November 5, 2013
SOME NEW FACES
Youngsters may get a look when US Women face Brazil
CHICAGO - Some new faces may get a chance to face Brazil when the U.S. Women’s National Team plays its last game of 2013 at the Citrus Bowl in Orlando on November 10.
Although the majority of the roster selected by coach Tom Sermanni is made up of players who played in the USA's recently completed October friendly matches, he did name uncapped goalkeeper Alyssa Naeher of the Boston Breakers as well as midfielders Amber Brooks and Erika Tymrak, who are both playing in Germany with Bayern Munich. Tymrak has one cap, earned on Sept. 3 of this year against Mexico. Brooks, a highly experienced player at the USA's Youth National Team level, is looking for her first senior team game after training with the USA for the first time last April when the squad was in Germany and June when the USA was in Toronto.
In addition, 19-year-old forward Lindsey Horan gets her second call-up to the senior team after earning her first cap at the Algarve Cup last March. Horan made history by being the first American woman to skip college and sign a professional contract in Europe, and she is currently playing in France with Paris Saint-Germain. She has five goals in seven appearances so far this season and scored 17 goals in 20 games last year. Horan is still age-eligible for the 2014 FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup and is expected to be a key player on that squad when it attempts to qualify for that tournament.
Sermanni also recalled defender Stephanie Cox, who was with the USA for the match against Australia in San Antonio on Oct. 20 but did not play. Cox, a veteran of two Women's World Cup Teams (2007, 2011) and one Olympic Team (2008) had her first child on April 7 and returned to the field for the end of the inaugural NWSL season to play four games for Seattle Reign FC.
The match, which will be broadcast on NBC at 3:30 p.m. ET. will be the USA's first visit to Orlando and the Citrus Bowl since May 22, 1999, when the Americans also played Brazil. That 3-0 U.S. victory featured Mia Hamm scoring her 108th career goal to break what was at the time the international scoring record. More than 14,000 tickets have been sold for the Nov. 10 match, which will be the first meeting between the world's top-ranked U.S. team and fourth-ranked Brazil since a 3-0 victory for the USA in Chiba, Japan, in April of 2012.
U.S. Women's National Team Roster -
GOALKEEPERS (3): 18-Nicole Barnhart (FC Kansas City), 28-Alyssa Naeher (Boston Breakers), 1-Hope Solo (Seattle Reign FC)
DEFENDERS (6): 16-Rachel Buehler (Portland Thorns FC), 14-Stephanie Cox (Seattle Reign FC), 8-Kristie Mewis (FC Kansas City), 3-Christie Rampone (Sky Blue FC), 26-Leigh Ann Robinson (FC Kansas City), 4-Becky Sauerbrunn (FC Kansas City)
MIDFIELDERS (6): 7-Yael Averbuch (unattached), 22-Amber Brooks (Bayern Munich), 12-Lauren Holiday (FC Kansas City), 10-Carli Lloyd (WNY Flash), 9-Heather O'Reilly (Boston Breakers), 23-Erika Tymrak (Bayern Munich)
FORWARDS (4): 25-Lindsey Horan (Paris Saint Germain), 2-Sydney Leroux (Boston Breakers), 13-Alex Morgan (Portland Thorns FC), 20-Abby Wambach (WNY Flash)
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