Megan to start in today's Algarve Cup Final

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Megan to start in today's Algarve Cup Final

Post by purple haze on Wed Mar 11, 2009 8:53 am

U.S. womens national team plays Sweden for the tournament championship starting in a few minutes at 9 a.m. PDT. You can follow the game on MatchTracker at ussoccer.com. Pre-game commentary says that Megan Rapinoe will start as forward alongside Natasha Kai.

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Re: Megan to start in today's Algarve Cup Final

Post by Geezaldinho on Wed Mar 11, 2009 9:58 am

USA is down 0:1 at he half. allegedly they had the better run of play, but it's the score that counts...

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Re: Megan to start in today's Algarve Cup Final

Post by Geezaldinho on Wed Mar 11, 2009 10:54 am

USA ties it up on a Boxx goal with n assist from Rapinoe in extra time!

Matchtracker had Megan working pretty hard all half on the left mid , and Angie came on for Oreilley in the 88th

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Re: Megan to start in today's Algarve Cup Final

Post by Geezaldinho on Wed Mar 11, 2009 11:06 am

They go directly to a shootout

Sweden wins 3:4 in the shootout. (no overtimes in this tournament)

The PK's went to sudden death and the USA couldn't equal Sweden's last shot.

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Post by onetouchfutbol on Wed Mar 11, 2009 4:59 pm

Dang...tough loss..at least Rapinoe got the assist. Maybe Sweden is the new Norway...a tough Scandinavian team.

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Post by fan from afar on Wed Mar 11, 2009 5:12 pm

Unfortunately, our girls both missed their overtime penalty kicks.

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Re: Megan to start in today's Algarve Cup Final

Post by Geezaldinho on Wed Mar 11, 2009 5:56 pm

Somebody on BS posted a Swedish video that includes Megan's assist to Boxx's tap - in.
http://svtplay.se/v/1477553/sverige-usa_5-4

you get some really good analysis, too, if you know Swedish.

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Re: Megan to start in today's Algarve Cup Final

Post by DaTruRochin on Wed Mar 11, 2009 6:35 pm

athleticjames wrote:Maybe Sweden is the new Norway...a tough Scandinavian team.

Hahah don't EVER suggest anyone from Norway or Sweden that... Unless of course you want to be drowned in lingonberries...

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Re: Megan to start in today's Algarve Cup Final

Post by KFTC on Wed Mar 11, 2009 8:10 pm

Someone who was at the game told me Sweden outplayed the US team, despite what the US Soccer release says.

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Re: Megan to start in today's Algarve Cup Final

Post by purple haze on Fri Mar 13, 2009 9:11 pm

The Swedes have some really good and veteran attacking forwards, like Svensson, MatchTracker made it sound as if Sweden owned the midfield for the first half. Interesting that Megan shifted to mid for the 2nd half ... and got the tying assist. Chalk this up as a learning experience for a young US squad.

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Post by Auto Pilot on Fri Mar 13, 2009 9:32 pm

Think Sweden might have a chip on their should about the WPS swiping Marta out from under them?

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Re: Megan to start in today's Algarve Cup Final

Post by DaTruRochin on Sun Mar 22, 2009 3:42 pm

An ESPN writeup about what to take away from the Algarve performance came out today:

http://soccernet.espn.go.com/columns/story?id=630327&sec=us&root=us&cc=5901

And Megan got a huge shoutout:
Forward Rapinoe, earning plaudits all around, seemed to be Sundhage's pet project in the Algarve tournament after the U.S. coach played her in all four games at a whirligig of positions. With only four caps to her name, Rapinoe rose impressively to the task, showing the mental fortitude she has built up after battling back from two major knee injuries in two years.

"Megan Rapinoe improved her game from day one," Sundhage wrote in an e-mail from Europe. "She could play out wide or in the middle, is good on the ball, has a great shot, and she might grow to become a game winner in a couple of years. She has great potential."

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Re: Megan to start in today's Algarve Cup Final

Post by ohhh_yeah on Tue Feb 16, 2010 3:00 pm

Megan Rapinoe has been added to the roster for the 2010 Algarve Cup.

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