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U.S. WNT and the Netherlands Prepare to Meet at the Hague on April 9


U.S. Women’s National Team vs. the Netherlands
Kyocera Stadium
The Hague, Netherlands

April 9, 2013

U.S. WNT FINISHES TWO-GAME EUROPEAN TOUR IN THE HAGUE: After a highly entertaining 3-3 draw with Germany on April 5 in Offenbach, the U.S. team bussed to The Hague, Netherlands, to prepare to face the host on April 9 at Kyocera Stadium. The venue, home to Dutch Eredivisie side ADO Den Haag, was built in 2007 and seats 15,000 fans. The Hague is the capital city of the province of South Holland and is the third-largest city of the Netherlands, after Amsterdam and Rotterdam. Although Amsterdam is the Dutch capital, The Hague is the seat of the Dutch government and parliament, the Supreme Court and the Council of State.

WATCH LIVE ON ESPNW.COM AND ESPN3.COM: The first USA-Netherlands match since 2006 kicks off at 1 p.m. ET (7 p.m. local) and will be shown live via a video web stream on ESPNW.com and ESPN3.com. More than 16,000 fans filled Sparda Bank Hessen Stadium for the Germany match, and although there will not be that many fans in attendance for the clash with the Dutch, the Netherlands are also preparing for the European Championships. Fans can also follow along on ussoccer.com’s MatchTracker and on Twitter at @ussoccer_WNT.

RARE DOUBLE IN EUROPE: 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 previously. 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. She got one goal closer against Germany on April 5, scoring the opening goal of the match on a trademark far post header. It was Wambach’s 155 th career goal, and she is now only three 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 LEADS INTO NWSL KICKOFF: The U.S. WNT is at the end 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

3-3 T

Wambach, Rapinoe, Morgan

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 against the Netherlands. 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 years old: 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. 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 (who turned 21 on April 6) 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 heading into the Germany match on April 5, she had the most of any player in U.S. history by the 3rd anniversary of her debut; Abby Wambach had 32 and Natasha Kai had 24.
  • Morgan’s goal against Germany gave her 42 for her career, one short of tying Carli Lloyd for 11th on the all-time scoring list, and marked the third game in a row in which she has scored.
  • With her 204th cap earned on April 5 against Germany in the Algarve Cup Final, Abby Wambach moved into a tie with Tiffeny Milbrett for sixth on the all-time caps list.
  • The USA is without 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 280 career games played.
  • Midfielder Shannon Boxx has moved into the top-10 on the USA’s all-time caps list with her current count of 186.
  • Five players who have earned their first caps this year made this roster: defender Julie Johnston, the 2012 U.S. Soccer Young Female Athlete of the Year; 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
0.83           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 in six career games for U.S. forward Christen Press
30              USA’s current overall unbeaten streak dating back to last year (25-0-4)
86.9           Minutes on field per goal averaged by Alex Morgan in her career
99              U.S. victories when Wambach scores a goal (99-2-8 overall)
100            Minutes on field per goal averaged by Abby Wambach in her career
120            Goals scored by the U.S. WNT in 2012 (118 individual goals, 2 own goals)
130            Minutes on field per goal averaged by Mia Hamm in her career
280            Christie Rampone’s caps, second all-time to Kristine Lilly

USA vs. NETHERLANDS SERIES

  • The match against the Netherlands will be just the sixth meeting between the two countries, the first since 2006 and the first in Holland since 1991, which was the USA’s only loss of the series, a 4-3 setback in Vianen. The match in 2006 took place at the Peace Queen Cup in South Korea, a 2-0 U.S. victory on goals from Lindsay Tarpley and Cat Whitehill (in stoppage time of the first half).
  • Christie Rampone and Abby Wambach are the only players on the U.S. roster for this match who played against the Dutch in 2006. Neither started the game.
  • The win against the Netherlands in 2006 earned the USA the Group B title and place in the championship game, where it defeated Canada, 1-0.
  • While the USA dominated the 2006 game, out-shooting the Dutch 19-4, the match ended in a bizarre fashion with the Americans playing with just nine players. Lilly, who came off the bench for the first time that year and just the 12th time in her legendary career, was rather harshly sent off in the 79th minute for voicing a disagreement with the referee. It was the first red card of Lilly’s then 19-year international career spanning 316 games. Tournament rules were such that she was suspended for the championship game.
  • Four minutes after Lilly was sent to the locker room, Wambach was also gone. The USA’s leading scorer with 15 goals this year came off the bench at halftime after starting the first 18 matches of 2006 but had to exit in the 83rd minute for the remainder of the match after she sprained an ankle.
  • Then U.S. head coach Greg Ryan had already used all six of the allowed substitutions, and the USA played the last seven minutes of regulation and five minutes of stoppage time with just eight field players. In that long period of stoppage time, the Netherlands took its only two shots and earned its only two corners of the second half.
  • The USA is 4-1-0 all-time against the Netherlands with four consecutive shutouts by a combined 16 goals after losing the first match in the series 4-3.  

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: NETHERLANDS
Koninklijke Nederlandse Voetbalbond
Founded: 1889 (Joined FIFA in 1904)
Head Coach: Roger Reijners  
FIFA World Ranking: 14
Best FIFA World Cup Finish: Never qualified
Best Olympics Finish: Never qualified

NETHERLANDS ROSTER BY POSITION
GOALKEEPERS (3): Angela Christ (PSV Eindhoven), Loes Geurts (Vittsjö, Sweden), Sari van Veenendaal (FC Twente)
DEFENDERS (8): Mandy van den Berg (Vittsjö, Sweden ), Dyanne Bito (Telstar), Claudia van den Heiligenberg (Telstar), Daphne Koster (Ajax), Mirte Roelvink (Gütersloh, Germany), Leonne Stentler (Ajax), Siri Worm (FC Twente), Kelly Zeeman (Telstar)
MIDFIELDERS (5): Anouk Dekker (FC Twente), Anouk Hoogendijk (Ajax), Desiree van Lunteren (Ajax), Tessel Middag (Ajax), Sherida Spitse (FC Twente)
FORWARDS (7): Daniëlle van de Donk (PSV Eindhoven), Lieke Martens (Duisburg, Germany), Manon Melis (Malmo, Sweden), Marlous Pieëte (FC Twente), Chantal de Ridder (Ajax), Sylvia Smit (PEC Zwolle), Kirsten van den Ven (Tyresö, Sweden)  

NETHERLANDS NOTES:

  • The Netherlands had a fantastic run at the 2009 European Championships, finishing second in Group A behind host Finland and then winning its quarterfinal match against France in penalty kicks. The Dutch then fell 2-1 to England in the semifinal.
  • Goalkeeper Loes Geurts played every minute of the 2009 Euros for her country.
  • The Netherlands finished in sixth place in the Cyprus Cup in early March, losing to Scotland 1-0 in the fifth place match. The Dutch tied Finland and Switzerland 1-1 in group play and lost to Canada 1-0.
  • Daniëlle van de Donk (vs. Scotland) and Lieke Martens (vs. the Swiss) scored the Netherlands’ two goals at the Cyprus Cup.
  • Four Netherlands players play their club soccer in Sweden, including one – Kirsten van de Ven -- with U.S. forward Christen Press at Tyresö outside of Stockholm.
  • van de Ven played two seasons of college soccer in the USA at Florida State and scored the Netherlands’ first goal at the 2009 Euros, their debut in the competition.
  • The Dutch have quite a bit experience on their roster, with 12 players owning 30 or more caps. The most capped player on the roster is former WPS player Daphne Koster, who has played 128 times for her country and scored six goals.
  • The top scorer on the Dutch roster is Manon Melis, who was the leading scorer in the Damallsvenskan in 2010 and 2011 for Malmo. She had signed to play for Sky Blue FC before the WPS folded.
  • The Netherlands qualified for the 2013 European Women’s Championships in Sweden by virtue of being the best second-place finisher in the seven qualifying groups. The Dutch finished second in Group 6 behind England, dropping points only to England in a loss and a draw.
  • The Netherlands is in Group B at the Euros this summer along with Germany, Norway and Iceland.
  • The Netherlands began to professionalize their women’s league three years ago and now have a combined First Division with clubs from Belgium to increase the quality of play.
  • Six Dutch players who played against the USA in 2006 are on the roster for the match in The Hague.

LAST TIME:

On the field for the USA:
April 5, 2013 – Sparda Bank Hessen Stadium; Offenbach, Germany – International Friendly
USA                3          Wambach 47, Rapinoe 55, Morgan 71
GER                3          Kulig 62, Okoyino da Mbabi 85, Mittag 86   

Lineups:
USA: 18-Nicole Barnhart; 6-Crystal Dunn, 3-Christie Rampone (capt.), 14-Whitney Engen, 8-Kristie Mewis; 9-Heather O’Reilly (17-Tobin Heath, 77), 7-Shannon Boxx, 12-Lauren Cheney, 15-Megan Rapinoe; 13-Alex Morgan, 20-Abby Wambach (2-Sydney Leroux, 80)
Substitutions Not Used: 4-Becky Sauerbrunn, 5-Kelley O’Hara, 11-Ali Krieger, 16-Yael Averbuch, 19-Rachel Buehler, 21-Adrianna Franch, 22-Meghan Klingenberg, 23-Christen Press, 24-Ashlyn Harris, 25-Julie Johnston
Head coach: Tom Sermanni

GER: 1-Nadine Angerer (capt.); 25-Leonie Maier 3-Saskia Bartusiak, 22-Luisa Wensing, 4-Babett Peter (2-Bianca Schmidt, 57); 10-Linda Bresonik (11-Anja Mittag, 60), 8-Kim Kulig, 26-Nadine Keßler, 7-Melanie Behringer (15-Verena Faißt, 46);  13-Celia Okoyino da Mbabi, 14-Dzsenifer Marozsan (9-Alexandra Popp, 88)
Substitutions Not Used: 12-Almuth Schult, 18-Svenja Huth, 21-Kathrin Langert, 23-Josephine Henning, 27-Jennifer Cramer, 28-Tabea Kemme  
Head coach: Silvia Neid  

On the field for the USA vs. NED:
Nov. 2, 2006 – Suwon World Cup Stadium; Suwon, South Korea – Peace Queen Cup
USA                2          Tarpley 27, Whitehill 47+
NED                0            

Lineups:
USA – 18-Hope Solo; 2-Heather Mitts, 15-Kate Markgraf (Capt.) (3-Christie Rampone, 66), 4-Cat Whitehill, 17-Lori Chalupny; 12-Leslie Osborne (21-Marci Miller, 74), 11-Carli Lloyd (23-Joanna Lohman 76), 10-Aly Wagner (16-Angela Hucles, 46); 19-Kacey White, 6-Natasha Kai (20-Abby Wambach, 46), 5-Lindsay Tarpley (13-Kristine Lilly, 46, sent off, 79)
Subs not used: 1-Briana Scurry, 8-Tina Frimpong, 14-Amy LePeilbet

Head Coach: Greg Ryan

NED 16-Marleen Wissink (Capt.); 2-Dyanne Bito, 4-Marloes de Boer, 5-Petra Hogewoning, 3-Liesbeth Migchelsen; 7-Sylvia Smit, 6-Sherida Spitse, 12-Esther Scheenaard (11-Claudia van den Heiligenberg, 85), 17-Jennifer Voss (8-Anouk Hoogendijk, 78), 19-Nicole Delies (20-Nangila van Eyck, 68), 9-Manon Melis
Subs not used: 1-Loes Geurts, 13-Chavelli Stolk, 14-Karin Legemate, 15-Dionne Demarteau, 18-Linda Bos
Head Coach: Vera Pauw


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