U.S. Women’s Soccer Team finalized for Brazil game in Orlando

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U.S. Women’s National Team head coach Tom Sermanni has named 18 players to the roster that will face Brazil on Nov. 10 at the Florida Citrus Bowl in Orlando, in a match that will also be broadcast on NBC at 3:30 p.m. ET.

Tickets are on sale through ussoccer.com, by phone at 1-800-745-3000 and at all Ticketmaster ticket centers throughout Central Florida (including many Walmart locations), as well as the Amway Center ticket office (open MondayFriday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.) [Note: Tickets are not sold at the Florida Citrus Bowl except on the day of the event.] Groups of 20 or more can obtain an order form at ussoccer.com or call 312-528-1290.

Although the majority of the roster is made up of players who played in the USA’s recently completed October friendly matches, Sermanni did name uncapped goalkeeper Alyssa Naeher of the Boston Breakers as well as midfielders Amber Brooks and Erika Tymrak, who are both playing in Germany with Bayern Munich. Tymrak has one cap, earned on Sept. 3 of this year against Mexico. Brooks, a highly experienced player at the USA’s Youth National Team level, is looking for her first senior team game after training with the USA for the first time last April when the squad was in Germany and June when the USA was in Toronto.

In addition, 19-year-old forward Lindsey Horan gets her second call-up to the senior team after earning her first cap at the Algarve Cup last March. Horan made history by being the first American woman to skip college and sign a professional contract in Europe, and she is currently playing in France with Paris Saint-Germain. She has five goals in seven appearances so far this season and scored 17 goals in 20 games last year. Horan is still age-eligible for the 2014 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup and is expected to be a key player on that squad when it attempts to qualify for that tournament.

Sermanni also recalled defender Stephanie Cox, who was with the USA for the match against Australia in San Antonio on Oct. 20 but did not play. Cox, a veteran of two Women’s World Cup Teams (2007, 2011) and one Olympic Team (2008) had her first child on April 7 and returned to the field for the end of the inaugural NWSL season to play four games for Seattle Reign FC.

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 what was at the time the international scoring record. More than 14,000 tickets have been sold for the Nov. 10 match, which will be the first meeting between the world’s top-ranked U.S. team and fourth-ranked Brazil since a 3-0 victory for the USA in Chiba, Japan, in April of 2012.

U.S. Women’s National Team Roster
GOALKEEPERS (3): 18-Nicole Barnhart (FC Kansas City), 28-Alyssa Naeher (Boston Breakers), 1-Hope Solo (Seattle Reign FC – pictured above left)
DEFENDERS (6): 16-Rachel Buehler (Portland Thorns FC), 14-Stephanie Cox (Seattle Reign FC), 8-Kristie Mewis (FC Kansas City), 3-Christie Rampone (Sky Blue FC), 26-Leigh Ann Robinson (FC Kansas City), 4-Becky Sauerbrunn (FC Kansas City)
MIDFIELDERS (6): 7-Yael Averbuch (unattached), 22-Amber Brooks (Bayern Munich), 12-Lauren Holiday (FC Kansas City), 10-Carli Lloyd (WNY Flash), 9-Heather O’Reilly (Boston Breakers), 23-Erika Tymrak (Bayern Munich)
25-Lindsey Horan (Paris Saint Germain), 2-Sydney Leroux (Boston Breakers), 13-Alex Morgan (Portland Thorns FC – pictured above right), 20-Abby Wambach (WNY Flash – pictured above center)

Additional Notes:

  • A victory against Brazil would give the USA its second undefeated year in which it has played double-figures in matches. The first was 2006, when the team went 18-0-4.
  • The U.S. WNT is 12-0-3 in 2013.
  • Fourteen of the players called up to face Brazil were on the roster for the USA’s two-game set against New Zealand at the end of October.
  • The four players who were with the USA in October that are currently playing for Swedish club Tyresö – Ali Krieger, Meghan Klingenberg, Christen Press and Whitney Engen — are unavailable due to UEFA Champions League Round of 16 matches against Fortuna Hjørring of Denmark on Nov. 9 and 14.
  • Midfielder Megan Rapinoe is also unavailable as her club Lyon of France will face German power Turbine Potsdam of Berlin on Nov. 10 and 14.
  • Eighteen of the 19 players played in the NWSL last season.
  • Stephanie Cox last played in a WNT match on April 3, 2012, a 3-0 victory against Brazil in Chiba, Japan.
  • 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 286 career games played.
  • Abby Wambach is the world’s all-time leading international scorer and will come into the Brazil match with 162 career goals. She has scored six career goals against Brazil.
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