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U.S. Women's National Team Plays "2nd Leg" Against Scotland


U.S. Women’s National Team vs. Scotland – International Friendly
LP Field; Nashville, Tenn.
Feb. 13, 2013

U.S. WNT PLAYS “2ND LEG” AGAINST SCOTLAND: The U.S. Women’s National Team and new head coach Tom Sermanni kicked off the 2013 campaign with a convincing win on Saturday, Feb. 9, against Sermanni’s native Scotland at EverBank Field in Jacksonville, Fla. The 4-1 triumph featured four excellent goals, including two from debutante Christen Press, who tallied twice in the first half and became just the third player in U.S. history to score two goals in her first cap. The USA and Scotland will finish this two-leg series on Feb. 13 at LP Field in Nashville, Tenn. in a match that kicks off at 7 p.m. CT and will be broadcast live through a ussoccer.com stream. Fans can also follow the match via ussoccer.com’s MatchTracker and on Twitter @ussoccer_wnt.

USA SHOOTS FOR RECORD CROWD IN TENNESSEE: More than 12,000 tickets have been sold for the USA-Scotland match at LP field and the attendance is approaching a Tennessee record for women’s soccer. On Nov. 1, 1997, the USA played Sweden in a 3-1 victory in front of 13,081 fans at Finley Stadium in Chattanooga.

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

8 p.m.

ussoccer.com live stream

LP Field; Nashville, Tenn.

March 6*

Iceland

TBD

--

TBD; Portugal

March 8*

China PR

TBD

--

TBD; Portugal

March 11*

Sweden

TBD

--

TBD; Portugal

March 13*

TBD

TBD

--

TBD, Portugal

April 5

Germany

TBD

--

TBD; Germany

* Algarve Cup

U.S. ROSTER BY POSITION
GOALKEEPERS (4): Nicole Barnhart (FC Kansas City), Ashlyn Harris (Duisburg), Jill Loyden (Sky Blue FC), Hope Solo (Seattle Reign)
DEFENDERS (9): Rachel Buehler (Portland Thorns FC), Crystal Dunn (North Carolina), Whitney Engen (Liverpool), Julie Johnston (Santa Clara), Ali Krieger (Washington
Spirit), Heather Mitts (Boston Breakers), Kelley O’Hara (Sky Blue FC), Christie Rampone (Sky Blue FC), Becky Sauerbrunn (FC Kansas City)
MIDFIELDERS (10): Yael Averbuch (Göteborg), Shannon Boxx (Chicago Red Stars), Lauren Cheney (FC Kansas City), Tobin Heath (PSG), Lori Lindsey (Washington Spirit), Carli Lloyd (Western NY Flash), Kristie Mewis (FC Kansas City), Heather O’Reilly (Boston Breakers), Megan Rapinoe (Lyon), Keelin Winters (Chicago Red Stars)
FORWARDS (5): Zakiya Bywaters (Chicago Red Stars), Sydney Leroux (Boston Breakers), Alex Morgan (Portland Thorns FC), Christen Press (Tyresö), Abby Wambach (Western NY Flash)

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, and all eyes will be on her as she inches closer to the world goal scoring record. Wambach is currently sitting on 152 career goals and is only six 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.

U.S. ROSTER NOTES

  • From the 29-player training camp roster, Sermanni will name 18 players to suit up for the match against Scotland.
  • The only 2012 Olympic Team member and 2012 Olympic Team alternate who were not named to the camp were defenders Amy LePeilbet and Meghan Klingenberg, respectively. LePeilbet underwent ACL surgery last week and Klingenberg is still recovering from shoulder surgery. Amy Rodriguez, who was initially named to the roster, announced she was pregnant and will miss the majority of the 2013 campaign. Zakiya Bywaters, the No. 1 selection in the 2013 National Women’s Soccer League College Draft by the Chicago Red Stars, was brought into the camp to take Rodriguez’s spot.
  • Midfielder Tobin Heath, who recently signed with Paris Saint-Germain in France; midfielder Megan Rapinoe, who is playing for Lyon in France; goalkeeper Ashlyn Harris, who still has commitments with her German club Duisburg; and midfielder Christen Press, who is playing in Sweden, all came in a bit late to training camp. Rapinoe did not play vs. Scotland on Feb. 9 due to her late arrival and Harris is still looking for her first cap.
  • Abby Wambach currently has 199 caps will hit 200 in Nashville, making her the 8th player in U.S. history to reach that mark. She will captain the squad in honor of her historic milestone.
  • The training camp has taken on added significance as U.S. WNT head coach Tom Sermanni is evaluating players to choose his roster for the 2013 Algarve Cup in Portugal that runs from March 6-13.
  • After midfielder Christen Press, midfielder Kristie Mewis and defender Julie Johnston earned their first caps against Scotland on Feb. 9, just four players on the training camp roster remain uncapped: Bywaters, defender Crystal Dunn, Harris, and midfielder Keelin Winters.
  • 17-year-old goalkeeper Jane Campbell has left camp after a good week of training in her first experience with the full National Team. Reason: she had to get back to high school.

U.S. WNT IN TENNESSEE

  • The USA has played in 3 previous matches, posting a 3-0-0 record.
  • The U.S. WNT has played just three games previously in the state of Tennessee and won them all, defeating Sweden by 3-1 scores twice in 1997 in Chattanooga, Tenn., and Canada in 2004 at the Coliseum as Heather Mitts scored the winning goal in the 1-0 victory, her first of two career goals.
  • That game against Canada was the only previous match for the USA at what is now called LP Field.

USA vs. SCOTLAND SERIES

  • The match on Feb. 9 was the second game between the USA and Scotland and the victory moved the WNT to 2-0-0 all-time in the series. Coming into this two-game series, the U.S. had played Scotland only one other time, an 8-2 victory on Sept. 8, 2002, at Columbus Crew Stadium in Columbus, Ohio.
  • Abby Wambach and Mia Hamm each had a hat trick in that game. Wambach’s goals were her second through fourth of her career, and they all came in the second half as she was a halftime substitution for Cindy Parlow.

IN THE RECORD BOOKS

  • U.S. defender and team captain Christie Rampone moved past Mia Hamm for sole possession of second all-time in career caps when she played in her 276th match against China PR in the final game of 2012. Rampone will earn her 278th career cap if she plays against Scotland on Feb. 13. Kristine Lilly holds the record with 352 caps.
  • Alex Morgan, who finished third in the 2012 FIFA Women’s Player of the Year voting, recorded 21 assists last year to tie for the second-most assists in a calendar year with Carin Jennings (21 assists in 1991). Mia Hamm holds the assists record with 22 in 2004.
  • Morgan’s scoring rate in 2012 ranked second all-time as she compiled 77 points (28 goals, 21 assists). Michelle Akers holds the record with 86 points in 1991 (39 goals, 8 assists).
  • Hope Solo set a pair of U.S. WNT goalkeeper records in 2012. She earned 26 victories to top her previous record of 23 in 2008, and she also played a span of 1,163 consecutive minutes to pass the previous mark of 990 set by Briana Scurry.
  • Sydney Leroux set a U.S. WNT record of 14 goals scored off the bench in a year, easily breaking the previous bench scoring record of nine goals originally set by Debbie Keller in 1998. She got another off the bench on Feb. 9, a game in which she played in the first half of a match for the very first time when she replaced the injured Alex Morgan with five minutes left before halftime.
  • The USA’s 120 goals in 32 games in 2012 ranked third all-time for a calendar year. The U.S. Women scored a record 124 goals in 41 games in 2000 and tallied 122 goals in 28 matches in 1991.

BY THE NUMBERS

1          USA’s FIFA ranking
11        Games in 2012 in which Alex Morgan and Abby Wambach both scored at least one goal (11-0-0 record)
23        Scotland’s FIFA ranking
24        USA’s current overall unbeaten streak dating back to last year (21-0-3)
43        Carli Lloyd’s career goals, third all-time for a player who has exclusively played midfield
84        Minutes on field per goal averaged by Alex Morgan in her career
97        U.S. victories when Wambach scores a goal (97-2-7 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)
277      Christie Rampone’s caps, second all-time to Kristine Lilly

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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: SCOTLAND
Scottish Football Association
Founded: 1873 (Joined FIFA in 1910)
Head Coach: Anna Signeul
FIFA World Ranking: 23
Best FIFA World Cup Finish: Never qualified

SCOTLAND ROSTER BY POSITION
GOALKEEPERS (2): Gemma Fay (Celtic), Shannon Lynn (Hibernian)
DEFENDERS (5): Jennifer Beattie (Arsenal), Frankie Brown (Hibernian), Rhonda Jones (Celtic), Eilish McSorley (Glasgow City), Rachael Small (Forfar Farmington)
MIDFIELDERS (6):
Leanne Crichton (Glasgow City), Hayley Lauder (Mallbackens), Kim Little (Arsenal), Joanne Love (Glasgow City), Joelle Murray (Hibernian), Leanne Ross (Glasgow City)
FORWARDS (4): Lisa Evans (FFC Turbine Potsdam), Suzanne Grant (Keynsham Town), Suzanne Malone (Glasgow City), Emma Mitchell (SC Essen-Schönebeck), Jane Ross (Vittsjo)

SCOTLAND ROSTER NOTES:

  • Goalkeeper and team captain Gemma Fay is the all-time leader in appearances with 151. She made her debut for Scotland in 1998.
  • Kim Little leads Scotland with 27 goals in 75 games, scoring a cracker against the USA in Jacksonville. She scored Scotland’s first hat trick in an 8-0 win against Israel on June 16, 2012.
  • Little also played in five games with Great Britain’s Olympic squad in London and sparked some controversy for not singing the National Anthem, “God Save the Queen,” because she is Scottish, but was surely one of GB’s top players in the tournament.
  • On Oct. 24, 2012, Scotland suffered a devastating stoppage time loss to Spain to miss out on a berth in the 2013 European Championships. Scotland was seconds away from qualifying before giving up a goal in stoppage time of overtime to Spain’s Veronica Boquete in the second leg of a two-game playoff. Spain earned a 3-2 win and a 4-3 victory on aggregate in the series. Emma Mitchell and Little accounted for Scotland’s tallies in the finale loss to Spain.
  • Scotland’s Rhonda Jones played college soccer at Florida Atlantic University.
  • Scotland forward Suzanne Grant is set to earn her 100th cap on Feb. 13.

LAST TIME

On the field for the USA:
Feb. 9, 2013 – EverBank Field; Jacksonville, Fla. – International Friendly

USA                4          Christen Press 13, 32; Shannon Boxx 52; Sydney Leroux 89
SCO                1          Kim Little 54

Lineups:
USA: 21-Jill Loyden (18-Nicole Barnhart, 46); 11-Ali Krieger, 3-Christie Rampone (capt.), 4-Becky Sauerbrunn (26-Julie Johnston, 83), 5-Kelley O’Hara; 22-Christen Press (23-Kristie Mewis, 72), 7-Shannon Boxx (25 Yael Averbuch, 66), 10-Carli Lloyd, 17-Tobin Heath; 13-Alex Morgan (14-Sydney Leroux, 41), 20-Abby Wambach (12-Lauren Cheney, 55)
Substitutions Not Used: 9-Heather O'Reilly
Head coach: Tom Sermanni

SCO: 1-Gemma Fay (capt.); 2-Rhonda Jones, 3-Rachael Small (17-Frankie Brown, 84) 6-Joanne Love (15-Joelle Murray, 83), 7-Hayley Lauder, 8-Kim Little, 10-Jennifer Beattie (4-Elish McSorley, 73), 13-Jane Ross (11-Suzanne Grant, 88), 14-Leanne Crichton (5-Leanne Ross, 65), 16-Lisa Evans, 18-Emma Mitchell (9-Suzanne Malone, 73)
Substitutions Not Used: 12-Shannon Lynn

Head coach: Anna Signeul

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