The U.S. Women's National Team takes on Australia in the third match of the Fan Tribute Tour presented by Panasonic. The USA gold medal-winning team from the 2012 London Olympics hosts Australia at 10 p.m. ET on Wednesday, Sept. 19, at Dick's Sporting Goods Park in Commerce City, Colo., with a live broadcast on ESPN2 and available through WatchESPN.
The match against Australia on Wednesday, Sept. 19, marks the final match in charge of the U.S. Women's National Team for head coach Pia Sundhage. On Sept. 1, Sundhage announced her decision to step down from the position and has since accepted the head coaching post with the Sweden Women's National Team and will return to her home country. Sweden is preparing to host the Women's European Championships next summer.
The Women's National Team presented head coach Pia Sundhage with a surprise gift following a 2-1 win against Australia on Sept. 16 as a way to thank the outgoing head coach for her service to the team. Sundhage announced her decision to step down as head coach of the Women's National Team on Sept. 1 prior to the first match of the Fan Tribute Tour in Rochester, N.Y. Following the match at The Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif., Christie Rampone and the players presented their head coach with a Taylor guitar, which was signed by the entire squad, before Sundhage used her new instrument to serenade the crowd with a rendition of the classic Elvis Presley hit "Jailhouse Rock."
Fans can follow both matches via ussoccer.com's MatchTracker and on Twitter @ussoccer_wnt. On Sept. 16, the U.S. WNT earned its 13th consecutive victory dating back to early April of this year in a 2-1 win against Australia in front of 19,851 fans at The Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif. It was the first of two matches between the two countries and the first meeting between the USA and the Matildas since 2008.
U.S. ROSTER BY POSITION
GOALKEEPERS (2): 1-Hope Solo, 21-Jill Loyden
DEFENDERS (6): 2-Heather Mitts, 3-Christie Rampone, 4-Becky Sauerbrunn, 5-Kelley O'Hara, 6-Amy LePeilbet, 19-Rachel Buehler
MIDFIELDERS (5): 7-Shannon Boxx, 9-Heather O'Reilly, 10-Carli Lloyd, 15-Megan Rapinoe, 17-Tobin Heath
FORWARDS (5): 8-Amy Rodriguez, 11-Sydney Leroux, 12-Lauren Cheney, 13-Alex Morgan, 20-Abby Wambach
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