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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)

Post-Game Quote Sheet U.S. U-20 WNT vs. China

U.S. U-20 WNT vs. China
2012 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup – Group D
Hiroshima Big Arch Stadium; Hiroshima, Japan
Aug. 23, 2012

U.S. head coach STEVE SWANSON
On the match:
“It was a better performance than our first game in terms of our possession and ball movement. Obviously it was tough to give up that goal early, but I thought our team responded very well and we played some good soccer. During the last 20 minutes I thought we got a bit impatient, but China was organized and defended very well and we knew it was going to be that kind of game. It was a good education for our players. It was not the result we wanted, but the positives are that while we didn’t create as many chances as we wanted, it was a better performance for us, and now we have to turn our thoughts to the next game.”

On facing Germany in the Group D finale:
“They are very good. We played them once in Spain earlier in the year and we have a lot of respect for them. They have good players at every position, are well organized, well coached and it should be another great test for us. This is what we expected from this group.”

On if Germany already being through to the quarterfinals is an advantage for the USA:
“We’re concentrating on winning the game. I don’t know if it’s advantage. I am not looking at it from their point of view, we’re approaching the game from our point of view and we’ll look at what we can do to get a result. I think the group is still up for grabs, this made it a bit tighter, but we are focusing on ourselves and getting ourselves ready for this next game.”

On the final 20 minutes:
“We started to go for things that weren’t there. We kind of played into their tactics a little bit. The space was in front of them, and we had to move it quickly to try to get around them on the flanks and kind of lost our patience. They are pretty good with the ball so once we lost it a few times we had to chase to get it back. We just needed to be a little more patient, be a little sharper and keep our rhythm a little more.”

On the match and looking forward to the final group game:
“China was organized, give them credit, but I thought there were a lot of good things in the game and the group is still out there. We have to respond and this team has responded in the past.”

U.S. forward MAYA HAYES
On improving from the first game:
“Especially after their goal, we picked it up tremendously, especially in our possession. It’s not the result we wanted, but we have to be happy with the way that we played even though we didn’t finish the chances that we possibly could have, but from the Ghana game to the China game we definitely improved.”

On taking over the game after the China goal:
“Our movement, especially right after their goal, got a lot better off the ball. The forwards were checking back to the midfielders and laying balls off and getting them caught in transition and not letting them get their shape. That’s what we improved and had success and we could have got another goal.”

On looking forward to the final group game:
“Our goal is to get better. Right now we are doing anything we can. We are controlling the controllables, as (team captain) Julie Johnston said after the game. Right now, it’s regen and its preparation and as soon as we step on the field against Germany, giving everything we have at that very moment and taking it one game at a time. “

U.S. midfielder MORGAN BRIAN
On the match:
“We possessed the ball a lot better than we did in the first game and we are headed in the right direction, we just couldn’t finish. We kept the ball really well, we switched the point of attack and used the flanks. Our goal came from the flanks, but we needed more of that.”

On the World Cup experience:
“The World Cup is definitely a learning process. There’s up and downs in every game and in the whole tournament. We just want to move forward and play our best.”

U.S. defender MOLLIE PATHMAN
On the match:
“I think China played a good game and they had a good goal, but I am really proud of how we came back, got the goal and we were unlucky not to get another one. But that’s how soccer is and we are looking forward now to Germany.”

On coming back from a goal down to tie:
“To go down a goal gives us some encouragement moving forward seeing that we can come back and we can deal with the adversity. We haven’t been down in a while.”

U.S. defender CRYSTAL DUNN
On the match:
“We kept the ball, and China definitely made it hard for us. Getting around them was a little bit difficult and I think that’s where we struggled. But possession-wise, we have the ball the most of the time.”

On looking forward to the Germany game:
“Honestly, we are in great spirits right now. I would say, yeah, we didn’t get the result we wanted, but a tie is definitely better than a loss and we have to move forward with the next game. We can still control this so we have to focus and go after it.”

U.S. U-20 Women's National Team Draws with China PR 1-1 in Group D of 2012 FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup

  • Maya Hayes Scores Fourth Goal of Tournament, 16th International Tally
  • U.S. Looks to Clinch Quarterfinal Berth with Win or Draw Against Germany on Aug. 27 in Final Group D Match
  • USA Travels to Miyagi for Group Finale Against Fellow Two-Time Champion Germany Live on ESPN2 and ESPN3 at 2:50 a.m. ET

HIROSHIMA, Japan (Aug. 23, 2012) - The U.S. Under-20 Women's National Team dominated China PR in almost all aspects during their Group D match of the 2012 FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup but only came away with one point in a 1-1 draw on Thursday at Hiroshima Big Arch Stadium.

The USA inched a bit closer to a quarterfinal berth with the draw and now sits in second place in Group D with four points. Germany defeated Ghana 1-0 in the first match of the evening to take the lead in the group with six points and clinch a quarterfinal berth. China (1 point) sits in third place while Ghana was eliminated after losing their second straight match.

The USA can advance to the quarterfinals with a win or a draw against Germany in their final Group D match on Monday, Aug. 27, at Miyagi Stadium in Rifu, Japan. The match, which features the event's only two-time champions in the USA (2002 U-19 and 2008 U-20 titles) and Germany (2004 U-19 and 2010 U-20 crowns), will be broadcast live on ESPN2 and ESPN3 starting at 2:50 a.m. ET. Fans can also follow the match on ussoccer.com's MatchTracker and on Twitter @ussoccer_ynt.

China PR didn't threaten the U.S. goal for the first 18 minutes of the match, but Shen Lili buried the team's first opportunity to take an early 1-0 lead. Lili received a cross from Han Jiayuan and buried her 19th-minute strike into the upper left corner past a helpless Bryane Heaberlin.

The U.S., which outshot China 17-3, created several chances from the left side and finally equalized in the 36th minute when Kealia Ohai got past her defender and from the end line dished to Hayes, who put a right-footed touch on the ball past China PR goalkeeper Shen Li. The goal was Hayes' fourth of the tournament and her 16th international tally.

The USA nearly found the go-ahead goal in the 52nd minute off of Vanessa DiBernardo's corner kick, but U.S. captain Julie Johnston's shot hit the right post and China defender Liu Shanshan cleared the ball near the goal line.

Additional Notes:

  • The U.S. U-20 WNT moves to 14-1-1 in international play in 2012.
  • U.S. head coach Steve Swanson made a couple of starting lineup changes from the team's opening 4-0 win against Ghana on Monday. Forward Kelly Cobb made her debut in the U-20 World Cup and Cari Roccaro got the start in the back.
  • Becca Wann made her U-20 World Cup debut, coming in for Maya Hayes in the 86th minute.
  • Unlike the USA's first match against Ghana, which kicked off in the afternoon locally, Thursday's match started at 7 p.m. local. That provided a cooler environment for the U.S. and China, though temperatures were still in the mid-80s.
  • China PR goalkeeper Shen Li made a game-high seven saves and USA goalkeeper Bryane Heaberlin had one save.
  • The U.S. has allowed only four goals this year in 15 international matches.
  • Heading into Thursday's match, China PR represented the only team that the U.S. failed to score against in a FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup. In the 2006 semifinals, China prevailed in penalties after the two sides played to a scoreless draw through regulation and overtime. In 2008, China PR won its group match against the USA 2-0.
  • In Thursday's other Group D match, Lina Magull scored the game-winner in second-half stoppage time to lead Germany to a quarterfinal berth past Ghana.

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

Match: United States U-20 Women's National Team vs. China
Date: Aug. 23, 2012
Competition: 2012 FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup; Group D
Venue: Hiroshima Big Arch Stadium; Hiroshima, Japan
Kickoff: 6 a.m. ET (7 p.m. local)
Attendance: 3,559
Weather: 84 degrees, hot and humid

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

CHN - Shen Lili (Han Jiayuan) 19th minute
USA - Maya Hayes (Kealia Ohai) 36

Lineups:
USA: 1-Bryane Heaberlin; 4-Crystal Dunn, 8-Julie Johnston (capt.), 3-Cari Roccaro, 2-Mollie Pathman; 16-Sarah Killion, 10-Vanessa DiBernardo, 6-Morgan Brian; 7-Kealia Ohai (12-Katie Stengel, 65), 5-Maya Hayes (11-Becca Wann, 86), 20-Kelly Cobb (9-Chioma Ubogagu, 46)
Subs not used: 13-Samantha Mewis, 14-Mandy Laddish, 15-Kassey Kallman, 17-Taylor Schram, 18-Abby Smith, 19-Stephanie Amack, 21-Jami Kranich
Head Coach: Steve Swanson

CHN: 1-Shen Li; 2-Wu Haiyan, 4-Luo Guiping, 5-Liu Shanshan, 6-Huang Yini, 17-Lin Yuping, 7-Zhang Xin (16-Zhao Xindi, 55), 10-Song Sicheng (capt.), 13-Han Jiayuan (9-Li Ying, 82), 8-Zhang Jieli, 20-Shen Lili
Subs not used: 3-Wang Yingying, 11-Yao Shuangyan, 12-Cai Wenfei, 14-Su Xin, 15-Wang Tingting, 17-Lin Yuping, 18-Wang Shuang, 19-Mu Yunrui, 21-Xia Tingting
Head Coach: Yin Tiesheng

Stats Summary: USA / CHN
Shots: 17 / 3
Shots on Goal: 8 / 2
Saves: 1 / 7
Corner Kicks: 10 / 1
Fouls: 1 / 12
Offside: 4 / 4

Misconduct Summary:
CHN - Lin Yuping (caution) 48th minute
CHN - Song Sicheng (caution) 69
CHN - Wu Haiyan (caution) 90+1

Officials:
Referee: Pernilla Larsson (SWE)
Assistant Referee 1: Sanja Rodak (CRO)
Assistant Referee 2: Maria Sukenikova (SVK)
Fourth Official: Dianne Ferreira-James (GUY)

ussoccer.com Woman of the Match: Julie Johnston

Post-Game Quote Sheet U.S. U-20 WNT vs. Ghana

U.S. U-20 WNT vs. Ghana
2012 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup – Group D
Hiroshima Big Arch Stadium; Hiroshima, Japan
Aug. 20, 2012


U.S. head coach STEVE SWANSON
On the match:
“Obviously we are very pleased with the result against a very good Ghana team. They are very quick, agile, very athletic and to come away with the result we had tonight is what you hope for and you don’t necessarily always get in a tournament like this.”

On the match:
“Certainly we were a bit nervous, but that was a good team we beat 4-0 and it didn’t seem like a 4-0 game at the end of the day. We did some good things, but we certainly could be sharper. I think you have to credit Ghana’s athleticism and their organization defensively. It was tough at times. We had to move the ball very, very quickly and they did a good job of pressuring us. We scored some good goals and there were some bits and pieces where we did some really good things, combined well, got behind them and got some chances. But we know we can get better. I think we’ll learn more each game.”

On Maya Hayes scoring a hat trick:

“I couldn’t be happier for Maya. She’s worked very hard and she’s shown what kind of explosiveness she has. We have a lot of forwards that are explosive, but certainly Maya is as explosive as they get. I think she did a really good job of setting up her runs and she finished some really good goals. She’s been playing consistently for the last three months and that’s exciting for us.”

On Japan staging the Women’s World Cup about six months after the tournament was moved from original host Uzbekistan:
“It’s been absolutely first-class from our perspective. Ever since we’ve arrived in Hiroshima, the accommodations, the people and the local organizing committee have been tremendous to us. It doesn’t seem like six months is enough time, but it seems like they’ve been planning for two years the way the tournament has been staged so far.”

On getting off to a good start in the tournament:
“You need to get off to a good start in a tournament like this and we got the result we wanted tonight. For us, it’s trying to see if we can get a little more consistent over the course of 90 minutes. Certainly with our possession, we need to be a little sharper and little better with our decisions. But overall, to come in and get this result against a very good Ghana team is exciting for us and gives us some momentum now.

U.S. forward MAYA HAYES
On winning the first game of the tournament:
“It’s always exciting to come here and play in a World Cup in this atmosphere. We are happy to finally get this tournament started and to come away with three goals is awesome, but I couldn’t do it without my teammates. Just being able to play as a team and play our game in a big game like this is what we take away from this match.”

On playing in the intense heat:
“I think we were prepared really well for it. We’ve had a few training camps in humidity and hot weather. Obviously to actually be here and play in it takes a little getting used to, but for the most part we’ve adjusted well and have been undertaking the strategies that have been given to us to cope with the heat.”

On scoring three goals:
“I think my team brings the best out of me. As a team, we want to work the ball around and play the fastest possession we can play and I think that works to my advantage.”

On getting the nerves out in the first game:
“We can get better from here. In the first game, we got the nerves out, and that’s the best thing, and we are looking forward to better performances in the next games.”

On gaining confidence from the win:
“Our confidence is growing. Obviously being the first game, you go in a little shaky, but as a young team building confidence this is the best we could do and we are in a good spot and we’re looking forward to China.”

On which of her three goals she like the best:
“The favorite of the three? I would probably say…the first one because I don’t usually score with my head. And it was a great buildup how we won it from Ghana and went on the counter.”

U.S. goalkeeper BRYANE HEABERLIN
On the match and the back line:
“Ghana was an awesome team. They were fast, good on the ball, good in the air and our defense did a good job keeping them in front of us and not allowing them to win a lot of balls up top. Julie (Johnston) and Kassey (Kallman) did an amazing job and Molly (Pathman) and Crystal (Dunn) kept them outside and it was awesome.”

U.S. defender JULIE JOHNSTON
On the match:
“This game gave us some great experience and it gave us a great foundation in this tournament, but we still have a lot to learn. Ghana was a great team, they were fast and aggressive and we weren’t quite ready for it at the beginning of the game. But we settled down a little bit which was huge for our team and got that first goal, which relaxed us a little bit.”

U.S. midfielder SAMANTHA MEWIS
On coming off the bench and getting two assists:
“Coming in off the bench, Steve just told me to make sure everyone was keeping it and moving the ball as quickly as they could, playing one- and two-touch and to stop dribbling so much because we were getting caught up in tight situations. I communicated that to the team when I came on and Maya had some great finishes and I think we finished the game stronger than we started, so I was happy to get on the field.”

On getting the ball to Maya Hayes:
“It’s definitely a good thing to get the ball to Maya Hayes. She was on this game and I think it will be a great tournament for her. She’s got a lot of experience and I feel lucky to have her on my team.”

On what the team learned from the match:
“It proves even if we are struggling a little bit, we can figure it out. I think getting this first game under our belt for a lot of the players will get them some confidence and experience and help us the rest of the tournament.”

U-20 WNT Crowned CONCACAF Champs with 2-1 Victory Against Canada

  • Chioma Ubogagu Completes Late U.S. Rally with Game-Winning Goal in 89th Minute
  • USA’s Maya Hayes Scores Equalizer in 79th Minute, Her Team-Leading Fifth Goal of the Tournament
  • U.S. Now Looks to 2012 U-20 FIFA Women’s World Cup to be Held in Japan From Aug. 19 to Sept. 8

PANAMA CITY, Panama (March 11, 2012) – With a spot already locked up for the 2012 Under-20 FIFA Women’s World Cup later this year, the U.S. U-20 Women’s National Team finished off the tournament with a dramatic 2-1 come-from-behind victory against Canada in the title game of the CONCACAF U-20 Women’s Championship. It was the USA’s second consecutive regional tournament title at this age level.

The USA scored two goals in the final 12 minutes of the match, capped off by Chioma Ubogagu’s 89th-minute game-winning tally to catapult the U.S. past a gritty Canadian defense that had bent but not broken for the majority of the match.

“Credit Canada, they’re a tough team to break down and I thought they played very hard," said U.S. U-20 Women's National Team head coach Steve Swanson. "But full marks to our players. They really came back and showed a lot of determination and heart and hung in there. I was happy to see us win it before overtime. We had the momentum at that point when we scored the equalizer and it was just nice to see it carry through. It was a good tournament for us. We learned a lot and were tested, and are looking forward to the next phase which is getting ready for the World Cup.”

The U.S. team will begin its preparations for the FIFA Under-20 Women’s World Cup to be held in Japan from Aug. 19 to Sept. 8.

Earlier on Sunday, Mexico claimed the final CONCACAF berth to Japan by defeating host Panama 5-0 in the third-place game. It marks the fourth time that the USA, Canada and Mexico will represent the CONCACAF in the same U-20 Women’s World Cup.

After allowing a goal against the run of play in just the fifth minute, the U.S. dominated the match in almost every way, maintaining the majority of possession while piling up a 28-7 shot margin for the match and a 14-2 edge in corner kicks. While the USA sent wave after wave of attacks at the Canadian net, for the most part pinning the Maple Leafs inside their own half for long stretches, the combination of organized defending from the Canadians and untidy finishing from the Americans kept the U.S. behind until the 79th minute.

Substitute Kealia Ohai, who came into the match in the 76th minute, was the catalyst for both goals. The USA finally broke through in the 79th minute as Ohai sprinted down the right side and crossed the ball into the center of the penalty area. Maya Hayes won the ball in the midst of several Canadian defenders, took a short touch away from the goal and then shot through three players from eight yards out. Canadian goalkeeper Sabrina D’Angelo was perhaps screened but could do nothing as her dive to her right was too late to stop the shot from skidding just inside the left post.

The goal touched off a wild celebration among the U.S. players, who had been pushing hard for a goal the entire match. It was Hayes’ team-leading fifth goal of the tournament.

With Canada clearly rattled, the USA went hard for the game-winner. Once again it was the speed of Ohai that created room to cross, this time from the left. The cross hit off a Canadian defender and Ubogagu did well to battle for the loose ball, sliding to scoop the ball into the net with her left foot while falling to the ground. Her shot stuck just the inside of the right post for a 2-1 lead and ultimately the championship.

The U.S. found itself in unfamiliar territory in the early going as Canada’s Jenna Richardson pounced on an errant pass from U.S. defender Crystal Dunn and did well to sprint into the right side of the penalty box before slotting her shot into the lower left side of the goal past diving U.S. goalkeeper Bryane Heaberlin for the 1-0 lead.

It marked the first goal allowed by the U.S. during the tournament after shutting out its first four opponents by a 22-0 margin. The USA had also allowed only two shots on goal during those first four matches.

The USA peppered Canada’s goal the rest of the way, but D’Angelo was solid, making nine saves as her back line came through with some key clearances from the multitude of attacks and set pieces.

Dunn, who had an excellent match at right back, worked to redeem herself on the offensive end in the 27th minute, cranking a well-struck, left-footed attempt from just above the top of the penalty area, but her strike flew just inches over the crossbar.

There was a brief moment of anxiety for the U.S. defense in the 33rd minute when Canada’s Christabel Oduro got free behind the defense and had the chance to lift her long-distance shot over Heaberlin. Fortunately for the Americans, she shot well wide left of the goal frame.

The USA had a couple of strong buildups to start the second half. In the 48th minute, Morgan Brian ran onto a Dunn cross from the right side but her bullet header went directly to D’Angelo. In the 50th minute, Hayes dropped the ball back to Brian, who shot from above the box but missed the frame.

The quality of the USA’s attack improved as the second half progressed. In the 59th minute, Lindsey Horan’s right-footed shot was driven toward the near left post, but D’Angelo dove to her right to make the save. Then a minute later, Ubogagu took a long-range shot that once again went directly to D’Angelo.

Several other key buildups for the U.S. included Horan’s header that just went over the bar in the 72nd minute and an attempt from Brian, who whiffed on a right-footed attempt in the 75th minute, but was able to create a shot with her left that just missed the upper left corner.

Heaberlin made three saves in net for the U.S., all coming in the second half. 

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

Match: United States U-20 Women’s National Team vs. Canada
Date: March 11, 2012
Competition: 2012 CONCACAF U-20 Women’s Championship; Final
Venue: Estadio Rommel Fernandez; Panama City, Panama
Kickoff: 9 p.m. ET (8 p.m. local)
Attendance: TBA
Weather: 79 degrees, mostly sunny

Scoring Summary:      1          2          F
USA                             0          2          2
CAN                            1          0          1

CAN – Jenna Richardson                    5th minute
USA – Maya Hayes (Kealia Ohai)         79
USA – Chioma Ubogagu (Kealia Ohai)  89

Lineups:
USA: 1-Bryane Heaberlin; 4-Crystal Dunn, 17-Olivia Brannon, 5-Kassey Kallman, 2-Mollie Pathman (capt.) (7-Kealia Ohai, 76), 12-Vanessa DiBernardo (10-Mandy Laddish, 68), 6-Morgan Brian, 15-Samantha Mewis; 20-Maya Hayes, 14-Katie Stengel (9-Chioma Ubogagu, 46), 11-Lindsey Horan
Subs not used: 8-Julie Johnston, 16-Sarah Killion, 18-Abby Smith, 19-Stephanie Amack
Head Coach: Steve Swanson

CAN: 1-Sabrina D’Angelo; 2-Kylie Davis, 3-Nicole Hill (15-Vanessa Legault-Cordisco, 46); 4-Rachel Melhado, 5-Shelina Zadorsky (capt.), 6-Jaclyn Sawicki (21-Christine Exeter, 81), 7-Constance De Chantal, 8-Danica Wu, 10-Christabel Oduro, 11-Jenna Richardson, 17-Nkem Ezurike (9-Catherine Charron-Delage, 71)
Subs not used: 12-Nicole Setterlund, 18-Dayle Colpitts, 19-Olivia Colosimo, 20-Lauren Granberg
Head Coach: Andrew Olivieri

Stats Summary: USA / CAN
Shots: 28 / 7
Shots on Goal: 11 / 4
Saves: 3 / 9
Corner Kicks: 14 / 2
Fouls: 2 / 6
Offside: 0 / 1

Misconduct Summary:
None

Officials:
Referee: Quetzali Alvarado (MEX)
Assistant Referee 1: Lixy Enriquez (MEX)
Assistant Referee 2: Shirley Perello (HON)
Fourth Official: Annia Navarrete (CUB)

ussoccer.com Woman of the Match: Kealia Ohai


 

The most capped player on the roster at the U-20 level heading into the Women’s World Cup with 37 games played, she is in her second cycle with the U-20s after also representing the USA at the 2010 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup in Germany … Also the team’s top scorer in U-20 internationals with 12 career goals … A member of the team that won the 2012 CONCACAF Under-20 Women’s Championship and earned a berth to the 2012 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup in Japan … Played in five games at the qualifying tournament, starting two  and totaled 300 minutes … Scored five goals and had two assists in qualifying including two goals against both Cuba and Panama and one against Canada … Her goal against Canada was a dramatic game-tying scoring in the waning minutes to knot the score at 1-1 before the Americans scored the winning in stoppage time …Scored in the USA’s 2-0 victory over Japan in Osaka in June of 2012 … Part of the U.S. U-20 team from 2009-2010 ... Had 22 caps and five goals in the 2010 season …. Helped U-20 team win the 2010 CONCACAF Women’s Championship and earn a berth to the 2010 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup in Germany … Played in all four games in Germany, starting two, and picked up two assists … Attended the U.S. U-15 training camp in 2007.

Full name is Maya Alexandria Hayes … Nickname is Hayzee … Played four years of varsity basketball in high school with All-Conference honors as a sophomore and junior … Led the team in points and steals as a junior … Was the captain as a senior … Enjoys listening to music, travelling, and laughing … Favorite restaurant is California Pizza Kitchen … Favorite dessert is red velvet cake … Loves her dog Maverick, an Australian cattle dog  … Likes to listen to Drake, Frank Ocean, and Chris Brown … Favorite movies are Love and Basketball and Think Like a Man.

As a sophomore at Penn State, she scored a remarkable 31 goals with eight assists in 26 games, all starts, and was a MAC Hermann Trophy Finalist  and an NSCAA First-Team All-American … Also named First-Team All-Big Ten and the Big Ten Forward of the Year … Her 31 goals and 70 points led the nation … Set a new Penn State and Big Ten record for points in a single season ... As a freshman, she scored five goals and started thirteen games … As a senior she led the Newark Academy Minutemen with 38 goals and won the New Jersey Prep B state title, earned All-State honors and was a Parade All-American  and an NSCAA All-American … Named Conference MVP three times ... Three-time First Team All-Conference selection...Team MVP and All-Essex County as a sophomore, junior and senior … Totaled 92 goals in her high school career ... Club: Played for the Montclair Aristocats from U-16 to U-18 … Played for Match Fit PSV from U-14 to U-15 … Played for Montclair Starbursts from U-11 to U-13 … Played for Montclair Blue Blasters from U-9 to U-10 … Won state titles in U-16s in 2007 and U-18s in 2009 for the Aristocats … Regional runner-up in 2009.

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