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Young U-20 WNT Preps for World Cup Qualifying

With the collegiate season under way, the current U.S. Under-20 Women’s National Team event at the National Training Center in Carson, Calif. features a roster made up entirely of youth club players. U.S. head coach Michelle French talks about the goals and the vibe of the camp as her teams looks toward the Women’s World Cup qualifying tournament in December, while midfielder Marley Canales and defender Mia Gyau touch on the goals and competition among players vying for spots on that roster.

Meet U.S. U-20s Savannah DeMelo, Ashley Sanchez and Jordie Harr

As the U.S. Under-20 Women’s National Team continues its preparation for CONCACAF Women’s World Cup qualifying at the end of this year, midfielder Savannah DeMelo, forward Ashley Sanchez and midfielder Jordie Harr answer questions about each other and their team. We’ll call it teammate bonding.

U-20 WNT Heads to StubHub Center for Training Camp

CHICAGO (Aug. 21, 2015) – The U.S. Under-20 Women’s National Team will hold a training camp from Aug. 23-30 as U.S. head coach Michelle French has called 31 to the U.S. Soccer National Training Center at StubHub Center in Carson, California.

As the women’s college season begins this Friday, the roster is made up entirely of pre-college youth club players, with 12 born in 1997, 13 born in 1998, four players born in 1999 and two in 2000. French will use the camp to continue to deepen the player pool and look at players in various age groups compete against each other as the team focuses on qualifying for the 2016 FIFA Under-20 Women’s World Cup that will be held in Papau New Guinea.

“We have a tremendous opportunity to bring together some of the younger talent that has been identified over the past few months,” said French. “With the depth of our U-20 pool, coupled with the emergence of players from our U-17, U-18, and U-19 National Team programs, I’m confident the camp will feature a highly competitive environment with the naming of the World Cup qualifying roster being just a few months away.”

The age cut-off for this group is players born on or after Jan. 1, 1996. The CONCACAF qualifying tournament is scheduled for the end of 2015 in Honduras.

U.S. U-20 WNT Roster by Position:
GOALKEEPERS (4): Brooke Bollinger (Space Coast United; Melbourne, Fla.), Brooke Heinsohn (New England FC; Norfolk, Mass.), Lauren Rood (Crossfire FC; Camas, Wash.), Brittany Wilson (Real Colorado; Littleton, Colo.)
DEFENDERS (8): Tierna Davidson (De Anza Force; Menlo Park, Calif.), Julie Doyle (San Diego Surf; Laguna Nigel; Calif.), Mia Gyau (McLean Soccer Club; Silver Spring, Md.), Samantha Hiatt (Crossfire FC; Newcastle, Wash.), Zoe Morse (Michigan Hawks; East Lansing, Mich.), Taylor Otto (CASL; Apex, N.C.), Kiara Pickett (Eagles; Santa Barbara, Calif.), Amanda Visco (PDA; Manalapan, N.J.)
MIDFIELDERS (7): Marley Canales (San Diego Surf; San Diego, Calif.), Alyssa Baumbick (Internationals Soccer Club; Avon Lake, Ohio), Savannah DeMelo (Beach FC; Bellflower, Calif.), Olivia Erlbeck (San Diego Surf; Rancho Santa Fe, Calif.), Alissa Gorzac (Eclipse Soccer Club; Naperville, Ill.), Jordan Harr (Dallas Sting; Sachse, Texas), Taryn Torres (FC Dallas; Frisco, Texas)
FORWARDS (12): Jenna Bike (Connecticut FC; Trumbull, Conn.), Marissa Bosco (Eclipse Soccer Club; St. Charles, Ill.), Kirsten Davis (SLSG – Missouri; Chesterfield, Mo.), Emily Fox (FC Virginia; Ashburn, Va.), Meghan McCool (Penn Fusion; Glenside, Penn.), Katie Pingel (SoCal Blues; Torrance, Calif.), Brianna Pinto (CASL; Durham, N.C.),
Mallory Pugh (Real Colorado; Highlands Ranch, Colo.), Zoe Redei (Eclipse Soccer Club; Highland Park, Ill.), Ashley Sanchez (SoCal Blues; Monrovia, Calif.), Alexa Spaanstra (Michigan Hawks; Brighton, Mich.), Ella Stevens (GSA; Grayson, Ga.)

U-20 WNT Heads to OTC for Training Camp WWC Qualifying Prep Continues

CHICAGO (July 20, 2015) – The U.S. Under-20 Women’s National Team will hold a training camp from July 22-29 as head coach Michelle French has called up 24 players that will come to the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Chula Vista, California.

This age group is focusing on qualifying for the 2016 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup, which will be held in Papua New Guinea. The tournament has an age cut-off of players born on or after Jan. 1, 1996, and the birth years for players in this camp range from 1996 to 1999. The CONCACAF qualifying tournament is scheduled for the end of 2015.

U.S. U-20 WNT Roster by Position:
GOALKEEPERS (3): Rose Chandler (Penn State; Atlanta, Ga.), Samantha Leshnak (UNC; Liberty Township, Ohio), Casey Murphy (Rutgers; Bridgewater, N.J.)
DEFENDERS (8): Sabrina Flores (Notre Dame; Livingston, N.J.), Ally Haran (Wake Forest; Linden, Mich.), Natalie Jacobs (Slammers FC; Coto de Caza, Calif.), Ellie Jean (Penn State; Coventry, Conn.), Kaleigh Riehl (Penn State; Fairfax Station, Va.), Jessie Scarpa (UNC; Lakeland, Fla.), Jessica Udovich (Washington; Puyallup, Wash.), Alexis Warner (Michigan State; Ypsilanti, Mich.)
MIDFIELDERS (7): Marley Canales (San Diego Surf; San Diego, Calif.), Savannah DeMelo (Beach FC; Bellflower, Calif.), Jordan Dibiasi (Stanford; Littleton, Colo.), Jordan Harr (Dallas Sting; Sachse, Texas), Mikaela Harvey (Texas A&M; Liberty Hill, Texas), Emily Ogle (Penn State; Strongsville, Ohio), Parker Roberts (KC Metro Dynamos; Leawood, Ks.)
FORWARDS (6): Colby Ciarrocca (Rutgers; Mattawan, Mich.), Sunny Dunphy (San Diego Surf; Carlsbad, Calif.), Emily Fox (FC Virginia; Ashburn, Va.), Mallory Pugh (Real Colorado; Highlands Ranch, Colo.), Taylor Racioppi (PDA; Ocean Township, N.J.), Ashley Sanchez (SoCal Blues; Monrovia, Calif.)

Pugh and Racioppi Score as U-20 WNT Defeats Brazil to Take Second at 2015 U-20 Women's NTC Invitational

CARSON, California (June 6, 2015) – The U.S. Under-20 Women’s National Team defeated its counterpart from Brazil, 2-1, in its third and final game of the 2015 U-20 Women’s NTC Invitational.  With the win, the USA took second place in the tournament behind Japan, which won its three games by a combined 16-0 margin. Brazil finished third and Mexico fourth.

Mallory Pugh scored the game-winner for the second consecutive game, this one coming in the 74th minute after she won a tackle deep inside her own half and took off on 80-yard run all the way into the six-yard box at the other end. She out-raced several defenders on the way, put another on the ground with a nice hesitation move inside the penalty area, and then cut back into the middle before bending her shot into the left corner from close range.

The USA had taken a 1-0 lead in the 21st minute after winning the ball in Brazil’s defensive third and Megan Buckingham played a pass wide right to Pugh. She got around the corner and served the ball near post to a crashing Taylor Racioppi, who finished well to put the USA up early.

Brazil equalized off a corner kick from Gabriela Silva in the 57th minute as she flicked a ball with her head that was served from the left and looped it into the right side of the net.

All of the teams are currently preparing for 2016 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup qualifying.

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

Match: U.S. U-20 Women’s National Team vs. Brazil Under-20 Women’s National Team
Date: June 6, 2015
Competition: 2015 U-20 Women’s NTC Invitational
Venue: Glenn “Mooch” Myernick Field; Carson, California 
Attendance: 250
Weather: 70 degrees; Windy

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

USA – Taylor Racioppi (Mallory Pugh)                          21st minute
BRA – Gabriela Silva                                                         57
USA – Mallory Pugh                                                           74                                                          

Lineups:
USA: 18-Casey Murphy; 6-Sabrina Flores, 4-Natalie Jacobs, 19-Kaleigh Riehl, 22-Courtney Petersen; 8-Parker Roberts, 16-Savannah DeMelo (12-Emily Ogle, 59), 14-Megan Buckingham (10-Marley Canales, 46), 9-Mallory Pugh; 13-Jordan Harr (7-Kelcie Hedge, 57), 11-Taylor Racioppi (17-Ashley Sanchez, 69)
Subs not used: 1-Sam Leshnak, 2-Maddie Elliston, 3-Alana Cook, 5-Mikaela Harvey, 15-Hana Kerner
Head Coach: Michelle French

BRA: 12-Carla Maria Silva; 3-Karen Bender, 4-Menezes Beatriz, 6-Yasmin Ribeiro, 7-Brena Carolina Oliveira; 8-Julia Bianchi, 9-Kelen Bender (11-Tabatha Silva, 46), 10-Gabriela Silva, 14-Caroline Matos;15-Bruna Calderan, 16-Marjorie Boilesen (18-Ottilia Grassetti, 83)
Subs Not Used: 1-Amanda Souza, 2-Isabela Queroz, 13-Giovanna Campiolo, 17-Erika Abreu, 19-Thiellen Nascimento
Head Coach: Dorival Bueno

Stats Summary: USA / BRA
Shots: 3 / 3
Shots on Goal: 3 / 3
Saves: 3/ 1
Corner Kicks: 12 / 3
Fouls: 17 / 8
Offside: 0 / 1

Misconduct Summary:
USA – Parker Roberts (caution)                       51st minute

Officials:
Referee: Jasmine Peralta (USA)
Assistant No. 1: Jennifer Politz (USA)
Assistant No. 2: Michelle Gonzalez (USA)
Fourth Official: Karen Abt (USA)

FINAL | Japan 9 vs. Mexico 0 | 2015 U-20 WNT NTC Invitational

2015 U-20 WNT NTC Invitational - JAPAN vs. MEXICO

- 2015 U-20 WNT NTC Invitational Match Report -

Match: Japan Under-20 Women’s National Team vs. Mexico Under-20 Women’s National Team
Date: June 6, 2015
Competition: 2015 Under-20 Women’s NTC Invitational
Venue: Glenn “Mooch” Myernick Field; Carson, Calif.
Kickoff: 12 p.m. PT
Weather: 68 degrees; Sunny

Scoring Summary:                 1          2          F
Japan                                        4          5          9
Mexico                                     0          0          0

JPN - Akari Shiraki                                           16th minute
JPN - Yuka Miomiki                                         20
JPN - Yui Hasegawa                                         32
JPN - Yuka Miomiki                                         42
JPN - Yui Hasegawa                                         47
JPN - Kiko Seike                                               68
JPN - Narumi Miura                                          71
JPN - Kiko Seike                                               81
JPN - Mizuki Sonoda                                         90

Lineups:
JPN: 1-Mamiko Matsumoto; 6-Hikaru Kitagawa, 2-Ruka Norimatsu, 3-Hisui Haza (5-Misaki Takemura, 46), 4-Risa Shimizu; 16-Yuka Miomiki (7-Shiho Matisubara, 66), 10-Rin Sumida, 11-Yuki Mizutani (9-Asato Miyagawa, 46), 14-Hina Sugita (15-Narumi Miura, 59); 19-Akari Shiraki (17-Kiko Seike, 46), 13-Yui Hasegawa (12-Mizuki Sonoda, 80)
Subs not used: Yukari Morita
Head Coach: Asako Takakura

MEX: 1-Esthefanny Barreras; 2-Jaqueline Rodriguez (19-Julissa Davila, 35), 3-Vanessa Flores, 4-Rebeca Bernal, 5-Jocelyn Orejel (14-Liliana Rodriguez, 35); 18-Eva Gonzalez (7-Janae Gonzalez, 49), 6-Nancy Antonio, 16-Sonia Vazquez (17-Belen Cruz, 61), 8-Monica Flores; 11-Kiana Palacios (15-Briana Woodall, 77), 10-Evelyn Gonzalez (21-Katty Martinez, 49)
Subs not used: Jacqueline Crowther; Miriam Aguirre; Julissa Davila
Head Coach: Roberto Medina

Stats Summary: BRA/JPN
Shots: 24/4
Shots on Goal: 17/2
Saves: 2/8
Corner Kicks: 5/2
Fouls: 9/7
Offside: 2/0

Misconduct:BRA – Rebeca Bernal (caution) – 85th minute

Officials:
Referee:  Samantha Moos (USA)
Assistant Referee 1: Michelle Provan (USA)
Assistant Referee 2: Kristin Patterson (USA)
Fourth Official: Reyna Fonseca (USA)

U-20 WNT Nabs First Win of NTC Tournament Against Mexico

CARSON, Calif. (June 4, 2015) – The U.S. Under-20 Women’s National Team defeated its counterparts from Mexico, 1-0, in its second game of the 2015 U-20 Women’s NTC Invitational as Mallory Pugh scored the game-winner on the stroke of halftime. The USA fell 3-0 to Japan in its first match of the tournament on June 2.

The U.S. goal came on a fantastic build-up as the young Americans worked the bull up the middle to Taylor Racioppi, who with her back to the goal, flicked the ball through to Mallory Pugh inside the penalty area. The crafty U.S. attacker dribbled around the Mexico goalkeeper to the left and slotted the ball into the open net for what would be the final margin of victory.

The four-team tournament is being played on Glen “Mooch” Myernick Field at the U.S. Soccer National Training Center. Japan is in control after winning its first two games, defeats of the USA and Brazil by a combined 7-0 score, and the final match day on June 6 pits Japan vs. Mexico at Noon followed by the USA vs. Brazil at 3 p.m.

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.

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

Match: U.S. Under-20 Women’s National Team v. Mexico Under-20 Women’s National Team
Date: Thursday, June 4, 2015
Competition: 2015 U-20 Women’s NTC Invitational
Venue: Glen "Mooch" Myrnek Field; Carson, California
Attendance: 400
Weather:  65 degrees; Overcast 

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

USA -- Mallory Pugh (Taylor Racioppi)                  45th minute                                            

Lineups:
USA: 18-Casey Murphy, 2-Maddie Elliston (22-Courtney Petersen, 46), 19-Kaleigh Riehl, 4-Natalie Jacobs, 6-Sabrina Flores, 5-Mikaela Harvey (16-Savannah DeMelo, 46), 12-Emily Ogle (8-Parker Roberts, 62), 10-Marley Canales (17-Ashley Sanchez, 46), 9-Mallory Pugh, 13-Jordan Harr (7-Kelcie Hedge, 80), 11-Taylor Racioppi (15-Hana Kerner, 62)
Subs not used: 1-Sam Leshnak, 3-Alana Cook, 14-Megan Buckingham
Head Coach: Michelle French

MEX: 1-Esthefanny Barreras, 2-Jaqueline Rodriguez, 3-Vanessa Flores, 4-Rebeca Bernal, 5-Jocelyn Orejel, 6-Nancy Antonio, 8-Monica Flores, 9-Jacqueline Crowther, 10-Evelyn Gonzalez (17-Belen Cruz, 72), 11-Kiana Palacios (21-Katty Martinez, 88), 16-Sonia Vazquez
Subs Not Used: 7-Janae Gonzalez, 12-Miriam Aguirre, 14-Liliana Rodriguez, 15-Briana Woodall, 18-Eva Gonzalez, 19-Julissa Davila, 20-Kimberly Rodriguez
Head Coach: Roberto Medina

Stats Summary: USA / Mexico
Shots: 7 / 7
Shots on Goal: 2 / 2
Saves: 2 / 1
Corner Kicks: 0 / 6
Fouls: 12 / 7
Offside: 4 / 0 

Misconduct Summary:
USA – Jordan Harr (caution)          69th minute 

Officials:
Referee: Samantha Moos (USA)
Assistant No. 1: Melissa Gonzalez (USA)
Assistant No. 2: Jennifer Politz (USA)
Fourth Official: Karen Abt (USA)

 

FINAL | Brazil 0 vs. Japan 4 | 2015 U-20 WNT NTC Invitational

2015 U-20 WNT NTC Invitational - BRAZIL vs. JAPAN

U.S. Falls to Japan in First Match of U-20 Women’s NTC Invitational

CARSON, California (June 2, 2015) The U.S. Under-20 Women’s National Team fell to its counterparts from Japan, 3-0, in its opening game of the 2015 U-20 Women’s NTC Invitational.

The four-team tournament is being played on Glen “Mooch” Myernick Field at the U.S. Soccer National Training Center and also features Brazil and Mexico. The second match day on June 4 will see Brazil face Japan at 3 p.m. PT followed by the USA and Mexico at 6 p.m. PT. The final match day on June 6 pits Japan vs. Mexico at 12 p.m. followed by the USA and Brazil at 3 p.m.

All of the teams are currently preparing for qualifying for the 2016 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup which will be held in Papua New Guinea.

Japan got off to a quick start, taking the lead in just the sixth minute when Rikako Kobayashi received a ball on the right wing and slipped a pass into the corner of the penalty box for Yuki Mizutani, who evaded a U.S. defender to shoot towards the far post and over U.S. goalkeeper Casey Murphy.

Japan doubled its lead in the 38th minute after a nice build-up that got up the middle to Kobayashi, who flicked the ball, first-time to Yui Hasegawa in the middle of the field at the top of the penalty box. Hasegawa finished just inside the left post to make it 2-0. 

Japan got an insurance goal in the 56th minute, scoring on a ball that got over the top of the U.S. defense to Rin Sumida, who was able to lift the ball over Murphy for the game’s third and final score.

It was the first international loss of this cycle for this current group of U-20s.

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

Match: U.S. Under-20 Women’s National Team vs. Japan Under-20 Women’s National Team
Date: June 2, 2015
Competition: 2015 U-20 Women’s NTC Invitational
Venue: StubHub Center; Carson, California
Attendance: 300
Weather:  64 degrees

Scoring Summary:         1          2          F                     
USA                             0          0          0                                            
JPN                              2          1          3 

JPN – Yuki Mizutani (Rikako Kobayashi)               6th minute
JPN – Yui Hasegawa (Rikako Kobayashi)                38
JPN – Rin Sumida                                              56                                            

Lineups:

USA: 18-Casey Murphy, 2-Maddie Elliston, 19-Kaleigh Riehl, 4-Natalie Jacobs, 6-Sabrina Flores, 5-Mikaela Harvey (14-Megan Buckingham, 46), 12-Emily Ogle (8-Parker Roberts, 64), 10-Marley Canales (22-Courtney Petersen, 72), 9-Mallory Pugh (7-Kelcie Hedge, 81), 13-Jordan Harr (17-Ashley Sanchez, 17), 11-Taylor Racioppi (16-Savannah DeMelo, 64)
Subs not used: 1-Sam Leshnak, 3-Alana Cook, Hana Kerner
Head Coach: Michelle French 

JPN: 1-Mamiko Matsumoto, 9-Asato Miyagawa (4-Risa Shimizu, 60), 2-Ruka Norimatsu, 8-Nana Ichise, 6-Hikaru Kitagawa (5-Misaki Takemura, 72), 10-Rin Sumida, 11-Yuki Mizutani (14-Hina Sugita, 60), 16-Yuka Miomiki (15-Narumi Miura, 72), 13-Yui Hasegawa (12-Mizuki Sonoda, 86), 20-Rikako Kobayashi, 19-Akari Shiraki (17-Kiko Seike, 60)
Subs Not Used: 3-Hisui Haza, 7-Shiho Matisubara, 18-Yukari Morita
Head Coach: Asako Takakura  

Stats Summary: USA / JPN
Shots: 4 / 10
Shots on Goal: 3 / 7
Saves: 4 / 3
Corner Kicks: 8 / 7
Fouls: 4 / 1
Offside: 0 / 3 

Misconduct Summary:
None

Officials:
Referee: Reyna Fonseca
Assistant Referee 1: Kristen Patterson
Assistant Referee 2: Melissa Gonzalez
Fourth Official: Samantha Moos 

FINAL | Mexico 0 vs. Brazil 1 | 2015 U-20 WNT NTC Invitational

2015 U-20 WNT NTC Invitational - MEXICO vs. BRAZIL

 

2015 U-20 Women’s NTC Invitational Match Report (Mexico vs. Brazil)

Match: Mexico U-20 Women’s National Team vs. Brazil
Date: Tuesday, June 2, 2015
Competition: 2015 U-20 Women’s NTC Invitational
Venue: StubHub Center; Carson, California
Kickoff: 3 p.m. PT
Attendance: 100
Weather: 68 degrees, windy

Scoring Summary:            1 2 F
MEX                                      0 0 0
BRA                                       0 1 1

BRA – Brena Carolina Oliveira        52nd minute

Lineups:

MEX: 1-Esthefanny Barreras; 2-Jaqueline Rodriguez (19-Julissa Davila, 84); 3-Vanessa Flores; 4-Rebeca Bernal; 5-Jocelyn Orejel; 6-Nancy Antonio (16-Sonia Vazquez, 84); 8-Monica Flores; 10-Evelyn Gonzalez (14-Liliana Rodriguez, 74); 17-Belen Cruz (7-Janae Gonzalez, 55); 18-Eva Gonzalez (9-Jacqueline Crowther, 55); 21-Katty Martinez (15- Briana Woodall, 74)
Subs Not Used: Kiana Palacios, Miriam Aguirre, Kimberly Rodriguez

Head Coach: Roberto Medina

BRA: 2-Isabela Quero; 3-Karen Bender; 4-Menezes Beatriz; 6-Yasmin Ribeiro; 7-Brena Carolina Oliveira (17-Erika Abreu, 83); 8-Julia Bianchi; 9-Kelen Bender (18-Ottilia Grassetti, 94); 10-Gabriela Silva; 11-Tabatha Silva (16-Majorie Boilesen, 71); 12-Carla Maria Silva; 14-Caroline Matos
Subs Not Used: Amanda Souza, Giovanna Campiolo, Bruna Calderan, Thiellen Nascimento

Head Coach: Dorival Bueno

Misconduct Summary:
BRA – Kelen Bender (caution)         56th  minute 

Officials:
Referee: Karen Abt (USA)
Assistant Referee 1: Jennifer Politz (USA)
Assistant Referee 2: Michelle Provan (USA)
Fourth Official: Jasmine Peralta (USA)

FINAL | Japan 9 vs. Mexico 0 | 2015 U-20 WNT NTC Invitational

2015 U-20 WNT NTC Invitational - JAPAN vs. MEXICO

- 2015 U-20 WNT NTC Invitational Match Report -

Match: Japan Under-20 Women’s National Team vs. Mexico Under-20 Women’s National Team
Date: June 6, 2015
Competition: 2015 Under-20 Women’s NTC Invitational
Venue: Glenn “Mooch” Myernick Field; Carson, Calif.
Kickoff: 12 p.m. PT
Weather: 68 degrees; Sunny

Scoring Summary:                 1          2          F
Japan                                        4          5          9
Mexico                                     0          0          0

JPN - Akari Shiraki                                           16th minute
JPN - Yuka Miomiki                                         20
JPN - Yui Hasegawa                                         32
JPN - Yuka Miomiki                                         42
JPN - Yui Hasegawa                                         47
JPN - Kiko Seike                                               68
JPN - Narumi Miura                                          71
JPN - Kiko Seike                                               81
JPN - Mizuki Sonoda                                         90

Lineups:
JPN: 1-Mamiko Matsumoto; 6-Hikaru Kitagawa, 2-Ruka Norimatsu, 3-Hisui Haza (5-Misaki Takemura, 46), 4-Risa Shimizu; 16-Yuka Miomiki (7-Shiho Matisubara, 66), 10-Rin Sumida, 11-Yuki Mizutani (9-Asato Miyagawa, 46), 14-Hina Sugita (15-Narumi Miura, 59); 19-Akari Shiraki (17-Kiko Seike, 46), 13-Yui Hasegawa (12-Mizuki Sonoda, 80)
Subs not used: Yukari Morita
Head Coach: Asako Takakura

MEX: 1-Esthefanny Barreras; 2-Jaqueline Rodriguez (19-Julissa Davila, 35), 3-Vanessa Flores, 4-Rebeca Bernal, 5-Jocelyn Orejel (14-Liliana Rodriguez, 35); 18-Eva Gonzalez (7-Janae Gonzalez, 49), 6-Nancy Antonio, 16-Sonia Vazquez (17-Belen Cruz, 61), 8-Monica Flores; 11-Kiana Palacios (15-Briana Woodall, 77), 10-Evelyn Gonzalez (21-Katty Martinez, 49)
Subs not used: Jacqueline Crowther; Miriam Aguirre; Julissa Davila
Head Coach: Roberto Medina

Stats Summary: BRA/JPN
Shots: 24/4
Shots on Goal: 17/2
Saves: 2/8
Corner Kicks: 5/2
Fouls: 9/7
Offside: 2/0

Misconduct:BRA – Rebeca Bernal (caution) – 85th minute

Officials:
Referee:  Samantha Moos (USA)
Assistant Referee 1: Michelle Provan (USA)
Assistant Referee 2: Kristin Patterson (USA)
Fourth Official: Reyna Fonseca (USA)

FINAL | Brazil 0 vs. Japan 4 | 2015 U-20 WNT NTC Invitational

2015 U-20 WNT NTC Invitational - BRAZIL vs. JAPAN

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-20 WNT Heads to StubHub Center for Training Camp

CHICAGO (Aug. 21, 2015) – The U.S. Under-20 Women’s National Team will hold a training camp from Aug. 23-30 as U.S. head coach Michelle French has called 31 to the U.S. Soccer National Training Center at StubHub Center in Carson, California.

As the women’s college season begins this Friday, the roster is made up entirely of pre-college youth club players, with 12 born in 1997, 13 born in 1998, four players born in 1999 and two in 2000. French will use the camp to continue to deepen the player pool and look at players in various age groups compete against each other as the team focuses on qualifying for the 2016 FIFA Under-20 Women’s World Cup that will be held in Papau New Guinea.

“We have a tremendous opportunity to bring together some of the younger talent that has been identified over the past few months,” said French. “With the depth of our U-20 pool, coupled with the emergence of players from our U-17, U-18, and U-19 National Team programs, I’m confident the camp will feature a highly competitive environment with the naming of the World Cup qualifying roster being just a few months away.”

The age cut-off for this group is players born on or after Jan. 1, 1996. The CONCACAF qualifying tournament is scheduled for the end of 2015 in Honduras.

U.S. U-20 WNT Roster by Position:
GOALKEEPERS (4): Brooke Bollinger (Space Coast United; Melbourne, Fla.), Brooke Heinsohn (New England FC; Norfolk, Mass.), Lauren Rood (Crossfire FC; Camas, Wash.), Brittany Wilson (Real Colorado; Littleton, Colo.)
DEFENDERS (8): Tierna Davidson (De Anza Force; Menlo Park, Calif.), Julie Doyle (San Diego Surf; Laguna Nigel; Calif.), Mia Gyau (McLean Soccer Club; Silver Spring, Md.), Samantha Hiatt (Crossfire FC; Newcastle, Wash.), Zoe Morse (Michigan Hawks; East Lansing, Mich.), Taylor Otto (CASL; Apex, N.C.), Kiara Pickett (Eagles; Santa Barbara, Calif.), Amanda Visco (PDA; Manalapan, N.J.)
MIDFIELDERS (7): Marley Canales (San Diego Surf; San Diego, Calif.), Alyssa Baumbick (Internationals Soccer Club; Avon Lake, Ohio), Savannah DeMelo (Beach FC; Bellflower, Calif.), Olivia Erlbeck (San Diego Surf; Rancho Santa Fe, Calif.), Alissa Gorzac (Eclipse Soccer Club; Naperville, Ill.), Jordan Harr (Dallas Sting; Sachse, Texas), Taryn Torres (FC Dallas; Frisco, Texas)
FORWARDS (12): Jenna Bike (Connecticut FC; Trumbull, Conn.), Marissa Bosco (Eclipse Soccer Club; St. Charles, Ill.), Kirsten Davis (SLSG – Missouri; Chesterfield, Mo.), Emily Fox (FC Virginia; Ashburn, Va.), Meghan McCool (Penn Fusion; Glenside, Penn.), Katie Pingel (SoCal Blues; Torrance, Calif.), Brianna Pinto (CASL; Durham, N.C.),
Mallory Pugh (Real Colorado; Highlands Ranch, Colo.), Zoe Redei (Eclipse Soccer Club; Highland Park, Ill.), Ashley Sanchez (SoCal Blues; Monrovia, Calif.), Alexa Spaanstra (Michigan Hawks; Brighton, Mich.), Ella Stevens (GSA; Grayson, Ga.)

U-20 WNT Heads to OTC for Training Camp WWC Qualifying Prep Continues

CHICAGO (July 20, 2015) – The U.S. Under-20 Women’s National Team will hold a training camp from July 22-29 as head coach Michelle French has called up 24 players that will come to the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Chula Vista, California.

This age group is focusing on qualifying for the 2016 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup, which will be held in Papua New Guinea. The tournament has an age cut-off of players born on or after Jan. 1, 1996, and the birth years for players in this camp range from 1996 to 1999. The CONCACAF qualifying tournament is scheduled for the end of 2015.

U.S. U-20 WNT Roster by Position:
GOALKEEPERS (3): Rose Chandler (Penn State; Atlanta, Ga.), Samantha Leshnak (UNC; Liberty Township, Ohio), Casey Murphy (Rutgers; Bridgewater, N.J.)
DEFENDERS (8): Sabrina Flores (Notre Dame; Livingston, N.J.), Ally Haran (Wake Forest; Linden, Mich.), Natalie Jacobs (Slammers FC; Coto de Caza, Calif.), Ellie Jean (Penn State; Coventry, Conn.), Kaleigh Riehl (Penn State; Fairfax Station, Va.), Jessie Scarpa (UNC; Lakeland, Fla.), Jessica Udovich (Washington; Puyallup, Wash.), Alexis Warner (Michigan State; Ypsilanti, Mich.)
MIDFIELDERS (7): Marley Canales (San Diego Surf; San Diego, Calif.), Savannah DeMelo (Beach FC; Bellflower, Calif.), Jordan Dibiasi (Stanford; Littleton, Colo.), Jordan Harr (Dallas Sting; Sachse, Texas), Mikaela Harvey (Texas A&M; Liberty Hill, Texas), Emily Ogle (Penn State; Strongsville, Ohio), Parker Roberts (KC Metro Dynamos; Leawood, Ks.)
FORWARDS (6): Colby Ciarrocca (Rutgers; Mattawan, Mich.), Sunny Dunphy (San Diego Surf; Carlsbad, Calif.), Emily Fox (FC Virginia; Ashburn, Va.), Mallory Pugh (Real Colorado; Highlands Ranch, Colo.), Taylor Racioppi (PDA; Ocean Township, N.J.), Ashley Sanchez (SoCal Blues; Monrovia, Calif.)

Pugh and Racioppi Score as U-20 WNT Defeats Brazil to Take Second at 2015 U-20 Women's NTC Invitational

CARSON, California (June 6, 2015) – The U.S. Under-20 Women’s National Team defeated its counterpart from Brazil, 2-1, in its third and final game of the 2015 U-20 Women’s NTC Invitational.  With the win, the USA took second place in the tournament behind Japan, which won its three games by a combined 16-0 margin. Brazil finished third and Mexico fourth.

Mallory Pugh scored the game-winner for the second consecutive game, this one coming in the 74th minute after she won a tackle deep inside her own half and took off on 80-yard run all the way into the six-yard box at the other end. She out-raced several defenders on the way, put another on the ground with a nice hesitation move inside the penalty area, and then cut back into the middle before bending her shot into the left corner from close range.

The USA had taken a 1-0 lead in the 21st minute after winning the ball in Brazil’s defensive third and Megan Buckingham played a pass wide right to Pugh. She got around the corner and served the ball near post to a crashing Taylor Racioppi, who finished well to put the USA up early.

Brazil equalized off a corner kick from Gabriela Silva in the 57th minute as she flicked a ball with her head that was served from the left and looped it into the right side of the net.

All of the teams are currently preparing for 2016 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup qualifying.

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

Match: U.S. U-20 Women’s National Team vs. Brazil Under-20 Women’s National Team
Date: June 6, 2015
Competition: 2015 U-20 Women’s NTC Invitational
Venue: Glenn “Mooch” Myernick Field; Carson, California 
Attendance: 250
Weather: 70 degrees; Windy

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

USA – Taylor Racioppi (Mallory Pugh)                          21st minute
BRA – Gabriela Silva                                                         57
USA – Mallory Pugh                                                           74                                                          

Lineups:
USA: 18-Casey Murphy; 6-Sabrina Flores, 4-Natalie Jacobs, 19-Kaleigh Riehl, 22-Courtney Petersen; 8-Parker Roberts, 16-Savannah DeMelo (12-Emily Ogle, 59), 14-Megan Buckingham (10-Marley Canales, 46), 9-Mallory Pugh; 13-Jordan Harr (7-Kelcie Hedge, 57), 11-Taylor Racioppi (17-Ashley Sanchez, 69)
Subs not used: 1-Sam Leshnak, 2-Maddie Elliston, 3-Alana Cook, 5-Mikaela Harvey, 15-Hana Kerner
Head Coach: Michelle French

BRA: 12-Carla Maria Silva; 3-Karen Bender, 4-Menezes Beatriz, 6-Yasmin Ribeiro, 7-Brena Carolina Oliveira; 8-Julia Bianchi, 9-Kelen Bender (11-Tabatha Silva, 46), 10-Gabriela Silva, 14-Caroline Matos;15-Bruna Calderan, 16-Marjorie Boilesen (18-Ottilia Grassetti, 83)
Subs Not Used: 1-Amanda Souza, 2-Isabela Queroz, 13-Giovanna Campiolo, 17-Erika Abreu, 19-Thiellen Nascimento
Head Coach: Dorival Bueno

Stats Summary: USA / BRA
Shots: 3 / 3
Shots on Goal: 3 / 3
Saves: 3/ 1
Corner Kicks: 12 / 3
Fouls: 17 / 8
Offside: 0 / 1

Misconduct Summary:
USA – Parker Roberts (caution)                       51st minute

Officials:
Referee: Jasmine Peralta (USA)
Assistant No. 1: Jennifer Politz (USA)
Assistant No. 2: Michelle Gonzalez (USA)
Fourth Official: Karen Abt (USA)

U-20 WNT Nabs First Win of NTC Tournament Against Mexico

CARSON, Calif. (June 4, 2015) – The U.S. Under-20 Women’s National Team defeated its counterparts from Mexico, 1-0, in its second game of the 2015 U-20 Women’s NTC Invitational as Mallory Pugh scored the game-winner on the stroke of halftime. The USA fell 3-0 to Japan in its first match of the tournament on June 2.

The U.S. goal came on a fantastic build-up as the young Americans worked the bull up the middle to Taylor Racioppi, who with her back to the goal, flicked the ball through to Mallory Pugh inside the penalty area. The crafty U.S. attacker dribbled around the Mexico goalkeeper to the left and slotted the ball into the open net for what would be the final margin of victory.

The four-team tournament is being played on Glen “Mooch” Myernick Field at the U.S. Soccer National Training Center. Japan is in control after winning its first two games, defeats of the USA and Brazil by a combined 7-0 score, and the final match day on June 6 pits Japan vs. Mexico at Noon followed by the USA vs. Brazil at 3 p.m.

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.

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

Match: U.S. Under-20 Women’s National Team v. Mexico Under-20 Women’s National Team
Date: Thursday, June 4, 2015
Competition: 2015 U-20 Women’s NTC Invitational
Venue: Glen "Mooch" Myrnek Field; Carson, California
Attendance: 400
Weather:  65 degrees; Overcast 

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

USA -- Mallory Pugh (Taylor Racioppi)                  45th minute                                            

Lineups:
USA: 18-Casey Murphy, 2-Maddie Elliston (22-Courtney Petersen, 46), 19-Kaleigh Riehl, 4-Natalie Jacobs, 6-Sabrina Flores, 5-Mikaela Harvey (16-Savannah DeMelo, 46), 12-Emily Ogle (8-Parker Roberts, 62), 10-Marley Canales (17-Ashley Sanchez, 46), 9-Mallory Pugh, 13-Jordan Harr (7-Kelcie Hedge, 80), 11-Taylor Racioppi (15-Hana Kerner, 62)
Subs not used: 1-Sam Leshnak, 3-Alana Cook, 14-Megan Buckingham
Head Coach: Michelle French

MEX: 1-Esthefanny Barreras, 2-Jaqueline Rodriguez, 3-Vanessa Flores, 4-Rebeca Bernal, 5-Jocelyn Orejel, 6-Nancy Antonio, 8-Monica Flores, 9-Jacqueline Crowther, 10-Evelyn Gonzalez (17-Belen Cruz, 72), 11-Kiana Palacios (21-Katty Martinez, 88), 16-Sonia Vazquez
Subs Not Used: 7-Janae Gonzalez, 12-Miriam Aguirre, 14-Liliana Rodriguez, 15-Briana Woodall, 18-Eva Gonzalez, 19-Julissa Davila, 20-Kimberly Rodriguez
Head Coach: Roberto Medina

Stats Summary: USA / Mexico
Shots: 7 / 7
Shots on Goal: 2 / 2
Saves: 2 / 1
Corner Kicks: 0 / 6
Fouls: 12 / 7
Offside: 4 / 0 

Misconduct Summary:
USA – Jordan Harr (caution)          69th minute 

Officials:
Referee: Samantha Moos (USA)
Assistant No. 1: Melissa Gonzalez (USA)
Assistant No. 2: Jennifer Politz (USA)
Fourth Official: Karen Abt (USA)

 

U.S. Falls to Japan in First Match of U-20 Women’s NTC Invitational

CARSON, California (June 2, 2015) The U.S. Under-20 Women’s National Team fell to its counterparts from Japan, 3-0, in its opening game of the 2015 U-20 Women’s NTC Invitational.

The four-team tournament is being played on Glen “Mooch” Myernick Field at the U.S. Soccer National Training Center and also features Brazil and Mexico. The second match day on June 4 will see Brazil face Japan at 3 p.m. PT followed by the USA and Mexico at 6 p.m. PT. The final match day on June 6 pits Japan vs. Mexico at 12 p.m. followed by the USA and Brazil at 3 p.m.

All of the teams are currently preparing for qualifying for the 2016 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup which will be held in Papua New Guinea.

Japan got off to a quick start, taking the lead in just the sixth minute when Rikako Kobayashi received a ball on the right wing and slipped a pass into the corner of the penalty box for Yuki Mizutani, who evaded a U.S. defender to shoot towards the far post and over U.S. goalkeeper Casey Murphy.

Japan doubled its lead in the 38th minute after a nice build-up that got up the middle to Kobayashi, who flicked the ball, first-time to Yui Hasegawa in the middle of the field at the top of the penalty box. Hasegawa finished just inside the left post to make it 2-0. 

Japan got an insurance goal in the 56th minute, scoring on a ball that got over the top of the U.S. defense to Rin Sumida, who was able to lift the ball over Murphy for the game’s third and final score.

It was the first international loss of this cycle for this current group of U-20s.

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

Match: U.S. Under-20 Women’s National Team vs. Japan Under-20 Women’s National Team
Date: June 2, 2015
Competition: 2015 U-20 Women’s NTC Invitational
Venue: StubHub Center; Carson, California
Attendance: 300
Weather:  64 degrees

Scoring Summary:         1          2          F                     
USA                             0          0          0                                            
JPN                              2          1          3 

JPN – Yuki Mizutani (Rikako Kobayashi)               6th minute
JPN – Yui Hasegawa (Rikako Kobayashi)                38
JPN – Rin Sumida                                              56                                            

Lineups:

USA: 18-Casey Murphy, 2-Maddie Elliston, 19-Kaleigh Riehl, 4-Natalie Jacobs, 6-Sabrina Flores, 5-Mikaela Harvey (14-Megan Buckingham, 46), 12-Emily Ogle (8-Parker Roberts, 64), 10-Marley Canales (22-Courtney Petersen, 72), 9-Mallory Pugh (7-Kelcie Hedge, 81), 13-Jordan Harr (17-Ashley Sanchez, 17), 11-Taylor Racioppi (16-Savannah DeMelo, 64)
Subs not used: 1-Sam Leshnak, 3-Alana Cook, Hana Kerner
Head Coach: Michelle French 

JPN: 1-Mamiko Matsumoto, 9-Asato Miyagawa (4-Risa Shimizu, 60), 2-Ruka Norimatsu, 8-Nana Ichise, 6-Hikaru Kitagawa (5-Misaki Takemura, 72), 10-Rin Sumida, 11-Yuki Mizutani (14-Hina Sugita, 60), 16-Yuka Miomiki (15-Narumi Miura, 72), 13-Yui Hasegawa (12-Mizuki Sonoda, 86), 20-Rikako Kobayashi, 19-Akari Shiraki (17-Kiko Seike, 60)
Subs Not Used: 3-Hisui Haza, 7-Shiho Matisubara, 18-Yukari Morita
Head Coach: Asako Takakura  

Stats Summary: USA / JPN
Shots: 4 / 10
Shots on Goal: 3 / 7
Saves: 4 / 3
Corner Kicks: 8 / 7
Fouls: 4 / 1
Offside: 0 / 3 

Misconduct Summary:
None

Officials:
Referee: Reyna Fonseca
Assistant Referee 1: Kristen Patterson
Assistant Referee 2: Melissa Gonzalez
Fourth Official: Samantha Moos 

FINAL | Mexico 0 vs. Brazil 1 | 2015 U-20 WNT NTC Invitational

2015 U-20 WNT NTC Invitational - MEXICO vs. BRAZIL

 

2015 U-20 Women’s NTC Invitational Match Report (Mexico vs. Brazil)

Match: Mexico U-20 Women’s National Team vs. Brazil
Date: Tuesday, June 2, 2015
Competition: 2015 U-20 Women’s NTC Invitational
Venue: StubHub Center; Carson, California
Kickoff: 3 p.m. PT
Attendance: 100
Weather: 68 degrees, windy

Scoring Summary:            1 2 F
MEX                                      0 0 0
BRA                                       0 1 1

BRA – Brena Carolina Oliveira        52nd minute

Lineups:

MEX: 1-Esthefanny Barreras; 2-Jaqueline Rodriguez (19-Julissa Davila, 84); 3-Vanessa Flores; 4-Rebeca Bernal; 5-Jocelyn Orejel; 6-Nancy Antonio (16-Sonia Vazquez, 84); 8-Monica Flores; 10-Evelyn Gonzalez (14-Liliana Rodriguez, 74); 17-Belen Cruz (7-Janae Gonzalez, 55); 18-Eva Gonzalez (9-Jacqueline Crowther, 55); 21-Katty Martinez (15- Briana Woodall, 74)
Subs Not Used: Kiana Palacios, Miriam Aguirre, Kimberly Rodriguez

Head Coach: Roberto Medina

BRA: 2-Isabela Quero; 3-Karen Bender; 4-Menezes Beatriz; 6-Yasmin Ribeiro; 7-Brena Carolina Oliveira (17-Erika Abreu, 83); 8-Julia Bianchi; 9-Kelen Bender (18-Ottilia Grassetti, 94); 10-Gabriela Silva; 11-Tabatha Silva (16-Majorie Boilesen, 71); 12-Carla Maria Silva; 14-Caroline Matos
Subs Not Used: Amanda Souza, Giovanna Campiolo, Bruna Calderan, Thiellen Nascimento

Head Coach: Dorival Bueno

Misconduct Summary:
BRA – Kelen Bender (caution)         56th  minute 

Officials:
Referee: Karen Abt (USA)
Assistant Referee 1: Jennifer Politz (USA)
Assistant Referee 2: Michelle Provan (USA)
Fourth Official: Jasmine Peralta (USA)

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

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