On Monday, U.S. Soccer announced the five nominees for 2016 U.S. Soccer Female Player of the Year. This year's nominees include forwards Crystal Dunn and Alex Morgan, midfielders Tobin Heath and Carli Lloyd and defender Becky Sauerbrunn. Today we continue to make the case for each of the candidates with WNT forward, Alex Morgan.
After battling injuries in 2014-15, Morgan had a strong 2016, kicking off the year in her home state of California, where she earned her 100th cap, the 34th U.S. woman to do so, and scored her first goal of the year in a win against Ireland in San Diego.
Morgan went on to score 17 goals in 21 games in 2016 (tied for the team lead with Carli Lloyd), her second highest goal total in a calendar year in her seven-year career with the WNT. She also had three assists. The only other time Morgan scored double-digit goals for the USA in a calendar year was in 2012 (28 goals), when she earned her first (and to date, only) U.S. Soccer Female Player of the Year award.
CHICAGO (Dec. 8, 2016) – U.S. Under-20 Men's National Team head coach Tab Ramos has named a 20-player roster for the team’s international camp, set to take place from Dec. 13-20, in San Jose, Costa Rica. During the camp, the U-20 MNT will play two friendlies against the U-20 Costa Rica team at their national training center on Dec. 17 and 19.
The camp will aid in preparation for the 2017 CONCACAF U-20 Championship, which will be held at the Estadio Nacional de Costa Rica in San Jose and the Estadio Ricardo Saprissa in Tibas from Feb. 17 – March 5. The CONCACAF Championship serves as the qualifying tournament for the 2017 FIFA U-20 World Cup in South Korea.
“This will be a great opportunity for our players to get acclimated to Costa Rica and get a sense of what they can expect in February.” Ramos said. “The chance to play Costa Rica twice will be a good test for our guys to see where they stand against the host nation, who is playing at a very high level.”
Out of the 20 players on the roster, 17 played in the U.S. Soccer Development Academy. Of those 17, JT Marcinkowski has the most years in the DA, playing five seasons with the San Jose Earthquakes Academy. U-18 MNT standout Nick Taitague is making his debut with the U-20 MNT team.
This will be the U-20 MNT’s third camp in 2016 and the first competitive match since October’s Four Nations Tournament, where the U.S. had the opportunity to face U-20 sides from Germany, Netherlands and England.
Roster by Position:
GOALKEEPERS (2): Jonathan Klinsmann (University of California; Newport Beach, CA), JT Marcinkowski (Georgetown; Alamo, CA)
DEFENDERS (7): Marcello Borges (Michigan; Kearny, NJ), Justen Glad (Real Salt Lake; Tucson, AZ), Aaron Hererra (New Mexico; Casa Grande, AZ), Jake Morris (Seattle Sounders FC; Fort Lauderdale, FL), Tommy Redding (Orlando City SC; Oviedo, FL), Miles Robinson (Syracuse; Arlington, MA), Auston Trusty (Philadelphia Union; Chester, PA)
MIDFIELDERS (6): Danny Acosta (Real Salt Lake; Salt Lake City, UT), Tyler Adams (New York Red Bulls II; Wappingers Falls, NY), Derrick Jones (Philadelphia Union; Chester, PA), Sebastian Saucedo (Real Salt Lake; Park City, UT), Nick Taitague (FC Richmond; Midlothian, VA), Eryk Williamson (Maryland; Alexandria, VA)
FORWARDS (5): Jeremy Ebobisse (Charleston Battery; Bethesda, MD), Jonathan Lewis (Akron; Plantation, FL), Victor Mansaray (Seattle Sounders FC; Des Moines, WA), Emmanuel Sabbi (UD Las Palmas; Libertyville, IL), Brandon Vazquez (Atlanta United FC; Chula Vista, CA)Read more
As he has so often done throughout his career, when it mattered most veteran MNT forward Clint Dempsey delivered for the United States in 2016.
Coming on the heels of a 2-0 World Cup Qualifying defeat to Guatemala on March 25, Dempsey led the U.S. charge against Los Chapines four days later, scoring the first goal and assisting on the last in a 4-0 victory to put the MNT back on track in World Cup Qualifying.Read more
CHICAGO (Dec. 7, 2016) – The Under-16 Girls’ National Team will finish its 2016 schedule of events with a training camp running from Dec. 3-10 at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Chula Vista, Calif. It will be the sixth event of the year for this age group and its fourth domestic camp.
This will be the final U.S. Soccer event at the OTC before it reverts from a U.S. Olympic Committee-run facility to a city-run facility. U.S. Soccer has been holding training camps in Chula Vista since the complex opened in 1995 and will continue to do so under the new operating format.
U.S. head coach Jaime Frias has called up 24 players, all born in 2000. This age group is at the end of the second year of a two-year cycle before becoming the U-18s and then the U-20s with the goal of playing in the 2020 FIFA Under-20 Women’s World Cup.
U.S. U-16 GNT Roster by Position:
GOALKEEPERS (3): Katherine Asman (Tophat SC; Roswell, Ga.), Mackenna Carmichael (Surf; Mission Viejo, Calf.), Caitlin McManus (Irvine Strikers; Riverside, Calif.)
DEFENDERS (8): Maycee Bell (Sporting Blue Valley; Olathe, Kans.), Madelyn Desiano (So Cal Blues; San Clemente, Calif.), Sierra Enge (So Cal Blues; Cardiff, Calif.), Shae Holmes (Real Colorado; Highlands Ranch, Colo.), Rebecca Jarrett (World Class; Washington Township; N.J.), Brianna Martinez (New Mexico Rush; Albuquerque, N.M.), Sarah Piper (Texas Rush; The Woodlands, Texas), Leah Scarpelli (PDA; Brick, N.J.)
MIDFIELDERS (7): Claudia Dickey (Crossfire; Seattle, Wash.), Coriana Dyke (Colorado Rush; Littleton, Colo.), Carlee Giammona (Heat FC; Las Vegas, Nev.), Sophie Hirst (Crossfire; Seattle, Wash.), Kali Trevethick (Surf; Temecula, Calif.), Madeline Vergura (FC Stars of Mass.), Natalie Viggiano (Michigan Hawks; Macomb Township, Mich.)
FORWARDS (6): Ravin Alexander (Ohio Elite; Fairfield, Ohio), Molly Myers (Oceanside Breakers FC; Oceanside, Calif.), Mackenna Morris (Bethesda; Germantown, Md.), Skylar Smith (Surf; Coto de Caza, Calif.), Emaly Vatne (Michigan Hawks; Sterling Heights, Mich.), Olivia Wingate (FC Stars of Mass.; Wilmington, Md.)