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U.S. women fall to Denmark

The U.S. women's national team lost to Denmark in their second-straight defeat at the Algarve Cup.
By The Sports Network   |   March 10, 2014 at 3:29 PM
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Albufeira, Portugal (SportsNetwork.com) - The United States women's national team stumbled to a second-straight defeat at the Algarve Cup on Monday as Nadia Nadim scored a pair of first-half goals in a 5-3 Denmark victory to close out Group B play.

After losing 1-0 to Sweden in its previous match, the U.S. was eliminated from reaching the final. Head coach Tom Sermanni made a number of changes to Monday's lineup.

Abby Wambach started the contest on the bench, while Amy Rodriguez and Tobin Heath were unused substitutes and watched as the Americans fell behind 3-0 at halftime.

Denmark's Katine Veje opened the scoring after 24 minutes, and Nadim added two more before the break to give the Danes a commanding lead.

The U.S. mounted a comeback in the second half with goals from Christen Press, Sydney Leroux and Megan Rapinoe to get to within 4-3 with 20 minutes to play.

But as the Americans threw players forward in search of an equalizer they were caught on the break and Karoline Nielsen put the game away with a goal in stoppage time.

The result leaves the U.S. on the bottom of the group with just one point from three games.

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