U.S. Soccer

U.S. WNT Routs Mexico 8-0 as Hope Solo Earns Record 72nd Clean Sheet

SANDY, Utah (Sept. 13, 2014) – The U.S. Women’s National Team rolled over Mexico in the first of a two-game set against its CONCACAF foe, scoring four goals in each half to win 8-0 at Rio Tinto Stadium.

Alex Morgan scored two goals and assisted three others.  Abby Wambach also recorded a brace and goalkeeper Hope Solo earned the clean sheet to break the U.S. WNT record with the 72nd shutout of her career. Solo surpassed the previous shut-out mark of 71 held by Briana Scurry.

The U.S. played a dominant and well-rounded match as second-half subs Whitney Engen, Sydney Leroux and Heather O’Reilly added goals, and the U.S. benefited from an own goal in the opening minutes.

The USA and Mexico meet again on Thursday, Sept. 18, at Sahlen’s Stadium in Rochester, New York (7 p.m. ET on ESPN2 and Watch ESPN with and a delayed broadcast at 1 a.m. ET/10 p.m. PT on Univision Deportes Network). These matches serve as the USA’s final preparation heading into CONCACAF Women’s Championship, which starts in mid-October.

Goal Scoring Rundown:
USA – Own Goal (Alina Garciamendez), 11th minute: The U.S. WNT earned a gift early on when Alex Morgan’s lead pass toward Abby Wambach was skipped to Garciamendez. Though she was able to intercept, Garciamendez’s attempted clear deflected over Mexico goalkeeper Cecilia Santiago who was well off her line, bounced once and crossed the goal line. USA 1, MEX 0 

USA – Abby Wambach (Alex Morgan), 23rd minute: Megan Rapinoe set up the sequence with a dish to Morgan down the left sideline. Morgan brought the ball toward the end line, and despite having her first cross blocked, calmly set up Wambach with a second pass just outside the six-yard box. Wambach’s left-footed shot got through the Mexico defense and past Cecilia Santiago to signal a long night for Mexico. USA 2, MEX 0 

USA – Alex Morgan (unassisted), 36th minute: Mexico defender Bianca Sierra made a shaky decision on a lofted pass toward her own box. The ball bounced off her chest as she retreated toward her own goal and Morgan, who was running alongside her, won the ball and sent a right-footed chip over Santiago into the net. USA 3, MEX 0

USA – Abby Wambach (Alex Morgan), 41st minute: The USA kept its foot on the gas as Morgan had plenty of space on the right side of the box. She crossed, and even though Cecilia Santiago managed to get a fingertip on the ball, it was not enough to push the ball out of the path of Wambach who slotted it home for the 170th tally of her career and the seventh of this year. USA 4, MEX 0 

USA – Alex Morgan (Christen Press), 56th minute: A quick passing sequence found Press in the right side of the box and she sent a smooth-rolling pass to Morgan near the right post. She slotted home with her right foot to open the second-half scoring. USA 5, MEX 0

USA – Whitney Engen (Christen Press), 58th minute: Off of Megan Rapinoe’s corner kick from the right side, Press rose among the pack and headed to the right side of the goal box. Engen delivered her snap header into the upper right corner for her first goal of the year and second of her career. USA 6, MEX 0

USA – Sydney Leroux (Lauren Holiday), 71st minute:  Second-half sub Leroux, the team’s leading goal scorer in 2014, got into the act on a set piece chance. Holiday took the right-footed corner kick from the left side and her driven cross was met by Leroux who powered her header home from the top of the six-yard box. USA 7, MEX 0

USA – Heather O’Reilly (Alex Morgan), 75th minute:  Lauren Holiday played a superb through ball to Morgan on the left side of the box. Though Mexico’s defense deflected Morgan’s first cross attempt, Morgan stuck with it and found O’Reilly for a left-footed shot from six yards out to cap off the scoring. USA 8, MEX 0 (FINAL) 

Key Saves and Defensive Stops:
MEX – Cecilia Santiago, 45th minute: The scoring damage had already been done, but Mexico’s 19-year-old goalkeeper tried to keep Mexico’s faint hopes alive with a diving save just before halftime. Megan Rapinoe rocketed a right-footed shot from about 17 yards out, and her attempt to the near left post was parried away by Santiago for a USA corner kick. 

MEX – Cecilia Santiago, 52nd minute: From 20 yards out, Alex Morgan launched a left-footed shot headed toward the near right side of the frame, but Santiago smothered it with the diving save to her left. 

Milestone Watch:

  • Hope Solo’s U.S. record 72 clean sheets have been posted over 154 games starting in 2000. Briana Scurry’s previous record of 71 shutouts were accumulated over 173 matches.
  • Solo’s first cap and shutout in April of 2000 was also an 8-0 match, that win over Iceland.
  • Center back Christie Rampone played in her 296th match as she continues to inch closer to 300 caps. Only Kristine Lilly has appeared in more games for the USA (352 games from 1987-2010).
  • Abby Wambach upped her all-time record goal scoring total to 170 with her brace. She is now 12 goals ahead of the legendary Mia Hamm (158 goals from 1987-2004).
  • With her two assists to Wambach, Alex Morgan now has 31 for her career. That moves her ahead of Lauren Holiday for 12th on the all-time list.
  • Carli Lloyd played in her 175th match. With her next appearance, Lloyd will tie Shannon MacMillan for 12th on the USA’s all-time list. MacMillan had 176 caps from 1993-2005.
  • Morgan is currently 10th on the all-time goal scoring list with 48 following Saturday’s brace. Morgan sits three goals behind Lloyd.

Next on the Schedule:
The U.S. WNT and Mexico square off in a rematch on Thursday, Sept. 18, at Sahlen’s Stadium in Rochester, New York (7 p.m. ET).

Broadcast information: ESPN2, WatchESPN

Social: Twitter (@ussoccer_wnt | @ussoccer_esp); Facebook; Instagram

Additional Notes:

  • The USA is now 9-2-3 in 2014.
  • Hope Solo moved to 119-9-18 for her career. She is second only to Briana Scurry for all-time wins (Scurry went 133-12-14 from 1994-2008).
  • The USA improved to 109-2-8 when Abby Wambach scores a goal.
  • The U.S. is now 28-1-1 all-time against Mexico.
  • U.S. head coach Jill Ellis’ starting lineup featured Hope Solo in goal and a defensive group of Meghan Klingenberg at left back, Stephanie Cox at right back and Becky Sauerbrunn and Christine Rampone as the center backs. Rampone wore the captain’s armband.
  • The midfield corps in the 4-3-3 included Megan Rapinoe on the left side, Lauren Holiday on the right and Carli Lloyd in the center.
  • The USA’s front line included Christen Press, Alex Morgan and Abby Wambach.
  • To open the second half, Ellis made two defensive substitutions with Crystal Dunn replacing Cox and Whitney Engen in for Sauerbrunn.
  • In the 60th minute, Sydney Leroux, Tobin Heath and Heather O’Reilly were brought in for Rapinoe, Wambach and Press, respectively.
  • Morgan Brian served as the final substitution for Lloyd in the 71st minute.
  • Sauerbrunn, Press and O’Reilly are the only U.S. WNT players to have seen action in all 14 matches in 2014.

-U.S. Women’s National Team Report-

Match: U.S. Women’s National Team vs. Mexico
Date: Sept. 13, 2014
Competition: International Friendly
Venue: Rio Tinto Stadium
Kickoff: 7:30 p.m. MT
Attendance: 8,849
Weather: 79 degrees, mostly sunny

Scoring Summary:   1      2      F
USA                               4      4      8
MEX                               0      0      0                                                       

USA – Own Goal (Alina Garciamendez)                  12th minute
USA – Abby Wambach (Alex Morgan)                    23
USA – Alex Morgan                                                         36
USA – Abby Wambach (Alex Morgan)                    41
USA – Alex Morgan (Christen Press)                       56
USA – Whitney Engen (Christen Press)                  58
USA – Sydney Leroux (Lauren Holiday)                  71
USA – Heather O’Reilly (Alex Morgan)                   75

Lineups:
USA: 1-Hope Solo; 14-Stephanie Cox (19-Crystal Dunn, 46), 4-Becky Sauerbrunn (6-Whitney Engen 46), 3-Christie Rampone (capt.), 25-Meghan Klingenberg; 12-Lauren Holiday, 10-Carli Lloyd (7-Morgan Brian, 71), 15-Megan Rapinoe (2-Sydney Leroux, 60); 23-Christen Press (9-Heather O’Reilly, 60), 20-Abby Wambach (17-Tobin Heath, 60), 13-Alex Morgan
Substitutions Not Used: 24-Ashlyn Harris
Head Coach: Jill Ellis

MEX: 1-Cecilia Santiago; 2-Arianna Romero, 4-Alina Garciamendez (capt.), 5-Paulina Solis, 13-Bianca Sierra; 6-Liliana Mercado (3-Monica Alvarado, 57), 7-Nayeli Rangel, 10-Stephany Mayor, 11-Kenti Robles (20-Charlyn Corral, 46), 17-Veronica Perez (21-Lizbeth Angeles, 88); 9-Tanya Samarzich (19-Luz Duarte, 67)
Substitutions Not Used: 8-Teresa Noyola, 12-Brissa Rangel, 14-Christina Murillo, 15-Guadalupe Cruzaley, 16-Jazmine Ponce, 18-Jackie Acevedo
Head coach: Leonardo Cuellar

Stats Summary: USA / MEX
Shots:  25 / 8
Shots on Goal: 10 / 1
Saves: 1 / 3
Corner Kicks: 7 / 1
Fouls: 10 / 10
Offside: 7 / 2

Misconduct Summary:
USA – Lauren Holiday (caution)                 64th minute

Officials:
Referee: Vilma Montez (SLV)
Assistant Referee 1: Elizabeth Aguilar (SLV)
Assistant Referee 2: Ivonne Ayala (SLV)
Fourth Official: Melissa Borjas (HON)

Budweiser Woman of the Match: Hope Solo

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-U.S. Women’s National Team Report-

Match: U.S. Women’s National Team vs. Mexico
Date: Sept. 13, 2014
Competition: International Friendly
Venue: Rio Tinto Stadium; Salt Lake City, Utah
Kickoff: 7:30 p.m. MT
Attendance: 8,849
Weather: 79 degrees, mostly sunny

Scoring Summary:   1      2      F
USA                            4      4      8
MEX                           0      0      0                                                       

USA – Own Goal (Alina Garciamendez)                  12th minute
USA – Abby Wambach (Alex Morgan)                    23
USA – Alex Morgan                                                  36
USA – Abby Wambach (Alex Morgan)                    41
USA – Alex Morgan (Christen Press)                       56
USA – Whitney Engen (Christen Press)                  58
USA – Sydney Leroux (Lauren Holiday)                  71
USA – Heather O’Reilly (Alex Morgan)                   75

Lineups:
USA: 1-Hope Solo; 14-Stephanie Cox (19-Crystal Dunn, 46), 4-Becky Sauerbrunn (6-Whitney Engen 46), 3-Christie Rampone (capt.), 25-Meghan Klingenberg; 12-Lauren Holiday, 10-Carli Lloyd (7-Morgan Brian, 71), 15-Megan Rapinoe (2-Sydney Leroux, 60); 23-Christen Press (9-Heather O’Reilly, 60), 20-Abby Wambach (17-Tobin Heath, 60), 13-Alex Morgan
Substitutions Not Used: 24-Ashlyn Harris
Head Coach: Jill Ellis

MEX: 1-Cecilia Santiago; 2-Arianna Romero, 4-Alina Garciamendez (capt.), 5-Paulina Solis, 13-Bianca Sierra; 6-Liliana Mercado (3-Monica Alvarado, 57), 7-Nayeli Rangel, 10-Stephany Mayor, 11-Kenti Robles (20-Charlyn Corral, 46), 17-Veronica Perez (21-Lizbeth Angeles, 88); 9-Tanya Samarzich (19-Luz Duarte, 67)
Substitutions Not Used: 8-Teresa Noyola, 12-Brissa Rangel, 14-Christina Murillo, 15-Guadalupe Cruzaley, 16-Jazmine Ponce, 18-Jackie Acevedo
Head coach: Leonardo Cuellar

Stats Summary: USA / MEX
Shots:  25 / 8
Shots on Goal: 10 / 1
Saves: 1 / 3
Corner Kicks: 7 / 1
Fouls: 10 / 10
Offside: 7 / 2

Misconduct Summary:
USA – Lauren Holiday (caution)                 64th minute

Officials:
Referee: Vilma Montez (SLV)
Assistant Referee 1: Elizabeth Aguilar (SLV)
Assistant Referee 2: Ivonne Ayala (SLV)
Fourth Official: Melissa Borjas (HON)

Budweiser Woman of the Match: Hope Solo

USA Captures Historic 4-3 Win vs. Mexico at 2017 CONCACAF U-17 Championship

PANAMA CITY, Panama (April 26, 2017) – The U.S. battled back from an early deficit, using a brace from Josh Sargent and second-half strikes from Blaine Ferri and Ayo Akinola to capture a 4-3 win against archrival Mexico in the teams’ second game of the 2017 CONCACAF U-17 Championship. The result marks the USA’s first-ever World Cup Qualifying victory against Mexico at the U-17 level and also ends El Tri’s 25-match unbeaten streak in CONCACAF U-17 Championship play.

With six points from its first two matches at the 2017 CONCACAF U-17 Championship, the U.S. has clinched a berth to the tournament’s Classification Stage.

Playing through monsoon-like conditions for much of the game, the U.S. had to overcome an early deficit when Roberto de la Rosa slipped through to bury the game’s opening goal in the sixth minute. Sargent began the comeback 20 minutes later, displaying a wonderful piece of skill before sending the U.S. equalizer past Mexico goalkeeper Andre Alcaraz. The U-17 MNT captain then exercised on a grinding individual effort in the box to give the U.S. a 2-1 lead in the 40th minute, only to have de la Rosa head home the Mexico equalizer in the 44th.

John Hackworth’s side was unperturbed by the tying goal, as Andrew Carleton came close to breaking the deadlock in the 49th minute before setting up Blaine Ferri for the go-ahead goal in the 51st. The U.S. largely frustrated Mexico as they looked for the equalizer and caught El Trí out once again as Ayo Akinola added an insurance goal in the 84th minute.

Undeterred by the two-goal margin, Mexico continued to push and pulled one back in second-half stoppage time as U.S. defender Jaylin Lindsey’s own goal cut the deficit, but the U.S. held strong in the dying moments to earn the three points.

The win marks the USA’s first-ever victory against Mexico in CONCACAF U-17 Championship play and also officially clinches the team’s berth in the tournament’s Classification Stage. The U.S. now just needs a draw in Saturday’s match against El Salvador to finish atop Group C.

Up Next: The U-17 MNT closes out the group stage of the 2017 CONCACAF U-17 Championship against El Salvador on Saturday, April 29. Kickoff from Estadio Maracaná in Panama City is set for 6 p.m. ET and the match can be seen live on UDN and the CONCACAF YouTube Channel.

Social: Twitter (@ussoccer_ynt; @ussoccer_esp); Facebook; Instagram

2017 CONCACAF U-17 Championship Group C

Team

GP

W

L

D

Pts.

GF

GA

GD

x-USA

2

2

0

0

6

9

3

6

Mexico

2

1

1

0

3

9

4

5

Jamaica

2

1

1

0

3

3

6

-3

El Salvador

2

0

2

0

0

1

9

-8

x-Qualified for Classification Stage

Goal Scoring Rundown:
MEX – Roberto de la Rosa (Jesús Pérez), 6th minute:
Mexico grabbed the early lead when Lopez won the ball in Mexico’s defensive end, turned and alertly sprung a through ball for de la Rosa. The Pachuca forward timed his run well and muscled off the challenge of Arturo Vasquez before slipping his shot to the right of Justin Garces. USA 0, MEX 1 [WATCH]

USA – Josh Sargent (Blaine Ferri), 26th minute:
The U.S. response came exactly 20 minutes later and in somewhat similar fashion to Mexico’s goal as Andrew Carleton won the ball deep in the USA’s defensive end. He quickly played for Blaine Ferri, who sprayed a ball forward for Josh Sargent. Running alone up top, Sargent let the ball bounce once before a back heel flick over his defender unlocked a clear lane towards goal where he slotted past Andre Alcaraz. USA 1, MEX 1 [WATCH]

USA – Josh Sargent, 40th minute: Sargent showed why he’s the U-17 MNT captain with his effort to give the U.S. a 2-1 lead. A looping ball in from the right found Ferri, who nodded down in the area for Sargent. The forward battled Mexico captain Luis Olivas whose attempted clearance careened off Sargent and hit Carlos Robles. The ball bounced back to Sargent whose initial shot was saved by Alcaraz only to see the USA captain pounce on the rebound and scoop home his second of the match. USA 2, MEX 1 [WATCH]

MEX – Roberto de la Rosa (Daniel Lopez), 44th minute: After Jairo Torres left a through ball for Lopez on the right, the Club Tijuana attacker hit a driven cross into the area that picked out de la Rosa at the back post where he headed past Garces for his second of the match. USA 2, MEX 2 [WATCH]

USA – Blaine Ferri (Andrew Carleton), 51st minute: Just moments after Carleton nearly put the U.S. back ahead, he penetrated the Mexico box on the left before playing Ferri into space outside the area. The midfielder took one touch and then unleashed a turf-trimming drive that threaded through traffic and inside the lower left post to restore the U.S. lead. USA 3, MEX 2 [WATCH]

USA – Ayo Akinola (Josh Sargent), 84th minute: Mexico pressed forward looking for a late equalizer and the U.S. took full advantage. Collecting the ball in midfield, substitute George Acosta picked out Sargent who cleverly played a ball into space for Ayo Akinola, setting the table for the Toronto FC Academy striker to put a one-time finish past Alcaraz. USA 4, MEX 2 [WATCH] 

MEX – own goal (Jaylin Lindsey), 90+1 minute: Mexico continued throwing everything forward and after a flicked on header, substitute Cesar Huerta chased the ball down on the right and centered a low cross that saw Lindsey’s attempted clearance end up in the back of the net. USA 4, MEX 3 [WATCH] FINAL

Key Saves and Defensive Stops
MEX – Andre Alcaraz, 49th minute:
After a series of headers in the air, Andrew Carleton latched on to the ball and played a quick combination with Ayo Akinola at the top of the box. Akinola returned the pass, springing Carleton into the box alone, but the Atlanta United FC striker’s low effort was well collected by Alcaraz.

NOTES:

  • The result is the USA’s first-ever win against Mexico in CONCACAF U-17 Championship play, improving the U-17 MNT’s record to 1-4-1 all-time vs. El Tri.
  • The U.S. win snapped the current Mexico U-17 side’s 25-match unbeaten streak in CONCACAF U-17 Championship play.
  • Combined with the U-20 MNT’s 1-0 victory against Mexico in the Classification Stage of the 2017 CONCACAF U-20 Championship, the result marks the first time both the U.S. U-17 and U-20 MNTs have defeated Mexico in official competition during the same calendar year.
  • With their goals today, Josh Sargent and Ayo Akinola each have three at the CONCACAF U-17 Championship, tying them with Honduras’ Carlos Mejía for the tournament’s Golden Boot lead.
  • Having provided the helper on Akinola’s 88th minute strike vs. Jamaica, Sargent recorded his second assist of the tournament on Akinola’s 84th minute game-winner.
  • Blaine Ferri registered the assist on Sargent’s 26th minute strike, while his 51st minute goal was his first of the tournament.
  • Andrew Carleton dished his first assist of the competition on Ferri’s goal.
  • With the result, John Hackworth moves to 7-1-1 all-time in U-17 World Cup Qualifying matches.

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

Match: U.S. U-17 Men’s National Team vs. Mexico
Date: April 26, 2017
Competition: 2017 CONCACAF U-17 Championship – Group C
Venue: Estadio Maracaná de Panamá; Panamá City, Panamá
Kickoff: 6:30 p.m. ET
Weather: 83 degrees; Heavy rain

Scoring Summary:    1          2          F
USA                             2          2          4
MEX                            2          1          3

MEX – Roberto de la Rosa (Andres Perez)   6th minute
USA – Josh Sargent (Blaine Ferri)                 26
USA – Josh Sargent                                        40
MEX – Roberto de la Rosa (Daniel Lopez)    44
USA – Blaine Ferri (Andrew Carleton)          51
USA – Ayo Akinola (Josh Sargent)                78
MEX – Jaylin Lindsey (own goal)                  90+2

Lineups:
USA: 1-Justin Garces; 3-Chris Gloster (13-Akil Watts, 46), 5-A.J. Vasquez, 4-James Sands, 2-Jaylin Lindsey; 8-Blaine Ferri, 6-Chris Durkin, 14-Chris Goslin (10-George Acosta, 80); 11-Andrew Carleton (19-Tim Weah, 75), 9-Josh Sargent (Capt.), 7-Ayo Akinola
Subs not used: 12-C.J. Dos Santos, 15-Zyen Jones, 16-Taylor Booth, 17-Bryan Reynolds, 18-Indiana Vassilev, 20-Adrian Villegas
Head coach: John Hackworth

MEX: 12-Cesar Lopez; 2-Adrian Vazquez, 3-Carlos Robles, 4-Luis Olivas (Capt.), 5-Raul Sandoval; 6-Luis Gamiz, 8-Alexis Gutierrez (17-Carlos Guerrero, 78), 11-Andres Perez (19-Cesar Huerta, 60); 7-Jairo Torres, 9-Daniel Lopez (20-Alfonso Alvarado, 71), 10-Roberto De La Rosa
Subs not used: 1-Andre Alcaraz, 13-Haret Ortega, 14-Alan Maeda, 15-Andres Catalan, 16-Marco Ruiz, 18-Victor Reyes
Head coach: Mario Arteaga 

Stats Summary: USA / MEX
Shots: 10 / 8
Shots on Goal: 6 / 3
Saves: 1 / 2
Corner Kicks: 2 / 5
Fouls: 15 / 10
Offside: 3 / 0

Misconduct Summary:
MEX – Alexis Gutierrez (caution)                   60th minute

Officials:
Referee: Jose Kellys (PAN)
Assistant Referee 1: Daniel Williamson (PAN)
Assistant Referee 2: Alejandro Camarena (PAN)
4th Official: Juan Gabriel Calderon (CRC) 

ussoccer.com Man of the Match: Josh Sargent

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U.S. Soccer to Host A, B and C Performance Centers at Seven Locations

U.S. Soccer will host A, B, and C Performance Centers at seven locations. Additional locations will be announced this summer. We will open the registration for these Performance Centers in the Digital Coaching Center on Friday, April 28 at 10 a.m. CT.

Interested applicants should review the Performance Center FAQ’s and confirm their eligibility in the Digital Coaching Center

Confirmed Performance Center Locations:

Location

Date

Contact

Plymouth, Pennsylvania

May 20-21

Felicia Hess

Fullerton, California

May 26-27

Stefan McMillan

Clearwater, Florida

May 27-28

Felicia Hess

Pleasanton, California

June 24-25

Stefan McMillan

San Antonio, Texas

August 5-6

Felicia Hess

Lexington, Kentucky

August 19-20

Stefan McMillan

East Meadow, New York

October 8-9

Felicia Hess


For other coaching inquiries, please contact the Coaching Department at coaches@ussoccer.org.

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USA Looks to Continue U-17 World Cup Qualifying Momentum vs. Mexico | 6:30pm ET | YouTube, UDN

The U.S. Under-17 Men’s National Team continues the 2017 CONCACAF U-17 Championship against Mexico in its second Group C game on Wednesday, April 26. The match kicks off at Estadio Maracaná in Panama City at 6:30 p.m. ET and will be broadcast live on Univision Deportes Network and via the CONCACAF YouTube channel. Fans can also follow along on Twitter @ussoccer_ynt.

Offensive prowess on display in opening games
Both the USA and Mexico kicked off their 2017 CONCACAF U-17 Championship campaigns with high-scoring wins. After a scoreless first half against Jamaica, the floodgates opened for the United States as Chris Durkin (52’), Tim Weah (77’), and Josh Sargent (87’) tallied before Ayo Akinola’s late brace (88’, 90+2’) to give the U-17 MNT a resounding 5-0 shutout victory.

Following that match, Mexico wasted little time in asserting their dominance against El Salvador. After an own-goal blemish in the first minute, Luis Olivas tacked on a header in the 31st, followed by a Daniel Lopez strike five minutes later. Another El Salvador own goal just before the break sent Mexico into halftime with a comfortable 4-0 edge. El Trí kept up the momentum early in the second half as Lopez bagged his second in the 46th minute, then Alan Maeda added a header in the 75th to give Mexico a 6-0 win and a one-goal edge over the United States atop Group C.

2017 CONCACAF U-17 Championship Group C Standings

TEAM

GP

W

L

D

Pts.

GF

GA

GD

Mexico

1

1

0

0

3

6

0

+6

USA

1

1

0

0

3

5

0

+5

Jamaica

1

0

1

0

0

0

5

-5

El Salvador

1

0

1

0

0

0

6

-6

Even if the first game doesn’t end deadlocked, Wednesday night’s winner would be a safe bet to advance, moving one step closer to the FIFA U-17 World Cup in India.

2016 Torneo De Naciones Rematch
In August 2016, the U-17 MNT traveled to Mexico City to participate in the Torneo De Naciones, where the USA and Mexico each faced Portugal and Qatar. After both sides finished with favorable results, the final game between the USA and Mexico served as the de facto championship match.

The U.S. jumped out to an early lead through Ayo Akinola in the second minute, but Mexico responded with two goals before halftime. USA defender Arturo Vasquez leveled things at 2-2 three minutes after the break. Mexico would go on to score three unanswered goals to go up 5-2 in the 79th minute. U.S. midfielder George Acosta’s 89th minute penalty kick seemed a small consolation, but then Mexico’s Alexis Gutierrez converted a minute later to close the scoring at 6-3.

“Full credit to Mexico and they are a very good team, but I think we’ve improved since then and this game at this point is very important to both teams because it sets us up for going through to the next stage,” U-17 MNT head coach John Hackworth said about the match.

USA-Mexico U-17 CONCACAF Championship History
The U.S and Mexico have not faced each other in a U-17 World Cup qualifying game since 1996. In that contest, the USA lost 3-1 and finished second to Mexico in the final standings.

Mexico holds quite the edge over the USA in U-17 FIFA U-17 World Cup qualifying (4-0-1), and has won the tournament six times, most recently in 2015. The USA is one title behind Mexico, and has finished as runners up an additional five times.

Experienced Coaches
In his second stint leading the U.S. U-17 Men’s National Team, John Hackworth is looking to guide the U-17 MNT to the World Cup for a third time as head coach. Hackworth began with the U-17 MNT by serving as an assistant to former head coach John Ellinger, helping the U.S. qualify for the 2003 FIFA U-17 World Cup. After Ellinger’s departure, Hackworth took the reins and guided the U.S. to the 2005 and 2007 World Cups as head coach before departing for other opportunities. After managing M.L.S. side Philadelphia Union, Hackworth returned to the U-17 MNT in December of 2015.

Hackworth’s opposite number, Mario Arteaga, A former Mexico youth international, played with famed Liga MX club CD Guadalajara before finishing his professional career with Club León. Internationally, he represented El Trí at the 1992 Summer Olympics in Barcelona, appearing in a pair of 1-1 draws with Australia and Ghana. As a manager, Arteaga took over Mexico’s U-17 program in July of 2014. Since then, he has guided the side to the title at the 2015 CONCACAF U-17 Championship, followed by an impressive fourth-place finish at the 2015 FIFA U-17 World Cup in Chile.

Reaching the Big Stage
This year marks the 17th occasion that the U.S. U-17 MNT will compete in the CONCACAF Youth Tournament or Championship. The USA has won the CONCACAF U-17, formerly U-16, Championship title five times: (1983, 1992, 2001, 2003 and 2011) and finished as runner-up five times: (1987, 1988, 1991, 1994, 1996).

Since the inaugural CONCACAF U-17 Championship in 1983, El Trí has participated in 15 of 17 tournaments, claiming six titles (1985, 1987, 1991, 1996, 2013, 2015) and one runner-up finish (1992). In total, Mexico has qualified for the FIFA U-17 World Cup 12 times.

Once qualified, Mexico has had an impressive run at the FIFA U-17 World Cup. El Trí has advanced from the group stage seven times, made the Semifinals on four occasions and won the tournament twice – the 2005 edition in Peru and 2011 at home in Mexico.

Recently Mexico finished as runners up at the 2013 competition in United Arab Emirates and fourth in the last World Cup in Chile.

Tournament Format
The 2017 tournament begins in a group stage, with 12 CONCACAF teams split into three four-team groups. After an initial round-robin schedule, the top two teams from each group will advance to the classification stage, featuring two groups with three teams each. In that second group stage, the top two finishers from each group qualify for the 2017 FIFA U-17 World Cup in India, while the first-place teams in each group move on to play for the tournament title.

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U-17 MNT Apr 26, 2017

National B Course Aims to Guide Long Term Development of Players and Teams

As General Manager of the Tallahassee Tottenham Hotspur Football Club, Lindsay Taylor has her hands full. Not only does she coach the competitive U-19 women’s side, the U-15 girls, and manage the Tots program, but she also oversees corporate sponsorship, staffing for the grassroots initiatives and periodization for the senior teams.

But that’s not enough for the former Winthrop University midfielder. For now, Taylor is intent on obtaining her U.S. Soccer National B License. For the future, she has bigger career goals.

In April, Taylor was one of 34 coaches who completed their second meeting of the B License course, which began in February and runs through July.

“Meeting with Bonnie Young (Chicago Red Stars assistant coach), who is also taking the course, and with a few collegiate coaches, and working with Florida State University one day a week and being able to go to their training and shadow Mark Krikorian (head coach) and Mike Bristol (assistant coach), it’s been an amazing experience,” Taylor told ussoccer.com this week. “I finally kind of realize that I ultimately want to coach at a high-collegiate program, and the ultimate goal is to coach for our National Teams.”

Taylor, who previously coached in the New York Red Bulls Academy, acquired her D license in 2011 and C license in 2015. This year, she was selected to continue on to the next phase of the coaching education pathway.

Unlike the previous license courses, candidates must apply and be selected to take the B course, which focuses on developing the skills of coaching in general as well as the long-term development of players and the team in particular. Coaches eligible for the B license course must be coaching youth or senior players and teams playing 11v11.

“The big difference that separates this course is the fact that this is a more holistic approach,” said U.S. Soccer B-License Instructor Neal Ellis (pictured above - left). “We are looking at the whole environment – how do you coach, how do you communicate, how do you lead, how do you talk to your team, to the individuals, to the parents. So we cover everything in this course.”

The B course begins with an initial meeting followed by a two-month development period where instructors get to know the coaches through regular communication and by each coach submitting assignments focused on leadership, player interviews and prioritization.

“Every single one of them comes in with their own experience, with their own deficiencies,” said Ellis, who is also Director of Coaching for the South Texas Youth Soccer Association. “So our job within the development period is to assess where the candidate is right now, and where do we need to take each individual candidate.”

The process is fluid, and by the time the coaches reach the second course meeting, they’ve received standards and feedback, which in theory lead to continuous improvement.

“The expectation for the second meeting is that we are looking for them to be more efficient in their coaching, in the delivery of information, and set up of the activity has to be correct,” added Ellis. “The emphasis is how can we push the coaching to another level.”

Count Taylor as one who has embraced the process.

“The way it’s been broken up has been so much more comprehensive than the C course,” Taylor said. “The different techniques that we’ve learned over the last two months with the player interviews and how to approach certain things to get to know your players a little better, and managing the entire environment not just as a manager but as a leader – and to understand the difference. You don’t really think about things like that until you discuss them with other people.”

As she approaches the second development period before the final assessment, Taylor reflected on two key takeaways to date.

“The big thing that I took from the last meeting is that it’s really helpful to be open-minded and be able to talk candidly with your instructor and with other coaches,” she said. “But the emphasis on technique is a really big deal. The instructors are asking us to learn to recognize and be very specific and clear with the players. It’s been one thing I’ve been trying to focus on a lot – to not just sweep over concepts, but to really dive in and get my players to understand why we do certain things.”

Ellis says that each coach will be required to complete four new assignments in their own environment during the upcoming development period. One task requires coaches to videotape a coaching session while wearing a microphone so they can go over the session with their instructor.

“Those moments are the most important,” Taylor said of the forthcoming evaluation. “You can get so caught up in your training session where you may not realize what exactly you say, or if everybody is engaged, or if your coaching position should be moved or fixed, and being able to watch yourself coach is super important.”

Other assignments will focus on leadership, becoming a role model and improving the team. After completing the development period, the coaches will once again gather for their final assessment meeting.

“I hope what they get out of this course is that coaching is a process, that it’s going to be constant learning,” said Ellis. “Each coach has to submit a personal development plan, and I think that the coaches that take that development plan to heart are going to continue to improve because they’re going to look at the long-term.

Taylor has that part down.

“Obviously you’re learning a lot about different ways to approach coaching, because you’re exposed not only to the instructors and their coaching styles, but you’re also surrounded by other coaches, and you get to observe and be engaged in their training sessions, their style, and how effective they are,” she added.

“I found that making the connection with these coaches – in the B course especially, since we’ve been able to meet multiple times – I’m getting to know these coaches and establish relationships. That’s what keeps me motivated and striving to be a better coach – because I’m surrounded by people who want to improve soccer in the United States. That’s motivating to me, that’s inspiring, and that’s why I continue to go back (to take courses).”

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Apr 26, 2017

U-17 WNT Draws Slovenia 1-1 to Open 2nd Torneo Femminile Delle Nazioni

AJDOVSCINA, Slovenia (April 25, 2017) – The U.S. Under-17 Women’s National Team played its first international match of its new cycle and drew 1-1 in the opening game for both teams at the 2nd Tornea Femminile Della Nazioni.

The tournament has been held for boys’ teams for the past 14 years (including this one), but this is just the second time it has been held for women’s teams.

The year’s competition is for players born in 2001 or later and features two groups of four teams each, with the USA in Group B along with Slovenia, England and Mexico. Group A features Italy, France, Germany and Belgium.

The match consisted of 35-minute halves and Slovenia took the lead four minutes into the second half as Marusa Cesnik scored a header from a corner kick.

The USA tied the game in the 58th minute after Lia Godfrey was fouled inside the penalty area and Jordan Caniff converted the spot kick. It was Canniff’s third goal in 11 career U-17 caps as she begins her second cycle with this age group.

The USA will next face Mexico on Wednesday, April 26 at ASD Fiumicello in Fiumicello, Italy and finishes group play against England on Friday, April 28 at ND Adria Miren in Miren, Slovenia, which is located just over the border with Italy.

After group play, each team will play a placement game on Saturday, April 29, with the group winners playing for the championship, the second-place finishers playing for third, the third-place finishers playing for fifth and the fourth-place finishers playing for seventh.

The tournament is being staged at 15 different venues, nine in Italy and six in Slovenia.

The U.S. roster features 18 players born in 2001, which is the age cut-off year for the next FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup, taking place in Uruguay.

U.S. Under-17 Women's National Team Match Report

Match: U.S. Under-17 WNT vs. Slovenia U-17 WNT
Date: April 25, 2017
Competition: Torneo Femminile Delle Nazioni 
Venue: Sportni park Ajdovscina; Ajdovscina, Slovenia
Weather: 56 degrees, cloudy

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

SVN – Marusa Cesnik                        39th minute                            
USA – Jordan Canniff                        58  

Lineups:
USA: 1-Ruth Jones; 17-Talia DellaPeruta, 4-Tori Hansen, 5-Leah Scarpelli,13-Sunshine Fontes (14-Lia Godfrey,53), 7-Samantha Meza (18-Payton Linnehan, 36), 8-Astrid Wheeler, 19-Madison Mercado (16-Kalyssa Van Zanten, 36), 3-Kate Wiesner, 10-Mia Fishel (capt.), 9-Jordan Canniff (15-Maya Doms, 70)
Subs not used: 11-Croix Bethune, 2-Makenna Morris, 12-Lindsey Romig, 20-Hollyn Torres, 6-Kennedy Wesley
Head Coach: Mark Carr 

SVN: 1-Nika Spaek (capt.); 7-Sara Makovec (15-Eva Vodusek, 68), 19-Kaja Korosec, 14-Zala Vindisar (5-Nika Cucek, 36), 2-Ana Milovic (13-Marcela Kos, 15), 18-Tjasa Kumer (17-Lara Klopcic, 60), 11-Nika Pintaric (13-Marcela Kos, 36) (20-Luana Zajmi, 52), 4-Marusa Cesnik, 10-Adrijana Mori, 8-Izabela Krizaj (16-Vita Zolek, 36), 9-Sara Agrez
Subs not used: 3-Jana Intihar, 12-Zala Mersnik
Head Coach: Petra Mikeln 

Statistical Summary: USA / SVN
Shots: 4 / 6
Shots on Goal: 3 / 2
Saves: 1 / 2
Corner Kicks: 3 / 2
Fouls: 5 / 7
Offside: 0 / 0 

Misconduct Summary: 
None 

Officials:
Referee: Andaz Kavcic
Asst. Referee 1: Damjana Antolin
Asst. Referee 2: Sara Mask 

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