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U.S. Soccer to Host Four-Team U-20 Women’s Tournament at the NTC in Carson

CHICAGO (May 25, 2015) – U.S. Soccer will stage a four-team Under-20 women’s international tournament from June 2-6 as the USA will host Brazil, Japan and Mexico in the 2015 U-20 Women’s NTC Invitational. All the matches will be played on the Glenn “Mooch” Myernick Field at the U.S. Soccer National Training Center in Carson, California.

Each of the match days – June 2, 4 and 6 – 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 tiebreakers being overall goal difference and then total goals scored. Admission to the matches is free to the public. Parking is free on June 2 and 4, but not on June 6 as there is a Los Angeles Galaxy game that evening at the StubHub Center. All tournament matches will be streamed live on ussoccer.com.

Date

Teams

Kickoff (PT)

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

Tues., June 2

Mexico vs. Brazil

3 p.m.

Glenn “Mooch” Myernick Field – Field #1

Tues., June 2

USA vs. Japan

6 p.m.

Glenn “Mooch” Myernick Field – Field #1

Thurs., June 4

Brazil vs. Japan

3 p.m.

Glenn “Mooch” Myernick Field – Field #1

Thurs., June 4

USA vs. Mexico

6 p.m.

Glenn “Mooch” Myernick Field – Field #1

Sat., June 6

Japan vs. Mexico

12 p.m.

Glenn “Mooch” Myernick Field – Field #1

Sat., June 6

USA vs. Brazil

3 p.m.

Glenn “Mooch” Myernick Field – Field #1

All of the teams are currently preparing for qualifying for the 2016 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup which will be held in Papau New Guinea. Like the USA, Brazil has participated in all seven of the FIFA U-19/U-20 Women’s World Cups that have been contested thus far. Japan has participated in four tournaments and Mexico has played in all but the 2004 tournament in Thailand that was a U-19 event.

U-20 Women’s National Team head coach Michelle French has called in 20 players for the tournament, seven of whom are already in college (two players enrolled early and have yet to play a college season in forward Kelcie Hedge (University of Washington and defender Kaleigh Riehl (Penn State) with seven more graduating this summer and heading off for their freshman seasons this fall.

Seven players on the roster were born in 1996, which is the age cut-off for next U-20 Women’s World Cup. Nine were born in 1997 with midfielder Jordan Harr, midfielder Savannah DeMelo and forward Mallory Pugh (all 1998s) and forward Ashley Sanchez (1999), the youngest players on the roster. Pugh was a starter for the U.S. team at the 2014 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup, while Sanchez was recently called up from the U-17 WNT and is age-eligible for the 2016 U-17 Women’s World Cup to be held in Jordan.

U.S. U-20 Women’s National Team Roster by Position
2015 U-20 Women’s NTC Invitational:
GOALKEEPERS (2): Samantha Leshnak (Ohio Elite; Liberty Township, Ohio), Casey Murphy (Rutgers; Bridgewater, N.J.)
DEFENDERS (6): Alana Cook (Match Fit FC; Far Hills, N.J.), Maddie Elliston (Penn State; Omaha, Neb.), Sabrina Flores (Notre Dame; Livingston, N.J.), Natalie Jacobs (Slammers FC; Coto de Caza, Calif.), Courtney Petersen (Michigan Hawks; Canton, Mich.), Kaleigh Riehl (Penn State; Fairfax Station, Va.)
MIDFIELDERS (8): Megan Buckingham (UNC; Novi, Mich.), Marley Canales (San Diego Surf; San Diego, Calif.), Savannah DeMelo (Beach FC; Bellflower, Calif.), Jordan Harr (Dallas Sting; Sachse, Texas), Mikaela Harvey (Texas A&M; Liberty Hill, Texas), Kelcie Hedge (Washington; Post Falls, Idaho), Emily Ogle (Penn State; Strongsville, Ohio), Parker Roberts (KC Metro Dynamos; Leawood, Ks.)
FORWARDS (4): Hana Kerner (Match Fit FC; Upper Saddle River, N.J.), Mallory Pugh (Real Colorado; Highlands Ranch, Colo.), Taylor Racioppi (PDA; Ocean Township, N.J.), Ashley Sanchez (SoCal Blues; Monrovia, Calif.)

Additional Notes:

  • The CONCACAF qualifying tournament 2016 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup will be held in December in Honduras.
  • Each team is allowed to name 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.
  • After goal difference and goals scored, the next tie-breakers will be the head-to-head result.
  • Players eligible for the 2015 U-20 Women’s NTC Invitational must have been born on or after Jan. 1, 1996, which is the age cut-off for the 2016 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup.
  • There will be no suspensions for accumulation of yellow cards during the tournament, but a player receiving a red card will have to sit out a minimum of one match.

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U-20 WNT Heads to Carson for Training ahead of NTC Invitational

CHICAGO (May 7, 2015) – The U.S. Under-20 Women’s National Team will hold a training camp from May 9-18 as 24 players will come to the U.S. Soccer National Training Center in Carson, California.

U.S. head coach Michelle French will use the camp to make her final roster selections for the upcoming 2015 U-20 Women's NTC Invitational, which will be held at the U.S. Soccer NTC from June 2-6. All the matches of the tournament will be broadcast on ussoccer.com.

In addition to the USA, the four-team NTC Invitational will also feature U-20 sides from Japan, Brazil and Mexico, bringing some of the top young players in the world to southern California. More details on the tournament, along with the game schedule, will be released at a later date.

French’s roster features 12 current college players, plus several who are finishing up high school and heading to college this summer to prepare for their freshman seasons. Midfielder Ashley Sanchez, who has been playing with the U.S. U-17 Women’s National Team, has been called up to the U-20s for this camp; she was born in 1999. Forward Mallory Pugh, who was a starter on the USA’s 2014 U-20 Women’s World Cup Team, and midfielders Jordan Harr and Savannah DeMelo, were all born in 1998. The rest of the roster is made up of ’96- and ’97-born players.

This age group is focusing on qualifying for the 2016 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup, which has an age cut-off of players born on or after Jan. 1, 1996. FIFA recently announced that the tournament will be held in Papau New Guinea and the CONCACAF qualifying tournament is scheduled for Dec. 3-13, 2015 in San Pedro Sula, Honduras.

U.S. U-20 WNT Roster by Position: Detailed Roster
GOALKEEPERS (3): Samantha Leshnak (Ohio Elite; Liberty Township, Ohio), Casey Murphy (Rutgers; Bridgewater, N.J.), Caroline Brockmeier (Florida State; Tallahassee, Fla.)
DEFENDERS (7): Alana Cook (Match Fit FC; Far Hills, N.J.), Maddie Elliston (Penn State; Omaha, Neb.), Sabrina Flores (Notre Dame; Livingston, N.J.), Natalie Jacobs (Slammers FC; Coto de Caza, Calif.), Courtney Petersen (Michigan Hawks; Canton, Mich.), Kaleigh Riehl (Penn State; Fairfax Station, Va.), Jessie Scarpa (UNC; Lakeland, Fla.)
MIDFIELDERS (10): Jorian Baucom (LSU; Phoenix, Az.), Megan Buckingham (UNC; Novi, Mich.), Marley Canales (San Diego Surf; San Diego, Calif.), Savannah DeMelo (Beach FC; Bellflower, Calif.), Jordan Harr (Dallas Sting; Sachse, Texas), Mikaela Harvey (Texas A&M; Liberty Hill, Texas), Gabrielle Matulich (UCLA; Los Gatos, Calif.), Emily Ogle (Penn State; Strongsville, Ohio), Katie Cousins (Tennessee; Forest, Va.), Ashley Sanchez (So Cal Blues; Monrovia, Calif.)
FORWARDS (4): Kelcie Hedge (Washington Premier FC; Post Falls, Idaho), Mallory Pugh (Real Colorado; Highlands Ranch, Colo.), Taylor Racioppi (PDA; Ocean Township, N.J.), Katie Pingel (So Cal Blues; Torrance, Calif.)

U-20 WNT Defeats the Netherlands 2-0 for Second Win at La Manga Tournament

LA MANGA, Spain (March 7, 2015)The U.S. Under-20 Women’s National Team picked up its second 2-0 win in as many games at the 10 Nations U-19 International Tournament in La Manga, Spain, this time taking down its counterparts from the Netherlands. 

Midfielder Mikaela Harvey scored in the last minute of the first half and midfielder Jordan Harr added an insurance goal in the 80th minute as the U-20s out-shot the Dutch by an 18-2 margin. 

The young Americans defeated Norway 2-0 on March 5 and will face the Sweden U-20 WNT on March 9 as they try to make it a three-game sweep at this friendly tournament. 

The USA opened the scoring off a set play almost on the end line as midfielder Emily Ogle served in a free kick from just outside the penalty area on the right side. The low service rolled to Harvey, who was making a darting run up the middle, and she finished low and hard from six yards out. 

With 10 minutes left in the match, Mallory Pugh played the ball wide to Megan Buckingham, who took one touch to beat her defender and crossed to the back post. Harr’s run was perfectly-timed and she finished with a first-time full volley. 

USA goalkeeper Casey Murphy picked up her second consecutive shutout. 

This is the first international event for this age group in the new cycle as the players focus on qualifying for the 2016 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup, which has an age cut-off of players born on or after Jan. 1, 1996. As the U.S. players are in the first year of a two-year cycle, and all were born in 1996, 1997 or 1998, they are technically still U-19s.

U.S. head coach Michelle French called up 11 players currently in college and 11 still playing club for the matches against three countries who have all sent their senior sides to this summer’s FIFA Women’s World Cup. 

- U.S. U-20 Women’s National Team Match Report - 

Match: U.S. U-20 Women’s National Team vs. Netherlands U-20 Women’s National Team
Date: March 7, 2015
Competition: 10 Nations U-19 International Tournament
Venue: La Manga Football Centre; La Manga, Spain 

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

USA – Mikaela Harvey (Emily Ogle)             45th minute
USA – Jordan Harr (Megan Buckingham)      80 

Lineups:
USA:, 1-Casey Murphy; 22-Courtney Petersen, 19-Natalie Jacobs, 14-Jessie Scarpa (23-Annia Mejia, 46), 3-Maddie Elliston (6-Sabrina Flores, 69), 20-Savannah DeMelo, 2-Emily Ogle (17-Megan Buckingham, 69), 7-Mikaela Harvey (21-Rachel Corboz, 46), 10-Marley Canales (12-Jordan Harr, 69), 9-Mallory Pugh (capt.), 15-Taylor Racioppi (16- Zoe Redei, 46)
Subs not used: 4-Ally Watt, 5-Kaliegh Riehl, 8-Parker Roberts,11-Michaela Abam, 18-Samantha Leshnak
Head Coach: Michelle French 

NED: 1-Paulina Quaye, 5-Lysanne van der Wal, 12-Lucie Akkerman (14-Maureen Sanders,65), 4-Danique Kerkdijk (capt.), 2- Corine Peels (13-Yvonne van Schijndel,65), 11-Simone Kets, 9-Sisca Folkertsma,65), 10-Sharon Bruinenberg, 3-Vita van Linden, 6-Cheyenne van der Wal, 7-Lineth Beerensteyn, 17-Tiny Hoekstra
Subs not used: 8- Eline Koster, 15-Soraya Verhoeve, 16-Kelly Steen, 18-Pleun Raaymakers
Head Coach: Andre Koolhof 

Stats Summary: USA / NED
Shots: 18/ 2
Shots on Goal: 10 /2
Saves: 8 / 2
Corner Kicks: 9 / 0
Fouls: 8 / 7
Offside:  2 / 0 

Misconduct Summary:
USA - Taylor Racioppi (caution)                     17th minute 

Officials:
Referee: Marte Soro
Assistant Referee 1: Helene Johansen
Assistant Referee 2: Ingvlid Aarland
4th Official: Anders Gjermshus

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