FIFA Womens Rankings- Where is Norway?

28 03 2009

The latest FIFA Women’s National Team rankings were released, and there is nothing too interesting about it to be honest except for the former World Champions Norway dropping 3 spots to 9th after losing three straight games at the Algarve Cup. Norway is historically the 3rd best team in the world behind the USA and Germany, with a world cup title, a runner-up finish, and two fourth place finishes in the five women’s world cups.

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Algarve Cup Matches March 9th

9 03 2009

Group A (US Eastern Time)
March 9 Finland vs. China PR 9:15 a.m.
March 9 Sweden vs. Germany 9:15 a.m.
Group B
March 9 Norway vs. USA 11 a.m.
March 9 Iceland vs. Denmark 11 a.m.
Group C
March 9 Portugal vs. Austria 1:45 p.m.
March 9 Poland vs. Wales 1:45 p.m.

Algarve Cup Opening Day Scores

5 03 2009

Group play opened up yesterday for the 2009 edition of the Algarve Cup.  Scores from March 4th:
Germany 2 – 0 Finland Group A
China 0 – 0 Sweden Group A
USA 2 – 0 Denmark Group B
Iceland 3 – 1 Norway Group B
Austria 2 – 1 Wales Group C
Portugal 2 – 1 Poland Group C

Goal scorers: Angie Woznuk (USA), Tina DiMartino (USA), Naid Berringer (GER), Kerstin Garefrekes (GER), Fara Bjor Gunnars 2 (ISL) Edda Gardar (ISL), Kersten Lie (NOR).

US Roster for Algarve Cup set

6 02 2009

Pia Sundhage and USSF have released their roster for the 2009 Algarve Cup to be held in Portugal in early March. Pia Sundhage had this to say on  “We will not play as many matches this year as we did in 2008, so these games are important to keep the team evolving, in defending but especially in the attack. These games will test our ability to play our style while developing a rhythm that helps make our attack unpredictable and involves a lot of different players and positions. Of course, we are bringing some young players to the tournament this year and it will be great to get them some experience in these kinds of games.”

Goalkeepers Nicole Barnhart (FC Gold Pride), Hope Solo (St. Louis Athletica).
Defenders Rachel Buehler (FC Gold Pride), Lori Chalupny (St. Louis Athletica), Kendall Fletcher (Los Angeles Sol), Heather Mitts (Boston Breakers), Christie Rampone (Sky Blue FC).
Midfielders Shannon Boxx (Los Angeles Sol), Tina DiMartino (FC Gold Pride), Carli Lloyd (Chicago Red Stars), Heather O’Reilly (Sky Blue FC), Lindsay Tarpley (Chicago Red Stars), Kacey White (Sky Blue FC), Angie Woznuk (St. Louis Athletica).
Forwards Angela Hucles (Boston Breakers), Natasha Kai (Sky Blue FC), Megan Rapinoe (Chicago Red Stars), Amy Rodriguez (Boston Breakers).

Wambach is Back (updated)

11 01 2009
Owner of 99 international goals, Abby Wambach.

Owner of 99 international goals, Abby Wambach.

Abby Wambach is already going down in history as a great player, particularly for the USA Women’s National Team. It was tough for fans and tremendously tough for her when she broke her leg in a tune up match for the Olympics. Since July 16, she has not been playing for the US WNT and has been traveling the long road of resting and rehabilitating on the sidelines. She was recently called up for the US WNT camp in preparation for the 2009 Algarve Cup. There is a lot left for her to do and prove. USA fans, as well as Wambach, must be excited for the call up.

Update -> Here is a nice Q&A Kieth Costigan does with Abby Wambach on the upcoming year.