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U.S. U-20 WNT Opens 2014 FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup with 2-0 loss to Germany

EDMONTON, Canada (Aug. 5, 2014) – In a rematch of the two countries competing for the 2012 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup championship, it was runner-up Germany that got the upper hand against the defending champion U.S. Under-20 Women’s National Team in the opener of the 2014 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup at Commonwealth Stadium.

Lena Petermann and Theresa Panfil scored second-half goals for Germany en route to a 2-0 victory against the USA to take the early lead in Group B play of this year’s World Cup.

It marked the U.S. U-20 WNT’s first international loss of 2014, having won all nine of its previous matches.

In stoppage time, USA second-half sub Summer Green attempted to get her team back into the match, but her curling left-footed shot hit the left post.

The U.S. resumes Group B play in the tournament against Brazil on Friday, Aug. 8, at Commonwealth Stadium (10 p.m. ET; ESPNU, WatchESPN).

Goal Scoring Rundown:
GER – Lena Petermann (Pauline Bremer), 65th minute: With end-to-end action for much of the match, Germany was the first to break through, capitalizing on a turnover in the midfield. Germany’s Pauline Bremer provided the through ball from midfield to Lena Petermann, who made a darting run to her right past USA captain Cari Roccaro. Petermann got the shot off before Roccaro closed in, and the right-footed strike went just over U.S. goalkeeper Katelyn Rowland’s glove and into the right side of the net. USA 0, GER 1

GER – Theresa Panfil (Kathrin Schermuly), 90th minute: Germany worked the ball from left to right as Wibke Meister switched from the left flank to Kathrin Schermuly and then to Theresa Panfil. The USA defense gave Panfil enough space to work with and from 19 yards out she shot right-footed, splitting two U.S. defenders with a rolling shot past diving USA goalkeeper Katelyn Rowland and inside the left post for the two-goal cushion in the waning moments of regulation. USA 0, GER 2 (FINAL)

Key Saves and Defensive Stops:
GER – Meike Kaemper, 11th minute: The USA attacked effectively down the right side as Margaret “Midge” Purce set up U.S. forward Lindsey Horan, who received the ball in the middle of the box. Horan aimed for the right side of the goal, and Germany goalkeeper Meike Kaemper halted her momentum to the right and crossed over to her left to bat the ball away for the save.

GER – Meike Kaemper, 16th minute: U.S. striker Lindsey Horan was on the attack when she chest-trapped a pass with her back to the goal and turned counter clockwise with the right-footed volley. Horan did not strike as cleanly as she would have liked, but her shot was headed toward the left side of the frame. Germany goalkeeper Meike Kaemper needed to make a diving save to her right to surrender a USA corner kick.

USA – Katelyn Rowland, 38th minute: Germany’s Linda Dallmann worked the ball to the right side as Pauline Bremer found some space behind the USA defense. Bremer was one-on-one against U.S. goalkeeper Katelyn Rowland, and Rowland won that matchup, leaving her line and getting big for the body save.

USA – Katie Naughton, 38th minute: USA goalkeeper Katelyn Rowland took a gamble when she darted toward the top of the box to try and clear the ball away from Germany’s attack. However, Germany gained the upper hand and worked the ball to Pauline Bremer on the right side of the box. Bremer’s header was headed toward the goal, and U.S. center back Katie Naughton cleared the ball away with her left leg just in front of the goal line. Her redirect clipped the right post, but it was just enough to keep the match scoreless heading into halftime.

USA – Katelyn Rowland, 76th minute: Germany second-half sub Linda Dallmann got behind the U.S. U-20 WNT defense and shot toward the left side of the frame. Germany was clinging to a one-goal lead at that time, and USA goalkeeper Katelyn Rowland made a clutch save to her right, staying low to keep her team in the match.

GER – Meike Kaemper, 81st minute: Mallory Pugh had two shots from point-blank range on the left side of the box, but Germany goalkeeper Meike Kaemper fended off both attempts. The first was a crisp left-footed strike, and then Pugh got her own rebound, which was turned away again at the near left post.

Next on the Schedule:
The U.S. U-20 WNT prepares for its second Group B match when it faces Brazil at 10 p.m. ET on Friday, Aug. 8, at Commonwealth Stadium in Edmonton, Canada.
Broadcast information: ESPNU, WatchESPN
Social: Twitter (@ussoccer_wnt | @ussoccer_esp); Facebook; Instagram

Additional Notes:

  • The USA is now 9-1-0 in international competition this year.
  • The U.S. U-20s have allowed only four goals in international play this year, outscoring their opponents 40-4.
  • U-20 WNT head coach Michelle French’s starting lineup featured the defensive corps of Katelyn Rowland in goal, right back Stephanie Amack, left back Brittany Basinger and center backs Katie Naughton and Cari Roccaro. Roccaro wore the captain’s armband.
  • The midfield of the USA’s 4-3-3 formation included Andi Sullivan in the middle, Mallory Pugh on the left side and Brittany Basinger on the right.
  • Up front, the starting trio featured Margaret “Midge” Purce, Lindsey Horan and Savannah Jordan.
  • Makenzy Doniak was subbed on to open the second half, replacing Jordan.
  • Carlyn Baldwin entered the match for Sullivan in the 74th minute.
  • Trailing by a goal, the USA amped its attack with its final sub in the 76th minute as Summer Green replaced Purce.
  • The USA has won this event three times and Germany is a two-time champion.

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

Match: U.S. U-20 Women’s National Team vs. Germany
Date: Aug. 5, 2014
Competition: 2014 FIFA Under-20 Women’s World Cup – Group B
Venue: Commonwealth Stadium; Edmonton, Canada
Kickoff: 5 p.m. local / 7 p.m. ET
Attendance: 10,101
Weather: 80 degrees; Sunny, warm

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

GER – Lena Petermann (Pauline Bremer)    65th minute
GER – Theresa Panfil (Kathrin Schermuly)  90

Lineups:
USA: 1-Katelyn Rowland; 16-Stephanie Amack, 3-Cari Roccaro (capt.), 20-Katie Naughton, 4-Brittany Basinger; 5-Rose Lavelle, 17-Andi Sullivan (13-Carlyn Baldwin, 74), 12-Mallory Pugh; 15-Margaret Purce (8-Summer Green, 77), 10-Lindsey Horan, 7-Savannah Jordan (9-Makenzy Doniak, 46)
Subs Not Used: 2-Christina Gibbons, 6-Taylor Racioppi, 11-Rachel Hill, 14-Nickolette Driesse, 18-Jane Campbell, 19-Kaleigh Riehl, 21-Rose Chandler
Head Coach: Michelle French

GER: 1-Meike Kaemper; 2-Manjou Wilde, 3-Felicitas Rauch, 4-Margarita Gidion, 8-Rebecca Knaak, 6-Lina Magull (capt.) (10-Linda Dallmann, 60), 11-Theresa Panfil, 13-Sara Daebritz (7-Kathrin Schermuly, 79), 19-Rieke Dieckmann; 9-Pauline Bremer, 18-Lena Petermann (15-Wibke Meister, 72)
Subs Not Used: 5-Franziska Jaser, 12-Merle Frohms, 14-Marie Becker, 16-Joelle Wedemeyer, 17-Jennifer Gaugigl, 20-Madeline Gier, 21-Anna Klink
Head Coach: Maren Meinert

Stats Summary: USA / GER
Shots: 21 / 18
Shots on Goal: 16 / 13
Saves: 10 / 16
Corner Kicks: 9 / 6
Fouls: 9 / 9
Offside: 0 / 1

Misconduct Summary:
USA – Rose Lavelle (caution) 18th minute
GER – Margarita Gidion (caution) 74

Officials:
Referee: Sachiko Yamagishi (JPN)
Assistant Referee 1: Allyson Flynn (AUS)
Assistant Referee 2: Sarah Ho (AUS)
Fourth Official: Ri Hyang Ok (PRK)

ussoccer.com Woman of the Match: Katelyn Rowland

  • DateTuesday, August 5, 2014
  • VenueEdmonton, Canada
  • Kickoff5:00 PM MT
  • Attendance10,101
  • Weather80 degrees, sunny
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U.S. U-20 WNT Opens 2014 FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup with 2-0 loss to Germany

EDMONTON, Canada (Aug. 5, 2014) – In a rematch of the two countries competing for the 2012 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup championship, it was runner-up Germany that got the upper hand against the defending champion U.S. Under-20 Women’s National Team in the opener of the 2014 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup at Commonwealth Stadium.

Lena Petermann and Theresa Panfil scored second-half goals for Germany en route to a 2-0 victory against the USA to take the early lead in Group B play of this year’s World Cup.

It marked the U.S. U-20 WNT’s first international loss of 2014, having won all nine of its previous matches.

In stoppage time, USA second-half sub Summer Green attempted to get her team back into the match, but her curling left-footed shot hit the left post.

The U.S. resumes Group B play in the tournament against Brazil on Friday, Aug. 8, at Commonwealth Stadium (10 p.m. ET; ESPNU, WatchESPN).

Goal Scoring Rundown:
GER – Lena Petermann (Pauline Bremer), 65th minute: With end-to-end action for much of the match, Germany was the first to break through, capitalizing on a turnover in the midfield. Germany’s Pauline Bremer provided the through ball from midfield to Lena Petermann, who made a darting run to her right past USA captain Cari Roccaro. Petermann got the shot off before Roccaro closed in, and the right-footed strike went just over U.S. goalkeeper Katelyn Rowland’s glove and into the right side of the net. USA 0, GER 1

GER – Theresa Panfil (Kathrin Schermuly), 90th minute: Germany worked the ball from left to right as Wibke Meister switched from the left flank to Kathrin Schermuly and then to Theresa Panfil. The USA defense gave Panfil enough space to work with and from 19 yards out she shot right-footed, splitting two U.S. defenders with a rolling shot past diving USA goalkeeper Katelyn Rowland and inside the left post for the two-goal cushion in the waning moments of regulation. USA 0, GER 2 (FINAL)

Key Saves and Defensive Stops:
GER – Meike Kaemper, 11th minute: The USA attacked effectively down the right side as Margaret “Midge” Purce set up U.S. forward Lindsey Horan, who received the ball in the middle of the box. Horan aimed for the right side of the goal, and Germany goalkeeper Meike Kaemper halted her momentum to the right and crossed over to her left to bat the ball away for the save.

GER – Meike Kaemper, 16th minute: U.S. striker Lindsey Horan was on the attack when she chest-trapped a pass with her back to the goal and turned counter clockwise with the right-footed volley. Horan did not strike as cleanly as she would have liked, but her shot was headed toward the left side of the frame. Germany goalkeeper Meike Kaemper needed to make a diving save to her right to surrender a USA corner kick.

USA – Katelyn Rowland, 38th minute: Germany’s Linda Dallmann worked the ball to the right side as Pauline Bremer found some space behind the USA defense. Bremer was one-on-one against U.S. goalkeeper Katelyn Rowland, and Rowland won that matchup, leaving her line and getting big for the body save.

USA – Katie Naughton, 38th minute: USA goalkeeper Katelyn Rowland took a gamble when she darted toward the top of the box to try and clear the ball away from Germany’s attack. However, Germany gained the upper hand and worked the ball to Pauline Bremer on the right side of the box. Bremer’s header was headed toward the goal, and U.S. center back Katie Naughton cleared the ball away with her left leg just in front of the goal line. Her redirect clipped the right post, but it was just enough to keep the match scoreless heading into halftime.

USA – Katelyn Rowland, 76th minute: Germany second-half sub Linda Dallmann got behind the U.S. U-20 WNT defense and shot toward the left side of the frame. Germany was clinging to a one-goal lead at that time, and USA goalkeeper Katelyn Rowland made a clutch save to her right, staying low to keep her team in the match.

GER – Meike Kaemper, 81st minute: Mallory Pugh had two shots from point-blank range on the left side of the box, but Germany goalkeeper Meike Kaemper fended off both attempts. The first was a crisp left-footed strike, and then Pugh got her own rebound, which was turned away again at the near left post.

Next on the Schedule:
The U.S. U-20 WNT prepares for its second Group B match when it faces Brazil at 10 p.m. ET on Friday, Aug. 8, at Commonwealth Stadium in Edmonton, Canada.
Broadcast information: ESPNU, WatchESPN
Social: Twitter (@ussoccer_wnt | @ussoccer_esp); Facebook; Instagram

Additional Notes:

  • The USA is now 9-1-0 in international competition this year.
  • The U.S. U-20s have allowed only four goals in international play this year, outscoring their opponents 40-4.
  • U-20 WNT head coach Michelle French’s starting lineup featured the defensive corps of Katelyn Rowland in goal, right back Stephanie Amack, left back Brittany Basinger and center backs Katie Naughton and Cari Roccaro. Roccaro wore the captain’s armband.
  • The midfield of the USA’s 4-3-3 formation included Andi Sullivan in the middle, Mallory Pugh on the left side and Brittany Basinger on the right.
  • Up front, the starting trio featured Margaret “Midge” Purce, Lindsey Horan and Savannah Jordan.
  • Makenzy Doniak was subbed on to open the second half, replacing Jordan.
  • Carlyn Baldwin entered the match for Sullivan in the 74th minute.
  • Trailing by a goal, the USA amped its attack with its final sub in the 76th minute as Summer Green replaced Purce.
  • The USA has won this event three times and Germany is a two-time champion.

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

Match: U.S. U-20 Women’s National Team vs. Germany
Date: Aug. 5, 2014
Competition: 2014 FIFA Under-20 Women’s World Cup – Group B
Venue: Commonwealth Stadium; Edmonton, Canada
Kickoff: 5 p.m. local / 7 p.m. ET
Attendance: 10,101
Weather: 80 degrees; Sunny, warm

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

GER – Lena Petermann (Pauline Bremer)    65th minute
GER – Theresa Panfil (Kathrin Schermuly)  90

Lineups:
USA: 1-Katelyn Rowland; 16-Stephanie Amack, 3-Cari Roccaro (capt.), 20-Katie Naughton, 4-Brittany Basinger; 5-Rose Lavelle, 17-Andi Sullivan (13-Carlyn Baldwin, 74), 12-Mallory Pugh; 15-Margaret Purce (8-Summer Green, 77), 10-Lindsey Horan, 7-Savannah Jordan (9-Makenzy Doniak, 46)
Subs Not Used: 2-Christina Gibbons, 6-Taylor Racioppi, 11-Rachel Hill, 14-Nickolette Driesse, 18-Jane Campbell, 19-Kaleigh Riehl, 21-Rose Chandler
Head Coach: Michelle French

GER: 1-Meike Kaemper; 2-Manjou Wilde, 3-Felicitas Rauch, 4-Margarita Gidion, 8-Rebecca Knaak, 6-Lina Magull (capt.) (10-Linda Dallmann, 60), 11-Theresa Panfil, 13-Sara Daebritz (7-Kathrin Schermuly, 79), 19-Rieke Dieckmann; 9-Pauline Bremer, 18-Lena Petermann (15-Wibke Meister, 72)
Subs Not Used: 5-Franziska Jaser, 12-Merle Frohms, 14-Marie Becker, 16-Joelle Wedemeyer, 17-Jennifer Gaugigl, 20-Madeline Gier, 21-Anna Klink
Head Coach: Maren Meinert

Stats Summary: USA / GER
Shots: 21 / 18
Shots on Goal: 16 / 13
Saves: 10 / 16
Corner Kicks: 9 / 6
Fouls: 9 / 9
Offside: 0 / 1

Misconduct Summary:
USA – Rose Lavelle (caution) 18th minute
GER – Margarita Gidion (caution) 74

Officials:
Referee: Sachiko Yamagishi (JPN)
Assistant Referee 1: Allyson Flynn (AUS)
Assistant Referee 2: Sarah Ho (AUS)
Fourth Official: Ri Hyang Ok (PRK)

ussoccer.com Woman of the Match: Katelyn Rowland

U.S. U-20 Women’s World Cup Quote Sheet: USA vs. Germany

U.S. U-20 WNT head coach MICHELLE FRENCH

On the match:
“It was definitely a back-and-forth game.  A lot transition moments for both teams, which we expected from Germany. I think we created some good opportunities, we just didn’t get on the end of them. Moving forward that will be something that will be key for us for the rest of the tournament.”

On Lindsey Horan’s performance:
“There was some great goalkeeping on both sides of the field. Lindsey gets herself in spots to be able to have those opportunities and she’s going to be frustrated that she wasn’t able to put one away. Being the professional that she is, I know she’ll be ready to get after it the next game.”

On moving forward in the rest of the tournament:
“We have two more games. We took our lump and we’ll have to feel the burn of that. Now it’s time for us to look at some film and respond in the next game.  We have to go out there and try to get two wins. That starts with Brazil.”

On Mallory Pugh’s contribution:
“I thought Mal did a great job getting some runs in behind their back line. I thought she was able to get through a lot of pressure. I think she played like she wasn’t fazed at all by the moment. There’s a lot to be said for that, being a 16-year-old in this environment.”

On Katelyn Rowland’s performance in goal:
“She has tremendous confidence and she’s had a ton of success, both collegiately and with our team over the last year-and-a-half, so I wouldn’t expect anything different from her.”

U.S. U-20 WNT defender CARI ROCCARO

On how to learn from this game:
“We still have two games to go win and move on. It’s disappointing, but we’re going to take this as something to learn from and move forward with a positive attitude. “

On how the team feels going forward:
“I actually think our team feels more confident because we created a lot of chances. We had 16 shots on goal and 21 shots overall and I think we were in their defensive half quite a bit. It was a really good game. It’s not like we were dominated. They had some run of the play and then we had some. We learned a lot from this and got our nerves and I think we’re ready for Brazil.”

On how the U.S. will get better:
“I think we’re always going to keep going. That’s what the U.S. does.  We’re always getting better with every game or practice. I think we’re going to be ready for the next one.”

U.S. U-20 WNT goalkeeper KATELYN ROWLND:

On the match:
“It was a great game. Hats off to Germany, they came out strong. We did a lot of good things and our heads are still high. We’ve got two more games left in the group and we’re looking forward to Brazil.”

 On creating 16 shots on goal:
“Our ability to get chances and opportunities was phenomenal. We’d like to put a few more away obviously and I feel confident heading into the game against Brazil.”

On 16-year-old Mallory Pugh, who started in the midfield:
“She’s young, but she’s feisty. She’s technical and aggressive and if you didn’t know you’d think she was our age.” 

U.S. U-20 WNT defender KATIE NAUGHTON

On the match:
“It was a battle. Both teams played well and we tried to play our game, but Germany got the better of us today. We’ve still got two more games left and we’re hoping by the end of group play we’ll still be in a good spot.”

U.S.U-20 WNT midfielder MALLORY PUGH

“We would have liked to have won of course, but I’m proud of my teammates. We pushed really hard. The atmosphere was great and now we’ll prepare well for the next game and come out stronger.”

U.S. U-20 WNT forward LINDSEY HORAN

“Our whole team created a lot of opportunities and obviously I’m a little disappointed with myself because I couldn’t finish those, but overall I’m happy how we played. Creating that many opportunities against a great team like Germany is a really good step for us.”

 

U.S. U-20 WNT Kicks Off World Cup Against Germany

U.S. U-20 Women’s National Team vs. Germany
2014 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup
Commonwealth Stadium; Edmonton, Canada
Aug. 5, 2014 

U.S. U-20 WNT KICKS OFF WORLD CUP AGAINST GERMANY: The U.S. Under-20 Women’s National Team kicks off the 2014 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup on Aug. 5 against Germany at Commonwealth Stadium in what is an extremely rare occurrence in world soccer: the finalists from the previous U-20 World Cup squaring off in an opening group match. The game can be watched live on ESPNU and WatchESPN at 7 p.m. ET. Although almost all of the players have changed, the game will be a reprise of the championship match of the 2014 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup, a match won 1-0 by the USA at Tokyo Olympic Stadium. The USA will then have two days of rest before facing Brazil on Aug. 8 in Edmonton in the second group match followed by three days of rest – including a travel day to Moncton in the far east of Canada – before finishing group play against China PR on Aug. 12. The USA also played Germany and China in group play in 2012, falling 3-0 to Germany and drawing 1-1 with China. Fans can also follow all the matches of the U.S. U-20s on Twitter @ussoccer_wnt. For a full coverage, visit the FIFA Under-20 Women’s World Cup tournament page on ussoccer.com.

USA ON TV FOR CANADA ’14: All three of the USA’s group games will be broadcast live across the ESPN platforms. The U.S. plays its first two Group B matches at the Commonwealth Stadium in Edmonton, opening its tournament on Aug. 5 against Germany at 5 p.m. local (7 p.m. ET on ESPNU and WatchESPN) before facing Brazil on Aug. 8 at 8 p.m. local (10 p.m. ET on ESPNU and WatchESPN). The USA will finish group play on Aug. 12 against China PR at Moncton Stadium with a kickoff at 5 p.m. local (4 p.m. ET on ESPN2 and WatchESPN).

TOURNAMENT COVERAGE ON ESPN: ESPN will broadcast a total of 18 matches across its various platforms, 10 group matches and all four quarterfinals, plus both semifinals and the third-place and championship games. Only four matches are slated to be shown live on TV with the rest on tape-delay. However, all 18 matches that ESPN is carrying will be live on ESPN3 or WatchESPN. The four live TV matches are the three group games for the USA and the Group C clash between England and Mexico on Aug. 9 from Moncton at 1 p.m. ET on ESPNU. Should the USA advance to the quarterfinal round, there is flexibility to carry that match live on TV as well.

2014 U.S. U-20 FIFA WOMEN’S WORLD CUP SCHEDULE

Date

Opponent

Time (ET)

TV

Venue

Aug. 5

Germany

7 p.m.

ESPNU, WatchESPN

Commonwealth Stadium; Edmonton, Canada

Aug. 8

Brazil

10 p.m.

ESPNU, WatchESPN

Commonwealth Stadium; Edmonton, Canada

Aug. 12

China PR

5 p.m.

ESPN2, WatchESPN

Moncton Stadium; Moncton, Canada

Group B Schedule

Tuesday, Aug. 5

USA vs. Germany
China PR vs. Brazil

Friday, Aug. 8
Germany vs. China PR
USA vs. Brazil

Tuesday, Aug. 12
USA vs. China PR
Germany vs. Brazil

TURF TIME:  For the first time, three of the four stadiums for the 2014 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup will feature artificial surfaces. This is the third FIFA youth women’s tournament to have games on artificial turf. The 2014 FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup in Costa Rica and the 2012 FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup in Azerbiajan also had matches on turf. Three of the four stadiums – Edmonton, Moncton and Montréal, where the final will be played – will also be used for the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup.

TOURNAMENT FORMAT: The FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup – which is staged every two years – features 16 nations divided into four groups of four teams each. The top two teams in each group advance to the quarterfinal stage on Aug. 16 and 17. The semifinals will take place Wednesday, Aug. 20, in Montreal and Moncton and the final and third-place matches will be held on Sunday, Aug. 24, in Montreal. Players eligible for this age group tournament must have been born on or after Jan. 1, 1994.

16 NATIONS, ONE TROPHY: The 16 nations competing in the 2012 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup are: host Canada; China PR, Korea DPR and Korea Republic from Asia; Ghana and Nigeria from Africa; Germany, Finland, France and England from Europe; the USA, Canada and Mexico from North America; Brazil and Paraguay from South America; and New Zealand from Oceania.

U-20 WWC FACTS

  • A total of 31 different countries have qualified for at least one of the final competitions of this tournament (2002-2014). The confederation breakdown: AFC (7), CAF (3), CONCACAF (4), CONMEBOL (5), OFC (1) and UEFA (11).  Brazil, Germany, Nigeria and the USA are the only teams to have qualified for all final competitions held to date.
  • Paraguay will make its FIFA U-20 World Cup debut. In 2012 in Japan, there were no newcomers but Colombia, Costa Rica, Ghana and Sweden all made their first appearances in 2010.
  • With three titles and 26 wins in 34 matches, the USA leads the FIFA Women’s U-20 all-time Ranking.
  • The highest number of goals per match for this tournament – 3.88 – was recorded in the inaugural tournament in Canada in 2002 (helped by the 25 goals scored by the USA in the team’s six matches), followed by 3.54 in Thailand in 2004 and 3.53 in Chile in 2008. There were 3.25 goals per game scored two years ago in Japan.
  • A new attendance record was set in 2010 at the FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup in Germany as 395,295 fans attended the matches with an average of 12,353 per match.
  • FIFA will give out several awards at the conclusion of the tournament: the FIFA Fair Player Award, Gold, Silver and Bronze Balls to the top three players and Gold, Silver and Bronze Boots to the top three scorers and the Golden Glove to the top goalkeeper.
  • The USA has three officials working this tournament: referee Margaret Domka and assistants Marlene Duffy and Veronica Perez.

CONSISTENT U.S. PRESENCE: The USA has competed in all six previous Women’s World Cups held for this age group, winning the inaugural tournament in 2002 in Canada when it was a U-19 event, finishing third in 2004 in Thailand, finishing fourth in 2006 in Russia when it moved to U-20s, winning in 2008 in Chile on the strength of goal scoring from current Olympic gold medalists Alex Morgan and Sydney Leroux, and finished fifth in 2010 in Germany. The USA returned to the top of the podium in 2012, winning the tournament in Japan on a goal from Kealia Ohai in the championship game. The U-19 tournaments featured 12 teams while the last four – including Canada – featured 16.

U.S. ROSTER BY POSITION – DETAILED

GOALKEEPERS (3): 18-Jane Campbell (Stanford; Kennesaw, Ga.), 21-Rose Chandler (Penn State; Atlanta, Ga.), 1-Katelyn Rowland (UCLA; Vacaville, Calif.)

DEFENDERS (6): 16-Stephanie Amack (Stanford; Pleasanton, Calif.), 4-Brittany Basinger (Penn State; Purcellville, Va.), 2-Christina Gibbons (Duke; Raleigh, N.C.), 20-Katie Naughton (Notre Dame; Elk Grove Village, Ill.), 19-Kaleigh Riehl (BRYC; Fairfax Station, Va.), 3-Cari Roccaro (Notre Dame; East Islip, N.Y.)
MIDFIELDERS (6): 13-Carlyn Baldwin (Tennessee; Oakton, Va.), 14-Nickolette Driesse (Florida State: Wayne, N.J.), 5-Rose Lavelle (Wisconsin; Cincinnati, Ohio), 12-Mallory Pugh (Real Colorado; Highlands Ranch, Colo.), 6-Taylor Racioppi (PDA; Ocean Township, N.J.), 17-Andi Sullivan (Bethesda SC; Lorton, Va.)
FORWARDS (6): 9-Makenzy Doniak (Virginia; Chino Hills, Calif.), 8-Summer Green (North Carolina; Milford, Mich.), 11-Rachel Hill (Connecticut; Rollinsford, N.H.), 10-Lindsey Horan (Paris Saint-Germain; Golden, Colo.), 7-Savannah Jordan (Florida; Fayetteville, Ga.), 15-Margaret Purce (Harvard; Silver Spring, Md.)

LEAD UP TO THE WWC: The USA will head into the 2014 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup having compiled a record of 9-0-0 this year in international matches, with five of those coming in the CONCACAF qualifying tournament. In 2013, the USA played just one match against a team that qualified for this tournament, falling to Germany 3-0 in March in La Manga, Spain.

2014 U.S. U-20 INTERNATIONAL RESULTS

Date

                                   Opponent

   Result

U.S. Goal Scorers

Venue

Jan. 9

Costa Rica

6-0 W

Horan (3), Green, Jordan, Own Goal

George Town, Cayman Islands

Jan. 11

Jamaica

3-0 W

Jordan, Sullivan, Meehan

George Town, Cayman Islands

Jan. 13

Guatemala

10-0 W

Meehan (3), Amack, Basinger, Jordan, Hill, Purce, Weber (2)

George Town, Cayman Islands

Jan. 17

T&T

6-0 W

Meehan (2), Jordan, Amack (2), Weber

George Town, Cayman Islands

Jan. 19

Mexico

4-0 W

Sullivan, Jordan, Purce, Own Goal

George Town, Cayman Islands

Feb. 26

China PR

3-0 W

Horan (2), Purce

Lakewood Ranch, Fla.

March 1

China PR

5-1 W

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U-20 WNT ON USSOCCER.COM

Release: French Names U.S. Roster for 2014 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup
Video: Savannah Jordan: Fighter
Video: A look at the USA’s 2014 FIFA U-20 WWC Team
Video: Head coach Michelle French talks about naming the World Cup roster
Video: 8 Things About Brittany Basinger
Video: Rose Lavelle’s Best Friend
Video: New Year’s Resolutions of the U-20 WNT
Video: Meet U-20 WNT Head Coach Michelle French
Video: U-20 WNT Prepares for the Hunger Games!
Video: Trailblazer Horan Leads U-20 WNT in Qualifying
Video: Keeper Talk with Kate and Jane
Video: Keeper Talk with Kate and Jane: Episode 2 – Goalkeeper Style
Video: Keeper Talk with Kate and Jane: Episode 3 – Revenge of the Goalkeepers
Video: 8 Things About Rachel Hill
Video: Lavelle Goes Back to the Future
Feature: U-20 WNT’s Naughton Defending a Tradition
Feature: 11 Questions with Savannah Jordan

U.S. ROSTER NOTES

  • The age cut-off date for this Women’s World Cup is Jan. 1, 1994. Eight of the 21 players selected by French were born in 1994, eight were born in 1995, three were born in 1996, one in 1997 and one in 1998, meaning five players on the 2014 roster will be age-eligible for the 2016 FIFA Under-20 Women’s World Cup.
  • Mallory Pugh, who is the youngest player on the roster and was born in 1998, could play in three consecutive U-20 Women’s World Cups. She will not turn 17 until April of next year.
  • French selected one rising high school junior (Pugh), two rising high school seniors (Taylor Racioppi and Kaleigh Riehl), three graduating high school seniors (Andi Sullivan, Carlyn Baldwin and Rose Chandler) who will be freshmen in college this fall, 10 rising college sophomores, four rising juniors and one rising senior in Katelyn Rowland.
  • Thirteen different colleges are represented on the roster, led by Stanford with three players. Penn State and Notre Dame each have two players.
  • Seventeen different youth clubs are represented on the roster.
  • Twelve different states are represented, led by Virginia with four players and California and Georgia with three players each. New Jersey and Colorado each have two players.
  • Eleven different players have scored for the USA in international matches this year, nine of whom made the World Cup roster. Linsdey Horan leads the team with eight international goals this year and is the top scorer in this cycle with 21 career U-20 goals.
  • Two players on the U.S. roster were a part of the USA’s 2012 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup Team in Japan: defender Cari Roccaro (5 games/4 starts, 422 minutes) and defender Stephanie Amack (DNP).  Roccaro played the final 30 minutes in the group match against Germany and all 90 in the Final.
  • Five players on this year’s U-20 roster played for the USA in the 2012 FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup in Azerbaijan: defender Brittany Basinger (3/3, 270, 1 assist), forward Summer Green (3/3, 261, 2 goals), forward Margaret Purce (1/1, 62), midfielder Andi Sullivan (3/3, 261) and goalkeeper Jane Campbell (3/3, 225).   
  • Katelyn Rowland has played the most matches in the net this year, starting seven international games while compiling a 6-0-0 record.
  • The USA has played 14 matches against European teams in this tournament and has a record of 12-2-0, with both losses coming to Germany, in the semifinal in 2004 and in group play in 2012.
  • The USA was forced to make a change to its World Cup roster after it was named on July 17 as Rachel Hill replaced McKenzie Meehan due to injury. Meehan was the USA’s leading scorer at the qualifying tournament with six goals.

U.S. U-20 WNT -- USA vs. Germany Pre-Game Quotes

U.S. head coach Michelle French on opening the U-20 Women's World Cup:
“Any team that makes the World Cup has to have some great technical and tactical abilities. Our preparation will be different for each of the teams, but of course everyone always wants to have a good start in the first game. We feel confident and prepared.”

French on the U.S. team:
“A big strength is our leadership and that comes not only from players on the field, but we have strong personalities off the field as well. That can be from the youngest kid to the most experienced player. We have some exciting attacking personalities that are a lot different from each other so that will be an interesting piece for this group.”

U.S. forward Lindsey Horan on facing Germany in the first game:
“Obviously, it’s the first game and you always want to start well. There’s a little bit more pressure because Germany is such a great team, but no matter what, any team you play first we need to come out and set a standard and do whatever we can to win. So that’s a given, but we respect that Germany is a great team and we know they’ll be super motivated to play us as well.”

Horan on playing in the Under-20 Women’s World Cup:
“For each one of us, it’s a special moment every time we put on the crest. Each of us wants to play our heart out for our country. We are not feeling pressure as much as a passion to represent our country well.”

U.S. midfielder Andi Sullivan on playing in the Under-20 Women’s World Cup:
“It’s such an honor to do what you love at the highest level. There is some pressure to live up to the expectations of U.S. Soccer, but it’s just amazing to have this opportunity.”

Sullivan on the USA's tradition of success in this tournament:
“We’re a totally new group. Different players, different coaches and different experiences. We have just two players that were in the last cycle. As much as we look to the last cycle as a role model, we want to build our own legacy.”

BY THE NUMBERS

0.22     Goals allowed per international match by the U.S. U-20s this year
2          Goals allowed by the USA in nine international matches this year
3          International games out of 16 in which the USA has been shut out over 2013 and 2014
4.44     Goals scored per international match by the U.S. U-20s this year
6          Goals scored by McKenzie Meehan in CONCACAF qualifying to lead the team
6          Assists for Rachel Hill this year, most on the team
7     U-19/U-20 Women’s World Cups that the USA has qualified for
24        Players to see action in a U.S. U-20 international match this year
30        Career U-20 caps for Cari Roccaro, the most on this Women’s World Cup roster
40        Goals scored by the USA in nine international matches this year (29 in CONCACAF qualifying)
743      Minutes played in international matches this year by Katie Naughton, most on the team

IN FOCUS: GERMANY
Deutscher Fussball-Bund
Founded: 1900 (Joined FIFA in 1904)
Head Coach: Maren Meinert
Best FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup Finish: Winners (2004 & 2010) 

USA VS. GERMANY SERIES

  •  The U.S. and Germany have faced each other in five previous U-19 or U-20 Women’s World Cups, with the USA posting a 4-2-0 record. The 2010 competition – when Germany hosted – was the only U-20 Women’s World Cup where the two countries did not face each other.
  • The U.S. defeated Germany 4-1 in the semifinals of the first U-19 Women’s World Cup in 2002. Kelly Wilson had two goals, and Lindsay Tarpley and Jill Oakes added tallies for the USA. The U.S. advanced to the championship game against Canada, where Tarpley scored the lone goal in the 109th minute for a 1-0 victory. Germany won its third-place match against Brazil that year, winning 4-3 in a penalty shootout.
  • During the 2004 U-19 Women’s World Cup, Germany defeated the USA 3-1 in the semifinals, eventually winning the championship against China PR. In that semifinal match, Germany’s Annike Krahn, Melanie Behringer and Patricia Hanebeck provided the team’s offense. Krahn had an earlier own goal in the 16th minute, five minutes after she scored the game’s first tally. The USA loss forced the team into the third-place game, where the U.S. blanked Brazil 3-0.
  • In the 2006 U-20 Women’s World Cup, the U.S. topped Germany 4-1 in the quarterfinals on the strength of Danesha Adams’ two-goal performance. U.S. Women’s National Team gold medalists Kelley O’Hara and Amy Rodriguez also had goals for the USA.
  • In the 2008 U-20 Women’s World Cup, Germany’s Bianca Schmidt had an own goal in the 21st minute, and that was the difference as the USA took a 1-0 victory in the semifinals and would win the tournament with a 2-1 win against North Korea three days later.
  • In 2012, the teams met in final match of group play with Germany winning 3-0 on two goals from Lena Lotzen and one from Melanie Leupolz, all by the 55th minute. Both countries then won their respective quarterfinal and semifinal matches and met again in the championship game. This time, the USA prevailed on a 45th minute goal from Kealia Ohai, that backed from a tremendous performance from the USA’s team defense and goalkeeper Brianne Heaberline, was enough to win the tournament.
  • The U.S. and Germany have each played in 35 matches in the U-20 Women’s World Cup, more than any other sides in the tournament’s history.
  • Including this year’s tournament, the USA and Germany have played in all seven U-19/U-20 Women’s World Cups.
  • In March 2013, the teams met at a tournament in La Manga, Spain, with Germany winning 3-0, but only five players who are on the Women’s World Cup roster started for the USA that day.

GERMANY ROSTER

GOALKEEPERS (3): 1-Meike Kaemper (MSV Duisburg), 12-Merle Frohms (VfL Wolfsburg), 21-Anna Klink (Bayer 04 Leverkusen)
DEFENDERS (8): 2-Manjou Wilde (SC Freiburg), 3-Felicitas Rauch (FFC Turbine Potsdam), 4-Margarita Gidion (SGS Essen), 5-Franziska Jaser (North Carolina State), 8-Rebecca Knaak (Bayer 04 Leverkusen), 14-Marie Becker (Harvard), 15-Wibke Meister (FFC Turbine Potsdam), 16-Joelle Wedemeyer (VfL Wolfsburg) 
MIDFIELDERS (6): 6-Lina Magull (VfL Wolfsburg), 7-Kathrin Schermuly (Eintracht Wetzlar), 11-Theresa Panfil  (Bayer 04 Leverkusen), 13-Sara Daebritz (SC Freiburg), 17-Jennifer Gaugigl (FC Bayern Munich), 19-Rieke Dieckmann (SV Meppen)
FORWARDS (4):  9-Pauline Bremer (FFC Turbine Potsdam), 10-Linda Dallmann (SGS Essen), 18-Lena Petermann (Central Florida), 20-Madeline Gier (SGS Essen)

GERMANY ROSTER NOTES

  • Like the USA, Germany has two players on its 2014 roster from its 2012 U-20 Women’s World Cup Team, but one is a goalkeeper in Meike Kaemper and the other is midfielder Lina Magull who plays for the two-time UEFA Champions League champions VFL Wolfsburg.
  • Three players on the German roster play or will be playing college soccer in the USA.
    • Forward Lena Petermann  was the American Athletic Conference Rookie of the Year as a freshman last season, and was First-Team All-AAC while score eight goals
    • Franziska Jaser will be a freshman at North Carolina State this fall.
    • Marie Becker will be a freshman at Harvard this fall where she will play with U.S. forward Margaret Purce.
  • Seven players on Germany’s roster played in the 2012 FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup, in which Germany finished fourth.
  • Germany has had tremendous success in this tournament, winning it twice (2004 and 2010), finishing second once and earning third twice. The only time Germany did not finish in the top three was in Russia in 2006 when it fell to the USA 4-1 in the quarterfinal round. Germany has been in the past two U-20 Women’s World Cup Finals, winning at home in 2010 while scoring 20 goals in six games and defeating Nigeria 2-0 in the title game. Numerous players who have played for Germany at the U-20 level have gone on to star for the senior side.
  • Germany fell in the semifinal of the 2013 UEFA U-19 Women’s Championship by a 2-1 score to eventual champion France, but the semifinal berth was good enough to book tickets to Canada. In group play, Germany demolished Norway 5-0, defeated Sweden 2-0 and drew with eventual fellow qualifier Finland 1-1. In the semifinal France’s Kadidiatou Diani scored twice in three minutes (62nd and 64th) and Germany could only muster a stoppage-time penalty kick from Pauline Bremer.
  • Head coach Maren Meinert played on Germany’s 2003 FIFA Women’s World Cup championship team and was the MVP of the Women’s United Soccer Association (WUSA) in 2003 with the Boston Breakers under former U.S. head coach Pia Sundhage. This will be her fifth U-20 Women’s World Cup at the helm of Germany.

LAST TIME
On the field for the USA in an international match:
June 13, 2014 – Complexe Sportif de Kerbrat; Plougastel, France
International Friendly

USA                2          Horan 11; Purce 21
FRA                1          Robert 39 

Lineups:
USA: 1-Jane Campbell; 18-Katie Naughton, 10-Brittany Basinger (15-Laura Leidle, 27), 20- Kaleigh Rieh, 5-Stephanie Amack, 19-Andi Sullivan (4-Carlyn Baldwin, 61),  2-Rose Lavelle,  Mallory Pugh, 13-Makenzy Doniak (11-Summer Green, 61),  25-Savannah Jordan (14-Rachel Hill, 82), 6-Lindsey Horan (9-Margaret Purce, 11; 16-McKenzie Meehan, 86)
Subs not used:  12-Katelyn Rowland, 3-Cari Roccaro, 8-Morgan Andrews
Head Coach: Michelle French

FRA: 1-Durand (16-Garcia, 46), 2-Hoarau, 3-Gagnet, 5-Mbock Bathy (4-Tounkara, 45), 6- Diallo, 7-Robert, 19-Kerrache (15-Dafenr, 45), 14-Catalano, 20-Thomas, 10-Tarrieu (11-Sarr, 39), 9-Le Bihan, 20-Ghersi (8-Bueno, 45)
Subs not used: 17-Douessin, 21-Belkaichi, 13-Lorgere
Head Coach: Giles Eyquem

Last on the field vs. Germany U-20 WNT:
March 9, 2013 – La Manga Club; La Manga, Spain
International Friendly

USA                0         
GER               3          Jager 5, 35; Magull 45 

Lineups:
USA: 1-Jane Campbell; 15-Cari Roccaro, 3-Morgan Andrews (14-Katie Naughton, 69), 7-Mandy Freeman, 12-Zoey Goralski (5-Hanna Gardner, 12); 20-Andi Sullivan, 4-Katie Cousins (6-Isabel Farrell, 42), 10-Rose Lavelle; 8-Darian Jenkins (13-McKenzie Meehan, 69), 16-Amber Munerlyn, 9-Summer Green (2-Makenzy Doniak, 60)
Substitutions Not Used: Ashley Meier, Morgan Stearns
Head coach: Michelle French 

GER: 2-Merle Barth (19-Vivien Beil, 46), 3- Jacqueline Klasen (17-Wibke Meister, 46), 5-Liesa Seifert (14-Daria Streng, 46) , 6-Lina Magull, 7-Annabel Jager, 8-Sara Dabritz, 10-Melanie Leupolz (9-Fabienne Dongus, 68),11-Linda Dallmann (20-Sarah Schulte, 77), 12-Merle Frohms, 13-Marie Christin Becker, 18-Theresa Panfil (15-Manjou Wilde, 68)
Substitutions Not Used: 1-Meike Kamper, 4-Sarah Rohmert, 16-Sharon Beck
Head Coach: Maren Meinert

JK Q&A: Klinsmann Closes the Book on 2014 and Previews 2015

After finishing off the 2014 slate with a pair of friendlies against Colombia and Ireland in the United Kingdom, U.S. Men's National Team head coach Jurgen Klinsmann sat down with ussoccer.com to discuss the state of the team as it sets sail on the new 2018 World Cup cycle.

ussoccer.com: Having thoroughly reviewed both games, what are the key points you take away? To what extent are the results important? 

Jurgen Klinsmann: “Results are always important because results over time bring you confidence and give you more respect towards opponents and other countries watching you. But, on the other hand, playing these games in another environment, especially far away from the United States is always a learning curve. It's an experiment where you can bring in players who never really experienced this type of atmosphere or circumstances. Therefore it was two very important games where I hope the players took a lot with them at the end of the day.” 

“Obviously for us coaches we saw a lot of things we want to see and also a lot of things we don’t want to see, especially in the 4-1 loss to Ireland. There were too many individual mistakes, especially on the second and third goal, that you can’t afford on the international level.”

“I still think it was definitely worth it. We were excited about a couple of players coming in being fresh. Bill Hamid made his start there against Ireland and experienced really the international level. Jordan Morris played his first cap, Rubio Rubin came in and we see some talent coming through. Will it take time for them? Absolutely, but you got to start that process and it’s better earlier than too late. So we start the process already and we're excited for them.”

ussoccer.com: One of the key goals of this last camp was establish a mentoring environment between the veterans and the youngsters. Were you pleased with how that went, and what are the next steps there?

JK: “It was the overall theme that we wanted to use the last couple of games: to build relationships between the older players and some of the younger players to be their mentors, to be their guides in a certain way, to help from their experience. We wanted guys like Brad Guzan, Kyle Beckerman, DaMarcus Beasley, Jermaine Jones and others to make the younger players understand what it takes to drive towards hopefully one day a World Cup because they already have a couple World Cups under their belts. This mentorship that we've started now will continue in the future because we want the younger players to grow and we want them to very fast understand that it takes a lot of inner drive and self-motivation and professionalism to get to that level where the established older guys have played already. So this theme will go with us into the future and it will be interesting to see how it develops.”

ussoccer.com: You said the goalkeeper position is an open competition. You've had a variety of them in camp and were able to spread around minutes. How would you assess that situation?

JK: “I think the goalkeeper situation is going well. Obviously Tim Howard is taking a year off, so Brad Guzan jumps in as the natural fit right away. He proves that he is ready to be the No. 1. Nick Rimando is knocking at the door and he would like to have that spot too. For us it's also important that we bring along Billy Hamid and Sean Johnson who were our Olympic team goalkeepers of the last cycle. So we have to bring them into those environments, train them on the highest level, but also here and there give them a game. That's why Bill Hamid started that game against Ireland and did well; I had no issues at all [with his performance]. Right now, it's not about defining No. 1, 2, and 3 and setting it in stone because we're in a transition year going into next summer's Gold Cup. Prior to the Gold Cup we will make it clear, so this year gives us the opportunity to have a closer look at all of them.”

ussoccer.com: Part of the goal of these friendlies is to get players experience. In what ways does making extensive substitutions impact a match?

JK: “Playing friendly games and having the substitution rule where you can bring in six players obviously changes the dynamic of games, especially towards the end of games. When you bring in subs in order to give them a chance, in order to give them experience, you sort of risk the result. Either way - it could go the good way or it could go the bad way. When you come in as a sub and you're down a goal, it's far more difficult to give an impact than if you're up a goal when everything is positive and you might hit another goal from your end. So it's not always easy for the subs to make an impression, but if we don't do it, we miss out on too big an opportunity for these players to gain experience. So, we compromised the substitutions in a friendly game for some results. Do we want the results at the same time? Absolutely, but here and there you’ve got do it for the big picture.”

ussoccer.com: Two of the surprise call-ups during the post-World Cup friendlies were Miguel Ibarra and Jordan Morris. How did they fare, and are you open to bringing in other players in similar circumstances as them?

JK:We believe Miguel Ibarra coming from the NASL and Jordan Morris coming from college that there are players in those areas that have tremendous talent. So we are looking at their talent and where it could be in two to four years from now if you give them time to grow and nurture them. Basically it's gone extremely well so far, so we are looking for players all over the place - if they come through the European channels, maybe through the youth system there, through Mexico or the NASL or the college route or the MLS ranks.

“The players themselves need to prove that they have this inner drive and they have an understanding of what it takes to grow into an established player on the international level. Our job is to identify their talent and then build it. Hopefully they make the right choices then down the road in terms of their own career and their own club environment, but it’s encouraging to see these two young players leading the way for hopefully many other players in the future to break through.”

ussoccer.com: Morris made his debut when he came on against Ireland. How did you rate his performance?

JK: “For us coaches it’s really important for us to see the talent growing one step at a time. With Jordan Morris you have a player that comes from the college system; he comes from Stanford. He has a specific rhythm there in the college environment, so we kind of had a closer look at him with the Olympic team first, then I brought him to the Czech Republic. We saw him grow now over the last half year to a year and he did better and better because he gets more and more confident and believes in himself. So when the moment came actually to add him in to the Ireland game, it was a tricky moment because we were down. But he settled in and he had good moments. He was good in one-on-one situations. If he's a bit lucky he gives an assist to Greg Garza to score a goal. So we were very happy and we continue to build him and bring him in like with the other younger players.”

ussoccer.com: How would you assess the Jermaine Jones transition to centerback? Is something you plan on continuing?

JK: “Jermaine Jones growing into this role as a right center back is encouraging for us to see that we have another option, another card if we need him to play. Is he more of a midfielder? Yes, that's where he played his whole life. Does he see himself as a midfielder? Probably, but we see that at his age he has tremendous experience and leadership to guide a back line, especially with young players coming through like John Anthony Brooks. They are the ones who need that leadership from him on the back line. It's good to have this drive from Jermaine. Going forward this will be important for us. It could be that he has to settle with this role; we'll see. We'll see with the development of all the other players in that role as well, but we're looking good in terms of center backs.”

ussoccer.com: Tim Howard was voted the U.S. Soccer Male Athlete of the Year. What can you say about his performance in 2014?

JK:When you talk about Timmy, you talk about the Belgium game where I don’t know how many shots he saved, but he really was our backbone to stay in the game and to go all the way into extra time and almost actually beat Belgium. That was a remarkable performance from him that I think everybody would talk about right away. He's a tremendous personality, a very calm, quiet leader. Obviously he has all the experience that you need in his position but also in his career. He's played pretty much his entire career in Europe on a very high level, so he's a role model for many, many young players coming through the ranks and not only goal keepers, also field players. It's just great to have him.” 

ussoccer.com: You will be attending the Nike Friendlies and the Development Academy Showcase at the end of the month. What is on the agenda there? 

JK: “For us coaches it's important to see what the talent is doing on a younger level so going to the Nike Friendlies, seeing our U-17s competing with teams like Brazil, Australia and England is quite exciting. I was there last year and it was neat to see. It's also important for us to connect with the Academy program, with the coaches from the Academy clubs, with a lot of people who are down there and seeing things first hand. That's why I called in my coaching staff, assistant coaches and other people to have a closer look at the young players. It's important to always be up to speed with the development on the youth side.”

ussoccer.com: Many of the players are now heading into their offseason. What will your message be to them on how to bridge the gap between now and the start of their next season? 

JK: “For us it's a tricky situation. MLS players are pretty much done, NASL players are done, the college season gets to an end, Mexico plays its own agenda and the Europeans now are going full steam basically until the end of May. We're monitoring all of them, their club teams, we're keeping in touch with their coaches and with themselves as well. It's a lot of scouting. It's a lot of communication, a lot of tracking down the right people to get the right information. What we hope from them is absolutely to establish their starter position stronger and stronger. This is the biggest challenge for them. This is what quite a lot of them lost after the World Cup. For us this is a bad situation to develop a National Team program with players not starting in their club situations. Hopefully they get that done over the next couple weeks and we can look at it a little bit calmer.”  

ussoccer.com: You have considered different approaches to the January camp, including not having one at all. Why is this camp important and what will be the focus in terms of roster and schedule? 

JK: “With the tricky situation that we have in the United States that now we have the season for the MLS players going towards the end and a lot of them having a break of almost two or three months, we are forced to hold a January camp to try and get the players in early in order to build their foundation for the season. It probably will go with the theme we had the last couple of months, bringing experienced players, bringing a lot of younger players in and kind of meld them together and have that mentorship for the developmental aspect of it.

“We want to explain a lot more what it takes to get to the international level - that you have to be on top of your game on the field, but you also have to be on top of your life off the field. With that schedule that we carry in the United States that we only get a nine, nine-and-a-half month season, we can't compete with the nations that go 11 months through. We're missing two months basically, so we try to bridge that with camps. We keep working, we keep explaining, we keep educating, which is very important on the field and off the field. It's going to be an exciting January camp like all the other ones in the past.” 

ussoccer.com: Next year has been described as one of the most challenging schedules the National Team has ever put together in terms of the opponents as well as the competitions which would suggest a significant growth opportunity. How important is it to have the full team available?

JK: “Looking forward to 2015, obviously there's an exciting Gold Cup on the agenda in July, which we want to badly win because it takes us to the Confederations Cup 2017 in Russia. Certainly there are challenges with the FIFA fixture dates. The calendar is not in sync with MLS, so hopefully we're getting closer with MLS to solve that situation so that we can always call the strongest team possible for senior National Team games, which is very important to us because we want to do well and we want to get the results. We can't always compromise our players on this side or the other side, so having that calendar together would help us tremendously.

“2015 will be a year of developing talent on and off the field. The theme will be education. Education wherever we can. We want to educate more on the coaching side, we want to educate on the players side, we want to educate on the parents side about what it really takes to become a professional. What's exciting for us is we're building our own counseling office with Nelson Rodriguez leading it. This is a huge step. It's something we copied a bit from the universities where we try to establish contact with the players and their parents early in order to help them understand what you need to know to become a pro. So there will be a lot of educational topics out there. We want to improve coaching education wherever we can because it's crucial, and we want to challenge our players and not let them settle, not even for a second, for whatever they have achieved up to that point. We want to grow our program and one day compete with the best in the world, so it means a lot of hard work in 2015.”

U-17 MNT Draws Qatar 1-1 in Chile

TALCA, Chile (Nov. 22, 2014) – The U.S. Under-17 Men’s National Team drew Qatar 1-1 at Estadio Fiscal de Talca to wrap up the 2014 Copa Libertador Bernardo O’Higgins.

U.S. U-17 MNT goal scoring leader Haji Wright notched a 61st-minute equalizer for his 18th goal of the year in international competition.

The USA went 0-1-2 at the event, with a 2-2 draw against host Chile on Nov. 18 and a 4-3 loss to Brazil on Nov. 20. The U-17s are 15-7-2 in international play and 16-7-6 overall in 2014.

The U.S. U-17 MNT had the brunt of scoring chances throughout the match against Qatar. Both teams came up empty in the first half, but Qatar broke the stalemate early in the second half. Khalid Mazeed had a strong individual effort to work the ball into the middle and blast a right-footed shot just inside the left post for a 1-0 lead in the 57th minute.

Wright and the USA responded four minutes later with a right-footed shot from about 10 yards out that sneaked past Qatar’s goalkeeper at the near right post.

The U.S. U-17s will now put their focus toward the 2014 Nike International Friendlies, at Lakewood Ranch, Florida. The defending champion USA will face England (Nov. 28), Australia (Nov. 30) and Brazil (Dec. 2), with all games kicking off at 6 p.m. ET and available live on ussoccer.com. The preceding 3 p.m. ET matches also will be live on ussoccer.com, featuring Australia vs. Brazil (Nov. 28), Brazil vs. England (Nov. 30) and England vs. Australia (Dec. 2).

More information from the USA-Chile match will be available on ussoccer.com.

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