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 one game in the qualifying tournament – the third group game against Panama – playing all 90 minutes … Had eight career U-20 caps heading into the 2012 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup … Played for the U.S. U-18s in 2011 … Part of the U.S. U-17 player pool in 2010 ... Had eight caps and two goals for the U-17s in 2010 … Scored one goal against the Netherlands in July of 2010 and another against Germany in July of 2010 … Played with the U.S. U-16s in 2009 … A part of the U.S. U-15 GNT program in 2008 … Attended the U.S. Soccer U-14 I.D. Camp in 2007.
LAKEWOOD RANCH, Fla. (Feb. 26, 2014) – Forward Lindsey Horan scored twice and Harvard freshman Margaret Purce added another as the U.S. Under-20 Women’s National Team defeated China PR 3-0 in the first of two friendly matches during the USA’s training camp in Florida.
The USA opened the scoring in the 24th minute as midfielder Rachel Hill slipped a pass behind the China defense to Horan, who was making a diagonal run. Horan went one-on-one with the goalkeeper, touched it around her and rolled the ball into the net from six yards out.
The young Americans had to wait until the 76th minute to double the lead and it came off an assist from 15-year-old Mallory Pugh, who is in her first camp since getting called up from the U-17s. She won the ball at the top of the penalty box on the right side and took a long touch to the end line before whipping a cross low and hard into the middle. There was a bit of scramble before the ball popped out to Purce, who finished with pace to make it 2-0.
Horan clinched the match two minutes later when she headed the ball over the ‘keeper off a Stephanie Amack cross from the right wing.
Horan’s two goals upped her career total to 18 at the U-20 level in just 20 matches. Purce’s goal was her fifth in nine U-20 caps.
The teams will meet again on Sat., March 1, at 1 p.m. ET.
U.S. Under-20 Women’s National Team vs. China U-20 WNT
Date: Wednesday, February 26, 2014
Competition: International Friendly
Venue: Premier Sports Campus; Lakewood Ranch, Fla.
Kickoff: 4 p.m. ET
Weather: 70 degrees
Scoring Summary: 1 2 F
USA 1 2 3
CHN 0 0 0
USA-Lindsey Horan (Rachel Hill) 24th minute
USA-Margaret Purce (Mallory Pugh) 76
USA-Lindsey Horan (Stephanie Amack) 78
USA: 18-Katelyn Rowland; 8-Andi Sullivan (2-Laura Liedle, 46), 14-Cari Roccaro, 22-Katie Naughton, 11-Brittany Basinger, 19-Stephanie Amack, 12-Rose Lavelle (20-Mallory Pugh, 46), 13-Rachel Hill (5-Morgan Andrews, 64), 9-Summer Green (4-Margaret Purce, 46), 15-Lindsey Horan, 17-Savannah Jordan (3-McKenzie Meehan, 64)
Subs not used: 1-Morgan Stearns, 6-Christina Gibbons, 7-Maddie Bauer, 10-Claire Wagner, 16-Mallory Weber, 21-Jaycie Johnson, 23-Ashley Meier, 24-Jane Campbell
Head Coach: Michelle French
CHN: CHN: 1-Lu Feifei, 12-Lo Xiang, 3-Zhong Xiudong, 4-Wang Xi (15-Lyu Siqi, 70), 2-Yao Lingwei (13-Li Mengwen , 55), 16-Zhao Xinzhai (11-Shi Tianlun, 87),
21- Tan Ruyin, 20-Lv Yueyun (14-Wu Chengshu, 33), 17- Zhu Beiyan, 18-Tang Jiali, 10- Song Duan (19-Xiao Yuyi,55)
Subs not used: 5-Sun Shudan, 6-Jiang Tingting , 7-Liu Yanqui, 8-Dong Jiabao, 9-Zhang Chen, 22-Wang Xin, 23-Li Mengyu
USA / CHN
Shots: 7 / 2
Shots on Goal: 6 / 0
Saves: 0 / 3
Corner Kicks: 6 / 0
Fouls: 4 / 9
- USA Posts Fourth Straight Shutout Victory in 2014 CONCACAF Women’s U-20 Championship to Advance to Sunday’s Title Game Against Mexico
- McKenzie Meehan and Stephanie Amack Register Two Goals Apiece; Meehan is Now Tournament’s Golden Boot Co-Leader
- Savannah Jordan and Mallory Weber Add a Goal Apiece, Andi Sullivan Provides Two Assists and Katelyn Rowland Completes Her Third Tournament Clean Sheet
- Championship Match Against Mexico Kicks off at 7 p.m. ET on Jan. 19 on FOX Soccer Plus and FOX Soccer 2GO
GEORGE TOWN, Cayman Islands (Jan. 17, 2014) – The U.S. Under-20 Women’s National Team simultaneously booked its place in the 2014 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup and in the 2014 CONCACAF Women’s U-20 Championship Final after claiming a 6-0 win semifinal victory against Trinidad & Tobago at the Truman Bodden Sports Complex.
The USA will go for its third straight CONCACAF Women’s U-20 Championship title when it plays Mexico on Sunday, Jan. 19, at 7 p.m. ET. As finalists, both the USA and Mexico have qualified for this summer’s FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup in Canada. Earlier on Sunday, Costa Rica, a 3-1 loser to Mexico in the other semifinal, and Trinidad & Tobago will play for third place and the final World Cup spot out of the CONCACAF region. Both matches will be broadcast live on FOX Soccer Plus and FOX Soccer 2GO. Fans can follow the U.S. U-20 WNT on Twitter @ussoccer_ynt.
The USA has now qualified for its seventh straight FIFA tournament at this age level. The first two were held U-19 tournaments and the next four have been U-20 events.
Against T&T, forward McKenzie Meehan put in another strong performance, scoring two goals to take her total tournament tally to six, tying her for the lead in the Golden Boot race with Mexico’s Tanya Samarzich.
Midfielder Stephanie Amack scored twice in a seven-minute span in the first half, both off assists from right back Andi Sullivan, who is the youngest player on the roster, while forwards Savannah Jordan and Mallory Weber also goals. Jordan has now scored a goal in all four matches so far.
Goalkeeper Katelyn Rowland, who wore the captain’s armband, secured her third clean sheet of the tournament with the help of a well-organized back line that included Sullivan, center-backs Cari Roccaro and Katie Naughton and left back Laura Liedle.
The USA wasted no time carving out the first scoring opportunity of the match in just the second minute when a superb passing sequence led to a stinging cross from Sullivan that was headed narrowly over the bar by Jordan. From that point, only numerous offside calls prevented the Americans from causing more damage in the first half, as its crisp possession and movement helped create consistent scoring chances.
The breakthrough came in the 13th minute when Sullivan lofted a long free kick from the left side to the back left post for Naughton, who sent a perfectly headed pass back across goal to an unmarked Meehan. The Boston College striker placed a tidy header into the back of the net and the Americans were off and running.
Jordan added the Americans’ second goal in the 27th minute with an excellent bit of skill. She collected a deftly-weighted slip from Rachel Hill at the top of the box, turned away from her defender and slotted a quick shot past on-rushing Trinidad goalkeeper Keri Myers into the lower left corner.
Strong attacking play by Sullivan from the right flank then led to Amack notching the third goal in the 33rd minute. Yet another excellent series of quick passes got Sullivan free and dribbling into the right side of the box. Her shot on goal was kick-saved, but deflected right into the path of Amack at the top of the box. She did not hesitate in first-timing a blast into the roof of the net.
Soon after, the USA won a free kick 40 yards from goal near the left wing. Sullivan lofted a cross to the back post where the 5-foot-10 Amack met the ball in stride to head home her second goal of the game and third of the tournament, giving the Americans a commanding 4-0 lead at the break. Amack now has three goals in the tournament.
The second half began in similar fashion to the first as the USA was denied a quick-fire opening goal. This time, Weber – a halftime replacement for Jordan – saw a shot from point-blank range saved by Myers after USA’s passing unlocked the Trinidad defense once again.
Meehan got her second goal in the 65th minute, also off a header. This time a sweeping move from down the right flank saw Weber whip in a cross to the back post that Summer Green headed the ball back across the goal mouth to a wide open Meehan, who nodded home a flicked header to make it 5-0.
Weber capped things off in the 86th minute, smashing home a lower cross from fellow second-half sub Margaret Purce after it took a deflection off an attempted shot by Meehan. The goal was Weber’s third of the tournament.
- With her goal against Trinidad & Tobago, Savannah Jordan now has four goals in four games at this year’s CONCACAF Women’s U-20 Championship.
- The USA has 10 different goal scorers at this tournament: McKenzie Meehan (6), Jordan (4), Stephanie Amack (3), Lindsey Horan (3), Mallory Weber (3), Brittany Basinger (1), Summer Green (1), Rachel Hill (1), Margaret Purce (1) and Andi Sullivan (1).
- Center back Cari Roccaro continued her streak of playing every minute at this tournament and has now played all 360.
- The USA was without the services of two forwards. Lindsey Horan was recalled by her professional club team Paris Saint-Germain ahead of their big league match against rival Lyon on Jan. 18 while Makenzy Doniak broke her hand in the first match and returned to the USA to have surgery.
- The 2014 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup will be held in four Canadian cities from Aug. 5-24.
-U.S. Under-20 Women’s National Team Match Report-
U.S. U-20 Women’s National Team vs. Trinidad & Tobago
Date: Jan. 17, 2014
Competition: CONCACAF Women’s U-20 Championship – Semifinal
Venue: Truman Bodden Sports Complex; George Town, Cayman Islands
Kickoff: 7 p.m. ET
Weather: 75 degrees, rain, humid
Scoring Summary: 1 2 F
USA 4 2 6
TRI 0 0 0
USA – McKenzie Meehan (Katie Naughton) 13th minute
USA – Savannah Jordan (Rachel Hill) 27
USA – Stephanie Amack (Andi Sullivan) 33
USA – Stephanie Amack (Andi Sullivan) 39
USA – McKenzie Meehan (Summer Green) 65
USA – Mallory Weber (McKenzie Meehan) 86
USA: 1-Katelyn Rowland (capt.); 19-Andi Sullivan, 3-Cari Roccaro, 20-Katie Naughton, 10-Laura Liedle; 16-Stephanie Amack, 17-Rose Lavelle (7-Morgan Andrews, 59), 14-Rachel Hill; 11-McKenzie Meehan, 5-Summer Green (15-Margaret Purce, 74), 13-Savannah Jordan (12-Mallory Weber, 46)
Subs Not Used: 2-Maddie Bauer, 4-Brittany Basinger, 8-Lauren Kaskie, 18-Jane Campbell
Head Coach: Michelle French
TRI: 1-Keri Myers; 8-Daniella Findle, 14-Otisha David, 17-Jonelle Warrwick, 11-Khadidra Debesette (16-Summer Arjoon, 82), 12-Shanisa Camejo (3-Liana Hines, 46), 15-Donika Murray, 18-Emma Abdul; 4-Brianna Ryce, 13-Shenelle Henry, 19-Anique Walker (capt.) (7-Akilah Sparks, 68)
Subs Not Used: 2-Tkeyah Phillips, 6-Khadisha Debesette, 9-Patrice Campbell, 10-Tsaianne Leander, 20-Tenesha Palmer
Head Coach: Izler Browne
Stats Summary: USA / TRI
Shots: 14 / 1
Shots on Goal: 11 /0
Saves: 0 / 4
Corner Kicks: 3 / 0
Fouls: 7 / 7
Offside: 11 / 0
Referee: Carol Anne Chenard (CAN)
Assistant Referee 1: Emperatriz Ayala (CAN)
Assistant Referee 2: Kimberly Moriera (CRC)
4th Official: Marie-Soleil Beaudoin (CAN)
ussoccer.com Woman of the Match: Andi Sullivan
Post-Match Quote Sheet: U-20 WNT vs. Trinidad & Tobago
CONCACAF U-20 Women’s Championship – Semifinal
Jan. 17, 2014
Post-Match Quotes from U.S. Under-20 Women’s National Team head coach Michelle French, forward Savannah Jordan, midfielder Stephanie Amack, midfielder Rose Lavelle and defender Andi Sullivan following the team’s 6-0 victory against Trinidad & Tobago that qualified the USA for the 2014 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup while earning a berth in the tournament championship game against Mexico on Sunday, Jan. 19.
U.S. U-20 WNT head coach MICHELLE FRENCH
On putting together an excellent game in the semifinal:
“I think particularly in the first half there was a relentless attitude that the players displayed. We focused a ton on set pieces coming into this game, knowing it was going to be important, and they executed them amazingly well. So to put everything together, especially in that first 45 minutes, in the most important game of the tournament, is a true testament to these players.”
On the windy and rainy weather conditions and how it affected the field:
“After being able to watch the game prior to ours, we were able to see what the footing would be like, and we touched on some key things about how the conditions could affect the way we were going to play. It was a good opportunity to deal with a different kind of adversity, and I think we did well.”
On the entire roster contributing to four wins so far:
“It comes down to the preparation of these players and the coaching staff. Everyone has played a huge role in getting every single player ready to play, and for them to go out on the field without having logged as many minutes as other players, they stepped right in and made an impact and made a difference to help us be successful.”
On moving past the semifinal and looking toward the championship game:
“Our main goal was to qualify [for the U-20 World Cup], and the goal immediately after that was to win the tournament. We had goal 1A and goal 1B, which is to win this entire championship. It’s a great win, we’re excited, but we always know that in another day we play Mexico and it’s always a great rivalry between Mexico and the U.S., so we’ll get right back at preparations tomorrow.”
U.S. U-20 WNT midfielder STEPHANIE AMACK
On the match:
“It was a great game. We came out really pumped, and I had a great time tonight. It’s such an honor to be on the field and starting. We’ve qualified and now we want to win the whole thing.”
On facing Mexico in the championship game:
“Mexico is a great opponent and they’ve done really well in all their games, too, so we are really excited for the challenge.”
U.S. U-20 WNT defender ANDI SULLIVAN
On qualifying for the U-20 Women’s World Cup:
“Right after the game was over, it didn’t really hit me yet, and then after we shook hands with everybody, and I just ran over to (head coach Michelle French) and picked her up and hugged her because it’s a lot of pressure for her, too, and a lot for us, and that’s kind of alleviated. Our biggest goal here was to qualify, and now that we’ve done that I think there are bigger things to come from us.”
On the team’s performance:
“I was so impressed with our style of play. From the first time we touched the ball, we were combining and finding feet and it was so great to see us keep our style of play, not just in the group games, but in tougher games against tougher opponents and in tougher situations. So I’m really glad how much this team has grown over the past year and in this tournament.”
U.S. U-20 WNT forward SAVANNAH JORDAN
On qualifying for the U-20 Women’s World Cup:
“It’s exciting. The whole atmosphere tonight was great. We came out really strong in the first half and continued that in the second half and after the game it was a great feeling, with everyone hugging each other, to know that we qualified.”
On looking forward to the championship game:
“Our No. 1 goal coming in was to qualify. Now we’ve got that behind us and the focus is on winning the tournament. We’ll celebrate this tonight and then put it behind us and get ready for tomorrow’s regen and then Sunday’s game.”
U.S. U-20 WNT midfielder ROSE LAVELLE
On the emotions on qualifying for the U-20 Women’s World Cup:
“Pure happiness and excitement. We came here to qualify and we did that so now we move on to the next goal which is to win the whole thing.”
On the team coming together in this tournament:
“Our team chemistry has really grown. Coming in off college season, we hadn’t really played that much together. I think we really stepped it up and look at us now! We’re going to the World Cup!”
- 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
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
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
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
USA – Savannah Jordan (caution) 17th minute
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.”
- 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
GOALKEEPERS (2): Jane Campbell (Stanford; Kennesaw, Ga.), Katelyn Rowland (UCLA; Vacaville, Calif.)
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.)
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.
Full name is Stephanie Rae Amack … Nickname is Steph … Has received honors for maintaining at least a 3.5 grade point average … Enjoys hiking, football, basketball, and horseback riding … Lives on a small five-acre ranch and her family has horses, chickens, dogs and cats … Once owned a small blind cow … One of five siblings, she has a fraternal twin sister named Kenzie, her brother Brady played football for the U.S. Air Force Academy, her brother Andy attended the U.S. Air Force Academy and attends med school at USC and her sister Lani played soccer at Washington State and UC Irvine and attends UCLA med school … Favorite food is sweet and sour chicken … Loves eating fondue … Likes horses, dogs, and cows … Favorite movies include Dumb and Dumber and Just Friends … Likes Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups and the color green … Favorite TV shows are Parks and Recreation and Modern Family.
Has committed to enroll at Stanford University in the fall of 2013, but will be a senior at Dougherty Valley HS in the fall of 2012 … An NSCAA All-American for the Mustangs … Earned team MVP in 2011 as a sophomore … First-Team All-League as a freshman, sophomore, and junior … Only played part of her junior high school season due to national team commitments ... Club: Team captain for the Mustang Blast … Played U-9 through U-13 for Mustang Rampage … Played U-13 to present for Mustang Blast …Won Northern California state titles from U-11 through U-16 … Her club won the 2009 and 2010 regional and national titles … Blast also was West region champion in 2011.
Date of Birth
Dec 23, 1994