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Sermanni on his embarrassment of riches
by Paul Kennedy, February 15th, 2013 12:54AM

TAGS:  women's national team


[REACTION: USA-Scotland] Following the USA's 3-1 win over Scotland to conclude their two-game series, U.S. coach Tom Sermanni talked about what he saw in his first two games in charge. With the impressive debut of Christen Press -- three goals in two games -- the one thing that stood out was the embarrassment of riches up front.

Abby Wambach celebrated her 200th cap with her 153rd career goal -- “I told her she wasn’t coming off until she scored," said Sermanni -- but the USA didn't need Alex Morgan, who sat out the game as a precautionary measure with an ankle injury.

Sydney Leroux -- who scored 14 goals off the bench in 2012 -- got her first start ever against Scotland and set up Wambach's goal, and Press came on for Wambach and scored her third goal in two games three minutes later.

With French-based Megan Rapinoe and Tobin Heath on the outside, finding playing time in the USA's front four for Leroux and Press won't be easy, but Sermanni loves what they bring to the team.

“The thing that has impressed me about them is the mobility and the way that they kept possession for us and the opportunities that they created for themselves and for other players," Sermanni said of Leroux and Press. "Press has had two outstanding games. Three goals in less than two matches is a great start.”

Sermanni did say the USA could work on keeping better possession of the ball.

"But I can tell that when things are not going well, they can turn it up a gear," he said. "That’s a sign of a very good team. The amount of chances they can create is impressive. There are some very talented players on this team and there is a myth out there that the U.S. team is all about pace and power and fitness and that’s really not true. There are some very talented players on this team, but there are some things we need to work on.”

1 comment
  1. James Madison
    commented on: February 15, 2013 at 6:37 p.m.
    Yea, Christen! Keep the pressure on!!

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