Portugal National Soccer team roster
Will the third time be the charm for Sarah Hagen (Appleton North/UW-Milwaukee)?
The Bayern Munich striker was named to the U.S. women's national team's 24-player travel roster for the Algarve Cup, which starts March 5 in Portugal. Coach Tom Sermanni will have to cut one player to meet the tournament's 23-player roster limit.
It's the third national team call-up for the 24-year-old Hagen, who is tied for third in Germany's Frauen-Bundesliga with seven goals in 11 matches this season, but she hasn't yet earned an international cap or been selected for a game-day roster.
The Americans' Group B opener at the tournament, against Japan on March 5 in Parchal could be interesting – the U.S. is unbeaten in its past 42 matches (36-0-6), a streak dating to a 1-0 loss to Japan at the Algarve Cup on the same date in 2012.
The U.S. also will face Sweden on March 7 and Denmark on March 10 with both games in Albufeira, before a placement match on March 12. The Americans have won the Algarve Cup a record nine times, including a 2-0 victory over Germany in the final last year.
Hagen shouldn't miss any club matches while she is with the national team: Bayern Munich resumed its season after a winter break with a 2-1 loss to 1. FFC Turbine Potsdam on Sunday and plays host to VfL Wolfsburg on Wednesday, then is off until March 16. While most of the U.S. squad will leave for Portugal today, Hagen will be one of five players to join the team later – she's expected in camp on Sunday.
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