March 11, 2009 – Sweden defeated the United States 4-3 on penalty kicks following a 1-1 tie on Wednesday night in the final of the Algarve Cup women’s soccer tournament.
Sweden took the lead via a 19th-minute goal by Lotta Schelin. However, the heavily favored United States rallied until Shannon Boxx tapped in a 90th-minute equalizer.
Team USA Goalkeeper Hope Solo made several excellent saves for the United States. She was voted the tournament’s most valuable player.
Sweden’s win game them their third Algarve Cup, following titles in 2001 and 1995. The U.S. team has won the tournament six times.
SWE: Fors (goal), Dahlkvist (goal), Sembrandt (goal), Paulson (miss — high), Schelin (saved), Ölander (miss — high), Segerström (goal)
USA: Boxx (goal), Rapinoe (saved), Lloyd (goal), Rampone (miss — left post), DiMartino (goal), Woznuk (saved), Mitts (miss — left post)
USA: 1-Hope Solo; 2-Heather Mitts (capt.), 7-Shannon Boxx, 3-Christie Rampone, 4-Rachel Buehler; 9-Heather O’Reilly (12-Angie Woznuk, 88), 16-Angela Hucles (19-Tina DiMartino, 83), 10-Carli Lloyd, 5-Lindsay Tarpley (8-Amy Rodriguez, 46); 15-Megan Rapinoe, 6-Natasha Kai
Subs not used: 13-Kendall Fletcher, 17-Lori Chalupny, 18-Nicole Barnhart, 21-Kacey White
Head Coach: Pia Sundhage
SWE: 12-Kristin Hammarstrøm, 2-Charlotte Rohlin, 3-Stina Segerström, 4-Anna Paulson, 6-Sara Thunebro (7-Emelie Ölander, 46); 5-Caroline Seger (19-Linda Sembrandt, 78), 15-Therese Sjögran (16-Louise Fors, 63), 17-Kosovare Aslani (14-Madelaine Edlund, 53), 18-Nilla Fischer (20-Lisa Dahlkvist, 37); 11-Victoria Svensson (capt.) (10-Sara Lindén, 71), 8-Lotta Schelin
Subs not used: 1-Hedvid Lindahl, 9-Anna Lindblom, 13-Alexandra Niilsson
Head Coach: Thomas Dennerby