February 13, 2013
Venues, times set for USWNT games
CHICAGO- The kickoff times and venues for the U.S. Women's National Team at the 2013 Algarve Cup have been confirmed, with the eight-time Algarve champions opening against Iceland on March 6 at Municipal Stadium in Albufeira.
Kickoff time is 2 p.m. local / 9 a.m. ET. Fans can follow all the U.S. matches on ussoccer.com's MatchTracker and on Twitter @ussoccer_WNT.
The USA's second Group B match against China PR on March 8 will also be in Albufeira with a kickoff at 2 p.m. local / 9 a.m. ET. The Americans will finish group play with a match against Sweden at the Municipal Stadium in Lagos with a start time of 3 p.m. local / 10 a.m. ET.
While it was previously announced that Al Bann Media would be web streaming the U.S. matches on delay, due to Al Bann's inability to secure the projected funding for the project, the matches will no longer be available in the USA. ussoccer.com will still feature highlights of each of the U.S. games during the tournament.
The meeting with Iceland will be the fourth for the USA at the Algarve Cup, with the Americans holding a 3-0-0 record. The last match between the USA and Iceland at the Algarve Cup came in 2011 when Iceland made a surprising run to the championship game where it fell 4-2 to the Americans.
The USA will be meeting China for the seventh time at the Algarve Cup. The U.S. Women are 4-1-1 all-time against China in Portugal which includes two meetings in the championship game, a 2-1 loss in 1999 and a 2-0 win in 2003.
The group finale against Sweden will mark the first time the USA will face former head coach Pia Sundhage since she ended her five-year run in the USA to take over the head coaching job with her native country. The USA has played Sweden 12 times at the Algarve Cup with Sweden finding a bit of success in the tournament. The USA has won six games, lost two and tied four. The USA played Sweden in the championship game in 2009 and tied 1-1 in regulation before falling in penalty kicks.
The U.S. team must win its group to earn a place in the championship game, which will be played on March 13.