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U.S. U-23 WNT Defeats Sweden 2-1 in Second Match of the Six Nations Tournament in La Manga, Spain

CHICAGO (March 3, 2014) – The U.S. Under-23 Women’s National Team won its second match at the Six Nations Tournament in La Manga, Spain, defeating Sweden 2-1 on goals from Stanford forward Chioma Ubogagu and FC Kansas City draft pick Frances Silva.

U.S. head coach Steve Swanson switched up his starting lineup from the first game of the tournament, making six changes from the side that beat Japan 1-0 on March 3, and Silva came through with what would be the winning goal in the 31st minute.

Ubogagu, a veteran of the USA’s 2012 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup championship team, opened the scoring in the 16th minute after running onto a through ball from Portland Thorns midfielder Meleana Shim. Ubogagu dribbled to the right side of the six-yard box and shot to the bottom corner at the near post. Sweden goalkeeper Hilda Carlen bobbled the ball, but it slipped through her legs and into the net.

The USA doubled its lead through Silva, who was taken by FCKC in the third round of the 2014 NWSL College Draft at No. 21 overall, off an assist from Texas Tech defender Jaelene Hinkle.

Sweden pulled a goal back off a penalty kick by Irma Helin in the 61st minute, but the American defense, led by center-backs Abby Dahlkemper from UCLA (who finished third in voting for the 2013 MAC Hermann Trophy) and Emily Sonnett from Virginia, helped limit Sweden to just three shots on goal.

The USA will finish the competition against Norway on March 5.

- U.S. Under-23 Wmone’s National Team Match Report -

Match : U.S. Under-23 Women’s National Team vs. Sweden Under-23 Women’s National Team
Date
: March 3, 2014
Competition
: Six Nations Tournament
Venue
: La Manga Football Centre; La Manga, Spain; Field A
Weather:
64 Degrees, windy

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

USA - Chioma Ubogagu (Meleana Shim) 16th minute
USA - Frances Silva (Jaelene Hinkle) 31
SWE - Irma Helin (penalty kick) 61

Lineups:
SWE:
1-Hilda Carlen; 2-Catrine Johansson (9-Pauline Hammarlund, 54), 3-Sanna Svensson, 4-Jennie Nordin (14-Malin Winberg, 70), 16-Elin Bragnum, 15-Johanna Andersson (5-Anna Hjalmqvist, 70), 6-Irma Helin, 7-Petra Andersson (19-Julia Karlenas, 54), 8-Malin Dias Pettersson, 10-Fridolina Rolfo (11-Jonna Andersson, 54), 17-Mimmi Larsson
Substitutes not used: Emelie Lundberg; Elin Landstrom; Emma Lennartsson; Marija Banusic
Head Coach: Anneli Andersen

USA: 1-Aubrey Bledsoe; 14-Arin Gilliland (12-Amanda Frisbie, 46), 13-Abby Dahlkemper, 8-Emily Sonnett, 19-Jaelene Hinkle; 11-Frances Silva (7-Kealia Ohai, 67), 9-Meleana Shim (4-Danielle Colaprico, 63), 16-Jenna Richmond, 15-Erika Tymrak; 27-Katie Stengel (22-Jennifer Hoy, 46); 10-Chioma Ubogagu (5-Maya Hayes, 46)
Substitutes not used: Abby Smith, Kassey Kallman
Head Coach: Steve Swanson

Stats Summary: USA / SWE
Shots: 11 / 4
Shots on Goal: 6 / 3
Saves: 2 / 4
Corner Kicks: 8 / 1
Fouls: 3 / 9
Offside: 1 / 1

Misconduct:
None

Officials:
Referee: Briet Bragadottir (ISL)
Assistant Referee 1: B. Bergstad (ISL)
Assistant Referee 2: Runa Stefansdottir (ISL)
Fourth Official: A. Olsson (SWE)

U.S. U-23 WNT to Open Year in La Manga, Spain, with Three International Matches

CHICAGO (Feb. 21, 2014) – The U.S. Under-23 Women’s National Team will open its 2014 campaign with a challenging trip to La Manga, Spain, for the Six Nations Tournament running from Feb. 24-March 6. The USA will play three international matches, facing the U-23 sides of Japan (March 1), Sweden (March 3) and Norway (March 5).

U.S. head coach Steven Swanson will bring a 20-player roster to Spain featuring a mix of young pros and top collegiate players. Swanson named nine NWSL players, six that are heading into their rookie season and three that played in the league last year in Meleana Shim (Portland Thorns FC), Jennifer Hoy (Chicago Red Stars) and Erika Tymrak (NWSL Rookie of the Year with FC Kansas City). Tymrak just completed a three-week stint with the senior Women’s National team and currently has three caps and one goal for Tom Sermanni’s team.

The roster includes four first round picks from the 2014 NWSL Draft including No. 2 overall in forward Kealia Ohai (Houston Dash), No. 5 in defender Kassey Kallman (FC Kansas City), No. 6 in forward Maya Hayes (Sky Blue FC) and No. 7 in defender Amanda Frisbie (Seattle Reign FC). Additional draftees include: midfielder Jenna Richmond, who went in the second round at No. 16 overall to FC Kansas City and midfielder Frances Silva who was the first pick of the third round, going No. 19 overall to FC Kansas City.

The roster also includes five members of the U.S. team that won the 2012 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup in Japan: Ohai (who scored the game-winner in the World Cup Final), Kallman, Hayes, Texas goalkeeper Abby Smith and Stanford forward Chioma Ubogagu.

The remainder of the roster is completed by some of the top collegians in the country, including 2013 MAC Hermann Trophy finalist Abby Dahlkemper of UCLA.

The U.S. U-23 WNT will be followed into La Manga by the U.S. U-18 Women’s National Team, which will play international matches there on March 8, 10 and 12.

U.S. U-23 WNT Roster By Position:
GOALKEEPERS (2):
Aubrey Bledsoe (Wake Forest; Cincinnati, Ohio), Abby Smith (Texas; Dallas, Texas)
DEFENDERS (6):
Abby Dahlkemper (UCLA; Menlo Park, Calif.), Amanda Frisbie (Seattle Reign FC; McKinney, Texas), Arin Gilliland (Kentucky; Lexington, Ky.), Jaelene Hinkle (Texas Tech; Castle Rock, Colo.), Kassey Kallman (FC Kansas City; Woodbury, Minn.), Emily Sonnett (Virginia; Marietta, Ga.)
MIDFIELDERS (6):
Danielle Colaprico (Virginia; Freehold, N.J.), Caprice Dydasco (UCLA; Honolulu, Hawaii), Jenna Richmond (FC Kansas City; Centreville, Va.), Meleana Shim (Portland Thorns FC; Honolulu, Hawaii), Frances Silva (FC Kansas City; Overland Park, Kan.); Erika Tymrak (FC Kansas City; Bradenton, Fla.)
FORWARDS (6):
Shea Groom (Texas A&M; Liberty, Mo.), Maya Hayes (Sky Blue FC; West Orange, N.J.), Jennifer Hoy (Chicago Red Stars; Sellersville, Pa.), Kealia Ohai (Houston Dash; Draper, Utah), Katie Stengel (Wake Forest; West Melbourne, Fla.), Chioma Ubogagu (Stanford; Coppell, Texas)

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