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

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

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

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

2017 Women’s Nike International Friendlies Standings

Team

GP

W

L

D

Pts.

GF

GA

GD

USA

2

1

0

1

4

13

4

+9

England

2

1

0

1

4

4

3

+1

Brazil

2

1

1

0

3

4

1

+3

Finland

2

0

2

0

0

1

14

-13

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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U-20 WNT Dec 10, 2017

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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U-17 WNT Dec 9, 2017

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

LAKEWOOD RANCH, Florida (December 9, 2017) – The U.S. Under-20 Women’s National Team scored early and often, powering home eight goals in the first half on the way to an impressive 10-1 win against Finland in its second match of the 2017 Women’s Nike International Friendlies.

U.S. head coach Jitka Klimkova made seven changes from the starting lineup that tied England 3-3 on Dec. 7 and this combination of players came out on fire. The USA took a few minutes to find its rhythm, but then scored four goals in a seven-minute span and were up 5-0 before the 25th minute. The USA out-shot Finland 18-2 in the first 45 minutes and 29-3 for the match.

Almost all the U.S. goals were of the spectacular sort as forward Civana Kuhlmann bagged four in the first half, midfielder Savannah DeMelo scored twice and forward Taryn Torres, midfielder Samantha Coffey and midfielder Viviana Villacorta each added single scores. Finland also scored an own goal. Kuhlmann’s final three goals came in the final six minutes of the first half. She was substituted in the 63rd minute.

For Torres, Coffey and Villacorta (who scored the USA’s final goal in the 67th minute), the goals were their first at the U-20 international level. For Torres, her score came in her first U-20 cap and she also got her first career assist.

With the win, the USA sits in first place in the tournament with four points and a plus-9 goal difference. England is second with four points and a plus-1 goal difference. Brazil is in third with 3 points and a plus-3 goal difference while Finland sits in fourth place with zero points and a minus-13 goal difference.

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

The USA will face Brazil in its tournament finale on Monday, Dec. 11, with a 6:30 p.m. ET kickoff. England and Finland meet at 3:30 p.m. ET Fans can watch both games on ussoccer.com, U.S. Soccer Facebook and on YouTube.

2017 Women’s Nike International Friendlies Standings

Team

GP

W

L

D

Pts.

GF

GA

GD

USA

2

1

0

1

4

13

4

+9

England

2

1

0

1

4

4

3

+1

Brazil

2

1

1

0

3

4

1

+3

Finland

2

0

2

0

0

1

14

-13

Goal Scoring Rundown:

USA – Taryn Torres (Abigail Kim), 13th minute: The USA scored its first goal from the right flank as Abigail Kim raced into the right side of the penalty box, rode the tackle of a defender and struck a short, but powerful cross to the top of the six-yard box that was brilliantly redirected into the net by Taryn Torres on a blistering left-footed full volley. USA 1, FIN 0.

USA – Savannah DeMelo (Samantha Coffey) 15th minute: The USA’s second goal came from the left flank, and this time it was team captain Samantha Coffey who crossed on the ground to the near post where a cutting Savannah DeMelo deftly hit a spinning shot from nine years out just inside the near post. USA 2, FIN 0.

USA – Civanna Kuhlmann (Isabel Rodriguez), 17th minute: The USA’s third goal came from the left flank as left back Isabel Rodriguez lofted a cross that fell to Civana Kuhlmann near the top of the penalty area. Finland goalkeeper Sonja Rajatalo made a bad decision and came for the cross, allowing Kuhlmann’s high looping header to bounce in front of the goal line and then into the roof of the net. USA 3, FIN 0.

USA – Samantha Coffey (Taryn Torres), 20th minute: A nice build-up down the right side led the USA’s fourth goal as Abigail Kim once again beat a defender down the right flank. Her cross on the ground was poorly cleared and Civana Kuhlmann won the ball, played it quickly to Taryn Torres in the middle of penalty area and she laid the ball back to Samantha Coffey at the top of the box. Coffey wasted no time in smacking a low, left-footed drive into the right corner past the unsighted Rajatalo. USA 4, FIN 0.

FIN – Tessa Rinkinen, 24th minute: Finland pulled a goal back after the USA failed to clear a cross from the left flank despite several whacks at the ball. Tessa Rinkinen dug the ball out of a scrum and forced it over the goal line from close range to break the shutout. USA 4, FIN 1.

USA – Savannah DeMelo (Viviana Villacorta), 37th minute: DeMelo bagged her second on a shot from distance after receiving a shot pass from Viviana Villacorta in the center of the field. She spun towards goal and launched a shot from 33 yards out that grazed the post at the upper left corner before settling into the net. It was her fourth goal at the U-20 level in 22 caps. USA 5, FIN 1.

USA – Civana Kuhlmann (Taryn Torres), 40th minute: Kuhlmann got her second of the game after Taryn Torres sent a perfect chip from just outside the left edge of the penalty box to the far post. The crashing Kuhlmann bravely powered a diving header into the left side of the net to start her three-goals in six minutes run. USA 6, FIN 1.

USA – Civana Kuhlmann (Savannah DeMelo), 43rd minute: The seventh goal was a work of art as Savannah DeMelo scooped a pass over two defenders to the streaking Civana Kuhlmann who brought the ball down in stride on her chest at the top of the penalty area, took a few strides and then hit a blistering half-volley that hit off the goalkeeper’s hands, flew over her and bounced into the net. USA 7, FIN 1.

USA – Civana Kuhlmann (Isabel Rodriguez), 45th minute: Kuhlmann bagged her fourth on another stunning finish. Isabel Rodriguez crossed from deep on the left flank and the ball skidding all the way across to the right side of the penalty area. Kuhlmann settled with her first touch and then hit a scorching half-volley from 20 yards out that skipped off the wet grass in front of the net and stuck into the lower left corner. USA 8, FIN 1.

USA – Juulia Gronlund (Own Goal), 64th minute: Finland was holding on well to start the second half before defender Juulia Gronlund tried to make a simple pass back to her goalkeeper, but instead pushed it past her and it rolled into the open net. USA 9, FIN 1.

USA – Viviana Villacorta (Abigail Kim), 67th minute:  The USA took a free kick short on the left wing. The ball was then crossed into the middle where Abigail Kim headed the ball down to an unmarked Viviana Villacorta who hit a crisp half-volley into the net from six-yards out. USA 10, FIN 1. FINAL.

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Additional Notes:

  • Civana Kuhlman, who scored a hat trick against Paraguay in the opening game of the 2017 FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup, became the first female U.S. U-20 player to score four goals in an international game, although several players accomplished the feat when this age group played at the Under-19 level. Kuhlmann, a freshman at Stanford, also won an NCAA Championship with the Cardinal last Sunday.
  • In CONCACAF qualifying for the 2002 U-19 Women’s World Cup, Kelly Wilson and Lindsey Tarpley both scored four against Suriname, and Wilson also scored four against Costa Rica. In 2003, Bristyn Davis scored four in a friendly against Canada. Kia McNeil scored four goals against the Dominican Republic in 2004 CONCACAF Qualifying.
  • Abigail Kim, Isabel Rodriguez and Taryn Torres each had two assists in the match. The assists for the first for Rodriguez and Torres at the U-20 level.
  • Defender Sydney Dawson, who was a halftime substitute, saw her first minutes of the tournament.
  • U.S. head coach Jitka Klimkova used all six substitutes, also giving second half minutes to Brewster, Howell, Pinto and Harr, all starters in the first game against England. In addition, midfielder Kornieck came on at halftime with Dawson.
  • Samantha Coffey, who captained the USA for the first time, picked up her second assist of the tournament.
  • The age cutoff to be eligible for the 2018 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup is players born on or after January 1, 1998. For this event, Klimkova called up nine players born in 1998, 11 born in 1999 and four born in 2000, making them also age-eligible for the 2020 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup.
  • Sophia Smith, who was rested for this match, has eight international goals this year, but Kuhlmann pulled even with her after tonight’s performance. 
  • Smith has earned the rare distinction of scoring for three different age group National Teams this year. In February, she scored for the U-18 WNT against England and Norway. For the U-20 WNT, she has scored against Norway (twice), Germany (twice), France, Japan and England (twice). For the U-23 WNT, she scored against Norway as well as the game-winner against the Portland Thorns.
  • Midfielder Savannah DeMelo earned her 22nd cap, which is tops on the roster, and had her first brace for the U-20 WNT.
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U-20 WNT Dec 9, 2017

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

LAKEWOOD RANCH, Fla. (December 9, 2017) – The England Under-20 Women’s National Team used a 50th minute goal from Alessia Russo to earn a 1-0 win against Brazil in the first game on the second match day at the 2017 Women’s Nike International Friendlies.

Brazil controlled the game for much of the first half with two of its best opportunities coming in the 23rd minute, a powerful shot from Kerolin that England’s Sandy McIver did well to push out of bounds, and again in the 28th minute, when Victoria’s attempt sailed just over the crossbar. England’s McIver, who plays college soccer at Clemson, had five saves in the match to earn the clean sheet.

Russo, who plays college soccer at the University of North Carolina, scored on a counter attack after Charlie Wellings sprinted down the left wing and split a pair of defenders with her squae pass. Russo was wide open and had time to settle the ball before powering her right-footed shot past the helpless Brazil goalkeeper Kemelli and into the left side of the net.

England will close out the tournament against Finland on Monday, Dec. 11 (3:30 p.m. ET) while Brazil is set to take on the USA at 6:30 p.m. ET on the final day of the 2017 Women’s Nike International Friendlies.

2017 Women’s Nike International Friendlies Standings

Team

GP

W

L

D

Pts.

GF

GA

GD

England

2

1

0

1

4

4

3

+1

Brazil

2

1

1

0

3

4

1

+3

USA

1

0

0

1

1

3

3

0

Finland

1

0

1

0

0

0

4

-4

2017 Women’s Nike International Friendlies Match Report

Match: Brazil U-20 WNT vs. England U-20 WNT
Date: December 9, 2017
Competition: 2017 Women’s Nike International Friendlies
Venue: Premier Sports Complex Stadium; Lakewood Ranch, Fla.
Weather: 59 degrees, cool, windy
Attendance: 300

Scoring Summary:   1          2          F         
ENG                            0          1          1        
BRA                             0          0          0

ENG – Alessia Russo (Charlie Wellings)                   50th minute

ENG: 13-Sandy Maclver; 2-Anna Patten, 5-Grace Fisk (capt.), 6-Lotte Wubben-Moy, 12-Taylor Hinds; 4-Chloe Peplow (14-Georgia Allen, 62), 10-Zoe Cross (16-Rianna Dean, 90+1), 8-Mollie Rouse; 7-Alessia Russo, 17-Rinsola Babajide (3-Mayumi Pacheco, 78), 19-Charlie Wellings  
Subs not used: 9-Ellie Brazil, 11-Niamh Charles, 15-Lucy Parker, 18-Kess Elmore, 20-Alicia Johnson, 22-Sian Rogers 
Head Coach: Mo Marley

BRA: 1-Kemelli; 2-Mona (14-Isa, 67), 16-Andressa, 4-Ingryd, 6-Reiss; 10-Victoria, 8-Karla Alves, 7-Angelina (9-Valeria, 75), 18-Ana Victoria (capt.); 11-Brenda Woch, 17-Kerolin
Subs Not Used: 3-Thais Regina, 5-Luana, 12-Stefane, 13-Tainara, 15-Juliana
Head Coach: Dorival Bueno Pacheco  

Stats Summary: ENG / BRA                       
Shots: 13 / 12
Shots on Goal: 3 / 5
Saves: 5 / 2
Corner Kicks: 5 / 1
Fouls: 10 / 4
Offside: 3 / 2

Misconduct Summary:
ENG – Taylor Hinds (caution)             34th minute
BRA – Victoria (caution)                     80

Officials:
Referee: Katja Koroleva (USA)
Assistant Referee: Adrienne McDonald (USA)
Assistant Referee: Rachel Smith (USA)
Fourth Official: Ceciah Valero (USA)

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