USA to the Final
USA women defeat Sweden, 3-2, in their Algarve Cup group-play finale in Portugal and clinch a berth in the championship game against Denmark on Wednesday. (USA had to win to advance, Sweden just needed a tie to win out on goal differential). Algarve is a major tuneup for the Women's World Cup in China in September.
-- Wambach in the 42nd, from five yards off Lilly's cross and Tarpley's flick
-- Lloyd in first-half injury time, one-timer off Lopez's service, third goal in three games
-- Oqvist in the 73rd for Sweden
-- Wambach in the 76th, six-yard header off Boxx's pass
-- Svensson PK in the 84th
Unofficial shot total: 15-2.
USA Lineup (the usual 4-3-3 formation)
Solo; Mitts, Rampone, Whitehill, Lopez; Lloyd, Osborne, Chalupny; Tarpley, Wambach, Lilly. Subs: Boxx, O'Reilly, Kai.
Also today, the USSF announced that the women will play pre-World Cup matches June 16 against China in Cleveland, June 23 vs. Brazil at the Meadowlands (NJ), and four games in July/August against opponents and at U.S. venues to be determined.
One other note: Japan defeated Mexico, 2-0, in Tokyo in the first leg of a two-match playoff for a World Cup berth. Game 2 is this weekend in Toluca, Mexico.
Already qualified: USA, Canada, China, Australia, North Korea, Ghana, Nigeria, Argentina, Brazil, Norway, Sweden, Denmark, Germany and England. New Zealand is expected to earn the Oceania berth next month.
The draw will take place April 22 in Wuhan, China.
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