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Reign Trio Returns to US National Team for Algarve Cup

Hope Solo makes her return to the national team along with two teammates who've recovered from injuries in time for an important tournament.

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After missing the recent pair of friendlies for varied reasons, the Reign's US internationals have been called back into the team for the upcoming Algarve Cup, the most important remaining group of games heading into the 2015 World Cup.

Megan Rapinoe missed the February friendlies with a knee injury, Sydney Leroux was a late scratch due to her own reported injury (though it's possible that her recently announced marriage to Dom Dwyer also had something to do with it), and Hope Solo was suspended for a month after her husband was caught driving a team van under the influence of alcohol. After Solo's reinstatement and the recoveries from injury (or "injury") the Reign's international contingent is once again fully operational.

The Algarve Cup has long been considered the most competitive group of friendlies for the US Women's Team. Last season's dismal 7th place showing was followed shortly afterward by the firing of head coach Tom Sermanni. This season the US faces a rather easier group, kicking off against Norway on March 4th, Switzerland on March 6th, and Iceland on March 9th before moving on to the placement match.

In addition to the US internationals, Seattle's two Scotland internationals will also be in action. Kim Little and Rachel Corsie both join their national team for the Cyprus Cup which runs concurrently with Algarve. They will face a group of Canada, Italy, and the Republic of Korea.

After the Cups the internationals will move right into preseason work with the Reign, who kick off their preseason schedule with a March 13 match against the Seattle University Redhawks.