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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.

Carli Lloyd Offers Words of Wisdom to U-20 WNT

Carli Lloyd stopped by to talk to the U-20 WNT about the obstacles and challenges she overcame to reach her dreams of playing soccer at the highest competitive level.

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 Heads to U.S. Soccer NTC for Training Camp with U-19 WNT

CHICAGO (April 6, 2015) – After going undefeated in three matches at a friendly tournament in La Manga, Spain, in early March, the U.S. Under-20 Women’s National Team will hold a domestic training camp from April 11-18 at the U.S. Soccer National Training Center in Carson, California. The event will be held in conjunction with a U-19 Women’s National Team camp.

U.S. head coach Michelle French has called up 24 players – 12 college players and 12 currently still playing for their youth clubs – with 13 players born in 1996, seven in 1997 and three in 1998, including Jordan Harr and Mallory Pugh, both of who scored goals in La Manga. French will add one more player to the camp before it begins.

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.

The U-20s will split its squad on Friday, April 17, to play matches against USC (4:45 p.m. PT) and UCLA (6:30 p.m. PT).

U.S. U-20 WNT Roster by Position:

GOALKEEPERS (3): Caroline Brockmeier (Florida State; Tallahassee, Fla.), Samantha Leshnak (Ohio Elite; Liberty Township, Ohio), Casey Murphy (Rutgers; Bridgewater, N.J.)
DEFENDERS (7): Schuyler DeBree (Duke; Fair Haven, N.J), Sabrina Flores (Notre Dame; Livingston, N.J.), Ally Haran (Wake Forest; Linden, Mich.), 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 (9): Megan Buckingham (UNC; Novi, Mich.), Marley Canales (San Diego Surf; San Diego, Calif.), Katie Cousins (Tennessee; Forest, Va.), 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, Claif.), Emily Ogle (Penn State; Strongsville, Ohio), Parker Roberts (KC Metro Dynamos; Leawood, Kan.)
FORWARDS (5): Alexa Ben (DePaul; Schaumburg, Ill.), Mallory Pugh (Real Colorado; Highlands Ranch, Colo.), Taylor Racioppi (PDA; Ocean Township, N.J.), Kelly Sweeney (Vardar; Bloomfield Hills, Mich.), Ally Watt (Pride Soccer Club; Colorado Springs, Colo.) 

Photo Gallery: U-20 WNT Sweeps Competition at 2015 La Manga Tournament

Photos from the U-20 WNT's trip to La Manga, Spain, where the USA competed in the 2015 10 Nations Tournament. The U.S. swept all three of its games against Norway 2-0, the Netherlands 2-0 and Sweden 2-0. The U-20s will next gather in mid-April for a domestic training camp at the U.S. Soccer National Training Center in Carson, California. 

2-0 Win against Sweden for U-20 WNT Secures Three-Game Sweep at La Manga Tournament

LA MANGA, Spain (March 9, 2015)The U.S. Under-20 Women’s National Team defeated its counterparts from Sweden, 2-0, to sweep all three games at the 10 Nations U-19 International Tournament in La Manga, Spain. The USA also defeated Norway and the Netherlands by 2-0 scores. 

The win gave the U.S. Youth WNT programs an undefeated record at this year’s competitions in La Manga, Spain as the U.S. Under-23 Women’s National Team also won all three of its games earlier in the month against Japan, Norway and England. 

Speedy forward Ally Watt scored both goals for the U.S. against Sweden after coming on as a substitute in the 61st minute. The first strike came in the 81st minute as she darted in to pick off a back pass from a Sweden defender and finished from 12 yards out. 

She clinched the match in the 86th minute after Mallory Pugh got her head on a long punt from goalkeeper Samantha Leshnak to flick the ball into the path of the sprinting Watt, who took a touch to beat a defender and finish low and hard into the corner. The goals were Watt’s first in international competition. 

This was the first international event for this age group in the new cycle as they 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. Under-20 Women’s National Team Match Report - 

Match: U.S. U-20 Women’s National Team vs. Sweden U-20 Women’s National Team
Date: March 9, 2015
Competition: 10 Nations U-19 International Tournament
Venue: La Manga Football Centre; La Manga, Spain 

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

USA – Ally Watt                                               81st minute
USA – Ally Watt (Mallory Pugh)                      86 

Lineups:
USA: 18-Samantha Leshnak, 6-Sabrina Flores (22- Courtney Petersen, 46) 19-Natalie Jacobs (capt.), 5-Kaliegh Riehl (14-Jessie Scarpa, 61) 3-Maddie Elliston, 10-Marley Canales, 2-Emily Ogle, 7-Mikaela Harvey (8-Parker Roberts, 69), 12-Jordan Harr (20-Savannah DeMelo, 69), 9-Mallory Pugh, 15-Taylor Racioppi (4-Ally Watt, 61)
Subs not used: 1-Casey Murphy, 11-Michaela Abam, 16- Zoe Redei, 17-Megan Buckingham, 21-Rachel Corboz, 23-Annia Mejia
Head Coach: Michelle French 

SWE: 1-Zecira Musovic (23-Matilda Haglund, 46), 14-Anna Oskarsson (13-Emelie Andersson, 79), 5-Marie Johansson, 3-Julia Ekholm, 2 Ronja Aronsson, 17-Nathalie Persson (15-Maja Göthberg, 66), 8-Filippa Angeldal (18-Michelle De Jongh, 46), 6-Ellen Löfqvist, 11-Julia Zigiotti Olme (7-Tove Almqvist, 46), 9-Stina Blackstenius, 10-Linda Hallin (20-Emma Jansson, 66)
Subs not used: 4-Nathalie Björn, 12-Emma Holmgren, 16-Maja Norrhamn, 19-Anna Anvegård              
Head Coach: Calle Barrling 

Stats Summary: USA / SWE
Shots: 11/ 5
Shots on Goal: 8 /4
Saves: 4 / 6
Corner Kicks: 4 / 1
Fouls: 8 / 5
Offside: 2 / 0 

Misconduct Summary:
USA – Samantha Leshnak (caution)              79th minute 

Officials:
Referee: Ifeoma Kulmala
Assistant Referee 1: Nina Hammarberg
Assistant Referee 2: Piia Jäntti
Fourth Official: Linda Andresen

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

Mallory Pugh's Brace Guides U-20 WNT Past Norway at La Manga Tournament

LA MANGA, Spain (March 5, 2015) – Midfielder Mallory Pugh scored twice as the U.S. Under-20 Women’s National Team defeated its counterparts from Norway, 2-0, in the first of three friendly matches at the 10 Nations Tournament.

Pugh, who was a starter for the USA at the 2014 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup in Canada, opened the scoring five minutes before halftime as she latched onto a free ball that bounced off the Norway goalkeeper to score her third international goal at the U-20 level.

The USA held the 1-0 lead until two minutes were left in regulation. Pugh rushed to challenge a back pass and stripped a Norway defender about 30 yards from the goal. She beat one defender on the dribble and when the goalkeeper came out to challenge, she slipped her shot low and hard into the corner to provide the final margin.

The victory gave U.S. Women’s Soccer a three-game sweep of Norway over the past six days as the U-23 WNT defeated the Norwegians 2-0 on Feb. 28 in La Manga and the senior sides squared off on March 4 at the Algarve Cup in Portugal with the USA winning, 2-1.

This was the first international match for this age group in the new cycle as they 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.

The roster features three players who were a part of the USA’s 2014 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup Team in Pugh, defender Kaleigh Riehl and midfielder Taylor Racioppi.

The USA will next face the Netherlands (March 7) and Sweden (March 9) at this U-19 invitational event. The tournament also features Switzerland, Germany, England, Italy, Denmark and Scotland. 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, while 11 still play club. 

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

Match: U.S. Under-20 Women’s National Team vs. Norway Under-20 Women’s National Team
Date: March 5, 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
NOR                             0          0          0

USA – Mallory Pugh                           40th minute
USA – Mallory Pugh                           88

Lineups:
USA:, 1-Casey Murphy, 3-Maddie Elliston, 19-Natalie Jacobs, 5-Kaliegh Riehl, 6-Sabrina Flores, 22-Courtney Petersen (10-Marley Canales, 70), 2-Emily Ogle, 8-Parker Roberts (7-Mikaela Harvey, 46), 17-Megan Buckingham (20-Savannah DeMelo, 70), 11-Michaela Abam (4-Ally Watt, 46), 9-Mallory Pugh
Subs not used: 12-Jordan Harr, 14- Jessie Scarpa, 15-Taylor Racioppi, 18-Samantha Leshnak, 21-Rachel Corboz, 22- Zoe Redei, 23- Annia Mejia
Head Coach: Michelle French

NOR: 1-Aurora Wattern Mikalsen, 14-Kristine Leine (17-Sara Eriksen, 66), 3-Marit Clausen, 4-Tuva Hansen, 5-Marit Bratberg Lund, 8-Karoline Heimvik Hughland (19-SinaTosterrud, 78), 6-Karina Saevik, 7-Cecile Hoegh Dekkerhus, 10-Vilde Hasund, 9-Johanne Fridlund, 11-Pernille Velta (20-Vilde Fjelldal, 46)
Subs not used: 2-Alma Botten, 12-Oda Marie Hove Bogstad, 13-Marikken Kleppe, 15-Nora Eide Lie, 16-Maria Hiim, 18-Ida Marie Fikseth Fossem
Head Coach: Nils Lexerod

Stats Summary: USA / NOR
Shots:  12/ 5
Shots on Goal: 6 /4
Saves: 4 / 4
Corner Kicks: 7 / 2
Fouls: 6 / 9
Offside: 5 / 2

Misconduct Summary:
None

Officials:
Referee: Tess Petersson
Assistant Referee 1: Josefin Aronsen
Assistant Referee 2: Sandra Osterberg
Fourth Official: Kristoffer Gullhav

U-20 WNT Preps for First Internationals of New Cycle

Along the coast of La Manga, Spain, the U.S. U-20 WNT is preparing to play three matches in a 10-team invitational tournament. Head coach Michelle French and defenders Natalie Jacobs and Sabrina Flores speak on the benefits of international competition early in the cycle.

U-20 WNT to Bring 22 Players to La Manga Tournament Starting Feb. 28

CHICAGO (Feb. 17, 2015) – The U.S. Under-20 Women’s National Team will bring 22 players to a U-19 invitational tournament in La Manga, Spain, running from Feb. 28-March 10. At the 10-team competition that features three matches for each country, the USA will face Norway (March 5), the Netherlands (March 7) and Sweden (March 9).

The tournament also features Switzerland, Germany, England, Italy, Denmark and Scotland. 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 has 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.

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.

The roster features three players who were a part of the USA’s 2014 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup Team in midfielder Mallory Pugh, defender Kaleigh Riehl and midfielder Taylor Racioppi.

The U.S. U-20s will be preceded in La Manga by the U.S. Under-23 Women’s National Team that will play three matches in a six-team tournament between Feb. 26 and March 2.

U.S. U-20 WNT Roster by Position:
GOALKEEPERS (2): Samantha Leshnak (Ohio Elite; Liberty Township, Ohio), Casey Murphy (Rutgers; Bridgewater, N.J.)
DEFENDERS (7): Maddie Elliston (Penn State; Omaha, Neb.), Sabrina Flores (Notre Dame; Livingston, N.J.), Natalie Jacobs (Slammers FC; Coto de Caza, Calif.), Annia Mejia (California; Bloomington, Calif.), Courtney Petersen (Michigan Hawks; Canton, Mich.), Kaleigh Riehl (BRYC; Fairfax Station, Va.), Parker Roberts (KC Metro Dynamos; Leawood, Kan.)
MIDFIELDERS (8): Rachel Corboz (Georgetown; Green Brook, N.J.), 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), Emily Ogle (Penn State; Strongsville, Ohio), Mallory Pugh (Real Colorado; Highlands Ranch, Colo.), Taylor Racioppi (Players Development Academy; Ocean Township; N.J.)
FORWARDS (5): Michaela Abam (West Virginia; Sugar Land, Texas), Megan Buckingham (North Carolina; Novi, Mich.), Zoe Redei (Eclipse Select; Highland Park, Ill.), Jessie Scarpa (North Carolina; Lakeland, Fla.), Ally Watt (Pride Soccer Club; Colorado Springs, Colo.)

Photo Gallery: U-20 WNT Sweeps Competition at 2015 La Manga Tournament

Photos from the U-20 WNT's trip to La Manga, Spain, where the USA competed in the 2015 10 Nations Tournament. The U.S. swept all three of its games against Norway 2-0, the Netherlands 2-0 and Sweden 2-0. The U-20s will next gather in mid-April for a domestic training camp at the U.S. Soccer National Training Center in Carson, California. 

11 Questions with Stephanie Amack

ussoccer.com: You were a member of the 2012 U-20 Women’s World Cup Team, but didn’t get to play in the tournament. You are likely to play a much larger role this time around. How did that 2012 U-20 Women’s World Cup prepare you for this World Cup?
Stephanie Amack: “It definitely helped me learn how to be a good teammate. I studied how (outside backs) Crystal Dunn and Molly Pathman played. I saw how they dealt with situations on the field and I could hear the coaches on the sidelines. I took it all in and combined it with my own observations and I put myself in those situations and it’s really helped me prepare during this cycle. I also learned a valuable lesson on how big a role every single person on the team can have. Just saying something positive and supporting from the bench to the players on the field can make a big difference.”

What was it like to be a part of the team that won the U-20 Women’s World Cup two years ago?

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.

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 Heads to U.S. Soccer NTC for Training Camp with U-19 WNT

CHICAGO (April 6, 2015) – After going undefeated in three matches at a friendly tournament in La Manga, Spain, in early March, the U.S. Under-20 Women’s National Team will hold a domestic training camp from April 11-18 at the U.S. Soccer National Training Center in Carson, California. The event will be held in conjunction with a U-19 Women’s National Team camp.

U.S. head coach Michelle French has called up 24 players – 12 college players and 12 currently still playing for their youth clubs – with 13 players born in 1996, seven in 1997 and three in 1998, including Jordan Harr and Mallory Pugh, both of who scored goals in La Manga. French will add one more player to the camp before it begins.

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.

The U-20s will split its squad on Friday, April 17, to play matches against USC (4:45 p.m. PT) and UCLA (6:30 p.m. PT).

U.S. U-20 WNT Roster by Position:

GOALKEEPERS (3): Caroline Brockmeier (Florida State; Tallahassee, Fla.), Samantha Leshnak (Ohio Elite; Liberty Township, Ohio), Casey Murphy (Rutgers; Bridgewater, N.J.)
DEFENDERS (7): Schuyler DeBree (Duke; Fair Haven, N.J), Sabrina Flores (Notre Dame; Livingston, N.J.), Ally Haran (Wake Forest; Linden, Mich.), 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 (9): Megan Buckingham (UNC; Novi, Mich.), Marley Canales (San Diego Surf; San Diego, Calif.), Katie Cousins (Tennessee; Forest, Va.), 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, Claif.), Emily Ogle (Penn State; Strongsville, Ohio), Parker Roberts (KC Metro Dynamos; Leawood, Kan.)
FORWARDS (5): Alexa Ben (DePaul; Schaumburg, Ill.), Mallory Pugh (Real Colorado; Highlands Ranch, Colo.), Taylor Racioppi (PDA; Ocean Township, N.J.), Kelly Sweeney (Vardar; Bloomfield Hills, Mich.), Ally Watt (Pride Soccer Club; Colorado Springs, Colo.) 

2-0 Win against Sweden for U-20 WNT Secures Three-Game Sweep at La Manga Tournament

LA MANGA, Spain (March 9, 2015)The U.S. Under-20 Women’s National Team defeated its counterparts from Sweden, 2-0, to sweep all three games at the 10 Nations U-19 International Tournament in La Manga, Spain. The USA also defeated Norway and the Netherlands by 2-0 scores. 

The win gave the U.S. Youth WNT programs an undefeated record at this year’s competitions in La Manga, Spain as the U.S. Under-23 Women’s National Team also won all three of its games earlier in the month against Japan, Norway and England. 

Speedy forward Ally Watt scored both goals for the U.S. against Sweden after coming on as a substitute in the 61st minute. The first strike came in the 81st minute as she darted in to pick off a back pass from a Sweden defender and finished from 12 yards out. 

She clinched the match in the 86th minute after Mallory Pugh got her head on a long punt from goalkeeper Samantha Leshnak to flick the ball into the path of the sprinting Watt, who took a touch to beat a defender and finish low and hard into the corner. The goals were Watt’s first in international competition. 

This was the first international event for this age group in the new cycle as they 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. Under-20 Women’s National Team Match Report - 

Match: U.S. U-20 Women’s National Team vs. Sweden U-20 Women’s National Team
Date: March 9, 2015
Competition: 10 Nations U-19 International Tournament
Venue: La Manga Football Centre; La Manga, Spain 

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

USA – Ally Watt                                               81st minute
USA – Ally Watt (Mallory Pugh)                      86 

Lineups:
USA: 18-Samantha Leshnak, 6-Sabrina Flores (22- Courtney Petersen, 46) 19-Natalie Jacobs (capt.), 5-Kaliegh Riehl (14-Jessie Scarpa, 61) 3-Maddie Elliston, 10-Marley Canales, 2-Emily Ogle, 7-Mikaela Harvey (8-Parker Roberts, 69), 12-Jordan Harr (20-Savannah DeMelo, 69), 9-Mallory Pugh, 15-Taylor Racioppi (4-Ally Watt, 61)
Subs not used: 1-Casey Murphy, 11-Michaela Abam, 16- Zoe Redei, 17-Megan Buckingham, 21-Rachel Corboz, 23-Annia Mejia
Head Coach: Michelle French 

SWE: 1-Zecira Musovic (23-Matilda Haglund, 46), 14-Anna Oskarsson (13-Emelie Andersson, 79), 5-Marie Johansson, 3-Julia Ekholm, 2 Ronja Aronsson, 17-Nathalie Persson (15-Maja Göthberg, 66), 8-Filippa Angeldal (18-Michelle De Jongh, 46), 6-Ellen Löfqvist, 11-Julia Zigiotti Olme (7-Tove Almqvist, 46), 9-Stina Blackstenius, 10-Linda Hallin (20-Emma Jansson, 66)
Subs not used: 4-Nathalie Björn, 12-Emma Holmgren, 16-Maja Norrhamn, 19-Anna Anvegård              
Head Coach: Calle Barrling 

Stats Summary: USA / SWE
Shots: 11/ 5
Shots on Goal: 8 /4
Saves: 4 / 6
Corner Kicks: 4 / 1
Fouls: 8 / 5
Offside: 2 / 0 

Misconduct Summary:
USA – Samantha Leshnak (caution)              79th minute 

Officials:
Referee: Ifeoma Kulmala
Assistant Referee 1: Nina Hammarberg
Assistant Referee 2: Piia Jäntti
Fourth Official: Linda Andresen

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

Mallory Pugh's Brace Guides U-20 WNT Past Norway at La Manga Tournament

LA MANGA, Spain (March 5, 2015) – Midfielder Mallory Pugh scored twice as the U.S. Under-20 Women’s National Team defeated its counterparts from Norway, 2-0, in the first of three friendly matches at the 10 Nations Tournament.

Pugh, who was a starter for the USA at the 2014 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup in Canada, opened the scoring five minutes before halftime as she latched onto a free ball that bounced off the Norway goalkeeper to score her third international goal at the U-20 level.

The USA held the 1-0 lead until two minutes were left in regulation. Pugh rushed to challenge a back pass and stripped a Norway defender about 30 yards from the goal. She beat one defender on the dribble and when the goalkeeper came out to challenge, she slipped her shot low and hard into the corner to provide the final margin.

The victory gave U.S. Women’s Soccer a three-game sweep of Norway over the past six days as the U-23 WNT defeated the Norwegians 2-0 on Feb. 28 in La Manga and the senior sides squared off on March 4 at the Algarve Cup in Portugal with the USA winning, 2-1.

This was the first international match for this age group in the new cycle as they 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.

The roster features three players who were a part of the USA’s 2014 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup Team in Pugh, defender Kaleigh Riehl and midfielder Taylor Racioppi.

The USA will next face the Netherlands (March 7) and Sweden (March 9) at this U-19 invitational event. The tournament also features Switzerland, Germany, England, Italy, Denmark and Scotland. 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, while 11 still play club. 

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

Match: U.S. Under-20 Women’s National Team vs. Norway Under-20 Women’s National Team
Date: March 5, 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
NOR                             0          0          0

USA – Mallory Pugh                           40th minute
USA – Mallory Pugh                           88

Lineups:
USA:, 1-Casey Murphy, 3-Maddie Elliston, 19-Natalie Jacobs, 5-Kaliegh Riehl, 6-Sabrina Flores, 22-Courtney Petersen (10-Marley Canales, 70), 2-Emily Ogle, 8-Parker Roberts (7-Mikaela Harvey, 46), 17-Megan Buckingham (20-Savannah DeMelo, 70), 11-Michaela Abam (4-Ally Watt, 46), 9-Mallory Pugh
Subs not used: 12-Jordan Harr, 14- Jessie Scarpa, 15-Taylor Racioppi, 18-Samantha Leshnak, 21-Rachel Corboz, 22- Zoe Redei, 23- Annia Mejia
Head Coach: Michelle French

NOR: 1-Aurora Wattern Mikalsen, 14-Kristine Leine (17-Sara Eriksen, 66), 3-Marit Clausen, 4-Tuva Hansen, 5-Marit Bratberg Lund, 8-Karoline Heimvik Hughland (19-SinaTosterrud, 78), 6-Karina Saevik, 7-Cecile Hoegh Dekkerhus, 10-Vilde Hasund, 9-Johanne Fridlund, 11-Pernille Velta (20-Vilde Fjelldal, 46)
Subs not used: 2-Alma Botten, 12-Oda Marie Hove Bogstad, 13-Marikken Kleppe, 15-Nora Eide Lie, 16-Maria Hiim, 18-Ida Marie Fikseth Fossem
Head Coach: Nils Lexerod

Stats Summary: USA / NOR
Shots:  12/ 5
Shots on Goal: 6 /4
Saves: 4 / 4
Corner Kicks: 7 / 2
Fouls: 6 / 9
Offside: 5 / 2

Misconduct Summary:
None

Officials:
Referee: Tess Petersson
Assistant Referee 1: Josefin Aronsen
Assistant Referee 2: Sandra Osterberg
Fourth Official: Kristoffer Gullhav

U-20 WNT to Bring 22 Players to La Manga Tournament Starting Feb. 28

CHICAGO (Feb. 17, 2015) – The U.S. Under-20 Women’s National Team will bring 22 players to a U-19 invitational tournament in La Manga, Spain, running from Feb. 28-March 10. At the 10-team competition that features three matches for each country, the USA will face Norway (March 5), the Netherlands (March 7) and Sweden (March 9).

The tournament also features Switzerland, Germany, England, Italy, Denmark and Scotland. 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 has 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.

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.

The roster features three players who were a part of the USA’s 2014 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup Team in midfielder Mallory Pugh, defender Kaleigh Riehl and midfielder Taylor Racioppi.

The U.S. U-20s will be preceded in La Manga by the U.S. Under-23 Women’s National Team that will play three matches in a six-team tournament between Feb. 26 and March 2.

U.S. U-20 WNT Roster by Position:
GOALKEEPERS (2): Samantha Leshnak (Ohio Elite; Liberty Township, Ohio), Casey Murphy (Rutgers; Bridgewater, N.J.)
DEFENDERS (7): Maddie Elliston (Penn State; Omaha, Neb.), Sabrina Flores (Notre Dame; Livingston, N.J.), Natalie Jacobs (Slammers FC; Coto de Caza, Calif.), Annia Mejia (California; Bloomington, Calif.), Courtney Petersen (Michigan Hawks; Canton, Mich.), Kaleigh Riehl (BRYC; Fairfax Station, Va.), Parker Roberts (KC Metro Dynamos; Leawood, Kan.)
MIDFIELDERS (8): Rachel Corboz (Georgetown; Green Brook, N.J.), 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), Emily Ogle (Penn State; Strongsville, Ohio), Mallory Pugh (Real Colorado; Highlands Ranch, Colo.), Taylor Racioppi (Players Development Academy; Ocean Township; N.J.)
FORWARDS (5): Michaela Abam (West Virginia; Sugar Land, Texas), Megan Buckingham (North Carolina; Novi, Mich.), Zoe Redei (Eclipse Select; Highland Park, Ill.), Jessie Scarpa (North Carolina; Lakeland, Fla.), Ally Watt (Pride Soccer Club; Colorado Springs, Colo.)

U-20 WNT Falls 4-0 to German Women's Bundesliga Side Bayern Munich

SANFORD, Fla. (Jan. 27, 2015)The U.S. Under-20 Women’s National Team fell 4-0 to German Women’s Bundesliga side FC Bayern Munich in an exhibition during the team’s training camp in Florida. 

The U-20s, who are in their first camp of the new cycle that includes both high school-aged and college players, held Bayern scoreless until halftime. Eunice Beckmann broke the deadlock with a goal in the 52nd minute and then the Germans found the net three times in a span of six minutes over the final quarter hour of the match. 

Swiss National Team striker Vanessa Burki added an 83rd-minute goal and long-time German Women’s National Team starter Melanie Behringer scored goals in the 78th and 84th. Bayern also defeated the University of Florida by a 4-0 score during their visit to Florida. 

The U-20 WNT will face the University of Florida on Jan. 30 to finish up the camp. 

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

Match: U.S. U-20 Women’s National Team vs. Bayern Munich
Date: January 27, 2015
Competition: International Friendly
Venue: Orlando City Soccer Complex; Sanford, Fla. 

Scoring Summary:       1          2          F                                             

USA                             0          4          4
FCB                              0          0          0

FCB - Eunice Backmann                        52nd minute
FCB - Melanie Behringer                        78
FCB - Vanessa Burki                              83
FCB - Melanie Behringer                        84 

Lineups:
USA: Ally Watt (Jennifer Westendorf, 46), Jessie Scarpa (Mikaela Harvey, 46), Mallory Pugh, Emily Ogle (capt.), Taylor Racioppi (Savannah McCaskill, 59), Megan Buckingham (Sabrina Flores, 73), Courtney Petersen, Natalie Jacobs, Allyson Swaby, Maddie Elliston, Casey Murphy
Subs not used: Hannah Loppiccolo Dorian Bailey, Parker Roberts, Kaleigh Riehl, Samantha Leshnak
Head Coach: Michelle French 

Bayern Munich: Schroffenegger, Lewandowski, Schnaderbeck, Manieri, Feiersinger, Maier, Behringer, Leupolz, Stengel, Iwabuchi, Beckmann
Subs not used: Eunice Beckmann, Jenny Gaugigl, Tinja-Riikka Korpela, Katharina Baunach, Karina Wenninger, Vanessa Bürki
Head coach: Thomas Wörle 

Stats Summary: USA / FCB
Shots: 2 / 20
Shots on Goal: 1 / 13
Saves: 7 / 0
Corner Kicks: 1 / 6
Fouls: 11 / 12
Offside:  1 / 3 

Misconduct Summary:
None 

Officials:
Referee: Patrick O’Brian
Assistant Referee 1: Matt Miscannon
Assistant Referee 2: Hassan Belmmahin
4th Official: Daniel Gutierrez

U-20 WNT Opens 2015 with Florida Camp and Match vs. Bayern Munich

CHICAGO (Jan. 11, 2015) – The U.S. Under-20 Women’s National Team will begin its 2015 programming with a training camp in Sanford, Florida, running from Jan. 24-31.

U-20 head coach Michelle French has called up 28 players: 18 college players and 10 currently still playing for youth clubs. With almost all the players born in 1996 or 1997, the lone player born in 1998 is midfielder Mallory Pugh, who was a starter for the U-20s at age 16 during last summer’s FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup in Canada.

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.

The USA will enjoy a unique match-up during this camp as Frauen-Bundesliga side Bayern Munich comes to Florida to play the U-20s on Jan. 27 at 6 p.m. ET at the Seminole Soccer Complex in Sanford. Bayern Munich features forward Katie Stengel, who won the 2012 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup with the USA and has trained with the senior U.S. Women’s National Team.

Bayern Munich, which starts several members of the full German Women’s National Team, is second in the Frauen-Bundesliga behind current UEFA Women’s Champions League holders VFL Wolfsburg.

Besides Pugh, the U.S. roster features three other players who were a part of the USA’s 2014 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup team in goalkeeper Rose Chandler, defender Kaleigh Riehl and midfielder Taylor Racioppi.

The USA will also play the University of Florida during the camp on Jan. 30 at 7 p.m. ET at the Seminole Soccer Complex.

U.S. U-20 WNT Roster by Position:

GOALKEEPERS (3): Rose Chandler (Penn State; Atlanta, Ga.), Samantha Leshnak (Ohio Elite; Liberty Township, Ohio), Casey Murphy (Rutgers; Bridgewater, N.J.)
DEFENDERS (10): Maddie Elliston (Penn State; Omaha, Neb.), Sabrina Flores (Notre Dame; Livingston, N.J.), Hailey Harbison (Pepperdine; San Diego, Calif.), Natalie Jacobs (Slammers FC; Coto de Caza, Calif.), Hailie Mace (Eagles Soccer Club; Ventura, Calif.), Annia Mejia (California; Bloomington, Calif.), Courtney Petersen (Michigan Hawks; Canton, Mich.), Kaleigh Riehl (Penn State; Fairfax Station, Virginia), Parker Roberts (KC Dynamos; Leawood, Kan.), Allyson Swaby (Boston College; Chestnut Hill, Mass.)
MIDFIELDERS (8):  Dorian Bailey (Sporting BVSC; Mission, Kan.), Rachel Corboz (Georgetown; Green Brook, N.J.), Mikaela Harvey (Texas A&M; Liberty Hill, Texas), Maddie Huster (Wake Forrest; Cincinnati, Ohio), Hannah Lopiccolo (Northeastern; Coto de Caza, Calif.), Emily Ogle (Penn State; Strongsville, Ohio),  Mallory Pugh (Real Colorado; Highlands Ranch, Colo.), Taylor Racioppi (PDA; Ocean Township; N.J.)
FORWARDS (7): Michaela Abam (West Virginia; Sugarland, Texas), Megan Buckingham (North Carolina; Novi, Mich.), Mallory Eubanks (Mississippi State; Lexington, Ky.), Savannah McCaskill (South Carolina; Chapin, S.C.), Jessie Scarpa (North Carolina; Lakeland, Fla.), Ally Watt (Pride Soccer Club; Colorado Springs, Colo.), Jennifer Westendorf (GSA; Grayson, Ga.)

Women's Youth National Teams to Hold Goalkeeper Camp

CHICAGO (Dec. 1, 2014) – Sixteen goalkeepers ranging in age from 14-18 have been called up for a special four-day Women’s Youth National Team Goalkeeper Camp being held from Dec. 14-17 at the Olympic Training Center in Chula Vista, Calif.

This is the second camp of this kind held by the U.S. Soccer women’s technical staff with the goal of bringing in a larger group of goalkeepers from the Under-20 and Under-17 levels to evaluate the technical, biomechanical, psychological, social and physical attributes for long-term development of the top goalkeepers in the Youth National Team player pools. Six of the goalkeepers are in college with the other 10 are playing for youth clubs across the country.

Long-time U.S. Soccer goalkeeper coach Phil Wheddon will head up the camp that will also be attended by U.S. Soccer Women’s Technical Director April Heinrichs, U-20 Women’s National Team head coach Michelle French, U-17 Women’s National Team head coach B.J. Snow and three goalkeeper coaches who have all worked extensively with the USA’s youth teams: Graeme Abel, Phil Poole and Siri Mullinix.

GOALKEEPERS (16): Katherine Asman (Concorde Fire; Rosewell, Ga.), Hillary Beall (San Diego Surf; Laguna Beach, Calif.), Brooke Bollinger (Orlando City; Indiatlantic, Fla.), Emily Boyd (California; Seattle, Wash.), Caroline Brockmeier (FSU; Tallahassee, Fla.), Rosemary Chandler (Penn State; Atlanta, Ga.), Zoe Clevely (Strikers FC; Huntington Beach, Calif.), Ella Dederick (Washington State; Camarillo, Calif.), Kelsey Dossey (Indiana Fire; Plainfield, Ind.), Sarah Fuller (Mutiny FC/D’Feeters SC; Murphy, Texas), Mattison Interian (Arsenal; Pasadena, Calif.), Laurel Ivory (Sunrise; Surfside, Fla.), Samantha Leshnak (Ohio Elite; Liberty Township, Ohio), Savannah Madden (San Diego Surf; San Diego Calif.), Casey Murphy (Rutgers University; Bridgewater, N.J.), Lexi Nicholas (Notre Dame; Pleasanton, Calif.)

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French Talks Talent in New U-20 WNT Cycle

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U-20 and U-17 WNT Goalkeepers Gather for Special Camp

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U-20 #USWNT Travel to Moncton for Group B Finale

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U.S. U-20 WNT Refocuses on Brazil

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U-20 U.S. WNT Ready for 2014 WWC Opener

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