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The Algarve cup is underway in Portugal and the US Women’s National Team is looking sharp. On Tuesday, the women opened play against Iceland. Defender Rachel Buehler earned her 100th cap for the United States and scored her 4th career goal. Shannon Boxx and Abby Wambach combined for the other two goals as the US defeated Iceland 3-0. Crystal Dunn also made her first career start for the national team. Goalkeeper Jill Loyden made her third career start and earned a shutout.
On Friday, the team took on China for the second group-stage game. Head Coach Tom Sermanni made 10 changes to the starting lineup, making Alex Morgan the only player to start in both games. Sydney Leroux got on the board early when she brought the ball up from midfield and fired a shot past the Chinese keeper in the 2nd minute. Defender Ali Krieger soon followed, earning her first career goal.
In the second half, an own-goal off of a free kick brought the US’s lead up to 3-0. Christen Press made it 4-nil when she fired a shot just below the crossbar, earning her fourth goal in four games. Defender Whitney Engen sealed the deal late in the game when she got her foot on a deflected ball and got her first career goal with the US. Nicole Barnhart had her work cut out for her as she made a few daring saves early on in the game.
The US currently leads Group B in the tournament.
The USWNT will next face Sweden and former head coach Pia Sundhage on Monday, March 11th. The game will be available for order on Pay-Per-View or online at ustream.com.