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U.S. Women's National Team: Oct. 15-30 Roster Notes

  • Oct. 20 - USA vs. Australia at the Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas
  • Oct. 27 - USA vs. New Zealand at Candlestick park in San Francisco
  • Oct. 30 - USA vs. New Zealand at Columbus Crew Stadium in Columbus, Ohio

16 DAYS, 25 PLAYERS, THREE GAMES: The following are notes on the U.S. Women’s National Team’s 25-player roster named by U.S. head coach Tom Sermanni for the upcoming friendlies in Texas, Northern California and Ohio:

  • Sermanni will choose 18 players to suit up for each of the three games.
  • The majority of the USA’s European-based players will be unavailable for the Oct. 20 match at the Alamodome as they will be competing in league play in Sweden and France, as well as playing UEFA Women’s Champions League matches.
  • However, all of the USA’s NWSL-based regulars will be in for the WNT’s first match in San Antonio in 17 years. Those NWSL players include league MVP Lauren Holiday, NWSL Defender of the Year Becky Sauerbrunn and NWSL Goalkeeper of the Year Nicole Barnhart. In addition, forward Sydney Leroux, who scored four times against Mexico on Sept. 3, U.S. all-time leading scorer Abby Wambach, as well as Christie Rampone, Alex Morgan, Carli Lloyd, Heather O’Reilly, Rachel Buehler, Kristie Mewis and Hope Solo will all be with the U.S. team for the Oct. 20 contest.
  • Sermanni has called up two defenders – Leigh Ann Robinson and Stephanie Cox – who will be with the squad only through the first match on Oct. 20. Although Robinson and Cox are both 27, they are on opposite ends of the WNT experience spectrum. Robinson, who had an excellent NWSL season for FC Kansas City, earned her first cap on Sept. 3 against Mexico while Cox, a veteran of two Women’s World Cup Teams (2007, 2011) and one Olympic Team (2008) gets her first call-up since May of 2012. Cox, who had her first child on April 7, returned to the field for the end of the inaugural NWSL season and played in four games for the Seattle Reign.
  • Cox last played in a WNT match on April 3, 2012, a 3-0 victory against Brazil in Chiba, Japan.
  • Sermanni named two college players to the roster in North Carolina defender Crystal Dunn, who has five starts in her first seven caps for the USA this year, and University of Virginia midfielder Morgan Brian, who scored her first WNT goal against in just her second cap against Mexico on Sept. 3. Dunn and Brian, whose schools face off against each other in ACC play on Oct. 20, will be with the U.S. team only for the match against Australia and will return to their schools for the remainder of the college season.
  • Morgan Brian is the first active collegiate player to score a U.S. WNT goal since Morgan did so in 2010 during her senior season at California.
  • The 20-year-old Brian is the youngest U.S. WNT goal scorer since an 18-year-old Christine Nairn tallied against Canada in 2009.
  • The match in San Francisco will be a Bay Area homecoming of sorts for Morgan, who graduated from UC Berkeley, as well as for Stanford University grads Rachel Buehler, Barnhart and Christen Press.
  • Wambach heads into the match with a world record 161 career goals in 208 games.
  • The USA’s quartet of forwards – Morgan, Wambach, Press and Leroux – has scored 28 of the USA’s 43 goals so far in 2013, led by Wambach with a team-high nine goals.
  • 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 284 career games played. She is recovering from minor knee surgery and may not be available for action for the Oct. 20 match against Australia.
  • Seventeen of the players on the roster play for NWSL clubs, but one (Ali Krieger) is on loan to Sweden club Tyresö. Tyresö also features Whitney Engen, Meghan Klingenberg and Christen Press.
  • Engen, who just helped Liverpool win the FA Women’s Super League title for the first time, will play Champions League with Tyresö on Oct. 9 and Oct. 16 when they take on Tobin Heath and Lindsey Horan’s Paris Saint-Germain of France.
  • The U.S. team is 10-0-2 in 2013 and has scored 43 goals while giving up eight, three of which came in a 3-3 tie with European champion Germany on April 5 in Offenbach.