Tar Heel Quintet Leads USA Past Holland
THE HAGUE, Netherlands (April 9, 2013) - The U.S. Women's National Team earned a comprehensive 3-1 win against the Netherlands as midfielder Tobin Heath opened the scoring in the 36th minute before Christen Press, who started at forward, nabbed goals in the 45th and 60th minutes to seal the victory.
Five former Tar Heel players had significant roles in the victory. Ashlyn Harris went the whole way in goal for the USA while Heather O'Reilly, Yael Averbuch and Tobin Heath all started in the midfield for the American side and Meghan Klingenberg came on in the 65th minute in relief of O'Reilly.
The U.S.-based players will now return to their National Women's Soccer League clubs to prepare for the opening weekend of the new league. The Portland Thorns travel to FC Kansas City on April 13 for the inaugural match of the NWSL.
The next match for the U.S. Women's National Team is June 2, when they travel to Toronto to face Canada at BMO Field. The rematch of the thrilling 2012 Olympics semifinal at Old Trafford, can be seen live on ESPNews at 4:30 p.m. ET. Fans can also follow the game on ussoccer.com's MatchTracker and on Twitter @ussoccer_wnt
"There were a lot of positives from the game," said U.S. head coach Tom Sermanni. "I thought tactically we did exactly what we tried to do. For much of the game, we pinned Holland in their own half which was our aim. We created a considerable number of chances and probably should have made the score line a little more decisive, but there was some spirited defending from Holland as we expect from these teams. But when you consider we made 10 changes from the team that played against Germany, I was very pleased with the performance."
Sermanni made 10 changes to the lineup that faced Germany on April 5, with right midfielder Heather O'Reilly the only holdover from that entertaining 3-3 tie last Friday.
- Heath's goal was the eighth of her National Team career.
- U.S. head coach Tom Sermanni made three substitutions in the match, sending on Meghan Klingenberg in the 65th minute for Heather O'Reilly, and giving the final 10 minutes to both Lauren Cheney and Alex Morgan.
- The match marked the first cap for Klingenberg since the very beginning of 2011 when she earned her first two at the Four Nations Tournament in China. An alternate on the 2012 Olympic Team, Klingenberg recently recovered from shoulder surgery.
-U.S. Women's National Team Match Report-
Match: U.S. Women's National Team vs. The Netherlands
Date: April 9, 2013
Competition: International Friendly
Venue: Kyocera Stadium; The Hague, Netherlands
Kickoff: 7:00 p.m. local / 1:00 p.m. ET
Weather: 46 degrees, rainy
Scoring Summary: 1 2 F
USA 2 1 3
NED 0 1 1
USA - Tobin Heath (Sydney Leroux) 36th minute
USA - Christen Press (Sydney Leroux) 45
USA - Christen Press 60
NED - Manon Melis (Leonne Stentler) 81
USA : USA: 24-Ashlyn Harris; 11-Ali Krieger, 19-Rachel Buehler (capt.), 4-Becky Sauerbrunn, 5-Kelley O'Hara (13-Alex Morgan,79); 9-Heather O'Reilly (22-Meghan Klingenberg, 65), 16-Yael Averbuch (12-Lauren Cheney,79), 25-Julie Johnston, 17-Tobin Heath; 23-Christen Press, 2-Sydney Leroux Substitutions Not Used: 3-Christie Rampone, 6-Crystal Dunn, 7-Shannon Boxx, 8-Kristie Mewis, 14-Whitney Engen, 15-Megan Rapinoe, 18-Nicole Barnhart, 20-Abby Wambach, 21-Adrianna Franch Head coach: Tom Sermanni
NED: 1-Loes Geurts; 2-Dyanne Bito, 3-Daphne Koster (capt.) (14-Leonne Stentler,57), 4-Mandy van den Berg, 5-Claudia van den Heiligenberg, 6-Anouk Dekker (19-Daniëlle van de Donk, 46), 7-Kirsten van den Ven (22-Sylvia Smit, 80), 8-Anouk Hoogendijk, 9-Lieke Martens (20-Marlous Pieëte, 83), 10-Sherida Spitse, 11-Manon Melis Substitutions Not Used: 12-Kim Dolstra, 13-Mirte Roelvink, 15-Siri Worm, 16-Sari van Veenendaal, 17-Desiree van Lunteren, 18-Tessel Middag, 21-Chantal de Ridder, 23-Laura du Ry Head coach: Roger Reijners
USA / NED
Shots on Goal: 11/1
Corner Kicks: 11/2
Misconduct Summary: NED - Anouk Hoogendijk (caution) 72nd minute
Officials: Referee: Christine Baitinger (GER) Assistant Referee 1: Fijke Hoogendijk (NED) Assistant Referee 2: Melanie Wiltink (NED) Fourth Official: Charla Rietkerk (NED)
Budweiser Woman of the Match: Christen Press