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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.)

USA Tops Group A at CONCACAF Women’s U-20 Championship with 10-0 Win against Guatemala

  • McKenzie Meehan Notches Second Hat Trick of Tournament for USA, Adds an Assist
  • Mallory Weber Scores Two Goals, Dishes One Assist in First Cap for U-20 WNT
  • USA Faces Either Mexico or Trinidad & Tobago in Friday’s Second Semifinal at 7 p.m. ET on FOX Soccer Plus and FOX Soccer 2GO

GEORGE TOWN, Cayman Islands (Jan. 13, 2014) – The U.S. Under-20 Women’s National Team topped Group A at the CONCACAF Women’s U-20 Championship on Monday with a 10-0 victory against Guatemala – the USA’s largest win at this tournament since 2004. The USA will face either Mexico or Trinidad in the semifinals, which kick off Friday, Jan. 17, at 7 p.m. ET on FOX Soccer Plus and FOX Soccer 2GO.

The winner of the two semifinal matches and the third-place match on Jan. 19 qualify for the 2014 FIFA Under-20 Women’s World Cup in Canada.

Forward McKenzie Meehan scored three goals to lead the way for the U.S. – the second hat trick of the tournament for the Americans after Lindsey Horan notched three in the opening match against Costa Rica. She was followed on the score sheet by U-20 WNT debutant Mallory Weber, who scored two second-half goals after coming on as a sub for Savannah Jordan, who scored the USA’s final goal of the first half on a penalty kick.

Stephanie Amack, Brittany Basinger, Rachel Hill and Margaret Purce also tallied goals for the USA, with Hill also contributing four assists as she pulled the strings from the attacking midfield spot for a relentless American attack.

Guatemala did not record a shot in the match as Jane Campbell, making her first start of the tournament in goal for the USA, and defenders Laura Liedle, Cari Roccaro, Katie Naughton, who captained the side for the evening, Maddie Bauer, Brittany Basinger and Lauren Kaskie kept the team’s third straight clean sheet.

An early pair of chances for Jordan in the opening five minutes signaled the USA’s intent, before Meehan opened the scoring in the eighth minute. A corner kick from Morgan Andrews pinged around the Guatemala penalty area before falling to Hill, who chipped the ball to the far post where Meehan put a one-time half-volley past goalkeeper Yoselin Franco.

The USA was not afraid to unleash shots from long range with Andrews going closest in the 20th minute. Her shot went narrowly wide of Franco’s right post. Two minutes later Andrews served a solid corner kick into the heart of the Guatemala box where Amack rose highest to power home her first goal of the tournament.

A minute past the half-hour mark, Hill hit a shot from the top of the box on goal, but Franco spilled a rebound into the path of a crashing Basinger, who slotted her shot home with her left foot from a tight angle on the left side. The first international goal for the left back put the USA up 3-0.

Purce set up the final goal of the half with a slaloming run through the Guatemala defense, before she was brought down in the box by Celeste Gatica in the 38th minute. Jordan ripped the ensuing penalty kick into the right upper corner of the net to give the Americans a 4-0 lead at the break.

When the second half got underway, Maddie Bauer replaced Katie Naughton on the back line while Weber was inserted up front in place of Jordan.

Only three minutes after the restart, Liedle was hauled down on a corner kick and Hill stepped up to bury the second PK of the game in the 48th minute for her first international goal and a 5-0 USA lead.

Six minutes later, Purce dashed into the Guatemala box to steal a back pass off Franco’s feet. Before the goalkeeper could recover, Purce swiveled and rolled home her first U-20 international goal, and in doing so, became the 60th different all-time U.S. goal scorer at the tournament.

Meehan made it 7-0 in the 57th minute, taking a feed from Weber and picking out the top shelf of Franco’s net.

Weber bagged the next two goals on smart finishes off feeds from Hill and Meehan in the 61st and 67th minutes, respectively.

Meehan capped the scoring in the 74th minute after a slick square ball into the box from Hill helped give the striker her hat trick and cemented the final 10-0 score line in favor of the young Americans.

Additional Notes :

  • The USA rested a few regular starters as goalkeeper Jane Campbell made her first start of the tournament for the USA, while Stephanie Amack, Laure Liedle, Midge Purce and McKenzie Meehan also were handed their first starts of the competition.
  • The USA is now 28-2-1 all-time in the CONCACAF U-19/U-20 Championship and holds a 13-game winning streak dating back to the opener of the 2010 CONCACAF Women’s U-20 Championship in Guatemala.
  • During that 13-game span, the USA has scored 58 goals and allowed three.
  • All 20 players on the roster have now seen action in the tournament with Campbell, midfielder Lauren Kaskie, Liedle and forward Mallory Weber getting their first run-outs against Guatemala.
  • Only center back Cari Roccaro has played all 270 minutes of the tournament so far.
  • Roccaro, who is in her second U-20 cycle, is the most-capped player at this level with 25 games played.
  • Ten U.S. players have shared the USA’s 19 goals scored in the tournament so far (which also includes an own goal from Costa Rica): Meehan (4), Horan (3), Jordan (3), Weber (2), Amack (1), Basinger (1), Green (1), Hill (1), Purce (1) and Sullivan (1).
  • Basinger, Bauer, Hill, Jordan, Kaskie and Weber were all looking for their first U-20 cap heading into the tournament. With Kaskie and Weber seeing the field against Guatemala, all six have now earned their first cap at this level.
  • Stephanie Amack’s goal was her first at the U-20 level.
  • Naughton is the oldest player on the roster as she will turn 20 in February.
  • Purce is the first player from Harvard to make a U.S. WNT qualifying roster. She was the Ivy League Player and Rookie of the Year. She led the Ivy League in shots and tied for the lead in goals with 11.
  • U.S. right back Sullivan wore the captain’s armband against Jamaica and regular U.S. captain Roccaro wore it against Costa Rica in the first match. Against Guatemala, Naughton became the third different player to captain the side in this tournament.
  • The 10-0 win was the fifth time the USA has scored double-digit goals in the U-19/U-20 qualifying tournament. It was the most lopsided victory since the team’s 11-1 win against Trinidad & Tobago on May 30, 2004, in the 2004 CONCACAF U-19 Qualifying Tournament; It was USA’s largest-ever win since the tournament moved from U-19s to U-20s in 2006.
  • Costa Rica follows the USA out of Group A after earning a hard-fought 1-1 draw that eliminated Jamaica in Monday’s early match.

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

Match: U.S. U-20 Women’s National Team vs. Guatemala
Date: Jan. 13, 2014
Competition: CONCACAF Women’s U-20 Championship – Group A
Venue: Truman Bodden Sports Complex; George Town, Cayman Islands
Kickoff: 7:30 p.m. ET
Attendance: 1,479
Weather: 79 degrees, humid

Scoring Summary: 1 2 F
USA 4 6 10
GUA 0 0 0

USA – McKenzie Meehan (Rachel Hill) 8th minute
USA – Stephanie Amack (Morgan Andrews) 22
USA – Brittany Basinger (Rachel Hill) 31
USA – Savannah Jordan (penalty kick) 39
USA – Rachel Hill (penalty kick) 48
USA – Margaret Purce 54
USA – McKenzie Meehan (Mallory Weber) 57
USA – Mallory Weber (Rachel Hill) 61
USA – Mallory Weber (McKenzie Meehan) 67
USA – McKenzie Meehan (Rachel Hill) 74

Lineups:
USA:
18-Jane Campbell; 10-Laura Liedle, 3-Cari Roccaro, 20-Katie Naughton (capt.) (2-Maddie Bauer, 46), 4-Brittany Basinger (8-Lauren Kaskie, 61); 7-Morgan Andrews, 16-Stephanie Amack, 14-Rachel Hill; 15-Margaret Purce, 11-McKenzie Meehan, 13-Savannah Jordan (12-Mallory Weber, 46)
Subs Not Used: 1-Katelyn Rowland, 5-Summer Green, 9-Lindsey Horan, 10-Laura Liedle, 17-Rose Lavelle, 19-Andi Sullivan
Head Coach: Michelle French

GUA: 1-Yoselin Franco; 3-Darlin Sermeño, 2-Lisbeth Mazarigos, 5-Sara Fetzer (11-Leslie Rosales, 88), 6-Jeniffer Barrios, 7-Alida Argueta, 13-Barbara Ramirez (9-Mia Espino, 46), 19-Celeste Gatica, 14-Aisha Solorzano, 15-Lauren Markwith, 8-Yoselin Sanchez
Subs Not Used: 4-Megly Ordoñez, 10-Vivian Herrera, 12-Estefani Rosales, 16-Yuvitza Mayen, 17-Madelyn Ventura, 18-Gabriela Rodriguez, 20-Stephanie Rodriguez
Head Coach: Benjamin Monterroso

Stats Summary: USA / GUA
Shots: 29 / 0
Shots on Goal: 19 / 0
Saves: 0 / 9
Corner Kicks: 9 / 1
Fouls: 6 / 4
Offside: 5 / 0

Misconduct Summary:
USA – Savannah Jordan (caution) 17th minute

Officials:
Referee: Melissa Borjas (HON)
Assistant Referee 1: Mayte Chavez (MEX)
Assistant Referee 2: Wendy Fisher (CAY)
4th Official: Irazema Aguilar (CUB)

ussoccer.com Woman of the Match: Rachel Hill

French Names 20-Player U.S. Roster for 2014 CONCACAF Women's Under-20 Championship in the Cayman Islands

CHICAGO (Dec. 23, 2013) – U.S. Under-20 Women’s National Team head coach Michelle French has named the 20-player roster for the 2014 CONCACAF Women’s U-20 Championship, to be held from Jan. 9-19 in George Town, Cayman Islands.

The roster consists of 18 collegiate players, one professional and one player still in high school. The lone professional player is forward Lindsey Horan of French club Paris Saint-Germain, while midfielder Andi Sullivan from Bethesda SC is the youngest player on the roster, having just turned 18. Players born on or after January 1, 1994, are eligible for the 2014 U-20 Women’s World Cup.

“At every position, we feel these players are technically proficient and possess a great understanding of how we want to play in order to be successful as a team,” said French. "We have players with very unique qualities ranging from creative and effective finishers, to players who are threatening with their dynamic movement in the midfield, to players who are defensively strong and physical in one-on-one situations. Our overall athleticism will be another strength of this team.”

The 2014 CONCACAF Women's U-20 Championship features eight nations divided into two groups of four teams. The top two finishers in each group will qualify for the semifinals, with the winners of those games along with the winner of the third-place match earning berths to the 2014 FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup in Canada.

The USA opens Group A play on Thurs., Jan. 9, against Costa Rica, faces Jamaica on Sat., Jan. 11, and finishes the group against Guatemala on Mon., Jan. 13. The winner of Group A will meet the Group B runner-up, and vice versa, in the semifinal matches on Fri., Jan. 17, and the Championship and Third-Place Matches will take place on Jan. 19. All three of the USA's group games kick off at 7:30 p.m. ET and the tournament will be played entirely at the Truman Bodden Sports Complex.

“The process of narrowing the roster down to twenty players was extremely difficult,” said French, who saw 45 players in game action this year with the U-20s and many more during college matches this fall. “With such a short amount of time following the college season and before qualifying, it was crucial to find the right mix of players that complement each other's personalities on and off the field.”

Additional Notes:

  • Host Cayman Islands, Honduras, Trinidad & Tobago and Mexico are in Group B.
  • French, a member of the USA’s silver medal winning team at the 2000 Olympics in Australia, became head coach of this age group last February and will be coaching in her first qualifying tournament.
  • Eight players on the roster have played two years of college soccer, while 10 recently completed their freshman season.
  • Two players are from the 2013 NCAA Champion UCLA Bruins in goalkeeper Katelyn Rowland and midfielder Lauren Kaskie.
  • Four players are represented from Stanford University in Amack, goalkeeper Jane Campbell, former U-17 co-captain Maddie Bauer and outside back Laura Liedle.
  • Notre Dame has three players – Roccaro, former U-17 captain Morgan Andrews and defender Katie Naughton.
  • Penn State has two in defender Brittany Basinger and forward Mallory Webber. Naughton is the oldest player on the roster as she will turn 20 in February.
  • North Carolina, Virginia, Boston College, Florida, UConn, Harvard and Wisconsin have one player each on the roster.
  • While six players have yet to earn their first caps at the U-20 level, the roster is fairly experienced internationally with 10 players having represented the USA in a FIFA Women’s World Cup at the U-17 or U-20 level.
  • Three players on the roster – defenders Stephanie Amack, midfielder Cari Roccaro and striker Horan – were a part of the USA’s last qualifying team that won the 2012 CONCACAF U-20 Women’s Championship in Panama. Horan, the team’s leading scorer during the last cycle, missed the 2012 FIFA Women’s World Cup with a knee injury, but Amack and Roccaro were a part of the squad that won the tournament, defeating Germany 1-0 in the championship game played in Tokyo, Japan.
  • Roccaro, the current team captain who played center-back at the last U-20 World Cup, leads the way with 22 career U-20 caps, while Horan has scored 13 goals at the U-20 level in 17 matches.
  • The 5-foot-9 Horan is the only player on the roster to have earned caps with the full WNT, playing off the bench against China at the Algarve Cup in Portugal last March and against Brazil on Nov. 10 where she picked up her first assist at the senior level.
  • Horan has seven goals in 10 appearances so far this season for PSG and scored 17 goals in 20 games last year in the Feminine Division 1.
  • Eight players on the roster were key members of the U.S. team that played at the 2012 FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup in Azerbaijan where the Americans tied eventual champions France and runners-up Korea DPR in group play but became the first women’s team in FIFA history to earn five points and fail to advance to the knockout stage.
  • Forward Savannah Jordan scored 23 goals as a freshman for the Florida Gators while Makenzy Doniak knocked in 20 as a sophomore in helping lead UVA to an undefeated regular season and a berth in the Women’s College Cup Final Four.
  • Sophomore McKenzie Meehan also scored 20 times for Boston College.
  • Harvard freshman Margaret Purce led the Ivy League in shots and tied for the lead in goals with 11.

UNITED STATES UNDER-20 WOMEN’S NATIONAL TEAM ROSTER
2014 CONCACAF Women’s U-20 Championship
George Town, Cayman Islands

Jan. 9-19

Roster by Position:
GOALKEEPERS (2):
Jane Campbell (Stanford; Kennesaw, Ga.), Katelyn Rowland (UCLA; Vacaville, Calif.)
DEFENDERS (6): Stephanie Amack (Stanford; Pleasanton, Calif.), Brittany Basinger (Penn State; Purcellville, Va.), Maddie Bauer (Stanford; Newport Beach, Calif.), Lauren Kaskie (UCLA; Las Vegas, Nev.), Laura Liedle (Stanford; San Diego, Calif.), Katie Naughton (Notre Dame; Elk Grove Village, Ill.)
MIDFIELDERS (6):
Morgan Andrews (Notre Dame; Milford, N.H.), Rachel Hill (UConn; Rollinsford, N.H.), Rose Lavelle (Wisconsin; Cincinnati, Ohio), Cari Roccaro (Notre Dame; East Islip, N.Y.), Andi Sullivan (Bethesda SC; Lorton, Va.), Mallory Weber (Penn State; Novi, Mich.)
FORWARDS (6):
Makenzy Doniak (Virginia; Chino Hills, Calif.), Summer Green (North Carolina; Milford, Mich.), Lindsey Horan (Pairs Saint-Germain; Golden, Colo.), Savannah Jordan (Florida; Fayetteville, Ga.), McKenzie Meehan (Boston College; Scituate, R.I.), Margaret Purce (Harvard; Silver Spring, Md.)

Coaching Staff:
Head Coach: Michelle French Seattle, Wash.
Technical Director: April Heinrichs Clifton, Va.
Assistant Coach: Erica Walsh State College, Pa.
Goalkeeper Coach: Philip Wheddon Syracuse, N.Y.
Fitness Coach: Ryan Alexander Jonesborough, Tenn.

U.S. U-20 Women’s National Team Player Morgan Andrews Named Gatorade National Girls’ Soccer Player of the Year

CHICAGO (May 22, 2013) – In its 28th year of honoring the nation’s best high school athletes, The Gatorade Company, in collaboration with USA TODAY High School Sports, today announced Morgan Andrews of Milford High School (Milford, N.H.) as its 2012-13 Gatorade National Girls’ Soccer Player of the Year. Andrews was surprised with the news during an assembly by U.S. Women’s National Team player and three-time Olympic gold medalist Heather O’Reilly, herself a former winner of the award.

Andrews also won the award last year, and becomes the first two-time recipient for girls’ soccer.

“When I received the Gatorade National Girls Soccer Player of the Year award in 2004, it was such a special moment for me as an athlete,” said O’Reilly, who debuted for the USA at the age of 17 and has amassed 185 career caps. “I’m grateful to be a part of this moment for Morgan, who is truly a phenomenal student-athlete on and off the pitch. Gatorade has been on the sidelines fueling athletic performance for years, so to be recognized by a brand that understands the game and truly helps athletes perform is a huge honor for these kids.”

The award, which recognizes not only outstanding athletic excellence, but also high standards of academic achievement and exemplary character demonstrated on and off the field, distinguishes Andrews as the nation’s best high school girls’ soccer player. A national advisory panel comprised of sport-specific experts and sports journalists helped select Andrews from nearly 400,000 girls’ soccer players nationwide. Andrews is now a finalist for the prestigious Gatorade Female High School Athlete of the Year award, to be presented at a special ceremony prior to The ESPY Awards in July.

Andrews is the two-time Gatorade State Player of the Year for New Hampshire and was also all-state as a place-kicker for her high school football team. The 5-foot-9 senior forward led the Spartans to a 16-3-1 record and the Division II state title this past season. She scored 31 goals and passed for 18 assists, notching both goals in Milford’s 2-1 win over Souhegan High in the state final.

The 2012 National Soccer Coaches Association of America High School Player of the Year and a three-time NSCAA All-American selection concluded her prep soccer career with 114 goals and 53 assists. She will attend the University of Notre Dame in the fall.

Andrews was a captain on the USA’s Under-17 Women’s World Cup Team last year and is now a member of the U.S. U-20 and U-23 National Team player pools. She finished her U-17 career with 20 caps and two goals and currently has three caps with the U.S. U-20s as they continue preparation for qualifying for the 2014 FIFA Under-20 Women’s World Cup in Canada.

Andrews has maintained a 3.13 GPA in the classroom. She has volunteered locally as a youth soccer coach and mentor in addition to founding and actively promoting the “Kicks for Cans” charity program that involved coaches and players donating their time in exchange for canned goods that are brought to area food banks.

“I can talk about Morgan Andrews all day," said Albertin Montoya, Andrews’ head coach with the USA at the 2012 FIFA Under-17 World Cup in Azerbaijan. "I think the world of this kid. She’s an incredible leader, she’s humble, driven and she’s a captain. She’s separate from the pack. On the field, she’s as good as it gets. She has technique, vision and an understanding of how to control the game. She’s driven to be the best. Andrews is the most complete player I've encountered at her age.”

“Without question, Morgan is deserving of recognition as the nation’s best high school girls’ soccer player based on her statistics on the pitch and the impact her accomplishments have had on Milford High School’s success,” said Gatorade Vice President, Global & Sports Marketing Andrea Fairchild. “But she is also a shining example to peers and aspiring young athletes of what a leader and a student-athlete should be. She represents everything we hope for in a Gatorade Player of the Year recipient.”

The Gatorade Player of the Year program annually recognizes one winner in the District of Columbia and each of the 50 states that sanction high school football, girls volleyball, boys and girls cross country, boys and girls basketball, boys and girls soccer, baseball, softball, and boys and girls track & field, and awards one National Player of the Year in each sport. The selection process is administered by the Gatorade high school sports leadership team in partnership with USA TODAY High School Sports, which work with top sport-specific experts and a media advisory board of accomplished, veteran prep sports journalists to determine the state winners in each sport.

Former notable Gatorade National Players of the Year include:

  • Super Bowl Most Valuable Player Peyton Manning
  • WNBA all-time leading scorer and rebounder Lisa Leslie
  • NFL all-time leading rusher Emmitt Smith
  • Two-time beach volleyball gold medalist Kerri Walsh
  • Three-time 200-meter World Champion Allyson Felix

For more information on the Gatorade Player of the Year program, including nomination information, a complete list of former winners, and future announcement dates, visit the Gatorade Player of the Year Web site at http://www.gatorade.com/poy, on Facebook at www.facebook.com/GatoradePOY or follow us on Twitter at www.twitter.com/Gatorade.

ALL-TIME GATORADE NATIONAL GIRLS’ SOCCER PLAYERS OF THE YEAR
YEAR          PLAYER                     HIGH SCHOOL                                    STATUS
2012-13      Morgan Andrews         Milford, Milford, New Hampshire           Notre Dame
2011-12        Morgan Andrews         Milford, Milford, New Hampshire          Notre Dame
2010-11        Morgan Brian              Frederica Academy, St. Simons, Ga.     Virginia
2009-10        Mollie Pathman           Durham Academy, Durham, N.C.          Duke
2008-09        Rachel Quon               Lake Forest, Lake Forest, Ill.                Chicago Red Stars (NWSL)
2007-08        Teresa Noyola             Palo Alto, Palo Alto, Calif.                   Seattle Reign (NWSL)
2006-07        Melissa Henderson      Berkner, Richardson, Texas                  FC Kansas City (NWSL)
2005-06        Lauren Cheney            Ben Davis, Indianapolis, Ind.                FC Kansas City (NWSL) / U.S. WNT
2004-05        Amy Rodriguez           Santa Margarita, Lake Forest, Calif.       Seattle Reign (NWSL) / U.S. WNT
2003-04        Ashlyn Harris               Satellite, Satellite Beach, Fla.               Washington Spirit (NWSL) / U.S. WNT
2002-03        Heather O’Reilly           East Brunswick, East Brunswick, N.J.    Boston Breakers (NWSL) / U.S. WNT
2001-02        Jill Oakes                    Harvard Westlake, N. Hollywood, Calif. Retired/UCLA graduate
2000-01        Mary McDowell           Wheat Ridge, Wheat Ridge, Colo.          Retired/UNC graduate
1999-00        Aleisha Cramer-Rose   Green Mountain, Lakewood, Colo.         Retired/Former U.S. WNT
1998-99        Christie Welsh             Massapequa, Massapequa, N.Y.            Retired/Former U.S. WNT
1997-98        Aly Wagner                 Presentation, San Jose, Calif.               Retired/Former U.S. WNT


U-17 WNT vs. Korea DPR: Post-Game Quote Sheet

U.S. U-17 WNT vs. Korea DPR
2012 FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup – Group B
Bayil Stadium; Baku, Azerbaijan
Sept. 29, 2012


U.S. head coach ALBERTIN MONTOYA
On the match:
“I thought it was a well-played game from both sides. It was probably our best game in the tournament so far, but that’s football. We played with a lot of heart and passion. We went forward and created chances and so did North Korea. I think a 1-1 game was the score it probably should have been. Our team executed and I’m very proud of the way they played. It’s unfortunate to get five points in the group stage and you don’t go through, but this was the Group of Death and we didn’t come out on top. But credit to our team for playing the way they did today.”

On defending a talented North Korea team:

“Those are special players and it’s difficult to defend them for 90 minutes, but I thought our players did a great job for the most part. We limited their chances inside the 18-year box, especially in the second half. Several of their chances came from outside the box and we felt comfortable with them hitting shots from outside as we have one of the top goalkeepers in the world.”

On executing the game plan vs. North Korea:
“They have a very dangerous team. Their four in the midfield can get forward, especially the outside mids, but overall our team did very well with their assignments today and we held an excellent team to just that very good opportunity that they put away. I think we limited their chances in the second half even more so than we did in the first half. I think we did a great job with the game plan, we just didn’t put the ball away when we had our opportunities.”

On if this experience will help his players moving forward:
“I definitely think this will help their game in the future. You learn a lot from an event like this. You can’t take games for granted. Early in the tournament we didn’t play our best football, but going into their next World Cup – and I think that some of these players will have the opportunity to play in the U-20s and maybe one day the senior team – that right from start you have to go out there and get the points that you need. They care about this game and they wanted to make a difference, and when you have experiences like this that really touches your heart and hurts, they will remember this. They will never want to go through an experience like this again, so it makes them fight a bit more next time and that could be the difference between a 1-1 game and a 2-1 game.”

On if he ever thought the team would not advance out of the group:
“Did we expect for this to happen? No. Coming into the World Cup, our mentality was to win a world championship. The USA has never won a world championship in this age group and we wanted to be the first to do so. We played France, another excellent team, in the first game and we didn’t necessarily play our best game, but we got a point out of it. We got three points in our second game and today against Korea we played one of the best teams in the tournament strong and the game could have gone either way…So obviously the players are disappointed because we all know deep in our hearts that we could have done something special, but this is the reality and now we move forward and they’ve got a bright futures ahead of them.”

On if the team felt the pressure after the USA won Olympic and U-20 Women’s World Cup titles:
“I don’t think they were feeling the pressure. It’s not something that they were thinking about and we never spoke about it at all. As a coaching staff, our goal was to come in and play the best football that we could and take it one game at a time. If they felt pressure, they didn’t show it and we got better as the games went on. The reality is that there was a little pressure on us as coaching staff, but I think we did a good job in relaxing our girls and coming out here and playing our best.”

On if he changed tactics when he found out that the USA needed to win to advance:
“It was toward the later stages of our game (that France got the goals it needed) and we let the players know. We also switched our triangle in the midfield because we started with two holding and we went with two attacking, trying to throw a few numbers up. At the same time, you have to be a little careful because Korea is a very dangerous and we didn’t want to get caught in the counter, but we did send some more numbers forward knowing that we needed a goal. The players did their best, but their legs were a little heavy as the game went on. Both teams were exhausted at the end of the game and put everything they had into it. We changed our tactics to try to get a goal, but unfortunately it didn’t happen.”

On if it’s fair that goal difference is the first tie-breaker:
“In the history of the World Cups, it’s always been goal difference and it rewards teams that go forward and score goals and that’s something that’s good for the game. France was able to do that and score 10 goals and it’s fair. I’d like to see teams being attack-minded and taking their chances going forward. It makes it a more entertaining game for the fans. Perhaps today, I don’t think (goal difference should be used), but overall it should be.”

On if North Korea or France can win this tournament:
“This is a very talented age group for this World Cup. Yes, one of those two teams can win it. No disrespect to any teams, you have some great teams in this tournament, but North Korea and France do have a very good shot at winning the championship.”

On the year and a half journey with this team:
“The journey has been amazing. It’s a wonderful group of girls. I told them after the game that I was so proud to be a part of it. I’ve learned a lot from them and they deserved a much more than going out in the first round. This has been a special team from the start and we played some good football against a quality side, against a team that could possibly win the championship. Our girls executed the game plan and we were unfortunate not to score another goal and that’s the difference.”

On lessons learned:
“Some of the lessons learned will serve them very well moving forward because all of these players have bright futures ahead of them with national teams and college teams. In the World Cup, you have to get your points right from the start. The team improved as the tournament went on and today they showed what they were capable of and that makes me very proud. It really is a delightful group, it’s a family, and I feel bad for them because they deserved better.”

U.S. midfielder and captain MORGAN ANDREWS
On what she said to the team in the locker room after the game:
“We cried a lot and then I stood up and I just told them that I loved them and I was proud of them. I said that I’ve got 20 new sisters and I’ll never forget them and we’ll never forget each other and we’ll always be family. We’ll always be there for each other for the rest of our lives. We’ve affected each other in such a way that we will never forget our journey. This is not the end for these players. We’ll keep carrying on.”

On the whole team pushing for the winning goal:
“We never gave up. We had confidence that we could score right up until the final whistle. We weren’t going to quit. We never let each other down. I feel that every single person, whether they were on the bench, whether they came in or whether they started, they were doing everything they could for the team.”

On if the team felt pressure to win after the Olympic gold medal and the U-20 Women’s World Cup title:
“We didn’t feel any pressure because we know we have our support systems at home. We have our families, our friends and each other. It was about working for those people and ourselves and focusing on what is in inside bubble of this team. We did our best.”

On if North Korea or France could win the tournament:
“They are great teams. It was an honor to play two great sides and I think they both can go far in the tournament.”

On lessons learned:
“We know that we have to win every single game if you want to definitely move on. It’s a lesson learned and hopefully we’ll all get a chance to make difference in the next World Cup.”

On the journey for these players together:
“We started out together at U-14 camp and we’ve stayed together the whole time. That last year has been such a journey, but it all came so quick. We grew closer as friends and a family and I’m proud of every single one of our teammates. We’ll always be teammates.”

U.S. goalkeeper JANE CAMPBELL
On the match:
“We definitely scored early in the first half and that was big-time for us. That was our goal going into the game, but they responded really quickly and got a goal right back. We had a game plan to get the ball forward to Darian (Jenkins) and Summer (Green) and I think we executed that very well. We hit the crossbar in the last five minutes and I definitely think we had our chances, but we tied and that happens.”

On the effort the team showed in the tournament:
“It was an incredible effort. We all played with heart. Even though we didn’t get the result, we are all proud of each other. Like coach said, we don’t want to leave with any regrets and I think we are leaving with no regrets. Even though we didn’t win, we played some really god soccer today and we’re happy with that.”

On not losing and still going home:
“We were undefeated in this tournament and didn’t go through. We got five points and still didn’t go through, but that’s just the way it is. We definitely wanted it, we played with a lot of heart in this last game, but one minute of any game can make a difference, and I think that’s what we need to take away. One play can make a difference between going through and not going through.”

On the journey with this group of players:
“This group of girls is the closest team you could possibly imagine. We’ve been through everything together, the ups and the downs. We’ve definitely there for each other and this is one stepping stone in our journey together. We’ll see each other soon and at club events and we can’t wait to get this journey moving again.”

Honor Thy Country

U.S. U-17 Women’s National Team captain Morgan Andrews takes great pride in representing her country. 

But to the 17-year-old from Milford, N.H., she’s just following a family tradition, one set by her two biggest heroes.

While Morgan gets to play on soccer fields across the USA and the world while wearing her nation’s crest on her chest, her brothers are doing the admirable work of helping guide American’s youth and protecting the country.

Mike, 26, works for “Teach for America,” an organization dedicated to helping low-income students receive an excellent education. He teaches sixth-grade English in rough and tumble inner-city Boston while also running his school’s Sole Train program to encourage kids to get involved in track and field. Mike was a distance runner in high school and college.

“He’s the funniest guy I know and can change a person’s world just by making them laugh,” said Andrews. “I really want to be like him in the way that he helps people and he’s done that his whole life. It’s something that he loves to do and he’s been really brave to come from a small town and teach in the big city. His kids are really fortunate to have him. They look up to him and he really cares about them.”

Morgan is already following in Mike’s footsteps, starting a charity with her mom called “Kicks for Cans” in which she runs clinics for youth players and asks each to bring a can of food that she donates to the local food bank. Their mission statement: “Feed the Goal.”

Matt, 25, played soccer and rugby in high school and then took his 5-foot-11 muscled frame to ultimate fighting. Now, he’s an Army Green Beret who is getting ready to be deployed overseas.

“He’s always been a really tough guy and I’ve always looked up to him for that,” said Andrews. “He has his own sense of humor. He’s the opposite of Mike, but they are still really good friends and great brothers. He’s really caring in a quiet sort of way, but I know he’s super proud of me and I’m super proud of him.”

Morgan credits Matt for helping her develop a toughness that has served her well in the center of the pitch at the international level and perhaps given her the moxie to not only be the place-kicker and only girl on her high school football team, but also to make the All-State team as a junior.

When Andrews was 10 or 11, Matt would dress her up in full body pads and practice ultimate fighting with her.

“Of course, he didn’t beat me up too bad, and he let me get in a few shots as well,” said Andrews, whose dating prospects have thankfully not been handicapped by an older brother who has ultimate fighting experience.

When Morgan was little, they would rearrange the furniture in the house and play some no-holds-barred indoor soccer. That activity didn’t always end well, but it did help Andrews hone her competitive edge.

“Yeah, we broke a couple lamps, and I think we broke the doorbell once,” said Andrews. “It started smoking and my mom wasn’t happy.”

Both of her brothers called her before she left for Azerbaijan to say how proud they were of their kid sister getting the chance to represent the country in a World Cup. She’s just as proud of them, but admits to sometimes being worried about her big brothers as well.

“I’m the little sister and I look up to them so much,” said Andrews. “Mike works in what can be a difficult environment and Matt might be going somewhere dangerous soon, but I know they both have such great character and spirit that they will be ok.”

There are many ways to honor one’s country.

You can put on a soccer uniform or an Army fatigues or go to a classroom and work with kids every day. Morgan just wants to honor her brothers through her efforts.

“If they both find something they love, they are going to give it 100 percent,” said Andrews. “Their dedication is really admirable and I admire those qualities in them. I would do anything for them. They are my two biggest role models.”

It’s likely they would say the same thing about little sis.

U.S. National Teams: The captain of the U.S. U-17 Women’s World Cup Team  … 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 started all five games, scoring one goal on a blistering free kick against Panama … Also had two assists  … Heading into the Women’s World Cup, she is tied for second on the team with career U-17 caps at 18 … Has started all 13 international games in which she’s played this year, logging 1,080 minutes which is third-best on the team … Her other goal this year came against the England U-19s in March in La Manga, Spain … Attended the U.S. Soccer U-14 I.D. camp as 12-year-old in 2008 and then again 2009 … Played up with the U.S. U-15s in several training camps in 2009 … Played with the U-15s with her age group in 2010 … Participated in numerous camps with the last cycle of the U.S. U-17s, but did not make the qualifying roster … Was called into the U.S. U-23 Women’s National Team training camp in October of 2011 as a 16-year-old … Was a finalist for the U.S. Soccer Young Female Athlete of the Year in 2011.

Personal: Full name is Morgan Elizabeth Andrews … Nicknames are Morgs, Morgy, Mo and Bubba … Is the place-kicker on her high school football team and as a junior made First-Team All-State, the first girl to ever earn All-State in football in New Hampshire … Played in four football games before she left for the U-17 Women’s World Cup and will likely be able to kick for the Spartans at the end of the season … The three words that best describe her off the field are “mature, passionate and optimistic” … The three words that best describe her on the field are “dedicated, leader, beastly” … In the National Technical Honor Society … In the History Club … A member of “We the People” the Constitutional Debate club at her high school … Also a member of the Debate Club … Knows how to shoot a bow and arrow, but will never shoot an animal, just targets … Is getting into photography … Enjoys skateboarding on her longboard … Founder of “Kicks for Cans” a charity that runs a soccer clinic for kids 12 and under with the only fee being to bring a can of food and no kid is denied entry … The motto for “Kicks for Cans” is “Feed the Goal” … Her motto is “work will win when wishing won’t” … Her brother Matt is a Green Beret in Army and her brother Mike teaches sixth grade in inner city Boston … Craziest ambition is to back-pack through Europe … Dream job would be a sportscaster on ESPN … Favorite food is her mom’s stuffing … Favorite soccer players are Michelle Akers and Wayne Rooney … Favorite soccer moments were her first international game against Germany and getting coached by Pia Sundhage  … Has two pug puppies, Gomez and Louie … Favorite musical artist is Dave Matthews … Favorite dessert is Half-Baked Ben and Jerry’s ice cream

College / High School: Has verbally committed to attend Notre Dame in the fall of 2013 … Attends Milford High School … Was the Gatorade National Girls Soccer Player of the Year for 2011 and had her award presented by U.S. WNT defender Ali Krieger … She was the New Hampshire Gatorade Girls’ Soccer Player of the Year as sophomore and junior … Was the NSCAA Girls’ National Player of the Year in 2011 … A three-time NSCAA All-American … Selected to the USYSA Best IX for the national championship tournament.

Club: Has played for the FC Stars of Mass. since U-13s and started playing up as a 10-year-old … Has always played up in age group until this year … From the ages of four to 10 she played for any team – indoor or outdoor – where she could get a game, totally at least 20 different teams.   

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