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U.S. U-23 WNT Wins Six Nations Tournament in La Manga, Spain with 2-1 Victory Against Norway

CHICAGO (March 5, 2014) – The U.S. Under-23 Women’s National Team won the Six Nations Tournament in La Manga, Spain, by defeating Norway 2-1 on goals from Portland Thorns FC midfielder Meleana Shim and former Wake Forest star Katie Stengel.

The win was the third in three games at the tournament for the USA, which also defeated Japan 1-0 and Sweden 2-1 earlier in the competition.

Shim’s goal, her first at the U-23 level, came just before halftime. Midfielder Danielle Colaprico crossed from the end line to the top of the penalty area where Stengel laid a pass off to Shim, who scored into the right corner.

Stengel’s goal, also her first for the U-23s after a solid U-20 career in which she scored six times in 20 caps, came in the 75th minute and would prove to be the game-winner. The goal came after Chioma Ubogagu played a ball down the left wing to Carpice Dydasco, who fed Stengel about 10 yards out for a first-time shot that beat the goalkeeper low.

Norway pulled a goal back three minutes later as U.S. goalkeeper Abby Smith hit a clearance from the goal mouth that went short to Martine Flakk who passed to Victoria Ludvigsen and she finished from 14 yards out, but the USA, which held Norway to just two total shots on goal, was able to salt the game away.

The U.S. U-23 WNT also won this tournament last year, and now will make way for the U.S. U-18 WNT that will arrive in La Manga to play in the 12 Nations Tournament, which features three friendly matches for each of the competing teams.

Seven players on head coach Steve Swanson’s roster will now head to pre-season camps with their respective NWSL teams and the U.S. U-23s will gather again in June for a domestic training camp that will feature mostly college-aged players.

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

Match : U.S. Under-23 Women’s National Team vs. Norway Under-23 Women’s National Team
Date
: March 5, 2014
Competition
: Six Nations Tournament
Venue
: La Manga Football Centre; La Manga, Spain; Field G
Weather:
68 degrees; windy

Scoring Summary: 1 2 F
USA 1 1 2
NOR 0 1 1

USA - Meleana Shim (Katie Stengel) 44th Minute
USA - Katie Stengel (Caprice Dydasco) 75
NOR - Victoria Ludvigsen (Martine Flakk) 78

Lineups:
USA:
18-Abby Smith; 14-Arin Gilliland (12-Amanda Frisbie, 46), 8-Emily Sonnett, 6-Kassey Kallman, 19-Jaelene Hinkle (11-Frances Silva, 77); 7-Kealia Ohai (17-Caprice Dydasco, 46), 9-Meleana Shim, 13-Abby Dahlkemper, 4-Danielle Colaprico (15-Erika Tymrak, 63); 27-Katie Stengel, 5-Maya Hayes (10-Chioma Ubogagu, 58)
Substitutes not used: Aubrey Bledsoe, Jennifer Hoy

Head Coach: Steve Swanson

NOR: 1-Guro Pettersen; 2-Cecilie Brattland Liane, 3-Ina Gausdal, 4-Ida Jeanett Fjordbakk (13-Elrin Bjerkreim Kleppa, 58), 14-Mali Lilleas Naess (5-Anette Tengesdal, 46); 15-Martine Flakk, 20-Marita Holmen Iversen (6-Tonje Pedersen, 70), 9-Ina Skaug, 16-Camilla Christensen (17-Victoria Ludvigsen, 77); 19-Lisa Marie Karlseng Utland (18-Andrea Thun, 67), 10-Andrine Stolsmo Hergerberg
Substitutes not used: Guro Reiten, Melissa Bjanesoy, Emile Bosshard Haavi, Josefine Ervik
Head Coach: Goril Kringen

Stats Summary: USA / NOR
Shots: 12 / 4
Shots on Goal: 11 / 2
Saves: 1 / 9
Corner Kicks: 9 / 2
Fouls: 2 / 3
Offside: 2 / 1

Misconduct:
None

Officials:
Referee: Briet Bragadottir (ISL)
Assistant Referee 1: Runa Kristin Stefansdottir (ISL)
Assistant Referee 2: Birna Bergstad Thormundsdottir (ISL)
Fourth Official: Sonia Khan (NOR)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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