Stadium of Algarve, Faro, Portugal

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Norway Women

  • Hege Riise 38'

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U.S Women’s National Team

  • Abby Wambach 30'
  • Abby Wambach 39'
  • Lindsay Tarpley 42'
  • Abby Wambach 51'

Norway 1-4 United States

CARSON, Calif. - Taylor Twellman obviously is pleased the

United States is headed for this summer's World Cup in Germany. He

just hopes he's asked along.

Twellman made a statement for being included on the final U.S.

squad, scoring three goals Sunday in a 5-0 rout of Norway _ the

largest margin of victory for the Americans over a European team.

''Germany is my goal now. The team is there. However, Taylor

Twellman is not,'' Twellman said after scoring on a left-footed

drive and a pair of powerful headers.

''I will do my best to gain the trust of my teammates and the

coaching staff. I want to be in Germany.''

Bruce Arena took note.

''If what Taylor is seeking is a spot on the final roster that

is traveling to Germany, he is definitely on the right track with a

hat trick performance,'' the U.S. coach said.

The Americans, tuning up for the World Cup, used mostly

domestic-based players in the victory. Foreign-based U.S. players

will join the squad later.

Twellman, who plays for the New England Revolution of Major

League Soccer, provided a quick 2-0 lead, then added his third goal

in the 76th minute.

Coming off a scoreless tie against Canada a week earlier, the

United States dominated the game against the young Norwegian team.

Moving the ball crisply on the attack, the Americans spent most of

the afternoon deep on Norway's side of the field and outshot the

Norwegians 24-2.

''It is always gratifying to score and even more when it's three

goals,'' Twellman said. ''Overall, we took the chances we had. I am

happy with my performance, but even more with the overall

performance of the team.

''If we keep this up, we should have a decent World Cup.''

The 25-year-old Twellman, a former University of Maryland star,

gave U.S. goalkeeper Kevin Hartman all the scoring he would need

when he drove a left-footed shot past Norway's Espen Johnsen in the

fifth minute.

Twellman made it 2-0 with a powerful header past Johnsen 12

minutes later. After scoring only one goal in his 14 previous

appearances for the national team, Twellman scored his third of the

match on another header that made it 4-0. It was only the ninth

three-goal game for a U.S. player, the first since Eddie Johnson

against Panama in October 2004.

Eddie Pope, the 32-year-old defender making his 75th

international appearance for the United States, scored the third

goal. Todd Dunivant set up the score with his second assist of the


Chris Klein capped the scoring in the 87th minute. Landon

Donovan, who skillfully orchestrated much of the U.S. attack,

assisted on Klein's goal.

Clint Dempsey also provided spark, and Arena said, ''These types

of games are for testing out players and surely Twellman, Dempsey

and Dunivant did not let anyone down today with their


Hartman had a relatively quiet day in goal because Norway was

unable to mount much offense, but the American goalie did make a

spectacular lunging save on Frode Kippe's shot from point-blank

range in the 13th minute.

But for Norway's 6-foot-4 Brede Hangeland consistently clearing

U.S. passes out of the box, the score could have been considerably

more lopsided.

Norway failed to qualify for the World Cup, losing out on a pair

of 1-0 losses to the Czech Republic. The rebuilding Norwegians were

coming off a 2-1 loss to Mexico in a match in San Francisco on


The United States faces Japan in another exhibition game on Feb.

10 in San Francisco, then plays Guatemala in Frisco, Texas on Feb.


''Now we have to head back to camp to touch up the mistakes we

made today,'' Arena said. ''Overall, we looked good. The soccer is

there, we just need to finish all our chances.''

Scoring Summary

  • Norway Women
  • U.S Women’s National Team
Hege Riise (38')

Match Stats

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


  • Norway Women
  • U.S Women’s National Team
Yellow Cards
Unni Lehn (63')
Abby Wambach (18')
Mia Hamm (69')
Aly Wagner (83')