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WNT Takes 2013 Algarve Cup Title with 2-0 Win Against Germany

  • USA Wins Ninth Overall Algarve Cup Title, First for Head Coach Tom Sermanni
  • Nicole Barnhart Makes Five Saves and Earns Clean Sheet as Team Stretches Unbeaten Run to 29 Games
  • U.S. WNT Returns to Europe Next Month for Friendlies with Germany on April 5 and Netherlands on April 9

FARO, Portugal (March 13, 2013) – The U.S. Women’s National Team won the Algarve Cup for the ninth time after Alex Morgan’s two goals earned a 2-0 victory against Germany this afternoon in Faro, Portugal. The U.S. forward scored twice in the first half and head coach Tom Sermanni’s team put in a comprehensive performance to defeat the second-ranked team in the world.

The USA made six changes to the lineup that faced Sweden two days earlier, with Sermanni forced to withdraw Megan Rapinoe at the last moment. The U.S. midfielder, who would later be named Player of the Tournament, sustained an injury at the last moment and was replaced by Tobin Heath. 

Looking to earn its first trophy under Sermanni, who took the reins of the team in late 2012, the U.S. dictated the pace against Germany from the opening whistle.

Morgan started the scoring in the 13th minute after some hard work on the right wing from strike partner Sydney Leroux. Leroux got to the byline before whipping in a dangerous cross that Germany’s center defender Josephine Henning tried to head clear. But the ball fell to Morgan just inside the area and the U.S. forward was lethal: taking one touch before firing into the top corner with her left foot.

The Europeans were a constant threat for an equalizer but the U.S. defense was strong as a unit. A nice move in the 22nd minute freed up Anja Mittag in the area, but right back Ali Krieger made a superb tackle to prevent a shot and snuff out the danger.

Twelve minutes later the U.S. doubled its lead, with Morgan again doing the damage. Germany should have dealt with a routine ball over the top from Tobin Heath but a mix up between goalkeeper Almuth Schult and her defense let Morgan steal the ball. She had the easiest of finishes and stayed composed, rolling the ball home into the empty net from the edge of the box for her second on the day.

Nicole Barnhart was at her best throughout the match but particularly in the second half. She was called into action in the 69th minute after a Germany free kick was headed toward the goal by substitute Alexandra Popp. Barnhart sprung to her right to claw out the initial effort, before reacting brilliantly to keep out Celia Okoyino da Mbabi on the rebound. She also made a huge save in the final minute to secure the shutout when she dove to her left to deny Mbabi.

The U.S. Women will return to Europe in about two weeks for matches against Germany in Offenbech on April 5 and against the Netherlands in The Hague on April 9.

Additional Notes:

  • Morgan’s two goals take her career total to 41, making her just one of 12 women to score 40 or more for the USA.
  • #ChasingMia Update: Abby Wambach came off the bench for the first time since March 9, 2011, against Iceland at the 2011 Algarve Cup. She entered in the 75th minute for Christen Press.
  • Morgan and Leroux, who paired together to help the USA win the 2008 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup, started together for the full National Team for the second time. The first time was earlier in this tournament against China.
  • Megan Rapinoe, who didn’t play in the final due to a late injury, was named the best player of the 2013 Algarve Cup.
  • The USA played in its 14th Algarve Cup Final in 18 years of competing in this tournament. The USA has won nine Algarve Cup titles overall, winning in 2000, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2007, 2008, 2010, 2011 and 2013.
  • The USA improved its unbeaten streak to 29 games, with the last loss coming against Japan on March 5 at the 2012 Algarve Cup in Portugal. During that span, the U.S. has scored 91 goals while allowing 21 in 25 wins and four draws.
  • The match in the Algarve Cup Final against Germany becomes a first leg of sorts as the two sides will also meet each other in the following game for both teams, a friendly match on April 5 in Offenbach, Germany.
  • Tobin Heath, usually a flank midfielder, started the game in the middle at attacking midfield as Carli Lloyd was held out due to a shoulder injury. Heath assisted on the second goal.
  • The match marked the third career start for Christen Press.

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

Match: U.S. Women’s National Team vs. Germany
Date: March 13, 2013
Competition: 2013 Algarve Cup – Championship Game
Venue: Algarve Stadium; Faro, Portugal
Kickoff: 5 p.m. local / 1 p.m. ET
Attendance: 1,200
Weather: 56 degrees, sunny, clear

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

USA – Alex Morgan                                        13th minute
USA – Alex Morgan                                        33

Lineups:
USA: 18-Nicole Barnhart; 11-Ali Krieger (6-Crystal Dunn, 58), 19-Rachel Buehler, 14-Whitney Engen, 5-Kelley O’Hara; 23-Christen Press (20-Abby Wambach, 75), 7-Shannon Boxx (capt.), 16-Yael Averbuch (4-Becky Sauerbrunn, 68), 17-Tobin Heath (8-Kristie Mewis, 82); 13-Alex Morgan, 2-Sydney Leroux
Substitutions Not Used: 3-Christie Rampone, 9-Heather O’Reilly, 10-Carli Lloyd, 15-Megan Rapinoe, 17-Tobin Heath, 22-Lindsey Horan, 24-Ashlyn Harris
Head coach: Tom Sermanni

GER: 12-Almuth Schult; 4-Babett Peter (capt.) (27-Jennifer Cramer, 46), 22-Luisa Wensing, 23-Josephine Henning, 25-Leonie Maier; 15-Verena Faißt (18-Svenja Huth, 75) 17-Viola Odebrecht (26-Nadine Keßler, 46, 10-Linda Bresonik, 60), 20-Lena Goeßling, 14-Dzsenifer Marozsan (24-Lena Lotzen, 81); 13-Celia Okoyino da Mbabi, 11-Anja Mittag (9-Alexandra Popp, 46)
Substitutions Not Used: 1-Nadine Angerer, 3-Saskia Bartusiak, 7-Melanie Behringer, 8-Kim Kulig, 21-Laura Benkarth, 29-Isabel Kerschowoski
Head coach: Silvia Neid

Stats Summary: USA / GER
Shots: 6 / 12
Shots on Goal: 3 / 5
Saves: 5 / 1
Corner Kicks: 1 / 4
Fouls: 12 / 14
Offside: 3 / 6

Misconduct Summary:
USA – Sydney Leroux (caution)                    23rd minute

Officials:
Referee: Carol Anne Chenard (CAN)
Assistant Referee 1: Marie-Josee Charbonneau (CAN)
Assistant Referee 2: Suzanne Morisset (CAN)
Fourth Official: Esther Staubli (SUI)

March 13, 2013: WNT vs. Germany - Quote Sheet

Post-Game Quote Sheet: U.S. Women's National Team vs. Germany
2013 Algarve Cup – Championship Game
Faro, Portugal
March 13, 2013

U.S. head coach TOM SERMANNI
On the match:
“The German side played very well today and gave us a lot of testing situations, and Barnie came up with couple of really big saves at crucial times. It was a difficult pitch to play on and a real battle, but the team showed a great deal of character.”

On Alex Morgan scoring early:
“That helps. That’s the great thing about this team. We have so many players that can score goals. Alex came up big in the critical game against Sweden and she came up big again today.”

On the team defense, and how to cope tactically since the team throws numbers forward into the attack:
“It’s done really well. The difficult thing for our defense is that they often have to deal with counter-attacks and breakaways and being out-numbered and having to scramble at times, and they’ve done that extremely well throughout the tournament. Its’ been a testing tournament, a difficult tournament and it’s great to have only conceded one goal.”

On winning his first tournament as head coach of the U.S. WNT:
“It always feels good to win and it’s great to continue the winning tradition that the U.S. team has. At least I haven’t been a jinx in the short term, so it’s terrific and the players deserve a great deal of credit with the way they played in this tournament, with the way that they’ve toughed out games when they had to and played some really good football when the occasion was to do that.”

U.S. goalkeeper NICOLE BARNHART
On earning the shutout in the Algarve Cup Final:
“You always go out with the goal of keeping a clean sheet, definitely. That’s what we say before the game starts. The defense came out and played really hard and there were a lot of hard tackles in the 18-yard box and I had to come up with a few saves to keep the clean sheet, but anytime we can get a shutout against a team like Germany, it’s a big accomplishment.”

On dominating her penalty area in the air:
“I want to be tough and come out and control the box. On any balls I come out for I want make sure I at least get a piece of them, if not win them, because that does a lot for the confidence of the defense as they know I can make the saves if called upon.”

On the entire roster getting to play during the tournament:
“It’s fun to see different lineups getting to play throughout the tournament and even in the final today. To see everyone step up and play well and play hard was nice. It was a tough game, under tough field conditions against a tough team and we came out and did the job.”

On being able to play and win a tournament final:
“It feels awesome to start and win a final. I don’t get the chance too often to come and play in a big game or a final so to get that experience is fun. I enjoyed it.” 

U.S. forward ALEX MORGAN
“It felt really good to get a good rhythm and score a couple goals. Yesterday I was at the press conference and a reporter asked me if I hope to score, and I said as a forward, I always hope to score and maybe a couple and it actually came true. I got two in and almost a third, but most importantly we won the tournament. The team had a good run and I’m really proud of all the girls.”

On the importance of the early goal:
“To get that first goal early kind of helped us out a little bit. It helped us set the tempo and gave us a little bit of an edge because the field wasn’t helping anyone.”

On the use of different players throughout the tournament by head coach Tom Sermanni:
“It’s great to get these games in and for him to see different lineups. It’s been a different lineup every single game, so I think that it’s good for him to evaluate players and good for us to get games. Other than a World Cup or Olympics, we never really get this many games in this short a time.” 

U.S. midfielder MEGAN RAPINOE
On winning the MVP of the 2013 Algarve Cup although she played in just two games of the tournament and missed the final after she was a scratch during warm-ups with a minor muscle strain:
“This is obviously very unexpected. I thought I was getting punked when our liaison told me.”

On the team’s performance in the tournament:
“Obviously to win three games, with one little tie -- no worries about that -- and to have a good showing in the final was a good for our team. It was a battle and a good way to end this Algarve trip.”

On the final:
“I’m really proud of the girls. It wasn’t the most beautiful game of football. Both teams were battling with the field a bit, but we put in such a tough effort with tons of heart and got two goals.”

U.S. defender WHITNEY ENGEN
On winning the Algarve Cup with every player on the roster getting time:
“It feels great to win it. Overall it was a great team effort the entire tournament. We saw every player get on the field and every player contributed and it feels really good to know that we’ve got such depth early on in the year.”

On the team defense allowing just one goal during the tournament:
“I’m really proud of the defense, but as I’ve said before, defense is a team effort from front to back and it starts with the forwards putting pressure on the ball and getting a good shape in the midfield. Our back line was pretty tight today and Barnie came up with some great saves. Overall, great team defense throughout the tournament.”

U.S. defender ALI KRIEGER
On playing against her former FFC Frankfurt teammates in a battle with Germany:
“It’s always a bit weird going against some of my old teammates. I think seven or eight of them play for Germany. It’s always a strong game against one of the best teams in the world. The field wasn’t that great, so I think it was difficult to get a good touch on the ball, but I think we dealt with it fairly well. We started dumping it to the front because we have such strong forwards and that helped today because Alex had two great goals. We play them again in two weeks and I know it will be a battle again.”

On how the team grew during the Algarve Cup tournament:
“It was such a good foundation for us. Now we just need to work off that. Tom (Sermanni) has done such a great job with us and he has a lot of knowledge of the game and we need to let it all soak in. We just need to do what we do in training and apply it to the games and I think we’ve done a tremendous job of proving we can score goals and win games. We’re just going to build off each game.”

Alex Morgan Scores as U.S. Women Tie Sweden 1-1 to Earn a Berth in the 2013 Algarve Cup Final on March 13

  • USA Will Face Germany in Algarve Cup Final on March 13 
  • American Women Advance to 10th Algarve Cup Final in Past 11 years 
  • Ashlyn Harris Earns First Cap at Senior Level

LAGOS, Portugal (March 11, 2013) – Alex Morgan scored a goal in the second half to earn the U.S. Women’s National Team a 1-1 tie against Sweden and a berth in the 2013 Algarve Cup championship game.

With the tie, the USA advanced to its 10th Algarve Cup Final in the past 11 years and will face Group A champion Germany on March 13 with a kickoff and venue to be announced this evening. Fans will be able to watch the clash for the Algarve Cup on TV or online via Pay-Per-View and follow along on ussoccer.com’s MatchTracker and on Twitter @ussoccer_WNT.

The USA finished first in the Group B with seven points from three matches, followed by Sweden with five points, China with four points and Iceland with zero points. China defeated Iceland, 1-0, in the other Group B match.

It was the first match the United States has played against Sweden since former U.S. head coach Pia Sundhage took over her native country. Sweden will face Norway, a 2-0 loser to Germany in Group A match, for third place.

Ashlyn Harris, the USA’s starting goalkeeper at the 2002 and 2004 FIFA U-19 Women’s World Cup tournaments, earned her first-career cap at the senior level and played well despite giving up an early goal.

Sweden got off to that fast start with a wonder striker from Lisa Dahlkvist in the fourth minute. The goal came after Sweden’s star striker Lotta Schelin chased down a ball over the top and Harris was quick off her line to clear for what the U.S. team thought was out of danger.

But with Harris scrambling back to her net, Dahlkvist ran onto the ball and hit a superb first-time strike, blasting the ball into the top corner from a full 40 yards out.

The teams traded scoring opportunities throughout a spirited first half. Wambach headed wide with her first chance in the eighth minute while at the other end Boxx executed a vital challenge on Caroline Seger to block a shot at the top of the penalty area.

The U.S. did its best to unlock a stout Sweden defense, but the hosts of the 2013 European Women’s Championships played as physical as they ever have. In the 18th minute, Megan Rapinoe took a nice touch to round her defender, before firing a shot from distance – well within her considerable range – that skimmed just wide from 20 yards.

Sweden meanwhile was a constant threat to launch counterattacks. The dangerous Schelin was the focal point of the attack and she nearly latched on to another ball over the top in the 29th minute before firing right at Harris with a shot from 16 yards in the 38th minute.

Kelley O’Hara had a nice chance at the end of the half when she went on a swashbuckling run from her left back position, cutting inside and beating two defenders before striking a right-footed shot just past the left post.

The USA closed out the first half the better of the two sides, but still with nothing to show for it on the scoreboard.

U.S. head coach Tom Sermanni’s team started the second half as it finished the first, putting Sweden on its heels and finding the breakthrough goal in the 56th minute.

It came off a corner kick from the left side as Rapinoe whipped in a dangerous in-swinger. Morgan lost her mark in front of the Swedish goalkeeper and the U.S. forward was quickest to react, getting her head to the ball and powering home her first goal of the year to bring the U.S. level.

The WNT was firmly the better side now and went in search of the victory against their former coach. Wambach went close in the 57th minute, sliding to meet Rapinoe’s curling cross but sending it just wide from seven yards.

Heather O’Reilly, who menaced Sweden with hard work all game, had a trademark thundering run in the 60th minute, scampering past the Sweden defense down the left side and curling a shot toward the right corner of the goal. Sweden goalkeeper Kristin Hammarstrom punched it clear and Morgan’s follow up was blocked well by a defender.

Sweden was still dangerous on the break but failed to really test Harris in the U.S. net. Emma Berglund had two rapid fire chances in the 69th minute. The first was knocked down by Rampone and the second was fired miles over the goal by the Swedish defender.

As the USA worked hard to preserve the draw and the berth to the title game, central defender Becky Sauerbrunn snuffed out an end-to-end counterattack well in the 80th minute by getting back into the six-yard box to make a vital clearance.

The USA would fashion two more chances before the final whistle. Morgan blazed a shot over the goal in the 86th minute and Rapinoe forced a nice save from Hammarstrom in the 88th with the Sweden goalkeeper diving low to her right to keep out a sizzling strike.

The Algarve Cup is being distributed in the United States by Integrated Sports Media for live viewing on both cable and satellite pay-per-view via iN Demand, Avail-TVN, DIRECTV and DISH for a suggested retail price of only $14.95 per match. Additional same day replays will be available. Check with your Pay-Per-View provider for replay times. Fans can visit Integratedsportsnet.com for updates on TV coverage.

Fans can also watch the matches online via Pay-Per-View. For web streaming information go to http://www.ustream.tv/integratedsportsppv. Fans can also follow the match via ussoccer.com’s MatchTracker and on Twitter @ussoccer_wnt.

Additional Notes:

  • The USA advance to its 13th Algarve Cup Final in 18 years of competing in this tournament. The USA has won eight Algarve Cup titles overall, winning in 2000, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2007, 2008, 2010 and 2011. 
  • The USA lost in the Algarve Final in 1994 (to Denmark in penalties), 1999 (to China), 2006 (to Germany in penalty kicks) and in 2009 (to Sweden in penalties). 
  • The USA improved its unbeaten streak to 28 games, with the last loss coming against Japan on March 5 at the 2012 Algarve Cup in Portugal. During that span, the U.S. has scored 89 goals while allowing 21 in 24 wins and four draws. 
  • The match in the Algarve Cup Final against Germany becomes a first leg of sorts as the two sides will also meet each other in the following game for both teams, a friendly match on April 5 in Offenbach, Germany. 
  • #ChasingMia Update: Abby Wambach remains on 154 career goals as she continues her pursuit of Mia Hamm’s world record of 158. Wambach had two chances to increase her tally, heading wide in the first half and putting a sliding effort just past the post early in the second half. She made way for Sydney Leroux in the 72nd minute. 
  • Tobin Heath, usually a flank midfielder, started the game in the middle at attacking midfield as Carli Lloyd was held out due to a shoulder injury. 
  • Morgan’s goal was her 39th in 62 career caps. 
  • Rapinoe’s assist was her 29th in 72 career caps. 
  • U.S. midfielder Carli Lloyd sat out the match with a minor shoulder injury. 
  • Goalkeeper Jill Loyden suffered a broken bone in her left hand during training on Thursday and will be out of action for up to three months. 
  • Midfielder Lauren Cheney also left Portugal due to a family matter.

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

Match: U.S. Women’s National Team vs. Sweden
Date: March 11, 2013
Competition: 2013 Algarve Cup
Venue: Municipal Stadium; Lagos, Portugal
Kickoff: 3 p.m. local / 11 a.m. ET
Attendance: 750
Weather: 59 degrees, cloudy

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

SWE – Lisa Dahlkvist                                 4th minute
USA – Alex Morgan (Megan Rapinoe)          56 

Lineups:
USA: 24-Ashlyn Harris; 11-Ali Krieger, 4-Becky Sauerbrunn, 3-Christie Rampone (capt.), 5-Kelley O’Hara; 9-Heather O’Reilly (23-Christen Press, 80), 7-Shannon Boxx (14-Whitney Engen, 85), 17-Tobin Heath (16-Yael Averbuch, 72), 15-Megan Rapinoe; 13-Alex Morgan, 20-Abby Wambach (2-Sydney Leroux, 72)
Substitutions Not Used: 6-Crystal Dunn, 8-Kristie Mewis, 10-Carli Lloyd, 18-Nicole Barnhart, 19-Rachel Buehler; 22-Lindsey Horan
Head coach: Tom Sermanni 

SWE: 12-Kristin Hammarstrom; 3-Emma Berglund (4-Annica Svensson, 69), 5-Nilla Fischer, 6-Sara Thunebro, 13-Lina Nilsson (18-Jessica Samuelsson, 62); 7-Lisa Dahlkvist (23-Hanna Folkesson, 74), 11-Antonia Goransson, 14-Johanna Almgren (15-Emmelie Konradssson, 46), 17-Caroline Seger; 8-Lotta Schelin (22-Olivia Schough, 79), 9-Kosovare Asllani (10-Sofia Jakobsson, 62)
Substitutions Not Used: 1-Carola Soberg, 2-Malin Levenstad, 16-Carina Holmberg, 19-Susanne Moberg, 20-Marie Hammarstrom, 21-Sofia Lundgren
Head coach: Pia Sundhage 

Stats Summary: USA / SWE
Shots: 18 / 5
Shots on Goal: 6 / 2
Saves: 1 / 5
Corner Kicks: 6 / 3
Fouls: 8 / 16
Offside: 5 / 8 

Misconduct Summary:
SWE -- Lina Nilsson (caution)                        52nd minute 

Officials:
Referee: Esther Staubli (SUI)
Assistant Referee 1: Ella De Vries (BEL)
Assistant Referee 2: Manuala Nicolosi (FRA)
Fourth Official: Teodora Albon (ROU) 

Budweiser Woman of the Match: Heather O'Reilly

Krieger and Engen Tally First International Goals as U.S. WNT Defeats China PR 5-0 at Algarve Cup in Portugal

  • Christen Press Becomes Fifth WNT Player to Score at Least Four Goals in First Four Matches; Sydney Leroux Adds First-Half Score
  • Kristie Mewis Makes First Career Start as Tom Sermanni Makes 10 Starting Lineup Changes from Algarve Cup Opener
  • Alex Morgan Notches Three Assists
  • USA Faces Sweden on March 11 in Lagos, Portugal, for Group B Title Live on PPV

ALBUFEIRA, Portugal (March 8, 2013) – Playing with an almost entirely different lineup from the first game of the 2013 Algarve Cup, the U.S. Women’s National Team defeated China PR 5-0 on a soggy field that was inundated from a first-half rainstorm.

Christen Press scored her fourth goal in as many games in 2013, the most on the team this year, as she continues to impress during her debut campaign for the national team. Defenders Ali Krieger and Whitney Engen each scored their first international goals and forward Sydney Leroux garnered the game’s first goal en route to the USA’s highest scoring output of the year.

Press becomes the fifth WNT player to score at least four goals in her first four games. Brandi Chastain holds the record with six goals in her first four games. Leroux scored five goals in her first four matches, highlighted by her record-tying five-goal performance during a 13-0 victory against Guatemala on Jan. 22, 2012, in Olympic qualifying. Press matched the feat of Danielle Fotopoulos and Abby Wambach, who scored four times in their first four matches.

With the win, the USA sets up a clash for the Group B title and a place in the championship game when it faces Sweden on March 11 at Municipal Stadium in Lagos. Kickoff is at 3 p.m. local (11 a.m. ET) and fans can watch the match on TV or online via Pay-Per-View.

U.S. head coach Tom Sermanni made 10 changes to the starting lineup from the 3-0 opening game victory against Iceland, with forward Alex Morgan as the only player in the starting lineup for two games in a row. Central defender Becky Sauerbrunn took the armband and captained the USA for the first time. Sauerbrunn was the co-captain of the U.S. team that finished third at the 2004 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup.

Shortly after U.S. goalkeeper Nicole Barnhart stopped a one-on-one scoring chance by China’s Zhang Rui with a body save, the USA countered quickly with Leroux gaining possession in the midfield. Leroux outran Pu Wei down the left side, cut towards goal almost to the six-yard box, and slotted her right-footed shot calmly underneath the glove of China goalkeeper Zhang Yue. The 14th minute goal was her second goal of the year and 16th of her young international career.

Krieger got on the score sheet in the 32nd minute when Morgan crossed the ball in from the left corner. Yue and the China defense got sucked into the middle of the penalty area and snuck in at the far right where she finished with a confident half volley back across the goal. Krieger’s goal – her first in a U.S. National Team uniform -- was the first from a U.S. outside back since Lori Chalupny’s go-ahead score in the first half of the USA’s 4-2 victory against China in the semifinals of the 2008 Beijing Olympics.

The U.S. increased its lead to 3-0 just seconds into the second half when Rapinoe’s free kick from just outside the penalty area on the right side was deflected by China defender Wu Haiyan. Yue tried desperately to clear, but the ball had already crossed the goal line and Yue’s attempt to bat the ball away instead sent the ball into the top inside netting. Several minutes later, China head coach Hao Wei switched goalkeepers with Wang Fei entering the match in the 52nd minute.

In the 64th minute, Morgan did some fine work to possess the ball in a crowd inside the penalty area and then laid the ball off to Press near the edge of the box. She took a skillful touch to her right to elude China captain Pu Wei’s slide tackle and fired a rocket into the upper left corner for the 4-0 lead.

Engen, who started in the center of the defense with Becky Sauerburnn, was playing in just her fourth career match WNT, but became the third defender to score this tournament. Her first career goal came in the 84th minute when she followed up Heather O’Reilly’s initial shot that was only partially cleared by China’s Wu Haiyan. Engen was in the right play to slot her shot into the right corner from the left side of the box in for a 5-0 lead.

The U.S. dominated from start to finish and had ample opportunities to add to the lead. Morgan had a string of three shots on goal from the right side of the penalty area in the 37th minute, but Yue made fine point blank stops on each chance. Midfielder Yael Averbuch’s curling left-footed strike in the 78th minute ricocheted off of the left post and she hit a screaming free kick just over the goal in the first half.

The Algarve Cup is being distributed in the United States by Integrated Sports Media for live viewing on both cable and satellite pay-per-view via iN Demand, Avail-TVN, DIRECTV and DISH for a suggested retail price of only $14.95 per match. Additional same day replays will be available. Check with your Pay-Per-View provider for replay times. Fans can visit Integratedsportsnet.com for updates on TV coverage.

Fans can also watch the matches online via Pay-Per-View. For web streaming information go to http://www.ustream.tv/integratedsportsppv. Fans can also follow the match via ussoccer.com’s MatchTracker and on Twitter @ussoccer_wnt.

Additional Notes:

  • The USA improved its unbeaten streak to 27 games, with the last loss coming against Japan on March 5 at the 2012 Algarve Cup in Portugal. During that span, he U.S. has scored 88 goals while allowing 20 in 24 wins and three draws.
  • Sydney Leroux made her second career start, playing up top with Morgan, while French-based flank midfielders Tobin Heath and Megan Rapinoe started on the right and left, respectively. Yael Averbuch and Christen Press started in the center midfield with Whitney Engen paired with Sauerbrunn in the central defense.
  • Ali Krieger returned to the lineup at right back while 22-year-old Kristie Mewis, usually a flank midfielder, played at left back in her first career start.
  • Forward Lindsey Horan made her WNT debut as the 18-year-old, earning her first cap at the senior level when she replaced Press in the 74th minute.
  • Rapinoe’s goal was her 21st in 70 career caps.
  • U.S. midfielder Carli Lloyd sat out the match with a minor shoulder injury.
  • Goalkeeper Jill Loyden suffered a broken bone in her left hand during training on Thursday and will be out of action for up to three months.
  • Midfielder Lauren Cheney also left Portugal due to a family matter.
  • China was dealt an early blow when Ren Guixin injured her leg after fouling U.S. midfielder Tobin Heath. China head coach Hao Wei was forced to burn an early sub with Wang Shuang entering the match in the third minute.

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

Match: U.S. Women’s National Team vs. China PR
Date: March 8, 2013
Competition: 2013 Algarve Cup
Venue: Municipal Stadium
Kickoff: 2 p.m. local / 9 a.m. ET
Attendance: 500
Weather: 63 degrees, rainy, cloudy

Scoring Summary:   1 2 F
USA                             2 3 5
CHN                             0 0 0

USA – Sydney Leroux (Alex Morgan)             14th minute
USA – Ali Krieger (Alex Morgan)                   32
USA – Megan Rapinoe                                  46
USA – Christen Press (Alex Morgan)              64
USA – Whitney Engen (unassisted)                84

Lineups:
USA : 18-Nicole Barnhart; 11-Ali Krieger, 4-Becky Sauerbrunn (capt.), 14-Whitney Engen, 8-Kristie Mewis; 17-Tobin Heath, 16-Yael Averbuch, 23-Christen Press (22-Lindsey Horan, 74), 15-Megan Rapinoe; 2-Sydney Leroux, 13-Alex Morgan (9-Heather O’Reilly, 67)
Substitutions Not Used: 3-Christie Rampone, 5-Kelley O’Hara, 6-Crystal Dunn, 7-Shannon Boxx, 10-Carli Lloyd, 19-Rachel Buehler; 20-Abby Wambach, 24-Ashlyn Harris
Head coach: Tom Sermanni

CHN: 1-Zhang Yue (12-Wang Fei, 52); 4-Li Jiayue, 5-Wu Haiyan, 6-Zeng Ying, 11-Pu Wei (capt.), 16-Wang Chen, 19-Zhou Feifei, 21-Wang Lisi, 23-Ren Guixin (20-Wang Shuang 3rd,10-Ma Xiaoxu, 63), 25-Zhang Rui, 27-Li Ying
Substitutions Not Used: 3-Qin Qingfei, 14-Lu Yueyun, 15-Lei Jiahui, 18-Hang Peng
Head coach: Hao Wei

Stats Summary: USA / CHN
Shots: 24 / 3
Shots on Goal: 14 / 3
Saves: 3 / 9
Corner Kicks: 6 / 2
Fouls: 8 / 12
Offside: 2 / 3

Misconduct Summary:
CHN – Wang Lisi (caution)                              39th minute
CHN – Wang Shuang (caution)                       54
CHN – Li Ying (caution)                                  57

Officials:
Referee: Jana Adamkova (CZE)
Assistant Referee 1: Lucia Ratajova (CZE)
Assistant Referee 2: Adriana Secova (CZE)
Fourth Official: Esther Azzopardi (MLT)

Budweiser Woman of the Match: Ali Krieger

Rachel Buehler Scores in Her 100th Career Cap as USA Defeats Iceland 3-0 to Open 2013 Algarve Cup in Portugal

  • #ChasingMia Update: Abby Wambach Scores 154th Career Goal, Putting her Four Shy of Tying Mia Hamm’s All-Time Record
  • Shannon Boxx Adds 27th Goal of Her Career on Header
  • Crystal Dunn Makes First Career Start
  • USA Will Face China PR Next on March 8 in Albufeira, Portugal Live on PPV

ALBUFEIRA, Portugal (March 6, 2013) – The U.S. Women’s National Team overcame a subpar first half to defeat Iceland 3-0 with all three goals coming in the second half. U.S. defender Rachel Buehler tallied in her 100th career cap and forward Abby Wambach’s 154th goal moved her closer to Mia Hamm’s all-time international scoring record during a 3-0 victory against Iceland. Those two scores were sandwiched around Shannon Boxx’s 27 th career goal.

It was the seventh year in a row the USA has won its Algarve Cup opener, but it was not easy against a physical Iceland team that played low pressure on the front line while pushing its backs high, which severely compacted the space in the midfield.

While the Americans struggled to connect passes and find an attacking rhythm in the first half, the USA scored almost exactly two minutes into the second.

The U.S. team earned a corner kick almost right off the kickoff and Lauren Cheney drilled her service on a line into the pack of players. Buehler was making a hard run through the middle and as the ball came across her body, she perfectly redirected the ball with a header into the left corner.

It was just the fourth goal of Buehler’s international career, and while it was not the most dramatic – she scored in the 2011 FIFA Women’s World Cup against Korea DPR – it was certainly emotional and important. Her fantastic header jump-started the USA’s attack to score three times, which may prove crucial in a group stage where goal difference often plays a critical role in who advances to the championship game.

The USA made it 2-0 in the 62nd minute off another corner kick. This time Cheney’s cross was closed enough to the net that Iceland goalkeeper Thora Helgadottir got a hand on it, but didn’t push it far and it went to Boxx at the far post. Her header sent the ball back across the ball and Iceland cleared, but not far enough, as Christie Rampone sent a powerful header back to the right post to Boxx, who jumped high to loop her six-yard header back across the goal into the left side of the goal.

Wambach scored one of the easiest goals of her career in the 74th minute, but the hard work was done by Morgan. The speedy forward raced into the left side of the penalty area to latch onto a weak back pass, beating Iceland goalkeeper Helgadottir to a loose ball before poking it past the goalkeeper to Wambach, who was alone in the middle to stroke home her shot from close range.

The goal moves Wambach to within four goals of tying Mia Hamm on the world’s all-time international scoring list and just five from passing Hamm’s mark of 158 set during her legendary career that spanned 1987-2004.

U.S. goalkeeper Jill Loyden made her third career start while earning her sixth career cap, but didn’t have much work over the 90 minutes, as she was called on to make just one save, that a collapse dive to her right in the 18th minute to snag a header off a free kick.

The USA had only six shots in the first half, but doubled that number in the second and came close to scoring on several occasions. Carli Lloyd pulled a full-out dive from Helgadottir with a strike from the top of the box at the right side, but it skipped just wide of the left post.

Wambach just missed scoring a spectacular diving header in the first half when the ball grazed off the top of her head as she went horizontal in the air chasing a Cheney free kick. In the 34th minute, Wambach had the USA’s best chance of the first half when she powered a header on goal off a corner kick, but it was saved well by Helgadóttir before her defenders cleared.

Morgan had several chances to open her 2013 account, including two in the waning moments of the first half. In the 44th minute a corner kick from the right side was headed back across the goal and Morgan got a solid piece of the ball, only to send it over the net. Seconds later she finally got loose in the penalty area from an Iceland team that battered her the entire match, but cut her half-volley wide right of the goal from 12 yards out.

In the 54th minute, Wambach found Morgan sprinting into the penalty area with a great long pass over the top of the Iceland defense, but she blasted her full volley high over the net. Morgan came close against in the 61st minute after she worked herself free from two defenders in the left side of the penalty area, but Helgadottir made a nice save with a dive to her right to push the right-footed shot away for a corner kick.

Heather O’Reilly did some hard running from right midfield for the USA all game long and earned the majority of the USA’s seven corner kicks on the afternoon. Former U.S. Under-20 star Crystal Dunn, who earned her first career cap at the senior level against Scotland on Feb. 13 in Nashville, Tenn., made her first career start, going the full 90 minutes at right back.

U.S. head coach Tom Sermanni made just one substitute in the game, sending on Christen Press for Carli Lloyd in the 64th minute.

The USA continues group play against China PR on March 8 back at the Municipal Stadium in Albufeira. Kickoff is at 2 p.m. local / 9 a.m. ET and fans can watch the match on TV or online via Pay-Per-View.

The Algarve Cup is being distributed in the United States by Integrated Sports Media for live viewing on both cable and satellite pay-per-view via iN Demand, Avail-TVN, DIRECTV and DISH for a suggested retail price of only $14.95 per match. Additional same day replays will be available. Check with your Pay-Per-View provider for replay times. Fans can visit Integratedsportsnet.com for updates on TV coverage.

Fans can also watch the matches online via Pay-Per-View. For web-streaming information go to http://www.ustream.tv/integratedsportsppv. Fans can also follow the match via ussoccer.com’s MatchTracker and on Twitter @ussoccer_wnt.

Additional Notes:

  • As is tradition on the U.S. team, Rachel Buehler wore the captain’s armband in her 100th cap. She earned her 100th cap in the same tournament and in the same stadium where she earned her first cap in 2008 against China.
  • When Christen Press came on in the 64th minute for Carli Lloyd, she moved to left midfield and Lauren Cheney moved into the middle to take Lloyd’s spot.
  • Megan Rapinoe and Tobin Heath, who arrived late into training camp due to a match with their French clubs and participated in just one training session, did not see action.
  • The USA is riding a 26-game unbeaten streak since the last loss, which came to Japan on March 5 at the 2012 Algarve Cup in Portugal. The U.S. has scored 83 goals while allowing 20 in 23 wins and three ties.
  • As U.S. head coach Tom Sermanni made just one substitute in the game, that sets the stage for possibly using a group of fresh players against China on March 8 in the USA’s next Group B match.
  • Shannon Boxx’s 27th career goal came in her 183rd career cap.

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

Match: U.S. Women’s National Team vs. Iceland
Date: March 6, 2013
Competition: 2013 Algarve Cup; Group B    
Venue: Municipal Stadium; Albufeira, Portugal
Kickoff: 2 p.m. local / 9 a.m. ET
Attendance: 500
Weather: 63 degrees, sunny, windy

Scoring Summary:    1 2 F
USA                             0 3 3
ISL                                0 0 0

USA – Rachel Buehler (Lauren Cheney)        48th minute
USA – Shannon Boxx (Christie Rampone)     62
USA – Abby Wambach (Alex Morgan)           74

Lineups:
USA : 21-Jill Loyden; 6-Crystal Dunn, 19-Rachel Buehler (capt.), 3-Christie Rampone, 5-Kelley O’Hara; 9-Heather O’Reilly, 7-Shannon Boxx, 10-Carli Lloyd (23-Christen Press, 64), 12-Lauren Cheney; 13-Alex Morgan, 20-Abby Wambach
Substitutions Not Used: 2-Sydney Leroux, 4-Becky Sauerbrunn, 8-Kristie Mewis, 11-Ali Krieger, 14-Whitney Engen, 15-Megan Rapinoe, 16-Yael Averbuch, 17-Tobin Heath, 18-Nicole Barnhart, 22-Lindsey Horan, 24-Ashlyn Harris
Head coach: Tom Sermanni

ISL: 1-Thóra Helgadóttir; 2-Sif Atladóttir, 5-Hallbera Gudný Gísladóttir, 13-Glódís Perla Viggósdóttir, 10-Dóra María Lárusdóttir, 6-Hólmfrídur Magnúsdóttir (22-Sandra María Jessen, 64), 7-Sara Björk Gunnarsdóttir (capt.) (20-Gunnhildur Jónsdóttir, 83), 11-Katrín Ómarsdóttir (4-Edda Gardarsdóttir,73), 14-Dagný Brynjarsdóttir (15-Gudný Ódinsdóttir, 79), 9-Fanndís Fridriksdóttir (3-Rakel Hönnudóttir, 46), 18-Harpa Thorsteinsdóttir (23-Elín Metta Jensen, 73)
Substitutions Not Used: 8-Katrín Jónsdóttir, 12-Gudbjörg Gunnarsdóttir, 16-Birna Kristjánsdóttir, 17-Ólína Gudbjörg Vidarsdóttir, 19-Mist Edvardsdóttir, 21-Elísa Vidarsdóttir
Head coach: Sigurdur Eyjolfsson

Stats Summary: USA / ISL
Shots: 18 / 4
Shots on Goal: 8 / 1
Saves: 1 / 5
Corner Kicks: 7 / 3
Fouls: 12 / 16
Offside: 7 / 2

Misconduct Summary:
None

Officials:
Referee: Fusako Kajiyama (JPN)
Assistant Referee 1: Allyson Flynn (AUS)
Assistant Referee 2: Saori Takahashi (JPN)
Fourth Official: Salome Di Iorio (ARG)

Budweiser Woman of the Match: Heather O'Reilly



U.S. Women's National Team Opens 20th Algarve Cup on March 6 Against Iceland

U.S. Women’s National Team vs. Iceland – Algarve Cup
Municipal Stadium; Albufeira, Portugal
March 6, 2013

U.S. WNT OPENS 20TH ALGARVE CUP TOURNAMENT AGAINST ICELAND: The U.S. Women’s National Team will open its 18th Algarve Cup in Portugal on March 6 with a match against Iceland at Municipal Stadium in Albufeira. It will be the first tournament match under head coach Tom Sermanni, who kicked off his tenure with two convincing wins against his home country of Scotland in February. This will be the 20th annual Algarve Cup Tournament which has grown into one of the best competitions on the yearly calendar for women’s international soccer. The USA has won the Algarve Cup eight times, most of any country. The U.S. team will train for eight days in Portugal before its opening match in a tournament that features the top three-ranked teams in the world (USA, Germany and Japan, respectively) and eight teams ranked in the top-20. 

20th Annual Algarve Cup 
The Algarve, Portugal
Group A
Germany, Norway, Japan, Denmark

Group B
USA, Sweden, Iceland, China PR

Group C
Portugal, Hungary, Wales, Mexico

U.S. WNT Placed in Group B at 2013 Algarve Cup in Portugal

For First Time, All of USA’s Algarve Cup Matches Will Be Available to Watch on Delayed Video Web Stream

CHICAGO (Jan. 17, 2013) – The U.S. Women’s National Team has been placed in Group B at the annual Algarve Cup in Portugal, where it will face Iceland, China and Sweden during the tournament that will run from March 6-13.

The USA will open its competition on March 6 against Iceland, then face China on March 8 and Sweden on March 11 to finish group play with the first meeting between the teams since former U.S. head coach Pia Sundhage assumed the head coaching duties for her home country. Group A will feature Germany, Denmark, Japan and Norway. The three nations that will join host Portugal in Group C are Hungary, Wales and Mexico

The 2013 Algarve Cup will be the 20th edition of the tournament that has grown into one of the world’s top competitions for women’s national teams. The tournament features the top three teams in the FIFA Women’s World Rankings in the USA, Germany and Japan, respectively, as well as Sweden (No. 6), Norway (12), Denmark (13), Iceland (15) and China (17).

The match venues and kickoff times have yet to be confirmed, but all the games will be played at small venues across the Algarve region on the southern coast of the country. Placement matches will take place on March 13.

For the first time ever, fans back home will be able to watch the USA’s Algarve Cup matches via the Internet, albeit on a tape-delayed basis.

Al Bann Media will exclusively show the U.S. WNT matches against Iceland, China and Sweden, as well as the USA’s placement match on March 13. Al Bann Media will be utilizing a system that is open to view anywhere in the world and broadcast in high definition. Match commentary and analysis will be provided by Sarah Walsh, the retired captain of the Australian Women’s National Team, and Alicia Ferguson, also a former Australian National Team player. Brief pre-game and post-game shows are planned for each of the matches.

There will be a small fee for the broadcasts, which will be streamed on Al Bann’s dedicated website. The viewing packages will be available on a per-game basis or as a complete tournament package. The entire tournament package includes all three group matches, as well as the placement game. The prices for the packages are $9.99 for the whole tournament (all four games) and $3.49 for individual games. Active U.S. Military will be entitled to a price reduction. Each package will have a number of “credits” for video extras and interviews that will be released as the tournament progresses. Fans will be able to begin purchasing the games starting March 1.

Follow Al Bann over Twitter @albannmedia and Facebook (facebook.com/albannmedia) to get the most up-to-date announcements as the Algarve Cup approaches. For more information, fans can visit www.albannmedia.com.

Fans will also be able to follow the USA’s intense schedule of four games in eight days online via ussoccer.com’s MatchTracker or on Twitter @ussoccer_wnt and can watch highlights on ussoccer.com.

Since the expansion to 12 teams 12 years ago, the Algarve Cup format has been as follows: The winners of Groups A and B will compete for the Algarve Cup championship on Wednesday, March 13. The two second-place finishers in Groups A and B will play for third place while the third-place finishers in each group will play for fifth. The Group C teams will compete 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.

This year will mark the 18th trip to the Algarve Cup for the U.S. Women, who have won the tournament a record eight times, including an unprecedented three straight championships from 2003-05. Last year, the USA lost to Japan 1-0 in group play (which turned out to be the team’s only loss of the year) and missed the championship game for the first time in 10 years but rebounded to defeat Sweden 4-0 in the third-place match behind Alex Morgan’s first career hat trick and a goal from Abby Wambach, her team-leading 18th all-time in Algarve Cup play.

The USA has a 49-10-8 record all-time at the Algarve Cup and has scored 147 goals while allowing 53.

Sermanni Names 23-Player Roster For 2013 Algarve Cup

CHICAGO (Feb. 21, 2013) – Following two victories against Scotland in his first two matches as head coach of the U.S. Women’s National Team, Tom Sermanni has named a 23-player roster that will travel to the 2013 Algarve Cup in Portugal.

This year’s tournament is being staged a week later than in recent years, from March 6-13, and the U.S. team will depart for Europe on Feb. 25. The majority of the games will be played at small venues across the Algarve region on the southern coast of the country, with several matches at the 30,000-seat Algarve Stadium. The placement matches will take place on March 13.

For the first time, fans in the United States will be able to watch the Algarve Cup matches live on television. All four U.S. matches of the Algarve Cup are being distributed in the USA by Integrated Sports Media for live viewing on both cable and satellite pay-per-view via iN Demand, Avail-TVN, DIRECTV and DISH for a suggested retail price of $14.95 per match. Additional same day replays will be available. Check with your Pay-Per-View provider for replay times. Fans can visit Integratedsportsnet.com for updates on the TV coverage.

The matches will also be available to follow online via ussoccer.com’s MatchTracker, on Twitter @ussoccer_wnt and highlights will be available on ussoccer.com. For the entire tournament schedule, please go to the Algarve Cup tournament page on ussoccer.com.

The U.S. team, which has been placed into Group B at the annual tournament, will open play on March 6 against Iceland (9 a.m. ET) in Albufeira. The USA will face China on March 8, again in Albufeira (9 a.m. ET), and will finish the first round on March 11 against Sweden in Lagos (10 a.m. ET) in what will be the first meeting between the teams since former U.S. head coach Pia Sundhage returned home to coach her native country. Group A features Germany, Norway, Japan and Denmark. Group C features host Portugal, Hungary, Wales and Mexico.

Since the expansion to 12 teams in 2002, the Algarve Cup format has been as follows: The winners of Groups A and B will compete for the Algarve Cup championship. The two second-place finishers in Groups A and B will play for third place while the third-place finishers in each group 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.

This will be the 18th trip to the Algarve Cup for the U.S. Women, who have won the tournament eight times, including three straight championships from 2003-05 at what has become one of the world’s most competitive international women’s events. Last year, the USA lost 1-0 to Japan in group play – which turned out to be the USA’s only loss of the year – and were forced to the third-place match where the Americans rolled past Sweden 4-0 on Alex Morgan’s first career hat trick.

Sixteen players from last year’s Algarve Cup roster return, including the core of the U.S. team, many of whom have played in numerous Algarve Cup tournaments. Goalkeeper Hope Solo will not be one of them, however, as the USA’s first-choice ‘keeper has a long-standing wrist injury that has flared up recently and may require surgery. Solo has damage to ligaments in her left wrist, and although she was playing with the injury, with Women’s World Cup qualifying not until the end of 2014, the team medical staff advised that now would be the time to address the situation.

With Solo out, veteran Nicole Barnhart, Jill Loyden and the uncapped Ashlyn Harris will compete for the starting spot.

With one exception, all the players Sermanni is bringing to Portugal were in the U.S. camp for the matches against Scotland in Florida and Tennessee. That would be18-year-old Paris Saint-Germain forward Lindsey Horan, the first American female player to bypass college soccer and sign a professional contract overseas. The 5-foot-9 Horan was the leading scorer for the U.S. U-20 Women’s National Team last year, but missed the U-20 Women’s World Cup in Japan with a knee injury. She, along with fellow France-based players Tobin Heath (PSG) and Megan Rapinoe (Olympique Lyonnais), will join the U.S. team on March 3 after their clubs – the two top teams in France -- clash in league play in Lyon on March 2.

Additional Notes:

  • U.S. forward Abby Wambach comes into the tournament with 153 career goals, 18 of which have been scored at the Algarve Cup (in eight tournaments). Wambach is the top Algarve Cup scorer in U.S. history.
  • Wambach is just five goals short of tying Mia Hamm (158 career goals) as the top scorer in the history of international soccer.
  • U.S. defender Rachel Buehler is on 99 caps and in Portugal will likely become the 29th player in U.S. history to play 100 times for her country.
  • U.S. captain Christie Rampone, who currently is the second most-capped player in U.S. history with 277, will lead the U.S. team that features seven defenders. Rampone will be playing in her 12th Algarve Cup.
  • Also on the roster are several former tournament MVPs in Shannon Boxx (the 2004 and 2006 Algarve Cup MVP) and Carli Lloyd, who scored three goals in the 2010 tournament and was the MVP of the 2007 Algarve Cup after scoring in all four games that year. Heather O’Reilly will be playing in her 11th Algarve Cup and Boxx in her 10th.
  • Three young players who impressed during the USA’s first event of the year made the roster in defender Crystal Dunn, a member of the USA’s 2012 Under-20 Women’s World Cup champions; Kristie Mewis, the third pick in the NWSL College Draft by FC Kansas City; and Christen Press, who was the second leading scorer in the Swedish league last season.
  • Dunn, the 2012 MAC Hermann Trophy winner for the University of North Carolina, earned her first senior team cap against Scotland on Feb. 13 and Mewis, the 2008 U.S. Soccer Young Female Athlete of the Year, earned her first cap against the Scots on Feb. 9. Press became the first U.S. player to score three goals in her first two games when she tallied twice in her debut on Feb. 9 and once on Feb. 13.
  • Also making the roster was defender Whitney Engen, who made her full national team debut at last year’s Algarve Cup, and midfielder Yael Averbuch, who earned her 17th cap against Scotland on Feb. 9. Averbuch played in all three group matches at the 2010 Algarve Cup.
U.S. Women’s National Team Training Camp Roster by Position-Detailed Roster
GOALKEEPERS (3): Nicole Barnhart (FC Kansas City), Ashlyn Harris (Duisburg), Jill Loyden (Sky Blue FC) 
DEFENDERS (7): Rachel Buehler (Portland Thorns FC), Crystal Dunn (North Carolina), Whitney Engen (Liverpool), Ali Krieger (Washington Spirit), Kelley O’Hara (Sky Blue FC), Christie Rampone (Sky Blue FC), Becky Sauerbrunn (FC Kansas City)
MIDFIELDERS (8): Yael Averbuch (Göteborg FC), Shannon Boxx (Chicago Red Stars), Lauren Cheney (FC Kansas City), Tobin Heath (PSG), Carli Lloyd (Western NY Flash), Kristie Mewis (FC Kansas City), Heather O’Reilly (Boston Breakers), Megan Rapinoe (Lyon)
FORWARDS (5): Lindsey Horan (PSG), Sydney Leroux (Boston Breakers), Alex Morgan (Portland Thorns FC), Christen Press (Tyresö), Abby Wambach (Western NY Flash)


2013 Algarve Cup Venues Finalized

2013 ALGARVE CUP VENUES FINALIZED

USA Will Play Iceland and China PR in Albufeira, Finish Group Play vs. Sweden in Lagos

CHICAGO (Feb. 13, 2013) – The kickoff times and venues for the U.S. Women’s National Team at the 2013 Algarve Cup have been confirmed, with the eight-time Algarve champions opening against Iceland on March 6 at Municipal Stadium in Albufeira. Kickoff time is 2 p.m. local / 9 a.m. ET. Fans can follow all the U.S. matches on ussoccer.com’s MatchTracker and on Twitter @ussoccer_WNT.

The USA’s second Group B match against China PR on March 8 will also be in Albufeira with a kickoff at 2 p.m. local / 9 a.m. ET. The Americans will finish group play with a match against Sweden at the Municipal Stadium in Lagos with a start time of 3 p.m. local / 10 a.m. ET.

While it was previously announced that Al Bann Media would be web streaming the U.S. matches on delay, due to Al Bann’s inability to secure the projected funding for the project, the matches will no longer be available in the USA. ussoccer.com will still feature highlights of each of the U.S. games during the tournament.

The meeting with Iceland will be the fourth for the USA at the Algarve Cup, with the Americans holding a 3-0-0 record. The last match between the USA and Iceland at the Algarve Cup came in 2011 when Iceland made a surprising run to the championship game where it fell 4-2 to the Americans.

The USA will be meeting China for the seventh time at the Algarve Cup. The U.S. Women are 4-1-1 all-time against China in Portugal which includes two meetings in the championship game, a 2-1 loss in 1999 and a 2-0 win in 2003.

The group finale against Sweden will mark the first time the USA will face former head coach Pia Sundhage since she ended her five-year run in the USA to take over the head coaching job with her native country. The USA has played Sweden 12 times at the Algarve Cup with Sweden finding a bit of success in the tournament. The USA has won six games, lost two and tied four. The USA played Sweden in the championship game in 2009 and tied 1-1 in regulation before falling in penalty kicks.

The U.S. team must win its group to earn a place in the championship game, which will be played on March 13. The venues and kickoff times for all the placement matches have yet to be confirmed, but this year’s group games will take place in six small stadiums spread out along the southern coast of Portugal along with two group games between held at the 30,000-seat Stadium Algarve – built for Euro 2004 stadium -- as Denmark faces Japan and Portugal meets Mexico on March 11.

Since the expansion to 12 teams 12 years ago, the Algarve Cup format has been as follows: The winners of Groups A and B will compete for the Algarve Cup championship. The two second-place finishers in Groups A and B will play for third place while the third-place finishers in each group 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.

In preparation for the Algarve Cup, a new issue of “Anthem” will be available for download in the new U.S. Soccer Digital Publications app available for iPad, iPhone and Android devices. The issue will be the first Women’s National Team focused edition and will provide information on the 2013 Algarve Cup, a look back at previous editions of the tournament, as well as other features with players from the team. The app is available to download now free of charge, with Issue Two becoming available on March 5.

Additional notes:

  • Group A features Germany, Norway, Japan and Denmark and Group C will see Hungary, Wales and first-time participant Mexico joining host Portugal.
  • This is the 20th edition of the Algarve Cup.
  • This year will mark the 18th trip to the Algarve Cup for the U.S. Women, who have won the tournament a record eight times, including an unprecedented three straight championships from 2003-05.
  • Last year, the USA lost to Japan 1-0 in group play (the team’s only loss of the year) and missed the championship game for the first time in 10 years, but rebounded to defeat Sweden 4-0 in the third-place match behind Alex Morgan’s first-career hat trick and a goal from Abby Wambach, her team-leading 18th all-time in Algarve Cup play.
  • The USA has a 49-10-8 record all-time at the Algarve Cup and has scored 147 goals while allowing 53.
  • The USA will arrive in Portugal on Feb. 26 and train for a little over a week before opening the tournament against Iceland.

20th Annual Algarve Cup

The Algarve, Portugal

Group A
Germany, Norway, Japan, Denmark

Group B
USA, Sweden, Iceland, China PR

Group C
Portugal, Hungary, Wales, Mexico

 



Results

Date Matchup Result Venue Attendance Goal Scorers
March 6, 2013 WNT vs Iceland 3-0 W Estadio Municipal; Albufeira, Portugal 500
March 8, 2014 WNT vs China PR 5-0 W Estadio Municipal; Albufeira, Portugal 500
March 11, 2014 WNT vs Sweden 1-1 D Estadio Municipal; Lagos, Portugal 750
March 13, 2014 WNT vs Germany 2-0 W Estadio Algarve; Faro, Portugal 1,200
PLAYER POS. HT. BIRTHDATE HOMETOWN CLUB/COLLEGE
Yael Averbuch M 5-10 11/3/86 Upper Montclair, N.J. Washington Spirit
Nicole Barnhart GK 5-10 10/10/81 Gilbertsville, Pa. FC Kansas City
Rachel Van Hollebeke D 5-5 8/26/85 Del Mar, Calif. Portland Thorns FC
Shannon Boxx M 5-8 6/29/77 Redondo Beach, Calif. Chicago Red Stars
Lauren Holiday M 5-8 9/30/87 Indianapolis, Ind. FC Kansas City
Crystal Dunn D 5-1 7/3/92 Rockville Centre, N.Y. Washington Spirit
Whitney Engen D 5-8 11/28/87 Rolling Hills Estates, Calif. Houston Dash
Ashlyn Harris GK 5-9 10/19/85 Satellite Beach, Fla. Washington Spirit
Tobin Heath M 5-6 5/29/88 Basking Ridge, N.J. Portland Thorns FC
Lindsey Horan F 5-9 5/26/94 Golden, Colo. PSG (France)
Ali Krieger D 5-6 7/28/84 Dumfries, Va. Washington Spirit
Sydney Leroux F 5-7 5/7/90 Los Angeles, Calif. Seattle Reign FC
Carli Lloyd M 5-8 7/16/82 Delran, N.J. Houston Dash
Kristie Mewis M 5-7 2/25/91 Hanson, Mass. Boston Breakers
Alex Morgan F 5-7 7/2/89 Diamond Bar, Calif. Portland Thorns FC
Kelley O'Hara D 5-5 8/4/88 Fayetteville, Ga. Sky Blue FC
Heather O'Reilly M 5-5 1/2/85 East Brunswick, N.J. Boston Breakers
Christen Press F 5-7 12/29/88 Palos Verdes Estates, Calif. Chicago Red Stars
Christie Rampone D 5-6 6/24/75 Point Pleasant, N.J. Sky Blue FC
Megan Rapinoe M 5-7 7/5/85 Redding, Calif. Seattle Reign FC
Becky Sauerbrunn D 5-7 6/6/85 St. Louis, Mo. FC Kansas City
Hope Solo GK 5-9 7/30/81 Richland, Wash. Seattle Reign FC
Abby Wambach F 5-11 6/2/80 Rochester, N.Y. Western New York Flash

2013 Algarve Cup

GROUP A

Team

GP

W

L

T

GF

GA

GD

Pts

Germany

3

2

0

1

4

1

+3

7

Norway

3

1

1

1

2

2

0

4

Japan

3

1

2

0

3

4

-1

3

Denmark

3

0

1

2

0

2

-2

2

Wednesday, March 6
Norway 2, Japan 0; Stadium Bela Vista; Parchal, Portugal
Denmark 0, Germany 0; Municipal Stadium; Albufeira, Portugal

Friday, March 8
Germany 2, Japan 1; Stadium Bela Vista; Parchal, Portugal
Norway 0, Denmark 0; Stadium Bela Vista; Parchal, Portugal 

Monday, March 11
Japan 2, Denmark 0; Estadio Algarve; Algarve, Portugal
Germany 2, Norway 0; Municipal Stadium; Lagos, Portugal 

GROUP B

Team

GP

W

L

T

GF

GA

GD

Pts

United States

3

2

0

1

9

1

+8

7

Sweden

3

1

0

2

8

3

+5

5

China PR

3

1

1

1

2

6

-4

4

Iceland

3

0

3

0

1

10

-9

0

Wednesday, March 6
United States 3, Iceland 0; Municipal Stadium; Albufeira, Portugal
Sweden 1, China PR 1; Stadium Bela Vista; Parchal, Portugal 

Friday, March 8
United States 5, China PR 0; Municipal Stadium; Albufeira, Portugal
Sweden 6, Iceland 1; Municipal Stadium; Albufeira, Portugal

Monday, March 11
United States 1, Sweden 1; Municipal Stadium; Lagos, Portugal
China PR 1, Iceland 0; Sports Complex Nora; Ferreiras, Portugal 

GROUP C

Team

GP

W

L

T

GF

GA

GD

Pts

Mexico

3

2

1

0

4

1

+3

6

Hungary

3

1

1

1

3

2

+1

4

Wales

3

1

1

1

2

3

-1

4

Portugal

3

1

2

0

2

5

-3

3

Wednesday, March 6
Mexico 1, Hungary 0; Sports Complex Nora; Ferreiras, Portugal
Portugal 2, Wales 0; Municipal Stadium; Antonio, Portugal 

Friday, March 8
Hungary 2, Portugal 0; Municipal Stadium; Antonio, Portugal
Wales 1, Mexico 0; Municipal Stadium; Antonio, Portugal

Monday, March 11
Wales 1, Hungary 1; Municipal Stadium; Quarteira, Portugal
Mexico 3, Portugal 0; Estadio Algarve; Algarve, Portugal 

ELEVENTH-PLACE MATCH

Wednesday, March 13
Portugal 1, Wales 1 (3-1 PKs); Stadium Bela Vista; Parchal, Portugal

NINTH-PLACE MATCH

Wednesday, March 13
Iceland 4, Hungary 1; Stadium Bela Vista; Parchal, Portugal

SEVENTH-PLACE MATCH

Wednesday, March 13
Denmark 3, Mexico 0; Municipal Stadium; Lagos, Portugal 

FIFTH-PLACE MATCH

Wednesday, March 13
Japan 1, China PR 0; Estadio Algarve; Algarve, Portugal

THIRD-PLACE MATCH

Wednesday, March 13
Norway 2, Sweden 2 (5-4 PKs); Municipal Stadium; Lagos, Portugal

FINAL

Wednesday, March 13
United States 2, Germany 0; Estadio Algarve; Algarve, Portugal

 

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