U.S. Soccer

USA Defeats Mexico 2-1 to Claim 2016 CONCACAF U-17 Women's Championship Title

ST. GEORGES, Grenada (March 13, 2016) – Forward Civana Kuhlmann scored a dramatic game-winner in the 86th minute as the U.S. Under-17 Women’s National Team won the 2016 CONCACAF U-17 Women’s Championship with a 2-1 victory against Mexico.

Ashley Sanchez opened the scoring with her fifth goal of the tournament in the 43rd minute and Mexico equalized in the 69th to set the stage for Kuhlmann’s heroics.

“It’s been an emotional two weeks and it’s been a hard-fought two weeks,” said U.S. head coach B.J. Snow. “The girls are ecstatic, and I’m proud of them for pushing through some adversity today. Five games in nine days in this heat against this type of competition is tough, and every game we had was very difficult. The girls learned from it and pushed themselves through some things they’ve never had to deal with before. It was a total team effort.”

Sanchez won the Golden Ball as the tournament’s top player and Laurel Ivory, who played every minute in goal for the USA, won the Golden Glove as the top goalkeeper in the competition. Ivory, who had little to do for most of the tournament, made a huge save near the end of the game to keep it knotted at 1-1.

Seven U.S. players made the Best XI Team for the tournament: Ivory, Naomi Girma, Kennedy Wesley, Brianna Pinto, Jaelin Howell, Sanchez and Kuhlmann

The USA had already booked its place in the 2016 FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup in Jordan with a 5-0 victory against Canada in the semifinal on March 11, but the championship game triumph gives the USA its third U-17 CONCACAF title (2008, 2012, 2016). Mexico earned its berth to the Women’s World Cup via a 3-0 semifinal win against Haiti, while Canada booked CONCACAF’s final World Cup spot with a 4-2 win against Haiti in the third place match.

The USA had far more dangerous chances on the night, including a shot from Kuhlmann in the first half that smacked off the crossbar at the upper left corner, but Mexico goalkeeper Miriam Aguirre made numerous big-time saves to keep the game close.

Sophia Smith entered the game in the 79th minute and set up the winning goal with an excellent cross from the right wing that Kuhlmann met with a powerful slide to seal the victory, although Mexico’s Jacqueline Ovalle, who scored Mexico’s earlier equalizer, hit the outside of the left post in the dying seconds of the match.

Goal Scoring Rundown:
USA – Ashley Sanchez, 43rd minute: A ball was played over the top by the USA and bounced in the penalty area. Alessandra Ramirez headed it up in the air and Sanchez was first to the falling ball, deftly lifting it over the defender and goalkeeper into the open net for her fifth goal of the tournament. USA 1, MEX 0 ( SEE GOAL)

MEX – Jacqueline Ovalle (Maricarmen Reyes), 69th minute: Mexico put together a nice build up down the right side and served a cross into the middle where Maricarmen Reyes collected well at the top of the box. She then played a pass square to Ovalle, who took a touch into the penalty area on the left side and hit a perfect shot just inside the right post past diving U.S. goalkeeper Laurel Ivory. USA 1, MEX 1 (SEE GOAL)

USA – Civana Kuhlmann (Sophia Smith), 86th minute: With the USA pushing for the winner, substitute Sophia Smith fought off a defender on the right wing and whipped in a cross. Kuhlmann timed her run perfectly and knifed through the goal area to smash home a volley with her knee. It was her fourth goal of the tournament. USA 2, MEX 1 ( SEE GOAL) FINAL

Key Saves and Defensive Stops:
MEX – Miriam Aguirre, 8th minute:
Ashley Sanchez beat two defenders around the left side and dribbled toward the near post. Aguirre held her position and batted the close range shot over the goal for a corner kick.

MEX – Miriam Aguirre, 17th minute: Aguirre came up big again on Sanchez, once again cutting down the angle on a one-on-one and threw her body in front of the shot to block the close range chance.

MEX – Miriam Aguirre, 57th minute: JaelinHowell hit a bending shot from the top of the box that was headed into the upper right corner before Aguirre leapt to push the ball out for a corner kick.

MEX – Miriam Aguirre, 65th minute: Civana Kuhlmann got behind the defense on the right side and fired low, but Aguirre turned it away with a kick save.

USA – Laurel Ivory, 80th minute: With the game in the balance, Mexico got off a shot from the right side of the penalty area that Ivory was able to get her gloves on with a dive to her right that helped the ball bounce just wide right of the post.

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Additional Notes:

  • The USA won its World Cup Qualifying group for the fifth consecutive time and remains perfect in the Qualifying group stage with a 15-0-0 all-time record since the beginning of the competition in 2008.
  • Overall, the USA has 25-game unbeaten streak (23-0-2) in this tournament since it began in 2008, outscoring opponents 137-5.
  • The USA scored 18 goals in this year’s tournament and allowed two.
  • Six different players have scored the USA’s 18 goals: Frankei Tagliaferri (5), Ashley Sanchez (5), Civana Kuhlmann (4), Alexa Spaanstra (2), Jordan Canniff (1) and Sophia Smith (1).
  • Ashley Sanchez scored in four out of the five matches and was tied for the team lead with five goals along with Frankie Tagliaferri.
  • Laurel Ivory picked up three clean sheets during the competition.
  • Mexico started seven of the same players from the teams’ match in group play, while the USA started eight.
  • U.S. right back Kennedy Wesley was injured at the end of the first half and had to be replaced at halftime. The USA’s other two right back options (Sydney Zandi and Kiara Pickett) were already injured, so midfielder Alexa Spaanstra filled in at right back for the second half.
  • Sophia Smith led the USA with four assists during the tournament.

- U.S. U-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:
March 13, 2016
Competition:
2016 CONCACAF U-17 Women’s Championship – Final
Venue:
Grenada Athletics Stadium; St. George’s, Grenada
Attendance:
2,500
Weather:
88 degrees; clear

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

USA – Ashley Sanchez                                                          43rd minute
MEX – Jacqueline Ovalle (Montserrat Hernandez)               69
USA – Civana Kuhlmann (Sophia Smith)                              86

Lineups:
USA
: 1-Laurel Ivory; 15-Kennedy Wesley (11-Izzy Rodriguez, 46), 16-Karina Rodriguez, 4-Naomi Girma, 19-Kate Wiesner (3-Sophia Smith, 79); 8-Brianna Pinto, 18-Jaelin Howell, 17-Jordan Canniff (20-Frankie Tagliaferri, 65), 10-Ashley Sanchez (capt.), 7-Alexa Spaanstra; 14-Civana Kuhlmann
Subs Not Used:
2-Taryn Torres, 6-Emily Smith, 12-Hilary Beall, 13-Rachel Jones
Not Available: 5-Sydney Zandi, 9-Kiara Pickett

Head Coach: B.J. Snow

MEX: 12-Miriam Aguirre; 2-Ashley Soto, 3-Alessandra Ramirez, 4-Kimberly Rodriguez, 14-Reyna Reyes (18-Veronica Avalos, 90+2), 20-Maricarmen Reyes (17-Luisa Delgado, 56), 8-Alexia Delgado (capt.), 7-Dayana Cazares (19-Gabriela Juarez, 66); 9-Daniela Espinosa, 10-Montserrat Hernandez, 11-Jacqueline Ovalle
Subs Not Used: 1-Kelsey Brann, 5-Jimena Lopez, 6-Vanessa Gonzalez, 13-Akemi Yokoyama, 15-Alma Lopez, 16-Alexandra Martinez
Head Coach: Christopher Cuellar

Stats Summary: USA / MEX
Shots: 24 / 10
Shots on Goal: 12 / 5
Saves: 4 / 10
Corner Kicks: 7 / 5
Fouls: 7 / 8
Offside: 2 / 0 

Misconduct Summary:
None

Officials:
Referee: Marie-Soleil Beaudoin (CAN)
Assistant Referee 1: Suzanne Morisset (CAN)
Assistant Referee 2: Stephanie Yee Sing (JAM)
4th Official: Joanne Monestime (HAI)

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- U.S. U-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:
March 13, 2016
Competition:
2016 CONCACAF U-17 Women’s Championship – Final
Venue:
Grenada Athletics Stadium; St. George’s, Grenada
Attendance:
2,500
Weather:
88 degrees; clear

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

USA – Ashley Sanchez                                                          43rd minute
MEX – Jacqueline Ovalle (Montserrat Hernandez)               69
USA – Civana Kuhlmann (Sophia Smith)                              86

Lineups:
USA
: 1-Laurel Ivory; 15-Kennedy Wesley (11-Izzy Rodriguez, 46), 16-Karina Rodriguez, 4-Naomi Girma, 19-Kate Wiesner (3-Sophia Smith, 79); 8-Brianna Pinto, 18-Jaelin Howell, 17-Jordan Canniff (20-Frankie Tagliaferri, 65), 10-Ashley Sanchez (capt.), 7-Alexa Spaanstra; 14-Civana Kuhlmann
Subs Not Used:
2-Taryn Torres, 6-Emily Smith, 12-Hilary Beall, 13-Rachel Jones
Not Available: 5-Sydney Zandi, 9-Kiara Pickett

Head Coach: B.J. Snow

MEX: 12-Miriam Aguirre; 2-Ashley Soto, 3-Alessandra Ramirez, 4-Kimberly Rodriguez, 14-Reyna Reyes (18-Veronica Avalos, 90+2), 20-Maricarmen Reyes (17-Luisa Delgado, 56), 8-Alexia Delgado (capt.), 7-Dayana Cazares (19-Gabriela Juarez, 66); 9-Daniela Espinosa, 10-Montserrat Hernandez, 11-Jacqueline Ovalle
Subs Not Used: 1-Kelsey Brann, 5-Jimena Lopez, 6-Vanessa Gonzalez, 13-Akemi Yokoyama, 15-Alma Lopez, 16-Alexandra Martinez
Head Coach: Christopher Cuellar

Stats Summary: USA / MEX
Shots: 24 / 10
Shots on Goal: 12 / 5
Saves: 4 / 10
Corner Kicks: 7 / 5
Fouls: 7 / 8
Offside: 2 / 0 

Misconduct Summary:
None

Officials:
Referee: Marie-Soleil Beaudoin (CAN)
Assistant Referee 1: Suzanne Morisset (CAN)
Assistant Referee 2: Stephanie Yee Sing (JAM)
4th Official: Joanne Monestime (HAI)

U-17 WNT to Face England Twice in Portland, Oregon

CHICAGO (August 15, 2017) – The U.S. Under-17 Women’s National Team will travel to Portland, Oregon, from Aug. 20-27 for a training camp that will feature two matches against the England U-17 Women’s National Team.

The teams will meet on Aug. 23 at a site and time to be determined. The second match will take place on Aug. 26 at Providence Park, home of the Portland Thorns and Portland Timbers, with a kickoff at 7 p.m. PT.

For the match at Providence Park, fans should enter through Gate 35, located at the Southeast corner of the stadium next to Gate 1. Gates open at 6 p.m. There will be no concessions stands open for this match.

Admission is free to both matches.

U.S. U-17 WNT head coach Mark Carr has called up 24 players for the camp and matches – 20 born 2001 and four born in 2002 -- but will be without a few key players as forward Jordan Caniff, midfielder Astrid Wheeler and defender Kate Wiesner are traveling to China with the U.S. U-19 WNT in early September to gain some experience at an older age level. Defender Kennedy Wesley is recovering from an ankle injury.

Fourteen players on the roster for Portland were a part of the team that finished second at CFA International U-16 Women’s Football Tournament in June in China.

“Since the China trip, we’ve been highly motivated and ready to get back together,” said Carr. “We learned a lot about ourselves in China and our focus for this camp will be to address some areas for improvement, but also to build on some of the great things we did over there. It’s still early in our cycle, and with a few players getting called to the U-19 WNT, it will be another chance for everyone to perform and help the team be successful. As always, our ultimate goals are to keep testing ourselves, keeping improving as individuals and as a team, and to get two positive results against what is sure to be a tough and talented England team.”

This group of players is in the middle of the first year of a two-year cycle in which they will attempt to qualify for the 2018 FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup in Uruguay.

U.S. U-17 Women’s National Team Roster by Position:

GOALKEEPERS (3): Angelina Anderson (Mustang SC; Danville, Calif.), Ryan Campbell (So Cal Blues; Dana Point, Calif.), Lindsey Romig (Richmond United; Midlothian, Va.)
DEFENDERS (7): Michela Agresti (FC Stars of Mass.; Swampscott, Mass.), Talia DellaPeruta (Tophat SC; Cumming, Ga.), Tori Hansen (CASL; Raleigh, N.C.), Makenna Morris (Bethesda SC; Germantown, Md.), Nicole Payne (Concord; Birmingham, Ala.), Natalia Staude (Tophat SC; Atlanta, Ga.), Leah Scarpelli (Cedar Stars; Brick, N.J.)      
MIDFIELDERS (7): Hanna Bebar (Eclipse Select; Naperville, Ill.), Croix Bethune (Concord Fire SC; Alpharetta, Ga.), Maya Doms (Davis Legacy; Davis, Calif.), Mia Fishel (San Diego Surf; San Diego, Calif.), Eleanor Glenn (Tophat SC; Avondale Estates, Ga.), Sophia Jones (San Jose Earthquakes; Menlo Park, Calif.), Margaret Pierce (CASL; Cary, N.C.)                                                      
FORWARDS (7): Ainsley Ahmadian (Eclipse Select; Naperville, Ill.), Isabella D'Aquila (So Cal Blues; Mission Viejo, Calif.), Sunshine Fontes (Hawaii Rush; Wahiawa, Hawaii), Lia Godfrey (JFC Storm; Fleming Island, Fla.), Payton Linnehan (FC Stars of Mass.; Douglas, Mass.), Diana Ordonez (FC Dallas; Prosper, Texas), Trinity Rodman (So Cal Blues; Newport Beach, Calif.)                                                         

                                                                                   

                                                                                   

                                                                                                                                                                                   

                                                                                                                                                                                   

                                                                                               

                                                                                                

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U-17 WNT Falls to China PR 5-4 in Wild Finale at U-16 Tournament in China

WEIFANG, China (July 16, 2017) – The U.S. Under-17 Women’s National Team played a wild back-and-forth finale in the U-16 CFA International Women’s Youth Football Tournament, eventually falling to host China PR on a goal in the final minute of regulation time.

Jordan Canniff scored twice for the USA while Katie Wiesner and Ainsley Ahmadian scored single goals in a match that saw the USA fall behind three times in the first half, only to tie the game three times and head into the break knotted at 3-3. The USA then took a 4-3 lead on a Canniff goal in the 59th minute, but China equalized in the 63rd and got a game-winner in the 90th through Linyan Zhang. China attacker Qian Yang proved hard to contain, scoring three of her team’s five goals.

The USA lost captain Kennedy Wesley very early in the game when she injured her leg after a hard tackle and had to be substituted in the 4th minute. Wiesner took over the armband after Wesley’s substitution.

The USA went into the game needing a win to finish first in the four-team tournament, but with the loss, China finished first, the USA was second, Japan was third and Canada finishes fourth.

The USA defeated Japan 2-0 on July 12 and tied Canada 1-1 on July 14. Japan beat Canada, 3-1, in today’s other match.

"Our trip to China provided us with many challenges in regards to travel and playing abroad, but also on the field, where we faced three different but talented opponents,” said U.S. head coach Mark Carr. “We had a mixed bag of results, but more importantly, I was proud of all the players, how we played and how we improved during the tournament. This experience will only help us move forward in our development journey. We know we have work to do and I know the players will focus improving themselves with their clubs ahead of our August camp."

At this point in the World Cup cycle, all four teams in the tournament were basically U-16 teams with players born in 2001 and 2002. All the matches were played at the Weifang Olympic Sports Center Stadium in Weifang, which is located on the coast of northeast China at the base of the Shandong Peninsula.

This group of U.S. players is in the middle of the first year of a two-year cycle in which they will attempt to qualify for the 2018 FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup that will be staged in Uruguay. 

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

Match: United States U-17 WNT vs. China U-17 WNT
Date: July 16, 2017
Competition: U-16 CFA International Women’s Youth Football Tournament
Venue: Weifang Olympic Stadium; Weifang, China
Weather: 85 degrees; high humidity
Attendance: 1,000

Scoring Summary:   1          2          F                             
USA                             3          1          4                                      
CHN                          3          2          5 

CHN – Han Tang                                                        9th minute
USA – Kate Wiesner                                                   20
CHN – Qian Yang                                                       23
USA – Ainsley Ahmadian (Payton Linnehan)             30
CHN – Qian Yang                                                       33
USA – Jordan Canniff                                                 44
USA – Jordan Canniff                                                 59
CHN – Qian Yang                                                       63
CHN – Linyan Zhang                                                  90

Lineups:
USA: 1-Angelina Anderson: 3-Kate Wiesner, 6-Kennedy Wesley (capt.) (5-Michela Agresti, 4), 4-Tori Hansen, 17-Talia DellaPeruta, 9-Jordan Canniff, 11-Croix Bethune, 15-Maya Doms (8-Astrid Wheeler, 46), 10-Mia Fishel (7-Sam Meza, 56), 18-Payton Linnehan (13-Sunshine Fontes, 74), 19-Ainsley Ahmadian (16-Kalyssa Van Zanten, 82)
Subs not used: 2-Makenna Morris, 12-Lindsey Romig, 14-Natalia Staude, 20-Diana Ordonez
Head Coach: Mark Carr

CHN: 18-Yu Wang, 3-Mengqing Zhou, 4-Shasha Zhou (19-Xiaoxu Huang, 52), 5-Huimin Han, 6-Jing Jin (17-Xuan Wang, 33, 25-Xinyu Zhou, 69), 7-Qian Yang, 8-Yiyao Ou, 9-Mengyu Shen (capt.), 10-Han Tang (20-Yuehua Li, 86), 11-Linyan Zhang, 14-Yinghua Li (21-Shunjin Guo, 39)
Subs not used: 1-Peibin He, 2-Yumeng Wang, 13-Yingrui Li, 15-Kailian Zou, 16-Xinling Wang, 22-Yifei Gao, 23-Shiyi Li
Head Coach: Gao Hong

Stats Summary: USA / CHN
Shots: 11 / 8
Shots on Goal: 7 / 8
Saves: 3 / 3
Corner Kicks: 7 / 2
Fouls: 6 / 3
Offside: 2 / 0

Misconduct Summary: 
None

U-16 CFA International Women’s Youth Football Tournament Final Standings

Team

GP

W

L

T

Pts.

GF

GA

GD

CHN

3

2

0

1

7

10

7

+3

USA

3

1

1

1

4

7

6

+1

JPN

3

1

1

1

4

5

5

0

CAN

3

0

2

1

1

3

7

-4

U-16 CFA International Women’s Youth Football Tournament Final Results

July 12
USA 2, Japan 0
China PR 3, Canada 1

July 14
USA 1, Canada 1
Japan 2, China PR 2

July 16
China PR 5, USA 4
Japan 3, Canada 1

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U-17 WNT Jul 16, 2017

U-17 WNT Draws Canada 1-1 at U-16 CFA Tournament in Weifang, China

WEIFANG, China (July 14, 2017) – The U.S. Under-17 Women’s National Team tied Canada 1-1 in the second match for both teams at the U-16 CFA International Women’s Youth Football Tournament.

Both goals came off corner kicks, with Michela Agresti volleying home a service from Kate Wiesner in the 24th minute while Canada equalized on a header from Ariel Young in the 50th minute.

The USA will head into its final match of the tournament on July 16 against China PR needing a victory to win the championship. The USA is currently tied with China in the four-team tournament as both countries have four points from two matches and both teams have a plus-2 goal difference. China PR has scored five goals to the USA’s three, however, and a draw would give the hosts the tournament title.

The USA defeated Japan 2-0 on July 12. China PR defeated Canada 3-1 on July 12 and tied Japan 2-2 in today’s other match.

At this point in the World Cup cycle, all four teams are basically U-16 teams with players born in 2001 and 2002. All the matches are being played at the Weifang Olympic Sports Center Stadium in Weifang, which is located on the coast of northeast China at the base of the Shandong Peninsula.

This group of U.S. players is in the middle of the first year of a two-year cycle in which they will attempt to qualify for the 2018 FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup that will be staged in Uruguay.

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

Match: United States U-17 WNT vs. Canada U-17 WNT
Date: July 14, 2017
Competition: U-16 CFA International Women’s Youth Football Tournament Weifang
Venue: Weifang Olympic Stadium; Weifang, China
Weather: 90 degrees, high humidity 

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

USA – Michela Agresti (Kate Wiesner)                      24th minute
CAN – Ariel Young                                                     50

Lineups:
USA: 1-Angelina Anderson; 2-Makenna Morris, 3-Kate Wiesner (capt.), 5-Michela Agresti, 6-Kennedy Wesley, 8-Astrid Wheeler, 9-Jordan Canniff, 11-Croix Bethune (10-Mia Fishel, 61), 13-Sunshine Fontes (18-Payton Linnehan, 61), 15-Maya Doms (17-Talia DellaPeruta, 79), 20-Diana Ordonez (16-Kalyssa Van Zanten, 46), 7-Samantha Meza, 69)
Subs not used:4-Tori Hansen, 12-Lindsey Romig, 14-Natalia Staude, 19-Ainsley Ahmadian
Head Coach: Mark Carr 

CAN: 2-Isabella Hanisch, 3-Julianne Vallerand, 4-Caitlin Shaw (20-Olivia Scott, 86), 5-Maya Antoine, 6-Ariel Young, 7-Jayde Riviere, 10-Maya Ladhani (14-Maya Rogers, 86), 11-Kaila Novak (15-Latifah Abdu, 78), 13-Maliah De Rosario (21-Lara Kazandijan, 69), 18-Anna Karpenko, 23-Jordyn Huitema (capt.)
Subs not used: 1-Sophie Guilmette, 8-Aaliyah Scott, 9-Oluwateniola Akindoju, 12-Sonia Walk, 16-Audrey Francois, 17-Serita Thurton, 19-Elisabeth Tse
Head Coach: Beverly Priestman 

Stats Summary: USA / CAN
Shots: 9 / 6
Shots on Goal: 4 / 6
Saves: 5 / 3
Corner Kicks: 4 / 2
Fouls: 14 / 17
Offside: 4 / 1 

Misconduct Summary:
None 

U-16 CFA International Women’s Youth Football Tournament Standings

Team

GP

W

L

T

Pts.

GF

GA

GD

CHN

2

1

0

1

4

5

3

+2

USA

2

1

0

1

4

3

1

+2

CAN

2

0

1

1

1

2

4

-2

JPN

2

0

1

1

1

2

4

-2

U-16 CFA International Women’s Youth Football Tournament Results

July 12
USA 2, Japan 0
China PR 3, Canada 1

July 14
USA 1, Canada 1
Japan 2, China PR 2 

July 16
USA vs. China PR
Canada vs. Japan

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U-17 WNT Jul 14, 2017

U-17 WNT Defeats Japan 2-0 at U-16 CFA International Women’s Youth Football Tournament in China

WEIFANG, China (July 12, 2017) – The U.S. Under-17 Women’s National Team opened the U-16 CFA International Women’s Youth Football Tournament with a 2-0 victory against Japan as Jordan Canniff scored in the first half and Astrid Wheeler tallied in the second.

The four-team tournament also features Canada and China PR. The USA will next take on Canada on July 14 and finish against the hosts on July 16. The USA currently sits in second place in the tournament after China PR defeated Canada, 3-1, in the other match today.

At this point in the World Cup cycle, all four teams are basically U-16 teams with players born in 2001 and 2002. All the matches are being played at the Weifang Olympic Sports Center Stadium in Weifang, which is located on the coast of northeast China at the base of the Shandong Peninsula.

Canniff, who was a member of the USA’s 2016 FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup Team in Jordan, opened the scoring in the 35th minute.

The goal sequence started when forward Payton Linnehan picked off a square pass just in front of the center circle inside the Japanese half and dribbled into right side of the penalty area. She lost the ball for a moment in a tackle, but was able to recover and poke it back to Canniff who struck her first-time shot low and hard from 16 yards out into the lower left corner past the outstretched arms of goalkeeper. It was her fifth U-17 international goal.

The USA’s second goal came off a corner kick as defender Kate Wiesner sent in a service from the left side which caused the goalkeeper to come for the cross, only to be stuck far out of her net as Wheeler lofted a header over her and a leaping defender. The ball dropped into the middle of the goal for Wheeler’s first score at the U-17 international level.

This group of players is in the middle of the first year of a two-year cycle in which they will attempt to qualify for the 2018 FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup that will be staged in Uruguay. 

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

Match: United States U-17 WNT vs. Japan U-17 WNT
Date: July 12, 2017
Competition: U-16 CFA International Women’s Youth Football Tournament Weifang
Venue: Weifang Olympic Stadium; Weifang, China
Weather: 98 degrees; hot, humid

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

USA – Jordan Canniff (Peyton Linnehan)                  35th minute
USA – Astrid Wheeler (Kate Wiesner)                        78

Lineups:
USA: 12-Lindsey Romig, 3-Kate Wiesner, 14-Natalia Staude, 6-Kennedy Wesley (capt.), 17-Talia DellaPeruta, 8-Astrid Wheeler, 11-Croix Bethune (10-Mia Fishel, 46), 9-Jordan Canniff, 18-Payton Linnehan (19-Ainsley Ahmadian, 83), 7-Samantha Meza (Maya Doms, 60), 16-Kalyssa Van Zanten (13-Sunshine Fontes, 69)
Subs not used:1-Angelina Anderson, 2-Makenna Morris, 4-Tori Hansen, 5-Michela Agresti, 20-Diana Ordonez
Head Coach: Mark Carr

JPN: 18-Shu Ohba, 8-Sara Ito, 6-Shino Matsuda (capt.), 2-Ibuki Nagae, 3-Miyu Arai, 4-Chihiro Tomioka (13-Rin Watanabe, 35), 5-Chihiro Ishida (16-Yuzuki Yamamoto, 46), 10-Moe Nakae (17-Momoka Kinoshita, 46), 7-Momo Nakao, 14-Tomoko Tanaka, 9-Momo Kato (12-Chiina Kamiya, 85)
Subs not used: 1-Rina Yamashita, 15-Nana Watanabe, 19-Warai Yoshizumi, 20-Megumi Ito
Head Coach: Naoki Kusunose

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

Misconduct Summary:
None

U-16 CFA International Women’s Youth Football Tournament Standings

Team

GP

W

L

T

Pts.

GF

GA

GD

CHN

1

1

0

0

3

3

1

+2

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U-16 CFA International Women’s Youth Football Tournament Results

July 12
USA 2, Japan 0
China PR 3, Canada 1

July 14
USA vs. Canada
Japan vs. China PR

July 16
USA vs. China PR
Canada vs. Japan

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U-17 WNT Jul 13, 2017

U-17 WNT Will Travel to China for Tournament that Features Japan Canada China PR

CHICAGO (June 29, 2017) – The U.S. Under-17 Women’s National Team will travel to China to participate in the four-team CFA International U-16 Women's Football Tournament in Weifang that also features Japan, Canada and China PR.

The USA will face Japan on July 12, take on Canada on July 14 and play the hosts on July 16.

At this point in the World Cup cycle, all four teams are basically U-16 teams with players born in 2001 and 2002. All the matches will be played at the Weifang Olympic Sports Center Stadium in Weifang, which is located on the coast of northeast China at the base of the Shandong Peninsula.

“This will be a memorable trip for the players in terms of their cultural, travel and soccer experience,” U.S. U-17 WNT head coach Mark Carr said. “As the senior team just showed getting two results after long travel and short rest in Sweden and Norway, international soccer players have to learn how to travel great distances and still perform at their peak.”

Carr has called up 20 players with 18 born in 2001 and two born in 2002. Included in the roster are three players taking part in their second U-17 WNT cycle in forward Jordan Canniff and defenders Kennedy Wesley and Kate Wiesner. All three were on the U.S. team that played at the 2016 FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup in Jordan.

Fifteen of the players on the roster were part of the team that won the Torneo Femminile Delle Nazioni in Gradisca, Italy last April. Canniff scored twice in the tournament while Maya Doms had three goals. Croix Bethune, Mia Fishel, Payton Linnehan, Kalyssa Van Zanten and Kate Wiesner scored each scored once.

“Going to China and playing in this tournament not only provides an exciting challenge, but also provides the kind of developmental environment that can only help our players,” Carr said. “Our team did well on our trip to Europe in the Spring and these games are exactly what we need to continue the growth process through this cycle. It's really important that we continue to improve both individually and collectively and these games will give us three tests against three of the top sides in the world.”

This group of players is in the middle of the first year of a two-year cycle in which they will attempt to qualify for the 2018 FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup that will be staged in Uruguay.

U.S. U-17 Women’s National Team Roster by Position:
GOALKEEPERS (2): Angelina Anderson (Mustang SC; Danville, Calif.), Lindsey Romig (IMG Academy; Midlothian, Va.)
DEFENDERS (7): Michela Agresti (FC Stars of Mass; Swampscott, Mass.), Talia DellaPeruta (Tophat SC; Cumming, Ga.), Tori Hansen (CASL; Raleigh, N.C.), Makenna Morris (Bethesda SC; Germantown, Md.), Natalia Staude (Tophat SC; Atlanta, Ga.), Kennedy Wesley (So Cal Blues; Rossmoor, Calif.), Kate Wiesner (Slammers FC; Monrovia, Calif.)
MIDFIELDERS (4): Croix Bethune (Concord Fire; Alpharetta, Ga.), Maya Doms (Davis Legacy; Davis, Calif.), Mia Fishel (San Diego Surf FC; San Diego, Calif.), Astrid Wheeler (Concord Fire; Atlanta, Ga.)
FORWARDS (7): Ainsley Ahmadian (Eclipse Select SC; Naperville, Ill.), Jordan Canniff (Richmond United; California, Md.), Sunshine Fontes (Honolulu Bulls SC; Wahiawa, Hawaii), Payton Linnehan (FC Stars of Mass.; Douglas, Mass.), Samantha Meza (Dallas Kicks SC; Dallas, Texas), Diana Ordonez (FC Dallas; Prosper, Texas), Kalyssa Van Zanten (Eclipse Select SC; Buffalo Grove, Ill.)

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U-17 WNT Jun 29, 2017
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