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U.S. Soccer to Host Four-Team U-17 Women's Tournament at National Training Center in Carson, Calif., from Feb. 5-9

CHICAGO (Jan. 27, 2014) – U.S. Soccer will host the 2014 U-17 Women’s NTC Invitational from Feb. 5-9 in Carson, Calif., and feature U-17 Women’s National Teams from the United States, China PR, Japan and New Zealand. All the matches will be staged on Glenn “Mooch” Myernick Field at the U.S. Soccer National Training Center at StubHub Center in Carson, Calif.

Each of the match days – Feb. 5, 7 and 9 – will feature a doubleheader with the USA playing the second game of the day. The winner of the competition will be based on total points with the first tiebreakers being overall goal differential and then total goals scored. Admission to the matches is free to the public, as is parking.

 

Date

Teams

Kickoff (PT)

Location (U.S. Soccer NTC at StubHub Center)

Wed., Feb. 5

Japan vs. New Zealand

3 p.m.

Glenn “Mooch” Myernick Field – Field #1

Wed., Feb. 5

USA vs. China PR

6 p.m.

Glenn “Mooch” Myernick Field – Field #1

Fri., Feb. 7

China PR vs. Japan

3 p.m.

Glenn “Mooch” Myernick Field – Field #1

Fri., Feb. 7

USA vs. New Zealand

6 p.m.

Glenn “Mooch” Myernick Field – Field #1

Sun., Feb. 9

New Zealand vs. China PR

1 p.m.

Glenn “Mooch” Myernick Field – Field #1

Sun., Feb. 9

USA vs. Japan

4 p.m.

Glenn “Mooch” Myernick Field – Field #1

China, Japan and New Zealand have all qualified for the 2014 FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup taking place in March in Costa Rica. The young Americans had their World Cup dreams halted due to a penalty kick loss to Mexico in the semifinal of the CONCACAF Women’s U-17 Championship, a tournament that saw the USA win four games and draw one (which went to penalties) while scoring 24 goals and allowing just one.

U.S. U-17 Women’s National Team head coach B.J. Snow has called in 24 players for the tournament, 17 of whom were on the USA’s qualifying team. Twenty of the players were born in 1997 or 1998, while four were born in 1999. This will be the last event for the ’97s and ’98s as U-17s before transitioning to the U-18s and U-20s. The ’99s will 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 Roster by Position
2014 U-17 Women’s NTC Invitational

GOALKEEPERS (2)
: Kat Hess (LA Premier; Newport Beach, Calif.), Lauren Rood (Washington Timbers; Camas, Wash.)
DEFENDERS (8)
: Alana Cook (Match Fit Chelsea; Far Hills, N.J.), Mia Gyau (Bethesda Lions; Silver Spring, Md.), Natalie Jacobs (Slammers FC; Coto de Caza, Calif.), Ellie Jean (Oakwood SC; Coventry, Conn.), Tegan McGrady (MVLA SC; San Jose, Calif.), Zoe Morse (Michigan Hawks; East Lansing, Mich.), Karlie Paschall (Tennessee SC; Brentwood, Tenn.), Michelle Xiao (Gretna SC; Omaha, Neb.)
MIDFIELDERS (7)
: Dorian Bailey (Sporting BVSC; Mission, Kan.), Marley Canales (San Diego Surf; San Diego, Calif.), Chloe Castaneda (LA Premier; Encino, Calif.), Taylor Racioppi (PDA Clash; Ocean Township, N.J.), Anika Rodriguez (So Cal Blues; Torrance, Calif.), Ashley Sanchez (So Cal Blues; Monrovia, Calif.), Taryn Torres (Solar Chelsea SC; Frisco, Texas)
FORWARDS (7)
: Madison Haley (Dallas Texans; Dallas, Texas), Kelcie Hedge (Washington Premier; Post Falls, Idaho), Mallory Pugh (Real Colorado; Highlands Ranch, Colo.), Leah Pruitt (West Coast FC; Rancho Cucamonga, Calif.), Zoe Redei (Eclipse Select; Highland Park, Ill.), Maddy Schultz (Crossfire Premier; Edmonds, Wash.), Frankie Tagliaferri (PDA; Colts Neck, N.J.)

Additional Notes:

  • Each team is allowed to name 24 players on its tournament roster but will be able to suit up just 21 for each of its three matches.
  • Teams will be allowed six total substitutions per game with no re-entry. In the second half of the matches, a team may stop the game a maximum of three times to make substitutions. During each of these stoppages, a team may make more than one substitution, up to the limit of the six total per match.
  • Players eligible for the 2014 U-17 Women’s NTC Invitational must have been born on or after Jan. 1, 1997, which is the age cutoff for the 2014 FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup.
  • There will be no suspensions for accumulation of yellow cards during the tournament, but a player receiving a red card will have to sit out a minimum of one match.

U.S. U-17 WNT Opens 2014 at the National Training Center

CHICAGO (Jan. 6, 2014) – The U.S. Under-17 Women’s National Team will begin its 2014 programing with a training camp running from Jan. 11-19 at the U.S. Soccer National Training Center in Carson, Calif.

This group of U-17s, who were born in 1998 and 1997, will have just two events in 2014 before transitioning to the Under-18s and Unders-20s, after which the players born in 1999 and after will start their U-17 cycle under head coach B.J. Snow.

Players born on or after Jan. 1, 1999, are age-eligible for the 2016 FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup.

This training camp will serve as a preparation event for a four-team U-17 international tournament currently being finalized to be held at the U.S. Soccer's National Training Center at StubHub Center running from Feb. 1-10.

Snow has called in 24 players for this January camp, fifteen of which were on the U.S. team that failed to qualify for the 2014 FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup despite winning four games, tying one (which it lost in penalty kicks) and allowing just one goal at the qualifying tournament. The USA, which out-scored its opponents 24-1 over five games, lost in the semifinal round on a penalty kick shootout to Mexico, which ended up winning one game and tying four (in regulation) while triumphing in PK shootouts in both the semifinal and the championship game.

U.S. U-17 WNT Roster by Position:
GOALKEEPERS (2): Kat Hess (LA Premier; Newport Beach, Calif.) Samantha Leshnak (Ohio Elite; Liberty Township, Ohio)
DEFENDERS (8): Alana Cook (Match Fit Chelsea; Far Hills, N.J.), Mia Gyau (Bethesda Lions; Silver Springs, Md.), Natalie Jacobs (Slammers FC; Coto de Caza, Calif.), Ellie Jean (Oakwood SC; Coventry, Conn.), Tegan McGrady (MVLA SC; San Jose, Calif.), Zoe Morse (Michigan Hawks; East Lansing, Mich.), Ally Prisock (Legends FC; Rancho Cucamonga, Calif.), Michelle Xiao (Gretna SC; Omaha, Neb.)
MIDFIELDERS (5): Dorian Bailey (Sporting BVSC; Mission Kans.), Marley Canales (San Diego Surf; San Diego, Calif.), Chloe Castaneda (LA Premier; Encino, Calif.), Taylor Racioppi (PDA Clash; Ocean Township, N.J.), Anika Rodriguez (So Cal Blues; Torrance, Calif.)
FORWARDS (9): Alissa Gorzak (Eclipse Select FC; Naperville, Ill.), Madison Haley (Dallas Texans; Dallas, Texas), Kelcie Hedge (Washington Premier; Post Falls, Idaho), Milan Moses (Pleasanton Rage; San Leandro, Calif.), Mallory Pugh (Real Colorado; Highlands Ranch, Colo.), Leah Pruitt (West Coast FC; Rancho Cucamonga, Calif.), Zoe Redei (Eclipse Select; Highland Park, Ill.), Maddy Schultz (Crossfire Premier; Edmonds, Wash.), Jennifer Westendorf (GSA; Montgomery, Ala.)

U.S. U-17 WNT vs. Canada: Post-Match Quotes - Nov. 4, 2013

Post-Match Quote Sheet: U-17 WNT vs. Canada
CONCACAF U-17 Women’s Championship – Group B
Nov. 4, 2013

U.S. U-17 WNT Head Coach B.J. Snow
On the match:
“We had to be really well organized. We knew that Canada was going to try to move the ball around, their team shape was very good, and we had to execute the plan both offensively and defensively to give ourselves a chance to win. I was really proud of the girls taking the plan and executing. There are definitely a lot of things we can take from game that we still really need to work on.”

On learning and looking forward:
“Every game is a snapshot. One of our goals to win the group and to be at the top of the group is a tremendous accomplishment for this group and hopefully it gives us momentum heading into the Mexico game on Thursday."

On continuing to improve:
“Part of this is a process. We sat down as a group yesterday and talked about what we learned in the first week. Getting the nerves out, and not making this event bigger than it is because it’s a game they’ve played since they were little kids. Once they are able to relax, you are able to see a performance like you saw tonight. Our job now is to clip the game and see what we need to do get better and starting Thursday we’ll try to improve on this performance.”

On adapting quickly as a team while playing three games in five days:
“You don’t have a lot of time to prepare between these games and each of our opponents has been quite a bit different. So sometimes we have to adjust on the fly. They were able to take the information without being able to really practice it due to the short amount of time and they were able retain it and execute it. That’s a real credit to the girls and something I’m most proud of.”

On the match:
“Anytime you play a team like Canada who has great technical players all over the field, great shape and they are very well coached, to be able to minimize the time they had on the ball and the space they had was certainly one of the goals. Overall, I was proud of the team.  There are some things we need to review from this game that we need to improve on.  I think the patience and game management was a struggle at times, but overall the aggressive and mentality of the players I was really, really proud of. They set the goal to win the group, came out here today to do it and they did it.”

On the U.S. team never losing in this tournament:
“Certainly we are proud of the history and tradition of our program, but at the same time, it’s a new group of individuals who have never been in the spotlight before. This is the first time they’ve played in this environment so for them it’s new. It’s great that they can hear the stories about the past, but ultimately it’s theirs to go out there and try to win and so far I’ve been proud of their efforts because we’ve had some speed bumps along the way where we’ve learned a lot about ourselves. They are the first ones to be retrospective about it and I’m really proud of them for that.”

On the goals of the team during its two days of rest before the semifinal:
“Recover. Tomorrow is a big recovery day. It’s the coaches’ job to prepare for Thursday and it’s the players’ job to prepare by getting their bodies to get ready to play. So that’s the focus. We’re going to enjoy it tonight and then get back it.”

On facing Mexico for a berth in the U-17 Women’s World Cup:
“We’ve always had a very friendly relationship with Mexico and they’re very well coached. We played them earlier in the year, but they have a completely different team and so do we so at this point we’re just going to prepare ourselves the best we can for how we want to play and certainly put together a game plan that will hopefully benefit our players the most.”

U.S. midfielder MARLEY CANALES
On the match:

“I thought our team did tremendous. We came into this one with a very strong game plan, every single person on the team executed it perfectly and we got the result we wanted.”

On winning the group:
“Winning the group is a great achievement. It was one of our key points, and it’s just one step closer to the ultimate goal, and the only way we could accomplish this was as a team and that’s how we did it.”

On the two goals:
“Both of the goals were complete team goals. Every person did their part. Those players and the rest of the team stepped up tremendously and I’m really proud of my whole team today.”

U.S. defender ELLIE JEAN
On the match:

“Everyone played amazing tonight. Even the subs on the bench were amazing in their talk to the players on the field. Everyone just supported each other during the match, we had great communication on the field and I think we did great tonight as a whole.”

On winning the group:
“We definitely wanted to win the group. That was one of our goals here at qualifying. We had a good plan and we executed it perfectly.”

On the two goals:
“I assisted Zoe’s goal and that was an amazing feeling. Mall’s goal was amazing as well. We worked so hard to get those chances and once we finished them, we were just ecstatic. Our celebrations are great and we have so much enthusiasm.”

On Canada:
“Canada is a great match. They are a great team. They came out hard and we were expecting that. We did not underestimate them at all, but we were able to find gaps and execute and finish.”

U.S. forward ZOE REDEI
On the match:

“Canada is a really good team. They pushed hard and were really organized so they were tough to play against. We were really aggressive and won the ball and were able to play around them and finish our chances to goal.”

On her goal:
“I saw Ellie running down the right side and I saw her cut to the end line, so I sort of just faked the defender and gave her support so she was able to pass me the ball and it was practically an open goal.”

On winning the group:
“One of goals that B.J. gave us was to win the group and we did that. So our next goal is to win the semifinal and eventually win the tournament. I think we are doing a really good job but we are taking each game one step at a time."

Run Ellie, Run

U.S. U-17 Women’s National Team right back Ellie Jean likes to run. In fact, she loves it.

And to watch the lithe 5-foot-5 defender burst with energy while gliding up and down the flank, you see a player who embraces her role. Whether it’s tracking back to defend or looking for the moment when she can use her long strides to surge into the opponent’s defensive third, take on a player and send in a cross, Jean looks to be every bit the natural right back.

She’s a main cog in the U.S. team that is attempting to qualify for the 2014 FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup, and before the opening match against Trinidad & Tobago in Montego Bay, Jamaica, she was named captain by U.S. head coach B.J. Snow.

“Over the last few months, we’ve talked to the girls a lot about leadership and who they look up to and who they respect, and Ellie is the one that grabbed the reins very naturally,” said Snow. “That’s a big thing for a 16-year-old kid to be able to do. When you can talk and have all your peers listen, that’s a pretty important thing for us to have on our team, so it was a pretty easy selection for us.”

For Jean, stepping on the field to represent her country in a World Cup qualifying event while wearing the armband was an experience she can barely describe in words. Partly because two months ago she didn’t think she’d be in Jamaica. In fact, she could barely walk.

After a partial dislocation of her knee cap during the USA’s July training camp in Ohio sidelined her for several weeks, Jean returned to the squad but then developed severe back pain during the team’s trip to England in late August.

Diagnosis: a stress fracture in her back. Her spot on the qualifying roster was in jeopardy.

She was out for six weeks, a period that included quite a bit of self-doubt as to whether she could make it back for this tournament.

“It wasn’t fun, and I have to admit I wasn’t positive in any way,” said Jean of her injury. “I didn’t really think I was going to be ready because it hurt so badly. But I went to see a great doctor, got some treatment, did a lot of rehab and had a lot of rest. The rest was the hardest part, because who doesn’t want to be playing? But, my body was telling me I needed a break.”

When she started making progress, her mood improved and when she was able to start running again – one of her favorite things – she knew she would have a shot at the roster. She got cleared for action for the USA’s final camp before leaving for Jamaica.

“It’s an honor to go to any camp and play with the National Team, but being able to play in that Florida camp was a bit of a relief,” she said. “I was really happy that B.J. had enough confidence in me that he named me to the roster even though I hadn’t played that much.”

For Snow, it wasn’t a difficult decision. If Jean was healthy, she was going to be on that plane to Jamaica.

“I wouldn’t even classify her as a right back,” said Snow. “She’s a total soccer player. She’s versatile enough to play at least three or four positions, and we’ll probably see two of them in this tournament. She’s got the tactical nuances of an older player, she’s got the physical ability to get up and down the flank and the leadership that’s beyond her years.”

At training before the tournament started, Snow pulled Jean aside and asked her if she wanted to be captain. Her answer: “Most definitely!”

“Not too many people get to captain a U.S. Women’s National Team,” said Jean, who hails from the small farm town of Coventry, Conn. “I feel blessed and thankful to have the honor. I like being a leader, but honestly, I think everyone on this team could be a captain. Everyone brings their strengths to the team. That first game was an amazing experience and getting the win was even better.”

Jean is well on her way to rewarding her coach for that confidence, putting in a dominating performance in that first game of the tournament. She was the top runner on her high school cross-country team – she does the 3.1 miles in the 17:50s – and that showed as she repeatedly got into dangerous positions against T&T.

“I love to run. I feel like I can run forever,” said Jean, whose father Domingo played briefly in the major leagues as a pitcher for the New York Yankees in the early 1990s. “I like to get up the field as much as possible. I will put in the work on defense, but I love being in the attacking third. It’s so fun. The way we play, we have a lot of stamina and athleticism and that really helps us be successful. I think we are dynamic and can make a lot of things happen.”

Jean knows there’s much work ahead to qualify for what will be the USA’s fourth FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup, but by embracing the moment fully, she feels that the long-term goals will come to fruition.

“We’ve all worked so hard for this opportunity to be in Jamaica,” said Jean. “We’re trying to take it all in but at the same time enjoy it. We’re young, so there’s so much going through our minds, but we’re just going to go with the flow, and I think we’ve all done a good job of handling this whole huge process.

“A few years ago, I don’t think any of us would have dreamed about what this opportunity is like. Just being here in the Caribbean at this tournament gets your heart pumping. We don’t even care about beach time. We’re loving it! And we’re really excited to see what we are capable of doing as a team.”

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