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  • DateTuesday, June 14, 2011
  • VenueSporting Park; Kansas City, Kan.
  • Kickoff9:00 PM
  • Attendance20,109
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U.S. Soccer to Host Second Annual U-17 Women’s NTC Invitational

CHICAGO (January 27, 2015) – For the second consecutive year, U.S. Soccer will host a four-team Under-17 women’s international tournament at the U.S. Soccer National Training Center in Carson, California. This year’s event will run from Feb 11-15 as the USA will host Japan, Mexico and Canada in the 2015 U-17 Women’s NTC Invitational. All the matches will be staged on Glenn “Mooch” Myernick Field at the U.S. Soccer NTC. 

Each of the match days - February 11, 13 and 15 – will feature a doubleheader with the USA playing the second game of the day. The winner of the competition will be based on total points with the first two tie-breakers being overall goal difference and then total goals scored. Admission to the matches is free to the public, as is parking. All six matches of the tournament will be shown live on ussoccer.com. 

Date

Teams

Kickoff (PT)

Location (U.S. Soccer NTC at StubHub Center)

Wed., Feb 11

Japan vs. Canada

3 p.m.

Glenn “Mooch” Myernick Field – Field #1

Wed., Feb 11

USA vs. Mexico

6 p.m.

Glenn “Mooch” Myernick Field – Field #1

Fri., Feb. 13

Mexico vs. Japan

3 p.m.

Glenn “Mooch” Myernick Field – Field #1

Fri., Feb. 13

USA vs. Canada

6 p.m.

Glenn “Mooch” Myernick Field – Field #1

Sun., Feb. 15

Canada vs. Mexico

1 p.m.

Glenn “Mooch” Myernick Field – Field #1

Sun. Feb. 15

USA vs. Japan

4 p.m.

Glenn “Mooch” Myernick Field – Field #1 

At last year’s event, the USA defeated China PR, 4-0, New Zealand, 2-0, and Japan 2-1 to win the competition. Japan went on to win the 2014 FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup in Costa Rica later that summer. 

“We feel very fortunate that U.S. Soccer has given us another opportunity to host one of the top international tournaments in the world for this age group,” said U.S. U-17 Women’s National Team head coach B.J. Snow. “The inaugural event last year was a huge success and for the women’s game to continue to grow it’s critical that we provide a platform for our players to play against the best international competition at a younger age.”   

Snow has called in 20 players for the tournament, 14 born in 1999 – which is the age cut-off for the next U-17 Women’s World Cup – and six born in 2000.

“At this point in the cycle we want to continuously asses both individual player development and team development,” said Snow. “There is no better way to accomplish this than to compete against highly sophisticated and organized teams in a tournament environment. This should give us a great indication of where we are as team with a little over a year left before World Cup Qualifying.” 

The 2016 U-17 Women’s CONCACAF Championship tournament, slated for March of next year, will qualify three teams from the confederation for the 2016 FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup that is scheduled to take place in Jordan. 

U.S. U-17 Women’s National Team Roster by Position: 2015 U-17 Women’s NTC Invitational

Hillary Beall (West Coast FC; Laguna Beach, Calif.) Brooke Bollinger (Orlando City; Melbourne, Fla.)GOALKEEPERS (2):
Sierra Enge (Carlsbad Elite; Cardiff, Calif.), Joanna Harber (Eastside FC; Bellevue, Wash.), Karlie Paschall (Tennessee Soccer Club; Brentwood, Tenn.), Kiara Pickett (Camarillo Eagles; Santa Barbara, Calif.), Isabel Rodriguez (Michigan Hawks; Canton, Mich.), Karina Rodriguez (So Cal Blues; Torrance, Calif.), Sydney Zandi (Penn Fusion; West Chester, Pa.)DEFENDERS (7):
 Emina Ekic (Javanon SC; Fairdale, Ky.), Jaelin Howell (Real Colorado; Windsor, Colo.), Brianna Pinto (CASL; Durham, N.C.), Ashley Sanchez (So Cal Blues; Monrovia, Calif.), Ohio), Taryn Torres (Solar Chelsea; Frisco, Texas),MIDFIELDERS (5): Rachel Jones (Tophat; Lawrenceville, Ga.), Sophia Smith (Real Colorado; Fort Collins, Colo.), Alexa Spaanstra (Michigan Hawks; Brighton, Mich.), Frankie Tagliaferri (PDA; Colts Neck, N.J.), Jordan Taylor (Ohio Premier Eagles; Wadsworth), Olivia Wade (La Roca FC; Kaysville, Utah)FORWARDS (6): 

Additional Notes:

  • Each team is allowed 20 players on its NTC Invitational tournament roster.
  • Teams will be allowed six total substitutions per game with no re-entry. In the second half of the matches, a team may stop the game a maximum of three times to make substitutions. During each of these stoppages, a team may make more than one substitution, up to the limit of the six total per match.
  • Substitutions made at halftime do not count as a stoppage in the second half.
  • Players eligible for the 2015 U-17 Women’s NTC Invitational must have been born on or after Jan. 1, 1999, which is the age cut-off for the 2016 FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup.
  • There will be no suspensions for accumulation of yellow cards during the tournament, but a player receiving a red card will have to sit out a minimum of one match.
  • If two or more teams are equal on goal difference and goals scored, the ties will be broken as follow: 1) greatest number of points obtained in the matches between the teams concerned; 2) goal difference resulting from the matches between the teams concerned; 3) greater number of goals scored in the matches between the teams concerned; 4) drawing of lots by the U-17 Women's NTC Invitational Tournament Committee.

Photo Gallery: MNT Trains in Chile - Day 2

Photos from the U.S. MNT's second day of training in Santiago, Chile, ahead of the team's showdown against Chile on Wednesday. The match kicks off at 6 p.m. ET and will be broadcast on FOX Sports 1. 

Around the World in a Day: Yedlin Joins MNT in Santiago from London

Of the 23 names announced by U.S. MNT head coach Jurgen Klinsmann for the USA’s opening match of 2015 against Chile, the most unexpected was newly minted Tottenham Hotspur defender DeAndre Yedlin. One of the players who captured the imagination of fans at the 2014 FIFA World Cup, he is only a few weeks into his tenure in North London and still rounding into form. And that, along with his versatility and ability, is what landed him in Santiago. 

“Obviously, he’s not in the first 18 yet in Tottenham. I follow that, I’m in touch with the club,” Klinsmann said when speaking of his decision to bring Yedlin to Chile. “He helps us have more width in our game and have more cards to play with, basically. We have two friendlies and it might be a good idea to help him get in games and then prepare him back for Tottenham. He’s mainly here because he helps us have more variety in our game. In a certain way, he also came from off-season going into Tottenham. I see him still basically being in preseason for his big adventure so it’s a win-win for both of us.” 

The young defender is relishing the opportunity to spend some time training at a high level with the National Team. His leap across the pond allowed him to get some Spurs practices under his belt; however, the call from Klinsmann to join the U.S. in South America as the MNT prepares to face fellow World Cup side Chile on Jan. 28 in Rancagua has put a pause on his new adventure. The move is a positive one, as both he and Tottenham know that the best way to get back into competitive form is to play meaningful minutes on the field. 

“I think at the time with Spurs I’m obviously just training and not getting a ton of games because I still need to get my fitness up,” Yedlin said. “But I think it allowed me to get time with the National Team, which is always good, and hopefully get some games in. Game fitness is obviously the most important thing, so I think they saw a positive in it, I saw positive in it, and this will work out for everyone.” 

The month of January has been a special one as he gets used to his surroundings in arguably the most popular league in the world. 

“It’s been great. I have just been introduced to the club, to the fans and had a chance to experience the incredible atmosphere at home games,” said Yedlin of his new situation. “It’s really just right now working on getting that preseason rust off, then hopefully getting into form to where I can play. In the meantime, I’m thrilled to back in with the National Team. We have a huge year coming up, and I want to be a part of it as much as possible.”

Jozy Altidore Habla con la Prensa en Chile

El delantero de la Selección Masculina Jozy Altidore habló brevemente (en español) con los medios de comunicación en Santiago de Chile y comentó acerca de la importancia del partido amistoso contra la selección Chilena este miércoles, entre otras cosas. 

¿Cuál es la importancia de los partidos amistosos como el del miércoles contra Chile?

JA: “Los amistosos son muy importantes. Nosotros tenemos que prepararnos para la Copa de Oro para poder clasificar a la Copa Confederaciones, y Chile también la Copa América. Por eso este es un partido vital para los dos equipos.”

¿Cuánto le sirve a la Selección enfrentar a Chile, en Chile?

JA: “Es algo especial, para muchos va a ser el primer partido en Chile. Para mí, es un gran país, muy lindo, me gusta mucho, es buena preparación para nosotros para nuestra temporada y también para la Copa de Oro.”

¿Qué es lo que más aprendió Estados Unidos del Mundial de la FIFA 2014?

JA: “Que todavía nos falta un poco de la calidad necesitada para las últimas rondas y también un poco de suerte. Estamos ahí de igual como con Bélgica pero todavía no con la calidad que necesitamos para avanzar. Es algo en lo que tenemos que trabajar y entrenar para ser mejor.”

Chile no le gana a Estados Unidos desde 1994, y la única otra vez que EE.UU. estuvo en Chile en el año 2000, también ganó 2-1. ¿Sirve saber esto, o sólo son estadísticas?

JA: “En este momento Chile es un país muy fuerte y nos van a dar un partido muy complicado. Son estadísticas no más. En el fútbol, los números no significan nada, es el día del partido que es el más importante.”

La mezcla de jugadores en la convocatoria de Estados Unidos es bastante interesante (mundialistas, novatos, etc.) ¿Qué tipo de partido va a jugar Estados Unidos contra Chile?

JA: “Bueno, es un poco de los dos. Tenemos jóvenes que todavía no han jugado con la selección y se están preparando para los juegos olímpicos. Y también, por otro lado tenemos jugadores que han jugado en un mundial y tienen experiencia. Vamos a ver que va a hacer el profe pero yo creo que van a poner un equipo fuerte.”

¿Qué ha ganado la Selección al tener a Jurgen Klinsmann como director técnico?

JA: “Para mí, el equipo ha cambiado mucho los últimos años. La mentalidad es algo que siempre ha estado muy fuerte en los equipos de Estados Unidos, pero en estos últimos dos, tres años, ha estado mas fuerte.”

Photo Gallery: MNT Trains in Chile

Photos from the U.S. MNT's first training session in Chile ahead of its first international friendly of 2015 against Chile at Estadio El Teniente in Rancagua on Jan. 28 at 6 p.m. ET on FOX Sports 1.

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