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By DAN KARELL
With 2015 Women’s World Cup qualifying beginning next year, U.S. Women’s National Team head coach Tom Sermanni is continuing his policy of squad rotation with the addition of a few new faces into the team that will face Brazil in a friendly match on Sunday.
Though many regulars such as Abby Wambach, Alex Morgan, and Christy Rampone remain, Sermanni has recalled the European-based Lindsey Horan, FC Kansas City’s Erika Tymrak, and could give USWNT debuts to defender Amber Brooks and goalkeeper Alyssa Naeher. Due to women’s UEFA Champions League matches and the fact that the friendly match isn’t on a FIFA date, the USWNT lost the services of Megan Rapinoe (Lyon), Ali Krieger, Meghan Klingenberg, Christen Press and Whitney Engen (all with Tyresö).
The USWNT is coming off a surprising 1-1 draw against New Zealand last Wednesday after defeating the Kiwis, 4-1, in San Francisco on Oct. 27. The match against Brazil on Sunday begins at 3:30pm and is live on NBC. During the 2013 calendar year, Sermanni’s side is 12-0-3.
Here’s a look at the full USWNT roster for the Brazil friendly match:
USWNT ROSTER FOR BRAZIL FRIENDLY
GOALKEEPERS: 18-Nicole Barnhart (FC Kansas City), 28-Alyssa Naeher (Boston Breakers), 1-Hope Solo (Seattle Reign FC)
DEFENDERS: 16-Rachel Buehler (Portland Thorns FC), 14-Stephanie Cox (Seattle Reign FC), 8-Kristie Mewis (FC Kansas City), 3-Christie Rampone (Sky Blue FC), 26-Leigh Ann Robinson (FC Kansas City), 4-Becky Sauerbrunn (FC Kansas City)
MIDFIELDERS: 7-Yael Averbuch (unattached), 22-Amber Brooks (Bayern Munich), 12-Lauren Holiday (FC Kansas City), 10-Carli Lloyd (WNY Flash), 9-Heather O’Reilly (Boston Breakers), 23-Erika Tymrak (Bayern Munich)
FORWARDS: 25-Lindsey Horan (Paris Saint Germain), 2-Sydney Leroux (Boston Breakers), 13-Alex Morgan (Portland Thorns FC), 20-Abby Wambach (WNY Flash)