Join Now | 
HomeAboutContact UsPrivacy & SecurityAdvertise
Soccer America DailySpecial EditionAround The NetSoccer Business InsiderCollege Soccer ReporterYouth Soccer ReporterSoccer on TVSoccer America Classifieds
Paul Gardner: SoccerTalkSoccer America ConfidentialYouth Soccer InsiderWorld Cup Watch
RSS FeedsArchivesManage SubscriptionsSubscribe
Order Current IssueSubscribeManage My SubscriptionRenew My SubscriptionGift Subscription
My AccountJoin Now
Tournament CalendarCamps & AcademiesSoccer GlossaryClassifieds
Swedes knock off USA in shootout
by Paul Kennedy, March 12th, 2009 7AM

MOST READ


[ALGARVE CUP] The USA's bid for a third straight Algarve Cup championship was thwarted when it fell to Sweden on penalty kicks in Wednesday's final after a 1-1 tie. The only other time in the last seven years the Americans failed to win the Portuguese tournament was in 2006 when they fell to Germany in a shootout.

Caroline Seger took advantage of an errant backpass by converted central defender Shannon Boxx and fed a wide-open Letta Schelin for the opening goal in the 14th minute.

It wasn't until the 90th minute that the USA equalized thanks to a Boxx's goal on a first-time shot at the far post off a cross from Megan Rapinoe.

Sweden had led the shootout in the fifth round but Schelin had her shot stopped by goalie Hope Solo. The Swedes incredibly missed their fourth, fifth and sixth kicks, giving late sub Angie Woznuk a chance to win it for the USA but Swedish goalie Kristin Hammarstrom pushed her shot away.

In the seventh round, Stine Segerstrom scored for Sweden, and Heather Mitts, playing her 100th game for the USA, cracked her shot off the left post.

U.S. coach Pia Sundhage said the final was a game of two halves.

"We struggled a little bit in the first half," she said. "Sweden, with Victoria Svensson and Lotta Schelin, gave us a hard time. But the back four did great, beside the goal that was just a giveaway. I think we struggled a little bit in midfield with defending, and then in the attack we got dispossessed too much, so I wasn't happy about the first half. In the second half, we changed the attitude a little bit, and used our runners up front to get behind the back line a little bit more.

"We played the ball a little bit faster. When we put Megan Rapinoe wide and played both A-Rod [Amy Rodriguez] and Tash [Natasha Kai] (up front), I thought that was pretty good. You could see some good flashes, especially when Boxx comes up into the midfield. We created some chances and got some rhythm in the game as well. I am very proud of the way we are coming back and scoring late goals. There is something to be said about that. But penalty kicks are penalty kicks and congratulations to Sweden."

A 43rd-minute goal from Julie Rydahl Bukh gave Denmark a 1-0 upset win against Germany in the third-place match.

March 11 Faro, Portugal
USA 1 Sweden 1. Goals: Boxx 90; Schelin 18.
USA -- Solo, Mitts, Boxx, Rampone, Buehler, O'Reilly (Woznuk, 88), Hucles (DiMartino, 83), Lloyd, Tarpley (Rodriguez, 46), Rapinoe, Kai.
Sweden -- Hammarstrom, Rohlin, Segerstrom, Paulson, Thunebro (Olander, 46), Seger (Sembrandt, 78), Sjogran (Fors, 63), Aslani (Edlund, 53),  Fischer (Dahlkvist, 37), Svensson (Linden, 71), Schelin.
Referee: Bibiana Steinhaus (Germany).
Att.: 1,200.

 



No comments yet.

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




AUTHORS

ARCHIVES
FOLLOW SOCCERAMERICA

Recent Soccer America Daily
What They're Saying    
"Everyone wants to get through the first round: That's our goal. Jurgen [Klinsmann] has said, 'Our ...
Scores PK, plows down coach, red-carded    
[VIDEO PICK: Off the Post] In Scotland, Hearts captain Jamie Hamill converted a penalty kick against ...
Fox Sports named AYSO premier sponsor    
[SOCCER BUSINESS] The American Youth Soccer Organization (AYSO) has concluded a wide-ranging partnership with Fox Sports, ...
U.S. U-20s fall to River Plate in Super Group final    
[DALLAS CUP] The U.S. under-20 national team dropped a 2-0 decision to River Plate in the ...
Noyola and Souza team up for first Dash victory    
[NWSL: Week 2] The expansion Houston Dash got two goals from Teresa Noyola to rally for ...
Will Johnson: Timbers must face the reality    
[MLS SPOTLIGHT] The Portland Timbers remain winless in seven games after another loss to old nemesis ...
Los Dos move into top spot    
[USL PRO: Week 5] LA Galaxy II got goals from Galaxy loan players Charlie Rugg and ...
Boyd scores twice, Bedoya adds goal in big Nantes win    
[AMERICANS ABROAD] Terrence Boyd scored two goals -- his first goals in seven weeks -- as ...
Girls soccer handle takes on life of its own    
[SOCIAL MEDIA WATCH] SoccerGirlProblems (@SoccerGrlProbs) launched in 2011 to tweet humorously about the soccer problems of ...
De Grandpre returns to Red Bulls    
[MLS SPOTLIGHT] Marc de Grandpre is back with the New York Red Bulls, having been hired ...
>> Soccer America Daily Archives