Well, it's USA vs. Norway, again. But this one has a little edge to it as it will be the first meeting between the teams since Norway downed the USA, 2-0, to open the 2008 Olympics. Sure, the USA went on to win the Olympic gold medal. And sure, Norway went on to draw New Zealand and get blown out by Japan, earning a quarterfinal match with Brazil, where they crashed out of the Olympics to the talented South Americans. And sure, the USA is already in the Algarve Cup championship game. But few teams know each other as well as it's the 45th meeting between the two countries and every match has been a knock-down, drag-out battle. The U.S. players are expecting nothing different today. With a berth in the final secured, U.S. head coach Pia Sundhage may be resting some players, but you can find out today's starters by logging onto ussoccer.com's MatchTracker at 11 a.m. ET today.
Monday, March 9, 2009
Posted at 3:09 AM