Wednesday, March 12, 2008

US WNT claims Algarve Cup (again), beats Denmark 2-1

VILA REAL DE SAN ANTONIO, Portugal - The US Women's National Team captured their second consecutive Algarve Cup title when defeated Denmark 2-1 today at Municipal Stadium.

The clubs approached the 50th minute on level terms until Abby Wambach and Natasha Kai collaborated on a nice one-two pass that Wambach chipped in for the go-ahead goal. Hope Solo kept the US net unoccupied for the remainder of the match en route to their fourth consecutive victory in the tournament.

Kai kicked off the scoring the 14th minute when she took a cross from Carli Lloyd, and powered it past the Denmark keeper.

But Denmark answered back nearly fifteen minutes later when Catherine Sorenson headed the equalizer past Solo, thus knotting the clubs an one apiece. The goal was the first scored upon the Americans during the entire tournament after Solo and Nicole Barnhart kept the sheet clean in Portugal for 301 consecutive minutes.

Any hopes that Denmark could knock the defending champions off their throne were for ultimate squashed when Wambach's 50th minute shot on goal crossed the goal line and rested in the left corner of the net.

With the their successful defense of the Algarve Cup, the US Women have now claimed five of the last six Algarve Cup championships (2003, 2004, 2005, 2007, 2008).

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