October 29, 2009
WHEN RIVALS COLLIDE
U.S. vs. German women today
One of the world’s greatest women’s soccer rivalries resumes on Thursday as the U.S. meets Germany at the new Implus Arena in Augsburg, Germany.
The match is already soldout as more than 29,000 fans will pack the stadium in the first international match played at the venue. It will also be the biggest crowd ever at Impuls, as the German Second Division team that plays there, FC Augsburg, has yet to fill it up during its inaugural season in its new home.
The match between the top two teams in the current FIFA Women’s World Rankings will kick off at 6 p.m. local time (1 p.m. ET) and fans can follow on ussoccer.com’s MatchTracker.
It will be an environment worthy of the two titanic adversaries, who are certainly the two most successful nations in the relatively short history of women’s international soccer. The United States has won two Women’s World Cup titles and three Olympic gold medals, plus two youth Women’s World Cup crowns. Germany has won two Women’s World Cup titles, five consecutive European championships and one youth Women’s World Cup.
The Germans will try to make it three World Cup titles in a row in 2011 on their home soil during a tournament in which they will be heavily favored. For now, the two teams will write a new chapter in their historic rivalry in what is surely the biggest women’s international friendly of the year.
The U.S. holds a 16-4-4 all-time record against the Germans, which includes two wins over the former West Germany.
The U.S. roster:
Goalkeepers (2): Nicole Barnhart (FC Gold Pride), Hope Solo (St. Louis Athletica).
Defenders (6): Brittany Bock (Los Angeles Sol), Rachel Buehler (FC Gold Pride), Lori Chalupny (St. Louis Athletica), Amy LePeilbet (Boston Breakers), Heather Mitts (Philadelphia Independence), Cat Whitehill (Washington Freedom).
Midfielders (7): Yael Averbuch (Sky Blue FC), Shannon Boxx (Los Angeles Sol), Tobin Heath (UNC), Lori Lindsey (Philadelphia Independence), Carli Lloyd (Sky Blue FC), Heather O’Reilly (Sky Blue FC), Kacey White (Sky Blue FC).
Forwards (3): Ella Masar (Chicago Red Stars), Amy Rodriguez (Philadelphia Independence), Abby Wambach (Washington Freedom).