March 25, 2014
READY FOR CHINA
Sermanni names roster for April friendlies
CHICAGO - U.S. Women's National Team head coach Tom Sermanni has named 24 players to a training camp roster for the upcoming matches against China PR on April 6 at Dick's Sporting Goods Park in Commerce City, Colo. and on April 10 at Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego.
Twenty-two of the 24 players were with the USA at the recent Algarve Cup in Portugal. Sermanni has added forward Katie Stengel and midfielder Lauren Holiday to that roster.
Stengel, a former Wake Forest star, was a member of the USA's 2012 FIFA Under-20 Women's World Cup championship team. She was most recently with the U.S. Under-23 WNT for the Six Nations Tournament in La Manga, Spain, where she scored against Norway in the final match to help the USA secure the title. She becomes the seventh player from the 2012 FIFA Under-20 Women's World Cup champion to earn a call-up to the senior side.
Holiday, the 2013 National Women's Soccer League MVP, returns to the roster after missing the Algarve Cup due to a family commitment. She and Stengel replace forward Alex Morgan and defender Crystal Dunn who are not recovered from ankle injuries.
Eighteen players will suit up for each of the two matches that will be the final international games before the start of the second season of the NWSL, which kicks off April 12.
U.S. Women's National Team Roster
GOALKEEPERS (3): Jill Loyden (Sky Blue FC), Alyssa Naeher (Boston Breakers), Hope Solo (Seattle Reign FC)
DEFENDERS (9): Stephanie Cox (Seattle Reign FC), Whitney Engen (Tyresö), Meghan Klingenberg (Tyresö), Ali Krieger (Washington Spirit), Kristie Mewis (Boston Breakers), Kelley O'Hara (Sky Blue FC), Christie Rampone (Sky Blue FC), Becky Sauerbrunn (FC Kansas City), Rachel Van Hollebeke (Portland Thorns FC)
MIDFIELDERS (7): Morgan Brian (Virginia), Tobin Heath (Pairs Saint-Germain), Lauren Holiday (FC Kansas City), Carli Lloyd (WNY Flash), Samantha Mewis (UCLA), Heather O'Reilly (Boston Breakers), Megan Rapinoe (Seattle Reign FC)
FORWARDS (5): Sydney Leroux (Seattle Reign FC), Christen Press (Tyresö), Amy Rodriguez (FC Kansas City), Katie Stengel (LA Blues), Abby Wambach (WNY Flash)
The U.S. team, which is ranked No. 1 in the latest FIFA Women's World Rankings, is 4-2-1 in 2014 and has scored 23 goals while allowing seven; China is 19th in the rankings. The USA has an all-time record of 30-8-12 against China.