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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.)

U-20 WNT Brings Experience to Start 2016 Cycle

After competing in the 2014 FIFA U-20 World Cup, Taylor Racioppi, Kaleigh Riehl, Rose Chandler and Mallory Pugh return as leaders in the new cycle. The players reflect on what they learned and share their high hopes for this cycle's fresh, talented roster in the first camp of the year in Sanford, Fla.

French Talks Talent in New U-20 WNT Cycle

At the first U.S. U-20 WNT camp of the year taking place in Sanford, Fla., U.S. head coach Michelle French talks about the process of integrating youth club and college players at the beginning of this cycle. While the roster is full of fresh faces, it is not short of talent or experience as many players participated in the most recent U-17 qualifiers and the 2014 FIFA U-20 World Cup.

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

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 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.)

U-20 WNT Opens New Cycle with San Diego Training Camp

CHICAGO (Sept. 29, 2014) – The U.S. Under-20 Women’s National Team will begin a new cycle with a training camp running from Oct. 12-19 at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Chula Vista, California. Head coach Michelle French has called 32 players, nearly all of whom were born in 1996 or 1997. This age group will be 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 lone player born in 1998 is midfielder Mallory Pugh, who was a starter at age 16 during the most recent FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup in Canada.

Being that the training camp takes place during the college season, there is only one current college player in the group in goalkeeper Rose Chandler, who is red-shirting her freshman year at Penn State. Chandler, as well as defender Kaleigh Riehl and midfielder Taylor Racioppi, were also on the USA’s 2014 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup Team that fell in penalty kicks to Korea DPR in the quarterfinal.

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

GOALKEEPERS (4): Rose Chandler (Penn State; Atlanta, Ga.), Samantha Leshnak (Ohio Elite; Liberty Township, Ohio), Sabrina Macias (Colorado Rush; Littleton, Colo.), Hunter Peifer (Colorado Soccer Club; Colorado Springs, Colo.)
DEFENDERS (9): Gabriella Carreiro (FC Stars of Mass; Upton, Mass.), Lucy Davidson (FC Portland; Warren, Ore.), Natalie Jacobs (Slammers FC; Coto de Caza, Calif.), Ellie Jean (Oakwood Soccer Club; Coventry, Conn.), Tegan McGrady (MVLA; San Jose, Calif.), Kaleigh Riehl (BRYC; Fairfax Station, Va.), Parker Roberts (KC Dynamos; Leawood, Kan.), Ally Watt (Pride Soccer Club; Colorado Springs, Colo.), Michelle Xiao (Gretna SC; Omaha, Neb.)
MIDFIELDERS (9):  Alyssa Baumbick (Internationals Soccer Club; Avon Lake, Ohio), Betsy Brandon (Colorado Rush; Littleton, Colo.), Marley Canales (San Diego Surf; San Diego, Calif.), Katie Cousins (Richmond United; Forest, Va.), Julie James (Sting; Fairview, Texas), Courtney Petersen (Michigan Hawks; Canton, Mich.), Mallory Pugh (Real Colorado; Highlands Ranch, Colo.), Taylor Racioppi (PDA; Ocean Township; N.J.), Marissa Viggiano (Michigan Hawks; Macomb Township, Mich.)
FORWARDS (10): Bridgette Andrzejewski (PSC Baltimore; Lutherville, Md.), Alissa Gorzak (Eclipse Select Soccer Club; Naperville, Ill.), Kelcie Hedge (Washington Premier FC; Post Falls, Idaho), Hana Kerner (Match Fit Academy FC; Upper Saddle, N.J.), Reilly Martin (Eclipse Select Soccer Club; Carmel, Ind.), Kayla McCoy (Sockers FC; Lincolnwood, Ill.), Leah Pruitt (West Coast FC; Rancho Cucamonga, Calif.), Zoe Redei (Eclipse Select Soccer Club; Highland Park, Ill.), Kelly Sweeney (Vardar; Bloomfield Hills, Mich.), Kaycie Tillman (Sting; Rowlett, Texas)

U.S. U-20 WNT Falls 3-1 in PKs to Korea DPR at 2014 FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup

TORONTO, Canada (Aug. 16, 2014) – The U.S. Under-20 Women’s National Team saw its 2014 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup come to a close this evening at the National Soccer Stadium after falling in penalty kicks to Korea DPR. The USA and Korea DPR were tied 1-1 through regulation and overtime, but North Korea ultimately prevailed with a 3-1 shootout victory to advance to the semifinals.

Korea DPR goalkeeper Kim Chol Ok saved three of the USA’s four penalty kicks, and Rim Se Ok’s penalty served as the winner to push North Korea into the semifinals against either Nigeria or New Zealand on Wednesday.

Makenzy Doniak scored the USA’s goal in regulation for her first goal in the tournament and second international tally at the U-20 level.

The USA had its chances to find a game-winning goal in regulation and overtime. Some of the better opportunities included a Mallory Pugh volley over the crossbar in the 69th minute, and two Lindsey Horan free kicks that hit the North Korea wall in the 83rd and 105th minutes.

“I’m just proud of the way that they fought and battled and played with an American spirit,” U.S. U-20 WNT head coach Michelle French said. “Hats off to a very skilled North Korea team, who were exceptional in the things they wanted to do to be successful.”

The U.S. and Korea DPR also needed overtime to decide the quarterfinal winner of the 2012 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup. The USA’s Chioma Ubogagu scored a 98th-minute winner to lift the USA to a 2-1 victory against North Korea to advance to that tournament’s semifinal stage and eventually the title.

Goal Scoring Rundown:
USA – Makenzy Doniak (unassisted), 6th minute: The U.S. had a vigorous opening 15 minutes against Korea DPR and started off on the right foot with Doniak’s first goal of the tournament. Mallory Pugh built up the attack down the right side and crossed into the box to Doniak. Her initial shot was blocked by Korea DPR defender Choe Yun Gyong, but Doniak got her own rebound and tucked it underneath Korea DPR goalkeeper Kim Chol Ok for the lead. USA 1, PRK 0

PRK – Jon So Yon (penalty), 54th minute: The USA had an unfortunate giveaway from midfield and Korea DPR took advantage. Ri Hyang Sim and Jon Ryon Hwa quickly pushed into the attack, and Kim Mi Gyong played a dangerous cross that was out of the reach of U.S. goalkeeper Katelyn Rowland for an interception. North Korea’s Ri Un Sim collected and shot, and the ball deflected off of the left arm of Stephanie Amack. Amack was issued a yellow card and defender Jon So Yon took the subsequent penalty kick. Her left-footed attempt was read well by Rowland, who anticipated correctly to her left, but the shot tipped her glove and went into the right side of the frame. USA 1, PRK 1

Penalty Kick Summary:
USA: The U.S. started first, and Savannah Jordan, Lindsey Horan and Rose Lavelle, the team’s first three shooters, each saw their attempts saved by Korea DPR goalkeeper Kim Chol Ok. She anticipated correctly on all three attempts. Amack kept her team alive with a confident shot to the lower left to cut it to 2-1, but North Korea would win on its next attempt.
PRK: After Jon So Yon gave North Korea the 1-0 lead, Rowland stopped Choe Yun Gyong’s attempt, guessing correctly to her right for the save. However, North Korea converted its next two attempts from Ri Kyong Hyang and then Rim Se Ok for the winner.

Key Saves and Defensive Stops:
USA – Katelyn Rowland, 76th through 79th minutes: Neither goalkeeper made a highlight reel-type save, but in terms of coming up in a big spot, Katelyn Rowland had to make three straight saves against Ri Un Sim in a short time frame. The first North Korea attack came from the left side at the edge of the six-yard box and Rowland made the stop in the 76th minute. Then in the 78th minute, Ri Un Sim was back at it with a header that went straight to Rowland. The Korea DPR forward had one more crack with a left-footed shot from outside the box, but again Rowland was positioned correctly and made the stop.

PRK – Kim Chol Ok, 102nd minute: U.S. second-half sub Summer Green generated the USA’s best attempt in the first 15-minute overtime with a 28-yard strike. The well-struck shot, however, went to North Korea goalkeeper Kim Chol Ok for her first save of the match.

USA – Katelyn Rowland, 110th minute: Most of North Korea’s crosses had some lift to them, but this time around Korea DPR’s Ri Kyong Hyang dished a low ball from the left, trying to find her teammate Kim So Hyang at the edge of the six-yard box. It was a dangerous moment for the U.S. defense, but USA goalkeeper Katelyn Rowland quickly left her line and broke up the play.

Additional Notes:

  • The USA is now 11-1-1 in international competition this year, with Saturday’s game recorded as a draw because the two sides were even through regulation and overtime.
  • The U.S. U-20s have allowed only five goals in international play this year, outscoring their opponents 45-5.
  • U.S. U-20 WNT head coach Michelle French made only one starting lineup change following the team’s group finale against China PR.
  • Goalkeeper Katelyn Rowland made her fourth straight start in goal. The defense featured right back Stephanie Amack, left back Christina Gibbons and center backs Katie Naughton and Cari Roccaro. Roccaro wore the captain’s armband.
  • The midfield of the 4-3-3 also remained unchanged with Rose Lavelle, Andi Sullivan and Lindsey Horan.
  • The USA’s front line included Makenzy Doniak, Mallory Pugh and the return of Margaret “Midge” Purce to the starting lineup. Against China PR, Savannah Jordan had earned the start.
  • Summer Green came off the bench for a fourth straight U-20 World Cup match, replacing Purce in the 75th minute.
  • In the 83rd minute, Taylor Racioppi entered the match for Pugh.
  • The USA’s third and final substitution came in the first 15-minute overtime session. Savannah Jordan replaced Doniak in the 105th minute.

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

Match: U.S. U-20 Women’s National Team vs. Korea DPR
Date: Aug. 16, 2014
Competition: 2014 FIFA Under-20 Women’s World Cup – Quarterfinal
Venue: National Soccer Stadium; Toronto, Canada
Kickoff: 5 p.m. ET
Attendance: 7,854
Weather: 71 degrees – cloudy, light rain

Scoring Summary: 1      2    OT 1 OT 2 PK  F
USA                        1      0      0      0      1      1 (1)
PRK                        0      1      0      0      3      1 (3)

USA – Makenzy Doniak                6th minute
PRK – Jon So Yon (penalty kick)  54

Penalty Summary:
PRK: Jon So Yon (goal), Choe Yun Gyong (saved), Ri Kyong Hyang (goal), Rim Se Ok (goal)
USA: Savannah Jordan (saved), Lindsey Horan (saved), Rose Lavelle (saved), Stephanie Amack (goal)

Lineups:
USA: 1-Katelyn Rowland; 16-Stephanie Amack, 3-Cari Roccaro (capt.), 20-Katie Naughton, 2-Christina Gibbons; 5-Rose Lavelle, 17-Andi Sullivan, 10-Lindsey Horan; 9-Makenzy Doniak (7-Savannah Jordan, 105), 15-Margaret Purce (8-Summer Green, 75), 12-Mallory Pugh (6-Taylor Racioppi, 83)
Subs Not Used: 4-Brittany Basinger, 11-Rachel Hill, 13-Carlyn Baldwin, 14-Nickolette Driesse, 18-Jane Campbell, 19-Kaleigh Riehl, 21-Rose Chandler
Head Coach: Michelle French

PRK: 1-Kim Chol Ok; 2-Song Kyong Hui, 3-Choe Sol Gyong (capt.), 16-Ri Un Yong, 12-Jon So Yon; 7-Choe Yun Gyong, 9-Ri Hyang Sim, 17-Choe Un Hwa, 13-Kim Mi Gyong (8-Rim Se Ok, 86); 10-Ri Un Sim (20-Kim So Hyang, 96), 15-Jo Ryon Hwa (19-Ri Kyong Hyang, 70)
Subs Not Used: 4-Choe Yong Mi, 5-Kang Ok Gum, 6-Kim Hyang Mi, 11-Kim Phyong Hwa, 14-Ri Kum Suk, 18-Rim Yong Hwa, 21-Jang Yong Sim
Head Coach: Hwang Yong Bong

Stats Summary: USA / PRK
Shots: 11 / 14
Shots on Goal: 5 / 7
Saves: 6 / 3
Corner Kicks: 0 / 2
Fouls: 13 / 12
Offside: 3 / 3

Misconduct Summary:
USA – Stephanie Amack (caution)  53rd minute
PRK – Ri Un Yong                         82
PRK – Jon So Yon                         90+2
PRK – Choe Sol Gyong                 105+2

Officials:
Referee: Bibiana Steinhaus (GER)
Assistant Referee 1: Katrin Rafalski (GER)
Assistant Referee 2: Marina Wozniak (GER)
Fourth Official: Finau Vulivuli (FIJ)

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