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U.S. WNT Starts Busy Fall Slate Against Australia on Oct. 20 in San Antonio


U.S. Women’s National Team Notes
vs. Australia – Oct. 20, 2013 – San Antonio, Texas
vs. New Zealand – Oct. 27, 2013 – San Francisco, Calif.
vs. New Zealand – Oct. 30, 2013 – Columbus, Ohio

U.S. WNT RAMPS UP FOR BUSY FALL: The U.S. Women’s National Team will play four friendly matches in the fall, including three in October. Head coach Tom Sermanni has called up 25 players for a series of three games over 10 days starting on Oct. 20 against Australia at the Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas (12:30 CT on NBC). The U.S. will then stop in San Francisco and Columbus, Ohio, to play New Zealand at Candlestick Park on Oct. 27 (3:30 p.m. PT) and at Columbus Crew Stadium on Oct. 30 (7:30 p.m. ET) to complete an intense two weeks of training, travel and games. The domestic-based U.S. players went on a six-week break after the USA defeated Mexico 7-0 on Sept. 3 at RFK Stadium so a well-rested squad will head into the match against Australia. Sermanni faces an Australian side that he coached for a total of 11 years during two separate stints. This year the U.S. has scored 43 goals while allowing eight, three of those to European champion Germany in an April 5 friendly in Offenbach, Germany. The USA has allowed just two goals in five matches since that Germany game.

USA VS. BRAZIL WILL END 2013 SCHEDULE: The U.S. WNT will finish its 2013 schedule against Brazil on Sunday, Nov. 10, at the Florida Citrus Bowl in Orlando, Fla. The match will kick off at 3:30 p.m. ET and will be broadcast on NBC. Fans can also follow along on ussoccer.com’s MatchTracker and on Twitter @ussoccer_wnt. The meeting of the world’s top-ranked U.S. team against fourth-ranked Brazil marks the first match between the countries in the United States since 2008 when the USA pulled out a 1-0 victory in San Diego during the game in which Abby Wambach broke her leg. The teams have played three times since – in Beijing, China at the 2008 Olympic gold medal game; in Dresden, Germany, during the historic 2011 FIFA Women’s World Cup quarterfinal, and in Chiba, Japan, during an international tournament in April 2012. The match will be the USA’s first visit to Orlando and the Citrus Bowl since May 22, 1999, when the Americans also played Brazil. That 3-0 U.S. victory featured Mia Hamm scoring her 108th-career goal to break the international scoring record.

U.S. Women’s National Team Roster
GOALKEEPERS (4): Nicole Barnhart (FC Kansas City), Adrianna Franch (WNY Flash), Jill Loyden (Sky Blue FC), Hope Solo (Seattle Reign FC)
DEFENDERS (10): Rachel Buehler (Portland Thorns FC), Stephanie Cox (Seattle Reign FC), Crystal Dunn (North Carolina), Whitney Engen (Tyresö), Meghan Klingenberg (Tyresö), Ali Krieger (Tyresö), Kristie Mewis (FC Kansas City), Christie Rampone (Sky Blue FC), Leigh Ann Robinson (FC Kansas City), Becky Sauerbrunn (FC Kansas City)
MIDFIELDERS (7): Yael Averbuch (Göteborg), Morgan Brian (Virginia), Tobin Heath (Paris Saint-Germain), Lauren Holiday (FC Kansas City), Carli Lloyd (WNY Flash), Heather O’Reilly (Boston Breakers), Megan Rapinoe (Lyon)
FORWARDS (4): Sydney Leroux (Boston Breakers), Alex Morgan (Portland Thorns FC), Christen Press (Tyresö), Abby Wambach (WNY Flash)

ATTACKING BREAST CANCER: In recognition of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, the game field for the USA-Australia match on Oct. 20 at the Alamodome will have touches of pink. The USA and Australia will attack goals featuring pink nets and take corner kicks next to pink corner flags. U.S. forward Alex Morgan, who regularly dons a pre-wrap headband, wears it in part to honor her boyfriend’s mother who is a breast cancer survivor.

SO FAR, SO GOOD: The USA comes into the match at the Alamodome with a 10-0-2 record in 2013. The draws came against European champion Germany and Sweden, which lost to Germany in the semifinal of last summer’s UEFA Women’s Championship. The U.S. Women are riding a 35-game unbeaten streak since their last loss, a 1-0 defeat to Japan on March 5, 2012, at the Algarve Cup in Portugal. Over those 35 games, the U.S. has 30 wins and five ties, scoring 117 goals while allowing 26. The USA is riding a 73-game home unbeaten streak, including 64 wins and just nine ties. The last loss for the USA on home soil came on Nov. 6, 2004, a 3-1 setback to Denmark in Philadelphia. It is one of just two losses the USA has suffered when Abby Wambach scores a goal. The USA’s last tie at home came on Oct. 23, 2012, a 2-2 draw with Germany in East Harford, Conn., that followed a 1-1 draw against Germany at Toyota Park in Bridgeview, Ill., three days prior.

PUT THE ROSTER ON SHUFFLE: There will be 25 players in with the U.S. WNT over the 16 days the team is together. Numerous players will be traveling in and out due to European commitments and two collegiate players have been called in for just the first match. With the Oct. 20 match not falling on a FIFA date, the U.S. roster was originally to consist of mostly NWSL-based players, but four players who played for Tyreso in Sweden this year were able to get released. North Carolina senior Crystal Dunn and Virginia junior Morgan Brian also will be eligible for selection against Australia. Megan Rapinoe and Tobin Heath will arrive after the Oct. 20 match and be available for the two New Zealand matches. U.S. head coach Tom Sermanni will name 18 players to suit up for each of the three games. Defenders Leigh Ann Robinson and Stephanie Cox will be released after the Australia game.

STRAIGHT FROM PARIS: Three U.S. players currently playing in Sweden that were named to the roster for the upcoming matches against Australia and New Zealand arrived into camp earlier than expected. Ali Krieger, Christen Press and Meghan Klingenberg touched down in Texas on the evening of Oct. 17, traveling directly from Paris, where their Swedish club Tyresö won its UEFA Champions League Round of 32 series against Tobin Heath and Lindsey Horan's PSG. Tyresö won the first leg 2-1 with both goals coming from Press. The return leg in Paris ended 0-0 with U.S. goalkeeper Ashlyn Harris playing a stellar match, giving the Swedish club the aggregate victory. The three players were able get released from their final Damallsvenskan match of the season after Tyreso defeated Yael Averbuch's Göteborg FC last weekend 4-1, clinching second place and a Champions League berth for next season. As Tyresö cannot win the league title – that was captured by LdB Malmö – the players will be available for selection for Oct. 20 against Australia at the Alamodome. When the U.S. roster was announced, the players were not set to arrive until after the Australia match. Defender Whitney Engen, who signed with Tyresö just for Champions League play, was always set to arrive before the Australia game.

PRESS DELIVERS IN SWEDEN: Christen Press comes into U.S. WNT after another highly successful season in Sweden. This year she led the Swedish league in scoring with 23 goals in 20 games, although her club Tyresö finished just short of the league title behind Malmö. Last season, she finished second in the league in scoring with 17 goals and has six in nine games for the USA in her first year of senior team activity.

ACC ON HOLD: The two college players called up are North Carolina defender Crystal Dunn and Virginia midfielder Morgan Brian, who were both components in the USA’s 2012 U-20 Women’s World Cup-winning side. Both Dunn and Brian are having excellent college seasons. Dunn has tallied 11 goals with three assists and leads the Tar Heels in scoring while Brian has nine goals and eight assists in leading the Cavaliers to an undefeated season and No. 1 ranking so far. Dunn has seven caps and has made five starts for the USA this year. Brian has two caps and scored her first WNT goal on Sept. 3 against Mexico at RFK Stadium. 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.

ROBINSON GETS SECOND CALL-UP, COX IS BACK: Tom 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 FIFA 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 Seattle Reign FC.

THEY’RE BAAAAAACK: The USA finishes up 2013 and heads into 2014 with some enviable depth. Consider the players who missed the 7-0 victory against Mexico on Sept. 3 who will be in for this series of games: Christen Press, Ali Krieger, Meghan Klingenberg, Whitney Engen (and only for the NZ games) Megan Rapinoe and Tobin Heath. In addition, Alex Morgan did not play against Mexico as she sat out while recovering from an MCL strain. The U.S. will have at its disposal four goalkeepers in Hope Solo, Nicole Barnhart, Jill Loyden and Adrianna Franch, who had an excellent rookie year in helping the WNY Flash to the NWSL title game.

RETURN TO SAN ANTONIO AFTER 17 YEARS: The USA-Australia clash will be the first match in San Antonio for the U.S. WNT since 1996 when the Americans defeated a Sweden team led by forward Pia Sundhage by a 3-0 score at Blossom Field. Here is the USA starting lineup for that match that served as preparation for the 1996 Olympics: Briana Scurry, Staci Wilson, Carla Overbeck, Brandi Chastain, Joy Fawcett, Kristine Lilly, Julie Foudy, Tisha Venturini, Shannon MacMillan, Tiffeny Milbrett and Mia Hamm. The youngest starter that day (Wilson, who would finish her career with just 14 caps) is now 37 years old. While the USA has not been in San Antonio since Bill Clinton was President, the USA did play twice in Texas in 2012, at the MLS stadiums of FC Dallas in Frisco and the Houston Dynamo in Houston.

#CAUGHTMIA: U.S. WNT forward Abby Wambach, who 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 of 2013, added a few more lines to her legendary resume on June 20 when she pounded in four goals against South Korea to pass Mia Hamm on the world’s all-time international goal scoring list. Hamm, the 2001 and 2002 FIFA Women’s World Player of the Year who had 158 career international scores from 1987-2004, will now be looking up at Wambach, who sits at 161 and counting. Wambach scored her 161st against Mexico on Sept. 3, marking the 102nd win for the USA in a game in which Wambach has scored at least one goal (102-2-8). Wambach has scored 36 goals in her past 42 games over 2012 and 2013. She is also third all-time in assists with 65, behind only Kristine Lilly (105) and Mia Hamm (144), who are the only players ever to surpass 100 assists in a career.

WAMBACH HAS SCORED AGAINST 31 DIFFERENT COUNTRIES: Coming into the two matches against South Korea in June of this year, Abby Wambach had never scored against Korea Republic. Of course, she had never before played against the Korea Republic. That changed quickly as she scored five goals in two games against South Korea. Of Wambach’s world record 161 career goals, she has scored the most against Mexico, peppering El Tri with 20 goals in 20 games. Sixty-nine of her 161 goals (43 percent) were scored with her head. She has scored six goals against Australia and four against New Zealand.

FOUR MORE ON THE DOCKET: The USA has four more matches remaining in 2013, a year that will see the USA play 16 total games in six countries and seven U.S. states plus the District of Columbia. The only country the USA has played that is ranked outside of the top-20 in the world is Mexico (24). The U.S. has played four games against countries ranked in the top-10 by FIFA. Brazil is ranked fourth, Australia is eighth and New Zealand has risen to 19th. Getting 16 top class matches in the year after an Olympic tournament represents a growth in the U.S. program as that year has historically been a bit quieter. In addition, getting to play 16 matches during a year that featured the inaugural season of the NWSL was a product of some excellent scheduling by U.S. Soccer and Tom Sermanni and his staff. The USA started the year in Florida, defeating Scotland 4-1 in Jacksonville, and will end in Florida when it faces Brazil in Orlando, Fla., on Nov. 10. The USA’s schedule for 2014 is still being finalized, but it will include a trip to the Algarve Cup, a home-and-home series against World Cup host Canada and a collection of other domestic friendly matches.

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

3-1 W

Heath, Press (2)

The Hague; Netherlands

June 2

Canada

3-0 W

Morgan (2), Leroux

Toronto; Canada

June 15

Korea Rep.

4-1 W

Mewis, Cheney, Lloyd, Wambach

Foxborough, Mass.

June 20

Korea Rep.

5-0 W

Wambach (4), Cheney

Harrison, N.J.

Sept.3

Mexico

7-0 W

Wambach, Leroux (4), Buehler, Brian

Washington, D.C.

Oct. 20

Australia

NBC

San Antonio, Texas

Oct. 27

New Zealand

ussoccer.com

San Francisco, Calif.

Oct. 30

New Zealand

ussoccer.com

Columbus, Ohio

Nov. 10

Brazil

NBC

Orlando, Fla.

* Algarve Cup

U.S. ROSTER BREAKDOWN: U.S. head coach Tom Sermanni has called up four goalkeepers, 10 defenders, seven midfielders and four forwards for the next three matches, although not all the players will be available for all three games. Of the USA’s 25 players, five are over 30 years old: team captain Christie Rampone (38), Abby Wambach (33), Hope Solo (32), Nicole Barnhart (32) and Carli Lloyd (31). The U.S. roster features 23 professional players and two collegiate players, who are the youngest on the roster. The youngest player in the squad is 20-year-old midfielder Morgan Brian, who is a junior at Virginia. Crystal Dunn, a senior at North Carolina, had assists on the winning goals in the quarterfinal (2-1) and the 1-0 championship game victory against Germany at the 2012 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup. Brian scored in the 2012 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup semifinal against Nigeria. Nineteen of the players competed in the inaugural season of NWSL, but several of those – Ali Krieger, Tobin Heath and Megan Rapinoe – are part of a group of seven players currently playing in Europe.

U.S. ROSTER NOTES

  • 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.
  • The USA’s quartet of forwards – Alex Morgan, Abby Wambach, Christen Press and Sydney Leroux – has scored 28 of the USA’s 43 goals (65 percent) so far in 2013. Wambach leads the team with nine goals. Both Wambach and Leroux have had four-goal games this year, while both Morgan and Press each have a pair of two-goal games.
  • Four players who have earned their first caps this year made this roster – defender Crystal Dunn; defender Kristie Mewis, the third overall pick in the NWSL College Draft by FC Kansas City; midfielder Morgan Brian; and forward Christen Press. Dunn, the 2012 MAC Hermann Trophy winner for North Carolina, earned her first senior team cap (she had 39 for the U-20s) 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. Brian earned her first cap against South Korea on June 15 in Boston while Press earned her first cap against Scotland on Feb. 13, a match in which she scored.
  • Morgan Brian, a center midfielder, has been in several events with the U.S. U-23s this year and finished her U-20 career with 21 caps and four goals, including a header goal in the 2-0 victory against Nigeria in the U-20 WWC semifinal. She was the 2011 Gatorade National Female High School Athlete of the Year, the first soccer player so honored, until Morgan Andrews, a member of the USA’s U-20 WNT, won it this year.
  • Brian is the first active collegiate player to score a U.S. WNT goal since Alex 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.
  • U.S. head coach Tom Sermanni has given seven players their first caps in 2013: Morgan Brian, Crystal Dunn, Ashlyn Harris, Lindsey Horan, Julie Johnston, Kristie Mewis and Christen Press.
  • The USA has nine players on its roster with less than 10 caps, but just one uncapped player in goalkeeper Adrianna Franch, as Sermanni continues the push to get younger players into the squad and increase the competition for roster spots and starting spots.
  • One-fifth of the USA’s roster (five players) is made up of FC Kansas City teammates. The Western New York Flash, Seattle Reign and inaugural NWSL champion Portland Thorns have three players while the Boston Breakers and Sky Blue FC each have two players. The Washington Spirit is represented by just Ali Krieger.
  • 2012 Olympic champions Kelley O’Hara and Amy LePeilbet are recovering from major surgeries on their ankle and knee, respectively, while long-time midfield stalwart Shannon Boxx is pregnant with her first child and will be out of action.
  • 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.
  • Nineteen of the players on the roster play for NWSL clubs, but one (Krieger) is on loan to Sweden club Tyresö. Tyresö also features Whitney Engen, Meghan Klingenberg and Press, while Tobin Heath and Megan Rapinoe have returned to France to play for PSG and Lyon, respectively.
  • Engen, who recently helped Liverpool win the FA Women’s Super League title for the first time, was acquired by Tyresö just for Champions League and helped the club overcome Heath and Lindsey Horan’s Paris Saint-Germain of France.
  • Stephanie Cox last played in a WNT match on April 3, 2012, a 3-0 victory against Brazil in Chiba, Japan.
  • Wambach heads into the match with a world record 161 career goals in 208 games.

IN THE RECORD BOOKS

  • In addition to breaking Mia Hamm’s world scoring record, Abby Wambach’s June 20performance against the Korea Republic also made her the USA’s all-time leader in multiple goal games with 39 for her career. She currently has 32 two-goal games, five hat tricks, one four-goal game and one five-goal game.
  • Alex Morgan made her U.S. debut on March 31, 2009. With 41 goals heading into the Germany match last April 5, she had the most goals of any player in U.S. history by the third anniversary of her debut; Abby Wambach had 32 and Natasha Kai had 24.
  • Morgan’s two goals against Canada on June 2 gave her 44 for her career, moving her into a tie for 10th place on the all-time scoring list with Tisha Venturini and Carli Lloyd. She has not found net in her past two WNT games and sat out the Sept. 3 match against Mexico recovering from a MCL strain.
  • Lloyd’s strike from distance on June 15 gave her 44 goals to tie her with Morgan and Venturini, and all three are now just behind Julie Foudy, who finished her career with 45.
  • With her 206th cap earned on June 2 against Canada, Wambach moved past Tiffeny Milbrett into sixth on the all-time caps list. Wambach, who currently has 208 caps, is now chasing Joy Fawcett, who finished her career with 239 caps.
  • 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. Only Kristine Lilly is ahead of her at 352, but even if Rampone plays through the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup, she would not catch Lilly. Rampone is recovering from minor knee surgery and might not be available for action for the Oct. 20 match against Australia.
  • Heather O’Reilly, who is 10 years younger than Rampone and three years younger than Wambach, is the third most-capped player on the roster with 189 games played. O’Reilly is 10th on the all-time caps list, just three games behind Brandi Chastain.

BY THE NUMBERS

  • 0.67: Goals per game that USA has allowed in 2013
  • 1: USA’s FIFA ranking
  • 3.58: Goals per game the USA has scored in 2013
  • 6: Assists by Lauren Holiday in 2013, best on the team
  • 6: Goals in nine career games for U.S. forward Christen Press
  • 35: USA’s current overall unbeaten streak dating back to 2012 (30-0-5)
  • 44: Career goals by Carli Lloyd and Alex Morgan, tied for 10th all-time with Tisha Venturini
  • 83.2: Minutes on field per goal averaged by Abby Wambach in her career
  • 88.7: Minutes on field per goal averaged by Alex Morgan in her career
  • 102: U.S. victories when Wambach scores a goal (102-2-8 overall)
  • 130: Minutes on field per goal averaged by Mia Hamm in her career
  • 284: Caps by Christie Rampone, second all-time to Kristine Lilly


USA IN NWSL: Lauren Holiday had a fantastic club season, winning the league MVP and the Golden Boot as the top scorer with 12 goals. She was also tops in assists with nine. Abby Wambach finished tied for second in goals with Sydney Leroux (11 each) and second in the league in assists with eight. Alex Morgan finished the season as the league leader in shots (82) and shots on goal (44), while Megan Rapinoe finished second in the league in shots with 65 after playing in only 12 matches. WNT players swept the league awards as Nicole Barnhart won Goalkeeper of the Year, and Becky Sauerbrunn won Defender of the Year. Defenders Rachel Buehler, Sauerbrunn and Christie Rampone and midfielder Holiday played every minute for which they were available for their clubs this year. Carli Lloyd scored eight goals during the regular season and added two more in the playoff, scoring both in the WNY Flash’s 2-0 win over Sky Blue FC. Tobin Heath played just seven regular games for the Portland Thorns, and did not tally a goal, but then scored in both the playoff semifinal and the final, tallying the game-winner on a stunning free kick in the 2-0 victory against the Western New York Flash to give the Thorns the inaugural NWSL title.

NWSL BEST XI: Twelve players on the USA’s October roster were named to the NWSL Best XI First Team or Second Team. NWSL Goalkeeper of the Year Nicole Barnhart, Sky Blue FC defender Christie Rampone (who had an excellent club season at 38), FC Kansas City defenders Leigh Ann Robinson and Becky Sauerbrunn, FCKC midfielder Lauren Holiday, Boston Breakers forward Sydney Leroux and Western New York Flash forward Abby Wambach were named to the First Team. Portland Thorns defender Rachel Buehler, Washington Spirit defender Ali Krieger, Western New York Flash goalkeeper Adrianna Franch, Seattle Reign midfielder Megan Rapinoe and Thorns forward Alex Morgan made the Second Team.

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 came to U.S. Soccer after eight years as the head coach of the Australia Women’s National Team, which he coached to the quarterfinal stage of both the 2007 and 2011 FIFA Women’s World Cups. 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 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 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 (Scotland) 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: AUSTRALIA
Football Federation Australia
Founded: 1961 (joined FIFA in 1963)
Head Coach: Hesterine De Reus
FIFA World Ranking: 8
Best FIFA World Cup Finish (1995, 1999, 2003, 2007, 2011): Quarterfinals (2007-6th, 2011-8th)
Best Olympics Finish (2000, 2004): Quarterfinals (2004)

AUSTRALIA ROSTER BY POSITION
GOALKEEPERS (2): 1-Brianna Davey, 18-Lydia Williams
DEFENDERS (6): 2-Teigen Allen, 5-Laura Alleway, 3-Kim Carroll, 16-Stephanie Catley, 14-Alanna Kennedy, 4-Clare Polkinghorne
MIDFIELDERS (6): 13-Tameka Butt, 15-Heather Garriock, 19-Katrina Gorry, 8-Elise Kellond-Knight, 7-Teresa Polias, 10-Emily Van-Egmond
FORWARDS (6): 11-Lisa De Vanna, 22-Emily Gielnik, 12-Katie Gill, 23-Michelle Heyman, 20-Samantha Kerr, 17-Kyah Simon

AUSTRALIA ROSTER NOTES

  • Australia’s roster features four players who competed in the NWSL this year; Emily Van-Egmond (Seattle Reign), Lisa De Vanna (Sky Blue FC), Samantha Kerr (WNY Flash) and Kyah Simon (Boston Breakers).
  • Twelve players on Australia’s roster were a part of its 2011 FIFA Women’s World Cup team that was coached by Tom Sermanni.
  • Australia’s most experienced player is 31-year-old midfielder Heather Garriock who has been capped 130 times and scored 20 goals. She played in the 2003, 2007 and 2011 FIFA Women’s World Cups, as well as the 2000 and 2004 Olympics. She is Australia’s second-most capped player all-time behind legendary captain Cheryl Salisbury.
  • Australia has quite a bit of experience on its roster with 10 players with 30 caps or more.
  • Australia’s top forward is speedster De Vanna, who scored against the USA at The Home Depot Center in 2012. Her 30 goals is eight behind Salisbury on the all-time scoring list in Australia. De Vanna scored five goals, including a spectacular bicycle kick, with two assists for SBFC last season.
  • Kerr scored six goals with five assists for the WNY Flash.
  • Forward Katie Gill has 37 career goals and will tie Salisbury with her next score.


USA VS. AUSTRALIA SERIES

  • The USA and Australia will meet for the first time since fall of 2012 when the squads squared off twice during the USA’s post-Olympic tour. In fact, the USA’s 6-2 victory on Sept. 19 at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park in Commerce City, Colo., was former head coach Pia Sundhage’s last game at the helm of the United States. On the other bench for Australia? The USA’s next coach, Tom Sermanni.
  • The USA also won the first leg of that two-game series, 2-1, at the StubHub Center in Carson, Calif., as Alex Morgan scored the first goal and Shannon Boxx added a second from the penalty spot.
  • The USA has dominated the all-time series against Australia, holding a 21-0-2 record, but before that 6-2 thrashing last year, the previous four matches were high scoring affairs, all one-goal wins for the Americans.
  • The teams played two wild matches in 2008, the first on April 27, a 3-2 victory in a driving rain storm in Cary, N.C. Australia scored in the 86th and 89th minutes through Katie Gill and Cheryl Salisbury to tie the score at 2-2, only to see Carli Lloyd score the game-winner one minute into second half stoppage time.
  • The second came on May 3, a 5-4 U.S. victory in Birmingham, Ala. Cat Whitehill scored an own goal in the 19th minute to start the deluge, but the USA scored three times in 15 minutes at the end of the half to take a 3-1 lead, followed by an Abby Wambach goal in the 46th minute to make it 4-1. Australia then stormed back with three goals in the second half and it took an Angela Hucles goal in the fourth minute of second half stoppage time to secure the victory.
  • Just five of the 23 matches between the teams have taken place in Australia, three on a visit Down Under in 1997 and two during Olympic preparation (on two separate trips) in 2000.
  • The teams also have met in Taiwan, Canada, Sweden, Greece and South Korea.
  • One of the most memorable meetings came in the 1995 FIFA World Cup in Helsingborg, Sweden, a match the USA won 4-1, but needed every single goal to win the group, including two scores in the waning minutes of the game.
  • Australia earned one of its two ties during the 2004 Olympics, a 1-1 tie in group play. The other came a year later for a scoreless draw in Fullerton, Calif.
  • Australia has scored on the USA in the past five matches.

LAST TIME:
On the field for the USA:
Sept. 3, 2013 – RFK Stadium; Washington, D.C. – International Friendly

USA   7  Wambach 11; Leroux 21, 22, 30, 41; Buehler 55, Brian 72
MEX   0

Lineups:
USA: 1-Hope Solo (18-Nicole Barnhart, 46); 6-Crystal Dunn (22-Leigh Ann Robinson, 56), 3-Christie Rampone (capt.) (19-Rachel Buehler, 52), 4-Becky Sauerbrunn, 8-Kristie Mewis; 9-Heather O’Reilly, 10-Carli Lloyd (16-Yael Averbuch, 55), 12-Lauren Holiday, 23-Erika Tymrak (25-Morgan Brian, 70); 2-Sydney Leroux, 20-Abby Wambach
Subs Not Used: 13-Alex Morgan, 14-Vanessa DiBernardo
Head coach: Tom Sermanni

MEX: 1-Cecilia Santiago; 13-Arianne Romero, 4-Christina Murillo, 3-Bianca Sierra, 2-Kenti Robles; 7-Nayeli Rangel (6-Liliana Mercado, 32), 8-Lupita Worbis; 9-Maribel Dominguez (capt.) (16-Stephany Mayor, 46), 10-Renae Cuellar (5-Paulina Solis, 54), 11-Monica Ocampo, 17-Veronica Perez (18-Sofia Huerta, 63)
Subs Not Used: 12-Pamela Tajonar, 14-Fabiola Ibarra, 15-Desiree Monsivais
Head coach: Leonardo Cuellar

On the field for the USA vs. AUS:
Sept. 19, 2012 – Dick’s Sporting Goods Park; Commerce City, Colo. – International Friendly

USA   6   O’Reilly 25; Morgan 43, 63; Wambach 53; Boxx 69; Leroux 82
AUS   2   De Vanna 32; Walsh 23

Lineups:
USA: 1-Hope Solo; 6-Amy LePeilbet (2-Heather Mitts, 46), 3-Christie Rampone (capt.), 16-Rachel Buehler, 5-Kelley O’Hara (4-Becky Sauerbrunn, 46); 9-Heather O’Reilly (15-Megan Rapinoe, 46), 12-Lauren Cheney (7-Shannon Boxx, 46), 10-Carli Lloyd, 17-Tobin Heath (8-Amy Rodriguez, 62); 13-Alex Morgan (11-Sydney Leroux, 74), 14-Abby Wambach
Subs Not Used: 21-Jill Loyden
Head coach: Pia Sundhage

AUS: 18-Brianna Davey; 19-Stephanie Catley, 8-Danielle Brogan, 10-Servet Uzunlar, 7-Caitlin Foord; 4-Clare Polkinghorne (23-Alanna Kennedy, 74), 14-Collette McCallum (15-Emily van Egmond, 61), 17-Kyah Simon (22-Michelle Heyman, 76), 2-Teigen Allen (12-Kathryn Gill, 86); 9-Sarah Walsh (capt.) (3-Ashley Brown, 57), 11-Lisa De Vanna
Subs Not Used: 20-Samantha Kerr, 21-Mackenzie Arnold, 24-Emily Gielnik
Head coach: Tom Sermanni

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