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MNT Drops 2-1 Decision to No. 3 FIFA-Ranked Colombia

LONDON (Nov. 14, 2014) – U.S. Men’s National Team forward Jozy Altidore scored an early goal, but No. 3 FIFA-ranked Colombia scored two unanswered goals in the second half en route to a 2-1 victory in front of 24,235 spectators, a record attendance for an international match at Craven Cottage, the home of Fulham. Carlos Bacca scored the game-tying goal in the 60th minute and Teofilo Gutierrez the game-winner in the 87th minute. 

Altidore’s 10th-minute tally from the penalty spot was the 25th of his international career and team-leading fourth of 2014. 

The USA is now 16-35-9 all-time against top-10 FIFA-ranked opponents and 3-10-4 all-time against Colombia. 

The U.S. MNT wraps up its 2014 schedule against the Republic of Ireland on Tuesday, Nov. 18, at Aviva Stadium in Dublin. Kickoff is at 2:45 p.m. ET on ESPN2 and Univision. 

Goal Scoring Rundown:
USA – Jozy Altidore (penalty), 10th minute: The USA drew a penalty kick when Jermaine Jones headed the ball into the right side of the box toward Rubio Rubin. Rubin was fighting off Pablo Armero for the 50-50, when Armero’s left arm made contact with the ball. That led to Altidore’s penalty kick and the USA striker hesitated on his approach against Colombia goalkeeper Camilo Vargas, who dove to his left as Altidore’s shot was driven just behind him toward the middle of the frame. The tally was the U.S. MNT’s first in a London-based game; the team had been outscored 13-0 in three previous London matches. USA 1, COL 0 (SEE GOAL) 

COL – Carlos Bacca (James Rodriguez), 60th minute: Rodriguez played a through ball in the direction of Teofilo Gutierrez, who was in an offside position. Gutierrez refrained from touching the ball, and referee Szymon Marciniak decided that he did not impact the play and let play continue while the USA back line screamed for a whistle. Meanwhile, Bacca made a dash to the ball, took a touch to his right, and from the corner of the six-yard box slotted the ball into the net for the equalizer. USA 1, COL 1 (SEE GOAL) 

COL – Teofilo Gutierrez (Edwin Cardona), 87th minute: From the right side of the box, Cardona lofted the ball to the left side over second-half sub Julian Green and connected with Gutierrez, who headed the ball top shelf in the center of the goal past diving USA goalkeeper Brad Guzan. USA 1, COL 2 (SEE GOAL) (FINAL) 

Key Saves and Defensive Stops:
USA – Brad Guzan, 27th minute: Following a corner kick from the left side, Colombia’s Jeison Murillo lofted his header toward the upper left corner of the frame. Guzan instinctively reached up to bat the ball over the crossbar. 

USA – Jermaine Jones, 41st minute: James Rodriguez built up the attack with a creative back heel toward Carlos Bacca and the Colombia forward shot from the right side. Jones tracked back in time to deflect the ball out of bounds to keep Colombia off the score sheet. 

COL – Camilo Vargas, 59th minute: Colombia’s goalkeeper was challenged nearly 15 minutes into the second half when Jermaine Jones headed the ball off of a corner kick. Jones tried for the inside right of the frame, but Vargas cut down the angle to make the save. 

USA – Brad Guzan, 64th, 65th and 68th minutes: Colombia dictated the play for much of the second half and created three great scoring chances in a four-minute span. Carlos Sanchez’s right-footed shot deflected off of DeAndre Yedlin, and Guzan dove to his left for the save. Guzan then stopped a rolling shot from Teofilo Gutierrez and also turned away a Pablo Armero attempt from outside the box. 

Milestone Watch:

  • Jozy Altidore moved into sole possession of fifth place on the USA’s all-time goal scoring list with his 25th-career goal. Altidore moved past Joe-Max Moore (24 goals in 100 games from 1992-2002).
  • DaMarcus Beasley entered Friday’s match in the second half to earn his 121st cap, which ranks fifth on the U.S. MNT’s all-time list. 

Next on the Schedule:
The U.S. MNT travels to Dublin to face the Republic of Ireland on Tuesday, Nov. 18, at Aviva Stadium. The USA’s final match of 2014 kicks off at 2:45 p.m. ET.
Broadcast information: ESPN2, Univision
Social: Twitter (@ussoccer; @ussoccer_esp); Facebook; Instagram 

Additional Notes:

  • The USA is now 6-4-4 in 2014.
  • The U.S. is 0-4-0 all-time in games played in the London area.
  • U.S. head coach Jurgen Klinsmann’s starting lineup featured Brad Guzan in goal, making his fourth start of the year and 28th cap overall.
  • The starting back line included Greg Garza on the left, DeAndre Yedlin on the right and a center back pairing of John Brooks and Jermaine Jones. For Jones, it was his second straight match on defense after featuring primarily in the midfield throughout the year. Yedlin earned his 10th cap and second start of the year.
  • The USA’s starting midfield in a 4-1-3-2 formation included Kyle Beckerman in a holding role, Fabian Johnson and Alejandro Bedoya on the outside and Mix Diskerud in the middle. Bedoya now leads the U.S. MNT with 11 caps in 2014.
  • The starting front line featured team captain Jozy Altidore and the MNT debut for Rubio Rubin, the 2012 U.S. Soccer Young Male Athlete of the Year.
  • To open the second half, Johnson dropped into the defense and Yedlin pushed up to midfield.
  • In the 67th minute, Klinsmann made a pair of subs with Bobby Wood replacing Rubin and Alfredo Morales entering for Bedoya.
  • DaMarcus Beasley replaced Garza in the 70th minute.
  • USA midfielder Lee Nguyen made his first appearance since 2007 and his fourth cap overall when he replaced Diskerud in the 78th minute.
  • Julian Green was brought into the match for Yedlin in the 86th minute.
  • Rubin had a couple of dangerous scoring chances in each half during his MNT debut. Rubin’s closest came in the 47th minute when Bedoya set him up beautifully with a right-footed cross from the left side. Rubin got behind the Colombia defense, but his header went just wide right of the frame.
  • The USA dodged a couple scares from Colombia’s attack in the first half. In the 33rd minute, Colombia nearly capitalized on a USA giveaway in the midfield that lead to Carlos Bacca’s right-footed shot, which deflected off of the right post and went out of bounds for a U.S. goal kick. Then, just before halftime, Bacca’s shot from outside the box deflected off of Jones. Colombian players screamed for a hand ball, which replays showed deflected off of Jones’ left arm.
  • The USA is now 2-1-0 when Altidore wears the captain’s armband.
  • The U.S. is 33-14-11 all-time under Klinsmann.

- U.S. Men’s National Team Match Report -

Match: U.S. Men’s National Team vs. Colombia
Date: Nov. 14, 2014
Competition: International Friendly
Venue: Craven Cottage; London, England
Kickoff: 2:45 p.m. ET (7:45 p.m. local)
Attendance: 24,235
Weather: 52 degrees, clear

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

USA – Jozy Altidore (penalty)                      10th minute
COL – Carlos Bacca (James Rodriguez)       60
COL – Teofilo Gutierrez (Edwin Cardona)   87

Lineups:
USA: 1-Brad Guzan; 2-DeAndre Yedlin (16-Julian Green, 86), 13-Jermaine Jones, 6-John Brooks, 3-Greg Garza (7-DaMarcus Beasley, 70); 15-Kyle Beckerman; 11-Alejandro Bedoya (4-Alfredo Morales, 67), 10-Mix Diskerud (8-Lee Nguyen, 78), 23-Fabian Johnson; 17-Jozy Altidore (capt.), 9-Rubio Rubin (19-Bobby Wood, 67)
Subs Not Used: 5-Matt Besler, 12-Nick Rimando, 18-Chris Wondolowski, 20-Geoff Cameron, 21-Timmy Chandler
Head coach: Jurgen Klinsmann

COL: 12-Camilo Vargas; 3 -Pedro Franco, 4-Santiago Arias, 7-Pablo Armero, 23-Jeison Murillo; 6-Carlos Sanchez, 8-Abel Aguilar (27-Edwin Cardona, 74), 11-Juan Cuadrado (15-Juan Quintero, 89), 10-James Rodriguez (capt.); 17- Carlos Bacca (20-Adrian Ramos, 79), 19-Teofilo Gutierrez (21-Jackson Martinez, 89)
Subs Not Used: 1-Leandro Castellanos, 2-Cristian Zapata, 16-Eder Balanta, 22-Jose Cuadrado, 24-Daniel Bocanegra, 25-Alexander Mejia, 26-Carlos Carbonero, 28-Brayan Angulo, 14-Yimmi Chara 
Head Coach: José Pékerman

Stats Summary: USA / COL
Shots: 7 / 16
Shots on Goal: 4 / 9
Saves: 7 / 3
Corner Kicks: 6 / 8
Fouls: 12 / 13
Offside: 0 / 3

Misconduct Summary:
COL – Abel Aguilar (caution)    29th minute
USA – Jozy Altidore (caution )  35

Officials:
Referee: Szymon Marciniak (POL)
Assistant Referee 1: Stuart Burt (ENG)
Assistant Referee 2: Darren England (ENG)
4th Official: Lee Probert (ENG)

Budweiser Man of the Match: Kyle Beckerman

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- U.S. Men’s National Team Match Report -  

Match: U.S. Men’s National Team vs. Colombia
Date: Nov. 14, 2014
Competition: International Friendly
Venue: Craven Cottage; London, England
Kickoff: 2:45 p.m. ET (7:45 p.m. local)
Attendance: 24,235
Weather: 52 degrees, clear 

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

USA – Jozy Altidore (penalty)                                    10th minute
COL – Carlos Bacca (James Rodriguez)                  60
COL – Teofilo Gutierrez (Edwin Cardona)                 87 

Lineups:
USA: 1-Brad Guzan; 2-DeAndre Yedlin (16-Julian Green, 86), 13-Jermaine Jones, 6-John Brooks, 3-Greg Garza (7-DaMarcus Beasley, 70); 15-Kyle Beckerman; 11-Alejandro Bedoya (4-Alfredo Morales, 67), 10-Mix Diskerud (8-Lee Nguyen, 78), 23-Fabian Johnson; 17-Jozy Altidore (capt.), 9-Rubio Rubin (19-Bobby Wood, 67)
Subs Not Used: 5-Matt Besler, 12-Nick Rimando, 18-Chris Wondolowski, 20-Geoff Cameron, 21-Timmy Chandler
Head coach: Jurgen Klinsmann
 

COL: 12-Camilo Vargas; 3 -Pedro Franco, 4-Santiago Arias, 7-Pablo Armero, 23-Jeison Murillo; 6-Carlos Sanchez, 8-Abel Aguilar (27-Edwin Cardona, 74), 11-Juan Cuadrado (15-Juan Quintero, 89), 10-James Rodriguez (capt.); 17- Carlos Bacca (20-Adrian Ramos, 79), 19-Teofilo Gutierrez (21-Jackson Martinez, 89)
Subs Not Used:1- Leandro Castellanos, 2-Cristian Zapata, 16-Eder Balanta, 22-Jose Cuadrado, 24-Daniel Bocanegra, 25-Alexander Mejia, 26-Carlos Carbonero, 28-Brayan Angulo, 14-Yimmi Chara
Head Coach: José Pékerman 

Stats Summary: USA / COL
Shots: 7 / 16
Shots on Goal: 4 / 9
Saves: 7 / 3
Corner Kicks: 6 / 8
Fouls: 12 / 13
Offside: 0 / 3  

Misconduct Summary:
COL – Abel Aguilar (caution)              29th minute
USA – Jozy Altidore (caution )           35 

Officials:
Referee: Szymon Marciniak (POL)
Assistant Referee 1: Stuart Burt (ENG)
Assistant Referee 2: Darren England (ENG)
4th Official: Lee Probert (ENG) 

Budweiser Man of the Match: Kyle Beckerman

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Thank You Dave: Sarachan Tenure Lays Groundwork for Future MNT Success

The past year has been one of transition for the U.S. Men’s National Team. Forging ahead after just missing out on qualification for the 2018 FIFA World Cup, the last 12 months have seen the MNT guided by the experienced hand of veteran coach Dave Sarachan.

Chosen to lead the program forward while the search for a General Manager and permanent head coach took place, Sarachan largely elected to use his time at the helm to give the next generation of U.S. Men’s National Team players their first taste of the international stage.

“I think he’s done a really good job of getting this group to understand what it means to be a U.S. Men’s National Team player,” said MNT midfielder Wil Trapp, who served as captain for much of the year. “Within that, you have so many young players that have gotten their feet wet and begun to step into roles on the team where the experience has grown, but I think the chemistry and comfort within this group has also gotten there.”

Knowing the experiences provided to young players early in the cycle were more important than results, the Rochester, N.Y. native’s tenure has largely been defined by laying the early groundwork for the Men’s National Team program as it approaches the rest of the cycle. In 12 matches guiding the MNT, Sarachan gave 23 players debuts – by far the most of any manager during the modern era in the same time span.

MNT Debuts in First 12 Games of Tenure

Head Coach

First Caps Awarded

Time Frame

Dave Sarachan

23

Nov 14, 2017-Nov. 20, 2018

Bruce Arena

16

Nov. 6, 1998-Sept. 8, 1999

Bob Bradley

15

Jan. 20, 2007-June 28, 2007

Jurgen Klinsmann

9

Aug. 10, 2011-May 30, 2012

Bruce Arena

8

Jan. 29, 2017-July 19, 2017

Bora Milutinovic

8

May 5, 1991-Oct. 19, 1991

Steve Sampson

1

April 22, 1995-July 22, 1995

Twenty of the debuts that occurred under Sarachan came during 2018, a figure that ties with 2007 for second-most during the MNT’s modern era, just behind the 21 attained in 1992. Those years also saw the MNT play a much higher number of games, presenting Bora Milutinovic and Bob Bradley more opportunities to offer up first-time opportunities.

MNT Debuts by Year (Modern Era)

Year

GP

Debuts

Future World Cup Players That Debuted

1992

21

21

Mike Burns, Thomas Dooley, Brad Friedel, 
Cobi Jones, Mike Lapper, Joe-Max Moore, 
Mike Sorber, Roy Wegerle

2007

18

20

Jozy Altidore, Kyle Beckerman, 
Jonathan Bornstein, Jay DeMerit, Maurice Edu, Benny Feilhaber, Robbie Findley

2018

11

20

--

1996

16

14

Frankie Hejduk, Eddie Lewis, Eddie Pope, Preki

Beyond the raw numbers, most valuable is the age at which MNT debuts have come under Sarachan. Of the 23 debutants, 13 have been age 22 or under, while 11 of those are players who will be age-eligible for the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo.

As time goes by, that group would project to be in the prime years of their career when the USA co-hosts the FIFA World Cup in 2026. 

“Dave has done an incredible job of giving us the experiences we need now for the future,” said Tyler Adams, one of Sarachan’s 23 debutants. “When we look forward, whether it’s in the Olympics which a lot of us can play in or towards 2022 and 2026 World Cups, we’re going to be in our prime ages to go out and perform.”

Olympic Eligible MNT Debuts (November 2017-November 2018)

Player

Debut

Debut Age

2020 Age*

2026 Age**

Tyler Adams

Nov. 14, 2017 at Portugal

18

21

27

Cameron Carter-Vickers

19

22

28

Weston McKennie

19

21

27

Tim Weah

March 28, 2018 vs. Paraguay

18

20

26

Erik Palmer-Brown

May 28, 2018 vs. Bolivia

21

23

29

Antonee Robinson

20

22

28

Keaton Parks

20

22

28

Josh Sargent

18

20

26

Luca de la Torre

June 2, 2018 at Ireland

20

22

28

Jonathan Amon

Oct. 16, 2018 vs. Peru

19

21

27

Reggie Cannon

20

22

27

*2020 age reflects age at start of the Summer Olympics -- July 22, 2020

**2026 age reflects age as of June 1, 2026

And while minutes on the field are one thing, Sarachan’s tutelage has also helped set a number of players up for milestone career moments. Five players each have recorded their first goal or assist during Sarachan’s tenure, while two goalkeepers have earned their first win and kept their first clean sheet in the same time span. 

Individual Firsts Since November 2017

First Goals

First Assists

First Win/Clean Sheet

Tyler Adams

Joe Corona

Alex Bono

Weston McKennie

Matt Miazga

Zack Steffen

Josh Sargent

Antonee Robinson

-

Tim Weah

CJ Sapong

-

Walker Zimmerman

Tim Weah

-

Then there are the team moments, and while results haven’t been the most important factor during the past year, a young and rebuilding MNT group has come together to pull off some impressive performances.

The notable highlights began with Sarachan’s first match in charge, when an MNT side reeling from the World Cup disappointment a month earlier played to a 1-1 draw with reigning European Champions Portugal last November in Leiria.

Taking on Bolivia in May, Sarachan selected a lineup that averaged 22 years, 160 days – at the time, the youngest of the modern era – which had little difficulty in a 3-0 win against La Verde.

Facing a tougher task a couple weeks later, he boldly trotted out what was then the second youngest MNT lineup (22 years, 183 days) to face France in the host’s last match before heading to Russia for the 2018 FIFA World Cup. A first-half goal from Julian Green put the MNT in front in Lyon and saw the team ultimately settle for a 1-1 draw against the soon-to-be crowned World Cup champs.

Adams added, “It’s not easy to throw teenagers out on the field and there could have been guys that came in and already had a bunch of caps, but he’s trusted us and given the confidence to go in and be fearless to do our jobs.

“The experiences of playing France, Brazil, Portugal, England and Italy this past year will go a long way to help us be confident in our abilities.”

MNT Player Pool Breakdown (November 2017-November 2018)

Called to Camp

Appeared

First Camps

First Caps

First Starts

72

55

29

23

21

In September, Sarachan oversaw the USA’s 1-0 victory against Mexico in Nashville. The win was the MNT’s first against its regional rival since 2015, and memorably came on September 11, days after the team toured Ground Zero in New York.

In his final match as MNT head coach, Sarachan put out a group averaging 22 years, 71 days against Italy, besting the average age record set during May’s 3-0 win against Bolivia and setting a new mark that may never be broken.

The mission of guiding the MNT through the past year has been no easy task, but one the long-time coach has done with grace, class and the overriding goal of setting up the program for future success.

The path ahead is promising and Sarachan has played a big role in laying it.

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USA Takes On Germany with 2018 U-17 World Cup Quarterfinal Berth on the Line | Nov. 21 | 3pm ET | FS2

U-17 WNT SET FOR HIGH-STAKES SHOWDOWN: With a 2018 FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup quarterfinal spot hanging in the balance, the USA will face Germany in its final group stage game on Wed., Nov. 21 at 3 p.m. ET (FS2, Telemundo Deportes App and TelemundoDeportes.com). Group C is wide-open after the first four games, as all four teams are tied with three points each. After a 3-0 victory over Cameroon to open the tournament, and dropping a 3-0 result to Korea DPR in its second match, a win against Germany will book the U.S. passage to the knockout round.

U-17 WOMEN'S WORLD CUP DIGITAL MEDIA GUIDE
For more on the U-17 WNT at the U-17 WWC, check out the digital media guide for complete info on players, stats, results from the full 2017-18 cycle, team history and everything else about the squad set to take on the world in Uruguay.

USA GROUP C SCHEDULE

DATE

MATCH

KICKOFF (ET)/RESULT

VENUE

Nov. 14

USA vs. Cameroon

3-0

Estadio Profesor Alberto Suppici; Colonia, Uruguay

Nov. 17

USA vs. Korea DPR

0-3

Estadio Profesor Alberto Suppici; Colonia, Uruguay

Nov. 21

USA vs. Germany

3 p.m. FS2, Telemundo Deportes App, TelemundoDeportes.com

Estadio Charrua; Montevideo, Uruguay

QUARTERFINAL QUALIFICATION SCENARIOS: The USA automatically clinches a berth to the knockout round with a victory against Germany, regardless of the result in the other Group C match between Cameroon and Korea DPR, which will kick off simultaneously. The USA can advance with a draw, but only if Cameroon and Korea DPR also draw, and the USA scores two more goals than Korea DPR.

It’s also possible for the USA to win the group. If the USA beats Germany and the Cameroon-Korea DPR match doesn’t end in a draw, it will come down to goal differential for seeding (Korea DPR and the USA are currently at zero, Cameroon sits at minus-two). If the USA wins and the other match ends in a draw, the USA is automatically the group winner and the second-place team will be decided on goal differential between Cameroon and Korea DPR. If both matches end in a draw and the USA advances on total goals scored, it will finish second in Group C.

GROUP C STANDINGS AND RESULTS

Team

GP

W

L

T

GF

GA

GD

Pts.

Germany

2

1

1

0

4

2

2

3

Korea DPR

2

1

1

0

4

4

0

3

USA

2

1

1

0

3

3

0

3

Cameroon

2

1

1

0

1

3

-2

3

WATCH THE FIFA U-17 WWC: All of the USA’s group stage matches are being broadcast live on Fox Sports 2. Following pool play, all knockout round games will also be broadcast live on FS2. Matches are also available to be streamed on the Fox Sports App.

The USA’s matches will be broadcast in Spanish on Telemundo platforms. The match against Germany will be streamed on the Telemundo Deportes App and TelemundoDeportes.com.

USA VS. GERMANY

  • The USA faced Germany in the semifinals of the 2008 U-17 WWC, winning 2-1.
  • Germany is one of six teams to qualify for all six editions of the FIFA U-17 WWC. The European power has made it out of the group stage five of six times, finishing third in 2008 and fourth in 2012. 
  • The U-17s are 4-1-1 against European teams during this cycle. They’re 1-0-2 against UEFA nations at this tournament all-time.
  • Two players on the U.S. roster were born in Germany: defender Talia DellaPeruta, whose parents both served in the Air Force, and goalkeeper Julia Dohle, whose parents are German. She moved to the USA at age eight.
  • The Germany roster features players from two birth years: 13 born in 2001 and eight born in 2002.
  • All 21 players compete for 10 clubs across Germany, led by seven from legendary German club Bayern Munich. Thirteen players are playing for clubs currently in the Frauen-Bundesliga, the top women’s league in Germany.
  • Three players have scored for Germany so far in Uruguay: Gia Corley (two), Charlotte Blümel (one) and Sophie Weidauer (one).
  • Five players have played all 180 minutes for Germany at this tournament: goalkeeper Wiebke Williebrandt, defenders Emilie Bernhardt, Laura Donhauser and Greta Stegmann and midfielder Vanessa Fudalia.
  • Two different players captained Germany in its first two games: forward Ivana Fuso and defender Greta Stegmann.
  • Head coach Ulrike Ballweg is a former assistant for the full German Women’s National Team, helping the squad to the 2007 FIFA Women’s World Cup and the gold medal at the 2016 Rio Olympic Games.
  • The USA and Germany will play in the Uruguayan capital of Montevideo after both teams played their first two matches in Colonia, about two hours to the west. Estadio Charrua is home to Uruguay’s national rugby team, and named after the Charrua people, one of the first indigenous groups to inhabit present-day Uruguay.

USA DEALT TOUGH LOSS, BUT IN PRIME POSITION: After falling 4-1 to Germany in its opening match, reigning U-17 WWC champion Korea DPR struck back against the USA, handing the U-17s a 3-0 defeat. While the U.S. defense held strong in the run of play, buoyed by another solid performance from goalkeeper Angelina Anderson and center backs Michela Agresti and Natalia Staude, set plays proved to be the USA’s kryptonite. All three of the reigning champion’s goals came off of corner kicks, including its first two corners of the match.

In the World Cup opener, the USA’s stout defense, paired with a brace from Sunshine Fontes and a goal from Mia FIshel, boosted the U-17s to a 3-0 victory over Cameroon. In a match that saw Cameroon shown six cards, the back line came up clutch against an aggressive attack and the offense was able to overcome a very physical Cameroon defense. Mia Fishel tallied the opening and Sunshine Fontes hammered home a penalty after Cameroon’s starting goalkeeper was sent off. The Hawaiian secured the victory for the U.S. in the 81st minute with a long-range chip over the back-up ‘keeper.

SPLASHY START, SETBACK FOR GERMANY: Germany earned one of the most impressive opening results of the tournament with a 4-1 win over reigning champion Korea DPR. While the game was tighter than the score line suggests, Germany was clinical in its finishing and imposed itself on Korea from the start.

After giving the USA a fight in its opening match, Cameroon battled Germany to a scoreless draw through the first 54 minutes of their Nov. 14 match-up.  The Cameroonians kept the pressure on Germany in the first half, and their breakthrough came on a poorly-cleared ball in the back that led to a two-on-one vs. the German goalkeeper. Alice Kameni dished to Marie Ngah, who hammered home the game’s lone score. The result locked up all four Group C teams at three points, leaving things wide-open on Wednesday’s for the final day of group play.

2018 U.S. U-17 Women’s World Cup Roster by Position (Club; Hometown; U-17 Caps/Goals)
GOALKEEPERS (3): Angelina Anderson (Mustang Soccer Club; Danville, Calif.; 16/0), Julia Dohle (New York City FC; Scarsdale, N.Y.; 5/0), Lindsey Romig (IMG Academy; Midlothian, Va.; 9/0)
DEFENDERS (6): Michela Agresti (FC Stars; Swampscott, Mass.; 18/2), Talia DellaPeruta (Tophat; Cumming, Ga.; 24/1), Samar Guidry (FC Dallas; McKinney, Texas; 4/0), Smith Hunter (Reign Academy; Seattle, Wash.; 17/0), Makenna Morris (Bethesda SC; Germantown, Md.; 20/3), Natalia Staude (Tophat; Atlanta, Ga.; 20/0)
MIDFIELDERS (5): Hannah Bebar (Eclipse Select SC; Naperville, Ill.; 14/2), Maya Doms (Davis Legacy Soccer Club; Davis, Calif.; 28/11), Mia Fishel (San Diego Surf; San Diego, Calif.; 28/6), Sophia Jones (San Jose Earthquakes; Menlo Park, Calif.; 18/1), Astrid Wheeler (Concorde Fire; Atlanta, Ga.; 20/2)
FORWARDS (7): Trinity Byars (Solar Soccer Club; Richardson, Texas; 4/0), Jordan Canniff (Washington Spirit Academy – Maryland; California, Md.; 27/9), Isabella D’Aquila (So Cal Blues; Mission Viejo, Calif.; 15/9), Sunshine Fontes (Hawaii Rush; Wahiawa, Hawaii; 31/24), Payton Linnehan (FC Stars; Douglas, Mass.; 24/8), Samantha Meza (Solar Soccer Club; Dallas, Texas; 19/2); Trinity Rodman (So Cal Blues; Laguna Niguel, Calif.; 8/2)

Germany – 2018 FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup Roster by Position (Club)
GOALKEEPERS (3): 1-Wiebke Willebrandt (TuS Lipperode 1919 E.V.), 12-Maria Luisa Grohs (1.FC Gievenbeck 1949 E.V.), 21-Pauline Nelles (1. FC Koln)
DEFENDERS (8): 6-Anna Aehling (FSV Gutersloh 2009), 4-Emilie Bernhardt (Bayern Munich), 18-Charlotte Bluemel (FSV Gutersloh 2009), 2-Laura Donhauser (Bayern Munich), 15-Lina Jubel (VfL Wolfsburg), 3-Julia Pollak (Bayern Munich), 14-Madeline Steck (FFC Frankfurt), 5-Greta Stegemann (SC Freiburg)
MIDFIELDERS (6): 19-Pauline Berning (FSV Gutersloh 2009), 7-Gia Corley (Bayern Munich), 13-Aliya Diagne (SV Germania 1913 Gottelborn EV), 11-Vanessa Fudalla (Bayern Munich), 8-Leonie Koester (Bayern Munich), 17-Leonie Weber (Bayern Munich)
FORWARDS (4): 16-Gentiana Fetaj (FSV Gutersloh 2009), 10-Ivana Juso (SC Freiburg), 9-Shekiera Martinez (FFC Frankfurt), 20-Sophie Weidauer (FFC Turbine Potsdam) 

HOW THEY GOT HERE

  • Germany qualified for the World Cup as runner-up at the 2018 UEFA Women’s Under-17 Championship. The Germans are the competition’s most-successful squad, taking home the title in six of 11 editions.
  • Die Nationalelf qualified for the European championship as winner of elite round group 7, topping Iceland, Azerbaijan and Ireland.
  • In the group stage of the UEFA Championship this May, Germany took down fellow World Cup qualifier Finland 2-1, drew the Netherlands 2-2 and rolled past Lithuania 8-0.
  • Germany downed England 8-0 in the semifinals of the tournament, clinching its World Cup berth. In the final, Germany fell 2-0 to Spain on two second-half goals.
  • Forward Shekiera Martinez finished as the qualifying tournament’s leading scorer with nine goals.
  • Fourteen players were on the Germans’ European Championship roster.

ALREADY ADVANCED: Three of eight teams have already clinched their spots in the quarterfinals after two matches: Canada, Ghana and New Zealand. Group A wrapped up on Friday, Nov. 16, with Ghana and New Zealand clinching qualification while Finland and host Uruguay were eliminated. Ghana and New Zealand will face off on Tuesday for the top spot in Group A. Canada qualified from Group D on Saturday, eliminating Korea Republic in the process. Should the USA advance, it would face a team from Group D in the quarterfinals: Canada, Colombia or Spain.

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