1st consecutive losses for US women since 2001

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The United States women's soccer team lost consecutive games for the first time in 13 years, finishing last in its group at the Algarve Cup with a 5-3 loss to Denmark on Monday at Albufeira, Portugal.

Denmark built a 3-0 lead when Katine Veje scored in the 24th minute and Nadia Nadim added goals in the 35th and 39th.

Christen Press pulled the U.S. to 3-1 in the 51st, but Joanna Rasmussen restored a three-goal lead in the 62nd. The U.S. closed to 4-3 on goals by Sydney Leroux in the 63rd and Megan Rapinoe in the 68th, and Karoline Nielsen ended the American comeback hopes when she scored in the third minute of stoppage time.

The Americans (0-2-1) opened by wasting a lead in a 1-1 tie against World Cup champion Japan last Wednesday, then fell 1-0 to Sweden and former coach Pia Sundhage on Friday, ending a two-year, 43-game unbeaten streak.

The U.S. last lost consecutive games at the 2001 Algarve Cup, 2-0 to Sweden in the group stage on March 17 and 4-3 to Portugal two days later in the fifth-place match.

Japan (2-0-1) advanced to the final against Germany, winning Group B by defeating Sweden 2-1 on Aya Miyama's 89th-minute penalty kick.

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