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U.S. WNT Tallies Three Second-Half Goals in 4-1 Rout of Switzerland

CARY, North Carolina (Aug. 20, 2014) – The U.S. Women’s National Team scored three second-half goals and earned a 4-1 victory against Switzerland in front of a sold-out crowd of 9,992 at WakeMed Soccer Park.

A well-rounded scoring effort featured goals from Megan Rapinoe, Carli Lloyd, Christen Press and Abby Wambach. Lloyd’s 56th-minute penalty kick served as the game-winner, and Wambach’s second-half PK pushed her USA-record goal scoring total to 168.

This was the first meeting between the two countries at the senior team level. Switzerland has already qualified for the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup in Canada, and the USA will prepare for FIFA Women’s World Cup Qualifying in October in the United States.

Wednesday marked the first opportunity for goalkeeper Hope Solo to set a new shutout record (currently tied with Briana Scurry with 71 clean sheets), but a Switzerland penalty kick from Ana-Maria Crnogorcevic put that milestone on hold.

The U.S. goal total could have been far greater if not for Switzerland goalkeeper Gaëlle Thalmann. She made seven first-half saves as the USA pelted the Swiss goal with eight shots – all of them on frame.

Goal Scoring Rundown:
USA – Megan Rapinoe (Sydney Leroux), 3rd minute: From midfield, Rapinoe started the U.S. attack and dished to Leroux on the left side. Leroux cut to her right and played the ball back to Rapinoe about 10 yards above the box. Rapinoe fired with her left from about 22 yards out. It took a slight deflection off Switzerland’s Rahel Kiwic and squeaked inside the right side of the frame for the early lead. USA 1, SUI 0

USA – Carli Lloyd (penalty), 56th minute: Megan Rapinoe’s cross from the left side of the box hit the hand of Switzerland’s Fabienne Humm and the USA was awarded the penalty kick. Lloyd was called in for the occasion and stepped up confidently with a low right-footed shot into the left of the frame for the two-goal cushion. Switzerland goalkeeper Gaëlle Thalmann had anticipated the shot going the other direction. USA 2, SUI 0

SUI – Ana-Maria Crnogorcevic (penalty), 70th minute: In a similar fashion leading to the USA’s penalty kick, Switzerland’s Ramona Bachmann crossed from the left side and the ball struck U.S. midfielder Megan Rapinoe’s arm. Referee Katja Koroleva pointed to the spot, and Crnogorcevic took the PK. USA goalkeeper Hope Solo, attempting to break the U.S. WNT shutout record, leaned to her right and Crnogorcevic shot in the other direction to cut the USA’s lead to one. USA 2, SUI 1

USA – Christen Press (unassisted), 77th minute: Following a Christie Rampone free kick into the box, the ball fumbled around and Switzerland’s defense weakly cleared. From 25 yards out, Press chest-trapped the short clearance and fired a right-footed shot that ricocheted off the crossbar and over the end line as goalkeeper Thalmann could only watch. USA 3, SUI 1

USA – Abby Wambach (penalty), 87th minute: On a Carli Lloyd cross from the right, Wambach drew a foul against Switzerland second-half sub Nicole Remund, who shoved the USA striker and earned the PK. Wambach took the penalty herself, a right-footed shot that clipped off of Thalmann’s gloves and into the net for her fifth goal this year and 168th of her storied career. USA 4, SUI 1 (FINAL)

Key Saves and Defensive Stops:
SUI – Gaëlle Thalmann, 20th minute: USA goalkeeper Hope Solo delivered a deep ball toward a darting Christen Press as she had a step on Switzerland’s back line. Thalmann instinctively rushed off her line and outside the box and headed the ball away before Press could converge.

SUI – Gaëlle Thalmann, 39th and 40th minutes: The busy Switzerland goalkeeper made back-to-back diving stops against the USA’s lethal attack. First, it was an Alex Morgan left-footed shot from the left side of the box that was headed toward the inside of the far right post, but Thalmann dove to her left for the save. Then, Lauren Holiday took a crack from just outside the top of the box, and again Thalmann made a diving save at the near right post.

SUI – Stenia Michel, 46th minute: In the first 12 seconds of the second half, the U.S. nearly took advantage of an errant pass in Switzerland’s half. Carli Lloyd fired from outside the box and Michel, who had just entered the game, made a swatting right-handed save on a shot that was bound for the upper right corner.

Milestone Watch:

  • Defender and team captain Christie Rampone made her 295th appearance as she nears the 300-cap milestone. Rampone is second all-time in WNT history to Kristine Lilly in games played. Lilly had 352 caps from 1987-2010.
  • Carli Lloyd moved past Briana Scurry for 13th in career appearances with 174.
  • Hope Solo tied Michelle Akers for 17th all-time in career caps with 153.
  • Lloyd now has 51 goals for her career as she is ninth on the all-time goal scoring list.

Next on the Schedule:
The U.S. WNT will host two matches against Mexico, first on Sept. 13 at Rio Tinto Stadium in Sandy, Utah (4:30 p.m. MT), followed by a Sept. 18 match at Sahlen’s Stadium in Rochester, New York (7 p.m. ET).
Broadcast information: Sept. 13 – TBD; Sept. 18 – ESPN2, WatchESPN
Social: Twitter (@ussoccer_wnt | @ussoccer_esp); Facebook; Instagram

Additional Notes:

  • The U.S. is now 8-2-3 this year.
  • Hope Solo moved to 118-9-18 for her career. She is second only to Briana Scurry for all-time wins (Scurry went 133-12-14 from 1994-2008).
  • Christen Press now has 13 goals in 25 international appearances.
  • The USA improved to 108-2-8 when Abby Wambach scores a goal.
  • Wambach has now scored at least five goals in a calendar year 11 times in her 14 years with the WNT.
  • U.S. head coach Jill Ellis’ starting lineup featured a defensive corps led by Solo in goal, Crystal Dunn at left back, Ali Krieger at right back and the center back duo of Becky Sauerbrunn and team captain Christie Rampone.
  • The midfield of the 4-3-3 featured Carli Lloyd, Lauren Holiday and Megan Rapinoe.
  • The USA’s starting forward trio included Sydney Leroux, Alex Morgan and Press.
  • The U.S. rolled out three substitutions to open the second half. Wambach entered for Leroux, Meghan Klingenberg replaced Krieger and Julie Johnston got the call for Sauerbrunn.
  • Heather O’Reilly replaced Morgan in the 66th minute, Morgan Brian entered for Rapinoe in the 78th minute, and Allie Long replaced Holiday in the 85th minute.
  • O’Reilly, Press and Sauerbrunn have played in all 13 games this year.
  • Krieger and Lloyd lead the USA with 12 starts apiece in 2014.
  • Ellis is now 8-0-3 as the U.S. WNT head coach.
  • Ten players on the U.S roster that trained this week in North Carolina return to National Women’s Soccer League play for the semifinal stage of the league’s second season. FC Kansas City hosts Portland Thorns FC on Saturday, Aug. 23 (1 p.m. ET, ESPN2), and Seattle Reign FC takes on the Washington Spirit on Aug. 24 (11 p.m. ET, ESPN2).

-U.S. Women’s National Team Report-

Match: U.S. Women’s National Team vs. Switzerland
Date: Aug. 20, 2014
Competition: International Friendly
Venue: WakeMed Soccer Park; Cary, North Carolina
Kickoff: 7:30 p.m. ET
Attendance: 9,992
Weather: 77 degrees, cool

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

USA – Megan Rapinoe (Sydney Leroux)    3rd minute
USA – Carli Lloyd (penalty)                         56
SUI – Ana-Maria Crnogorcevic (penalty)    71
USA – Christen Press (unassisted)              77
USA – Abby Wambach (penalty)                 87

Lineups:
USA: 1-Hope Solo; 11-Ali Krieger (25-Meghan Klingenberg, 46), 4-Becky Sauerbrunn (16-Julie Johnston, 46), 3-Christie Rampone (capt.), 19-Crystal Dunn; 10-Carli Lloyd, 12-Lauren Holiday (6-Allie Long, 85), 15-Megan Rapinoe (7-Morgan Brian, 78); 2-Sydney Leroux (20-Abby Wambach, 46), 13-Alex Morgan (9-Heather O’Reilly, 66), 23-Christen Press
Substitutions Not Used: 18-Alyssa Naeher
Head Coach: Jill Ellis

SUI: 1-Gaëlle Thalmann (12-Stenia Michel, 46); 5-Noëlle Maritz, 14-Rahel Kiwic (8-Sandy Maendly, 82), 15-Caroline Abbé (capt.); 7-Martina Moser (22-Vanessa Bernauerk, 68), 9-Lia Wälti, 16-Fabienne Humm (2-Nicole Remund, 68), 18-Vanessa Bürki (6-Selina Kuster, 56); 10-Ramona Bachmann, 11-Lara Dickenmann, 13-Ana-Maria Crnogorcevic (19-Eseosa Aigbogun, 74)
Substitutions Not Used: 23-Fabienne Bangerter
Head coach: Martina Voss-Tecklenburg

Stats Summary: USA / SUI
Shots: 16 / 7
Shots on Goal: 15 / 1
Saves: 0 / 10
Corner Kicks: 8 / 3
Fouls: 8 / 11
Offside: 3 / 2

Misconduct Summary:
SUI – Rahel Kiwic (caution)           19th minute
SUI – Lia Wälti (caution)               45+1
SUI – Caroline Abbé (caution)      58
USA – Carli Lloyd (caution)          85

Officials:
Referee: Katja Koroleva (USA)
Assistant Referee 1: Felisha Mariscal (USA)
Assistant Referee 2: Amanda Ross (USA)
Fourth Official: Christopher Spivey (USA)

Budweiser Woman of the Match: Lauren Holiday

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WNT Aug 20, 2014

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

Match: U.S. Women’s National Team vs. Switzerland
Date: Aug. 20, 2014
Competition: International Friendly
Venue: WakeMed Soccer Park; Cary, North Carolina
Kickoff: 7:30 p.m. ET
Attendance: 9,992
Weather: 77 degrees, cool

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

USA – Megan Rapinoe (Sydney Leroux)    3rd minute 
USA – Carli Lloyd (penalty)                         56 
SUI – Ana-Maria Crnogorcevic (penalty)    71
USA – Christen Press (unassisted)              77
USA – Abby Wambach (penalty)                 87

Lineups:
USA: 1-Hope Solo; 11-Ali Krieger (25-Meghan Klingenberg, 46), 4-Becky Sauerbrunn (16-Julie Johnston, 46), 3-Christie Rampone (capt.), 19-Crystal Dunn; 10-Carli Lloyd, 12-Lauren Holiday (6-Allie Long, 85), 15-Megan Rapinoe (7-Morgan Brian, 78); 2-Sydney Leroux (20-Abby Wambach, 46), 13-Alex Morgan (9-Heather O’Reilly, 66), 23-Christen Press
Substitutions Not Used: 18-Alyssa Naeher
Head Coach: Jill Ellis

SUI: 1-Gaëlle Thalmann (12-Stenia Michel, 46); 5-Noëlle Maritz, 14-Rahel Kiwic (8-Sandy Maendly, 82), 15-Caroline Abbé (capt.); 7-Martina Moser (22-Vanessa Bernauerk, 68), 9-Lia Wälti, 16-Fabienne Humm (2-Nicole Remund, 68), 18-Vanessa Bürki (6-Selina Kuster, 56); 10-Ramona Bachmann, 11-Lara Dickenmann, 13-Ana-Maria Crnogorcevic (19-Eseosa Aigbogun, 74)
Substitutions Not Used: 23-Fabienne Bangerter
Head coach: Martina Voss-Tecklenburg

Stats Summary: USA / SUI
Shots: 16 / 7
Shots on Goal: 15 / 1
Saves: 0 / 10
Corner Kicks: 8 / 3
Fouls: 8 / 11
Offside: 3 / 2

Misconduct Summary:
SUI – Rahel Kiwic (caution)           19th minute 
SUI – Lia Wälti (caution)               45+1 
SUI – Caroline Abbé (caution)      58 
USA – Carli Lloyd (caution)          85

Officials:
Referee: Katja Koroleva (USA)
Assistant Referee 1: Felisha Mariscal (USA)
Assistant Referee 2: Amanda Ross (USA)
Fourth Official: Christopher Spivey (USA)

Budweiser Woman of the Match: Lauren Holiday

U.S. U-18 WNT Draws 0-0 With Hosts to Finish Trip to England

CHICAGO (Feb. 25, 2017) – The U.S. Under-18 Women’s National Team drew 0-0 with the hosts to finish its trip to England with a 2-0-1 record.

The USA also defeated England, 3-1, on Feb. 19 and downed Norway 5-0 on Feb. 21. Sophia Smith scored five goals over the two matches and Summer Yates had two. All the matches featured 40-minute halves.

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.

The U-18 WNT will come together next for a domestic training camp in April.

-U.S. U-18 Women’s National Team Match Report-

Match: U-18 Women’s National Team vs. England
Date: Saturday, Feb. 25, 2017
Competition: Friendly Tournament 
Venue: New Bucks Head Stadium; Wellington, England
Attendance: 250
Weather: 41 degrees; rainy

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

Lineups:
USA: 1-Hensley Hancuff; 5-Maycee Bell, 3-Brianna Martinez, 23-Shae Holmes, 15-Sarah Piper, 16-Natalie Viggiano (6-Maddie Vergura, 70), 8-Cori Dyke (7-Jenna Nighswonger, 55), 10-Summer Yates, 13-Rachel Jones (11-Emily Vatne, 70), 19-Alexa Spaanstra, 9-Sophia Smith (capt.)
Subs Not Used: 4-Maddie Desiano, 14-Cassie Hiatt, 18-Kali Trevithick 21-Olivia Wingate, 22-Meagan McClelland, 24-Ashylnn Serepca
Head Coach: April Heinrichs

ENG: 1-Hannah Hampton; 3-Poppy Pattinson, 4-Aimee Palmer, 5-Esme Morgan, 6-Shannon Cooke, 8-Miri Taylor (16-Beth O’Donnell, 78), 9-Nicole Douglas, 11-Lauren Hemp (capt), 15-Grace Neville, 17-Emily Syme, 19-Gabby Ravenscroft (18-Hana Lalani, 78)
Subs Not Used: 2-Katherine Turner, 10-Amy Rodgers, 13-Lucy Thomas, 14-Olivia Smith, 19-Gabby Ravenscroft, 20-Sophia Pharoah, 21-Mia Cinque, 22-Emily Ramsey
Head Coach: John Griffiths

Stats Summary: USA / ENG
Shots: 12 / 8
Shots on Goal: 7 / 6
Saves: 6 / 7
Corner Kicks: 6 / 1
Fouls: 3 / 4
Offside: 1 / 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 25, 2017

GALLERY: U-20 MNT Sails Past St. Kitts and Nevis to Second Round of CONCACAF U-20 Championship

Photos from the U.S. U-20 Men's National Team's 4-1 victory against St. Kitts and Nevis at Estadio Ricardo Saprissa in Tibás, Costa Rica. A brace from Sebastian Saucedo lead the way for the USA. The win, in the third and final game of Group B play of the 2017 CONCACAF U-20 Championship, gives the USA a second place finish and sets up second round classification stage matchups against Mexico and El Salvador. The U-20 MNT will face El Tri on Monday, Feb. 27 at 5 p.m. ET at Estadio Ricardo Saprissa and Los Cuscatlecos on Friday, March 3 at 6:30 p.m. ET at Estadio Nacional de Costa Rica.

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U-20 MNT Feb 25, 2017

Five Things to Know: U-20 MNT at the 2017 CONCACAF U-20 Championship

After recording a second-place finish in Group B of the 2017 CONCACAF Under-20 Championship on Friday, the U.S. U-20 MNT is set to take on Mexico in its first of two Classification Stage games on Monday at 5 p.m. ET (livestream on CONCACAF’s Facebook Page).

Here’s what you need to know going into Monday’s playoff game:

1. U-20 MNT Roster Breakdown
The U.S. U-20 MNT is coached by former U.S. National Team standout Tab Ramos, who named the roster for this tournament on Feb. 9. The roster consists of 20 players and is captained by defender Erik Palmer-Brown, the only rostered player to participate in the 2015 FIFA U-20 World Cup. Seventeen players on the roster have spent time in the U.S. Soccer Development Academy, including 2013-14 U-15/16 Academy Player of the Year and 2017 M.L.S. fourth overall draft pick Jeremy Ebobisse.

WATCH: Bruce Arena Visit U-20 MNT’s January Camp

2. What is the CONCACAF Under-20 Championship?
The CONCACAF Under-20 Championship is the tournament that determines the region’s four representatives in the FIFA U-20 World Cup to be played in South Korea, beginning this May. The tournament began with 12 teams, split into three groups of four. The top two finishers in each group have advanced to the Classification Stage, split into two groups of three. The top two teams in each group of the Classification Stage will secure a berth at the FIFA U-20 World Cup, and the winner of each group will advance to the CONCACAF tournament final. 

WATCH: Highlights of U-20 MNT’s 4-1 Win Against Haiti

3. USA’s History at the CONCACAF Under-20 Championship
The U.S. has participated in the CONCACAF Under-20 Championship since 1962 and appeared in every competition since it began determining the World Youth Championship (now known as the FIFA U-20 World Cup) in 1976. The USA has qualified for all but one FIFA U-20 World Cup since 1994, including appearances in each of the past two cycles under Ramos. Tim Howard (1998), DaMarcus Beasley (2001), Landon Donovan (2001), Oguchi Onyewu (2001), Eddie Johnson (2003), Jozy Altidore (2007) and Michael Bradley (2007) have all participated in this tournament over the years. More recently, Kellyn Acosta, Paul Arriola, Cameron Carter-Vickers, Emerson Hyndman and Matt Miazga starred for the U.S. in 2015.

WATCH: Justen Glad and Tommy Redding Bring M.L.S. Experience to U-20 Back Line

4. U.S. Earns Six Points, Scores Eight Goals in First Three Games of 2017 WCQ
The U-20’s rebounded following a 1-0 loss in its first game of the 2017 CONCACAF U-20 Championship with a pair of 4-1 wins against Haiti on Tuesday and St. Kitts and Nevis on Friday. Brooks Lennon notched a hat trick, scoring goals in the 28th (penalty kick), 53rd and 58th minutes of the USA’s win against Haiti to put the team in control of its own destiny to advance heading into Friday’s group finale. Lennon kicked off the scoring once more against St. Kitts and Nevis, followed by goals from Jonathan Lewis and a pair from Sebastian Saucedo. Ebobisse picked up an assist in each of the U-20’s final two games, which Jonathan Klinsmann and JT Marcinkowski split in goal on Tuesday and Friday, respectively.

WATCH: U-20 MNT Arrives in Costa Rica for 2017 CONCACAF Championship

5. What Monday Night’s Game Means
Monday Night’s contest against Mexico marks the first of two Classification Stage games for the U.S. The U-20’s have earned a place in Group D, along with Mexico and most likely El Salvador, both of which topped their groups in the Group Stage. A win in Monday’s game would go a long way for the USA, considering the top two finishers in Group D (3 points for a win, 1 point for a draw, 0 points for a loss) advance to the FIFA U-20 World Cup. The U-20’s will compete against El Salvador in the final game of the round on Friday at 6:30 p.m. ET.

 

Follow @ussoccer_ynt on Twitter and Instagram, and U.S. Soccer on Facebook to keep up with the U-20 U.S. MNT’s road to the FIFA U-20 World Cup.

 

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U-20 MNT Feb 24, 2017

U.S. U-20 MNT Advances to Second Round of 2017 CONCACAF U-20 Championship With 4-1 Win vs. St. Kitts and Nevis

TIBAS, Costa Rica (Feb. 24, 2017) – The U.S. Under-20 Men’s National Team advanced to the classification stage of the 2017 CONCACAF U-20 Championship with a 4-1 win vs. St. Kitts and Nevis in the teams’ final Group B game of the tournament. The U.S. will next face Mexico and El Salvador in its bid to qualify for the 2017 FIFA U-20 World Cup.

Led by a brace from Sebastian Saucedo, the U.S. put the match away by scoring all four goals in the opening 45 minutes. Brooks Lennon sent the U.S. on its way with his team-leading fourth goal of the tournament in the 16th minute, stabbing home a Jeremy Ebobisse cross. Jonathan Lewis extended the lead four minutes later when he capitalized on a loose ball at the back post.

With 10 minutes remaining in the half, Saucedo struck for the first of his two goals, a long-range strike after good work from Lewis to force a turnover near the top of the St. Kitts box. Saucedo then hit a curling free kick in the 41st minute from 25 yards out to cap the U.S. scoring.

St. Kitts got a goal back in the 77th minute when Romario Martin seized an errant U.S. back-pass and evaded a challenge from U.S. goalkeeper JT Marcinkowski, who was making his first appearance of the tournament, to score on an empty net. Despite the goal, the result was never in doubt as the U.S. closed out the match with a majority of possession and numerous chances.

Up Next: The U-20 MNT begins the classification stage of the 2017 CONCACAF U-20 Championship on Monday, Feb. 27 against Mexico. Kickoff from Estadio Ricardo Saprissa in Tibás, Costa Rica is set for 5 p.m. ET and the match can be seen live on the CONCACAF Facebook Page.
Social: Twitter (@ussoccer_ynt; @ussoccer_esp); Facebook; Instagram

2017 CONCACAF U-20 Championship Final Group B Standings

Team

GP

W

L

D

Pts.

GF

GA

GD

Panama

3

3

0

0

9

8

1

+7

USA

3

2

1

0

6

8

3

+5

Haiti

3

1

2

0

3

7

8

-1

St. Kitts and Nevis

3

0

3

0

0

2

13

-11

Goal Scoring Rundown:
USA – Brooks Lennon (Jeremy Ebobisse), 16th minute:
Lennon began the scoring play that he would also ultimately finish off for the U.S. when he raced up the left flank of the St. Kitts defense, carrying the ball midway into the USA’s offensive half before passing to Ebobisse near the top of the box. Ebobisse embarked on a weaving run from left to right across the top of the penalty before charging toward the end line and squaring the ball back across the face of goal for Lennon, who had continued his run, to tap into the vacated net. USA 1, SKN 0 [WATCH]

USA – Jonathan Lewis, 20th minute: The U.S. turned a well-planned set-piece into a goal when Lennon sent a corner kick to the top of the box where Eryk Williamson met it with a one-time volley that picked out Justen Glad near the penalty spot. Glad missed an attempted shot and the ball rolled behind him and his defender to an unmarked Lewis on the back post. He made no mistake by snapping a low shot past St. Kitts goalkeeper Nathan Lescott in the middle of the goal. USA 2, SKN 0 [WATCH]

USA – Sebastian Saucedo (Jonathan Lewis), 35th minute: Lewis and Saucedo combined in smart fashion when Lewis scampered up the left wing and attempted to play a wall-pass with Saucedo. Saucedo’s return pass was picked off by St. Kitts, but Lewis was not to be denied, applying high pressure to force a turnover near the top of the box that Saucedo read and ran onto before ripping a low line drive into the lower right corner from 25 yards out. USA 3, SKN 0 [WATCH]  

USA – Sebastian Saucedo, 41st minute: Saucedo capped the U.S. scoring with a nicely taken free kick from 27 yards out. The Real Salt Lake product bent a right footed shot over the wall and inside the left post. USA 4, SKN 0 [WATCH]

SKN – Romario Martin, 77th minute: A slow back-pass to JT Marcinkowski allowed Martin to rush and reach the ball just ahead of the U.S. ‘keeper. With the net vacated, Martin had an easy tap in, although the game was well in hand for the U.S. USA 4, SKN 1 [WATCH] FINAL

NOTES:

  • With the result, Tab Ramos moves to 10-3-1 all-time in CONCACAF U-20 Championship play.
  • With his goal tonight, Brooks Lennon moved into a tie with Ricardo Ávila for second most goals scored at the tournament so far with four.

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

Match: U.S. U-20 Men’s National Team vs. St. Kitts and Nevis
Date: Feb. 24, 2017
Competition: 2017 CONCACAF U-20 Championship – Group B
Venue: Estadio Ricardo Saprissa; Tibas, Costa Rica
Kickoff: 5:30 p.m. ET
Attendance: 232
Weather: 75 degrees; mostly sunny

Scoring Summary:   1          2          F
USA                             4          0          4
SKN                             0          1          1

USA – Brooks Lennon (Jeremy Ebobisse)                16th minute
USA – Jonathan Lewis                                               20
USA – Sebastian Saucedo (Jonathan Lewis) 35
USA – Sebastian Saucedo                             41
SKN – Romario Martin                                                77

Lineups:
USA: 12-JT Marcinkowski; 14-Aaron Herrera (2-Marlon Fossey, 29), 4-Tommy Redding, 6-Justen Glad, 3-Danny Acosta; 11-Sebastian Saucedo, 5-Erik Palmer-Brown (Capt.), 7-Eryk Williamson; 17-Brooks Lennon (19-Coy Craft, 45), 9-Jeremy Ebobisse, 20-Jonathan Lewis (15-Jonathan Gonzalez, 68)
Subs not used: 1-Jonathan Klinsmann, 8-Tyler Adams, 10-Luca De La Torre, 13-Auston Trusty, 16-Jeremiah Gutjahr, 18-Emmanuel Sabbi
Head coach: Tab Ramos

SKN: 1-Nathan Lescott, 2-Javier Sutton, 3-Ezer Browne, 4-Phillip Richardson, 6-Salas Cannonier (Capt.), 12-Yusuf Saunders; 8-Yohannes Mitchum (5-Kejauni David, 77), 13-Raheem Somersall, 19-Gvaune Amory, 20-Alex Charles (7-Ronaldo Belgrove, 69); 11-Tahir Hanley (9-Romario Martin, 49)
Subs not used: 10-Delano Hodge, 14-Tyquan-Illijah Terrell, 15-Dakari Phipps, 17-Steve Archibald, 18-Akimbah Francis
Head coach: Anthony Isaac

Stats Summary: USA / SKN
Shots: 33 / 2
Shots on Goal: 15 / 1
Saves: 0 / 10
Corner Kicks: 12 / 6
Fouls: 12 / 6
Offside: 2 / 0

Misconduct Summary:
SKN – Raheem Somersall (caution)   63rd minute

Officials:
Referee: Marlon Mejia (SLV)
Assistant Referee 1: Geovany Garcia (SLV)
Assistant Referee 2: Jairo Morales (PUR)
4th Official: Kevin Morrisson (JAM)

ussoccer.com Man of the Match: Sebastian Saucedo

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U-20 MNT Feb 24, 2017

Jill Ellis Q&A: “We’re Ready for Games. We Want to Get This Started”

On Friday, Feb. 24, U.S. Women’s National Team head coach Jill Ellis named her final 23-player roster that will represent the USA at the 2017 SheBelieves Cup. As the world's No.1-ranked team and reigning World Cup champions prepare to kick off the tournament against the current Olympic champion and No. 2 ranked Germany, ussoccer.com sat down with Ellis to discuss her thought-process for selecting the roster as well as the team's readiness in the lead up to the beginning of the 2017 schedule.

ussoccer.com: How has training camp progressed in Orlando and what were the major factors in picking these 23 players?
Jill Ellis: The week of preparation has been very good. Getting to play a match against an outside opponent, against boys, was very valuable because we haven’t had a full game going into SheBelieves. In that game we got a lot of answers and saw a lot of good things. In looking at how we should approach a roster, it’s first and foremost, which players we feel can help us be successful to win games, and then making sure we have cover and depth.

I think the difference this year from perhaps the preceding years is that we’re not using this environment as a place where a player can just come in and work their way back into form and fitness. It’s now about them having to be ready to deliver at least 75 minutes in a SheBelieves game. It’s not ideal to take a player who is not yet “played in” and can potentially only give you 15-20 minutes. When you’re building for a world event you will invest in a player who you think will make the final roster, even if they are working their way back in, because you want them to hear the information, stay connected and sense that they are going to be a part of that team for a world event. In this phase we’re in, it’s about taking players who are ready or needing to gain experience. The reality is if a player is not ready right now, we have a big window in which to continue their evaluation and assessment. And of course the NWSL will play a big role in that.

ussoccer.com: This is the first time Mallory Pugh is back in the squad since the Olympics after playing with the U-20s and recovering from an injury, what did you see from her this week?
JE:
Mal went through the U-20 World Cup at the end of last year and then for sure needed some down time, and to let her knee heal a little bit. But she’s been back training, working out at college, and she’s been in a training environment so she’s come in and she’s shown well. She looks good and fit and I think she’s going to be an important piece in our roster in SheBelieves.

ussoccer.com: You chose 16-year-old Brianna Pinto – who played in last year’s U-17 Women’s World Cup – for the roster. What did you see from her over January Camp and the Orlando camp that earned her a spot?
JE:
I think with Brianna, part of it is that you have to make sure that a player can help immediately, but also ask yourself, what do you see potentially in this player? And what I see in her is someone that already from a January Camp until now is getting more comfortable, is answering questions in meetings and asking questions on the field. She’s someone that is fully engaged, and in the match against the boys, she showed she is a player who wants the ball, and those are some special qualities. Giving her the exposure and experience of being in SheBelieves, which is a big tournament, is a massive investment. Couple that with the fact that with Andi Sullivan getting injured (last fall during the college season), we have less availability in pure 6s. My commitment is to look at Allie (Long) in the role we’ve been playing her in, so what Brianna gives us is more cover in that central midfielder position.

ussoccer.com: Can you talk about the three players in camp that did not make the SheBelieves Cup roster (Meghan Klingenberg, Amy Rodriguez, Sarah Killion)?
JE:
For Meghan, the message was ‘you’re not quite ready’. She’s been battling an injury, she’s been out from all physical activity for a long time and I certainly wanted to bring her in and have a look at her and see where she’s at, but Meghan and I both understand that right now she’s not ready to jump into that intense 90-minute environment. She’s working her way back and the Thorns will be a great platform where she can build herself back up.

With Amy, again, making sure we give these players an evaluation is important. I think A-Rod in truth, is further ahead of where I thought she’d be after a year off. Not only is Amy playing her way back, but she is also processing a lot of new information from the end of the World Cup until now. The messaging was similar, keep progressing and return to your club environment and be ready to get after it in your pre-season.   

What I said to Sarah was that I was specifically looking at players that play her position, and digging a little deeper into that process meant taking another look at her. She is definitely someone we will continue to monitor. Sharpening up her speed of play is going to be a focus for her, but for sure, being in this environment has helped her understand the demands and pace of the international level.

ussoccer.com: You’ve called in Jessica McDonald, who was not in the Orlando camp, to join the team in Philadelphia for the tournament. What factors led to that decision?
JE:
Jess was close to joining us in this camp, but I felt that I wanted to have another look at A-Rod here. I wanted to have this camp be smaller (in roster numbers) so we could really focus and get players on the field in an 11 aside game and not rotating. Jess is 90-minutes fit and she is a player that can give us a spark off the bench. Evaluating where A-Rod was at this point, and with the reality that Alex (Morgan) took a knock in France, it made it important that we have coverage in that central position. We have Lynn (Williams), (Christen) Press and Alex as pure 9s, and we felt that we needed another central player that could provide that for us.

ussoccer.com: With only five days until the tournament opener and with a final roster now set, does the preparation change and what are you hoping to see in these final days before the first match?
JE:
The energy has been great and you can hear the vibe in the bus and on the field, and even with the coaches, we’re ready for games. We want to get this started. It’s been a valuable week here in terms of looking at big picture things. We’ve certainly drilled into set pieces a little bit more, and I feel that looking at our attacking and defending core components, we’ve got a lot of things covered and we’re ready to compete.

ussoccer.com: There’s no easing into this year’s schedule with Germany up first. What do you expect from that opening match of the tournament?
JE:
It’s always going to be a massive game for both countries. Germany has gone through a coaching change and there are slightly different nuances to how they’re playing. I think they are also looking at different players in terms of roster so it’s a perfect game for us to test ourselves against the Olympic champions. I said to the players at the beginning of camp, the more we get stretched and tested right now the better, because that’s what going to allow us to add more layers to our own development.

ussoccer.com: Do you have a plan for the goalkeepers heading into SheBelieves?
JE:
I think continuing the theme of making sure that Alyssa (Naeher) and Ash (Harris) both gain experience. And a tournament experience where getting on a podium is at stake, both need to experience that pressure.

ussoccer.com: Crystal Dunn and Alex Morgan are joining the team late from Europe, does that have any impact in camp?
JE: In my tenure, I haven’t dealt with international players joining us purely at FIFA windows so it’s a slightly different experience for me personally but obviously we’ve kept in contact with them, both visually in terms of watching their games, and obviously through constant communication. We’re excited to have them join us in camp and ready for them to help us be successful
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WNT Feb 24, 2017
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