U.S. Soccer

U.S. WNT Defeats Mexico 4-0 in Final Tune-Up for CONCACAF Women's Championship

Amy Rodriguez, Megan Rapinoe, Tobin Heath and Alex Morgan Tally Goals;
USA Eyes 2014 CONCACAF Women’s Championship Starting Oct. 15 vs. Trinidad & Tobago at Sporting Park in Kansas City

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WNT Sep 18, 2014

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

Match: U.S. Women’s National Team vs. Mexico
Date: Sept. 18, 2014
Competition: International Friendly
Venue: Sahlen’s Stadium; Rochester, New York
Kickoff: 7 p.m. ET
Attendance: 5,680
Weather: 54 degrees, partly cloudy 

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

USA – Amy Rodriguez (Megan Rapinoe)                          9th minute
USA – Megan Rapinoe                                                        37
USA – Tobin Heath (Amy Rodriguez)                                44
USA – Alex Morgan (Heather O’Reilly)                            79 

Lineups:
USA: 1-Hope Solo (capt.); 5-Kelley O’Hara, 4-Becky Sauerbrunn, 3-Christie Rampone, 25-Meghan Klingenberg (19-Crystal Dunn, 61); 12-Lauren Holiday (16-Julie Johnston, 46), 10-Carli Lloyd, 15-Megan Rapinoe (20-Abby Wambach, 46); 2-Sydney Leroux (23-Christen Press, 67), 8-Amy Rodriguez (13-Alex Morgan, 46), 17-Tobin Heath (9-Heather O’Reilly, 46)
Substitutions Not Used: 24-Ashlyn Harris
Head Coach: Jill Ellis 

MEX: 1-Cecilia Santiago; 2-Arianna Romero, 3-Monica Alvarado, 5-Paulina Solis, 13-Bianca Sierra; 6-Liliana Mercado (11-Kenti Robles, 57), 7-Nayeli Rangel, 10-Stephany Mayor, 17-Veronica Perez (capt.) (14-Christina Murillo, 90+2); 9-Tanya Samarzich (8-Teresa Noyola, 67), 20-Charlyn Corral (19-Luz Duarte, 87)
Substitutions Not Used: 12-Brissa Rangel, 15-Guadalupe Cruzaley, 16-Jazmine Ponce, 18-Jackie Acevedo, 21-Lizbeth Angeles
Head coach: Leonardo Cuellar 

Stats Summary: USA / MEX
Shots:  16 / 4
Shots on Goal: 7 / 1
Saves: 1 / 3
Corner Kicks: 8 / 1
Fouls: 16 / 14
Offside: 3 / 2 

Misconduct Summary:
MEX – Stephany Mayor (caution)                     72nd minute 

Officials:
Referee: Marie-Soleil Beauboin (CAN)
Assistant Referee 1: Marie Charbonneau (CAN)
Assistant Referee 2: Suzanne Morisset (CAN)
Fourth Official: Michelle Pye (CAN) 

Budweiser Woman of the Match: Carli Lloyd

Five Things to Know About 2017 SheBelieves Cup

From March 1-7, 2017, U.S. Soccer will host the second annual SheBelieves Cup, the most elite four-team international women’s soccer tournament of the year. Three doubleheaders will be staged in the northeast region of the United States as we welcome back three of the best teams in the world: Germany, France and England. Here are five things to know about this year’s SheBelieves Cup.

Top of the FIFA Rankings
The participants of the SheBelieves Cup – just like last year – make up four of the top five ranked women’s national soccer teams in the world. The USA, the reigning World Cup champions, sit atop the rankings followed by current Olympic champions Germany. France is third and England is fifth. 

Those Elusive Goals
In last year’s SheBelieves Cup, the USA defeated England and France by 1-0 scores and downed Germany, 2-1, in the de facto championship game to take the inaugural tournament title. Germany finished second, England was third and France was fourth. In fact, none of of the games were decided by more than one goal with the results coming down to three 1-0 victories, two 2-1 victories and one 0-0 draw. Even though the USA only scored a total of four goals in the three games during the tournament, the quality made up for the quantity, providing plenty of excitement and thrilling games. Scoring important goals on the biggest of stages can define a player or a team and that was proven out as three of the four goals the USA scored in the tournament finished ranked in the top five of the WNT’s Top 10 Goals of 2016.

Dunn vs. England
Against England, Crystal Dunn scored the game-winning goal with a perfect shot to the upper 90. After a competitive first half, Dunn came in as a substitute in the 67th minute and in the 72nd minute, Meghan Klingenberg did some nice work on the ball to the left of the penalty area, then slipped a pass between two England defenders to Dunn, who took two touches into the left corner of the box and ripped a shot into the top right corner for an incredible finish to propel the USA to a 1-0 U.S. victory.

Morgan vs. France
Few things are more exciting than scoring a game-winning goal in second half stoppage time and Morgan electrified the crowd of 25,363 fans in Nashville when she did exactly that. Against France in a game that been a display of excellent soccer for 90 minutes, Mallory Pugh brought the ball down at midfield, took a few touches as she sprinted forward and then played Morgan in behind the defense with a perfectly-weighted pass. She out-sprinted her defender and cut her left-footed shot into the lower right corner from just inside the penalty area for a slick game-winning finish at 90+1.

Morgan vs. Germany
Voted as U.S. Soccer’s Best Goal of 2016, the game-tying score against Germany brought the USA back into the game after an early strike from Anja Mittag had given the European champions the lead in the de facto SheBelieves Cup final. In the 35th minute, Meghan Klingenberg evaded a defender near midfield and lofted a ball over the top of the German defense down the left side into the path of the sprinting Morgan. She let the ball bounce twice, as she muscled out a first defender, before deftly lifting it over Saskia Bartusiak with her left foot and ripping a right-footed shot into the net in two fluid steps. 

Schedule Format and How to Watch
The tournament format will be the same as last year as the four teams will each participate in three doubleheader events at three different venues over a seven-day period. The USA's match vs. Germany will kick off at 7 p.m. ET on FS1; USA vs. England will be televised at 5 p.m. ET on the main FOX network, and USA vs. France will be live at 7 p.m. ET on FS1. All USA matches will also be available via the FOX Sports GO, & FOX Soccer 2Go mobile apps and onFOXSportsGO.com.

Replacing Algarve Cup
Before the SheBelieves Cup was established in 2016, the U.S. WNT’s early year competition for most of the last 20 years included the Algarve Cup in Portugal. A 10-time champion of the tournament, the Algarve Cup is an important part of the history of the program, but for 2016, U.S. Soccer the decisions to develop its own tournament where the best female soccer players in the world would come to test their mettle in a four-team, seven-day tournament.

The SheBelieves Cup then replaced the Algarve Cup for the WNT, while providing a chance for soccer fans in the Unites States to watch the bests teams in the world on U.S. soil. 

The Best Players in the World
Probably the most exciting prospect of the SheBelieves Cup, not only for teams and players but also for fans in the United States, is that the tournament provides the opportunity to watch some of the most talented women’s players on the planet. 


France's Eugine le Sommer at the inaugural SheBeleives Cup.

This doesn’t just include the 2015 and 2016 FIFA Women’s Player of the Year in Carli Lloyd, or the speedy and technical Tobin Heath, but also forward Eugenie Le Sommer and midfielder Amandine Henry; Germany forwards Alexandra Popp and Anja Mittag and England defender Stephanie Houghton and attacking Karen Carney – all considered among the best in the world at their respective positions -- just to name a few. 

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WNT Feb 28, 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 28, 2017

Five Things to Know About the Germany SheBelieves Cup Roster

Germany announced its 2017 SheBelieves Cup roster on Feb. 14, while England revealed its 23-player squad on Feb. 21. This means that France will soon follow suit.

As for the USA, head coach Jill Ellis announced a 25-player pre-tournament training camp roster on Feb. 8 and will name the final 23-woman roster closer to the start of the tournament.

As Germany was first out of the gate, here are five things to know about the roster that will represent the current Olympic champions in the U.S. from March 1-7.

Germany Women’s National Team Roster by Position:
GOALKEEPERS (3): 12-Laura Benkarth (SC Freiburg), 1-Almuth Schult (VfL Wolfsburg), 21-Lisa Weiß (SGS Essen)
DEFENDERS (9): 2-Josephine Henning (Olympique Lyonnais), 3-Kathrin Hendrich (1. FFC Frankfurt), 5-Babett Peter (VfL Wolfsburg), 7-Pauline Bremer (Olympique Lyonnais), 14-Anna Blässe (VfL Wolfsburg), 17-Isabel Kerschowski (VfL Wolfsburg), 23-Verena Faißt (Bayern München), 24-Kristin Demann (1899 Hoffenheim), 29-Felicitas Rauch (1. FFC Turbine Postdam)
MIDFIELDERS (6): 4-Leonie Maier (Bayern München), 9-Alexandra Popp (VfL Wolfsburg), 10-Dzsenifer Marozsan (Olympique Lyonnais), 13-Sara Däbritz (Bayern München), 27-Sara Doorsoun (SGS Essen), 31-Linda Dallman (SGS Essen)
FORWARDS (5): 11-Anja Mittag (VfL Wolfsburg), 15-Mandy Islacker (1. FFC Frankfurt), 18-Lena Petermann (SC Freiburg), 20-Lina Magull (SC Freiburg), 26-Hasret Kayikci (SC Freiburg)

Steffi Takes the Reins

For the first time in more than a decade, Germany will have a new coach roaming the sidelines. Steffi Jones, a legendary international player and 2003 Women’s World Cup champion, has replaced Silvia Neid – also a legend as a player and a coach – as the head coach of the Germany Women’s National Team. Neid, who took the positon in 2005, finished her highly successful 11-year tenure by winning the gold medal at the 2016 Olympics. She also won the 2007 Women’s World Cup and the 2008 Olympic bronze medal. She was named the FIFA Women’s World Coach of the Year in 2010, 2013 and 2016. Neid has transitioned into a player development position with the DFB.

Germany Women's National Team

Jones received much praise for her work as president of the organizing committee for the 2011 FIFA Women’s World Cup in Germany. It was a ground-breaking event for women’s soccer and especially women’s soccer in Europe. As a player, Jones played the majority of her career for her hometown FFC Frankfurt team, but also played in the USA with the Washington Freedom in 2002-2003, helping the club to the championship in 2003. Jones is a dual German and American citizen as she is the daughter of a German mother and an American father. Germany has yet to lose under Jones, winning four games (including two Euro qualifiers and two friendly matches) and drawing one so far, a 1-1 tie with Norway in a friendly on Nov. 29, 2016 in Germany’s most recent match.

Replacing Nadine

After the retirement of legendary goalkeeper and captain Nadine Angerer, the 2013 FIFA Women’s Player of the Year, Germany has been looking for her successor. Angerer was the first goalkeeper, male or female, to win the award, and as a two-time FIFA Women’s World champion she leaves some big shoes to fill. Angerer, who is currently on the coaching staff for the Portland Thorns in the NWSL, retired from international play in late 2015, but Germany has some excellent young net-minders coming up.

Germany Women's National Team

Twenty-six-year-old Laura Schult has been getting most of the caps. She back-stopped Germany to the 2010 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup title on home soil and was in goal for both the 2016 SheBelieves Cup and Germany’s 2016 Olympic gold-medal run, where she only allowed five goals in six matches. In her 38 caps, Schult has amassed a 32-3-3 record. She is being pushed by both 24-year-old Laura Benkarth, who played against the USA in the final of the 2012 FIFA Under-20 Women’s World Cup in Japan (along with three other players on the German roster), and 29-year-old veteran Lisa Weiss. Both have played three times for the senior side.

Always Anja

The Germany roster includes a plethora of talent, but perhaps no one is more lethal than striker Anja Mittag. Mittag has played 149 times for her country and has scored 49 goals. She is tall, fast, strong, determined and has a knack for finishing goals from difficult spots. Mittag comes into SheBelieves as the most experienced player on the roster who throughout her 149 games has been part of 111 wins for Germany, 20 draws and only 18 losses. She scored five goals at the 2015 Women’s World Cup in Canada, including a hat trick in Germany’s opening match vs. Ivory Coast.

Mittag started all three games at the 2016 SheBelieves Cup and scored the first goal of the game in the de facto final against the United States on March 9. Despite not scoring at the 2016 Olympics, Mittag started every game and was a crucial piece of the team’s run to its first Olympic gold medal. 

Germany Women's National Team

Young Stars

Besides Angerer’s retirement, in the past two years Germany has also said farewell to veterans Célia Šašić, Melanie Behringer and Saskia Bartusiak, all integral members of Germany’s success in the last decade. But just like the USA’s infusion of young and new talent, Germany has welcomed tremendously talented youngsters Pauline Bremer, Sara Däbritz, Leonie Maier, Dzsenifer Marozsan, Alexandra Popp and Lena Petermann – all players born in or after 1991, who have quickly established themselves as a powerful group in the new era of Germany women’s soccer. Popp and Marozsan were two of the stars on Germany’s team that won the 2010 FIFA U-20 women’s World Cup at home. Popp won the Golden Boot in that tournament, scoring 10 goals, and was the tournament MVP. 

Bremer, who is 20 years old, has played for Germany since she was part of its U-15 WNT. For the senior team, she has seen action in 11 games and has already scored three goals, a solid ratio for a defender.

Germany Women's National Team
Däbritz battles for the ball with France’s Eugenie Le Sommer

Twenty-two-year-old Däbritz played in two games at last year’s SheBelieves Cup and was part of the German team at the 2015 Women’s World Cup and the 2016 Olympic Games. She scored two goals at the World Cup and three goals at the Olympics, one in Germany’s opening game against Zimbabwe, one in its second game against Australia, and one in Germany’s 2-0 semifinal win against Canada. Overall, she has 38 caps with Germany (32 of those are wins), and has scored eight international goals, five coming at major tournaments.

Peterman, who is 23 years old, led Germany to the title at the 2014 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup and is one of five players on the German roster for the SheBelieves Cup who played on that team. She is another playing starting to find her footing in the highly competitive Germany Women’s National Team. Despite having only played in nine games with the senior squad, she has already scored four goals – two at the 2015 World Cup.

WATCH: Maroszán scores; Germany Wins 2016 Olympic Gold

A trio of young German players can already be called world class in Leonie Maier (24-years-old), Dzsenifer Maroszán (24) and Alexandra Popp (25). All three were members of Germany’s 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup roster as well as the 2016 SheBelieves and Olympic Games squads. Marozsán and Popp, who have long been hailed as two of the top young players in the world after performing so well for Germany’s U-20 WNT, both scored at the 2015 World Cup and 2016 Olympics. In Canada, Popp scored against Ivory Coast, while Maroszán tallied her goal in the knockout stage against Sweden. In Brazil, Popp scored against Zimbabwe in the opening match of the tournament and Maroszán scored a crucial goal in the gold-medal game against Sweden, helping Germany take the title with the 2-1 win. Despite their young age, Marozsán and Popp have played 69 and 77 times and have scored 35 and 30 goals, respectively. Maier, who has recovered from a major knee injury, has 37 caps and seven goals to her name, including one at last year’s SheBelieves Cup.

Germany Women's National Team
Dzsenifer Maroszán

A EURO Scoring Machine

Germany has long been a European power, but its dominance has been extremely impressive. During UEFA Women’s EURO qualifying, Germany scored 35 goals and allowed zero. Ten of the players on the 2017 SheBelieves Cup roster scored a combined 25 goals, with Alexandra Popp leading the way with five goals in four games.

Anja Mittag, Isabel Kerschowski, Leonie Maier and Pauline Bremer each added three, while Sara Säbritz, Lina Magull and Mandy Islacker had two each. Lena Petermann and Dzsenifer Marozsán round out the goal scoring group with a goal apiece.

Germany has won six consecutive European titles. The last time Germany wasn’t reigning European champion was in 1994. 

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WNT Feb 28, 2017

Preview: SheBelieves Cup | USA vs. Germany | March 1 | 7 p.m. ET on FS1, FOX Sports GO

The U.S. Women’s National Team will begin play at the 2017 SheBelieves Cup on March 1 at Talen Energy Stadium in Chester, Pennsylvania, taking on defending Olympic champion and No. 2-ranked Germany. 

The teams last met on March 9, 2016, in the de facto SheBelieves Cup final when an early strike from Anja Mittag gave the European champions the lead. In the 35th minute, Meghan Klingenberg evaded a defender near midfield and lofted a ball over the top of the German defense down the left side and into the path of a sprinting Alex Morgan. The speed U.S. striker lifted the ball over a closing defender before smashing home a full volley that was crowned the best U.S. Soccer goal of 2016.

The two countries are in different phases in regard to their professional leagues. While NWSL training camps don't open until mid-March, the Women's Bundesliga is currently about a dozen games into its season. The USA-Germany clash (7 p.m. ET; FS1) is the second contest on the first day of the 2017 SheBelieves Cup, following the tournament's opening game featuring England against France (4 p.m. ET; Fox Sports Go).

The USA trained for a week with 25 players in Orlando, Fla. before traveling to Philadelphia where a 23-player roster made final preparations for the tournament.

Fans can follow all the action from #USAvGER on Twitter@ussoccer_wnt and @ussoccer_esp, and follow the team on Facebook,  Instagram and Snapchat (ussoccer_wnt).

2017 SheBelieves Cup Schedule & How to Watch

 Date

Matches

Stadium

City

Kickoff

TV

 Mar. 1

 ENG vs. FRA

Talen Energy Stadium

Chester, Pa.

4p.m. ET

 FOX Sports Go

 Mar. 1

USA vs. GER

Talen Energy Stadium

Chester, Pa.

7 p.m. ET

 FS1; FOX Sports GO, & FOX Soccer 2Go apps and FOXSportsGO.com.

 Mar. 4

 FRA vs. GER

 Red Bull Arena

Harrison, N.J.

2:15 p.m. ET

 FOX Sports Go

 Mar. 4

 USA vs. ENG

 Red Bull Arena

Harrison, N.J.

5 p.m. ET

FOX; FOX Sports GO, & FOX Soccer 2Go apps and FOXSportsGO.com.

 Mar. 7

 GER vs. ENG

 RFK Stadium

Washington, D.C.

 4 p.m. ET

 FOX Sports Go

 Mar. 7

 USA vs. FRA

 RFK Stadium

Washington, D.C.

 7 p.m. ET

 FS1; FOX Sports GO, & FOX Soccer 2Go apps and FOXSportsGO.com.

U.S. Women’s National Team SheBelieves Cup Roster by Position:
GOALKEEPERS (3): Jane Campbell (Houston Dash), Ashlyn Harris (Orlando Pride), Alyssa Naeher (Chicago Red Stars)

DEFENDERS (6): Julie Johnston (Chicago Red Stars), Ali Krieger (Orlando Pride), Kelley O’Hara (Sky Blue FC), Becky Sauerbrunn (FC Kansas City), Casey Short (Chicago Red Stars), Emily Sonnett (Portland Thorns FC)

MIDFIELDERS (8):
 Morgan Brian (Houston Dash), Tobin Heath (Portland Thorns FC), Lindsey Horan (Portland Thorns FC), Rose Lavelle (Boston Breakers), Carli Lloyd (Manchester City), Allie Long (Portland Thorns FC), Samantha Mewis (NC Courage), Brianna Pinto (CASL)

FORWARDS (6): Crystal Dunn (Chelsea Ladies FC, ENG), Jessica McDonald (NC Courage), Alex Morgan (Olympique Lyonnais, FRA), Christen Press (Chicago Red Stars); Mallory Pugh (UCLA), Lynn Williams (NC Courage)

STORYLINES

USA vs. Germany: The series between the world’s two most successful women’s soccer nations dates back to 1991 (the second ever meeting was at the 1991 Women’s World Cup). The teams have played 31 times, with the USA winning 20 and Germany winning four, along with seven draws. The USA and Germany have met in World Cup play on four occasions: a 5-2 USA win on Nov. 27, 1991 in China in the semifinal; a 3-2 quarterfinal win for the USA on July 1, 1999 in Maryland; a 3-0 win for Germany in the semifinal on Oct. 5, 2003 in Portland, Oregon; and the most recent, a 2-0 semifinal win for the USA on July 2, 2015 in Canada. The winner of each of those matches went on to win the World Cup. Even though the USA and Germany have a rich and competitive history, the WNT hasn’t lost to the eight-time European champions since 2003 (Germany has been the reigning European champions since 1995, having won six tournaments in a row). In the 13 meetings since then, the U.S. has accumulated an 8-0-5 advantage and has outscored Germany 23-10.

U.S. Roster Breakdown: Jill Ellis has named a 23-player roster for the SheBelieves Cup tournament. Seventeen of the players on the roster played in the inaugural edition of the SheBelieves Cup, including the scorers of all four of the USA’s goals at last year’s tournament: Alex Morgan (2), Crystal Dunn and Samantha Mewis. Goalkeeper Jane Campbell, defender Casey Short, midfielders Rose Lavelle and Brianna Pinto and forwards Lynn Williams and Jessica McDonald all make their first SheBelieves Cup roster. Campbell, Pinto and Lavelle are all uncapped while Short and Williams both have four caps and McDonald has one.

While four players on the roster have more than 100 caps in Carli Lloyd (232), Tobin Heath (128), Alex Morgan (120) and Becky Sauerbrunn (119), 12 other players have 20 caps or less. Mallory Pugh, who is in her first academic quarter at UCLA, is the only college player on the roster. Pugh, alongside Pinto, who is a high school junior, are the only amateur players on the roster. Sixteen-year-old Pinto was held over from the U.S. Under-23 WNT training camp in January and trained for several days with the senior team, becoming one of the youngest call-ups of the modern era of the U.S. Women’s National Team. She turns 17 on May 24. If Pinto gets her first cap, she will become the first player born in the new millennium and first player born after the 1999 Women’s World Cup to earn a senior team cap.

Germany Change in Command: For the first time since 2005, Germany will have a new coach roaming the sidelines. Steffi Jones, a former Germany international and a 2003 Women’s World Cup champion, has replaced legendary coach Silvia Neid as the head coach of the Germany Women’s National Team. Neid finished her successful 11-year tenure with a 2007 Women’s World Cup title to her name, the 2008 Olympic bronze medal and the 2016 Olympic gold medal. She was named the 2016 FIFA Women’s Coach of the Year. Jones received much praise for her work as president of the organizing committee for the 2011 FIFA Women’s World Cup, which was a ground-breaking event for women’s soccer and especially women’s soccer in Europe. As a player, Jones played the majority of her career for her hometown FFC Frankfurt team, but also played in the USA with the Washington Freedom in 2002-2003, helping the club to the championship in 2003. Jones is a dual German and American citizen as she is the daughter of a German mother and an American father.

#SheBelieves:  Conceived and developed by the U.S. Women’s National Team players, SheBelieves is a movement to inspire young girls and women and encourage them to accomplish their goals and dreams, athletic or otherwise. The campaign was originally launched in the run-up to the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup but has since evolved and grown into a special bond between the team and its fans, taking its powerful message of empowerment and that of believing in yourself into communities across the nation.Through dedication, teamwork, perseverance and success, the U.S. WNT players inspire new generations of young girls and women to be better and strive for better; they inspire them to believe.

Nearing 100: U.S. co-captain Carli Lloyd has scored 96 goals and needs four more to become the sixth player in WNT history to reach the century mark. Between the time she debuted for the U.S. WNT six days’ shy of age 23 and when she turned 30, Lloyd scored 36 international goals. Remarkably, since she’s turned 30 she has scored 60 goals in a little more than four years. 

At Talen Energy Stadium: The match in Chester will mark the sixth time the team has played at Talen Energy Stadium (formerly PPL Park, home of MLS’ Philadelphia Union). The USA played there in 2010, 2012 and twice in 2014 during the Women’s World Cup Qualifying tournament. Most recently, the WNT defeated Colombia 3-0 on goals from Julie Johnston (2) and Christen Press on April 10, 2016 in front of a sold-out crowd of 17,275.


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WNT Feb 28, 2017

U-20 MNT Defeats Mexico 1-0 to Open Classification Stage of 2017 U-20 Championship

TIBÁS, Costa Rica (Feb. 27, 2017) – The U.S. Under-20 Men’s National Team rode a 29th minute header from captain Erik Palmer-Brown and a solid defensive effort to shut out Mexico 1-0 in the opening match of the Classification Stage at the 2017 CONCACAF U-20 Championship. The win broke Mexico's 20-match unbeaten streak at the CONCACAF U-20 Championship, a run that dates back to the 2009 edition of the tournament. 

Applying high pressure throughout the match, the U.S. frustrated Mexico from the first whistle and went ahead just before the half-hour mark when Brooks Lennon’s corner kick from the left found Palmer-Brown for his first goal of the competition. The goal was also the first conceded by El Trí in its four tournament matches.

Later chances from Lennon, Jeremy Ebobisse, Justen Glad, Coy Craft and Jonathan Lewis were denied by Mexico goalkeeper Jose Hernández, while a swarming U.S. midfield and suffocating play from the back line limited El Trí to just three shots, none of which were on target. 

With the victory, the U.S. can advance to the 2017 FIFA U-20 World Cup in Korea Republic should Mexico either draw or lose against El Salvador on Wednesday. If Mexico wins, the U-20 MNT can punch their ticket to both the World Cup and Sunday’s CONCACAF U-20 Championship match with a draw or win against El Salvador when the two sides meet in the Group D Classification Stage finale on Friday (6:30 p.m. ET; UDN, Facebook Live).

Up Next: The U-20 MNT closes out the Classification Stage of the 2017 CONCACAF U-20 Championship on Friday, March 3 against El Salvador. Kickoff from Estadio Nacional de Costa Rica in San Jose is set for 6:30 p.m. ET and the match can be seen live on Univision Deportes Network and the CONCACAF Facebook Page.
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2017 CONCACAF U-20 Classification Group D Standings

Team

GP

W

L

D

Pts.

GF

GA

GD

USA

1

1

0

0

3

1

0

+1

El Salvador

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Mexico

1

0

1

0

0

0

1

-1

Goal Scoring Rundown:
USA – Erik Palmer-Brown (Brooks Lennon), 29th minute:
After much of the first half was battled in and around midfield, Mexico conceded its first goal of the tournament just before the half-hour mark. Brooks Lennon’s in-swinging corner from the left picked out Erik Palmer-Brown, who rose above Jose de Dios Aguyao at the six-yard box and headed his effort to the lower left corner where Diego Cortes’ attempted clearance ended up in the back of the net. USA 1, MEX 0 [WATCH] FINAL

Key Saves and Defensive Stops:
MEX – Jose Hernández, 39th minute:  
The U.S. caught Mexico on a quick counter attack as Luca de la Torre quickly pushed up the left before swinging a ball to Eryk Williamson at the top of the penalty area. Williamson laid a quick pass into Lennon’s path, who fired a blistering, low effort that Hernández smothered.

MEX – Jose Hernández, 44th minute: After de la Torre forced a Mexico turnover at midfield, the U.S. again quickly transitioned towards goal, with Tyler Adams pushing forward for Williamson. The University of Maryland midfielder slid the ball into the stride of Jeremy Ebobisse, who entered the box on the left before firing a tight-angled effort that Hernández kept out at the near post.

MEX – Jose Hernández, 63rd minute: After a foul about 40 yards from goal on the right, Lennon looped in a dangerous free kick for Justen Glad, whose glancing header was well held by Hernández. 

MEX – Jose Hernández, 90+1 minute: With Mexico pushing numbers forward on a last-minute free kick, the U.S. turned the opportunity away and began a quick counter through Jonathan Lewis. The second-half substitute barreled forward into the box, but saw his attempt denied with a kick save by Hernández.

NOTES:

  • Collecting the victory, Tab Ramos moves to 11-3-1 all-time in CONCACAF U-20 Championship play.
  • With the win, the USA improves its CONCACAF U-20 Championship record against Mexico to 2-8-0. The U-20 MNT last defeat Mexico 3-0 at the 1986 CONCACAF U-20 Tournament in Trinidad & Tobago.
  • Along with scoring his first of the tournament, Erik Palmer-Brown’s 29th minute strike was also the first Mexico conceded at the 2017 CONCACAF U-20 Championship.
  • The U.S. back line of Marlon Fossey, Tommy Redding, Justen Glad and Danny Costa limited Mexico to just three shots, none of which were on goal.
  • After conceding a goal in each of the team’s three group games, the U-20 MNT kept its first clean sheet of the tournament, against the competition’s highest scoring team no less.

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

Match: U.S. U-20 Men’s National Team vs. Mexico
Date: Feb. 27, 2017
Competition: 2017 CONCACAF U-20 Championship – Classification Stage
Venue: Estadio Ricardo Saprissa; Tibas, Costa Rica
Kickoff: 5 p.m. ET
Attendance: TBD
Weather: 72 degrees; mostly sunny

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

USA – Erik Palmer-Brown (Brooks Lennon)              29th minute 

Lineups:
USA: 1-Jonathan Klinsmann; 2-Marlon Fossey, 4-Tommy Redding, 6-Justen Glad, 3-Danny Acosta; 8-Tyler Adams, 5-Erik Palmer-Brown (Capt.), 7-Eryk Williamson (20-Jonathan Lewis, 80); 17-Brooks Lennon, 9-Jeremy Ebobisse (19-Coy Craft, 57), 10-Luca De La Torre (16-Jeremiah Gutjahr, 90+2)
Subs not used: 12-JT Marcinkowski, 11-Sebastian Saucedo, 13-Auston Trusty, 15-Jonathan González, 18-Emmanuel Sabbi
Head coach: Tab Ramos

MEX: 12-Jose Hernández; 2-Diego Cortés, 3-Edson Álvarez, 14-Juan de Dios Aguayo, 5-Ulises Torres; 7-Uriel Antuna, 6-Alan Cervantes (Capt.), 16-Sebastian Cordova (17-Kevin Lara, 55), 11-Kevin Magaña (8-Pablo Lopez, 45); 9-Ronaldo Cisneros, 10-Eduardo Aguirre (18-Claudio Zamudio, 78)
Subs not used: 1-Fernando Hernández, 4-Joaquin Esquivel, 13-Brayton Vázquez, 15-Alejandro Mayorga, 19-Paolo Yrizar, 20-Diego Aguilar
Head coach: Marco Antonio Ruiz
 

Stats Summary: USA / MEX
Shots: 8 / 3
Shots on Goal: 4 / 0
Saves: 0 / 3
Corner Kicks: 5 / 6
Fouls: 22 / 14
Offside: 1 / 4

Misconduct Summary:
MEX – Edson Álvarez (caution)                    61st minute
USA – Erik Palmer Brown (caution)               90+1 

Officials:
Referee: Melvin Matamoros (HON)
Assistant Referee 1: Melvyn Cruz (HON)
Assistant Referee 2: Hermenerito Leal (GUA)
4th Official: Kevin Morrisson (JAM) 

ussoccer.com Man of the Match: Erik Palmer-Brown

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