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Group A Leader U-17 MNT Blanks Trinidad & Tobago 2-0 at 2015 CONCACAF U-17 Championship

SAN PEDRO SULA, Honduras (March 2, 2015) – The U.S. Under-17 Men’s National Team scored a goal in each half to defeat Trinidad & Tobago 2-0 in Group A play at the 2015 CONCACAF U-17 Championship at Estadio Francisco Morazán. 

Joe Gallardo scored his tournament-leading fourth goal from of a free kick in the 31st minute and Haji Wright tallied his first goal in qualifying in the 71st minute. 

The U.S. is atop Group A with a 2-0-0 record and plus-7 goal differential, while Trinidad & Tobago falls to 0-2-0 and a minus-5 goal differential. 

The USA next faces Guatemala at 6 p.m. ET on Thursday, March 5, at Estadio Francisco Morazán (FOX Sports 2, FOX Sports GO, Univision Deportes). 

Earlier Monday in Group A action, Jamaica defeated Guatemala 2-1. Guatemala falls to 1-1-0 with a plus-2 goal differential and Jamaica improves to 1-1-0 with a minus-1 goal differential. Cuba (0-1-0, minus-5) and Honduras (1-0-0, plus-2) face each other in Monday night’s last Group A game. 

Goal Scoring Rundown:
USA – Joe Gallardo, 31st minute: Gallardo drew a foul just above the box, and the USA forward took the subsequent free kick with confidence. Gallardo shot low to the right of Trinidad & Tobago’s seven-man wall and past diving goalkeeper Levi Fernandez, into the right of the frame for the lead. USA 1, TRI 0 

USA – Haji Wright (Christian Pulisic), 71st minute: Pulisic played a long ball from midfield to Wright down the left side. Wright had a couple steps on Trinidad & Tobago defender Tekay Hoyce and shot left-footed to the inside of the far right post, past Levi Fernandez, for the two-goal lead. Wright now has 27 goals in 31 games during his U-17 MNT tenure. USA 2, TRI 0 (FINAL)

Key Saves and Defensive Stops:
TRI – Noah Powder and Tekay Hoyce, 9th minute: The USA had back-to-back scoring chances shortly after a set piece. After Christian Pulisic’s corner kick from the left side bounced through traffic, Alejandro Zendejas crossed the ball back in from the right. Haji Wright headed it toward the left side of the frame and Powder made a key goal line clearance. Joe Gallardo kept things alive with a shot at the near left post and Hoyce deflected it out for a USA corner kick. 

USA – Hugo Arellano, 35th minute: Trinidad & Tobago did not create too many clear-cut chances, but a lofted cross by Kareem Riley caused some concern for the USA. Goalkeeper Will Pulisic was unable to cleanly deflect the ball away, but his center back and team captain was up to the task with the clearance near the six-yard box.

TRI – Levi Fernandez, 49th minute: USA right back Matthew Olosunde was effective when he pushed up, and provided a dangerous cross in the middle of the box. Fernandez read it well and made a diving punch for the clearance with U.S. attackers lurking. 

USA – Will Pulisic, 87th minute: Pulisic had yet to face a shot on goal, but he was tested twice in succession down the stretch and came up big on both occasions. Kerron Mason ripped a right-footed shot from well outside the box and Pulisic dove to his left for the save. The rebound popped out to Noah Powder from seven yards out at the near right post, and Pulisic again thwarted the Trinidad & Tobago offense with a well-positioned save. 

Next on the Schedule:
The U-17 MNT resumes Group A play against Guatemala at 6 p.m. ET on Thursday, March 5, at Estadio Francisco Morazán in San Pedro Sula.
Broadcast information: FOX Sports 2, FOX Sports GO, Univision Deportes
Social: Twitter (@ussoccer_ynt; @ussoccer_esp

Additional Notes:

  • The U-17 MNT is now 5-1-0 in international play this year.
  • The USA moved to 5-1-3 all-time against Trinidad & Tobago in this tournament’s history.
  • Head coach Richie Williams’ starting lineup featured three changes from the USA’s 5-0 victory against Cuba on Friday.
  • Goalkeeper Will Pulisic returned in net, and three of the four defenders also started in their second straight match: left back John Nelson, right back Matthew Olosunde and center back and team captain Hugo Arellano. Tanner Dieterich earned his first start of qualifying as the other center back.
  • The midfield of the 4-3-3 formation included another start for Christian Pulisic in an attacking role, while Luca de la Torre and Tommy McCabe garnered their first starts in the tournament. It marked McCabe’s first appearance in the CONCACAF U-17 Championship.
  • The front line featured returning starters Haji Wright on the right and Joe Gallardo in the middle. Alejandro Zendejas, who started in the midfield against Cuba, was pushed up to forward on the left side.
  • Christian Pulisic and Wright lead the team with 31 international caps in this cycle dating back to 2013.
  • The USA made its first sub in the 64th minute when McKinze Gaines replaced de la Torre. Gaines leads the USA with appearances in all six international games in 2015.
  • Tyler Adams made his second straight appearance off the bench, replacing Christian Pulisic in the 83rd minute.
  • In the first minute of second-half stoppage time, Richie Williams utilized his final substitution with Brandon Vazquez entering for Gallardo. It was Vazquez’s first appearance of the tournament.
  • Trinidad & Tobago played without Shirwin Noel, who served a one-game suspension after receiving a red card in the 39th minute of the team’s opening 4-1 loss to Guatemala on Feb. 27. 

- U.S. U-17 Men’s National Team Match Report -

Match: U.S. U-17 Men’s National Team vs. Trinidad & Tobago U-17 Men’s National Team
Date: March 2, 2015
Competition: 2015 CONCACAF U-17 Championship
Venue: Estadio Francisco Morazán; San Pedro Sula, Honduras
Kickoff: 6 p.m. ET (5 p.m. local)
Attendance: TBA
Weather: 81 degrees; Mostly cloudy

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

USA – Joe Gallardo                                        31st minute
USA – Haji Wright (Christian Pulisic)             71

Lineups:
USA: 1-Will Pulisic; 2-Matthew Olosunde, 14-Tanner Dieterich, 5-Hugo Arellano (capt.), 3-John Nelson; 16-Thomas McCabe, 8-Luca de la Torre (13-McKinze Gaines, 64), 10-Christian Pulisic (18-Tyler Adams, 83); 7-Haji Wright, 9-Joe Gallardo (19-Brandon Vazquez, 90+1), 20-Alejandro Zendejas
Subs Not Used: 4-Alexis Velela, 6-Eric Calvillo, 11-Josh Perez, 12-Kevin Silva, 15-Daniel Barbir, 17-Pierre da Silva
Head coach: Richie Williams

TRI: 1-Levi Fernandez; 3-Keston Julien, 4-Tekay Hoyce, 6-Kareem Riley, 7-Shakeem Patrick; 8-Joshua Burnett (17-Jeankeon Alexander, 84), 10-Morgan Bruce, 11-Jarren Nixon (9-Chaz Burnett, 60), 12-Kierron Mason; 14-Isaiah Hudson (13-Kishon Hacksaw, 82), 19-Noah Powder (capt.)
Subs Not Used: 2-Isaiah Garcia, 15-Darnell Hospedales, 16-Shobai Celestin, 18-Jean-Paul Rochford, 20-Tyrek James
Head coach: Shawn Cooper

Stats Summary: USA / TRI
Shots: 12 / 10
Shots on Goal: 4 / 2
Saves: 2 / 1
Corner Kicks: 8 / 2
Fouls: 14 / 11
Offside: 1 / 3

Misconduct Summary:
USA – Thomas McCabe (caution)                 74th minute
TRI – Joshua Burnett (caution)                      78
USA – Matthew Olosunde (caution)               85

Officials:
Referee: Adrian Skeete (BRB)
Assistant Referee 1: Gabriel Victoria (PAN)
Assistant Referee 2: Ricardo Ake (BLZ)
Fourth Official: Kimbell Ward (SKT)

ussoccer.com Man of the Match: Hugo Arellano

Selección Masculina Sub-17 Vence a Trinidad y Tobago 2-0 En Campeonato CONCACAF 2015

SAN PEDRO SULA, Honduras (2 de marzo, 2015) – La Selección Masculina Sub-17 de Estados Unidos se encuentra con seis puntos en la tabla del Grupo A del Campeonato Sub-17 de CONCACAF 2015 luego de una victoria de 2-0 contra Trinidad y Tobago. Joe Gallardo anotó el primer gol del encuentro y su cuarto del torneo en un tiro libre, y Haji Wright agregó el segundo en el segundo tiempo.

EE.UU. se ha enfrentado a Trinidad y Tobago en nueve ocasiones en un Campeonato Sub-17 de CONCACAF y ahora tiene un registro de 5-1-3 contra Trinidad y Tobago.

Estados Unidos ahora tiene en la mira el tercer partido del Grupo A, el jueves, 5 de marzo, contra Guatemala. El partido está programado para las 6 p.m. ET y será transmitido en vivo por FOX Sports 2 y Univisión Deportes.

En el primer partido de hoy del Grupo A, Jamaica venció 2-1 a su similar de Guatemala. Cuba se enfrenta al anfitrión Honduras en el último partido de la noche.

Próximamente:
Estados Unidos jugará contra Guatemala el jueves, 5 de marzo, a las 6 p.m. ET en vivo por FOX Sports 2 y Univisión Deportes. Su paso por el Grupo A sigue con Honduras (8 de marzo; 9:30 p.m. ET) y contra Jamaica (11 de marzo; 7 p.m. ET).
Información de transmisión: Univisión Deportes, FOX Sports 2
Social: Twitter (@ussoccer_ynt, @ussoccer_esp); Facebook; Instagram

Resumen de Goles:

USA – Joe Gallardo, minuto 31: Un minuto antes, el árbitro señaló un tiro libre a favor de Estados Unidos por una mano de Trinidad y Tobago. Joe Gallardo se perfiló hacia la portería con la pelota sobre el borde del área grande. Su disparo al ras del césped pasó por un lado de la barrera de Trinidad y Tobago, e hizo retumbar la red al pasar por un lado del portero Levi Fernández. USA 1, TRI 0

USA – Haji Wright (Christian Pulisic), minuto 71: Estados Unidos se encontraba cerca del medio campo cuando Christian Pulisic envío un balón por la banda izquierda, habilitando perfectamente a Haji Wright por detrás de la zaga de Trinidad y Tobago. Wright controló el balón hacia la portería adentro del área, enviando su disparo preciso adentro del segundo poste para el segundo gol de EE.UU. USA 2, TRI 0, FINAL

Atajadas Claves y Oportunidades Peligrosas:

TRI – Noah Powder y Tekay Hoyce, minuto 9: Estados Unidos tuvo dos oportunidades peligrosas consecutivas luego de una jugada a balón parado. Después de que un tiro de esquina de Christian Pulisic por el lado izquierdo rebotara entre la multitud, Alejandro Zendejas cruzó el balón de nuevo al centro de lado derecho. Haji Wright cabeceó la pelota hacia el lado izquierdo del marco y Powder despejó sobre la línea de gol. Joe Gallardo mantuvo vivo el intento con un disparo cerca del primer poste y Hoyce despejó para un tiro de esquina de EE.UU.

USA – Hugo Arellano, minuto 35: Trinidad y Tobago atacó por el lado derecho enviando un balón peligroso adentro del área grande por parte de Kareem Riley. William Pulisic intentó desviar con los puños pero el balón voló hacia atrás. Sin embargo el capitán Hugo Arellano estaba atentó e hizo el despeje necesario cerca del área chica.

USA – Luca de la Torre, minuto 42: Estados Unidos atacó por el lado izquierdo y el balón le cayó a Christian Pulisic en el centro. Pulisic dio el pase a su derecha para Luca de la Torre, quien remató con fuerza hacia la portería, enviando el esférico a la red, pero por afuera.

USA – William Pulisic, minuto 87: William Pulisic mantuvo el marcador en cero con dos atajadas impresionantes en el minuto 87. Kieron Mason recibió el balón y dejó ir un cañón de larga distancia que William Pulisic hizo bien en tirarse para atajar. El rebote le cayó directamente al capitán de Trinidad y Tobago Noah Powder, quien disparó a quemarropa. Pero W. Pulisic estaba listo para el remate, atajando con el cuerpo.

TRI – Levi Hernández, minuto 90: El portero de Trinidad y Tobago hizo una última jugada en el minuto 90 cuando Estados Unidos envió un balón cruzado peligroso al centro del área chica. Hernández desvió el balón con la palma de la mano por arriba de un jugador estadounidense que atacaba.

- Resumen de Juego de la Selección Masculina Sub-17 de Estados Unidos -

Encuentro: Selección Masculina Sub-17 de Estados Unidos vs. Trinidad y Tobago
Fecha: 2 de marzo, 2015
Torneo: Campeonato Sub-17 de CONCACAF 2015; Grupo A
Sede: Estadio Francisco Morazán; San Pedro Sula, Honduras
Inicio: 6 p.m. ET
Asistencia: TBD
Clima: 81 grados Fahrenheit, mayormente nublado

Resumen de anotaciones:       1          2          F
USA                                         1          1          2
TRI                                          0          0          0

USA – Joe Gallardo                                         minuto 31
USA – Haji Wright (Christian Pulisic)              71

Alineaciones:
USA: 1-Will Pulisic; 2-Matthew Olosunde, 14-Tanner Dieterich, 5-Hugo Arellano (capt.), 3-John Nelson; 16-Thomas McCabe, 8-Luca de la Torre (13-McKinze Gaines, 64), 10-Christian Pulisic (18-Tyler Adams, 83); 7-Haji Wright, 9-Joe Gallardo (19-Brandon Vázquez, 90+1), 20-Alejandro Zendejas

Suplentes no utilizados: 4-Alexis Velela, 6-Eric Calvillo, 11-Josh Pérez, 12-Kevin Silva, 15-Daniel Barbir, 17-Pierre da Silva

Director Técnico: Richie Williams

TRI: 1-Levi Fernández; 3-Keston Julien, 4-Tekay Hoyce, 6-Kareem Riley, 7-Shakeem Patrick; 8-Joshua Burnett (17-Jeankeon Alexander, 84), 10-Morgan Bruce, 11-Jarren Nixon (9-Chaz Burnett, 60), 12-Kierron Mason; 14-Isaiah Hudson (13-Kishon Hacksaw, 82), 19-Noah Powder

Suplentes no utilizados: 2-Isaiah García, 15-Darnell Hospedales, 16-Shobai Celestin, 18-Jean-Paul Rochford, 20-Tyrek James

Director Técnico: Shawn Cooper

Resumen estadístico: USA / TRI
Tiros: 12 / 10
Tiros a Gol: 4 / 2
Atajadas: 2 / 1
Tiros de Esquina: 8 / 2
Faltas: 14 / 11
Fuera de Lugar: 1 / 3

Resumen de penalidades:
USA – Thomas McCabe (amonestación)         minuto 74
TRI – Joshua Burnett (amonestación)              78
USA – Matthew Olosunde (amonstación)        85

Árbitros:
Árbitro: Adrian Skeete (BRB)
Árbitro Asistente 1: Gabriel Victoria (PAN)
Árbitro Asistente 2: Ricardo Ake (BLZ)
Cuarto Oficial: Kimbell Ward (SKT)

Jugador del Partido: Hugo Arellano

WNT Scavenger Hunt Gets Real, Real Quick

During a break in training in Portugal before the 2015 Algarve Cup, the WNT was put through a team-building exercise that was a scavenger hunt of sorts, as groups of players had to accomplish a list of tasks in a set amount of time. To no one’s surprise, it quickly got competitive as the teams tried to creatively accomplish their tasks to win the day.

U.S. U-16 BNT Headed to Netherlands International Tournament with 21-Player Roster

CHICAGO (March 2, 2015) – The U.S. Under-16 Boys’ National Team is headed to Rotterdam, Netherlands, for a March 7-16 trip to take part in the Netherlands International Tournament.

The camp will be highlighted by matches against the Republic of Ireland on March 11, the Czech Republic on March 13 and the Netherlands on March 15.

A 21-player roster will represent the USA in the four-team tournament. This marks the third U-16 BNT camp for this cycle, having previously met for a November camp in France, followed by the 2015 Aegean Cup International Youth Tournament in January. Eight players in this current roster competed at the Aegean Cup, which included a 2-0 victory against Romania.

Eighteen of the 21 players currently play in the Development Academy.

The U-16 camp is dually coached by Shaun Tsakiris and Luchi Gonzalez.

Roster By Position:
GOALKEEPERS (2): Eric Lopez (LA Galaxy; Westminster, Calif.), Brady Scott (De Anza Force; Petaluma, Calif.)
DEFENDERS (7): Jose Alfaro Jr. (Fuerza Monarca; West Chicago, Ill.), Calvin Aroh (New England Revolution; Glastonbury, Conn.), McKay Eves (Real Salt Lake AZ; San Diego, Calif.), Harold Hanson (FC Golden State; Ontario, Calif.), Daniel Jones (New England Revolution; West Hartford, Conn.), Rayshaun McGann (Philadelphia Union; Royal Palm Beach, Fla.), Francisco Torres (Club Tijuana; San Diego, Calif.)
MIDFIELDERS (6): Raul Aguilera Jr. (Orlando City; Sanford, Fla.), Jose Carranza (D.C. United; Manassas, Va.), Jonathan Gonzalez (Monterrey; Santa Rosa, Calif.), Christopher Goslin (Georgia United; Locust Grove, Ga.), Nicholas Taitague (Richmond United; Midlothian, Va.), Juan Pablo Torres (Georgia United; Lilburn, Ga.)
FORWARDS (6): Andrew Carleton (Georgia United; Powder Springs, Ga.), Lucas del Rosario (Capital Area RailHawks Academy – CASL; Durham, N.C.), Justin Rennicks (New England Revolution; Boston, Mass.), Timothy Weah (Paris Saint-Germain; Rosedale, N.Y.), Hanif Wright (Unattached; Los Angeles, Calif.), Aristotle Zarris (Real Salt Lake AZ; Casa Grande, Ariz.)

John Hackworth Names 36-Player Roster for U-15 BNT Camp in Florida

CHICAGO (March 2, 2015) – U.S. Under-15 Boys’ National Team head coach John Hackworth has selected a 36-player group to compete at a domestic camp from March 7-15 in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

This is the U-15 BNT’s first camp of the year. The camp features 35 players who were born in 2000 and one born in 2001.

The camp includes a heavy presence of Development Academy players, with 32 of the 36 currently registered with Academy clubs. Seventeen players are affiliated with Major League Soccer Academy teams, with four players from the LA Galaxy.

Roster by Position:
GOALKEEPERS (4): Alexander Budnik (Sockers FC Chicago; Arlington Heights, Ill.), Carlos dos Santos (Philadelphia Union; Philadelphia, Pa.), Quantrell Jones (Baltimore Celtic; Baltimore, Md.), Hunter Pinho (Players Development Academy; Cranford, N.J.)
DEFENDERS (11): Kelee Cornfield-Saunders (Chivas USA; San Marcos, Calif.), Cameron Duke (Sporting Kansas City; Olathe, Kan.), Christopher Durkin (Richmond United; Glen Allen, Va.), Connor Haskell (New England Revolution; Medfield, Mass.), Julian Kraidelman (New York Red Bulls; Montclair, N.J.), Jaylin Lindsey (Sporting Kansas City; Olathe, Kan.), John Murphy (Players Development Academy; Scotch Plains, N.J.), Bryan Perez (Sherman Oaks Extreme SC; Los Angeles, Calif.), Wolfgang Prentice (Pateadores; Redondo Beach, Calif.), Julian Shapiro-Lopez (Kendall SC; Miami, Fla.), Chandler Vaughn (D.C. United; Woodbridge, Va.)
MIDFIELDERS (12): Brenden Aaronson (Philadelphia Union; Medford, N.J.), Pablo Arias (New York Red Bulls; Ledgewood, N.J.), Jake Arteaga (LA Galaxy, Glendora, Calif.), Eric Valentine Calvillo (PWSI; Manassas, Va.), Ashish Chattha (Juventus; Fremont, Calif.), Carlos Anguiano Diaz (Chivas USA; Los Angeles, Calif.), Blaine Ferri (Solar Chelsea SC; Southlake, Texas), Nicholas Gallo (Juventus; Atherton, Calif.), Bryce Orsini (D.C. United; Rockville, Md.), Jose Peralta (Portland Timbers; Portland, Ore.), James Sands (New York Soccer Club; Rye, N.Y.), Adrian Villegas (Portland Timbers; Hood River, Ore.)
FORWARDS (9): Ayomide Akinola (Toronto FC; Brampton, Canada), Zico Bailey (LA Galaxy; Las Vegas, Nev.), Misael Becerra (Chivas USA; Los Angeles, Calif.), Arturo Chavez (Strikers FC; Lake Forest, Calif.), Jonathan Estrada (LA Galaxy; Santa Ana, Calif.), Nicolas Garcia-Morillo (Weston FC; Miami, Fla.), Niccolo Lemoine (De Anza Force; Pleasanton, Calif.), Mario Licor (Orlando City; Titusville, Fla.), Kevin Negrete (LA Galaxy; Hawthorne, Calif.)

U-17 MNT Ready to Tackle Trinidad & Tobago

The U-17 MNT prepares for the second game in the 2015 CONCACAF U-17 Championship against Trinidad & Tobago.

U-15 GNT Starts New Cycle with Camp at NTC in Carson

CHICAGO (March 2, 2015) – The U.S. Under-15 Girls’ National Team will begin its 2015 programming with a 36-player training camp at the U.S. Soccer National Training Center in Carson, Calif., running from March 14-21.

The camp will be run by U.S. Soccer Women’s Development Coach Mark Carr, who has called up 31 players born in 2001 and five born in 2002. This age group will form the core of the team that will attempt to qualify for the 2018 FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup.

U.S. U-15 GNT Roster By Position:

GOALKEEPERS (4): Ryan Campbell (So Cal Blues; Dana Point, Calif.), Julia Dohle (New York SC; Scarsdale, N.Y.), Marzia Josephson (TFCA Alliance; Cary, N.C.), Maciah Lipsey (Michigan Hawks; Southfield, Mich.)

DEFENDERS (12): Caroline Conti (Carolina Elite SA; Greenville, S.C.), Isabella D’Aquila (So Cal Blues; Orange, Calif.), Aliyah El-Naggar (Cincinnati United; Mason, Ohio), Alyssa Fleming (South Shore Select; Marshfield, Mass.), Julia Hannon (HBC SC; Massapequa, N.Y.), Tori Hansen (CASL; Raleigh, N.C.), Faith Hopper (Fullerton Rangers; Fullerton, Calif.), Paige Hopper (Fullerton Rangers; Fullerton, Calif.), Savannah Kessler (Legends FC; Murrieta, Calif.), Makenna Morris (Bethesda SC; Germantown, Md.), Natalia Staude (Tophat SC; Marietta, Ga.), Kate Wiesner (Slammers FC; Monrovia, Calif.)

MIDFIELDERS (12): Croix Bethune (Concorde Fire; Alpharetta, Ga.), Jordan Canniff (Richmond United; California, Md), Katelyn Duong (FC Portland; Portland, Ore.), Hannah Gallegos (Rio Rapids SC; Albuquerque, N.M.), Jillian Martinez (Lonestar SC; San Antonio, Texas), Taylour Mendoza (Mustang Fury; Pleasanton, Calif.), Madison Mercado (San Diego Surf; San Diego, Calif.), Alexandra Palangi (Santa Barbara SC; Arroyo Grande, Calif.), Gabrielle Robinson (Braddock Road SC; Springfield, Va.), Leah Scarpelli (Match Fit Academy; Brick, N.J.), Hollyn Torres (FC Dallas; Frisco, Texas), MacKenzee Vance (Storm SA; Bluffton, S.C.)

FORWARDS (8): Sade Adamolekun (Lonestar SC; Spicewood, Texas), Vanessa Buso (Legends FC; Corona, Calif.), Lia Godfrey (Clay County SC; Fleming Island, Fla.), Samantha Meza (Dallas Kicks; Balch Springs, Texas), Nicole Payne (Concorde Fire; Birmingham, Ala.), Alexandra Russell (Albion Hurricanes FC; Katy, Texas), Hannah White (Tophat SC; Mableton, Ga.), Sarai Zedingil (Beach FC; Los Angeles, Calif.)

U-17 MNT Continues World Cup Qualifying against Trinidad & Tobago

The U.S. Under-17 Men’s National Team resumes Group A play at the 2015 CONCACAF U-17 Championship when it faces Trinidad & Tobago at 6 p.m. ET on Monday, March 2, at Estadio Francisco Morazán in San Pedro Sula, Honduras. The game is live on FOX Sports 2 and Univision Deportes, and fans can follow on Twitter @ussoccer_ynt and @ussoccer_esp.

The USA took hold of first place in the group with a resounding 5-0 victory against Cuba on Feb. 27. Joe Gallardo led the way with three goals, while Hugo Arellano and Alejandro Zendejas each contributed a goal. The U-17 MNT’s plus-5 goal differential puts the team ahead of Guatemala (1-0-0, plus-3 goal differential) and host Honduras (1-0-0, plus-2 goal differential).

Trinidad & Tobago dropped its group opener 4-1 go Guatemala on Feb. 27. Keston Julien’s 45th-minute goal cut Guatemala’s lead to 2-1, but Guatemala responded in first-half stoppage time and padded its lead early in the second half.

Here is breakdown of the USA’s history against Trinidad & Tobago in this tournament:

  • The USA has faced Trinidad & Tobago eight previous times in this tournament, which ties for the most games (along with Honduras) against the Group A opponents. The U.S. is 4-1-3 all-time.
  • The first two meetings came at the 1983 CONCACAF U-16 Championship. The USA and Trinidad drew 1-1 in the opening round on Aug. 30, and then played to a scoreless draw through regulation in the title match on Sept. 3. The U.S. won the tournament title 5-3 in penalties.
  • The U.S. earned a 4-0 win to open the preliminary round of the 1987 CONCACAF U-16 Championship on Feb. 15.
  • At the 1988 CONCACAF U-16 Championship, the USA lost 1-0 to Trinidad on Nov. 20 to cap off the group stage, but made up for that result with a 1-0 U.S. win on Nov. 27 in the tournament’s final round in Port of Spain, Trinidad.
  • At the 1991 CONCACAF U-16 Championship, the USA and Trinidad & Tobago drew 1-1 in the final round on March 31.
  • The USA’s top offensive performance against Trinidad was at the 1994 CONCACAF U-16 Championship with a 5-3 victory on Nov. 5 in the group stage.
  • The last time the U.S. and Trinidad & Tobago faced each other was at the 2007 CONCACAF U-17 Tournament, where the USA garnered a 3-0 victory on April 30. Alex Nimo scored twice, with Brek Shea assisting his second goal. Ellis McLoughlin contributed the other U.S. tally off of a Sheanon Williams assist.

Photo Gallery: Training Intensifies for WNT Ahead of Algarve Cup Opener

A glimpse at the U.S. WNT's fifth day of training in Portugal ahead of the annual Algarve Cup. The USA takes on Norway on March 4 in its opening Group B match. The game will be broadcast on FOX Sports 1 and will also be available on FOX Sports Go. Fans can also follow U.S. Soccer's coverage on Twitter @ussoccer_wnt,@ussoccer_esp and Instagram @ussoccer_wnt.

U-23 WNT Defeats Norway 2-0 at La Manga Tournament

CHICAGO (Feb, 28, 2015) – The U.S. Under-23 Women’s National Team made it two wins in a row at the Six Nations Tournament in La Manga, Spain, defeating its counterpart from Norway, 2-0, on goals from forward Shea Groom and midfielder Danielle Colaprico. 

The USA out-shot Norway 16-2, but didn’t get on the board until a few minutes before halftime. Midfielder Samantha Mewis, the only player on the U.S. roster with senior WNT caps, played a pass into Groom near the left side of the penalty box. Groom took a long touch inside to beat the defender and finished hard inside the near post. 

Groom, a second round pick by FC Kansas City in the 2015 NWSL Draft, turned provider on the insurance goal. In the 70th minute she got to the end line and played a pass back across the face of the goal. Boston Breakers fourth-round draft pick Stephanie Verdoia made a perfect dummy run and the ball rolled to Colaprico, a Chicago Red Stars first-round pick, who finished from the top of the six-yard box. Stanford goalkeeper Jane Campbell picked up the shutout for the USA. 

The USA was coming off a 1-0 victory against Japan on Feb. 26 and will try to make it a three-game sweep at this friendly tournament against England on March 2. After Mewis captained the side against Japan, defender Emily Sonnet wore the armband against Norway. 

The 22-player U.S. squad features 14 professional players, including 13 who were taken in the recent 2015 NWSL Draft. The only one-year pro is Chicago Red Stars midfielder Vanessa DiBernardo. 

- U.S. U-23 Women’s National Team Match Report - 

Match: U.S. U-23 Women’s National Team vs. Norway U-23 Women’s National Team
Date: February 28, 2015
Competition: Six Nations Tournament
Venue: La Manga Football Centre; La Manga, Spain 

Scoring Summary:       1          2          F                                             
USA                              1          1          2
NOR                             0          0          0 

USA - Shea Groom (Samantha Mewis)               42nd minute
USA - Danielle Colaprico (Shea Groom)             70 

Lineups:
USA: 1-Jane Campbell; 17-Andi Sullivan, 13-Emily Sonnett (capt.), 23-Kristin Grubka, 4-Caprice Dydasco (7-Jaelene Hinkle, 46); 9-Rose Lavelle (16-Daphne Corboz, 78), 21-Lo’eau LoBonta, 14-Samantha Mewis (2-Danielle Colaprico, 46); 6-Shea Groom, 10-Stephanie Verdoia, 5-Makenzy Doniak (19-Cheyna Williams, 65)
Subs not used: 3-Vanessa DiBernardo, 8-Sarah Killion, 11-Stephanie McCaffrey, 15-Cari Roccaro, 18-Abby Smith, 20-Lynn Williams, 25-Abby Dahlkemper
Head Coach: Janet Rayfield 

NOR: 1-Nora Neset Gjoen, 2-Cecilie Redisch Kvamme, 4-Stine Pettersen Reinas, 15-Maria Thorisdottir, 5-Nora Byon-Nilssen, 17-Maria Dybwad Brochmann (6-Tonje Pedersen, 61), 16-Anja Sonstevold, 10-Andrine Stolsmo Hegerberg, 7-Victoria Ludvigsen, 9-Melissa Bjanesoy, 8-Guro Reiten (19-Lisa Fjellstad Naalsund, 46)
Subs not used: 3-Ane Sund Walsoe, 11-Synne Skinnes Hansen, 12-Hilde Gunn Olsen, 13-Mali Lilleas Naess, 14-Ingrid Ostervold Stenevik, 18-Therese Asland, 12-Anniken Jerre 

Stats Summary: USA / NOR
Shots: 16 / 2
Shots on Goal: 11 / 1
Saves: 1 / 9
Corner Kicks: 6 / 0
Fouls: 5 / 10
Offside:  1 / 2 

Misconduct Summary:
None 

Officials:
Referee: J. Lavrenovaite
Assistant Referee 1: I. Siliuniene
Assistant Referee 2: V. Skiptitene

Results

Date Matchup Result Venue Attendance Goal Scorers
November 28, 2012 U-17 MNT vs Brazil Under-17 Men 4-4 D Premier Sports Campus; Lakewood Ranch, Fla. 300 Rubin (2), Winn, Selemani
November 30, 2012 U-17 MNT vs Turkey Under-17 Men 4-1 W Premier Sports Campus; Lakewood Ranch, Fla. 0 Akale, Moore, Rubin, Winn
December 2, 2012 U-17 MNT vs Portugal Under-17 Men 4-3 W Premier Sports Campus; Lakewood Ranch, Fla. 0 Selemani, Schropp, Winn
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