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Post-Match Quote Sheet: U.S. U-17 WNT vs. Trinidad & Tobago

Post-Match Quote Sheet
U.S. U-17 WNT 5, Trinidad & Tobago 0
2012 CONCACAF U-17 Women's Championship
May 5, 2012

On the USA’s sub-par finishing early in the match…
“We have to put the ball away when we have our opportunities. I thought in the first half we could have easily been up four or five nothing and that would have made it a much easier game for us. Instead, we had to fight through it, which also helps us, as it builds some character. Trinidad made it difficult for us, but we have to learn to put teams away.”

On the better finishing in the second half…
“In the second half, we were definitely much more efficient in our finishing and that was the difference. We created about the same number of opportunities in the first and second halves, but I think they tired out a little bit and our midfield did a good job of moving the ball around and we put the ball away.”

On resting several starters and giving some reserve quality minutes…
“It’s important not only to rest some of our starters, but to give some of those other players some confidence. Look at Jo Boyles coming in and having an assist and a goal and having an immediate impact on the game. That’s definitely going to help with her confidence moving forward in this tournament.

On the team’s depth…
“I’ve said all along that we are a deep team and can put different players in there. (Lauren) Kaskie and Toni Payne, two very good players, we were able to rest them today and Midge Purce played the full ninety [minutes] last game and she’s one of our tops forwards, but we decided to rest her and keep her fresh for Mexico. It’s very valuable when we have players that can come in and make a difference.”

On looking forward to the final group match against Mexico…
“Our mentality from day one has been to be the best team in the tournament and in order to be the best team you have to win all the games from start to finish. Our goal is going to be the same from the start, let’s go out there, win every game and play better soccer as the tournament goes on. I thought this was a much better performance than the first game and hopefully against Mexico we will raise the level and I think we will. Our team is ready for that challenge so we are looking forward to continuing to improve as the tournament goes.”

On the U.S. back line…
“I thought we were solid all the way around. Trinidad is an athletic, dangerous team and we definitely limited their chances on goal. Jane (Campbell) came up big when she needed to and that’s important and difficult. For a goalkeeper that doesn’t see as much action, and all of sudden she is asked to make a big save and she did. So that also builds confidence for our back line and goalkeepers.”

U.S. defender MADDIE BAUER
On the match…
“Trinidad and Tobago came out really hard and it was a lot different than our first game. We were under a lot more pressure but I think just communicating with our teammates, making sure we were organized on the long balls, and just talking and having a good shape kept us together with zero goals against so that was good for us.”

On lessons learned from the game…
“I think we learned once again we can’t underestimate any team. We have to come out hard every single game because we never know what some teams are going to bring. Each game is just as important as the next and this game could be the difference in qualifying and not so we just have to come 100% every single time.”

U.S. midfielder MORGAN ANDREWS
On Trinidad & Tobago…
“They came out fighting. They’re a great team and an absolute fun team to play against so I congratulate them on that. I think we played better as the match went on. We really got the nerves out in the first half and then in the second half we brought our ‘A’ game.”

On looking forward to the Mexico game…
“We just really have to finish our chances. We won’t get as many moving forward, but we have a full day to rest and will be ready to give our best effort against Mexico.”

On the good fight put up by T & T…
“It challenges and prepares us for Mexico because that’s going to be another challenging game and we need to expect it’s going to be harder. We need to be ready so we can move on to the semis from there.”

On the better second half finishing...
“We figured everything out at halftime. Albertin and the coaches gave us everything we needed to know for the second half and we went out there and solved our problems, and probably could have had more goals.”

U.S. midfielder SARAH ROBINSON
On the match…
“I think we started off pretty well, but we just weren’t finishing our chances. So during halftime, the coaches were saying to put away the chances and get an early goal in the second half. I thought once we got that goal in the second half, the others just started coming.”

On the play of the U.S. midfield…

“I think the midfielders did a great job today. We were able win most of the fifty-fifty balls and play some dangerous balls to our forwards and we were also a threat to score.”

U-17 WNT Beats Trinidad &Tobago 5-0 to Advance to Semifinals of 2012 CONCACAF Women's Championship

  • Emily Bruder and Joanna Boyles Each Contribute Goal and Assist, Summer Green Gets Goal and Two Assists
  • Andi Sullivan, Sarah Robinson Add Goals
  • U.S. U-17s Meet Mexico for Group B Title on May 7 at 6:30 p.m. ET Live on

GUATEMALA CITY, Guatemala (May 5, 2012) – The U.S. Under-17 Women’s National Team defeated a hard-working Trinidad & Tobago side 5-0 on Saturday at the Estadio Cementos Progreso to qualify for the all-important semifinal match at the 2012 CONCACAF U-17 Women’s Championship. Emily Bruder and Joanna Boyles each had a goal and assist while Summer Green tallied once with two assists as the U.S. U-17s broke down the Trinidad defense with a four-goal second half.

Mexico defeated the Bahamas in the second Group B game meaning that both USA and Mexico are through to the semifinal stage. The winners of the semifinals and the third-place match in this tournament qualify for the FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup in Azerbaijan later this year.

The U.S. U-17s finish Group B play against Mexico on Monday, May 7, at 6:30 p.m. ET (4:30 p.m. local) with the winner claiming first place in the group. All matches for the 2012 CONCACAF U-17 Women’s Championship can be watched live on Fans also can follow the action on’s MatchTracker and on Twitter @ussoccer_ ynt. For a full tournament schedule and results, visit the 2012 CONCACAF U-17 Women’s Championship tournament page on

On Saturday, the USA struggled to finish in the first 45 minutes despite creating at least a half-dozen clear-cut chances and Bruder scored the lone goal of the first half in the 20th minute. Her pinpoint strike from well outside the penalty box flew over Trinidad goalkeeper Lebrisca Phillip and skimmed off the underside of crossbar in the upper left corner. Green had her team-leading sixth assist of the year in setting up Bruder.

The USA could have added to its first-half scoring total, but missed numerous close range chances or unleashed shots right at Phillip. Two of the team’s best scoring chances in the first half came off corner kicks that were taken short. In the 16th minute, Green took the short corner from the left and played it to left back Gabbie Miranda whose left-footed cross found Maddie Bauer at the back post, but the U.S. center-back sent her point-blank header just wide. A similar buildup took place in the 36th minute with Miranda again crossing the ball that slipped through to Bauer, but Phillip made the save on her close-range shot.

Phillip also came up with a clutch save in the 38th minute to stop a Green shot that she didn’t strike cleanly, but nevertheless was part of a good buildup from the U.S. and Bruder in particular who sent the cross from the right.

Trinidad & Tobago closed out the half in better form and came close to finding an equalizer in the 41st minute on Jonelle Warrick’s shot from outside the box that clipped the crossbar as U.S. ‘keeper Jane Campbell dove to cover the goal.

Trinidad’s other scoring chance of the game came in the 53rd minute as Donika Murray slipped behind the U.S. back line into the left side of the penalty area. She struck a hard ball at frame, but Campbell made an excellent flying save to her right defuse the chance.

After pounding away at the T&T back line for the entire match, the USA finally put the game away with goals from Andi Sullivan in the 65th minute and Sarah Robinson in the 67th minute. Campbell actually picked up the assist on Sullivan’s goal, sending a prodigious goal kick that flew over the Trinidad defense. Sullivan ran onto the ball and raced in on the breakaway, sending a left-footed shot from 13 yards into the right corner past the charging Phillip.

Two minutes later, Bruder dribbled up the middle and laid off the ball to the right to Robinson. On a nifty play inside the penalty area, the diminutive U.S. midfielder worked the ball to her left at the top-center of the box before shooting from 17 yards into the right corner past Phillip.

Green, who scored five goals during the USA’s 10-0 rout of the Bahamas on Thursday, then added her sixth goal of the tournament in the 86th minute, a left-footed shot into the right corner after she had broken free into the left side of the penalty area off a nice pass from 79th-minute substitute Joana Boyles.

Boyles then capped off the scoring with a long-distance strike nearly three minutes into stoppage time for the USA’s fifth goal of the match and 15th of the tournament.

U.S. head coach Albertin Montoya rested several players in the match with Midge Purce, scorer of a hat trick against the Bahamas, and midfielder Lauren Kaskie getting the game off. Boyles, defender Morgan Reid and forward Darian Jenkins also saw their first action of the tournament as second-half substitutes.

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

Match: United States U-17 Women’s National Team vs. Trinidad & Tobago U-17 WNT
Date: May 5, 2012
Competition: 2012 CONCACAF U-17 Women’s Championship – Group B
Venue: Estadio Cementos Progreso; Guatemala City, Guatemala
Kickoff: 2 p.m. MT (4 p.m. ET)
Attendance: 200
Weather: 72 degrees, warm and cloudy

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

USA – Emily Bruder (Summer Green) 20th minute
USA - Andi Sullivan (Jane Campbell) 65
USA - Sarah Robinson (Emily Bruder) 67
USA - Summer Green (Joanna Boyles) 86
USA - Joanna Boyles (Summer Green) 90+3

USA: 1-Jane Campbell; 3-Brittany Basinger (20-Morgan Reid, 73), 5-Maddie Bauer, 16-Mandy Freeman, 6-Gabbi Miranda; 10-Morgan Andrews (capt.), 17-Sarah Robinson, 11-Morgan Stanton (12-Joanna Boyles, 79); 8-Summer Green, 7-Andi Sullivan (13-Darian Jenkins, 66), 9-Emily Bruder
Subs not used: 14-Lauren Kaskie, 15-Margaret Purce, 18-Cassie Miller, 19-Toni Payne
Not Available: 2-Lizzy Raben, 4-Amber Munerlyn
Head Coach: Albertin Montoya

TRI: 1-Lebrisca Phillip, 4-Liana Hinds (2-Dennecia Prince, 77), 5-Adeka Spence, 6-Khadisha Debesette (15-Nikkia Billouin, 60), 7-Diarra Simmons, 10-Marlique Asson, 11-Khadidra Debesette, 14-Emma Abdul, 16-Donika Murray, 17-Jonelle Warrick, 19-Anique Walker (capt.)
Subs Not Used: 8-Victoria Swift, 9-Zoe Swift, 12-Rhonda Guiseppi, 13-Shanisa Camejo, 18-Naomie Guerra, 20-Khadijah de Freitas, 21-Shantelle Christian
Head Coach: Even Pellerud

Stats Summary: USA / TRI
Shots: 20 / 5
Shots on Goal: 11/ 2
Saves: 2 / 6
Corner Kicks: 8 / 4
Fouls: 9 / 4
Offside: 3 / 0

Misconduct Summary:

Referee: Alicia Villatoro (GUA)
Assistant Referee: Marisol Salazar (GUA)
Assistant Referee: Milagros Leonardo (DOM)
Fourth Official: Irasema Aguilera (CUB) Woman of the Match: Sarah Robinson

Downhill Forward

U.S. U-17 Women’s National Team forward Emily Bruder likes to take a direct route toward goal. Typically there are defenders in the way who object to her path of choice and often physical confrontation ensues, but that’s not Bruder’s problem. In fact, she enjoys it.

Hailing from snowy Utah, which features some of the best ski slopes in the USA, it can be said that Bruder’s attacking style is much more downhill than slalom.

Bruder is what one would call a “combative” striker: Get the ball. See the goal. Let’s go.

“I like being strong with the ball and I don’t want to let any other players get it,” said Bruder, who packs quite a bit of muscle on her 5-foot-9 frame. “I take pride in being able to use my strengths to help the team.”

Even at this young age, the 17-year-old from Juan Diego Catholic High School has come to appreciate the value of how a physical striker can wear down a defense. She just has to look to her role model, Abby Wambach.

“I watch Abby a lot,” said Bruder. “She’s definitely really physical up top and is so mentally strong. She comes to every game with that approach. Seeing her play keeps me motivated to keep playing my style and keep improving.”

She even earned the nickname “Bruiser” after the U.S. coaches clipped together some video of her bowling over three players in a row during one sequence. Whoops.

“Sometimes I feel like players just bounce off me, and it’s not my fault. It’s just because I’m bigger than them,” said Bruder. “But I do I try to assert myself right from the start of every game. It raises the level of my game and gives me confidence and hopefully helps my team fight even more.”

“She is a rare forward in that she actually inflicts more pain on defenders than defenders do on her, and over the course of a game that can take its toll on defenses,” said U.S. head coach Albertin Montoya. “At the end of the day, the word I would use is ‘effective.’ It may not be in the most aesthetically pleasing way, but she gets things done.”

While Bruder is playing at the edge of her game on the physical side, she is also working very hard on the technical aspects. When the USA plays a 4-3-3 formation, she can play at center forward with her back to the goal and hold the ball, or she can float out to the wing, preferably the left, where she can cut inside and do damage with her heavy shot or get to the end line and send in dangerous crosses.

“She is a very dangerous player because of her physical qualities,” said Montoya. “She is actually one of our best one-on-one players because her mindset is to run at goal and defenders have a hard time dispossessing her. She just has to learn when to go at goal and when choosing another option would be more beneficial to the team at that moment.'

“I’m really working on keeping possession when I receive the ball,” said Bruder. “I need to take the time, to hold it and play simple. I don’t always need to go to goal right away. I need to feel when to keep the ball, when to pass and when to take players on. Albertin has been really helping me, and I’m starting to figure it out more.”

She is also learning that her thundering run at goal pulls defenders out of position and that leaves teammates open.

“We have a lot of talented attacking players on this team, and we need to get everyone involved,” said Bruder. “I like being able to run at goal and then find my teammates with passes in dangerous spots, but I am working hard on my finishing.”

Yes, it all comes back to finishing, the bugaboo of every young forward. Bruder has scored twice in her six U-17 caps so far, including a spectacular blast from outside in a 2-0 victory against the Germany U-17s last February. But she was disappointed in herself for not putting one away in the USA’s match against the China U-20s in early April, a match that ended 0-0.

“Against China, I missed a lot of my shots, so right now I am working finding the net and placing the ball,” said Bruder. “Sometimes I have these moments when I am relaxed and can finish, and sometimes I just rush too much, so I feel I’m improving in that area.”

While goal-scoring is perhaps the most difficult part of the game, Bruder has found success in that department for high school, club and country.

A star for ECNL club Utah Avalanche, the Stanford-bound junior is already the all-time leading goal scorer at Juan Diego Catholic HS with 87 goals. She is a two-time Salt Lake Tribune Class 3A Player of the Year and led the Soaring Eagles to the Utah Class 3A semifinals this past season with 26 goals, including seven in three postseason games.

“When she gets squared up in the attacking third we almost always get something positive out of her, whether it be a shot, a cross, a corner kick or a goal,” said Montoya. “She’s deceptively fast running with the ball and can get behind defenses. She’s just very difficult to play against.”

It’s those qualities that Montoya hopes to see in the 2012 CONCACAF U-17 Women’s Championships, which will send its top three finishers to the U-17 Women’s World Cup in Azerbaijan this fall. Bruder says she and her teammates are ready and have put in the work over the past year to evolve as a cohesive unit.

“In the beginning of this cycle we weren’t really playing as a team, and we all could see that,” said Bruder. “Now we look at video and we are on the same page and working as a team, covering for each other all over the field and being leaders out there. We’ve trained for a year for this. It’s time we take everything that we’ve learned put it into action on the field. I know that we can do that, and I feel good about this tournament. I know that all the girls are excited, and we are looking forward to the games. We are ready to play and have fun and win.”

Get Bruder to the starting gate.


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-20 Women’s World Cup … Played in four matches at the World Cup qualifying tournament, starting three … Scored twice at qualifying, against T&T and Panama, with one assist … Scored in the USA’s first international match of the year in a 2-0 victory over Germany … Heads into the Women’s World Cup with four career international goals in 13 U-17 caps … Attended the U.S. Soccer U-14 I.D. camp in 2009.

Personal: Full name is Emily Louise Bruder … Nicknames are Bruiser or Em … Also plays basketball and runs track at Juan Diego … Ran the 100M and 200M and sometimes the 400M in track … A member of the honor roll … Likes to do plenty of Utah outdoor activities, including running, biking and hiking … Three words that best describe her off the field are “funny, fun-loving and friendly” … Three words that best describe her on the field are “strong, tough and ready” … Toughest thing she’s ever had to do was help a teammate through cancer (she beat it) … Favorite classes are history and English … Favorite food is steak … Favorite snack is PB & J … Favorite players are Abby Wambach and Lionel Messi … Has three dogs – Sadie, Rocky and Bella -- and a bird named Charlie … Loves her mom’s apple pie … Favorite smells are apple pie, cookies, lotion and fresh cut grass.

College / High School: Has verbally committed to attend Stanford University in the fall of 2013 … Attends Juan Diego Catholic High School in Draper, Utah … Was the 3A MVP as a junior and sophomore … A First-Team All-State selection all three years of high school so far … Team captain for the Soaring Eagle … Holds record for most career goals at Juan Diego … Scored 26 goals as a freshman, 35 goals during her sophomore season and 26 goals as a junior … Scored 12 goals in five games before leaving for the Women’s World Cup and currently has 99 for her career … Helped Soaring Eagle win Utah state titles as a freshman and sophomore, scoring the winning goal in both championship games.

Club: From U-11s through U-14s she played for the Avalanche, then played a few seasons for the Sparta club before switching back to the Avalanche … At U-8s she played for the Gators … Won regional and state titles with the Avalanche.