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U.S., Canada Tie 1-1 in Algarve Cup

March 14, 2003

OLHAO, Portugal (AP) _ Aly Wagner’s goal off a corner kick with five minutes left Friday lifted the United States into a 1-1 tie with Canada in the Algarve Cup.

Canada took the lead in the seventh minute when defender Randee Hermus scored.

``I didn’t give up after the early setback. ... We created enough chances to win,″ U.S. coach April Heinrichs said.

The United States faces Olympic champion Norway on Sunday.

Star forward Mia Hamm came close to scoring for the United States but wasn’t able to put the ball in the net.

``I had several good chances and I should have put one of them away,″ said Hamm, who missed last year’s Algarve Cup with a left knee injury. ``The Canadians are a very physical team, great battlers. It’s difficult not to be intimidated by them.

``My knee problem was not a factor, I played 90 minutes and felt very good.″

This was the first game between the countries since the United States beat Canada 2-1 in overtime on Hamm’s goal in the final of the CONCACAF Women’s Gold Cup in November.

The U.S. record against Canada is 24-4-2.

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