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Thirteen NCAA Men's Soccer Teams to Participate in Expanded 2019 Spring College Development Program

CHICAGO (Feb. 22, 2019)—Thirteen top NCAA men’s soccer programs will compete in the second annual College Development Program. Designed to further player development opportunities in Zone 3 (players age 18 and older). Boston College, Clemson, Connecticut, Duke, Georgetown, North Carolina, Pittsburgh, Providence, Rutgers, Syracuse, Virginia, Virginia Tech and Wake Forest will participate across two divisions in this year’s program.

“I’m excited about the continued relationship between U.S. Soccer and the college game through the Spring College Program” said U.S. Soccer YNT Technical Director Tab Ramos. “The Spring College Program was a tremendous success in its inaugural run last year, as we were able to identify new Youth National Team prospects and follow others we were already tracking. The college program is an important part of Zone 3 development and having top programs participate under international standards makes their integration into our National Teams and the professional game easier.”

Initiated last year as a collaboration between U.S. Soccer and six NCAA men’s soccer programs, the college teams will run this year’s event as an approved U.S. Soccer competition, following the Federation’s technical framework of best practices for elite youth development. The games will operate similar a U.S. Soccer Development Academy match: featuring traditional timekeeping, a maximum gameday roster of 18 players and three substitution moments with no re-entry.

“The growth of the Spring College Program in its second year is a testament to the leaders of these institutions for their work and effort to create the optimal environments for players,” said YNT Director Jared Micklos. “It’s beneficial to have more players 17 and older participating in standards-based competition. We are proud to support the college game and these institutions in the evolution of the pathway for players transitioning from youth to college.”

The event also provides an additional opportunity for U.S. Soccer scouts to identify potential players for the Youth National Teams and senior Men’s National Team. U.S. Soccer Talent Identification network scouts will attend select games. Schools will receive a full analytic report of each match from Opta, U.S. Soccer’s official data supplier.

This year’s thirteen participating teams will be split into North and South Divisions. Boston College, Connecticut, Providence, Rutgers and Syracuse will comprise the North Division, while the South Division will be split into two groups: Georgetown, Pitt, Virginia and Virginia Tech in one, and Clemson, Duke, North Carolina and Wake Forest in the other. Last year, North Carolina took home the inaugural Spring College Program title in a competition that featured six top teams from across the Southeast.

The South Division teams will play each member of their group once from March 2 to April 6, followed by playoffs on April 13. The top team in each group will face-off, as well as the runner-up, third-placed, and fourth-placed teams in each group. Each team in the five-school North Division will play each other once from March 23 to April 26, and the team with the most points will be crowned as Division champion.

2019 Spring College Program Schedule
All times ET

North Division

March 23
Boston College vs. Syracuse – TBA

March 30
Providence vs. Rutgers – 1:00 p.m.
Boston College vs. Connecticut - TBA

April 6
Rutgers vs. Boston College – 1:00 p.m.
Connecticut vs. Syracuse – 2:00 p.m.

April 9
Connecticut vs. Providence – 7:30 p.m.

April 13
Syracuse vs. Providence – 1:00 p.m.

April 14
Rutgers vs. Connecticut – 1:00 p.m.

April 20
Syracuse vs. Rutgers – 2:30 p.m.

April 26
Providence vs. Boston College – 8:00 p.m.

South Division – Group 1

March 2
North Carolina vs. Duke – 12:00 p.m.
Wake Forest vs. Clemson – 3:00 p.m.

March 30
Clemson vs. North Carolina – 3:00 p.m.
Duke vs. Wake Forest – 4:00 p.m.

April 6
Duke vs. Clemson – 1:00 p.m.
North Carolina vs. Wake Forest – TBA

South Division – Group 2

March 2
Virginia vs. Virginia Tech – March 2, 1:00 p.m.

March 23
Pitt vs. Georgetown – March 23, 3:00 p.m.

March 30
Virginia vs. Georgetown – 1:00 p.m.
Virginia Tech vs. Pitt – 1:00 p.m.

April 6
Pitt vs. Virginia – 12:00 p.m.
Georgetown vs. Virginia Tech – 1:00 p.m.

South Division Playoffs – April 13 at Wake Forest
1st Place Group 1 vs. 1st Place Group 2
2nd Place Group 1 vs. 2nd Place Group 2
3rd Place Group 1 vs. 3rd Place Group 2
4th Place Group 1 vs. 4th Place Group 2

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Feb 22, 2019
US Soccer

Beach Soccer National Team Gathers for Second Camp of 2019 in California

CHICAGO (Feb. 21, 2019)—The U.S. Beach Soccer National Team will return to Huntington Beach, Calif. for its second camp of the year from Feb. 21-24.

After kicking off the year in California, this camp will see the Beach NT continue preparations for this spring’s 2019 Concacaf Beach Soccer Championship. There, the team will look to qualify for the biennial FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup for the first time since 2013 with a top-two finish.

U.S. Beach NT head coach Eddie Soto has called 14 players for the February camp. Eleven players return from the Jan. camp roster, while five return from the USA’s 2017 Concacaf Beach Soccer Championship squad.

U.S. Beach Soccer National Team Roster by Position:
GOALKEEPERS (3): Aldo Balsano (Miami, Fla.), Juan Cervantes (Los Angeles, Calif.), William Morlock (Grand Rapids, Mich.)
DEFENDERS (9): Tanner Akol (Santa Cruz, Calif.), Christian Blandon (Hollywood, Fla.), Fredo Dilbert (Miami, Fla.), Ryan Futagaki (Gahanna, Ohio), Bryce Kaminski (San Clemente, Calif.), David Mondragon (Santa Cruz, Calif.), Nicolas Perea (Hallandale Beach, Fla.), Oscar Reyes (Santa Ana, Calif.), Jason Santos (Cardiff by the Sea, Calif.)
FORWARDS (2):  Alessandro Canale (Venice, Calif.), Gabriel Silveira (San Francisco, Calif.)



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Beach Feb 21, 2019
US Soccer

Five Things to Know about the 2019 SheBelieves Cup

From Feb. 27 to March 5, U.S. Soccer will host the fourth annual SheBelieves Cup, one of the most elite four-team international women’s soccer tournaments in the world. The top-ranked USA will welcome women’s soccer powers Brazil (No. 10 in the FIFA Rankings), England (No. 4) and Japan (No. 8). Here are five things to know about the 2019 SheBelieves Cup.

France Bound: 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup Participants
This year, the SheBelieves Cup includes Brazil and Japan, two teams who have been part of the Tournament of Nations the past two years. They join England and the USA to make up an incredibly competitive field, as all four participants are not only among the top women’s soccer countries in the world, but more importantly, are all headed to France this summer for the 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup. Brazil, Japan and the USA are three of the seven teams that have participated in each of the seven previous Women’s World Cup tournaments.

Schedule Format and How to Watch
The U.S. team begins its schedule on Wednesday, Feb. 27 against Japan at Talen Energy Stadium in Chester, Pa. (7 p.m. ET on FS1). England will kick off the competition against Brazil (4p.m. ET on ussoccer.com) in the early game that day. All the teams will then travel to Nashville, Tenn. and Nissan Stadium where the USA will play England on Saturday, March 2 (3:30 p.m.CT on FOX), which will be preceded by Brazil vs. Japan (1p.m. CT on ussoccer.com). The tournament will finish on Tuesday, March 5, at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Fla. as Japan takes on England (5:15p.m. ET on ussoccer.com) followed by the tournament finale, featuring the USA against Brazil (8p.m. ET on FS1).

Date

Match-Up

Kickoff

Venue

TV

Feb. 27

England vs. Brazil

4 p.m. ET

Talen Energy Stadium; Chester, Pa.

ussoccer.com

Feb. 27

USA vs. Japan

7 p.m. ET

Talen Energy Stadium; Chester, Pa.

FS1, Fox Sports App

March 2

Brazil vs. Japan

1 p.m. CT

Nissan Stadium; Nashville, Tenn.

ussoccer.com

March 2

USA vs. England

3:30 p.m. CT

Nissan Stadium; Nashville, Tenn.

FOX, Fox Sports App

March 5

Japan vs. England

5:15 p.m. ET

Raymond James Stadium; Tampa, Fla.

ussoccer.com

March 5

USA vs. Brazil

8 p.m. ET

Raymond James Stadium; Tampa, Fla.

FS1 , Fox Sports App

SheBelieves: Inspiring the Next Generation
Conceived and developed by the U.S. Women’s National Team players, SheBelieves is a movement to inspire young girls and women and encourage them to accomplish their goals and dreams, athletic or otherwise. The campaign was originally launched in the run-up to the 2015 Women’s World Cup but has since evolved and grown into a special bond between the team and its fans, taking its powerful message of empowerment and that of believing in yourself into communities across the nation. 

As one of the most popular women’s teams in the United States, the WNT is the prime example that dreams are attainable if you set your mind to it and go after what you want. Through dedication, teamwork, perseverance and success, the players in the U.S. team inspire new generations of young girls and women to be better and strive for better. They inspire them to believe.

SheBelieves Cup History
In the 2016 SheBelieves Cup, the USA defeated England and France by 1-0 scores and downed Germany, 2-1, in the de facto championship game to take the inaugural tournament title. Germany finished second, England was third and France was fourth. In fact, none of the games were decided by more than one goal with the results coming down to three 1-0 victories, two 2-1 victories and one 0-0 draw.

At the 2017 SheBelieves Cup, the USA defeated Germany 1-0 in the opening match on a goal from Lynn Williams, but fell to England 1-0 and France 3-0. France won the tournament, Germany was second, England third and the USA finished fourth. France defeated England 2-1, drew 0-0 with Germany and downed the USA, 3-0.

Last year, the USA took back the trophy, finishing ahead of England, France and Germany. This time, the teams scored 16 total goals and two games featured larger than one-goal margins with England beating France, 4-1, and France beating Germany, 3-0. The USA, in 2016, was the only team to win all three games in any of the previous SheBelieves Cups. 

 In the previous three editions, no individual player has scored more than two goals in a tournament. Four players have scored twice: Alex Morgan in 2016, Camille Abily of France in 2017, and Ellen White of England and Eugénie Le Sommer in 2018.

The Best Players in the World
Probably one of the most exciting things about the SheBelieves Cup, not only for teams and players but also for fans in the United States, is that the tournament provides the opportunity to watch some of the most talented women’s players on the planet.

WNT - Tobin Heath

This includes not only the U.S. players like prolific goal scorer Alex Morgan, or creative attackers like Megan Rapinoe and Tobin Heath, but also forward Eugenie Le Sommer and towering defender Wendy Renard of France; six-time FIFA Player of the Year Marta of Brazil and her strike partner Cristiane, veteran Japan players Rumi Utsugi of Reign FC and Saki Kumagai of two-time reigning UEFA Champions League winners Olympique Lyon, or England players like team leader Steph Houghton, veteran midfielder Jill Scott and Barcelona forward Toni Duggan.

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WNT Feb 20, 2019
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U-20 WNT Kicks Off 2019 with Three-Game Tournament in La Manga, Spain

CHICAGO (Feb. 19, 2019) – The U.S. Under-20 Women’s National Team will travel to La Manga, Spain from Feb. 24-March 6 to play its first three international matches of the year at the Women’s U-19 La Manga Tournament. It’s the U-20s’ second tournament after December’s Nike International Friendlies as the team continues in the early stages of the 2019-20 cycle with the goal of qualifying for the 2020 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup.

The USA will face the Under-19 sides from Germany on March 1, France on March 3 and Sweden on March 7 in La Manga but the opponents will feature players from the same birth years as the U.S. team as it embarks on the first year of the new two-year cycle.

The 20-player U.S. roster is made up of 11 players born in 2000 (the age cut-off year for the next U-20 WWC), eight players born in 2001 and one in 2002. Nine players on the roster were a part of the USA’s 2018 FIFA U-17 WWC Team and three – defender Naomi Girma, midfielder Brianna Pinto and forward Alexa Spaanstra – were a part of the USA’s 2018 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup roster and return for their second U-20 cycle.

The roster is a mixture of collegiate and youth club players, with seven already enrolled in college. Eight of the 13 youth club players on the roster currently play in the U.S. Soccer Development Academy, including 2017-18 West Conference U-16/17 Player of the Year Sophia Jones. The team will be coached by Mark Carr, who helmed the USA through the last U-17 Women’s World Cup cycle.

The friendly competition will feature 14 countries. In addition to the USA and its three opponents, China, Denmark, England, Iceland, Italy, Netherlands, Scotland, Spain and Switzerland will also participate.

U.S. U-20 WNT Roster by Position – Women’s U-19 La Manga Tournament 2019:
GOALKEEPERS (2): Julia Dohle (New York City FC; Scarsdale, N.Y.), Hensley Hancuff (Villanova; Edmond, Okla.)    
DEFENDERS (6): Michela Agresti (FC Stars of Mass; Swampscott, Mass.), Maycee Bell (NC Courage; Wichita, Kan.), Naomi Girma (Stanford; San Jose, Calif.), Brianna Martinez (Notre Dame; Albuquerque, N.M.), Makenna Morris (Bethesda SC; Germantown, Md.), Natalia Staude (Tophat; Atlanta, Ga.)
MIDFIELDERS (6): Maya Doms (Davis Legacy; Davis, Calif.), Coriana Dyke (Colorado Rapids; Littleton, Colo.), Emily Gray (Virginia Tech; Sewell, N.J.), Sophia Jones (San Jose Earthquakes; Menlo Park, Calif.), Brianna Pinto (North Carolina; Durham, N.C.). Sakura Yoshida (Reign Academy; Redmond, Wash.)
FORWARDS (6): Jordan Canniff (Washington Spirit Academy - Baltimore Armour; California, Md.), Isabella D'Aquila (So Cal Blues; Mission Viejo, Calif.), Samantha Meza (Solar Soccer Club; Dallas, Texas), Alexa Spaanstra (Virginia; Brighton, Mich.), Hannah Richardson (Sockers FC; Bartlett, Ill.), Summer Yates (Washington; Pasco, Wash.)


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U-20 WNT Feb 19, 2019
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USA Schedule Set for 2019 Concacaf U-17 Championship

CHICAGO (Feb. 19, 2019) — The USA will face Canada, Barbados and Guatemala in Group F play at the 2019 Concacaf U-17 Championship from May 1-16 at IMG Academy in Bradenton, Fla. Four teams from the tournament will advance to represent Concacaf at the 2019 FIFA U-17 World Cup in Peru. Concacaf (Confederation of North, Central American and Caribbean Association Football) conducted the final draw for the upcoming tournament today at its headquarters in Miami, Fla.

The U.S. will begin the tournament against Canada on May 2, take on Barbados on May 4 and finish group play versus Guatemala on May 6. After round-robin play, the top three teams in each group will advance to the 16-team knockout round from May 8-16, joined by four group winners from a preliminary qualifying round which will be played in March and April. The tournament’s four semifinalists will advance to October’s 2019 FIFA U-17 World Cup.

2019 Concacaf U-17 Championship

USA - Group F Schedule

Date

Match-up

Kickoff (ET)

Venue

May 2

USA vs. Canada

TBD

IMG Academy; Bradenton, Fla.

May 4

USA vs. Barbados

TBD

IMG Academy; Bradenton, Fla.

May 6

USA vs. Guatemala

TBD

IMG Academy; Bradenton, Fla.

The top four teams in the Concacaf U-17 rankings, Mexico, the USA, Honduras and Costa Rica were seeded for the draw. The full results of the championship draw are listed below:

Group E

Group F

Group G

Group H

Mexico

USA

Honduras

Costa Rica

Jamaica

Canada

Haiti

Panama

Trinidad and Tobago

Guatemala

El Salvador

Suriname

Bermuda

Barbados

Guyana

Curaçao 

Groups A, B, C and D will be contested as qualifying groups before the tournament proper begins on May 1, with each group winner advancing directly to the knockout round. Groups A and C will play March 16-25 and Groups B and D will follow from April 1-10, with all matches at IMG Academy in Bradenton, Fla.

Group A

Group B

Group C

Group D

Nicaragua

Dominican Republic

Guadeloupe

St. Kitts and Nevis

Grenada

Antigua and Barbuda

Bahamas

Puerto RIco

Cayman Islands

Belieze

Aruba

Martinique

U.S. Virgin Islands

Dominica

St. Martin

Anguilla

St. Vincent and the Grenadines

Montserrat

Bonaire

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IMG Academy is familiar territory for the U-17 MNT, who competes annually at the Nike International Friendlies in nearby Lakewood Ranch, Fla. and gathered in the area for a training camp last month.  IMG Academy was also home of the U.S. Soccer U-17 Residency Program from 1999 to 2017, an initiative that brought together the country’s best young players for full-time daily training with the U-17 MNT staff.

Six teams have already qualified for the FIFA U-17 World Cup thus far: host Peru, along with Australia, Japan, Korea Republic and Tajikistan, who qualified via the 2018 AFC U-16 Championship in Malaysia, as well as New Zealand from the 2018 OFC U-16 Championship in the Solomon Islands. The remaining 18 nations will qualify over the course of this year.  


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