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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 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. Costa Rica: Post-Match Quotes - Jan. 9, 2014

Post-Match Quote Sheet: U-20 WNT vs. Costa Rica
CONCACAF Women’s U-20 Championship – Group A
Jan. 9, 2014

U.S. U-20 WNT Head Coach MICHELLE FRENCH
On the match:
“I think we were ready to go. We had a good week here and it was time for us to show what we could do it on the field. I was really impressed with the focus, the energy and really the chances we created in the first few minutes of the game. It was a great way to start the tournament for us.”

On the USA’s attack:
“We had a lot of different personalities come out in the game and that’s kind of what we hoped. We saw the ability to combine, to slip balls in behind and we saw the one-v-one presence that players displayed. We had a lot of variety and that helped us be successful today.”

On Lindsey Horan’s four-goal performance:
“To have Lindsey come in and automatically lift our chemistry and be a difference maker, you can’t ask more from her and obviously she had some world class finishes.”

On what the USA can improve in the next game against Jamaica:
“Our standards are really high. We can get better with our back line. I think that has to do a little bit with not quite being aware of what each other are doing quite yet because they are new to each other. Our midfield can be sharper in our final pass and their speed of play, and our forwards, we have to be able to finish the opportunities that we get. So we’ve got a lot of things to look at on film and try to fix as we move forward in this tournament.”

U.S. U-20 WNT forward LINDSEY HORAN
On the match:

“I thought we really came out strong and brought so much energy. After a week of training, I thought we played so well in our first game. I’ve played in two World Cup qualifying tournaments before this, I don’t think we’ve ever came out with that much energy and played that well in our first game so I was really happy.”

On her four goals:
“Those four goals wouldn’t have come if my teammates didn’t play me perfect balls. We were possessing so well and the goals came from good play though the middle and from our backs. I’m happy I scored, but it came from my team’s work.”

On Savannah Jordan and Summer Green getting on the score sheet:
“I was so happy for them. Savannah had so many chances, and I was just waiting for her goal to come. Summer came on and brought so much energy to the game. It’s awesome when you see a sub come onto the field and really bring our team up and provide more options and chances on goal. I was really happy for her.”

U.S. U-20 WNT forward SUMMER GREEN
On the match:

“When I was on the bench, I definitely thought we were playing well. It was cool to see how we came together and combined. We did many of the things we wanted to do, knocking the ball around and keeping possession.”

On her goal:
“That goes to Lindsey. Her ball through was amazing. It split their defense completely and gave me a good shot.”

U.S. U-20 WNT midfielder CARI ROCCARO
On the match:

“There were definitely nerves to start out, but I think once we got the first goal under our belts we started to relax and the goals started coming. It was a good team performance.”

On Costa Rica:
“They weren’t a team that sat back. They came at us and they weren’t afraid to press us and play, so we just had to work to break them down.”

On looking forward to the next game:
“I think the feeling is that we had some positive play, but definitely we can lean from some of it. We can improve some things, like speed of play and connecting our passes through and combination play from the backs to midfield to the forward, but I think we are doing great and we’ll be ready for the next game.”

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.

United States Defeats Gambia 6-0 in Second Group Match at 2012 FIFA U-17 Women's World Cup

Update: Summer Green initially scored a hat trick, but it was later ruled that one of her tallies was an own goal. 

  • Summer Green Scores 18th, 19th Career Goals 
  • Amber Munerlyn, Morgan Stanton, Toni Payne Add Goals as USA Finds Net Five Times in Second Half
  • USA Faces Korea DPR in Group B Finale on Sept. 29 at Bayil Stadium (8 a.m. ET on ESPN3) with Berth to Quarterfinals on the Line

BAKU, Azerbaijan (Sept. 25, 2012) – The United States scored five second-half goals and defeated Gambia 6-0 on Tuesday at Dalga Arena in its second match of the 2012 FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup. Summer Green scored two goals, Amber Munerlyn, Morgan Stanton and Toni Payne each added a single tally and the USA benefited from an own goal in setting up a crucial Group B finale against Korea DPR on Saturday, Sept. 29.

The USA’s match against North Korea kicks off at 8 a.m. ET on Saturday, Sept. 29, at Bayil Stadium in Baku. The match will be broadcast live on ESPN3. Fans can also follow the match on ussoccer.com’s MatchTracker and on Twitter @ussoccer_ynt.

Earlier in the day, Group B leader Korea DPR and France played to a 1-1 draw. North Korea (1-0-1) leads the group with four points and a plus-11 goal difference after walloping Gambia on the first day of matches. The U.S. (1-0-1) also has four points, but sits at plus-6 in goal difference. Third-place France (0-0-2) is very much in the mix with two points, but with a game against Gambia on Sept. 29. The top two teams in Group B advance to the quarterfinal stage of the tournament.

The U.S. can only guarantee advancement to the quarterfinals with a win on Saturday against Korea DPR, which would also earn Albertin Montoya’s side first place in the group.

The U.S. can still advance with a tie as long as France does not put up a big win against Gambia and overtake the USA in goal difference.

If the teams are also tied on goal difference at the end of group play, goals scored would be the next tiebreaker. If somehow the USA and France were to be tied on points, goal difference and goals scored, lots would be drawn to determine which country advances in second place in the group.

The U.S. could potentially advance in second place with a loss on Saturday, but only if Gambia were to defy the odds with a tie or a win against the heavily favored France squad.

Against a gritty Gambia, the Americans struggled to find a rhythm early on and Green started the scoring by burying a penalty kick in the 25th minute after left back Brittany Basinger had been bundled down in the box while hitting a cross.

The USA players quickly put the sluggish first period behind them, getting a goal from Amber Munerlyn just 25 seconds into the second half. Darian Jenkins had raced down the left side and crossed back into the middle, where Munerlyn then spun her first-time shot into the net from six yards out.

The USA then put away Gambia with four goals in 25 minutes in a second half that featured one-way traffic for an American team infused with increased urgency,

Green, who threatened the Gambia goal all match, attacked the goal in the 61st minute as she raced down the right wing and struck a hard shot from a sharp angle that deflected off the leg of Gambian captain Amy Jaju before skipping past wrong-footed goalkeeper Aminata Gaye and into the near post. Green initially was awarded a goal, but it was later ruled that Jaju was responsible for an own goal.

Jenkins made blistering runs down the flanks all game and she notched her second assist of the match in the 71st minute on a play similar to the one in which she set up Munerlyn, but this time found Green who finished from four yards out.

Midfielder Morgan Stanton scored her first international goal in the 83rd minute off a combination from two substitutes. Forward Emily Bruder raced down the left side before playing a ball into the penalty area for Lauren Kaskie, who beat the Gambian goalkeeper to the ball with a touch that took her almost to the end line. Kaskie then whirled toward the goal and found Stanton in the middle with a short pass and she spun her shot into the open net with the outside of her right foot from nine yards away.

Payne, who played an active match in the midfield for the USA, capped off the scoring in the 86th minute on a breakaway, capitalizing on a superb long-distance pass from Brittany Basinger over the Gambia back line. She raced all the way to the six-yard box before plowing her shot into the back of the net over the sliding Gaye.

A small but vocal Gambia supporters group created a vibrant atmosphere in the small stadium, but the USA took control of the match after Sainey Sissohore toe poked a shot wide right of the U.S. goal about a minute into the game.

The USA could have scored a few more times in front of the crowd of 4,100, but struck several shots right at Gaye and hit the crossbar or post on several occasions.

In the fifth minute, Jenkins clanged a dipping shot off the right post that Gaye might have gotten a hand on, and then Jenkins smacked her breakaway chance right at the Gambia goalkeeper from 12 yards out in the 14th minute.

Around the 50th minute, Andi Sullivan had her point-blank shot turned away by Gaye and she also drove a shot off the crossbar in the 60th minute. Minutes later, Stanton hit a blast from distance that clipped the top of the crossbar.

Tall center back Lizzy Raben had two chances off set plays during the game, but hit a volley and a header outside the frame.

Payne had a golden opportunity for a seventh goal in the 90th minute, but after a series of crafty dribbles in the box, smacked her shot right into Gaye’s arms from 10 yards out.

Additional Notes:

  • The six goals are the most the USA has scored in this tournament, topping the previous high of four when the Americans defeated South Korea 4-2 in the quarterfinals of the 2008 FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup.
  • U.S. head coach Albertin Montoya made several changes to the starting 11 that featured against France in the first World Cup match. He brought in Morgan Reid at right back and moved Brittany Basinger to the left, gave Morgan Stanton the start in the midfield, rested captain Morgan Andrews and inserted Amber Munerlyn up top.
  • Summer Green’s two goals now give her 19 career international tallies at the U-17 level.
  • Backup goalkeeper Cassie Miller replaced Jane Campbell at the start of the second half after Campbell got a kick in the face while coming out to challenge a cross.
  • The USA out-shot Gambia 26-4 for the match.
  • The USA will face North Korea in a FIFA event for the third time this year with the Olympic Team defeating Korea DPR 1-0 in group play in Glasgow, Scotland, and the U.S. U-20s winning 2-1 in the quarterfinals of the 2012 FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup in Saitama, Japan.

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

Match: U-17 Women’s National Team vs. Gambia
Date: Sept. 25, 2012
Competition: 2012 FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup; Group B
Venue: Dalga Arena; Baku, Azerbaijan
Kickoff: 8 a.m. ET (5 p.m. local)
Attendance: 4,200
Weather: 75 degrees, sunny, warm

Scoring Summary: 1 2 F
USA                        1 5 6
GAM                        0 0 0

USA – Summer Green (penalty kick)            25th minute
USA – Amber Munerlyn (Darian Jenkins)      46
USA – Own goal (Amy Jaju)                       61
USA – Summer Green (Darian Jenkins)        71
USA – Morgan Stanton (Lauren Kaskie)        83
USA – Toni Payne (Brittany Basinger)          86

Lineups:
USA: 1-Jane Campbell (18-Cassie Miller, 46); Morgan Reid, 5-Maddie Bauer (capt.), 13-Lizzy Raben, 3-Brittany Basinger; 17-Andi Sullivan, 11-Toni Payne, 16-Morgan Stanton; 6-Summer Green (9-Lauren Kaskie, 82), 8-Amber Munerlyn (2-Emily Bruder, 70), 21-Darian Jenkins
Subs not used: 4-Joanna Boyles, 7-Gabbi Miranda, 10-Morgan Andrews, 12-Mandy Freeman, 14-Morgan Reid, 15-Claire Wagner, 19-Margaret Purce, 20-Morgan Stearns
Head Coach: Albertin Montoya

GAM: 1-Aminata Gaye; 2-Amie Jarju (capt.), 11-Awa Tamba (3-Anna Nyassi, 63), 16-Serreh Jatta, 17-Fatou Fatty; 5-Binta Colley (14-Veronic Malack, 72), 7-Fatou Darboe, 9-Sainey Sissohore, 19-Metta Sanneh; 10-Adama Tamba, 12-Awa Demba (20-Isatou Jallow, 55)
Subs not used: 4-Mariama Bojang, 6-Ndey Beyai, 8-Penda Bah, 13-Maria Camara, 15-Fatoumata Gibba, 18-Mariama Ceesay, 21-Fatim Jawara
Head Coach: Buba Jallow

Stats Summary: USA / GAM
Shots: 26 / 4
Shots on Goal: 12 / 3
Saves: 3 / 6
Corner Kicks: 16 / 2
Fouls: 5 / 10
Offside: 6 / 1

Misconduct Summary:
None

Officials:
Referee: Etsuko Fukano (JPN)
Assistant Referee 1: Liu Hsiu Mei (TPE)
Assistant Referee 2: Chie Ohata (JPN)
Fourth Official: Finau Vulivuli (FIJ)

ussoccer.com Woman of the Match:
Toni Payne

Post-Game Quotes: U-17 U.S. WNT vs. Gambia

U.S. U-17 WNT vs. Gambia
2012 FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup – Group B
Dalga Arena; Baku, Azerbaijan
Sept. 25, 2012


U.S. head coach ALBERTIN MONTOYA
On if the team felt the pressure to score a lot of goals against Gambia:
“We didn’t feel the pressure. Our goal was to play much better football than we did in the first game and I think we improved on that. Obviously, we would have liked to have a few more goals, but the three points were important and we go into our final group game needing a win against North Korea. It’s going to be a challenge for us and something our team is looking forward to.”

On improving during the tournament:
“This tournament is all about getting better and improving as you go on. I think we’ve done that so far and we’re hoping to get much better for the North Korea game. They have a very strong side and it will be an entertaining match.”

On the two group games so far:
“Various teams will improve throughout the tournament and that is one of our goals. We started out against an excellent team against France. We had our chances, but they played a very good game against us. We went back, looked at some film, and spoke to the players about what was needed for this next game. We improved in this game as it went on, and now we have three days of preparation for this game against North Korea. Now our job is to get our team ready and to play even better against North Korea…now it comes down to who executes the game plan the best, but I think the two teams that come out of this bracket will be very dangerous all the way through the tournament.”

On the difference in the second half:
“In the second half I thought we had a lot more urgency and we played much better as a team and finished our chances, something that we didn’t do in the first half. Although, in the first half, we created opportunities early, but then a little frustration set in and individuals tried to do a little too much on their own and we didn’t play so much as a team. At halftime, we got into them a little bit and made sure they understood that they needed to work as a team, combine with each other and use our outside forwards, who are really dangerous. We wanted them to share the ball a little bit and told them good things would come out of that, and that’s what ended up happening. The overall intensity, the desire to get forward and the commitment to get into the box was much better in the second half.”

On the substitutes coming in and making an impact:
“We expect all of our players to come in and make a difference and have an impact on the game and that’s exactly what (Lauren) Kaskie and Emily Bruder did, and Cassie (Miller) played very well in goal as well. It may be three different players next game, but that’s one of the strengths of our team.”

On the first goal of the second half that came less than 30 seconds after the restart:
“The first goal in the second half is exactly what we asked for and what we needed. We wanted a goal in the first five minutes. We asked them to get into the box and be more aggressive getting forward. We wanted them to play with more passion and heart and that first goal came as I was walking to the bench and that set the tone and relaxed us. After that, we had some great goals as far as combining and getting around the outsides with or speed.”

U.S. midfielder TONI PAYNE
On the match:
“We were a little slow in the first half, but in the second half we picked it up. We were like a whole new team when we came out. We were more focused and just put out more effort. We’re in a tough group, so it all comes down to this last game against North Korea.”

On Gambia:
“They were a really physical team. In the first half, it was really hard to break them down, but once we got into the second half and started combining with each other it was a lot easier to get around them and we scored some goals.”

U.S. midfielder MORGAN STANTON
On the match:
“I thought in the first half it was a little frantic and we all came out a little nervous. I think we didn’t have as much possession as we would have hoped for. In the second half, we came out fired up, we knew what we had to do and we got it done.

On breaking down the Gambians:
They played a lot of girls in the middle and so we had to play balls wide and their defense came high, so we had to play balls over the top more. It was difficult for us at first, but we figured it out.”

On scoring five goals in the second half:
“If you believe it, you can do it. That’s a big thing for the U.S. teams. Today, coming in the second half, our goal was to score in the first five minutes and we all believed it and we scored in the first 30 seconds.”

U.S. forward SUMMER GREEN
On the second half:
“We got back into the locker room at halftime and got together and heard the words from our coaches, basically telling us to go back out there with intensity and spirit and try to score as many goals as possible.”

On her hat trick:
“Being out there and playing with everyone was how I got my goals. That hard run from Darian (Jenkins) just stunned me. She owned it out there. That goal was all her. The effort from Britt (Basinger) to get all the way up there (from left back) was great and it was just an overall team effort.”

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 … Set a record by scoring 12 goals in five games, the most ever by an American player in any World Cup qualifying tournament at any level … Started all five games during qualifying in Guatemala but scored her 12 goals in 398 minutes, giving her a goal every 33 minutes on the field … Scored five goals against the Bahamas to tie a U.S. record for most goals in a single game at any level … Also scored one against T&T, three against Mexico to earn the USA first place in the group and then another hat trick in the semifinal against Panama as the USA earned its berth to the U-17 Women’s World Cup … Assisted on the lone goal in the 1-0 championship game win over Canada as she set up Amber Munerlyn with a deft back-heel flick to spring her on a breakaway … The team leader in international goals and assists in 2012 with 15 goals and nine assists … The USA’s most capped player at the U-17 level with 21 caps and the leading scorer with 17 career U-17 goals … Heading into the Women’s World Cup, she has played the fifth-most minutes on the team with 997 … Has also scored against the Germany U-17s and twice against the China U-17s this year … Played for the U.S. U-17s at the 2010 Nordic Cup, helping the USA to the title … 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.

Personal: Full name is Summer Lynn Green … Her major at UNC is undecided … She is taking four online classes during her first semester at UNC so she can travel for WNT activity and finish up her U-17 career … Participated in track and field as a freshman, running the 400M, the 4 x 400 M relay, the 4 x 200 M relay, the 200 M and the 4 x 100M … Took a class in high school where she worked special needs kids in sporting activities … Likes running, being on the beach, hanging out with friends, roller-blading, snowboarding, riding horses and trying to sing in the shower … The three words that describe her off the field are “dancer, eater and studious” … The three words that describe her on the field are “aggressive, creative and mobile” … Favorite class is math … Favorite food is pasta … Has varied musical tastes, from country to rap to Dubstep … Favorite snack is Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups … Does not like seafood … Favorite soccer players are Abby Wambach and Lionel Messi … Best part about being a soccer player is the opportunity to meet new people and do new things … Favorite superhero is Ironman … Favorite cereal is Fruity Pebbles … Favorite dessert is Funfetti cake … Favorite smells are vanilla and the ocean.

College / High School: Graduated a year early by taking a heavy class load and doing online work, then enrolled at the University of North Carolina as a freshman in the fall of 2012 … Played in five matches for the Tar Heels before leaving for the Women’s World Cup, scoring a team-leading five goals with two assists … Scored twice against Marquette, once against Connecticut, and twice against San Diego … Attended Brighton High School in Brighton, Mich. … An NSCAA All-American in 2012.

Club: Played U-11 through U-17 with the Michigan Hawks, the same club as former U.S. Women’s National Team star Lindsay Tarpley … Played U-8 through U-10 with the Lightning … Won two Michigan state titles with the Hawks and the regional title in 2011.

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