ALGARVE CUP 2000
As predicted by WSW, the USA captures Algarve Cup for the first
with 1-0 victory over Norway
|Results of Algarve Cup 2000
Placement Games Saturday, March, 18
|Finland||3||Portugal||0||7th Place -- Montechoro
|Canada||3||Denmark||2||5th Place -- Lagoa
|China||1||Sweden||0||3rd Place -- Quarteira
|USA||1||Norway||0||1st Place -- Loulè|
USA 1 - Norway 0
Muncipal Stadium - Loulé, Portugal
March 18, 2000 - Kickoff 4:00 p.m. Local
Attendance 850 - Weather: Warm, sunny, breezy 81 degrees F
Head Coach: April Heinrichs
USA --Chastain (Penalty Kick) 9th minute.
Norway -- Kringen (Caution) 12th minute.
USA -- Hamm (Caution) 45.
Referee: Ingrid Jonsson (Sweden)
Asst. Referee: Susanne Borg
Asst. Referee: Marie-Louis Svanstrom (Sweden)
The closing speed of Hamm created the U.S. goal when Norwegian defender Kvitland tried to head a bouncing ball back to goalkeeper Nordby, but didn't get enough on the pass. Hamm raced into the penalty box, beat Nordby to the ball and touched it around her. A half-step late, Nordby cut Hamm's legs out from under her and sent the U.S. forward sprawling. Swedish referee Ingrid Johnsson did not hesitate in awarding the USA a penalty kick. Chastain, whose last penalty kick was the Women's World Cup' winner, stepped up and nailed her shot into the left corner to give the USA an early 1-0 lead.
With the early goal, the U.S. protected the lead with grit and superb defense that didn't allow Norway a shot until the 33rd minute, and that was a slow roller from a distance that was no problem for Siri Mullinix.
The USA's next best scoring opportunity in the first half came at the 43rd minute as Fair threaded a fine pass to Tiffeny Milbrett down the right side. It was just too long and a Norwegian defender tried to guide the ball out of bounds, but Milbrett won the ball with a slide, went past Kringen and cut the ball back to MacMillan whose shot from close range was deflected for a corner kick.
In the 63rd minute, Milbrett nutmegged Kvitland and raced in at Nordby, but the 'keeper closed the angle and got a hand on the shot to knock it down. In the 79th minute, a long cross from Hamm on the right wing flew over Milbrett at near post to Kristine Lilly, who made solid contact on her volley but spun her shot wide right of the goal.
In the final five minutes, Norway mounted a furious run for an equalizer as rowdy group of Norwegian senior citizens on holiday urged them on, but Mullinix was up to the task. She came out of her goal in the 86th minute and collided with young Norwegian star Dagney Mellgren, then had the same up-close-and-personal meeting with Linda Ormen in the 88th minute, but came up with the ball both times. In the 89th minute, Mullinix made a huge punch clearance off a corner kick, then denied the speedy Mellgren again by diving at her feet to gather in the ball and the USA had held the fort.
Post Game Quotes
Head Coach April Heinrichs
"Norway is playing as good a soccer as I've ever seen them play, so for us to win this game and this tournament was a tremendous result. China only beat Sweden, 1-0 (for third place), and it shows that the parity is here. We're very pleased about this win and I think the players really wanted this tournament. We talked before we left for Europe about being mentally tougher on the road and how maybe we didn't have the focus in the past," said Heinrichs. "The focus was here this time."
"April talked about this game being basically about rolling up your sleeves, getting your fingernails dirty and getting the job done and I think that's what you saw today. I think everyone played extremely well. The back line along with Julie Foudy and Lorrie Fair was tremendous and they were all so organized. Winning close games shows hard defending. It wasn't the prettiest game, but there is a certain amount of attractiveness to Norway-USA games. I told the players to bring their hard hat and hammer to work today because it was going to be a classic battle and it really was."
Goalkeeper Mullinix (who ended the game with a large bump and small gash above her right eye courtesy of a Norway cleat)
"I was definitely big-time nervous for first 10 minutes of both halves You have the pressure of never winning this tournament and then we are up by a goal. But for me, once I get into a game and make my first save, I settle down. I feel like I'm at my best in a game environment."
The USA defense proved to be warriors in the air and on the ground, as Kate Sobrero, Carla Overbeck, Joy Fawcett and Brandi Chastain refused to break, winning tackle after tackle and header after header. Foudy and Fair had solid games as ball winners in the midfield.
Appearing in just her fifth international match, Mullinix was outstanding in the nets and her superior reading of the game was a major factor in the USA's victory, as she came out to snag about a dozen long services and crosses to defuse Norway's direct attacks.
The win capped a grueling four games in seven days schedule, but the U.S. team looked fresh for the championship game as Heinrichs doled out quality minutes to every player during the tournament.
USA to meet Norway in Final of Algarve Cup 2000 1-0 win over Sweden
|Algarve Cup 2000|
Group A at Lagos
Group B at Potimao
USA 1 - Sweden 0
Muncipal Stadium - Lagos, Portugal
March 16, 2000 - Kickoff 2:00 p.m. Local
Attendance 350 - Weather: Sunny, windy 75 degrees F
Head Coach: April Heinrichs
USA -- Hamm (MacMillan) 65th minute
Misconduct Summary: None
Referee: Katrina Elovirta (Finland)
Asst. Referee: Ana Paz (Portugal)
Asst. Referee: Martins Albino (Portugal)
4th Official Paulo Silva (Potugal)
As in previous games against the U.S. the Sweden Team came out attacking taking four shots in the first 15 minutes before the USA managed its first shot on goal. The well organized Swedish team kept the U.S. at bay in the first half allowing them only 5 scoring chances.
In the second half Hamm that came through with the winning goal (number 116) when MacMillan ran down a long pass from Julie Foudy on the right wing, and crossed behind the Swedish defense to the streaking Hamm who put it away from five yards out.
"1 was a little late on my run," added Hamm. "I saw that Mac was trying to get around her player, so I stayed wide and didn't go near post. The next thing I knew, I saw the ball coming across the goal. It was such a nice pass that it was harder to miss than make."
March 18 schedule
Match of 7th-8th place
at Montechoro Portugal v Finland
Match of 5th -6th place at Olhao Denmark v Canada
Match of 3rd-4th place at Quarteira Sweden v China
Final at Loulé USA v Norway
U.S. 2 Denmark 1 as MacMillan's 40 yard goal in last 5 minutes of match assures the win
San Luis Stadium - Faro, Portugal
Tuesday, March 14, 2000 - Kickoff: 2:00 p.m. Local (9:00 a.m. ET)
Attendance: 300 - Weather: Sunny, breezy -- 78¡F
Head Coach: April Heinrichs
Denmark-- Gitte Krogh (n/a) 8th minute.
USA -- Fair (Milbrett) 67.
USA -- MacMillan (Unassisted) 86.
Denmark-- Merete Jokumsen (caution) 7th minute.
USA -- Julie Foudy (caution) 40.
Denmark -- Lene Terp (caution) 44.
Denmark -- Nadia Kjeldgaard (caution) 78
Referee: Ingrid Jonsson (Sweden)
Asst. Referee: Marie-Louise Svastrom (Sweden)
Asst. Referee: Susanne Borg (Sweden)
The Americans struggled in the first half against Denmark's 4-5-1 formation that put nine players behind the ball, setting up a tough bunker to penetrate. Denmark's tactics were bolstered by an 8th minute goal from Krogh, who scored on her team's first shot of the game. Larsen sent a long clearance into the U.S. defense and the ball was headed into the USA's defensive third. Krogh ran onto the bouncing ball, side-stepped a defenderand hit a looping volley from 18-yards out that flew over U.S. goalkeeper Jen Branam, who was slightly off her line. Cindy Parlow saved the USA in the 35th minute when she headed a Danish shot off the line after a corner kick. It would be Denmark's last quality chance. The half ended with the USA down 1-0 and holding just a 5-4 shot advantage. Heinrichs did not start Lilly, Milbrett or Chastain, but subbed them in along with Welsh after half time, and switched from a 4-4-2 formation to a 3-4-3.
The USA ran relentlessly in search of the an equalizer, but fell victim to Denmark's offside trap six times. Each of the three forwards had chances in the first part of the second half, but Larsen was up to the challenge on Welsh, making a fine kick-save while Hamm and Milbrett shot just wide.
The goal finally came in the 67th minute when Hamm played the ball on the ground to Milbrett, whose shot was deflected into in the air before falling to Lorrie Fair in the middle of the goal. Fair's volley from 10 yards found the right corner for her second international goal. With the score at one all and the USA pressing hard for a winning goal, MacMillan came to the rescue. She received a pass just inside the Denmark half on the left side of the field, penetrated to beat a player and struck a shot that flew over startled the goalkeeper and just under the crossbar. The goal came at the end of a second half in which the USA dominated and out-shot Denmark 14-0.
Post game quotes
Head Coach Heinrichs
"In the first half, we were too content to play backwards and square, and that allowed them to get settled behind the ball," said Heinrichs. "At halftime, we talked about our transition and getting forward much quicker. We came out and were spraying the ball all over the field and it was tough for Denmark to keep up with us. I was very pleased with urgency and composure in the second half," added Heinrichs, whose team played Denmark for the first time since the opening game of the 1999 Women's World Cup. "We created some great chances and scored two great goals."
"I picked up the ball around midfield, cut back on a defender, then took a little peak at the goalkeeper," said MacMillan, who entered the game in the 67th minute for Sara Whalen. "I didn't see a forward checking so I just ripped it. I knew it was in as soon as I saw the flight of the ball. April almost put me in at halftime, but told me to keep warming up," added MacMillan. "Just watching I could tell it was a physical game, but I saw that they had weakness on the outside. So I wanted to get in, take some players on and use the fresh legs to create some chances. I didn't realize how far out I was when I hit. Michelle Akers scores goals like that, not Shannon MacMillan."
USA needs a tie or a win in the match against Sweden to advance to the Cup Final game.
19-year-old Branam made her debut in the nets for the USA, and played a solid match after giving up a goal on the first shot she faced in her international career. She was not forced to make a save, but was sharp coming off her line to cut off through balls, made several catches off crosses in traffic and displayed a most impressive kicking game, consistently sending services deep into the Danish half. N
ineteen-year-old defender Danielle Slaton contributed greatly at left back and earned her seventh cap. Julie Foudy was the engine in the midfield for the USA while Fair and Sobrero won numerous air balls in the middle.
Algarve first day results including USA's 7-0 win over Portugal as Parlow scores her first international hat-trick
Hotel Montechoro Fields - Albufeira, Portugal
Sunday, March 12, 2000 - Kickoff: 3:15 p.m. Local (10:15 a.m. ET)
Attendance: 250 - Weather: Overcast, wet -- 55 degrees
4 Overbeck (Chastain, 46)
14 Fawcett (Slaton, 46)
13 Lilly (Foudy, 65)
8 MacMillan (Whalen, 46)
16 Milbrett (Welsh, 46)
USA -Parlow (Lilly) 5th minute.
USA -MacMillan (Unassisted) 6.
USA --Parlow (Milbrett) 11
USA -- Fawcett (Venturini) 22
USA -- Cindy Parlow (Kristine Lilly) 63.
USA --Venturini (Whalen) 67
USA --Foudy (Welsh) 88
POR -- Maria Joao Xavier (caution) 33rd minute.
POR -- 18-Celisa Jassi (caution) 84
Referee: Vibeke Karlsen (Norway)
Asst. Referee Ann Wenche Kleven (Norway)
Asst. Referee Hege Steinlund (Norway)
The match was delayed, then moved because of heavy rains which turned the field at Francisco Viera Stadium in Silves into a quagmire, with as much as three inches of standing water. Referee crew deemed the field unplayable, and after discussions between the referees, tournament officials and both teams, it was agreed to move the game to the USA's training field in Albufeira. The margin of victory was the largest ever for the USA in the Algarve Cup, and they face Denmark on Tuesday.i
Portugal that had the first scoring opportunity of the game, putting a free-kick past the USA's left post just two minutes into the match, but it would be their last real chance and Siri Mullinix picked up the first shutout.
In the 5th minute, Kristine Lilly went past a defender on the left wing, dribbled to the end line and found the cutting Parlow who touched the ball home.. Less than 60 seconds later, Shannon MacMillan picked off a pass on the right side of the Portugal defense, beat a player and put the ball into the upper right corner from 20 yards. Five minutes later Parlow collected a pass with her back to the goal from Tiffeny Milbrett then spun around her defender and put it in the lower corner from 18 yards.
Joy Fawcett finished the first-half by running onto a pass from Venturini and blasting a 30-yard bending ball into the upper left corner.
The first two goals in the second half came off headers; by Parlow in the 63rd minute, and Venturini in the 67th. Foudy finished the scoring two minutes from time after receiving a flick on from Welsh.
Post Game comments
U.S.Head Coach April Heinrichs
"Games offer a different kind of pressure than training, especially in some of the tackling," said Heinrichs. "Every now and then it's good to have a game like this to establish some possession and get our legs under us."
"A lot of players got to play at least a half today and that's a great way to start a tournament," said Foudy. "When your whole roster has success it builds confidence for the whole team heading into the next three games."
"It's great to start off such a high-quality tournament with a game like this, especially coming back from my injury," said Parlow, who upped her career international goal total to 29 in her first game of 2000 after recovering from a hamstring pull. "With a new formation and some players in different positions, it builds confidence for the whole team."
Lorrie Fair played the entire match for the USA at defensive midfield. Heinrichs gave Hamm the day off.
Pre-Algarve Cup Quotes
Brandi Chastain: "The team is very excited about this tournament because it's a new start for all of us as team with a new coach, a new philosophy and a new attitude. Ultimately our goal is to win the tournament which will give us a strong opening to a challenging year."
Tiffeny Milbrett: "For the most part, we've come together. We have most of our Women's World Cup players here and during the last camp we were adjusting to new people, new faces and new things. Now we are a bit more comfortable and I think that will show in our play."
Mia Hamm: "The team is excited to play and motivated to do better than we did in the last two games. We're getting more and more comfortable with the transition of new coaches and excited about what this is going to add to this team."
Julie Foudy: "Obviously, for some of us, this is our sixth Algarve Cup tournament without winning the cup even once. We want to change that record and at the same time gauge where we are in our Olympic preparations. This has always been a great tournament for us to determine our fitness, our strength and our weaknesses because of the high caliber of teams we face. It gives us great information to move forward to Sydney."
Algarve Cup 2000 Schedule, venues
Algarge Cup 1999
Algarge Cup 1998
U.S National Team Pool Roster announced for Pre-Algarve Cup Training Camp, Orlando, Florida
National Team Pool
New Head Coach April Heinrichs leads the team to Portugal for the USA's sixth attempt at winning the eight-team international tournament. Heinrichs has invited 29 players to a training camp in Orlando, Fla., from March 2-6, from which she will choose her 18-player Algarve Cup roster. The USA will depart for Europe on March 7, 2000
The 2000 Algarve Cup will run from March 12-18 and features four countries that will be participating in the 2000 Olympic Women's Soccer competition this fall. For this year's Algarve Cup, 1999 Women's World Cup participants Canada, China, Denmark, Norway, Sweden and the USA join Finland and host Portugal in one of the most competitive international women's soccer events outside of the Women's World Cup and the Olympics. The tournament is played in the Algarve region of Portugal.
The U.S. team has arrived
home empty-handed from all five previous tournaments played.
Algarve Cup 2000 Schedule, venues
Algarge Cup 1999
Algarge Cup 1998
2-Bente Kvitland (13-Kristin Bekkevold 70th),
3-Goril Kringen (C) (10-Ragnhild Gulbrandsen 83rd)
8-Solveig Gulbrandesen (7-Silje Jorgensen, 49th)
9-Anita Rapp (18-Linda Ormen, 46th)
(16-Elisabeth Fagereng, 46th)
7-Janni Lund Johansen
13-Dorte Dalum Jensen,
14-Catrine Paske Sorensen
Algarve Cup 2000 Schedule
|USA v Portugal||at Silves||14.00|
|Sweden v Denmark||at Silves||16.30|
|USA v Denmark||at Faro||18.60|
|Sweden v Portugal||at Faro||21.00|
|USA v Sweden||at Lagos||14.00|
|Denmark v Portugal||at Lagos||16.30|
|China v Canada||at Lagoa||14.00|
|Norway v Finland||at Lagoa||16.30|
|China v Finland||at Albufeira||14.00|
|Norway v Canada||at Albufeira||16.30|
|China v Norway||at Portimao||14.00|
|Finland v Canada||at Portimao||16.30|
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