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Women's Youth National Teams to Hold Goalkeeper Camp

CHICAGO (Dec. 1, 2014) – Sixteen goalkeepers ranging in age from 14-18 have been called up for a special four-day Women’s Youth National Team Goalkeeper Camp being held from Dec. 14-17 at the Olympic Training Center in Chula Vista, Calif.

This is the second camp of this kind held by the U.S. Soccer women’s technical staff with the goal of bringing in a larger group of goalkeepers from the Under-20 and Under-17 levels to evaluate the technical, biomechanical, psychological, social and physical attributes for long-term development of the top goalkeepers in the Youth National Team player pools. Six of the goalkeepers are in college with the other 10 are playing for youth clubs across the country.

Long-time U.S. Soccer goalkeeper coach Phil Wheddon will head up the camp that will also be attended by U.S. Soccer Women’s Technical Director April Heinrichs, U-20 Women’s National Team head coach Michelle French, U-17 Women’s National Team head coach B.J. Snow and three goalkeeper coaches who have all worked extensively with the USA’s youth teams: Graeme Abel, Phil Poole and Siri Mullinix.

GOALKEEPERS (16): Katherine Asman (Concorde Fire; Rosewell, Ga.), Hillary Beall (San Diego Surf; Laguna Beach, Calif.), Brooke Bollinger (Orlando City; Indiatlantic, Fla.), Emily Boyd (California; Seattle, Wash.), Caroline Brockmeier (FSU; Tallahassee, Fla.), Rosemary Chandler (Penn State; Atlanta, Ga.), Zoe Clevely (Strikers FC; Huntington Beach, Calif.), Ella Dederick (Washington State; Camarillo, Calif.), Kelsey Dossey (Indiana Fire; Plainfield, Ind.), Sarah Fuller (Mutiny FC/D’Feeters SC; Murphy, Texas), Mattison Interian (Arsenal; Pasadena, Calif.), Laurel Ivory (Sunrise; Surfside, Fla.), Samantha Leshnak (Ohio Elite; Liberty Township, Ohio), Savannah Madden (San Diego Surf; San Diego Calif.), Casey Murphy (Rutgers University; Bridgewater, N.J.), Lexi Nicholas (Notre Dame; Pleasanton, Calif.)

U-17 WNT to Hold November Camp at NTC in Los Angeles

CHICAGO (Oct. 23, 2014) – U.S. Under-17 Women’s National Team head coach B.J. Snow has named 25 players for a training camp running from Nov. 1-8 at the U.S. Soccer National Training Center in Carson, Calif. in the second domestic event of this cycle.

The U-17s are coming off a highly successful trip to the Korea Republic at the end of August/beginning of September in which they earned two convincing victories against the hosts.

This U-17 camp, which features mostly players born 1999 and a few in 2000, will run concurrently with the U.S. Under-15 Girls’ National Team camp, which features players mostly born 2000 and a few in 2001.

The age cut-off for the next U-17 Women’s World Cup in 2016, which is currently scheduled to be played in Jordan, is for players born on or after Jan. 1, 1999.

U.S. U-17 WNT Roster by Position:
GOALKEEPERS (3): Kat Asman (Concorde Fire SC; Roswell, Ga.), Hilary Beall (San Diego Surf; Laguna Beach, Calif.), Brooke Bollinger (Orlando City; Orlando, Fla.)
DEFENDERS (7): Kerry Abello (Team Chicago; Aurora, Ill.), Karlie Paschall (Tennessee SC; Brentwood, Tenn.), Kiara Pickett (Eagles; Santa Barbara, Calif.), Karina Rodriguez (So Cal Blues; Torrance, Calif.), Izzy Rodriguez (Michigan Hawks; Canton, Mich.), Jackie Schaefer (JFC; Atlantic Beach, Fla.), Sydney Zandi (Penn Fusion; West Chester, Pa.)
MIDFIELDERS (9): Rachael Dorwart (Penn Fusion; Mechanicsburg, Pa.), Chloe Frisch (San Diego Surf; Carlsbad, Calif.), Bri Halverson (Futura Futbol Club; Bolivar, Mo.), Nicki Hernandez (Eclipse Select; Naperville, Ill.), Jaelin Howell (Real Colorado; Windsor, Colo.), Brooke Redington (So Cal Blues; Manhattan Beach, Calif.), Ashley Sanchez (So Cal Blues; Monrovia, Calif.), Jordan Taylor (Ohio Premier Eagels; Wadsworth, Ohio), Taryn Torres (Solar-Chelsea Soccer Club; Frisco, Texas)
FORWARDS (6): Joanna Harber (Eastside FC; Bellevue, Wash.), Rachel Jones (Tophat 18 Gold; Lawrenceville, Ga.), Civana Kuhlmann (Colorado Rush; Littleton, Colo.), Alexa Spaanstra (Michigan Hawks; Brighton, Mich.), Frankie Tagliaferri (PDA; Colt Neck, N.J.), Emma Thomson (Sockers FC; Parkridge, Ill.)

U-17 WNT Sweeps Two-Game Set vs. Korea Republic with 7-0 Win

MOKPO, Korea Republic (Sept. 3, 2014) – The U.S. Under-17 Women’s National Team trounced their counterparts from the Korea Republic by a 7-0 score to sweep a two-game set that also included a 4-1 victory on Aug. 31. For the second match in a row, midfielder Ashley Sanchez notched a first-half hat trick while the USA also got goals from Taryn Torres, Alexa Spannstra, Kali Trevithick and Frankie Tagliaferri, all before 55 minutes had elapsed.

The USA got things going directly from the kickoff, winning a tackle in midfield to start an attack. The USA forced a few more turnovers before Torres latched on to a free ball in the left side of the box, powered toward goal and slammed a shot off the goalkeeper’s hand and inside the near post for a 1-0 lead with less than a minute gone.

One minute later the USA made it 2-0 when Sanchez eluded a defender on the top of the penalty area and shot across the ‘keeper into the lower left corner.

It was 3-0 after 10 minutes when Rachel Jones played Spaanstra behind the defense. Spaanstra easily rounded the goalkeeper to the left and slotted into the open net.

In the 14th minute, Civana Kuhlmann send a hard cross on the ground from the left side through the goal mouth to Sanchez, who slide to shoot at the far post off the hands of the ‘keeper and into the net. Sanchez made it 5-0 in the 25th minute, finishing a rebound of her own right-footed shot with a left-footed blast into the upper right corner from 19 yards out.

The first of two second half goals came in the 48th minute when Frankie Tagliaferri played a short pass to Trevithick deep inside the penalty box. Trevithick pulled off a nifty move, cutting the ball behind her own leg before finishing from six yards out.

Tagliaferri added the final goal on a long dribble that ended with a right-footed shot that snuck into the lower left corner from 18 yards out.

These were the first international matches for many players at the U-17 level and the squad will come together again in November for a training camp at the U.S. Soccer National Training Center in Carson, Calif. The age cut-off for the next U-17 Women’s World Cup in 2016, which is currently scheduled to be played in Jordan, is players born on or after Jan. 1, 1999. Seventeen players on the roster are 1999s with three born in 2000.

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

Match: U.S. U-17 Women’s National Team vs. Korea Republic U-17 Women’s National Team
Date: September 3, 2013
Competition: Friendly
Venue: Mokpo International Football Center; Mokpo, South Korea
Weather: 73 degrees

Scoring Summary:             1              2              F            
USA                                        5              2              7
KOR                                        0              0              0             

USA – Taryn Torres                                                             1st Minute
USA – Ashley Sanchez                                                       2
USA – Alexa Spaanstra (Rachel Jones)                          10
USA – Ashley Sanchez (Civanna Kuhlmann)                                14         
USA – Ashley Sanchez                                                       25
USA – Kali Trevithick (Frankie Tagliaferri)                      48
USA – Frankie Tagliaferri                                                   54 

Lineups:
USA:
  12-Brooke Bollinger (1-Hillary Beall, 45); 7-Kiara Pickett (21-Sydney Zandi, 46), 10-Karina Rodriguez (3-Rachael Dorwart, 46), 16-Tara McKeown, 8-Izzy Rodriguez (2-Kerry Abello, 46); 19-Taryn Torres (capt.), 13-Jaelin Howell (5-Brooke Redington, 33), 11-Ashley Sanchez (18-Frankie Tagliaferri, 33); 14-Rachel Jones (20-Kali Trevithick, 33), 15-Civana Kuhlmann (4-Tess Boade, 46), 17-Alexa Spaanstra (9-Joanna Harber, 46)
Subs note used: None.

Head Coach: BJ Snow

KOR: 21-Kang Hyerim (18-Bang Mirae, 55); 3-Kong Dayeon, 19-Yang Hyeonji, 6-Lim Subin (5-Kim Damin, 57), 7-Yang Hyeonji (20-Koo Chaehyeon, 61), 8-Park Hyejeong, 9-Gwon Huiseon (23-Oh Jinju 61), 12-Park Hayan, 14-Kim Hyunjeong, 17-Kim Chaewon, 16-Ju Hyemi
Subs notes: 1-Jeon Minyeong, 2-Yoon Hyein, 4-Jung Seonguen, 10-Baek Yurim, 11-Im Sojeong, 13-Park Mideum, 15-Eom Keun Byeol, 22-Song Boram
Head Coach: Ha Keumjin
 

Stats Summary: USA / KOR
Shots: 12 / 3
Shots on Goal: 8 / 1
Saves: 1 / 1
Corner Kicks: 5 / 2
Fouls: 10 / 3

U-17 WNT Defeats Korea Republic 4-1

MOKPO, Korea Republic (Aug. 31, 2014) – The U.S. Under-17 Women’s National Team rolled past their counterparts from the Korea Republic with a 4-1 victory in which all five goals came in the first half. The USA was led by a hat trick from midfielder Ashley Sanchez who scored three goals in a 20-minute span.

Alexa Spaanstra opened the scored in the 12th minute after she received a ball at the top of the box from Rachel Jones, who sent a square pass in from the left wing. Spaanstra lost a defender to her left and fired a shot that hit the crossbar near the upper left corner and bounced back to hit the Korean goalkeeper in the back of the head before rebounding into the goal.

The USA went up 2-0 in the 25th minute when Taryn Torres played a pass to the left wing to Jones, who slid in a cross on the ground for Sanchez to finish sharply first-time into the lower left corner.

The Koreans pulled a goal back in the 30th minute through Gwon Huiseon, who sent a nice chip into the right side of the U.S. net from a sharp angle on the left, but the Americans would score twice more before the break.

Sanchez got her second in the 37th when she got behind the Korean defense in the right side of the penalty area and lifted the ball over the on-rushing ‘keeper to make it 3-1.

Sanchez completed her hat trick with a nice bit of magic in the midfield, nutmegging a defender before running at goal and firing a shot from 23 yards that plowed into the net at the upper left corner.

This was the first international match for many players at the U-17 level and the two teams will play against on Sept. 3. The age cut-off for the next U-17 Women’s World Cup in 2016, which is currently scheduled to be played in Jordan, is players born on or after Jan. 1, 1999. Seventeen players on the roster are 1999s with three born in 2000.

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

Match: United States U-17 Women’s National Team vs. Korea Republic U-17 Women’s National Team
Date: August 31, 2013
Competition: Friendly
Venue: Mokpo International Football Center; Mokpo, South Korea
Weather: 73 degrees

Scoring Summary:             1              2              F
USA                                        4              0              4
KOR                                        1              0              1       

USA – Alexa Spaanstra (Rachel Jones)                          12th minute
USA – Ashley Sanchez (Rachel Jones)                          25
KOR – Gwon Huiseon                                                        30
USA – Ashley Sanchez                                                       37
USA – Ashley Sanchez                                                       45

Lineups:
USA:
  12-Brooke Bollinger; 7-Kiara Pickett, 5-Brooke Redington (16-Tara McKeown, 46), 10-Karina Rodriguez, 21-Sydney Zandi (8-Izzy Rodriguez, 46); 13-Jaelin Howell (3-Rachael Dorwart, 70), 19-Taryn Torres (capt.), 11-Ashley Sanchez (20-Kali Trevithick, 70); 17-Alexa Spaanstra, 14-Rachel Jones (18-Frankie Tagliaferri, 61), 9-Joanna Harber (15-Civanna Kuhlmann, 46)
Subs note used: 1-Hillary Beall, 4-Tess Boade, 2-Kerry Abello
Head Coach: BJ Snow

KOR: 21-Kang Hyerim; 3-Kong Dayeon, 4-Jung Seonguen (19-Yang Hyeonji, 45), 6-Lim Subin, 7-Yang Hyeonji (13-Park Mideum, 58), 8-Park Hyejeong, 9-Gwon Huiseon, 12-Park Hayan, 14-Kim Hyunjeong (10-Baek Yurim, 32), (15-Eom Keun Byeol, 58), 23-Oh Jinju (17-Kim Chaewon, 68), 22-Song Boram, (16-Ju Hyemi, 73)
Subs notes: 1-Jeon Minyeong, 2-Yoon Hyein, 5-Kim Damin, 11-Im Sojeong, 18-Bang Mirae, 20-Koo Chaehyeon
Head Coach: Ha Keumjin
 

Stats Summary: USA / KOR
Shots: 11 / 1
Shots on Goal: 9 / 3
Saves: 4 / 2
Corner Kicks: 5 / 2
Fouls: 15 / 2

Misconduct Summary:
USA -- Ashely Sanchez (caution)                     43rd minute

U.S. U-17 WNT Names Roster for Foreign Camp and Matches in Korea Republic

CHICAGO (Aug. 14, 2014) – U.S. Under-17 Women’s National Team head coach B.J. Snow has named 20 players for a trip to the Korea Republic from Aug. 25-Sept. 4 where the squad will play multiple matches against the host.

South Korea won the 2008 FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup that was played in Trinidad & Tobago. Asia teams have won three of the four FIFA U-17 tournaments contested so far with Korea DPR winning the inaugural event in 2008 and Japan taking the title in 2014.

This will be the first international trip for this group of players at the U-17 level. The U-17s last gathered for a domestic training camp from June 15-22 in Chula Vista, California.

The U.S. roster represents 10 different states. There are six players from California, the most of any state. Colorado has three and no other state has more than two.

The age cut-off for the next U-17 Women’s World Cup in 2016, which is currently scheduled to be played in Jordan, is Jan. 1, 1999. Seventeen players on the roster are 1999s, with three born in 2000.

U.S. U-17 WNT Roster by Position:

GOALKEEPERS (2): Hilary Beall (West Coast FC; Laguna Beach, Calif.), Brooke Bollinger (Space Coast United Storm; Indialantic, Fla.)
DEFENDERS (5): Kerry Abello (Team Chicago; Aurora, Ill.), Joanna Harber (Eastside FC; Bellevue, Wash.), Brooke Redington (South Bay Force; Manhattan Beach, Calif.), Karina Rodriguez (So Cal Blues; Torrance, Calif.), Sydney Zandi (Penn Fusion; West Chester, Pa.)
MIDFIELDERS (7): Jaelin Howell (Real Colorado; Windsor, Colo.), Rachel Jones (Tophat SC; Lawrenceville, Ga.), Kiara Pickett (Eagles; Santa Barbara, Calif.), Izzy Rodriguez (Michigan Hawks; Canton, Mich.), Ashley Sanchez (So Cal Blues; Monrovia, Calif.), Taryn Torres (Solar Chelsea SC; Frisco, Texas), Kali Trevithick (Crossfire; Redmond, Wash.)
FORWARDS (6):Tess Boade (Colorado Rush; Castle Rock, Colo.), Rachel Dorwart (Penn Fusion; Mechanicsburg, Pa.), Civana Kuhlman (Colorado Rush; Littleton, Colo.), Tara McKeown (Eagles; Newbury, Calif.), Alexa Spaanstra (Michigan Hawks; Brighton, Mich.), Frankie Tagliaferri (PDA; Colt Neck, N.J.) 

U.S. U-17 MNT Loses 4-1 to Norway at Open Nordic Tournament

NORRE AABY, Denmark (July 29, 2014) – The U.S. U-17 MNT dropped its second game of the Open Nordic Cup, a 4-1 loss to Norway Tuesday at Norre Aaby Stadium.

After giving up two first-half goals for the second consecutive game, USA’s Elijah Rice scored to cut the deficit to 2-1 early in the second half and breathe life into the U.S. attack. Norway put the game away with goals in the 60th and 79th minutes for the final margin. Norway’s John Saeter recorded a brace, opening the scoring in the ninth minute with a goal and striking again in the 79th minute to put the game further out of reach.

With the loss, the U.S. falls to 0-2-0 in the Open Nordic Tournament, having lost 2-0 to Denmark in the opener. The U.S. U-17s were previously unbeaten in 2014 and are currently playing with a split squad as they are also competing in the Copa Mexico de Naciones. The U.S. opens play in Mexico City against China PR on Aug. 2.

Next up for the U.S. in the Open Nordic Tournament is a match against the Faroe Islands on Thursday, July 31 before wrapping finishing on August 2 with a placement game.

 

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

Match: U.S. Under-17 Men’s National Team vs. Norway
Date: July 29, 2014
Competition: Open Nordic Tournament  
Venue: Norre Aaby Stadium; Norre Aaby, Denmark
Kickoff: 3 p.m. local
Weather: 80 degrees 

Scoring Summary:       1          2          F                                             
USA                             0          1          1
Norway                         2          2          4

NOR                             John Saeter                  9th  minute
NOR                             Andreas Helmersen       20
USA                             Elijah Rice                     45
NOR                             Marcus Stensby            60
NOR                             John Saeter                  79

Lineups:
USA: 1-William Pulisic; 3-Edwin Lara, 4-Nikkye De Point, 16-Miles Stray, 14-Tyler Adams; 21-Brian Zelaya (2-Logan Panchot, 60), 20-George Braima (capt.), 24-Weston McKennie (11-McKinze Gaines, 57); 7-Elijah Rice, 13-Eric Matzelevich (9-Kai Koreniuk, 60), 10-Keegan Kelly
Subs not used: 6- Kyle Gurrieri, 8- Jonathan Gonzalez, 12- Eric Lopez, 15- AJ Palazzolo
Head Coach: Richie Williams 

NOR: 1-Christian Haug; 2-Henrik Bredeli, 4-Mathias Laudal (14-Leonardo Dure, 63), 5-Mathusan Sandrakumar, 3-Jesper Espung; 18-Sander Berge (11-Jonas Fjellberg, 41), 13-Kristoffer Ajer, 10-John Saeter (capt.), 6-Vegard Erlien (8-Behrouz Habib, 72); 15-Andreas Helmersen, 7-Emil Hansson (17-Markus Stensby, 41)
Subs not used: 9- Birk Risa, 12- Marius Halvorsen, 16- Viljar Birkeland
Head Coach: Erland Johnsen 

Misconduct Summary:
NOR- Mathusan Sandrakumar    72nd minute (caution)

Officials:
Referee: Petri Vijanen
Assistant Referee 1: Jarno Kiistala
Assistant Referee 2: Jan Hermansen
4th Official: Kari J. a Hovdanum

**PLEASE NOTE – Game was 80 minutes**

 

U-17 WNT Starts New Cycle at OTC

CHICAGO (June 11, 2014) – U.S. Under-17 Women’s National Team head coach B.J. Snow has called up 30 players to the first training camp of the new cycle as this age group begins the long road to qualifying for the 2016 FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup that will be held in Jordan.

The age cut-off for the next U-17 Women’s World Cup is for players born on or after Jan. 1, 1999, and the majority of the players in this camp come from that birth year.

The camp will run from June 15-22 at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Chula Vista, California, and will feature a 90-minute scrimmage on June 17 at 4 p.m. PT. Two more scrimmages will be held on June 21 at 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. PT.

U.S. U-17 WNT Roster by Position:
GOALKEEPERS (4): Hillary Beall (West Coast FC; Laguna Beach, Calif.), Brooke Bollinger (Space Coast United; Indialantic, Fla.), Lauren Brzykcy (SoCal Blues; San Clemente, Calif.), Anna Smith (Crossfire Premier; Issaquah, Wash.)
DEFENDERS (6): Caitlin Haislip (Eclipse Select; Munster, Ind.), Joanna Harber (Eastside FC; Bellevue, Wash.), Kai Henderson (Crossfire Premier; Mill Creek, Wash.), Karlie Paschall (Tennessee SC; Brentwood, Tenn.), Brooke Redington (SoCal Blues; Manhattan Beach, Calif.), Karina Rodriguez (SoCal Blues; Torrance, Calif.)
MIDFIELDERS (9): Olufolasade Adamolekun (Lonestar SC; Spicewood, Texas), Alexa Ferreira (PDA; Warren, N.J.), Nicolette Hernandez (NSA Rockets; Naperville, Ill.), Jaelin Howell (Real Colorado; Windsor, Colo.), Jillian Jennings (Match Fit Academy; Montclair, N.J.), Kiara Pickett (Camarrillo Eagles; Santa Barbara, Calif.), Isabel Rodriguez (Michigan Hawks; Canton, Mich.), Ashley Sanchez (SoCal Blues; Monrovia, Calif.), Kali Trevithick (Crossfire Premier; Sammamish, Wash.)
FORWARDS (11): Theresa Boade (West Coast FC; Laguna Beach, Calif.), Rachael Dorwart (PA Classics; Mechanicsburg, Pa.), Simone Handy (Albion; Whittier, Calif.), Olivia Jones (Ahwatukee Foothills SC; Chandler, Ariz.), Civana Kuhlman (Colorado Rush, Littleton, Colo.), Kori Locksley (Freestate; Fort Washington, Md.), Tara McKeown (Eagles SC; Newbury Park, Calif.), Alexa Spaanstra (Michigan Hawks; Brighton, Mich.), Frankie Tagliaferri (PDA; Colt Neck, N.J.), Emma Thomson (Sockers FC; Park Ridge, Ill.), Kelsey Turnbow (Crossfire Premier; Liberty Lake, Wash.)

U17 WNT vs Japan Highlights Reaction Feb 9 2014

The U.S. U-17 WNT came from behind to defeat Japan 2-1 in the final game of the 2014 U-17 Women's NTC Invitational. Head coach B.J. Snow, forward Mallory Pugh, midfielder Taylor Racioppi, defender Ellie Jean, and defender Natalie Jacobs talk about winning the tournament and playing the last game of this current U-17 WNT cycle.

U.S. U-17 WNT Defeats Japan 2-1 to Win U-17 Women’s NTC Invitational

CARSON, Calif. (Feb. 9, 2014) – The U.S. Under-17 Women’s National Team came from behind to defeat an extremely talented Japan team by a 2-1 score in its final match of the 2014 Women’s NTC Invitational, getting a 29th minute equalizer from midfielder Taylor Racioppi's penalty and then a game-winner from midfielder Mallory Pugh in the 80th minute.

It was Pugh’s fourth goal in three games of the tournament; in which the USA also defeated China 5-0 and New Zealand 2-0. China defeated New Zealand 5-1 in the third place match.

The Americans gave up a goal just five minutes into the game to Moeka Minami but battled back for the victory in a tightly contested match.

Racioppi set up both goals, first being brought down in the penalty area and then converting the spot kick herself. With just 10 minutes left, the midfielder set up Pugh, who slotted her shot into the right corner from just inside the penalty area.

The tournament saw the USA register three victories against countries that are headed to the 2014 FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup in March in Costa Rica. The young Americans were denied their berth due to a penalty kick loss to Mexico in the semifinal of the CONCACAF qualifying tournament.

This was last event as U-17s for players born 1997 and 1998 as they will now transition to the U-18s and U-20s. The ‘99s will then become the primary age group for the U-17s as they start preparations for qualifying for the 2016 FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup.

 - U-17 WNT vs. Japan Match Report -

Match: United States U-17 Women's National Team vs. Japan
Date: Feb. 9, 2014
Competition: 2014 U-17 Women's NTC Invitational
Venue: GlennMooch” Myernick Field – U.S. Soccer National Training Center - Carson, Calif.
Kickoff: 4 p.m. PT
Weather: 60 degrees

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

JPN – Moeka Minami                               5th minute
USA – Taylor Racioppi (penalty kick)         29                    
USA – Mallory Pugh (Taylor Racioppi)        80                       

Lineups:
USA:   18-Kat Hess; 10-Ellie Jean, 9-Zoe Morse, 6-Natalie Jacobs, 12-Tegan McGrady; 4-Marley Canales,14-Taylor Racioppi, 17-Mallory Pugh; 8-Kelcie Hedge (20-Leah Pruitt, 66), 3-Maddie Haley (2-Dorian Bailey, 74), 11-Michelle Xiao (7-Mia Gyau, 66)
Subs not used: Ashley Sanchez, Taryn Torres, Frankie Tagliaferri, Karlie Paschall, Zoe Redei, Anika Rodriguez, Maddy Schultz, Alana Cook, Chloe Castaneda, Lauren Rood
Head Coach: BJ Snow

JPN: 1-Natsumi Asano; 6-Shiho Matsubara (21-Mizuka Sato, 77), 13-Moeka Minami, 3-Nana Ichise, 9-Hikaru Kitagawa; 10-Hina Sugita, 5-Asato Miyagawa, 14-Yui Hasegawa; 4-Nishida Meika, 8-Rikako Kobayashi, 18-Fuka Nagano (20-Mizuki Saihara,60)
Subs not used: Yukiko Abe, Wakaho Kanda, Fumika Yamashita, Mamiko Matsumoto, Yo Tachibana, Maho Hashinuma, Fuka Kono, Aimi Kunitake
Head Coach: Asako Takakura

Stats Summary: USA / JPN                                
Shots: 6 / 7
Shots on Goal: 4 / 6
Saves: 5 / 2
Corner Kicks: 5 / 7
Fouls: 7 / 4
Offside: 1 / 2

Misconduct Summary:
JPN – Nana Ichise          37th minute

Officials:
Referee: Juliana Duncan (USA)
Assistant Referee 1: Amanda Ross (USA)
Assistant Referee 2: Kathryn Nesbitt (USA)
Fourth Official: Adrienne McDonald (USA)

U17 WNT vs New Zealand Highlights Reaction Feb 7 2014

The U.S. U-17 WNT defeated New Zealand 2-0 in its second game of the 2014 U-17 Women's NTC Invitational. Head coach B.J. Snow, midfielder Marley Canales, and midfielder Ashley Sanchez talk about the win which gave the Americans the tournament lead heading into the final game against Japan on Feb. 9.

Women's Youth National Teams to Hold Goalkeeper Camp

CHICAGO (Dec. 1, 2014) – Sixteen goalkeepers ranging in age from 14-18 have been called up for a special four-day Women’s Youth National Team Goalkeeper Camp being held from Dec. 14-17 at the Olympic Training Center in Chula Vista, Calif.

This is the second camp of this kind held by the U.S. Soccer women’s technical staff with the goal of bringing in a larger group of goalkeepers from the Under-20 and Under-17 levels to evaluate the technical, biomechanical, psychological, social and physical attributes for long-term development of the top goalkeepers in the Youth National Team player pools. Six of the goalkeepers are in college with the other 10 are playing for youth clubs across the country.

Long-time U.S. Soccer goalkeeper coach Phil Wheddon will head up the camp that will also be attended by U.S. Soccer Women’s Technical Director April Heinrichs, U-20 Women’s National Team head coach Michelle French, U-17 Women’s National Team head coach B.J. Snow and three goalkeeper coaches who have all worked extensively with the USA’s youth teams: Graeme Abel, Phil Poole and Siri Mullinix.

GOALKEEPERS (16): Katherine Asman (Concorde Fire; Rosewell, Ga.), Hillary Beall (San Diego Surf; Laguna Beach, Calif.), Brooke Bollinger (Orlando City; Indiatlantic, Fla.), Emily Boyd (California; Seattle, Wash.), Caroline Brockmeier (FSU; Tallahassee, Fla.), Rosemary Chandler (Penn State; Atlanta, Ga.), Zoe Clevely (Strikers FC; Huntington Beach, Calif.), Ella Dederick (Washington State; Camarillo, Calif.), Kelsey Dossey (Indiana Fire; Plainfield, Ind.), Sarah Fuller (Mutiny FC/D’Feeters SC; Murphy, Texas), Mattison Interian (Arsenal; Pasadena, Calif.), Laurel Ivory (Sunrise; Surfside, Fla.), Samantha Leshnak (Ohio Elite; Liberty Township, Ohio), Savannah Madden (San Diego Surf; San Diego Calif.), Casey Murphy (Rutgers University; Bridgewater, N.J.), Lexi Nicholas (Notre Dame; Pleasanton, Calif.)

U-17 WNT to Hold November Camp at NTC in Los Angeles

CHICAGO (Oct. 23, 2014) – U.S. Under-17 Women’s National Team head coach B.J. Snow has named 25 players for a training camp running from Nov. 1-8 at the U.S. Soccer National Training Center in Carson, Calif. in the second domestic event of this cycle.

The U-17s are coming off a highly successful trip to the Korea Republic at the end of August/beginning of September in which they earned two convincing victories against the hosts.

This U-17 camp, which features mostly players born 1999 and a few in 2000, will run concurrently with the U.S. Under-15 Girls’ National Team camp, which features players mostly born 2000 and a few in 2001.

The age cut-off for the next U-17 Women’s World Cup in 2016, which is currently scheduled to be played in Jordan, is for players born on or after Jan. 1, 1999.

U.S. U-17 WNT Roster by Position:
GOALKEEPERS (3): Kat Asman (Concorde Fire SC; Roswell, Ga.), Hilary Beall (San Diego Surf; Laguna Beach, Calif.), Brooke Bollinger (Orlando City; Orlando, Fla.)
DEFENDERS (7): Kerry Abello (Team Chicago; Aurora, Ill.), Karlie Paschall (Tennessee SC; Brentwood, Tenn.), Kiara Pickett (Eagles; Santa Barbara, Calif.), Karina Rodriguez (So Cal Blues; Torrance, Calif.), Izzy Rodriguez (Michigan Hawks; Canton, Mich.), Jackie Schaefer (JFC; Atlantic Beach, Fla.), Sydney Zandi (Penn Fusion; West Chester, Pa.)
MIDFIELDERS (9): Rachael Dorwart (Penn Fusion; Mechanicsburg, Pa.), Chloe Frisch (San Diego Surf; Carlsbad, Calif.), Bri Halverson (Futura Futbol Club; Bolivar, Mo.), Nicki Hernandez (Eclipse Select; Naperville, Ill.), Jaelin Howell (Real Colorado; Windsor, Colo.), Brooke Redington (So Cal Blues; Manhattan Beach, Calif.), Ashley Sanchez (So Cal Blues; Monrovia, Calif.), Jordan Taylor (Ohio Premier Eagels; Wadsworth, Ohio), Taryn Torres (Solar-Chelsea Soccer Club; Frisco, Texas)
FORWARDS (6): Joanna Harber (Eastside FC; Bellevue, Wash.), Rachel Jones (Tophat 18 Gold; Lawrenceville, Ga.), Civana Kuhlmann (Colorado Rush; Littleton, Colo.), Alexa Spaanstra (Michigan Hawks; Brighton, Mich.), Frankie Tagliaferri (PDA; Colt Neck, N.J.), Emma Thomson (Sockers FC; Parkridge, Ill.)

U-17 WNT Sweeps Two-Game Set vs. Korea Republic with 7-0 Win

MOKPO, Korea Republic (Sept. 3, 2014) – The U.S. Under-17 Women’s National Team trounced their counterparts from the Korea Republic by a 7-0 score to sweep a two-game set that also included a 4-1 victory on Aug. 31. For the second match in a row, midfielder Ashley Sanchez notched a first-half hat trick while the USA also got goals from Taryn Torres, Alexa Spannstra, Kali Trevithick and Frankie Tagliaferri, all before 55 minutes had elapsed.

The USA got things going directly from the kickoff, winning a tackle in midfield to start an attack. The USA forced a few more turnovers before Torres latched on to a free ball in the left side of the box, powered toward goal and slammed a shot off the goalkeeper’s hand and inside the near post for a 1-0 lead with less than a minute gone.

One minute later the USA made it 2-0 when Sanchez eluded a defender on the top of the penalty area and shot across the ‘keeper into the lower left corner.

It was 3-0 after 10 minutes when Rachel Jones played Spaanstra behind the defense. Spaanstra easily rounded the goalkeeper to the left and slotted into the open net.

In the 14th minute, Civana Kuhlmann send a hard cross on the ground from the left side through the goal mouth to Sanchez, who slide to shoot at the far post off the hands of the ‘keeper and into the net. Sanchez made it 5-0 in the 25th minute, finishing a rebound of her own right-footed shot with a left-footed blast into the upper right corner from 19 yards out.

The first of two second half goals came in the 48th minute when Frankie Tagliaferri played a short pass to Trevithick deep inside the penalty box. Trevithick pulled off a nifty move, cutting the ball behind her own leg before finishing from six yards out.

Tagliaferri added the final goal on a long dribble that ended with a right-footed shot that snuck into the lower left corner from 18 yards out.

These were the first international matches for many players at the U-17 level and the squad will come together again in November for a training camp at the U.S. Soccer National Training Center in Carson, Calif. The age cut-off for the next U-17 Women’s World Cup in 2016, which is currently scheduled to be played in Jordan, is players born on or after Jan. 1, 1999. Seventeen players on the roster are 1999s with three born in 2000.

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

Match: U.S. U-17 Women’s National Team vs. Korea Republic U-17 Women’s National Team
Date: September 3, 2013
Competition: Friendly
Venue: Mokpo International Football Center; Mokpo, South Korea
Weather: 73 degrees

Scoring Summary:             1              2              F            
USA                                        5              2              7
KOR                                        0              0              0             

USA – Taryn Torres                                                             1st Minute
USA – Ashley Sanchez                                                       2
USA – Alexa Spaanstra (Rachel Jones)                          10
USA – Ashley Sanchez (Civanna Kuhlmann)                                14         
USA – Ashley Sanchez                                                       25
USA – Kali Trevithick (Frankie Tagliaferri)                      48
USA – Frankie Tagliaferri                                                   54 

Lineups:
USA:
  12-Brooke Bollinger (1-Hillary Beall, 45); 7-Kiara Pickett (21-Sydney Zandi, 46), 10-Karina Rodriguez (3-Rachael Dorwart, 46), 16-Tara McKeown, 8-Izzy Rodriguez (2-Kerry Abello, 46); 19-Taryn Torres (capt.), 13-Jaelin Howell (5-Brooke Redington, 33), 11-Ashley Sanchez (18-Frankie Tagliaferri, 33); 14-Rachel Jones (20-Kali Trevithick, 33), 15-Civana Kuhlmann (4-Tess Boade, 46), 17-Alexa Spaanstra (9-Joanna Harber, 46)
Subs note used: None.

Head Coach: BJ Snow

KOR: 21-Kang Hyerim (18-Bang Mirae, 55); 3-Kong Dayeon, 19-Yang Hyeonji, 6-Lim Subin (5-Kim Damin, 57), 7-Yang Hyeonji (20-Koo Chaehyeon, 61), 8-Park Hyejeong, 9-Gwon Huiseon (23-Oh Jinju 61), 12-Park Hayan, 14-Kim Hyunjeong, 17-Kim Chaewon, 16-Ju Hyemi
Subs notes: 1-Jeon Minyeong, 2-Yoon Hyein, 4-Jung Seonguen, 10-Baek Yurim, 11-Im Sojeong, 13-Park Mideum, 15-Eom Keun Byeol, 22-Song Boram
Head Coach: Ha Keumjin
 

Stats Summary: USA / KOR
Shots: 12 / 3
Shots on Goal: 8 / 1
Saves: 1 / 1
Corner Kicks: 5 / 2
Fouls: 10 / 3

U-17 WNT Defeats Korea Republic 4-1

MOKPO, Korea Republic (Aug. 31, 2014) – The U.S. Under-17 Women’s National Team rolled past their counterparts from the Korea Republic with a 4-1 victory in which all five goals came in the first half. The USA was led by a hat trick from midfielder Ashley Sanchez who scored three goals in a 20-minute span.

Alexa Spaanstra opened the scored in the 12th minute after she received a ball at the top of the box from Rachel Jones, who sent a square pass in from the left wing. Spaanstra lost a defender to her left and fired a shot that hit the crossbar near the upper left corner and bounced back to hit the Korean goalkeeper in the back of the head before rebounding into the goal.

The USA went up 2-0 in the 25th minute when Taryn Torres played a pass to the left wing to Jones, who slid in a cross on the ground for Sanchez to finish sharply first-time into the lower left corner.

The Koreans pulled a goal back in the 30th minute through Gwon Huiseon, who sent a nice chip into the right side of the U.S. net from a sharp angle on the left, but the Americans would score twice more before the break.

Sanchez got her second in the 37th when she got behind the Korean defense in the right side of the penalty area and lifted the ball over the on-rushing ‘keeper to make it 3-1.

Sanchez completed her hat trick with a nice bit of magic in the midfield, nutmegging a defender before running at goal and firing a shot from 23 yards that plowed into the net at the upper left corner.

This was the first international match for many players at the U-17 level and the two teams will play against on Sept. 3. The age cut-off for the next U-17 Women’s World Cup in 2016, which is currently scheduled to be played in Jordan, is players born on or after Jan. 1, 1999. Seventeen players on the roster are 1999s with three born in 2000.

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

Match: United States U-17 Women’s National Team vs. Korea Republic U-17 Women’s National Team
Date: August 31, 2013
Competition: Friendly
Venue: Mokpo International Football Center; Mokpo, South Korea
Weather: 73 degrees

Scoring Summary:             1              2              F
USA                                        4              0              4
KOR                                        1              0              1       

USA – Alexa Spaanstra (Rachel Jones)                          12th minute
USA – Ashley Sanchez (Rachel Jones)                          25
KOR – Gwon Huiseon                                                        30
USA – Ashley Sanchez                                                       37
USA – Ashley Sanchez                                                       45

Lineups:
USA:
  12-Brooke Bollinger; 7-Kiara Pickett, 5-Brooke Redington (16-Tara McKeown, 46), 10-Karina Rodriguez, 21-Sydney Zandi (8-Izzy Rodriguez, 46); 13-Jaelin Howell (3-Rachael Dorwart, 70), 19-Taryn Torres (capt.), 11-Ashley Sanchez (20-Kali Trevithick, 70); 17-Alexa Spaanstra, 14-Rachel Jones (18-Frankie Tagliaferri, 61), 9-Joanna Harber (15-Civanna Kuhlmann, 46)
Subs note used: 1-Hillary Beall, 4-Tess Boade, 2-Kerry Abello
Head Coach: BJ Snow

KOR: 21-Kang Hyerim; 3-Kong Dayeon, 4-Jung Seonguen (19-Yang Hyeonji, 45), 6-Lim Subin, 7-Yang Hyeonji (13-Park Mideum, 58), 8-Park Hyejeong, 9-Gwon Huiseon, 12-Park Hayan, 14-Kim Hyunjeong (10-Baek Yurim, 32), (15-Eom Keun Byeol, 58), 23-Oh Jinju (17-Kim Chaewon, 68), 22-Song Boram, (16-Ju Hyemi, 73)
Subs notes: 1-Jeon Minyeong, 2-Yoon Hyein, 5-Kim Damin, 11-Im Sojeong, 18-Bang Mirae, 20-Koo Chaehyeon
Head Coach: Ha Keumjin
 

Stats Summary: USA / KOR
Shots: 11 / 1
Shots on Goal: 9 / 3
Saves: 4 / 2
Corner Kicks: 5 / 2
Fouls: 15 / 2

Misconduct Summary:
USA -- Ashely Sanchez (caution)                     43rd minute

U.S. U-17 WNT Names Roster for Foreign Camp and Matches in Korea Republic

CHICAGO (Aug. 14, 2014) – U.S. Under-17 Women’s National Team head coach B.J. Snow has named 20 players for a trip to the Korea Republic from Aug. 25-Sept. 4 where the squad will play multiple matches against the host.

South Korea won the 2008 FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup that was played in Trinidad & Tobago. Asia teams have won three of the four FIFA U-17 tournaments contested so far with Korea DPR winning the inaugural event in 2008 and Japan taking the title in 2014.

This will be the first international trip for this group of players at the U-17 level. The U-17s last gathered for a domestic training camp from June 15-22 in Chula Vista, California.

The U.S. roster represents 10 different states. There are six players from California, the most of any state. Colorado has three and no other state has more than two.

The age cut-off for the next U-17 Women’s World Cup in 2016, which is currently scheduled to be played in Jordan, is Jan. 1, 1999. Seventeen players on the roster are 1999s, with three born in 2000.

U.S. U-17 WNT Roster by Position:

GOALKEEPERS (2): Hilary Beall (West Coast FC; Laguna Beach, Calif.), Brooke Bollinger (Space Coast United Storm; Indialantic, Fla.)
DEFENDERS (5): Kerry Abello (Team Chicago; Aurora, Ill.), Joanna Harber (Eastside FC; Bellevue, Wash.), Brooke Redington (South Bay Force; Manhattan Beach, Calif.), Karina Rodriguez (So Cal Blues; Torrance, Calif.), Sydney Zandi (Penn Fusion; West Chester, Pa.)
MIDFIELDERS (7): Jaelin Howell (Real Colorado; Windsor, Colo.), Rachel Jones (Tophat SC; Lawrenceville, Ga.), Kiara Pickett (Eagles; Santa Barbara, Calif.), Izzy Rodriguez (Michigan Hawks; Canton, Mich.), Ashley Sanchez (So Cal Blues; Monrovia, Calif.), Taryn Torres (Solar Chelsea SC; Frisco, Texas), Kali Trevithick (Crossfire; Redmond, Wash.)
FORWARDS (6):Tess Boade (Colorado Rush; Castle Rock, Colo.), Rachel Dorwart (Penn Fusion; Mechanicsburg, Pa.), Civana Kuhlman (Colorado Rush; Littleton, Colo.), Tara McKeown (Eagles; Newbury, Calif.), Alexa Spaanstra (Michigan Hawks; Brighton, Mich.), Frankie Tagliaferri (PDA; Colt Neck, N.J.) 

U.S. U-17 MNT Loses 4-1 to Norway at Open Nordic Tournament

NORRE AABY, Denmark (July 29, 2014) – The U.S. U-17 MNT dropped its second game of the Open Nordic Cup, a 4-1 loss to Norway Tuesday at Norre Aaby Stadium.

After giving up two first-half goals for the second consecutive game, USA’s Elijah Rice scored to cut the deficit to 2-1 early in the second half and breathe life into the U.S. attack. Norway put the game away with goals in the 60th and 79th minutes for the final margin. Norway’s John Saeter recorded a brace, opening the scoring in the ninth minute with a goal and striking again in the 79th minute to put the game further out of reach.

With the loss, the U.S. falls to 0-2-0 in the Open Nordic Tournament, having lost 2-0 to Denmark in the opener. The U.S. U-17s were previously unbeaten in 2014 and are currently playing with a split squad as they are also competing in the Copa Mexico de Naciones. The U.S. opens play in Mexico City against China PR on Aug. 2.

Next up for the U.S. in the Open Nordic Tournament is a match against the Faroe Islands on Thursday, July 31 before wrapping finishing on August 2 with a placement game.

 

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

Match: U.S. Under-17 Men’s National Team vs. Norway
Date: July 29, 2014
Competition: Open Nordic Tournament  
Venue: Norre Aaby Stadium; Norre Aaby, Denmark
Kickoff: 3 p.m. local
Weather: 80 degrees 

Scoring Summary:       1          2          F                                             
USA                             0          1          1
Norway                         2          2          4

NOR                             John Saeter                  9th  minute
NOR                             Andreas Helmersen       20
USA                             Elijah Rice                     45
NOR                             Marcus Stensby            60
NOR                             John Saeter                  79

Lineups:
USA: 1-William Pulisic; 3-Edwin Lara, 4-Nikkye De Point, 16-Miles Stray, 14-Tyler Adams; 21-Brian Zelaya (2-Logan Panchot, 60), 20-George Braima (capt.), 24-Weston McKennie (11-McKinze Gaines, 57); 7-Elijah Rice, 13-Eric Matzelevich (9-Kai Koreniuk, 60), 10-Keegan Kelly
Subs not used: 6- Kyle Gurrieri, 8- Jonathan Gonzalez, 12- Eric Lopez, 15- AJ Palazzolo
Head Coach: Richie Williams 

NOR: 1-Christian Haug; 2-Henrik Bredeli, 4-Mathias Laudal (14-Leonardo Dure, 63), 5-Mathusan Sandrakumar, 3-Jesper Espung; 18-Sander Berge (11-Jonas Fjellberg, 41), 13-Kristoffer Ajer, 10-John Saeter (capt.), 6-Vegard Erlien (8-Behrouz Habib, 72); 15-Andreas Helmersen, 7-Emil Hansson (17-Markus Stensby, 41)
Subs not used: 9- Birk Risa, 12- Marius Halvorsen, 16- Viljar Birkeland
Head Coach: Erland Johnsen 

Misconduct Summary:
NOR- Mathusan Sandrakumar    72nd minute (caution)

Officials:
Referee: Petri Vijanen
Assistant Referee 1: Jarno Kiistala
Assistant Referee 2: Jan Hermansen
4th Official: Kari J. a Hovdanum

**PLEASE NOTE – Game was 80 minutes**

 

U-17 WNT Starts New Cycle at OTC

CHICAGO (June 11, 2014) – U.S. Under-17 Women’s National Team head coach B.J. Snow has called up 30 players to the first training camp of the new cycle as this age group begins the long road to qualifying for the 2016 FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup that will be held in Jordan.

The age cut-off for the next U-17 Women’s World Cup is for players born on or after Jan. 1, 1999, and the majority of the players in this camp come from that birth year.

The camp will run from June 15-22 at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Chula Vista, California, and will feature a 90-minute scrimmage on June 17 at 4 p.m. PT. Two more scrimmages will be held on June 21 at 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. PT.

U.S. U-17 WNT Roster by Position:
GOALKEEPERS (4): Hillary Beall (West Coast FC; Laguna Beach, Calif.), Brooke Bollinger (Space Coast United; Indialantic, Fla.), Lauren Brzykcy (SoCal Blues; San Clemente, Calif.), Anna Smith (Crossfire Premier; Issaquah, Wash.)
DEFENDERS (6): Caitlin Haislip (Eclipse Select; Munster, Ind.), Joanna Harber (Eastside FC; Bellevue, Wash.), Kai Henderson (Crossfire Premier; Mill Creek, Wash.), Karlie Paschall (Tennessee SC; Brentwood, Tenn.), Brooke Redington (SoCal Blues; Manhattan Beach, Calif.), Karina Rodriguez (SoCal Blues; Torrance, Calif.)
MIDFIELDERS (9): Olufolasade Adamolekun (Lonestar SC; Spicewood, Texas), Alexa Ferreira (PDA; Warren, N.J.), Nicolette Hernandez (NSA Rockets; Naperville, Ill.), Jaelin Howell (Real Colorado; Windsor, Colo.), Jillian Jennings (Match Fit Academy; Montclair, N.J.), Kiara Pickett (Camarrillo Eagles; Santa Barbara, Calif.), Isabel Rodriguez (Michigan Hawks; Canton, Mich.), Ashley Sanchez (SoCal Blues; Monrovia, Calif.), Kali Trevithick (Crossfire Premier; Sammamish, Wash.)
FORWARDS (11): Theresa Boade (West Coast FC; Laguna Beach, Calif.), Rachael Dorwart (PA Classics; Mechanicsburg, Pa.), Simone Handy (Albion; Whittier, Calif.), Olivia Jones (Ahwatukee Foothills SC; Chandler, Ariz.), Civana Kuhlman (Colorado Rush, Littleton, Colo.), Kori Locksley (Freestate; Fort Washington, Md.), Tara McKeown (Eagles SC; Newbury Park, Calif.), Alexa Spaanstra (Michigan Hawks; Brighton, Mich.), Frankie Tagliaferri (PDA; Colt Neck, N.J.), Emma Thomson (Sockers FC; Park Ridge, Ill.), Kelsey Turnbow (Crossfire Premier; Liberty Lake, Wash.)

U.S. U-17 WNT Defeats Japan 2-1 to Win U-17 Women’s NTC Invitational

CARSON, Calif. (Feb. 9, 2014) – The U.S. Under-17 Women’s National Team came from behind to defeat an extremely talented Japan team by a 2-1 score in its final match of the 2014 Women’s NTC Invitational, getting a 29th minute equalizer from midfielder Taylor Racioppi's penalty and then a game-winner from midfielder Mallory Pugh in the 80th minute.

It was Pugh’s fourth goal in three games of the tournament; in which the USA also defeated China 5-0 and New Zealand 2-0. China defeated New Zealand 5-1 in the third place match.

The Americans gave up a goal just five minutes into the game to Moeka Minami but battled back for the victory in a tightly contested match.

Racioppi set up both goals, first being brought down in the penalty area and then converting the spot kick herself. With just 10 minutes left, the midfielder set up Pugh, who slotted her shot into the right corner from just inside the penalty area.

The tournament saw the USA register three victories against countries that are headed to the 2014 FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup in March in Costa Rica. The young Americans were denied their berth due to a penalty kick loss to Mexico in the semifinal of the CONCACAF qualifying tournament.

This was last event as U-17s for players born 1997 and 1998 as they will now transition to the U-18s and U-20s. The ‘99s will then become the primary age group for the U-17s as they start preparations for qualifying for the 2016 FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup.

 - U-17 WNT vs. Japan Match Report -

Match: United States U-17 Women's National Team vs. Japan
Date: Feb. 9, 2014
Competition: 2014 U-17 Women's NTC Invitational
Venue: GlennMooch” Myernick Field – U.S. Soccer National Training Center - Carson, Calif.
Kickoff: 4 p.m. PT
Weather: 60 degrees

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

JPN – Moeka Minami                               5th minute
USA – Taylor Racioppi (penalty kick)         29                    
USA – Mallory Pugh (Taylor Racioppi)        80                       

Lineups:
USA:   18-Kat Hess; 10-Ellie Jean, 9-Zoe Morse, 6-Natalie Jacobs, 12-Tegan McGrady; 4-Marley Canales,14-Taylor Racioppi, 17-Mallory Pugh; 8-Kelcie Hedge (20-Leah Pruitt, 66), 3-Maddie Haley (2-Dorian Bailey, 74), 11-Michelle Xiao (7-Mia Gyau, 66)
Subs not used: Ashley Sanchez, Taryn Torres, Frankie Tagliaferri, Karlie Paschall, Zoe Redei, Anika Rodriguez, Maddy Schultz, Alana Cook, Chloe Castaneda, Lauren Rood
Head Coach: BJ Snow

JPN: 1-Natsumi Asano; 6-Shiho Matsubara (21-Mizuka Sato, 77), 13-Moeka Minami, 3-Nana Ichise, 9-Hikaru Kitagawa; 10-Hina Sugita, 5-Asato Miyagawa, 14-Yui Hasegawa; 4-Nishida Meika, 8-Rikako Kobayashi, 18-Fuka Nagano (20-Mizuki Saihara,60)
Subs not used: Yukiko Abe, Wakaho Kanda, Fumika Yamashita, Mamiko Matsumoto, Yo Tachibana, Maho Hashinuma, Fuka Kono, Aimi Kunitake
Head Coach: Asako Takakura

Stats Summary: USA / JPN                                
Shots: 6 / 7
Shots on Goal: 4 / 6
Saves: 5 / 2
Corner Kicks: 5 / 7
Fouls: 7 / 4
Offside: 1 / 2

Misconduct Summary:
JPN – Nana Ichise          37th minute

Officials:
Referee: Juliana Duncan (USA)
Assistant Referee 1: Amanda Ross (USA)
Assistant Referee 2: Kathryn Nesbitt (USA)
Fourth Official: Adrienne McDonald (USA)

U.S. U-17 WNT Defeats New Zealand 2-0 at U-17 Women's NTC Invitational

CARSON, Calif. (Feb. 7, 2014) – The U.S. Under-17 Women’s National Team defeated New Zealand 2-0 in its second match of the 2014 Women’s NTC Invitational, getting a goal in each half from Mallory Pugh and Zoe Redei, respectively.

The USA’s victory, combined with Japan’s 0-0 draw with China in the first match of the day, sets up the Americans for a chance to win the tournament with a win or draw against Japan on Sunday, Feb. 9. The match kicks off at 4 p.m. PT at Glenn “Mooch” Myernick Field at the U.S. Soccer National Training Center in Carson, Calif. The first match featuring New Zealand and China kicks off at 1 p.m. PT.

The USA is currently in first place in the four-team tournament with six points and a plus-6 goal differential. Japan has four points from a win and a tie and a plus-5 goal differential. China has one point from a draw and a loss while New Zealand has lost both matches so far.

The USA opened the scoring in the 26th minute, as Pugh scored her third goal of the tournament and 14th of her U-17 international career. Midfielder Dorian Bailey played the ball from the left wing into the penalty area for midfielder Taylor Racioppi, who then found Pugh for a right-footed drive into the upper left corner.

The USA, which out-shot New Zealand 12-1 and did not allow a shot on goal, got the clincher in the 70th minute after 61st minute substitute Michelle Xiao won the ball from a Kiwi about 30 yards from the goal. She dribbled forward before slipping a pass to Redei who scored from inside the penalty area.

This will be the last event for the U-17 players born in 1997 and 1998, as they will then transition to the U-18s and U-20s. Players born in 1999 will then become the primary age group for the U-17s and begin preparations for qualifying for the 2016 FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup.

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

Match: United States U-17 Women's National Team vs. New Zealand U-17 Women’s National Team
Date:
February 7, 2014
Competition:
2014 U-17 Women’s NTC Invitational
Venue:
GlennMooch” Myernick Field; U.S. Soccer National Training Center; Carson, Calif.
Kickoff:
6 p.m. PT
Weather:
57 degrees

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

USA – Mallory Pugh (Taylor Racioppi) 26th minute
USA – Zoe Redei (Michelle Xiao) 70

Lineups:
USA:
1-Lauren Rood; 7-Mia Gyau, 13-Alana Cook, 9-Zoe Morse, 2-Dorian Bailey; 4-Marley Canales (25-Taryn Torres, 77), 14-Taylor Racioppi (12-Tegan McGrady, 61), 17- Mallory Pugh (20-Leah Pruitt, 77); 8-Kelcie Hedge (23-Ashley Sanchez, 61), 3-Maddie Haley (Zoe Redei, 61), 19-Anika Rodriguez (11-Michelle Xiao, 61)
Subs not used: Frankie Tagliaferri, Chloe Castaneda, Kat Hess, Ellie Jean, Natalie Jacobs, Karlie Paschall, Maddy Schultz

Head Coach: BJ Snow

NZL: 1-Emma Fulbrook; 12-Sophie Stewart Hobbs, 3-Hope Gilchrist, 4-Elisabeth Anton, 5-Hanna English; 8-Daisy Cleverley, (83-Lucy Stotter, 83), 15-Whitney Hepburn (6-Isabella Coombes, 70), 19-Tayla Christensen (16-Sarah Morton, 46); 13-Paige Satchell (11-Emily Oosterhof, 70), 10-Jade Parris, 17-Deven Jackson (18-Isabella Richards, 46),
Subs not used: Geena Gross, Martine Puketapu, Karin Ingram, Emily Hanrahan
Head Coach: jitka Klimkova

Stats Summary: USA / NZL
Shots: 12 / 1
Shots on Goal: 11 / 0
Saves: 0 / 9
Corner Kicks: 12 / 0
Fouls: 3 / 1
Offside: 1 /1

Misconduct Summary:

Officials:
Referee: Katja Koroleva (USA)
Assistant Referee 1: Amanda Ross (USA)
Assistant Referee 2: Jennifer Garner (USA)
Fourth Official: Juliana Duncan (USA)

Under-17 Women's NTC Invitational: CHN 0 JPN 0

- Under-17 Women’s NTC Invitational Match Report –

Match: China Under-17 Women’s National Team vs. Japan Under-17 Women’s National Team
Date
: February 7, 2014
Competition
: 2014 Under-17 Women’s NTC Invitational
Venue
: Glenn “Mooch” Myernick Field; U.S. Soccer National Training Center; Carson, Calif.
Kickoff
: 3 p.m. PT
Weather
: 61 degrees

Scoring Summary: 1 2 F
CHN                         0 0 0
JPN                          0 0 0

Lineups:
CHN:
1-Pan Jingying; (18-Peng Shimeng, 45); 2-Tang Hui; (21-Xiao Jingfang, 67); 3-Wang Ying; 4-Zhao Yuxin; 5-Yao Wei; 6-Fan Yuqiu; 8-Cui Yuhan; (7-Liu Jing, 68); 9-Qin Manman; (19-Li Jianghong, 86); 11-Xu Jiameng; 16-Liu Yan; 17-Hu Yuanxin (12-Gong Li, 45)
Substitutes not used: Wang Xueting; Wan Ruyi; Liu Mengxue; Dai Chenying; Ma Li; Chen Yudan; Wu Yue; Wurilige

Head Coach: Gao Hong

JPN: 1-Asano Natsumi; 3-Ichise Nana; (21-Sato Mizuka, 45); 5-Miyagawa Asato; (9-Kitagawa Hikaru, 45); 6-Matsubara Shiho; 7-Kanda Wakaho; (8-Kobayashi Rikako, 45); 10-Sugita Hina; 13-Minami Moeka; 15-Tachibana Yo; (14-Hasegawa Yui, 45); 16-Hashinuma Maho; 18-Nagano Fuka; (4-Nishida Meika, 72); 20-Saihara Mizuki
Substitutes not used: Abe Yukiko; Yamashita Fumika; Matsumoto Mamiko; Kono Fuka; Kunitake Aime
Head Coach: Asako Takakura

Stats Summary: CHN / JPN
Shots: 5 / 19
Shots on Goal: 4 / 9
Saves: 9 / 4
Corner Kicks: 4 / 11
Fouls: 3 / 3
Offside: 2 / 1

Misconduct:

Officials:
Referee: Karen Abt (USA)
Assistant Referee 1: Felisha Mariscal (USA)
Assistant Referee 2: Kathryn Nesbitt (USA)
Fourth Official: Jasmine Peralta (USA)

U17 WNT vs Japan Highlights Reaction Feb 9 2014

The U.S. U-17 WNT came from behind to defeat Japan 2-1 in the final game of the 2014 U-17 Women's NTC Invitational. Head coach B.J. Snow, forward Mallory Pugh, midfielder Taylor Racioppi, defender Ellie Jean, and defender Natalie Jacobs talk about winning the tournament and playing the last game of this current U-17 WNT cycle.

U17 WNT vs New Zealand Highlights Reaction Feb 7 2014

The U.S. U-17 WNT defeated New Zealand 2-0 in its second game of the 2014 U-17 Women's NTC Invitational. Head coach B.J. Snow, midfielder Marley Canales, and midfielder Ashley Sanchez talk about the win which gave the Americans the tournament lead heading into the final game against Japan on Feb. 9.

U17 WNT vs China PR Highlights Reaction Feb 5 2014

The U.S. U-17 WNT defeated China PR 4-0 in its first game of the 2014 U-17 Women's NTC Invitational. Head coach B.J. Snow, defender Natalie Jacobs, defender Michelle Xiao, and forward Mallory Pugh react to the team's victory.

U17 WNT Kicks Off FourTeam Tourney at the NTC

Some of the best young female soccer players in the world will show their talents as the USA hosts the 2014 U-17 Women’s NTC Invitational, featuring Japan, China and New Zealand. U.S. head coach B.J. Snow previews the tournament that will see three dates of double-headers on Feb. 5, 7 and 9, all on the Glenn “Mooch” Myernick Field at the U.S. Soccer National Training Center in Carson, Calif.

More Than Just Potatoes

Forward Kelcie Hedge hails from an unlikely locale for a U.S. youth National Team player: Post Falls, Idaho. While the sport is surely growing in states that don't traditionally produce U.S. Women's National Team players, Hedge is the first player from Idaho to represent the USA in an official competition. She talks about her hometown, her home state and traveling to Washington for club soccer, which involves a four and a half hour drive or sometimes a flight.

U17 WNT vs Jamaica Highlights Nov 9 2013

The U.S. Under-17 Women’s National Team rebounded from a crushing penalty kick loss to Mexico in the semifinal of the CONCACAF U-17 Women’s Championship with a dominating 8-0 victory against Jamaica to take third place in the tournament.

U17 WNT vs Mexico Highlights Nov 7 2013

The U.S. U-17 WNT fell 2-4 in penalties after playing Mexico to a 1-1 tie in regulation at the 2013 CONCACAF U-17 Women's Championship in Montego Bay, Jamaica. The result leaves the U.S. out of the 2014 FIFA U-17 Women's World Cup.

US U17 WNT Ready For Crucial Semifinal

The U.S. U-17 WNT will face Mexico on Thurs., Nov. 7 in the semifinal of the CONCACAF Women's U-17 Championship with a berth to the 2014 FIFA U-17 Women's World Cup on the line. U.S. head coach B.J. Snow, defender Tegan McGrady, forward Maddy Schultz, and defender Natalie Jacobs preview the match and talk about the tournament so far.

10 Things About Lauren Rood

U.S. U-17 goalkeeper Lauren Rood was a gymnast as a child, an (inadvertent) stunt bicycle rider, would LOVE to play free safety in football and really wants to know exactly what's going on all the time. Here are 10 things you may not know about the high school sophomore from Washington state.

U17 WNT vs Canada Reaction Nov 4 2013

The U.S. U-17 WNT defeated Canada 2-0 in the final group match of the 2013 CONCACAF U-17 Women’s Championship. U.S. head coach B.J. Snow, midfielder Marley Canales, defender Ellie Jean and forward Zoe Redei, who had a goal and an assist, react to the victory that clinched first place in Group B and set up a match-up with Mexico in the semifinal on Nov. 7.
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