CHICAGO (Dec. 5, 2016) – U.S. Soccer has announced the nominees for the 2016 U.S. Soccer Young Male, Young Female and Disabled Player of the Year awards.
Nominees for Young Male Player of the Year are Andrew Carleton, Cameron Carter-Vickers, Josh Sargent, Christian Pulisic and Jordan Morris.
Young Female Player of the Year nominees are midfielders Emily Ogle and Andi Sullivan, defenders Kaleigh Riehl and Karina Rodriguez and forward Ashley Sanchez. This is the second nomination for Sanchez.
The Disabled Player of the Year nominees are Adam Ballou (Paralympic Soccer National Team), Nico Calabria (U.S. Amputee Soccer National Team), Emily Cressy (U.S. Deaf Women’s National Team), Matt Eby (U.S. Deaf Men’s National Team)
The winner for the Young Male Player of the Year award will be announced on Friday, Dec. 9 on FS1, while the winner for the Young Female Player of the Year award will be revealed on Sunday, Dec. 11 on ESPN FC. The Disabled Player of the Year winner will be announced Monday, Dec. 12 on ussoccer.com.
- 2016 Player Bios: Young Male | Young Female | Disabled
- Past U.S. Soccer Player of the Year Winners
A new voting process was put into place in 2014. Votes are collected from respective National Team coaches, National Team players who have earned a cap in 2016, American soccer league (MLS, NASL and NWSL) head coaches, select media members, former players and administrators.
Players cannot win the Young Male or Young Female award more than once.
The award for Young Male and Young Female Player of the Year was first awarded in 1998 with Josh Wolff and Cindy Parlow, winning for Young Male and Young Female, respectively. The Disabled Player of the Year was first awarded in 2012 with Felicia Schroeder earning the honor.Read more
PORT MORESBY, Papua New Guinea (Nov. 21, 2016) – The U.S. Under-20 Women’s National Team played a talented and physical Ghana team to a 1-1 draw in its Group C finale at the 2016 FIFA Under-20 Women’s World Cup.
The one point from the tie, combined with France’s 2-0 victory against New Zealand in the other Group C match, earned the USA first place in the group, but not until numerous tiebreakers had been exhausted.
The USA (1-0-2, 5 pts) finished tied with France (1-0-2, 5 pts) on points, goal difference (+2) and goals scored (4), while the teams drew their match, 1-1. After the points earned from the group games, the teams went five tie-breakers deep before it came to “greater number of points obtained in the fair play conduct based on yellow and red cards received in all group matches.”
As the USA did not receive a yellow card during group play, and France received one, issued to Estelle Cascarino in the 48th minute of today’s win against New Zealand, the Americans topped the group. New Zealand (1-2-0, 3 points) finished third and Ghana (0-1-2, 2 points) finished fourth in what was surely the most competitive group of the tournament as all of the three other groups featured dominating results. Group C featured four draws and no wins by more than two goals.
In the quarterfinals, the U.S. will face the second-place finisher from Group D on Friday, Nov. 25, at 1 a.m. ET on FS1 and NBC Universo.
A wind-aided own goal that dipped viciously over U.S. goalkeeper Casey Murphy that hit her and bounced into the net gave Ghana the game’s first goal in the 20th minute. Ghana played the first half with the wind at their backs and when midfielder Ernestina Abambila sent a looping shot on target from more than 40 yards out, it pin-balled between the post and Murphy’s hands before bouncing over the line.
The young Americans came into the match knowing a win or a draw would qualify the team for the quarterfinal stage, and with France leading New Zealand across town, the U.S. was in need of a goal in order to win the group.
The USA’s response to giving up a goal was immediate and world class as Mallory Pugh wasted no time getting the equalizer, scoring two minutes later. She took a nice pass from Katie Cousins that got her behind the defense and then beat several Ghana defenders as she cut inside before firing a low right-footed shot across her body and into the lower left corner to even the score.
Going with the wind in the second half, the U.S. backline did well to limit Ghana’s chances, most of which came from distance, to preserve the draw.
Goal Scoring Rundown:
GHA – Own Goal (Casey Murphy), 20th minute: The U.S. attempted to clear out of its defensive zone, and did, but the ball fell to Ernestina Abambila more than 40 yards from the net. She connected well with the bouncing ball to send a high, arching shot toward the goal. The ball bounced off the post before deflecting off Casey Murphy’s outstretched hands and underneath the crossbar to give Ghana the lead. USA 0, GHA 1 (SEE GOAL)
USA – Mallory Pugh (Katie Cousins), 22nd minute: From midfield, Katie Cousins fed Mallory Pugh with a leading pass down the left flank. Pugh received the ball and began a run diagonally toward goal, requiring her to cut through the Ghana defense. Pugh took a sharp turn parallel to goal near the edge of the 18-yard box before firing a low right-footed shot across her body and inside the near post to equalize the score. USA 1, GHA 1 (SEE GOAL) FINAL
- The USA made all three of its substitutes in the second half as head coach Michelle French brought on midfielder Parker Roberts in the 75th minute, forward Ally Watt in the 81st and defender Natalie Jacobs in the 89th.
- Mallory Pugh scored her second goal of the tournament and 19th in 26 caps for the U-20s with her 22nd minute tally.
- This was the third meeting between the USA and Ghana in the FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup. The U.S. previously played to a 1-1 draw with Ghana in 2010 and defeated the African side 4-0 in 2012.