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U.S. U-20 WNT Heads to Olympic Training Center as 2014 FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup Prep Continues

CHICAGO (April 4, 2014) – U.S. Under-20 Women’s National Team head coach Michelle French has called 25 players to a camp at the Olympic Training Center in Chula Vista, Calif., running from April 13-20. It will be the USA’s third-to-last domestic camp before the 2014 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup takes place in Canada in August.

The USA will have a domestic camp in May at the OTC, followed by trip to Europe in June and then a final domestic training camp in July before heading to Canada where it will face Germany, Ghana and Brazil in Group B play. The 2014 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup runs from Aug. 5-24 in Edmonton, Moncton, Montreal and Toronto.

French has called up most of the usual core of regulars, but is giving several players first looks as she continues to formulate the roster ahead of the World Cup. Forward Lindsey Horan, the USA’s only professional player who is currently playing her trade at Paris Saint-Germain in France, was not made available for the camp due to club commitments.

The U-20s will play two scrimmages on Saturday, April 19, against college teams, taking on UCLA at 12:30 p.m. PT followed by USC at 2:30 p.m. PT.

Players born on or after Jan. 1, 1994, are age-eligible for the 2014 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup.

Roster by Position:
GOALKEEPERS (4):
Jane Campbell (Stanford; Kennesaw, Ga.), Katelyn Rowland (UCLA; Vacaville, Calif.), Madalyn Schiffel (USF; Citrus Heights, Calif.), Morgan Stearns (Virginia; San Antonio, Texas)
DEFENDERS (8):
Brittany Basinger (Penn State; Purcellville, Va.), Maddie Bauer (Stanford; Newport Beach, Calif.), Christina Gibbons (Duke; Raleigh, N.C.), Laura Liedle (Stanford; San Diego, Calif.), Katie Naughton (Notre Dame; Elk Grove Village, Ill.), Kaleigh Riehl (BRYC; Fairfax Station, Va.) Cari Roccaro (Notre Dame; East Islip, N.Y.), Andi Sullivan (Bethesda SC; Lorton, Va.)
MIDFIELDERS (6):
Morgan Andrews (Notre Dame; Milford, N.H.), Carlyn Baldwin (BRYC; Oakton, Va.), Rachel Hill (UConn; Rollinsford, N.H.), Rose Lavelle (Wisconsin; Cincinnati, Ohio), Mallory Pugh (Real Colorado; Highlands Ranch, Colo.), Liz Slattery (Florida; Cincinnati, Ohio)
FORWARDS (7):
Makenzy Doniak (Virginia; Chino Hills, Calif.), Summer Green (North Carolina; Milford, Mich.), Darian Jenkins (UCLA; Riverton, Utah), Savannah Jordan (Florida; Fayetteville, Ga.), McKenzie Meehan (Boston College; Scituate, R.I.), Margaret Purce (Harvard; Silver Spring, Md.), Rebecca Rasmussen (Georgia; Golden, Colo.)

USA Tops Group A at CONCACAF Women’s U-20 Championship with 10-0 Win against Guatemala

  • McKenzie Meehan Notches Second Hat Trick of Tournament for USA, Adds an Assist
  • Mallory Weber Scores Two Goals, Dishes One Assist in First Cap for U-20 WNT
  • USA Faces Either Mexico or Trinidad & Tobago in Friday’s Second Semifinal at 7 p.m. ET on FOX Soccer Plus and FOX Soccer 2GO

GEORGE TOWN, Cayman Islands (Jan. 13, 2014) – The U.S. Under-20 Women’s National Team topped Group A at the CONCACAF Women’s U-20 Championship on Monday with a 10-0 victory against Guatemala – the USA’s largest win at this tournament since 2004. The USA will face either Mexico or Trinidad in the semifinals, which kick off Friday, Jan. 17, at 7 p.m. ET on FOX Soccer Plus and FOX Soccer 2GO.

The winner of the two semifinal matches and the third-place match on Jan. 19 qualify for the 2014 FIFA Under-20 Women’s World Cup in Canada.

Forward McKenzie Meehan scored three goals to lead the way for the U.S. – the second hat trick of the tournament for the Americans after Lindsey Horan notched three in the opening match against Costa Rica. She was followed on the score sheet by U-20 WNT debutant Mallory Weber, who scored two second-half goals after coming on as a sub for Savannah Jordan, who scored the USA’s final goal of the first half on a penalty kick.

Stephanie Amack, Brittany Basinger, Rachel Hill and Margaret Purce also tallied goals for the USA, with Hill also contributing four assists as she pulled the strings from the attacking midfield spot for a relentless American attack.

Guatemala did not record a shot in the match as Jane Campbell, making her first start of the tournament in goal for the USA, and defenders Laura Liedle, Cari Roccaro, Katie Naughton, who captained the side for the evening, Maddie Bauer, Brittany Basinger and Lauren Kaskie kept the team’s third straight clean sheet.

An early pair of chances for Jordan in the opening five minutes signaled the USA’s intent, before Meehan opened the scoring in the eighth minute. A corner kick from Morgan Andrews pinged around the Guatemala penalty area before falling to Hill, who chipped the ball to the far post where Meehan put a one-time half-volley past goalkeeper Yoselin Franco.

The USA was not afraid to unleash shots from long range with Andrews going closest in the 20th minute. Her shot went narrowly wide of Franco’s right post. Two minutes later Andrews served a solid corner kick into the heart of the Guatemala box where Amack rose highest to power home her first goal of the tournament.

A minute past the half-hour mark, Hill hit a shot from the top of the box on goal, but Franco spilled a rebound into the path of a crashing Basinger, who slotted her shot home with her left foot from a tight angle on the left side. The first international goal for the left back put the USA up 3-0.

Purce set up the final goal of the half with a slaloming run through the Guatemala defense, before she was brought down in the box by Celeste Gatica in the 38th minute. Jordan ripped the ensuing penalty kick into the right upper corner of the net to give the Americans a 4-0 lead at the break.

When the second half got underway, Maddie Bauer replaced Katie Naughton on the back line while Weber was inserted up front in place of Jordan.

Only three minutes after the restart, Liedle was hauled down on a corner kick and Hill stepped up to bury the second PK of the game in the 48th minute for her first international goal and a 5-0 USA lead.

Six minutes later, Purce dashed into the Guatemala box to steal a back pass off Franco’s feet. Before the goalkeeper could recover, Purce swiveled and rolled home her first U-20 international goal, and in doing so, became the 60th different all-time U.S. goal scorer at the tournament.

Meehan made it 7-0 in the 57th minute, taking a feed from Weber and picking out the top shelf of Franco’s net.

Weber bagged the next two goals on smart finishes off feeds from Hill and Meehan in the 61st and 67th minutes, respectively.

Meehan capped the scoring in the 74th minute after a slick square ball into the box from Hill helped give the striker her hat trick and cemented the final 10-0 score line in favor of the young Americans.

Additional Notes :

  • The USA rested a few regular starters as goalkeeper Jane Campbell made her first start of the tournament for the USA, while Stephanie Amack, Laure Liedle, Midge Purce and McKenzie Meehan also were handed their first starts of the competition.
  • The USA is now 28-2-1 all-time in the CONCACAF U-19/U-20 Championship and holds a 13-game winning streak dating back to the opener of the 2010 CONCACAF Women’s U-20 Championship in Guatemala.
  • During that 13-game span, the USA has scored 58 goals and allowed three.
  • All 20 players on the roster have now seen action in the tournament with Campbell, midfielder Lauren Kaskie, Liedle and forward Mallory Weber getting their first run-outs against Guatemala.
  • Only center back Cari Roccaro has played all 270 minutes of the tournament so far.
  • Roccaro, who is in her second U-20 cycle, is the most-capped player at this level with 25 games played.
  • Ten U.S. players have shared the USA’s 19 goals scored in the tournament so far (which also includes an own goal from Costa Rica): Meehan (4), Horan (3), Jordan (3), Weber (2), Amack (1), Basinger (1), Green (1), Hill (1), Purce (1) and Sullivan (1).
  • Basinger, Bauer, Hill, Jordan, Kaskie and Weber were all looking for their first U-20 cap heading into the tournament. With Kaskie and Weber seeing the field against Guatemala, all six have now earned their first cap at this level.
  • Stephanie Amack’s goal was her first at the U-20 level.
  • Naughton is the oldest player on the roster as she will turn 20 in February.
  • Purce is the first player from Harvard to make a U.S. WNT qualifying roster. She was the Ivy League Player and Rookie of the Year. She led the Ivy League in shots and tied for the lead in goals with 11.
  • U.S. right back Sullivan wore the captain’s armband against Jamaica and regular U.S. captain Roccaro wore it against Costa Rica in the first match. Against Guatemala, Naughton became the third different player to captain the side in this tournament.
  • The 10-0 win was the fifth time the USA has scored double-digit goals in the U-19/U-20 qualifying tournament. It was the most lopsided victory since the team’s 11-1 win against Trinidad & Tobago on May 30, 2004, in the 2004 CONCACAF U-19 Qualifying Tournament; It was USA’s largest-ever win since the tournament moved from U-19s to U-20s in 2006.
  • Costa Rica follows the USA out of Group A after earning a hard-fought 1-1 draw that eliminated Jamaica in Monday’s early match.

-U.S. Under-20 Women’s National Team Match Report-

Match: U.S. U-20 Women’s National Team vs. Guatemala
Date: Jan. 13, 2014
Competition: CONCACAF Women’s U-20 Championship – Group A
Venue: Truman Bodden Sports Complex; George Town, Cayman Islands
Kickoff: 7:30 p.m. ET
Attendance: 1,479
Weather: 79 degrees, humid

Scoring Summary: 1 2 F
USA 4 6 10
GUA 0 0 0

USA – McKenzie Meehan (Rachel Hill) 8th minute
USA – Stephanie Amack (Morgan Andrews) 22
USA – Brittany Basinger (Rachel Hill) 31
USA – Savannah Jordan (penalty kick) 39
USA – Rachel Hill (penalty kick) 48
USA – Margaret Purce 54
USA – McKenzie Meehan (Mallory Weber) 57
USA – Mallory Weber (Rachel Hill) 61
USA – Mallory Weber (McKenzie Meehan) 67
USA – McKenzie Meehan (Rachel Hill) 74

Lineups:
USA:
18-Jane Campbell; 10-Laura Liedle, 3-Cari Roccaro, 20-Katie Naughton (capt.) (2-Maddie Bauer, 46), 4-Brittany Basinger (8-Lauren Kaskie, 61); 7-Morgan Andrews, 16-Stephanie Amack, 14-Rachel Hill; 15-Margaret Purce, 11-McKenzie Meehan, 13-Savannah Jordan (12-Mallory Weber, 46)
Subs Not Used: 1-Katelyn Rowland, 5-Summer Green, 9-Lindsey Horan, 10-Laura Liedle, 17-Rose Lavelle, 19-Andi Sullivan
Head Coach: Michelle French

GUA: 1-Yoselin Franco; 3-Darlin Sermeño, 2-Lisbeth Mazarigos, 5-Sara Fetzer (11-Leslie Rosales, 88), 6-Jeniffer Barrios, 7-Alida Argueta, 13-Barbara Ramirez (9-Mia Espino, 46), 19-Celeste Gatica, 14-Aisha Solorzano, 15-Lauren Markwith, 8-Yoselin Sanchez
Subs Not Used: 4-Megly Ordoñez, 10-Vivian Herrera, 12-Estefani Rosales, 16-Yuvitza Mayen, 17-Madelyn Ventura, 18-Gabriela Rodriguez, 20-Stephanie Rodriguez
Head Coach: Benjamin Monterroso

Stats Summary: USA / GUA
Shots: 29 / 0
Shots on Goal: 19 / 0
Saves: 0 / 9
Corner Kicks: 9 / 1
Fouls: 6 / 4
Offside: 5 / 0

Misconduct Summary:
USA – Savannah Jordan (caution) 17th minute

Officials:
Referee: Melissa Borjas (HON)
Assistant Referee 1: Mayte Chavez (MEX)
Assistant Referee 2: Wendy Fisher (CAY)
4th Official: Irazema Aguilar (CUB)

ussoccer.com Woman of the Match: Rachel Hill

French Names 20-Player U.S. Roster for 2014 CONCACAF Women's Under-20 Championship in the Cayman Islands

CHICAGO (Dec. 23, 2013) – U.S. Under-20 Women’s National Team head coach Michelle French has named the 20-player roster for the 2014 CONCACAF Women’s U-20 Championship, to be held from Jan. 9-19 in George Town, Cayman Islands.

The roster consists of 18 collegiate players, one professional and one player still in high school. The lone professional player is forward Lindsey Horan of French club Paris Saint-Germain, while midfielder Andi Sullivan from Bethesda SC is the youngest player on the roster, having just turned 18. Players born on or after January 1, 1994, are eligible for the 2014 U-20 Women’s World Cup.

“At every position, we feel these players are technically proficient and possess a great understanding of how we want to play in order to be successful as a team,” said French. "We have players with very unique qualities ranging from creative and effective finishers, to players who are threatening with their dynamic movement in the midfield, to players who are defensively strong and physical in one-on-one situations. Our overall athleticism will be another strength of this team.”

The 2014 CONCACAF Women's U-20 Championship features eight nations divided into two groups of four teams. The top two finishers in each group will qualify for the semifinals, with the winners of those games along with the winner of the third-place match earning berths to the 2014 FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup in Canada.

The USA opens Group A play on Thurs., Jan. 9, against Costa Rica, faces Jamaica on Sat., Jan. 11, and finishes the group against Guatemala on Mon., Jan. 13. The winner of Group A will meet the Group B runner-up, and vice versa, in the semifinal matches on Fri., Jan. 17, and the Championship and Third-Place Matches will take place on Jan. 19. All three of the USA's group games kick off at 7:30 p.m. ET and the tournament will be played entirely at the Truman Bodden Sports Complex.

“The process of narrowing the roster down to twenty players was extremely difficult,” said French, who saw 45 players in game action this year with the U-20s and many more during college matches this fall. “With such a short amount of time following the college season and before qualifying, it was crucial to find the right mix of players that complement each other's personalities on and off the field.”

Additional Notes:

  • Host Cayman Islands, Honduras, Trinidad & Tobago and Mexico are in Group B.
  • French, a member of the USA’s silver medal winning team at the 2000 Olympics in Australia, became head coach of this age group last February and will be coaching in her first qualifying tournament.
  • Eight players on the roster have played two years of college soccer, while 10 recently completed their freshman season.
  • Two players are from the 2013 NCAA Champion UCLA Bruins in goalkeeper Katelyn Rowland and midfielder Lauren Kaskie.
  • Four players are represented from Stanford University in Amack, goalkeeper Jane Campbell, former U-17 co-captain Maddie Bauer and outside back Laura Liedle.
  • Notre Dame has three players – Roccaro, former U-17 captain Morgan Andrews and defender Katie Naughton.
  • Penn State has two in defender Brittany Basinger and forward Mallory Webber. Naughton is the oldest player on the roster as she will turn 20 in February.
  • North Carolina, Virginia, Boston College, Florida, UConn, Harvard and Wisconsin have one player each on the roster.
  • While six players have yet to earn their first caps at the U-20 level, the roster is fairly experienced internationally with 10 players having represented the USA in a FIFA Women’s World Cup at the U-17 or U-20 level.
  • Three players on the roster – defenders Stephanie Amack, midfielder Cari Roccaro and striker Horan – were a part of the USA’s last qualifying team that won the 2012 CONCACAF U-20 Women’s Championship in Panama. Horan, the team’s leading scorer during the last cycle, missed the 2012 FIFA Women’s World Cup with a knee injury, but Amack and Roccaro were a part of the squad that won the tournament, defeating Germany 1-0 in the championship game played in Tokyo, Japan.
  • Roccaro, the current team captain who played center-back at the last U-20 World Cup, leads the way with 22 career U-20 caps, while Horan has scored 13 goals at the U-20 level in 17 matches.
  • The 5-foot-9 Horan is the only player on the roster to have earned caps with the full WNT, playing off the bench against China at the Algarve Cup in Portugal last March and against Brazil on Nov. 10 where she picked up her first assist at the senior level.
  • Horan has seven goals in 10 appearances so far this season for PSG and scored 17 goals in 20 games last year in the Feminine Division 1.
  • Eight players on the roster were key members of the U.S. team that played at the 2012 FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup in Azerbaijan where the Americans tied eventual champions France and runners-up Korea DPR in group play but became the first women’s team in FIFA history to earn five points and fail to advance to the knockout stage.
  • Forward Savannah Jordan scored 23 goals as a freshman for the Florida Gators while Makenzy Doniak knocked in 20 as a sophomore in helping lead UVA to an undefeated regular season and a berth in the Women’s College Cup Final Four.
  • Sophomore McKenzie Meehan also scored 20 times for Boston College.
  • Harvard freshman Margaret Purce led the Ivy League in shots and tied for the lead in goals with 11.

UNITED STATES UNDER-20 WOMEN’S NATIONAL TEAM ROSTER
2014 CONCACAF Women’s U-20 Championship
George Town, Cayman Islands

Jan. 9-19

Roster by Position:
GOALKEEPERS (2):
Jane Campbell (Stanford; Kennesaw, Ga.), Katelyn Rowland (UCLA; Vacaville, Calif.)
DEFENDERS (6): Stephanie Amack (Stanford; Pleasanton, Calif.), Brittany Basinger (Penn State; Purcellville, Va.), Maddie Bauer (Stanford; Newport Beach, Calif.), Lauren Kaskie (UCLA; Las Vegas, Nev.), Laura Liedle (Stanford; San Diego, Calif.), Katie Naughton (Notre Dame; Elk Grove Village, Ill.)
MIDFIELDERS (6):
Morgan Andrews (Notre Dame; Milford, N.H.), Rachel Hill (UConn; Rollinsford, N.H.), Rose Lavelle (Wisconsin; Cincinnati, Ohio), Cari Roccaro (Notre Dame; East Islip, N.Y.), Andi Sullivan (Bethesda SC; Lorton, Va.), Mallory Weber (Penn State; Novi, Mich.)
FORWARDS (6):
Makenzy Doniak (Virginia; Chino Hills, Calif.), Summer Green (North Carolina; Milford, Mich.), Lindsey Horan (Pairs Saint-Germain; Golden, Colo.), Savannah Jordan (Florida; Fayetteville, Ga.), McKenzie Meehan (Boston College; Scituate, R.I.), Margaret Purce (Harvard; Silver Spring, Md.)

Coaching Staff:
Head Coach: Michelle French Seattle, Wash.
Technical Director: April Heinrichs Clifton, Va.
Assistant Coach: Erica Walsh State College, Pa.
Goalkeeper Coach: Philip Wheddon Syracuse, N.Y.
Fitness Coach: Ryan Alexander Jonesborough, Tenn.

Voting Begins for 2012 Female and Young Female Athlete of the Year Awards

CHICAGO (Nov. 26, 2012) – U.S. Soccer has announced the opening of polls for the 2012 Female and Young Female Athlete of the Year awards. Fans can vote for finalists in each category on U.S. Soccer’s Facebook page throughout the week. The winners will be announced Monday, Dec. 3.

Vote Now on U.S. Soccer’s Official Page on Facebook
• Read ussoccer.com Bios Athlete of the Year Nominees: Female | Young Female

The list of Female Athlete of the Year finalists includes three previous winners: midfielder Carli Lloyd (2008), goalkeeper Hope Solo (2009) and Abby Wambach (2003, 2004, 2007, 2010 and 2011). The past winners are joined by first-time nominees midfielder Megan Rapinoe and forward Alex Morgan.

Goalkeeper Jane Campbell, midfielder Vanessa DiBernardo, defender Crystal Dunn, defender Julie Johnston and forward Kealia Ohai all earn their first nominations for Young Female Athlete of the Year. Nominees must be age eligible for any of the Youth National Teams and can only win the award once in their career.

The U.S. Soccer Athlete of the Year awards are the oldest and most prestigious awards of their kind, dating back to 1984 for the men and 1985 for the women, while the Young Male and Young Female awards were added in 1998. This was the first year U.S. Soccer named a Disabled Athlete of the Year.

Earlier this month Clint Dempsey was named 2012 Male Athlete of the Year and Rubio Rubin named Young Male Athlete of the Year. Felicia Schroeder earned the 2012 Disabled Athlete of the Year award.

Online votes for the Athlete of the Year awards are equivalent to 50 percent of the total votes. As in years past, the other 50 percent will be represented by votes compiled from members of the national media and U.S. Soccer representatives (from National Team coaches to the National Board of Directors).

U.S. Soccer Female Athlete of the Year Finalists
Carli Lloyd, Midfielder
Alex Morgan, Forward
Megan Rapinoe, Midfielder
Hope Solo, Goalkeeper
Abby Wambach, Forward

U.S. Soccer Young Female Athlete of the Year Finalists
Jane Campbell, Goalkeeper
Vanessa DiBernardo, Midfielder
Crystal Dunn, Defender
Julie Johnston, Defender
Kealia Ohai, Forward

U-17 WNT vs. Korea DPR: Post-Game Quote Sheet

U.S. U-17 WNT vs. Korea DPR
2012 FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup – Group B
Bayil Stadium; Baku, Azerbaijan
Sept. 29, 2012


U.S. head coach ALBERTIN MONTOYA
On the match:
“I thought it was a well-played game from both sides. It was probably our best game in the tournament so far, but that’s football. We played with a lot of heart and passion. We went forward and created chances and so did North Korea. I think a 1-1 game was the score it probably should have been. Our team executed and I’m very proud of the way they played. It’s unfortunate to get five points in the group stage and you don’t go through, but this was the Group of Death and we didn’t come out on top. But credit to our team for playing the way they did today.”

On defending a talented North Korea team:

“Those are special players and it’s difficult to defend them for 90 minutes, but I thought our players did a great job for the most part. We limited their chances inside the 18-year box, especially in the second half. Several of their chances came from outside the box and we felt comfortable with them hitting shots from outside as we have one of the top goalkeepers in the world.”

On executing the game plan vs. North Korea:
“They have a very dangerous team. Their four in the midfield can get forward, especially the outside mids, but overall our team did very well with their assignments today and we held an excellent team to just that very good opportunity that they put away. I think we limited their chances in the second half even more so than we did in the first half. I think we did a great job with the game plan, we just didn’t put the ball away when we had our opportunities.”

On if this experience will help his players moving forward:
“I definitely think this will help their game in the future. You learn a lot from an event like this. You can’t take games for granted. Early in the tournament we didn’t play our best football, but going into their next World Cup – and I think that some of these players will have the opportunity to play in the U-20s and maybe one day the senior team – that right from start you have to go out there and get the points that you need. They care about this game and they wanted to make a difference, and when you have experiences like this that really touches your heart and hurts, they will remember this. They will never want to go through an experience like this again, so it makes them fight a bit more next time and that could be the difference between a 1-1 game and a 2-1 game.”

On if he ever thought the team would not advance out of the group:
“Did we expect for this to happen? No. Coming into the World Cup, our mentality was to win a world championship. The USA has never won a world championship in this age group and we wanted to be the first to do so. We played France, another excellent team, in the first game and we didn’t necessarily play our best game, but we got a point out of it. We got three points in our second game and today against Korea we played one of the best teams in the tournament strong and the game could have gone either way…So obviously the players are disappointed because we all know deep in our hearts that we could have done something special, but this is the reality and now we move forward and they’ve got a bright futures ahead of them.”

On if the team felt the pressure after the USA won Olympic and U-20 Women’s World Cup titles:
“I don’t think they were feeling the pressure. It’s not something that they were thinking about and we never spoke about it at all. As a coaching staff, our goal was to come in and play the best football that we could and take it one game at a time. If they felt pressure, they didn’t show it and we got better as the games went on. The reality is that there was a little pressure on us as coaching staff, but I think we did a good job in relaxing our girls and coming out here and playing our best.”

On if he changed tactics when he found out that the USA needed to win to advance:
“It was toward the later stages of our game (that France got the goals it needed) and we let the players know. We also switched our triangle in the midfield because we started with two holding and we went with two attacking, trying to throw a few numbers up. At the same time, you have to be a little careful because Korea is a very dangerous and we didn’t want to get caught in the counter, but we did send some more numbers forward knowing that we needed a goal. The players did their best, but their legs were a little heavy as the game went on. Both teams were exhausted at the end of the game and put everything they had into it. We changed our tactics to try to get a goal, but unfortunately it didn’t happen.”

On if it’s fair that goal difference is the first tie-breaker:
“In the history of the World Cups, it’s always been goal difference and it rewards teams that go forward and score goals and that’s something that’s good for the game. France was able to do that and score 10 goals and it’s fair. I’d like to see teams being attack-minded and taking their chances going forward. It makes it a more entertaining game for the fans. Perhaps today, I don’t think (goal difference should be used), but overall it should be.”

On if North Korea or France can win this tournament:
“This is a very talented age group for this World Cup. Yes, one of those two teams can win it. No disrespect to any teams, you have some great teams in this tournament, but North Korea and France do have a very good shot at winning the championship.”

On the year and a half journey with this team:
“The journey has been amazing. It’s a wonderful group of girls. I told them after the game that I was so proud to be a part of it. I’ve learned a lot from them and they deserved a much more than going out in the first round. This has been a special team from the start and we played some good football against a quality side, against a team that could possibly win the championship. Our girls executed the game plan and we were unfortunate not to score another goal and that’s the difference.”

On lessons learned:
“Some of the lessons learned will serve them very well moving forward because all of these players have bright futures ahead of them with national teams and college teams. In the World Cup, you have to get your points right from the start. The team improved as the tournament went on and today they showed what they were capable of and that makes me very proud. It really is a delightful group, it’s a family, and I feel bad for them because they deserved better.”

U.S. midfielder and captain MORGAN ANDREWS
On what she said to the team in the locker room after the game:
“We cried a lot and then I stood up and I just told them that I loved them and I was proud of them. I said that I’ve got 20 new sisters and I’ll never forget them and we’ll never forget each other and we’ll always be family. We’ll always be there for each other for the rest of our lives. We’ve affected each other in such a way that we will never forget our journey. This is not the end for these players. We’ll keep carrying on.”

On the whole team pushing for the winning goal:
“We never gave up. We had confidence that we could score right up until the final whistle. We weren’t going to quit. We never let each other down. I feel that every single person, whether they were on the bench, whether they came in or whether they started, they were doing everything they could for the team.”

On if the team felt pressure to win after the Olympic gold medal and the U-20 Women’s World Cup title:
“We didn’t feel any pressure because we know we have our support systems at home. We have our families, our friends and each other. It was about working for those people and ourselves and focusing on what is in inside bubble of this team. We did our best.”

On if North Korea or France could win the tournament:
“They are great teams. It was an honor to play two great sides and I think they both can go far in the tournament.”

On lessons learned:
“We know that we have to win every single game if you want to definitely move on. It’s a lesson learned and hopefully we’ll all get a chance to make difference in the next World Cup.”

On the journey for these players together:
“We started out together at U-14 camp and we’ve stayed together the whole time. That last year has been such a journey, but it all came so quick. We grew closer as friends and a family and I’m proud of every single one of our teammates. We’ll always be teammates.”

U.S. goalkeeper JANE CAMPBELL
On the match:
“We definitely scored early in the first half and that was big-time for us. That was our goal going into the game, but they responded really quickly and got a goal right back. We had a game plan to get the ball forward to Darian (Jenkins) and Summer (Green) and I think we executed that very well. We hit the crossbar in the last five minutes and I definitely think we had our chances, but we tied and that happens.”

On the effort the team showed in the tournament:
“It was an incredible effort. We all played with heart. Even though we didn’t get the result, we are all proud of each other. Like coach said, we don’t want to leave with any regrets and I think we are leaving with no regrets. Even though we didn’t win, we played some really god soccer today and we’re happy with that.”

On not losing and still going home:
“We were undefeated in this tournament and didn’t go through. We got five points and still didn’t go through, but that’s just the way it is. We definitely wanted it, we played with a lot of heart in this last game, but one minute of any game can make a difference, and I think that’s what we need to take away. One play can make a difference between going through and not going through.”

On the journey with this group of players:
“This group of girls is the closest team you could possibly imagine. We’ve been through everything together, the ups and the downs. We’ve definitely there for each other and this is one stepping stone in our journey together. We’ll see each other soon and at club events and we can’t wait to get this journey moving again.”

Post-Match Quote Sheet: U.S. U-17 WNT vs. Mexico

Post-Match Quote Sheet
U.S. U-17 WNT 3, Mexico 0
2012 CONCACAF U-17 Women's Championship
May 7, 2012

U.S. head coach ALBERTIN MONTOYA

On the match…
“The mentality was excellent. This is a game we were prepared for and we were looking forward to playing, but Mexico is an excellent team and they showed why they are such a strong opponent. They made it very difficult for us, but fortunately for the U.S. right now we have a forward that is very dangerous and on a hot streak in Summer Green. She put three away in the first half and that made the difference in the game. In the second half, we were able to slow the game down and hopefully save our legs a little bit.”

On the versatility of the U.S. attack…
“We are a very dangerous with all our forwards, our midfield, and even our backs getting forward. When we are on, we are a very difficult team to defend, but on any given day anything can happen so we need to stick to our game plan and go out there and execute. We’ve got a good shot at winning every game.”

On the U.S. team’s defending against Mexico…
“It’s something we’ve been stressing for the last five months - that pride in defending as a team and limiting the other team’s chances. I think we’ve done that very well for the last few months. We’ve had great preparation coming into this tournament and like I’ve said from the beginning, it’s a team effort. Our forwards are defending, our midfielders and our backs and Jane (Campbell) is as solid a ‘keeper as anyone in the world.”

On being up 3-0 at halftime…
“It’s great. When you are playing a team that is as quality as Mexico and you’re up 3-0, it helps going into the locker room. Then it’s about just fine-tuning a few things and making sure we stay sharp in the second half and limit their chances, which we did, although I think we could have done a little bit better job keeping the ball so we didn’t have to run as much, but there’s always something to work on.”

U.S. goalkeeper JANE CAMPBELL
On the match…
“I thought the game was very intense and competitive and I thought we did very well. Mexico had an outstanding game and we had a lot of nerves coming into it. It was definitely a tough game for us, but our defense was solid like always. We didn’t let in any goals, which is always a good thing. The defense really stepped it up and showed how strong they are in the back no matter what kind of opponent we have.”

On having a 3-0 lead at halftime…
“It’s was definitely nice and comfortable. I didn’t even think about being 3-0 until the second half. We just kept our composure and stayed relaxed in the second half because in the first half we were a little antsy and losing the ball at times when we didn’t need to. So in the second half, we just wanted to calm down, make sure we of course kept the lead and had zero goals against.”

U.S. forward SUMMER GREEN
On the match…
“I think both teams came out prepared and ready. We didn’t stop until the final whistle blew and that was a lot of fun. Both teams really gave it their all. They kept coming at us. It wasn’t like we scored three goals and we’re done. They kept coming at us and we still had to play our game, and I think we played well, especially our defense. They really took care of it back there.”

On winning the group…
“It means a lot because we have prepared so much for this as a team, on and off the field. We are like a family. Any team that comes our way we are ready to take on and I think that’s the most important part. Just coming together as a team, knowing our strengths and our weaknesses and getting a win just feels great.”

U.S. defender MANDY FREEMAN
On winning the group…
“That was one of our main goals, being first and coming out of our bracket. We accomplished that, but now we have more goals to check off.”

On Summer Green scoring three times…
“If feels great, as a defender, to see the ball get worked around and get a goal out of it. It makes our job much easier. We work so hard to get (the forwards) the ball and then it’s awesome to see them do something great with it.”

On winning the group…
“We’re very proud. They are a great team, very technically sound, and to come out with a win is a great accomplishment. They were moving the ball and we had to adjust our movement off the ball a bit but in the end we came out with three goals and first in our bracket.”

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-17 Women’s World Cup … Started and played every minute of all five games during qualifying in Guatemala and did not allow a goal … One of three players to play every minute of qualifying … Got an assist during the tournament on a goal by Andi Sullivan off a booming punt against T&T … The USA’s most-capped goalkeeper with 13 international matches played heading into the Women’s World Cup … Is undefeated in her U-17 career at 9-0-3 … First played with the U.S. U-17s at the age of 15 … Played with the U-15 GNT in 2010 and attended the U.S. Soccer U-14 I.D. Camp in 2009 … Attended U.S. Under-23 Women’s National Team Training camp in October of 2011 as a 16-year-old.

Personal: Full name is Carolyn Jane Campbell … Goes by Jane … Doesn’t mine being called Jane-ifer … She is named after her maternal grandmother … Was on the Headmaster’s List in 2010 … A member of the National Honor Society in 2012 … Played tennis as a freshman and basketball as a freshman and a junior … Enjoys painting … She hates being bored … She did ballet and jazz dance for eight years until she had to choose between dance and soccer around age 11 … Both of her parents are former Navy fighter pilots … Both parents were collegiate athletes, her mom Chrystal rowed crew at the Naval Academy and her dad Mike played hockey and rode crew at Wesleyan University in Massachusetts  … Three words that describe her off the field are “happy, funny and adventurous” … Three words that describe her on the field are “competitive, bossy and loud” … Favorite class is math … Her dream job would be a pro soccer player … Her favorite food is a medium rare steak … Her favorite snack is Goldfish … Favorite soccer players are Hope Solo and Lionel Messi … Best part of being a soccer player are “the friendships you make on every team” … Has two dogs: Ollie, who is a beagle, and Annie, who is a golden retriever mix … Favorite superhero is Mr. Incredible … Favorite cereal is Frosted Flakes … Favorite dessert is “chocolate anything.”

College / High School: Has verbally committed to attend Stanford University in the fall of 2013 … Attends Darlington School, a boarding school in Rome, Ga. … An NSCAA All-American in 2011.

Club: Played U-16 to present with the Concorde Fire South, where she currently plays with U.S. teammate Toni Payne … From U-12 to U-15 she played with the North Atlanta Soccer Association (NASA) … For U-10 and U-11 she played with the Silver Backs … Won the U-16 state champions with the Fire … Won a U-14 state title with NASA.

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