March 10, 2015
USA SET FOR ALGARVE FINAL WITH FRANCE
Out to avenge earlier loss in France
The championship match of the Algarve Cup between the United States and France has been scheduled for the Algarve Stadium in the city of Algarve on Wednesday, March 11.
Kickoff is set for noon ET and will be broadcast on FOX Sports 1.
The USA advanced as the first-place team in Group B behind the play of reinstated goalkeeper Hope Solo, 2-1 over Norway, 3-0 over Switzerland and a 0-0 tie with Iceland.
France advanced as the winner of Group C, and as the only team in the 12-nation field to win all three of its games. The French opened with a 1-0 win over host nation Portugal, scored a convincing 4-1 victory over Denmark, then topped defending World Cup champion Japan, 3-1.
Four players have been responsible for the five U.S. goals in the tournament, two by Carli Lloyd, one each by Alex Morgan, Amy Rodriguez and Abby Wambach. The French have been led by the tournament's co-leading scorer, Eugenie Le Sommer who has scored three times.
Le Sommer had one of the two goals for France in its 2-0 win over the Americans on Feb. 8 at Lorient, France. Solo missed that game while serving her 30-day Soccer Federation suspension.
All 12 teams will play on Wednesday for final placings, with Germany and Sweden meeting for third place.
The U.S. will be seeking its 10th Algarve title in it's 14th championship match; France will be in its first title game.