U.S. Soccer

Kuhlmann Scores Hat Trick as USA Dominates Paraguay 6-1 in Opening Match of FIFA U-17 Women's World Cup

AL ZARQA, Jordan (October 1, 2016) – The U.S. Under-17 Women’s National Team defeated Paraguay 6-1, scoring twice in the first half and four times in the second to open the 2016 FIFA Under-17 Women’s World Cup.

Forward Civana Kuhlmann scored the first hat trick by a U.S. player in a FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup, which included a crucial score just four minutes into the second half. Midfielder Frankie Tagliaferri, right back Kiara Pickett and forward Ashley Sanchez added single goals in a dominating performance from the United States.

The crowd of 2,078 saw an entertaining match from the young Americans, who moved the ball with pace and sophistication throughout the 90 minutes. Once the USA settled into the game after a nervy first few minutes, Brianna Pinto and Jaelin Howell led a U.S. midfield that controlled most of the possession and the rhythm of the game.

The only goal given up by the USA came off a set play as Paraguay headed home a corner kick in the 54th minute.

In the first game of Group D, Japan defeated Ghana 5-0 and the reigning U-17 Women’s World Cup champions currently sit just behind the USA in the group standings based on goals scored, as both the USA and Japan won by a five-goal margin.

Goal Scoring Rundown: 
USA – Frankie Tagliaferri (Brianna Pinto), 11th minute: 
After some early game jitters were run out by the young U.S. team, the Americans got on the board off a nice build up that saw Pinto thread a pass to Tagliaferri inside the penalty area. She took a perfect touch to her right to lose a defender and blasted her shot past the onrushing ‘keeper into the left side of the net. It was the USA’s first shot on goal of the game. USA 1, PAR 0

USA – Civana Kuhlmann (Kiara Pickett), 14th minute: The USA struck again quickly as right back Kiara Pickett ran onto a long ball down the right flank from Pinto and then nutmegged her challenging defender with a first touch towards the goal. She played a perfect cross on the ground from the edge of the penalty area to Kuhlmann near the top of the six-yard. The U.S. striker took a perfect settling touch before shooting low and just inside the left post. USA 2, PAR 0

USA – Civana Kuhlmann (Kate Wiesner), 49th minute: The USA started the second half strong, winning three corner kicks in quick succession. Paraguay managed to clear them, but could not get the ball completely out of danger after the third and left back Wisener ran onto a loose ball with a great touch to sweep the ball into the attacking third. She then slipped a pass to Kuhlmann who took another deft touch to make space for a shot, this one at the top of the penalty box, before striking a left-footer through the legs of a defender and into the right side of the net. USA 3, PAR 0

PAR – Limpia Fretes (Deisy Ojeda), 54th minute: Paraguay took a corner kick from the left that flew to the top of the six-yard box and the U.S. defense could not get to it before Fretes sent a solid header high into the left side of the net to pull one back. USA 3, PAR 1

USA – Kiara Pickett (Ashley Sanchez), 69th minute: Sanchez made a dazzling dribbling run down the left side, bringing a roar from the crowd as she beat two players before driving toward the box. She cut a pass back into the seam for Pickett, and as was the theme of the night, she took an excellent first touch to settle before driving her shot under the ‘keeper from seven years out for her first international goal. USA 4, PAR 1

USA – Ashley Sanchez (Katie Wiesner), 81st minute: As Paraguay began to lose some steam, the USA created numerous chances toward the end of the game and Sanchez bagged a well-deserved goal. She took a pass from Wiesner on the left side and cut inside towards the middle of the penalty area before spinning her right-footed shot into the lower right corner. USA 5, PAR 1

USA – Civana Kuhlmann (Lia Godfrey), 87th minute: Kuhlmann completed her hat trick in tremendous fashion with a blast from outside the box after Godfrey had done some hard work on the dribble to wriggle herself free. The 14-year-old played a square pass to Kuhlmann who turned to goal and hit a laser into the upper right corner for the final margin. USA 6, PAR 1. FINAL

Key Saves and Defensive Stops 
PAR – Heidi Salas, 35th minute: 
After Ashley Sanchez beat three defenders inside the box to earn a point blank shot from about 10 yards out, Salas cut down the angle and knocked down the blast to keep the score at 2-0.

PAR – Heidi Salas, 78th minute: After a quick U.S. counter-attack put Civana Kuhlmann through, Salas was able to smother the ball at the feet of the onrushing U.S. forward before she could poke in a fifth U.S. goal. She would eventually get the sixth.

Next on the Schedule: The U.S. WNT will face Ghana in its second Group D match of the 2016 FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup on Oct. 4 (8:55 a.m. ET; FS2) at King Abdullah II International Stadium in Amman, Jordan. The U.S. will wrap up group play against Japan on Oct. 8 at Amman International Stadium (11:55 a.m. ET; FS2). Click here for the full tournament schedule.
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Additional Notes:

  • The USA is 13-0-2 in 2016, having scored 47 goals while allowing 11.
  • This was the USA’s first victory in a FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup since Sept. 25, 2012, in a 6-0 win against Gambia in Baku, Azerbaijan.
  • The scores were Civana Kuhlmann’s 13th, 14th, and 15th international goals in 18 caps with the U-17 WNT. She also leads the team with 13 goals in 2016.
  • Frankie Tagliaferri scored her 10th goal in 25 U-17 caps.
  • Ashley Sanchez kept up her goal per game average, scoring her 19th international goal in her 19th U-17 cap.
  • Kuhlmann’s hat trick was the first by a U.S. player in a U-17 WWC, but the fourth by a U.S. player in a youth Women’s World Cup. Sydney Leroux scored three times against Switzerland at the 2010 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup in Germany; Maya Hayes had a hat trick against Ghana at the 2012 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup in Japan; and Kelly Wilson scored three goals against Denmark at the 2002 U-19 Women’s World Championship.
  • The match marks the second time the USA and Paraguay have met in the U-17 Women’s World Cup. The teams met in group play in 2008 in Hamilton, New Zealand, a 3-1 U.S. victory.
  • This was the first World Cup match in the international careers of all the U.S. players that played.
  • The USA made all three allowed subs in the game as Sophie Smith came on for Frankie Tagliaferri in the 67th minute and 14-year-old Lia Godfrey became the youngest player to play in a youth Women’s World Cup for the USA, coming on for Jaelin Howell in the 84th minute. Adrienne Richardson replaced Kuhlmann, who got a rousing ovation as she left the field with a few minutes left in the game.
  • The match was played on an artificial turf surface at Prince Mohammed International Stadium. The USA’s next two group games will be on natural grass.
  • The USA got a goal and three assists from its outside backs with Kiara Pickett scoring her first international goal while setting up Kuhlmann’s first of the game, and Kate Wiesner assisting on Kuhlmann’s second and Ashley Sanchez’ score.

2016 FIFA Women’s World Cup Standings – Group D

Team

W

L

T

Pts.

GF

GA

GD

USA

1

0

0

3

6

1

+5

JPN

1

0

0

3

5

0

+5

PAR

0

1

0

0

1

6

-5

GHA

0

1

0

0

0

5

-5

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

Match: U.S. U-17 Women’s National Team vs. Paraguay U-17 Women’s National Team
Date: Oct. 1, 2016
Competition: 2016 FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup – Group D
Venue: Prince Mohammed International Stadium; Al Zarqa, Jordan
Kickoff: 12 p.m. ET
Attendance: 2,078
Weather: 75 degrees; clear

Scoring Summary:   1          2          F
USA                             2          4          6
PAR                             0          1          1

USA – Frankie Tagliaferri (Brianna Pinto)                              11th minute
USA – Civana Kuhlmann (Kiara Pickett)                                14
USA – Civana Kuhlmann (Kate Wiesner)                               49
PAR – Limpia Fretes (Deisy Ojeda)                                       54
USA – Kiara Pickett (Ashley Sanchez)                                  69
USA – Ashley Sanchez (Kate Wiesner)                                 81
USA – Civana Kuhlmann (Lia Godfrey)                                  87

Lineups:
USA
: 1-Laurel Ivory; 9-Kiara Pickett, 4-Naomi Girma, 5-Karina Rodriguez, 11-Kate Wiesner; 7-Alex Spaanstra, 18-Jaelin Howell (17-Lia Godfrey, 84), 20-Frankie Tagliaferri (3-Sophia Smith, 67), 8-Briana Pinto, 10-Ashley Sanchez (capt.); 14-Civana Kuhlmann (19-Adrienne Richardson, 88)
Subs Not Used:
2-Jordan Canniff, 6-Emily Smith, 12-Meagan McClelland, 13-Isabel Rodriguez, 15-Kennedy Wesley, 16-Sydney Zandi, 21-Hillary Beall
Head Coach: B.J. Snow

PAR: 1-Heidi Salas; 3-Maria Vecca, 4-Daysy Bareiro, 5-Limpia Fretes, 14-Yessica Cabanas; 6-Cinthia Arevalo (20-Katia Martinez, 46), 7-Fabiola Sandoval, 8-Rosa Mino (15-Jennifer Gonzalez, 67), 13-Deisy Ojeda (16-Vanessa Arce, 46); 10-Jessica Martinez (capt.), 11-Dahiana Bogarin
Subs Not Used: 2-Dirse Tande, 9-Maria Segovia, 12-Andrea Benkenstein, 17-Graciela Martinez, 18-Natalia Villasanti, 19-Lourdes Oliveira, 21-Natasha Martinez
Head Coach: Nelson Basualdo

Stats Summary: USA / PAR
Shots: 15 / 7
Shots on Goal: 9 / 2
Saves: 1 / 3
Corner Kicks: 5 / 1
Fouls: 14 / 7
Offside: 1 / 1

Misconduct Summary:
USA – Karina Rodriguez         (caution)         59th minute

Officials:
Referee: Anastasia Pustovoitova (RUS)
Assistant Referee 1: Ekaterina Kurochkina (RUS)
Assistant Referee 2: Oleksandra Ardasheva (UKR)
4th Official: Esther Azzopardi (MLT)

ussoccer.com Woman of the Match: Ashley Sanchez

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U-17 WNT Oct 1, 2016

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

Match: U.S. U-17 Women’s National Team vs. Paraguay U-17 Women’s National Team
Date: Oct. 1, 2016
Competition: 2016 FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup – Group D
Venue: Prince Mohammed International Stadium; Al Zarqa, Jordan
Kickoff: 12 p.m. ET
Attendance: 2,078
Weather: 75 degrees; clear

Scoring Summary:   1          2          F
USA                             2          4          6
PAR                             0          1          1

USA – Frankie Tagliaferri (Brianna Pinto)                              11th minute
USA – Civana Kuhlmann (Kiara Pickett)                                14
USA – Civana Kuhlmann (Kate Wiesner)                               49
PAR – Limpia Fretes (Deisy Ojeda)                                       54
USA – Kiara Pickett (Ashley Sanchez)                                  69
USA – Ashley Sanchez (Kate Wiesner)                                 81
USA – Civana Kuhlmann (Lia Godfrey)                                  87

Lineups:
USA: 1-Laurel Ivory; 9-Kiara Pickett, 4-Naomi Girma, 5-Karina Rodriguez, 11-Kate Wiesner; 7-Alex Spaanstra, 18-Jaelin Howell (17-Lia Godfrey, 84), 20-Frankie Tagliaferri (3-Sophia Smith, 67), 8-Briana Pinto, 10-Ashley Sanchez (capt.); 14-Civana Kuhlmann (19-Adrienne Richardson, 88)
Subs Not Used: 2-Jordan Canniff, 6-Emily Smith, 12-Meagan McClelland, 13-Isabel Rodriguez, 15-Kennedy Wesley, 16-Sydney Zandi, 21-Hillary Beall
Head Coach: B.J. Snow

PAR: 1-Heidi Salas; 3-Maria Vecca, 4-Daysy Bareiro, 5-Limpia Fretes, 14-Yessica Cabanas; 6-Cinthia Arevalo (20-Katia Martinez, 46), 7-Fabiola Sandoval, 8-Rosa Mino (15-Jennifer Gonzalez, 67), 13-Deisy Ojeda (16-Vanessa Arce, 46); 10-Jessica Martinez (capt.), 11-Dahiana Bogarin
Subs Not Used: 2-Dirse Tande, 9-Maria Segovia, 12-Andrea Benkenstein, 17-Graciela Martinez, 18-Natalia Villasanti, 19-Lourdes Oliveira, 21-Natasha Martinez
Head Coach: Nelson Basualdo

Stats Summary: USA / PAR
Shots: 15 / 7
Shots on Goal: 9 / 2
Saves: 1 / 3
Corner Kicks: 5 / 1
Fouls: 14 / 7
Offside: 1 / 1

Misconduct Summary:
USA – Karina Rodriguez         (caution)         59th minute

Officials:
Referee: Anastasia Pustovoitova (RUS)
Assistant Referee 1: Ekaterina Kurochkina (RUS)
Assistant Referee 2: Oleksandra Ardasheva (UKR)
4th Official: Esther Azzopardi (MLT)

ussoccer.com Woman of the Match: Ashley Sanchez

U-17 WNT’s Kiara Pickett: Channeling Her Inner Dragon Warrior

From the Santa Barbara Soccer Club to the Eagles Soccer Club to the U.S. 2016 FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup Team, Kiara Picket has always been the smallest player on her soccer teams.

Listed at 5-foot-1, she’s one of the few people you’ll meet who will round that number down. That’s because she’s entirely comfortable with her size.

“Yeah, I’m probably closer to five,” she admitted, flashing an infectious smile and exuding her characteristic zest for life. “But great things come in small packages!”

The daughter of an African-American father who grew up in the South Bronx and a mother who was born in Guerrero, Mexico, she’s a combination of New York brashness and Latin flair.

What she lacks in inches she makes up for with large helpings of mental toughness, speed, strength and personality, and the right back, who tackles far above her weight class, is sure to be a fan favorite as the U.S. plays in this historic World Cup.

Kiara Pickett is listed at 5'1'' but her play on the field proves that height is nothing but a number

“When I’m on the field playing, I don’t feel like I’m small, I feel like I’m seven-foot-tall,” said Pickett. “Until I see the pictures from the game, then I’m, ‘oh yeah, I forgot. I’m sort of small.’ But my motto is ‘remember me,’ so I am going to do everything I can do to try to be remembered, and if you’re one of the smallest players on the team, you have to be aggressive to be noticed.”

That was first honed in the public parks of idyllic Santa Barbara, California, where she grew up, playing just for the love of the game and kicking the ball around with her cousins.

“Over the years, I learned how to use my body, my low center of gravity and my speed to get into the best positions,” said Pickett.

If there’s a ball to be won during a match, Pickett thinks she’s going to be the one to win it.

Her philosophy on 50/50 balls: “That’s my ball.”

What if it’s 40/60? “Still my ball.”

Even 30/70? “Well, I’m going to make it hard for you to get the ball.”

“I take pride in my heading even though I’m small,” she said. “I feel like players don’t expect me to win headers so if I can, that’s more intimidating for an opponent. Even if I can’t get to the ball, I’ll try to use my body and make sure they don’t get it.”

She has also shown that she can use her qualities to get forward and contribute to the attack, as she did in the USA’s World Cup opener on Oct. 1 against Paraguay. She set up the USA’s second goal in the 6-1 win with a beautiful run down the right flank before nutmegging a closing defender with her first touch. She then sent a perfect cross to Civana Kuhlmann. Pickett scored the USA’s fifth goal after getting into the penalty area and running on a cross from Ashley Sanchez, sparking a wild celebration amongst her and her teammates.

Pickett celebrates her first international goal at the U-17 WWC with her teammates || FIFA/Getty Images

Pickett spent a good chunk of 2015 with the Under-20 Women’s National Team, attending four camps and earning a roster spot for the CONCACAF Under-20 Women’s Championship in Honduras. Unfortunately, she got hurt in the first match and had to watch from the bench as the USA earned a berth to the 2016 FIFA Under-20 Women’s World Cup and won the regional title, but it turned out to be a learning experience nonetheless.

“Of course I wanted to play, but I think it was a blessing in disguise,” said Pickett. “I got to experience the tournament as a fan and take a step back to soak it all in. I looked at it as an overall experience to learn.”

Known as Kiki to all her teammates (“Kiara is for school, Kiki is for soccer and Ki is for my family,” she says), Pickett used that experience when she returned to the U-17 WNT to earn her roster spot for the World Cup. She has become one of the team leaders.

“We’ve learned that you don’t need to wear the armband to be a leader,” said Pickett. “We have a lot of leaders on this team, and each person has their own specific role and way in which they lead. I think I’m more of the Momma Bear. I make sure everyone is doing everything correctly and responsibly to hold each person accountable. It’s a hard thing to do, because we’re not as experienced as older players and we may not even know what the right things to do are. We look to our really great staff for guidance, but sometimes we have to figure out the solutions on our own.”

And figuring out a way to get things done is what Pickett is all about. Her competitive nature would tolerate nothing less.

“Everything I do is competitive,” she said. “Even at school. You got a better grade than me? I’m going to get a better grade than you. You’re at the front of line? I want to be at the front of the line. Dance party during lunch? I’m going to go all out.”

As excelling seems to be in her DNA, it’s no surprise that the Dos Pueblos High School senior will attend Stanford next fall. To hear her tell it, she’s also got some panda bear in her DNA.

Pickett is a big fan of the Kung Fu Panda movies. All three of them. She figures she watches the three animated films at least 10 times a year combined.

She identifies with Po, the panda protagonist who initially did not have confidence in himself but came to learn that the ability to be the Dragon Warrior was always inside of him and that he was capable of being the Protector of the Valley.

“Everything comes from within,” said Pickett. “Po just needed someone to believe in him.” Ever since she started playing soccer, she’s given reason for her coaches to believe in her, and now she’s the Protector of the USA’s Right Side. 

Up in the Jade Palace, Master Shifu would be proud.


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U-17 WNT Oct 2, 2016

Kuhlmann Scores Hat Trick as USA Dominates Paraguay 6-1 in Opening Match of FIFA U-17 Women's World Cup

AL ZARQA, Jordan (October 1, 2016) – The U.S. Under-17 Women’s National Team defeated Paraguay 6-1, scoring twice in the first half and four times in the second to open the 2016 FIFA Under-17 Women’s World Cup.

Forward Civana Kuhlmann scored the first hat trick by a U.S. player in a FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup, which included a crucial score just four minutes into the second half. Midfielder Frankie Tagliaferri, right back Kiara Pickett and forward Ashley Sanchez added single goals in a dominating performance from the United States.

The crowd of 2,078 saw an entertaining match from the young Americans, who moved the ball with pace and sophistication throughout the 90 minutes. Once the USA settled into the game after a nervy first few minutes, Brianna Pinto and Jaelin Howell led a U.S. midfield that controlled most of the possession and the rhythm of the game.

The only goal given up by the USA came off a set play as Paraguay headed home a corner kick in the 54th minute.

In the first game of Group D, Japan defeated Ghana 5-0 and the reigning U-17 Women’s World Cup champions currently sit just behind the USA in the group standings based on goals scored, as both the USA and Japan won by a five-goal margin.

Goal Scoring Rundown: 
USA – Frankie Tagliaferri (Brianna Pinto), 11th minute: 
After some early game jitters were run out by the young U.S. team, the Americans got on the board off a nice build up that saw Pinto thread a pass to Tagliaferri inside the penalty area. She took a perfect touch to her right to lose a defender and blasted her shot past the onrushing ‘keeper into the left side of the net. It was the USA’s first shot on goal of the game. USA 1, PAR 0

USA – Civana Kuhlmann (Kiara Pickett), 14th minute: The USA struck again quickly as right back Kiara Pickett ran onto a long ball down the right flank from Pinto and then nutmegged her challenging defender with a first touch towards the goal. She played a perfect cross on the ground from the edge of the penalty area to Kuhlmann near the top of the six-yard. The U.S. striker took a perfect settling touch before shooting low and just inside the left post. USA 2, PAR 0

USA – Civana Kuhlmann (Kate Wiesner), 49th minute: The USA started the second half strong, winning three corner kicks in quick succession. Paraguay managed to clear them, but could not get the ball completely out of danger after the third and left back Wisener ran onto a loose ball with a great touch to sweep the ball into the attacking third. She then slipped a pass to Kuhlmann who took another deft touch to make space for a shot, this one at the top of the penalty box, before striking a left-footer through the legs of a defender and into the right side of the net. USA 3, PAR 0

PAR – Limpia Fretes (Deisy Ojeda), 54th minute: Paraguay took a corner kick from the left that flew to the top of the six-yard box and the U.S. defense could not get to it before Fretes sent a solid header high into the left side of the net to pull one back. USA 3, PAR 1

USA – Kiara Pickett (Ashley Sanchez), 69th minute: Sanchez made a dazzling dribbling run down the left side, bringing a roar from the crowd as she beat two players before driving toward the box. She cut a pass back into the seam for Pickett, and as was the theme of the night, she took an excellent first touch to settle before driving her shot under the ‘keeper from seven years out for her first international goal. USA 4, PAR 1

USA – Ashley Sanchez (Katie Wiesner), 81st minute: As Paraguay began to lose some steam, the USA created numerous chances toward the end of the game and Sanchez bagged a well-deserved goal. She took a pass from Wiesner on the left side and cut inside towards the middle of the penalty area before spinning her right-footed shot into the lower right corner. USA 5, PAR 1

USA – Civana Kuhlmann (Lia Godfrey), 87th minute: Kuhlmann completed her hat trick in tremendous fashion with a blast from outside the box after Godfrey had done some hard work on the dribble to wriggle herself free. The 14-year-old played a square pass to Kuhlmann who turned to goal and hit a laser into the upper right corner for the final margin. USA 6, PAR 1. FINAL

Key Saves and Defensive Stops 
PAR – Heidi Salas, 35th minute: 
After Ashley Sanchez beat three defenders inside the box to earn a point blank shot from about 10 yards out, Salas cut down the angle and knocked down the blast to keep the score at 2-0.

PAR – Heidi Salas, 78th minute: After a quick U.S. counter-attack put Civana Kuhlmann through, Salas was able to smother the ball at the feet of the onrushing U.S. forward before she could poke in a fifth U.S. goal. She would eventually get the sixth.

Next on the Schedule: The U.S. WNT will face Ghana in its second Group D match of the 2016 FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup on Oct. 4 (8:55 a.m. ET; FS2) at King Abdullah II International Stadium in Amman, Jordan. The U.S. will wrap up group play against Japan on Oct. 8 at Amman International Stadium (11:55 a.m. ET; FS2). Click here for the full tournament schedule.
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Additional Notes:

  • The USA is 13-0-2 in 2016, having scored 47 goals while allowing 11.
  • This was the USA’s first victory in a FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup since Sept. 25, 2012, in a 6-0 win against Gambia in Baku, Azerbaijan.
  • The scores were Civana Kuhlmann’s 13th, 14th, and 15th international goals in 18 caps with the U-17 WNT. She also leads the team with 13 goals in 2016.
  • Frankie Tagliaferri scored her 10th goal in 25 U-17 caps.
  • Ashley Sanchez kept up her goal per game average, scoring her 19th international goal in her 19th U-17 cap.
  • Kuhlmann’s hat trick was the first by a U.S. player in a U-17 WWC, but the fourth by a U.S. player in a youth Women’s World Cup. Sydney Leroux scored three times against Switzerland at the 2010 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup in Germany; Maya Hayes had a hat trick against Ghana at the 2012 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup in Japan; and Kelly Wilson scored three goals against Denmark at the 2002 U-19 Women’s World Championship.
  • The match marks the second time the USA and Paraguay have met in the U-17 Women’s World Cup. The teams met in group play in 2008 in Hamilton, New Zealand, a 3-1 U.S. victory.
  • This was the first World Cup match in the international careers of all the U.S. players that played.
  • The USA made all three allowed subs in the game as Sophie Smith came on for Frankie Tagliaferri in the 67th minute and 14-year-old Lia Godfrey became the youngest player to play in a youth Women’s World Cup for the USA, coming on for Jaelin Howell in the 84th minute. Adrienne Richardson replaced Kuhlmann, who got a rousing ovation as she left the field with a few minutes left in the game.
  • The match was played on an artificial turf surface at Prince Mohammed International Stadium. The USA’s next two group games will be on natural grass.
  • The USA got a goal and three assists from its outside backs with Kiara Pickett scoring her first international goal while setting up Kuhlmann’s first of the game, and Kate Wiesner assisting on Kuhlmann’s second and Ashley Sanchez’ score.

2016 FIFA Women’s World Cup Standings – Group D

Team

W

L

T

Pts.

GF

GA

GD

USA

1

0

0

3

6

1

+5

JPN

1

0

0

3

5

0

+5

PAR

0

1

0

0

1

6

-5

GHA

0

1

0

0

0

5

-5

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

Match: U.S. U-17 Women’s National Team vs. Paraguay U-17 Women’s National Team
Date: Oct. 1, 2016
Competition: 2016 FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup – Group D
Venue: Prince Mohammed International Stadium; Al Zarqa, Jordan
Kickoff: 12 p.m. ET
Attendance: 2,078
Weather: 75 degrees; clear

Scoring Summary:   1          2          F
USA                             2          4          6
PAR                             0          1          1

USA – Frankie Tagliaferri (Brianna Pinto)                              11th minute
USA – Civana Kuhlmann (Kiara Pickett)                                14
USA – Civana Kuhlmann (Kate Wiesner)                               49
PAR – Limpia Fretes (Deisy Ojeda)                                       54
USA – Kiara Pickett (Ashley Sanchez)                                  69
USA – Ashley Sanchez (Kate Wiesner)                                 81
USA – Civana Kuhlmann (Lia Godfrey)                                  87

Lineups:
USA
: 1-Laurel Ivory; 9-Kiara Pickett, 4-Naomi Girma, 5-Karina Rodriguez, 11-Kate Wiesner; 7-Alex Spaanstra, 18-Jaelin Howell (17-Lia Godfrey, 84), 20-Frankie Tagliaferri (3-Sophia Smith, 67), 8-Briana Pinto, 10-Ashley Sanchez (capt.); 14-Civana Kuhlmann (19-Adrienne Richardson, 88)
Subs Not Used:
2-Jordan Canniff, 6-Emily Smith, 12-Meagan McClelland, 13-Isabel Rodriguez, 15-Kennedy Wesley, 16-Sydney Zandi, 21-Hillary Beall
Head Coach: B.J. Snow

PAR: 1-Heidi Salas; 3-Maria Vecca, 4-Daysy Bareiro, 5-Limpia Fretes, 14-Yessica Cabanas; 6-Cinthia Arevalo (20-Katia Martinez, 46), 7-Fabiola Sandoval, 8-Rosa Mino (15-Jennifer Gonzalez, 67), 13-Deisy Ojeda (16-Vanessa Arce, 46); 10-Jessica Martinez (capt.), 11-Dahiana Bogarin
Subs Not Used: 2-Dirse Tande, 9-Maria Segovia, 12-Andrea Benkenstein, 17-Graciela Martinez, 18-Natalia Villasanti, 19-Lourdes Oliveira, 21-Natasha Martinez
Head Coach: Nelson Basualdo

Stats Summary: USA / PAR
Shots: 15 / 7
Shots on Goal: 9 / 2
Saves: 1 / 3
Corner Kicks: 5 / 1
Fouls: 14 / 7
Offside: 1 / 1

Misconduct Summary:
USA – Karina Rodriguez         (caution)         59th minute

Officials:
Referee: Anastasia Pustovoitova (RUS)
Assistant Referee 1: Ekaterina Kurochkina (RUS)
Assistant Referee 2: Oleksandra Ardasheva (UKR)
4th Official: Esther Azzopardi (MLT)

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U-17 WNT Oct 1, 2016

Match Preview: U-17 WNT Faces Paraguay in U-17 WWC Opener in Jordan

The U.S. Under-17 Women’s National Team kicks off the 2016 FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup on Oct. 1 against Paraguay at Prince Mohammed International Stadium in Al Zarqa, Jordan, in what will be one of the final games of the second match day of the tournament. The match will air live on FOX Soccer Plus starting at 11:55 a.m. ET and fans can also watch on FOX Sports GO app, FOXSportsGo.com and FOXSoccer2GO.com.

The U.S. team spent almost a week in Paphos, Cyprus during a highly productive pre-Women’s World Cup training camp before arriving in Jordan on Sept. 25 to make final preparations for the tournament. Fans can also follow all the matches of the U.S. U-17 WNT on Twitter @ussoccer_ynt. For full coverage, visit the FIFA Under-17 Women’s World Cup tournament page on ussoccer.com.

U.S. U-17 Women’s World Cup Team Roster by Position - DETAILED                                             
GOALKEEPERS (3): 21-Hillary Beall (So Cal Blues; Laguna Beach, Calif.), 1-Laurel Ivory (West Florida Flames; Surfside Fla.), 12-Meagan McClelland (PDA; Kearny, N.J.)

DEFENDERS (7):
4-Naomi Girma (Central Valley Crossfire; San Jose, Calif.), 9-Kiara Pickett (Eagles; Santa Barbara, Calif.), 13-Isabel Rodriguez (Michigan Hawks; Canton, Mich.), 5-Karina Rodriguez (So Cal Blues; Torrance, Calif.) 6-Emily Smith (De Anza Force; Los Gatos, Calif.), 15-Kennedy Wesley (So Cal Blues; Rossmoor, Calif.), 11-Kate Wiesner (Slammers FC; Monrovia, Calif.)

MIDFIELDERS (7):
2-Jordan Canniff (Richmond United; California, Md.), 17-Lia Godfrey (Jacksonville Armada; Fleming Island, Fla.), 18-Jaelin Howell (Real Colorado; Windsor, Colo.), 8-Brianna Pinto (CASL; Durham, N.C.), 7-Alexa Spaanstra (Michigan Hawks; Brighton, Mich.), 20-Frankie Tagliaferri (PDA; Colts Neck, N.J.), 16-Sydney Zandi (Penn Fusion; West Chester, Penn.)

FORWARDS (4):
14-Civana Kuhlmann (Colorado Rush; Littleton, Colo.), 19-Adrienne Richardson (Minnesota Thunder Academy; Oakdale, Minn.), 10-Ashley Sanchez (So Cal Blues; Monrovia, Calif.), 3-Sophia Smith (Real Colorado; Windsor, Colo.). MEET THE TEAM.                     

Storylines:

U-17 WNT vs. Paraguay: The USA and Paraguay have met once before, during group play at the 2008 FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup in Hamilton, New Zealand with the USA coming away with a 3-1 win after going a goal down in the 32nd minute. Needing a win to advance, the USA forced Paraguay into an own goal as current Sky Blue FC player Elizabeth Eddy hit a cross that was bundled into the net followed by a game-winner from Vicki DiMartino in the 77th minute. Courtney Verloo added a clinching goal in the 83rd minute. The USA out-shot Paraguay 19-9 in that match.

Paraguay at U-17 WWC: Jordan 2016 will be the third FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup for Paraguay. La Albirroja made their debut in the inaugural tournament in New Zealand 2008 and also qualified for the 2014 tournament in Costa Rica. Paraguay qualified for Jordan 2016 thanks to their third-place finish in the South American Championships in Venezuela. Victorious in their opening three games in Group A against Chile (3-0), Peru (4-1) and Argentina (5-1), the Paraguayans then lost to the hosts (3-1), advancing to the final phase as section runners-up. Following two losses, at the hands of Brazil (1-0) and the hosts once again (6-2), Paraguay took on Colombia for the third and final qualification slot at stake, coming from a goal down to win 2-1. Paraguay was the second-highest scorer in the competition behind Venezuela with 17 goals in all. Paraguay also had the second-most leading scoring in the qualifying tournament in forward Jessica Martinez, whose 10-goal haul included two hat-tricks.

U-17 U.S. WNT in 2016: The U.S. U-17s have compiled a record of 12-0-2 in 2016 as 27 players have taken part in international matches, while 12 players have scored in an international match for the USA this year. Forward Civana Kuhlmann leads the USA in goals this year with 10, while Ashley Sanchez and Frankie Tagliaferri have seven each. Two players on the roster – Kuhlmann and Tagliaferri – are in their second U-17 cycle and were a part of the U.S. team that failed to qualify for this tournament two years ago in Jamaica despite out-scoring the opposition 24-1 in the tournament. The USA fell in penalty kicks to Mexico in the semifinal after drawing 1-1 in regulation during a cycle in which just two CONCACAF teams qualified due to the tournament being held in Costa Rica.

U.S. Roster Breakdown: Lia Godfrey is the youngest player with a November of 2001 birthday while Tagliaferri is the oldest, having been born on Jan. 18, 1999. Fifteen different youth clubs from nine states are represented on the roster with the So Cal Blues out of Southern California having four players on the roster. Real Colorado, the Michigan Hawks and PDA out of New Jersey have two players each. The roster includes eight players from California (six from Southern, two from Northern), three players from Colorado and two each from Michigan, Florida and New Jersey.

Every player on the roster has been capped at least once at the U-17 level, with 16 players having 11 or more caps. Tagliaferri has the most experience with 24 caps, followed by Alexa Spaanstra with 19, Sanchez and Jaelin Howell with 18 each and Brianna Pinto and Kuhlmann with 17 each. Sophia Smith has 16. U-17 WNT head coach B.J. Snow selected two high school freshman (Canniff and Godfrey), two sophomores (Wiesner and Wesley), six juniors (Ivory, Sophie Smith, Girma, Pinto, McClelland and Howell), and 10 seniors (Karina Rodriguez, Emily Smith, Pickett, Sanchez, Isabel Rodriguez, Kuhlmann, Zandi, Richardson, Tagliaferri and Beall).

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