A Downward Spiral in Portugal

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The USWNT's draw against Japan on Wednesday was just the start of the team's three-game winless streak at the Algarve Cup.

On Monday, the U.S. women's soccer team lost to Denmark 5-3 at the Algarve Cup in Portugal. After a loss to Sweden on Friday, which ended the team's 43-game unbeaten streak, the USWNT has lost consecutive games for the first time since 2001 -- a span of 270 matches dating back to six months before Abby Wambach made her debut with the team. The five goals allowed on Monday also marked the most ever given up by the American squad. The team opened Algarve Cup play on Wednesday with a draw against Japan, so this also marks the team's longest winless streak in 13 years. The nine-time Algarve Cup winners will now play for seventh place against Korea on Wednesday. The team's previous worst result was sixth place in 2002. If the team should lose, it would tie the longest losing streak in the team's history set on two occasions in August to October of 1991 and August 1992 to April 1993. After the Algarve Cup, the U.S. returns home to play China on April 6 in Commerce City, Colo. With the overall unbeaten streak gone, the team will look to preserve its 80-game home unbeaten record that dates back to 2004.