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U-17 WNT to Hold Latest Camp at Olympic Training Center

CHICAGO (May 6, 2015) – The U.S. Under-17 Women’s National Team, under head coach B.J. Snow, will hold a training camp from May 9-16, at the Olympic Training Center in Chula Vista, Calif. Snow has called up 28 players for the event, with six born in 2000 and the rest in 1999, as the squad continues its long-term preparation for qualifying for the 2016 U-17 Women’s World Cup

The age cut-off for that tournament, 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): Hillary Beall (So Cal Blues; Laguna Beach, Calif.), Brooke Bollinger (Space Coast United; Indialantic, Fla.), Laurel Ivory (Sunrise SC; Surfside, Fla.)
DEFENDERS (8): Chyanne Dennis (West Pines United FC; Sunrise, Fla.), Naomi Girma (Central Valley Crossfire; San Jose, Calif.), Karlie Paschall (Tennessee SC; Brentwood, Tenn.), Kiara Pickett (Eagles SC; Santa Barbara, Calif.), Isabel Rodriguez (Michigan Hawks; Canton, Mich.), Karina Rodriguez (So Cal Blues; Torrance, Calif.), Sophia Serafin (West Coast FC; Glendora, Calif.), Sydney Zandi (Penn Fusion; West Chester, Pa.)
MIDFIELDERS (8): Emina Ekic (Javanon; Fairdale, Ky.), Nicolette Hernandez (Eclipse Select; Naperville, Ill.), Jaelin Howell (Real Colorado; Windsor, Colo.), Alexis Loera (Colorado Storm; Thornton, Colo.), Brianna Pinto (CASL; Durham, N.C.), Ashlynn Serepca (Carolina Rapids; Cornelius, N.C.),  Taryn Torres (Solar-Chelsea SC; Frisco, Texas), Olivia Wade (LaRoca FC; Kaysville, Utah)
FORWARDS (9): McKinley Burkett (Richmond United; Moseley, Va.), Sydney Carr (Arsenal FC; Orange, Calif.), Rachael Dorwart (PA Classics; Mechanicsburg, Pa.), Paige Franks (Richmond United; Henrico, Va.), Civana Kuhlmann (Colorado Rush; Littleton, Colo.), Tara McKeown (Eagles SC; Newbury Park, Calif.), Sophia Smith (Real Colorado; Windsor, Colo.), Alexa Spaanstra (Michigan Hawks; Brighton, Mich.), Jordan Taylor (Ohio Premier Eagles; Wadsworth, Ohio)

U.S. U-17 WNT Heads to San Diego for Training Camp with U-16 GNT

CHICAGO (April 1, 2015) – The U.S. Under-17 Women’s National Team, under head coach B.J. Snow, will hold a training camp from April 6-13 at the Olympic Training Center in Chula Vista, Calif. Snow has called up 24 players for the event that will be held in conjunction with a U.S. U-16 Girls’ National Team camp.

The two teams will play each other twice during the week.

The U-17 camp features 19 players born 1999 and five born in 2000. 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.

The U.S. U-17s are coming off a victorious run at the 2015 U-17 Women’s NTC Invitational in Carson, Calif. in February, where they defeated Mexico, Canada and Japan to take the tournament title. The USA defeated Japan for the championship by a 3-1 score on goals from Ashly Sanchez, Emina Ekic and Briana Pinto.

U.S. U-17 WNT Roster by Position:
GOALKEEPERS (2): Hillary Beall (West Coast FC; Laguna Beach, Calif.), Brooke Bollinger (Space Coast United Storm; Indialantic, Fla.)
DEFENDERS (8): Kerry Abello (Team Chicago; Aurora, Ill.), Sierra Enge (Carlsbad United; Cardiff, Calif.), Joanna Harber (Eastside FC; Bellevue, Wash.), Karlie Paschall (Tennessee SC; Brentwood, Tenn.), Kiara Pickett (Camarillo Eagles; Santa Barbara, Calif.), Isabel Rodriquez (Michigan Hawks; Canton, Mich.), Karina Rodriquez (So Cal Blues; Torrance, Calif.), Sydney Zandi (Penn Fusion; West Chester, Pa.)
MIDFIELDERS (8): Chyanne Dennis (West Pines; Sunrise, Fla.), Rachael Dorwart (Penn Fusion; Mechanicsburg, Pa.), Emina Ekic (Javanon; Fairdale, Ky.), Jaelin Howell (Real Colorado; Windsor, Colo.), Brianna Pinto (CASL; Durham, N.C.), Ashley Sanchez (So Cal Blues; Monrovia, Calif.), Taryn Torres (Solar Chelsea; Frisco, Texas), Olivia Wade (La Roca FC; Kaysville, Utah)
FORWARDS (6): Rachel Jones (Tophat; Lawrenceville, Ga.), Emily Knous (Legends FC; Long Beach, Calif.), Civana Kuhlmann (Colorado Rush; Littleton, Colo.), Alexa Spaanstra (Michigan Hawks; Brighton, Mich.), Francesca Tagliaferri (PDA Arsenal, Colts Neck, N.J.), Jordan Taylor (Ohio Premier Eagles; Wadsworth, Ohio)

U-17 WNT Wins 2015 NTC Invitational with 3-1 Victory against Japan

CARSON, Calif. (Feb. 15, 2015)The U.S. Under-17 Women’s National Team defeated Japan, 3-1, on goals from Ashley Sanchez,  Emina Ekic and Briana Pinto to sweep all three matches and win the 2015 U-17 Women’s NTC Invitational.

The USA also defeated Mexico (3-1) and Canada (2-0) and out-scored its three opponents in the competition by an 8-2 margin. Coming into the match the USA needed a victory to win the tournament as Japan had the edge on goal difference. After a tense but scoreless first half, it was Sanchez who broke the deadlock. 

The SoCal Blues midfielder, who scored in every match and totaled five goals during the tournament, got on the end of an Alex Spaanstra cross in the 53rd minute, beating her defender to the ball to knock it home. 

Ekic made it 2-0 in the 61st minute, latching onto a deflection at the top of six-yard box before spinning a defender and finishing low and hard past the diving goalkeeper. 

Japan pulled a goal back in the 72nd minute on a penalty kick by Remina Chiba after she was fouled in the box to keep the game tight. But, USA substitute Pinto iced the match with nine minutes left, two minutes after she had entered the game. The goal came when Sydney Zandi beat a defender down the left side and played a cross to Pinto at the top of the penalty area. Pinto’s touch was a bit heavy but she was able to collect the ball, round her defender and finish high into the right side of the net. 

At last year’s NTC Invitational, the USA defeated Japan 2-1 to take the tournament title. Japan then went on to win the 2014 FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup. 

This group of players, born in 1999 and 2000, are working to qualify for the 2016 FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup. The age cut-off for that tournament is players born on or after Jan. 1, 1999. 

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

Match: U.S. U-17 Women’s National Team vs Japan U-17 Women’s National Team
Date: February 15, 2015
Competition: 2015 U-17 Women’s NTC Invitational
Venue: Glen “Mooch” Myernick Field; Carson, Calif. 

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

USA - Ashley Sanchez (Alex Spaanstra)        53rd minute
USA - Emina Ekic                                           61
JPN  Remina Chiba (penalty kick)                  72
USA - Briana Pinto (Sydney Zandi)                81 

Lineups:
USA: 22-Brooke Bollinger, 2-Joanna Harber, 13-Karina Rodriguez, 7-Karlie Paschall, 9-Kiara Pickett, 19-Taryn Torres, 5-Jaelin Howell (8-Brianna Pinto, 79), 14-Alexa Spaanstra (23-Sydney Zandi, 79), 15-Ashley Sanchez (16-Sophia Smith, 90), 21-Emina Ekic (17-Jordan Taylor, 63), 4-Rachel Jones (18–Frankie Tagliaferri, 46)
Subs not used: 1-Hillary Beall, 10-Taryn Ries, 11-Isabel Rodriguez, 20-Olivia Jo Wade
Head Coach: B.J. Snow 

JPN:  1-Moeka Yonezawa, 9-Suzuka Tamura (19-Nodoka Funaki, 78), 6-Miyu Takahira, 18-Hana Takahashi, 4-Karin Naito (14-Yume Takikawa, 78), 13-Mayu Karahashi (11-Karen Kichima, 46), 20-Oto Kanno, 2-Rio Kanekatsu, 17-Seira Kojima (3-Remina Chiba, 63), 15-Tomo Hirata, 21-Chisato Ichinose
Subs not used: 5-Miina Matsunaga, 7-Nozomi Kato, 8-Riko Ushijimam, 12-Miho Kobayashi, 16-Kaoru Hayashi 

Stats Summary: USA / JPN
Shots: 9 / 7
Shots on Goal: 5 / 4
Saves: 3 / 3
Corner Kicks: 2 / 2
Fouls: 10 / 5
Offside: 3 / 0 

Misconduct Summary:
USA - Kiara Pickett (caution)                  56th minute 

Officials:
Referee: Danielle Chesky (USA)
Assistant Referee 1: Selma Perez (USA)
Assistant Referee 2: Melissa Gonzalez (USA)
Fourth Official: Yoshimi Yamashita (JPN) 

U-17 WNT Defeats Canada 2-0 at U-17 Women's NTC Invitational

CARSON, California (Feb. 13, 2015) – The U.S. Under-17 Women’s National Team got late scores from Emina Ekic and Ashley Sanchez to defeat Canada 2-0 and earn its second win in as many games at the 2015 U-17 Women’s NTC Invitational. Japan defeated Mexico 2-0 in the earlier match.

As the USA and Japan have both won their first two matches, the tournament finale between the two teams on Sunday, Feb. 15, at 4 p.m. PT, will be for the championship. Japan owns a superior goal differential (plus-10), and needs just a tie to take the tournament title while the U.S. (plus-4 goal differential) needs a victory. Canada meets Mexico at 1 p.m. PT on Feb. 15 for third place. All the matches are being played on the Glen “Mooch” Myernick Field at U.S. Soccer’s National Training Center and can be watched live on ussoccer.com.

Canada kept the USA off the board until the 79th minute when Kiara Pickett picked up her third assist of the tournament. Pickett played a hard pass on the ground into the penalty area to Ekic who collected, beat a defender inside the goal box and then finished smartly to give the USA the 1-0 lead. It was Ekic’s first international goal.

Sanchez, who scored a hat trick against Mexico last Friday, added a stoppage-time score to clinch the victory. The goal in the first minute of second-half stoppage time came off an assist from Frankie Tagliaferri, who also set up Sanchez’s third goal against Mexico. Sanchez beat two players on the dribble before finishing into the upper right corner. It was her 10th international goal at the U-17 level. Brooke Bollinger picked up the shutout in goal for the USA, going the full 90 minutes.

At this tournament last year, the USA defeated Japan 2-1 to take the tournament title. Japan then went on to win the 2014 FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup.

This group of players, born in 1999 and 2000, are working to qualify for the 2016 FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup. The age cutoff for that tournament is players born on or after Jan. 1, 1999.

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

Match: U.S. U-17 Women’s National Team vs. Canada U-17 Women’s National Team
Date: Feb. 13, 2015
Competition: 2015 U-17 Women’s NTC Invitational
Venue: Glenn “Mooch” Myernick Field; U.S. Soccer’s NTC, Carson, California

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

USA – Emina Ekic (Kiara Pickett)                       79th minute
USA – Ashley Sanchez (Frankie Tagliaferri)       90+1

Lineups:
USA: 22-Brooke Bollinger; 2-Joanna Harber (23-Sydney Zandi, 84), 13-Karina Rodriguez, 3-Sierra Enge, 9-Kiara Pickett, 19-Taryn Torres (8-Brianna Pinto, 84), 5-Jaelin Howell, 14-Alexa Spaanstra, 15-Ashley Sanchez, 17-Jordan Taylor (21-Emina Ekic, 46), 4-Rachel Jones (18-Frankie Tagliaferri, 59)
Subs not used: 1-Hillary Beall, 7-Karlie Paschall, 1 0-Taryn Ries, 11-Isabel Rodriguez, 16-Sophia Smith, 20-Olivia Jo Wade
Head Coach: B.J. Snow

CAN: 1-Lysianne Proulx; 3-Julia Grosso , 6-Kennedy Faulknor, 5-Samantha Chang, 2-Emma Regan, 11-Camila Gomez,8-Sarah Stratigakis (14-Nahida Baalbaki, 38),15-Caitlin Shaw (4-Fallon Rodrigues, 66), 17-Shana Flynn (16-Vital Kats, 81), 9-Jordyn Huitema (12-Lauren Raimondo, 60),10-Anyssa Ibrahim
Subs not used:7-Maya Jones, 13-Kavina Gane, 18-Marissa Zucchetto, 19-Teni Akindoju, 20-Kayla Mostowich

Stats Summary: USA / CAN
Shots: 17 / 5
Shots on Goal: 12 / 2
Saves: 2 / 9
Corner Kicks: 8 / 2
Fouls: 4 / 5
Offside: 1 / 1

Misconduct Summary:
CAN – Fallon Rodrigues (caution) 81st minute

Officials:
Referee: Yoshimi Yamashita (JPN)
Assistant Referee 1: Amanda Ross (USA)
Assistant Referee 2: Michelle Provan (USA)
Fourth Official: Danielle Chesky (USA)

U-17 WNT Defeats Mexico 3-1 to Open 2015 NTC Invitational

CARSON, Calif. (Feb. 11, 2015)The U.S. Under-17 Women’s National Team opened the 2015 U-17 Women’s NTC Invitational with a 3-1 victory against Mexico as midfielder Ashley Sanchez scored all three goals. The four-team tournament also features Japan and Canada. 

The USA currently sits in second place in the round-robin competition as Japan thrashed Canada 8-0 in the first match of the opening match day. 

The tournament continues on Friday, Feb. 13, with the USA facing Canada at 6 p.m. PT, while Mexico meets Japan at 3 p.m. PT. The third and final match day takes place on Sunday, Feb. 15, with the USA taking on Japan at 4 p.m. PT, and Canada meeting Mexico at 1 p.m. PT. All the matches are being played on the Glen “Mooch” Myernick Field at U.S. Soccer’s National Training Center and can be watched live on ussoccer.com. 

Sanchez registered the third international hat trick of her U-17 career. She previously pounded in three goals in consecutive games against the Korea Republic in Mokpo last fall. 

Sanchez opened the scoring in the 14th minute when she beats two defenders along the top of the penalty box and finished high into the left side of the net just out of the goalkeeper’s reach. 

It took the SoCal Blues midfielder just two more minutes to double the lead as Kiara Pickett sent a through ball behind the Mexican defense. Sanchez took a touch and then finished to make it 2-0. 

Mexico pulled a goal back in the 22nd minute off a direct free kick as Alexia Delgado shot from outside the box on the left side, sending the ball over the U.S. wall and high into the left corner. 

Sanchez sealed the match in the 76th minute with a run that originated from the center-circle. She got behind the Mexican defense and finished low and hard into the right corner. 

This group of players, born in 1999 and 2000, are working to qualify for the 2016 FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup. The age cut-off for that tournament is players born on or after Jan. 1, 1999. 

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

Match: U.S. U-17 Women’s National Team vs Mexico U-17 Women’s National Team
Date: February 11, 2015
Competition: 2015 U-17 Women’s NTC Invitational
Venue: Glen “Mooch” Myernick Field; Carson, Calif. 

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

USA - Ashley Sanchez                          14th minute
USA - Ashley Sanchez (Kiara Pickett)  16
MEX - Alexia Delgado                          22
USA - Ashley Sanchez (Kiara Pickett)  76 

Lineups:
USA: 22-Brooke Bollinger; 2-Joanna Harber, 4-Rachel Jones (18-Frankie Tagliaferri, 65), 9 Kiara Pickett (23-Sydney Zandi, 46), 7-Karlie Paschall (3-Sierra Enge,65), 8 Brianna Pinto,13-Karina Rodriguez, 15-Ashley Sanchez (16-Sophia Smith, 83), 14-Alexa Spaanstra, 17- Jordan Taylor (21-Emina Ekic, 65), 19-Taryn Torres (5-Jaelin Howell, 73)
Subs not used: 1-Hillary Beall, 10-Taryn Ries, 11-Isabel Rodriguez, 20-Olivia Jo Wade
Head Coach: B.J. Snow 

Mexico:  1-Miriam Aguirre, 2-Alma Lopez, 3-Kimberly Rodriguez, 4-Akemi Yokoyama, 7- Dayana Cazares, 8-Alexia Delgado, 9-Daniela Espinosa (11-Celiana Torres, 90+1), 10-Montserrat Hernandez, 14-Alexandra Martinez (17-Jimena Lopez, 29), 16-Marianna Maldonado (13-Diana Anguiano,68), 18-Alejandra Zaragoza (19-Karen Becerril, 68)
Subs not use: 5-Dulce Martinez, 6-Vanesa Gonzalez, 12-Paulina Gutierrez, 15-Fernanda Jaramillo, 20-Vannya Garcia 

Stats Summary: USA / Mexico
Shots: 19 / 5
Shots on Goal: 11 / 5
Saves: 4 / 8
Corner Kicks: 6 / 3
Fouls: 10 / 4
Offside:  3 / 0 

Misconduct Summary:
None 

Officials:
Referee: Danielle Chesky
Assistant Referee 1: Michelle Provan
Assistant Referee 2: Melissa Gonzalez 

U.S. Soccer to Host Second Annual U-17 Women’s NTC Invitational

CHICAGO (January 27, 2015) – For the second consecutive year, U.S. Soccer will host a four-team Under-17 women’s international tournament at the U.S. Soccer National Training Center in Carson, California. This year’s event will run from Feb 11-15 as the USA will host Japan, Mexico and Canada in the 2015 U-17 Women’s NTC Invitational. All the matches will be staged on Glenn “Mooch” Myernick Field at the U.S. Soccer NTC. 

Each of the match days - February 11, 13 and 15 – will feature a doubleheader with the USA playing the second game of the day. The winner of the competition will be based on total points with the first two tie-breakers being overall goal difference and then total goals scored. Admission to the matches is free to the public, as is parking. All six matches of the tournament will be shown live on ussoccer.com. 

Date

Teams

Kickoff (PT)

Location (U.S. Soccer NTC at StubHub Center)

Wed., Feb 11

Japan vs. Canada

3 p.m.

Glenn “Mooch” Myernick Field – Field #1

Wed., Feb 11

USA vs. Mexico

6 p.m.

Glenn “Mooch” Myernick Field – Field #1

Fri., Feb. 13

Mexico vs. Japan

3 p.m.

Glenn “Mooch” Myernick Field – Field #1

Fri., Feb. 13

USA vs. Canada

6 p.m.

Glenn “Mooch” Myernick Field – Field #1

Sun., Feb. 15

Canada vs. Mexico

1 p.m.

Glenn “Mooch” Myernick Field – Field #1

Sun. Feb. 15

USA vs. Japan

4 p.m.

Glenn “Mooch” Myernick Field – Field #1 

At last year’s event, the USA defeated China PR, 4-0, New Zealand, 2-0, and Japan 2-1 to win the competition. Japan went on to win the 2014 FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup in Costa Rica later that summer. 

“We feel very fortunate that U.S. Soccer has given us another opportunity to host one of the top international tournaments in the world for this age group,” said U.S. U-17 Women’s National Team head coach B.J. Snow. “The inaugural event last year was a huge success and for the women’s game to continue to grow it’s critical that we provide a platform for our players to play against the best international competition at a younger age.”   

Snow has called in 21 players for the tournament, 15 born in 1999 – which is the age cut-off for the next U-17 Women’s World Cup – and six born in 2000.

“At this point in the cycle we want to continuously asses both individual player development and team development,” said Snow. “There is no better way to accomplish this than to compete against highly sophisticated and organized teams in a tournament environment. This should give us a great indication of where we are as team with a little over a year left before World Cup Qualifying.” 

The 2016 U-17 Women’s CONCACAF Championship tournament, slated for March of next year, will qualify three teams from the confederation for the 2016 FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup that is scheduled to take place in Jordan. 

U.S. U-17 Women’s National Team Roster by Position: Detailed Roster
Hillary Beall (SoCal Blues; Laguna Beach, Calif.) Brooke Bollinger (Orlando City; Melbourne, Fla.)GOALKEEPERS (2):
Sierra Enge (Carlsbad Elite; Cardiff, Calif.), Joanna Harber (Eastside FC; Bellevue, Wash.), Karlie Paschall (Tennessee Soccer Club; Brentwood, Tenn.), Kiara Pickett (Camarillo Eagles; Santa Barbara, Calif.), Isabel Rodriguez (Michigan Hawks; Canton, Mich.), Karina Rodriguez (So Cal Blues; Torrance, Calif.), Sydney Zandi (Penn Fusion; West Chester, Pa.)DEFENDERS (7):
 Emina Ekic (Javanon SC; Fairdale, Ky.), Jaelin Howell (Real Colorado; Windsor, Colo.), Brianna Pinto (CASL; Durham, N.C.), Ashley Sanchez (So Cal Blues; Monrovia, Calif.), Ohio), Taryn Torres (Solar Chelsea; Frisco, Texas),MIDFIELDERS (5): Rachel Jones (Tophat; Lawrenceville, Ga.), Taryn Ries (FC Portland; Portland, Ore.), Sophia Smith (Real Colorado; Fort Collins, Colo.), Alexa Spaanstra (Michigan Hawks; Brighton, Mich.), Frankie Tagliaferri (PDA; Colts Neck, N.J.), Jordan Taylor (Ohio Premier Eagles; Wadsworth), Olivia Wade (La Roca FC; Kaysville, Utah)FORWARDS (6): 

Additional Notes:

  • Each team is allowed 21 players on its NTC Invitational tournament roster.
  • Teams will be allowed six total substitutions per game with no re-entry. In the second half of the matches, a team may stop the game a maximum of three times to make substitutions. During each of these stoppages, a team may make more than one substitution, up to the limit of the six total per match.
  • Substitutions made at halftime do not count as a stoppage in the second half.
  • Players eligible for the 2015 U-17 Women’s NTC Invitational must have been born on or after Jan. 1, 1999, which is the age cut-off for the 2016 FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup.
  • There will be no suspensions for accumulation of yellow cards during the tournament, but a player receiving a red card will have to sit out a minimum of one match.
  • If two or more teams are equal on goal difference and goals scored, the ties will be broken as follow: 1) greatest number of points obtained in the matches between the teams concerned; 2) goal difference resulting from the matches between the teams concerned; 3) greater number of goals scored in the matches between the teams concerned; 4) drawing of lots by the U-17 Women's NTC Invitational Tournament Committee.

U.S. U-17 WNT Kicks off 2015 with Camp in Florida

CHICAGO (Dec. 31, 2014) – U.S. Under-17 Women’s National Team head coach B.J. Snow has named 24 players for a training camp running from Jan. 3-10 in Lakeland Ranch, Florida, which will kick off the 2015 programming for this age group.

The camp features 16 players born 1999 and eight born in 2000. The age cut-off for the next FIFA 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; Roswell, Ga.), Brooke Bollinger (Orlando City; Melbourne, Fla.), Mattison Interian (Arsenal; Pasadena, Calif.)
DEFENDERS (8): Kerry Abello (Team Chicago; Aurora, Ill.), Chai Cortez (Surf Hawaii White; Wailuku, Hawaii), Campbell Dopke (LA Premier; Pasadena, Calif.), Sierra Enge (Carlsbad Elite; Cardiff, Calif.), Joanna Harber (Eastside FC; Bellevue, Wash.), Karlie Paschall (Tennessee Soccer Club; Brentwood, Tenn.), Kiara Pickett (Camarillo Eagles; Santa Barbara, Calif.), Karina Rodriguez (So Cal Blues; Torrance, Calif.)
MIDFIELDERS (7): Rachael Dorwart (Penn Fusion; Mechanicsburg, Pa.), Jaelin Howell (Real Colorado; Windsor, Colo.), Ashley Sanchez (So Cal Blues; Monrovia, Calif.), Jordan Taylor (Ohio Premier Eagles; Wadsworth, Ohio), Taryn Torres (Solar Chelsea; Frisco, Texas), Olivia Wade (La Roca FC; Kaysville, Utah), Sydney Zandi (Penn Fusion; West Chester, Pa.)
FORWARDS (6): Emina Ekic (Javanon; Fairdale, Ky.), Rachel Jones (Tophat; Lawrenceville, Ga.), Civana Kuhlmann (Colorado Rush; Littleton, Colo.), Sophia Smith (Real Colorado; Fort Collins, Colo.), Alexa Spaanstra (Michigan Hawks; Brighton, Mich.), Frankie Tagliaferri (Players Development Academy; Colts Neck, N.J.)

U-17 WNT to Hold Latest Camp at Olympic Training Center

CHICAGO (May 6, 2015) – The U.S. Under-17 Women’s National Team, under head coach B.J. Snow, will hold a training camp from May 9-16, at the Olympic Training Center in Chula Vista, Calif. Snow has called up 28 players for the event, with six born in 2000 and the rest in 1999, as the squad continues its long-term preparation for qualifying for the 2016 U-17 Women’s World Cup

The age cut-off for that tournament, 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): Hillary Beall (So Cal Blues; Laguna Beach, Calif.), Brooke Bollinger (Space Coast United; Indialantic, Fla.), Laurel Ivory (Sunrise SC; Surfside, Fla.)
DEFENDERS (8): Chyanne Dennis (West Pines United FC; Sunrise, Fla.), Naomi Girma (Central Valley Crossfire; San Jose, Calif.), Karlie Paschall (Tennessee SC; Brentwood, Tenn.), Kiara Pickett (Eagles SC; Santa Barbara, Calif.), Isabel Rodriguez (Michigan Hawks; Canton, Mich.), Karina Rodriguez (So Cal Blues; Torrance, Calif.), Sophia Serafin (West Coast FC; Glendora, Calif.), Sydney Zandi (Penn Fusion; West Chester, Pa.)
MIDFIELDERS (8): Emina Ekic (Javanon; Fairdale, Ky.), Nicolette Hernandez (Eclipse Select; Naperville, Ill.), Jaelin Howell (Real Colorado; Windsor, Colo.), Alexis Loera (Colorado Storm; Thornton, Colo.), Brianna Pinto (CASL; Durham, N.C.), Ashlynn Serepca (Carolina Rapids; Cornelius, N.C.),  Taryn Torres (Solar-Chelsea SC; Frisco, Texas), Olivia Wade (LaRoca FC; Kaysville, Utah)
FORWARDS (9): McKinley Burkett (Richmond United; Moseley, Va.), Sydney Carr (Arsenal FC; Orange, Calif.), Rachael Dorwart (PA Classics; Mechanicsburg, Pa.), Paige Franks (Richmond United; Henrico, Va.), Civana Kuhlmann (Colorado Rush; Littleton, Colo.), Tara McKeown (Eagles SC; Newbury Park, Calif.), Sophia Smith (Real Colorado; Windsor, Colo.), Alexa Spaanstra (Michigan Hawks; Brighton, Mich.), Jordan Taylor (Ohio Premier Eagles; Wadsworth, Ohio)

U.S. U-17 WNT Heads to San Diego for Training Camp with U-16 GNT

CHICAGO (April 1, 2015) – The U.S. Under-17 Women’s National Team, under head coach B.J. Snow, will hold a training camp from April 6-13 at the Olympic Training Center in Chula Vista, Calif. Snow has called up 24 players for the event that will be held in conjunction with a U.S. U-16 Girls’ National Team camp.

The two teams will play each other twice during the week.

The U-17 camp features 19 players born 1999 and five born in 2000. 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.

The U.S. U-17s are coming off a victorious run at the 2015 U-17 Women’s NTC Invitational in Carson, Calif. in February, where they defeated Mexico, Canada and Japan to take the tournament title. The USA defeated Japan for the championship by a 3-1 score on goals from Ashly Sanchez, Emina Ekic and Briana Pinto.

U.S. U-17 WNT Roster by Position:
GOALKEEPERS (2): Hillary Beall (West Coast FC; Laguna Beach, Calif.), Brooke Bollinger (Space Coast United Storm; Indialantic, Fla.)
DEFENDERS (8): Kerry Abello (Team Chicago; Aurora, Ill.), Sierra Enge (Carlsbad United; Cardiff, Calif.), Joanna Harber (Eastside FC; Bellevue, Wash.), Karlie Paschall (Tennessee SC; Brentwood, Tenn.), Kiara Pickett (Camarillo Eagles; Santa Barbara, Calif.), Isabel Rodriquez (Michigan Hawks; Canton, Mich.), Karina Rodriquez (So Cal Blues; Torrance, Calif.), Sydney Zandi (Penn Fusion; West Chester, Pa.)
MIDFIELDERS (8): Chyanne Dennis (West Pines; Sunrise, Fla.), Rachael Dorwart (Penn Fusion; Mechanicsburg, Pa.), Emina Ekic (Javanon; Fairdale, Ky.), Jaelin Howell (Real Colorado; Windsor, Colo.), Brianna Pinto (CASL; Durham, N.C.), Ashley Sanchez (So Cal Blues; Monrovia, Calif.), Taryn Torres (Solar Chelsea; Frisco, Texas), Olivia Wade (La Roca FC; Kaysville, Utah)
FORWARDS (6): Rachel Jones (Tophat; Lawrenceville, Ga.), Emily Knous (Legends FC; Long Beach, Calif.), Civana Kuhlmann (Colorado Rush; Littleton, Colo.), Alexa Spaanstra (Michigan Hawks; Brighton, Mich.), Francesca Tagliaferri (PDA Arsenal, Colts Neck, N.J.), Jordan Taylor (Ohio Premier Eagles; Wadsworth, Ohio)

U-17 WNT Wins 2015 NTC Invitational with 3-1 Victory against Japan

CARSON, Calif. (Feb. 15, 2015)The U.S. Under-17 Women’s National Team defeated Japan, 3-1, on goals from Ashley Sanchez,  Emina Ekic and Briana Pinto to sweep all three matches and win the 2015 U-17 Women’s NTC Invitational.

The USA also defeated Mexico (3-1) and Canada (2-0) and out-scored its three opponents in the competition by an 8-2 margin. Coming into the match the USA needed a victory to win the tournament as Japan had the edge on goal difference. After a tense but scoreless first half, it was Sanchez who broke the deadlock. 

The SoCal Blues midfielder, who scored in every match and totaled five goals during the tournament, got on the end of an Alex Spaanstra cross in the 53rd minute, beating her defender to the ball to knock it home. 

Ekic made it 2-0 in the 61st minute, latching onto a deflection at the top of six-yard box before spinning a defender and finishing low and hard past the diving goalkeeper. 

Japan pulled a goal back in the 72nd minute on a penalty kick by Remina Chiba after she was fouled in the box to keep the game tight. But, USA substitute Pinto iced the match with nine minutes left, two minutes after she had entered the game. The goal came when Sydney Zandi beat a defender down the left side and played a cross to Pinto at the top of the penalty area. Pinto’s touch was a bit heavy but she was able to collect the ball, round her defender and finish high into the right side of the net. 

At last year’s NTC Invitational, the USA defeated Japan 2-1 to take the tournament title. Japan then went on to win the 2014 FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup. 

This group of players, born in 1999 and 2000, are working to qualify for the 2016 FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup. The age cut-off for that tournament is players born on or after Jan. 1, 1999. 

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

Match: U.S. U-17 Women’s National Team vs Japan U-17 Women’s National Team
Date: February 15, 2015
Competition: 2015 U-17 Women’s NTC Invitational
Venue: Glen “Mooch” Myernick Field; Carson, Calif. 

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

USA - Ashley Sanchez (Alex Spaanstra)        53rd minute
USA - Emina Ekic                                           61
JPN  Remina Chiba (penalty kick)                  72
USA - Briana Pinto (Sydney Zandi)                81 

Lineups:
USA: 22-Brooke Bollinger, 2-Joanna Harber, 13-Karina Rodriguez, 7-Karlie Paschall, 9-Kiara Pickett, 19-Taryn Torres, 5-Jaelin Howell (8-Brianna Pinto, 79), 14-Alexa Spaanstra (23-Sydney Zandi, 79), 15-Ashley Sanchez (16-Sophia Smith, 90), 21-Emina Ekic (17-Jordan Taylor, 63), 4-Rachel Jones (18–Frankie Tagliaferri, 46)
Subs not used: 1-Hillary Beall, 10-Taryn Ries, 11-Isabel Rodriguez, 20-Olivia Jo Wade
Head Coach: B.J. Snow 

JPN:  1-Moeka Yonezawa, 9-Suzuka Tamura (19-Nodoka Funaki, 78), 6-Miyu Takahira, 18-Hana Takahashi, 4-Karin Naito (14-Yume Takikawa, 78), 13-Mayu Karahashi (11-Karen Kichima, 46), 20-Oto Kanno, 2-Rio Kanekatsu, 17-Seira Kojima (3-Remina Chiba, 63), 15-Tomo Hirata, 21-Chisato Ichinose
Subs not used: 5-Miina Matsunaga, 7-Nozomi Kato, 8-Riko Ushijimam, 12-Miho Kobayashi, 16-Kaoru Hayashi 

Stats Summary: USA / JPN
Shots: 9 / 7
Shots on Goal: 5 / 4
Saves: 3 / 3
Corner Kicks: 2 / 2
Fouls: 10 / 5
Offside: 3 / 0 

Misconduct Summary:
USA - Kiara Pickett (caution)                  56th minute 

Officials:
Referee: Danielle Chesky (USA)
Assistant Referee 1: Selma Perez (USA)
Assistant Referee 2: Melissa Gonzalez (USA)
Fourth Official: Yoshimi Yamashita (JPN) 

U-17 WNT Defeats Canada 2-0 at U-17 Women's NTC Invitational

CARSON, California (Feb. 13, 2015) – The U.S. Under-17 Women’s National Team got late scores from Emina Ekic and Ashley Sanchez to defeat Canada 2-0 and earn its second win in as many games at the 2015 U-17 Women’s NTC Invitational. Japan defeated Mexico 2-0 in the earlier match.

As the USA and Japan have both won their first two matches, the tournament finale between the two teams on Sunday, Feb. 15, at 4 p.m. PT, will be for the championship. Japan owns a superior goal differential (plus-10), and needs just a tie to take the tournament title while the U.S. (plus-4 goal differential) needs a victory. Canada meets Mexico at 1 p.m. PT on Feb. 15 for third place. All the matches are being played on the Glen “Mooch” Myernick Field at U.S. Soccer’s National Training Center and can be watched live on ussoccer.com.

Canada kept the USA off the board until the 79th minute when Kiara Pickett picked up her third assist of the tournament. Pickett played a hard pass on the ground into the penalty area to Ekic who collected, beat a defender inside the goal box and then finished smartly to give the USA the 1-0 lead. It was Ekic’s first international goal.

Sanchez, who scored a hat trick against Mexico last Friday, added a stoppage-time score to clinch the victory. The goal in the first minute of second-half stoppage time came off an assist from Frankie Tagliaferri, who also set up Sanchez’s third goal against Mexico. Sanchez beat two players on the dribble before finishing into the upper right corner. It was her 10th international goal at the U-17 level. Brooke Bollinger picked up the shutout in goal for the USA, going the full 90 minutes.

At this tournament last year, the USA defeated Japan 2-1 to take the tournament title. Japan then went on to win the 2014 FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup.

This group of players, born in 1999 and 2000, are working to qualify for the 2016 FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup. The age cutoff for that tournament is players born on or after Jan. 1, 1999.

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

Match: U.S. U-17 Women’s National Team vs. Canada U-17 Women’s National Team
Date: Feb. 13, 2015
Competition: 2015 U-17 Women’s NTC Invitational
Venue: Glenn “Mooch” Myernick Field; U.S. Soccer’s NTC, Carson, California

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

USA – Emina Ekic (Kiara Pickett)                       79th minute
USA – Ashley Sanchez (Frankie Tagliaferri)       90+1

Lineups:
USA: 22-Brooke Bollinger; 2-Joanna Harber (23-Sydney Zandi, 84), 13-Karina Rodriguez, 3-Sierra Enge, 9-Kiara Pickett, 19-Taryn Torres (8-Brianna Pinto, 84), 5-Jaelin Howell, 14-Alexa Spaanstra, 15-Ashley Sanchez, 17-Jordan Taylor (21-Emina Ekic, 46), 4-Rachel Jones (18-Frankie Tagliaferri, 59)
Subs not used: 1-Hillary Beall, 7-Karlie Paschall, 1 0-Taryn Ries, 11-Isabel Rodriguez, 16-Sophia Smith, 20-Olivia Jo Wade
Head Coach: B.J. Snow

CAN: 1-Lysianne Proulx; 3-Julia Grosso , 6-Kennedy Faulknor, 5-Samantha Chang, 2-Emma Regan, 11-Camila Gomez,8-Sarah Stratigakis (14-Nahida Baalbaki, 38),15-Caitlin Shaw (4-Fallon Rodrigues, 66), 17-Shana Flynn (16-Vital Kats, 81), 9-Jordyn Huitema (12-Lauren Raimondo, 60),10-Anyssa Ibrahim
Subs not used:7-Maya Jones, 13-Kavina Gane, 18-Marissa Zucchetto, 19-Teni Akindoju, 20-Kayla Mostowich

Stats Summary: USA / CAN
Shots: 17 / 5
Shots on Goal: 12 / 2
Saves: 2 / 9
Corner Kicks: 8 / 2
Fouls: 4 / 5
Offside: 1 / 1

Misconduct Summary:
CAN – Fallon Rodrigues (caution) 81st minute

Officials:
Referee: Yoshimi Yamashita (JPN)
Assistant Referee 1: Amanda Ross (USA)
Assistant Referee 2: Michelle Provan (USA)
Fourth Official: Danielle Chesky (USA)

U-17 WNT Defeats Mexico 3-1 to Open 2015 NTC Invitational

CARSON, Calif. (Feb. 11, 2015)The U.S. Under-17 Women’s National Team opened the 2015 U-17 Women’s NTC Invitational with a 3-1 victory against Mexico as midfielder Ashley Sanchez scored all three goals. The four-team tournament also features Japan and Canada. 

The USA currently sits in second place in the round-robin competition as Japan thrashed Canada 8-0 in the first match of the opening match day. 

The tournament continues on Friday, Feb. 13, with the USA facing Canada at 6 p.m. PT, while Mexico meets Japan at 3 p.m. PT. The third and final match day takes place on Sunday, Feb. 15, with the USA taking on Japan at 4 p.m. PT, and Canada meeting Mexico at 1 p.m. PT. All the matches are being played on the Glen “Mooch” Myernick Field at U.S. Soccer’s National Training Center and can be watched live on ussoccer.com. 

Sanchez registered the third international hat trick of her U-17 career. She previously pounded in three goals in consecutive games against the Korea Republic in Mokpo last fall. 

Sanchez opened the scoring in the 14th minute when she beats two defenders along the top of the penalty box and finished high into the left side of the net just out of the goalkeeper’s reach. 

It took the SoCal Blues midfielder just two more minutes to double the lead as Kiara Pickett sent a through ball behind the Mexican defense. Sanchez took a touch and then finished to make it 2-0. 

Mexico pulled a goal back in the 22nd minute off a direct free kick as Alexia Delgado shot from outside the box on the left side, sending the ball over the U.S. wall and high into the left corner. 

Sanchez sealed the match in the 76th minute with a run that originated from the center-circle. She got behind the Mexican defense and finished low and hard into the right corner. 

This group of players, born in 1999 and 2000, are working to qualify for the 2016 FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup. The age cut-off for that tournament is players born on or after Jan. 1, 1999. 

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

Match: U.S. U-17 Women’s National Team vs Mexico U-17 Women’s National Team
Date: February 11, 2015
Competition: 2015 U-17 Women’s NTC Invitational
Venue: Glen “Mooch” Myernick Field; Carson, Calif. 

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

USA - Ashley Sanchez                          14th minute
USA - Ashley Sanchez (Kiara Pickett)  16
MEX - Alexia Delgado                          22
USA - Ashley Sanchez (Kiara Pickett)  76 

Lineups:
USA: 22-Brooke Bollinger; 2-Joanna Harber, 4-Rachel Jones (18-Frankie Tagliaferri, 65), 9 Kiara Pickett (23-Sydney Zandi, 46), 7-Karlie Paschall (3-Sierra Enge,65), 8 Brianna Pinto,13-Karina Rodriguez, 15-Ashley Sanchez (16-Sophia Smith, 83), 14-Alexa Spaanstra, 17- Jordan Taylor (21-Emina Ekic, 65), 19-Taryn Torres (5-Jaelin Howell, 73)
Subs not used: 1-Hillary Beall, 10-Taryn Ries, 11-Isabel Rodriguez, 20-Olivia Jo Wade
Head Coach: B.J. Snow 

Mexico:  1-Miriam Aguirre, 2-Alma Lopez, 3-Kimberly Rodriguez, 4-Akemi Yokoyama, 7- Dayana Cazares, 8-Alexia Delgado, 9-Daniela Espinosa (11-Celiana Torres, 90+1), 10-Montserrat Hernandez, 14-Alexandra Martinez (17-Jimena Lopez, 29), 16-Marianna Maldonado (13-Diana Anguiano,68), 18-Alejandra Zaragoza (19-Karen Becerril, 68)
Subs not use: 5-Dulce Martinez, 6-Vanesa Gonzalez, 12-Paulina Gutierrez, 15-Fernanda Jaramillo, 20-Vannya Garcia 

Stats Summary: USA / Mexico
Shots: 19 / 5
Shots on Goal: 11 / 5
Saves: 4 / 8
Corner Kicks: 6 / 3
Fouls: 10 / 4
Offside:  3 / 0 

Misconduct Summary:
None 

Officials:
Referee: Danielle Chesky
Assistant Referee 1: Michelle Provan
Assistant Referee 2: Melissa Gonzalez 

U.S. Soccer to Host Second Annual U-17 Women’s NTC Invitational

CHICAGO (January 27, 2015) – For the second consecutive year, U.S. Soccer will host a four-team Under-17 women’s international tournament at the U.S. Soccer National Training Center in Carson, California. This year’s event will run from Feb 11-15 as the USA will host Japan, Mexico and Canada in the 2015 U-17 Women’s NTC Invitational. All the matches will be staged on Glenn “Mooch” Myernick Field at the U.S. Soccer NTC. 

Each of the match days - February 11, 13 and 15 – will feature a doubleheader with the USA playing the second game of the day. The winner of the competition will be based on total points with the first two tie-breakers being overall goal difference and then total goals scored. Admission to the matches is free to the public, as is parking. All six matches of the tournament will be shown live on ussoccer.com. 

Date

Teams

Kickoff (PT)

Location (U.S. Soccer NTC at StubHub Center)

Wed., Feb 11

Japan vs. Canada

3 p.m.

Glenn “Mooch” Myernick Field – Field #1

Wed., Feb 11

USA vs. Mexico

6 p.m.

Glenn “Mooch” Myernick Field – Field #1

Fri., Feb. 13

Mexico vs. Japan

3 p.m.

Glenn “Mooch” Myernick Field – Field #1

Fri., Feb. 13

USA vs. Canada

6 p.m.

Glenn “Mooch” Myernick Field – Field #1

Sun., Feb. 15

Canada vs. Mexico

1 p.m.

Glenn “Mooch” Myernick Field – Field #1

Sun. Feb. 15

USA vs. Japan

4 p.m.

Glenn “Mooch” Myernick Field – Field #1 

At last year’s event, the USA defeated China PR, 4-0, New Zealand, 2-0, and Japan 2-1 to win the competition. Japan went on to win the 2014 FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup in Costa Rica later that summer. 

“We feel very fortunate that U.S. Soccer has given us another opportunity to host one of the top international tournaments in the world for this age group,” said U.S. U-17 Women’s National Team head coach B.J. Snow. “The inaugural event last year was a huge success and for the women’s game to continue to grow it’s critical that we provide a platform for our players to play against the best international competition at a younger age.”   

Snow has called in 21 players for the tournament, 15 born in 1999 – which is the age cut-off for the next U-17 Women’s World Cup – and six born in 2000.

“At this point in the cycle we want to continuously asses both individual player development and team development,” said Snow. “There is no better way to accomplish this than to compete against highly sophisticated and organized teams in a tournament environment. This should give us a great indication of where we are as team with a little over a year left before World Cup Qualifying.” 

The 2016 U-17 Women’s CONCACAF Championship tournament, slated for March of next year, will qualify three teams from the confederation for the 2016 FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup that is scheduled to take place in Jordan. 

U.S. U-17 Women’s National Team Roster by Position: Detailed Roster
Hillary Beall (SoCal Blues; Laguna Beach, Calif.) Brooke Bollinger (Orlando City; Melbourne, Fla.)GOALKEEPERS (2):
Sierra Enge (Carlsbad Elite; Cardiff, Calif.), Joanna Harber (Eastside FC; Bellevue, Wash.), Karlie Paschall (Tennessee Soccer Club; Brentwood, Tenn.), Kiara Pickett (Camarillo Eagles; Santa Barbara, Calif.), Isabel Rodriguez (Michigan Hawks; Canton, Mich.), Karina Rodriguez (So Cal Blues; Torrance, Calif.), Sydney Zandi (Penn Fusion; West Chester, Pa.)DEFENDERS (7):
 Emina Ekic (Javanon SC; Fairdale, Ky.), Jaelin Howell (Real Colorado; Windsor, Colo.), Brianna Pinto (CASL; Durham, N.C.), Ashley Sanchez (So Cal Blues; Monrovia, Calif.), Ohio), Taryn Torres (Solar Chelsea; Frisco, Texas),MIDFIELDERS (5): Rachel Jones (Tophat; Lawrenceville, Ga.), Taryn Ries (FC Portland; Portland, Ore.), Sophia Smith (Real Colorado; Fort Collins, Colo.), Alexa Spaanstra (Michigan Hawks; Brighton, Mich.), Frankie Tagliaferri (PDA; Colts Neck, N.J.), Jordan Taylor (Ohio Premier Eagles; Wadsworth), Olivia Wade (La Roca FC; Kaysville, Utah)FORWARDS (6): 

Additional Notes:

  • Each team is allowed 21 players on its NTC Invitational tournament roster.
  • Teams will be allowed six total substitutions per game with no re-entry. In the second half of the matches, a team may stop the game a maximum of three times to make substitutions. During each of these stoppages, a team may make more than one substitution, up to the limit of the six total per match.
  • Substitutions made at halftime do not count as a stoppage in the second half.
  • Players eligible for the 2015 U-17 Women’s NTC Invitational must have been born on or after Jan. 1, 1999, which is the age cut-off for the 2016 FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup.
  • There will be no suspensions for accumulation of yellow cards during the tournament, but a player receiving a red card will have to sit out a minimum of one match.
  • If two or more teams are equal on goal difference and goals scored, the ties will be broken as follow: 1) greatest number of points obtained in the matches between the teams concerned; 2) goal difference resulting from the matches between the teams concerned; 3) greater number of goals scored in the matches between the teams concerned; 4) drawing of lots by the U-17 Women's NTC Invitational Tournament Committee.

U.S. U-17 WNT Kicks off 2015 with Camp in Florida

CHICAGO (Dec. 31, 2014) – U.S. Under-17 Women’s National Team head coach B.J. Snow has named 24 players for a training camp running from Jan. 3-10 in Lakeland Ranch, Florida, which will kick off the 2015 programming for this age group.

The camp features 16 players born 1999 and eight born in 2000. The age cut-off for the next FIFA 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; Roswell, Ga.), Brooke Bollinger (Orlando City; Melbourne, Fla.), Mattison Interian (Arsenal; Pasadena, Calif.)
DEFENDERS (8): Kerry Abello (Team Chicago; Aurora, Ill.), Chai Cortez (Surf Hawaii White; Wailuku, Hawaii), Campbell Dopke (LA Premier; Pasadena, Calif.), Sierra Enge (Carlsbad Elite; Cardiff, Calif.), Joanna Harber (Eastside FC; Bellevue, Wash.), Karlie Paschall (Tennessee Soccer Club; Brentwood, Tenn.), Kiara Pickett (Camarillo Eagles; Santa Barbara, Calif.), Karina Rodriguez (So Cal Blues; Torrance, Calif.)
MIDFIELDERS (7): Rachael Dorwart (Penn Fusion; Mechanicsburg, Pa.), Jaelin Howell (Real Colorado; Windsor, Colo.), Ashley Sanchez (So Cal Blues; Monrovia, Calif.), Jordan Taylor (Ohio Premier Eagles; Wadsworth, Ohio), Taryn Torres (Solar Chelsea; Frisco, Texas), Olivia Wade (La Roca FC; Kaysville, Utah), Sydney Zandi (Penn Fusion; West Chester, Pa.)
FORWARDS (6): Emina Ekic (Javanon; Fairdale, Ky.), Rachel Jones (Tophat; Lawrenceville, Ga.), Civana Kuhlmann (Colorado Rush; Littleton, Colo.), Sophia Smith (Real Colorado; Fort Collins, Colo.), Alexa Spaanstra (Michigan Hawks; Brighton, Mich.), Frankie Tagliaferri (Players Development Academy; Colts Neck, N.J.)

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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