Update (18-Oct-2012): On Wednesday, Celia Okoyino da Mbabi injured her thigh and will be out for two weeks, thus she will miss both of the friendlies with the USWNT. Also, Lena Lotzen and Verena Faißt are also nursing minor injuries, but should be available to play. (DFB.de, in German)
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On Monday, the DFB published the the travel roster for Germany’s upcoming friendlies with the United States Women’s National Team, on October 20th (Bridgeview, Illinois) and October 23rd (Connecticut). Head coach Silvia Neid has called up 23 players, including offensive threats Celia Okoyino da Mbabi, Alexandra Popp, and Anja Mittag. Five players from Germany’s Under-20 WNT, which recently lost the U-20 Women’s World Cup final to the United States, were also called up: playmaking midfielder Dzenifer Marozsán, target forward Lena Lotzen, centerback Luisa Wensing, outside back Leonie Maier, and goalkeeper Laura Benkarth.
According to the DFB.de write-up, the October 20th match will be televised live in Germany on ZDF,
which means that it is highly likely that the match will at least be live-streamed on USSoccer.com.
EDIT: The first match (October 20th) will be televised on Fox Soccer, per its schedule (screenshot, here). This is a late change, as the listings on TitanTV.com are showing other programming as of 8-Oct-2012.
EDIT #2: The second match (October 23rd) will be televised on NBC Sports Network, according to the online listings at TitanTV.com (screenshot, here). (For those in Germany, DFB.de, as of October 10th, is not showing any TV information for this match.)
The specific times and locations for the two friendlies against Germany are as follows:
October 20th, 6:30 p.m. EDT (Toyota Park; Bridgview, Illinois)
October 23rd, 7:30 p.m. EDT (Rentschler Field; East Hartford, Connecticut)
Per the USWNT’s official blog, at least 14,000 tickets have been sold for each match.
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Players back from recent injuries include Linda Bresonik (Achilles), Alexandra Popp (meniscus) and Verena Faisst (hamstring). All three were on Germany’s Algarve Cup roster earlier in the year.
Two players who did not participate in the 2012 Algarve Cup due to injuries, #1 goalkeeper Nadine Angerer (bursitis) and midfielder Kim Kulig (ACL), are back to full fitness, having played in recent Frauen-Bundesliga matches this season.
One noticeable absence from the roster is Fatmire Bajramaj, who has again been hit with injury woes. She tore her ACL in late September and is out until at least next Spring, making it less than likely that she’ll be match fit for the 2013 Women’s Euros (UEFA.com write-up). Bajmaramaj’s injury came just three days after her fiance, Enis Alushi, also a professional soccer player, tore his ACL (Bild.de).
Regarding the U-20 players, only defender Leonie Maier and goalkeeper Laura Benkarth have yet to be capped at the senior level. Marozsán’s first senior appearance came in 2011, while Lotzen and Wensing appeared as substitutes in matches at this year’s Algarve Cup. Three of the U-20 players won individual awards at this year’s U-20 Women’s World Cup: Benkarth was awarded the Golden Glove as best goalkeeper, Marozsán won the Golden Ball for being the most valuable player, and Lotzen won the Bronze Boot for having the third-most goals scored in the tournament.
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TABLE: Germany’s Travel Roster
S# PLAYER P. D.O.B. AGE CAPS G 1 Angerer, Nadine GK 11/10/1978 33.9 109 0 12 Schult, Almuth GK 02/09/1991 21.7 8 0 21 Benkarth, Laura GK 10/14/1992 20.0 0 0 2 Schmidt, Bianca DF 01/23/1990 22.7 28 1 3 Bartusiak, Saskia DF 09/09/1982 30.1 58 0 4 Peter, Babett DF 05/12/1988 24.4 69 4 5 Krahn, Annike DF 07/01/1985 27.3 82 4 23 Maier, Leonie DF 09/29/1992 20.1 0 0 15 Faißt, Verena DF 05/22/1989 23.4 10 0 22 Wensing, Luisa DF 02/08/1993 19.7 2 0 6 Laudehr, Simone MF 07/12/1986 26.3 53 13 7 Behringer, Melanie MF 11/18/1985 26.9 83 24 8 Kulig, Kim MF 04/09/1990 22.5 29 6 10 Bresonik, Linda MF 12/07/1983 28.9 78 8 17 Odebrecht, Viola MF 02/11/1983 29.7 42 2 20 Goeßling, Lena MF 03/08/1986 26.6 40 3 18 Huth, Svenja MF 01/25/1991 21.7 7 0 9 Popp, Alexandra FW 04/06/1991 21.5 29 19 11 Mittag, Anja FW 05/16/1985 27.4 79 14 14 Marozsán, Dzsenifer FW 04/18/1992 20.5 7 3 16 Müller, Martina FW 04/18/1980 32.5 100 37 13 Okoyino da Mbabi, Celia FW 06/27/1988 24.3 70 35 24 Lotzen, Lena FW 09/11/1993 19.1 3 0