CHICAGO (Feb. 19, 2017) – The U.S. Under-18 Women’s National Team defeated its counterparts from England, 3-1, as forward Summer Yates scored an early goal followed by a brace from forward Sophia Smith. The match was played at St. George’s Park, England’s National Training Center.
The USA will also play Norway on Feb. 21 at St. George’s Park and then finish with another match against England on Feb. 25 that will be played at New Bucks Head in Wellington, which is the stadium for AFC Telford United.
In a match that featured 40-minute halves, the USA started quickly as Yates received a pass just outside the penalty box and dribbled past two players before sliding her shot just under the goalkeeper’s hand into the left side of the net to give the USA the lead after just four minutes.
Smith doubled the lead in the 12th minute after she stole the ball from the defender and took a hard shot that deflected off and an England defender and caromed into the net before the goalkeeper could react.
Brianna Martinez set up Smith’s second goal after stealing the ball from a defender. She then found Smith in front of the goal for a first-time finish in the 33rd minute.
England pulled a goal back in the 63rd minute off a U.S. turnover and Jess Ngunga ripped a shot that U.S. goalkeeper Hensley Hancuff got a hand on, but couldn’t keep out of the net.
This group of players is at the start of a two-year cycle as U-18s before transitioning to U-20s in 2019, and will form the core of the group that will eventually attempt to qualify for the 2020 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup.
- U.S. U-18 Women’s National Team Match Report –
Match: USA vs. England
Date: Sunday, February 19
Competition: Friendly Tournament
Venue: St. Georges Park; Burton-upon-Trent, Staffordshire, England
Weather: 45 degrees, cloudy
Scoring Summary: 1 2 F
USA 3 0 3
ENG 0 1 1
USA – Summer Yates 4th minute
USA – Sophia Smith 12
USA – Sophia Smith (Brianna Martinez) 33
ENG – Jess Ngunga 63
USA: 1-Hensley Hancuff; 5-Maycee Bell, 4-Maddie Desiano, 3-Brianna Martinez (15-Sarah Piper, 41), 23-Shae Holmes, 6-Maddie Vergura (capt.) (8-Cori Dyke, 41), 7-Jenna Nighswonger, 10-Summer Yates (18-Kali Trevithick, 66), 13-Rachel Jones (11-Emaly Vatne, 41), 19-Alexa Spaanstra (21-Olivia Wingate, 61), 9-Sophia Smith (24-Ashlynn Serepca, 41)
Subs Not Used: 14-Cassie Hiatt, 16-Natalie Viggiano, 22-Meagan McClelland
Head Coach: April Heinrichs
ENG: 1-Hannah Hampton; 3-Poppy Pattinson (15, Grace Neville, 65), 4-Aimee Palmer, 5-Esme Morgan, 6-Shannon Cooke, 7-Jess Ngunga, 8-Miri Taylor (17, Skye Bacon, 65), 9-Nicole Douglas (19-Gabby Ravenscroft, 71), 10-Amy Rodgers (16-Beth O’Donnell, 77), 11-Lauren Hemp (capt.) (18-Hana Lalani, 77), 12-Meg Boydell
Subs Not Used: 2-Katherine Turner, 13-Lucy Thomas, 14-Olivia Smith, 19-Gabby Ravenscroft, 20-Mia Cinque, 22-Emily Ramsey
Head Coach: John Griffiths
Stats Summary: USA / ENG
Shots: 14 / 9
Shots on Goal: 7 / 4
Saves:3 / 4
Corner Kicks: 7 / 2
Fouls: 8 / 9
Offside: 2 / 0
Officials: Stacey Pearson
Referee: George Enever
Assistant Referee 1: Andrew Smith
Assistant Referee 2: Anthony Wingate
CHICAGO (Feb. 21, 2017) – U.S. Under-14 Boys’ National Team head coach Clint Peay has named a 36-player roster for the team’s first training camp of the year, taking place from Feb. 18-25 at U.S. Soccer’s National Training Center in Carson, Calif.
During the camp, the U-14 BNT will face Club Tijuana’s U-15 and U-14 (birth year 2002 and 2003, respectively) squads in two friendly matches on Feb. 24.
Of the 36 players on the roster, 20 are returning from the most recent U-14 BNT camp last November. In addition, 33 currently play for U.S. Soccer Development Academy clubs. All 36 players were born in 2003.
Roster by Position:
GOALKEEPERS (4): Andrew Cordes (Colorado Rapids; Denver, Colo.), Eliot Jones (NE Revolution; New Britain, Conn.), Jacob Morris (Real Colorado; Parker, Colo.), Vicente Reyes (Atlanta United; Cumming, Ga.)
DEFENDERS (12): Prince Amponsah (NYCFC; Bronx, N.Y.), Rowan Browne (AB Gladsaxe; Annapolis, Md.), Nikas Dossmann (De Anza Force; Belmont, Calif.), Reece Fragle (FC Dallas; Plano, Texas), Jacob Greene (DC United; Crofton, Md.), Isaac Homer (Portland Timbers; Portland, Ore.), Michael Lenis (Weston FC; Weston, Fla.), Morris Matthews (NE Revolution; Cambridge, Mass.), Kayden Pierre (Vardar; Rochester Hills, Mich.), Bogart Roca (Real So Cal; Sylmar, Calif.), Zachary Sardi-Santos (NE Revolution; Newton, Mass.), Jude Zamora (Crossfire Premier; Renton, Wash.)
MIDFIELDERS (11): Alejandro Araneda (FC Golden State; Montclair, Calif.), Javier Casas (Chicago Fire; Addison, Ill.), Jeremy Garay (DC United; Woodbridge, Va.), Fabian Hernandez (LAUFA; El Monte, Calif.), Luke Hille (CASL; Cary, N.C.), Martin Killeen (LA Galaxy; Brea, Calif.), Andrew McGee (Pateadores; Fullerton, Calif.), Jack McGlynn (BW Gottschee; Middle Village, N.Y.), Nicolas Pereira (Weston FC; Miami, Fla.), Kobey Stoup (Capital City Streaks; Montgomery, Ala.), Leonardo Vasquez (FC Golden State; Corona, Calif.)
FORWARDS (9): Andres Cardenas (Weston FC; Doral, Fla.), Balmore Cruz-Quinones (Atlanta United; Stockbridge, Ga.), Tyler Freeman (Sporting KC; Shawnee, Kan.), Jose Gonzalez (Crossfire Premier; Cowiche, Wash.), Brian Gutierrez (Chicago Fire; Burbank, Ill.), Patrick Leal (NE Revolution; Newton, Mass.), Alex Monis (FC United; Naperville, Ill.), Sam Sarver (Internationals; Beachwood, Ohio); Dante Sealy (FC Dallas; Frisco, Texas)
The U.S. Under-20 Men’s National Team will take on Haiti in its crucial second match of the 2017 CONCACAF U-20 Championship on Tuesday, Feb. 21 at Estadio Nacional de Costa Rica in San Jose. The game can be seen live at 5:30 p.m. ET on Univision Deportes Network or via livestream on the official CONCACAF Facebook page.
Here’s what you should know about the USA’s Tuesday opponent:
The two clubs with the largest representation of players on Haiti’s roster are Real Hope Football Academy (4) and Aigle Noir Athlétic Club (2). Seven other clubs from Haiti’s Championnat National D1 make it the most well represented league on the team, accounting for 65 percent of the roster.
GOALKEEPERS (2): John Wodney Paris (Roulado), Isaac Rouaud (Le Mans)
DEFENDERS (6): Ulysse Denso (Real Hope Academy), Emerson Georges (Baltimore), Odilon Jerome (ANAC), Yvenet Noel (Ouanaminthe FC), Wilmond Oracius (Viva Rio/BRA), Fardyson Pierre (Real Hope Academy)
MIDFIELDERS (5): Alessandro Campoy (Unattached), Brian Chevreuil (Chateauroux/FRA), Clerveau Dutherson (Valencia), Abraham Duverger (Unattached), Wendy St Felix (ANAC)
FORWARDS (7): Ronaldo Damus (Real Hope Academy), Kenley Dede (Don Bosco), Jonel Desire (ASC/HAI), Stevenson Guillaume (Racing FC), Roberto Badgio Louima (Real Hope Academy), Jimmy Shammar Sanon (Montreal Impact/CAN), Richelor Sprangers (NAC Breda/NED)
M.L.S. and U.S. Soccer Development Academy Connection
One standout from Haiti’s roster is forward Jimmy-Shammar Sanon, who played for M.L.S. club Montreal Impact’s USL team, FC Montreal, in 2016 when his rocket of a goal vs. Charleston Battery was chosen as the league’s Goal of the Year. In his five games with FC Montreal, Sanon recorded one goal and one assist in 150 minutes played. Sanon joined Montreal Impact’s Development Academy in August 2012 and most recently appeared in 22 games and tallied nine goals during the 2015-16 Academy season.
Sanon took part in camps with Canada’s U-16 and U-18 National Teams before deciding to play for the nation of his parents’ birth, Haiti.
What’s in a (nick)name?
The Haiti national teams have two nicknames – Les Grenadiers, which means “The Soldiers” and Le Rouge et Bleu, “The Red & Blue”, referring to their red and blue uniforms.
2016 CFU Champions
Haiti comes into the 2017 CONCACAF U-20 Championship as the winner of the 2016 Caribbean Football Union’s Under-20 tournament; the first time Les Grenadiers won the competition in the country’s history. In the championship game, Haiti defeated Antigua and Barbuda 4-0 with braces from Roberto Louima and Ronaldo Damus.
Haiti also took home three pieces of individual hardware: goalkeeper Jhon Paris was awarded the Golden Glove, allowing only two goals, while Ronalso Damus’s six goals saw him earn the Golden Boot and teammate Roberto Louima was given the Golden Ball as tournament MVP.
A Hot Start
Haiti’s 5-1 victory vs. St. Kitts and Nevis on Saturday marked their best start and largest margin of victory in the CONCACAF tournament since 1984 when they opened group play with a 5-0 victory against Puerto Rico. Saturday’s win also saw Haiti end their seven-game winless streak in CONCACAF Under-20 Championship play, with the team finding the back of the net through Sanon in the fourth minute. Demonstrating a balanced attack, four more players scored, with Brian Chevreuil, Alessandro Campoy, Jonel Desire and Damus all converting. Depending on the outcome of the Panama-St. Kitts and Nevis match, a victory against the United States would almost certainly punch Haiti’s ticket to the next round.
CHICAGO (Feb, 21, 2017) – U.S. Soccer and the U.S. Women’s National Team have announced the winner of the SheBelieves Hero contest ahead of the 2017 SheBelieves Cup. The contest aimed to find a girl between the ages of 13-17 that embodies the SheBelieves spirit.
- READ: What is SheBelieves?
Conceived and developed by U.S. Women’s National Team players, SheBelieves is a movement to inspire young girls and women and encourage them to accomplish their goals and dreams, athletic or otherwise. The campaign was originally launched in the run-up to the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup but has since evolved and grown into a special bond between the team and its fans, taking its powerful message of empowerment into communities across the nation. Through dedication, teamwork, perseverance and success, U.S. WNT players inspire new generations of young girls and women to be better and strive for better; they inspire them to believe.
A SheBelieves Hero is a leader in their community, a confident and passionate individual who empowers others around her and is working to make a difference.
After the SheBelieves committee received and evaluated the many submissions, four finalists were selected. These finalists’ videos were then shared via social media and a poll was created for people to vote on who they believe best embodies the SheBelieves spirit.
Taking 49 percent of the votes, Danielle Bosland was chosen as the 2017 SheBelieves Hero. Bosland, who wants to be a physical therapist, will travel to Harrison, New Jersey to watch the WNT take on England on March 4.
Jenesis Smith finished second, Madison Bonin third, and Ryleigh Marquardt fourth.Read more