I played soccer competitively growing up, and now that my college softball career is over, I've found myself getting involved and very interested in soccer again. I've been keeping a closer eye on the soccer scene (and an old teammate of mine, Lori Chalupny, pictured to the left, who now plays on the Women's National Team) and wanted to share the good news -- The U.S. Women���s National Team downed Denmark, 2-0, to win the 2007 Algarve Cup title behind goals from captain Kristine Lilly and tournament MVP Carli Lloyd.
Lilly got the U.S. on the board in the first half, netting her second of the tournament. The U.S. enjoyed an 8-2 shot advantage in the first half, but would have to wait until the opening moments of the second half to add to its lead. Once again, Lloyd provided the fireworks, cracking a left-footed shot from outside the area that caught the underside of the crossbar before settling in the Denmark goal.
The Algarve Cup is a global invitational tournament for national teams in women's soccer. Held annually in the Algarve region of Portugal since 1994, it is one of the most prestigious women's soccer events, alongside the Women's World Cup and Women's Olympic Soccer. Currently, 12 teams are invited, with the top eight competing for the championship.
With this Algrave Cup title, the U.S. became the country with the most wins overall, breaking a tie with Norway at four wins a piece. Congrats, ladies!
The U.S. will open its domestic schedule vs. Mexico on April 14 in Foxborough, Mass., in a double header with the New England Revolution. The schedule continues vs. Canada on May 12 in Frisco, Texas, as the USA will wear pink uniforms to benefit Breast Cancer Awareness. The U.S. then kicks off the six-game Send-Off Series on June 16 in Cleveland vs. China.
(Photo provided by Getty Images/taken by Christian Petersen)