Lauren Cheney: A different kind of Cheney
The USA got off to a great start in the Algarve Cup beating Iceland 2-0 through Lauren Cheney and an own goal.
Next up the tough Norwegians, a long time nemesis of the USA but now find themselves falling of the pace since the mid 1990s with Germany, Brazil, and China taking over.
The next two matches have a decidedly strong Scandinavian theme given the coaching connections.
US assistant coach Hege Riise will face her old team on February 26th. Continuing in the same vein, Pia Sundhage, the US coach, till recently the Swedish top goal scorer will take on her former national team on March 1st. The US under Sundhage lost the last Algarve Cup final to Sweden on penalties. The US will be looking to reverse that setback.