USWNT advances to Algarve Cup final vs. France

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The USWNT are in the final of the prestigious Algarve Cup tournament, where they will face red-hot France in the final on Wednesday.

Jill Ellis’ team drew 0-0 with Iceland on Monday, sealing their passage to the final after topping Group B with seven points after a comeback win over Norway and a 3-0 victory over Switzerland.

[ VIDEO: USWNT beat Norway ]

Hope Solo, who returned from suspension following an incident involving her husband Jerramy Stevens in January which saw the latter arrested for DUI while driving a U.S. Soccer team van, recorded her second-straight shutout but the disjointed displays continued with the women’s World Cup in Canada fast approaching.

While the U.S. struggle for consistency, the only team they’ve lost to so far in 2015, France, awaits in the final after the French steamrolled through Group C with three wins from three. When the U.S. lost 2-0 to France in Lorient back in February they were missing Solo through suspension, with Megan Rapinoe and Sydney Leroux injured. So this time around they will be hoping to win the last major warmup tournament (nine o fht e 12 teamw ill play in the World Cup this summer) by silencing doubters and beat a surging French team.

The USWNT is ranked No. 2, behind Germany, in the world but heading into the World Cup a 10th Algarve Cup title would certainly be a big statement by Ellis’ team.