USWNT: 2012 Algarve Cup Recap (Catch-Up)

At the 2012 Algarve Cup, the USWNT won its first two matches, then lost to Japan 0:1, in the final group match. In its placement match, the USA defeated Sweden 4:0, with Alex Morgan getting her first international hat trick.

(No real analysis this time, this is mostly just bookmarking of links and notes.)

That said, a few quick notables: (1) Alex Morgan started all four matches and was only subbed off once; (2) Morgan with her first hat trick; (3) Tobin Heath with two assists; and (4) Cheney as an outside midfielder.

(See also: Table of playing time.)

USA 5, Denmark 0 (29-Feb-2012).
21: Alex Morgan (Heather O’Reilly).
44: Abby Wambach (Alex Morgan).
76: Carli Lloyd (Lauren Cheney).
84: Alex Morgan (Tobin Heath).
90+3: Sydney Leroux (Stephanie Cox).

Starting XI: Solo; LePeilbet, Buehler, Rampone (capt.), O’Hara; O’Reilly, Boxx, Lloyd, Cheney; Morgan, Wambach.

USA 2, Norway 1 (2-Mar-2012).
51: Abby Wambach (Heather Mitts).
81: Sydney Leroux (Amy Rodriguez).

Starting XI: Solo; LePeilbet, Sauerbrunn, Rampone (capt.), Cox; O’Reilly, Boxx, Lloyd, Heath; Morgan, Wambach.

USA 0, Japan 1 (05-Mar-2012).
n/a.

Starting XI: Solo; LePeilbet, Buehler, Rampone (capt.), O’Hara; Cheney, Boxx, Lloyd, A. Rodriguez; Morgan, Wambach.

USA 4, Sweden 0 (07-Mar-2012).
04: Alex Morgan (Heather O’Reilly).
33: Alex Morgan (Tobin Heath).
36: Abby Wambach (Christie Rampone).
72: Alex Morgan (Lauren Cheney).

Starting XI: Barnhart; LePeilbet, Buehler, Rampone (capt.), O’Hara; O’Reilly, Boxx, Lloyd, Heath; Morgan, Wambach.

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Goal Scorers: Morgan (5), Wambach (3), Sydney Leroux (2), Carli Lloyd.

Assists: O’Reilly (2), Heath (2), Cheney (2), Morgan, A. Rodriguez, Rampone, Mitts, Cox.

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US Soccer match reports: Denmark, Norway, Japan, Sweden.
US Soccer quote sheets: Denmark, Norway, Japan, Sweden (n/a).
US Soccer YouTube videos (long highlights): Denmark, Norway, Japan, Sweden.

Opposing team articles: Denmark, Norway (w/ 4 minute video), Japan (English 1, English 2, English 3), Sweden.

http://www.ussoccer.com/News/Womens-National-Team/2012/03/WNT-Takes-Third-Place-at-2012-Algarve-Cup.aspx

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