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U.S. Women’s National Team Set to Face Norway in Group B of Algarve Cup

The U.S. Women’s National Team will be looking to extend its 2012 winning streak when the team faces Norway in its second Group B match of the 2012 Algarve Cup.

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Alex Morgan Lauren Cheney

IN THE IMAGE: Alex Morgan is the U.S. WNT’s top scorer in 2012 (7), with Lauren Cheney leading in assists (8).


USA LOOKS TO EXTEND 2012 WINNING STREAK IN GROUP B GAME AGAINST NORWAY:
The U.S. Women’s National Team will be looking to extend its 2012 winning streak when the team faces Norway in its second Group B match of the 2012 Algarve Cup. Like the USA’s 5-0 tournament-opening victory against Denmark on Feb. 29, the match will be played at the small Municipal Stadium in Lagos, Portugal. Fans can follow the game via ussoccer.com’s MatchTracker and on Twitter @ussoccer_wnt. The USA is 7-0-0 for the year and has out-scored opponents 45-1. Against Denmark, Alex Morgan opened the scoring in the 21st minute and added her second in the 84th. Abby Wambach, Carli Lloyd and Sydney Leroux also got on the score sheet to give the team the first-place position in Group B standings on goal differential after just one round of group matches. Morgan has scored twice in three consecutive games and now has a team-leading eight goals on the year. It will take a bit more work to set the U.S. record for consecutive games with multiple goals as Michelle Akers scored multiple goals in six straight in 1991.

U.S. WNT 2012 Algarve Cup Schedule  

19th Annual Algarve Cup Standings and Schedule
Group B

March 2
United States vs. Norway
Denmark vs. Japan

March 5

United States vs. Japan
Norway vs. Denmark

GROUP A RECAP:
Both Group A games on the first matchday ended with a 1-0 score as Germany and Sweden picked up wins over Iceland and China respectively to share the first-place. Anja Mittag scored Germany’s lone goal in the 25th minute and Antonia Goransson scored for the Swedes eight minutes from the end to secure the victory. 

GROUP B RECAP: The U.S. emerged from the first day of Algarve Cup play at the top of the Group B standings with four goals separating the Americans from second-place Japan. The USA’s five goals came courtesy of Alex Morgan (2), Abby Wambach, Carli Lloyd and Sydney Leroux in the opening game against Denmark. Wambach became the highest-scoring American in Algarve Cup history with 16 total goals in the competition. That tied Wambach with former Sweden legend Hanna Ljungberg for the most all-time goals in Algarve Cup tournament history. Norway opened scoring in its game against Japan through Isabell Herlovsen, but the World Cup champions came back to notch unanswered goals from Yuki Nagasato and Nahomi Kawasuni in the second half for the come from behind victory.

GROUP C RECAP: Wales and Hungary earned their 1-0 wins in opposite fashions on the first day of Group C play. In its game against host Portugal, Wales struggled to break through the Portuguese defense – and vice versa – for almost the entire match. It was not until the second minute of second half stoppage time that Angharad James was able to break the deadlock and give Wales the win. The opposite happened in Hungary’s game against the Republic of Ireland, with Reka Sipos putting Hungary ahead in the second minute. The Republic of Ireland could not find the equalizer and is tied with Portugal at the bottom of Group C.

U.S. ROSTER BY POSITIONDetailed Roster
GOALKEEPERS (2): 1-Hope Solo, 18-Nicole Barnhart
DEFENDERS (8): 2-Heather Mitts, 3-Christie Rampone, 4-Becky Sauerbrunn, 5-Kelley O’Hara, 6-Amy LePeilbet, 14-Stephanie Cox, 19-Rachel Buehler, 22-Whitney Engen
MIDFIELDERS (7): 7-Shannon Boxx, 8-Amy Rodriguez, 9-Heather O’Reilly, 10-Carli Lloyd, 15-Megan Rapinoe, 16-Lori Lindsey, 17-Tobin Heath
FORWARDS (4): 11-Sydney Leroux, 12-Lauren Cheney, 13-Alex Morgan, 20-Abby Wambach

NORWAY ROSTER BY POSITION
GOALKEEPERS (3): 1-Ingrid Hjelmseth (Stabæk FK), 12-Caroline Knutsen (Røa IL), 21-Christine Nilsen (VIF Football)
DEFENDERS (6): 2-Madeleine Gisk (Røa IL), 3-Kristine Hegland (Arna-Bjørnar), 5-Toril Akerhaugen (Stabæk FK), 7-Trine Rønning (Stabæk FK), 14-Marita Skammelsrud (Lund LSK), 15-Nora Holstad Berge (Linköping, SWE)
MIDFIELDERS (4): 4-Ingvild Stensland (Stabæk FK), 6-Maren Mjelde (Arna-Bjørnar), 13-Gry Tofte Ims (Klepp IL), 17-Ingrid Mo Wold (LSK Kvinner)
FORWARDS (8): 8-Ingvild Isaksen (Kolbotn IL), 9-Isabell Herlovsen (LSK Kvinner), 10-Lindy Melissa Wiik (Stabæk FK), 11-Leni Larsen Kaurin (Wolfsburg, GER), 16-Elise Thorsnes (Røa IL), 18-Cecilie Pedersen (LSK Kvinner), 19-Emilie Havvi (Røa IL), 20-Caroline Hansen (Stabæk FK)

USA vs. NORWAY SERIES

IN FOCUS: NORWAY
Football Association of Norway
Founded: 1902 (Joined FIFA in 1908)
Head Coach: Eli Landsem
FIFA World Ranking: 12
All-Time Algarve Cup Results: 41-20-10
Algarve Cup Finals: 7 (1994, 1996, 1997, 1998, 2000, 2002, 2004). Norway won the Algarve Cup in 1994, 1997 and 1998.
Best FIFA World Cup Finish: Won the World Cup in 1995
Best Olympics Finish: Won the gold medal at the Sydney Games in 2000 and bronze at Atlanta in 1996.

LAST TIME

On the field for USA:
Feb. 29, 2012 – Municipal Stadium – Lagos, Portugal – Algarve Cup
U.S. 5, Denmark 0
USA                5          Alex Morgan, 21, 84; Abby Wambach, 44; Carli Lloyd, 76; Sydney Leroux, 90+3
DEN               0

Lineups:
USA: 1-Hope Solo; 6-Amy LePeilbet, 19-Rachel Buehler, 3-Christie Rampone (capt.), 5-Kelley O’Hara (14-Stephanie Cox, 46); 9-Heather O’Reilly (8-Amy Rodriguez, 46), 7-Shannon Boxx (16-Lori Lindsey, 72), 10-Carli Lloyd, 12-Lauren Cheney (11-Sydney Leroux, 78); 13-Alex Morgan, 20-Abby Wambach (17-Tobin Heath, 46)
Subs not used: 2-Heather Mitts, 4-Becky Sauerbrunn, 15-Megan Rapinoe, 18-Nicole Barnhart, 22-Whitney Engen
Head coach: Pia Sundhage

DEN: 1-Heidi Johansen; 2-Line Hansen (18-Marie Bjerg, 46), 4-Line Jensen, 8-Therese Nielsen, 15-Malene Olsen; 3-Katrine Pedersen (capt.), 6-Mariann Knudsen (20-Anna Thorsen, 46), 11-Katrine Veje (13-Johanna Rasmussen, 65), 12-Nanna Christiansen (14-Kristine Pedersen, 65); 10-Pemille Harder (7-Sanne Nielsen, 78), 17-Nadia Nadim (9-Lise Munk, 68)
Subs not used: 5-Janni Jensen, 16-Stina Petersen, 19-Sofie Pedersen
Head coach: Kenneth Heiner-Moller

LAST TIME
Vs. Norway for the USA:
March 4, 2011 – Estadio Municipal – Vila Real de San Antonio, Portugal – Algarve Cup
USA 2, Norway 0
Scoring Summary:    1          2          F
USA                            1          1          2          Lindsay Tarpley, 33; Carli Lloyd, 63
NOR                           0          0          0

Lineups:

USA: 18-Nicole Barnhart; 11-Ali Krieger (25-Whitney Engen, 78), 3-Christie Rampone (capt.), 19-Rachel Buehler, 14-Stephanie Cox (22-Becky Sauerbrunn, 46); 9-Heather O’Reilly (20-Abby Wambach, 46), 7-Shannon Boxx, 10-Carli Lloyd (16-Lori Lindsey, 71), 15-Megan Rapinoe (17-Tobin Heath, 71); 5-Lindsay Tarpley, 8-Amy Rodriguez (13-Alex Morgan, 46)
Subs not used: 12-Lauren Cheney, 21-Kelley O’Hara, 24-Ashlyn Harris
Head Coach: Pia Sundhage

NOR: 1-Ingrid Hjelmseth (capt.); 3-Maren Mjelde, 4-Nora Berge, 15-Hedda Gardsjord, 18-Guro Knutsen Mienna (5-Ingrid Ryland, 69), 6-Lisa-Marie Woods, 7-Trine Rønning (8-Lena Storløkken, 40), 19-Lene Mykjaland (17-Madeleine Giske, 63), 20-Lise Klaveness (13-Cecilie Pedersen, 63), 9-Isabel Herlovsen (16-Elisa Thorsnes, 63), 11-Leni Larsen Kaurin (10-Lindy Wiik, 81)
Subs not used: 2-Runa Vikestad, 12-Erika Skarbo, 14-Gry Tofte Ims
Head Coach: Eli Landsem  

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