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WNT Falls to No. 3 France 2-0 in 2015 Opener

LORIENT, France (Feb. 8, 2015) – The U.S. Women’s National Team, in a key test to open the 2015 campaign and prepare for the FIFA Women’s World Cup later this year, fell 2-0 to No. 3 FIFA-ranked France in front of a sold-out crowd of 15,663 at Stade du Moustoir. 

Eugenie Le Sommer and Jessica Houara scored back-to-back goals early in the second half as France earned its first victory against the United States in 17 chances all-time. The No. 2-ranked USA is now 14-1-2 against France. 

All-time goal scoring leader Abby Wambach had a golden opportunity to change the momentum with the USA trailing by two goals after drawing a second-half penalty kick in the 66th minute, but France goalkeeper Sarah Bouhaddi came up with a key save. 

One of France’s stars had to come out of the match early as Louisa Necib exited in the 40th minute. Kenza Dali replaced Necib, who injured her left foot during a one-on-one challenge against USA defender Lori Chalupny. 

The USA was without several key players for this match, including defender Christie Rampone (back), midfielder Megan Rapinoe (knee), forward Sydney Leroux (ankle) and goalkeeper Hope Solo (suspended). 

Goal Scoring Rundown:
FRA – Eugenie Le Sommer (Elodie Thomis), 50th minute: France broke the deadlock when Thomis got past Lori Chalupny and crossed from the right side of the box to Le Sommer, who had inside position against Meghan Klingenberg and headed the ball into the left side of the goal. USA 0, FRA 1 (SEE GOAL) 

FRA – Jessica Houara (Amandine Henry), 51st minute: France once again attacked down the right side as Henry slotted the ball to Houara. Houara was clearly looking to cross the ball in, but the ball looped over USA goalkeeper Ashlyn Harris, hit the inside of the left post and crossed the goal line to push France’s lead to two goals. USA 0, FRA 2 (SEE GOAL) (FINAL) 

Key Saves and Defensive Stops:
USA – Becky Sauerbrunn, 4th and 7th minutes: USA center back Sauerbrunn played an important role in the game’s opening minutes. In the fourth minute, Sauerbrunn blocked a Gaetane Thiney shot, though France’s Eugenie Le Sommer eventually created a strong right-footed chance that sailed just wide right of the frame. Then in the seventh minute, Sauerbrunn quickly tracked back to intercept a pass intended for Gaetane Thiney in the right side of the box to halt the France attack. 

FRA – Laura Georges, 11th minute: The USA had a promising chance when Christen Press dribbled in to the right side of the box. Press went shoulder-to-shoulder with Georges, and Georges held her off with a left-footed block. 

FRA – Sarah Bouhaddi, 13th minute: Christen Press set up Alex Morgan who made a nice angled run to her left side outside the box. Morgan shot left-footed, searching for the far right post, but Bouhaddi dove to her left for the save. 

USA – Ashlyn Harris, 32nd minute: The stadium crowd bellowed as Louisa Necib took the corner kick from the right side. Carli Lloyd came up with the initial header clearance and France center back Laura Georges followed with a right-footed shot that was headed just underneath the crossbar, and Harris stretched for the save. 

FRA – Laura Georges, 45th minute: USA striker Alex Morgan darted into the box and eluded France goalkeeper Sarah Bouhaddi who left her line. Morgan shot right-footed from eight yards out and Georges tracked back in time to block the shot and surrender a USA corner kick. 

USA – Sarah Bouhaddi, 66th minute: U.S. second-half sub Abby Wambach drew a penalty kick just a couple minutes after entering the match. Wambach shot right-footed toward the left side of the frame, where Bouhaddi dove to her right and saved with her right arm before smothering the ball. 

USA – Sarah Bouhaddi, 80th minute: The USA maintained some stronger possession and offensive sequences down the stretch, including a switch from left to right as Abby Wambach headed the ball toward Christen Press in this particular buildup. Press took a touch to her left outside the box and looked to bend the ball around Bouhaddi toward the far left post. However, Bouhaddi read the shot well and dove to her right for the save. 

Next on the Schedule:
The U.S. WNT heads north to England for a 3 p.m. ET match on Friday, Feb. 13.
Broadcast information: FOX Sports 1, Univision Deportes
Social: Twitter (@ussoccer_wnt; @ussoccer_esp); Facebook; Instagram 

Additional Notes:

  • Head coach Jill Ellis’ starting lineup featured a 4-4-2 formation.
  • Ashlyn Harris earned her fifth-career cap in goal. She had two appearances in 2014.
  • The back line featured Lori Chalupny at left back, Meghan Klingenberg on the right side and the center back duo of Becky Sauerbrunn and Whitney Engen.
  • The USA midfield included captain Carli Lloyd on the left, Tobin Heath on the right and Morgan Brian and Lauren Holiday playing centrally.
  • Alex Morgan and Christen Press were paired up front. It marked Morgan’s first start and appearance since she injured her ankle against Guatemala at the 2014 CONCACAF Championship on Oct. 17.
  • In the 55th minute, Ali Krieger entered for Chalupny. Krieger moved to the right side and Klingenberg switched to the left.
  • Abby Wambach earned her 233rd-career cap when she replaced Brian in the 63rd minute.
  • Amy Rodriguez entered the match for Heath in the 77th minute. 

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

Match: U.S. Women’s National Team vs. France
Date: Feb. 8, 2015
Competition: International Friendly
Venue: Stade du Moustoir; Lorient, France
Kickoff: 12 p.m. ET
Attendance: 15,663 (so)
Weather: 46 degrees; Clear

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

FRA – Eugénie Le Sommer (Elodie Thomis) 50th minute
FRA – Jessica Houara (Amandine Henry)                51

Lineups:
USA: 24-Ashlyn Harris; 25-Meghan Klingenberg, 6-Whitney Engen, 4-Becky Sauerbrunn, 16-Lori Chalupny (11-Ali Krieger, 55); 17-Tobin Heath (8-Amy Rodriguez, 77), 15-Morgan Brian (20-Abby Wambach, 63), 12-Lauren Holiday, 10-Carli Lloyd (capt.); 23-Christen Press, 13-Alex Morgan
Subs Not Used: 5-Kelley O’Hara, 7-Shannon Boxx, 9-Heather O’Reilly, 14-Julie Johnston, 18-Nicole Barnhart, 19-Rachel Van Hollebeke, 21-Alyssa Naeher, 22-Crystal Dunn, 26-Tori Huster
Head coach: Jill Ellis

FRA: 1-Sarah Bouhaddi; 8-Jessica Houara, 4-Laura Georges, 2-Wendie Renard, 22-Amel Majri; 12-Elodie Thomis (11-Claire Lavogez, 74), 10-Camille Abily (23-Kheira Hamaroui, 82), 6-Amandine Henry, 14-Louisa Necib (7-Kenza Dali, 40); 17-Gaëtane Thiney (18-Marie Laure Delie, 87), 9-Eugénie Le Sommer (15-Elise Bussaglia, 74)
Subs Not Used: 1-Céline Deville, 3-Laure Boulleau, 5-Sabrina Delannoy, 13-Kadiatou Diani, 19-Gridge Mbock Bathy, 20-Anaig Butel, 21-Meline Gerard
Head coach: Philippe Bergeroo

Stats Summary: USA / FRA
Shots: 15 / 11
Shots on Goal: 7 / 4
Saves: 3 / 6
Corner Kicks: 3 / 2
Fouls: 5 / 7
Offside: 0 / 1

Misconduct Summary:
USA – Tobin Heath (caution)             26th minute

Officials:
Referee: Pernilla Larsson (Sweden)
Assistant Referee 1: Anna Nystrom (Sweden)
Assistant Referee 2: Sabrina Keinersdorfer (Switzerland)
Fourth Official: Elodie Coppola (France)

Budweiser Woman of the Match: Becky Sauerbrunn
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- U.S. Women’s National Team Match Report -

Match: U.S. Women’s National Team vs. France
Date: Feb. 8, 2015
Competition: International Friendly
Venue: Stade du Moustoir; Lorient, France
Kickoff: 12 p.m. ET
Attendance: 15,663 (so)
Weather: 46 degrees; Clear

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

FRA – Eugénie Le Sommer (Elodie Thomis)          50th minute
FRA – Jessica Houara (Amandine Henry)               51

Lineups:
USA: 24-Ashlyn Harris; 25-Meghan Klingenberg, 6-Whitney Engen, 4-Becky Sauerbrunn, 16-Lori Chalupny (11-Ali Krieger, 55); 17-Tobin Heath (8-Amy Rodriguez, 77), 15-Morgan Brian (20-Abby Wambach, 63), 12-Lauren Holiday, 10-Carli Lloyd (capt.); 23-Christen Press, 13-Alex Morgan
Subs Not Used: 5-Kelley O’Hara, 7-Shannon Boxx, 9-Heather O’Reilly, 14-Julie Johnston, 18-Nicole Barnhart, 19-Rachel Van Hollebeke, 21-Alyssa Naeher, 22-Crystal Dunn, 26-Tori Huster
Head coach: Jill Ellis

FRA: 1-Sarah Bouhaddi; 8-Jessica Houara, 4-Laura Georges, 2-Wendie Renard, 22-Amel Majri; 12-Elodie Thomis (11-Claire Lavogez, 74), 10-Camille Abily (23-Kheira Hamaroui, 82), 6-Amandine Henry, 14-Louisa Necib (7-Kenza Dali, 40); 17-Gaëtane Thiney (18-Marie Laure Delie, 87), 9-Eugénie Le Sommer (15-Elise Bussaglia, 74)
Subs Not Used: 1-Céline Deville, 3-Laure Boulleau, 5-Sabrina Delannoy, 13-Kadiatou Diani, 19-Gridge Mbock Bathy, 20-Anaig Butel, 21-Meline Gerard
Head coach: Philippe Bergeroo

Stats Summary: USA / FRA
Shots: 15 / 11
Shots on Goal: 7 / 4
Saves: 3 / 6
Corner Kicks: 3 / 2
Fouls: 5 / 7
Offside: 0 / 1

Misconduct Summary:
USA – Tobin Heath (caution)                       26th minute

Officials:
Referee: Pernilla Larsson (Sweden)
Assistant Referee 1: Anna Nystrom (Sweden)
Assistant Referee 2: Sabrina Keinersdorfer (Switzerland)
Fourth Official: Elodie Coppola (France)

Budweiser Woman of the Match: Becky Sauerbrunn

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PREVIEW: USA Aims for Second Consecutive Concacaf U-20 Title vs. Mexico | 7pm ET | UDN, ConcacafGO.com

CHICAGO (Nov. 20, 2018) – The U.S. Under-20 Men’s National Team will aim to defend its regional title when they face rivals Mexico in the 2018 Concacaf U-20 Championship Final on Wed., Nov. 21 at 7:10 p.m. ET at IMG Academy in Bradenton, Fla.

The USA advanced to the final following seven straight wins in the Group Stage and the Qualification Stage. Mexico won their Group by virtue of goal differential after tying Jamaica with 13 points, and then advanced to the Final after tying Panama in the Qualification Stage with 4 points each on the Fair Play tiebreaker, having receiving one less caution than Panama.

The Final can be watched live on Univision Deportes Network and the Concacaf GO App. Fans can also follow along via U.S. Soccer’s official Facebook, twitter (ussoccer_ynt) and Instagram (ussoccer_ynt) accounts.

USA 2018 Concacaf U-20 Championship Qualification Stage Roster:
GOALKEEPERS (2): 12-David Ochoa (Real Salt Lake; Oxnard, Calif.), 1-Brady Scott (FC Koln/GER; Petaluma, Calif.)

DEFENDERS (8): 22-Sergiño Dest (Ajax/NED; Almere-Stad, Netherlands), 3-Chris Gloster (Hannover 96/GER; South Orange, N.J.), 2-Jaylin Lindsey (Sporting KC; Charlotte, N.C.), 4-Mark McKenzie (Philadelphia Union; Bear, Del.), 14-Manny Perez (N.C. State; Garner, N.C.), 5-Matthew Real (Philadelphia Union; Drexel Hill, Pa.), 26-Chris Richards (Bayern Munich/GER; Hoover, Ala.), 19-Sam Rogers (Seattle Sounders FC; Seattle, Wash.)

MIDFIELDERS (6): 20-Frankie Amaya (UCLA; Santa Ana, Calif.), 16-Julian Araujo (LA Galaxy; Lompoc, Calif.), 8-Alex Mendez (SC Freiburg/GER; Los Angeles, Calif.), 10-Paxton Pomykal (FC Dallas; Highland Village, Tex.), 6-Brandon Servania (FC Dallas; Birmingham, Ala.), 7-Juan Pablo Torres (K.S.C. Lokeren Oost-Vlaanderen/BEL; Lilburn, Ga.)

FORWARDS (4): 17-Ayo Akinola (Toronto FC/CAN; Detroit, Mich.), 11-Ulysses Llanez (Unattached; Lynwood, Calif.), 9-Justin Rennicks (Indiana Univ.; Hamilton, Mass.), 23-Sebastian Soto (Hannover 96/GER; San Diego, Calif.)

THEY SAID IT:

USA Midfielder Alex Mendez on playing Mexico in the Final:
“It means a lot because we're playing versus my family’s roots. I grew up watching them, and now to be able to play against them in a final, it means a lot.

USA Defender Chris Gloster, who played in the 2017 Concacaf U17 Championship Final versus Mexico, which Mexico won on PKs:

“Honestly it’s an unbelievable feeling to play against Mexico, and especially now playing them twice in a final. It’s hard to describe. When you’re on the field you’re only focusing on beating Mexico – not the trophy, or where you’re going after that – because it’s a huge rivalry. When we get that opportunity we’ll all be ready for it.”

USA Defender Chris Richards on being defending champions:
“It’s always a great feeling to play a final for your country and to represent all the people who support you. You want to show you’re the best in Concacaf - the guys did it before us, led a pathway for us to do the same thing - and so we have a big responsibility.”   

BACK TO THE FINALS:
For the USA, this marks the second straight Concacaf U-20 Championship Final and third title game in the last four cycles under the guidance of head coach Tab Ramos: 

  • The USA won its first-ever regional title in 2017 by defeating Honduras in the final 5-3 on penalty kicks after the teams played a scoreless match. The USA’s run included an opening day loss to Panama (0-1) before winning four straight over Haiti (4-1), St. Kitts & Nevis (4-1), Mexico (1-0), and El Salvador (2-1) in the tournament played in Costa Rica.
  • In 2015, the USA qualified for the 2015 FIFA U-20 World Cup as third place finishers, posting four consecutive shutout victories after a 0-1-1 start to the Concacaf U-20 Championship.
  • In 2013, the USA had defeated Haiti (2-1), Costa Rica (1-0), Canada (4-2, Quarterfinal) and Cuba (2-0, Semifinal) before facing Mexico in the Final held in Puebla, Mexico. Tied 1-1 at the end of regulation, Mexico scored twice in overtime on a 10-man USA side to win 3-1
  • Prior to last year, the USA’s best finish was second place, accomplished six times (most recently in 2013).

HISTORY OF U20 RIVALRY:
This will be the 11th meeting between these two rivals – and the third in a Final - in the now 27th edition of this tournament. Mexico holds the edge with an 8-2-0 record:

  • Sept. 28, 1976: USA 1-7 Mexico
  • Aug. 17, 1980 (Final): USA 0-2 Mexico
  • Sept. 6, 1984: USA 0-1 Mexico
  • Aug. 17, 1986: USA 3-0 Mexico
  • *Aug. 24, 1988: USA 1-2 Mexico
  • May 11, 1990: USA 1-3 Mexico
  • May 12, 1992: USA 0-3 Mexico
  • April 25, 1996: USA 1-2 Mexico
  • March 3, 2013 (Final): USA 1-3 Mexico (AET)
  • Feb. 27, 2017: USA 1-0 Mexico
    • * Mexico disqualified for age irregularities.

HOW WE GOT HERE:

Group A:

Nov. 1: USA 7-1 Puerto Rico (Goals: Ayo Akinola (2), Alex Mendez, Paxton Pomykal, Justin Rennicks, Ulysses Llanez, own goal)
Nov. 3: USA 13-0 U.S. Virgin Islands (Llanez (3), Rennicks (2), Mark McKenzie (2), Anthony Fontana, Griffin Dorsey, Akinola, Pomykal, Mendez, Manny Perez)
Nov. 5: USA 6-1 Trinidad and Tobago (Brandon Servania, Pomykal, Mendez, Llanez, Juan Pablo Torres, own goal)
Nov. 7: USA 6-0 Saint Vincent and the Grenadines (Fontana (3), Torres, Llanez, Servania)
Nov. 9: USA 7-0 Suriname (Akinola (2), Mendez (2), McKenzie, Torres, Rennicks) 

Qualification Stage – Group G:
Nov. 16: USA 4-0 Costa Rica (Mendez, Llanez, Torres, Akinola)
Nov. 19: USA 1-0 Honduras (Akinola) 

  • The USA leads the tournament with 44 goals and a +42 goal differential in the seven games.
  • Eleven different USA players scored goals in the group stage, with nine scoring two or more.
  • Goalscorers: Llanez (7), Akinola (7), Mendez (6), Fontana (4), Rennicks (4), Torres (4), McKenzie (3), Pomykal (3), Servania (2), Griffin (1), Perez (1), own goals (2).
  • The USA’s record for individual goals at this tourmanet is held by Ricky Davis, who scored 8 goals in the 1976 competition.
  • Fifteen players contributed assisted, led by Rennicks (6), Llanez (4), Mendez (4) and Griffin (3).
  • The USA has registered five shutouts: three by GK Brady Scott and two by GK David Ochoa.
  • Paxton Pomykal and Justin Rennicks have appeared in all seven games, while Chris Gloster leads the team with six starts.
  • Tab Ramos is 19-3-2 all-time in Concacaf U-20 Championship play.
  • The USA is on a team-record 12-game undefeated streak dating back to the opener of the 2017 tournament.

HOW MEXICO GOT HERE:

Group B:
Nov. 2: Mexico 7-0 Nicaragua
Nov. 4: Mexico 4-0 Saint Martin
Nov. 6: Mexico 2-2 Jamaica
Nov. 8: Mexico 8-0 Grenada
Nov. 10: Mexico 10-0 Aruba 

Mexico won Group B on goal differential over Jamaica after both teams tied with 13 points.

Qualification Stage: Group H
Nov. 16: Mexico 1-0 El Salvador
Nov. 19: Mexico 2-2 Panama 

Mexico advanced to the Final by virtue of the Fair Play tie-breaker, having received one less caution than Panama.

  • Their 34 goals and 30 goal differential are second to the USA.
  • Jose Macias leads the tournament with 10 goals. The next top scorer is Daniel López (7 goals).
  • Mexico has won a Concacaf-record 13 titles, including three of the last four (2011, 2013, 2015).
  • Mexico is tied with the USA in qualifying for 16 FIFA U-20 World Cups, including the last five.

USAvMEX CONNECTIONS:

  • The USA features seven players with Mexican backgrounds (one or both parents or grandparents): Frankie Amaya, Julian Araujo, Ulysses Llanez, Alex Mendez, Manny Perez, David Ochoa and Sebatian Soto.
  • USA defenders Chris Gloster and Jaylin Lindsey and forward Ayo Akinola were on the USA U17 MNT that defeated Mexico in the 2017 Concacaf U-17 Championship group stage before falling to their rivals in the Final on penalty kicks after a 1-1 draw.  
  • Mexico U20 forward Daniel Lopez was also on Mexico’s U17MNT at last year’s U17 Championship.
  • On September 11, midfielder Diego Lainez made his second appearance for the Mexican National Team in the match against the USA. MNT midfielder Tyler Adams – 19 and eligible for this U20 team – scored his first international goal in that 1-0 win over Mexico in Nashville, Tenn.

WORLD CUP BOUND:

A total of 24 teams will compete in the 2019 FIFA U-20 World Cup in Poland next May 23 – June 15. Aside from the hosts, the other 23 nations qualify through confederation tournaments.

  • The USA, Mexico, Panama and Honduras have clinched the four Concacaf berths, with the USA and Mexico each advancing to their 16th World Cup (out of 22 total) this year. Panama has qualified for its fifth World Cup (first since 2011) while Honduras will be making their eighth appearances.
  • Twelve other nations have also qualified to date: Poland (hosts); France, Italy, Norway, Portugal and Ukraine (Europe); New Zealand and Tahiti (Oceana); and Japan, Korea Republic, Qatar, and Saudi Arabia (Asia)
  • Still to qualify: Four teams from the 2019 Africa U-20 Cup of Nations (Feb, 2019 in Niger) and four teams from the 2019 CONMEBOL South American U-20 Tournament (Jan-Feb, 2019 in Chile).
  • England, winner of the 2017 FIFA U-20 World Cup, became the sixth consecutive champion to fail to qualify for the next U-20 World Cup.

Mexico 2018 Concacaf U-20 Championship Qualification Stage Roster:
GOALKEEPERS (2): 1-Carlos Higuera, 12-Luis Lopez 

DEFENDERS (6): 2-Kevin Alvarez, 3-Gilberto Sepulveda, 4-Efrain Orona, 6-Naelson Cardenas, 13-Mario Trejo, 14-Oswaldo Leon

MIDFIELDERS (8): 7-Carlos Guitierrez, 8-Misael Dominguez, 10-Diego Lainez, 11-Diego Hernandez, 15-Alexis Gutierrez, 16-Fernando Plascencia, 18-Eduardo Torres, 21-Roberto Meraz

FORWARD (4): 9-Jose Macias, 17-Edgar Lopez, 19-Daniel Lopez, 20-Adrian Lozano 
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