U.S. Soccer

U-14’s Defeat Croatian Club NK Bravo Ljubljana 2-1

ZAGREB, CROATIA (May 13, 2015) – The U.S. Under-14 Boys’ National Team scored a pair of late goals to defeat U-15 Croatian Club NK Bravo Ljubljana 2-1 on Wednesday in Zagreb, Croatia.

After a scoreless first half, NK Bravo came out in the second frame and delivered the game’s first goal. Despite creating more chances, with five minutes left in the 70-minute match, the U.S. still trailed 1-0.

Finally in the 66th minute, the USA converted on a long Ulysses Llanez strike from outside of the box. One minute later, Llanez would make another great play where he faked a shot to get by his defender and then slotted the game-winning goal into the corner of the net.

The U-14’s, will be back on the field on Friday, May 15 for a match with Serbia’s U-14 BNT.

-U.S. Under-14 Boys’ National Team Match Report-

Match: U.S. U-14 Boys’ National Team vs. NK Bravo Ljubljana U-15
Date: May 13, 2015
Competition: International Friendly
Venue: ŠRC Špansko
Kickoff: 5:00 p.m. local time
Weather: 75 degrees

Scoring Summary:       1          2          F                                             

NK Bravo Ljubljana        0          1          1
USA                                 0          2          2

NK Bravo Ljubljana – #20                       41st minute
USA – Ulysses Llanez                            66
USA – Ulysses Llanez                            67

Lineups:

USA: 22-Nicolas Defreitas-Hansen (GK); 19-Joey Zarra, 20-Dominic DeAlmeida (Capt), 25-Luke Hansen, 13-Julian Hinojosa; 8-Indiana Vassilev (10-Luis Arriaga, 46), 16-Marcelo Palomino, 15-Tim Bielic; 21-Konrad de la Fuente (17-Jose Rivas, 46), 18-Gabriel Segal (9-Taylor Booth, 46), 11-Ulysses Llanez
Subs not used: 2-Cameron Duke, 6-Nick Fernandez, 4-Abraham Gonzalez, 7-John Hilton, 1-Cole McNally, 5-Sebastian Serpa
Head Coach: Brian Johnson

NK Bravo: Roster Unavailable

Stats Summary: USA / NK Bravo Ljubljana
Shots: 16 / 6
Shots on Goal: 7 / 4
Saves: 3 / 5
Corner Kicks: 7 / 3
Fouls: 2 / 6
Offsides: 1 / 0 

Misconduct Summary:
None                

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-U.S. Under-14 Boys’ National Team Match Report-

Match: U.S. U-14 Boys’ National Team vs. NK Bravo Ljubljana U-15
Date: May 13, 2015
Competition: International Friendly
Venue: ŠRC Špansko
Kickoff: 5:00 p.m. local time
Weather: 75 degrees

Scoring Summary:       1          2          F                                             

NK Bravo Ljubljana        0          1          1
USA                                 0          2          2

NK Bravo Ljubljana – #20                       41st minute
USA – Ulysses Llanez                            66
USA – Ulysses Llanez                            67

Lineups:

USA: 22-Nicolas Defreitas-Hansen (GK); 19-Joey Zarra, 20-Dominic DeAlmeida (Capt), 25-Luke Hansen, 13-Julian Hinojosa; 8-Indiana Vassilev (10-Luis Arriaga, 46), 16-Marcelo Palomino, 15-Tim Bielic; 21-Konrad de la Fuente (17-Jose Rivas, 46), 18-Gabriel Segal (9-Taylor Booth, 46), 11-Ulysses Llanez
Subs not used: 2-Cameron Duke, 6-Nick Fernandez, 4-Abraham Gonzalez, 7-John Hilton, 1-Cole McNally, 5-Sebastian Serpa
Head Coach: Brian Johnson

NK Bravo: Roster Unavailable

Stats Summary: USA / NK Bravo Ljubljana
Shots: 16 / 6
Shots on Goal: 7 / 4
Saves: 3 / 5
Corner Kicks: 7 / 3
Fouls: 2 / 6
Offsides: 1 / 0 

Misconduct Summary:
None                

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Five Things About U.S. U-20 WNT vs. Brazil U-20 WNT

The U.S. U-20 Women’s National Team will conclude the 2017 Nike International Friendlies against Brazil on Monday, Dec. 11 (6:30 p.m. ET) at Premier Sports Campus in Lakewood Ranch, Fla. Here are five things you should know about the USA’s final opponent and final match of the tournament.

How Can the USA Win the 2017 Nike Friendlies?
With the 10-1 win against Finland on Dec. 9, the USA sits in first place in the tournament with four points and a plus-9 goal difference. England is second with four points and a plus-1 goal difference. Brazil is in third with three points and a plus-3 goal difference while Finland sits in fourth place with zero points and a minus-13 goal difference.

That means the USA will win the tournament with a victory against Brazil if it maintains its edge over England in goal difference. The USA could also win the tournament with a tie, if England ties Finland.

2017 Women’s Nike International Friendlies Standings

Team

GP

W

L

D

Pts.

GF

GA

GD

USA

2

1

0

1

4

13

4

+9

England

2

1

0

1

4

4

3

+1

Brazil

2

1

1

0

3

4

1

+3

Finland

2

0

2

0

0

1

14

-13

How To Watch
The tournament will conclude on Dec. 11 with two games, the first taking place at 3:30 p.m. ET with Finland facing England followed by the USA vs. Brazil at 6:30 p.m. ET. Both matches will be streamed live on ussoccer.com, U.S. Soccer’s Facebook Page and U.S. Soccer’s YouTube Page from the Premier Sports Campus in Lakewood Ranch, Fla. with Mike Pepper calling the action.

The matches are not geo-blocked, meaning fans in Brazil, England and Finland, as well as others around the world, can watch the games. Fans can follow all the matches of the U.S. U-20s on Twitter @ussoccer_ynt. For full coverage, visit the Women’s Nike International Friendlies tournament page on ussoccer.com.

Nike Friendlies Continues World Cup Qualifying Prep for USAThe U-20 U.S. WNT has used 37 players in 10 international matches this year in preparation for World Cup qualifying, taking on Norway, Germany, France, Japan, England and Finland while compiling a record of 6-3-2. Outside back Jordan Brewster earned her first U-20 WNT cap against England in the first game of the Friendlies on Dec. 7, playing all 90 minutes in an impressive first outing. Goalkeeper Claudia Dickey earned her first U-20 cap against Finland, playing all 90 minutes.

Sophia Smith of Real Colorado and Stanford freshman Civana Kuhlmann lead the team with eight international goals apiece this year after Smith scored twice against England on Dec. 7 and Kuhlmann added four on Dec. 9 against Finland, while UC Berkeley freshman Abigail Kim has three. Twenty-two of the 24 players on the roster have U-20 caps, led by Savannah DeMelo, a member of the last U-20 WNT cycle, who has 22 caps.

The age cutoff to be eligible for the 2018 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup is players born on or after January 1, 1998. For this roster, Klimkova called up nine players born in 1998, 11 born in 1999 and four born in 2000, making them also age-eligible for the 2020 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup.

U.S. U-20 WNT Roster – 2017 Nike International Friendlies (Club, Hometown)

GOALKEEPERS (3): Claudia Dickey (Charlotte Soccer Academy; Charlotte, NC), Laurel Ivory (Virginia; Surfside,Fla.), Amanda McGlynn (Virginia Tech; Jacksonville, Fla.)
DEFENDERS (9): Nicole Albrecht (Minnesota, Cedarburg, Wisc.), Julia Bingham (USC; Ontario, Calif.), Jordan Brewster (Internationals SC; North Canton, Ohio), Sydney Dawson (Internationals SC; North Canton, Ohio), Naomi Girma (California Thorns FC; San Jose, Calif.), Tara McKeown (USC; Newbury Park, Calif.), Zoe Morse (Virginia; East Lansing; Mich.), Isabel Rodriguez (Ohio State; Canton, Mich.), Karina Rodriguez (UCLA; Torrance, Calif.)
MIDFIELDERS (6): Samantha Coffey (Boston College; Sleepy Hollow, NY), Savannah DeMelo (USC; Bellflower, Calif.), Jaelin Howell (Real Colorado; Windsor, Colo.), Taylor Kornieck (Colorado; Henderson, Nev.), Brianna Pinto (NTH Tophat; Durham, NC), Viviana Villacorta (UCLA; Lawndale, Calif.)
FORWARDS (6): Jordan Harr (Texas Tech; Sachse, Texas), Abigail Kim (California; Vashon, Wash.), Civana Kuhlmann (Stanford; Littleton. Colo.), Sophia Smith (Real Colorado; Windsor, Colo.), Taryn Torres (Virginia; Frisco, Texas), Kelsey Turnbow (Santa Clara, Scottsdale, Ariz.)

Brazil U-20 WNT Prepping for South American World Cup Qualifying
Like the USA, Brazil is preparing for a World Cup qualifying tournament next January. The South American qualification tournament will take place in Ecuador from Jan. 10-28 with ten teams divided into two groups. After round-robin play, the top two teams in each group will qualify for the second round and that quartet will then play another round-robin format and that top two teams will represent South America at the World Cup in France.

Brazil are seven-times champion of the tournament (2004, 2006, 2008, 2010, 2012, 2014 & 2015). No other team has won a South American U-20 women's title. Argentina (three times), Colombia, Paraguay (twice) and Venezuela have all been runners-up.

Brazil has one player currently playing college soccer in defender Reiss who is a freshman at North Florida where she led the team in scoring with six goals and one assist. The rest of the Brazilian roster is spread out over 10 different clubs in Brazil, including two at Santos F.C, the club of the legendary Pele. Brazil U-20 WNT Roster – 2017 Nike International Friendlies (Club)

GOALKEEPERS (2): 1-Kemelli (3 B Sport), 12-Stefane (Team Chicago Brasil)
DEFENDERS (7): 2-Mona (Iranduba F.C.), 3-Thais Regina (3 B Sport), 4-Ingryd (3 B Sport), 6-Reiss (North Florida, USA), 13-Tainara (E.C. Victoria BA), 14-Isa (A.A. Ponte Preta), 16-Andressa (Team Chicago Brasil)
MIDFIELDERS (6): 5-Luana (Ferroviaria F S/A), 7-Angelina (Santos F.C.), 8-Karla Alves (Santos F.C.), 10-Victoria (Minas Brasilia), 15-Juliana (Ferroviaria F S/A), 18-Ana Vitoria (Corinthians/Audax)
FORWARDS (6): 9-Valeria (Tiradentes PI), 11-Brenda Woch (3 B Sport), 17-Kerolin (A.A. Ponte Preta)

USA and Brazil Results So Far
The USA comes into the match after a 3-3 draw against England on Dec. 7 and a 10-1 win against Finland on Dec. 9 that saw Civana Kuhlmann score four goals and four other players add tallies. After a strong 4-0 win against Finland on goals by (list goal scorers) to open the tournament, Brazil fell 1-0 to England in its second game and will look to bounce back with a win against the U.S., which could be enough to take home the tournament title depending on England’s results against Finland.

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U-20 WNT Viviana Villacorta: Growing In Her Role as a Defensive Midfielder

Many players in the current U-20 Women’s National Team pool have been getting National Team call-ups for years. Viviana Villacorta is not one of those players. The defensive midfielder out of Torrance, California, got her first call-up to a Youth National Team camp about 15 months ago. Since then, through dedication, astute self-awareness and a humble appreciation for the opportunities a Read more
U-20 WNT Dec 10, 2017

Brazil Blanks Finland 4-0 in Opening Game of 2017 Women’s Nike International Friendlies

LAKEWOOD RANCH (December 7, 2017) – The Brazil Under-20 Women’s National Team scored twice in each half to defeat the Finland U-20 Women’s National Team 4-0 in the opening game of the 2017 Women’s Nike International Friendlies. Forward Kerolin scored a brace while defender Mona scored on a blast from outside and substitute striker Valeria added a late goal on a Finland Read more
U-20 WNT Dec 7, 2017

U-17 WNT to Play the Haiti U-17 WNT Twice During Training Camp in Lakewood Ranch, Fla.

CHICAGO (Dec. 9, 2017) – The U.S. Under-17 Women’s National Team will come together from Dec. 11-16 for a training camp in Lakewood Ranch, Fla., that will feature two full international matches against the Haiti U-17 WNT.

Both the USA and Haiti are preparing for the 2018 CONCACAF Women’s Under-17 Championship which will be held from April 19-29 in Nicaragua. The tournament will qualify three teams to the 2018 FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup in Uruguay.

The roster, which consists of 22 players born in 2001 – the age cut off year for the next U-17 Women’s World Cup -- and four born in 2002, is made up primarily of the core of players who have been a key part of the cycle so far, with several players also getting first looks in a training camp environment.

The USA will face Haiti on Wednesday, Dec. 13 at The Premier Sports Campus at in Lakewood Ranch on a field to be determined with a kick-off at 3 p.m. ET. The second match on Friday, Dec. 15 will take place at the Premier Sports Campus Stadium and will kick off at 7:30 p.m. ET. Both games are open to the public with free admission.

“It’s exciting to finish out the 2017 with two games against Haiti,” said U.S. head coach Mark Carr. “As always, we will compete to win both games while working to continue to develop as individuals and as a team. Haiti is a team we could potentially face in qualifying so, once again, we’ll get a valuable snapshot of how we need to improve.”

Forward Jordan Canniff leads the team in scoring this year with six international goals. Midfielder Maya Doms has four goals while forwards Croix Bethune and Payton Linnehan have scored three goals each. Eleven other players have scored this year for the U-17 WNT.

The U-17s have been quite active this year as they prepare for qualifying. The squad has played tournaments in Slovenia/Italy and in China while also defeating England in two games in Portland, Oregon, in late August by a 12-3 aggregate score. The squad traveled to Mexico City in mid-November for two matches against the Mexico U-17 WNT, tying 1-1 and winning 4-0. The U-17s have lost just one of 11 international games this year, that loss coming in a wild back-and-forth 5-4 setback against China in Weifang in July.

“Coming off the Mexico trip, our team is still learning how to always give our best performance regardless of any external circumstance,” Carr said. “We must always be prepared to battle, be ready to play and be ready to take part in the game at its maximum for 90-plus minutes.”

U.S. U-17 Women’s National Team Roster by Position:
GOALKEEPERS (3): Angelina Anderson (Mustang SC; Danville, Calif.), Halle Mackiewicz (Real Colorado; Broomfield, Colo.), Lindsey Romig (Richmond United; Midlothian, Va.)                                                               
DEFENDERS (7): Michela Agresti (FC Stars of Mass; Swampscott, Mass), Tori Hansen (NC Courage Academy; Raleigh, N.C.), Smith Hunter (Seattle Reign Academy; Seattle, Wash.), Makenna Morris (Bethesda SC; Germantown, Md.), Bria Schrotenboer (Midwest United; Holland, Mich.), Natalia Staude (Tophat SC; Atlanta, Ga.), Kate Wiesner (Slammers FC; Monrovia, Calif.)
MIDFIELDERS (9): Croix Bethune (Concord Fire SC; Alpharetta, Ga.), Talia DellaPeruta (NTH Tophat; Cumming, Ga.), Maya Doms (Davis Legacy; Davis, Calif.), Mia Fishel (San Diego Surf; San Diego, Calif.), Sophia Jones (San Jose Earthquakes; Menlo Park, Calif.), Samantha Kroeger (World Class FC; West Milford, N.J.), Ariella Pitty (Ohio Premier; Midlothian, Va.), MacKenzee Vance (United Soccer Alliance; Bluffton, S.C.), Astrid Wheeler (Concord Fire SC; Atlanta, Ga.)         
FORWARDS (7): Enzi Broussard (IMG Academy; Bradenton, Fla.), Jordan Canniff (Washington Spirit - Baltimor Armour; California, Md.), Isabella D'Aquila (So Cal Blues; Mission Viejo, Calif), Sunshine Fontes (Hawaii Rush; Wahiawa, Hawaii), Payton Linnehan (FC Stars of Mass; Douglas, Mass.), Samantha Meza (Solar; Dallas, Texas), Kalyssa Van Zanten (Eclipse Select; Buffalo Grove, Ill.)

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U-20 WNT Rolls Past Finland 10-1 at Nike Friendlies as Kuhlmann Scores Four Goals

LAKEWOOD RANCH, Florida (December 9, 2017) – The U.S. Under-20 Women’s National Team scored early and often, powering home eight goals in the first half on the way to an impressive 10-1 win against Finland in its second match of the 2017 Women’s Nike International Friendlies. U.S. head coach Jitka Klimkova made seven changes from the starting lineup that tied England 3-3 on Dec. Read more
U-20 WNT Dec 9, 2017

England Defeats Brazil 1-0 at 2017 Women’s Nike International Friendlies

LAKEWOOD RANCH, Fla. (December 9, 2017) – The England Under-20 Women’s National Team used a 50th minute goal from Alessia Russo to earn a 1-0 win against Brazil in the first game on the second match day at the 2017 Women’s Nike International Friendlies. Brazil controlled the game for much of the first half with two of its best opportunities coming in the 23rd minute, a powerf Read more
Dec 9, 2017

Referee Breaking Barriers

It all started with an ad in the local newspaper. Living in Lincoln, Nebraska in 2004, U.S. Soccer Grade 7 referee Andrew Kirst saw that a high school game needed a referee. He gave them a call, shared with them his experience and got the gig. With whistle in hand, he hasn’t stopped since then.

“Being a referee, you get to help future generations learn the game so they can become top players,” Kirst said. “Plus, it’s a good work out too and no two games are ever the same so I’ll never be bored.”

Kirst has been a referee for 14 years. For the Colorado native, the main obstacle and the questions he gets are always the same: can he prove to coaches and teams that he is capable of his job despite his lack of hearing? The answer to both is a resounding yes.

“I’ve found ways to find a good balance between not being able to hear and being able to referee,” Kirst shared with ussoccer.com “I’ve been doing it for a while but I still need to prove to coaches and players that I can do this. For example: if there’s a foul, people hear it and they say, that’s a foul – it’s a yellow card. And I say no, it’s just a foul. I can see it. What you hear is not what you see. Sometimes hearing is deceiving and visual is more important.”


Kirst (third from the left) has been refereeing for 14 years.

Besides proving that his skills are up to par on the field, Kirst breaks the ice before a game starts by making sure coaches know that they are free to talk to him as much as they want to. After all, he won’t be able to hear them.

“I tell them it’s an advantage for them,” Kirst admitted. “It relaxes them, relaxes me and puts us all at ease. It’s a free country so they can talk all they want, I just let the air take care of it.”

With the inaugural 2017 U.S. Soccer Girls’ Winter Showcase currently taking place in Lakewood Ranch, Florida, where 315 games are being played, the opportunities for Kirst to hone his craft are expansive.

Not only is he able to improve by refereeing several games in a day, but he is getting a chance to interact with hundreds of other referees from across the country, all from various grade levels, and learn from them while they all share their passion for the game and their past experiences.

“Making it to the Development Academy Showcase here in Florida is one of my top achievements so far,” Kirst said. “I’ve had a lot of people in my past who have helped me get to this point: people back in Colorado, many of the assessors, the evaluators, the ones who give me the assignments. It’s been a long 14-year journey and it’s something that I’ll continue to go through the rest of my life. It motivates me to wake up in the morning.”

The process to become one of the top referees in the world is not easy, and the journey is long and arduous, but for Kirst, who has already surpassed obstacles just to get to where he is now, there’s really nothing that is going to stop him as he continues his ascension in the USSF referee program.

“I’d like to be one of the top referees, and I feel that I have the ability to do that,” he said. “It’s one of my goals to become a referee that the program would be proud of. The pitch is a beautiful place to be.” 

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