- Associated Press - Wednesday, March 4, 2015

VILA REAL de SAN ANTONIO, Portugal (AP) - Carli Lloyd scored two goals and the U.S. women’s national team opened the Algarve Cup in Portugal with a 2-1 victory over Norway on Wednesday.

Trailing 1-0 at the half, Lloyd evened the match with a left-footed goal in the 56th minute before putting the United States ahead on a penalty kick about six minutes later at the Municipal Stadium in Vila Real de San Antonio.

Hope Solo made her first appearance in goal for the second-ranked U.S. women this year following a 30-day suspension from the team.

Ada Hegenberg scored against Solo with a header late in the first half to give No. 12 Norway the lead.

The United States has won the Algarve Cup nine times in the tournament’s 22-year history. The 12-team field this year includes nine teams that will play in the Women’s World Cup in Canada starting in June.

The two goals give Lloyd 62 for her national team career. She also had four multiple-goal games last year.

Solo was suspended from the U.S. team in January following the arrest of her husband, former Seattle Seahawks tight end Jerramy Stevens, for driving under the influence in a U.S. Soccer van. Solo, who was in training camp in Southern California at the time, was also in the van.

During her absence, the United States played a pair of exhibitions, a 2-0 loss to France and a 1-0 victory over England.

The United States also saw late appearances Wednesday from midfielder Megan Rapinoe and forward Sydney Leroux, who missed the European exhibitions with injuries.

The victory in Portugal improves the Americans to 2-1 this year as they prepare for the World Cup. The United States opens Group D play with Australia in Winnipeg, Manitoba, on June 6, while Norway plays Thailand in Group B on June 7 in Ottawa.

The United States will continue Algarve Cup group stage play on Friday when the team plays Switzerland. The Americans wrap up the stage against Iceland on Monday.

Norway, which has won the Algarve Cup three times, will face Iceland on Friday before concluding with Switzerland.

The United States improves to 28-19-2 all-time against Norway. The Americans have won the last five straight matches, all in the Algarve Cup.

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