U.S. women face Mexico at RFK; Monday's practice open to fans

The U.S. women’s national team soccer team will play Mexico at RFK Stadium on Sept. 3. Photo: Associated Press

WASHINGTON, August 30, 2013 — The U.S. women’s national team soccer team - winner of the gold medal at the 2012 London Olympics - will play Mexico at RFK Stadium in Washington on Tuesday, Sept. 3 at 8 p.m. Head coach Tom Sermanni has named an 18-player roster that includes notable stars Abby Wambach, Alex Morgan, Hope Solo, Carli Lloyd and Heather O’Reilly. Midfielder Megan Rapinoe has been ruled out of the game due to a heel injury. She will be replaced by University of Illinois senior midfielder Vanessa DiBernardo.

Wambach is the U.S. team’s all-time goal scorer with 160 goals and the greatest goal scorer in international soccer. The 33-year old broke Mia Hamm’s record of 158 goals when she notched four goals in a 5-0 victory over South Korea on June 20. She is the team’s leading scorer this year with eight goals.

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The U.S. team’s practice at RFK on Monday from 11 a.m. - 12:15 p.m. will be open to the public. Fans should park in Lots 5 and 8 and enter the stadium through Gate A starting at 10:30 p.m.

The match will be the first for the U.S. team following the conclusion of the inaugural National Women’s Soccer League season and will be broadcast live on FOX Sports 1.

“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,” said Sermanni.

After the game, the American players will take a break and come together in mid-October to prepare for World Cup qualifying games next year for the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup in Canada.

U.S. Women’s National Team Roster

GOALKEEPERS (2): Nicole Barnhart (FC Kansas City), Hope Solo (Seattle Reign)

DEFENDERS (6): Rachel Buehler (Portland Thorns FC), Crystal Dunn (North Carolina), Kristie Mewis (FC Kansas City),  Leigh Ann Robinson (FC Kansas City), Becky Sauerbrunn (FC Kansas City)

MIDFIELDERS (7): Yael Averbuch (Göteborg), Morgan Brian (Virginia), Vanessa DiBernardo (Illinois), Lauren Holiday (FC Kansas City), Carli Lloyd (Western NY Flash), Vanessa DiBernardo, Heather O’Reilly (Boston Breakers), Erika Tymrak (FC Kansas City)

FORWARDS (3): Sydney Leroux (Boston Breakers), Alex Morgan (Portland Thorns FC), Abby Wambach (Western NY Flash)

John Haydon wrote a weekly soccer column for The Washington Times for 20 years. He has covered two World Cups and written about Major League Soccer from the league’s inception in 1996.

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John Haydon has covered soccer for The Washington Times for two decades. He has reported on international soccer events in Germany, South Korea and Spain. John hails from Birmingham, England and has lived in the Washington D.C. region for over twenty years.  

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