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.Read more
PAISLEY, Scotland (Nov. 13, 2018) – The U.S. Women’s National Team completed an unbeaten 2018 after shutting out a gritty Scotland side, 1-0, on Tuesday night at The Simple Digital Arena. Alex Morgan’s goal in the 39th minute ultimately separated the sides.
The USA had the lion's share of possession throughout the match, as Scotland dropped 11 players inside its own half for most of the game, making it difficult for the WNT to create opportunities. The U.S. finally broke through when Mallory Pugh sent a perfect cross into the six-yard box for Alex Morgan, who finished with a beautiful full volley for the game-winner and her 18th goal of 2018. Scotland did not manage to get any shots on goal in the half but had two in the second frame.
Scotland made three halftime substitutions and created a few more opportunities, but the USA set the tempo and maintained its lead with some solid defending. In the 62nd minute, Pugh was brought down inside the box, earning a penalty kick for the USA. Carli Lloyd stepped up to take the spot kick but her attempt smashed the cross bar and the USA carried the 1-0 score line to the end of the game.
Up Next: The U.S. players will go into a much-deserved holiday break before the team reconvenes for its annual January training camp, which will take place in Europe. The USA is set to face World Cup host France at Stade Océane in Le Havre on Jan. 19 (2:30 p.m. ET; FS1) to open its 2019 campaign.
Goal Scoring Rundown:
USA – Alex Morgan (Mallory Pugh), 39th minute: The USA finally broke the Scotland rear guard in the 39th minute with a nice bit of possession that allowed Mallory Pugh to send in a long cross from the right wing. Morgan met the service with a thundering full volley into the right side of the net from the top of the six-yard box for her 98th career goal. USA 1, SCO 0. FINAL. WATCH GOAL.
Additional Team Notes:
- The USA finishes 2018 with an unbeaten record of 18-0-2, marking only the fourth time in program history that the USA finishes a calendar year in which it played 10 or more games without a defeat.
- In 2018, the USA collected wins vs. Denmark, Germany, England, Mexico (thrice), China PR (twice), Japan, Brazil, Chile (twice), Panama, Trinidad & Tobago, Jamaica, Canada, Portugal and Scotland; and ties against Australia and France. Twelve of the 16 countries the USA faced in 2018 are headed to France for the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup.
- The USA is unbeaten in its last 28 matches (25-0-3) and has outscored its opponents 93-17 through that stretch, scoring in all 28 games. Since the 2017 SheBelieves Cup, the USA has failed to score in just one game (vs. Australia at the 2017 ToN) – a 33-game span.
- The WNT hasn’t conceded a goal in 884 minutes, with the last concession coming against Brazil in a 4-1 win at the Tournament of Nations on Aug. 2, 2018.
Additional Player Notes:
- Alex Morgan scored her 18th goal of 2018, second most in a calendar year for her (she scored 28 in 2012) and finishes the year with 98 career goals in 153 caps. She also finishes 2018 leading the USA in minutes played with 1,500. Morgan has scored 25 goals over her last 26 WNT matches, a run that began at the end of 2017. The 25 goals have included six braces and one hat trick.
- Mallory Pugh, who is 20-years-old and earned career cap No. 43rd today, earned her third assist of 2018 and 14th of her career. She scored six goals in 2018.
- Ashlyn Harris earned her fifth career shutout tonight, and second of 2018.
– U.S. Women’s National Team Match Report –
Match: U.S. Women’s National Team vs. Scotland
Date: November 13, 2018
Competition: International Friendly
Venue: The Simple Digital Arena; Paisley, Scotland
Kickoff: 2 p.m. ET (7 p.m. local)
Weather: 50 degrees, cloudy
Scoring Summary: 1 2 F
USA 1 0 1
SCO 0 0 0
USA – Alex Morgan (Mallory Pugh) 39th minute
USA: 24-Ashlyn Harris; 2-Emily Sonnett (21-Jessica McDonald, 68), 7-Abby Dahlkemper, 4-Becky Sauerbrunn, 25-Emily Fox (22-Danielle Colaprico, 76); 8-Julie Ertz, 16-Rose Lavelle, 19-Crystal Dunn; 11-Mallory Pugh, 10-Carli Lloyd (capt.) (3-Sam Mewis, 90+3), 13-Alex Morgan (20-Allie Long, 88)
Substitutes not used: 6-Andi Sullivan, 15-Megan Rapinoe, 18-Adrianna Franch
Head Coach: Jill Ellis
SCO: 1-Lee Alexander (12-Shannon Lynn, 46); 4-Rachel Corsie (capt.), 5-Jennifer Beattie, 7-Hayley Lauder (17-Frankie Brown, 46), 14-Chloe Arthur (2-Kirsty Smith, 46), 6-Jo Love (16-Christie Murray, 66), 9-Caroline Weir, 18-Claire Emslie, 20-Fiona Brown (23-Lizzie Arnot, 84), 22-Erin Cuthbert, 13-Jane Ross (19-Lana Clelland, 75)
Substitutes not used: 21-Jenne Fife, 3-Nicola Docherty, 8-Zoe Ness, 10-Leanne Crichton, 15-Joelle Murray, 24-Sam Kerr
Head Coach: Shelley Kerr
Stats Summary: USA / SCO
Shots: 10 / 8
Shots on Goal: 3 / 2
Saves: 2 / 2
Corner Kicks: 5 / 6
Fouls: 7 / 10
Offside: 2 / 1
USA – Emily Sonnett (caution) 36th minute
Referee: Amy Fearn (ENG)
Assistant Referee 1: Franca Overtoom (NED)
Assistant Referee 2: Bianca Bussem-Scheffers (NED)
4th Official: Cheryl Foster (WAL)
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The U.S. Women’s National Team defeated Jamaica, 6-0 on Oct. 14, 2018, in the semifinal of the 2018 Concacaf Women’s Championship to earn a berth to the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup in France next summer.
The 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cupwill mark the eighth consecutive World Cup appearance for the USA, which has participated in every World Cup that has been contested, lifting the trophy in 1991, 1999 and 2015.
If you are planning a trip to France next summer, or would like more information, here’s everything you need to know right now about supporting the USA as they pursue a fourth star.
TICKETS, FAN EVENTS & TRAVEL INFORMATION
Are you interested in coming along on our journey through France? Then make sure you visit our FAN HUB where you can stay up-to-date on the latest information about when tickets are going on sale and purchasing options. In the FAN HUB , you can also learn more about fan events taking place in France, as well as travel information.
There are two options for tickets that will be available for purchase in the FAN HUB : The “Follow My Team” package and the Individual Match Tickets. If you sign up to receive information, U.S. Soccer will keep you up to date on sale dates for tickets as well as any important news that fans need to know.
The Venue Tickets Package will go on sale through FIFA on October 19, but the USA will not know its first round venues until the Final Draw which is taking place on Dec. 8 in Paris.
Please note that while tickets will available on a first come, first serve basis, U.S. Soccer Circle members and Members will have early access to purchase tickets in the U.S. Soccer allotment. Circle members supporting the U.S. Soccer Development Fund will have first access to tickets, followed by U.S. Soccer members, and then the general public. Learn more about Circles here or becoming a U.S. Soccer member here. Information about VIP & Travel Programs with the U.S. Soccer Patrons Program to France can be found here.
The 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup Final Draw will take place on December 8 at La Seine Musicale, a music and performing arts center in Boulogne-Billancourt located in the western suburbs of Paris. At the draw, the USA will learn its three group opponents as well as the cities in which it will play.
There are nine cities that will play host to matches during the World Cup: Grenoble, Le Havre, Lyon, Montpellier, Nice, Paris, Reims, Rennes, and Valenciennes. The opening match will take place in Paris on June 7, while the Semifinals (July 2-3) and the Final (July 7) will take place in Lyon.
The Women’s World Cup will be held from June 7-July 7 in nine cities in France, and while all the teams will not learn their potential paths to Lyon until after the Draw, the schedule of matches, dates and venues is currently available here:
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So far, 19 countries have qualified for the World Cup. This will be the second World Cup with 24 nations, up from 16 that participated in the 1999, 2003, 2007 and 2011 tournaments. The qualified nations so far are:
- France (host)
- China PR
- Korea Republic
Still left to determined are one berth at the OFC Women’s Nations Cup in New Caledonia (Nov.18-Dec. 1), three berths at the Africa Women’s Cup of Nations in Ghana (Nov. 17-Dec. 1) and one berth between the Concacaf fourth-place finisher Panama and the South American third-place finisher Argentina.Read more
USA vs. SCOTLAND
Date: Nov. 13, 2018
Venue: The Simple Digital Arena; Glasgow, Scotland
Broadcast: FS1, UDN
Kickoff: 2 p.m. ET
Starting XI vs. Scotland: 24-Ashlyn Harris; 2-Emily Sonnett, 7-Abby Dahlkemper, 4-Becky Sauerbrunn, 25-Emily Fox; 8-Julie Ertz, 16-Rose Lavelle, 19-Crystal Dunn; 11-Mallory Pugh, 10-Carli Lloyd (capt.), 13-Alex Morgan
Subs: 3-Samantha Mewis, 6-Andi Sullivan, 15-Megan Rapinoe, 18-Adrianna Franch, 20-Allie Long, 21-Jessica McDonald, 22-Danielle Colaprico
- The USA is 17-0-2 in 2018, with wins vs. Denmark, Germany, England, Mexico (thrice), China PR (twice), Japan, Brazil, Chile (twice), Panama, Trinidad & Tobago, Jamaica, Canada and Portugal; and ties against Australia and France.
- The USA is unbeaten in its last 27 matches (24-0-3), and has outscored its opponents 92-17 through that stretch, scoring in all 27 games. Since the 2017 SheBelieves Cup, the USA has failed to score in just one game (vs. Australia at the 2017 ToN). That's a 32-game span.
- The WNT hasn’t conceded a goal in 794 minutes in 2018, with the last one coming against Brazil during the Tournament of Nations on Aug. 2.
- Ashlyn Harris will earn cap No. 19 today. Before today, her most recent start came against Panama on Oct. 7 when she went 90 minutes to earn the win and her fifth career shutout.
- Emily Sonnett will earn cap 26 today. She has played in 13 games this year and has started eight times. She played in three games at World Cup qualifying.
- Abby Dahlkemper will earn her 30th cap tonight. It will be her 17th appearance and 16th start of 2018.
- Becky Sauerbrunn will earn her 149th cap tonight. Sauerbrunn is in 19th place on the all-time caps list.
- Emily Fox will earn her second cap today after making her debut vs. Portugal on Nov. 8. She is the 26th player to be capped under head coach Jill Ellis. Fox is a veteran of the USA's last two FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup Teams. She is a sophomore at the University of North Carolina.
- Crystal Dunn will earn cap No. 75 today, becoming the 43rd U.S. WNT player to hit that mark, and will make her 15th start of 2018. While she has been playing as an outside back for most of the year, today she will start in the midfield.
- Julie Ertz makes her 16th appearance and 15th start of 2018 and will earn cap No. 73. She has scored four goals in 2018 and has 18 international tallies. She was named the MVP of the Concacaf Women's Championship while playing the entire tournament at defensive midfielder.
- Rose Lavelle will earn her 20th career cap tonight and makes her ninth start this year. She has scored six international goals, most recently the game-winner against Canada on Oct. 17 in the title game of the 2018 Concacaf Women’s Championship.
- Still 20 years old, Mallory Pugh will earn her 43rd career cap today. She has scored six goals in 2018 and has two assists. In her career she has scored 12 goals – most recently vs. Chile on Sept. 4 – and has earned 13 assists. Today marks her 14th appearance of 2018.
- Alex Morgan has 17 goals in 2018 and 97 career goals in 152 caps. She also leads the USA in minutes played with 1,412 this year. At age 29, she sits in sole possession of seventh place on the USA's all-time goal list. Morgan has scored 24 goals over her last 25 WNT matches, a span that runs from the end of 2017. The 24 goals have included six braces and one hat trick. Morgan will earn cap No. 153 today, and is two away from tying Michelle Akers (155) for 17th all-time in caps.
- Carli Lloyd makes her 19th appearance of 2018 today. She is the USA's all-time active caps leader with 264. On Oct. 7 vs. Panama, Lloyd scored her eighth career hat trick and upped her career total to 105 goals. She is now two away from tying Michelle Akers for fourth all-time in the U.S. goals list.
U.S. Under-17 Women’s National Team
2018 FIFA Under-17 Women’s World Cup
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
USA vs. Cameroon
FS2, NBC Universo
Estadio Alberto Suppici; Colonia del Sacramento, Uruguay
USA vs. Korea DPR
FS2, Telemundo Deportes App and TelemundoDeportes.com
Estadio Alberto Suppici; Colonia del Sacramento, Uruguay
USA vs. Germany
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.
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)
- 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.
- 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).