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U.S. Women's National Team Routs Sweden 4-0 to Take Third Place at 2012 Algarve Cup

  • Forward Alex Morgan Scores First Career WNT Hat Trick
  • Wambach Adds Her 134th Career International Goal
  • U.S. Team’s Next International Match Will be April 1 Against Japan in Sendai, Live on ESPN2 and ESPN3 at 6:30 a.m. ET

PARCHAL, Portugal (March 7, 2012) – The U.S. Women’s National Team scored three times in the first half on the way to a resounding 4-0 victory against Sweden in the third-place match of the 2012 Algarve Cup. Forward Alex Morgan scored her first career hat trick while fellow striker Abby Wambach added one goal, which was her 134th in a U.S. uniform.

“I am very happy about the four goals we scored and the way we played at times and the way we created chances,” said U.S. head coach Pia Sundhage. “Abby’s goal is very important because we should do well on set pieces and Alex Morgan, she can create chances from nothing sometimes.”

The USA will next return to action with two matches in Japan, taking on the hosts on April 1 from Sendai in a game that can be seen live on ESPN2 and ESPN3 at 6:30 a.m. ET. The U.S. team will then travel south to Chiba to meet Brazil in a game that will be broadcast at 7 a.m. ET on ESPN2 and ESPN3.

Heading into the Sweden match, the U.S. Women were coming off a disappointing 1-0 loss to Japan in their final group match that not only sent them to the third place game, but saw the USA fail to convert its scoring chances. That would not be the case against the world’s fifth-ranked Swedes as the USA fired 13 shots, putting 11 on goal, and scored less than five minutes into the game.

The first goal came after Heather O’Reilly received a ball on the right wing inside her own half and cut into the middle before playing a pass on the ground up the field to Wambach. The ball rolled past Wambach and then it was all Morgan. Although a Swedish defender had several steps on Morgan, the U.S. forward raced past her to latch onto the ball. The defender tried to slide but instead toe-poked the ball inside as she fell. Morgan then ran past another Swedish defender, who had taken a poor defensive angle, and found herself only with goalkeeper Hedvig Lindahl to beat.

The Swedish net-minder clearly did not expect Morgan to be in that position with the ball and was caught off her line. Morgan then calmly chipped her shot over the ’keeper and into the left corner of the net from just outside the penalty area on the right side.

The second goal came in the 33rd minute after Carli Lloyd had sent a free kick into the Sweden penalty area from about 35 yards out. The ball was cleared over the left sideline and Kelley O’Hara took the throw-in to Wambach, who touched the ball back to Tobin Heath. Heath, who got the start at left midfield, looked up and slipped a pass into the left side of the penalty box for the cutting Morgan.

The U.S. forward sprinted onto the ball and with a touch, burst past a defender. It seemed at first that the touch had taken her too deep into the penalty area as she was right on the end line but just a few yards from Lindahl when she squared up to shoot. Lindahl had come about five yards outside of the post to cut down the angle, giving Morgan only a sliver of space in which to shoot. Morgan’s well-struck shot somehow squeezed past Lindahl to her right, deflected off her right palm and just inside the left post. The Swedish ’keeper got just enough of the ball to put some spin on it, causing it to roll behind her and over the line.

The USA finished off the first half by scoring three minutes later off a beautifully struck free kick from Christie Rampone, who hit a few long set plays on the day that produced danger. This one was driven from the center of the field into the center of the penalty box with the perfect height and pace. Wambach was making a run across the six-yard box and got her head on the ball, sending it straight into the lower left corner.

Sundhage gave the start in goal to Nicole Barnhart, who played splendidly in her first action of the tournament, keeping an extremely tidy penalty area. Sweden fired eight shots, seven on goal, and most from star forward Lotta Schelin, but Barnhart saved them all. She also solidly caught several corner kicks and Sweden crosses to earn the shutout.

Schelin was by far the most dangerous player for Sweden, but her strong runs up the middle were well handled by Rampone and Rachel Buehler, who did a great job putting pressure on the lanky striker even when she did get in a good position to shoot.

Sweden did manage a few dangerous counterattacks, a few coming off giveaways by the U.S. in midfield, but the backs managed to run everything down.

O’Reilly had a fine game for the USA at right midfield as the Americans possessed the ball and changed the point-of-attack pace at a much higher level than in the Japan match. O’Reilly was the recipient of several of these weak-side passes and sent in several searching crosses while also earning a few corner kicks.

Before Morgan completed her hat trick, the USA had a few chances to add a fourth goal. Just a few minutes into the second half, O’Reilly hit a perfect cross from the right wing that found Morgan at the far post. She was unmarked, but instead of heading on goal, sent it back into the middle and the ball was cleared after a scramble.

In the 53rd minute, Heath played a fantastic first-time touch out of the air to guide Morgan into the left side of the penalty area. Morgan shot from a sharp angle again, but this time the ball skipped wide right of the goal.

In the 58th minute, O’Reilly sent a corner kick from the right side all the way to the far post where Shannon Boxx got a solid head on the ball, sending it on frame. A Swedish defender managed to head to ball off the line and Boxx got shaken up on the play, but rose to finish the match.

In the 69th minute, Amy Rodriguez, who had come on 13 minutes earlier, got around the defense on the left side and cut the ball back for Lloyd but she shot wide right from 15 yards.

Morgan completed her hat trick in the 72nd minute on a magnificent pass from Lauren Cheney, who had come into the match just moments earlier in the center midfield. Cheney jabbed her right foot into the ground and sent a delicate chip over the back line to Morgan, who once again saw Lindahl off her line and lobbed the Swedish ’keeper from 12 yards out. Morgan led the USA in scoring during the tournament with five goals, upping her career total to 21 in 36 international matches.

The U.S. team will now have several weeks off before regrouping at the end of March for the trip to Japan and the two huge matches against the world’s third- and fourth-ranked teams.

Additional Match Notes:

  • Germany took the Algarve Cup title – its second – with a dramatic 4-3 victory against Japan. With the score tied 2-2 in the final minutes, the Germans converted a penalty kick in the 89th minute. Japan equalized a minute later and then the Germans scored in stoppage time to win it. 
  • The Algarve Cup will have a major impact on the next FIFA Women’s World Rankings that come out March 16. Third-ranked Japan beat the top-ranked USA but lost to second-ranked Germany, which also beat fifth-ranked Sweden, as did the USA. Stay tuned.
  • The U.S. victory broke a streak of three straight non-wins against the Swedes. The USA lost 2-1 in January of 2011 at the Four Nations Tournament in China, fell 2-1 in group play at the Women’s World Cup and tied 1-1 in the final match of 2011 in Glendale, Ariz.
  • The USA out-played Sweden in all three matches in 2011 but got the finishes it needed on Wednesday, striking all but two of its 13 shots on goal. 
  • The 4-0 result marked the USA’s largest margin of victory ever over Sweden. The Americans had won five games previously by 3-0 scores. 
  • In the other placement matches, the Republic of Ireland beat Hungary, 2-1 for 11th place, China edged host Portugal 1-0 for ninth, Norway defeated Wales 3-0 for seventh and Denmark defeated Iceland 3-1 for fifth.

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

Match: U.S. Women’s National Team vs. Sweden
Date: March 7, 2012
Competition: 2012 Algarve Cup – Third-Place Match
Venue: Estadio Municipal Bela Vista; Parchal, Portugal
Kickoff: 11 a.m. Local / 6 a.m. ET
Attendance: 400 
Weather: 63 degrees, sunny, windy

Scoring Summary:    1          2          F
USA                            3          1          4
SWE                            0          0          0

USA – Alex Morgan (Heather O’Reilly)                     4th minute
USA – Alex Morgan (Tobin Heath)                           33
USA – Abby Wambach (Christie Rampone)              36
USA – Alex Morgan (Lauren Cheney)                       72

Lineups:
USA: 18-Nicole Barnhart; 6-Amy LePeilbet, 3-Christie Rampone (capt.), 19-Rachel Buehler, 5-Kelley O’Hara; 9-Heather O’Reilly (15-Megan Rapinoe, 71), 7-Shannon Boxx, 10-Carli Lloyd (12-Lauren Cheney, 71), 17-Tobin Heath (8-Amy Rodriguez, 56); 13-Alex Morgan, 20-Abby Wambach (11-Sydney Leroux, 82)
Subs not used: 1-Hope Solo; 2-Heather Mitts, 4-Becky Sauerbrunn, 14-Stephanie Cox, 16-Lori Lindsey, 22-Whitney Engen
Head coach: Pia Sundhage

SWE: 1-Hedvig Lindahl; 2-Charlotte Rohlin (capt.), 2-Stina Segerstrom (7-Linda Sembrant, 46), 6-Sara Thunebro, 13-Emma Berglund (20-Marie Hammaström, 85); 5-Caroline Seger, 11-Antonia Göransson (10-Sofia Jakobsson, 63), 14-Johanna Almgren (18-Nilla Fischer, 46), 15-Therese Sjögran (19-Susanne Moberg, 88), 17-Lisa Dahlkvist; 8-Lotta Schelin (9-Jessica Landstrom)
Subs not used: 4-Annica Svensson, 12-Kristin Hammarstrom, 16-Madelaine Edlund, 21-Sofia Lundgren
Head coach: Thomas Dennerby

Statistical Summary: USA / SWE
Shots: 13 / 8
Shots on Goal: 11 / 7
Saves: 7 / 5
Corner Kicks: 6 / 5
Fouls: 5 / 9
Offside: 2 / 4

Misconduct Summary:
None

Officials
Referee: Morag Pirie (SCO)
Assistant Referee: Sian Massey (ENG)
Assistant Referee: Eveline Bolli (SUI)
4th Official: Nami Sato (JPN)

Bud Light Woman of the Match: Alex Morgan

WNT vs Sweden Highlights March 7 2012

The U.S. WNT defeated Sweden 4-0 on a hat trick from Alex Morgan and Abby Wambach's 134th career goal to take third place in the 2012 Algarve Cup.

Japan Edges U.S. Women's National Team 1-0 to Take First Place in Group B at 2012 Algarve Cup

  • Japan Scores Game-Winner Off Corner Kick in 84th Minute
  • USA Loses for First Time in 2012 and for First-Time Ever in Regulation to Japan
  • U.S. WNT Will Face Sweden in Third-Place Match of Algarve Cup on March 7 in Parchal at 5:15 a.m. ET on ussoccer.com’s MatchTracker

FARO, Portugal (March 5, 2012) – In a match short on attacking chances for both sides, the U.S. Women’s National Team fell to Japan 1-0 in the first meeting between the two countries since the historic 2011 FIFA Women’s World Cup Final last summer in Germany.

Japanese substitute Megumi Takase headed home Aya Miyama’s corner kick service in the 84th minute and the USA’s furious push for the equalizer did not come to fruition.

The Americans entered the match needing a win or a tie to advance to its 10th consecutive Algarve Cup championship game, and as the contest entered its final stages, it looked as if a 0-0 draw would be good enough to earn the Americans a shot at their third consecutive and ninth overall title in this tournament.

However, with about six minutes left, Japan put together one of its few deep penetrations into the U.S. defensive third in the second half, crossing from the right side to the far post where defender Amy LePeilbet, who was under pressure from an attacking player, had to head the ball over her own end line for a corner kick.

Miyama’s service flew to the far post and Takase met it with a thunderous header, powering the ball into the right side of the net from just outside the six yard box. The goal came off Japan’s only corner kick of the game and its only shot of the second half.

“I think in the first half, we looked very nervous and the decision-making was off,” said U.S. head coach Pia Sundhage. “Too many times we gave away the ball in situations when we were not even under pressure or in tight spaces. We couldn’t keep the ball enough to be dangerous. When you give away the ball against Japan, they keep it. It’s so much defending. Mentally and physically, that’s tough, but I am happy with the changes we made at halftime and even parts of the first half where we tried to play more direct. I think we looked more dangerous and came up with a couple of chances, but overall you could tell there is a lot of things to work on and especially looking at Japan, their technique and how they keep the ball. They should be role models for the world, the way they play.”

The USA will now play for third place against Sweden, a 4-0 loser to Germany in the final match of Group A, on March 7 in Parchal. The match will kick off at 5:15 a.m. ET and fans can follow the action on ussoccer.com’s MatchTracker and on Twitter @ussoccer_wnt.

A jittery U.S. team put together a poor first half in which Japan had the majority of possession while the Americans struggled to string passes together. Still, the U.S. actually put the ball in the net just seven minutes into the game after Abby Wambach headed a long Christie Rampone free kick to Alex Morgan inside the six-yard box. The young forward volleyed her chance into the left corner but it was immediately waved away for offside.

The USA’s best chance of the half came in the 26th minute as Morgan ran onto a long ball over the defense, out-muscled a defender and struck a left-footed drive off the base of the right post from 16 yards out.

Sundhage gave starts to Lauren Cheney at right midfield and Amy Rodriguez on the left. But by the beginning of the second half, Sundhage had changed out three-fourths of her midfield. Sundhage sent on Lori Lindsey for Carli Lloyd in the 31st minute and then switched out both flank players at halftime, inserting Megan Rapinoe and Heather O’Reilly. She also sent on Stephanie Cox for Kelley O’Hara at left back to start the second half.

The U.S. did have more of the game and better possession in the second half, but Japan still held the ball very well, although at times the team seemed in no rush to get forward. Outside of several low crosses that U.S. goalkeeper Hope Solo had to snag, and the winning goal, Japan did not threaten the U.S. net after the break.

While the Japanese did well at times to possess the ball in front of the USA’s back line, the Americans’ team defense did a fine job of keeping the dangerous players away from the goal and no one got behind central defenders Rachel Buehler and Rampone all afternoon.

On the other end, Morgan caused the Japanese trouble with her speed and tenacity all match, but she had several crosses from dangerous spots blocked or cleared and failed to find the frame on a few other decent chances. In the 57th minute, Morgan was able to beat Japanese goalkeeper Miho Fukumoto to a ball in the right side of the penalty area. As Morgan touched it by her, she went to ground, but it was unclear if she had made contact with the Japanese ’keeper. Morgan popped to her feet immediately still in possession of the ball, but her cross found no one in the center of the box.

One minute later, Cox sent in a driven cross from the left flank. The ball was headed up in the air and fell to Morgan, who blasted her volley just over the crossbar.

In the 63rd minute, it was Morgan again who got a good look at the goal. This time a nice build-up got the ball to Wambach with her back to goal near the top of the penalty area. She turned and slipped a pass through to Morgan, who evaded a defender, but her angled left-footed shot from the right side of the penalty box went wide left.

In the 81st minute, Rapinoe had a go from distance, but her strike was saved by the diving Fukumoto at the right post. Young forward Sydney Leroux replaced Wambach in the 72nd minute and looked dangerous with several powerful runs, but she too could not find the net after scoring in the first two Algarve Cup games.

Sundhage sent on Tobin Heath for LePeilbet in the 87th minute in a last ditch effort to find an equalizer, and the USA produced two golden chances in the waning moments. The first came after Shannon Boxx was taken down hard about 30 yards from the goal, but Rapinoe spun her free kick shot wide left. Then Boxx got on the end of a Cox cross off a free kick from the left side but agonizingly bounced her header over the goal from about 10 yards out.

Additional Match Notes:

  • The Americans suffered their first shutout of the year and first since a 0-0 tie with South Korea on Nov. 5, 2008. The U.S. Women had gone 57 games since last failing to score in a match.
  • It was the USA’s first loss of the year after eight consecutive wins to start 2012.
  • The loss broke a 31-match unbeaten streak in regulation time at the Algarve Cup. The USA had not lost a game in regulation at this tournament since March 18, 2004, a 3-1 setback to Sweden.
  • In Group A, Germany thrashed Sweden 4-0 and will face Japan in the title game in what will be a rematch of Japan’s epic quarterfinal victory over the Germans during the Women’s World Cup last summer.
  • The USA has failed to beat Sweden in the last three meetings between the countries. The USA lost 2-1 at the 2011 Four Nations Tournament in China, fell 2-1 in group play at the 2011 FIFA Women’s World Cup and tied 1-1 in an exhibition during the last match of 2011 in Glendale, Ariz. The USA out-shot Japan 7-5 but put just two shots on goal, its lowest total in recent memory.

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

Match: U.S. Women’s National Team vs. Japan
Date: March 5, 2012
Competition: 2012 Algarve Cup – Group B
Venue: Estadio Algarve; Faro, Portugal
Kickoff: 2:10 p.m. Local / 9:10 a.m. ET
Attendance: 1,000
Weather: 65 degrees, sunny, breezy

Scoring Summary:    1          2          F
USA                            0          1          1
JPN                             0          0          0

JPN – Megumi Takase (Aya Miyama)            84th minute.

Lineups:
USA: 1-Hope Solo; 6-Amy LePeilbet (17-Tobin Heath, 87), 3-Christie Rampone (capt.), 19-Rachel Buehler, 5-Kelley O’Hara (14-Stephanie Cox, 46); 12-Lauren Cheney (9-Heather O’Reilly, 46), 7-Shannon Boxx, 10-Carli Lloyd (16-Lori Lindsey, 31), 8-Amy Rodriguez (15-Megan Rapinoe, 46); 13-Alex Morgan, 20-Abby Wambach (11-Sydney Leroux, 72)
Subs not used: 2-Heather Mitts, 4-Becky Sauerbrunn, 18-Nicole Barnhart, 22-Whitney Engen
Head coach: Pia Sundhage

JPN: 12-Miho Fukumoto; 2-Yukari Kinga, 3-Azusa Iwashimizu (13-Rumi Utsugi, 65), 4-Saki Kumagai, 5-Aya Sameshima, 14-Asuna Tanaka (16-Kanako Ito, 90+3), 6-Mizuho Sakaguchi (20-Yuika Sugasawa, 79), 8-Aya Miyama, 17-Yuki Nagasato, 7-Kozue Ando (19-Megumi Takase, 65), 11-Shinobu Ohno (9-Nahomi Kawasumi, 65)
Subs not used: 1-Ayumi Kaihori, 15-Saori Ariyoshi, 18-Nanase Kiryu, 21-Mai Kyokawa
Head coach: Norio Sasaki

Statistical Summary: USA / JPN
Shots: 7 / 5
Shots on Goal: 2 / 4
Saves: 3 / 2
Corner Kicks: 1 / 1
Fouls: 10 / 5
Offside: 3 / 7

Misconduct Summary:
None

Officials
Referee: Pernill Larsson (SWE)
Assistant Referee: Sanja Rodak (CRO)
Assistant Referee: Petruta Iugulsecu (ROU)
4th Official: Jana Adamkova (CZE)

Bud Light Woman of the Match: Rachel Buehler

WNT vs Japan Highlights March 5 2012

The U.S. Women's National Team gave up an 84th minute goal on a corner kick and fell to Japan 1-0 in its final Group B match at the 2012 Algarve Cup.

U.S. WNT Nets 2-1 Win Against Norway in Algarve Cup

  • Wambach Scores 133rd Career Goal; Sydney Leroux Adds Game-Winner Off the Bench
  • Norway Scores in Final Seconds
  • U.S. WNT Will Face Japan on March 5 in Faro at 9:10 a.m. ET on ussoccer.com’s MatchTracker

LAGOS, Portugal (March 2, 2012) – The U.S. Women’s National Team scored two second-half goals to defeat Norway 2-1 in its second group match at the 2012 Algarve Cup. After a scoreless first half, Abby Wambach broke through in the 51st minute with her 133rd career international goal and then 21-year-old Sydney Leroux tallied what turned out to be the game-winner in the 81st.

The USA will next meet Japan on March 5 at Estadio Algarve in Faro with a kickoff of 9:10 a.m. ET. It will be the first meeting between the teams since the 2011 FIFA Women’s World Cup Final on July 17 last summer. Fans can follow the action on ussoccer.com’s MatchTracker and on Twitter @ussoccer_wnt.

The USA heads into the match against the Japanese needing a victory or a tie to win the group and qualify for the championship game, which will be played on March 7.

Japan defeated Denmark 2-0 in the other Group B match, giving both the USA and Japan the full six points from two group matches. The USA holds the advantage in the first tiebreaker – goal difference – having scored seven and allowed just one for a plus-six, while the Japanese have scored four and allowed one for a plus-three.

The USA once again played in 4-4-2 formation but U.S. head coach Pia Sundhage made three changes from the starting lineup that faced Denmark on Feb. 29. Sundhage inserted Becky Sauerbrunn in the center of the defense to pair with Christie Rampone and started Stephanie Cox at left back with Tobin Heath at left midfield. Heath played with a light cast on her left arm after breaking a small bone in her wrist during a fall against Denmark.

While neither team could find the net in the first half – Norway had just one shot and it wasn’t on goal – the Americans could have scored several goals early. In just the 8th minute, Morgan picked off a Norway pass in the midfield, touched the ball around a defender and raced toward the goal down the left side. She had Wambach making a run up the middle but chose to shoot, and Norwegian goalkeeper Caroline Knutsen was able to dive to parry the near-post drive away for a corner kick.

About five minutes later, Morgan burst through the center of the Norway defense on a breakaway. She ran 40 yards with three players chasing but then cut her left-footed shot wide right of the goal from the top of the penalty area.

Morgan played distributor in the 23rd minute after a nice combination of passes down the right wing got her free to chip a cross into the middle. The ball was headed up in the air by a Norwegian defender and it fell to the leaping Heath at the far post, but her sharp header was pushed away by Knutsen.

Norway played in a 4-5-1 formation that made the midfield quite crowded and possessing the ball in the center of the field difficult, but U.S. center midfielders Shannon Boxx and Carli Lloyd did a fine job of keeping the U.S. team linked together while helping keep the attacking rhythm going.

On the other end, Norway did create some danger during the game, mostly through quick counter-attacks and set plays but put together its most effective sequences early in the second half.

Besides the goal, Norway’s two most dangerous chances came just after the break. In the 48th minute, Lindy Melissa Wiik got free into the right side of the U.S. penalty area and she fired at Hope Solo, but Solo held her ground and pushed the shot away. Just a few minutes later, Solo had to make a similar save at the left post on Elise Thorsnes, but this one she caught.

With those bullets dodged, it was Wambach who put the USA ahead on the next U.S. attack. Wambach started it with a cross from the left side. The ball skipped through the penalty area and out to the right, where Heather O’Reilly ran it down. She played it back into Boxx, who was dispossessed, but the ball rolled right to second half substitute Heather Mitts on the right side. Wambach’s former teammate at the University of Florida spun a perfect cross over the pack of players to the left side of the penalty box. Wambach’s first touch settled the ball and then she laced a 16-yard shot across the face of the goal, off the right post and in.

It was Wambach’s 133rd career international goal and second of the tournament. Mitts became the second U.S. outside back to record an assist in the tournament after Cox got one in the victory against Denmark.

Norway pushed hard for an equalizer, but the U.S. back line in the second half – Cox, Sauerbrunn, Rachel Buehler (who replaced Rampone at halftime) and Mitts did a stellar job of breaking up one Norway counter-attack after another.

Sundhage sent on Amy Rodriguez for O’Reilly in the 58th minute and Sydney Leroux for Morgan in the 77th minute, and the two would combine for the winning goal.

It started when Buehler struck a fantastic weak-side pass from the center to the left wing, covering about 50 yards in the air. Rodriguez collected and ran at her defender down the line before cutting the ball back inside and hitting a cross to the far post. The crashing Leroux jumped over a Norway defender to pound a header into the net from three yards out as both went down in a heap.

It was Leroux’s seventh international goal in just seven career games and her second of the tournament.

Norway got on the board with just seconds left after the U.S. let Thorsnes get free in the left side of the penalty area. She did well to keep her composure and power a shot past Solo from close range. The USA didn’t even have time to kick off before the final whistle blew. It was the first goal Solo has allowed in 2012 and only the second the U.S. has allowed in its first eight games of the year.

Additional Match Notes:

  • U.S. captain Rampone came off at halftime, the first time in a year that she had been substituted (the last time was March 7, 2011 vs. Finland at the Algarve Cup) and Wambach wore the armband until she also came off in the 65th minute and passed it on to Boxx.
  • Wambach’s goal was her 17th in the Algarve Cup, most all-time for any U.S. player, and two behind Portugal’s Carla Couto for the all-time tournament lead.
  • In Group A Germany defeated China 1-0 for its second consecutive 1-0 win and Sweden routed Iceland 4-1.
  • Germany and Sweden will meet for the Group A title on March 5 with Sweden needing just a tie to make the Algarve Cup Championship game.
  • In Group C, Portugal beat Hungary 4-0 and Wales and Ireland tied 0-0.
  • The USA out-shot Norway 17-5 for the match.
  • Sundhage made all six of her allowed substitutes, also sending on Lauren Cheney for Wambach in the 65th minute.
  • The match against Japan will be played at the beautiful Estadio Algarve which was built for the 2004 European Championships. It is the venue that often hosts the championship game of this tournament.

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

Match: U.S. Women’s National Team vs. Norway
Date: March 2, 2012
Competition: 2012 Algarve Cup – Group B
Venue: Municipal Stadium; Lagos, Portugal
Kickoff: 3 p.m. Local / 10 a.m. ET
Attendance: 300
Weather: 63 degrees, sunny, partly cloudy

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

USA – Abby Wambach (Heather Mitts) 51st minute
USA – Sydney Leroux (Amy Rodriguez) 81
NOR – Elise Thorsnes 90+3

Lineups:
USA: 1-Hope Solo; 6-Amy LePeilbet (2-Heather Mitts, 46), 4-Becky Sauerbrunn, 3-Christie Rampone (capt.) (19-Rachel Buehler, 46), 14-Stephanie Cox; 9-Heather O’Reilly (8-Amy Rodriguez, 58), 7-Shannon Boxx, 10-Carli Lloyd, 17-Tobin Heath (15-Megan Rapinoe, 46); 13-Alex Morgan (11-Sydney Leroux, 77), 20-Abby Wambach (12-Lauren Cheney, 65)
Subs not used: 5-Kelley O’Hara, 16-Lori Lindsey, 18-Nicole Barnhart, 22-Whitney Engen
Head coach: Pia Sundhage

NOR: 12-Caroline Knutsen; 2-Madeleine Gisk, 5-Toril Akerhaugen, 7-Trine Rønning, 14-Marita Skammelsrud; 4-Ingvild Stensland (capt.), (15-Nora Holstad Berge, 30), 6-Maren Mjelde, 13-Gry Tofte Ims (17-Ingrid Mo Wold, 80); 9-Isabell Herlovsen (19-Emilie Havvi, 83), 10-Lindy Melissa Wiik (20-Caroline Hansen, 65), 18-Cecilie Pedersen (16-Elise Thorsnes, 46)
Subs not used: 1-Ingrid Hjelmseth, 3-Kristine Hegland, 8-Ingvild Isaksen, 11-Leni Larsen Kaurin, 21-Christine Nilsen
Head coach: Eli Landsem

Statistical Summary: USA / NOR
Shots: 17 / 5
Shots on Goal: 7 / 4
Saves: 3 / 5
Corner Kicks: 4 / 6
Fouls: 7 / 5
Offside: 6 / 3

Misconduct Summary:
None

Officials
Referee: Jesica Salom Di Iorio (ARG)
Assistant Referee: Nadia Weiler (PAR)
Assistant Referee: Luzmila Gonzalez (COL)
4th Official: Carina Vitulano (ITA)

Bud Light Woman of the Match: Carli Lloyd

WNT vs Norway Highlights March 2 2012

The USA scored two second half goals, one from Abby Wambach and one from Sydney Leroux, which tourned out to be the game-winner, as the USA defeated Norway 2-1 in its second Group B match at the Algarve Cup.

WNT vs Norway Reaction March 2 2012

U.S. head coach Pia Sundhage, goalkeeper Hope Solo and forwards Abby Wambach, Alex Morgan and Sydney Leroux speak after the USA's 2-1 victory against Norway at the Algarve Cup in Portugal.

WNT vs Norway Abby Wambach Goal March 2 2012

Abby Wambach opens the scoring with a clinical finish, striking her shot across the face of the goal, off the right post, and in.

WNT vs Denmark Highlights Feb 29 2012

Two goals from Alex Morgan and one each from Abby Wambach, Carli Lloyd and Sydeny Leroux paced the U.S. WNT to a 5-0 victory against Denmark to open play at the 2012 Algarve Cup.

WNT vs Norway Sydney Leroux Goal March 2 2012

Sydney Leroux scores the game-winning goal in Wambach-esque style, bravely launching herself over a defender to head home an Amy Rodriguez cross.

Results

Date Matchup Result Venue Attendance Goal Scorers
February 29, 2012 WNT vs Denmark 5-0 W Estadio Municipal; Lagos, Portugal 300 Morgan (2), Wambach, Lloyd, Leroux
March 2, 2012 WNT vs Norway 2-1 W Estadio Municipal; Lagos, Portugal 300 Wambach, Leroux
March 5, 2012 WNT vs Japan 0-1 L Estadio Algarve; Faro, Portugal 1,000 -
March 7, 2012 WNT vs Sweden 4-0 W Estadio Bela Vista; Parchal, Portugal 400 Morgan (3), Wambach

2012 ALGARVE CUP

GROUP A

Team

GP

W

L

T

GF

GA

GD

Pts

Germany

3

3

0

0

6

0

+6

9

Sweden

3

2

1

0

5

5

0

6

Iceland

3

1

2

0

2

5

-3

3

China PR

3

0

3

0

0

3

-3

0

Wednesday, February 29
Germany 1, Iceland 0; Estadio Municipal; Lagos, Portugal
Sweden 1, China PR 0; Estadio Municipal; Santo Antonio, Portugal

Friday, March 2
Sweden 4, Iceland 1; Desportivo da Nora Park; Ferreiras, Portugal
Germay 1, China PR 0; Estadio Municipal; Santo Antonio, Portugal

Monday, March 5
Germany 4, Sweden 0; Estadio Municipal; Parchal, Portugal
Iceland 1, China PR 0; Estadio Municipal; Lagos, Portugal

GROUP B

Team

GP

W

L

T

GF

GA

GD

Pts

Japan

3

3

0

0

5

1

+4

9

United States

3

2

1

0

7

2

+5

6

Denmark

3

1

2

0

2

7

-6

3

Norway

3

0

3

0

1

5

-3

0

Wednesday, February 29
Japan 2, Norway 1; Estadio Municipal; Parchal, Portugal
United States 5, Denmark 0; Estadio Municipal; Lagos, Portugal

Friday, March 2
Japan 2, Denmark 0; Estadio Municipal; Parchal, Portugal
United States 2, Norway 1; Estadio Municipal; Lagos, Portugal

Monday, March 5
Denmark 1, Norway 0; Desportivo da Nora Park; Ferreiras, Portugal
Japan 1, United States 0; Estadio Algarve; Faro, Portgual

GROUP C

Team

GP

W

L

T

GF

GA

GD

Pts

Wales

3

2

0

1

3

1

+2

7

Portugal

3

2

1

0

6

2

+4

6

Hungary

3

1

2

0

2

6

-4

3

Ireland

3

0

2

1

1

3

-2

1

Wednesday, February 29
Hungary 1, Ireland 0; Estadio Municipal; Silves, Portugal
Wales 1, Portugal 0; Estadio Municipal; Parchal, Portugal

Friday, March 2
Portugal 4, Hungary 0; Estadio Municipal; Parchal, Portugal
Wales 0, Ireland 0; Desportivo da Nora Park; Ferreiras, Portugal

Monday, March 5
Wales 2, Hungary 1; Estadio Municipal; Santo Antonio, Portugal
Portugal 2, Ireland 0; Estadio Algarve; Faro, Portgual

ELEVENTH-PLACE MATCH

Wednesday, March 7
Ireland 2, Hungary 1; Estadio Municipal de Quarteira; Quarteira, Portugal

NINTH-PLACE MATCH

Wednesday, March 7
China PR 1, Portugal 0; Estadio Algarve; Faro, Portgual

SEVENTH-PLACE MATCH

Wednesday, March 7
Norway 3, Wales 0; Estadio Municipal de Loule; Loule, Portugal

FIFTH-PLACE MATCH

Wednesday, March 7
Denmark 3, Iceland 1; Desportivo da Nora Park; Ferreiras, Portugal

THIRD-PLACE MATCH

Wednesday, March 7
United States 4, Sweden 0; Estadio Municipal; Parchal, Portugal

FINAL

Wednesday, March 7
Germany 4, Japan 3; Estadio Algarve; Faro, Portgual

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