• Wednesday Oct 02, 2013

    U.S. women’s roster for October friendlies revealed

    Alex Morgan (pictured) was one of 25 players named to the United States women's national team roster for three October 2013 friendlies. (Photo: Mexsport)

     

    CHICAGO – United States women's national team head coach Tom Sermanni announced Tuesday the names of 25 players who will be with the squad over various periods from October 15-30 for a trio of friendly internationals.

    The Americans face Australia once (Oct. 20 in San Antonio, Texas) and New Zealand twice (Oct. 27 in San Francisco; Oct. 30 in Columbus, Ohio).

    “Aside from our European-based players, most of our players are coming off a break and playing three games in 10 days will be difficult, but there is also real value time for us as it’s almost like replicating group play at a major tournament,” said Sermanni.  “The Australia and New Zealand teams by their nature are very competitive. New Zealand has been playing a significant number of internationals on the road, so they are match-hardened and Australia is reaching the peak of their pre-season before beginning their W-League.” 

    The roster is led by a quartet of high-scoring forwards.  Alex Morgan, Abby Wambach, Christen Press and Sydney Leroux have combined to score 28 of the team’s 43 goals in 2013.  Wambach, who has a world

    record 161 career goals in 208 games, leads the way with nine tallies.

    The U.S. is unbeaten this year (10-2-0) and has conceded only eight goals, three of which came in a 3-3 tie with European champion Germany on April 5 in Offenbach.

     

    U.S. Women’s National Team Roster

    (October 15-30, 2013 – training camp and friendlies)

    GOALKEEPERS: Nicole Barnhart (FC Kansas City), Adrianna Franch (WNY Flash), Jill Loyden (Sky Blue FC), Hope Solo (Seattle Reign FC)

    DEFENDERS: Rachel Buehler (Portland Thorns FC), Stephanie Cox (Seattle Reign FC), Crystal Dunn (University of North Carolina), Whitney Engen (Tyresö/Sweden), Meghan Klingenberg (Tyresö/Sweden), Ali Krieger (Tyresö/Sweden), Kristie Mewis (FC Kansas City), Christie Rampone (Sky Blue FC), Leigh Ann Robinson (FC Kansas City), Becky Sauerbrunn (FC Kansas City)

    MIDFIELDERS: Yael Averbuch (Göteborg/Sweden), Morgan Brian (University of Virginia), Tobin Heath (Paris Saint-Germain/France), Lauren Holiday (FC Kansas City), Carli Lloyd (WNY Flash), Heather O'Reilly (Boston Breakers), Megan Rapinoe (Lyon/France)

    FORWARDS: Sydney Leroux (Boston Breakers), Alex Morgan (Portland Thorns FC), Christen Press (Tyresö/Sweden), Abby Wambach (WNY Flash)

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