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U-18 WNT to Hold Training Camp in Mexico City

CHICAGO (July 14, 2014) – U.S. Under-18 Women’s National Team head coach April Heinrichs named a 20-player roster that will travel to Mexico City for an international training camp from July 22-28.

The camp will be the third U-18 WNT event of 2014 after the team first attended the Women’s U-19 La Manga tournament in Spain this past March and also gathered for a domestic training camp at the Olympic Training Center in Chula Vista, California, in early May.

The roster is made of players born in 1996 and 1997, many of whom will help form the core of the U-20 Women’s National Team that will attempt to qualify for the 2016 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup in South Africa.

After the camp in Mexico City, the U-18 WNT will next gather in September for a domestic training camp at the U.S. Soccer National Training Center in Carson, California.

U.S. U-18 WNT Roster by Position:
GOALKEEPERS (2): Rosemary Chandler (Concorde Fire; Atlanta, Ga.), Casey Murphy (PDA Slammers; Bridgewater N.J.)
DEFENDERS (5): Schuyler DeBree (Fair Haven, N.J.; PDA Slammers), Natalie Jacobs (Slammers FC; Coto de Caza, Calif.), Ellie Jean (Oakwood SC; Coventry, Conn.), Gabbie Matulich (MVLA Lightning; Los Gatos, Calif.), Niki Romero (North Carolina; Las Vegas, Nevada)
MIDFIELDERS (7): Michaela Abam (Texas Rush; Sugar Land, Texas), Dorian Bailey (Sporting BVSC; Mission, Kan.), Marley Canales (San Diego Surf; San Diego, Calif.), Katie Cousins (Richmond Kickers; Lynchburg, Va.), Kelcie Hedge (Washington Premier FC; Post Falls, Idaho), Emily Ogle (Internationals SC; Strongsville, Ohio), Taylor Racioppi (PDA Clash; Ocean Township, N.J.)
FORWARDS (6): Imani Dorsey (Freestate United; Elkridge, Md.), Madison Haley (Dallas Texans; Dallas, Texas), Hana Kener (Upper Saddle River, N.J.; Match Fit Academy), Rebecca Rasmussen (Georgia; Golden, Colo.), Zoe Redei (Eclipse Select; Highland Park, Ill.), Michelle Xiao (Gretna SC; Omaha, Neb.)

U-18 WNT Head to OTC Training Camp May 11-18

CHICAGO (April 28, 2014) – The U.S. Under-18 Women’s National Team will come together for a training camp at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Chula Vista, California, running from May 11-18. U.S. Women’s National Teams Technical Director April Heinrichs has called up 24 players for the camp, the second of the year for this age group, which will run concurrently with a U.S. Under-20 Women’s National Team camp.

This age group, born mostly in 1996 and 1997 (with one player, forward Madison Haley who was born in 1998) will form the core of the team that will attempt qualify for the 2016 FIFA Under-20 Women’s World Cup in South Africa. The age cut-off year for that tournament is players born on or after Jan. 1, 1996.

The roster includes two college players, Mikaela Harvery of Texas A&M and Rebecca Rasmussen of Georgia, and also features eight starters from the last cycle of U.S. Under-17s in defenders Ellie Jean, Natalie Jacobs and Tegan McGrady, midfielders Dorian Bailey, Marley Canales and Taylor Racioppi and forwards Zoe Redei and Haley.

U.S. U-18 WNT Roster by Position:
GOALKEEPERS (3): Rosemary Chandler (Concorde Fire; Atlanta, Ga.), Darien Dunham (CFC United; Cheshire, Conn.), Casey Murphy (PDA Slammers; Bridgewater, N.J.)
DEFENDERS (6): Madeline Elliston (OMA Elite Girl’s Academy; Omaha, Neb.), Natalie Jacobs (Slammers FC; Coto de Caza, Calif.), Ellie Jean (Oakwood SC; Coventry, Conn.), Gabrielle Matulich (MVLA; Los Gatos, Calif.), Tegan McGrady (MVLA; San Jose, Calif.), Dominique Romero (North Carolina; Las Vegas, Nev.)
MIDFIELDERS (8): Dorian Bailey (Sporting BVSC; Mission, Kan.), Jaye Boissiere (MVLA; Los Altos Hills, Calif.), Marley Canales (San Diego Surf; San Diego, Calif.), Katie Cousins (Richmond Kickers; Lynchburg, Va.), Mikaela Harvey (Texas A&M; Liberty Hill, Texas), Emily Ogle (Internationals SC; Strongsville, Ohio), Taylor Racioppi (PDA Clash; Ocean Township, N.J.), Jessica Vigna (PDA Slammers; Farmingdale, N.J.)
FORWARDS (7): Kayla Cappuzzo (Albertson Fury; Merrick, N.Y.), Imani Dorsey (Freestate United; Elkridge, Md.), Madison Haley (Dallas Texans; Dallas, Texas), Annie Kingman (PSC Union FC; Woodside, Calif.), Rebecca Rasmussen (Georgia; Golden, Colo.), Zoe Redei (Eclipse Select; Highland Park, Ill.), Michelle Xiao (Gretna SC; Omaha, Neb.)

U17 WNT vs Japan Highlights Reaction Feb 9 2014

The U.S. U-17 WNT came from behind to defeat Japan 2-1 in the final game of the 2014 U-17 Women's NTC Invitational. Head coach B.J. Snow, forward Mallory Pugh, midfielder Taylor Racioppi, defender Ellie Jean, and defender Natalie Jacobs talk about winning the tournament and playing the last game of this current U-17 WNT cycle.

U17 WNT vs China PR Highlights Reaction Feb 5 2014

The U.S. U-17 WNT defeated China PR 4-0 in its first game of the 2014 U-17 Women's NTC Invitational. Head coach B.J. Snow, defender Natalie Jacobs, defender Michelle Xiao, and forward Mallory Pugh react to the team's victory.

U.S. U-17 WNT Off to Flying Start with 4-0 Win against China PR at NTC Invitational

CARSON, Calif. (Feb. 5, 2014) – The U.S. Under-17 Women’s National Team rolled to a comprehensive victory against China PR in its first match of the 2014 Women’s NTC Invitational, winning 4-0 as forward Kelcie Hedge and midfielder Mallory Pugh both scored twice.

In the other match of the day, Japan defeated New Zealand 5-0 on goals from Rikako Kobayashi, Yui Hasegawa, Hina Sugita, Meika Nishida and Asato Miyagawa.

The USA, which out-shot China 18-2 and had seven corner kicks to the visitor’s zero, opened the scoring in the 13th minute, as forward Madison Haley raced down the right side and crossed on the ground. The ball skimmed off the foot of Hedge, hit midfielder Michelle Xiao in the foot and then bounced back to Hedge who finished smartly into the lower left corner from seven yards out for her third international goal.

Pugh, the USA’s leading scorer in this cycle, made it 2-0 just two minutes later after center-back Natalie Jacobs played a long pass into the left side of the penalty area for midfielder Taylor Racioppi, who took the ball to the end line before cutting it back into the middle. Pugh initially got the ball caught under her feet for a moment, but made up for it by smashing a right-footed shot into the roof of the net from 13 yards out.

Hedge got her second in the 34th minute after midfielder Marley Canales nutmegged a defender on the left wing before sending in a cross. Hedge made a nice run to score off a first-time half-volley with her left foot 11 yards out, rolling the ball into the lower left corner to make it 3-0 heading into halftime.

It didn’t stay that way for long as Pugh – the U.S. captain – scored her 13th international goal at the U-17 level in the first minute of the second half. This time it was Hedge who played the ball to Pugh inside the penalty area and she skillfully touched it around the goalkeeper before slotting home from eight yards for the final 4-0 margin.

The U.S. team defense did not allow a shot on goal.

The USA will face New Zealand on Friday, Feb. 7, at 6 p.m. PT, while China plays Japan in the first match at 3 p.m. PT. The young Americans finish the tournament on Sunday, Feb. 9, against Japan at 4 p. m. PT, preceded by New Zealand vs. China at 1 p.m. PT. All matches are free to the public and are being played on the Glenn “Mooch” Myernick Field at the U.S. Soccer National Training Center at StubHub Center in Carson, Calif.

This will be the last U-17 event for players born in 1997 and 1998 as they will then transition to the U-18 and U-20 Women’s National Teams. The ’99-born players will then become the primary age group for the U-17s as they start preparations for qualifying for the 2016 FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup.

- U.S. U-17 Women's National Team Match Report -

Match: United States U-17 Women's National Team vs. China U-17 Women’s National Team
Date:
February 5, 2014
Competition:
2014 U-17 Women's NTC Invitational
Venue:
Glenn “Mooch” Myernick Field; U.S. Soccer National Training Center; Carson, Calif.
Kickoff:
6 p.m. PT
Weather:
57 degrees, windy

Scoring Summary: 1 2 F
USA 3 1 4
CHN 0 0 0

USA – Kelcie Hedge (Michelle Xiao) 13th minute
USA – Mallory Pugh (Taylor Racioppi) 15
USA – Kelcie Hedge (Marley Canales) 34
USA – Mallory Pugh (Kelcie Hedge) 46

Lineups:
USA:
18-Kat Hess; 12-Tegan McGrady, 6-Natalie Jacobs, 9-Zoe Morse, 10-Ellie Jean; 14-Taylor Racioppi (2-Dorian Bailey, 63), 4-Marley Canales (16-Karlie Paschall, 82), 17-Mallory Pugh (19-Anika Rodriguez, 78); 11-Michelle Xiao (22-Maddy Schultz, 63), 3-Maddie Haley (15-Zoe Redei, 46), 8-Kelcie Hedge (20-Leah Pruitt, 78)
Subs not used: Ashley Sanchez, Taryn Torres, Frankie Tagliaferri, Mia Gyau, Alana Cook, Chloe Castaneda, Lauren Rood

Head Coach: BJ Snow

CHN: 1-Pan Jingying: 2-Tang Hui (16-Liu Yan, 46), 5-Yao Wei, 14-Wan Ruyi (4-Zhao Yuxin, 53), 3-Wang Ying; 6-Fan Yuqui, 9-Qin Manman, 7-Liu Jing (11-Xu Jiameng, 46); 17-Hu Yuanxin, (12-Wu Ye, 76) 24-Li Gong, 8-Cui Yuhan
Subs not used: Liu Jing, Wang Xueting, Liu Mengxue, Peng Shimeng, Li Jianghong, Dai Chenying, Xiao Jingfang, Ma Li, Chen Yuden, Gong Li, WuRiLiGe
Head Coach: Gao Hong

Stats Summary: USA / CHN
Shots: 18 / 2
Shots on Goal: 7 / 0
Saves: 0 / 3
Corner Kicks: 7 / 0
Fouls: 7 / 4
Offside: 0 / 0

Misconduct Summary: 

Officials:
Referee: Jasmine Peralta (USA)
Assistant Referee 1: Eduardo Mariscal (USA)
Assistant Referee 2: Kate Chapman (USA)
Fourth Official: Rebekah Friedrich (USA)

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