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GALLERY: WNT Begins 2018 SheBelieves Cup Preparations in Orlando

The U.S. Women's National Team has officially begun preparations for the 2018 SheBelieves Cup. The team is training in Orlando, Fla. ahead of its opening match vs. Germany on March 1 in Columbus, Ohio.

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WNT Feb 21, 2018
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Imagine Dragons Headline 2018 National Soccer Hall of Fame Induction Weekend

Frisco, TX (February 21, 2018) – Grammy award-winning band Imagine Dragons will headline the 2018 National Soccer Hall of Fame Weekend with a performance presented by Budweiser on Saturday, October 20, 2018. Their first-ever performance in Frisco, Texas will take place at Toyota Stadium following the 2018 National Soccer Hall of Fame induction ceremony.

Formed in 2009, Imagine Dragons made their full-length album debut with 2012’s multi-platinum Night Visions. Their past hits include “Believer”, “Whatever It Takes,” “It’s Time” and “Radioactive”, which was a diamond-selling hit that won Best Performance at the 2014 Grammy Awards. Smoke + Mirror debuted at number one on the Billboard Top 200 album chart when it was released in 2015.  

“We are thrilled Imagine Dragons are performing at the inaugural National Soccer Hall of Fame weekend,” said FCD president Dan Hunt. “They’re passionate soccer fans and will help us make this an unforgettable experience.”

Official Imagine Dragons Fan Club presale begins March 5 at 10AM CT. Toyota Stadium presale begins at 12PM CT on Monday, March 5. Tickets to go on sale to the general public beginning Tuesday, March 6 at 10AM CT. FC Dallas Season Ticket Members will receive direct communication from FC Dallas regarding exclusive presale opportunities.

Tickets will be available at www.nationalsoccerhof.com or Memberships@FCDallas.com.

The National Soccer Hall of Fame Induction Weekend

The weekend of October 20-21, 2018 marks the grand opening of the National Soccer Hall of Fame at Toyota Stadium. Saturday, October 20 will feature the Hall of Fame induction ceremony followed by the Imagine Dragons performance presented by Budweiser.  

FC Dallas hosts Sporting Kansas City in the National Soccer Hall of Fame Game presented by Budweiser on Sunday, October 21 at Toyota Stadium. To experience the National Soccer Hall of Fame Induction Weekend and learn more about FC Dallas Season Ticket Memberships, please visit FCDallas.com/Memberships for more information.

CONTACT:        Gina Miller, Gina@NationalSoccerHOF.com, 469-365-0198

About the National Soccer Hall of Fame

The National Soccer Hall of Fame was originally founded in 1950 by the Philadelphia Old-Timers Association to recognize individuals for their outstanding contributions to American soccer. In 1979 the National Soccer Museum, as a physical entity, was established in Oneonta, NY. It was officially recognized as the National Soccer Hall of Fame by the U.S. Soccer Federation in 1983.

In June of 1999, the National Soccer Hall of Fame opened a multimedia museum in Oneonta where it housed a collection of more than 80,000 items and artifacts such as the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup trophy, the oldest soccer ball made in the U.S. and the 1994 FIFA World Cup U.S. archive. The facility closed in February of 2010.

In 2013 FC Dallas owners, Clark and Dan Hunt, launched a campaign to bring the Hall of Fame to Frisco. Their father, Lamar Hunt, was inducted in the National Soccer Hall of Fame in 1982. In 1999, he received the Hall’s highest honor, the Medal of Honor. He remains one of only three individuals to have won the award.

The National Soccer Hall of Fame at Toyota Stadium will open October 20, 2018 with the National Soccer Hall of Fame Induction weekend. 
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Feb 21, 2018
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U-17 WNT Defeats Chile 1-0 to Win Copa Provincia de Buenos Aires

Mar del Plata, ARGENTINA (February 17, 2018) – The U.S. Under-17 Women’s National Team defeated Chile 1-0 in its third and final game at the Copa Provincia de Buenos Aires tournament, with midfielder Samantha Kroeger scoring the game’s lone goal in the 20th minute.

The victory gave the USA the tournament title and a sweep of all three games after also defeating Argentina 9-0 and Uruguay 4-1.

“We’re very proud of the team for winning the tournament and scoring fourteen goals over the three games,” U.S. U-17 WNT head coach Mark Carr said. “We were able to accomplish many of our objectives during this trip and playing different teams in South America highlighted some growth areas for us moving forward. We have high standards in our program and we will continue to improve ahead of qualifying in April.”

Kroeger, who was seeing her first action of the tournament, was one of four players on the roster born in 2002. The goal was her second in the third U-17 cap.

The winning score came when defender Kennedy Wesley took off on a long dribble into the Chile defensive half and then played a pass to midfielder Talia DellaPeruta on the left wing. She sent in a hard cross on the ground from outside the penalty area, sliding the ball across the goal for the hard-charging Kroeger to finish.

In March, the U-17 WNT will have a domestic camp in Florida that will feature two games against Japan.

The USA will then participate in the 2018 CONCACAF Women’s Under-17 Championship being held in Nicaragua from April 19-29. The Americans seeded into Group B where they will face Costa Rica, Bermuda and Canada in the tournament that will qualify three teams to the 2018 FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup. 

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

Match: United States U-17 WNT vs. Chile U-17 WNT
Date: February 18, 2018
Competition: Copa Provincia de Buenos Aires
Venue: Estadio José María Minella; Buenos Aires, Argentina
Weather: 72 degrees; clear, light wind

Scoring Summary:   1          2          F         
USA                             1          0          1
CHI                              0          0          0

USA – Samantha Kroeger (Talia DellaPeruta)                      20th minute

Lineups:
USA: 22-Julia Dohle; 4-Talia DellaPeruta, 23-Kennedy Wesley, 5-Tori Hansen; 2-Makenna Morris; 6-Astrid Wheeler, 10-Mia Fishel (capt.), 24-Croix Bethune; 16-Payton Linnehan (9-Jordan Canniff, 67), 18-Sunshine Fontes (8-Diana Ordonez, 46), Samantha Kroeger (7-Samantha Meza, 46)
Subs not used: 1-Angelina Anderson; 3-Kate Wiesner, 12-Cayla White, 13-Isabella D’Aquila, 15-Natalia Staude, 17-Maya Doms, 20-Sophia Jones
Head Coach: Mark Carr

CHI: 1-Tina Lyngcsh, 2-Emilia Pastrian, 3-Krishina Cabrera, 4-Sonya Keefe, 5-Valentina Diaz, 6-Elisa Duran (17-Martina Cordova, 70), 8-Antonia Alarcon, 9-Isadora Olave, 10-Michelle Olivares, 11-Elisa Perez, 18-Isabelle Kadzban
Subs not used: 7-Llanka Grof, 12-Antonia Canales, 13-Margarita Collinao, 14-Carolina Farias, 15-Yessenia Parra, 17-Martina Cordova, 22-Constanza Barrientos
Head Coach: Milenko Valenzuela

Stats Summary: USA / CHI                         
Shots: 20 / 1
Shots on Goal: 5 / 1
Saves: 4 / 1
Corner Kicks: 11 / 1
Fouls: 4 / 4
Offside: 3 / 0

Misconduct Summary:
None

2018 Copa Provincia de Buenos Aires Final Standings

Team

GP

W

L

D

Pts.

GF

GA

GD

USA

3

3

0

0

9

14

1

+13

Uruguay

3

1

1

1

4

4

4

0

Chile

3

1

2

0

3

4

6

-2

Argentina

3

0

2

1

1

2

13

-11


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U-17 WNT Feb 20, 2018
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U.S. Soccer Announces SheBelieves Hero Contest Winner

CHICAGO (Feb. 20, 2018) – U.S. Soccer and the U.S. Women’s National Team have announced the winner of the 2018 SheBelieves Hero contest ahead of the SheBelieves Cup. The contest aimed to find a girl between the ages of 13-17 that embodies the SheBelieves spirit.

A panel of seven former U.S. Women’s National Team players narrowed down the field of submissions and selected the four finalists for the SheBelieves Hero contest. These finalists’ videos were then shared via social media and a poll was created for people to vote on who they believe best embodied the SheBelieves spirit. 

Taking 44 percent of the votes, Hollis Belger was chosen as the 2018 SheBelieves Hero. As part of the prize, Belger will now travel to Harrison, New Jersey to watch the WNT take on France on March 4.

Liv Zeldin finished second, Holly Hunter third, and Lauren Sedewitz fourth.

Conceived and developed by U.S. Soccer and 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 FIFA 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 into communities across the nation. Through dedication, teamwork, perseverance and success, U.S. WNT players inspire new generations of young girls and women to be better and strive for better; they inspire them to believe.

A SheBelieves Hero is a leader in their community, a confident and passionate individual who empowers others around her and is working to make a difference.

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WNT Feb 20, 2018
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A Return to Jacksonville, Five Years Later

In its first action after the 2018 SheBelieves Cup, the U.S. Women’s National Team will play a pair of friendlies in April against its neighbor to the south, Mexico, as the USA continues its challenging preparation schedule in advance of World Cup qualifying this fall.

The first of the two matchups will take place in Jacksonville, Florida, at EverBank Field, home of the NFL’s Jacksonville Jaguars. The U.S. WNT hasn’t played in JAX (also referred to as Duuuuvaaaal County, give or take a few letters, by the locals) since Feb. 9, 2013 in a game against Scotland that the U.S. comfortably won by a 4-1 score.

The match, which drew an impressive attendance of 18,656 was, at first glance, a solid friendly for the U.S. WNT to kick start a new cycle and year after a successful Olympic gold medal-winning run in London. But perhaps more importantly, on the field, it was the beginning of some long-lasting storylines for the USA.

During that warm afternoon in Northern Florida, U.S. WNT forward Christen Press and midfielder Julie Johnston (now Julie Ertz, of course) earned their first U.S. WNT caps. Press started the game and played 72 minutes. She also went on to score two goals, becoming the 17th player in U.S. WNT history to score in her first cap and third to score a brace.

Johnston, then 20-years-old, was coming off a terrific 2012 with the U-20 WNT that saw her captain the team to the FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup title in Japan. She entered the game in the 83rd minute, replacing Becky Sauerbrunn on the back line to help secure the U.S. victory.

It’s been five years since their debuts, and five years since the U.S. WNT last played in Jacksonville, but in that time the pair of players have grown on the field and off, won a World Cup in 2015, and become veterans on a younger, new-look WNT team, a team that is now setting its sights on qualifying for the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup.
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WNT Feb 20, 2018
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