U.S. women’s national team coach Tom Sermanni has named his 18-player roster for the Sept. 3 friendly against Mexico at RFK Stadium, in Washington, D.C.
Among the usual and previous call-ins are new faces and FC Kansas City players Erika Tymrak and Leigh Ann Robinson. Tymrak was just named the 2013 National Women’s Soccer League rookie of the year, while Robinson finished third in the Defender of the Year vote, won by teammate Becky Sauerbrunn, who was also called into training camp. Those three are joined by three other FC Kansas City teammates, a squad that makes up one-third of the camp of 18 players.
“I’ve thoroughly enjoyed the NWSL matches this summer and I know all the players will be sharp for the game against Mexico,” Sermanni said. “We have several key players out with injuries, but I’m pleased we were able to call in a few new players to give them a brief look at this event. Looking forward, all the players need and deserve a break, so after this match we’ll give them the rest of September off and get ready for our activity in mid-October.”
As I’ve previously reported, the U.S. is set to face New Zealand in a pair of games this fall among matches they will play in October and November.
The currently injured Alex Morgan (game time decision for Portland on Saturday) will be monitored ahead of camp, which will only feature one practice before the match.
Here’s the full list:
GOALKEEPERS (2): Nicole Barnhart (FC Kansas City), Hope Solo (Seattle Reign FC)
DEFENDERS (6): Rachel Buehler (Portland Thorns FC), Crystal Dunn (North Carolina), 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), Lauren Holiday (FC Kansas City), Carli Lloyd (Western New York Flash), Heather O’Reilly (Boston Breakers), Megan Rapinoe (Seattle Reign FC), Erika Tymrak (FC Kansas City)
FORWARDS (3): Sydney Leroux (Boston Breakers), Alex Morgan (Portland Thorns FC), Abby Wambach (Western New York Flash)
Here is Mexico’s roster:
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