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By DAN KARELL
The U.S. Women’s National Team are heading to San Antonio, Texas for the first time in 17 years.
U.S. Soccer announced on Monday afternoon that the Alamodome will play host to a friendly match on October 20 between the USWNT and Australia, as the hosts look to continue their unbeaten calendar year. It’s the first game for the USA since their 7-0 victory against Mexico on September 3.
“I’ve been delighted with how our team has played over the year as a whole,” Sermanni said in a statement. “The players have embraced how we’ve tried to play and we’ve gone about our performances in a really professional manner, which can be difficult to maintain at times when you go into games with everyone expecting you to win. We’re certainly looking forward to facing an Australian team that will be a great challenge tactically and physically.”
The match marks the first time that U.S. head coach Tom Sermanni faces his former side, after coaching the Matildas from 1994-1996 and 2005-2012.
While the U.S. continue to hold onto their No. 1 FIFA ranking, Australia is no slouch, ranked by FIFA No. 8 and are gearing up to start 2015 World Cup qualifying in May 2014. The most recent squad featured four players who played in the NWSL, including Sky Blue FC striker Lisa De Vanna.
It’s unknown whether U.S. captain Christie Rampone will be available to play, after undergoing minor knee surgery on September 4. She’s expected to be out for four to six weeks. The Americans hold a 9-0 record in indoor venues
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