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International Update: USWNT wins Algarve Cup, Stephanie Roche scores golazo for Ireland

Algarve. Cyprus. Istria.

Three international touraments wrapped up earlier this week, so let's take a look to see how Houston Dash players and their national teams fared.

United States

The USWNT won their 10th Algarve Cup on Wednesday after a 2-0 win over France in Portugal. Carli Lloyd played in every match, subbing on once and captaining the side in the final against France. She started the tournament with both goals in a 2-1 win over Norway. No. 1 overall pick Morgan Brian started all four matches for the U.S., while Meghan Klingenberg started the final three games after subbing on at halftime in the opener.


Erin McLeod and Allysha Chapman anchored a defense that only allowed one goal in four matches at the Cyprus Cup, but that goal was the only goal in the final match against England on Wednesday. Chapman started and played 90 minutes in all four matches, while McLeod played in all but one game. The Canadians earned shutouts against Scotland, Korea Republic and Italy in the group stage before falling 1-0 in the placement match. Chapman scored her first international goal against Italy, the game-winner in a 1-0 match.


The Irish finished the Istria Cup in Croatia on a high note, with a 2-1 win over Costa Rica and another Stephanie Roche golazo. Roche, who started two matches and subbed on another, added another wonder strike to her highlight reel in the 21st minute of Ireland's placement match on Wednesday as she lifted a volley over the keeper's outstretched arms from distance. Ireland drew their opening match 1-1 against Hungary, but dropped their next two matches to Slovakia and Austria by identical 2-0 scorelines (former Dash forward Nina Burger scored the second goal for Austria).

Stephanie Roche goal v Costa Rica from Football Association of Ireland on Vimeo.