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CHICAGO (Nov. 22, 2017) – The U.S. Under-18 Women’s National Team will finish up its 2017 programming with a training camp at the Elite Athlete Training Center in Chula Vista, Calif., from Nov. 26 to Dec. 3.
U-18 WNT head coach Jaime Frias has called up 24 players, 20 born in 2000, the current age group for the U-18s, three born in 1999 and one born in 1998. Twenty-two players are currently playing youth club soccer while two are in college. Sixteen of the twenty-two youth club players are currently participating in the inaugural season of the U.S. Soccer Girls' Development Academy.
The pair of NCAA players are Texas A&M midfielder Addison McCain, named to the SEC All-Freshman Team last month, and UC Berkeley defender Emily Smith, who played in the 2016 FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup and recently earned Pac-12 All-Freshman Team honors.
The camp will complete a 2017 slate for this age group that included international trips to England and Australia as well as four domestic training camps.
U.S. U-18 WNT Roster by Position:
GOALKEEPERS (3): Katherine Asman (NTH Tophat SC; Roswell, Ga.), MacKenna Carmichael (San Diego Surf; Mission Viego, Calif.), Mackenzie Wood (Indiana Fire Academy; Granger, Ind.)
DEFENDERS (9): Cassandra Hiatt (Real Colorado; Parker, Colo.), Shae Holmes (Real Colorado; Highlands Ranch, Colo.), Anastasia Kravitz (California Thorns FC; Hillsborough, Calif.), Brianna Martinez (New Mexico Rush; Albuquerque, N.M.), Ella Shamburger (NTH Tophat SC; Atlanta, Ga.), Emily Smith (UC Berkeley; Los Gatos, Calif.), Alexa Spaanstra (Michigan Hawks; Brighton, Mich.), Hailey Stodden (Colorado Rush; Broomfield, Colo.), Isabelle Verdugo (Michigan Hawks; Plymouth, Mich.)
MIDFIELDERS (6): Coriana Dyke (Colorado Rush; Littleton, Colo.), Erin Hohnstein (Real Colorado; Broomfield, Colo.), Addison McCain (Texas A&M; Lavon, Texas), Allison Schlegel (Real Colorado; Parker, Colo.), Summer Yates (Pacific NW; Pasco, Wash.), Sakura Yoshida (Reign Academy; Redmond, Wash.)
FORWARDS (6): Aleigh Gambone (McLean SC; Clifton, Va.), Rachel Jones (NTH Tophat SC; Lawrenceville, Ga.), Sydny Nasello (Tampa Bay United; Land o Lakes, Fla.), Anna Podojil (Ohio Elite Soccer Academy; Cincinnati, Ohio), Loren Sefcik (Internationals SC: Medina, Ohio), Brooke Wilson (San Diego Surf; Vista, Calif.)
CHICAGO (Nov. 21, 2017) – U.S. Under-17 Men’s National Team head coach John Hackworth has named a 24-player preliminary roster for the 2017 Men’s Nike International Friendlies in Lakewood Ranch, Fla. that runs from Nov. 29-Dec. 3. From Nov. 24-28 the team will participate in a pre-tournament training camp, giving Hackworth additional opportunities to evaluate players before narrowing the roster down to 20. The four players not selected to the final roster will likely play for their Academy club during the 2017 U.S. Soccer Development Academy Winter Showcase, taking place simultaneously at the Premier Sports Campus, from Nov. 30-Dec. 10.
“To begin the new U-17 cycle with the Nike International Friendlies competing against traditional world powers is a big challenge,” Hackworth said. “However, our staff has evaluated these young men, most recently at the CONCACAF U-15 Championship, and we are all looking forward to the chance to work with this talented group.”
U.S. U-17 MNT 2017 Nike International Friendlies Roster by Position:
GOALKEEPERS (4): Khamari Culcleasure (D.C. United; Alexandria, Va.), John Tyler Harms (Shattuck- Saint Mary’s; Whitefish Bay, Wisc.), Damian Las (Chicago Fire; Norridge, Ill.), Kashope Oladapo (Portland Timbers; Happy Valley, Ore.)
DEFENDERS (7): Axel Alejandre (FC United Soccer Club; Chicago, Ill.), Sebastian Anderson (Colorado Rapids; Highlands Ranch, Co.), George Bello (Atlanta United FC; Douglasville, Ga.), Mitchell Eise (Sporting Kansas City; Springfield, Mo.), Mason Judge (Chargers Soccer Club; Tampa, Fla.), Kenneth Nielsen (Pateadores; Irvine, Calif.), Joseph Scally (New York City FC; Lake Grove, N.Y.)
MIDFIELDERS (6): Joshua Atencio (Seattle Sounders FC; Bellevue, Wash.), Gianluca Busio (Sporting Kansas City; Greenboro, NC), Adam Saldana (Real So Cal; Panorama City, Calif.), Gilbert Fuentes Perez (San Jose Earthquakes; Tracy, Calif.), Maximillian Goeggel (VFB Stuttgart; San Francisco, Calif.), Peter Stroud (New York Red Bulls; Chester, NJ)
FORWARDS (7): Julian Gaines (Lonestar Soccer Club; Austin, Tex.), Cade Hagan (Sockers FC; Naperville, Ill.), Diego Lopez (FC Golden State; Chino, Calif.), Daniel Mangarov (Atlanta United FC; Duluth, Ga.), Alfonso Ocampo Chavez (Seattle Sounders FC; Fresno, Calif.), Dante Sealy (FC Dallas; Frisco, Tex.), Ray Serrano (Seattle Sounders FC; Graham, Wash.)
MEXICO CITY (Nov. 18, 2017) – The U.S. Under-17 Women’s National Team rebounded from a 1-1 draw with Mexico on Nov. 16 to defeat its counterparts 4-0 in the second of two friendly matches at Mexico’s National Team Training Center. Midfielder Croix Bethune scored twice, sandwiched between single scores from forwards Isabella D’Aquila and Jordan Canniff.
The two matches served as excellent preparation for both teams ahead of the 2018 CONCACAF U-17 Women’s Championship. That tournament, to be held in Nicaragua next spring, will qualify three teams for the 2018 FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup in Uruguay.
"Obviously, we are very happy with the 4-0 result,” said U.S. U-17 WNT head coach Mark Carr. “We made several changes from the first game and our players responded with a very disciplined performance. Coming out of this experience in Mexico, we know that we have a lot of work ahead of us as we continue to improve leading into World Cup qualifying next year."
The age cutoff for the next U-17 Women’s World Cup is players born on or after January 1, 2001. For these games U.S. U-17 WNT head coach Mark Carr named 19 players born in 2001 and three born in 2002.
As in the first match two days ago, the USA scored early. Midfielder Hannah Bebar played a ball over the back line to Sunshine Fontes, who crossed into the middle for D’Aquila to finish first-time. It was D’Aquila’s third international goal in four U-17 appearances.
Unlike the match two days ago, the USA piled on three more goals to put the game away. It took the young Americans until the second half to score a second, but it came as part of a two-goal flurry from Bethune in a six-minute span.
Her first score came when the ball popped out to the top of the penalty box and she side-footed her shot into the top corner in the 51stt minute. She made it 3-0 in the 56th when she evaded a few defenders and hit a blast from outside the penalty area that flew into the upper left corner. The goals were Bethune’s second and third at the U-17 international level in 10 caps.
Bethune also created the fourth and final score, slipping a through ball into the path of Canniff, who dribbled along the end line and showed patience before beating the goalkeeper at a tough angle for her eighth U-17 goal in 18 caps.
U.S. Under-17 Women’s National Team Match Report
Match: United States U-17 Women’s National Team vs. Mexico
Date: November 18, 2017
Competition: International Friendly
Venue: Centro de Alto Rendimiento; Mexico City, Mexico
Weather: 70 degrees, clear
Scoring Summary: 1 2 F
USA 1 3 4
MEX 0 0 0
USA – Isabella D’Aquila (Sunshine Fontes) 8th minute
USA – Croix Bethune 51
USA – Croix Bethune 56
USA – Jordan Canniff (Croix Bethune) 80
USA: 12-Angelina Anderson; 17-Smith Hunter, 15-Natalia Staude, 16-Michela Agresti (capt), 2-Makenna Morris (3-Kate Wiesner, 54); 14-Hannah Bebar, 24-Croix Bethune, 20-Sophia Jones (21-Samantha Kroeger, 65); 19-Kalyssa Van Zanten (9-Jordan Canniff, 46), 13-Isabella D’Aquila (11-Lia Godfrey, 46), 18-Sunshine Fontes (10-Mia Fishel, 78)
Subs not used: 1-Cayla White, 4-Tori Hansen, 5-Kennedy Wesley, 6-Astrid Wheeler, 7-Samantha Meza, 8-Maya Doms
Head Coach: Mark Carr
MEX: 20-Jaidy Gutierrez; 16-Reyna Reyes, 2-Tanna Sanchez, 15-Julieta Peralta, 5-Ximena Rios (11-Esmeralda Zamarron, 57); 8-Nicole Perez (capt), 6-Mariana Elizondo, 4-Arely Salcedo (14-Nayeli Diaz, 40), 19-Natalia Mauleon (17-Yolanda Jimenez, 77); 10-Alison Gonzalez, 9-Vanessa Buso (21-Fernanda Rosales, 75)
Subs not used: 1-Clarissa Ramirez, 3-Nicole Soto, 7-Fatima Arellano, 12-Dayan Tellez, 13-Noemi Granados, 18-Valentina Oviedo, 22-Valeria Perez, 23-Valeria Reza
Head Coach: Christopher Cuellar
Stats Summary: USA / MEX
Shots: 11 / 5
Shots on Goal: 5 / 3
Saves: 3 / 1
Corner Kicks: 4 / 1
Fouls: 6 / 1
Offside: 5 / 3