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The Black & White Collection: 2018 MNT January Camp Edition

A black and white view of the U.S. Men’s National Team’s ongoing January Camp leading up to the Jan. 28 friendly vs. Bosnia and Herzegovina at StubHub Center in Carson, Calif.

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MNT Jan 17, 2018

The Sunset Series: WNT in LA Edition

An extended training period in California means quite a few nice afternoon backdrops for U.S. WNT training sessions.

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WNT Jan 17, 2018

U-17 WNT Defeats Venezuela 8-0 in First of Two Florida Games

ST. PETERSBURG, Florida (Jan. 15, 2018) – Forward Sunshine Fontes scored four times as the U.S. Under-17 Women’s National bagged four goals in each half on the way to an 8-0 victory against Venezuela in a match played at Eckerd College.

The teams will meet again on January 18 at IMG Academy in Bradenton, Fla., with a 3:30 p.m. ET kickoff. The match is open to the public and admission is free.

Fontes, who plays for the Hawaii Rush, started her four-goal outburst in just the sixth minute when midfielder Croix Bethune played her a through ball and she finished on a breakaway.

Fontes made it 2-0 in the 14th minute on a hustle play as she slid to intercept a defender’s clear and the ball rebounded into the net.

Forward Kalysa Van Zanten added a third in the 33rd minute as she finished a short-range tap-in off a cross from forward Jordan Canniff.

The USA finished its first-half scoring in the 41st minute. Midfielder Sophie Jones played a through ball to Van Zanten who dummied it, putting Bethune one-on-one with the ‘keeper and she fired it in the net.

Bethune completed her brace on the other side of halftime, finishing first-time off a cross from Fontes in the 53rd minute.

Fontes completed her hat trick six minutes later as Bethune slipped her a ball through the two defenders. She took a couple of touches and finished smartly with her left foot. Fontes fourth came from the penalty spot in the 90th minute after midfielder Mia Fishel was fouled in the penalty box and Canniff added the eighth goal in the third minute of second half stoppage time after she intercepted a pass in the attacking third, sped past the center back and fired a rocket into the lower left corner.

It was Canniff’s ninth international goal at the U-17 level. The four goals for Fontes gave her six in 13 U-17 caps. Bethune’s double gave her six her for U-17 career.

U.S. head coach Mark Carr called up 24 players for this camp and matches, almost all who saw extensive action with the squad during the first year of this cycle in 2017. Twenty of the players come from U.S. Soccer Girls’ Development Academy clubs. The roster consists of 20 players born in 2001 – the age cut off year for the 2018 FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup -- and four born in 2002.

Both the USA and Venezuela are preparing for their qualifying tournaments for the 2018 FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup in Uruguay. The USA will participate in the 2018 CONCACAF Women’s Under-17 Championship being held in Nicaragua from April 19-29. The tournament will qualify three teams to the 2018 FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup in Uruguay. Venezuela will participate in the 2018 South American Under-17 Women's Football Championship to be staged early this year in Argentina.

Venezuela has had some recent success at the U-17 level, advancing to the semifinals of the last two U-17 Women’s World Cups, taking fourth place in 2016 in Jordan and in 2014 in Costa Rica.

U.S. Under-17 Women’s National Team Match Report

Match: U.S. U-17 Women's National Team vs. Venezuela U-17 Women’s National Team
Date: January 15, 2018
Competition: International Friendly
Venue: Eckerd College; St. Petersburg, Florida
Weather: 62 degrees, sunny and clear 

Scoring Summary:    1          2          F         
USA                             4          4          8
VEN                             0          0          0 

USA – Sunshine Fontes (Croix Bethune)                   6th minute
USA – Sunshine Fontes                                             14      
USA – Kalysa Van Zanten (Sunshine Fontes)           33
USA – Croix Bethune (Sophia Jones)                        41
USA – Croix Bethune (Sunshine Fontes)                  53
USA – Sunshine Fontes (Croix Bethune)                   57
USA – Sunshine Fontes (penalty kick)                      90      
USA – Jordan Canniff                                                 90+2            

Lineups:
USA: 22-Lindsey Romig; 14-Smith Hunter (21-Jaelyn Eisenhart, 70), 5- Tori Hansen (23-Kennedy Wesley, 59), 15-Natalia Staude, 3-Kate Weisner; 20-Sophie Jones (11-Hannah Bebar, 59), 10-Mia Fishel (capt.), 24-Croix Bethune; 9-Jordan Canniff, 18-Sunshine Fontes, 19-Kalyssa Van Zanten (7-Samantha Meza, 46)
Subs not used:1-Hailey Coll, 2-Makenna Morris, 4-Talia DellaPeruta, 6-Astrid Wheeler, 8-Maya Doms, 12-Angelina Anderson, 13-Isabella D’Aquila, 16-Payton Linnehan, 17-Enzi Broussard, 25-Mackenzee Vance
Head Coach: Mark Carr 

VEN: 1-Aranzha Aguiar; 3-Brisbely Barraza (17-Andrea Zeolla, 57), 4-Lidey Flores, 5-Adriangela Quinonez (16-Daisy Cegarra, 26), 6-Yormary Alvarez (2-Fabiola Solorzano, 57), 8-Dayana Rodriguez (capt.), 9-Virginia Mesa (19-Mariana Mazzocca, 75), 10-Barbara Olivieri, 11-Wilmary Arguelles (14-Alessia Bianchini, 75), 15-Heliamar Alvarado, 18-Enyer Higuera (7-Marianyela Jimenez, 52)
Subs not used: 12-Yorbelis Sanchez, 20-Misgley Loreto
Head Coach: Jose Catoya 

Stats Summary: USA / VEN                        
Shots: 25 / 5
Shots on Goal: 14 / 1
Saves: 3 / 8
Corner Kicks: 9 / 0
Fouls: 5 / 7
Offside: 4 / 0 

Misconduct Summary:
VEN – Dayana Rodriguez (caution)               87th minute 

Officials:
Referee: Miguel Martes (USA)
Assistant Referee 1: Matthew Osterhouse (USA)
Assistant Referee 2: Steven Whalen (USA)
Fourth Official: Stephen Richardson Jr. (USA)

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U-17 WNT Jan 17, 2018

Five Things to Know About the U.S. Soccer Introduction to Grassroots Coaching Module

As part of its continued effort to improve the quality of coaching at all levels, the U.S. Soccer Coaching Education Department has established eight new Grassroots Coaching License Courses that will serve as the foundation of its Coaching License pathway. Preceding these new Grassroots Course offerings is an online, cost-free Introduction to Grassroots Coaching Module that will serve as an educational tool for coaches to become familiar with U.S. Soccer's approach at the grassroots level. Upon completion of this Introduction Module, coaches will have the ability to advance to any of the eight grassroots courses that best suits their needs.   

Here are five things you should know about the U.S. Soccer Introduction to Grassroots Coaching Module:

What is it?

The Introduction to Grassroots Coaching Module is the new first step for soccer coaches in the U.S. who are looking to start along their coaching pathway. The module, which is a free, 20-minute online experience through the U.S. Soccer Digital Coaching Center, serves as the first step in obtaining any one of the eight new U.S. Soccer Grassroots Coaching Licenses: four in-person courses and four online courses across the four grassroots levels: 4v4, 7v7, 9v9, 11v11. The eight grassroots course options relate directly to small-sided games and the respective age-groups outlined in the U.S. Soccer Player Development Initiatives.

How do you take it?

To take the module, you must have a Digital Coaching Center (DCC) profile. If you do not have one, you can create one for free in the U.S. Soccer Digital Coaching Center. After you have created an account, log in to your profile, and select "Courses" from the top menu. Under the "Available Courses" tab, you will see the option to "Begin Course" the introductory module. Once that's clicked, the module will launch, and you will on your way to completing your first Grassroots License!

Who can take the module?

Anyone can take the Introduction to Grassroots Coaching Module. There is no prerequisite. It is available to anyone with a Digitial Coaching Center profile. Although it serves as an introduction, the U.S. Soccer Coaching Education Department highly encourages people of all experience levels to participate. Since it is designed to be an educational tool and preview of future courses, all those involved with U.S. Soccer's philosophy will benefit from taking part in the new experience.

Why is this being introduced into the U.S. Soccer Coaching Education License Pathway?

The Introduction to Grassroots Coaching Module serves as an educational tool for coaches to become familiar with U.S. Soccer's approach at the grassroots level, including key terms and concepts that coaches will be exposed to throughout their coaching pathway progression. This cost-free introduction experience will provide coaches with information, resources and first-hand experience as to how the grassroots courses will function. The module is also an opportunity for coaches to get acquainted with the electronic learning portal through which the online courses will be delivered, the U.S. Soccer Digital Coaching Center.

How will I know I have completed it?

Once the introductory module has been completed, the achievement will be visible within the DCC course classroom and participants will be sent a confirmation email. While the completion of the Introduction to Grassroots Coaching Module does not result in a U.S. Soccer coaching license, coaches will gain the opportunity to advance to any of the eight grassroots courses of their choosing, across the four grassroots levels: 4v4, 7v7, 9v9, 11v11 (in-person and online).


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Jan 17, 2018

Five Things to Know About the Grassroots Pathway Coaching Initiative

Following the December 2017 announcement of the new Grassroots Coaching Pathway initiative, the U.S. Soccer Coaching Education Department began Grassroots Gathway rollout through the Introduction to Grassroots Coaching Module, a cost-free, online experience available now via the U.S. Soccer Digital Coaching Center.

With in-person and online grassroots coaching courses set to begin throughout spring 2018, here are five things you should know about the Grassroots Coaching Pathway initiative:

The New Grassroots Pathway

In an effort to further improve the grassroots soccer environment for both players and coaches, U.S. Soccer has restructured the foundation of its coaching license pathway. The new Grassroots Licensing Courses, which replace the F and E License Courses, offer an a-la-carte approach meant to empower coaches with education that is relevant to their specific coaching needs. The Grassroots Licenses will help coaches ensure fun, enjoyable, and developmentally appropriate environments for their players. Prospective coaches will have the option to partake in any of these new courses – in any sequence – after completing a cost-free, Introduction to Grassroots Coaching Module provided by U.S. Soccer.

Coaching License Pathway

The Introduction to Grassroots Coaching Module serves as the first step in obtaining any one of the eight new Grassroots Licenses: four in-person courses and four online courses across the four grassroots levels: 4v4, 7v7, 9v9, 11v11. The eight course options relate directly to small-sided games and the respective age-groups outlined in the U.S. Soccer Player Development Initiatives.

How to Advance in the Coaching Pathway

A unique combination of three of the eight Grassroots Licenses (replacing the E and F Licenses) now formally represent the prerequisite to progress to the U.S. Soccer D License. New coaches will use the U.S. Soccer Digital Coaching Center to sign up for, and complete, a minimum of three grassroots courses, in the form of two in-person courses and one online course:

  • Two in-person courses (one of which must be the 11v11)
  • One online course across any of the four levels (4v4, 7v7, 9v9, 11v11)

Coaching candidates who have already completed or begun to take the E or F License courses will have the following opportunities to use those certifications toward the D License prerequisites:

  • U.S. Soccer E License + Introduction to Grassroots Coaching Module
  • U.S. Soccer F License + Introduction to Grassroots Coaching Module + 11v11 in-person license + one other in-person license

Online and In-Person Grassroots Course Availability

Beginning Jan. 17, the Introduction to Grassroots Coaching Module will be available to anyone interested in starting, or continuing, their coaching license pathway, or anyone looking to learn more about grassroots soccer and coaching.

Of the eight new grassroots licensing courses at the base of the U.S. Soccer Coaching Pathway, the four in-person experiences will be available for sign-up as early as February. These in-person courses will be hosted by recognized member organizations of U.S. Soccer.

The four online courses will follow the rollout of the in-person opportunities in the coming months.

The Foundation of Grassroots Coaching

While typically affiliated with younger age groups, grassroots soccer exists at every level. Whether that is a youth environment where players are experiencing organized soccer for the first time, or adults who are looking to learn more and get into the sport, grassroots soccer continues to be the bedrock of the sport.

At its core, the philosophy of U.S. Soccer’s grassroots pathway initiative is Play-Practice-Play, a philosophy coaches learn about in the Introduction to Grassroots Coaching module. This approach will focus on the player experiencing and learning through play while also empowering the coach to support his or her player's learning and developmental needs.

Easy Access, Low Barrier

After completing the free Introduction to Grassroots Coaching module, candidates can progress to any of the eight Grassroots License course opportunities through the U.S. Soccer Digital Coaching Center (DCC). This varied approach to the foundation of the coaching education pathway allows coaches to seek out education related to the environment in which they coach.

U.S. Soccer member organizations will organize and run in-person course opportunities for their coaches. These courses take place over four hours with two hours dedicated to classroom learning and two hours dedicated to field work. Coaches can contact their local member organization to inquire about scheduling and pricing.

Set to be released by U.S. Soccer in the coming months, the online Grassroots courses will be available for $25 in both English and Spanish on the DCC. This includes access to educational content, session plans and U.S. Soccer's Planning Tool. 

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Jan 17, 2018
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