March 21, 2013
RETURN TO EUROPE
USWNT calls 23 for games with Germany, Holland
CHICAGO - Twenty of the 23 players who were in Portugal for the U.S. Women’s Natonal Team recent victory in the Algarve Cup are in the roster for a pair of upcoming friendlies against Germany and Netherlands.
After facing Germany in the Algarve Cup Final on March 13, the U.S. Women will be meeting Germany for the second time in 23 days when the top two teams in the current FIFA Women's World Rankings play on Friday, April 5, at Sparda Bank Hessen Stadium in Offenbach, home of Kickers Offenbach in the German Third Division. Kickoff is set for 6:15 p.m. local time (12:15 p.m. ET).
The USA will then travel to the Netherlands to face the Dutch in The Hague at Kyocera Stadium, home of ADO Den Haag of the Dutch Eredivisie, on Tuesday, April 9.
April 9 will be the USA's first meeting with the Dutch since 2006 and will kick off at 7 p.m. local time (1 p.m. ET). Fans can follow both matches live online via ussoccer.com's MatchTracker and Twitter @ussoccer_wnt. The back to back games marks only the third time the U.S. has scheduled two friendlies on a European trip.
For 15 of the players, who just this week joined their National Women’s Soccer League teams in training camp, the national team games in April mean they will miss the last week of training with their respective teams. The NWSL season opens on April 13. Meanwhile, all of the USA's European-based players will arrive a day or two late into training camp due to club matches.
With goalkeepers Hope Solo and Jill Loyden are both rehabilitating from wrist and hand surgeries, respectively, U.S. Coach Tom Sermanni named uncapped Western New York Flash goalkeeper Adrianna Franch to the roster. In addition, defender Julie Johnston, the captain of the USA's 2012 FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup championship team, returns to the roster after earning her first career cap against Scotland on Feb. 9 in Jacksonville, Fla.
Defender Meghan Klingenberg, one of the USA's four alternates on the 2012 Olympic Team who is currently playing with Tyresö in Sweden, has sufficiently recovered from shoulder surgery and gets her first call-up of the year. Klingenberg has two career caps.
The USA will be without veteran midfielder Carli Lloyd, who suffered a broken shoulder in the first match of the Algarve Cup, putting her out for 6-8 weeks.
"We got the chance to play everyone on the roster at the Algarve Cup, and to see the young players step up and play well alongside the more experienced veterans was a positive step in the continued growth of the team," said Sermanni. "These matches present two more excellent opportunities to increase the competition on the squad and for players to show they can perform in difficult environments. Any time you can play two European teams in their own countries it makes for the best games for the coaching staff to assess and evaluate where we are as a team."
The USA's quartet of forwards - Alex Morgan, Abby Wambach, Christen Press and Sydney Leroux - has scored 11 of the USA's 18 goals so far in 2013. Morgan scored the USA's final three goals of the Algarve Cup in a 1-1 tie with Sweden and a 2-0 victory against Germany in the championship game. Wambach heads to Europe with 154 career goals, just four short of tying Mia Hamm on the world's all-time scoring list. Press leads the USA in goals this year with four, and Leroux's two scores have upped her career total to 16 in just 33 matches.
U.S. Women's National Team Roster by Position –
GOALKEEPERS (3): Nicole Barnhart (FC Kansas City), Adrianna Franch (Western New York Flash), Ashlyn Harris (Washington Spirit)
DEFENDERS (9): Rachel Buehler (Portland Thorns FC), Crystal Dunn (North Carolina), Whitney Engen (Liverpool, England), Julie Johnston (Santa Clara), Meghan Klingenberg (Tyresö, Sweden), Ali Krieger (Washington Spirit), Kelley O'Hara (Sky Blue FC), Christie Rampone (Sky Blue FC), Becky Sauerbrunn (FC Kansas City)
MIDFIELDERS (7): Yael Averbuch (Göteborg, Sweden), Shannon Boxx (Chicago Red Stars), Lauren Cheney (FC Kansas City), Tobin Heath (PSG, France), Kristie Mewis (FC Kansas City), Heather O'Reilly (Boston Breakers), Megan Rapinoe (Lyon, France)
FORWARDS (4): Sydney Leroux (Boston Breakers), Alex Morgan (Portland Thorns FC), Christen Press (Tyresö, Sweden), Abby Wambach (Western New York Flash)