U.S. to play for Algarve Cup title

Updated: March 4, 2011, 3:21 PM ET
Associated Press

VILA REAL de SAN ANTONIO, Portugal -- Lindsay Tarpley scored in the first half, Carli Lloyd added a goal in the second and the United States advanced to the Algarve Cup final with a 2-0 victory over Norway on Friday.

Tarpley scored in the 33rd minute off an assist from Amy Rodriguez and Lloyd doubled the lead in the 63rd, with Megan Rapinoe assisting.

The Americans, who opened with a 2-1 win over Japan, play Finland on Monday in their final first-round game, then are in the final two days later. The U.S. has reached the final in the last nine Algarve Cups it has played.

Abby Wambach, returning from a heel injury, entered at the start of the second half for the second straight game.

The tournament is preparation for the World Cup in Germany, where the Americans open against North Korea on June 28, then play Colombia on July 2 and Sweden on July 6.


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