US Women Find Out Algarve Cup Opponents
- Updated: January 18, 2013
Today the US Women’s National Team learned who they will be facing in the group stages of the 2013 Algrave Cup when competition begins in March. The US were placed in Group B along side Iceland, China and Sweden. The 20th edition of the Algarve Cup will begin play on March 6, 2013 for the US Women as they will take on Iceland. Following the match against Iceland, the US will face China on March 8 and Sweden on March 11 to wrap-up group play.
This will be the first time the US face former coach Pia Sundhage since she announced that she was resigning as head coach to return home to Sweden. Another first for this year’s Algarve Cup will be for US Women’s coach Tom Sermanni, as this will be his first major competition in charge since taking the post. The US Women will have two International friendlies with the Scotland Women’s National Team on February 9 in Jacksonville, Florida and then again on February 13 in Nashville, Tennessee to help to prepare for the Algarve Cup.
The Algarve Cup, which is played through the Algarve region of Portugal, has become one of the premier competitions for Women’s National teams in recent years. With 12 teams competing in the competition, the match format has been as follows: The winners of Group A and Group B will compete for the Championship on March 13, while the second-place finishers from Group A and Group B will play for third place, and the third place finishers will play for fifth. The Group C teams will compete for places 7-12. The top two finishers from Group C will face the top fourth place finisher from either Group A or B and the second place team will play the final team from either Group A or B for ninth place. The third and fourth place finishers from Group C will face each other for eleventh place. The Group placement is as follows:
The US Women have been very successful in Algarve Cup competition, winning eight times in the 20 year history of the tournament. The US will be looking to get 2013 off on a strong note under new head coach Tom Sermanni, and continuing their success at the tournament. The US Women have an all-time record at the Algarve of 49 wins, 10 losses and 8 draws while scoring 147 goals and conceding only 53. With the inaugural NWSL season beginning in April, this will be a good warm-up for players from the US and Mexico before they join their club teams after the tournament.
For the first time ever, the Algarve Cup will be streamed live for US fans to follow all of the matches. Al Bann Media, based out of Ireland, will be steaming all of the US Women’s group matches as well as their placement game. The matches will be shown on a tape-delay with former Australia Women’s National Team players Sarah Walsh and Alicia Ferguson providing match commentary. There are plans for short pre-game and post-game segments for each match. Viewing packages are available to purchase for individual games or for the entire tournament. Single game viewing is $3.49 per game and the entire tournament package, which will be all four US games, is $9.99. Fans can visit www.albannmedia.com for more detailed information. You can also follow Al Bann Media on Twitter @albannmedia or like them on Facebook for the most up-to-date information as the Algarve approaches. If you are unable to watch the live streams, you can also follow the tournament via US Soccer’s MatchTracker on ussoccer.com or follow them on Twitter @ussoccer_wnt. Full highlights of the US games will be posted on US Soccer’s website.