Emergence of youngsters cushions blow of Algarve Cup loss

March 22, 2009
By Lindsey Dolich
The 2009 Algarve Cup championship trophy was not meant to find its way alongside six others already in residence at the U.S. Soccer headquarters after a riveting March 11 final that capped the U.S. women's 10th appearance in Faro, Portugal.

Head coach Pia Sundhage's native country, Sweden, caused the U.S. team's loss. The Swedes squeaked by 4-3 on penalty kicks after a 1-1 tie in regulation went straight to a shootout.

But the Americans did not go quietly. After slamming home ...

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