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U-17 Women’s NTC Invitational Match Report

Match: United States U-17 WNT vs Japan U-17 WNT
Date: Feb. 15, 2016
Competition: U-17 Women’s NTC Invitational
Venue: U.S. Soccer National Training Center, Field 1
Kickoff: 3 p.m. PT
Weather: Low 80s, sunny

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

USA – Ashley Sanchez                                                       13th minute
USA – Ushijima Riko (Own goal)                                     25
JPN – Endo Jun (Nagano Fuka)                                       30

Lineups:
USA: 1-Laurel Ivory, 15-Kennedy Wesley, 16-Karina Rodriguez (6-Emily Smith, 66), 4-Naomi Girma, 19-Kate Weisner (11-Izzy Rodriguez, 84), 5-Sydney Zandi (20-Frankie Tagliaferri, 66), 18-Jaelin Howell (3-Sophie Smith, 46), 7-Alexa Spaanstra (13-Rachel Jones, 74), 10-Ashley Sanchez, 8-Brianna Pinto (2-Taryn Torres, 84), 14-Civana Kuhlmann
Subs not used: 12-Hillary Beall, 17-Jordan Canniff, 21-Emina Ekic
Head Coach: BJ Snow

JPN: 2-Ushijima Riko, 3-Ono Nana, 4-Takahira Miyu, 6-Morinaka Hina (12-Kurata Akari, 72), 17-Kanno Oto, 10-Nagano Fuka, 8-Miyazawa Hinata, 11-Takarada Saori, 16-Endo Jun (15-Miura Haruka, 81), 9-Ueki Riko
Subs not used: 1-Kogure Chiaki, 5-Kanehira Risa, 7-Kitamura Namami, 13-Inoue Hina, 14-Tomita Miyu, 19-Matsuda Shino, 20-Nezu Makoto
Head Coach: Kusunose Naoki

Stats Summary: USA / JPN
Shots: 8 / 12
Shots on Goal: 7 / 7
Saves: 6 / 5
Corner Kicks: 1 / 4
Fouls: 11 / 11
Offside: 3 / 0

Misconduct Summary:
USA – Ashley Sanchez (caution)                     90th minute                                 

Officials:
Referee: Danielle Chesky (USA)
Assistant Referee 1: Adrianne McDonald (USA)
Assistant Referee 2: Alicia Messer (USA)
Fourth Official: Abigail Van Note (USA)

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U-17 WNT Defeats Japan 2-1 to Win 2016 NTC Invitational

CARSON, Calif. (Feb. 15, 2016) – The U.S. Under-17 Women’s National Team defeated Japan 2-1 in its third and final match of the 2016 Under-17 Women’s NTC Invitational as Ashley Sanchez scored in the first half and the USA benefited from an own goal that was created off a long run and cross from Civana Kuhlmann.

The win gave the USA the championship at the U-17 Women’s NTC Invitational for the third consecutive year and ran the team’s record in this tournament to 9-0-0.

The USA took an early lead off an attack down the right side in just the 10th minute. Kennedy Wesley crossed into the box and the ball skipped off the head of a Japanese defender before it fell to an unmarked Sanchez. She had time to settle the ball before striking her shot into the left side of the goal for the 1-0 lead.

The U.S. doubled its lead in the 27tth as Kuhlmann ran onto a long ball down the right side and powered into the penalty area. She sent a hard cross on the ground through the goal area and a Japanese defender, who was shielding the crashing Brianna Pinto, knocked the ball into her net as she fell to the ground.

Japan pulled a goal back in the 30th minute after a slick series of passes put Jun Endo alone in on U.S. goalkeeper Laurel Ivory in the center of the penalty area and she finished into the lower left corner.

Ivory, in just her second U-17 cap, made several huge saves in the first half to keep the USA in the lead heading into halftime and the Americans kept a talented Japanese attack at bay in the second half to seal the victory and take the tournament title.

The U.S. U-17s will now focus on the CONCACAF U-17 Women’s Championship that will qualify three teams for the 2016 FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup in Jordan. The World Cup qualifying tournament will be held from March 3-13 in St. George’s, Grenada, and the USA will face Mexico, Jamaica and Costa Rica in group play.

U-17 Women’s NTC Invitational Match Report

Match: United States U-17 WNT vs Japan U-17 WNT
Date: Feb. 15, 2016
Competition: U-17 Women’s NTC Invitational
Venue: U.S. Soccer National Training Center, Field 1
Kickoff: 3 p.m. PT
Weather: Low 80s, sunny

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

USA – Ashley Sanchez                                                       13th minute
USA – Ushijima Riko (Own goal)                                     25
JPN – Endo Jun (Nagano Fuka)                                       30

Lineups:
USA: 1-Laurel Ivory, 15-Kennedy Wesley, 16-Karina Rodriguez (6-Emily Smith, 66), 4-Naomi Girma, 19-Kate Weisner (11-Izzy Rodriguez, 84), 5-Sydney Zandi (20-Frankie Tagliaferri, 66), 18-Jaelin Howell (3-Sophie Smith, 46), 7-Alexa Spaanstra (13-Rachel Jones, 74), 10-Ashley Sanchez, 8-Brianna Pinto (2-Taryn Torres, 84), 14-Civana Kuhlmann
Subs not used: 12-Hillary Beall, 17-Jordan Canniff, 21-Emina Ekic
Head Coach: BJ Snow

JPN: 2-Ushijima Riko, 3-Ono Nana, 4-Takahira Miyu, 6-Morinaka Hina (12-Kurata Akari, 72), 17-Kanno Oto, 10-Nagano Fuka, 8-Miyazawa Hinata, 11-Takarada Saori, 16-Endo Jun (15-Miura Haruka, 81), 9-Ueki Riko
Subs not used: 1-Kogure Chiaki, 5-Kanehira Risa, 7-Kitamura Namami, 13-Inoue Hina, 14-Tomita Miyu, 19-Matsuda Shino, 20-Nezu Makoto
Head Coach: Kusunose Naoki

Stats Summary: USA / JPN
Shots: 8 / 12
Shots on Goal: 7 / 7
Saves: 6 / 5
Corner Kicks: 1 / 4
Fouls: 11 / 11
Offside: 3 / 0

Misconduct Summary:
USA – Ashley Sanchez (caution)                     90th minute                                 

Officials:
Referee: Danielle Chesky (USA)
Assistant Referee 1: Adrianne McDonald (USA)
Assistant Referee 2: Alicia Messer (USA)
Fourth Official: Abigail Van Note (USA)

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State of the Team: U-17 Coach B.J. Snow on NTC Invitational and World Cup Qualifying Roster

ussoccer.com: Your age group is one in which the players go through a lot of growth over the two-year cycle. How do you take that into consideration when choosing a roster?
B.J. Snow:
“The main focus for our U-17 National Team is to evaluate and develop players that have the potential to navigate through our Youth National Team system and it’s critical that we always keep this mindset at the forefront of our philosophy. At the same time, we never want to lose sight of the tradition of winning and the standards that have been created by those that have preceded us. At this level there is always a fine line in the selection process of deciding who gives us the best chance of winning now vs. those players that have the best chance of moving forward with our National Teams. With this current roster, we feel we have identified a group of young players that gives us the balance of being able to compete with the top teams in the world now but who also possess the potential to be the future of U.S. women’s soccer.”

ussoccer.com: Your players have tremendous role models in the older players in the WNT pools and of course the senior team itself. How does that help you prepare the team?
BJS: “It is vitally important for people that aspire to be great at something to have role models that reflect the commitment, courage and dedication that is required to do something extraordinary. Our current players are lucky to have to look no further than our current Women’s National Team for inspiration. The success they achieved this past summer by winning the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup is something that we talk about all of the time. We do not focus on the outcome but instead look deep inside their journey to try and find the key factors that helped contribute to their success. You don’t win a world championship without the full commitment of every player and staff member knowing their specific roles and doing it to the best of their abilities. The outside world only see’s the final game and the celebration but we try to instill our players with the knowledge of the years of sacrifice and dedication that is required to prepare yourself for that one moment in time.”

ussoccer.com: You set high goals and standards for your players and it seems like a highly motivated group?
BJS:
“If you ask every player that comes into one of our Youth National Team camps what their ultimate goal is, nearly every one of them is going to tell you that they want to play for our senior Women’s National Team in a World Cup or an Olympics. Unfortunately, not every player that comes through our system is going to be able to accomplish this goal.  However, after the success of our team winning the World Cup this past summer there has been no better time in this country than now to be inspired by.” 

ussoccer.com: What are some of the main goals for how you’d like to see the team play?
BJS: “We have worked hard to try and develop a philosophy on how we want our Youth National Teams to play. Ultimately it is our job to be able to identify players that have the ability to execute the technical and tactical demands that relate to this philosophy. The next phase requires us to start layering in concepts for how we want to play both offensively and defensively. I have been very impressed with how this group has been able to learn and retain all of the information that we put in front of them. In the modern game, you have to have teams and players that can adapt and solve problems and I feel that this team has a lot of versatility to be able to play several different ways.”   

ussoccer.com: How will the NTC Invitational figure in your final preparations for World Cup qualifying?
BJS: “This group of players has been resolute in their commitment to prepare for the upcoming qualification tournament both individually and collectively. The NTC Invitational will give us yet another preparation platform that will enable us to test ourselves against three excellent opponents.  It will allow us to hopefully get the truest snapshot of where we are as a team so we can continue to refine our preparation as we gear up for World Cup Qualifying. Our sole goal at this point in time is to try and make our country proud by going to Grenada and qualifying for the 2016 FIFA U17 World Cup.”   

 

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Snow Names Roster for 2016 CONCACAF U-17 Women’s World Cup Qualifying in Grenada

U.S. Under-17 Women’s National Team head coach B.J. Snow named the 20-player roster for the 2016 CONCACAF U-17 Women’s Championship to be held in St. George’s, Grenada, from March 3-13. The tournament will send the top three finishers to the 2016 FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup being held in Jordan from Sept. 30-October 21.

The cut-off date to be eligible for the upcoming U-17 Women’s World Cup is players born on or after Jan. 1, 1999. Snow chose 12 plyers born in 1999, but also included five players born in 2000 and three 14-year-olds born in 2001.

“We are extremely excited about the team that will be representing the United States at World Cup Qualifying Tournament in Grenada,” said Snow. “It was a tremendously challenging process to narrow down the final roster and that’s a credit to all of the players we’ve been able to evaluate in camps over the last year.” 

U-17 WNT CONCACAF Qualifying Roster by Position:
GOALKEEPERS (2): Brooke Bollinger (Space Coast United; Melbourne, Fla.), Laurel Ivory (Sunrise Sting; Surfside, Fla.)
DEFENDERS (7): Naomi Girma (Central Valley Crossfire; San Jose, Calif.), Kiara Pickett (Eagles SC; Santa Barbara, Calif.), Izzy Rodriguez (Michigan Hawks; Canton, Mich.), Karina Rodriguez (So Cal Blues; Torrance, Calif.), Emily Smith (De Anza Force; Los Gatos, Calif.), Kennedy Wesley (So Cal Blues; Rossmoor, Calif.), Kate Wiesner (Slammers FC; Monrovia, Calif.)MIDFIELDERS (5): Jaelin Howell (Real Colorado; Windsor, Colo.), Brianna Pinto (CASL; Durham, N.C.), Frankie Tagliaferri (PDA; Colt Neck, N.J.), Taryn Torres (FC Dallas; Frisco, Texas), Sydney Zandi (Penn Fusion; West Chester, Pa.)
FORWARDS (6): Jordan Canniff (Richmond United; California, Md.), Rachel Jones (Tophat; Lawrenceville, Ga.), Civana Kuhlmann (Colorado Rush; Littleton, Colo.), Ashley Sanchez (So Cal Blues; Monrovia, Calif.), Sophia Smith (Real Colorado; Windsor, Colo.), Alexa Spaanstra (Michigan Hawks; Brighton, Mich.) 

The tournament will take place at two stadiums, the Grenada National Stadium and the Grenada Athletic Stadium. The USA opens the competition on March 4 against Jamaica, will face Mexico on March 6 and finish group play against Costa Rica on March 8. The USA’s first two group games kick off at 3:30 p.m. local time/2:30 p.m. ET, while the final group game begins at 1 p.m. local time/12 p.m. ET. The semifinal matches take place March 11 and the Championship and Third-Place Match on March 13.

2016 CONCACAF U-17 Women’s Championship

USA’s Group B Schedule

Date  

Match              

Kickoff (ET)

Venue

March 4

USA vs. Jamaica

2:30 p.m.             

Grenada National Stadium; St. Georges, Grenada

March 6

USA vs. Mexico

2:30 p.m.

Grenada National Stadium; St. Georges, Grenada

March 8

USA vs. Costa Rica

12 p.m.        

Grenada National Stadium; St. Georges, Grenada

The eight nation competition will feature two groups of four teams each and will send three countries to the 2016 FIFA Under-17 Women’s World Cup to be held from in Jordan. After round-robin play within the groups, the top two finishers in each group will cross-over for the semifinals with the winners of those games, along with the winner of the third-place match, earning berths to the World Cup.

Just four teams have qualified for the 2016 FIFA U-17 Women's World Cup so far: host Jordan plus Japan and Korea DPR, which earned their berths by reaching the Final AFC U-16 Women's Championship during November of 2015 in China PR, and New Zealand out of Oceania. The remaining 12 nations will qualify over the course of this year.

“The main focus for our U-17 National Team is to evaluate and develop players that have the potential to navigate through our Youth National Team system and it’s critical that we always keep this mindset at the forefront of our philosophy,” said Snow. “At the same time, we never want to lose site of the tradition of winning and the standards that have been created by those that have preceded us. At this level there is always a fine line in the selection process of deciding who gives us the best chance of winning now vs. those players who have the best chance of moving forward with our National Teams. With this current roster, we feel we have identified a group of young players that gives us the balance of being able to compete with the top teams in the world now but who also possess the potential to be the future of U.S. women’s soccer.”

Snow will bring this roster to the four-team 2016 U-17 Women’s NTC Invitational that will run from Feb 11-15 as the USA hosts Japan, Korea Republic and England. The NTC Invitational will serve as final preparation for the CONCACAF U-17 Women’s Championship. All the Invitational matches will be held at Glenn “Mooch” Myernick Field at the U.S. Soccer National Training Center in Carson, California.

“This group of players has been resolute in their commitment to prepare for the upcoming qualification tournament both individually and collectively,” said Snow. “The NTC Invitational will give us yet another preparation platform that will enable us to test ourselves against three excellent opponents.  It will allow us to hopefully get the truest snapshot of where we are as a team so we can continue to refine our preparation as we gear up for World Cup Qualifying. Our sole goal at this point in time is to try and make our country proud by going to Grenada and qualifying for the 2016 FIFA U-17 World Cup.”   

Each of the match days in the round-robin NTC Invitational (Feb. 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 tie-breakers being overall goal difference and then total goals scored. Admission to the matches is free to the public, as is parking. For the second time, following last year’s tournament, all six matches will be shown live on ussoccer.com.

Date

Teams

Kickoff (PT)

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

Thurs., Feb 11

Japan vs. Korea Republic

3 p.m.

Glenn “Mooch” Myernick Field – Field #1

Thurs., Feb 11

USA vs. England

6 p.m.

Glenn “Mooch” Myernick Field – Field #1

Sat., Feb. 13

England vs. Japan

3 p.m.

Glenn “Mooch” Myernick Field – Field #1

Sat., Feb. 13

USA vs. Korea Republic

6 p.m.

Glenn “Mooch” Myernick Field – Field #1

Mon., Feb. 15

Korea Rep. vs. England

1 p.m.

Glenn “Mooch” Myernick Field – Field #1

Mon. Feb. 15

USA vs. Japan

4 p.m.

Glenn “Mooch” Myernick Field – Field #1

Additional Notes:

  • Forward Ashley Sanchez has scored 11 goals in just six U-17 internationals. She was a key player for the U.S. Under-20 WNT as it qualified for the U-20 Women’s World Cup last December, notching five assists and scoring three goals, including the game-winner in the USA’s 1-0 championship game victory against Canada.
  • Kiara Pickett was also on the U-20 WNT qualifying roster.
  • Alexa Spaanstra, Taryn Torres and Brianna Pinto also had extensive training time with the U-20 WNT last year.
  • The two goalkeepers named are 5-foot-10 Brooke Bollinger and 5-foot-9 Laurel Ivory. Both are from Florida.
  • This age group of players won the 2015 NTC Invitational by winning all three games, against Canada, Mexico and Japan.
  • The majority of the team was born in 1999 – the year the USA won the historic 1999 FIFA Women’s World Cup – with the rest born after Brandi Chastain’s memorable penalty kick and Carla Overbeck raising the trophy at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena.
  • The three 14-year-olds on the roster are forward Jordan Canniff and defenders Kate Wiesner and Kennedy Wesley.
  • The players on the roster hail from 10 states and 17 different youth clubs. There are seven Californians on the roster, two from Northern and five from Southern.
  • The roster features three players from the So Cal Blues, two from Real Colorado and two from the Michigan Hawks.
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U.S. Soccer to Host U-17 Women's NTC Invitational in Carson From Feb 11-15

CHICAGO (Jan. 13, 2016) – For the third 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 hosts England, Japan and Korea Republic in the 2016 U-17 Women’s NTC Invitational. All the matches will be played at Glenn “Mooch” Myernick Field and available to watch on ussoccer.com.

Each of the match days in the round-robin tournament - 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 tie-breakers in order of overall goal difference and then total goals scored. Admission to the matches is free to the public, as is parking. All six matches will be shown live on ussoccer.com with Marc Serber again providing commentary.

Date

Teams

Kickoff (PT)

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

Thurs., Feb 11

Japan vs. Korea Republic

3 p.m.

Glenn “Mooch” Myernick Field – Field #1

Thurs., Feb 11

USA vs. England

6 p.m.

Glenn “Mooch” Myernick Field – Field #1

Sat., Feb. 13

England vs. Japan

3 p.m.

Glenn “Mooch” Myernick Field – Field #1

Sat., Feb. 13

USA vs. Korea Republic

6 p.m.

Glenn “Mooch” Myernick Field – Field #1

Mon., Feb. 15

Korea Rep. vs. England

12 p.m.

Glenn “Mooch” Myernick Field – Field #1

Mon. Feb. 15

USA vs. Japan

3 p.m.

Glenn “Mooch” Myernick Field – Field #1

The USA has won the competition two years in a row. At last year’s event, the USA defeated Mexico 3-1, downed Canada 2-0 and beat Japan 3-1 as Ashley Sanchez scored in all three games to post five goals overall. Emina Ekic had two goals in the tournament.

In 2014, 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.

The U.S. U-17s are in the middle of their cycle that will hopefully see them qualify for the 2016 FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup that is scheduled to take place in Jordan. The CONCACAF qualifying tournament will be in March on the Caribbean island of Grenada and the NTC Invitational will be the final event before U.S. head coach B.J. Snow names his 20-player roster for Qualifying.

Japan has already qualified for the 2016 FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup (along with China PR and Korea DPR from Asia) while England will attempt to qualify in May. Korea Republic failed to qualify.

"Since its inception two years ago, the U-17 Women’s NTC Invitational has been a tremendous showcase for women's soccer and we are sure this year will be no different,” said Snow. “We have brought in three great teams that will provide us an excellent platform to evaluate where we are as a team and help us prepare for World Cup Qualifying. It is critical that we continue to provide our top youth players with meaningful international games and we are excited for the opportunity to test ourselves against some of the best teams in the world."

Additional Tournament Notes:

  • Each team is allowed 20 players on its 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.
  • The 2016 U-17 Women’s NTC Invitational is for players born on or after Jan. 1, 1999, which is the age cut-off for the 2016 FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup. However, following a request from the Korea Republic (which did not qualify for the 2016 U-17 WWC), special dispensation has been granted for this event to allow teams to also compete with players born on or after Jan. 1, 1998. The USA will only use World Cup age-eligible players.
  • 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.
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