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U.S. U-18 WNT Roars Back From Three Goals Down to Tie Sweden U-19s 3-3 in La Manga, Spain

CHICAGO (March 8, 2014) -- The U.S. Under-18 Women’s National Team mounted an epic comeback after falling behind 3-0 after 63 minutes, scoring three times in just over a half-hour, including an 86th minute equalizer from Imani Dorsey, to tie the Sweden U-19 WNT 3-3 in its first match of the 10 Nations Tournament in La Manga, Spain.

The friendly competition features three matches for each of the teams and the U.S. is playing against players that are one year older.

Sweden took the lead in the 15th minute off a nice finish from the left side of the penalty box into the lower right corner from Stina Blackstenius and it stayed 1-0 until the 55th minute when Blackstenius doubled the lead.

She ran onto the ball in the penalty area and beat the first defender with a nice cut back. U.S. goalkeeper Rose Chandler came out to smother at her feet, but the ball squirmed loose and Blackstenius latched onto the free ball to push it into the empty net from six yards out.

Sweden seemingly had put the game out of reach in the 63rd minute after Lina Hurtig took advantage of a free ball that had been tackled away from one of her teammates, dribbled into the right side of the box and slotted into the left corner.

Two minutes later the younger U.S. side began its comeback.

In the 65th minute, Amber Munerlyn crossed from the right side on the ground into the penalty area and Darian Jenkins ran over the ball leaving it for the crashing Rebecca Rasmussen, who first-timed it into the net from six yards out.

The USA pulled to within one goal in the 76th minute on a mistake in the back by Sweden as Kayla Cappuzzo picked off a back pass and finished to make it 3-2.

The USA equalized with four minutes left, as Cappuzzo crossed the ball from the right and Dorsey headed home at the far post from the top of the six-yard box.

Up next for the USA is a match against the Norway U-19s on March 10 followed by a game on March 12 against the France U-19s.

- U.S. Under-18 Women’s National Team Match Report -

Match : U.S. Under-18 Women’s National Team vs. Sweden Under-19 Women’s National Team
: March 8, 2014
: Ten Nations Tournament
: La Manga Football Centre; La Manga, Spain; Field A
60 degrees, sunny

Scoring Summary: 1 2 F
USA                         0 3 3
SWE                         1 2 3

SWE - Stina Blackstenius (Lotta Okvist) 15th Minute
SWE - Stina Blackstenius 55
SWE - Lina Hurtig 63
USA - Rebecca Rasmussen (Amber Munerlyn) 65
USA - Kayla Cappuzzo 76
USA - Imani Dorsey (Kayla Cappuzzo) 86

1-Rose Chandler; 2-Gabrielle Matulich, 16-Jessica Vigna, 22-Megan Keeth (4-Kaleigh Riehl, 46), 5-Maddie Elliston (17-Ellie Jean, 46); 9-Jaye Boissiere (10-Emily Ogle, 85), 7-Katie Cousins, 8-Jordan DiBiasi; 19-Amber Munerlyn (12-Kayla Cappuzzo, 75), 6-Annie Kingman (11-Rebecca Rasmussen, 46), 3-Darian Jenkins (15-Imani Dorsey, 66)
Substitutes not used: Anna Bialczak, Casey Murphy, Carlyn Baldwin

Head Coach: April Heinrichs

SWE: 1-Zecira Musovic; 2-Elin Bjorklund (17-Anna Oskarsson, 82), 3-Julia Ekholm, 4-Elin Karlsson, 5-Nellie Karlsson; 7-Filippa Curmark (18-Tove Almqvist, 76), 6-Julia Wahlberg, 8-Fanny Andersson (14-Julia Zigotta Olme, 62), 15-Lotta Okvist (16-Olivia Welin, 62); 9-Stina Blackstenius (11-Moa Hedell, 62), 10-Lina Hurtig
Substitutes not used: Matilda Hadlund, Nathalie Bjorn, Ida Andersson, Filippa Angeldal

Head Coach: Calle Barrling

Stats Summary: USA / SWE
Shots: 11 / 12
Shots on Goal: 5 / 6
Saves: 3 / 2
Corner Kicks: 2 / 1
Fouls: 2 / 4
Offside: 3 / 2


Referee: Henrikke Nervik (NOR)
Assistant Referee 1: Anniken Haugen (NOR)
Assistant Referee 2: Marit B. Folstad (NOR)
Fourth Official: R. Kjorstad

U.S. U-18 WNT Will Travel to La Manga, Spain for Matches vs. Sweden, Norway and France

CHICAGO (Feb. 20, 2014) – The U.S. Under-18 Women’s National Team will compete in the 10 Nations Tournament in La Manga, Spain, traveling to Europe from March 3-13 to face Under-19 teams from Sweden (March 8), Norway (March 10) and France (March 12).

U.S. Women’s Technical Director April Heinrichs has called up 20 players, all but two born in 1996, which is the age cut-off year for the 2016 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup.

Four of the players on the roster are currently in college: defender Niki Romero (UNC), forward Amber Munerlyn (UNC), forward Darian Jenkins (who scored 11 goals for UCLA last season) and Rebecca Rasmussen, who enrolled early at the University of Georgia this spring. Munerly and Jenkins, both members of the U.S. team at the 2012 FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup, are the two players born in 1995.

The U.S. U-18s will arrive in La Manga as the U.S. U-23s are finishing their competition which will see the oldest of the USA’s Youth National Teams play Japan (March 1), Sweden (March 3) and Norway (March 5).

U.S. U-18 WNT Roster by Position:
GOALKEEPERS (2) : Rosemary Chandler (Concorde Fire; Atlanta, Ga.), Casey Murphy (PDA; Bridgewater, N.J.)
: Anna Bialczak (Maryland United FC; Lutherville, Md.), Madeline Elliston (OMA Elite Girls’ Academy; Omaha, Neb.), Megan Keeth (MVLA; Los Altos Hills, Calif.), Gabrielle Matulich (MVLA; Los Gatos, Calif.), Kaleigh Riehl (BRYC; Fairfax Station, Va.), Niki Romero (UNC; Las Vegas, Nev.)
: Carlyn Baldwin (BRYC; Oakton, Va.), Jaye Boissiere (MVLA; Los Altos Hills, Calif.), Katie Cousins (Richmond Kickers; Lynchburg, Va.), Jordan DiBiasi (Colorado Rush; Littleton, Colo.), Annie Kingman (PSV Union FC; Woodside, Calif), Emily Ogle (Internationals SC; Strongsville, Ohio), Jessica Vigna (PDA; Farmingdale, N.J.)
: Kayla Cappuzzo (Albertson Fury; Merrick, N.Y.), Imani Dorsey (Freestate United; Elkridge, Md.), Darian Jenkins (UCLA; Riverton, Utah), Amber Munerlyn (UNC; Corona, Calif.), Rebecca Rasmussen (Georgia; Golden, Colo.)

United States Defeats Gambia 6-0 in Second Group Match at 2012 FIFA U-17 Women's World Cup

Update: Summer Green initially scored a hat trick, but it was later ruled that one of her tallies was an own goal. 

  • Summer Green Scores 18th, 19th Career Goals 
  • Amber Munerlyn, Morgan Stanton, Toni Payne Add Goals as USA Finds Net Five Times in Second Half
  • USA Faces Korea DPR in Group B Finale on Sept. 29 at Bayil Stadium (8 a.m. ET on ESPN3) with Berth to Quarterfinals on the Line

BAKU, Azerbaijan (Sept. 25, 2012) – The United States scored five second-half goals and defeated Gambia 6-0 on Tuesday at Dalga Arena in its second match of the 2012 FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup. Summer Green scored two goals, Amber Munerlyn, Morgan Stanton and Toni Payne each added a single tally and the USA benefited from an own goal in setting up a crucial Group B finale against Korea DPR on Saturday, Sept. 29.

The USA’s match against North Korea kicks off at 8 a.m. ET on Saturday, Sept. 29, at Bayil Stadium in Baku. The match will be broadcast live on ESPN3. Fans can also follow the match on’s MatchTracker and on Twitter @ussoccer_ynt.

Earlier in the day, Group B leader Korea DPR and France played to a 1-1 draw. North Korea (1-0-1) leads the group with four points and a plus-11 goal difference after walloping Gambia on the first day of matches. The U.S. (1-0-1) also has four points, but sits at plus-6 in goal difference. Third-place France (0-0-2) is very much in the mix with two points, but with a game against Gambia on Sept. 29. The top two teams in Group B advance to the quarterfinal stage of the tournament.

The U.S. can only guarantee advancement to the quarterfinals with a win on Saturday against Korea DPR, which would also earn Albertin Montoya’s side first place in the group.

The U.S. can still advance with a tie as long as France does not put up a big win against Gambia and overtake the USA in goal difference.

If the teams are also tied on goal difference at the end of group play, goals scored would be the next tiebreaker. If somehow the USA and France were to be tied on points, goal difference and goals scored, lots would be drawn to determine which country advances in second place in the group.

The U.S. could potentially advance in second place with a loss on Saturday, but only if Gambia were to defy the odds with a tie or a win against the heavily favored France squad.

Against a gritty Gambia, the Americans struggled to find a rhythm early on and Green started the scoring by burying a penalty kick in the 25th minute after left back Brittany Basinger had been bundled down in the box while hitting a cross.

The USA players quickly put the sluggish first period behind them, getting a goal from Amber Munerlyn just 25 seconds into the second half. Darian Jenkins had raced down the left side and crossed back into the middle, where Munerlyn then spun her first-time shot into the net from six yards out.

The USA then put away Gambia with four goals in 25 minutes in a second half that featured one-way traffic for an American team infused with increased urgency,

Green, who threatened the Gambia goal all match, attacked the goal in the 61st minute as she raced down the right wing and struck a hard shot from a sharp angle that deflected off the leg of Gambian captain Amy Jaju before skipping past wrong-footed goalkeeper Aminata Gaye and into the near post. Green initially was awarded a goal, but it was later ruled that Jaju was responsible for an own goal.

Jenkins made blistering runs down the flanks all game and she notched her second assist of the match in the 71st minute on a play similar to the one in which she set up Munerlyn, but this time found Green who finished from four yards out.

Midfielder Morgan Stanton scored her first international goal in the 83rd minute off a combination from two substitutes. Forward Emily Bruder raced down the left side before playing a ball into the penalty area for Lauren Kaskie, who beat the Gambian goalkeeper to the ball with a touch that took her almost to the end line. Kaskie then whirled toward the goal and found Stanton in the middle with a short pass and she spun her shot into the open net with the outside of her right foot from nine yards away.

Payne, who played an active match in the midfield for the USA, capped off the scoring in the 86th minute on a breakaway, capitalizing on a superb long-distance pass from Brittany Basinger over the Gambia back line. She raced all the way to the six-yard box before plowing her shot into the back of the net over the sliding Gaye.

A small but vocal Gambia supporters group created a vibrant atmosphere in the small stadium, but the USA took control of the match after Sainey Sissohore toe poked a shot wide right of the U.S. goal about a minute into the game.

The USA could have scored a few more times in front of the crowd of 4,100, but struck several shots right at Gaye and hit the crossbar or post on several occasions.

In the fifth minute, Jenkins clanged a dipping shot off the right post that Gaye might have gotten a hand on, and then Jenkins smacked her breakaway chance right at the Gambia goalkeeper from 12 yards out in the 14th minute.

Around the 50th minute, Andi Sullivan had her point-blank shot turned away by Gaye and she also drove a shot off the crossbar in the 60th minute. Minutes later, Stanton hit a blast from distance that clipped the top of the crossbar.

Tall center back Lizzy Raben had two chances off set plays during the game, but hit a volley and a header outside the frame.

Payne had a golden opportunity for a seventh goal in the 90th minute, but after a series of crafty dribbles in the box, smacked her shot right into Gaye’s arms from 10 yards out.

Additional Notes:

  • The six goals are the most the USA has scored in this tournament, topping the previous high of four when the Americans defeated South Korea 4-2 in the quarterfinals of the 2008 FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup.
  • U.S. head coach Albertin Montoya made several changes to the starting 11 that featured against France in the first World Cup match. He brought in Morgan Reid at right back and moved Brittany Basinger to the left, gave Morgan Stanton the start in the midfield, rested captain Morgan Andrews and inserted Amber Munerlyn up top.
  • Summer Green’s two goals now give her 19 career international tallies at the U-17 level.
  • Backup goalkeeper Cassie Miller replaced Jane Campbell at the start of the second half after Campbell got a kick in the face while coming out to challenge a cross.
  • The USA out-shot Gambia 26-4 for the match.
  • The USA will face North Korea in a FIFA event for the third time this year with the Olympic Team defeating Korea DPR 1-0 in group play in Glasgow, Scotland, and the U.S. U-20s winning 2-1 in the quarterfinals of the 2012 FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup in Saitama, Japan.

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

Match: U-17 Women’s National Team vs. Gambia
Date: Sept. 25, 2012
Competition: 2012 FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup; Group B
Venue: Dalga Arena; Baku, Azerbaijan
Kickoff: 8 a.m. ET (5 p.m. local)
Attendance: 4,200
Weather: 75 degrees, sunny, warm

Scoring Summary: 1 2 F
USA                        1 5 6
GAM                        0 0 0

USA – Summer Green (penalty kick)            25th minute
USA – Amber Munerlyn (Darian Jenkins)      46
USA – Own goal (Amy Jaju)                       61
USA – Summer Green (Darian Jenkins)        71
USA – Morgan Stanton (Lauren Kaskie)        83
USA – Toni Payne (Brittany Basinger)          86

USA: 1-Jane Campbell (18-Cassie Miller, 46); Morgan Reid, 5-Maddie Bauer (capt.), 13-Lizzy Raben, 3-Brittany Basinger; 17-Andi Sullivan, 11-Toni Payne, 16-Morgan Stanton; 6-Summer Green (9-Lauren Kaskie, 82), 8-Amber Munerlyn (2-Emily Bruder, 70), 21-Darian Jenkins
Subs not used: 4-Joanna Boyles, 7-Gabbi Miranda, 10-Morgan Andrews, 12-Mandy Freeman, 14-Morgan Reid, 15-Claire Wagner, 19-Margaret Purce, 20-Morgan Stearns
Head Coach: Albertin Montoya

GAM: 1-Aminata Gaye; 2-Amie Jarju (capt.), 11-Awa Tamba (3-Anna Nyassi, 63), 16-Serreh Jatta, 17-Fatou Fatty; 5-Binta Colley (14-Veronic Malack, 72), 7-Fatou Darboe, 9-Sainey Sissohore, 19-Metta Sanneh; 10-Adama Tamba, 12-Awa Demba (20-Isatou Jallow, 55)
Subs not used: 4-Mariama Bojang, 6-Ndey Beyai, 8-Penda Bah, 13-Maria Camara, 15-Fatoumata Gibba, 18-Mariama Ceesay, 21-Fatim Jawara
Head Coach: Buba Jallow

Stats Summary: USA / GAM
Shots: 26 / 4
Shots on Goal: 12 / 3
Saves: 3 / 6
Corner Kicks: 16 / 2
Fouls: 5 / 10
Offside: 6 / 1

Misconduct Summary:

Referee: Etsuko Fukano (JPN)
Assistant Referee 1: Liu Hsiu Mei (TPE)
Assistant Referee 2: Chie Ohata (JPN)
Fourth Official: Finau Vulivuli (FIJ) Woman of the Match:
Toni Payne

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 … She played in two games, starting both, and her one goal was an important one as it was the lone score in the 1-0 victory over Canada in the championship game … Has 17 career U-17 caps and six career international goals … Scored the winning goal against the Netherlands U-19s during a tournament in La Manga, Spain in March … … Played for the U.S. U-17s at the 2010 Nordic Cup, helping the USA to the title … Played with the U.S. U-15 GNT in 2010 … Attended U.S. Soccer U-14 I.D. Camp in 2009.

Personal: Full name is Amber Briana Munerlyn  … Part of the National Honor Society as a junior … As a freshman, she was the track and field league MVP while running the 200M and 4 x 100M and helped her squad win the league title … Enjoys shopping, getting her nails and toes done, watching movies and going to the beach … Her dad played professional baseball for the Oakland A’s … Three words that best describe her off the field are “outgoing, laughing and humble” … Three words that best describe her on the field are “fast, determined and hard-working” … Her motto is “everything happens for a reason” … Aspires to be a heart surgeon … Favorite class is anatomy and physiology … Her craziest ambition is to be a cheerleader her senior year … Favorite foods are mac and cheese and corn … Favorite snack is chocolate covered almonds … Favorite soccer players are Alex Morgan and Lionel Messi … Best parts about being a soccer player are “having a toned body and meeting new people” … Greatest soccer experience so far was scoring the winning goal in the championship game of CONCACAF Women’s World Cup qualifying in Guatemala … Has two dogs named Flex (and English Spring Spaniel) and Teddy (a maltipoo) … Favorite superhero is Ironman … Favorite cereal is Lucky Charms … Favorite dessert is anything with chocolate.

College / High School: Has verbally committed to attend Stanford in the fall of 2013 … Attends Santiago High School in Corona, Calif. … Was First-Team All-League, Team MVP and Offensive Player of the Year and First-Team All-CIF … Was also an NSCAA All-American … Has scored more than 50 goals in two years of high school soccer so far, but only played a few games of high school soccer her junior year due to national team commitments.

Club: Has played from U-11s through U-18s with the SoCal Blues … Played with the Power for U-10s … Won the West Region championship with the Blues in 2009 … As U-13s, the Blues won the State Cup as part of a streak of winning 17 tournaments in a row.