Feb. 21, 2006
Chicago, IL — Coming off a successful two-week training camp at The Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif., that ended last Sunday (Feb. 19), U.S. Women’s National Team head coach Greg Ryan has named 20 players who will travel to the 13th annual Algarve Cup, to be played from March 9-15, 2006, in southern Portugal. Florida State’s India Trotter was one of the 20 players named to the roster. This is the second consecutive international tournament that the junior will attend as a member of the full US Women’s National Team.
Ryan named five players who made their first-ever Algarve Cup roster, including Trotter. The Ft. Lauderdale, FL native became the first Florida State player to ever receive a cap when she played one game in the Four Nations Tournament.
Seventeen of the 20 players on the roster were on the U.S. side that won the Four Nations Tournament in the USA’s most recent competition. Included in that group are several players who have had some tremendous success at the Algarve Cup in the past.
The USA will play two of its opponents from the Four Nations Tournament in January – China and France – plus Denmark in first round play. The USA, which has been placed in Group B, opens the tournament against China on March 9 at São Luis Stadium in Faro, faces Denmark on March 11 at Municipal Stadium in Quarteira and finishes the first round against France on March 13 at Municipal Stadium in Albufeira. The U.S. team will leave for Europe on March 1.
This will be the 11th trip to the Algarve Cup for the U.S. women, who have won an unprecedented three straight championships at what has become the world’s most competitive women’s international event outside of the Women’s World Cup, the Olympics and the European Championship.
The USA will play France and Denmark in the first round of the Algarve Cup for the third year in a row. In 2004, the USA defeated France, 5-1, and posted a 1-0 win vs. Denmark. Last year, the Americans edged France, 1-0 before a 4-0 rout of Denmark. The USA-France match this year promises to be a good one as the two teams are coming off a 0-0 tie on January 20 in China at the Four Nations. The USA secured the Four Nations title on January 22 with a 2-0 win vs. China.
Fans can follow the USA’s grueling schedule of four games in seven days online at ussoccer.com’s MatchTracker. Eurosport, the European equivalent of ESPN, will televise eight matches, including the championship game, the third-place match and the USA-France game.