U.S. women’s national team at RFK next week

August 26, 2013
Tom Sermanni
U.S. Coach Tom Sermanni

The U.S. women’s national team friendly next Tuesday at RFK Stadium was never an easy sell, and ticket purchases reflect it. The current count: 9,200.

The match against Mexico will take place the day after Labor Day, which marks the end of summer vacation and last wave of school openings. Kickoff is at 8 p.m. ET for live coverage on Fox Sports 1. Ticket prices range from $22 to $85.

When the match was arranged, the holiday weekend was ruled out because of scheduling conflicts with the National Women’s Soccer League championship game. The Western New York Flash will host the Portland Thorns on Saturday in Rochester, N.Y. (8 p.m., Fox Sports 2 and foxsoccer2go.com).

RFK is not available the following weekend because of a college football game.

All but three of the 18 players selected by Tom Sermanni last week compete in the NWSL. The Mexican roster includes eight players from the league.

Portland’s Alex Morgan and Rachel Buehler and Western New York’s Abby Wambach and Carli Lloyd, as well as two Mexican players with the Flash, will report to Washington after the final.

The U.S. squad will practice just once in Washington — an opening session at RFK on Labor Day, starting at 11 a.m. Admission and parking are free. Gates open at 10:30.

The Americans have not played in Washington since May 2008, a 6-0 victory over Canada in front of 9,332 at RFK. (Natasha Kai recorded a hat trick.)

Attendance for the previous home friendlies this year:

18,656 in Jacksonville (a Saturday in February)

14,224 in Nashville (a Wednesday in February)

13,035 in Foxborough, Mass. (a Saturday in June)

18,961 in Harrison, N.J. (a Thursday in June)

The U.S. roster …

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

DEFENDERS: Rachel Buehler (Portland Thorns), Crystal Dunn (University of North Carolina), Kristie Mewis (Kansas City), Christie Rampone (Sky Blue FC), Leigh Ann Robinson (Kansas City), Becky Sauerbrunn (Kansas City).

MIDFIELDERS: Yael Averbuch (Göteborg, Sweden), Morgan Brian (University of Virginia), Lauren Holiday (Kansas City), Carli Lloyd (Western New York Flash), Heather O’Reilly (Boston Breakers), Megan Rapinoe (Seattle Reign), Erika Tymrak (Kansas City).

FORWARDS: Sydney Leroux (Boston Breakers), Alex Morgan (Portland Thorns), Abby Wambach (Western New York Flash).

The list features five of the nine top scorers during the NWSL regular season, led by Holiday (formerly Cheney) with 12 goals. Leroux and Wambach had 11 each, while Lloyd and Morgan posted eight apiece.

Defender Kelly O’Hara and midfielder Shannon Boxx are not available because of injuries. Morgan is recovering from a sprained knee and is listed as questionable. Defender Ali Krieger (Washington Spirit) reported to Swedish club Tyreso last week.

Because of the brief time together, Sermanni decided not to call European-based players. The exception was Averbuch, who will be in the States anyway to attend a wedding.

Brian, who made her U.S. debut in June, began her junior season at Virginia last week.

The Mexican roster …

GOALKEEPERS: Cecilia Santiago (Boston Breakers), Pamela Tajonar (Western New York Flash).

DEFENDERS: Kenti Robles (Barcelona), Bianca Sierra (Auburn University), Christina Murillo (University of Michigan), Paulina Solis (Colegio ONCE), Arianne Romero (University of Nebraska).

MIDFIELDERS: Teresa Noyola (FC Kansas City), Nayeli Rangel (Sky Blue FC), Lupita Worbis (Washington Spirit), Liliana Mercado (Universidad de las Americas), Stephany Mayor (Universidad de las Americas).

FORWARDS: Maribal Dominguez (Chicago Red Stars), Renae Cuellar (Sundsvall), Monica Ocampo (Sky Blue), Desiree Monsivais (ITESEM Monterrey), Veronica Perez (Western New York Flash), Sofia Huerta (Santa Clara University).

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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