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USWNT Take Home Ninth Algarve Cup Title

US Women’s soccer defeated Germany on Wednesday 2-0 to take first place in Portugal’s Algarve Cup Tournament. On Monday, the USA tied Sweden and former head coach Pia Sundhage to put them into the championship match. Germany and the US are the top two teams in FIFA rankings and it certainly showed.

In the first 20 minutes of the match, Germany forward Celia Okoyino da Mbabi had multiple breakaways and it seemed a German goal was imminent. Kelley O’Hara, Ali Krieger, Whitney Engen, and Rachel Buehler combined for a stellar defense while goalkeeper Nicole Barnhart had many clutch saves to keep the Germans off the scoreboard.

Alex Morgan scored the US’s only two goals in the match, the first of which came in the 13th minute when she fired a shot into the upper 90. After the US took the lead, Germany appeared a bit shaken and the Americans gained control of the game. In the 34th minute a German communication mistake in the defense caused the goalkeeper to leave the goal unattended, and Morgan put away the final goal of the match.

This is the US’s ninth Algarve title, after finishing 3rd in last year’s tournament.

The USWNT will face Germany again on April 5th in an international friendly at Sparda Bank Hessen Stadium in Offenbach, Germany.

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This entry was posted on March 16, 2013 by in International, US Women's Team.
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