Buehler and Barnhart Lead U.S. To Algarve Championship
March 13, 2008
Stanford, Calif. - Former Cardinal defender Rachel Buehler started all four games and Nicole Barnhart recorded two shutouts in the U.S. Women's National team's four-game sweep of the Algarve competition. In the four games the U.S. allowed just four goals and scored 12 of their own.
Seven different players scored the United States' 12 goals in the tournament and the U.S. moved to 7-0-0 on the year under head coach Pia Sundhage, having scored 21 goals and allowed just two. The Algarve Cup title was the second tournament championship for Sundhage after having also won the Four Nations Tournament this past January in China.
The USA will now return home for a week-long break before regrouping on March 21 at The Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif. for a training camp prior to leaving for Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, and the CONCACAF Women's Olympic Qualifying Tournament, being held from April 2-12. The U.S. will face Jamaica and Mexico in first round play of the six-team tournament. The winners of the semifinal matches earn berths to the 2008 Beijing Olympics.
U.S. WOMEN'S NATIONAL TEAM GAME REPORT
Match-up: USA vs. Denmark
Competition: 2008 Algarve Cup Championship Game
Venue: Municipal Stadium; Vila Real de San Antonio, Portugal
Date: March 12, 2008; Kickoff - 1:15 p.m. local / 9:15 a.m. ET