ALGARVE CUP

Ferreiras, Ferreiras, Portugal

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U.S Women’s National Team

  • Abby Wambach 18'
  • Mia Hamm 28'
  • Angela Hucles 31'
  • Angela Hucles 34'
  • Lindsay Tarpley 48'

5 - 1

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France Women

  • Sonia Bompastor 49'

United States 5-1 France

FERREIRAS, Portugal - The U.S. women beat France 5-1 Sunday

on the first day of the Algarve Cup.

The Americans took a 4-0 first-half lead, two of the goals by

Andrea Hucles.

Abby Wambach scored the first goal for the United States,

heading in a cross from Mia Hamm in the 16th minute. It was

Wambach's 20th career goal in just 31 career international games.

''We definitely came out ready to play and were focused,''

Wambach said. ''We just played a great first half.''

Hamm, soccer's career scoring leader, made it 2-0 on a penalty

kick. Hucles scored on a header off Hamm's corner kick, then on

another feed from Hamm, who had a goal and three assists.

Lindsay Tarpley connected early in the second half. Five of the

first six U.S. shots found the net.

''The best part of today's game is that everyone who played,

played well,'' coach April Heinrichs said. ''You can't say that too

often, because this is a difficult game, but today everyone

performed.''

This is the United States' ninth appearance in the Algarve Cup,

one of the world's most prestigious invitational tournaments. The

Americans won it in 2000 and 2003.

The 20-member U.S. roster includes many players who are expected

to compete in the Athens Olympics. Defender Joy Fawcett, midfielder

Kristine Lilly and striker Heather O'Reilly are not at the Algarve

Cup.

Defenders Brandi Chastain and Kylie Bivens, along with

midfielder Lori Chalupny, have taken their places.

''This year, although players are match fit, they are also

fatigued. Raising the level of the younger players is the main

objective of this year's Algarve Cup,'' Heinrichs said.

The United States is in Group A of the event, and has upcoming

matches against Denmark and 2003 World Cup finalist Sweden. Norway,

Finland, Italy and China make up Group B.

The winners of the two groups meet in the final March 20.

Scoring Summary

  • U.S Women’s National Team
  • France Women

Match Stats

  • U.S Women’s National Team
  • France Women
0(0) Shots (on goal) 0(0)
0 Fouls 0
6 Corner kicks 4
2 Offsides 3
0% Time of Possession 0%
0 Yellow Cards 1
0 Red Cards 0
0 Saves 0

Teams

  • U.S Women’s National Team
  • France Women
Substitutes
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Yellow Cards