Abby Wambach scored a brace, assisted by Ali Krieger and Carli Lloyd, and Heather O'Reilly added the third goal, also assisted by Lloyd, late in her 200th cap. The goals were Wambach's 166th and 167th of her international career and O'Reilly's 40th.
“I couldn’t be prouder, and although the tournament didn’t go exactly the way this team would have hoped, the really cool thing about being a part of this team is that it’s like a family," said O'Reilly. "There’s ups, there’s downs, there’s hard times, there’s amazing times, so I think it’s fitting that my 200th was in a game like this, in a game where we were able to overcome some adversity and come away with a proud result.”
Algarve Cup results:
Final: Germany 3 Japan 0
3rd place: Iceland 2 Sweden 1.
5th place: China 1 Denmark 1 (China wins on penalties).
7th place: USA 3 North Korea 0.
9th place: Russia 1 Norway 0.
11th place: Austria 2 Portugal 1.
USA v Korea DPR
USA 3 North Korea 0. Goals: Wambach 11, 58, O'Reilly 88.
USA -- Loyden; Krieger, Sauerbrunn, Van Hollebeke, Klingenberg (O’Hara, 59); Rapinoe, Brian, Lloyd, Heath (O’Reilly, 46); Rodriguez (Press, 75), Wambach.
North Korea -- Hong; Kim Un Hyang, Kim Nam Hui, Kim Un Ha, Yun; Kim Su Gyong, Kim Un Ju, Jong, Kim Yun Mi; Ho, Ra.
Most of the U.S. players will now return home to begin pre-season camps with their NWSL clubs, while several will head back to Europe to finish their European club campaigns. The second season of the NWSL kicks off on April 12.
The USA returns to action next for two games against China PR on April 6 at Dick's Sporting Goods Park in Commerce City, Colo. (3 p.m. MT) and April 10 at Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego (8 p.m. PT, NBC Sports Network). Fans can follow U.S. WNT on Twitter @ussoccer_wnt