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U.S. WNT Equalizes Twice as Morgan's Brace Earns 2-2 Draw with France

EAST HARTFORD, Connecticut (June 19, 2014) – U.S. Women’s National Team forward Alex Morgan scored her first international goals in seven months as she helped FIFA’s No. 1-ranked USA overcome two deficits to earn a 2-2 draw against No. 4 France in front of 14,695 fans at Rentschler Field.

The U.S. WNT also extended its record home unbeaten streak to 84 games having posted a 74-0-10 record since Nov. 6, 2004.

Goal Scoring Rundown:
FRA – Louisa Necib (penalty), 27th minute: In the sequence leading up to a penalty kick call, France’s Elodie Thomis chipped the ball over the USA defense toward the left side of the box. France playmaker Louisa Necib and USA goalkeeper Ashlyn Harris made a dash toward the corner of the six-yard box. Harris slid to deflect the ball away, but she was ruled to have made contact with Necib’s leg, resulting in a penalty. Necib shot down the middle as Harris guessed to her right to give France the lead. USA 0, FRA 1

USA – Alex Morgan (Allie Long), 56th minute: Alex Morgan, playing in just her second match this year, found her scoring touch and looked to be fully recovered from an ankle injury that kept her out for seventh months. Midfielder Allie Long, making just her second start, played threaded a pass to Morgan in the middle of the field. Morgan made space at the top of the penalty area and drilled a left-footed strike from 25 yards out that deflected off the inside of the left post and past France goalkeeper Sarah Bouhaddi. Morgan then jumped over the signboards behind the goal to celebrate the equalizer with the fans. It was Morgan’s first goal of the year and first goal since she recorded a brace against Canada on June 2, 2013. USA 1, FRA 1

FRA – Amandine Henry (unassisted), 68th minute: France dispossessed the USA in midfield and launched a lightning-quick attack up the middle. Ali Krieger broke things up, but her clearance wound up at the foot of Amandine Henry, who ran onto the ball a yard inside the box on the right side and fired just inside the right post past a diving Ashlyn Harris to retake the lead. The ball took a nasty deflection off a U.S. defender to wrong-foot Harris. USA 1, FRA 2

USA – Alex Morgan (Tobin Heath), 85th minute: Second-half sub Tobin Heath took the quick throw-in from the left side to Alex Morgan and the energetic forward weaved her way through two France defenders for a right-footed shot. France goalkeeper Sarah Bouhaddi got a foot on it, but did not do enough to prevent the ball from bouncing into the net. USA 2, FRA 2

Key Saves and Defensive Stops:
FRA – Laura Georges, 7th minute: France defender Laura Georges was called upon several times in the early moments to break up the USA attack. She had an important clearance when U.S. right back Ali Krieger sprinted up the right side and crossed toward Carli Lloyd. Her redirect was trickling toward the net, but Georges got to the ball in the six-yard box to keep the USA off the score sheet.

FRA – Sarah Bouhaddi, 12th minute: Though it was a fairly routine save, France goalkeeper Sarah Bouhaddi was sure-handed on Sydney Leroux’s strike from the left side. The USA’s first shot on frame had some pace on it, and Bouhaddi secured it en route to a pair of saves in the first 45 minutes.

USA – Ashlyn Harris, 75th minute: With the lead, France was in no hurry to take its set pieces, and shortly after a Necib corner kick, she got the ball back and crossed from the left side. Eugenie Le Sommer was in the area, but U.S. goalkeeper Ashlyn Harris alertly left her line and dove in front of Le Sommer for an important catch.

USA – Ashlyn Harris, 88th minute: Louisa Necib played a perfect lead pass toward Gaetane Thiney in the middle of the box giving her a one-on-one chance. Ashlyn Harris made an aggressive rush to stop Thiney’s shot but initiated a hard, yet brave collision. It took some time for Harris to recover, but the sacrifice preserved the U.S. draw.

Milestone Watch:

  • Alex Morgan scored her 45th and 46th goals, passing Julie Foudy (45 goals) for 10th on the all-time goal scoring list.
  • Heather O’Reilly moved into sole possession of seventh on the all-time caps list with her 205th appearance, passing Tiffeny Milbrett (204 caps from 1991-2005).
  • Carli Lloyd moved into a 13th-place tie in all-time caps with former U.S. WNT goalkeeper Briana Scurry with her 173rd cap.
  • With her second-half appearance, defender Christie Rampone reaches 294 caps. She is second all-time behind Kristine Lilly (352 caps from 1987-2010).

Next on the Schedule:
No future international friendly matches have been announced at this time. The USA will be looking forward to CONCACAF Women’s World Cup qualifying, which will take place in the United States in October.
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Additional Notes:

  • The USA is 14-0-2 in the all-time series against France.
  • The U.S. WNT is now 8-2-2 in 2014.
  • U.S. WNT head coach Jill Ellis went with a starting lineup that featured Ashlyn Harris in goal as she made her first appearance of 2014 and third appearance of her career. Regular starting goalkeeper Hope Solo was unavailable due to a family commitment.
  • The back line featured two changes from the previous game against France, with Meghan Klingenberg at left back and Whitney Engen at center back. Right back Ali Krieger and center back Becky Sauerbrunn retained their starting roles.
  • The midfield trio in the 4-3-3 formation remained unchanged with Allie Long, Carli Lloyd and Lauren Holiday.
  • Carli Lloyd wore the captain’s armband.
  • The starting front three included one lineup change from the last game with Heather O’Reilly getting the nod. Sydney Leroux and Christen Press returned to the starting lineup.
  • All-time goal scoring leader Abby Wambach (167 goals) was once again unavailable for selection Thursday as she returns from a knee injury that occurred during a June 1 match in National Women’s Soccer League play.
  • At the start of the second half, Ellis made her first two substitutions as Christie Rampone entered for Engen and Alex Morgan replaced O’Reilly.
  • Tobin Heath replaced Long in the 60th minute.
  • In the 79th minute, Kelley O’Hara replaced Klingenberg and Amy Rodriguez joined the attack in place of Leroux.
  • O’Reilly, Press and Sauerbrunn are the only WNT players to have appeared in all 12 matches in 2014.

- U.S. Women’s National Team Match Report -

Match: U.S. Women’s National Team vs. France
Date: June 19, 2014
Competition: International Friendly
Venue: Rentschler Field; East Hartford, Conn.
Kickoff: 7:30 p.m. ET
Attendance: 14,695
Weather: 78 degrees, humid

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

FRA- Louisa Necib (penalty)              27th minute
USA- Alex Morgan (Allie Long)          56
FRA- Amandine Henry                       68
USA- Alex Morgan (Tobin Heath)      85

Lineups:
USA: 24-Ashlyn Harris; 11-Ali Krieger, 4-Becky Sauerbrunn, 6-Whitney Engen (3-Christie Rampone, 46), 25-Meghan Klingenberg (5-Kelley O’Hara, 79); 15-Allie Long (17-Tobin Heath, 60), 10-Carli Lloyd (capt.), 12-Lauren Holiday; 9-Heather O’Reilly (13-Alex Morgan, 46), 2-Sydney Leroux (8-Amy Rodriguez, 79), 23-Christen Press
Subs Not Used: 7-Morgan Brian, 18-Nicole Barnhart
Head Coach: Jill Ellis

FRA: 16-Sarah Bouhaddi; 8-Jessica Houara, 2-Wendy Renard, 4-Laura Goerges, 24-Julie Soyer; 6-Amandine Henry, 15-Elise Bussaglia, 14-Louisa Necib, 12- Elodie Thomis; 9-Eugenie Le Sommer (10-Camille Abily, 84), 17-Gaetane Thiney (18-Marie Laure Delie, 89)
Subs Not Used: 1-Celine Deville, 3-Laure Boulleau, 5-Sabrina Delannoy,  7-Viviane Asseyi, 11-Laetitia Tonazzi, 13-Pauline Crammer, 19-Marina Makanza, 20-Anaig Butel, 21-Laetitia Phiippe, 22-Amel Hamraoui, 23-Kheria Hamraoui, 25-Ines Jurena
Head Coach: Philippe Bergeroo

Stats Summary: USA / FRA
Shots: 11 / 8
Shots on Goal: 6 / 3
Saves: 1 / 4
Corner Kicks: 4 / 1
Fouls: 5 / 14
Offside: 1 / 5

Misconduct Summary:
None

Officials:
Referee: Quetzalli Alvarado (MEX)
Assistant Referee 1: Felisha Mariscal (USA)
Assistant Referee 2: Mayte Chavez (MEX)
Fourth Official: Kristen Salazar (USA)

Budweiser Woman of the Match: Alex Morgan

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- U.S. Women’s National Team Match Report -

Match: U.S. Women’s National Team vs. France
Date: June 19, 2014
Competition: International Friendly
Venue: Rentschler Field; East Hartford, Conn.
Kickoff: 7:30 p.m. ET
Attendance: 14,695
Weather: 78 degrees, humid

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

FRA- Louisa Necib (penalty)              27th minute
USA- Alex Morgan (Allie Long)          56
FRA- Amandine Henry                       68
USA- Alex Morgan (Tobin Heath)      85

Lineups:
USA: 24-Ashlyn Harris; 11-Ali Krieger, 4-Becky Sauerbrunn, 6-Whitney Engen (3-Christie Rampone, 46), 25-Meghan Klingenberg (5-Kelley O’Hara, 79); 15-Allie Long (17-Tobin Heath, 60), 10-Carli Lloyd (capt.), 12-Lauren Holiday; 9-Heather O’Reilly (13-Alex Morgan, 46), 2-Sydney Leroux (8-Amy Rodriguez, 79), 23-Christen Press
Subs Not Used: 7-Morgan Brian, 18-Nicole Barnhart
Head Coach: Jill Ellis

FRA: 16-Sarah Bouhaddi; 8-Jessica Houara, 2-Wendy Renard, 4-Laura Goerges, 24-Julie Soyer; 6-Amandine Henry, 15-Elise Bussaglia, 14-Louisa Necib, 12- Elodie Thomis; 9-Eugenie Le Sommer (10-Camille Abily, 84), 17-Gaetane Thiney (18-Marie Laure Delie, 89)
Subs Not Used: 1-Celine Deville, 3-Laure Boulleau, 5-Sabrina Delannoy,  7-Viviane Asseyi, 11-Laetitia Tonazzi, 13-Pauline Crammer, 19-Marina Makanza, 20-Anaig Butel, 21-Laetitia Phiippe, 22-Amel Hamraoui, 23-Kheria Hamraoui, 25-Ines Jurena
Head Coach: Philippe Bergeroo

Stats Summary: USA / FRA
Shots: 11 / 8
Shots on Goal: 6 / 3
Saves: 1 / 4
Corner Kicks: 4 / 1
Fouls: 5 / 14
Offside: 1 / 5

Misconduct Summary:
None

Officials:
Referee: Quetzalli Alvarado (MEX)
Assistant Referee 1: Felisha Mariscal (USA)
Assistant Referee 2: Mayte Chavez (MEX)
Fourth Official: Kristen Salazar (USA)

Budweiser Woman of the Match: Alex Morgan

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U.S. Soccer Announces Changes to Improve Oversight and Accountability

CHICAGO (April 19, 2018) – As part of an organizational realignment to improve efficiency and better serve all members, the U.S. Soccer Federation has created two new Board-level Committees and restructured senior management. The changes, which bring the total number of Board-level committees to six, were approved by the U.S. Soccer Board of Directors last week.

“These changes will empower the Board to play a greater role in all Federation activities, and reflects our ongoing commitment to improve oversight and accountability and serve all our members,” said U.S Soccer President Carlos Cordeiro. “By involving board members earlier in the decision-making process, we can more effectively utilize the available expertise, build consensus and improve the effectiveness of the Federation.”

A new Technical Development Committee will provide board-level understanding of soccer operations within the Federation and will be co-chaired by U.S. Soccer Board members and former National Team players Carlos Bocanegra and Angela Hucles.

The Commercial Committee will provide oversight to U.S. Soccer’s commercial activities and lend assistance with an in-depth analysis of the organization’s future plans, in particular the dynamic media rights and sponsorship landscape.

At the staff level, the organization has been restructured to better service the needs of our membership base, creating greater accountability and alignment with Board Committees. The accompanying organizational chart outlines the departmental structure.

“Overall, these changes will provide us with a greater focus on each operational area and help us execute our overall strategy to serve the athlete, fan and our members,” said U.S. Soccer CEO/Secretary General Dan Flynn.

A total of eight Chief Officers will oversee departments, with the majority serving as direct liasions to the appropriate Board Committees.

The most notable changes include soccer operations now being overseen by both a technical leader and an administrative leader. Nico Romeijn moves from the head of coaching education to the Chief Sport Development Officer, overseeing all technical areas. Ryan Mooney will serve as Chief Soccer Officer and will coordinate our administrative needs on the technical side.

The Board also approved the expansion of U.S. Soccer’s Membership Department to better serve all Federation members and continue to grow the game at all levels. U.S. Soccer’s Chief Stakeholders Officer Brian Remedi will manage the department.

In an effort to promote equality and inclusion across the organization, Tonya Wallach will serve as U.S. Soccer’s Chief Talent and Inclusion Officer. In addition, the department will strive to make the most of top talent in the organization and create opportunities and pathways for our staff to reach their full potential.

Jay Berhalter (Chief Commercial and Strategy Officer), Neil Buethe (Chief Communications Officer), Eric Gleason (Chief Financial Officer) and Lydia Wahlke (Chief Legal Counsel) will continue their senior roles and report directly to the CEO.

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Apr 19, 2018

Tournament Preview: USA Seeks World Cup Qualification at 2018 Concacaf Women's U-17 Championship

U.S. Under-17 Women’s National Team
2018 CONCACAF Women’s U-17 Championship
National Football Stadium; Managua, Nicaragua
April 19-29, 2018 

U-17 WNT READY FOR WCQ: The U.S. U-17 Women’s National Team kicks off the 2018 CONCACAF Women’s U-17 Championship on Friday, April 20 against Costa Rica (10:00 p.m. ET; go90). The match marks the USA’s first step towards qualification for the 2018 FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup, to be held this fall in Uruguay. Group B play continues for the USA on Sunday, April 22 against Bermuda (10:00 p.m. ET; Go90) and wraps up on Tuesday, April 24 as the U.S. takes on Canada (10:00 p.m. ET; Go90). All of the tournament’s matches will be played at the National Football Stadium in Managua, Nicaragua and broadcast on go90.com.

2018 Concacaf Women’s U-17 Championship
USA - Group B Schedule

Date           Match                       Kickoff (ET)       Broadcast     Venue
April 20       USA vs. Costa Rica     10:00 p.m.             go90               National Football Stadium; Managua, Nicaragua
April 22       USA vs. Bermuda       10:00 p.m.               go90               National Football Stadium; Managua, Nicaragua
April 24         USA vs. Canada          10:00 p.m.               go90               National Football Stadium; Managua, Nicaragua

WATCH U-17 WNT QUALIFYING FREE ON GO90: All tournament matches will be streamed via the go90 app and online at go90.com. Watch live in the USA on a mobile device or tablet by downloading the free go90 app on the App Store or Google Play. No registration or authentication is required. Fans can also watch matches free on their laptops at go90.com.

TOURNAMENT FORMAT: This year marks the 10th anniversary of the Concacaf Women’s U-17 Championship, and the sixth edition of the tournament. Launched in 2008 to qualify teams for the newly established FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup, the regional championship sends three teams from North America, Central America and the Caribbean to the 2018 FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup in Uruguay. The top two teams from each group qualify for the semifinals, and the winners of those two matches, plus the third-place game winner, punch their World Cup tickets. Group A features first-time participant and host Nicaragua, Mexico and Puerto Rico. The USA was drawn into Group B, alongside first-time participant Bermuda, Canada and Costa Rica.

RUN-UP TO NICARAGUA:
It’s been a successful start to the cycle for the U-17s, as they arrive in Managua with a 16-1-4 international record since the start of the cycle last April. In 2018, the U-17s stand at 7-0-1, scoring 32 goals while allowing just two.

In preparation for this year’s World Cup qualifying tournament, the USA has taken on 12 different countries, including fixtures against Concacaf rivals Canada, Haiti and Mexico. The team’s lone cycle defeat came in a barnburner 5-4 loss to China, while trophies have been won while playing against the likes of England and Italy at the Torneo Femminile delle Nazioni in Italy and Slovenia as well as at the Copa Provincia de Buenos Aires against a trio of South American squads. Most recently, the USA went undefeated in a three-game set against World Cup-bound Japan in Lakewood Ranch, Fla.

Players born on or after January 1, 2001 are eligible for the 2018 FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup. Head coach Mark Carr’s 20-player roster includes 16 players born in 2001 and four born in 2002.

CONCACAF U-17 HISTORY: While the Concacaf Women’s U-17 Championship is just a decade old, the USA has already established a history of success at the event. The red, white and blue have taken home the tournament title three of the five times it’s been contested (2008, 2012, 2016) and the competition has served to launch the international careers of several current WNT stalwarts. Samantha Mewis, Morgan Brian and Crystal Dunn played in the inaugural 2008 tournament. Lindsey Horan, Brian and Abby Dahlkemper helped lead the team in 2010, Andi Sullivan was a major player in helping U-17s to the 2012 title and Mallory Pugh was one of the 2013 team’s leading scorers.

TICKETS ALREADY PUNCHED: More than half the field is already set for the FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup, as just Concacaf and Europe are yet to hold qualifiers that will each send three teams to Uruguay. In addition to the hosts, Brazil and Colombia have qualified from South America, Ghana, Cameroon and South Africa have clinched spots from Africa, Korea Republic, Korea DPR and Japan earned berths from Asia and New Zealand will represent Oceania.

U.S. U-17 WNT Concacaf Qualifying Roster by Position (Club; Hometown; Caps/Goals):
GOALKEEPERS (2): Angelina Anderson (Mustang FC; Danville, Calif.; 8/0), Julia Dohle (New York City FC; Scarsdale, N.Y.; 2/0)
DEFENDERS (6): Michela Agresti (FC Stars, Swampscott, Mass.; 9/2), Talia DellaPeruta (NTH Tophat; Cumming, Ga.; 16/1), Smith Hunter (Seattle Reign Academy; Seattle, Wash.; 10/0), Makenna Morris (Bethesda SC; Germantown, Md.; 12/1), Natalia Staude (NTH Tophat; Atlanta, Ga.; 11/0), Kennedy Wesley (So Cal Blues; Rossmoor, Calif.; 28/0)
MIDFIELDERS (6): Hannah Bebar (Eclipse Select SC; Naperville, Ill.; 7/1), Croix Bethune (Concorde Fire; Alpharetta, Ga.; 18/7), Maya Doms (Davis Legacy; Davis, Calif.; 17/6), Mia Fishel (San Diego Surf; San Diego, Calif.; 19/2), Sophia Jones (San Jose Earthquakes; Menlo Park, Calif.; 9/0), Astrid Wheeler (Concorde Fire; Atlanta, Ga.; 14/1)
FORWARDS (6): Sunshine Fontes (Hawaii Rush; Wahiawa, Hawaii; 19/13), Samantha Kroeger (World Class FC; West Milford, N.J.; 3/1), Payton Linnehan (FC Stars; Douglas, Mass.; 17/6), Samantha Meza (Solar SC; Dallas, Texas; 12/2), Diana Ordoñez (FC Dallas; Prosper, Texas; 3/0), Kate Wiesner (LAFC Slammers; Monrovia, Calif.; 29/3) 

ROSTER NOTES

  • These will be the first U.S. WNT matches at any age level played in Nicaragua.
  • This is the first Concacaf qualifying team for the USA in which all the players were born after the historic 1999 FIFA Women’s World Cup victory.
  • Defenders Talia DellaPeruta, Smith Hunter and Makenna Morris and forward Samantha Kroeger are the four players on the roster born in 2002.
  • All the players named to the roster have been capped at the U-17 level with Kate Wiesner (29) and Kennedy Wesley (28) the most capped and goalkeeper Julia Dohle (2) the least.
  • Wiesner and Wesley are in their second U-17 cycle. Both participated in qualifying for the 2016 U-17 Women’s World Cup and both played in World Cup in Jordan.
  • Thirteen of the 18 field players on the roster have scored in an international match, led by forward Sunshine Fontes, who has 13 goals in 19 caps. Midfielder Croix Bethune has seven goals in 18 caps. Forward Payton Linnehan and midfielder Maya Doms each have six goals in 17 caps.
  • Thirteen players on the roster have 10 or more U-17 caps.
  • The two goalkeepers on the qualifying roster are five-foot-eleven Angelina Anderson and six-foot Julia Dohle.
  • The players on the roster hail from ten states and 17 different youth clubs. There are six Californians on the roster, three from Northern and three from Southern, and four players from Georgia.
  • The roster features players from four different U.S. Soccer Development Academy clubs in the So Cal Blues, FC Stars of Massachusetts as well as Georgia’s Concorde Fire and NTH Tophat. Overall, 16 players have ties to Development Academy Clubs.
  • Forward Isabella D’Aquila was named to the initial World Cup qualifying roster, but was ruled out of the competition due to injury. She was replaced by forward Samantha Kroeger.
  • Eight players helped the USA take home the 2016 CONCACAF Girls’ U-15 Championship, the red, white and blue’s first appearance at the event: Croix Bethune, Talia DellaPeruta, Mia Fishel, Sunshine Fontes, Payton Linnehan, Samantha Meza, Makenna Morris and Natalia Staude.

2018 SCHEDULE AND RESULTS

Date               Match                         Result             Venue             Competition
Jan. 15            USA vs. Venezuela     W 8-0            Eckerd College; St. Petersburg, Fla.             International Friendly
Jan. 18            USA vs. Venezuela     W 4-0             IMG Academy; Bradenton, Fla.                    International Friendly
Feb. 13           USA vs. Argentina      W 9-0              Estadio Jose Maria Minella; Mar de Plata; Argentina           CPdBA
Feb. 15           USA vs. Uruguay        W 4-1             Estadio Jose Maria Minella; Mar de Plata; Argentina           CPdBA
Feb. 20           USA vs. Chile              W 1-0             Estadio Jose Maria Minella; Mar de Plata; Argentina         CPdBA
March 21        USA vs. Japan            D 0-0               Premier Sports Campus; Lakewood Ranch, Fla.                  International Friendly
March 23        USA vs. Japan            W 4-1             Premier Sports Campus; Lakewood Ranch, Fla.                  International Friendly
March 25        USA vs. Japan            W 2-0             Premier Sports Campus; Lakewood Ranch, Fla.                  International Friendly 

CPdBA = Copa Provincia de Buenos Aires

USA VS COSTA RICA NOTES

  • Costa Rica has drawn the USA in its group every time that it has qualified for the CONCACAF U-17 Championship (2008, 2010 and 2016).
  • In those three tournaments, Costa Rica has played the USA five times, thrice in pool play and twice in the knockout rounds.
  • The USA is 5-0-0 all-time vs. Costa Rica at the tournament.
  • Costa Rica served as the USA’s first-ever opponent at the tournament: a 6-0 U.S. victory in the group stage of the 2008 tournament.
  • Current WNT star Samantha Mewis scored the USA’s first-ever goal of the competition, in the third minute of that match.
  • The countries met again for the Concacaf title that year, a 4-1 USA triumph.
  • In 2010, the two nations once again met twice, a 10-0 victory in the group stage finale and a 6-0 win in the third-place game.
  • Morgan Brian and Lindsey Horan both netted three goals against Costa Rica in the tournament, while Taylor Smith scored two.
  • Costa Rica’s last meeting with the USA at Concacaf World Cup qualifying came in the group stage of the 2016 tournament, a 2-0 USA victory.
  • Costa Rica is the only non-North American country to qualify for the World Cup at this age level, finishing second in the inaugural 2008 tournament.
  • Almost all of Costa Rica’s 20-player roster competes domestically. Defender Andrea Capmany and forward Kyana Calvo play stateside at IMG Academy and Lonestar SC, respectively.

Costa Rica Roster (Club)
GOALKEEPERS (2): Dislania Chacón (Herediano), Fabiana Solano (AD Desampa 2000)
DEFENDERS (7): Andrea Capmany (IMG Academy/USA), Ariana Dobles (Codea), Keylin Gómez (A.Dimas Escazú), Pamela Gutiérrez (Liberia), Gipzy Prieto (A.D. Pococi), Valery Sandoval (Codea), Jeimy Umaña (ADFFC)
MIDFIELDERS (7): Alexa Aguilar (Codea); Priscilla Chinchilla (Arenal); Daniela Contreras (A.D. Dimas Escazú); Emily Flores (Suva Sports); Nicole Gómez (A.D.F.F. Coronado); Carmen Marín (Futuro Academy/CAN); María Fernanda Murillo (Morpho)
FORWARDS (4): Kyana Calvo (Lonestar SC/USA), Medolyn Guerrero (A.D. Pococi), María Paula Porras (Saprissa), María Paula Salas (Saprissa)

USA VS BERMUDA NOTES

  • The two countries have never met at the U-17 level and Sunday’s match will mark the first meeting between the USA and Bermuda in women’s soccer at any level.
  • Bermuda is making its first-ever appearance at the tournament.

Bermuda Roster (Club)
GOALKEEPERS (2):
 Gaiya Melakot (Berkeley), Zakhari Turner (Montverde/USA)
DEFENDERS (6): Delia Ebbin (Darlington Academy/USA); Koa Goodchild (Saltus), Zekiah Lewis (St. Johnsbury/USA), Jenna Rempel (Choate Hall/USA), Danni Watson (Saltus); Zemira Webb (Warwick Academy)
MIDFIELDERS (9): Sh'Nyah Atkinstall (Berkeley), Druw Bascome (Cedarbridge), Emily Cabral (TN Tatem Warwick), Trinae Edwards (Cedarbridge), Katelyn MederIos (BHS), Leilanni Nesbeth (Bedes/ENG), Dazarre Place (Berkeley), Jya Ratteray Smith (Berkeley), Jadae Steede Hill (Berkeley)
FORWARDS (4): Nia Christopher (John Carroll/USA), Adia Gibbons (Berkeley), Tianna Mullan (IMG Academy/USA)

USA VS CANADA NOTES

  • The USA and Canada have met in the knockout round of four consecutive Concacaf Women’s U-17 Championships.
  • The U.S. is 3-0-1 all-time against Canada at Concacaf World Cup qualifying.
  • The teams first met in the 2010 semifinals as Canada handed the USA its first-ever defeat at the tournament, a 5-3 loss in penalty kicks after 120 minutes of scoreless soccer.
  • Since then, the USA hasn’t lost to its neighbors to the North, winning three straight knockout round matches.
  • The teams met in the Concacaf final in both the 2012 and 2013 tournaments, 1-0 and 2-0 wins for the USA, respectively.
  • Last time out, the USA defeated Canada 5-0 in the semifinals of the 2016 competition to clinch World Cup qualification.
  • Canada is one of the most successful teams in Concacaf at this age level, compiling five top-three finishes and reaching the FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup every time it has been contested.
  • The entirety of Canada’s 20-player roster competes domestically.
  • Almost half of the roster plays in the youth set-up of the Vancouver Whitecaps.

Canada Roster (Club)
GOALKEEPERS (2): Sophie Guilmette (Quebec REX/Lakeshore SC), Anna Karpenko (Ontario REX)
DEFENDERS (7): Maya Antoine (Vancouver Whitecaps FC Girls Elite BC Soccer REX), Olivia Cooke (Ontario REX), Caitlin Shaw (Vancouver Whitecaps FC Girls Elite BC Soccer REX), Elisabeth Tse (Quebec REX / Phénix des Rivières de Quebec), Julianne Vallerand (Quebec REX / Varennes SC), Sonia Walk (Ontario REX), Ariel Young (Ontario REX)
MIDFIELDERS (5): Wayny Balata (Quebec REX / Lakeshore SC), Stella Downing (Vancouver Whitecaps FC Girls Elite BC Soccer REX), Maya Ladhani (Vancouver Whitecaps FC Girls Elite BC Soccer REX), Jade Rose (Ontario REX), Aaliyah Scott (Vancouver Whitecaps FC Girls Elite BC Soccer REX)
FORWARDS (6): Teni Akindoju (Vancouver Whitecaps FC Girls Elite BC Soccer REX), Jordyn Huitema (Vancouver Whitecaps FC Girls Elite BC Soccer REX), Kaila Novak (Ontario REX), Jayde Riviere (Vancouver Whitecaps FC Girls Elite BC Soccer REX), Serita Thurton (Ontario REX), Andersen Williams (Vancouver Whitecaps FC Girls Elite BC Soccer REX)

HOW THEY GOT HERE

  • Costa Rica qualified for the Concacaf Championship after a first-place finish in Central American qualifying against Panama, El Salvador and Honduras.
  • Costa Rica went undefeated in that three-game tournament, shutting out all of its opponents and scoring an average of more than three goals per game.
  • Prisicila Chinchilla and María Paula Salas lead the way for Costa Rican offense, scoring three goals each in the competition.
  • Bermuda qualified for Nicaragua when it topped its Final Round group at Caribbean qualifying.
  • Nineteen participating Caribbean national teams were drawn into five groups contested across the region.
  • Drawn into Group C against host Saint Lucia, Antigua and Barbuda and Aruba, Bermuda went undefeated, putting up 21 goals while allowing just one.
  • England-based LeiLanni Nesbeth scored nine of those goals, including six in a 13-1 win over Aruba in the First Round finale.
  • After the First Round, Bermuda was drawn into a Final Round group alongside Jamaica and Trinidad & Tobago.
  • A draw with T&T and a victory over Jamaica punched Bermuda’s ticket to Managua
  • The results also sent Bermuda to the Caribbean final, where it fell 4-1 to fellow Concacaf Championship participant Haiti.
  • Canada qualified automatically alongside Mexico and the USA as North American nations.

TOURNAMENT NOTES

  • Players born on or after Jan. 1, 2001 are eligible for this tournament and the 2018 FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup.
  • In the semifinals, third-place match and championship game at the U-17 level, there is no overtime. Matches tied at the end of regulation now go directly to penalty kicks.
  • Teams are allowed three substitutes per match. In knockout round games, teams will be allowed one additional substitution.
  • A single yellow card received in the group stage will not carry over to the knockout stage.
  • Two cautions received in different games in the group stage will result in a suspension for the next match.
  • Should teams be tied on points at the end of the group stage, the tie-breakers are as follows:
  1. Points in games between the tied teams (head to head)
  2. Goal differential in games between the tied teams
  • If two more teams are tied on those counts, the tie-breakers are as follows:
  1. Number of goals scored in matches among the tied teams
  2. Goal difference in all group matches
  3. Number of goals scored in all matches
  4. Drawing of lots
  • At the end of the tournament, CONCACAF will present four awards: Golden Ball for most valuable player, Golden Boot for the top scorer, Golden Glove for the best goalkeeper and the Fair Play Award. 

BY THE NUMBERS

0          Matches lost in regulation by the USA at this tournament 
2          Birth years represented on the roster, 16 players born in 2001 and four born in 2002 
3          The USA has won three of five Concacaf Women’s U-17 titles 
4          Goals allowed by the USA at the Concacaf Championship, an average of 0.16 per game 
6          Players from California, the most of any state
8          Players participated in the 2016 Concacaf Girls’ U-15 Championship
9          States represented on the roster 
12        Different countries the USA has faced in the cycle so far (Argentina, Canada, Chile, China, England, Italy, Haiti, Japan, Mexico, Slovenia, Uruguay and Venezuela) 
13        U-17 goals for forward Sunshine Fontes, the most on the team
14        Unbeaten streak that the U-17 WNT carries into World Cup qualifying
16        Youth clubs represented on the U.S. roster
16        Players on the roster with U.S. Soccer Development Academy ties
16        Games, out of 25, that the USA has scored four or more goals at the competition
20        Shutouts recorded by the USA at the tournament, out of 25 games played 
25        Unbeaten streak for the U-17 WNT at Concacaf World Cup qualifying, including 23 matches won 
28        Players logged minutes for the U-17s in 2018
29        U-17 WNT caps for forward Kate Wiesner, the most on the team
64        Goals scored by the U-17s, while allowing just six in the cycle thus far
147      Goals scored by the USA at this tournament, an average of 5.88 per game
514      Minutes 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 Concacaf qualifying for the 2018 FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup.

  • 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 the 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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