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U.S. Women's National Team And Tom Sermanni Open 2013 Against Scotland
Posted by: newsla on Feb 09, 2013 - 07:01 PM
U.S. Women's National Team And Tom Sermanni Open 2013 Against Scotland

U.S. WNT, TOM SERMANNI OPEN 2013 AGAINST SCOTLAND: The U.S. Women's National Team and new head coach Tom Sermanni kick off the 2013 campaign with an international friendly match on Saturday, Feb. 9, against Sermanni's native Scotland at EverBank Field in Jacksonville, Fla. The match kicks off at 5 p.m. ET 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.


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SECOND LEG IN TENNESSEE: The USA opens the year with back-to-back matches against Scotland as the two sides will meet for a second time in five days on Wednesday, Feb. 13, at LP Field in Nashville, Tenn. More than 10,000 tickets have been sold for that match 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. This match also will be broadcast live through a ussoccer.com stream and available via ussoccer.coms MatchTracker and on Twitter @ussoccer_wnt.

GOALKEEPERS (5): Nicole Barnhart (FC Kansas City), Jane Campbell (Concorde Fire South), Ashlyn Harris (FCR 2001 Duisburg), Jill Loyden (Sky Blue FC), Hope Solo (Seattle Reign)

DEFENDERS (9): Rachel Buehler (Portland Thorns FC), Crystal Dunn (North Carolina), Whitney Engen (Liverpool FC), 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 FC), Shannon Boxx (Chicago Red Stars), Lauren Cheney (FC Kansas City), Tobin Heath (Paris Saint-Germain), Lori Lindsey (Washington Spirit), Carli Lloyd (Western NY Flash), Kristie Mewis (FC Kansas City), Heather O'Reilly (Boston Breakers), Megan Rapinoe (Olympique Lyonnais), Keelin Winters (Chicago Red Stars)

FORWARDS (5): Zakiya Bywaters (Chicago Red Stars), Sydney Leroux (Boston Breakers), Alex Morgan (Portland Thorns FC), Christen Press (Tyresö FF), Abby Wambach (Western NY Flash)

FIFA WOMEN'S WORLD PLAYER OF THE YEAR WAMBACH APPROACHING SCORING RECORD: 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 enters 2013 with 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.


• From the 29-player training camp roster, Sermanni will name 18 players to suit up for each of the two matches 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 earlier this week and Klingenberg is still recovering from shoulder surgery. Amy Rodriguez 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 Olympique Lyonnais in France; goalkeeper Ashlyn Harris, who still has commitments with her German club FCR Dusiburg; and midfielder Christen Press, who is playing in Sweden, all came in a bit late to training camp. All four should be available for selection for both matches.
• Seventeen-year-old goalkeeper Jane Campbell will attend training camp for only the first week leading up to the first match against Scotland on Feb. 9. She needs to get back to high school.
• Abby Wambach currently has 198 caps and defender Rachel Buehler has 98. Should both play in both games against Scotland, they would hit 200 and 100 respectively in the match in Nashville, Tenn., on Feb. 13.
• This will be the first U.S. WNT event since the players were allocated to their NWSL clubs.
• 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.
• Seven players on the camp roster are uncapped: goalkeeper Jane Campbell, forward Zykiya Bywaters, defender Crystal Dunn, goalkeeper Ashlyn Harris, midfielder Kristie Mewis, forward Christen Press and midfielder Keelin Winters.


• The USA has played in 19 previous matches, posting a 15-4-1 record.
• The U.S. WNT's 2012 finale was played in Florida - a 4-1 victory against China PR on Dec. 15 at Florida Atlantic University Stadium in Boca Raton. The win capped off a 10-game Fan Tribute Tour in celebration of its fourth gold medal at the 2012 London Olympics. Abby Wambach scored her 151st and 152nd goals to lead the way.
• Saturday's game will be the USA's second in the Jacksonville stadium. EverBank Field originally was known as Jacksonville Municipal Stadium, and in the only other appearance the U.S. Women dropped a 2-1 decision to Norway on Feb. 4, 1996.


• The U.S. has played Scotland only one other time, and the USA assertively posted 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. LINK TO CLASSIC HIGHLIGHTS?


• 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. 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.
• 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.

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
23 USA's current overall unbeaten streak dating back to last year (20-0-3)
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)
276 Christie Rampone's caps, second all-time to Kristine Lilly
Studio 90:

• Rampone Ready to Roll
• U.S. WNT Kicks Off 2013

Feature Videos:

• WNT vs. Scotland: Highlights - Sept. 8, 2012
• WNT vs. Scotland: Inside the Lines - Feb. 6, 2013
• Welcome Back, Ali Krieger
• Zakiya Bywaters Select No. 1 in NWSL College Draft

• 100 Firsts: U.S. WNT Midfielder Carli Lloyd
• Q & A: Anson Dorrance Discusses '91 Women's World Cup, Creation of WNT Dynasty
• Where Are They Now: U.S. WNT Midfielder Tiffany Roberts

• U.S. WNT Matches vs. Scotland on Feb. 9 and 13 to be Streamed Live on ussoccer.com
• Amy Rodriguez Replaced on WNT Training Camp Roster by Zakiya Bywaters
• Sermanni Names 29-Player Training Camp Roster for First Matches of 2013
• U.S. WNT Placed in Group B at 2013 Algarve Cup in Portugal
• Snow Named U.S. WNT Head Coach; Kater Named Women's Head Development Coach
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• The O'Hara Experiment
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.

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