Amber Brooks, Bayern Munich Frauen's holding midfielder and current USWNT U-23 captain, made her first senior international appearance for the United States in their comprehensive 4-1 win over Brazil at the Citrus Bowl in Orlando, FL. She played 80 minutes as the lone holding midfielder in new coach Tom Sermanni's 4-4-2. Her fellow Bayern Munich teammate Erika Tymrak earned her second senior cap and scored her first goal.
Brooks was a defensive rock for the team, winning the ball and limiting the ability of the Brazilian attacking midfielders to build through the center of the pitch. Her skill in distribution and the ability to build an attack from the back were evident, but it was clear she was still adapting to her newest teammates as the match began. She grew well into the match and by the end of the first half she looked like a 5-year stalwart of the team. As a result of her presence in midfield, Brazil put together only limited chances on goal in the first half while in the second half they opted to start dumping the ball over the back line rather than directly confront her.
Erika Tymrak entered the match in the 75', replacing LB Stephanie Cox as Tom Sermanni did some positional re-shuffling, and left her stamp on the match two minutes later. A nice series of passes deposited the ball at the feet of Paris Saint-Germain's Lindsey Horan who fed Tymrak with a nice through-ball into the center. Tymrak took her first touch of the match, rounded the marking defender and slotted home to give the USWNT their 4th, and final, goal of the afternoon.
Overall it was an impressive evening from the USWNT team, made all the more impressive with the contributions from two of the Bayern Munich Frauen.