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U.S. U-20 WNT Heads to Olympic Training Center as 2014 FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup Prep Continues

CHICAGO (April 4, 2014) – U.S. Under-20 Women’s National Team head coach Michelle French has called 25 players to a camp at the Olympic Training Center in Chula Vista, Calif., running from April 13-20. It will be the USA’s third-to-last domestic camp before the 2014 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup takes place in Canada in August.

The USA will have a domestic camp in May at the OTC, followed by trip to Europe in June and then a final domestic training camp in July before heading to Canada where it will face Germany, Ghana and Brazil in Group B play. The 2014 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup runs from Aug. 5-24 in Edmonton, Moncton, Montreal and Toronto.

French has called up most of the usual core of regulars, but is giving several players first looks as she continues to formulate the roster ahead of the World Cup. Forward Lindsey Horan, the USA’s only professional player who is currently playing her trade at Paris Saint-Germain in France, was not made available for the camp due to club commitments.

The U-20s will play two scrimmages on Saturday, April 19, against college teams, taking on UCLA at 12:30 p.m. PT followed by USC at 2:30 p.m. PT.

Players born on or after Jan. 1, 1994, are age-eligible for the 2014 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup.

Roster by Position:
GOALKEEPERS (4):
Jane Campbell (Stanford; Kennesaw, Ga.), Katelyn Rowland (UCLA; Vacaville, Calif.), Madalyn Schiffel (USF; Citrus Heights, Calif.), Morgan Stearns (Virginia; San Antonio, Texas)
DEFENDERS (8):
Brittany Basinger (Penn State; Purcellville, Va.), Maddie Bauer (Stanford; Newport Beach, Calif.), Christina Gibbons (Duke; Raleigh, N.C.), Laura Liedle (Stanford; San Diego, Calif.), Katie Naughton (Notre Dame; Elk Grove Village, Ill.), Kaleigh Riehl (BRYC; Fairfax Station, Va.) Cari Roccaro (Notre Dame; East Islip, N.Y.), Andi Sullivan (Bethesda SC; Lorton, Va.)
MIDFIELDERS (6):
Morgan Andrews (Notre Dame; Milford, N.H.), Carlyn Baldwin (BRYC; Oakton, Va.), Rachel Hill (UConn; Rollinsford, N.H.), Rose Lavelle (Wisconsin; Cincinnati, Ohio), Mallory Pugh (Real Colorado; Highlands Ranch, Colo.), Liz Slattery (Florida; Cincinnati, Ohio)
FORWARDS (7):
Makenzy Doniak (Virginia; Chino Hills, Calif.), Summer Green (North Carolina; Milford, Mich.), Darian Jenkins (UCLA; Riverton, Utah), Savannah Jordan (Florida; Fayetteville, Ga.), McKenzie Meehan (Boston College; Scituate, R.I.), Margaret Purce (Harvard; Silver Spring, Md.), Rebecca Rasmussen (Georgia; Golden, Colo.)

U.S. U-20 WNT Sweeps Two-Game Series against China PR with 5-1 Win in Florida

LAKEWOOD RANCH, Fla. (March 1, 2014) – Forward Lindsey Horan scored twice and 15-year-old Mallory Pugh added two more goals as the U.S. Under-20 Women’s National Team also benefited from a China PR own goal to win 5-1 in the second of two friendly matches at the USA’s training camp in Florida. The Americans won the first game 3-0 on the strength of two Horan goals and one from Margaret Purce.

On the day the USA and China were drawn into the same group at the upcoming 2014 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup in Canada, the Chinese took an early lead, scoring in the 7th minute to go up 1-0.

The USA equalized in the 15th minute when center back Cari Roccaro played a long ball in behind the Chinese backline to Horan, who brought it down on her chest in the penalty box before striking a smart finish low into the lower left corner from 15 yards out.

The Americans had to wait until the 51st minute to take the lead, but it started a deluge of four goals in 26 minutes that put the game away.

The game-winner came off an out-swinging corner kick from Andi Sullivan. Her service from the left side found Horan, who sent a six-yard header between the goalkeeper and the player standing at the right post.

Less than five minutes later Pugh put a Chinese center back under high pressure and stripped the ball at the top of the penalty box. She took a single touch and struck a shot high into the upper right corner from 15 yards out.

Pugh made it 4-1 in the 71st minute off an assist from Summer Green, who attacked down the left flank and slipped the ball between two defenders. Pugh ran onto it and bounced her first-time shot low and hard into the lower left corner.

The goals were the first for Pugh at the U-20 level in just her second U-20 cap after being called up from the U.S. U-17 WNT. Horan, the USA’s only professional player, scored her 19th and 20th goals in her 21st U-20 cap.

The USA added a fifth goal in the 77th minute ball when a Chinese defender inadvertently knocked the ball into her own net trying to clear a cross on the ground.

The next training camp for the U.S. U-20s will take place the Olympic Training Center in Chula Vista, Calif., in mid-April as the young Americans continue preparations for the upcoming U-20 Women’s World Cup at which they will face Germany, Brazil and China PR in Group B play.

- U.S. U-20 Women’s National Team Match Report -

Match: U.S. Under-20 Women’s National Team v. China Under-20 WNT
Date:
March 1, 2014
Competition:
International Friendly
Venue:
Premier Sports Campus; Lakewood Ranch, Florida
Weather:
60 degrees

Scoring Summary: 1 2 F
USA                          1 4 5
CHN                          1 0 1

CHN – n/a 7th minute
USA – Lindsey Horan (Cari Rocarro) 15
USA – Lindsey Horan (Andi Sullivan) 51
USA – Mallory Pugh 56
USA – Mallory Pugh (Summer Green) 71
USA – Own Goal (CHN) 77

Lineups:
USA: 18-Katelyn Rowland (24-Jane Campbell, 46); 8-Andi Sullivan, 14-Cari Roccaro, 22-Katie Naughton (7-Maddie Bauer, 69), 11-Brittany Basinger (2-Laura Leidle, 61); 19-Stephanie Amack (5-Morgan Andrews, 46), 12-Rose Lavelle, 20-Mallory Pugh (23-Ashley Meier, 74); 16-Mallory Weber (9-Summer Green, 69) 15-Lindsey Horan, 17-Savannah Jordan (4-Margaret Purce, 74)
Subs not used: 1-Morgan Stearns, 6-Christina Gibbons, 10-Claire Wagner
, 21-Jaycie Johnson, 3-McKenzie Meehan
Head Coach: Michelle French

CHN: 1-Lu Feifei, 3-Zhong Xiudong, 15-Lyu Siqi, 2-Yao Lingwei (13-Li Mengwen, 46), 16- Zhao Xinzhai (11-Shi Tianlun, 46), 21- Tan Ruyin, 17-Zhu Beiyan (7-Liu Yanqui, 69) 18-Tang Jiali, 10-Song Duan, 8-Dong Jiabao,, 6-Jiang Tingting
Subs not used: 4-
Wang Xi, 5-Sun Shudan, 9-Zhang Chen, 12- Lo Xiang, 14-Wu Chengshu , 19-Xiao Yuyi, 20- Lv Yueyun, 22-Wang Xin, 23-Li Mengyu

Stats Summary: USA / CHN
Shots: 12/ 4
Shots on Goal: 11 / 3
Corner Kicks: 6 / 1
Fouls: n/a
Offside: 5/3
Saves: 2/6

Misconduct Summary:
None

U.S. U-20 WNT vs. Mexico: Post-Match Quotes - Jan. 19, 2014

Post-Match Quote Sheet: U-20 WNT vs. Mexico
CONCACAF Women’s U-20 Championship – Final
Jan. 19, 2014

U.S. U-20 WNT head coach MICHELLE FRENCH
On the match:
“I’m extremely proud. Mexico has great players and they were extremely organized, disciplined and very threatening. For us to be able to weather the storm at times during the game, respond with some great passing series’ that led up to some fantastic goals, it was really an exciting win for the players.”

On the entire roster contributing to the tournament title:
“There were some players coming into the tournament that we didn’t know how much time they were going to get or how much they would contribute. But, as I’ve said throughout this tournament, every single player contributed in some aspect to help us become successful, so not only did they grow as a team, but individually they really grew up.”

On breaking the game open with the second and third goals:
“The great things about the second and third goals were the movement of the ball, the tenacity to get in the box and finish. The variety of the goals was also great. To get that second goal allows you to just kind of breathe a little better, but at the same time, a two-goal lead is always a scary lead, so I was just happy we were able to get the third.”

On losing two starting forwards for the semifinal and final:*
“It’s incredible for players to come into an environment that they haven’t been in very often and immediately make a difference. We saw that with those forwards that came in the last few games for us. We couldn’t be more proud of their focus and their overall development in this tournament.”

*Makenzy Doniak broke her hand and returned to the USA for surgery and Lindsey Horan was recalled by her French professional club Paris Saint-Germain.

U.S. U-20 WNT defender ANDI SULLIVAN
On the match:

“Mexico constantly fought and they kind of disrupted our rhythm a little bit, much more than the opponents we faced previously, but despite that pressure, we came out and got four goals. I am super proud of my team and impressed with us for getting that result.”

On the team’s growth through the tournament:
“It’s been an amazing two-and-half weeks, and this is an amazing group. We’ve come together so much as team. Some girls hadn’t even met each other until this trip and those new players were on the field and they stepped up. That’s a testament to their talent and our team chemistry. We’ve grown up. The professionalism of dealing with fans and the environment, it was difficult to adjust to, but as the tournament went on we only got stronger.”

On lifting the CONCACAF Women’s U-20 Championship trophy after she captained the team on the night:
“Lifting the trophy with the confetti flying in the air, I felt like I was going to cry. I had to keep myself together. Iit was an amazing feeling to get to hold the trophy and celebrate with my teammates and become CONCACAF champions.”

U.S. U-20 WNT goalkeeper KATELYN ROWLAND
On not allowing a goal over the five games of the tournament, the first time the USA has accomplished that feat in a CONCACAF U-20 tournament:

“The fact that we didn’t’ allow a goal through five games is incredible. It makes me so proud. Not only my back four, but the whole team defensively was outstanding. I couldn’t have asked for anything more.”

U.S. U-20 WNT midfielder ROSE LAVELLE
On the match:

“Mexico had some offensive threats that we knew we had to take care of, so I think our defense did a very good job at that. Offensively, we were patient, we didn’t force anything and we were able to get four goals.”

U.S. U-20 WNT forward SAVANNAH JORDAN
On her goal that made it 2-0:

“I just looked up and hit it first-time. It was a great build-up, great combination play. After that, it really opened the gates for us to keep scoring more.”

On playing in her first U-20 international matches at this tournament:
“I’m super proud of the team. It’s super exciting for me. This was my first tournament with the National Team and my first international games so I’m proud to be a part of it.”

U.S. U-20 WNT forward MARGARET PURCE
On the match:

“They were a phenomenal opponent to play against. They made it really difficult for us to find the back of the net. It was a hard-fought game the whole time, but they were so much fun to play against. I loved it.”

On looking forward:
“Winning is good and it was our goal to win this tournament. Now we go back to the drawing board, look at film, and fix the things we need to fix so we can go back and be even better than we were today.”

U.S. U-20 WNT Qualifies for 2014 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup with 6-0 Win Against Trinidad & Tobago

  • USA Posts Fourth Straight Shutout Victory in 2014 CONCACAF Women’s U-20 Championship to Advance to Sunday’s Title Game Against Mexico
  • McKenzie Meehan and Stephanie Amack Register Two Goals Apiece; Meehan is Now Tournament’s Golden Boot Co-Leader
  • Savannah Jordan and Mallory Weber Add a Goal Apiece, Andi Sullivan Provides Two Assists and Katelyn Rowland Completes Her Third Tournament Clean Sheet
  • Championship Match Against Mexico Kicks off at 7 p.m. ET on Jan. 19 on FOX Soccer Plus and FOX Soccer 2GO

GEORGE TOWN, Cayman Islands (Jan. 17, 2014) – The U.S. Under-20 Women’s National Team simultaneously booked its place in the 2014 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup and in the 2014 CONCACAF Women’s U-20 Championship Final after claiming a 6-0 win semifinal victory against Trinidad & Tobago at the Truman Bodden Sports Complex.

The USA will go for its third straight CONCACAF Women’s U-20 Championship title when it plays Mexico on Sunday, Jan. 19, at 7 p.m. ET. As finalists, both the USA and Mexico have qualified for this summer’s FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup in Canada. Earlier on Sunday, Costa Rica, a 3-1 loser to Mexico in the other semifinal, and Trinidad & Tobago will play for third place and the final World Cup spot out of the CONCACAF region. Both matches will be broadcast live on FOX Soccer Plus and FOX Soccer 2GO. Fans can follow the U.S. U-20 WNT on Twitter @ussoccer_ynt.

The USA has now qualified for its seventh straight FIFA tournament at this age level. The first two were held U-19 tournaments and the next four have been U-20 events.

Against T&T, forward McKenzie Meehan put in another strong performance, scoring two goals to take her total tournament tally to six, tying her for the lead in the Golden Boot race with Mexico’s Tanya Samarzich.

Midfielder Stephanie Amack scored twice in a seven-minute span in the first half, both off assists from right back Andi Sullivan, who is the youngest player on the roster, while forwards Savannah Jordan and Mallory Weber also goals. Jordan has now scored a goal in all four matches so far.

Goalkeeper Katelyn Rowland, who wore the captain’s armband, secured her third clean sheet of the tournament with the help of a well-organized back line that included Sullivan, center-backs Cari Roccaro and Katie Naughton and left back Laura Liedle.

The USA wasted no time carving out the first scoring opportunity of the match in just the second minute when a superb passing sequence led to a stinging cross from Sullivan that was headed narrowly over the bar by Jordan. From that point, only numerous offside calls prevented the Americans from causing more damage in the first half, as its crisp possession and movement helped create consistent scoring chances.

The breakthrough came in the 13th minute when Sullivan lofted a long free kick from the left side to the back left post for Naughton, who sent a perfectly headed pass back across goal to an unmarked Meehan. The Boston College striker placed a tidy header into the back of the net and the Americans were off and running.

Jordan added the Americans’ second goal in the 27th minute with an excellent bit of skill. She collected a deftly-weighted slip from Rachel Hill at the top of the box, turned away from her defender and slotted a quick shot past on-rushing Trinidad goalkeeper Keri Myers into the lower left corner.

Strong attacking play by Sullivan from the right flank then led to Amack notching the third goal in the 33rd minute. Yet another excellent series of quick passes got Sullivan free and dribbling into the right side of the box. Her shot on goal was kick-saved, but deflected right into the path of Amack at the top of the box. She did not hesitate in first-timing a blast into the roof of the net.

Soon after, the USA won a free kick 40 yards from goal near the left wing. Sullivan lofted a cross to the back post where the 5-foot-10 Amack met the ball in stride to head home her second goal of the game and third of the tournament, giving the Americans a commanding 4-0 lead at the break. Amack now has three goals in the tournament.

The second half began in similar fashion to the first as the USA was denied a quick-fire opening goal. This time, Weber – a halftime replacement for Jordan – saw a shot from point-blank range saved by Myers after USA’s passing unlocked the Trinidad defense once again.

Meehan got her second goal in the 65th minute, also off a header. This time a sweeping move from down the right flank saw Weber whip in a cross to the back post that Summer Green headed the ball back across the goal mouth to a wide open Meehan, who nodded home a flicked header to make it 5-0.

Weber capped things off in the 86th minute, smashing home a lower cross from fellow second-half sub Margaret Purce after it took a deflection off an attempted shot by Meehan. The goal was Weber’s third of the tournament.

Additional Notes:

  • With her goal against Trinidad & Tobago, Savannah Jordan now has four goals in four games at this year’s CONCACAF Women’s U-20 Championship.
  • The USA has 10 different goal scorers at this tournament: McKenzie Meehan (6), Jordan (4), Stephanie Amack (3), Lindsey Horan (3), Mallory Weber (3), Brittany Basinger (1), Summer Green (1), Rachel Hill (1), Margaret Purce (1) and Andi Sullivan (1).
  • Center back Cari Roccaro continued her streak of playing every minute at this tournament and has now played all 360.
  • The USA was without the services of two forwards. Lindsey Horan was recalled by her professional club team Paris Saint-Germain ahead of their big league match against rival Lyon on Jan. 18 while Makenzy Doniak broke her hand in the first match and returned to the USA to have surgery.
  • The 2014 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup will be held in four Canadian cities from Aug. 5-24.

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

Match: U.S. U-20 Women’s National Team vs. Trinidad & Tobago
Date: Jan. 17, 2014
Competition: CONCACAF Women’s U-20 Championship – Semifinal
Venue: Truman Bodden Sports Complex; George Town, Cayman Islands
Kickoff: 7 p.m. ET
Attendance: 1,230
Weather: 75 degrees, rain, humid

Scoring Summary: 1 2 F
USA                        4 2 6
TRI                         0 0 0

USA – McKenzie Meehan (Katie Naughton)   13th minute
USA – Savannah Jordan (Rachel Hill)          27
USA – Stephanie Amack (Andi Sullivan)      33
USA – Stephanie Amack (Andi Sullivan)      39
USA – McKenzie Meehan (Summer Green)   65
USA – Mallory Weber (McKenzie Meehan)    86

Lineups:
USA: 1-Katelyn Rowland (capt.); 19-Andi Sullivan, 3-Cari Roccaro, 20-Katie Naughton, 10-Laura Liedle; 16-Stephanie Amack, 17-Rose Lavelle (7-Morgan Andrews, 59), 14-Rachel Hill; 11-McKenzie Meehan, 5-Summer Green (15-Margaret Purce, 74), 13-Savannah Jordan (12-Mallory Weber, 46)
Subs Not Used: 2-Maddie Bauer, 4-Brittany Basinger, 8-Lauren Kaskie, 18-Jane Campbell
Head Coach: Michelle French

TRI: 1-Keri Myers; 8-Daniella Findle, 14-Otisha David, 17-Jonelle Warrwick, 11-Khadidra Debesette (16-Summer Arjoon, 82), 12-Shanisa Camejo (3-Liana Hines, 46), 15-Donika Murray, 18-Emma Abdul; 4-Brianna Ryce, 13-Shenelle Henry, 19-Anique Walker (capt.) (7-Akilah Sparks, 68)

Subs Not Used: 2-Tkeyah Phillips, 6-Khadisha Debesette, 9-Patrice Campbell, 10-Tsaianne Leander, 20-Tenesha Palmer

Head Coach: Izler Browne

Stats Summary: USA / TRI
Shots: 14 / 1
Shots on Goal: 11 /0
Saves: 0 / 4
Corner Kicks: 3 / 0
Fouls: 7 / 7
Offside: 11 / 0

Misconduct Summary:
None

Officials:
Referee: Carol Anne Chenard (CAN)
Assistant Referee 1: Emperatriz Ayala (CAN)
Assistant Referee 2: Kimberly Moriera (CRC)
4th Official: Marie-Soleil Beaudoin (CAN)

ussoccer.com Woman of the Match: Andi Sullivan

U.S. U-20 WNT vs. Trinidad & Tobago: Post-Match Quotes - Jan. 17, 2014

Post-Match Quote Sheet: U-20 WNT vs. Trinidad & Tobago
CONCACAF U-20 Women’s Championship – Semifinal
Jan. 17, 2014

Post-Match Quotes from U.S. Under-20 Women’s National Team head coach Michelle French, forward Savannah Jordan, midfielder Stephanie Amack, midfielder Rose Lavelle and defender Andi Sullivan following the team’s 6-0 victory against Trinidad & Tobago that qualified the USA for the 2014 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup while earning a berth in the tournament championship game against Mexico on Sunday, Jan. 19.

U.S. U-20 WNT head coach MICHELLE FRENCH
On putting together an excellent game in the semifinal:
“I think particularly in the first half there was a relentless attitude that the players displayed. We focused a ton on set pieces coming into this game, knowing it was going to be important, and they executed them amazingly well. So to put everything together, especially in that first 45 minutes, in the most important game of the tournament, is a true testament to these players.”

On the windy and rainy weather conditions and how it affected the field:
“After being able to watch the game prior to ours, we were able to see what the footing would be like, and we touched on some key things about how the conditions could affect the way we were going to play. It was a good opportunity to deal with a different kind of adversity, and I think we did well.”

On the entire roster contributing to four wins so far:
“It comes down to the preparation of these players and the coaching staff. Everyone has played a huge role in getting every single player ready to play, and for them to go out on the field without having logged as many minutes as other players, they stepped right in and made an impact and made a difference to help us be successful.”

On moving past the semifinal and looking toward the championship game:
“Our main goal was to qualify [for the U-20 World Cup], and the goal immediately after that was to win the tournament. We had goal 1A and goal 1B, which is to win this entire championship. It’s a great win, we’re excited, but we always know that in another day we play Mexico and it’s always a great rivalry between Mexico and the U.S., so we’ll get right back at preparations tomorrow.”

U.S. U-20 WNT midfielder STEPHANIE AMACK
On the match:
“It was a great game. We came out really pumped, and I had a great time tonight. It’s such an honor to be on the field and starting. We’ve qualified and now we want to win the whole thing.”

On facing Mexico in the championship game:
“Mexico is a great opponent and they’ve done really well in all their games, too, so we are really excited for the challenge.”

U.S. U-20 WNT defender ANDI SULLIVAN
On qualifying for the U-20 Women’s World Cup:
“Right after the game was over, it didn’t really hit me yet, and then after we shook hands with everybody, and I just ran over to (head coach Michelle French) and picked her up and hugged her because it’s a lot of pressure for her, too, and a lot for us, and that’s kind of alleviated. Our biggest goal here was to qualify, and now that we’ve done that I think there are bigger things to come from us.”

On the team’s performance:
“I was so impressed with our style of play. From the first time we touched the ball, we were combining and finding feet and it was so great to see us keep our style of play, not just in the group games, but in tougher games against tougher opponents and in tougher situations. So I’m really glad how much this team has grown over the past year and in this tournament.”

U.S. U-20 WNT forward SAVANNAH JORDAN
On qualifying for the U-20 Women’s World Cup:
“It’s exciting. The whole atmosphere tonight was great. We came out really strong in the first half and continued that in the second half and after the game it was a great feeling, with everyone hugging each other, to know that we qualified.”

On looking forward to the championship game:
“Our No. 1 goal coming in was to qualify. Now we’ve got that behind us and the focus is on winning the tournament. We’ll celebrate this tonight and then put it behind us and get ready for tomorrow’s regen and then Sunday’s game.”

U.S. U-20 WNT midfielder ROSE LAVELLE
On the emotions on qualifying for the U-20 Women’s World Cup:
“Pure happiness and excitement. We came here to qualify and we did that so now we move on to the next goal which is to win the whole thing.”

On the team coming together in this tournament:
“Our team chemistry has really grown. Coming in off college season, we hadn’t really played that much together. I think we really stepped it up and look at us now! We’re going to the World Cup!”

U.S. U-20 WNT vs. Jamaica: Post-Match Quotes - Jan. 11, 2014

U.S. U-20 WNT Head Coach MICHELLE FRENCH
On the match:
“I think in the first half we struggled with the environment, we struggled with their style of play and we struggled to dictate the tempo of the game. At times, we got a little bit overwhelmed in regards to their direct play. Breaking down a team that isn’t pressing us very much proved to be something we need to continue to work on. In the second half, we turned things around a little bit in our possession, we moved the ball better and we changed the point better. But, a little bit disappointed in how we played them at the beginning of the half. That said, we scored two goals. So, to not play well in the first half and coming into the locker room with a 2-0 lead was big for us.”

On facing different challenges in the first two matches:
“We had two different challenges thrown at us. With Costa Rica, they had some players we knew were going to be creative on the ball. With Jamaica, we knew they were going to be physical, so we were going to have to play two different ways to be successful. But, we came away with two wins and we advanced. That was job No. 1.”

On if there will be any starting lineup changes in the final group game against Guatemala:
“It’s an opportunity to definitely rest some players. We still want to have a bit of cohesion going into the fourth game, but we’ve had some players play a lot of minutes, so we’ll have to manage them.”

U.S. U-20 WNT midfielder ROSE LAVELLE
On the match:
“We really wanted to be able to control the tempo of the game, and I think it started a little hectic. Toward the end of the first half we were able to settle down and eventually get a goal. It was more physical than the previous game, and we had to focus more on the air game because we knew they’d come out and be good in that aspect. I think we did a good job at that.”

On making the semifinal:
“We’re definitely happy. We came here to qualify for the World Cup and we’ve accomplished our first goal, which was to make the semis, but now we want to finish at the top of our group. We have another game we need to focus on, so that’s the next step. We are going to use tomorrow to recover and we want to come out strong [against Guatemala], score some goals and get a shutout.”

U.S. U-20 WNT defender ANDI SULLIVAN
On the match:
“I thought the game was extremely competitive. Jamaica was constantly a threat. Even when we had three goals on them, they were still dangerous, so that was a great challenge for us. They challenged us a lot, and it took us a long time to get into our rhythm and get control of the game. They were fun to play against.”

On captaining the team against Jamaica:
“It was a little bit of a surprise when I walked into the locker room and got the captain’s band from the staff. It was a great opportunity, but it was different for me. I had the support of Cari Roccaro, our main captain next to me, and that was extremely helpful. If I get to do it again, great. If not, I’m glad I had that opportunity. It adds to the experience.”

On converting her penalty kick chance:
“We’ve been practicing PKs this week in the Caymans and I’ve gotten into a little routine. We had it set before the game that, if there was a PK, I would be the one to take it. So, when it happened, I felt prepared because my coaching staff had that confidence in me. I’ve never felt that way about a penalty kick before, but today I just felt confident, went through my routine and it was easy.”

U.S. U-20 WNT forward SAVANNAH JORDAN
On the match:
“We started out a little shaky in the beginning, but once we got a rhythm, we started playing. We did much better at the end of the first half and the start of the second. We got a bit more composed and kept control of the game a lot better than we did at the start. I’m glad we got the goals early and were able to hold onto the game.”

On Jamaica:
“They were really physical and good in the air, but we were prepared for that so we knew that coming in. They had a lot of speed, so their counter-attackers were pretty good and threatening to us. I think in the end we did a good job handling that.”

On scoring a similar goal to her strike against Costa Rica:
“Both the finishes were high at the near post, kind of similar, but it was a great buildup from the team. Morgan played a great ball in, and I kind of brought it down and just finished. The buildup for both goals was really good.”

U.S. National Teams: A member of the U.S. team that won the 2012 CONCACAF U-17 Women’s Championship in Guatemala and qualified for the 2012 FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup, she played in three games with one start, scoring two goals – one each against Bahamas and T&T – with one assist … She is fourth on the team in career U-17 goals with five in 15 international games … Played with the U.S. U-15s in 2010.

Personal: Full name is Andi Maureen Sullivan … Nicknames are Sunshine, Sun, Sunny and Sully … Her teammates and coaches pretty much always call her Sunny or Sunshine … Her first name is after her grandfather and middle name is after her aunt … Her dad was an All-American swimmer at the Coast Guard Academy and is now a pilot… Her mom plays and coaches soccer … Both of her parents attended the Coast Guard Academy, and they were stationed in Honolulu, Hawaii when she was born … Her sister Kayley plays soccer at George Washington … Her oldest sister Shannon works for Teach for America in California  … Her brother Keegan is a freshman at JMU … The three words that best describe her off the field are “genuine, friendly and caring” … The three words that best describe her on the field are “composed, loud and crafty” … Favorite class is math … Dream job would be host of the Today Show … Favorite food is pizza … Favorite snack is Garden Salsa Sun Chips … Favorite soccer players are Ali Krieger and Clint Dempsey … Greatest soccer moment was getting called to her first national team camp … Has a German Shepherd named Gabe … Favorite musical artist is the Coldplay … Favorite cereal is Life … Favorite dessert is Oreo Cheesecake … Favorite smell is a bonfire.

College / High School: Has verbally committed to attend Stanford in the fall of 2014 … One of the two juniors in high school on the roster, she attends South County Secondary School in Lorton, Va.  … Was an NSCAA All-American in 2011 … A First-Team All-District and All-Region selection.

Club: Played from U-13s through present with the Bethesda Freedom … Played from U-9 through U-13 with the LMVSC Patriots … Played rec soccer with LMVSA … The Freedom were Region 1 runners-up in 2011.

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