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U.S. WNT and Germany Meet in Offenbach, Germany on April 5


U.S. Women’s National Team vs. Germany
Sparda Bank Hessen Stadium
Offenbach, Germany

April 5, 2013

WE MEET AGAIN: The U.S. Women’s National Team will meet Germany for the second time in 23 days in a rare back-to-back series between the top two teams in the current FIFA Women’s World Rankings. The first “leg” took place on March 13 in the championship game of the 2013 Algarve Cup in Portugal, a match the USA won 2-0 with both goals coming from Alex Morgan. This second “leg” will be a friendly exhibition, but should actually be much more emotionally charged. The match in Portugal was played in front of a bit more than 1,000 fans. More than 20,000 fans will fill the relatively newly-opened (2012) Sparda Bank Hessen Stadium to the brims on Friday night in a game that may be played in 30-degree temperatures. The match kicks off at 6:15 p.m. local / 12:15 p.m. ET and fans catch watch live on ESPNW.com and ESPN3.com as well as follow along on ussoccer.com’s MatchTracker and on Twitter at @ussoccer_WNT.

HAPPY 100TH BIRTHDAY: The match on April 5 takes place on the 100th anniversary to the day of the U.S. Soccer Federation's existence. To celebrate, U.S. Soccer has been in New York City for Centennial Week, with numerous activities taking place (~/link.aspx?_id=0E33CABA56784F139BF5863AA5F41266) to commemorate the signing of the Federation's historic charter the Astor House Hotel on April 5, 1913. U.S. Soccer will toast to its 100th anniversary at the ultimate destination to watch soccer in New York City, Nevada Smiths at Webster Hall. Fans are invited to the famous Official U.S. Soccer Bar to hang out with some of U.S. Soccer's most recognizable faces and watch the U.S. WNT take on Germany.

RARE DOUBLE IN EUROPE: The day after the Germany match, the USA will bus to The Hague, the Netherlands to face the hosts on April 9 at Kyocera Stadium (1 p.m. ET on ESPNW.com and ESPN3.com). Trips to several European countries for multiple friendly matches on one trip have been rare occurrences in the history of the U.S. WNT. In fact, it has happened just twice. In 1991, the USA went on a tour to play friendly matches in France, the Netherlands, Germany and Denmark, and in 2008 the USA played back-to-back friendlies in Norway and Sweden.

FIFA WOMEN’S WORLD PLAYER OF THE YEAR WAMBACH #CHASINGMIA: U.S. WNT forward Abby Wambach was named the 2012 FIFA Women’s World Player of the Year at the 2012 FIFA Ballon d’Or gala in Zurich, Switzerland, in early January and all eyes will be on her as she inches closer to the world goal scoring record. Wambach is currently sitting on 154 career goals after scoring against Iceland on March 6 in the USA’s Algarve Cup opener and is now only four behind the legendary Mia Hamm, the 2001 and 2002 FIFA Women’s World Player of the Year, who had 158 career international scores from 1987-2004. ussoccer.com will provide coverage of Wambach’s climb to the record and you can join the chase by using the hashtag #ChasingMia.

TWO GAME TOUR OF EUROPE BEFORE NWSL KICKOFF: The U.S. WNT is in the midst of playing six consecutive matches in Europe before the players return to the USA to begin the inaugural season of the NWSL. The USA’s first match during the NWSL season will take place on June 2 against Canada in Toronto and several other summer friendlies are in the works. The match against Canada at BMO Field, which will be the first meeting between the teams since the epic semifinal at the 2012 Olympics, is sold out.

2013 U.S. WNT Schedule

Date

Opponent

Result/Time (ET)

U.S. Goal scorers/TV

Venue

Feb. 9

Scotland

4-1 W

Press (2), Boxx, Leroux

EverBank Field; Jacksonville, Fla.

Feb. 13

Scotland

3-1 W

Rapinoe, Wambach, Press

LP Field; Nashville, Tenn.

March 6*

Iceland

3-0 W

Buehler, Boxx, Wambach

Albufeira; Portugal

March 8*

China PR

5-0 W

Leroux, Krieger, Rapinoe, Press, Engen

Albufeira; Portugal

March 11*

Sweden

1-1 T

Morgan

Lagos; Portugal

March 13*

Germany

2-0 W

Morgan (2)

Faro; Portugal

April 5

Germany

TBD

ESPNW.com, ESPN3.com

Offenbach; Germany

April 9

Netherlands

1 p.m. ET

ESPNW.com, ESPN3.com

The Hague; Netherlands

June 2

Canada

4:30 p.m. ET

ESPNews

Toronto; Canada

* Algarve Cup

U.S. Women’s National Team Roster
DETAILED ROSTER

GOALKEEPERS (3):
18-Nicole Barnhart (FC Kansas City), 21-Adrianna Franch (Western New York Flash), 24-Ashlyn Harris (Washington Spirit)
DEFENDERS (9):
19-Rachel Buehler (Portland Thorns FC), 6-Crystal Dunn (UNC), 14-Whitney Engen (Liverpool), 25-Julie Johnston (Santa Clara), 22-Meghan Klingenberg (Tyresö), 11-Ali Krieger (Washington Spirit), 5-Kelley O’Hara (Sky Blue FC), 3-Christie Rampone (Sky Blue FC), 4-Becky Sauerbrunn (FC Kansas City)
MIDFIELDERS (7):
16-Yael Averbuch (Göteborg), 7-Shannon Boxx (Chicago Red Stars), 12-Lauren Cheney (FC Kansas City), 17-Tobin Heath (PSG), 8-Kristie Mewis (FC Kansas City), 9-Heather O’Reilly (Boston Breakers), 15-Megan Rapinoe (Lyon)
FORWARDS (4):
2-Sydney Leroux (Boston Breakers), 13-Alex Morgan (Portland Thorns FC), 23-Christen Press (Tyresö), 20-Abby Wambach (Western New York Flash)

U.S. ROSTER BREAKDOWN: U.S. head coach Tom Sermanni brought a roster of 23 players to Europe and all will suit up to play in the matches against Germany and the Netherlands. Sermanni brought in three German-based players – forward Sarah Hagan and midfielder Amber Brooks from Bayern Munich and goalkeeper Alyssa Naeher from Potsdam – for two days of training, but they have to return to their clubs and will not be on the game day rosters. Sermanni has three goalkeepers, nine defenders, seven midfielders and four forwards at his disposal. Of the USA’s 23 players, just four are over 30 in team captain Christie Rampone (37 years old), Shannon Boxx (35), Abby Wambach (32) and Nicole Barnhart (31). The youngest player on the squad is 20-year-old defender Crystal Dunn, who has three-career caps so far. Twenty of the players on the roster were at the Algarve Cup in Portugal in March, with Sermanni adding goalkeeper Adrianna Franch (goalkeepers Hope Solo and Jill Loyden are still out with injuries), defender Julie Johnston and defender Meghan Klingenberg, an alternate on the 2012 Olympic Team who has recovered well from shoulder surgery at the end of last year.

U.S. ROSTER NOTES

  • Alex Morgan made her U.S. debut on March 31, 2009. With 41 career goals, she has the most of any player in U.S. history by the 3rd anniversary of debut: Abby Wambach had 32 and Natasha Kai had 24
  • With her 203nd cap earned on March 13 against Germany in the Algarve Cup Final, Abby Wambach is within one cap of tying Tiffeny Milbrett for sixth on the all-time caps list.
  • The USA will be without veteran midfielder Carli Lloyd on this trip. She suffered a broken shoulder in the first match of the Algarve Cup, putting her out for 6-8 weeks, but is healing up well back in New Jersey and will debut for the NWSL Western New York Flash when she is cleared by doctors.
  • U.S. captain Christie Rampone is currently the second most-capped player in U.S. history and the most capped active player in the world with 279 career games played.
  • Midfielder Shannon Boxx moved into the top-10 on the USA’s all-time caps list and currently has 185.
  • Four players who have earned their first caps this year made this roster: defender Crystal Dunn, a member of the USA’s 2012 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup championship team; Kristie Mewis, the third overall pick in the NWSL College Draft by FC Kansas City; Christen Press, who was the second leading scorer in the Swedish league last season; and Ashlyn Harris, who earned her first career cap against Sweden in the Algarve Cup.
  • Dunn, the 2012 MAC Hermann Trophy winner for the University of North Carolina, earned her first senior team cap against Scotland on Feb. 13 and Mewis, the 2008 U.S. Soccer Young Female Athlete of the Year, earned her first cap against the Scots on Feb. 9.
  • Fifteen of the players on the roster will be playing in the NWSL for the start of the season, six are playing in Europe and two (Dunn and Julie Johnston) have a year of college eligibility remaining.
  • Defenders Ali Krieger and Whitney Engen scored their first career WNT goals at the Algarve Cup and Rachel Buehler scored her fourth career goal. Krieger’s goal was the first for the USA by an outside back since the 2008 Olympic semifinal when Lori Chalupny scored against Japan.

BY THE NUMBERS
0.50           Goals per game that USA has allowed in 2013
1                USA’s FIFA ranking
3                Goals per game the USA has scored in 2013
4                Goals and in six-career games for U.S. forward Christen Press
29              USA’s current overall unbeaten streak dating back to last year (25-0-4)
87.3           Minutes on field per goal averaged by Alex Morgan in her career
99              U.S. victories when Wambach scores a goal (99-2-7 overall)
100            Minutes on field per goal averaged by Abby Wambach in her career
130            Minutes on field per goal averaged by Mia Hamm in her career
120            Goals scored by the U.S. WNT in 2012 (118 individual goals, 2 own goals)
279            Christie Rampone’s caps, second all-time to Kristine Lilly

NO. 1 vs. NO. 2 HISTORY

  • The U.S. WNT is 7-0-4 all-time in games pitting the No. 1 and No. 2 FIFA-ranked teams.
  • The USA is 5-0-2 when ranked No. 1 and playing the No. 2 team.
  • The U.S. is 2-0-2 when ranked No. 2 and playing the No. 1 team.
  • In the 41 editions since the women’s rankings began in July of 2003, only the USA and Germany have been ranked No. 1. The U.S. has held the top spot 25 times and Germany has been No. 1 on 16 occasions.
  • Norway and Brazil are the only two other countries ranked in the No. 2 spot. Norway was second in July and August of 2003 and Brazil was No. 2 in March and June of 2009.
  • Here is the breakdown of the 10 USA games featuring No. 1 vs. No. 2, with the top-ranked team listed first in the score:
    • Oct. 1, 2003: USA 1, Norway 0; Foxborough, Mass.; Women’s World Cup Quarterfinal
    • Aug. 23, 2004: USA 2, Germany 1; Heraklio, Greece; Olympic Semifinal
    • March 15, 2005: Germany 0, USA 1; Faro, Portugal; Algarve Cup Final
    • March 15, 2006: Germany 0, USA 0; Faro, Portugal; Algarve Cup Final (3-4 in PKs)
    • Jan. 26, 2007: Germany 0, USA 0; Guangzhou, China; Four Nations Tournament
    • Oct. 29, 2009: USA 1, Germany 0; Augsburg, Germany; International Friendly
    • March 3, 2010: USA 3, Germany 2; Faro, Portugal; Algarve Cup Final
    • May 22, 2010: USA 4, Germany 0; Cleveland, Ohio; International Friendly
    • Oct. 20, 2012: USA 1, Germany 1; Bridgeview, Ill.; International Friendly
    • Oct. 23, 2012: USA 2, Germany 2; East Hartford, Conn.; International Friendly
    • March 13, 2013: USA 2, Germany 0; Faro, Portugal; Algarve Cup Final

USA vs. GERMANY SERIES

  • The USA is 18-4-6 against Germany all-time and has only one loss in the past 18 matches (12-1-6) since 1997, (in that streak are two matches against West Germany, both of which were won by the USA). The USA is riding a 10-game unbeaten streak against the Germans.
  • The USA has played Germany in Germany just five times and holds a 4-1-0 record in those games.
  • The most recent meeting came just more than three weeks ago in the Algarve Cup Final in Portugal, a 2-0 U.S. win with Alex Morgan scoring both goals, one when she took advantage of a bad miscommunication in the back between a German defender and their young goalkeeper.
  • The two sides met in two matches in October on the USA’s post-Olympics Fan Tribute Tour with both games ending in draws, 1-1 in Bridgeview, Ill., and 2-2 in East Hartford, Conn. Abby Wambach scored in both games and Tobin Heath added a goal in the second match.
  • The U.S. has outscored Germany 57-26 all-time.
  • The series dates back to a 4-2 U.S. victory on May 30, 1991, in Kaiserslautern, Germany, as Carin Jennings and Michelle Akers had two goals apiece for the USA.
  • The two teams have met once in the Olympics, when a 19-year-old Heather O’Reilly scored a 99th-minute game-winner to upend Germany 2-1 in the semifinals on Aug. 23, 2004, in Heraklio, Greece. The USA would win the gold medal against Brazil three days later, while Germany settled for bronze with a win against Sweden.
  • The U.S. is 2-1-0 against Germany in Women’s World Cup play. In the 1991 FIFA Women’s World Cup semifinals, the USA defeated Germany 5-2 on Nov. 27. Jennings had a hat trick and April Heinrichs had two goals as the U.S. would win the World Cup against Norway on Nov. 30. The U.S. also posted a 3-2 victory on July 1, 1999, in Landover, Md. Germany’s one World Cup win against the USA – a 3-0 decision – came on Oct. 5, 2003, in Portland, Ore.
  • On May 22, 2010, Abby Wambach scored two goals – her 106th and 107th – to pass Michelle Akers (105) for third on the U.S. WNT all-time scoring list during the USA’s 4-0 win against Germany at Cleveland Browns Stadium.

TOM SERMANNI FACT FILE: Tom Sermanni was named head coach of the U.S. Women’s National Team on Oct. 30, 2012, becoming the seventh head coach in the team’s history. Sermanni comes to U.S. Soccer after eight years as the head coach of the Australia Women’s National Team, which he coached in both the 2007 and 2011 FIFA Women’s World Cup tournaments and reached the quarterfinal stage in both events. Sermanni officially started the U.S. WNT position on Jan. 1, 2013, after interim head coach Jill Ellis managed seven games (5-0-2) in 2012. Sermanni takes over for Pia Sundhage, the 2012 World Coach of the Year for women’s soccer, who accepted the head coaching position for her native Sweden.

Below are some of Sermanni’s accomplishments:

  • Sermanni was the 2007 Asian Football Confederation Coach of the Year, leading Australia to a runner-up finish at the 2006 AFC Women’s Cup, where the team fell to China in penalty kicks, and to the championship of that tournament in 2010, when the youthful Matildas downed Korea DPR in penalties.
  • Sermanni coached all three seasons of the Women’s United Soccer Association (WUSA), serving as an assistant for the San Jose CyberRays during the inaugural season, in which he helped the club to the league championship. He was also an assistant for the CyberRays in 2002 before taking the head coaching job of the New York Power in 2003, where he coached U.S. Women’s National Team legends Christie Rampone, Shannon Boxx and Tiffeny Milbrett.
  • Sermanni’s coaching career in both men’s and women’s professional soccer has taken him all over the world, including stints in Japan, the USA and Malaysia. Sermanni began his coaching career in men’s soccer in the late 1980s, when he was transitioned from player-coach to head coach of the Canberra Croatia/Metros in the New South Wales State League from 1988-1991.
  • He coached the Australia Schoolboys side from 1989-1991 and coached the men’s program at the Australian Institute of Sport from 1991-1993.
  • He coached Sydney Olympic FC in the Australian top flight – the National Soccer League – in 1993-1994 before taking his first women’s job with the Australian National Team in 1994.
  • After stepping away from the Matildas in 1997, Sermanni transitioned back to men’s soccer, traveling to Japan to coach J-League side Sanfrecce Hiroshima from 1997-1999. He then had a stint with the Canberra Cosmos in the NSL from 1999-2001 before moving to the USA to coach in the WUSA.
  • Sermanni, a native of Glasgow, Scotland, had a long playing career as a midfielder from 1971 through 1989, when he retired after playing two years with Canberra Croatia and became a player-coach and then head coach.
  • Prior to that, he played from 1984-1987 with Canberra City and in 1983 with Marconi. From 1971 through 1983, he played in England and Scotland, representing Dunfermline Athletic in 1983, Torquay United (England) from 1979-1982 and Blackpool (England) from 1978-1979.
  • He turned professional in 1973 and played six seasons for Albion Rovers from 1973-1978 in Scotland after playing amateur soccer for Cumbernauld United from 1971-1973. Overall, Sermanni played more than 300 professional matches and scored more than 50 goals.

IN FOCUS: GERMANY
German Football Association (Deutscher Fußball-Bund)
Founded: 1900 (Joined FIFA in 1904)
Head Coach: Silvia Neid
FIFA World Ranking: 2
Best FIFA World Cup Finish: Champion in 2003 and 2007
Best Olympics Finish: Third place in 2000, 2004 and 2008

GERMANY ROSTER BY POSITION
GOALKEEPERS (3):
1-Nadine Angerer (Frankfurt), 12-Almuth Schult (Bad Neuenahr), 21-Kathrin Langert (Bayern Munich)
DEFENDERS (7): 2-Bianca Schmidt (Frankfurt), 3-Saskia Bartusiak (Frankfurt), 4-Babett Peter (Frankfurt), 22-Luisa Wensing (Wolfsburg), 23-Josephine Henning (Wolfsburg), 25-Leonie Maier (Bad Neuenahr), 27-Jennifer Cramer (Turbine Potsdam)
MIDFIELDERS (8): 7-Melanie Behringer (Frankfurt), 8-Kim Kulig (Frankfurt), 10-Linda Bresonik (PSG, France), 15-Verena Faißt (Wolfsburg), 17-Viola Odebrecht (Wolfsburg), 18-Svenja Huth (Frankfurt), 20-Lena Goeßling (Wolfsburg), 26-Nadine Keßler (Wolfsburg)
FORWARDS (5): 9-Alexandra Popp (Wolfsburg), 11-Anja Mittag (Malmo), 13-Celia Okoyino da Mbabi (Bad Neuenahr), 14-Dzsenifer Marozsan (Frankfurt), 24-Lena Lotzen (Bayern Munich)

GERMANY ROSTER NOTES:

  • For this match, Germany made just two changes from its Algarve Cup roster, replacing one defender and its third goalkeeper.
  • Germany’s four goals in the Algarve Cup tournament came from Celia Okoyino Da Mbabi, Nadine Geßler, Dzsenifer Marozsan and Verena Faißt.
  • Da Mbabi is the top goal scorer on the German roster, having found the net 36 times in her 75 games.
  • Germany has plenty of attacking options, however, as Alexandra Popp has scored 19 goals in her senior career while Anja Mittag has 15.
  • Dzsenifer Marozsan, who is about to turn 21 years old, was the Golden Ball winner as the best player of the 2012 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup. She has six-career goals in her 14 caps, two coming against the USA in a 2-2 draw in East Hartford, Conn., last October.
  • Goalkeeper Nadine Angerer leads the team with 114 career appearances. The 34-year-old has been a part of Germany’s national team since 1996, serving many of her early years as a backup to Silke Rottenberg.
  • Eight players on Germany’s roster play for FFC Frankfurt, but one member of the club who is not on the national team is star midfielder Fatmire Bajramaj, who tore her ACL and is rushing to get back for the European championships.
  • Seven players come from Wolfsburg, which currently sits in first place in the Women’s Bundesliga. FFC Frankfurt is in second place and Turbine Potsdam from Berlin is in third.
  • Germany has several key players out with injuries, including Simone Laudehr and Annike Krahn, who are not on the roster. Star midfielder Kim Kulig was struggling with injuries at the Algarve Cup and did not play in the final, but could see action in Offenbach.
  • Head coach Silvia Neid is a former German international who scored 48 goals in 111 appearances. She has been in a coaching role with the team for the past 17 years, serving as an assistant from 1996 to 2005 before taking on the head coaching duties following Tina Theune.
  • Germany rampaged through its qualification run for the 2013 European Women’s Championship to be held this summer in Sweden. Germany took 28 points from 10 matches, with the only blemish a 2-2 tie against Spain, who finished well behind with 20 points.
  • Germany has won the past five European Women’s Championships, meaning no other country has lifted that trophy in almost 20 years.
  • The European Championships feature 12 countries, and Germany is in Group B with Norway, the Netherlands and Iceland. Germany opens its European title defense on July 11 against the Dutch.

LAST TIME:
On the field for the USA and vs. Germany:

March 13, 2013 – Algarve Stadium; Faro, Portugal – 2013 Algarve Cup Final

USA                2          Morgan 13, 33

GER               0           

Lineups:
USA
: 18-Nicole Barnhart; 11-Ali Krieger (6-Crystal Dunn, 58), 19-Rachel Buehler, 14-Whitney Engen, 5-Kelley O’Hara; 23-Christen Press (20-Abby Wambach, 75), 7-Shannon Boxx (capt.), 16-Yael Averbuch (4-Becky Sauerbrunn, 68), 17-Tobin Heath (8-Kristie Mewis, 82); 13-Alex Morgan, 2-Sydney Leroux
Substitutions Not Used: 3-Christie Rampone, 9-Heather O’Reilly, 10-Carli Lloyd, 15-Megan Rapinoe, 17-Tobin Heath, 22-Lindsey Horan, 24-Ashlyn Harris
Head coach: Tom Sermanni

GER: 12-Almuth Schult; 4-Babett Peter (capt.) (27-Jennifer Cramer, 46), 22-Luisa Wensing, 23-Josephine Henning, 25-Leonie Maier; 15-Verena Faißt (18-Svenja Huth, 75) 17-Viola Odebrecht (26-Nadine Keßler, 46, 10-Linda Bresonik, 60), 20-Lena Goeßling, 14-Dzsenifer Marozsan (24-Lena Lotzen, 81); 13-Celia Okoyino da Mbabi, 11-Anja Mittag (9-Alexandra Popp, 46)
Substitutions Not Used: 1-Nadine Angerer, 3-Saskia Bartusiak, 7-Melanie Behringer, 8-Kim Kulig, 21-Laura Benkarth, 29-Isabel Kerschowoski

Head coach: Silvia Neid

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