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Sermanni will lead U.S. women against former team
September 17th, 2013 12:45AM

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[DATEBOOK] Tom Sermanni will face his former team for the first time as U.S. women's national team coach when Australia travels to San Antonio, Texas, for an international game indoors on Oct. 20 in San Antonio, Texas (TV: NBC, 12:30 p.m. ET). The Matildas feature a core of young stars who spent the summer in the NWSL.

The match will be played at the Alamodome, marking the 10th game in U.S. women's history to be played indoors but the first at the San Antonio facility.

"I've been delighted with how our team has played over the year as a whole," said Sermanni. "The players have embraced how we've tried to play and we've gone about our performances in a really professional manner, which can be difficult to maintain at times when you go into games with everyone expecting you to win. We're certainly looking forward to facing an Australian team that will be a great challenge tactically and physically."

Sermanni was head coach of Australia for two stints: 1994-1996 and 2005-2012, when he lead the Matildas to the quarterfinals of the 2007 and 2011 Women's World Cup.

"It's always a special occasion when you come up against a team you were formally involved with, especially if it was significant as was my tenure with Australia," said Sermanni. "It will be very interesting to be on the other side knowing the ability and the character of the Australian team. I know it will be a difficult game."

Australians formed the largest contingent of foreigners from outside the Concacaf region to play in the new NWSL.

Australians in NWSL:
Kyah Simon, Boston Breakers
Emily Van Egmond, Seattle Reign FC
Lisa DeVanna, Sky Blue FC
Caitlin Foord, Sky Blue FC
Sam Kerr, Western New York Flash


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