly (FC Kansas City), 15-Megan Rapinoe (Seattle Reign FC)
FORWARDS (5): 2-Sydney Leroux (Seattle Reign FC), 13-Alex Morgan (Portland Thorns FC), 23-Christen Press (Chicago Red Stars), 8-Amy Rodriguez (FC Kansas City), 20-Abby Wambach (Western NY Flash)

U.S. ROSTER NOTES:

  • Carli Lloyd’s two goals in the 2-1 victory against Norway on March 4 gave her 63 for her career and 12 at the Algarve Cup, making her the third all-time leading scorer at the Algarve Cup behind Abby Wambach (21) and Kristine Lilly (13). Alex Morgan and Shanon MacMillan have 11 each.
  • Morgan did not play in last year’s Algarve Cup as she was recovering from an ankle injury. Midfielder Lauren Holiday also missed last year’s tournament, due to a family commitment. She has scored six goals in the Algarve Cup.
  • Holiday, the 2013 NWSL MVP and 2014 NWSL Championship Game MVP, was also the 2014 U.S. Soccer Female Athlete of the Year.
  • Hope Solo came into the tournament with a U.S. record 78 career shutouts.
  • U.S. captain Christie Rampone is currently the second most-capped player in U.S. and world history with 304.
  • Lloyd was the MVP of the 2007 Algarve Cup after scoring in all four games that year. She also scored three goals in the 2010 tournament.
  • Four players on the roster made their WNT debut at the Algarve Cup: goalkeeper Ashlyn Harris (2013), defender Whitney Engen (2012), defender Rachel Van Hollebeke (2008) and forward Amy Rodriguez (2005).
  • Defender Ali Krieger (2013), defender Whitney Engen (2013) and midfielder Tobin Heath (2008) scored their first WNT goal at the Algarve Cup. All against China PR.
  • Veteran midfielder Shannon Boxx could see her first action in a game since April of 2013 when she played against Germany in a 3-3 tie in Offenbach. Boxx’s long layoff was due to injuries, but also pregnancy, as she gave birth to a baby daughter a little more than one year ago. Boxx has 27 goals in 186 caps for the USA and played in the past three Women’s World Cup and three Olympic tournaments.
  • Lloyd was the only player to log all 450 minutes during the 2014 CONCACAF Women’s Championship. She was named MVP of the tournament after scoring five goals.
  • Lloyd led the USA in scoring in 2014, finding the net 15 times, tying her career high in a calendar year. Wambach was second with 14 goals. Lloyd also led the USA in assists with eight.
  • Nine players on the roster are trying to make their first Women’s World Cup squad: Harris, Alyssa Naeher, Crystal Dunn, Engen, Julie Johnston, Meghan Klingenberg, Morgan Brian, Sydney Leroux and Christen Press.
  • Brian, the USA’s youngest player at age 22, was the 2014 U.S. Soccer Young Female Athlete of the Year.
  • While Wambach is the USA’s top scorer on the roster with 177 goals, Lloyd is next with 63 career international goals and Morgan has 40. Heather O’Reilly has scored 41.
  • With 14 goals in 2014, Wambach reached double-figures in eight different calendar years. Mia Hamm still holds the record with nine years in double-figures.
  • Entering the 2015 Algarve Cup, Wambach has 21 goals at the tournament, including 19 against the USA’s three group opponents – 12 against Norway, one against Switzerland and six against Iceland.
  • Rodriguez had an excellent 2014 NWSL season with 13 goals in the regular season, good for second in the league and most from the run of play. She scored three more in the playoffs, including both goals in the NWSL title game. Rodriguez has 28 international scores.
  • Press’ four-goal performance against Argentina in Brazil in December was the ninth such game in U.S. history and second of 2014 after Wambach scored four times against Costa Rica in the championship game of the CONCACAF Women’s Championship. It was the first-career hat trick for Press.
  • Lloyd and Press led the USA with 23 appearances (out of 24 total games) in 2014. Lloyd started all 23.
  • Naeher, the 2014 NWSL Goalkeeper of the Year for the Boston Breakers, made her USA debut against Argentina on Dec. 18, 2014, and became the 22nd goalkeeper to suit up for the U.S. WNT.
  • Naeher also became the seventh U.S. WNT goalkeeper to earn a shutout in her first appearance. The others are Gretchen Gegg (1986), Amy Allmann (1987), Mary Harvey (1989), Briana Scurry (1994), Solo (2000) and Emily Oleksiuk (2001).
  • Left back Lori Chalupny played in three matches in the International Tournament of Brasilia last December, starting them all, while making a return to the U.S. team for the first time since the fall of 2010. She now has 97 caps and potentially could reach 100 at the Algarve Cup.
  • All nine NWSL clubs are represented on the roster.

IN THE RECORD BOOKS:

  • With three goals against Argentina on Dec. 18, Carli Lloyd upped her career total to 61 and moved into sole possession of seventh place on the U.S. WNT’s all-time goal scoring list, passing Shannon MacMillan who scored 60 goals in her career. Lloyd, who now has 63 career goals, is the highest-scoring player in U.S. history who has played exclusively as a midfielder.
  • Heather O’Reilly is the ninth player to hit 200 caps in U.S. history after reaching the milestone against Korea DPR on March 12, 2014. Now with 215, she is seventh on the USA’s all-time list. Abby Wambach (234) and Christie Rampone (304) are the only active players ahead of her.
  • O’Reilly is the second-youngest player to hit 200 caps for the USA. Lilly was 28 years, 9 months and 15 days old when she earned cap No. 200 on May 7, 2000. O’Reilly was 29 years, 2 months and 10 days old when she earned her 200th cap.
  • O’Reilly is currently sixth all-time in assists with 52 and is 13th all-time in goals with 41.
  • In addition to breaking Mia Hamm’s world scoring record, Wambach’s June 20, 2013, performance against the Korea Republic also made her the USA’s all-time leader in multiple-goal games with 39 for her career. She has since added four more and now sits at 43. She has 35 two-goal games, five hat tricks, two four-goal games and one five-goal game.
  • Sydney Leroux is 15th on the all-time U.S. WNT goal scoring list with 33 goals.
  • With her game-winning goal against England on Feb. 13, Alex Morgan became the 10th player in U.S. history to score 50 or more goals.

U.S. WNT AT THE ALGARVE CUP

  • The USA has a 54-12-10 record all-time at the Algarve Cup.
  • The USA has scored 167 goals while allowing 62 at the Algarve Cup.
  • 38 different players have scored for the USA at the Algarve Cup.
  • The USA has never lost at the Vila Real de San Antonio venue, site for its first two matches of the 2015 Algarve Cup, going 9-0-1 over the years. At the Lagos venue, where the USA will play its third Group B match, the USA has a losing record, going 4-5-1 over the years.
  • The most goals the USA has scored in an Algarve Cup game is seven, achieved against Portugal in 2000.
  • The most goals the USA has scored in an Algarve Cup game not against Portugal is five, achieved against France in a 5-1 win in 2004 and twice against Denmark in 5-0 wins in 2006 and 2012.
  • After winning on March 4, the U.S. Women have gone 14-1-5 in openers of the annual tournament the past 20 times they have attended. The only loss came in 2001 when the USA brought a very young team to the Algarve during WUSA pre-season camps.
  • Until the USA lost to Japan 1-0 in the third group match at the 2012 Algarve Cup, the Americans had not lost a match in regulation at the Algarve Cup since 2004, a 3-1 setback to Sweden. The USA still made the title game that year and won its second Algarve Cup title 2-0 against China. The USA went unbeaten in 31 straight Algarve Cup matches before the loss to Japan, a tournament record.
  • Fourteen players on the roster have scored at the Algarve Cup: Abby Wambach (21 goals), Carli Lloyd (12), Alex Morgan (11), Lauren Holiday (6), Heather O’Reilly (6), Sydney Leroux (5), Megan Rapinoe (4), Shannon Boxx (3), Christen Press (2), Amy Rodriguez (2), Rachel Van Hollebeke (1), Whitney Engen (1), Tobin Heath (1) and Ali Krieger (1),
  • Wambach’s 21 goals are tops all-time at the Algarve Cup for a U.S. player and one of the leaders all time in the 22-year history of the tournament.
  • The USA had been shut out in just eight of its 76 all-time Algarve Cup games (with two coming in 2001), before being shutout twice in 2006, with both games ending 0-0 in regulation against China and Germany. The USA was shutout again last year in a 1-0 loss to Sweden in its second group match. The tie against China in the 2006 Algarve opener broke a streak of 17 straight games in which the USA had scored at this tournament.
  • Four teams have played in all 22 Algarve Cups so far: Denmark, Norway, Sweden and host Portugal.

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ALL-TIME U.S. FINISHES AT THE ALGARVE CUP: The USA has had some tremendous and remarkable success at the Algarve Cup (eight straight appearances in the championship game from 2004-2012 and nine titles overall), but the USA didn’t win its first title until its sixth try in 2000 when a Brandi Chastain penalty kick defeated Norway in the title game 1-0. It took the USA three years to win it again.

Year

U.S. Finish

No. of teams

Champion

Runner-Up

1994

Second

6

Norway

USA

1995

Fourth

8

Sweden

Denmark

1996

Did not participate

8

Sweden

Norway

1997

Did not participate

8

Norway

China

1998

Third

8

Norway

Denmark

1999

Second

8

China

USA

2000

First

8

USA

Norway

2001

Sixth

8

Sweden

Denmark

2002

Fifth

12

China

Norway

2003

First

12

USA

China

2004

First

12

USA

Norway

2005

First

12

USA

Germany

2006

Second

12

Germany

USA

2007

First

12

USA

Denmark

2008

First

12

USA

Denmark

2009

Second

12

Sweden

USA

2010

First

12

USA

Germany

2011

First

12

USA

Iceland

2012

Third

12

Germany

Japan

2013

First

12

USA

Germany

2014

Seventh

12

Germany

Japan

HISTORY OF ALGARVE EXCELLENCE: With the success of the U.S. team in this tournament, the Americans have also taken home several individual awards over the years, including five MVPs and six Top Scorer awards. In 1999, Tiffeny Milbrett was the Best Player and the Top Scorer with four goals. In 2002, Shannon MacMillan was the Top Scorer with seven goals, the most in one Algarve Cup tournament by a U.S. player. In 2004, Abby Wambach was the Top Scorer with five goals and Shannon Boxx was voted Best Player. In 2005, Christie Welsh was Top Scorer with five goals. In 2006, Hope Solo was voted Best Goalkeeper and Boxx took home her second Algarve Cup MVP award. In 2007, Carli Lloyd did the double, taking the Top Scorer (four goals) and Best Player awards. In 2009, Solo was the first goalkeeper to win the tournament’s MVP award. In 2011, Alex Morgan scored three goals, tied with a few others, but won the top scorer award as she played the least minutes of all those tied. In 2013, Morgan was the top scorer in the tournament with three goals while Megan Rapinoe was named Best Player.

BY THE NUMBERS:

  • 0.63: Goals per game the USA has allowed in 2014
  • 2: USA’s FIFA ranking
  • 3.29: Goals per game the USA scored in 2014
  • 8: Assists by Carli Lloyd to lead the team in 2014
  • 13: Number of different U.S. players to score a goal in 2014
  • 19: Goals in 38 career games for Christen Press, a goal every two games
  • 63: Career goals by Lloyd, most ever for a WNT player who has played exclusively as a midfielder
  • 78: Career shutouts by Hope Solo, an all-time U.S. WNT record
  • 80: Minutes on the field per goal averaged by Sydney Leroux in her career
  • 92: Minutes on the field per goal averaged by Alex Morgan in her career
  • 98: Minutes on field per goal averaged by Abby Wambach in her career
  • 111: U.S. victories when Wambach scores a goal (111-2-8 overall)
  • 130: Minutes on field per goal averaged by Mia Hamm in her career
  • 304: Caps by Christie Rampone, second all-time to Kristine Lilly (352)

IN FOCUS: SWITZERLAND

Current FIFA World Ranking: 18
2015 Women’s World Cup Qualifying: Finished first in UEFA Women’s World Cup qualifying Group 3 (9-0-1; 53 GF, 1 GA)
Women’s World Cup Finals Appearances: 1 - 2015
Record vs. USA: 0-1-0
Head Coach: Martina Voss-Tecklenburg
Championship Honors: None
Leading Women’s World Cup Qualifying Scorers: Lara Dickenmann (10), Ana Maria Crnogorčević (9), Ramona Bachmann (8), Fabienne Humm (8)
Key Players: Martina Moser (Hoffenheim), Lara Dickenmann (Lyon), Ramona Bachmann (FC Rosengard), Ana Maria Crnogorčević (Frankfurt), Caroline Abbé (Bayern Munich)

2105 Algarve Cup Switzerland Women’s National Team Roster
GOALKEEPERS (3): 1-Stenia Michel (FF USV Jena), 12-Nadine Böni (FC Basel 1893), 21 Antonia Albisser (FC Luzern)
DEFENDERS (8): 2-Nicole Remund (FC Zürich Frauen), 3-Sandra Betschart (FC Sunnana Sportklub), 4-Rachel Rinast (1. FC Köln), 5-Noëlle Maritz (VfL Wolfsburg), 6-Selina Kuster (FC Zürich Frauen), 14-Rahel Kiwic (MSV Duisburg), 15-Caroline Abbé (FC Bayern München), 16-Fabienne Humm (FC Zürich Frauen)
MIDFIELDERS (7): 7-Martina Moser (1899 Hoffenheim), 8-Cinzia Zehnder (Zürich Frauen), 9-Lia Wälti (1. FFC Turbine Potsdam) 17-Lara Keller (FF USV Jena), 18-Vanessa Bürki (FC Bayern München), 20-Florijana Ismaili (BSC Young Boys), 22-Vanessa Bernauer (VfL Wolfsburg)
FORWARDS (5): 10-Ramona Bachmann (FC Rosengard), 11-Lara Dickenmann (FC Olympique Lyonnais), 13-Ana Maria Crnogorcevic (1. FFC Frankfurt), 19-Eseosa Aigbogun (FC Basel 1893), 23-Barla Deplazes (FC Zürich Frauen) 

USA VS. SWITZERLAND SERIES

  • The USA and Switzerland have played just once at the senior level, that coming about seven months ago when the teams met for the first time. The USA came out on top by a 4-1 score on Aug. 20, 2014, in front of a sellout crowd in Cary, North Carolina.
  • The USA got goals from Megan Rapinoe, Carli Lloyd, Christen Press and Abby Wambach in a match that was played in front of a tremendous atmosphere at WakeMed Soccer Park.
  • Two of the USA’s goals were off penalty kicks, by Lloyd and Wambach, and Switzerland’s goal was a PK as well, converted by Ana Maria Crnogorcevic.
  • The teams did meet in group play at the 2010 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup in Germany, a 5-0 win for the USA in which Sydney Leroux scored a hat trick.

SWITZERLAND ROSTER NOTES

  • Switzerland was the 25th European country that the USA has faced in its history, although several of those countries no longer exist.
  • Lara Dickenmann, who plays for France power Olympic Lyon (with Megan Rapinoe) and played college soccer at Ohio State (where she was the Big Ten Conference Freshman of the Year in 2004), leads Switzerland in Women’s World Cup qualifying with 10 goals. She also played for the New Jersey Wildcats and Jersey Sky Blue during her time in college.
  • Dickenmann scored both goals for the Swiss in their 2-0 Algarve Cup opening win vs. Iceland.
  • Fabienne Humm scored eight times for Switzerland in qualifying, as did former Women’s Professional Soccer player Ramona Bachmann, who played for the Atlanta Beat. Ana Maria Crnogorčević, who plays for Frankfurt in Germany, had nine goals in qualifying.
  • Switzerland’s coach is former Germany international Martina Voss-Tecklenburg who played more than 100 matches for her country and played in the 1991, 1995 and 1999 FIFA Women’s World Cups as well as the 1996 Olympics.

LAST TIME
On the field for the USA:
March 4, 2015 – Municipal Stadium; Vila Real de San Antonio, Portugal

USA     2  Carli Lloyd 55, 62
NOR    1  Ada Hegerberg 43

Lineups:
USA: 1-Hope Solo; 11-Ali Krieger, 4-Becky Sauerbrunn, 26-Julie Johnston, 16-Lori Chalupny (25-Meghan Klingenberg, 46); 10-Carli Lloyd, 12-Lauren Holiday (15-Megan Rapinoe, 90+1), 14-Morgan Brian, 23-Christen Press (17-Tobin Heath, 78); 13-Alex Morgan (2-Sydney Leroux, 79), 20-Abby Wambach (capt.) (8-Amy Rodriguez, 56)
Subs Not Used: 5-Kelley O’Hara, 6-Whitney Engen, 7-Shannon Boxx, 9-Heather O’Reilly, 19-Rachel Van Hollebeke, 22-Crystal Dunn, 24-Ashlyn Harris
Head Coach: Jill Ellis

NOR: 12-Silje Vesterbekkmo; 6-Maren Mjelde, 7-Trine Rønning (capt.), 2-Marita Lund, 3-Inger Ane Hole; 17-Lene Mykjåland, 8-Solveig Gulbrandsen (14-Gry Tofte Ims, 74), 20-Emilie Haavi (19-Marie Markussen, 69); 18-Kristine Minde, 8-Isabel Herlovsen, 21-Ada Hegerberg
Subs Not Used: 1-Ingrid Hjelmseth, 4-Melissa Bjånesoy, 5-Hedda Gardsjord, 10-Maria Thorisdottir, 11-Ida Elise Enget, 13-Ingrid Moe Wold, 15-Anja Sønstevold, 16-Andrine Hegerberg, 22-Cathrine Dekkerhus, 23-Cecille Fiskerstrand
Head Coach: Even Pellerud

On the field for the USA vs. SUI:
Aug. 20, 2014 – WakeMed Soccer Park; Cary, N.C.

USA   4   Rapinoe 3, Lloyd 56, Press 77, Wambach 87
NOR   1   Ana-Maria Crnogorcevic 71

Lineups:
USA: 1-Hope Solo; 11-Ali Krieger (25-Meghan Klingenberg, 46), 4-Becky Sauerbrunn (16-Julie Johnston, 46), 3-Christie Rampone (capt.), 19-Crystal Dunn; 10-Carli Lloyd, 12-Lauren Holiday (6-Allie Long, 85), 15-Megan Rapinoe (7-Morgan Brian, 78); 2-Sydney Leroux (20-Abby Wambach, 46), 13-Alex Morgan (9-Heather O’Reilly, 66), 23-Christen Press
Subs Not Used: 18-Alyssa Naeher
Head Coach: Jill Ellis

SUI: 1-Gaëlle Thalmann (12-Stenia Michel, 46); 5-Noëlle Maritz, 14-Rahel Kiwic (8-Sandy Maendly, 82), 15-Caroline Abbé (capt.); 7-Martina Moser (22-Vanessa Bernauerk, 68), 9-Lia Wälti, 16-Fabienne Humm (2-Nicole Remund, 68), 18-Vanessa Bürki (6-Selina Kuster, 56); 10-Ramona Bachmann, 11-Lara Dickenmann, 13-Ana-Maria Crnogorcevic (19-Eseosa Aigbogun, 74)
Subs Not Used: 23-Fabienne Bangerter
Head Coach: Martina Voss-Tecklenburg

Photo Gallery: WNT Enjoys Light-Hearted Regen Session Ahead of Second Algarve Cup Match

Photos from WNT training in Portugal on Thursday morning after the team's 2-1 comeback triumph over Norway the night before. The USA next plays Switzerland on Friday at 12 p.m. ET at the 2015 Algarve Cup. The game will be broadcast on FOX Sports 1 and fans can also follow everything happening with the WNT during the tournament by following @ussoccer_wnt on Twitter and Instagram @ussoccer_wnt

WNT vs. Norway: Highlights - March 4, 2015

The U.S. WNT kicked off the 2015 Algarve with a 2-1 win over Norway. Carli Lloyd scored both goals for the USA.

Luca de la Torre and the U-17 MNT Ready to Battle Guatemala

The U-17 MNT prepares for the third game in the 2015 CONCACAF U-17 Championship against Guatemala.

U.S. Soccer to Offer VIP Travel Program During 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup in Canada

CHICAGO (March 5, 2015) – U.S. Soccer is organizing a VIP travel program for a small group of fans to experience the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup as part of the U.S. Soccer Delegation in Canada. This unique fundraiser, called the “Patrons Program,” will support upcoming soccer development initiatives and continue to grow the sport in the United States.

The Patrons Program is available for individuals, families or corporate groups, and is fully customizable to the party’s travel schedule. Group-stage experiences and opportunities around the knockout rounds and finals will enable fans to follow the U.S. Women’s National Team with an array of high-access benefits, including the following:

  • Luxury accommodations and breakfast each morning
  • Official tickets and MATCH hospitality
  • Behind-the-scenes access to U.S. WNT training session
  • Meet and greet with top USA staff
  • Exclusive gifts and apparel
  • Ground transportation to official events
  • Cultural excursions and more

U.S. Soccer is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit. Participation in the Patrons Program is made possible through an impactful donation to U.S. Soccer, part of which is tax-deductible. VIP package donations begin at $9,250 per person.

Program proceeds will provide critical support for U.S. Soccer’s mission, helping provide need-based scholarships for talented young players, high-performance National Team programming, and elite coaching instructors to benefit all levels of soccer in our nation.

Space in the Patrons Program is very limited and available on a first-come, first-served basis. For more information or to reserve a spot, contact vip@ussoccer.org.

Patrons with daughters born in 2000, 2001 and 2002 may consider enrolling their daughters in the U.S. Soccer Girls Fantasy Camp (June 7-13 in Winnipeg, Canada), a training camp and fan experience led by former Women’s National Team player Lindsay Tarpley. Interested guests can also contact vip@ussoccer.org for more information.

U-17 MNT Eyes Guatemala in Third Match at CONCACAF U-17 Championship

The U.S. Under-17 Men’s National Team has gained control of Group A at the 2015 CONCACAF U-17 Championship in San Pedro Sula, Honduras.

The USA (2-0-0, 6 points) hopes to maintain its strong start when it faces Guatemala (1-1-0, 3 points) at 6 p.m. ET on Thursday, March 5, at Estadio Francisco Morazán. The game will be live on FOX Sports 2.

The U.S. is coming off a 2-0 victory against Trinidad & Tobago that included a first-half goal from Joe Gallardo and a second-half tally from Haji Wright. Gallardo is the tournament’s leading goal scorer with four scores.

Guatemala is coming off a heartbreaking 2-1 loss to Jamaica on Monday. The score was tied at 1-1 until Jamaica’s Donovan Dawkins scored the game-winner in second-half stoppage time.

Here is the USA’s history against Guatemala at this tournament:

  • The USA has posted a perfect 4-0-0 record against Guatemala in this tournament, including three shutout victories. The U.S. has outscored Guatemala 13-1.
  • The U.S. defeated Guatemala 1-0 on Nov. 12, 1988, at the CONCACAF U-16 Championship in Puerto España, Trinidad & Tobago.
  • At the 1992 CONCACAF U-16 Championship, the USA earned a 3-0 win on Aug. 14 during its 3-0-0 performance in Group C play.
  • The USA took first place in Group A with a 3-0 win against Guatemala on March 9, 2003, at the CONCACAF U-17 Tournament in Guatemala City.
  • At the 2013 CONCACAF U-17 Championship, the USA won Group C with a 1-0 victory against Guatemala on April 11. Corey Baird’s 49th-minute goal off of a Rubio Rubin assist held up as the U.S. advanced to the quarterfinals.

Algarve Cup Quote Sheet: WNT vs. Norway - March 4, 2015

U.S. WNT head coach Jill Ellis

On the match:
“I thought the game was played at a high-level. We hadn’t faced Norway in a long time and we knew we had to be prepared and ready. They gave us some good challenges and it was obviously a good transition that led to a very good goal. But overall, it was a very good game and I’m very pleased that we came out with three points against a very tough opponent.”

On giving up a goal against the run of play:
“I thought we dominated the match and in the first half we were a bit unfortunate not to come away with the goal, but this team showed good resolve. To give up a goal and come back and be able to fight and battle, and put ourselves in the position to get three points, I’m pleased. Those are certainly some things to take away from this game.”

On opponents playing defensively against the USA:
“We saw it with England and we saw it again today. I think teams’ best opportunities are probably countering against us because we do like to attack, we like to get forward. I thought today our players found good spaces to turn in the pockets. I thought today we had good sequences, finding a central ball or a wide ball. We got plenty of balls in the box and a bunch of corner kick opportunities. Now, we need to focus on two things:  our service in the box needs to be better, at times we’re hitting that front post player and we have to eliminate that, and then we have to be more aggressive and be in better position to win the set pieces.”

On Carli Lloyd’s performance:
“She’s a warrior; a big-game player and she loves tournaments. She’s just a spirit right now, and I’m so pleased because she’s had a lot of chances in previous games and for her to find the back of the net, it gives her confidence. Moving forward it’s the expectation for her to do that time and time again.”

U.S. WNT Forward Abby Wambach

On Carli Lloyd and her performance:
“Carli seems to also be setting up plays or finishing on the end of plays and it shows how much she’s worked over the years. She wants to be one of the best players in the world and I think to be able to do that you have to be making play like she did today, and consistently so. She’s been doing that for us for the years. Leading into this World Cup, she’s poised to give us a better opportunity of winning because she does so many good things.”

On the team’s evolution the last couple of months:
“We’re in the midst of an evolution and a process and working on a lot of things. We’re working on the things that we want to focus to exploit in other teams. You’re seeing more consistency, a bit more connectedness and the relationships on the field are building for sure.” 

On Hope Solo almost making the save on the Norway goal:
“Truthfully I think she saves that ball in certain ways and certain moments. That’s just her getting a little bit more time on the field; getting back into the rhythm of training. I think if that’s a World Cup game, that ball gets tipped over the bar and we’re still tied zero-to-zero.”

U.S. WNT Goalkeeper Hope Solo

On the match:
“I thought was a very back-and-forth game, a very physical game. I thought Julie Johnston played incredible in the back line and I was really proud of our defense. Players were going hard for tackles, we stayed with the game plan, we didn’t stress too much when they scored and we knew the goals were going to come.”

On what Carli Lloyd brings to the team:
“Carli is the mentality of this team. She holds everyone accountable; you do what you can to make this team win and she doesn’t let you get away with anything else. That’s the true leader she’s proven that she will get the job done.” 

On being back with the team:
“This was a happy moment. I’ve dealt with a lot of the emotions that I was harboring in the last 30 days. I dealt with that back in Seattle. I came in feeling free, feeling good and feeling like I dealt with things that I needed to deal with, and kind of with a new look on things. I felt refreshed; I felt great coming in. I would say I¹m more focused. Not more, or less emotional, just focused. That’s what I needed to be to help lead this team to the World Cup. Just focus on the game, on my teammates and focus on soccer.” 

U.S. WNT Midfielder Carli Lloyd

On making a big play to equalize:
“I hate losing…I’m a winner and I want to go out there and win. It might not be pretty, it might not be a shutout, but that’s what we need to do. I’m a veteran and I have to lead this team and show up in big moments.” 

On having Hope Solo back with the team
“It’s really good to see Hope back. We’re close and we’re rooming again during this trip. The most important thing is her happiness. She’s making strides every day and the team has welcomed her. She’s obviously human and people make mistakes, but she’s learning and growing and I think she will be fine.”

Photo Gallery: WNT Scores 2-1 Comeback Win against Norway

Photos from the USWNT's 2-1 comeback triumph over Norway in the teams' opening Group B match at the 2015 Algarve Cup in Portugal. The U.S. fell behind to a first-half header by Norway's Ada Hegerberg, but a second-half double from Carli Lloyd (her eighth multi-goal game in her WNT career) pushed the USA to victory. 

The USA next plays Switzerland on Friday at 12 p.m. ET. The game will be broadcast on FOX Sports 1 and fans can also follow everything happening with the WNT during the 2015 Algarve by following @ussoccer_wnt on Twitter and Instagram @ussoccer_wnt

Selección Femenina Venció a Noruega 2-1 en Copa Algarve 2015

VILA REAL DE SANTO ANTONIO, Portugal (4 de marzo, 2015) – La Selección Femenina de Estados Unidos abrió su campaña por la Copa Algarve 2015 con una victoria de 2-1 contra Noruega en el Estadio Municipal de Vila Real de Santo Antonio.

La mediocampista Carli Lloyd anotó los goles 62 y 63 de su carrera, uno de zurda y el otro de penal, sacando a EE.UU. del déficit de un gol con el que terminó el primer tiempo.

Con la victoria, EE.UU. tiene un registro de 28-19-2 contra Noruega. La Selección Femenina aumenta su registro a 54-12-10 en la Copa Algarve.

Estados Unidos ahora tiene en la mira su segundo partido del torneo contra Suiza el 6 de marzo. El partido empieza a las 12 p.m. ET en vivo por FOX Sports 1. En los otros partidos del día, Dinamarca venció a Japón 2-1, China y Brasil empataron a cero goles, Suiza ganó 2-0 contra Islandia, Suecia venció a Alemania 4-2 y Francia ganó 1-0 contra Portugal.

Próximamente:
Estados Unidos se enfrenta a Suiza en su segundo partido de la Copa Algarve el 6 de marzo, 12 p.m. ET.
Información de transmisión: FOX Sports 1
Social: Twitter (@ussoccer_wnt, @ussoccer_esp); Facebook; Instagram

Resumen de Goles:
NOR – Ada Hegerberg (Kristine Minde), minuto 43: Noruega atacó por la banda derecha y Kristine Minde mandó un balón al centro del área perfectamente elevado para su compañera. Ada Hegerberg saltó para encontrarse con el balón, enviándolo hacia el centro de la portería. Hope Solo alcanzó a tocar el balón y desviarlo, pero no lo suficiente para mandarlo por arriba de la portería. El balón pegó en el travesaño y cruzó la línea de gol. USA 0, NOR 1 

USA – Carli Lloyd (Christen Press), minuto 55: Christen Press y Carli Lloyd combinaron para igualar el marcador en el minuto 55. Press controló el balón por la banda derecha y lo pasó directamente hacia adelante para Lloyd. Lloyd tocó dos veces hacia el centro antes de disparar con la zurda y enviar el balón al fondo de la red. USA 1, NOR 1 (VER GOL)

USA – Carli Lloyd (penal), minuto 62: En el minuto 62, el disparo de Christen Press pegó contra la mano de la capitana Trine Ronning adentro del área y el árbitro apuntó al punto penal. Carli Lloyd hizo lo suyo, haciendo retumbar la red con un fuerte penal precisamente ejecutado. USA 2, NOR 1 (VER GOAL)

Atajadas Claves y Jugadas Peligrosas:
USA – Ali Krieger, minuto 4: Noruega atacó por la banda derecha y mandó un balón cruzado al centro del área grande. La portera estadounidense Hope Solo salió a atrapar el balón en el aire pero se resbaló por entre sus manos. La pelota cayó adentro del área y Emilie Haavi se abalanzó, disparando hacia la portería, pero Ali Krieger estaba atenta, bloqueando el tiro con su cuerpo.

NOR – Silje Vesterbekkmo, minuto 9: Carli Lloyd recibió el balón justo afuera del área grande y encaró a dos defensas. La hábil mediocampista se llevó la pelota entre las dos, entrando a encarar a Silje Vesterbekkmo en el área grande, pero la portera de Noruega alcanzó a bajar a tiempo para desviar su tiro al ras del pasto.

USA – Christen Press, minuto 32: Parecía que EE.UU. iba a abrir el marcador en el minuto 32 cuando Ali Krieger intentó enviar el balón hacia adelante y rebotó en una defensa de Noruega. El balón le cayó a Christen Press, quien lo tocó dos veces antes de soltar un tiro de larga distancia con potencia que pasó por entre la multitud y por un lado de la portera, pero que estalló contra el poste.

USA – Hope Solo, minuto 54: Lene Mykjaland mandó un tiro de esquina que se estancó entre varias jugadores. Solveig Gulbrandsen se aprovechó de la confusión y disparó, pero Hope Solo atajó y Carli Lloyd despejó fuera de peligro.

USA – Hope Solo, minuto 77: Noruega se encontró con el balón al borde del área grande y mandó un fuerte disparo a la portería. Hope Solo hizo la atajada, pero el balón rebotó peligrosamente frente a la portería. Solo alcanzó a recuperar y controlar el balón antes de que Noruega reaccionara.

En la mira:

  • Abby Wambach jugó en su partido 235 con la Selección Femenina, lo cual la pone en el sexto lugar en la lista histórica de EE.UU. Delante de ella está Joy Fawcett en el quinto lugar, con 239 partidos de 1987-2004.
  • Lori Chalupny y Megan Rapinoe ahora tienen 97 partidos con EE.UU., y están a solamente tres partidos de llegar al centenario. 

- Resumen de Juego de la Selección Femenina de Estados Unidos -

Encuentro: Selección Femenina de Estados Unidos vs. Noruega
Fecha: 4 de marzo, 2015
Torneo: Copa Algarve; Grupo B
Sede: Estadio Municipal de Vila Real de Santo Antonio
Inicio: 2 p.m. ET
Asistencia: 500
Clima: 63 grados Fahrenheit, parcialmente nublado

Resumen de anotaciones:     1          2          F
USA                                        0          2          2
NOR                                       1          0          1

NOR – Ada Hegerberg (Kristine Minde)                   minuto 43
USA – Carli Lloyd (Christen Press)                           55
USA – Carli Lloyd                                                     62

Alineaciones:
USA: 1-Hope Solo; 11-Ali Krieger, 4-Becky Sauerbrunn, 26-Julie Johnston, 16-Lori Chalupny (25-Meghan Klingenberg, 46); 10-Carli Lloyd, 12-Lauren Holiday (15-Megan Rapinoe, 90+1), 14-Morgan Brian, 23-Christen Press (17-Tobin Heath, 78); 13-Alex Morgan (2-Sydney Leroux, 78), 20-Abby Wambach (capt.) (8-Amy Rodriguez, 56)

Suplentes no utilizadas: 5-Kelley O’Hara, 6-Whitney Engen, 7-Shannon Boxx, 9-Heather O’Reilly, 19-Rachel Van Hollebeke, 22-Crystal Dunn, 24-Ashlyn Harris

Directora Técnica: Jill Ellis

NOR: 12-Silje Vesterbekkmo; 6-Maren Mjelde, 7-Trine Rønning (capt.), 2-Marita Lund, 3-Inger Ane Hole; 17-Lene Mykjåland, 8-Solveig Gulbrandsen (14-Gry Tofte Ims, 74), 20-Emilie Haavi (19-Marie Markussen, 69); 18-Kristine Minde, 8-Isabel Herlovsen, 21-Ada Hegerberg.

Suplentes no utilizadas: 1-Ingrid Hjelmseth, 4-Melissa Bjånesoy, 5-Hedda Gardsjord, 10-Maria Thorisdottir, 11-Ida Elise Enget, 13-Ingrid Moe Wold, 15-Anja Sønstevold, 16-Andrine Hegerberg, 22-Cathrine Dekkerhus, 23-Cecille Fiskerstrand

Director Técnico: Even Pellerud

Resumen estadístico: USA / NOR
Tiros: 12 / 5
Tiros a Gol: 7 / 4
Atajadas: 3 / 4
Tiros de Esquina: 8 / 3
Faltas: 5 / 11
Fuera de Lugar: 4 / 0

Resumen de penalidades:
NOR-Trine Ronnin (amonestación)                 minuto 62

Árbitros:
Árbitro: Esther Staubil (SUI)
Árbitro Asistente 1: Belinda Brem (SUI)
Árbitro Asistente 2: Susanne Kung (SUI)
Cuarto Oficial: Gladys Lengwe (ZAM)

Jugador del Partido Budweiser: Carli Lloyd

WNT Opens Algarve Cup with 2-1 Victory against Norway

VILA REAL DE SANTO ANTONIO, Portugal (March 4, 2015) – Led by midfielder Carli Lloyd’s second-half brace, the U.S. Women’s National Team overcame a first-half deficit and defeated Norway 2-1 in Group B play at the 2015 Algarve Cup at Municipal Stadium.

Lloyd scored an 18-yard equalizer in the 55th minute and followed with a 62nd-minute penalty kick for the USA. In Wednesday’s other Group B match, Switzerland defeated Iceland 2-0. 

The USA resumes Group B action when it takes on Switzerland on Friday, March 6, at Vila Real de Santo Antonio (12 p.m. ET, FOX Sports 1). 

The WNT also donned their blue-gradient Nike away kit for the first time against Norway. 

Goal Scoring Rundown:

NOR – Ada Hegerberg (Kristine Minde), 43rd minute: Against the run of play, Norway’s Minde crossed the ball in from the right side to an unmarked Hegerberg in the middle of the box. Hegerberg rose up with a crisp header from seven yards out toward the center of the goal frame. U.S. goalkeeper Hope Solo got a glove on the ball, but the deflection was not enough as it clipped the crossbar and crossed the goal line for the Norway lead. USA 0, NOR 1

USA – Carli Lloyd (Christen Press), 55th minute: Press’ through ball down the right side to Lloyd was partially deflected by Norway’s Inger Ane Hole, but Lloyd quickly gained possession. Lloyd spun counter clockwise to create a gap and from 18 yards out, ripped a shot into the left of the frame to tie the score. It was Lloyd’s first goal of 2015. USA 1, NOR 1 (SEE GOAL) 

USA – Carli Lloyd (penalty), 62nd minute: Christen Press drew a penalty kick when her shot from outside the box struck Norway defender Trin Ronning’s right arm. Lloyd took the subsequent penalty and placed it perfectly into the upper right corner of the frame for her second tally in a seven-minute stretch. In addition to her first two goals of the year, Lloyd is now up to 63 for her career. USA 2, NOR 1 (FINAL) (SEE GOAL 

Key Saves and Defensive Stops:
USA – Ali Krieger, 4th minute: Norway crossed the ball into the box from the right side and USA goalkeeper Hope Solo was unable to corral through traffic. Norway’s Emilie Haavi had a couple chances to score with Solo off of the line. Her first attempt struck teammate Ada Hegerberg. The second chance was then blocked by Krieger near the goal line as the U.S. surrendered a corner kick and came away unscathed. 

NOR – Silje Vesterbekkmo, 9th minute: Carli Lloyd stepped up to steal the ball from Norway in the midfield. She juked to the left to evade Norway captain Trine Ronning at the edge of the box and then shot left-footed toward the far right post. Vesterbekkmo alertly saved with her left foot to give up a U.S. corner kick. 

NOR – Silje Vesterbekkmo, 32nd and 33rd minutes: Norway’s goalkeeper faced an onslaught of USA scoring chances during this stretch, opening with a Lauren Holiday corner kick from the left side. Holiday’s delivery threatened the goal and Vesterbekkmo punched it away. Shortly after, Christen Press drove a low, long-range shot that ricocheted off of the left post. Then in the 33rd minute, Alex Morgan tried to flick the ball over Vesterbekkmo, but she sacrificed her body to deflect it away. 

USA – Hope Solo, 54th minute: Off of a Lene Mykjaland corner kick from the right side, the ball bounced among a scrum in the box and then was up for grabs as Solveig Gulbrandsen had space with a left-footed shot. Gulbrandsen fired toward the left of the frame, but Solo was up to the task with a close-range reaction save. 

Milestone Watch:

  • Abby Wambach made her 235th appearance and ranks sixth on the all-time WNT list, four games behind fifth-place Joy Fawcett (239 games from 1987-2004).
  • Defender Lori Chalupny and midfielder Megan Rapinoe earned their 97th-career caps. They are three appearances away from hitting the century mark, which 30 other WNT players have reached.
  • Goalkeeper Hope Solo earned her first win of the year and 125th of her career. She trails only Briana Scurry (133) on the all-time list. 

Next on the Schedule:
The U.S. WNT faces Switzerland in Group B play at the 2015 Algarve Cup on Friday, March 6. Kickoff is at 12 p.m. ET at Vila Real de Santo Antonio.
Broadcast information: FOX Sports 1
Social: Twitter (@ussoccer_wnt; @ussoccer_esp); Facebook; Instagram 

Additional Notes:

  • The USA moved to 28-19-2 all-time against Norway.
  • The U.S. is now 2-1-0 in 2015.
  • Head coach Jill Ellis’ lineup featured a 4-4-2 formation, anchored by goalkeeper Hope Solo who returned from a 30-day suspension to make her first appearance of 2015.
  • In front of Solo was a defensive line that included Ali Krieger at right back, Lori Chalupny at left back and the center back tandem of Becky Sauerbrunn and Julie Johnston. Johnston made her first appearance of the year and earned her sixth-career cap.
  • The USA midfield featured the same four players for a third straight game, with Lauren Holiday and Morgan Brian playing centrally, Carli Lloyd on the right side and Christen Press on the left.
  • Alex Morgan and Abby Wambach were paired up top, with Wambach wearing the captain’s armband.
  • To open the second half, Meghan Klingenberg replaced Chalupny at left back.
  • In the 78th minute, Tobin Heath entered for Press and then in the 79th minute, Sydney Leroux made her first appearance of the year when she replaced Morgan.
  • In the first minute of second-half stoppage time, Megan Rapinoe subbed in for Holiday.
  • Lloyd recorded the eighth multi-goal game of her WNT career. She had four multi-goal games in 2014 alone.

- U.S. Women’s National Team Match Report - 

Match: U.S. Women’s National Team vs. Norway
Date: March 4, 2015
Competition: 2015 Algarve Cup – Group B
Venue: Municipal Stadium; Vila Real de Santo Antonio, Portugal
Kickoff: 2 p.m. ET
Attendance: 500
Weather: 63 degrees, cool and clear 

Scoring Summary:   1          2          F
USA                            0          2          2
NOR                            1          0          1

NOR – Ada Hegerberg (Kristine Minde)                    43rd minute
USA – Carli Lloyd (Christen Press)                            55
USA – Carli Lloyd (penalty kick)                                62 

Lineups:
USA: 1-Hope Solo; 11-Ali Krieger, 4-Becky Sauerbrunn, 26-Julie Johnston, 16-Lori Chalupny (25-Meghan Klingenberg, 46); 10-Carli Lloyd, 12-Lauren Holiday (15-Megan Rapinoe, 90+1), 14-Morgan Brian, 23-Christen Press (17-Tobin Heath, 78); 13-Alex Morgan (2-Sydney Leroux, 78), 20-Abby Wamach (capt.) (8-Amy Rodriguez, 56)
Subs Not Used: 5-Kelley O’Hara, 6-Whitney Engen, 7-Shannon Boxx, 9-Heather O’Reilly, 19-Rachel Van Hollebeke, 22-Crystal Dunn, 24-Ashlyn Harris
Head coach: Jill Ellis

NOR: 12-Silje Vesterbekkmo; 6-Maren Mjelde, 7-Trine Rønning (capt.), 2-Marita Lund, 3-Inger Ane Hole; 17-Lene Mykjåland, 8-Solveig Gulbrandsen (14-Gry Tofte Ims, 74), 20-Emilie Haavi (19-Marie Markussen, 69); 18-Kristine Minde, 8-Isabel Herlovsen, 21-Ada Hegerberg
Subs Not Used: 1-Ingrid Hjelmseth, 4-Melissa Bjånesoy, 5-Hedda Gardsjord, 10-Maria Thorisdottir, 11-Ida Elise Enget, 13-Ingrid Moe Wold, 15-Anja Sønstevold, 16-Andrine Hegerberg, 22-Cathrine Dekkerhus, 23-Cecille Fiskerstrand
Head coach: Even Pellerud 

Stats Summary: USA / NOR
Shots: 12 / 5
Shots on Goal: 7 / 4
Saves: 3 / 4
Corner Kicks: 8 / 3
Fouls: 5 / 11
Offside: 4 / 0

Misconduct Summary:
NOR – Trine Ronnin (caution)                        62nd minute

Officials:
Referee: Esther Staubil (SUI)
Assistant Referee 1: Belinda Brem (SUI)
Assistant Referee 2: Susanne Kung (SUI)
Fourth Official: Gladys Lengwe (ZAM)

Budweiser Woman of the Match:  Carli Lloyd

Results

Date Matchup Result Venue Attendance Goal Scorers
May 21, 2008 U-23 MNT vs Turkey U-23 Men 2-3 L Toulon, France; Toulon, France 0 Brunner, Ochoa
May 23, 2008 U-23 MNT vs Cote d'Ivoire U-23 MNT 0-0 D Toulon, France; Toulon, France 0 --
May 25, 2008 U-23 MNT vs Italy U-23 Men 0-2 L Toulon, France; Toulon, France 0 --
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