1st consecutive losses for US women since 2001

Published on NewsOK Modified: March 10, 2014 at 4:48 pm •  Published: March 10, 2014
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The United States women's soccer team is having a memorable trip to the Algarve Cup — for all the wrong reasons.

The Americans lost consecutive games for the first time in 13 years and conceded five goals in a match for the first time in the team's 29-year history, finishing last in their group following a 5-3 defeat to Denmark on Monday at Albufeira, Portugal.

Winless at 0-2-1, the U.S. faces North Korea in the seventh-place game Wednesday. The Americans had won the title nine times in 18 previous trips.

"The results in this tournament are obviously not up to our standards," defender Christie Rampone said. "We have to re-focus and re-evaluate and we will get better leading into the rest of the year. A lot of young players got some time against great teams and that can only help moving forward."

Denmark built a 3-0 lead when Katine Veje scored in the 24th minute and Nadia Nadim added goals in the 35th and 39th.

Christen Press pulled the U.S. to 3-1 in the 51st, but Joanna Rasmussen restored a three-goal lead in the 62nd. The U.S. closed to 4-3 on goals by Sydney Leroux in the 63rd and Megan Rapinoe in the 68th, and Karoline Nielsen ended the American comeback hopes when she scored in the third minute of stoppage time. The U.S. had not lost by two goals since a 2-0 defeat to Norway in the Americans' 2008 Olympic opener.

The Americans opened this tournament by wasting a lead in a 1-1 tie against World Cup champion Japan last Wednesday, then fell 1-0 to Sweden and former coach Pia Sundhage on Friday, ending a two-year, 43-game unbeaten streak. That was the first loss following a 16-0-4 start under coach Tom Sermanni.

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