US women beat Iceland 3-0 in Algarve Cup opener

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Associated Press

Posted on March 6, 2013 at 12:02 PM

Updated Wednesday, Mar 6 at 12:04 PM

FARO, Portugal (AP) — Abby Wambach scored her 154th career goal Wednesday, leaving her four shy of tying Mia Hamm's all-time record, and the U.S. women opened the Algarve Cup with a 3-0 victory over Iceland.

Wambach scored in the 86th minute off an assist by Alex Morgan. Rachel Buehler and Shannon Boxx also scored for the Olympic champions, who are seeking their ninth title in 18 Algarve Cup appearances.

Iceland nearly scored first with a header from inside the penalty area in the 19th minute, but goalkeeper Jillian Loyden made the save. Buehler, wearing the captain's armband in her 100th game for the Americans, opened the scoring off a corner by Lauren Cheney corner in the 48th. Boxx then doubled the lead when she headed in Christie Rampone's cross in the 63rd.

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