October 1, 2013
25 IN THE POOL
Sermanni selects USWNT roster for October games
CHICAGO - U.S. Women's National Team head coach Tom Sermanni has named a roster of 25 players who will be in with the U.S. WNT over various periods from Oct. 15-30.
|Sydeny Leroux scored four goals in the US Women's National Team's last game.
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The USA plays three friendly matches, facing Australia on Oct. 20 in San Antonio (12:30 CT on NBC) and New Zealand on Oct. 27 in San Francisco (3:30 p.m. PT) and Oct. 30 in Columbus, Ohio (7:30 p.m. ET). Fans can also follow all the matches live online via ussoccer.com's MatchTracker and Twitter @ussoccer_wnt.
The majority of the USA’s European-based players will be unavailable for the Oct. 20 match at the Alamodome as they will be competing in league play in Sweden and France, as well as playing UEFA Women’s Champions League matches.
All of the USA’s NWSL-based regulars will be in for the WNT’s first match in San Antonio in 17 years. Those NWSL players include league MVP Lauren Holiday, NWSL Defender of the Year Becky Sauerbrunn and NWSL Goalkeeper of the Year Nicole Barnhart. In addition, forward Sydney Leroux, who scored four times against Mexico on Sept. 3, U.S. all-time leading scorer Abby Wambach, as well as Christie Rampone, Alex Morgan, Carli Lloyd, Heather O’Reilly, Rachel Buehler, Kristie Mewis and Hope Solo will all be with the U.S. team for the Oct. 20 contest.
Sermanni has called up two defenders – Leigh Ann Robinson and Stephanie Cox – who will be with the squad only through the first match on Oct. 20. Although Robinson and Cox are both 27, they are on opposite ends of the WNT experience spectrum. Robinson, who had an excellent NWSL season for FC Kansas City, earned her first cap on Sept. 3 against Mexico while Cox, a veteran of two Women’s World Cup Teams (2007, 2011) and one Olympic Team (2008) gets her first call-up since May of 2012. Cox, who had her first child on April 7, returned to the field for the end of the inaugural NWSL season and played in four games for the Seattle Reign.
Sermanni named two college players to the roster in North Carolina defender Crystal Dunn, who has five starts in her first seven caps for the USA this year, and University of Virginia midfielder Morgan Brian, who scored her first WNT goal against in just her second cap against Mexico on Sept. 3. Dunn and Brian, whose schools face off against each other in ACC play on Oct. 20, will be with the U.S. team only for the match against Australia and will return to their schools for the remainder of the college season. -
U.S. Women's National Team Roster - GOALKEEPERS (4): Nicole Barnhart (FC Kansas City), Adrianna Franch (WNY Flash), Jill Loyden (Sky Blue FC), Hope Solo (Seattle Reign FC)
DEFENDERS (10): Rachel Buehler (Portland Thorns FC), Stephanie Cox (Seattle Reign FC), Crystal Dunn (North Carolina), Whitney Engen (Tyresö), Meghan Klingenberg (Tyresö), Ali Krieger (Tyresö), Kristie Mewis (FC Kansas City), Christie Rampone (Sky Blue FC), Leigh Ann Robinson (FC Kansas City), Becky Sauerbrunn (FC Kansas City)
MIDFIELDERS (7): Yael Averbuch (Göteborg), Morgan Brian (Virginia), Tobin Heath (Paris Saint-Germain), Lauren Holiday (FC Kansas City), Carli Lloyd (WNY Flash), Heather O'Reilly (Boston Breakers), Megan Rapinoe (Lyon)
FORWARDS (4): Sydney Leroux (Boston Breakers), Alex Morgan (Portland Thorns FC), Christen Press (Tyresö), Abby Wambach (WNY Flash)