Well, another successful trip to Portugal for the U.S. WNT. Champions for the sixth time in this tournament and the Americans did it in style. For the USA, all four games were extremely entertaining and interesting . They featured some fantastic goals and a few wacky ones, but in the end four wins, 12 goals for and 1 against speaks for itself. There were a few upsets (not of the U.S. thankfully) and props to Iceland for winning all four of its games as well! The entire U.S. roster got to play and the USA took its second tournament championship under head coach Pia Sundhage. All in all, a great two weeks in Portugal for the USA, but all the players are very excited about going home (even though the bus leaves for the Lisbon airport at 4:00 a.m. Ugh). As always, the folks here in the Algarve were fantastic hosts, the country is beautiful and the entire WNT would like to thank everyone for their hospitality. Right now, all the players are at their favorite eatery getting victory crepes and ice cream. Well deserved for sure. And also a shout out to the local police, security and SWAT team guys...Never has one team felt more protected at the Algarve Cup. The players will get a week off and then it's back at it to prepare for the biggie: CONCACAF Olympic Qualifying in Mexico. So for now, adios.
Wednesday, March 12, 2008
Posted at 2:31 PM