US SoccerUS Soccer

Tegan McGrady

U.S. Under-17 Women's National Team
Stories

U.S. Soccer to Host Four-Team U-17 Women's Tournament at National Training Center in Carson, Calif., from Feb. 5-9

CHICAGO (Jan. 27, 2014) – U.S. Soccer will host the 2014 U-17 Women’s NTC Invitational from Feb. 5-9 in Carson, Calif., and feature U-17 Women’s National Teams from the United States, China PR, Japan and New Zealand. All the matches will be staged on Glenn “Mooch” Myernick Field at the U.S. Soccer National Training Center at StubHub Center in Carson, Calif.

Each of the match days – Feb. 5, 7 and 9 – 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 tiebreakers being overall goal differential and then total goals scored. Admission to the matches is free to the public, as is parking.

 

Date

Teams

Kickoff (PT)

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

Wed., Feb. 5

Japan vs. New Zealand

3 p.m.

Glenn “Mooch” Myernick Field – Field #1

Wed., Feb. 5

USA vs. China PR

6 p.m.

Glenn “Mooch” Myernick Field – Field #1

Fri., Feb. 7

China PR vs. Japan

3 p.m.

Glenn “Mooch” Myernick Field – Field #1

Fri., Feb. 7

USA vs. New Zealand

6 p.m.

Glenn “Mooch” Myernick Field – Field #1

Sun., Feb. 9

New Zealand vs. China PR

1 p.m.

Glenn “Mooch” Myernick Field – Field #1

Sun., Feb. 9

USA vs. Japan

4 p.m.

Glenn “Mooch” Myernick Field – Field #1

China, Japan and New Zealand have all qualified for the 2014 FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup taking place in March in Costa Rica. The young Americans had their World Cup dreams halted due to a penalty kick loss to Mexico in the semifinal of the CONCACAF Women’s U-17 Championship, a tournament that saw the USA win four games and draw one (which went to penalties) while scoring 24 goals and allowing just one.

U.S. U-17 Women’s National Team head coach B.J. Snow has called in 24 players for the tournament, 17 of whom were on the USA’s qualifying team. Twenty of the players were born in 1997 or 1998, while four were born in 1999. This will be the last event for the ’97s and ’98s as U-17s before transitioning to the U-18s and U-20s. The ’99s will become the primary age group for the U-17s as they start preparations for qualifying for the 2016 FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup.

U.S. U-17 Women’s National Team Roster by Position
2014 U-17 Women’s NTC Invitational

GOALKEEPERS (2)
: Kat Hess (LA Premier; Newport Beach, Calif.), Lauren Rood (Washington Timbers; Camas, Wash.)
DEFENDERS (8)
: Alana Cook (Match Fit Chelsea; Far Hills, N.J.), Mia Gyau (Bethesda Lions; Silver Spring, Md.), Natalie Jacobs (Slammers FC; Coto de Caza, Calif.), Ellie Jean (Oakwood SC; Coventry, Conn.), Tegan McGrady (MVLA SC; San Jose, Calif.), Zoe Morse (Michigan Hawks; East Lansing, Mich.), Karlie Paschall (Tennessee SC; Brentwood, Tenn.), Michelle Xiao (Gretna SC; Omaha, Neb.)
MIDFIELDERS (7)
: Dorian Bailey (Sporting BVSC; Mission, Kan.), Marley Canales (San Diego Surf; San Diego, Calif.), Chloe Castaneda (LA Premier; Encino, Calif.), Taylor Racioppi (PDA Clash; Ocean Township, N.J.), Anika Rodriguez (So Cal Blues; Torrance, Calif.), Ashley Sanchez (So Cal Blues; Monrovia, Calif.), Taryn Torres (Solar Chelsea SC; Frisco, Texas)
FORWARDS (7)
: Madison Haley (Dallas Texans; Dallas, Texas), Kelcie Hedge (Washington Premier; Post Falls, Idaho), Mallory Pugh (Real Colorado; Highlands Ranch, Colo.), Leah Pruitt (West Coast FC; Rancho Cucamonga, Calif.), Zoe Redei (Eclipse Select; Highland Park, Ill.), Maddy Schultz (Crossfire Premier; Edmonds, Wash.), Frankie Tagliaferri (PDA; Colts Neck, N.J.)

Additional Notes:

  • Each team is allowed to name 24 players on its tournament roster but will be able to suit up just 21 for each of its three matches.
  • 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.
  • Players eligible for the 2014 U-17 Women’s NTC Invitational must have been born on or after Jan. 1, 1997, which is the age cutoff for the 2014 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.

U.S. U-17 WNT Opens 2014 at the National Training Center

CHICAGO (Jan. 6, 2014) – The U.S. Under-17 Women’s National Team will begin its 2014 programing with a training camp running from Jan. 11-19 at the U.S. Soccer National Training Center in Carson, Calif.

This group of U-17s, who were born in 1998 and 1997, will have just two events in 2014 before transitioning to the Under-18s and Unders-20s, after which the players born in 1999 and after will start their U-17 cycle under head coach B.J. Snow.

Players born on or after Jan. 1, 1999, are age-eligible for the 2016 FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup.

This training camp will serve as a preparation event for a four-team U-17 international tournament currently being finalized to be held at the U.S. Soccer's National Training Center at StubHub Center running from Feb. 1-10.

Snow has called in 24 players for this January camp, fifteen of which were on the U.S. team that failed to qualify for the 2014 FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup despite winning four games, tying one (which it lost in penalty kicks) and allowing just one goal at the qualifying tournament. The USA, which out-scored its opponents 24-1 over five games, lost in the semifinal round on a penalty kick shootout to Mexico, which ended up winning one game and tying four (in regulation) while triumphing in PK shootouts in both the semifinal and the championship game.

U.S. U-17 WNT Roster by Position:
GOALKEEPERS (2): Kat Hess (LA Premier; Newport Beach, Calif.) Samantha Leshnak (Ohio Elite; Liberty Township, Ohio)
DEFENDERS (8): Alana Cook (Match Fit Chelsea; Far Hills, N.J.), Mia Gyau (Bethesda Lions; Silver Springs, Md.), Natalie Jacobs (Slammers FC; Coto de Caza, Calif.), Ellie Jean (Oakwood SC; Coventry, Conn.), Tegan McGrady (MVLA SC; San Jose, Calif.), Zoe Morse (Michigan Hawks; East Lansing, Mich.), Ally Prisock (Legends FC; Rancho Cucamonga, Calif.), Michelle Xiao (Gretna SC; Omaha, Neb.)
MIDFIELDERS (5): Dorian Bailey (Sporting BVSC; Mission Kans.), Marley Canales (San Diego Surf; San Diego, Calif.), Chloe Castaneda (LA Premier; Encino, Calif.), Taylor Racioppi (PDA Clash; Ocean Township, N.J.), Anika Rodriguez (So Cal Blues; Torrance, Calif.)
FORWARDS (9): Alissa Gorzak (Eclipse Select FC; Naperville, Ill.), Madison Haley (Dallas Texans; Dallas, Texas), Kelcie Hedge (Washington Premier; Post Falls, Idaho), Milan Moses (Pleasanton Rage; San Leandro, Calif.), Mallory Pugh (Real Colorado; Highlands Ranch, Colo.), Leah Pruitt (West Coast FC; Rancho Cucamonga, Calif.), Zoe Redei (Eclipse Select; Highland Park, Ill.), Maddy Schultz (Crossfire Premier; Edmonds, Wash.), Jennifer Westendorf (GSA; Montgomery, Ala.)

U.S. U-17 WNT Defeats Trinidad & Tobago 8-0 to Open CONCACAF U-17 Women’s Championship

  • Seven Different Players Score a Goal, Led by Mallory Pugh’s Brace
  • U.S. Sits Atop Group With Canada as Both Teams Post Eight-Goal Victories
  • USA Continues Group B Play Against Guatemala on Saturday, Nov. 2, at 7 p.m. ET on FOX Soccer Plus and FOX Soccer 2GO

MONTEGO BAY, Jamaica (Oct. 31, 2013) – The U.S. Under-17 Women’s National Team opened play at the 2013 CONCACAF U-17 Women’s Championship with a rousing 8-0 victory against Trinidad & Tobago as seven different players scored a goal to lead the USA to a comfortable win at the Montego Bay Sports Complex.

Mallory Pugh led the way with two goals, including the opening score in the 32nd minute that finally broke the T&T bunker, and a blistering strike in the 81st minute that put a stamp on the match. Anika Rodriguez and Marley Canales also tallied first-half goals. Forward Madison Haley, who also had three assists including on both of Pugh’s goal, 14-year-old Civana Kuhlmann and defenders Zoe Morse and Natalie Jacobs found the net in the second half.

“I was really, really proud of our energy,” U-17 WNT head coach B.J. Snow said. “I thought the spirit of the team was excellent going into the game and sometimes the spirit can get the best of you when you start a qualifying tournament especially, when there are 14-, 15- and 16-year-olds involved. I was pleased to see them push through, build the game and continue to be patient, and when we got that first goal there was a big sigh of relief and then we could just play.

“The involvement of our team over 90 minutes was excellent,” he said. “We were able to find spaces to penetrate, whether it was the width or inside to find those pockets. Overall, I was very pleased.”

In the other Group B match, Canada defeated Guatemala 8-0, so both the USA and its northern neighbor sit atop the group with three points and tied on goal differential.

The top two finishers in each group will qualify for the semifinals. The teams will cross over with the first-place team in Group A playing second in Group B and vice-versa, with the semifinal winners earning CONCACAF’s two berths to the 2014 FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup being held next March in Costa Rica.

Guatemala is up next for the USA on Saturday, Nov. 2, in a match that can be seen live on FOX Soccer Plus and online at FOX Soccer 2GO at 7 p.m. ET. Fans can also follow on ussoccer.com’s MatchTracker and on Twitter @ussoccer_ynt.

The USA dominated the match in the mid-80-degree heat with heavy possession while Trinidad often kept nine field players deep inside its own half. For more than 30 minutes, the U.S. found plenty of room down the flanks with some excellent ball movement, but either could not connect with a runner or shot right at T&T goalkeeper Nicolette Craig.

Pugh’s fancy bit of dribbling opened the flood gates for the young Americans as she ran onto a pass from Haley inside the penalty area, swiveled around Craig and slotted the ball home for a 1-0 lead.

Six minutes later, Rodriguez finished well as she laced home a rebound off of a Pugh shot that had struck the right post and rolled toward the top of the penalty area. Just three minutes before the break, Canales sent the USA into half with a 3-0 lead, as Haley poked the ball back at the top of the penalty area on the left side and she struck a left-footed shot that deflected off of a Trinidad defender and found the left corner of the net.

After setting up her teammates in the first half, Haley became the beneficiary to start the second with her first goal of the tournament. In the 52nd minute, Rodriguez powerfully dribbled into the left side of the box, gliding past a pair of Trinidad defenders before a rolling square pass to Haley, who took one quick touch and drilled the ball past Craig inside the left post for a 4-0 lead. Haley now has five international goals in six U-17 WNT matches.

Snow sent on the 14-year-old Kuhlmann on the 73rd minute and it took her less than eight minutes to find the net, stuffing her shot into the left corner after some nice work on the left flank from 61st minute substitute Maddy Schultz. It was Kuhlmann’s first international match at the U-17 level and of course her first goal. She is the youngest player ever to score for the U.S. U-17 Women’s National Team program in international competition.

Pugh made it 6-0 in the 81st minute with her blast from just inside the penalty area and then the Americans finished the scoring with two headers from its center-backs, both off Tegan McGrady corner kicks from the right side. The first came just a minute after Pugh’s second goal as Morse powered home her header and then Jacobs did her best Abby Wambach impression two minutes from time to cap the scoring.

With both the USA and Canada scoring eight times, goal difference in the second round of Group B games will take on added importance as Canada faces T&T and the USA takes on Guatemala.

Additional Notes:

  • Pugh is the leading goal scorer on this U-17 WNT with eight career goals in only six games.
  • The USA out-shot T&T 39-0 and had 16 corner kicks to T&Ts zero.
  • This is the first major international tournament for this group of U-17 players.
  • The age cut-off for the 2014 FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup is players born on or after Jan. 1, 1997. Twelve of the 20 players on the roster were born in 1997, six were born in 1998 and two in 1999.
  • U-17 WNT head coach B.J. Snow went with a 4-3-3 formation that featured a front line of Taylor Racioppi, Madison Haley and Anika Rodriguez.
  • Rodriguez and starting midfielder Marley Canales are tied for the team lead with eight U-17 WNT caps.
  • Maddy Schultz entered the match in the 61st minute for Racioppi. It marked Schultz’s third-career international appearance with the U-17s.
  • The USA’s two 14-year-olds both saw the pitch in the second half as Frankie Tagliaferri joined Kuhlmann on the field for the final eight minutes after she replaced Mallory Pugh. It was the third international appearance for Tagliaferri.


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

Match: U.S. U-17 Women’s National Team vs. Trinidad & Tobago
Date:
Oct. 31, 2013
Competition:
CONCACAF U-17 Women’s Championship
Venue:
Montego Bay Sports Complex; Montego Bay, Jamaica
Kickoff:
6 p.m. CT
Attendance:
1,000
Weather:
86 degrees, humid, partly cloudy

Scoring Summary: 1 2 F

USA                         3 5 8
TRI                          0 0 0

USA – Mallory Pugh (Madison Haley)       32nd minute
USA – Anika Rodriguez (Mallory Pugh)     38
USA – Marley Canales (Madison Haley)     42
USA – Madison Haley (Anika Rodriguez)   52
USA – Civana Kuhlmann (Maddy Schultz)  76
USA – Mallory Pugh (Madison Haley)        81
USA – Zoe Morse (Tegan McGrady)          82
USA – Natalie Jacobs (Tegan McGrady)     88

Lineups:
USA:
1-Lauren Rood; 10-Ellie Jean (capt.), 9-Zoe Morse, 6-Natalie Jacobs, 12-Tegan McGrady; 2-Dorian Bailey, 4-Marley Canales, 17-Mallory Pugh (25-Frankie Tagliaferri, 83); 14-Taylor Racioppi (22-Maddy Schultz, 61), 3-Madison Haley, 19-Anika Rodriguez (11-Civana Kuhlmann, 73)
Substitutions Not Used: 5-Gabriella Carreiro, 7-Mia Gyau, 8-Kelcie Hedge, 13-Taylor Otto, 15-Zoe Redei, 18-Kat Hess

Head coach: B.J. Snow

TRI: 21-Nicolette Craig; 2-Tamara Johnson, 3-Renee Mike, 4-Natisha John (19-Chelcy Ralph, 62), 5-Amaya Ellis, 7-Dennecia Prince, 8-Summer Arjoon, 9-Zoe Swift (capt.) (10-Jahra Thomas, 90+3), 11-Eden Charles, 14-Chevonne John, 15-Corel Carmichael (17-Maya Matouk, 80)
Substitutions Not Used: 1-Rebecca Almandoz, 6-Abishai Guy, 12-Khaline Jacob, 13-Chelsea Frederick, 16-Kelsey Henry, 18-Jasandra Joseph
Head coach: Marlon Charles

Stats Summary: USA / TRI
Shots: 39 / 0
Shots on Goal: 16 / 0
Saves: 0 / 8
Corner Kicks: 16 / 0
Fouls: 11 / 7
Offside: 3 / 0

Misconduct Summary:
None

Officials:
Referee: Gillian Martindale (BRB)
Assistant Referee 1: Kimberly Moreira (CRC)
Assistant Referee 2: Yajaira Astacio Pena (DOM)
Fourth Official: Cardella Samuels (JAM)

Woman of the Match: Mallory Pugh

Q&A with U.S. U-17 WNT Defender Tegan McGrady: "... to play for that crest is more than words can describe.”

With the U.S. team in Jamaica to prepare for the 2013 CONCACAF U-17 Women’s Championship, ussoccer.com sits down with 16-year-old left back Tegan McGrady to get her thoughts on the recent past and what lies ahead. As she and her teammates prepare for their first international match in an official confederation competition, McGrady touches on what she’s learned during this cycle, how tennis is a nice competitive relief and how there’s never a dull moment around teammate Mallory Pugh.

ussoccer.com : You and the team have trained for CONCACAF qualifying since January. How much has the team grown in 10 months?
Tegan McGrady : “Over the last 10 months we’ve grown immensely, especially as we’ve only been together once a month for seven or eight days at a time. We’ve always been able to pick up right where we left off every time we get together. We’ve been able to take steps forward every camp, and not just small steps, but big steps towards playing and acting as a team.”

ussoccer.com : You’ve been playing in the U.S. Women’s National Team programs since the Under-15 level. When did you think you had a chance to make the team for U-17 Women’s World Cup qualifying?
TM
: “I had a rough go during the U-15 process because I didn’t have a lot of confidence and the coaches told me I needed to work on that. Over the past few years, that’s the one thing I’ve been working on the most. After our first camp with this group in January, which was our first camp with (head coach) B.J. (Snow) and after we played Germany for the first time, I finally recognized I could do it and be one of the players to make an impact on the team. I realized I could play at this highest level and play for this national team.”

ussoccer.com : Obviously, you’ve never been through a qualifying tournament before, but given that, what are you expecting from the competition here in Jamaica?
TM
: “There’s not really a day that goes by that I don’t think about qualifiers and especially recently since I made the team. I wake up in the morning thinking that there are only so many days until qualifying, and I always have that nervous feeling because I’ve never been in that situation so I don’t know what to expect. Of course the competition will be a lot harder than my normal club games so my preparation has been intense. I want to make sure I’m ready and not surprised when I get there.”

ussoccer.com : What do you see as the strengths of this U.S. U-17 Women’s National Team?
TM
: “We have a lot of strengths. One of our big ones is our athletic ability. Our speed is also a huge part of our game, but what helps make that come through even more is our technical ability. We also have a really good chemistry and we are getting to know how each player plays. We know our strengths and weaknesses and we are really starting to play as a team.”

ussoccer.com : You are left-footed and talented left-sided players are valuable to any team. What qualities do you think you bring to the left back position?
TM
: “Because I’m left-footed, it really helps for getting down the field, pushing high and getting crosses from the end line to help my teammates put the ball away. I’m just really comfortable on the left side, and while I’m confident with my right, having the ability to play with my left is a big bonus to helping the team.”

ussoccer.com : Are you one of the more shy players on the team?
TM
: “I can be both. When I first started this process, I was very shy. I only talked to the people I really knew. But, once I started to get older, my shy side comes out only when I meet new people. Once they get to know me, they see my outgoing side. Sometimes, I can even be funny.”

ussoccer.com : Who is the least shy player on the USA’s qualifying roster?
TM
: “That’s got to be Mallory Pugh. She just puts herself out there. She doesn’t care what people think, she just says whatever’s on her mind. She’s always making us laugh and always saying something that makes us happy or gets a reaction out of us. It’s great to have a player like that on the team.”

ussoccer.com : You are only 16, but what are some of your goals in soccer?
TM
: “Well, I have a lot of goals. I’m verbally committed to Stanford so I am looking forward to doing well there and hopefully winning an NCAA title. Also, of course to keep going through the process with U.S. Soccer and try to compete at every level I can and hopefully make it to the full National Team one day. And of course, like a lot of girls, I would love to play in an Olympics or a World Cup, or both!”

ussoccer.com : What are some of the main lessons you’ve learned from your head coach B.J. Snow during this cycle?
TM
: “There’s certainly been a lot of important lessons we’ve learned, but one of the main ones is always stepping on the field and playing like it’s the last time you will be wearing the U.S. crest. It really means a lot because it’s more than just a crest, it represents our country and all the players in the U.S. and to be a part of that and play for that crest is more than words can describe.”

ussoccer.com : You also play tennis -- #3 singles -- and run track in high school in the 400m, 200m, 4 x 100 m relay and 4 x 400m relay, but what do you enjoy the most?
TM
: “I definitely enjoy tennis. It’s a fun sport on the side, and I can go out and really not have to worry about all the different things that come into play during a soccer game. It’s something I can have fun with my friends and try to win matches. I love track, but that’s a lot of work. My competitive instinct kicks in when I’m out there running, but it can be painful.”

ussoccer.com : If you are in the starting lineup for the opening game against Trinidad & Tobago, what will it be like listing to the National Anthem before the game?
TM
: “I think it will be joy and over-excitement to know that I made it to this point and that I’ve been chosen to represent our country in a very big event. I know I need to take this chance and make the best of it while I can. I want to represent my country to the best of my abilities because I know thousands of girls out there would love to be getting this opportunity.”

×