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U.S. WNT Nets 2-1 Win Against Norway in Algarve Cup

Abby Wambach and Sydney Leroux each scored a goal as the U.S. held off Norway for a 2-1 victory in Group B play at the Algarve Cup on Friday in Lagos, Portugal.

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Sydney Leroux

IN THE IMAGE: U.S. forward Sydney Leroux scored what proved to be the game-winning goal in the 81st minute on Friday in the Algarve Cup.

LAGOS, Portugal (March 2, 2012) – The U.S. Women’s National Team defeated Norway 2-1 on Friday in Group B play of the 2012 Algarve Cup at Municipal Stadium. Abby Wambach and Sydney Leroux provided the USA scoring in the 51st and 81st minutes before Norway’s Elise Thorsnes salvaged a goal three minutes into second-half stoppage time.

More information from the match will follow shortly.


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

Match: U.S. Women’s National Team vs. Norway
Date: March 2, 2012
Competition: 2012 Algarve Cup – Group B
Venue: Municipal Stadium; Lagos, Portugal
Kickoff: 3 p.m. Local / 10 a.m. ET
Attendance: 300
Weather: 63 degrees, sunny, partly cloudy

Scoring Summary: 1 2 F
USA                        1 1 2
NOR                        0 1 1

USA – Abby Wambach (Heather Mitts) 51st minute
USA – Sydney Leroux (Amy Rodriguez) 81
NOR – Elise Thorsnes 90+3


USA: 1-Hope Solo; 6-Amy LePeilbet (2-Heather Mitts, 46), 4-Becky Sauerbrunn, 3-Christie Rampone (capt.) (19-Rachel Buehler, 46), 14-Stephanie Cox; 9-Heather O’Reilly (8-Amy Rodriguez, 58), 7-Shannon Boxx, 10-Carli Lloyd, 17-Tobin Heath (15-Megan Rapinoe, 46); 13-Alex Morgan (11-Sydney Leroux, 77), 20-Abby Wambach (12-Lauren Cheney, 65)
Subs not used: 5-Kelley O’Hara, 16-Lori Lindsey, 18-Nicole Barnhart, 22-Whitney Engen
Head coach: Pia Sundhage

NOR: 12-Caroline Knutsen; 2-Madeleine Gisk, 5-Toril Akerhaugen, 7-Trine Rønning, 14-Marita Skammelsrud; 4-Ingvild Stensland (capt.), (15-Nora Holstad Berge, 30), 6-Maren Mjelde, 13-Gry Tofte Ims (17-Ingrid Mo Wold, 80); 9-Isabell Herlovsen (19-Emilie Havvi, 83), 10-Lindy Melissa Wiik (20-Caroline Hansen, 65), 18-Cecilie Pedersen (16-Elise Thorsnes, 46)
Subs not used: 1-Ingrid Hjelmseth, 3-Kristine Hegland, 8-Ingvild Isaksen, 11-Leni Larsen Kaurin, 21-Christine Nilsen
Head coach: Eli Landsem

Statistical Summary: USA / NOR
Shots: 17 / 5
Shots on Goal: 7 / 4
Saves: 3 / 5
Corner Kicks: 4 / 6
Fouls: 7 / 5
Offside: 6 / 3

Misconduct Summary:

Referee: Jesica Salom Di Iorio (ARG)
Assistant Referee: Nadia Weiler (PAR)
Assistant Referee: Luzmila Gonzalez (COL)
4th Official: Carina Vitulano (ITA)

Bud Light Woman of the Match: Carli Lloyd

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