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WNT Scavenger Hunt Gets Real, Real Quick

During a break in training in Portugal before the 2015 Algarve Cup, the WNT was put through a team-building exercise that was a scavenger hunt of sorts, as groups of players had to accomplish a list of tasks in a set amount of time. To no one’s surprise, it quickly got competitive as the teams tried to creatively accomplish their tasks to win the day.

U.S. U-16 BNT Headed to Netherlands International Tournament with 21-Player Roster

CHICAGO (March 2, 2015) – The U.S. Under-16 Boys’ National Team is headed to Rotterdam, Netherlands, for a March 7-16 trip to take part in the Netherlands International Tournament.

The camp will be highlighted by matches against the Republic of Ireland on March 11, the Czech Republic on March 13 and the Netherlands on March 15.

A 21-player roster will represent the USA in the four-team tournament. This marks the third U-16 BNT camp for this cycle, having previously met for a November camp in France, followed by the 2015 Aegean Cup International Youth Tournament in January. Eight players in this current roster competed at the Aegean Cup, which included a 2-0 victory against Romania.

Eighteen of the 21 players currently play in the Development Academy.

The U-16 camp is dually coached by Shaun Tsakiris and Luchi Gonzalez.

Roster By Position:
GOALKEEPERS (2): Eric Lopez (LA Galaxy; Westminster, Calif.), Brady Scott (De Anza Force; Petaluma, Calif.)
DEFENDERS (7): Jose Alfaro Jr. (Fuerza Monarca; West Chicago, Ill.), Calvin Aroh (New England Revolution; Glastonbury, Conn.), McKay Eves (Real Salt Lake AZ; San Diego, Calif.), Harold Hanson (FC Golden State; Ontario, Calif.), Daniel Jones (New England Revolution; West Hartford, Conn.), Rayshaun McGann (Philadelphia Union; Royal Palm Beach, Fla.), Francisco Torres (Club Tijuana; San Diego, Calif.)
MIDFIELDERS (6): Raul Aguilera Jr. (Orlando City; Sanford, Fla.), Jose Carranza (D.C. United; Manassas, Va.), Jonathan Gonzalez (Monterrey; Santa Rosa, Calif.), Christopher Goslin (Georgia United; Locust Grove, Ga.), Nicholas Taitague (Richmond United; Midlothian, Va.), Juan Pablo Torres (Georgia United; Lilburn, Ga.)
FORWARDS (6): Andrew Carleton (Georgia United; Powder Springs, Ga.), Lucas del Rosario (Capital Area RailHawks Academy – CASL; Durham, N.C.), Justin Rennicks (New England Revolution; Boston, Mass.), Timothy Weah (Paris Saint-Germain; Rosedale, N.Y.), Hanif Wright (Unattached; Los Angeles, Calif.), Aristotle Zarris (Real Salt Lake AZ; Casa Grande, Ariz.)

John Hackworth Names 36-Player Roster for U-15 BNT Camp in Florida

CHICAGO (March 2, 2015) – U.S. Under-15 Boys’ National Team head coach John Hackworth has selected a 36-player group to compete at a domestic camp from March 7-15 in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

This is the U-15 BNT’s first camp of the year. The camp features 35 players who were born in 2000 and one born in 2001.

The camp includes a heavy presence of Development Academy players, with 32 of the 36 currently registered with Academy clubs. Seventeen players are affiliated with Major League Soccer Academy teams, with four players from the LA Galaxy.

Roster by Position:
GOALKEEPERS (4): Alexander Budnik (Sockers FC Chicago; Arlington Heights, Ill.), Carlos dos Santos (Philadelphia Union; Philadelphia, Pa.), Quantrell Jones (Baltimore Celtic; Baltimore, Md.), Hunter Pinho (Players Development Academy; Cranford, N.J.)
DEFENDERS (11): Kelee Cornfield-Saunders (Chivas USA; San Marcos, Calif.), Cameron Duke (Sporting Kansas City; Olathe, Kan.), Christopher Durkin (Richmond United; Glen Allen, Va.), Connor Haskell (New England Revolution; Medfield, Mass.), Julian Kraidelman (New York Red Bulls; Montclair, N.J.), Jaylin Lindsey (Sporting Kansas City; Olathe, Kan.), John Murphy (Players Development Academy; Scotch Plains, N.J.), Bryan Perez (Sherman Oaks Extreme SC; Los Angeles, Calif.), Wolfgang Prentice (Pateadores; Redondo Beach, Calif.), Julian Shapiro-Lopez (Kendall SC; Miami, Fla.), Chandler Vaughn (D.C. United; Woodbridge, Va.)
MIDFIELDERS (12): Brenden Aaronson (Philadelphia Union; Medford, N.J.), Pablo Arias (New York Red Bulls; Ledgewood, N.J.), Jake Arteaga (LA Galaxy, Glendora, Calif.), Eric Valentine Calvillo (PWSI; Manassas, Va.), Ashish Chattha (Juventus; Fremont, Calif.), Carlos Anguiano Diaz (Chivas USA; Los Angeles, Calif.), Blaine Ferri (Solar Chelsea SC; Southlake, Texas), Nicholas Gallo (Juventus; Atherton, Calif.), Bryce Orsini (D.C. United; Rockville, Md.), Jose Peralta (Portland Timbers; Portland, Ore.), James Sands (New York Soccer Club; Rye, N.Y.), Adrian Villegas (Portland Timbers; Hood River, Ore.)
FORWARDS (9): Ayomide Akinola (Toronto FC; Brampton, Canada), Zico Bailey (LA Galaxy; Las Vegas, Nev.), Misael Becerra (Chivas USA; Los Angeles, Calif.), Arturo Chavez (Strikers FC; Lake Forest, Calif.), Jonathan Estrada (LA Galaxy; Santa Ana, Calif.), Nicolas Garcia-Morillo (Weston FC; Miami, Fla.), Niccolo Lemoine (De Anza Force; Pleasanton, Calif.), Mario Licor (Orlando City; Titusville, Fla.), Kevin Negrete (LA Galaxy; Hawthorne, Calif.)

U-17 MNT Ready to Tackle Trinidad & Tobago

The U-17 MNT prepares for the second game in the 2015 CONCACAF U-17 Championship against Trinidad & Tobago.

U-15 GNT Starts New Cycle with Camp at NTC in Carson

CHICAGO (March 2, 2015) – The U.S. Under-15 Girls’ National Team will begin its 2015 programming with a 36-player training camp at the U.S. Soccer National Training Center in Carson, Calif., running from March 14-21.

The camp will be run by U.S. Soccer Women’s Development Coach Mark Carr, who has called up 31 players born in 2001 and five born in 2002. This age group will form the core of the team that will attempt to qualify for the 2018 FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup.

U.S. U-15 GNT Roster By Position:

GOALKEEPERS (4): Ryan Campbell (So Cal Blues; Dana Point, Calif.), Julia Dohle (New York SC; Scarsdale, N.Y.), Marzia Josephson (TFCA Alliance; Cary, N.C.), Maciah Lipsey (Michigan Hawks; Southfield, Mich.)

DEFENDERS (12): Caroline Conti (Carolina Elite SA; Greenville, S.C.), Isabella D’Aquila (So Cal Blues; Orange, Calif.), Aliyah El-Naggar (Cincinnati United; Mason, Ohio), Alyssa Fleming (South Shore Select; Marshfield, Mass.), Julia Hannon (HBC SC; Massapequa, N.Y.), Tori Hansen (CASL; Raleigh, N.C.), Faith Hopper (Fullerton Rangers; Fullerton, Calif.), Paige Hopper (Fullerton Rangers; Fullerton, Calif.), Savannah Kessler (Legends FC; Murrieta, Calif.), Makenna Morris (Bethesda SC; Germantown, Md.), Natalia Staude (Tophat SC; Marietta, Ga.), Kate Wiesner (Slammers FC; Monrovia, Calif.)

MIDFIELDERS (12): Croix Bethune (Concorde Fire; Alpharetta, Ga.), Jordan Canniff (Richmond United; California, Md), Katelyn Duong (FC Portland; Portland, Ore.), Hannah Gallegos (Rio Rapids SC; Albuquerque, N.M.), Jillian Martinez (Lonestar SC; San Antonio, Texas), Taylour Mendoza (Mustang Fury; Pleasanton, Calif.), Madison Mercado (San Diego Surf; San Diego, Calif.), Alexandra Palangi (Santa Barbara SC; Arroyo Grande, Calif.), Gabrielle Robinson (Braddock Road SC; Springfield, Va.), Leah Scarpelli (Match Fit Academy; Brick, N.J.), Hollyn Torres (FC Dallas; Frisco, Texas), MacKenzee Vance (Storm SA; Bluffton, S.C.)

FORWARDS (8): Sade Adamolekun (Lonestar SC; Spicewood, Texas), Vanessa Buso (Legends FC; Corona, Calif.), Lia Godfrey (Clay County SC; Fleming Island, Fla.), Samantha Meza (Dallas Kicks; Balch Springs, Texas), Nicole Payne (Concorde Fire; Birmingham, Ala.), Alexandra Russell (Albion Hurricanes FC; Katy, Texas), Hannah White (Tophat SC; Mableton, Ga.), Sarai Zedingil (Beach FC; Los Angeles, Calif.)

U-17 MNT Continues World Cup Qualifying against Trinidad & Tobago Tonight

The U.S. Under-17 Men’s National Team resumes Group A play at the 2015 CONCACAF U-17 Championship when it faces Trinidad & Tobago at 6 p.m. ET on Monday, March 2, at Estadio Francisco Morazán in San Pedro Sula, Honduras. The game is live on FOX Sports 2 and Univision Deportes, and fans can follow on Twitter @ussoccer_ynt and @ussoccer_esp.

The USA took hold of first place in the group with a resounding 5-0 victory against Cuba on Feb. 27. Joe Gallardo led the way with three goals, while Hugo Arellano and Alejandro Zendejas each contributed a goal. The U-17 MNT’s plus-5 goal differential puts the team ahead of Guatemala (1-0-0, plus-3 goal differential) and host Honduras (1-0-0, plus-2 goal differential).

Trinidad & Tobago dropped its group opener 4-1 go Guatemala on Feb. 27. Keston Julien’s 45th-minute goal cut Guatemala’s lead to 2-1, but Guatemala responded in first-half stoppage time and padded its lead early in the second half.

Here is breakdown of the USA’s history against Trinidad & Tobago in this tournament:

  • The USA has faced Trinidad & Tobago eight previous times in this tournament, which ties for the most games (along with Honduras) against the Group A opponents. The U.S. is 4-1-3 all-time.
  • The first two meetings came at the 1983 CONCACAF U-16 Championship. The USA and Trinidad drew 1-1 in the opening round on Aug. 30, and then played to a scoreless draw through regulation in the title match on Sept. 3. The U.S. won the tournament title 5-3 in penalties.
  • The U.S. earned a 4-0 win to open the preliminary round of the 1987 CONCACAF U-16 Championship on Feb. 15.
  • At the 1988 CONCACAF U-16 Championship, the USA lost 1-0 to Trinidad on Nov. 20 to cap off the group stage, but made up for that result with a 1-0 U.S. win on Nov. 27 in the tournament’s final round in Port of Spain, Trinidad.
  • At the 1991 CONCACAF U-16 Championship, the USA and Trinidad & Tobago drew 1-1 in the final round on March 31.
  • The USA’s top offensive performance against Trinidad was at the 1994 CONCACAF U-16 Championship with a 5-3 victory on Nov. 5 in the group stage.
  • The last time the U.S. and Trinidad & Tobago faced each other was at the 2007 CONCACAF U-17 Tournament, where the USA garnered a 3-0 victory on April 30. Alex Nimo scored twice, with Brek Shea assisting his second goal. Ellis McLoughlin contributed the other U.S. tally off of a Sheanon Williams assist.

Photo Gallery: Training Intensifies for WNT Ahead of Algarve Cup Opener

A glimpse at the U.S. WNT's fifth day of training in Portugal ahead of the annual Algarve Cup. The USA takes on Norway on March 4 in its opening Group B match. The game will be broadcast on FOX Sports 1 and will also be available on FOX Sports Go. Fans can also follow U.S. Soccer's coverage on Twitter @ussoccer_wnt,@ussoccer_esp and Instagram @ussoccer_wnt.

U-23 WNT Defeats Norway 2-0 at La Manga Tournament

CHICAGO (Feb, 28, 2015) – The U.S. Under-23 Women’s National Team made it two wins in a row at the Six Nations Tournament in La Manga, Spain, defeating its counterpart from Norway, 2-0, on goals from forward Shea Groom and midfielder Danielle Colaprico. 

The USA out-shot Norway 16-2, but didn’t get on the board until a few minutes before halftime. Midfielder Samantha Mewis, the only player on the U.S. roster with senior WNT caps, played a pass into Groom near the left side of the penalty box. Groom took a long touch inside to beat the defender and finished hard inside the near post. 

Groom, a second round pick by FC Kansas City in the 2015 NWSL Draft, turned provider on the insurance goal. In the 70th minute she got to the end line and played a pass back across the face of the goal. Boston Breakers fourth-round draft pick Stephanie Verdoia made a perfect dummy run and the ball rolled to Colaprico, a Chicago Red Stars first-round pick, who finished from the top of the six-yard box. Stanford goalkeeper Jane Campbell picked up the shutout for the USA. 

The USA was coming off a 1-0 victory against Japan on Feb. 26 and will try to make it a three-game sweep at this friendly tournament against England on March 2. After Mewis captained the side against Japan, defender Emily Sonnet wore the armband against Norway. 

The 22-player U.S. squad features 14 professional players, including 13 who were taken in the recent 2015 NWSL Draft. The only one-year pro is Chicago Red Stars midfielder Vanessa DiBernardo. 

- U.S. U-23 Women’s National Team Match Report - 

Match: U.S. U-23 Women’s National Team vs. Norway U-23 Women’s National Team
Date: February 28, 2015
Competition: Six Nations Tournament
Venue: La Manga Football Centre; La Manga, Spain 

Scoring Summary:       1          2          F                                             
USA                              1          1          2
NOR                             0          0          0 

USA - Shea Groom (Samantha Mewis)               42nd minute
USA - Danielle Colaprico (Shea Groom)             70 

Lineups:
USA: 1-Jane Campbell; 17-Andi Sullivan, 13-Emily Sonnett (capt.), 23-Kristin Grubka, 4-Caprice Dydasco (7-Jaelene Hinkle, 46); 9-Rose Lavelle (16-Daphne Corboz, 78), 21-Lo’eau LoBonta, 14-Samantha Mewis (2-Danielle Colaprico, 46); 6-Shea Groom, 10-Stephanie Verdoia, 5-Makenzy Doniak (19-Cheyna Williams, 65)
Subs not used: 3-Vanessa DiBernardo, 8-Sarah Killion, 11-Stephanie McCaffrey, 15-Cari Roccaro, 18-Abby Smith, 20-Lynn Williams, 25-Abby Dahlkemper
Head Coach: Janet Rayfield 

NOR: 1-Nora Neset Gjoen, 2-Cecilie Redisch Kvamme, 4-Stine Pettersen Reinas, 15-Maria Thorisdottir, 5-Nora Byon-Nilssen, 17-Maria Dybwad Brochmann (6-Tonje Pedersen, 61), 16-Anja Sonstevold, 10-Andrine Stolsmo Hegerberg, 7-Victoria Ludvigsen, 9-Melissa Bjanesoy, 8-Guro Reiten (19-Lisa Fjellstad Naalsund, 46)
Subs not used: 3-Ane Sund Walsoe, 11-Synne Skinnes Hansen, 12-Hilde Gunn Olsen, 13-Mali Lilleas Naess, 14-Ingrid Ostervold Stenevik, 18-Therese Asland, 12-Anniken Jerre 

Stats Summary: USA / NOR
Shots: 16 / 2
Shots on Goal: 11 / 1
Saves: 1 / 9
Corner Kicks: 6 / 0
Fouls: 5 / 10
Offside:  1 / 2 

Misconduct Summary:
None 

Officials:
Referee: J. Lavrenovaite
Assistant Referee 1: I. Siliuniene
Assistant Referee 2: V. Skiptitene

Quote Sheet: U-17 MNT Excited by Big Win in Opening game of 2015 CONCACAF U-17 Championship

2015 CONCACAF U-17 Championship Quote Sheet
USA 5, CUBA 0
Feb. 27, 2015

U-17 MNT head coach RICHIE WILLIAMS
On the 5-0 victory to begin the Under-17 Championship:
"It was a good start for the team. Obviously it was important to come in and start off on the right foot, get three points and score some goals. So I thought it was a solid showing today against a Cuba team that is difficult and makes it hard on you, and I thought at times were physical and defended well. So it was difficult at times but I thought the guys did a great job.”

On being considered a favorite to win the Championship:
"You’re always happy with a win, no matter what. The objective is to go out and win. Again, we want to take one game at a time. Trinidad is next and we have to focus on Trinidad, who’s going to be a good opponent. Again we take one game at a time. We have to get the results, play well, and then hopefully we’ll continue that one game after another and into the final on the last day of the tournament.”

On how the team dealt with the climate:
“We were fine. We train full time in Florida so we also have a lot of heat in Florida - we trained the last year and half in Florida. We felt fine. The guys came through the game with no issues. We have a strong squad of 20 players that we trust that will be able to come in and play for us at certain times and do well for us if need be.”

On the play of Joe Gallardoin his first major competition after coming back from a broken leg in August 2014:
“It’s great to see Joe back from his injury. Joe’s a good goal scorer – he was proving it up until his injury. Now he’s back, and obviously got three goals tonight. He worked extremely hard, he played well and he was rewarded with his three goals. I believe that he’ll continue to do that throughout the tournament. Again it’s great for him to be able to recover from the injury and to be back with this team.”

On if he expects the coming games will be more difficult:
“Anybody in international soccer can beat anybody. So we’re not going to relax and take any team for granted. We respect all the teams; they’re all competitive and we don’t feel that there’s going to be any easy game. We have to show up and make sure that we play well offensively and defensively and have good team outings.”

U.S. U-17 MNT midfielder CHRISTIAN PULISIC
On starting the tournament with a 5-0 victory:
"It was great. We played really hard right from the start and got that early goal, which really helped us. After that we didn’t hold back. All the guys did their job and played really well. We kept a clean sheet and we’re all happy and looking forward to the next game.”

On turning corner kick drills into an early goal:
“It’s awesome. To practice that with Richie showing us the plays we’d like to do, and just being able to execute is really important. So it was really good to get that first goal like that.”

On having two goals called back early on:
“We weren’t worried. Things like that happen. We just had to keep pushing and we knew they’d (goals) come.”

U.S. U-17 MNT midfielder ALEJANDRO ZENDEJAS

On starting the tournament off with a convincing win:
"It’s definitely exciting. Of course we still want to look at the good things we did and the things we can do better. But I think we’re all very happy to start off with a win. And now we’re just ready for the next game.”

On getting an early goal and being able to add to the lead:
“It was great, but we knew we still had to keep our composure and keep playing, keep scoring. And obviously we were able to do that.”

On how his goal came about:
“Josh (Perez) sent a ball from the left side and Haji (Wright) tried to play it back. It was kind of bouncing around. Joe (Gallardo) laid it off and I just hit it first time. We’ve practiced finishing a lot, and it paid off, so I’m happy.”

U.S. U-17 MNT forward JOE GALLARDO
On scoring three goals in the win to start the tournament:
"I’m happy I got the hat trick, but more happy that we got the win as team. We played really well and I’m just happy for the victory today.”

On how he scored the first goal:
“As coach always tells me, run to the first post, and that’s what I did. I saw a clear path for Christian, he got it across and I was able to tap it in.”

On returning to the form he had prior to his injury:
“I’m just happy that I’m back to how I used to play. I’m thankful to God that he gave me the strength and perfect mindset to come back and play really well.”

Photo Gallery: U-17 MNT Off to Flying Start at 2015 CONCACAF U-17 Championship

Photos from the U-17 MNT's 5-0 win against Cuba in its opening Group A game at the 2015 CONCACAF U-17 Championship, which is being held in Honduras. The U.S. next plays Trinidad & Tobago on Monday at 6 p.m. ET. The match will be broadcast on FOX Sports 2 and Univision Deportes. Fans will also be able to follow all the action on Twitter @ussoccer_ynt and @ussoccer_esp

Results

Date Matchup Result Venue Attendance Goal Scorers
February 4, 2009 U-23 WNT vs Norway Under-23 Women 1-0 W La Manga; La Manga, Spain 0 Averbuch
February 6, 2009 U-23 WNT vs England Under-23 Women 3-0 W La Manga; La Manga, Spain 0 Klein, Cinalli, Quinn
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