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Soccer: WNT Seeks 10th Algarve Cup Title Against France

Soccer: WNT Seeks 10th Algarve Cup Title Against France

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U.S. Women’s National Team vs. France
2015 Algarve Cup – Championship Game
Algarve Stadium; Algarve, Portugal
March 11, 2015

WNT FACES FRANCE IN ALGARVE CUP FINAL: Following a 2-1 win against Norway, a 3-0 triumph over Switzerland and a 0-0 draw with Iceland, the U.S. WNT finished atop Group B with seven points and with the second-best point total of the three group winners. The U.S. earned a spot alongside Group C champion France (9 points) in the championship match of the 2015 Algarve Cup. USA-France will kick off at 12 p.m. ET on Wednesday, March 11, at the Algarve Stadium in Algarve, Portugal. The game will be broadcast live on FOX Sports 1 and FOX Sports2Go. Fans can follow the match on Twitter @ussoccer_wnt and @ussoccer_esp, and watch highlights on ussoccer.com.

GOING FOR 10: The championship game will represent the program’s 14th Algarve Cup Final appearance. The U.S. WNT most recently won the Algarve Cup in 2013, beating Germany 2-0 in the title game to earn its ninth title, the most of any country. This year’s tournament features six of the world’s top-10 ranked teams, including the top five. Brazil, currently ranked eighth, is participating for the first time. In all, 11 of the 12 participating countries are ranked in the top-20 in the world.

2015 Algarve Cup Placement Matches

Placement Match Matchup Venue Local Kickoff / ET
Championship: USA vs. France Faro, Portugal 4 p.m. / 12 p.m.
3rd Place Match Sweden vs. Germany Parchal, Portugal 12 p.m. / 8 a.m.
5th Place Match Norway vs. Denmark Albufeira, Portugal 6 p.m. / 2 p.m.
7th Place Match Brazil vs. Switzerland Albufeira, Portugal 3 p.m. / 11 a.m.
9th Place Match Japan vs. Iceland Faro, Portugal 12:15 / 8:15 a.m.
11th Place Match Portugal vs. China PR Parchal, Portugal 3 p.m. / 11 a.m.

22nd Annual Algarve Cup Final Group Standings
Group A

Team GP W L T GF GA GD Pts.
SWE 3 2 1 0 7 4 +3 6
GER 3 2 1 0 3 5 +2 6
BRA 3 1 1 1 3 3 0 4
CHN 3 0 2 1 0 5 -5 1

Group A Update: Germany finished group play with a strong result, trouncing Brazil 3-1 on goals from Alexandra Popp, Celia Sasic and Dzsenifer Marozsan. Sweden rebounded from its loss against Brazil with a dominant 3-0 win against China PR on a penalty kick by Lotta Schelin and goals by Kosovare Asllani and Sofia Jakobsson. Tied with six points each, the Group A winner was determined by head-to-head results between Sweden and Germany. Sweden beat Germany 4-2 in their first group matchup on March 4, thus claiming the top spot.

Group B

Team GP W L T GF GA GD Pts.
USA 3 2 0 1 5 1 +4 7
NOR 3 1 1 1 4 4 0 4
SUI 3 1 1 1 4 5 -1 4
ISL 3 0 2 1 0 3 -3 1

Group B Update: The USA secured its place in the championship game place after a 0-0 draw against Iceland gave the team seven points, the second-best points total in all three groups. The other Group B match also ended in a draw, with Norway getting goals from Trine Ronning and Isabell Herlovsen in the second half and Switzerland tying it up thanks to Rahel Kiwic and Fabienne Humm.

Group C

Team GP W L T GF GA GD Pts.
FRA 3 3 0 0 8 2 +6 9
DEN 3 1 1 1 5 7 -2 4
JPN 3 1 2 0 5 5 0 3
POR 3 0 2 1 2 6 -4 1

Group C Update: France finished Group C with its third win in a row, taking down Japan 3-1 after falling behind 1-0 in the first half. Gaëtane Thiney’s penalty kick sparked the French comeback which was aided by a goal from Eugénie Le Sommer and a second goal from Thiney. France was the only country to finish with the full nine points and the most of all teams, earning a spot in the championship match. Denmark had a seemingly safe 2-0 lead on Portugal with about 15 minutes left in the game but a penalty kick by Dolores Silva and an 86-minute goal by Claudia Neto tied the score 2-2 and allowed the Portuguese to come out with a draw.

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

2015 U.S. WNT SCHEDULE:

Date Opponent Time TV/Result Venue
Feb. 8 France 12 p.m. ET 0-2 L Stade du Moustoir; Lorient, France
Feb. 13 England 3 p.m. ET 1-0 W stadiummk; Milton Keynes, England
March 4 Norway* 2 p.m. ET 2-1 W Vila Real de Santo Antonio, Portugal
March 6 Switzerland* 12 p.m. ET 3-0 W Vila Real de Santo Antonio, Portugal
March 9 Iceland* 1:30 p.m. ET 0-0 T Lagos, Portugal
March 11 France* 12 p.m. ET FOX Sports 1 Algarve, Portugal
April 4 New Zealand 2:30 p.m. CT FOX Sports 1 Busch Stadium; St. Louis, Mo.
May 10 Ireland 11:30 a.m. PT FOX Sports 1 Avaya Stadium; San Jose, Calif.
May 17 Mexico 6 p.m. PT FOX Sports 1 StubHub Center; Carson, Calif.
May 30 Korea Rep. 4:30 p.m. ET ESPN, WatchESPN Red Bull Arena; Harrison, N.J.
June 8 Australia 6:30 p.m. CT FOX Winnipeg Stadium; Winnipeg, Canada
June 12 Sweden 7 p.m. CT FOX Winnipeg Stadium; Winnipeg, Canada
June 16 Nigeria 5 p.m. PT FOX BC Place Stadium; Vancouver, Canada

* Algarve Cup

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

U.S. ROSTER NOTES:

  • Carli Lloyd’s two goals in the 2-1 victory against Norway on March 4 gave her 63 for her career and 12 at the Algarve Cup, making her the third all-time leading scorer at the Algarve Cup behind Abby Wambach (22) and Kristine Lilly (13). Alex Morgan also has 12 at the Algarve Cup.
  • The USA’s five goals so far in the tournament have come from four different players.
  • Lloyd and Morgan are the only U.S. players to receive a yellow card, but all U.S. players are eligible for the championship.
  • Morgan did not play in last year’s Algarve Cup as she was recovering from an ankle injury. Midfielder Lauren Holiday also missed last year’s tournament, due to a family commitment. She has scored six goals in the Algarve Cup.

IN THE RECORD BOOKS:

  • World goal scoring record holder Abby Wambach tallied her 178th goal during the USA’s 3-0 victory against Switzerland on March 6. Wambach is now 20 goals ahead of previous U.S. WNT goal scoring record holder Mia Hamm (158 goals from 1987-2004).
  • Lori Chalupny and Megan Rapinoe each have 98 caps in their WNT careers as they near the century mark. Thirty other WNT players have reached that milestone, including nine other players currently in the 2015 Algarve Cup roster.
  • With two goals against Norway on March 4, Carli Lloyd upped her career total to 63. She is in sole possession of seventh place on the U.S. WNT’s all-time goal scoring list, passing Shannon MacMillan who scored 60 goals in her career. Lloyd is the highest-scoring player in U.S. history who has played exclusively as a midfielder.
  • Heather O’Reilly is the ninth player to hit 200 caps in U.S. history after reaching the milestone against Korea DPR on March 12, 2014. Now with 216, she is seventh on the USA’s all-time list. Abby Wambach (237) and Christie Rampone (304) are the only active players ahead of her. Rampone is currently the second most-capped player in U.S. and world history behind Kristine Lilly (352).
  • Hope Solo came into the tournament with a U.S. record 78 career shutouts and with clean sheets against Switzerland and Iceland. She now has 80 in 165 games.
  • Solo is tied for the most starts by a WNT goalkeeper, matching Briana Scurry’s 159 during the USA’s scoreless draw against Iceland on Monday. Solo and Scurry are tied for 12th on the WNT’s all-time starts list, one behind 11th-place Brandi Chastain (160 games from 1988-2004).

U.S. WNT AT THE ALGARVE CUP

  • The USA has a 55-12-11 record all-time at the Algarve Cup.
  • The USA will be making its 14th appearance in an Algarve Cup final, having won the tournament nine times, the most of any country.
  • The USA has scored 170 goals while allowing 62 at the Algarve Cup.
  • There are now 38 different WNT players have scored at the Algarve Cup.
  • Wambach’s 22 goals are tops all-time at the Algarve Cup for a U.S. player and one of the leaders all time in the 22-year history of the tournament.

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