15 March 2004
The U.S. women's soccer team has defeated France, 5-1, to kick off the first day of the Algarve Cup in Portugal.
Abby Wambach netted the first goal in the 16th minute for the United States on a free kick from Mia Hamm, who also scored 11 minutes later. Angela Hucles scored two goals, and Lindsay Tarpley added another. This is the United States' ninth appearance in the Algarve Cup, one of the world's most prestigious invitational tournaments. The U.S. women won it in 2000 and 2003.
The 20-member U.S. roster includes 17 players who will compete in the Athens Olympics. Defender Joy Fawcett, midfielder Kristine Lilly and striker Heather O'Reilly are not at the Algarve Cup.
The United States is in Group A of the event, and has upcoming matches against Denmark and 2003 World Cup finalist Sweden. Norway, Finland, Italy and China make up Group-B. The winners of the two groups meet in the final March 20.