COMMERCE CITY, Colo. (Tuesday, July 3, 2012) – The Football Federation of Australia announced on Monday that Colorado Rapids Women defender and captain Brook Spence has been named to the roster by head coach Tom Sermanni for their upcoming international friendly. The Westfield Matildas take on World Champions Japan at National Stadium in Tokyo on Wednesday, July 11 at 6:10 p.m. (local time).
“We’re very happy for Brooke to be selected by the Australia National Team,” said Rapids Women Head Coach Daniel Clitnovici. “As our team captain, she’s displayed great leadership both on and off the field, and we couldn’t be more proud for her to represent her country.”
Spence, 24, made her first appearance with the Matildas in 2009 and has earned nine total caps for her country. She was signed by the Rapids Women at the beginning of the 2012 season, having spent the last three years playing for the Brisbane Roar in Australia, where she led the team to a W-League Championship in 2010-11 and a second place finish in the 2011-12 season.
The Rapids Women, 4-3-2 in the Western Conference, next face Pali Blues in California this Friday, July 6 and then the Santa Clarita Blue Heat on Saturday. Spence, who has played every minute of all nine matches, will travel with her team to California for the matches, and then depart for Tokyo on July 8 to join the Matildas in preparation for next Wednesday’s friendly. For more information on Spence and the Rapids Women, visit www.ColoradoRapids.com/Women.