The USA will open its competition on March 6 against Iceland, then face China on March 8 and Sweden on March 11 to finish group play with the first meeting between the teams since former U.S. head coach Pia Sundhage assumed the head coaching duties for her home country. Group A will feature Germany, Denmark, Japan and Norway. The three nations that will join host Portugal in Group C are Hungary, Wales and Mexico
The 2013 Algarve Cup will be the 20th edition of the tournament that has grown into one of the world’s top competitions for women’s national teams. The tournament features the top three teams in the FIFA Women’s World Rankings in the USA, Germany and Japan, respectively, as well as Sweden (No. 6), Norway (12), Denmark (13), Iceland (15) and China (17).