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US U23 Internationals Head to NWSL

At the Six Nations Tournament in early March in La Manga, Spain, four 2014 NWSL Draft picks talk about making the transition from college and the youth national teams to the pros. Maya Hayes (Sky Blue FC), Kassey Kallman (FC Kansas City), Amanda Frisbie (Seattle Reign) and Jenna Richmond (FC Kansas City) explain how playing internationally has helped them prep for their first NWSL seasons.

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:
Aubrey Bledsoe (Wake Forest; Cincinnati, Ohio), Abby Smith (Texas; Dallas, Texas)
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.)
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.)
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.”

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.”

U20 WNT vs China Reaction Aug 23 2012

U.S. U-20 Women's National Team head coach Steve Swanson and players speak about the USA's 1-1 draw against China in their second Group D match at the 2012 FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup in Hiroshima, Japan.

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

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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'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

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

Referee: Pernilla Larsson (SWE)
Assistant Referee 1: Sanja Rodak (CRO)
Assistant Referee 2: Maria Sukenikova (SVK)
Fourth Official: Dianne Ferreira-James (GUY) Woman of the Match: Julie Johnston

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.