U.S. Soccer

GALLERY: Brooks Lennon Hat Trick Lifts U-20 MNT Past Haiti in 2017 CONCACAF Championship

Photos from the U.S. U-20 Men's National Team's 4-1 victory against Haiti at Estadio Nacional de Costa Rica in San Jose. A hat trick from Brooks Lennon and one goal from Luca de la Torre marked the difference in the game. The win, in the second game of Group B play of the 2017 CONCACAF U-20 Championship, moves the USA into second place with one game to go. The U-20 MNT plays its final group stage match against St. Kitts and Nevis, on Friday, Feb. 24 at Estadio Ricardo Saprissa in Tibas, Costa Rica. Read more
U-20 MNT Feb 22, 2017

GALLERY: WNT Begins SheBelieves Cup Preparations with Weight Lifting Session

Photos from the U.S. Women's National Team weight lifting session on Feb. 21. The WNT is in Orlando, Fla. preparing for the 2017 SheBelieves Cup, taking place from March 1-7. The tournament will feature the USA, Germany, France and England playing in three doubleheader events at three different venues over a seven-day period in what promises to be highly competitive and entertaining matches. Tickets for all three doubleheaders are on sale at ussoccer.com.

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WNT Feb 22, 2017

U.S. U-18 WNT Defeats Norway 5-0 As Sophia Smith Nets Hat Trick

CHICAGO (Feb. 21, 2017) – The U.S. Under-18 Women’s National Team won its second game in a row in England, defeating its counterparts from Norway, 5-0, as forward Sophia Smith scored three times while forward Summer Yates and midfielder Cori Dyke added single scores. The match was played at St. George’s Park, England’s National Training Center, where the USA defeated England, 3-1, on Feb. 19.

The USA will finish the trip with another match against England on Feb. 25. That match 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, Yates scored early for the second match in a row, this time in the 12th minute, as she finished a diving header off a cross from Rachel Jones that came from the left wing.

Smith doubled the lead 12 minutes later on a nice individual run, receiving the ball at midfield as she turned and cut through three defenders before ripping a shot into the lower left corner.

Smith assisted on third goal, taking a ball down the left wing past two defenders before playing a pass into the center of the penalty area. Alexa Spaanstra let the ball run through her legs and it rolled to a wide open Dyke, who slipped the ball past the goalkeeper into the left corner.

The USA took a 3-0 lead into halftime, but Smith completed her hat trick with goals in the 45th and 53rd minutes to give her five tallies over the two games.

The first came when she stole the ball from the goalkeeper, danced around two players and tapped the ball into the open net. The second came off a throw-in from the right side. Smith received the ball, cut inside two defenders and ripped a low and hard shot off the goalkeeper’s left hand and into 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. Under-18 Women’s National Team Match Report-

Match: U-18 Women’s National Team vs. Norway
Date: Tuesday, Feb. 21, 2017
Competition: Friendly Tournament 
Venue: St. Georges Park, Burton-upon-Trent, England
Attendance: 100
Weather: 40 degrees; rain

Scoring Summary:   1          2          F
USA                             3          2          5        
NOR                            0          0          0

USA – Summer Yates (Rachel Jones)           12th minute
USA – Sophie Smith                                        24
USA – Cori Dyke (Sophie Smith)                    37
USA – Sophie Smith                                        45
USA – Sophie Smith                                        53

Lineups:
USA: 22-Meagan McClelland; 5-Maycee Bell (14-Cassie Hiatt, 41), 4-Madelyn Desiano, 3-Brianna Martinez, 23-Shae Holmes (15-Sarah Piper, 57), 6-Madeline Vergura (16-Natalie Viggiano, 41), 8-Cori Dyke (18-Kali Trevithick, 41), 10-Summer Yates, 13-Rachel Jones, 19-Alexa Spaanstra (11-Emily Vatne, 41), 9-Sophia Smith (capt.) (24-Ashylnn Serepca, 59)
Subs Not Used:1-Hensley Hancuff, 7-Jenna Nighswonger, 21-Olivia Wingate
Head Coach: April Heinrichs

NOR: 1-Karen Sneve; 2-Martine Romsdal, 3-My Sorsdahl, 4-Malin Sunde (16-Emilie Bolviken, 31), 6-Rikke Nygard (capt.), 7-Matilde Rodge (17-Ylinn Tennebo, 58), 8-Thea Bjelde, 9-Jenny Olsen (18-Naomi Griffin, 58), 14-Silie Bjorneboe, 19-Elisabeth Terland (10-Elin Sorum, 59), 20-Olaug Tvedten (15-Kristin Holmen, 71)
Subs Not Used: 5-Ine Aarskog, 11-Miriam Mjaseth, 12-Kristin Rage
Head Coach: Borje Sorensen

Stats Summary: USA / NOR
Shots: 13 / 9
Shots on Goal: 9 / 3
Saves: 3 / 4
Corner Kicks: 7 / 4
Fouls: 5 / 2
Offside: 0 / 2

Misconduct Summary:
None

Officials: Lee Hible
Referee: Thomas Cooke
Assistant Referee 1: Carl Henry
Assistant Referee 2: David Constable

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U-18 WNT Feb 22, 2017

Second Half Outburst Powers U-20 MNT to 4-1 World Cup Qualifying Win vs. Haiti

SAN JOSÉ, Costa Rica (Feb. 21, 2017) – The U.S. Under-20 Men’s National Team rode a strong second half performance and a hat trick from Brooks Lennon to a 4-1 victory against Haiti at the 2017 CONCACAF U-20 Championship. With the result, the U.S. sits second heading into Friday’s Group B finale vs. St. Kitts and Nevis.

The U-20 MNT went down early, surrendering a goal against the run of play when Kenley Dede expertly finished from inside the area in the 15th minute. The USA responded 13 minutes later when Jonathan Lewis drew a penalty kick, setting up Lennon’s first goal that sent the teams into the locker rooms knotted at 1-1.

The U.S. sought out the go-ahead goal early in the latter stanza and broke through in the 52nd minute when Luca de la Torre pounced on a loose ball in the box. A Haiti turnover on the left side led to Lennon’s second goal a minute later, when he cleanly finished from the right to give the USA a 3-1 lead. The Real Salt Lake attacker completed his hat trick when he followed up de la Torre’s effort from outside the area in the 58th minute.

Following Panama’s 4-0 win against St. Kitts and Nevis earlier Tuesday, the result pushes the U.S. into second place in Group B thanks to a +2 goal differential.  

Up Next: The U-20 MNT closes out the group stage of the 2017 CONCACAF U-20 Championship on Friday, Feb. 24 when they take on St. Kitts and Nevis. Kickoff from Estadio Ricardo Saprissa in Tibás, Costa Rica is set for 5:30 p.m. ET and the match can be seen live on UDN and the CONCACAF Facebook Page. The match follows the Panama-Haiti contest, which will dictate the result the USA needs against St. Kitts and Nevis in order to advance to the Classification Stage.
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2017 CONCACAF U-20 Championship Group B Standings

Team

GP

W

L

D

Pts.

GF

GA

GD

Panama

2

2

0

0

6

5

0

+5

USA

2

1

1

0

3

4

2

+2

Haiti

2

1

1

0

3

6

5

+1

St. Kitts and Nevis

2

0

2

0

0

1

9

-8

Goal Scoring Rundown:
HAI – Kenley Dede (Jonel Desire), 15th minute:
Haiti caught the U.S. in transition as Alessandro Campoy played a quick ball up the right for Jonel Desire. The winger drove towards the end line before cutting in a cross that bounced in the box to Kenley Dede, who volleyed inside the right post.
USA 0, HAI 1 [
WATCH]

USA – Brooks Lennon (penalty kick), 28th minute: The U.S. responded with sustained possession and broke through just before the half hour mark. Erik Palmer-Brown played a clever through ball for Jonathan Lewis who was chopped down by Stevenson Guillaume just as he entered the box. Referee Vladin Legister pointed to the spot, where Brooks Lennon stepped up and buried his penalty kick inside the lower left post. USA 1, HAI 1 [WATCH]

USA – Luca de la Torre, 52nd minute: The U.S. took the lead just after half time when Lennon’s corner kick from the left was palmed down by Haiti goalkeeper Isaac Rouaud. The ball fell for Luca de la Torre at the top of the area and he fired into the unoccupied net to push the U.S. ahead. USA 2, HAI 1 [WATCH]

USA – Brooks Lennon (Jeremy Ebobisse), 53rd minute: One minute later, Jonathan Lewis forced a turnover on the left and quickly centered for Jeremy Ebobisse just outside the area. The Portland Timbers attacker slid the ball into the path for Lennon who calmly slotted past Rouaud. USA 3, HAI 1 [WATCH]  

USA – Brooks Lennon, 58th minute: Lennon grabbed his hat trick just before the hour mark when Ebobisse broke into the penalty area on the right before cutting back and sliding the ball to de la Torre just outside the area. The Fulham midfielder drove a blistering low effort that forced a diving stop out of Rouaud, but the rebound fell right for Lennon who followed up with his third tally of the match. USA 4, HAI 1 [WATCH] FINAL

Key Saves and Defensive Stops
USA – Justen Glad, 33rd minute
: Jonel Desire ran on to a diagonal ball over the top and again cut inside, sending a low ball for Richelor Sprangers before Justen Glad swept through to clear the ball out for a corner kick.

HAI – Stevenson Guillaume, 51st minute: The U.S. began looking for the go-ahead goal when Ebobisse’s trailing ball from the right found Lewis on the left side of the box. The New York City FC forward cut back for Lennon whose quick shot was denied by Guillaume who slid through to put the ball out for a corner kick.

USA – Jonathan Klinsmann, 76th minute: Substitute striker Ronaldo Damus stayed active up top and received an early pass that led him into the area where he hit a left-footed bullet that saw Klinsmann stretch to his right, pushing the ball over the end line.

NOTES:

  • With the result, Tab Ramos moves to 9-3-1 all-time in CONCACAF U-20 Championship play
  • The USA U-20s moves to 4-0-0 all-time vs. Haiti in U-20 World Cup Qualifying

- U.S. Under-20 Men’s National Team Match Report -

Match: U.S. U-20 Men’s National Team vs. Haiti
Date: Feb. 21, 2017
Competition: 2017 CONCACAF U-20 Championship – Group B
Venue: Estadio Nacional de Costa Rica; San Jose, Costa Rica
Kickoff: 5:30 p.m. ET
Attendance: 170
Weather: 70 degrees; mostly cloudy

Scoring Summary:      1          2          F
USA                             1          3          4
HAI                              1          0          1 

HAI – Kenley Dede (Jonel Desire)                      15th minute
USA – Brooks Lennon (penalty kick)                  28
USA – Luca De La Torre                                   52
USA – Brooks Lennon (Jeremy Ebobisse)          53
USA – Brooks Lennon                                       58

Lineups:
USA: 1-Jonathan Klinsmann; 2-Marlon Fossey, 4-Tommy Redding, 6-Justen Glad, 3-Danny Acosta; 10-Luca De La Torre, 5-Erik Palmer-Brown (Capt.) (16-Jeremiah Gutjahr, 68), 7-Eryk Williamson; 17-Brooks Lennon (19-Coy Craft, 81), 9-Jeremy Ebobisse, 20-Jonathan Lewis (11-Sebastian Saucedo, 71)
Subs not used: 12-JT Marcinkowski, 13-Auston Trusty, 14-Aaron Herrera, 15-Jonathan Gonzalez, 18-Emmanuel Sabbi
Head coach: Tab Ramos

HAI: 1-Isaac Rouaud; 19-Stevenson Guillaume, 5-Emerson Georges, 3-Odilon Jerome (Capt.), 13-Francy Pierre; 8-Jonel Desire, 14-Ivenet Noel (10-Roberto Badgio Louima, 61), 15-Alessandro Campoy, 6-Brian Chevreuil (4-Fardyson Pierre, 85), 11-Kenley Dede; 20-Richelor Sprangers (9-Ronaldo Damus, 61)
Subs not used: 12-Josue Duverger, 7-Jimmy Shammar Sanon, 16-Abraham Duverger, 18-Dutherson Clerveaux
Head coach: Wilfrid Montillas
 

Stats Summary: USA / HAI
Shots: 16 / 12
Shots on Goal: 6 / 3
Saves: 2 / 2
Corner Kicks: 4 / 4
Fouls: 21 / 23
Offside: 6 / 1

Misconduct Summary:
HAI – Emerson Georges (caution)          39th minute
HAI – Emerson Georges (caution)           82
HAI – Emerson Georges (ejection)         82
HAI – Fardyson Pierre (caution)             90+1 

Officials:
Referee: Valdin Legister (JAM)
Assistant Referee 1: Richard Washington (JAM)
Assistant Referee 2: Joseph Bertrand (TRI)
4th Official: Oscar Reyna (GUA) 

ussoccer.com Man of the Match: Brooks Lennon

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U-20 MNT Feb 21, 2017
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