Teams: Toronto FC, Fiorentina, Barça
FARO, Portugal (AP) - The United States won its third straight Algarve Cup women's soccer title Tuesday, beating Germany 1-0 on a first-half goal by Christie Welsh.
Welsh hit a low drive off a pass from Aly Wagner against the run of play in the 23rd minute, ensuring she ended as the tournament's leading scorer with five goals. The world champion Germans controlled most of the game, with Birgit Prinz - voted the tournament's best player - earning the best chance in the 16th minute when she shot just wide.
The American team, which edged Germany in a semifinal at the 2004 Olympics on its way to the gold medal, won the Algarve title for the fourth time in six years.
The Americans outscored their four opponents 9-0, including victories over Finland, France and Denmark.
The tournament was United States' first since the resignation of April Heinrichs as coach in February and the retirements of long-time stalwarts Mia Hamm, Julie Foudy and Joy Fawcett last year.
Top Scorer: Christie Welsh (USA)
Best Player: Birgit Prinz (Germany)
Best Goalkeeper: Bente Nordby (Norway)