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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)

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 Defeats Guatemala 7-0 to Qualify for Semifinals at CONCACAF U-17 Women’s Championship

  • Zoe Redei Nets First-Half Hat Trick and Four Total Goals in First U-17 WNT Cap
  • Dorian Bailey and Gabriella Carreiro Add Penalty Kick Goals and Kelcie Hedge Tallies in Stoppage Time of the Second Half
  • USA Finishes Group B Play Against Canada on Monday, Nov. 4, at 6 p.m. ET on FOX Soccer Plus and FOX Soccer 2GO
  • U.S. Needs Victory to Win Group as Canada Holds Plus-4 Goal Differential Advantage

MONTEGO BAY, Jamaica (Nov. 2, 2013) – The U.S. Under-17 Women’s National Team recorded its second straight lopsided victory at the 2013 CONCACAF U-17 Women’s Championship, routing Guatemala by a 7-0 score in rainy conditions at the Montego Bay Sports Complex.

Forward Zoe Redei made an impressive U-17 WNT debut, scoring the USA’s first four goals. Midfielder Dorian Bailey and defender Gabriella Carreiro converted penalty kicks late in the game while forward Kelcie Hedge added a goal in second-half stoppage time.

With the victory, the U.S. clinched first or second in Group B and a spot in the semifinals. In the other Group B match, Canada defeated Trinidad & Tobago 11-0, putting Canada atop Group B on goal differential. The results means the USA needs to defeat Canada in its final first round match on Monday, Nov. 4 to win the group.

The top two finishers in each group will cross over with the first-place team in Group A playing second in Group B and vice-versa. The semifinal winners on Thursday, Nov. 7, earn CONCACAF’s two berths to the 2014 FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup being held next March in Costa Rica.

The USA-Canada game can be seen live on FOX Soccer Plus and online at FOX Soccer 2GO at 6 p.m. ET. Fans can also follow on ussoccer.com’s MatchTracker and on Twitter @ussoccer_ynt.

U.S. head coach B.J. Snow made eight changes to the starting lineup that opened the tournament with an 8-0 victory against Trinidad & Tobago on Oct. 31 and the USA now has 11 different goal scorers in the competition, meaning more than half the roster has gotten on the score sheet.

Like against Trinidad & Tobago in the USA’s opening match, the young Americans started a bit tentatively, and Guatemala packed its defensive third with players for the entire match, giving the Americans little space in the attacking third. Guatemala did launch several dangerous looking counter-attacks early on, but center-backs Taylor Otto and Natalie Jacobs ran everything down.

After the USA settled into the game a bit, Redei opened the scoring in the 21st minute and would later become the first U.S. Women’s National Team player to score four times in her first cap. The goal came off a great individual effort after she received the ball from 14-year-old Frankie Tagliaferri on the left sideline. Redei sped past two Guatemala defenders, cut the ball inside to her right foot and shot from just outside the box, powering her low drive just inside the left post past a diving Guatemala goalkeeper Angie Hidalgo.

In the 32nd minute, a miscommunication between a defender and Hidalgo led to Redei’s second tally. Hidalgo took a poor goal kick, the ball was played back toward her, but Redei intercepted as the goalkeeper plowed over her own defender and the U.S. striker finished into the open net for the 2-0 lead.

Redei completed her hat trick in the 36th minute when a corner kick from the left bounced off Otto in the middle of the box. The deflected the ball toward Redei, who had her back to the goal with Guatemala’s Isabella Salas loosely defending her. Redei brought the ball to her left to elude Salas and fired a shot into left side of the net take make the lead 3-0 heading into halftime.

Early in the second half, Redei scored her fourth after Hidalgo botched what appeared to be a relatively simple opportunity to fall on the ball at the edge of the six-yard box. When the rolling ball got past Hidalgo, Redei capitalized again with an open-net goal in the 49th minute.

Bailey and Carreiro each drew a foul in the box during the final 10 minutes of regulation, and they both converted their penalty kicks in the 84th and 89th minutes, respectively, to push the lead to 6-0. Bailey’s score was her first of the tournament and the third in her U-17 WNT career. Carreiro’s goal was her first U-17 international score as she was also making her international debut.

The final goal came about 20 seconds into stoppage time as Hedge launched a dipping shot from distance that Hidalgo scrambled back to her line to deflect. The Guatemala goalkeeper batted the ball up in the air and behind her, but the assistant referee ruled that the ball had fully crossed the line and Hedge was awarded her first goal of the tournament and second of her U-17 career.

Guatemala’s best scoring chance came early on in the match when Aisha Solòrzano hustled to create the first shot of the game – and the first of the tournament against the U.S. defense -- in just the second minute. Otto broke up the attack, which gave up a Guatemala corner kick, and it was a totally dominant effort for the U.S. from that point on.

Additional Notes:

  • U.S. WNT head coach B.J. Snow rested six starters who did not see action including players who scored four of the eight goals against T&T.
  • The age cut-off for the 2014 FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup is players born on or after Jan. 1, 1997. Twelve of the 20 players on the roster were born in 1997, six were born in 1998 and two in 1999.
  • U-17 WNT head coach B.J. Snow went with a 4-3-3 formation that featured a front line of Civana Kuhlmann, Zoe Redei and Kelcie Hedge. For Redei, it marked her U-17 WNT debut. For Hedge, it was her first appearance in the CONCACAF U-17 Championship.
  • Goalkeeper Kat Hess made her first appearance in the tournament and earned her third-career U-17 cap while getting the shutout.
  • Midfielder Taylor Racioppi wore the captain’s armband.
  • Three of the USA’s four defensive backs saw their first starts in outside backs Mia Gyau and Gabriella Carreiro and center-back Taylor Otto.
  • The USA’s two 14-year-olds both started, Frankie Tagliaferri at holding midfield and Kuhlmann at forward.
  • Snow made one substitution to open the second half, bringing in Dorian Bailey for Kuhlmann.
  • Maddy Schultz, who was a second-half sub in the opening match against Trinidad & Tobago, once again entered the latter stages of the tournament match against Guatemala when she replaced Anika Rodriguez in the 67th minute.
  • Zoe Morse, who scored the USA’s 100th goal in CONCACAF U-17 Women’s World Cup qualifying the other night, replaced Taylor Racioppi in the 78th minute.
  • The USA out-shot Guatemala 38-2.

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

Match: U.S. U-17 Women’s National Team vs. Guatemala
Date:
Nov. 2, 2013
Competition:
CONCACAF U-17 Women’s Championship
Venue:
Montego Bay Sports Complex; Montego Bay, Jamaica
Kickoff:
6 p.m. CT
Attendance:
1,200
Weather:
79 degrees, rainy, humid

Scoring Summary: 1 2 F

USA                         3 4 7
GUA                         0 0 0

USA – Zoe Redei (Frankie Tagliaferri) 21st minute
USA – Zoe Redei 32
USA – Zoe Redei (Taylor Otto) 36
USA – Zoe Redei 49
USA – Dorian Bailey (penalty kick) 84
USA – Gabriella Carreiro (penalty kick) 89
USA – Kelcie Hedge 90+1

Lineups:
USA:
18-Kat Hess; 7-Mia Gyau, 13-Taylor Otto, 6-Natalie Jacobs, 5-Gabriella Carreiro; 14-Taylor Racioppi (capt.) (9-Zoe Morse, 78), 25-Frankie Tagliaferri, 19-Anika Rodriguez (22-Maddy Schultz, 67); 11-Civana Kuhlmann (2-Dorian Bailey, 46), 15-Zoe Redei, 8-Kelcie Hedge
Substitutions Not Used: 1-Lauren Rood, 3-Madison Haley, 4-Marley Canales, 10-Ellie Jean, 12-Tegan McGrady, 17-Mallory Pugh

Head coach: B.J. Snow

GUA: 1-Angie Hidalgo; 3-Sara Fetzer, 2-Isabella Salas, 4-Pamela Monterroso (capt.), 16 -Kellin Mayèn; 6-Jennifer Barrios, 15-Cindy Granda, 8-Laurent Marwith, 11-Andrea Rabanales (7-Kelsie Castellanos, 77); 10-Aisha Solòrzano (5-Alison Garcìa, 56), 9-Madelyn Ventura
Substitutions Not Used: 12-Natalie Schaps, 13-Lesli Cal Gamarro, 14-Marìa Barillas, 17-Marìa Contreras, 18-Hercilia Cabrera, 19-Anika Schaps Calderòn, 20-Beberly Montufar
Head coach: Benjamin Monterroso

Stats Summary: USA / GUA
Shots: 38 / 2
Shots on Goal: 12 / 0
Saves: 0 / 5
Corner Kicks: 7 / 0
Fouls: 8 / 5
Offside: 3 / 0

Misconduct Summary:
None

Officials:
Referee: Pastrana Borjas (HON)
Assistant Referee 1: Yudilla Briones Covarrubias (MEX)
Assistant Referee 2: Yajaira Astacio Pena (DOM)
Fourth Official: Francia Gonzalez Martinez (MEX)

Woman of the Match: Zoe Redei

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