USWNT reaches Algarve Cup final vs. France after 0-0 draw with Iceland
Hope Solo had her second straight shutout, and the United States tied Iceland 0-0 Monday night at Lagos, Portugal, to advance to the Algarve Cup final against France.
The U.S. (2-0-1) is seeking its 10th title in 22 Algarve Cups but first since 2013. Third-ranked France (3-0) beat Japan 3-1 earlier in the day and will play in the final Wednesday for the first time in six Algarve Cup appearances. The Algarve is the last major tournament before the Women's World Cup in June.
Solo made a key save against Iceland, ranked No. 20, in stoppage time just before the half for her 80th career shutout.
This was her third start following a 30-day suspension by the U.S. Soccer in January following the DUI arrest of her husband, former Seattle Seahawks tight end Jerramy Stevens. Solo, who was in training camp in Southern California at the time, also was in the U.S. Soccer van.
The Americans, ranked No. 2 in the world, couldn't manage to get past Iceland goalkeeper Gudbjorg Gunnarsdottir in the match at Municipal Stadium.
The U.S. peppered Gunnarsdottir with shots in the second half, including Lori Chalupney's long drive that went just wide in the 67th minute and Morgan Press' strike from 20 feet out in the 83rd minute.
U.S. coach Jill Ellis continued to toy with her lineup, starting Abby Wambach up front with Alex Morgan after playing Wambach off the bench in the last match.
Earlier this year, the U.S. lost to France 2-0 in an exhibition in Lorient. The Americans were without several key players, including Solo, who was suspended, and Megan Rapinoe and Sydney Leroux, who were injured.
It was the lone loss of the year so far for the U.S., which is 3-1-1 as the team prepares for the World Cup in Canada. The U.S. women open Group D play with Australia in Winnipeg, Manitoba, on June 8.
The Algarve Cup featured nine teams that are playing in the World Cup.