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U.S. U-17 WNT Defeats New Zealand 2-0 at U-17 Women's NTC Invitational

CARSON, Calif. (Feb. 7, 2014) – The U.S. Under-17 Women’s National Team defeated New Zealand 2-0 in its second match of the 2014 Women’s NTC Invitational, getting a goal in each half from Mallory Pugh and Zoe Redei, respectively.

The USA’s victory, combined with Japan’s 0-0 draw with China in the first match of the day, sets up the Americans for a chance to win the tournament with a win or draw against Japan on Sunday, Feb. 9. The match kicks off at 4 p.m. PT at Glenn “Mooch” Myernick Field at the U.S. Soccer National Training Center in Carson, Calif. The first match featuring New Zealand and China kicks off at 1 p.m. PT.

The USA is currently in first place in the four-team tournament with six points and a plus-6 goal differential. Japan has four points from a win and a tie and a plus-5 goal differential. China has one point from a draw and a loss while New Zealand has lost both matches so far.

The USA opened the scoring in the 26th minute, as Pugh scored her third goal of the tournament and 14th of her U-17 international career. Midfielder Dorian Bailey played the ball from the left wing into the penalty area for midfielder Taylor Racioppi, who then found Pugh for a right-footed drive into the upper left corner.

The USA, which out-shot New Zealand 12-1 and did not allow a shot on goal, got the clincher in the 70th minute after 61st minute substitute Michelle Xiao won the ball from a Kiwi about 30 yards from the goal. She dribbled forward before slipping a pass to Redei who scored from inside the penalty area.

This will be the last event for the U-17 players born in 1997 and 1998, as they will then transition to the U-18s and U-20s. Players born in 1999 will then become the primary age group for the U-17s and begin preparations for qualifying for the 2016 FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup.

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

Match: United States U-17 Women's National Team vs. New Zealand U-17 Women’s National Team
Date:
February 7, 2014
Competition:
2014 U-17 Women’s NTC Invitational
Venue:
GlennMooch” Myernick Field; U.S. Soccer National Training Center; Carson, Calif.
Kickoff:
6 p.m. PT
Weather:
57 degrees

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

USA – Mallory Pugh (Taylor Racioppi) 26th minute
USA – Zoe Redei (Michelle Xiao) 70

Lineups:
USA:
1-Lauren Rood; 7-Mia Gyau, 13-Alana Cook, 9-Zoe Morse, 2-Dorian Bailey; 4-Marley Canales (25-Taryn Torres, 77), 14-Taylor Racioppi (12-Tegan McGrady, 61), 17- Mallory Pugh (20-Leah Pruitt, 77); 8-Kelcie Hedge (23-Ashley Sanchez, 61), 3-Maddie Haley (Zoe Redei, 61), 19-Anika Rodriguez (11-Michelle Xiao, 61)
Subs not used: Frankie Tagliaferri, Chloe Castaneda, Kat Hess, Ellie Jean, Natalie Jacobs, Karlie Paschall, Maddy Schultz

Head Coach: BJ Snow

NZL: 1-Emma Fulbrook; 12-Sophie Stewart Hobbs, 3-Hope Gilchrist, 4-Elisabeth Anton, 5-Hanna English; 8-Daisy Cleverley, (83-Lucy Stotter, 83), 15-Whitney Hepburn (6-Isabella Coombes, 70), 19-Tayla Christensen (16-Sarah Morton, 46); 13-Paige Satchell (11-Emily Oosterhof, 70), 10-Jade Parris, 17-Deven Jackson (18-Isabella Richards, 46),
Subs not used: Geena Gross, Martine Puketapu, Karin Ingram, Emily Hanrahan
Head Coach: jitka Klimkova

Stats Summary: USA / NZL
Shots: 12 / 1
Shots on Goal: 11 / 0
Saves: 0 / 9
Corner Kicks: 12 / 0
Fouls: 3 / 1
Offside: 1 /1

Misconduct Summary:

Officials:
Referee: Katja Koroleva (USA)
Assistant Referee 1: Amanda Ross (USA)
Assistant Referee 2: Jennifer Garner (USA)
Fourth Official: Juliana Duncan (USA)

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 Beats Canada 2-0 to Top Group B at 2017 CONCACAF U-17 Women’s Championship

  • Zoe Redei Grabs Goal and Assist for U-17s
  • Mallory Pugh Adds Insurance Goal in Second Half
  • USA Plays Mexico in Semifinal on Thursday, Nov. 7 for Spot in FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup; Crucial Match Kicks Off at 3 p.m. ET Tape Delayed on FOX Soccer Plus at 8 p.m. ET and Live FOX Soccer 2Go  

MONTEGO BAY, Jamaica (Nov. 4, 2013) – The U.S. Under-17 Women’s National Team defeated Canada 2-0 to win Group B at the 2013 CONCACAF U-17 Women’s Championship in Jamaica. The victory sets up an all-important clash with Mexico in the semifinal on Nov. 7, with the winner earning a spot in the 2014 FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup.

Forwards Zoe Redei and Mallory Pugh scored goals in the 36th and 62nd minutes, respectively, as head coach B.J. Snow’s team earned its third straight victory at the Montego Bay Sports Complex with an excellent overall performance against its regional rival.

The USA-Mexico game can be seen tape delayed on FOX Soccer Plus at 8 p.m. ET and live online at FOX Soccer 2GO at 3 p.m. ET. Fans can also follow on ussoccer.com’s MatchTracker and on Twitter @ussoccer_ynt.

In the other semifinal, Jamaica will take on Canada in front of a large home crowed at 6 p.m. ET. The winner of that semifinal will earn the second of CONCACAF’s two berths to the 2014 FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup being held next March in Costa Rica.

The U-17s went into the game knowing that only a win would give them first place in Group B as Canada had an advantage in goal difference, and the Americans started the match on the front foot. Snow’s team generated the first real chance of a wide-open first half when Redei combined with forward Mallory Pugh in the 16th minute. Redei cut inside her marker on the edge of the box but Canada goalkeeper Rylee Foster was equal to the shot.

Pugh came close to providing the U.S. a lead in the 34th minute, following up a lofted free kick with a sizzling half-volley from the edge of the area. Foster made a fantastic save, diving to her left to just push the ball around her post.

Two minutes later, the USA finally gained the lead when right back Ellie Jean drove forward into the box and did well to poke the ball square to Redei. The in-form U.S. forward stabbed it home with the outside of her right foot to give the USA a lead heading into the break. The goal was Redei’s team-leading fifth of the tournament and marked her second-consecutive game on the score sheet.

The USA continued the positive play in the second half, with Dorian Bailey nearly doubling the lead in the 53rd minute. The midfielder cracked a shot from 20 yards that dipped fiercely past Foster before bouncing back off the inside of the left post and away.

The USA would not be denied, however, with goal scorer Redei turning provider in the 62nd minute. Latching onto a long ball over the top, Redei outpaced the defense into the right side of the penalty area before expertly squaring to Pugh who calmly rolled the ball home into an empty net. The goal was Pugh’s third of the tournament and ninth in just seven U-17 international matches.

The USA had a chance to add to its lead late in the game when Pugh was dragged down in the box by Canada defender Mika Richards in the 81st minute. After a lengthy stoppage for Richards, who remained down with an injury and left the field on a stretcher, midfielder Marley Canales stepped up to take the penalty kick a full seven minutes after the initial foul.

Richards was shown a yellow card for the foul, and as Canada had used all its substitutes, it had to play the remainder of the match with 10 players.

Canales went to Foster’s left with her penalty kick attempt, but the Canada goalkeeper reacted superbly to keep the ball out and did just as well to save the follow up, turning away a blast off the rebound from Bailey.

The USA qualified for its first U-17 Women’s World Cup back in 2008 by defeating Mexico in the semifinal, 1-0, on a goal from current U.S. Women’s National Team player Crystal Dunn.

Additional Notes:

  • B.J. Snow made six changes to the lineup that defeated Guatemala 8-0 on Saturday, reverting to a starting XI similar to the one that opened the tournament against Trinidad & Tobago last Thursday.
  • The USA has out-scored its opposition 17-0 in the first round of the tournament.
  • Snow went with a 4-3-3 formation that featured a front line of Kelcie Hedge, Zoe Redei and Mallory Pugh.
  • Snow used three subs, all in the second half. Taylor Racioppi replaced Anika Rodriguez in the 60th minute, Mia Gyau replaced Redei in the 78 th and Maddy Schultz entered for Pugh in the fifth minute of stoppage time.
  • Ellie Jean’s assist was her first point of the 2013 CONCACAF U-17 Women’s Championship. Jean captained the USA on the night.
  • Zoe Redei’s assist was her first of the tournament.
  • Natalie Jacbos is the only U.S. player to play all 270 minutes of the tournament so far.
  • 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.S. Under-17 Women’s National Team Match Report-

Match: U.S. U-17 Women’s National Team vs. Canada
Date:
Nov. 4, 2013
Competition:
CONCACAF U-17 Women’s Championship – Group B
Venue:
Montego Bay Sports Complex; Montego Bay, Jamaica
Kickoff:
6 p.m. CT
Attendance:
1,500
Weather:
82 degrees, humid

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

USA – Zoe Redei (Ellie Jean)                          36th minute
USA – Mallory Pugh (Zoe Redei)                    62

Lineups:
USA:
1-Lauren Rood; 10-Ellie Jean (capt.), 9-Zoe Morse, 6-Natalie Jacobs, 12-Tegan McGrady; 4-Marley Canales, 2-Dorian Bailey, 19-Anika Rodriguez (14-Taylor Racioppi, 60); 8-Kelcie Hedge, 15-Zoe Redei (7-Mia Gyau, 78), 17-Mallory Pugh (22-Maddy Schultz, 90+5)
Substitutions Not Used: 3-Madison Haley, 5-Gabriella Carreiro, 11-Civana Kuhlmann, 13-Taylor Otto, 18-Kat Hess, 25-Frankie Tagliaferri
Head coach: B.J. Snow

CAN:  1-Rylee Foster; 2-Simmrin Dhaliwal, 3-Rachel Jones, 5-Mika Richards, 6-Bianca St-Georges; 4-Karima Lemire (14-Jenna Baxter, 80), 8-Jessie Fleming, 10-Sarah Kinzner (16-Sarah Stratigakis, 65), 7-Marie Levasseur; 9-Emily Borgmann (19-Jessica Lisi, 69), 11-Marie-Mychèle Mètivief
Substitutions not used: 12-Easther Mayi Kith, 13-Avery Lakeman, 15-Nadia Pestell, 17-Anyssa Ibrahim, 18-Devon Kerr, 20-Nadya Gill 
Head coach: Beverly Priestman

Stats Summary: USA / CAN
Shots: 14 / 5
Shots on Goal: 7 / 2

Saves: 2 / 5
Corner Kicks: 3 / 1

Fouls: 4 / 8
Offside: 3 / 1
 

Misconduct Summary:
CAN -- Mika Richards (caution)   87th minute

Woman of the Match: Marley Canales

U.S. U-17 WNT vs. Canada: Post-Match Quotes - Nov. 4, 2013

Post-Match Quote Sheet: U-17 WNT vs. Canada
CONCACAF U-17 Women’s Championship – Group B
Nov. 4, 2013

U.S. U-17 WNT Head Coach B.J. Snow
On the match:
“We had to be really well organized. We knew that Canada was going to try to move the ball around, their team shape was very good, and we had to execute the plan both offensively and defensively to give ourselves a chance to win. I was really proud of the girls taking the plan and executing. There are definitely a lot of things we can take from game that we still really need to work on.”

On learning and looking forward:
“Every game is a snapshot. One of our goals to win the group and to be at the top of the group is a tremendous accomplishment for this group and hopefully it gives us momentum heading into the Mexico game on Thursday."

On continuing to improve:
“Part of this is a process. We sat down as a group yesterday and talked about what we learned in the first week. Getting the nerves out, and not making this event bigger than it is because it’s a game they’ve played since they were little kids. Once they are able to relax, you are able to see a performance like you saw tonight. Our job now is to clip the game and see what we need to do get better and starting Thursday we’ll try to improve on this performance.”

On adapting quickly as a team while playing three games in five days:
“You don’t have a lot of time to prepare between these games and each of our opponents has been quite a bit different. So sometimes we have to adjust on the fly. They were able to take the information without being able to really practice it due to the short amount of time and they were able retain it and execute it. That’s a real credit to the girls and something I’m most proud of.”

On the match:
“Anytime you play a team like Canada who has great technical players all over the field, great shape and they are very well coached, to be able to minimize the time they had on the ball and the space they had was certainly one of the goals. Overall, I was proud of the team.  There are some things we need to review from this game that we need to improve on.  I think the patience and game management was a struggle at times, but overall the aggressive and mentality of the players I was really, really proud of. They set the goal to win the group, came out here today to do it and they did it.”

On the U.S. team never losing in this tournament:
“Certainly we are proud of the history and tradition of our program, but at the same time, it’s a new group of individuals who have never been in the spotlight before. This is the first time they’ve played in this environment so for them it’s new. It’s great that they can hear the stories about the past, but ultimately it’s theirs to go out there and try to win and so far I’ve been proud of their efforts because we’ve had some speed bumps along the way where we’ve learned a lot about ourselves. They are the first ones to be retrospective about it and I’m really proud of them for that.”

On the goals of the team during its two days of rest before the semifinal:
“Recover. Tomorrow is a big recovery day. It’s the coaches’ job to prepare for Thursday and it’s the players’ job to prepare by getting their bodies to get ready to play. So that’s the focus. We’re going to enjoy it tonight and then get back it.”

On facing Mexico for a berth in the U-17 Women’s World Cup:
“We’ve always had a very friendly relationship with Mexico and they’re very well coached. We played them earlier in the year, but they have a completely different team and so do we so at this point we’re just going to prepare ourselves the best we can for how we want to play and certainly put together a game plan that will hopefully benefit our players the most.”

U.S. midfielder MARLEY CANALES
On the match:

“I thought our team did tremendous. We came into this one with a very strong game plan, every single person on the team executed it perfectly and we got the result we wanted.”

On winning the group:
“Winning the group is a great achievement. It was one of our key points, and it’s just one step closer to the ultimate goal, and the only way we could accomplish this was as a team and that’s how we did it.”

On the two goals:
“Both of the goals were complete team goals. Every person did their part. Those players and the rest of the team stepped up tremendously and I’m really proud of my whole team today.”

U.S. defender ELLIE JEAN
On the match:

“Everyone played amazing tonight. Even the subs on the bench were amazing in their talk to the players on the field. Everyone just supported each other during the match, we had great communication on the field and I think we did great tonight as a whole.”

On winning the group:
“We definitely wanted to win the group. That was one of our goals here at qualifying. We had a good plan and we executed it perfectly.”

On the two goals:
“I assisted Zoe’s goal and that was an amazing feeling. Mall’s goal was amazing as well. We worked so hard to get those chances and once we finished them, we were just ecstatic. Our celebrations are great and we have so much enthusiasm.”

On Canada:
“Canada is a great match. They are a great team. They came out hard and we were expecting that. We did not underestimate them at all, but we were able to find gaps and execute and finish.”

U.S. forward ZOE REDEI
On the match:

“Canada is a really good team. They pushed hard and were really organized so they were tough to play against. We were really aggressive and won the ball and were able to play around them and finish our chances to goal.”

On her goal:
“I saw Ellie running down the right side and I saw her cut to the end line, so I sort of just faked the defender and gave her support so she was able to pass me the ball and it was practically an open goal.”

On winning the group:
“One of goals that B.J. gave us was to win the group and we did that. So our next goal is to win the semifinal and eventually win the tournament. I think we are doing a really good job but we are taking each game one step at a time."

U-17 WNT vs. Guatemala: Post-Match Quotes

Post-Match Quote Sheet: U-17 WNT vs. Guatemala
CONCACAF U-17 Women’s Championship – Group B
Nov. 2, 2013

U.S. U-17 WNT Head Coach B.J. Snow
On the match:
“I was pleased with their aggression and mentality and focus to execute the game plan. We started eight new players in this game and they went through all the emotions that our players in the first game went through. They had some heavy legs in the first half and they got used to the grass and dealing with a quality opponent. They also had two excellent forwards that we had to deal with. I think all things considered, we grew up as a team tonight, we got the result that we wanted, we got the chance to play in the semifinal, which was ultimately our goal, and we still have the opportunity to win our group in the next game, so we’ll enjoy this game tonight and get ready for Canada tomorrow.”

On starting eight different players from the first match:
"We are one-hundred percent confident in every single player on the team. The expectation going into this tournament was that everyone was going to play and contribute and they did that, especially a player like Zoe (Redei) who stepped in and put four in the back of the net. What an outstanding performance she had. She put us on her back in the first half and that was a big, big shining light that we can take going into our third game.”

U.S. forward ZOE REDEI
On the match:

“I thought we played really well tonight. The first half we were a little bit nervous, but in the second half we came out and got the result we needed. We were really good combining to goal and getting rebounds off of shots, so I thought overall we did really well.”

On her first cap:
“The game itself was unreal. The first few minutes I was really nervous, but after five minutes, all the nerves got out. We were excited to play against Guatemala – they are a really good team – and I was really excited to play with all my teammates, they are really talented. We got to put a new roster out there and switch up the players and that can only help the team.”

On playing with intensity for 90 minutes:
“I’m a center-forward so my job is to score goals, and one of the key things that B.J. was pushing was expecting that the ball was going to come to you. Every time someone shot, I was expecting a rebound and I tried to bury it in the goal.”

On the nerves of a first qualifying match for this group of players:
“I thought it was great. We all have sorts of the same experience. For some of us, it was our first cap and others they’ve played very few caps. We all were nervous, but in the second half we calmed down and played our game and it turned out really well.”

U.S. defender MIA GYAU
On the match:

“We started a little bit shaky, but as the game progressed and after we came into halftime and B.J. talked to us in the locker room, we came back out and really tried to execute and perform. We didn’t worry about pushing to score goals, we were trying to be more patient, and I think that really worked in our favor tonight.”

On four players scoring their first goals of the tournament:
“I was very happy for them. It’s always great to see your teammates score. For Gabby (Carreiro) and Zoe (Redei) having their first international games, it was really exciting to see them score.”

Her thoughts on the U.S. team’s performance through two games:
“I think that we are doing well. We just need maintain and not get too ahead of ourselves. We can’t rush and get all panicky and nervous. We need to play nice and clam and play like we normally do and let the game come to us.”

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