U.S. Soccer

2016 U-23 La Manga Tournament

La Manga, Spain

U.S. WNT vs. Canada: Familiar Foes Highlight North American Strength

Though it’s true that the U.S. Women’s National Team has built powerful rivalries and has a long-standing history with countries such as Japan, China PR, Sweden, Germany, Brazil, France and Norway, few produce the intensity seen in a USA-Canada match. While every international match is important, USA vs. Canada brings with it a few factors that make this one of the most interesting matchups in women’s soccer. There’s the proximity between countries, the familiarity between players, many of whom are or have been club teammates, the shared language (not the French part), and the honor of always reaching for the title of best in CONCACAF.

Canada is currently ranked fourth in the world – its highest ever ranking – and most recently won the bronze medal at the 2016 Olympic Games (to go along with its bronze from 2012). Canada has steadily been climbing up the rankings, while the USA, a three-time World Cup Champion and four-time Olympic Gold medalist sits atop the FIFA rankings.

While the USA has only lost to Canada on three occasions (1986, 2000 and 2001), Canada has come very close a couple of times since – most notably during the 2012 Olympics – but the USA has found ways to triumph, sometimes in dramatic fashion.

The U.S. WNT and Canada have played each other 56 times, tying for the most common opponent in U.S. history along with China PR. The two teams have played each other often and in all types of the international games. There’s been USA vs. Canada in friendlies, in World Cup and Olympic Qualifying, and in Olympic Games and World Cups. Overall, the USA and Canada have played each other nine times in official competitions. The U.S. has gone 9-0-0 in these, outscoring Canada 27-6, but it’s the last five years that have brought some of the best games in the series for these two sides.

Of course, the most memorable match came during the semifinal of the 2012 Olympics when Alex Morgan scored the game-winning goal in the 123rd minute to earn a 4-3 U.S. win in what still stands as the latest goal scored in FIFA history. Canada superstar Christine Sinclair played one of the greatest matches in women’s soccer history that day, scoring all three goals for her country.


Alex Morgan scored the game-winning goal vs. Canada in the 123rd minute at the 2012 Olympics, the latest goal scored in FIFA history.

The teams played two friendlies in 2014, the first on Jan. 31, a 1-0 USA win, and again on May 8 in Winnipeg – about a year before the 2015 Women’s World Cup – in a game that resulted in a 1-1 draw. The most recent meeting came on Feb. 21, in the title game of the 2016 CONCACAF Women's Olympic Qualifying Championship.

The USA won the game 2-0 and claimed the regional title with goals from Tobin Heath and Lindsey Horan, both players with the Portland Thorns, where they are captained by Sinclair, Canada’s all-time leading scorer and the second-leading scorer in world history behind U.S. legend Abby Wambach.

The U.S. now heads to Vancouver to play the first of a two-game home-and-away series against Canada in November. The first match will be played on November 9 at BC Place and will kick-off at 7 p.m. PT and be broadcast on ESPN2 and UDN. The teams will then travel to the USA and meet again on November 12 (6 p.m. PT; FS1) at Avaya Stadium in San Jose, California.  The match in Vancouver marks the USA’s return to BC Place for the first time since winning the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup there on July 5, 2015. The historic 5-2 victory against Japan featured Carli Lloyd’s famous hat trick and her legendary long-range goal.

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WNT Aug 21, 2017

WNT to End 2017 Schedule vs. Canada in San Jose, Calif., on Nov. 12

CHICAGO (Aug. 21, 2017) – The U.S. Women's National Team will face Canada on Nov. 12 at Avaya Stadium in San Jose, Calif., in the second of a two-game, home-and-away series of friendlies to end the USA’s 2017 schedule. The game will start at 6 p.m. PT and will be broadcast on FS1. The first match, which was announced on June 29, will be played at BC Place in Vancouver on Nov. 9 (7 p.m. Read more
WNT Aug 21, 2017

WNT on TV: North Carolina Takes on Washington on Lifetime’s Game of the Week

The first-place North Carolina Courage welcomes bottom of the table Washington Spirit on Saturday afternoon while Sky Blue FC will try to bounce back against Seattle after failing to gain ground over the last two weeks. Here are the matches taking place this weekend: NWSL Saturday, Aug. 19 North Carolina Courage vs. Washington Spirit – 3:30 p.m. ET (TV: Lifetime Game of the Week) Sitting Read more
WNT Aug 18, 2017

MNT on TV: Bundesliga Kickoff, M.L.S. Clashes Highlight the Weekend

With U.S. Men’s National Team head coach Bruce Arena set to announce his September World Cup Qualifying roster in a little more than a week's time, for many players this weekend’s matches present one final chance to state their case for inclusion for the massive games against Costa Rica and Honduras. Here's a sample of things to watch for: The German Bundesliga season kicks off Read more
MNT Aug 18, 2017

MNT in Germany Season Preview

Kicking off this weekend, the German Bundesliga campaign promises another inviting opportunity for a number of U.S. players looking to further cement places with their clubs and in the MNT setup ahead of the 2018 FIFA World Cup. Here’s an outlook for six U.S. internationals as they begin their Bundesliga seasons: Christian Pulisic Set to turn 19 next month, Christian Pulisic comes off a Read more
MNT Aug 18, 2017

U-15 BNT Defeats Panama 3-0 to Advance to First CONCACAF Championship

BRADENTON, Fla. (Aug. 17, 2017) - The U.S. U-15 Boys’ National Team advanced to its first-ever CONCACAF U-15 Championship Final with a 3-0 victory over Panama. The USA went up early and never looked back with goals from Giovanni Reyna, Julian Gaines and Gianluca Busio. The semifinal victory continues a dominant tournament run for the U-15s. The team has only trailed for 12 total minutes in Read more
U-15 BNT Aug 17, 2017

Hackworth Names 22-Player Roster for Vaclav Jezek Youth Tournament in Czech Republic

CHICAGO (Aug. 17, 2017) – U.S. Under-17 Men’s National Team head coach John Hackworth has named a 22-player roster that will head to Prague, Czech Republic for the 2017 Vaclav Jezek Youth Tournament from Aug. 21-27. “Following our two recent domestic training camps, this tournament will challenge our team with four tough international matches in five days,” Hackwo Read more
U-17 MNT Aug 17, 2017

U-15 BNT Advances to CONCACAF U-15 Championship Semifinals

The U.S. U-15 Boys’ National Team has finished first in Group B at the CONCACAF U-15 Boys’ Championship in Bradenton, Florida. Check out more on the team’s undefeated three-match run to the knockout round: CANADA The U.S. U-15 BNT used a brace from Gianluca Busio to top Canada in its first match of the 2017 CONCACAF U-15 Boys’ Championship. Busio scored in back-to-back mi Read more
U-15 BNT Aug 16, 2017

PNT Draws Paralympic Champ Ukraine, Northern Ireland and Australia in World Championships

After competing in last summer’s Paralympics, the U.S. Paralympic National Soccer Team (PNT) is set to begin a new competition cycle at the IFPC CP Football World Championships in San Luis, Argentina, in September. The tournament features a total of 16 teams, eight of which competed in Rio de Janeiro, dividing them into groups of four for the opening round. This month’s draw placed t Read more
PNT Aug 16, 2017

Elm City Express Wins 2017 NPSL Championship

The Elm City Express of New Haven, Conn. claimed the 2017 NPSL Championship over the weekend with a 5-0 rout of Midland-Odessa FC (Midland, Texas) at Yale University’s Reese Stadium. In the team’s inaugural season, Elm City rode a dominant run through the Regional and National Playoffs to take home the NPSL title. The Express are the 15th team to win the league in its 15 years of exi Read more
Aug 16, 2017

Margaret "Peg" Brown: Ensuring the History of American Soccer

Nearly 300 individuals have been recognized as inductees to the National Soccer Hall of Fame. But the work of one woman is largely responsible for allowing the Hall’s stories – and by extension, the story of soccer in the United States – to be told. Margaret “Peg” Brown served as the Hall of Fame’s archive manager and her overhaul of the Hall’s inventory Read more
Aug 16, 2017

The Great Eight Semifinal Edition: Dream-Killers, Respects & Sunsets

The Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup is known for its magic moments. And the Semifinal round of the competition, now in its 104th year, tossed up a good few of those with a pair of memorable games on August 9 and 15. Take a look back at eight moments of note where Sporting Kansas City and New York Red Bulls rose to see off spirited challenges from San Jose’s Earthquakes and Cinderella second-divisio Read more
U.S. Open Cup Aug 16, 2017

New York Red Bulls Storm Back for 3-2 Extra-Time Win to Reach 2017 U.S. Open Cup Final as Midnight Strikes for Cinderellas FC Cincinnati

CINCINNATI (Aug. 15, 2017) – It looked like FC Cincinnati were home and dry at 2-0 up and heading for an historic Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup Final, only for New York Red Bulls to hit back late and eventually spoil the party. The visitors from Major League Soccer finished the job 3-2 in extra-time with Bradley Wright-Phillips heading home his second of the night to send the New Jersey-based clu Read more
U.S. Open Cup Aug 15, 2017

U-17 WNT to Face England Twice in Portland, Oregon

CHICAGO (August 15, 2017) – The U.S. Under-17 Women’s National Team will travel to Portland, Oregon, from Aug. 20-27 for a training camp that will feature two matches against the England U-17 Women’s National Team. The teams will meet on Aug. 23 at a site and time to be determined. The second match will take place on Aug. 26 at Providence Park, home of the Portland Thorns and Read more
U-17 WNT Aug 15, 2017

Schedule

Results

Date Matchup Result Venue Attendance Goal Scorers
2-1 W La Manga, Spain Roberts, Watt
1-0 W La Manga, Spain Watt
1-1 D La Manga, Spain Hedge

2016 La Manga Tournament - La Manga, Spain - March 2-6

PLAYER POS. HT. BIRTHDATE HOMETOWN CLUB/COLLEGE
F Fairview, Texas
GK 5-8 Atlanta, Georgia Concorde Fire
D 5-8 Far Hills, N.J.
M 5-5 Bellflower, Calif. USC
M 5-6 Highlands Ranch, Colo. Stanford
D 5-4 Omaha, Neb. OMA Elite Girls' Academy
D 5-5 Ashburn, Va. UNC
M Liberty Hill, Texas Lonestar SC
M 5-8 Post Falls, Idaho Washington
D 5-9 Coto de Caza, Calif. Slammers FC
D 5-6 Coventry, Conn. Penn State
D 5-6 San Jose, Calif
GK 6-0 Bridgewater, N.J. Rutgers
M 5-5 Strongsville, Ohio Internationals SC
D 6-0 Apex, N.C. CASL
M 5-5 Canton, Mich. Michigan Hawks
M 5-5 Ocean Township, N.J. PDA
D 5-8 Fairfax Station, Va. BRYC Elite
M 5-7 Leawood, Kan. KC Dynamos
F 5-7 Lakeland, Fla. VSI West Florida Flames
D 5-8 Colorado Springs, Colo. Pride Soccer Club
M 5-3 Omaha, Neb.

2016 La Manga Tournament - La Manga, Spain - March 2-6

Mimi Asom

Position:
Forward

Position:
Forward

Hometown:
Fairview, Texas

Rosemary Chandler

Position:
Goalkeeper

Height:
5-8

Birthdate:

Position:
Goalkeeper

Hometown:
Atlanta, Georgia

Club:
Concorde Fire

Alana Cook

Position:
Defender

Height:
5-8

Birthdate:

Position:
Defender

Hometown:
Far Hills, N.J.

Savannah DeMelo

Position:
Midfielder

Height:
5-5

Birthdate:

Position:
Midfielder

Hometown:
Bellflower, Calif.

Club:
USC

Jordan DiBiasi

Position:
Midfielder

Height:
5-6

Birthdate:

Position:
Midfielder

Hometown:
Highlands Ranch, Colo.

Club:
Stanford

Madeline Elliston

Position:
Defender

Height:
5-4

Birthdate:

Position:
Defender

Hometown:
Omaha, Neb.

Club:
OMA Elite Girls' Academy

Emily Fox

Position:
Defender

Height:
5-5

Birthdate:

Position:
Defender

Hometown:
Ashburn, Va.

Club:
UNC

Mikaela Harvey

Position:
Midfielder

Birthdate:

Position:
Midfielder

Hometown:
Liberty Hill, Texas

Club:
Lonestar SC

Kelcie Hedge

Position:
Midfielder

Height:
5-8

Birthdate:

Position:
Midfielder

Hometown:
Post Falls, Idaho

Club:
Washington

Natalie Jacobs

Position:
Defender

Height:
5-9

Birthdate:

Position:
Defender

Hometown:
Coto de Caza, Calif.

Club:
Slammers FC

Ellie Jean

Position:
Defender

Height:
5-6

Birthdate:

Position:
Defender

Hometown:
Coventry, Conn.

Club:
Penn State

Tegan McGrady

Position:
Defender

Height:
5-6

Birthdate:

Position:
Defender

Hometown:
San Jose, Calif

Casey Murphy

Position:
Goalkeeper

Height:
6-0

Birthdate:

Position:
Goalkeeper

Hometown:
Bridgewater, N.J.

Club:
Rutgers

Emily Ogle

Position:
Midfielder

Height:
5-5

Birthdate:

Position:
Midfielder

Hometown:
Strongsville, Ohio

Club:
Internationals SC

Taylor Otto

Position:
Defender

Height:
6-0

Birthdate:

Position:
Defender

Hometown:
Apex, N.C.

Club:
CASL

Courtney Petersen

Position:
Midfielder

Height:
5-5

Birthdate:

Position:
Midfielder

Hometown:
Canton, Mich.

Club:
Michigan Hawks

Taylor Racioppi

Position:
Midfielder

Height:
5-5

Birthdate:

Position:
Midfielder

Hometown:
Ocean Township, N.J.

Club:
PDA

Kaleigh Riehl

Position:
Defender

Height:
5-8

Birthdate:

Position:
Defender

Hometown:
Fairfax Station, Va.

Club:
BRYC Elite

Parker Roberts

Position:
Midfielder

Height:
5-7

Birthdate:

Position:
Midfielder

Hometown:
Leawood, Kan.

Club:
KC Dynamos

Jessie Scarpa

Position:
Forward

Height:
5-7

Birthdate:

Position:
Forward

Hometown:
Lakeland, Fla.

Club:
VSI West Florida Flames

Ally Watt

Position:
Defender

Height:
5-8

Birthdate:

Position:
Defender

Hometown:
Colorado Springs, Colo.

Club:
Pride Soccer Club

Michelle Xiao

Position:
Midfielder

Height:
5-3

Birthdate:

Position:
Midfielder

Hometown:
Omaha, Neb.

Date Match Time (ET) / Result Venue
March 2 United States vs. Sweden 1-1 D
La Manga, Spain
March 4 United States vs. England 1-0 W La Manga, Spain
March 6 United States vs. Norway 2-1 W La Manga, Spain

U.S. U-20 Women's National Team - 2016 U-23 La Manga Tournament Stats

Record: 2-0-1

Player

Pos

GP

GS

Min.

G

A

Pts

Y/R

Asom, Mimi F 2 1 78 0 0 0 0/0
Chandler, Rose
 GK 2 2 135 0 0 0 0/0
Cook, Alana D 2 2 180 0 0 0 0/0
De Melo, Savannah
2 2 102 0 0 0 0/0
Dibiasi, Jordan M 2 2 165 0 0 0 0/0
Elliston, Maddie  D 2 2 179 0 0 0 0/0
Fox, Emily
D
3 0 93 0
0 0
0/0
Harvey, Mikaela
M
2 2 180 1 0 2 0/0
Hedge, Kelcie
M
3 2 150 0
1 1
0/0
Jacobs, Natalie
D
1 1 57 0 0 0 0/0
Jean, Ellie  D 3 2 151 0 0 0 0/0
McGrady, Tegan  D 2 2 180 0 0 0 0/0
Murphy, Casey  GK 2 1 135 0 0 0 0/0
Ogle, Emily  M 3 2 171 0 0 0 0/0
Otto, Taylor
D
2 1 123 0 0 0 0/0
Peterson, Courtney  M 2 1 99 0 1 1 0/0
Racioppi, Taylor F 3 2 138 0 0 0 0/0
Reihl, Kaleigh  D 2 2 180 0 1 1 1/0
Roberts, Parker
M
3 1 159 1 0 2 0/0
Scarpa, Jessie
F
2
2
105
0
0
0
0/0
Watt, Ally F 3 1 143 2 1 5 0/0
Xiao, Michelle  D 2 0 67 0 0 0 1/0
Own Goal 0
Totals
3 3 270 4 4 12 2/0
Opponent Totals
3 3 270 1 0 2
0/0

2016 U-23 La Manga Tournament Goalkeeping Statistics

Player Name

GP

GS

Min.

GF

GA

SO

GAA

W-L-T

Chandler, Rose
2 2 135 2
1
0 0.33 0-0-1
Murphy, Casey  2 1 135 2 1 1 0.33 1-0-0
Totals 3 3 270 4 2
1 0.67 2-0-1
Opponent Totals 3 3 270 2 4 0 1.33 0-2-1

Updated through March 7, 2016

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