Pair of Huskies Will Play in International Women's Soccer Tourney

Feb. 28, 2002

CHICAGO - University of Washington junior goalkeeper Hope Solo and freshman midfielder Clare Rustad will participate with their respective women's national teams at the ninth-annual Algarve Cup soccer tournament that takes place March 1-7 in Portugal.

The 2001 Pac-10 Player of the Year, Solo registered seven shutouts for the Huskies who advanced to the second round of the NCAA Tournament. Tournament. The product of Richland (Wash.) High School posted a remarkable 0.68 goals against average during the 2001 collegiate campaign.

Solo has already earned seven 'caps' for international appearances with the full U.S. Women's National Team.

The U.S. will meet Sweden, England and Norway in Group B play before the tournament concludes with placement matches on the event's final day, March 7. The Americans won the title only once in eight years of Algarve Cups.

Despite being only a freshman at Washington, Clare Rustad is a veteran of the Canadian National Team. She tallied two goals and two assists in 17 games during 2001 with the Huskies.

This will be the third consecutive year Canada has competed in the annual tournament, which for the first time has expanded to 12 teams and three groups. The Canadians, who have become a regular fixture at the annual tournament held in the picturesque Algarve region of Portugal, have been grouped with newcomers Scotland and Wales and hosts Portugal in Group C.

At this year's tournament, the 12 teams will be split into three groups of four, with first-round play consisting of round-robin matches within the group. The teams in Group A and B will compete for the title as those group winners will play in the championship game. The two second-place group finishers in Groups A and B will play for third place while the third-place finishers will play for fifth. The Group C teams will be competing for a chance to play for spots 7-12 as the winner of Group C will play the fourth place team in Group A, the second place team in Group C will play the fourth place team in Group B and the third and fourth place finishers in Group C will play each other again.

The Canadians were originally slated to compete in Group A but in an effort to avoid Portugal and England facing each other (considering they will face each other in World Cup qualifying), Coach Even Pellerud agreed to move to Group C.

The U.S. Women's National Team arrived in Portugal on Saturday (Feb. 23), and began preparing for the competition that will be held at numerous venues on the southern coast of the country. The American women have won the tournament just once, but are looking to duplicate their results from 2000, when the USA defeated Norway in the championship game, 1-0.

Norway will be an opponent in group play this year, but before the U.S. Women face the Olympic champions on March 5, they have two tough matches against defending Algarve Cup champion Sweden (March 1) and England (March 3). Fans can follow all the U.S. matches live on's MatchTracker, presented by Phillips Electronics.

For the first time, the Algarve Cup will feature 12 teams, up from the usual eight, including six of the top 10 teams in the world in China, Denmark, Germany, Norway, Sweden and the USA. Filling out the field are Canada, England, Finland, Portugal, Scotland and Wales. The teams are split into three groups of four teams. Each team will play three group matches in a five-day span and then play a placement match on March 7.

The U.S. team selected by head coach April Heinrichs includes 14 WUSA players, including the No. 1 and No. 3 picks in last week's WUSA Draft, Danielle Slaton (Carolina Courage) and Jena Kluegel (Boston Breakers). Five amateurs round of the 19-player roster.

Mia Hamm (knee) and Aleisha Cramer (ankle) were left off the roster, as they are both nursing injuries.

Brandi Chastain was originally scheduled to make the trip, but is now scheduled to undergo arthroscopic surgery on Thursday to repair a cartilage tear in her left knee and will not travel to the Algarve Cup. Heinrichs will name a replacement shortly. Chastain was diagnosed with a medial meniscus tear resulting from an injury in the 21st-minute of the Feb. 10 WUSA World Stars match in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. She is scheduled to be back on the field for her WUSA Club, the San Jose CyberRays, in four weeks and ready for the season opener against the Boston Breakers on April 13.

For more information on the Algarve Cup and the U.S. Women's Soccer Teamplease visit the U.S. Soccer website at:

2002 United State's Algarve Cup Roster
LaKeysia Beene (San Jose), Hope Solo (Univ of Washington).

Defenders: Kylie Bivens (Atlanta), Thori Bryan (San Jose), Joy Fawcett (San Diego), Jena Kluegel (Boston Breakers ), Cat Reddick (UNC), Danielle Slaton (Carolina), Kate Sobrero (Boston).

Midfielders: Lorrie Fair (Philadelphia), Julie Foudy (San Diego), Devvyn Hawkins (Santa Clara), Kristine Lilly (Boston), Aly Wagner (Santa Clara).

Forwards: Danielle Fotopoulos (Carolina), Shannon MacMillan (San Diego), Tiffeny Milbrett (New York), Heather O�Reilly (PDA Splash), Cindy Parlow (Atlanta).

9th Algarve Cup Tournament Schedule

Friday, March 1
Denmark vs. Germany A
China vs. Finland A
USA vs. Sweden B
Norway vs. England B
Portugal vs. Wales C
Scotland vs. Canada C

Sunday, March 3
Finland vs. Denmark A
Germany vs. China A
Sweden vs. Norway B
USA vs. England B
Scotland vs. Portugal C
Canada vs. Wales C

Tuesday, March 5
Denmark vs. China A
Finland vs. Germany A
England vs. Sweden B
USA vs. Norway B
Portugal vs. Canada C
Wales vs. Scotland C

Thursday, March 7
Placement Games

3rd Group C vs. 4th Group C 11th Place Match
4th Group B vs. 2nd Group C 9th Place Match
4th Group A vs. 1st Group C 7th Place Match
3rd Group A vs. 3rd Group B 5th Place Match
2nd Group A vs. 2nd Group B 3rd Place Match
1st Group A vs. 1st Group B Championship Match

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