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In Photos: A Day in the Life of Emily Sonnett

The U.S. WNT January Camp consists of two-and-half weeks of trainings, meetings, testing, workouts, etc. In order to give you an inside look of what a day of Jan Camp looks like, we enlisted Emily Sonnett to give an one-person account of a typical day. Here is what went down.



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WNT Jan 19, 2018

Torres, Kuhlmann Goals Lift USA Past Nicaragua 2-0 in 2018 CONCACAF Women’s U-20 Championship Opener

COUVA, Trinidad & Tobago (Jan. 19, 2018) – The U.S. Under-20 Women’s National Team cruised to a comfortable 2-0 win against Nicaragua in opening match for both teams at the 2018 CONCACAF Women’s U-20 Championship.

Forwards Taryn Torres and Civana Kuhlmann scored either side of halftime, respectively, for the United States which dominated the match, limiting Nicaragua to just one shot on goal while out-shooting their opponents, 19-3. The USA moved the ball well throughout the match, but at times struggled to break down Nicaragua’s bunker. The Central Americans often had 10 players behind the ball and defended with grit, which led to a 15-0 corner kick margin for the young Americans.

Nicaragua had its best chance inside the opening two minutes when U.S. goalkeeper Laurel Ivory slipped while clearing a ball with her feet and it skipped directly to a Nicaragua forward whose immediate shot from 25 yards out clipped the top of the USA’s crossbar and bounced over the goal.

After the early scare, Nicaragua rarely crossed midfield as the Americans consistently won the ball back in midfield or Nicaragua’s defensive third. In fact, it was a pair of forced Nicaragua turnovers in midfield that the U.S. turned into goal goals. Torres finished off a Savannah DeMelo cross in the 17th minute and Kuhlmann did the same on a Jaelin Howell feed in the 53rd to provide the USA the final margin of victory well ahead of the full-time whistle.

In the first Group B match of the day, Mexico defeated Jamaica, 4-0, and sits in first place in the group on goal difference.

Up Next: The U-20 WNT continues the group stage of the 2018 CONCACAF Women’s U-20 Championship on Sunday, Jan. 21 against Jamaica. Kickoff from Ato Boldon Stadium in Couva, Trinidad & Tobago is set for 6:30 p.m. ET and the match can be seen live on CONCACAF YouTube Page.
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2018 CONCACAF Women’s U-20 Championship Group B Standings

Team

GP

W

L

D

Pts.

GF

GA

GD

Mexico

1

1

0

0

3

4

0

4

USA

1

1

0

0

3

2

0

2

Nicaragua

1

0

1

0

0

0

2

-2

Jamaica

1

0

1

0

0

0

4

-4


Goal Scoring Rundown:
USA – Taryn Torres (Savannah DeMelo), 17th minute:
The USA turned Nicaragua over after a throw-in deep in their defensive third. DeMelo corralled the loose ball on the right wing and beat one defender before a driving run took her between two more defenders and into the right side of the Nicaragua box. Before reaching the end line, she cut the ball back across the face of goal toward the top of the six-yard box where Torres cut in front of her marker to hit a first-time shot into the lower left corner of the net. USA 1, NCA 0 [WATCH]

GOAL – Civana Kuhlmann (Jaelin Howell), 53rd minute: Great hustle by Taryn Torres forced Nicaragua to play into the teeth of the USA midfield, giving Howell the chance to close down space and strip the ball from her Nicaraguan counterpart. Advancing toward the box, Howell drew the final defender before sliding to push the ball forward to Kuhlmann who was in alone on goal. The Stanford freshman made no mistake, slotting a low shot along the ground into the far-right corner of the goal. USA 2, NCA 0 [WATCH] FINAL

NOTES:

  • With the result, Jitka Klimkova wins her first ever match in CONCACAF qualifying play as U-20 WNT head coach. She took over the program in April of 2017.
  • Taryn Torres’ goal was the 250th for the USA in this tournament, which has been played in various forms since 2002.
  • Torres’ goal is her second in just her fourth cap for the U.S. U-20 WNT.
  • Kuhlmann’s goal is her ninth for the U-20 WNT in her 13th cap.
  • Kuhlmann’s goal was her 7th all-time goal CONCACAF Women’s World Cup qualifying. She scored two at the 2013 CONCACAF Women’s U-17 Championship in Jamaica when she was one of the youngest players in the squad and four at the 2016 CONCACAF Women’s U-17 Championship in the Cayman Islands, including the game-winner against Mexico in the championship match.
  • Torres also featured for the USA at the 2016 CONCACAF Women’s U-17 Championship.
  • For four players it was their first appearance in a CONCACAF Women’s World Cup qualifying tournament.
  • For 11 players, it was their first appearance in a CONCACAF Women’s U-20 Championship. Savannah DeMelo and Ashley Sanchez played in the 2016 tournament.
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U-20 WNT Jan 19, 2018

Five Things to Know About Denmark

The U.S. Women’s National Team will open its 2018 schedule on Jan. 21 (4:30 p.m. PT; ESPN) against 2017 UEFA Women’s EURO runners-up Denmark in San Diego, California.  Denmark Women's National Team Roster by Position: GOALKEEPERS (2): 1-Stina Lykke Petersen (Kolding Q), 22-Line Johansen (Unattached)  DEFENDERS (5): 3-Janni Arnth (Linköpings FC, Sweden), 8-Theresa Niel Read more
WNT Jan 19, 2018

PREVIEW: WNT Begins 2018 Against EURO Runners-Up Denmark

CHICAGO (Jan. 19, 2017) – The U.S. Women's National Team will kick off an important 2018 against talented opponent, Denmark, on Sunday, Jan. 21 (4:30 p.m. PT / 7:30 p.m. ET; ESPN) at SDCC Union Stadium in San Diego. Unlike last year, when the U.S. WNT opened its schedule with a match against the world’s second-ranked Germany to kick off the SheBelieves Cup, this year the USA gets a Read more
WNT Jan 19, 2018

Defender Tierna Davidson to Join U-20 WNT Following USA-Denmark Match

CHICAGO (Jan. 19, 2018) – Nineteen-year-old defender Tierna Davidson, who was named to the U.S. roster for the 2018 CONCACAF Women’s U-20 Championship, will stay with the full U.S. Women’s National Team through its match against Denmark on Sunday, Jan. 21 at SDCCU Stadium in San Diego where she could receive her first senior team cap. Davidson will then travel to join her U-20 te Read more
WNT U-20 WNT Jan 19, 2018

U-20 WNT's DeMelo Aims for World Cup Return

When the ball hit the back of the net, a weight came off the shoulders of Savannah DeMelo. The first collegiate goal for the U.S. U-20 Women’s National Team midfielder was a long time in the making, one important checkpoint on a long road to recovery. “It gave me a lot of confidence and set the tone for the rest of the season,” DeMelo said. “The cross was coming in and I Read more
U-20 WNT Jan 18, 2018

2017 U-20 World Cup Vets Rising to MNT Future in 2018 January Camp

For the U.S. Men’s National Team right now, it’s all about the future. There’s no better punctuation of that theme than the composition of the current January Camp roster.

Upon the opening of camp last week, 21 of the 29 invitees were aged 24 and under. Fifteen of are uncapped and 10 have joined the MNT for the first time.

Clearly youth is the movement for the senior side, and the promise in the Youth National Team program is also showing through in this camp as 12 players on the roster have represented the U.S. at a Youth World Cup. Two more players – Russell Canouse and Kelyn Rowe -- were part of qualifying rosters during their respective youth team cycles.

Perhaps most instructive is the fact that four players from the USA roster at 2017 FIFA U-20 World Cup are present in Carson, Calif.: Danny Acosta, Tyler Adams, Justen Glad and Brooks Lennon.

U.S. MNT - Adams, Lennon, Glad and Acosta
From left to right: Tyler Adams, Brooks Lennon, Justen Glad and Danny Acosta

Part of the first U.S. team to win the CONCACAF Championship at the U-20 level, they’re the initial crop from a group which ran to the quarterfinals in Korea Republic last summer to cycle into the senior team. Most certainly, they will not be the last. 

“From the beginning, we knew we had a talented group,” Acosta, a dual national with the U.S. and Honduras, told ussoccer.com “We had a team that worked hard for each other, represented our country well and showed that the future is bright for our national team program.”

At age 18, Adams is the youngest of the rising U-20 quartet, but has some seniority in that he already earned his senior team debut in the MNT’s 1-1 draw with Portugal last November. Long involved in the Youth National Team program, the New York Red Bulls utility man recalled an instance during his time with the U-17 MNT in agreeing with Acosta’s assessment.

“When I was in residency, I remember our U-17s scrimmaging the U-20 MNT,” Adams said. “At the time, the U-20 team had Rubio Rubin, Russell Canouse, Marky Delgado, Matt Miazga, Kellyn Acosta. Our U-17 team had myself, Christian Pulisic and Weston McKennie. It’s nice to see we were all on the field at the same time and respectively everyone’s doing a good job at their club. Now were coming together making a rise with the National Team. That’s pretty cool as well.”

One of the underlying themes for the youthful MNT players in this camp and moving forward is taking the first steps in getting the senior team back on track towards Qatar in 2022.

“Every time you wear the crest, it’s a responsibility,” Acosta said. “We didn’t make the World Cup. We’re sad about that, we’re disappointed, but it’s a new start for everyone. I feel a responsibility now to help push things forward, and I would say the 28 other guys in this camp feel the same way.”

2018 January Camp Roster Representation at Youth World Cups

Player

Youth World Cups

YWC Qualifying

Danny Acosta

2017 U-20 WC

2017 U-20 CONCACAF

Tyler Adams

2015 U-17 WC
2017 U-20 WC

2015 U-17 CONCACAF

2017 U-20 CONCACAF

Juan Agudelo

2009 U-17 WC

2009 U-17 CONCACAF

Paul Arriola

2011 U-17 WC
2015 U-20 WC

2011 U-17 CONCACAF
2015 U-20 CONCACAF

Russell Canouse

N/A**

2015 U-20 CONCACAF

Cody Cropper

2013 U-20 WC

2011 U-20 CONCACAF
2013 U-20 CONCACAF

Marky Delgado

2015 U-20 WC

N/A

Justen Glad

2017 U-20 WC

2013 U-17 CONCACAF
2017 U-20 CONCACAF

Brooks Lennon

2017 U-20 WC

2017 U-20 CONCACAF

Ike Opara

2009 U-20 WC

N/A

Kelyn Rowe

N/A

2011 U-20 CONCACAF

Rubio Rubin

2015 U-20 WC

2013 U-17 CONCACAF

Zack Steffen

2015 U-20 WC

2015 U-20 CONCACAF

Wil Trapp

2013 U-20 WC

2013 U-20 CONCACAF

** Russell Canouse was named to the 2015 FIFA U-20 World Cup roster, but had to withdraw due to injury

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MNT U-20 MNT Jan 18, 2018
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