Injured Megan Rapinoe Replaced in USWNT Friendly vs. Mexico
By Kim Tate
Midfielder Megan Rapinoe has been ruled out of the USA’s Sept. 3 match against Mexico at RFK Stadium no thanks to a heel injury sustained during a regular season game with the Seattle Reign in NWSL play. U.S. head coach Tom Sermanni has called up University of Illinois senior midfielder Vanessa DiBernardo as her replacement.
DiBernardo was on the U.S. team that won the 2012 FIFA Under-20 Women’s World Cup in Japan, scoring a goal in the 2-1 quarterfinal victory against Korea DPR.
DiBernardo boasts 20 international caps with the U.S U-20 team with three goals, and has been in several camps with the U.S. Under-23 Women’s National Team this year, earning three caps. A two-time All-American for the Illini, DiBernardo has scored 37 goals and 16 assists in 60 career college matches.
DiBernardo is the daughter of Angelo DiBernardo, former U.S. Men’s National Team player and 1978 Hermann Trophy winner for Indiana, who earned 20 caps from 1979-85. If she ends up seeing time tonight against Mexico, she will become the first female player whose father played for the senior National Team to earn a cap at the senior level.
She is also the third uncapped player on the roster along with the pair of FC Kanas City call-ups, defender Leigh Ann Robinson and midfielder Erika Tymrak.
U.S. Women’s National Team Roster
GOALKEEPERS (2): Nicole Barnhart (FC Kansas City), Hope Solo (Seattle Reign)
DEFENDERS (6): Rachel Buehler (Portland Thorns FC), Crystal Dunn (North Carolina), Kristie Mewis (FC Kansas City), Christie Rampone (Sky Blue FC), Leigh Ann Robinson (FC Kansas City), Becky Sauerbrunn (FC Kansas City)
MIDFIELDERS (7): Yael Averbuch (Göteborg), Morgan Brian (Virginia), Vanessa DiBernardo (Illinois), Lauren Holiday (FC Kansas City), Carli Lloyd (Western NY Flash), Heather O’Reilly (Boston Breakers), Erika Tymrak (FC Kansas City)
FORWARDS (3): Sydney Leroux (Boston Breakers), Alex Morgan (Portland Thorns FC), Abby Wambach (Western NY Flash)