October 18, 2012
BATTLE OF TOP TWO
U.S. Women set to face Germany
In a matchup of the world's top two teams in the latest FIFA Women's World Rankings, the top-ranked U.S. Women's National Team takes on second-ranked Germany in its next two matches of its post Olympic Fan Tribute Tour.
|Alex Morgan and the U.S. Women's National Team pick up their post Olympic tour with a pair of games against Germany.
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The gold medal-winning team from the 2012 London Olympics hosts Germany at 5:30 p.m. CT on Saturday, Oct. 20, at Toyota Park in Bridgeview, Ill.,. Then the two teams square off for a 6:30 p.m. CT (7:30 pm ET) match on Tuesday, Oct. 23, at Rentschler Field in East Hartford, Conn.
The Oct. 20 match will air live on FOX Soccer and the Oct. 23 game will be broadcast live on the NBC Sports Network. Fans can also follow both matches via ussoccer.com's MatchTracker and on Twitter @ussoccer_wnt.
Jill Ellis, who is currently the Development Director for the U.S. Women's National Teams will be the interim head coach for the two matches against Germany. Former head coach Pia Sundhage completed her tenure with the U.S. WNT with an impressive 91-6-10 record, capped off by the team's 6-2 win against Australia on Sept. 19 at a sold-out Dick's Sporting Goods Park in Commerce City, Colo. U.S. Soccer is in the process of interviewing candidates for the WNT head coach position, but there is no set timetable to make a final decision.
The NBC Sports Network will sandwich the USA-Germany match in East Hartford, Conn., with the re-air of two of the most memorable matches of the 2012 Olympics, showing the thrilling 4-3 semifinal victory against Canada at 5:30 p.m. ET - two hours before the Fan Tribute Tour match kicks off on the network. Following the match, NBCSN will then run the United States' Olympic gold medal victory against Japan at 11 p.m. ET as part of its "Return to London" programming. The U.S. WNT defeated the 2011 FIFA Women's World Cup champion Japan 2-1 in that gold medal game on Aug. 9 in front of more than 80,000 spectators at Wembley Stadium.
The U.S. opened its post Olympic tour with an 8-0 victory against Costa Rica on Sept. 1 at Sahlen's Stadium in Rochester, N.Y., and twice defeated Australia 2-1 on Sept. 16 at The Home Depot Center and 6-2 on Sept. 19 at Dick's Sporting Goods Park in Commerce City, Colo. Following the Oct. 20 and 23 matches against Germany, the U.S. hosts two matches against Ireland on Nov. 28 at JELD-WEN Field in Portland, Ore., followed by a Dec. 1 game at University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Ariz.
U.S. ROSTER BY POSITION
GOALKEEPERS (2): 1-Hope Solo, 18-Nicole Barnhart
DEFENDERS (6): 2-Heather Mitts, 3-Christie Rampone, 4-Becky Sauerbrunn, 5-Kelley O'Hara, 6-Amy LePeilbet, 19-Rachel Buehler
MIDFIELDERS (5): 7-Shannon Boxx, 9-Heather O'Reilly, 10-Carli Lloyd, 15-Megan Rapinoe, 17-Tobin Heath
FORWARDS (5): 8-Amy Rodriguez, 11-Sydney Leroux, 12-Lauren Cheney, 13-Alex Morgan, 20-Abby Wambach