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U-17 MNT Takes Down Costa Rica with 3-1, 4-0 Victories in Florida Friendlies

BRADENTON, Fla. (Oct. 24, 2016) – The U.S. Under-17 Men’s National Team hosted Costa Rica in their Bradenton, Fla. IMG Academy home base for two international friendlies on Oct. 22 and 24. The U.S. delivered two convincing victories, winning both matchups 3-1 and 4-0, respectively.

The first match on Oct. 22 started off slow, with both opponents getting a feel for each other, until Bryan Reynolds Jr. took matters into his own hands and put the USA on the scoreboard in the 30th minute. Blaine Ferri kicked off the second half with a 47th minute goal assisted by Christopher Gloster to extend the U-17’s lead. Andres Gómez gave life to Costa Rica with a 52nd minute goal, but Josh Sargent found the back of the net and silenced all doubts in the 63rd minute to secure a 3-1 USA victory.

The U.S. came storming out of the gates in the second matchup on Oct. 24, with Blaine Ferri only needing two minutes to connect with Andrew Carleton for the first goal of the match. Josh Sargent added another tally for the U-17 MNT in the 34th minute assisted by Christopher Durkin, bringing the striker’s record to two goals and one assist in two matches vs. Costa Rica.

The second half was a continuation of the USA show, with George Acosta pushing up the scoreline to 3-0 in the 65th minute and Ayo Akinola delivering the finishing blow in the 85th minute. Isaac Angking and Zyen Jones assisted the third and fourth goals, respectively, while goalkeeper Justin Garces recorded a shutout in the U-17 MNT’s dominant 4-0 victory against Costa Rica.  

Next on the schedule for the U-17 MNT is a training camp in Kingston, Jamaica, where the team will face the Jamaica U-17 Men’s National Team on Nov. 2 and 6 in preparation for the 2016 Nike International Friendlies in December. 

-U.S. U-17 Men’s National Team Match Report-

Match: U.S. U-17 Men’s National Team vs. Costa Rica
Date: Oct. 22, 2016
Competition: International Friendly
Venue: IMG Academy Stadium; Bradenton, Fla.
Kickoff: 7 p.m. ET
Weather: 65 degrees

Scoring Summary:      1          2          F                                             
USA                             1          2          3
CRC                             0          1          1

USA – Bryan Reynolds Jr. (Joshua Sargent)                 30th minute
USA – Blaine Ferri (Christopher Gloster)                                   47
CRC – Andres Gómez                                                  52
USA – Joshua Sargent (Christopher Goslin)                 63

Lineups:
USA: 1-Justin Garces; 3-Christopher Gloster, 5-Arturo Vasquez (Capt.), 4-James Sands, 2-Sergino Dest (14-Jaylin Lindsey, 73); 6-Christopher Durkin, 8-Blaine Ferri (16-Isaac Angking, 83), 10-George Acosta (18-Christopher Goslin, 59); 7-Bryan Reynolds Jr. (23-Tonny Temple, 73), 9-Joshua Sargent (21-Zyen Jones, 83), 11-Andrew Carleton
Subs Not Used: 12-Alex Budnik, 13-Carlos Asensio, 15-Carlo Ritaccio, 17-Will Sands, 19-Alejandro Pereira, 20-Adrian Villegas, 22-Quantrell Jones, 24-Chandler Vaughn, 25-Akil Watts
Head Coach: John Hackworth

CRC: 18-Kevin Chamorro; 17-Walter Cortez, 4-Karin Arce, 5-Fernan Farreon, 13-Byron Suarez; 6-Felipe Flores (11-Jose Rodolfo, 46), 8-Christian Muñoz (Capt.) (14-Ronier Bustamante, 68), 16-Jurgen Seguiera, 7-Josue Abarca; 9-Mario Mora (15-Josue Serrano, 73), 10-Andres Gómez (19-Yecsi Jarquin, 78)
Subs Not Used: 1-Brandon Calvo, 2-Andres Hernandez, 3-Orlando Galo, 12-Esteban Mata, 20-Alexander Roman
Head Coach: Breansse Camacho

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

Misconduct Summary:
CRC – Kevin Chamorro (caution)                       29th minute
USA – Christopher Goslin (caution)                   72
USA – Andrew Carleton (caution)                       79

Officials:
Referee: Matthew Miscannon
Assistant Referee: Alexander Derostaing
Assistant Referee: Stephen Richardson Jr.
Fourth Official: Elvis Osmanovic

Please note: Match was 90 minutes on natural grass.

-U.S. U-17 Men’s National Team Match Report-

Match: U.S. U-17 Men’s National Team vs. Costa Rica
Date: Oct. 24, 2016
Competition: International Friendly
Venue: IMG Academy Field 11; Bradenton, Fla.
Kickoff: 10 a.m. ET
Weather: 75 degrees

Scoring Summary:      1          2          F                                             
USA                             2          2          4
CRC                             0          0          0

USA – Blaine Ferri (Andrew Carleton)               2nd minute
USA – Joshua Sargent (Christopher Durkin)     34
USA – George Acosta (Isaac Angking)              65
USA – Ayo Akinola (Zyen Jones)                          85

Lineups:
USA: 1-Justin Garces; 3-Christopher Gloster, 5-Arturo Vasquez (Capt.), 4-James Sands, 2-Sergino Dest (14-Jaylin Lindsey, 32); 6-Christopher Durkin, 8-Blaine Ferri (16-George Acosta, 62), 10-Isaac Angking; 7-Bryan Reynolds Jr. (21-Zyen Jones, 78), 9-Joshua Sargent (19-Ayo Akinola, 69), 11-Andrew Carleton (17-Will Sands, 78)
Subs Not Used: 12-Alex Budnik, 13-Carlos Asensio, 15-Chandler Vaughn, 18-Christopher Goslin, 20-Adrian Villegas, 22-Quantrell Jones, 23-Matthew Hundley, 24-Tristan Weber, 25-Jose Bencomo
Head Coach: John Hackworth

CRC: 1-Brandon Calvo, 17-Walter Cortez, 2-Andres Hernandez (3-Orlando Galo, 46), 4-Karin Arce, 5-Fernan Farreon; 8-Christian Muñoz (Capt.) (20-Alexander Roman, 46),14-Ronier Bustamante (9-Mario Mora, 46), 16-Jurgen Seguiera; 11-Jose Rodolfo, 10-Andres Gómez (7-Josue Abarca, 69) 12-Esteban Mata (19-Yecsi Jarquin, 46)
Subs Not Used: 6-Felipe Flores, 13-Byron Suarez, 18-Kevin Chamorro, 15-Josue Serrano
Head Coach: Breansse Camacho

Stats Summary: USA / CRC
Shots: 10 / 3
Shots on Goal: 5 / 2
Fouls: 10 / 20
Corner Kicks: 4 / 3
Offside: 12 / 1

Misconduct Summary:
CRC – Jurgen Seguiera (caution)            45th minute
CRC – Yecsi Jarquin (caution)                          54
USA – Christopher Gloster (caution)                 77
CRC – Alexander Roman (caution)                   90

Officials:
Referee: Elvis Osmanovic
Assistant Referee: Hassan Belmnahia
Assistant Referee: Frank Villaizan
Fourth Official: Stephan Richardson Jr.

Please note: Match was 90 minutes on natural grass.

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-U.S. U-17 Men’s National Team Match Report-

Match: U.S. U-17 Men’s National Team vs. Costa Rica
Date: Oct. 22, 2016
Competition: International Friendly
Venue: IMG Academy Stadium; Bradenton, Fla.
Kickoff: 7 p.m. ET
Weather: 65 degrees

Scoring Summary:      1          2          F                                             
USA                             1          2          3
CRC                             0          1          1

USA – Bryan Reynolds Jr. (Joshua Sargent)                 30th minute
USA – Blaine Ferri (Christopher Gloster)                                   47
CRC – Andres Gómez                                                  52
USA – Joshua Sargent (Christopher Goslin)                 63

Lineups:
USA: 1-Justin Garces; 3-Christopher Gloster, 5-Arturo Vasquez (Capt.), 4-James Sands, 2-Sergino Dest (14-Jaylin Lindsey, 73); 6-Christopher Durkin, 8-Blaine Ferri (16-Isaac Angking, 83), 10-George Acosta (18-Christopher Goslin, 59); 7-Bryan Reynolds Jr. (23-Tonny Temple, 73), 9-Joshua Sargent (21-Zyen Jones, 83), 11-Andrew Carleton
Subs Not Used: 12-Alex Budnik, 13-Carlos Asensio, 15-Carlo Ritaccio, 17-Will Sands, 19-Alejandro Pereira, 20-Adrian Villegas, 22-Quantrell Jones, 24-Chandler Vaughn, 25-Akil Watts
Head Coach: John Hackworth

CRC: 18-Kevin Chamorro; 17-Walter Cortez, 4-Karin Arce, 5-Fernan Farreon, 13-Byron Suarez; 6-Felipe Flores (11-Jose Rodolfo, 46), 8-Christian Muñoz (Capt.) (14-Ronier Bustamante, 68), 16-Jurgen Seguiera, 7-Josue Abarca; 9-Mario Mora (15-Josue Serrano, 73), 10-Andres Gómez (19-Yecsi Jarquin, 78)
Subs Not Used: 1-Brandon Calvo, 2-Andres Hernandez, 3-Orlando Galo, 12-Esteban Mata, 20-Alexander Roman
Head Coach: Breansse Camacho

Stats Summary: USA / CRC
Shots: 9 / 5
Shots on Goal: 7/ 4
Foutls: 8 / 8
Corner Kicks: 3 / 1
Offside: 9 / 0

Misconduct Summary:
CRC – Kevin Chamorro (caution)                       29th minute
USA – Christopher Goslin (caution)                   72
USA – Andrew Carleton (caution)                       79

Officials:
Referee: Matthew Miscannon
Assistant Referee: Alexander Derostaing
Assistant Referee: Stephen Richardson Jr.
Fourth Official: Elvis Osmanovic

Please note: Match was 90 minutes on natural grass.

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Alex Morgan is Scoring Goals and That’s Good for Everyone (Except Those Playing Against Her)

Alex Morgan is in the business of scoring goals. And business is booming.

In her last 26 games playing for the U.S. Women’s National Team, Morgan has scored 25 times. They’ve come in a multitude of ways – from the penalty spot, headers, blistering drives and breakaways. She’s scored game-winners and braces, against Japan on July 26 at the 2018 Tournament of Nations, she bagged a hat trick. It was the fourth of her career.

Morgan then added not one, or two, but three braces during the 2018 Concacaf Women's Championship, one in each group game she played in, and another against Jamaica in the crucial semifinal win that booked the U.S. a spot in France 2019. A single goal vs. Canada in the title game on Oct. 17 would give her 7 total - the most of any player - and would make her the Golden Boot winner as the tournament's leading scorer.

She’s been scoring for the USA since 2010, and since scoring goals is perhaps the most difficult part of the game, there have been periods of great form and a few dry spells. But the past year has been impressive even by the high standards we’ve come to expect from the 29-year-old.

It’s always been clear that when Morgan is in the zone, opposing defenses are in for a long night.

This 26-game run – in which the USA has not lost – began in the latter half of 2017 after she returned from her six-month stint at Olympique Lyonnais, lasted through the final seven games of 2017, then continued into 2018.

The current streak began in the final game of the 2017 Tournament of Nations and now more than a year later, she’s still on a roll. She closed 2017 with seven goals in seven games (which made her the team’s top scorer for the year) and finished 2018 with a team-leading 18 goals in the 19 games in which she played. The 18 goals in the a calendar year are the second most of her career. The only year in which she scored more was in 2012 - an Olympic year - when she netted 28.

In a span of a few months, Morgan put herself within striking distance of 100 goals. Currently at 98, she would become the seventh woman in U.S. history to reach the century mark and join a highly exclusive club which features Abby Wambach, Mia Hamm, Kristine Lilly, Michelle Akers, Tiffeny Milbrett and Carli Lloyd. Even more impressively, she is on pace to achieve this feat in less caps (currently at 153 after the Scotland game on Nov. 13) than four of those six legends (Wambach and Akers scored goal No. 100 in their 129th cap; Hamm scored in her 155th cap) and could become the third youngest player in WNT history to reach 100. Wambach scored her 100th goal just after her 29th birthday and Hamm reached 100 when she was 26-and-a-half-years old.

Morgan’s first WNT goal came on Oct. 2, 2010 against China PR. She played in eight games that year and scored four goals. She followed that up with six goals in 2011 and had a breakthrough performance at the 2011 FIFA Women’s World Cup in Germany.

In 2012, Morgan had one of the best scoring years in U.S. history, tallying a remarkable 28 goals with 21 assists to lead the team in both categories. Her goal total was the third-best in U.S. history behind only Michelle Akers (39 in 1991) and Wambach (31 in 2004) and her assist total was tied for second-best in U.S. history behind only Hamm (22 in 2004) and tied with Carin Gabarra (21 in 1991). She also helped the USA to the gold medal at the London Olympics, scoring the epic 123rdminute game-winner in the semifinal final that is still the latest goal in FIFA history, and earned personal recognition when she finished third for the FIFA Player of the Year award and was named the U.S. Soccer Female Player of the Year for the first time.

The next two years for Morgan were unfortunately plagued by injuries. In 2013, she missed a few games but still played 811 minutes in 12 games and scored six goals with four assists. She spent much of 2014 finishing her recovery but returned to play in seven matches, starting four, while scoring five goals with four assists before she suffered an ankle injury in the second match of the 2014 CONCACAF Women’s Championship that kept her out for the rest of the year.

She rounded into shape just in time to participate in her second World Cup at the senior level and she was a key member of the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup champions. She came off the bench in the first two games as she regained her fitness, but then got the start in the final group game against Nigeria and started all four knock-out round games. She played in 22 of the USA’s 26 games that year and scored seven goals. She got back to her old self in 2016 when she found the net 17 times, including what was probably the best goal of the year on March 9 against Germany in the SheBelieves Cup.

Her 2017-18 has been even more impressive, and not just because of her scoring rate, but because the goals are coming against elite talent at a time when the level of play worldwide is increasingly competitive.

With a trip booked to France, the intensity of play is only increasing. And while the U.S. Women know that nothing is given and everything is earned, with Morgan in her current form, fans are surely looking forward to an entertaining few months ahead.

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Tournament Notes: U-17 WNT Primed for Challenge at 2018 FIFA U-17 Women's World Cup

U.S. Under-17 Women’s National Team
2018 FIFA Under-17 Women’s World Cup
Uruguay
Nov. 13 – Dec. 1

U-17 READY TO TAKE ON THE WORLD: The U.S. U-17 Women’s National Team kicks off the 2018 FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup in Uruguay on Wed., Nov. 14 against Cameroon (12:00 p.m. ET; FS2, NBC Universo). The World Cup marks the culmination of a two-year journey, during which the USA has compiled a 23-2-6 international record. Group C play continues on Sat., Nov. 17 when the U.S. takes on reigning U-17 WWC champ Korea DPR (12:00 p.m. ET; FS2, Telemundo Deportes App and TelemundoDeportes.com and wraps up on Wed., Nov. 21 vs. European runner-up Germany (3:00 p.m. ET; FS2, Telemundo Deportes App and TelemundoDeportes.com).

The USA’s first two games will be played in Colonia del Sacramento at Estadio Alberto Suppici, while the final game is slated for Estadio Charrua in the capital of Montevideo. All of the tournament’s matches are set to be played in three small venues across Uruguay, in southeastern South America. Follow the U-17 WNT throughout the tournament on ussoccer.com, Facebook, Twitter (@ussoccer_ynt) and Instagram (@ussoccer_ynt).

GROUP C SCHEDULE – USA

DATE

MATCH

KICKOFF (ET)

BROADCAST

VENUE

Nov. 14

USA vs. Cameroon

12:00 p.m.

FS2, NBC Universo

Estadio Alberto Suppici; Colonia del Sacramento, Uruguay

Nov. 17

USA vs. Korea DPR

12:00 p.m.

FS2, Telemundo Deportes App and TelemundoDeportes.com

Estadio Alberto Suppici; Colonia del Sacramento, Uruguay

Nov. 21

USA vs. Germany

3:00 p.m.

FS2, Telemundo Deportes App and TelemundoDeportes.com

Estadio Charrua; Montevideo, Uruguay

WATCH THE FIFA U-17 WWC: All three of the USA’s group stage matches will be 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 opener against Cameroon will be available on NBC Universo, while the other two group stage games are set to be streamed live on the Telemundo Deportes App and TelemundoDeportes.com.

HOW WE GOT HERE: The USA punched its World Cup ticket after a wild ride at the Concacaf Women’s U-17 Championship. It opened the tournament in Managua, Nicaragua with a strong 4-0 win over Bermuda on April 20, but as the U-17s prepared for their second group stage game, Concacaf announced that the tournament would be suspended indefinitely due to civil unrest in the host country.

The competition wouldn’t resume until 46 days later in Bradenton, Fla, and the USA picked up where it left off with a 10-0 win over Bermuda and a battle of a 1-0 victory over Canada in the final group stage game.

With a World Cup berth in the balance in the semifinal, the USA faced its first deficit of the tournament when Haiti struck first. The U.S. responded with three unanswered goals from Sunshine Fontes and Mia Fishel to boost the team to a 3-2 victory. Facing Mexico in the final, the teams traded blows before Fontes equalized just after the break and Maya Doms netted the game-winner off of a set-piece in the 76th minute.

RUN-UP TO URUGUAY: The USA brings a wealth of international experience into the World Cup, putting together a 23-2-6 record against 16 different national teams. Prior to the Concacaf Championship, the USA took home tournament titles at the 2017 Torneo delle Nazioni in Italy and Slovenia and the 2018 Copa Provincia de Buenos Aires in Argentina, as well as a runner-up finish at the 2017 U-16 CFA international Women’s Youth Football Tournament. Since World Cup qualifying, the USA has played five international games against Korea Republic, Colombia, Mexico and England.

REPRESENTING THE RED, WHITE AND BLUE: Head coach Mark Carr has named a deeply-talented roster for the U-17 WWC. Sixteen participated in last year’s inaugural season of the U.S. Soccer Girls’ Development Academy. Twelve members of the roster are currently high school seniors, eight are juniors and one is a sophomore.

Players born on or after Jan. 1, 2001 are eligible for the 2018 FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup. Carr selected players from three birth years: 15 born in 2001, five born in 2002 and one born in 2003. The lone player born in 2003, forward Trinity Byars, is age-eligible for the 2020 FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup. Fifteen helped the USA earn its World Cup berth and take home the regional title at the 2018 Concacaf Women’s U-17 Championship. Jordan Canniff is the roster’s lone World Cup veteran. The forward represented the USA at the 2016 tournament in Jordan and completed an impressive comeback from injury to make a late push for a spot on the roster for Uruguay.

SUNSHINE SCORES: Forward Sunshine Fontes enters the tournament as the all-time leading scorer in U.S. U-17 WNT history with 22 career goals. The first player from Hawaii to make a youth World Cup roster, Fontes has been on a tear in 2018, tallying 20 goals in 17 matches. Her run features five multiple-goal games including four-goal frenzies against Venezuela and Argentina to start the year. 

FOUR YEAR JOURNEY: The core of this roster has been together for four years: the current 2017-18 Under-17 cycle, as well as the 2015-16 Under-15 Girls’ National Team cycle. This age group formed the nucleus of the first-ever U.S. team to compete at the Concacaf Girls’ U-15 Championship in 2016. Under current U-17 WNT head coach Mark Carr, the U-15s put together an incredible run to the tournament title, not allowing a single goal in their seven games and scoring 49. Midfielder Mia Fishel took home the Golden Ball as the competition’s best player, while forward Payton Linnehan won the Golden Boot as its leading goal scorer. Talia DellaPeruta, Sunshine Fontes, Makenna Morris, Samantha Meza, Lindsey Romig and Natalia Staude also played key roles in helping the USA to its first confederation title at the U-15 level.

SIXTEEN TEAMS, ONE CHAMPION: This year marks the sixth edition of the FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup. The biennial competition began in 2008 following the success of the FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup, which began in 2002 as FIFA’s first world championship for youth women’s players. Sixteen teams have qualified for the U-17 WWC through continental competitions and have been drawn into four groups. The top two finishers in each group will advance to the quarterfinals. From there, it’s a knockout round bracket to the tournament final.

Group A

Group B

Group C

Group D

Finland

Brazil

Cameroon

Canada

Ghana

Japan

Germany

Colombia

New Zealand

Mexico

Korea DPR

Korea Republic

Uruguay

South Africa

USA

Spain

U-17 WWC HISTORY: The USA has qualified for four of six FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cups. In the inaugural tournament, the U.S. narrowly made it out of a competitive group before a run to the final with a team starring current WNT mainstays Morgan Brian, Crystal Dunn and Samantha Mewis. Despite taking an early lead in the championship game and holding it until late in regulation, the U.S. fell in overtime to Korea DPR.

In 2012, the USA did not lose a match in group play but was eliminated from another difficult group on the goal-differential tiebreaker. The two advancing teams, Korea DPR and France, went on to meet in the tournament final. The 2016 edition saw the USA sent home in the final group stage match after a comeback effort from Japan, who finished as tournament runner-up. The U.S. didn’t qualify for the World Cup in 2010 and 2014, despite outscoring opponents 62-1 during the World Cup qualifying campaigns for those tournaments. Overall, the USA has outscored its qualifying opponents 168-9.

2018 FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup Roster by Position (Club; Hometown; U-17 Caps/Goals)

GOALKEEPERS (3): Angelina Anderson (Mustang Soccer Club; Danville, Calif.; 14/0), 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.; 16/2), Talia DellaPeruta (Tophat; Cumming, Ga.; 24/1), Samar Guidry (FC Dallas; McKinney, Texas; 4/0), Smith Hunter (Reign Academy; Seattle, Wash.; 15/0), Makenna Morris (Bethesda SC; Germantown, Md.; 18/3), Natalia Staude (Tophat; Atlanta, Ga.; 18/0)
MIDFIELDERS (5): 
Hannah Bebar (Eclipse Select SC; Naperville, Ill.; 12/2), Maya Doms (Davis Legacy Soccer Club; Davis, Calif.; 26/11), Mia Fishel (San Diego Surf; San Diego, Calif.; 26/5), Sophia Jones (San Jose Earthquakes; Menlo Park, Calif.; 16/1), Astrid Wheeler (Concorde Fire; Atlanta, Ga.; 20/2)
FORWARDS (7): 
Trinity Byars (Solar Soccer Club; Richardson, Texas; 3/0), Jordan Canniff (Washington Spirit Academy – Maryland; California, Md.; 25/9), Isabella D’Aquila (So Cal Blues; Mission Viejo, Calif.; 14/9), Sunshine Fontes (Hawaii Rush; Wahiawa, Hawaii; 29/22), Payton Linnehan (FC Stars; Douglas, Mass.; 22/8), Samantha Meza (Solar Soccer Club; Dallas, Texas; 19/2); Trinity Rodman (So Cal Blues; Laguna Niguel, Calif.; 6/2)

ROSTER NOTES

  • This will be the first World Cup as U.S. head coach for Carr, who took over the program in April 2016. He has coached this age group of players for almost four years, overseeing the Under-15 Girls’ National Team cycle from 2014-15 before taking the reins of the U-17 WNT.
  • Under his direction, the U-15 GNT took home the Concacaf title in 2016, its first participation in the tournament.
  • Eight players on the World Cup roster helped the USA win the 2016 U-15 Girls’ Concacaf Championship: Talia DellaPeruta, Mia Fishel, Sunshine Fontes, Payton Linnehan, Samantha Meza, Makenna Morris, Lindsey Romig and Natalia Staude.
  • Of the 21 players on the roster, 12 are currently high school seniors, eight are in the middle of junior year and one, Trinity Byars, is a sophomore.
  • Born in 2003, Byars is the lone player age-eligible for the 2020 FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup. 
  • Midfielder Sophia Jones took home U.S. Soccer Development Academy West Conference Player of the Year honors at the U-16/17 level last season.
  • Jones, alongside goalkeeper Julia Dohle and defenders Smith Hunter and Natalia Staude earned Academy Conference Best XI honors at the U-16/17 level last season.
  • Forwards Trinity Byars and Samantha Meza, as well as midfielder Mia Fishel, earned Academy Conference Best XI honors playing up an age group at the U-18/19 level last season.
  • Every player on the roster has been capped at the U-17 level, led by Fontes (29), Doms (26), Fishel (26) and Canniff (25).
  • Behind Fontes’ 22 international goals, Doms has netted 11 times for the U-17s, while Canniff and forward Isabella D’Aquila have both added nine goals. Fourteen of the roster’s 18 field players have scored for the USA at this level.
  • Fifteen players helped the team earn its World Cup berth and win the confederation title at the 2018 Concacaf Women’s U-17 Championship: Michela Agresti, Angelina Anderson, Hannah Bebar, Talia DellaPeruta, Julia Dohle, Maya Doms, Mia Fishel, Sunshine Fontes, Smith Hunter, Sophia Jones, Payton Linnehan, Samantha Meza, Makenna Morris, Natalia Staude and Astrid Wheeler. Forward Isabella D’Aquila was named to the initial qualifying roster but was replaced before the tournament began due to injury.
  • Anderson won the Golden Glove at World Cup qualifying as the competition’s best ‘keeper and Fontes tied for the Golden Boot with five goals while they were also named to the tournament Best XI alongside Jones and Meza.
  • The 21 players on the roster come from 10 different states. Six hail from California, three each come from Georgia and Texas, while two each come from Massachusetts and Maryland. The roster also features players from Hawaii, Illinois, New York, Virginia and Washington.
  • Seventeen youth clubs are represented on the roster. Four clubs have two players that will represent the USA in Uruguay: FC Stars (Lancaster, Mass.), Tophat (Atlanta, Ga.), So Cal Blues (San Juan Capistrano, Calif.) and Solar Soccer Club (Dallas, Texas).
  • Nineteen players are committed to play at 13 different colleges. Penn State (three), UCLA (three), Harvard (two) and Stanford (two) are the only schools with multiple commits on the roster.
  • The USA lost three of its most experienced players to ACL injuries in the run up to this tournament, all veterans of the 2016 FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup. The U.S. will be without team leaders and defenders Kate Wiesner (34 caps) and Kennedy Wesley (32 caps), as well as forward Lia Godfrey (12 caps). The USA also lost Croix Bethune, who had been a regular call-up during the cycle, to an ACL injury during World Cup qualifying.

USA VS. CAMEROON

  • The USA’s World Cup opener will mark the first meeting between the USA and Cameroon in women’s soccer at any level.
  • Cameroon is making its second appearance at the U-17 WWC. At its first appearance in 2016, the African nation finished last in Group B, dropping three tight matches.
  • The USA is 1-1-0 all-time against African teams at the U-17 Women’s World Cup.
  • The Cameroon roster features players from three birth years: seven born in 2001, 12 born in 2002 and two born in 2003.
  • Four players return from the 2016 U-17 WWC: forwards Natacha Elam, Viviane Mefire, Michelle Moumazim and Moussa Zouwairatou. Moumazim and Zouwairatou were listed as defenders in Jordan, but have now switched to forward.
  • All 21 players compete domestically in Cameroon for 12 different clubs, led by five players each from Eclair FC de Sa’a and Amazone Fap de Yaounde.
  • The 21 players come from clubs in seven cities across Cameroon, with the most hailing from Yaounde, the country’s capital and second-largest city.
  • Head coach Stephane Ndzana will coach his first World Cup with Les Lionnes, taking over after the 2016 U-17 WWC.

Cameroon – 2018 FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup Roster by Position (Club)
GOALKEEPERS (3): 21-Pharelle Karis (Eclair FC de Saa), 15-Armelle Maffo (Eclair FC de Saa), 1-Olga Ngo Esse (Lourves Minproff de Yaounde)
DEFENDERS (7): 13-Jennifer Aboudi (Eclair FC de Saa), 18-Vanessa Kale (African Women’s Association Yaounde), 7-Alice Kameni (AS Green City Filles de Yaounde), 9-Elise Ndome (Caiman de Douala), 12-Julie Nke (Amazone Fap de Yaounde), 3-Diane Sindjie (Amazone Fap de Yaounde), 8-Brenda Tabe (Lekie Football Filles), 
MIDFIELDERS (4): 10-Fadimatou Aretouyap (Oumi Filles de Koutaba), 2-Florence Fanta (ASFF du Diamaré de Maroua), 15-Armelle Maffo (Eclair FC de Saa), 14-Henriette Monkam (Amazone Fap de Yaounde), 
FORWARDS (7): 5-Natacha Elam (Eclair FC de Saa), 6-Viviane Mefire (Canon de Yaounde), 11-Marie Ngah (Amazone Fap de Yaounde), 19-Thienny Nkoumou (Amazone Fap de Yaounde), 20-Michelle Moumazim (Panthère Security Filles de Garoua) 4-Claudia Voulania (ASFF du Diamaré de Maroua), 17-Moussa Zouwairatou (Vent du Nord de Garoua)

HOW THEY GOT HERE

  • Cameroon qualified for the World Cup as one of the three teams from the 2018 African U-17 Women’s World Cup Qualifying Tournament.
  • Entering in the 12-team first round, Cameroon breezed by Algeria, winning 4-0 on the road and 7-0 at home
  • Facing perennial women’s soccer power Nigeria in the second round with a World Cup berth on the line, Cameroon drew 2-2 in the opening leg on the road.
  • The nations drew 1-1 in Cameroon two weeks later, and Cameroon punched its World Cup ticket on the away goals tiebreaker.
  • Defender Alice Kameni and forward Marie Ngah led the team in goals during qualifying with five each. They scored in both rounds, and combined for the two crucial away goals on the road against Nigeria.
  • It marked the first time Nigeria failed to qualify for the WWC at any age level.

TOURNAMENT NOTES

  • Players born on or after Jan. 1, 2001 are eligible for this tournament.
  • Single yellow cards will be absolved after the quarterfinal round.
  • Two cautions received during two different matches will result in suspension for the following match.
  • If a player is sent off as a result of a direct or indirect red card, she will be suspended for the following match.
  • Should teams be tied on points at the end of the group stage, the tie-breakers are as follows:
    a) greatest number of points obtained in all group matches
    b) goal difference in all matches
    c) greatest number of goals scored
  • If two or more teams are still tied on the basis of the first three criteria, the ranking will be determined as follows:
    d) greatest number of points obtained in the group matches between the teams concerned
    e) goal difference resulting from the group matches between the teams concerned
    f) greatest number of goals scored in all group matches between the teams concerned
    g) FIFA Fair Play points
    h) drawing of lots
  • At the end of the tournament, FIFA will present several awards. The Golden, Silver and Bronze Boot will be awarded to the three players with the highest numbers of goals scored, with number of assists serving as a tiebreaker.
  • The Golden, Silver and Bronze Ball will be awarded to the best players of the tournament. The FIFA Technical Study Group will select a short list after the semifinals.
  • The Golden Glove will be awarded to the top goalkeeper in the tournament, as selected by the FIFA Technical Study Group.
  • The tournament’s official slogan is “Same game, same emotion,” representing that football of any level or gender unites through unforgettable moments and will inspire future generations.
  • The official emblem represents Uruguay, as it features the sun with a human face and four blue lines to depict the nation’s flag, a distinct red Uruguayan Ceiba tree and a drummer playing the repinique drum, used in traditional Uruguayan Candombe music.
  • Capi, an anthropomorphic capybara, serves as the official tournament mascot. She’s a 17-year-old soccer player who captains her team with a warm smile on her face. “Capi” is short for both “capybara” and “capitan.” Capybaras are the world’s largest rodent, and can be found in most of South America.

BY THE NUMBERS

3          Birth years represented on the USA roster: 2001, 2002 and 2003.
3          Games that the USA has lost in regulation at this tournament
4          Appearances at the U-17 WWC all-time for the USA
6          Players hail from California, the most of the 10 states represented on the roster
6          Players called by then-head coach Mark Carr to the first camp of the 2015-16 U-15 Girls’ National Team cycle, the start of a four-year journey to this World Cup: Jordan Canniff, Isabella D’Aquila, Julia Dohle, Samantha Meza, Makenna Morris and Natalia Staude
8          Countries that the USA has taken on at the U-17 WWC. The U.S. has played France, Japan, Korea DPR and Paraguay twice each.
8          Players helped the U.S. take home the 2016 Concacaf U-15 Girls’ Championship in the USA’s first-ever participation in the event
10        Players appeared in the first camp of the U-17 WNT cycle, the Torneo delle Nazioni in Italy and Slovenia in April 2017: Jordan Canniff, Talia DellaPeruta, Maya Doms, Mia Fishel, Sunshine Fontes, Payton Linnehan, Samantha Meza, Makenna Morris, Lindsey Romig and Astrid Wheeler
12        Games played at the U-17 WWC all-time by the U.S.
15        Players return from the USA roster that took home the 2018 Concacaf Women’s U-17 Championship
15        Shutouts put together by the U-17 WNT during the 2017-18 cycle
16        National Teams that the U-17s have faced this cycle: Argentina, Bermuda, Canada, Chile, China, Colombia, Costa Rica, England, Haiti, Italy, Japan, Korea Republic, Mexico, Slovenia, Uruguay and Venezuela
17        Youth soccer clubs represented on the roster.  Four clubs have two players that will represent the USA in Uruguay: FC Stars (Lancaster, Mass.), Tophat (Atlanta, Ga.), So Cal Blues (San Juan Capistrano, Calif.) and Solar Soccer Club (Dallas, Texas).
19        Players are already committed to top colleges across the country, led by three each bound for Penn State and UCLA
22        Career goals for Sunshine Fontes at this level, the most in U-17 WNT program history
26        Players have scored for the U-17 WNT during the 2017-18 cycle
29        Goals scored by the USA all-time at this tournament
29        Caps for Sunshine Fontes, the most on the roster
51        Players have appeared for the U-17 WNT during the 2017-18 cycle
1121    Played by defender Natalia Staude this year, the most on the team

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HEAD COACH MARK CARR: Carr was named head coach for the U.S. U-17 WNT in April 2017. In the full-time position, he is responsible for overseeing all aspects of the U-17 WNT program as he prepares the team for the 2018 FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup.

  • During the current 2017-18 U-17 WNT cycle, Carr has led the team to a 23-2-6 international record. In June, he guided the USA to the 2018 Concacaf Women’s U-17 Championship.
  • Carr joined U.S. Soccer in November 2014 as a Development Coach and lead the U-15 Girls’ National Team for two-and-a-half years. Carr coached several of current U-17 WNT players at the U-15 level.
  • Carr lead that U-15 Girls’ National Team to its first-ever Concacaf U-15 Girls’ Championship in the USA’s first time participating in the event. The team compiled a 49-0 goal differential and shut out all seven of its opponents.
  • Carr came to the Federation after three years as the Girls’ Premier League Director and Technical Director for Lonestar Soccer Club in Austin, Texas. He also was active in WNT programs as a scout, running U.S. Soccer National Training Centers and assisting with U-14 GNT camps
  • From 2003-2011, Carr worked in the college game, first as an assistant at UCLA to current WNT head coach Jill Ellis from 2003 to 2006, then as head women’s coach at the University of San Francisco from 2007-2011
  • Carr’s players at USF earned 16 All-WWC selections. While at UCLA, the Bruins posted an 81-15-5 record, won four conference titles and advanced to four Final Fours.
  • A native of England, Carr graduated from Bournemouth University in 2001 with a B.A. in International Marketing. A decorated amateur player, Carr competed on the England School's Representative Team (1996) and played for the Charlton Athletic Youth Team (1995-97).
  • Carr has a USSF National “A” License, a USSF National “Goalkeeping” License, an NSCAA Premiere Certification and an English FA Coaching Certificate.
  • He resides in Austin, Texas, with his wife, Caroline and two children, Ella Cate (6) and Oliver Scott (3).

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