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

Match: U.S. Women’s National Team vs. Costa Rica
Date: Aug. 16, 2015
Competition: International Friendly – Victory Tour
Venue: Heinz Field; Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Kickoff: 1:30 p.m. ET
Attendance: 44,028
Weather: 87 degrees, sunny

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

USA – Heather O’Reilly                                          4th minute
USA – Christen Press                                               29
USA – Julie Johnston (Megan Rapinoe)                  36
USA – Christen Press (Shannon Boxx)                    45
USA – Meghan Klingenberg (Tobin Heath)            56
USA – Heather O’Reilly (Christen Press)                59
USA – Whitney Engen (Abby Wambach)               63
USA – Christen Press (Heather O’Reilly)               68

Lineups:
USA: 18-Ashlyn Harris (1-Hope Solo, 46); 11-Ali Krieger, 19-Julie Johnston (6-Whitney Engen, 46), 3-Christie Rampone (capt.), 22-Meghan Klingenberg; 9-Heather O’Reilly, 7-Shannon Boxx (14-Morgan Brian, 46), 10-Carli Lloyd (20-Abby Wambach, 54), 15-Megan Rapinoe (17-Tobin Heath, 46); 23-Christen Press, 8-Amy Rodriguez (16-Lori Chalupny, 46)
Subs Not Used: 4-Becky Sauerbrunn, 5-Kelley O’Hara, 12-Lauren Holiday, 13-Alex Morgan, 21-Alyssa Naeher
Not available: 2-Sydney Leroux
Head coach: Jill Ellis

CRC: 1-Dinnia Diaz; 2-Gabriela Guillén (13-Noelle Sanz, 79), 4-Mariana Benavides (17-Karla Villalobos, 61), 5-Diana Saenz, 6-Maria Paula Elizondo (12-Lixy Rodriguez, 60), 8-Daniela Cruz (3-Fabiola Villalobos, 71), 9-Carolina Venegas, 10-Katherine Alvarado, 15-Cristin Granados, 20-Wendy Acosta
Subs Not Used: 18-Yuliana Salas, 7-Melissa Herrera, 14-Mayra Almazán, 19-Maria Paula Coto
Head coach: Amelia Valverde

Stats Summary: USA / CRC
Shots: 26 / 3
Shots on Goal: 14 / 3
Saves: 3 / 6
Corner Kicks: 8 / 2
Fouls: 8 / 5
Offside: 0 / 1

Misconduct Summary:
None

Officials:
Referee: Ekaterina Koroleva (USA)   
Assistant Referee 1: Felisha Mariscal (USA)
Assistant Referee 2: Veronica Perez (USA)
4th Official: Danielle Chesky (USA)

Budweiser Woman of the Match: TBD

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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U-17 WNT Apr 25, 2017

Five Things to Know About Mexico U-17 MNT

The U.S. Under-17 Men’s National Team will take on Mexico in its second match of the 2017 CONCACAF U-17 Championship on Wednesday, April 26 at Estadio Maracaná in Panama City, Panama. The match will be the second group stage contest for both teams, after the USA defeated Jamaica 5-0 and Mexico dispatched El Salvador 6-0 in their respective tournament openers on Sunday.

The rivalry clash can be seen live Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. ET on UDN and the CONCACAF YouTube channel.

Here are five things you should know about the USA’s upcoming opponent:

WHAT’S IN A (NICK)NAME?

Mexico is commonly known as “El Trí”, short for “El Tricolor” which represents the three colors of the country’s flag: green, white and red. 

The Manager

A former Mexico youth international, Mario Arteaga was born in Guadalajara and played with famed local 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 matching 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 guided the side to a first-place finish at the 2015 CONCACAF U-17 Championship, followed by an impressive fourth-place finish at the 2015 FIFA U-17 World Cup in Chile.

THE ROSTER

All 20 players on the roster play domestically and represent eight Liga MX clubs: CD Guadalajara (5), Club Tijuana (3), Atlas (3), CF Pachuca (2), Monarcas Morelia (2), Querétaro FC (1), Santos Laguna (1), Club América (1), CF Monterrey (1) and Club León (1).

Goalkeepers (2): Andre Alcaraz (CD Guadalajara), Cesar Lopez (CD Guadalajara)
Defenders (7): Andres Catalan (Monarcas Morelia), Alan Maeda (Santos Laguna), Luis Olivas (CD Guadalajara) Haret Ortega (Club América), Carlos Robles (Atlas), Raul Sandoval (Club Tijuana), Adrian Vazquez (Pachuca)
Midfielders (6): Luis Gamiz (Club Tijuana), Carlos Guerrero (Club León) Alexis Gutierrez (CD Guadalajara), Andres Perez (Querétaro), Victor Reyes (Monarcas Morelia), Marco Ruiz (Atlas)
Forwards (5): Alfonso Alvarado (Monterrey), Roberto De La Rosa (Pachuca), Cesar Huerta (CD Guadalajara), Daniel Lopez (Club Tijuana), Jairo Torres (Atlas)

A Great Start

Mexico opened the 2017 CONCACAF U-17 Championship with a dominant 6-0 victory against El Salvador on Sunday.

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 tacked on a header in the 75th to give Mexico the one-goal edge over the United States atop Group C.

CONCACAF AND FIFA WORLD CUP HISTORY

Since the inaugural CONCACAF U-17 Championship in 1983, El Tri 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.

Most recently Mexico finished as runners up at the 2013 competition in United Arab Emirates and fourth in the last World Cup in Chile.
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U-17 MNT Apr 25, 2017
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