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By Admin, 07/22/11, 8:30AM EDT


Former Kickers Destiny Defender Sauerbrunn Starts in World Cup Semifinals

Former Richmond Kickers Destiny defender Becky Sauerbrunn earned her first start with the U.S. Women’s National Team in the Women’s World Cup Semifinal match yesterday, as the U.S. defeated France 3-1 to advance to the Finals.

The Saint Louis, MO native made 24 appearances with the Richmond Kickers Destiny, logging over 2,000 minutes in a Kickers uniform.  A defensive stalwart, she also posed an offensive threat, notching three goals and one assist en route to Richmond’s back-to-back playoff berths.  The 2007 ACC Defensive Player of the Year and three-time NSCAA All-American anchored the University of Virginia defense that led the nation with a goals against average of 0.40 and set a school record with 15 shutouts.

Taking an early lead with a Lauren Cheney tally in the 9th minute, the U.S. Women’s National Team conceded an equalizer soon after halftime before Abby Wambach nodded home the game-winning goal in the 79th minute.   Second half substitute Alex Morgan notched a third goal for the U.S. three minutes later. 

The U.S. Women’s National Team seeks its third title when they face Japan in the Finals Sunday, July 17 at 2:00 p.m. ET in Frankfurt, Germany.