Join Now | 
HomeAboutContact UsPrivacy & SecurityAdvertise
Soccer America DailySoccer World DailySpecial EditionAround The NetSoccer Business InsiderCollege Soccer ReporterYouth Soccer ReporterSoccer on TVSoccer America ClassifiedsGame Report
Paul Gardner: SoccerTalkSoccer America ConfidentialYouth Soccer InsiderWorld Cup Watch
RSS FeedsArchivesManage SubscriptionsSubscribe
Order Current IssueSubscribeManage My SubscriptionRenew My SubscriptionGift Subscription
My AccountJoin Now
Tournament CalendarCamps & AcademiesSoccer GlossaryClassifieds
Sermanni on his embarrassment of riches
by Paul Kennedy, February 15th, 2013 12:54AM

MOST READ
TAGS:  women's national team

MOST COMMENTED

[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!!


Sign in to leave a comment. Don't have an account? Join Now




AUTHORS

ARCHIVES
FOLLOW SOCCERAMERICA

Recent Soccer America Daily
What They're Saying: Luis Figo    
"I have seen with my own eyes federation presidents who, after one day comparing FIFA leaders ...
NWSL Roundup: Reign has plenty to counter China    
Seattle Reign FC has another bye week in the NWSL, but it will use it to ...
Making a List: Top 15 U.S. EPL TV markets    
NBCUniversal, which concludes its second year of English Premier League coverage with "Championship Sunday" at 9 ...
ICYMI | MLS: Wondo takes century chase to big stage    
A fast start to the 2015 season has Chris Wondolowski one goal away from reaching the ...
MLS this weekend ...    
A 42-day stint on the road will take FC Dallas to both coasts and several points ...
Open Cup: Cosmos-NYCFC? Jersey gets a say first    
U.S. Soccer conducted the draw for the the fourth round, where the 17 MLS entrants will ...
Twenty for Canada 2015: England's Lianne Sanderson    
With the international retirement of Kelly Smith, her Arsenal Ladies teammate, Lianne Sanderson could be the ...
Twenty for Canada 2015: Nigeria's Asisat Oshoala    
Asisat Oshoala is being tipped as the greatest young female player to ever come out of ...
Open Cup: Five amateur teams pull upsets    
Five amateur teams -- the PDL's Jersey Express and Ventura County Fusion, USASA's PSA Elite and ...
ICYMI | MLS: Time to end Jermaine Jones experiment?    
The New England Revolution's nine-game unbeaten streak ended when it imploded at Sporting Kansas City, losing, ...
>> Soccer America Daily Archives