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U.S. WNT Equalizes Twice as Morgan's Brace Earns 2-2 Draw with France

EAST HARTFORD, Connecticut (June 19, 2014) – U.S. Women’s National Team forward Alex Morgan scored her first international goals in seven months as she helped FIFA’s No. 1-ranked USA overcome two deficits to earn a 2-2 draw against No. 4 France in front of 14,695 fans at Rentschler Field.

The U.S. WNT also extended its record home unbeaten streak to 84 games having posted a 74-0-10 record since Nov. 6, 2004.

Goal Scoring Rundown:
FRA – Louisa Necib (penalty), 27th minute: In the sequence leading up to a penalty kick call, France’s Elodie Thomis chipped the ball over the USA defense toward the left side of the box. France playmaker Louisa Necib and USA goalkeeper Ashlyn Harris made a dash toward the corner of the six-yard box. Harris slid to deflect the ball away, but she was ruled to have made contact with Necib’s leg, resulting in a penalty. Necib shot down the middle as Harris guessed to her right to give France the lead. USA 0, FRA 1

USA – Alex Morgan (Allie Long), 56th minute: Alex Morgan, playing in just her second match this year, found her scoring touch and looked to be fully recovered from an ankle injury that kept her out for seventh months. Midfielder Allie Long, making just her second start, played threaded a pass to Morgan in the middle of the field. Morgan made space at the top of the penalty area and drilled a left-footed strike from 25 yards out that deflected off the inside of the left post and past France goalkeeper Sarah Bouhaddi. Morgan then jumped over the signboards behind the goal to celebrate the equalizer with the fans. It was Morgan’s first goal of the year and first goal since she recorded a brace against Canada on June 2, 2013. USA 1, FRA 1

FRA – Amandine Henry (unassisted), 68th minute: France dispossessed the USA in midfield and launched a lightning-quick attack up the middle. Ali Krieger broke things up, but her clearance wound up at the foot of Amandine Henry, who ran onto the ball a yard inside the box on the right side and fired just inside the right post past a diving Ashlyn Harris to retake the lead. The ball took a nasty deflection off a U.S. defender to wrong-foot Harris. USA 1, FRA 2

USA – Alex Morgan (Tobin Heath), 85th minute: Second-half sub Tobin Heath took the quick throw-in from the left side to Alex Morgan and the energetic forward weaved her way through two France defenders for a right-footed shot. France goalkeeper Sarah Bouhaddi got a foot on it, but did not do enough to prevent the ball from bouncing into the net. USA 2, FRA 2

Key Saves and Defensive Stops:
FRA – Laura Georges, 7th minute: France defender Laura Georges was called upon several times in the early moments to break up the USA attack. She had an important clearance when U.S. right back Ali Krieger sprinted up the right side and crossed toward Carli Lloyd. Her redirect was trickling toward the net, but Georges got to the ball in the six-yard box to keep the USA off the score sheet.

FRA – Sarah Bouhaddi, 12th minute: Though it was a fairly routine save, France goalkeeper Sarah Bouhaddi was sure-handed on Sydney Leroux’s strike from the left side. The USA’s first shot on frame had some pace on it, and Bouhaddi secured it en route to a pair of saves in the first 45 minutes.

USA – Ashlyn Harris, 75th minute: With the lead, France was in no hurry to take its set pieces, and shortly after a Necib corner kick, she got the ball back and crossed from the left side. Eugenie Le Sommer was in the area, but U.S. goalkeeper Ashlyn Harris alertly left her line and dove in front of Le Sommer for an important catch.

USA – Ashlyn Harris, 88th minute: Louisa Necib played a perfect lead pass toward Gaetane Thiney in the middle of the box giving her a one-on-one chance. Ashlyn Harris made an aggressive rush to stop Thiney’s shot but initiated a hard, yet brave collision. It took some time for Harris to recover, but the sacrifice preserved the U.S. draw.

Milestone Watch:

  • Alex Morgan scored her 45th and 46th goals, passing Julie Foudy (45 goals) for 10th on the all-time goal scoring list.
  • Heather O’Reilly moved into sole possession of seventh on the all-time caps list with her 205th appearance, passing Tiffeny Milbrett (204 caps from 1991-2005).
  • Carli Lloyd moved into a 13th-place tie in all-time caps with former U.S. WNT goalkeeper Briana Scurry with her 173rd cap.
  • With her second-half appearance, defender Christie Rampone reaches 294 caps. She is second all-time behind Kristine Lilly (352 caps from 1987-2010).

Next on the Schedule:
No future international friendly matches have been announced at this time. The USA will be looking forward to CONCACAF Women’s World Cup qualifying, which will take place in the United States in October.
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Additional Notes:

  • The USA is 14-0-2 in the all-time series against France.
  • The U.S. WNT is now 8-2-2 in 2014.
  • U.S. WNT head coach Jill Ellis went with a starting lineup that featured Ashlyn Harris in goal as she made her first appearance of 2014 and third appearance of her career. Regular starting goalkeeper Hope Solo was unavailable due to a family commitment.
  • The back line featured two changes from the previous game against France, with Meghan Klingenberg at left back and Whitney Engen at center back. Right back Ali Krieger and center back Becky Sauerbrunn retained their starting roles.
  • The midfield trio in the 4-3-3 formation remained unchanged with Allie Long, Carli Lloyd and Lauren Holiday.
  • Carli Lloyd wore the captain’s armband.
  • The starting front three included one lineup change from the last game with Heather O’Reilly getting the nod. Sydney Leroux and Christen Press returned to the starting lineup.
  • All-time goal scoring leader Abby Wambach (167 goals) was once again unavailable for selection Thursday as she returns from a knee injury that occurred during a June 1 match in National Women’s Soccer League play.
  • At the start of the second half, Ellis made her first two substitutions as Christie Rampone entered for Engen and Alex Morgan replaced O’Reilly.
  • Tobin Heath replaced Long in the 60th minute.
  • In the 79th minute, Kelley O’Hara replaced Klingenberg and Amy Rodriguez joined the attack in place of Leroux.
  • O’Reilly, Press and Sauerbrunn are the only WNT players to have appeared in all 12 matches in 2014.

- U.S. Women’s National Team Match Report -

Match: U.S. Women’s National Team vs. France
Date: June 19, 2014
Competition: International Friendly
Venue: Rentschler Field; East Hartford, Conn.
Kickoff: 7:30 p.m. ET
Attendance: 14,695
Weather: 78 degrees, humid

Scoring Summary:   1          2          F
USA                            0          2          2
FRA                             1          1          2           

FRA- Louisa Necib (penalty)              27th minute
USA- Alex Morgan (Allie Long)          56
FRA- Amandine Henry                       68
USA- Alex Morgan (Tobin Heath)      85

Lineups:
USA: 24-Ashlyn Harris; 11-Ali Krieger, 4-Becky Sauerbrunn, 6-Whitney Engen (3-Christie Rampone, 46), 25-Meghan Klingenberg (5-Kelley O’Hara, 79); 15-Allie Long (17-Tobin Heath, 60), 10-Carli Lloyd (capt.), 12-Lauren Holiday; 9-Heather O’Reilly (13-Alex Morgan, 46), 2-Sydney Leroux (8-Amy Rodriguez, 79), 23-Christen Press
Subs Not Used: 7-Morgan Brian, 18-Nicole Barnhart
Head Coach: Jill Ellis

FRA: 16-Sarah Bouhaddi; 8-Jessica Houara, 2-Wendy Renard, 4-Laura Goerges, 24-Julie Soyer; 6-Amandine Henry, 15-Elise Bussaglia, 14-Louisa Necib, 12- Elodie Thomis; 9-Eugenie Le Sommer (10-Camille Abily, 84), 17-Gaetane Thiney (18-Marie Laure Delie, 89)
Subs Not Used: 1-Celine Deville, 3-Laure Boulleau, 5-Sabrina Delannoy,  7-Viviane Asseyi, 11-Laetitia Tonazzi, 13-Pauline Crammer, 19-Marina Makanza, 20-Anaig Butel, 21-Laetitia Phiippe, 22-Amel Hamraoui, 23-Kheria Hamraoui, 25-Ines Jurena
Head Coach: Philippe Bergeroo

Stats Summary: USA / FRA
Shots: 11 / 8
Shots on Goal: 6 / 3
Saves: 1 / 4
Corner Kicks: 4 / 1
Fouls: 5 / 14
Offside: 1 / 5

Misconduct Summary:
None

Officials:
Referee: Quetzalli Alvarado (MEX)
Assistant Referee 1: Felisha Mariscal (USA)
Assistant Referee 2: Mayte Chavez (MEX)
Fourth Official: Kristen Salazar (USA)

Budweiser Woman of the Match: Alex Morgan

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- U.S. Women’s National Team Match Report -

Match: U.S. Women’s National Team vs. France
Date: June 19, 2014
Competition: International Friendly
Venue: Rentschler Field; East Hartford, Conn.
Kickoff: 7:30 p.m. ET
Attendance: 14,695
Weather: 78 degrees, humid

Scoring Summary:   1          2          F
USA                            0          2          2
FRA                             1          1          2           

FRA- Louisa Necib (penalty)              27th minute
USA- Alex Morgan (Allie Long)          56
FRA- Amandine Henry                       68
USA- Alex Morgan (Tobin Heath)      85

Lineups:
USA: 24-Ashlyn Harris; 11-Ali Krieger, 4-Becky Sauerbrunn, 6-Whitney Engen (3-Christie Rampone, 46), 25-Meghan Klingenberg (5-Kelley O’Hara, 79); 15-Allie Long (17-Tobin Heath, 60), 10-Carli Lloyd (capt.), 12-Lauren Holiday; 9-Heather O’Reilly (13-Alex Morgan, 46), 2-Sydney Leroux (8-Amy Rodriguez, 79), 23-Christen Press
Subs Not Used: 7-Morgan Brian, 18-Nicole Barnhart
Head Coach: Jill Ellis

FRA: 16-Sarah Bouhaddi; 8-Jessica Houara, 2-Wendy Renard, 4-Laura Goerges, 24-Julie Soyer; 6-Amandine Henry, 15-Elise Bussaglia, 14-Louisa Necib, 12- Elodie Thomis; 9-Eugenie Le Sommer (10-Camille Abily, 84), 17-Gaetane Thiney (18-Marie Laure Delie, 89)
Subs Not Used: 1-Celine Deville, 3-Laure Boulleau, 5-Sabrina Delannoy,  7-Viviane Asseyi, 11-Laetitia Tonazzi, 13-Pauline Crammer, 19-Marina Makanza, 20-Anaig Butel, 21-Laetitia Phiippe, 22-Amel Hamraoui, 23-Kheria Hamraoui, 25-Ines Jurena
Head Coach: Philippe Bergeroo

Stats Summary: USA / FRA
Shots: 11 / 8
Shots on Goal: 6 / 3
Saves: 1 / 4
Corner Kicks: 4 / 1
Fouls: 5 / 14
Offside: 1 / 5

Misconduct Summary:
None

Officials:
Referee: Quetzalli Alvarado (MEX)
Assistant Referee 1: Felisha Mariscal (USA)
Assistant Referee 2: Mayte Chavez (MEX)
Fourth Official: Kristen Salazar (USA)

Budweiser Woman of the Match: Alex Morgan

Penalty Kicks on Both Sides of Halftime Give Portugal 2-0 Win vs. Turkey

Portugal takes on Turkey to begin the final matchday of the 2016 Nike International Friendlies;
Hosted by U.S. Soccer at Premier Sports Complex in Lakewood Ranch, Fla.

LAKEWOOD RANCH, Florida (Dec. 4, 2015) – Though they were playing on for pride in their final match of the 2016 Nike International Friendlies, Portugal and Turkey each brought their ‘A’ games to the pitch Sunday. With an early goal shout waived off for Turkey, Portugal would create better opportunities for themselves and walk away with a 2-0 win on two successful penalty kicks and solid defensive play.

After just four minutes of play, Turkey found themselves with their best opportunity of the day. A passing error by Portugal defender Tiago Djalo attracted the attention of a lurking Mehmet Sait Üzümcü who carried his fast break interception to the top of the penalty box before striking a shot. The attempt was saved by a diving Joao Goncalo, punching the ball to his right. The save would not be the end of it as the ball would stay in bounds and fell into space for Berkay Görmez on the right side of the box. Görmez hustled to the spot and flung a cross into the air, connecting with the head of Enes Islam Ilki, who appeared to head the ball onto the goal line before Goncalo retreated to get a hand on the ball mid-air. Turkey players thought the ball had crossed the line, but referee Farhad Dadkho refused the protests.

The missed opportunity proved to be significant wind taken out of the sails, as Turkey failed to create another quality chance to get on the scoreboard.

With the game’s momentum up for grabs, Portugal elected to pressure and test the Turkish defense for the remaining 85 minutes and Djalo would redeem his early error by taking the ball himself in the 41st minute. In his speedy overlapping run from his defensive position, Djalo used touches from his teammates to funnel into the box. As he received his final pass in the penalty area from Rafael Camacho he positioned his body for a strike before Turkey’s Bekir Melih Gökcimen took him down with a slide tackle from behind. The challenge would quickly secure a caution in the books and set up a penalty kick for Rodrigo Conceicao, who would fake out Berke Ozer in scoring into an empty left side to give Portugal a 1-0 lead.

After a couple of near conversions in the 73rd and 75th minutes, Portugal put put the game away for good in the 85th. After an efficient interception, Portugal midfielder Henrique Jocu launched a deep ball over the top to connect with Umaro Embalo in stride. Embalo would stay onside, take a couple of sprinting touches forward and get tackled from behind by Beki Melih Gökcimen. Having already received a caution, Due to his second caution of the game, Gökcimen was shown a second yellow and left the field with a look of exhaustion and disappointment on his shoulders.

 The penalty kick would prove to be too easy for Embalo, who went down the middle to secure the victory for Portugal and give himself the lead for the Nike International Friendlies Golden Boot, with his fifth goal of the tournament.

With the win, Portugal walks away with four points on the tournament after posting a 1-1-1 record for the tournament.


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U-17 MNT Dec 4, 2016

U.S. U-17 MNT to Wrap Up 2016 Nike International Friendlies with Brazil Clash | 5pm ET

LAKEWOOD RANCH, Fla. (Dec. 4, 2016) – After defeating Portugal 7-1 and Turkey 5-1 in their first two meetings of the 2016 Nike International Friendlies, the U.S. Under-17 Men’s National Team looks to continue their streak of dominant performances when it takes on a strong Brazil team on Sunday. Both teams have yet to experience defeat in the round-robin tournament, but the USA maintains the edge with six points over Brazil’s four. La Canarinho tied Portugal 3-3 on Friday after a wild, sharp-shooting contest that saw Brazil stave off defeat with a free kick equalizer in stoppage time from Alan Souza.

Sunday’s Nike International Friendlies schedule begins with Turkey taking on Portugal at 1:30 p.m. ET followed by the U-17 MNT against Brazil at 5 p.m. ET, with the U.S. needing a draw or win to clinch the 2016 Nike International Friendlies championship. Fans can follow all the action LIVE on ussoccer.com, as well as U.S. Soccer’s Facebook page and YouTube channel.

2016 Nike International Friendlies Tournament Standings & Schedule

2016 Nike International Friendlies Standings

Team

GP

W

L

D

Pts.

GF

GA

GD

USA

2

2

0

0

6

12

2

+10

Brazil

2

1

0

1

4

7

5

+2

Portugal

2

0

1

1

1

4

10

-6

Turkey

2

0

2

0

0

3

9

-6

Wednesday, Nov. 30
Brazil 4, Turkey 2
USA 7, Portugal

Friday, Dec. 2
Portugal 3, Brazil 3
USA 5, Turkey 1

Sunday, Dec. 4
Turkey vs. Portugal – 1:30 p.m. ET
USA vs. Brazil – 5 p.m. ET

U.S. U-17 MNT Notes

  • The U-17 MNT is 18-4-6 over 28 international matches in 2016.
  • The two sides last met on March 22, where they tied 1-1 in the first match of the 44th Mondial Football de Montaigu tournament in France. Ayo Akinola scored the USA’s lone goal in second half stoppage time, assisted by Josh Sargent. Brenner Souza da Silva put Brazil on the scoresheet in the 35th minute of the 80-minute contest.
  • In Brazil’s 3-3 draw vs. Portugal on Friday, Paulo Henrique was assisted by Vinicius Jr. in the 57th minute to open up the scoring Brazil. Vinicius Jr. then recorded his own tally with an assist from Matheus Stockl in the 85th, followed by Alan Souza’s free kick goal in second half stoppage time to tie the game.
  • USA captain Josh Sargent is showcasing his top form this year, recording a hat trick in the match against Portugal and two assists in the win vs. Turkey.
  • USA striker Andrew Carleton and Portugal’s Umaro Embalo are tied at four goals each in the race for the 2016 Nike Friendlies golden boot. However, Carleton’s one recorded assist edges out Embalo (no assists) in the tie-breaker.
  • Six of seven goals in the USA’s 7-1 win vs. Portugal and three of the five goals in the match vs. Turkey were scored by players that hail from U.S. Soccer Development Academy clubs.
  • The U-17 MNT has only lost four out of 28 international matches played this year, with the losses coming vs. Romania, Turkey, Mexico and Panama.
  • 14 players on the USA Nike International Friendlies roster are currently enrolled in U.S. Soccer’s 2016 Fall Residency program.
  • Toronto FC Academy product Ayo Akinola leads the U-17 MNT in scoring with 18 goals in 2016. He is followed by St. Louis Scott Gallagher’s Josh Sargent and recent Atlanta United FC signing Andrew Carleton with 12 each.
  • Timothy Weah, who scored in the 86th minute against Turkey, is the son of former FIFA World Player of the Year George Weah.
  • The U.S. U-17 MNT is coached by John Hackworth.

U.S. U-17 MNT Roster for 2016 Nike International Friendlies:
GOALKEEPERS (2): Carlos Joaquim Dos Santos (S.L. Benfica; Philadelphia, Penn.), Justin Garces (Kendall SC; Miami, Fla.)
DEFENDERS (7): Carlos Asensio (Atlanta United FC; Roswell, Ga.), Sergino Dest (Ajax; Almere-stad, Netherlands), Christopher Gloster (New York Red Bulls; Montclair, N.J.), Jaylin Lindsey (Sporting Kansas City; Charlotte, N.C.), Carlos Ritaccio (BW Gotschee; Westbury, N.Y.), James Sands (New York City FC; Rye, N.Y.), Arturo Vasquez (FC Golden State; Mira Loma, Calif.)
MIDFIELDERS (6): George Acosta (Weston FC; Hollywood, Fla.), Isaac Angking (New England Revolution; Providence, R.I.), Christopher Durkin (D.C. United; Glen Allen, Va.), Blaine Ferri (Solar Chelsea SC; Southlake, Tex.), Rayshaun McGann (Philadelphia Union; Royal Palm Beach, Fla.), Indiana Vassilev (IMG Academy; Savannah, Ga.)
FORWARDS (5): Ayomide Akinola (Toronto FC; Brampton, Ont.), Andrew Carleton (Atlanta United FC; Powder Springs, Ga.), Bryan Reynolds Jr. (FC Dallas; Little Elm, Tex.), Joshua Sargent (Scott Gallagher Missouri; O’Fallen, Mo.) Timothy Weah (Paris Saint-Germain F.C.; Rosedale, N.Y.)

2016 U-17 MNT Results

Record 17-4-7 (28 matches, 27 international)

Date

Opponent

Result

Venue

Goal Scorers

Jan. 18, 2016

vs. Romania

0-1 L

Kusadasi, Turkey

--

Jan. 19, 2016

vs. Greece

2-1 W

Adnan Menderes, Turkey

Carleton, Temple

Jan. 21, 2016

vs. Belgium

2-0 W

Adnan Menderes, Turkey

Carleton, Sargent

Jan. 23, 2016

vs. Turkey

1-3 L

Mumin Ozkasap, Turkey

Villegas

March 22, 2016

vs. Brazil

1-1 D

Poire-Sur-Vie, France

Akinola

March 24, 2016

vs. England

2-2 D

Poire-Sur-Vie, France

Acosta(2)

March 26, 2016

vs. Russia

4-0 W

Bretignolles-Sur-Mer, France

Acosta(2), Akinola(2)

March 28, 2016

vs. France

3-2 W

Montaigu, France

Weah, Acosta(2)

April 15, 2016

vs. Canada

3-1 W

Lockhart Stadium, Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.

Acosta, Goslin, Carleton

April 17, 2016

vs. Canada

3-1 W

Lockhart Stadium, Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.

Carleton, Akinola(2)

May 15, 2016

vs. Tanzania

1-1 D

Goa, India

Akinola

May 19, 2016

vs. India

4-0 W

Goa, India

W. Sands(2), Vaughn, Negrete

May 21, 2016

vs. South Korea

0-0 D

Goa, India

--

May 23, 2016

vs. Malaysia

2-1 W

Goa, India

Sargent(2)

May 25, 2016

vs. South Korea

1-1 D (0-1 aet)

Goa, India

Carleton

Aug. 25, 2016

vs. Portugal

3-3 D

Mexico City, Mexico

Carleton(2), Akinola

Aug. 26, 2016

vs. Qatar

2-1 W

Mexico City, Mexico

Jones, Akinola

Aug. 28, 2016

vs. Mexico

3-6 L

Mexico City, Mexico

Akinola, Vasquez, Acosta

Sept. 15, 2016

vs. Guatemala

8-0 W

Bradenton, Fla.

Sands, Akinola(2), Sargent(2), Jones, Angking(2)

Sept. 17, 2016

vs. Guatemala

9-0 W

Lakewood Ranch, Fla.

Akinola(2), Sargent(2), Jones(3), Durkin, Gloster

Sept. 27, 2016

vs. Panama

3-1 W

Panama City, Panama

Akinola, Acosta, Carleton

Oct. 1, 2016

vs. Panama

0-2 L

Panama City, Panama

--

Oct. 8, 2016

vs. Saint Louis FC

1-1 D

St. Louis, Mo.

Temple

Oct. 22, 2016

vs. Costa Rica

3-1 W

Bradenton, Fla.

Reynolds, Ferri, Sargent

Oct. 24, 2016

vs. Costa Rica

4-0 W

Bradenton, Fla.

Ferri, Sargent, Acosta, Akinola

Nov. 2, 2016

vs. Jamaica

3-0 W

Kingston, Jamaica

Akinola, Sargent, Temple

Nov. 6, 2016

vs. Jamaica

4-0 W

Kingston, Jamaica

Acosta, Carleton(2), Reynolds

Nov. 30, 2016

vs. Portugal

7-1 W

Lakewood Ranch, Fla.

Sargent (3), Carleton (2), Akinola, McGann

Dec. 2, 2016

vs. Turkey

5-1 W

Lakewood Ranch, Fla.

Carleton (2), Akinola (2), Weah



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USA Finishes Fourth at 2016 U-20 Womens World Cup After 1-0 Loss to Japan

PORT MORESBY, Papua New Guinea (Dec. 3, 2016) – The U.S. Under-20 Women’s National Team once again left everything on the field before falling 1-0 to an extremely talented Japan side in the Third-Place Match of the 2016 FIFA Under-20 Women’s World Cup.

“Anybody that watched the games knows that Japan is absolutely world class,” said U.S. head coach Michelle French. “Being able to track and manage their movement off the ball is something that’s very difficult. We did our best. I couldn’t be more impressed with Japan as a team, but on the flip side our players took every single punch that they threw until that goal at the end. We almost found a way, as we’ve done all tournament, to get a goal and get back in the game.”

Japan dominated possession as the USA battled to keep the game scoreless until the very end of regulation.

While Japan had most of the ball and shots, the USA limited the highly dangerous attempts and goalkeeper Casey Murphy was always there to make the save (seven on the night) until the very end of the game.

The USA did have two good chances to score in the second half, launching a quick counter-attack that got Jessie Scarpa free down the right wing, but with an unmarked Ashley Sanchez making a run up the middle, Scarpa hit the retreating defender with her square pass.

Scarpa almost scored on a header in the 77th minute, beating the Japan goalkeeper to a cross off a corner kick, but lifted the ball just over the goal.

“It’s been a fantastic tournament,” said French. “A lot lessons for all the players on our team. We wanted to be able to leave PNG with a medal, but everything we take away from this moment, whether its the feeling of being defeated, or the feeling of knowing they are always in the game, is going to be really valuable for them moving forward.”

With no overtime to be played in the competition’s consolation game, the USA was minutes from forcing penalty kicks before Mami Ueno chipped Murphy from the left side of the penalty area for the game’s lone score.

“To sum up the entire tournament for us, I would use just one word: passion,” said French. “The passion that this group payed with every single game, never quitting, the resolve and resiliency they showed, was massive. That’s the identity of this team. Absolutely, we could have played better soccer, there’s no doubt about that, and the players know that. But as I said, they gave everything until the very last second.”

Goal Scoring Rundown:
JPN – Mami Ueno (Hikaru Kitagawa), 87th minute:
The USA hit a short free kick from midfield that Japan won and turned into a counterattack. Japan worked the ball up the left side to Hikaru Kitagawa who slipped a pass to Mami Ueno with some space to turn in the left side of the penalty area. She then sent a lofted shot that flew over Murphy and settled into the right side of the net. USA 0, JPN 1 FINAL

Key Saves and Defensive Plays:
USA – Casey Murphy, 21st minute –
As they would many times on the night, Japan did some nice work with the ball to work it into the penalty box after a throw-in. A Japanese player shot from a sharp angle, but Murphy was well-position to push ball away for a corner kick on a full-out dive.

USA – Casey Murphy, 35th minute – Japan worked the ball into the right side of the penalty area and Yui Hasegawa unleased a shot on goal that Murphy was to push over the goal with an acrobatic leap.

USA -- Casey Murphy, 45+2 minute – Japan put on the pressure around the left side this time and cut a cross back for a player to shoot that was deflected before Murphy brilliantly got a hand to the ball and pushed it over bar.

USA -- Casey Murphy, 74th minute – Japan once again worked the ball into the right side of the box for a close-range shot, but Murphy dove full out to her left to push the ball away for a corner kick.

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Additional Notes:

  • This marks the second time the USA has finished fourth in a FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup. The USA also finished fourth in 2006 in Russia, falling to Brazil on penalty kicks.
  • The USA has finished in the top four in six of the eight U-20 Women’s World Cups it has contested
  • Kelcie Hedge got her first start of the tournament, playing forward with Ashley Sanchez, before being replaced by Jessie Scarpa at halftime.
  • Marley Canales entered the match in the 86th minute for Emily Fox, earning her first minutes of tournament. The minutes for Canales meant that all 18 field players played in the World Cup. Only back-up goalkeepers Brooke Heinsohn and Rose Chandler did not see the field.
  • The loss was just the sixth for the USA over eight FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cups.
  • The USA has now lost just five matches in regulation time in its history in the tournament, spanning eight competitions. Three of the losses were to Germany, one to China PR during group play in 2008 when the USA had already clinched first place in the group, one to Korea DPR (in overtime) of this tournament and tonight to Japan.
  • The USA played Japan three times during this U-20 cycle, losing 5-0, 3-0 and 1-0.
  • This was the third time the USA has played in the Third-Place Match of the FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup. The USA defeated Brazil for third in 2004 and lost in penalty kicks to Brazil in 2008.
  • Defenders Kaleigh Riehl, Taylor Otto and Maddie Elliston, midfielder Emily Ogle and goalkeeper Casey Murphy played every minute of the tournament. Forwards Mallory Pugh and Ashley Sanchez played all but one and two minutes, respectively.

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

Match: U.S. U-20 Women’s National Team vs. Japan U-20 Women’s National Team
Date:
Dec. 3, 2016
Competition:
2016 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup – Third-Place Match
Venue:
National Football Stadium; Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea
Kickoff:
1 a.m. ET
Attendance:
8.093
Weather:
88 degrees; Hot, Humid 

Scoring Summary:    1          2          F
USA                            0          0          0
JPN                            0          1          1 

JPN – Mami Ueno (Hikaru Kitagawa)            87th minute

Lineups:
USA:
1-Casey Murphy; 5-Madeline Elliston, 6-Taylor Otto, 3-Kalegih Riehl, 14-Ellie Jean; 9-Mallory Pugh (capt.), 20-Katie Cousins (7-Savannah DeMelo, 69), 10-Emily Ogle, 18-Ashley Sanchez, 16-Emily Fox (13-Marley Canales, 86); 17-Kelcie Hedge (15-Jessie Scarpa, 46)
Subs: 2-Parker Roberts, 4-Sabrina Flores, 8-Courtney Petersen, 11-Ally Watt, 12-Rose Chandler, 19-Natalie Jacobs, 21-Brooke Heinsohn

Head Coach: Michelle French

JPN: 1-Chika Hirao; 3-Hikaru Kitagawa, 4-Nana Ichise, 6-Rin Sumida, 7-Hina Sugita; 8-Yui Hasegawa, 10-Yuka Momiki (Ccpt.), 13-Hisui Haza, 14-Narumi Miura (17-Shiho Matsubara 59); 15-Asato Miyagawa, 16-Miyabi Moriya (18-Mami Ueno, 46)
Subs Not Used: 2-Yuki Mizutani, 5-Ruka Norimatsu, 9-Meika Nishida, 11-Juri Kawano, 12-Mamiko Matsumoto, 19-Yuzuho Shiokoshi, 20-Honoka Hayashi, 21-Natsumi Asano
Head Coach: Asako Takakura

Stats Summary: USA / JPN
Shots: 3 / 29
Shots on Goal: 3 / 8
Saves: 7 / 3
Corner Kicks: 4 / 8
Fouls: 4 / 7
Offside: 3 / 0 

Misconduct Summary:
None

Officials:
Referee: Liang Qin (CHN)
Asst. Referee: Yang Fang (CHN)
Asst. Referee: Mengxiao Boa (CHN)
4th Official: Riem Hussein (GER)

ussoccer.com Player of the Match: Casey Murphy

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U-20 WNT Dec 3, 2016

Braces from Akinola and Carleton Give USA 5-1 Win vs. Turkey at Nike Friendlies

LAKEWOOD RANCH, Fla. (Dec. 2, 2016) – The first 23 minutes of Friday’s Nike International Friendlies nightcap belonged to the visiting Turkey U-17 team. The 67 minutes that followed, however, were dominated by a faster, more physical and more creative USA side in front of 3.933 fans at Premier Sports Complex.

With the American Outlaws chanting and the Blue Skye Pipes and Drums band constantly orchestrating the sound of bag pipes, it became very clear which team had home-field advantage.

After a fourth minute goal from Recep Gül handed the hosts their first deficit of the tournament, the USA was unable to match the tenacity and grit of Turkey in the first 20 minutes of the contest. But after a couple of body-sacrificing stops by USA goalkeeper Justin Garces and a clever assist by Josh Sargent to find Andrew Carleton in the 24th minute, the USA never looked back. Five additional goals later and the USA needs a draw or better in Sunday’s tournament finale against Brazil to claim the 2016 Nike International Friendlies title.

“That’s a really difficult Turkey team to play against,” U-17 MNT head coach John Hackworth said. “To go down a goal early in the game and not have it going our way was tough. Our resolve, problem-solving and finding a way to get back in the game was excellent. “We just kept pushing and pushing. I think we showed our quality there in the end and that was the difference.”

2016 Nike International Friendlies Standings

Team

GP

W

L

D

Pts.

GF

GA

GD

USA

2

2

0

0

6

12

2

+10

Brazil

2

1

0

1

4

7

5

+2

Portugal

2

0

1

1

1

4

10

-6

Turkey

2

0

2

0

0

3

9

-6

Next on the Schedule:

Brazil, who overcame a two-goal deficit to earn a late 3-3 draw with Portugal on Friday, has been impressive throughout the tournament and will prove to be a great test for the U.S. defense. That game can be seen live on U.S. Soccer’s Facebook page, YouTube channel and ussoccer.com on Sunday at 5:00 p.m. ET.

Social: Twitter (@ussoccer_ynt) and Facebook

Goal Scoring Rundown:

TUR - Recep Gül, 4th minute: Originating from a creative exchange from Atalay Babacan and Yunus Akgün, from 25 yards out, the attack appeared to be stifled bythe  USA, but a missed slide tackle by Blaine Ferri left the ball in a vulnerable spot, allowing a clean run-on opportunity for Recep Gül on the left side. Streaking down the left side, Gül took two touches with the ball to create enough space to rocket the loose ball into the top shelf, gliding the ball over a sliding James Sands of USA and past Justin Garces. USA 0, TUR 1

USA - Andrew Carleton, 24th minute: Coming off a Turkey turnover, the USA’s Ayo Akinola kept the ball inbounds along the left sideline and used his speed to create space and send a cross to Josh Sargent who lowered the crossing pass and stuck his right foot out to gift Andrew Carleton a chance from 12 yards out with nothing but the goalie in front of him. Carleton proceeded to side-foot the ball low and away, finding an open gap to the right of the goalkeeper to level the score. USA 1, TUR 1

USA - Andrew Carleton, 44th minute: A long throw in from the left from Christopher Gloster was flicked down by Akinola where it found the feet of Carleton. The Atlanta United FC Academy product turned on a dime and placed his opportunity to the right of goalkeeper Eren Bilen for his second of the night and fourth of the tournament. USA 2, TUR 1

USA - Ayo Akinola, 60th minute: A through ball played to the right side of the 18 from Carleton connected with Sargent, who one-touched a cross to the middle. From the opposite (left) side, Akinola found himself shoulder-to-shoulder with a Turkish defender and buried Sargent’s one-timer to hand the U.S. a two-goal lead. USA 3, TUR 1

USA - Ayo Akinola, 67th minute: With constant pressure from the USA forwards, a low-flying Turkish clearance was immediately intercepted by Sargent who jumped to settle the ball with his chest. Sargent then sent a sliding through ball to George Acosta, who delayed his one-on-one opportunity and played across for Akinola who finished his second of the night. USA 4, TUR 1

USA - Timothy Weah, 86th minute: A Turkey offside called high up towards the midfield line set up a free kick for the USA, who swung the ball behind the Turkish defense and just outside the right side of the penalty area. U.S. substitute Sergino Dest saw the opportunity for a chase and using his speed to get to the ball first, sent a hopeful cross to the middle. Turkey goalkeeper Eren Bilen was only able to skim his on the ball, allowing Timothy Weah to tap home the rebound from seven yards out. USA 5, TUR 1

Key Saves and Defensive Stops:

USA - Justin Garces, 16th minute: After a mis-timed clearance from Arturo Vasquez, Turkey attacker Yunus Akgün’s attempt was turned away when Garces sacrificed his body to make the save. Just seconds later, Garces recovered to punch out a dangerous looping cross.

TUR - Eren Bilen, 23rd minute: A Josh Sargent dummy allowed a through ball to reach Jaylin Lindsey who put a solid cross on target for Ayo Akinola to take a targeted swipe at the ball, only to be denied by the right arm of a diving Eren Bilen.

TUR - Ozan Muhammed Kabak, 47th minute: With Josh Sargent slowing down on a break-away and winding up to swing, an oncoming Ozan Muhammed Kabak perfectly timed sliding challenge took away a clear-cut opportunity just after halftime.

- U.S. Under-17 Men’s National Team Match Report -

Match: U.S. Under-17 Men’s National Team vs. Turkey
Date: Dec. 2, 2016
Competition: 2016 Nike International Friendlies
Venue: Premier Sports Campus Stadium Field; Lakewood Ranch, Fla.
Kickoff: 7 p.m. ET
Attendance: 3,933
Weather: 60 degrees; clear

Scoring Summary:               1          2          F
USA                             2          3          5         
TUR                             1          0          1         

TUR - Recep Gül                                            4th minute
USA – Andrew Carleton (Josh Sargent)        24
USA – Andrew Carleton (Ayo Akinola)           44
USA – Ayo Akinola (Josh Sargent)                60
USA – Ayo Akinola (George Acosta)             67
USA – Timothy Weah                         86

Lineups:
USA: 1-Justin Garces; 2-Jaylin Lindsey (13-Sergino Dest, 71), 4-James Sands, 5-Arturo Vasquez, 3-Christopher Gloster (16-Rayshaun McGann, 71); 8-Blaine Ferri, 6-Christopher Durkin (18-Indiana Vassilev, 78), 10-George Acosta (20-Isaac Angking, 78); 7-Ayo Akinola, 9-Josh Sargent (capt.) (19-Timothy Weah, 71), 11-Andrew Carleton (17-Bryan Reynolds, Jr., 84)
Subs not used: 12-Carlos Joaquim Dos Santos, 14-Carlo Ritaccio, 15-Carlos Asensio
Head coach: John Hackworth

TUR: 12-Eren Bilen; 18-Ramazan Emirhan Civelek, 5-Ozan Muhammed Kabak, 9-Amed Öncel, 2-Bekir Melih Gökcimen; 6-Enes Islam Ilki (16-Sefa Akgün, 46), 8-Kerem Atakan Kesegin, 4-Abdussamed Karnuçu (3-Kudret Oben Saraçoğlu, 62, 15-Furkan Yildirim, 74), 7-Recep Gül (capt.) (13-Berkay Görmez, 31); 17-Yunus Akgün, 10-Atalay Babacan
Subs not used: 1-Ozan Can Oruç, 11-Mehmet Sait Üzümcü, 14-Hasan Ali Adıgüzel
Head coach: Mehmet Hacioglu

Stats Summary: USA / TUR
Shots: 15 / 7
Shots on Goal: 8 / 3
Saves: 2 / 3
Corner Kicks: 4 / 2
Fouls: 5 / 7
Offside: 1 / 0

Misconduct Summary:
USA – Christopher Durkin (caution)                      42nd minute
TUR – Ozan Muhammed Kabak (caution)     56

Officials: 
Referee: Michael Radchuk (USA)
Assistant Referee 1: Christopher Elliott (USA)
Assistant Referee 2: Jeffrey Skinker (USA)
4th Official: Farhad Dadkho (USA)

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U-17 MNT Dec 2, 2016

MNT on TV: Arena Heads Abroad to See Europe-Based Players

U.S. Men’s National Team players continue the pursuit to finish the year strong with MNT head coach Bruce Arena heading to Europe this weekend to meet with players and take in a few matches.

The weekend kicks off Friday in the English League Championship where DeAndre Yedlin and Newcastle United will look to extend their lead at the top of the table with an away visit to Nottingham Forest (4:45 p.m. ET – Delayed on beIN Sports).

On Saturday, Arena will be in attendance at Signal Iduna Park to see Christian Pulisic and Borussia Dortmund take on Fabian Johnson and Borussia Moenchengladbach (9:30 a.m. ET – FS1).

At the same time, John Brooks and third-place Hertha Berlin will try to gain ground on second-place Bayern Munich when they pay a visit to Wolfsburg (9:30 a.m. ET – Fox Soccer Plus).

In Saturday’s nightcap, goalkeeper William Yarbrough and Club Leon will work to overcome a 1-0 first leg deficit against Tigres UANL in order to advance to the Liga MX Apertura Finals.

On Sunday, Bobby Wood returns from his three-match suspension with hopes of impressing the new National Team boss, who will also be in attendance for Hamburg’s visit to Darmstadt (9:30 a.m. ET – FS1).

The weekend closes in Germany as Timmy Chandler and Eintracht Frankfurt hope to continue their climb up the Bundesliga table with a trip to Augsburg (11:30 a.m. ET – FS1).

Check out the full list of where to watch MNT players with their clubs this weekend.

All Times ET.

Friday, Dec. 2

DeAndre Yedlin

Nottingham Forest vs. Newcastle United

4:45pm (delayed)

beIN Sports

Saturday, Dec. 3

Christian Pulisic, Fabian Johnson

Borussia Dortmund vs. Borussia Moenchengladbach

9:30 a.m.

FS1

John Brooks

Wolfsburg vs. Hertha Berlin

9:30 a.m.

Fox Soccer Plus

Cameron Carter-Vickers

Tottenham Hotspur vs. Swansea

10 a.m.

NBCSN

William Yarbrough

Tigres UANL vs. Club Leon

8 p.m.

UDN

Sunday, Dec. 4

Bobby Wood

Darmstadt vs. Hamburg

9:30 a.m.

FS1

Timmy Chandler

Augsburg vs. Eintracht Frankfurt

11:30 a.m.

FS1

Injury List

Geoff Cameron

Stoke City

Hyperextended Knee

Lynden Gooch

Sunderland

Ankle Injury

Julian Green

Bayern Munich

Muscle Injury

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MNT Dec 2, 2016
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