[USA-SWITZERLAND] The USA and Switzerland will meet for the first time ever when they face off Wednesday night in Cary, North Carolina, where the match at 10,000-seat WakeMed Soccer Park has been sold out for almost a month. The Swiss, loaded with foreign-based players, arrive as the first European team to clinch a berth in next year's Women's World Cup.
The match, which kicks off at 7:30 p.m. ET and will be shown on ussoccer.com, will be the third of the year since head coach Jill Ellis was officially been named to her position.
She called up just 19 players for the game and will choose 18 for the game-day roster. Ten are involved in this weekend's NWSL semifinals, while Morgan Brian starts her senior year at Virginia.
The USA will face Mexico on Sept. 13 in Sandy, Utah, and on Sept. 18 in Rochester, New York, ahead of Concacaf qualifying for the Women's World Cup in October in four U.S. venues.
U.S. goalkeeper Hope Solo, who needs just one more shutout to surpass the U.S. record of 71 she shares with Briana Scurry, will be tested against a Swiss team that won European Group 3 with one match to play and joined Canada, Japan, Australia, China, South Korea and Thailand as the first seven teams to qualify for next year's Women's World Cup.
The Frauen-Nati frontline features former Ohio State star Lara Dickenmann, who plays for France champion Lyon and leads Switzerland in Women’s World Cup qualifying with 10 goals. Fabienne Humm and Ramona Bachmann, who played for the Atlanta Beat, have eight goals apiece.
Switzerland’s coach is former Germany international Martina Voss-Tecklenburg, who played more than 100 international matches and played in the 1991, 1995 and 1999 Women’s World Cups as well as the 1996 Olympics.
The Frauen-Nati features 11 German-based players in addition to Sandy Maendly with Hellas Verona in Italy, Bachmann with FC Rosengard in Sweden and Dickenmann at Lyon.
GOALKEEPERS (2):18-Alyssa Naeher (Boston Breakers), 1-Hope Solo (Seattle Reign FC)
DEFENDERS (6):19-Crystal Dunn (Washington Spirit), 16-Julie Johnston (Chicago Red Stars), 25-Meghan Klingenberg (Houston Dash), 11-Ali Krieger (Washington Spirit), 3-Christie Rampone (Sky Blue FC), 4-Becky Sauerbrunn (FC Kansas City)
MIDFIELDERS (6): 7-Morgan Brian (Univ. of Virginia), 12-Lauren Holiday (FC Kansas City), 10-Carli Lloyd (WNY Flash), 6-Allie Long (Portland Thorns FC), 9-Heather O’Reilly (Boston Breakers), 15-Megan Rapinoe (Seattle Reign FC)
FORWARDS (5): 2-Sydney Leroux (Seattle Reign FC), 13-Alex Morgan (Portland Thorns FC), 23-Christen Press (Chicago Red Stars), 8-Amy Rodriguez (FC Kansas City), 20-Abby Wambach (WNY Flash).
GOALKEEPERS (2): 1-Thalmann Gaëlle (Duisburg/GER), 12-Senia Michel (USV Jena/GER)
DEFENDERS (5):2-Nicole Remund (FC Zurich Frauen), 5-Noëlle Maritz (Wolfsburg/GER), 6-Selina Kuster (FC Zurich Frauen), 14-Rahel Kiwic (Duisburg/GER), 15- Caroline Abbe (Bayern Munich/GER)
MIDFIELDERS (6):7-Martina Moser (Hoffenheim/GER), 8-Sandy Maendly (Hellas Verona/ITA), 9-Lia Waelti (FFC Turbine Potsdam/GER), 16-Fabienne Humm (FC Zurich Frauen), 18-Vanessa Bürki (Bayern Munich/GER), 22-Vanessa Bernauer (Wolfsburg/GER)
FORWARDS (5): 10-Ramona Bachmann (FC Rosengard/SWE), 11-Lara Dickenmann (Lyon/FRA), 13-Ana Maria Crnogorcevic (FFC Frankfurt/GER), 19-Eseosa Aigbogun (FC Basel), 23-Fabienne Bangerter (Freiburg/GER)