U.S. Women’s National Team head coach Tom Sermanni has selected Seattle Reign FC defender Stephanie Cox, midfielder Megan Rapinoe and goalkeeper Hope Solo to the U.S. Women’s National Team roster for three matches in October and a match against Brazil in Orlando on November 10.
For Cox, it marks her first call-up to the U.S. Women’s National Team since May of 2012.
“I am really excited about going in to camp with the U.S. team after being away for a year and a half,” said Cox. “Being able to play in the last couple of games with the Reign really helped me gain some momentum in coming back from my pregnancy, and I am in a confident place headed to camp.”
Cox has earned 82 caps with the U.S. Women’s National Team and was a member 2007 and 2011 World Cup teams, as well as the 2008 Olympic team. She is slated to be with the U.S. squad through their first match on Oct. 20.
It is expected that Megan Rapinoe, as well as other USWNT players now playing in Europe, will be unavailable for the Oct. 20 match. Rapinoe is currently playing with the French club Olympique Lyonnais and their schedule in the UEFA Women’s Champions League presents a conflict.
The USA will play four friendly matches, facing Australia on Oct. 20 in San Antonio (10:30 a.m. PT), New Zealand on Oct. 27 in San Francisco (3:30 p.m. PT) and Oct. 30 in Columbus, Ohio (4:30 p.m. PT) and Brazil on Nov. 10 in Orlando (12:30 p.m. PT). Fans can follow all the matches live online via ussocer.com’s MatchTracker and Twitter @ussocer_wnt.
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Seattle Reign FC midfielder Megan Rapinoe tallied an assist with Olympique Lyonnais on Wednesday, Oct. 9 as the French side collected a 4-0 away victory over FC Twente in the UEFA Women’s Champions League Round of 32. Rapinoe came on as a substitute in the 58th minute.
Reign FC goalkeeper Michelle Betos made four saves in her first start in goal with Apollon Limassol LFC of Cyprus on Thursday, Oct. 10. Apollon fell 2-1 to Austrian club SV Neulengbach in the UEFA Women’s Champions League Round of 32.
Australian Women’s National Team head coach Hesterine de Reus named Reign FC forward Emily Van Egmond to her roster of 20 players for the Oct. 20 friendly vs. the United States. Van Egmond, who joined Seattle Reign FC midway through the NWSL season in July, is one of four NWSL players that were selected to the Australian side for the match.
Reign FC defender Elli Reed has started in seven matches for Kristianstads DFF. The Swedish club is 4-4 overall in the matches since Reed has joined the team.
Reign FC midfielder Jess Fishlock, who is on loan to Scottish Women’s Premier League side Glasgow City LFC, played the full 90 minutes as Glasgow City LFC played to a 2-2 draw with Belgian club Standard Femina de Liège on Wednesday. Earlier this week, Fishlock earned the Football Association of Wales 2013 Women’s Player of the Year. The honor marks the third consecutive time that Fishlock has received the award.
For Fishlock, the recognition caps an outstanding year in which the 26-year-old made appearances for four different clubs worldwide, including her native Wales. The Welsh Captain scored four goals in her 21 matches with Seattle Reign FC, missing only one match of the NWSL season to fulfill national team duties. Fishlock was also named to the 2013 NWSL Best XI, one of only two international players to receive the honor.
Prior to joining Seattle Reign FC in March of this year, Fishlock appeared in six matches for the Melbourne Victory. Fishlock is scheduled to rejoin the Australian side following her time with Glasgow City LFC.
Reign FC forward Amy Rodriguez gave birth to her son, Ryan John Shilling, on Aug. 6, 2013. Rodriguez missed the entire 2013 NWSL season following the announcement of her pregnancy prior to the start of the season. Rodriguez is currently training and is expected to join Reign FC at the start of pre-season in early 2014.
Season tickets for the 2014 Seattle Reign FC season are now available for purchase at www.ReignFC.com.