The USWNT continue their Fan Tribute tour today against Australia. The US have a 19-0-2 record against the Australians, whom they have not faced since June 15, 2008. This game is taking place in the Home Depot Center in Carson, CA, the home of the LA Galaxy and Chivas USA. It's also being broadcast live on NBC. The next game is also against the Matilda's on September 19th at Dicks Sporting Goods Park at 7:00pm. Which will be broadcast on ESPN2. Australia is currently ranked 9th in FIFA world ranking.
Watch for the Matilda's top scorer number 9, Sarah Walsh. She has 37 career goals. She is the teams leader, and is the oldest player on the roster (29 years old). She has announced her retirement following this tour. She is also Megan Rapinoe's girlfriend. The other player to watch is number 11, Lisa de Vanna. The two keepers on the Matilda roster are both teenagers, 17-year-old Brianna Davey and 18-year-old Mackenzie Arnold. This could be another high scoring affair for the Sounders Women's Alex Morgan, Megan Rapinoe and Sydney Leroux, as well as USWNT star Abby Wambach.
These are the final two games for Pia Sundhage. She will be returning to her home country of Sweden to coach their national team. This is her fourth full year as the sixth head coach of the USWNT, and she is only the second female head coach of the team. Her record as the head coach up to this point is 89-6-10.
The team will be wearing black arm bands during this game to honor one of the founding mothers of the USWNT who passed away on Tuesday, September 11. Betty D’Anjolell was also a MLS front office executive. According to the US press release, "D'Anjolell was part of a trio of women that helped gain support for women’s soccer to be accepted by the USOC for its 1985 Olympic Sports Festival, and the start of the U.S. Women’s National Team was born on Aug. 18, 1985. D’Anjolell also was the vice president of operations for D.C. United and was awarded MLS Executive of the Year in 1997."