Carli Lloyd scored two goals and the U.S. women’s national team opened the Algarve Cup in Portugal with a 2-1 victory over Norway on Wednesday.
VILA REAL de SAN ANTONIO, Portugal — Carli Lloyd scored two goals and the U.S. women’s national team opened the Algarve Cup in Portugal with a 2-1 victory over Norway on Wednesday.
Trailing 1-0 at the half, Lloyd evened the match with a left-footed goal in the 56th minute before putting the United States ahead on a penalty kick about six minutes later at the Municipal Stadium in Vila Real de San Antonio.
Hope Solo made her first appearance in goal for the second-ranked U.S. women this year after a 30-day suspension from the team.
Ada Hegenberg scored against Solo with a header late in the first half to give No. 12 Norway the lead.
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The United States has won the Algarve Cup nine times in the tournament’s 22-year history. The 12-team field this year includes nine teams that will play in the Women’s World Cup in Canada starting in June.
The two goals give Lloyd 62 for her national-team career. She also had four multiple-goal games last year.
Solo, who is Lloyd’s roommate on the road, watched Lloyd’s penalty from near the top of her own area, pumping her fist as the ball hit the net. Asked if returning to the field was emotional for her, Solo shook her head.
“I’ve dealt with my emotions for the last 30 days,” the former Huskies star said. “This was just a happy day.”
For the moment, it seems that everyone — teammates, coaches and officials — is supporting Solo, a stance that is surely bolstered by the fact that she is still regarded by many as the best women’s goalkeeper in the world. Now that she is back, she must help solidify a defense that has had problems with consistency in recent games.
“The sooner I can get her in with her back line, the better,” U.S. coach Jill Ellis said.
The U.S. also saw late appearances from midfielder Megan Rapinoe and forward Sydney Leroux, who missed two exhibitions with injuries. Both play with Solo on the Seattle Reign.