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)