Join Now  | 
Home About Contact Us Privacy & Security Advertise
Soccer America Daily Soccer World Daily Special Edition Around The Net Soccer Business Insider College Soccer Reporter Youth Soccer Reporter Soccer on TV Soccer America Classifieds Game Report
Paul Gardner: SoccerTalk Soccer America Confidential Youth Soccer Insider World Cup Watch
RSS Feeds Archives Manage Subscriptions Subscribe
Order Current Issue Subscribe Manage My Subscription Renew My Subscription Gift Subscription
My Account Join Now
Tournament Calendar Camps & Academies Soccer Glossary Classifieds
U.S. women cruise with wind at their backs
March 11th, 2008 6:45AM
Subscribe to Soccer America Daily

MOST READ

MOST COMMENTED

[ALGARVE CUP] The U.S. women's national team got second-half goals from Natasha Kai, Abby Wambach, Heather O'Reilly and Amy Rodriguez to beat Norway, 4-0, and move into Wednesday's final of the Algarve Cup against Denmark.

Kai, Wambach and O'Reilly scored in an 11-minute span before Rodriguez, a second-half sub, finished the scoring in the 90th minute. All four U.S. goals came with stiff winds at its back.

Norway needed to beat the USA to win the group and had its chances in the first half when Ingvild Stensland hit the crossbar and goalie Nicole Barnhart stopped Isabell Herlovsen's breakaway.

The Americans are now 6-0 under Coach Pia Sundhage, who said it was good to be tested in the first half.

"I said after the game that I was very grateful because this game taught me a lot," she said. "The fact that you played 45 difficult minutes, and if you can remember how that felt, and if you believe what you are doing, and continue what you do, then you can go out there in the second half and do well. Look at Carli [Lloyd], for instance. She struggled a little bit in the first half, but she and her teammates made it look good in the second half. That's something we are looking for to gain confidence by playing our game."

Denmark was the Group A winner after defeating Finland, 1-0. The final will be a rematch of last year's Algarve Cup final, won, 2-0, by the United States.

USA-Norway Summary:
March 10 in Alvor
USA 4 Norway 0. Goals: Kai 55, Wambach 57, O'Reilly 65, Rodriguez 90.
USA -- Barnhart, Buehler, Markgraf, Rampone (Whitehill, 75), Chalupny (Cox, 75), Boxx (Osborne, 63), Lloyd, Woznuk (Tarpley, 46), O'Reilly (Heath, 70), Kai (Rodriguez, 63), Wambach.
Norway -- Hjelmseth, Horpestad, Folstad (Lund, 58), Nordby, Vikestad, Stensland, M.Knutsen, Storlokken, Herlovsen, Wiik, Kaurin (G.Knutsen, 68).
Referee: Bibiana Steinhaus (Germany).
Att.: 300.

Algarve Cup Results:
March 5
Denmark 1, Germany 0
Sweden 3, Finland 1
March 7
Germany 3, Finland 0
Denmark 1, Sweden 0
March 10
Denmark 1, Finland 0.
Germany 2, Sweden 0
Standings: Denmark 9 points; Germany 6; Sweden 3; Finland 0.
March 5
USA 4, China 0
Norway 4, Italy 2
March 7
USA 2, Italy 0
Norway 3, China 1
March 10
USA 4, Norway 0
Italy 2, China 0
Standings: USA 9 points; Norway 6; Italy 3; China 0.
Group C
March 5
Iceland 2, Poland 0
Portugal 2, Ireland 0
March 7
Portugal 3, Poland 1
Iceland 4, Ireland 1
March 10
Iceland 3, Portugal 0
Ireland 1, Poland 0
Standings: Iceland 9 points; Portugal 6; Ireland 3; Poland 0.

Algarve Cup Placement Matches
March 12
Poland vs. Ireland: 11th-Place Match
Portugal vs. China: 9th-Place Match
Iceland vs. Finland: 7th-Place Match
Sweden vs. Italy: 5th-Place Match
Germany vs. Norway: 3rd-Place Match
USA vs. Denmark: Championship

 



No comments yet.

Sign in to leave a comment. Don't have an account? Join Now




AUTHORS

ARCHIVES
FOLLOW SOCCERAMERICA

Recent Soccer America Daily
MLS Moves: Galaxy uses TAM again on Joao Pedro    
In the space of just a few days, the Galaxy has completely revamped its midfield. After ...
Datebook: MLS preseason schedules    
MLS players will begin returning to their clubs as soon as Saturday. The first preseason friendly ...
Video Pick: Coaches make fool of themselves    
Honduras coach Jorge Luis Pinto and his Panama counterpart Bolillo Gomez fail the role-model test when ...
What They're Saying: Ryan Hollingshead    
"Originally when I hit the concrete I was like, 'I'm going to be out for years ...
MLS Moves: Jeffrey signs new deal with D.C. United    
After setting career highs for games played and starts in a season since leaving Germany for ...
U.S. Abroad: Gyau moves to German 3. Liga    
Joe Gyau became the third American to join German 3. Liga club Sonnenhof Grossaspach when he ...
U.S. Abroad: O'Reilly seeks 'global experience' at Arsenal    
Heather O'Reilly, arguably the most-decorated player in U.S. women's soccer history, will continue her career at ...
Seattle Sounders: Lodeiro tips buddy Luis Suarez for move    
When Nicolas Lodeiro was negotiating with the Seattle Sounders about moving to MLS during the Copa ...
U.S. Abroad: Yedlin's Newcastle advances in FA Cup    
DeAndre Yedlin started for Newcastle United, which beat Birmingham City, 3-1, to advance to the fourth ...
What They're Saying: Tim Howard    
"I'm an old man and I've seen a lot of things, and what it seemed like ...
>> Soccer America Daily Archives