Video: U.S. women 4, Scotland 1

February 11, 2013

The first match of 2013 for the U.S. women’s national team was also a first for head coach Tom Sermanni, a long-awaited return for Ali Krieger and a breakout debut for Christen Press.

The Americans defeated Scotland, 4-1, Saturday before 18,656 at EverBank Field in Jacksonville — the largest turnout for a stand-alone women’s match in the Southeast.

Sermanni, a Scotsman, was victorious in his first match at the helm since succeeding Pia Sundhage. Krieger, a right back who will play for the Washington Spirit in the National Women’s Soccer League, made her first appearance since damaging a knee more than a year ago. And Press, a 24-year-old forward from Stanford who is based in the Swedish league, became the third player in U.S. history to score twice in her first international. (Cindy Parlow and Sherrill Kester were the others.)

The teams will meet again Wednesday in Nashville. Streaming video coverage begins at 8 p.m. ET on ussoccer.com

Saturday’s hightlights:

Steven Goff is The Post’s soccer writer. His beats include D.C. United, MLS and the international game, as well as local college basketball.
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Steven Goff · February 11, 2013