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U-23 MNT Wins Final Olympic Qualifying Prep Match 2-0 against Qatar

BURY, England (Sept. 8, 2015) - The U.S. Under-23 Men's National Team closed out its final camp before next month’s CONCACAF Olympic Qualifying Championship with a 2-0 win against Qatar at Gigg Lane.
 
The U-23 MNT dominated on both sides of the ball, but through the first 45 minutes could not convert on any of their chances.

In the second half, a trio of subs tilted the game in favor of the MNT.  Benji Joya made a quick impact, drawing a penalty and smashing a shot into the right corner of the goal to put the USA on top in the 57th minute. Thirty minutes later Gboly Ariyibi hit a perfect volley from the top of the box to ice the match.

The U-23’s now head into the Olympic Qualifying tournament with a 6-4-0 record in 2015, highlighted by wins against Mexico and England in the Toulon Tournament.

The 2015 CONCACAF Olympic Qualifying Championship will be played across the United States from Oct. 1-13. The U.S. was drawn into Group A and opens with a pair of games at Sporting Park in Kansas City, Kansas, against Canada on Oct. 1 at 8 p.m. CT and Cuba on Oct. 3 at 4 p.m. CT. The U.S. will conclude group play at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park in Commerce City, Colorado on Oct. 6 against Panama at 7:30 p.m. MT.  

Game Notes:

  • Benji Joya scored his second goal of 2015; his first was also a penalty and the game-winner in the third-place playoff of the Toulon Tournament against England.
  • Gboly Ariyibi scored his first goal with the U.S. U-23’s.
  • Luis Gil made the start as captain. The midfielder has captained this group four times in 2015.
  • Gedion Zelalem and Ethan Horvath made their U-23 MNT debuts. 

-U.S. Under-23 Men’s National Team Match Report-

Match: U.S. U-23 MNT vs. Qatar
Date: September 8, 2015
Competition: International Friendly
Venue: Gigg Lane; Bury, England
Kickoff: 1 p.m. ET (6 p.m. Local)
Weather: 55 Degrees; Clear

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

USA-Benji Joya (penalty kick)              57th minute
USA-Gboly Ariyibi                                86

Lineups:
USA: 12-Ethan Horvath (12-Zack Steffen, 46); 20-Oscar Sorto, 15-Eric Miller, 2-Cameron Carter-Vickers, 7-Dillon Serna; 21-Matt Polster, 10-Luis Gil (capt.) (Gboly Ariyibi, 62),8-Emerson Hyndman, 13-Marc Pelosi (16-Gedion Zelalem, 46); 23-Rubio Rubin (24-Maki Tall, 62), 18-Mario Rodriguez (Jerome Kiesewetter, 62)
Subs Not Used: 5-William Packwood, 11-Alonso Hernandez
Head Coach: Andi Herzog

QAT: 30-Muhannad Naim Hussein, 2-Mussad Mohamed (capt.), 8-Ahmed Fathy Abdoulla, 13-Sultan Hussain Al Brake, 14-Nasser Al-Khalfan, 15-Amed Doozandeh, 17-Mohamed Abdelmotaal, 18-Assim Madibo, 19-Almoes Abdulla, 23-Fahad Abdurlrahaman, 27-Ali Ahmad Ghaderi
Head Coach: Fahad Tahani

Stats Summary: USA / QAT
Shots: 12 / 5
Shots on Goal: 5 / 2
Corner Kicks: 6 / 3           

Misconduct Summary:
n/a

Officials:
Referee: Bobby Madle (ENG)
1st Referee: Edward Smart (ENG)
2nd Referee: Constantine Hatzidakis (ENG)
4th official: Steve Martin (ENG)

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-U.S. Under-23 Men’s National Team Match Report-

Match: U.S. U-23 MNT vs. Qatar
Date: September 8, 2015
Competition: International Friendly
Venue: Gigg Lane; Bury, England
Kickoff: 1 p.m. ET (6 p.m. Local)
Weather: 55 Degrees; Clear

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

USA-Benji Joya (penalty kick)              57th minute
USA-Gboly Ariyibi                                86

Lineups:
USA: 12-Ethan Horvath (12-Zack Steffen, 46); 20-Oscar Sorto, 15-Eric Miller, 2-Cameron Carter-Vickers, 7-Dillon Serna; 21-Matt Polster, 10-Luis Gil (capt.) (Gboly Ariyibi, 62),8-Emerson Hyndman, 13-Marc Pelosi (16-Gedion Zelalem, 46); 23-Rubio Rubin (24-Maki Tall, 62), 18-Mario Rodriguez (Jerome Kiesewetter, 62)
Subs Not Used: 5-William Packwood, 11-Alonso Hernandez
Head Coach: Andi Herzog

QAT: 30-Muhannad Naim Hussein, 2-Mussad Mohamed (capt.), 8-Ahmed Fathy Abdoulla, 13-Sultan Hussain Al Brake, 14-Nasser Al-Khalfan, 15-Amed Doozandeh, 17-Mohamed Abdelmotaal, 18-Assim Madibo, 19-Almoes Abdulla, 23-Fahad Abdurlrahaman, 27-Ali Ahmad Ghaderi
Head Coach: Fahad Tahani

Stats Summary: USA / QAT
Shots: 12 / 5
Shots on Goal: 5 / 2
Corner Kicks: 6 / 3           

Misconduct Summary:
n/a

Officials:
Referee: Bobby Madle (ENG)
1st Referee: Edward Smart (ENG)
2nd Referee: Constantine Hatzidakis (ENG)
4th official: Steve Martin (ENG)

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The U.S. WNT has Qualified to the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup! Are YOU Going?

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.

FINAL DRAW
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.

SCHEDULE
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:


QUALIFIED TEAMS
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)
  • England
  • Germany
  • Italy
  • Norway
  • Scotland
  • Spain
  • Sweden
  • Brazil
  • Chile
  • Australia
  • China PR
  • Japan
  • Korea Republic
  • Thailand
  • USA
  • Canada
  • Jamaica
  • Netherlands

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.

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US Soccer

Lineup Notes: USA Finishes 2018 vs. Scotland in Glasgow

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

U.S. Team

  • 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.

Starting Lineup

  • 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.
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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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Five Things to Know About Scotland

The U.S. Women’s National Team will wrap up its 2018 schedule against Scotland on Tuesday, Nov. 13 (2 p.m. ET on FS1, UDN) at The Simple Digital Arena in Glasgow. The USA has a 17-0-2 record in 2018 and will be playing to finish this year unbeaten.

Here are Five Things to Know about Scotland:

Scotland Women’s National Team Roster by Position:
GOALKEEPERS (3): Lee Alexander (Glasgow City), Jenna Fife (Hibernian), Shannon Lynn (Vittsjo GIK, SWE)
DEFENDERS (6 ): Chloe Arthur (Birmingham City, ENG), Jenny Beattie (Manchester City, ENG), Frankie Brown (Bristol City, ENG), Rachel Corsie (Canberra United, AUS), Joelle Murray (Hibernian), Emma Mitchell (Arsenal, ENG) Kirsty Smith (Manchester United)
MIDFIELDERS (6): Lizzie Arnot (Manchester United, ENG), Leanne Crichton (Glasgow City), Hayley Lauder (Glasgow City), Jo Love (Glasgow City), Christie Murray (Liverpool, ENG), Caroline Weir (Manchester City, ENG)
FORWARDS (7): Fiona Brown (FC Rosengård, SWE), Lana Clelland (ACF Fiorentina, ITA), Erin Cuthbert (Chelsea, ENG), Claire Emslie (Manchester City, ENG), Lisa Evans (Arsenal, ENG), Zoe Ness (Durham United), Jane Ross (West Ham United, ENG)

FIRST-TIME QUALIFIER: SCOTLAND IS HEADED TO FRANCE
Scotland earned its berth to the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup by winning UEFA Group 2, edging Switzerland on the final day of qualifying. Scotland defeated Albania, 2-1, in Shkoder, Albania while Switzerland was held to a surprising 0-0 draw by Poland in Mielec. Scotland went 7-1-0 in its World Cup qualifying group with the only blemish a 1-0 loss to Switzerland in April of 2018 in Switzerland. This match against the USA is the first home game for Scotland time since their historic qualification. In other friendly matches this year, Scotland fell to Norway 3-0 and drew Russia 0-0 in January and took a pair of games from New Zealand, both by 2-0 scores in March.

HISTORY vs. SCOTLAND
The USA has played Scotland only three times and has won all three games. The most recent matches came in February of 2013 in the first games for then-head coach and Scotland native Tom Sermanni. The USA won 4-1 in Jacksonville, Fla., and 3-1 in Nashville, Tenn. Julie Ertz’ (then Johnston) earned her first cap against Scotland in Jacksonville. Crystal Dunn and Christen Press earned their first caps against Scotland in Nashville. Ten players on the Scotland roster were also present for the last meeting between Scotland and the USA in Nashville in 2013. On the USA’s roster are just three players who appeared in that match, including Megan Rapinoe, who scored.

ROAD GAME
The USA has never faced Scotland in Scotland. In fact, this will be the USA’s first friendly match in the United Kingdom outside of England, but the USA did play two games at the famed Hampden Park in Glasgow during the 2012 Olympics. The USA’s two wins at Hampden Park during the 2012 Olympics were vs. France (4-2) and Colombia (3-0).

SHELLEY KERR LEADS DETERMINED SQUAD
Scotland head coach Shelley Kerr is a former Scotland international, a gritty center back who had a lengthy club career and played almost 60 times for her country. She has been Scotland’s coach since April of 2017, but also coached Arsenal, where she succeeded current Utah Royals FC head coach Laura Harvey. After leaving Arsenal in 2014, she coached Lowland Football League side Stirling University which marked the first time a woman was been named as manager of a men's side at that level of soccer in the United Kingdom.

SCOTLAND BRINGS HISTORY MAKERS TO CLASH WITH USA
Most of the squad set to face the USA on Tuesday is unchanged from the historic victory in Shkoder, with Jane Ross – scorer of the goal that earned Scotland its World Cup berth – once again included among Kerr’s attacking options. Two players who helped Scotland to its historic qualification last September are not on this roster due to injury in midfielder Kim Little – who was one of the top players in the NWSL with the Seattle Reign from 2014-2016, was the top scorer in the league in 2014 when was also named the MVP – as she recently suffering a broken fibula, and right back Sophie Howard. Glasgow City midfielder Hayler Lauder replaces Little, while Hibernian’s Joelle Murray takes the place of Howard.

A number of Kerr’s squad have been in good form since their last international outing, with Caroline Weir in particular enjoying a sensational start to the English Women’s Premier League season with Manchester City alongside Scotland teammates Claire Emslie and Jen Beattie. Most of the Scotland players play for top cubs in England, with two in Sweden and one in Italy, but defender Rachel Corsie plays in the NWSL with Utah Royals FC. She is on loan Canberra United in Australia. Corsie played in all 24 games for the Royals last season, starting 23.

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