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U.S. U-17 Women's National Team Prepares to Travel to Azerbaijan for the 2012 FIFA Under-17 Women's World Cup


U.S. Women’s National Team 
2012 FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup Notes
Pre-Tournament Training Camp -- Paphos, Cyprus
Sept. 14, 2012

U.S. U-17 WNT ARRIVES IN CYPRUS FOR PRE-WWC TRAINING CAMP: The U.S. Under-17 Women’s National Team has arrived on the island nation of Cyprus in the eastern Mediterranean ocean for a four-day training camp before traveling to Azerbaijan to make final preparations for the 2012 FIFA Under-17 Women’s World Cup. The U.S. team will get acclimated to the time difference and the heat during its training in Cyprus and then will have three full days in Azerbaijan before opening the U-17 Women’s World Cup with a challenging match against France on Sept. 22. The age cut-off for this tournament is players born on or after January 1, 1995. All 21 U.S. players were born in 1995, and the roster features one college freshman, 18 high school seniors and two high school juniors.

USA IN GROUP PLAY: The 2012 FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup – just the third staged by FIFA for this age group – is being held in just two cities in Azerbaijan with four matches in Lankaran in the south of the country and the remaining 28 games spread out over five venues in the capital city of Baku. The U.S. U-17s will begin Group B play on Sept. 22 in Lankaran against France in a match that kicks off at 6 a.m. ET on ESPN3 at Lankaran Stadium. The USA will then travel to Baku for its second group game against Gambia on Sept. 25 with a kickoff at 8 a.m. ET on ESPN3 at Dalga Arena. The young Americans finish group play against Korea DPR, champion of the first edition of this tournament in 2008, on Sept. 29 at Bayil Stadium in Baku. That match kicks off at 8 a.m. ET live on ESPN3.

ESPN3 TO STREAM ALL 32 MATCHES OF 2012 FIFA U-17 WWC: All 32 matches of the 2012 FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup will be streamed live on ESPN3.  There is a nine-hour time difference between Baku and Eastern Time and the kickoffs for the matches will vary, with tournament games beginning at 4 a.m. ET, 5 a.m. ET, 6 a.m. ET, 8 a.m. ET, 9 a.m. ET and 11 a.m. ET. Fans will also be able to follow all the U.S games on ussoccer.com’s MatchTracker and on Twitter at ussoccer_YNT. For a full tournament schedule and results, visit the 2012 FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup tournament page on ussoccer.com.

TOURNAMENT FORMAT: The 2012 FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup – which is staged every two years – features 16 nations divided into four groups of four teams each. The top two teams in each group advance to the quarterfinal stage on Oct. 4 and 5. The semifinals will take place Tuesday, Oct. 9, and the Final and third-place matches will be held on Saturday, Oct. 13 at Tofig Bahramov Stadium in Baku.

U-17 WWC HISTORY: The inaugural FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup was held in 2008, when the USA won the CONCACAF Qualifying Tournament, advanced to the World Cup Final in New Zealand and came within minutes of winning the title before falling in overtime to Korea DPR. The USA failed to qualify for the 2010 event in Trinidad & Tobago, losing in penalty kicks in the semifinal despite outscoring its opponents 38-0 in the qualifying tournament. The 2010 FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup was won by South Korea, who defeated Japan in a wild match that ended 2-2 through regulation and 3-3 after overtime as each team scored in the extra 30 minutes. The South Koreans then won 5-4 in the penalty kick shootout.

MONTOYA – MEMORIES OF 1991: Albertin Montoya, who became the U.S. U-17 head coach in August of 2011, will be coaching in his first World Cup tournament. It will not, however, be his first World Cup. As a youth player, Montoya was a member of the U.S. U-17 Men’s National Team and played in the first-ever FIFA U-17 World Cup in Italy in 1991 (previously it was a U-16 tournament) under head coach Roy Rees. Montoya went on to represent the USA at various age group levels and spent some time training with what would be the 1996 Olympic Team.

BOOKING TICKETS TO AZERBAIJAN: The USA won the CONCACAF U-17 Women’s Championship, played in Guatemala City, Guatemala in May of 2012, scoring 26 goals and allowing zero. In group play, the USA rolled over the Bahamas (10-0), Trinidad & Tobago (5-0) and Mexico (3-0) on a hat trick from Summer Green. The USA then met Panama in the semifinal for a berth to the Women’s World Cup and triumphed 7-0 as Green scored three more times. In the final, the USA faced an extremely tough Canadian team and earned a 1-0 victory on a goal from Amber Munerlyn, who was sent through on a breakaway via a deft back-heel flick from Green. Ten players scored for the USA during WWC qualifying, but with 12 goals and four assists Green played a part in 61 percent of the USA’s goals. Margaret Purce scored three times, Emily Bruder, Toni Payne and Andi Sullivan added two goals apiece while Morgan Andrews, Jo Boyles, Darian Jenkins, Munerlyn and Sarah Robinson had a goal each.          

U.S. U-17 WOMEN’S WORLD CUP ROSTER BY POSITIONDetailed Roster

U.S. U-17 WNT Roster By Position:
GOALKEEPERS (3):
Jane Campbell (Concorde Fire; Kennesaw, Ga.), Cassie Miller (Sereno FC; Cave Creek, Ariz.), Morgan Stearns (McLean MPS Power; San Antonio, Texas)
DEFENDERS (7):
Brittany Basinger (FC Virginia; Purcellville, Va.), Maddie Bauer (Slammers FC; Newport Beach, Calif.), Mandy Freeman (Lady Renegades SC; Royal Palm Beach, Fla.), Gabbi Miranda (Colorado Rush; Highlands Ranch, Colo.), Lizzy Raben (Colorado Rush; Greenwood, Colo.), Morgan Reid (Chelsea Ladies; Cary, N.C.), Claire Wagner (Chelsea Ladies; Cary, N.C.)
MIDFIELDERS (6):
Morgan Andrews (FC Stars of Mass.; Milford, N.H.), Joanna Boyles (Chelsea Ladies; Raleigh, N.C), Lauren Kaskie (Heat FC; Las Vegas, Nevada), Toni Payne (Concorde Fire; Birmingham, Ala.), Morgan Stanton (Colorado Rush; Lakewood, Colo.), Andi Sullivan (Bethesda SC; Lorton, Va.)
FORWARDS (5):
Emily Bruder (Utah Avalanche; Sandy, Utah), Summer Green (Michigan Hawks; Milford, Mich.), Darian Jenkins (Sparta SC; Riverton, Utah), Amber Munerlyn (SoCal Blues; Corona, Calif.), Margaret Purce (Freestate Soccer; Olney, Md.)

2012 U.S. U-17 WNT Schedule and Results

Date

Opponent

Result/Time (ET)

U.S. Goalscorers/TV

Venue

Feb. 6

Germany

2-0 W

Sullivan, Bruder

Sunrise, Fla.

Feb. 9

Germany

1-0 W

Green

Sunrise, Fla.

Feb. 10

Fla. Gulf Coast Univ.

1-0 W

Boyles

Sunrise, Fla.

March 4

France U-19

2-0 W

own goal, Sullivan

La Manga, Spain

March 6

England U-19

1-1 T

Andrews

La Manga, Spain

March 8

Netherlands U-19

2-0 W

Munerlyn, own goal

La Manga, Spain

April 4

UC Irvine

3-0 W

Stanton, Bruder, Purce

Chula Vista, Calif.

April 6

San Diego State

3-0 W

Payne, Miranda, Purce

Chula Vista, Calif.

April 9

China U-20

0-0 T

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Chula Vista, Calif.

May 3 ^

Bahamas^

10-0 W

Purce (3), Green (5), Sullivan, Payne

Guatemala City, Gua.

May 5 ^

Trinidad & Tobago^

5-0 W

Bruder, Sullivan, Robinson, Jenkins, Boyles

Guatemala City, Gua.

May 7 ^

Mexico^

3-0 W

Green (3)

Guatemala City, Gua.

May 10^

Panama^

7-0 W

Payne, Green (3), Andrews, Jenkins, Bruder

Guatemala City, Gua.

May 12^

Canada^

1-0 W

Munerlyn

Guatemala City, Gua.

June 10

U.S. U-18 WNT

0-2 L

--

Chula Vista, Calif.

July 23

FC Viktoria

8-0 W

Own Goal (2), Green, Payne, Jenkins, Munerlyn (3)

Ludbreg, Croatia

July 25

Luv Graz

2-1 W

Own Goal, Basinger

Graz, Austria

July 27

ZNK Pomurje

4-1 W

Bruder (2), Kaskie, Munerlyn

Beltinci, Slovenia

July 29

Slovenia WNT

2-1 W

Basinger, Payne

Solvenska Bistrica, Solvenia

Aug. 22

 China U-17

2-1 W

Payne, Green

Carson, Calif.

Aug. 25

 China U-17

5-1 W

Jenkins (2), Payne (2), Green

Carson, Calif.

Sept. 22

France U-17**

 

ESPN3 (6 a.m. ET)

Lankaran, Azerbaijan

Sept. 25

Gambia U-17**

 

ESPN3 (8 a.m. ET)

Baku, Azerbaijan

Sept. 29

Korea DPR U-17**

 

ESPN3 (8 a.m. ET)

Baku, Azerbaijan

^ CONCACAF U-17 Women’s Championship
** FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup

U.S. ROSTER NOTES:
●      The U.S. roster averages 12 international caps per player on the U-17 level.
●      The U.S. roster is made up of 16 players who are 17 years old and five players who are 16. Forward Margaret Purce and midfielder Lauren Kaskie both turn 17 on Sept. 18.
●      The core of this U.S. team has risen through the ranks together in the U.S. youth national teams, starting at the U.S. U-14 Identification Camp in 2009. In fact, 16 players on the World Cup roster attended that U-14 I.D. Camp staged in Pomona, Calif.
●      Most of these players were just 13 years old when the USA participated in the first FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup in New Zealand in 2008.
●      The U.S. U-17s have compiled an overall record of 22-5-6 over 2010 and 2011 heading into the Women’s World Cup, including a 13-1-4 mark in international games.
●      The USA is 12-0-2 in international matches in 2012.
●      The roster is relatively experienced at the international level for this age group as 12 players have played 12 or more international matches and six players have played 17 or more internationals at the U-17 level: Forward Summer Green (21), midfielder Morgan Andrews (18), defender Mandy Freeman (18), forward Amber Munerlyn (17) and defender Maddie Bauer (17).
●      Summer Green is the U-17s leading scorer with 17 goals in her 21 caps. Forward Amber Munerlyn and midfielder Toni Payne are tied for second with six career goals apiece.
●      Team captain Andrews and goalkeeper Jane Campbell participated in the U.S. Under-23 Women’s National Team training camp in October of 2011.
●      The USA’s trio of goalkeepers is tall and talented, with the 6-foot Cassie Miller and the 5-foot-10 Morgan Stearns joining the 5-foot-9 Jane Campbell. Montoya chose a roster with seven defenders, six midfielders and five forwards.
●      The players on the roster hail from 14 states, with North Carolina and Colorado featuring three players each. Virginia, California and Utah have two players each.
●      Morgan Andrews is an all-state placekicker and the only girl on her high school football team. She kicked in several games before leaving for the World Cup.

BY THE NUMBERS:
1          International games in which the USA has been shut out this year (0-0 draw with China U-20 WNT)
4          Goals allowed by the U.S. U-17 WNT in 14 international matches this year
3.15     Goals per game by the U.S. U-17 WNT this year in international matches
9          Assists in 2012 in international games for Summer Green, who leads the team
10        Shutouts posted by the USA in international matches this year
11        U.S. players who have scored in an international match this year
23        U.S. U-17 players who have seen action in an international game this year
26        Goals scored by the U.S. U-17s during the five games of CONCACAF qualifying
43        Goals scored by the U.S. U-17 WNT this year in international matches
1,214   Minutes played by Maddie Bauer this year in international competition, the most on the team

ON USSOCCER.COM

RELEASE: Montoya Names 21-Player Roster for U-17 Women’s World Cup in Azerbaijan


2012 U-17 WWC FAST FACTS

  • The 2012 FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup will feature 16 teams: host Azerbaijan, two additional teams from Europe in France and Germany, three Asian teams in Japan, Korea DPR and China PR, three from Africa in Nigeria, Ghana and Gambia, CONCACAF teams the USA, Canada and Mexico, South American representatives Brazil, Colombia and Uruguay and Oceania team New Zealand.
  • At the U-17 level, each confederation (outside of the smallest, Oceania) gets three berths to the World Cup tournament. Just nine countries return from the 2010 tournament, and that does not include defending champion South Korea.
  • CONCACAF champion USA, host Azerbaijan, European champion Germany and Asian champion Japan earned seeds.
  • In Group A, Azerbaijan drew Colombia, Nigeria and Canada.
  • Group C features Japan, Mexico, New Zealand and Brazil.
  • Group D features Germany, Uruguay, China PR and Ghana.
  • Four countries will be debutantes in the FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup: China PR, host Azerbaijan, Uruguay and Gambia, with the latter three appearing in a FIFA Women’s World Cup for the first time at any level.

2012 U-17 WWC STADIUMS AND CAPACITIES: Five of the six venues that will host matches of the 2012 FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup are small stadiums, seating from 3,000 fans (Bayil Stadium) up to 10,000 fans (8 KM Stadium). The only larger venue is Tofig Bahramov Stadium that seats 30,000 and will host the two first round matches, the third-place match and the championship game.

BAKU
Tofig Bahramov Stadium
Capacity: 30,000

Shafa Stadium
Capacity: 8,000

8 KM Stadium
Capacity: 10,000

Bayil Stadium
Capacity: 3,000

Dalga Arena
Capacity: 6,700

LANKARAN
Lankaran Stadium
Capacity: 12,000

ALBERTIN MONTOYA FACT FILE: Head coach Albertin Montoya is in his first cycle heading up the U.S. U-17 WNT program. Below are some of his accomplishments as a player and coach.

 
●      A longtime resident of Mountain View, Calif., the 37-year-old Montoya has tremendous experience coaching young players all the way up to the professional ranks.
●      Montoya finished his college career at Santa Clara University in 1997 and was then a first-round draft choice of Major League Soccer’s San Jose Clash, where he played one season in 1998 before suffering a major knee injury. Montoya then began his coaching career, which has spanned 14 years and a wide variety of age levels from Under-8s all the way to the professional level.
●      Montoya is currently the director of coaching for the MVLA Soccer Club in Mountain View, Calif., where he has worked with young talent since 1999, helping send 14 players into the youth women’s and girls’ national team pools.
●      In 2009, Montoya was hired as head coach of FC Gold Pride in Women’s Professional Soccer and led the club to the WPS regular-season title and championship in 2010. He was named the Soccer America Women’s Coach of the Year for 2010 and was a finalist for the FIFA World Coach of the Year for Women’s Soccer for his work with FC Gold Pride.
●      He worked as an assistant for his alma mater Santa Clara University women’s program from 2006-07 and at Stanford University from 2008-09.
●      He was also co-head coach of the Sacramento Storm – one of the top amateur women’s teams in the country – from 1999-2006.
●      Montoya began his collegiate playing career at North Carolina State and was an Atlantic Coast Conference First-Team selection in 1994. The skillful midfielder received similar honors from the West Coast Conference in 1996 upon transferring to Santa Clara and was a finalist for the Missouri Athletic Club Hermann Trophy. He led the Broncos to the program’s first-ever outright WCC Championship and totaled 16 goals and 25 assists during his collegiate career.
●      He is married to the former Erin Martinez, a Santa Clara women’s soccer alumna and former professional player in the WUSA. The couple has a daughter, Alison, and a son, Michael.

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