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WNT Downs Brazil 3-1 in Front of Record-Crowd in Orlando as Holiday, Chalupny Play Final International Game

ORLANDO (Oct. 25, 2015) – The World Cup Champion U.S. Women’s National Team continued its Victory Tour with a  3-1 victory against Brazil at the Orlando Citrus Bowl in front of 32, 869 fans, the largest stand-alone crowd to watch the USA friendly in the state of Florida.

Defender Lori Chalupny and midfielder Lauren Holiday played in their final match for the USWNT and were honored before the game. Both are World Cup and Olympic champions and retire as two of the most successful players to put on the USA jersey, earning 106 and 133 caps, respectively.

It was a fast-paced, end-to-end match that saw Brazil control the play for significant parts of the game, but the Americans finished their chances to defeat Brazil for the first time in the last four meetings (one loss, two ties and a win). Both teams created early chances, but unlike their last meeting four days ago – a 1-1 tie in Seattle - it was the United States that got on the scoreboard first. In the ninth minute, Alex Morgan received a perfect through pass from Tobin Heath on the left side, ran past the defense, rounded the goalkeeper and slotted it home.

Nearing the end of the first half regulation time, Brazil got its equalizer when Cristiane received a nice slip pass from Marta in the right side of the penalty box. She cut back inside to beat a defender and hit a powerful left-footed shot from just inside the penalty box that flew straight to the left corner.

The USA mounted an immediate response and went ahead three minutes later when a point-blank header from Lindsey Horan was blocked by Brazil goalkeeper Luciana but rebounded to Crystal Dunn, finished through traffic with her right foot to regain the lead just before halftime.

Stephanie McCaffrey, who was making her USWNT debut, added another score in the fourth minute of second-half stoppage, volleying home a perfect Megan Rapinoe cross from the left side for the final score line. Hope Solo was once again solid in goal for the USA, making two saves while dominating the penalty box against a talented Brazilian attack.

With the win, the WNT extended its unbeaten home streak to 102 games (89-0-13). The last loss at home came to Denmark on Nov. 6, 2004, in Philadelphia.

The USWNT will resume its Victory Tour in December when it takes on Trinidad & Tobago on Dec. 6 in Hawaii and on Dec. 10 in San Antonio, Texas. The team will then face China PR in Glendale, Arizona on Dec. 13 and again in New Orleans on Dec. 16.  

Goal Scoring Rundown:
USA – Alex Morgan (Tobin Heath), 9th minute.
Tobin Heath found some space down the left sideline and timed her pass perfectly to Alex Morgan, who made a precisely timed run to beat the Brazil back line. Morgan outran her defenders and then beat Brazil goalkeeper Luciana to the left before rolling the ball into and open net for her 55th career goal. USA 1, BRA 0. (SEE GOAL)

BRA – Cristiane (Marta), 45th minute: Marta found Cristiane with a nice slip pass into the box on the left side and Cristiane did the rest, cutting back to lose a U.S. defender before ripping a left-footed shot into the left corner. USA 1, BRA 1.

USA – Crystal Dunn (Lindsey Horan), 45+3: After Brazil had found the equalizer right before the 45-minute mark the USA answered back three minutes into stoppage as Meghan Klingenberg crossed a ball to the far post where Lindsey Horan headed it on goal. Luciana was able to block the point-blank attempt, but it rebounded back Crystal Dunn who finished with a right-footed strike from close range. USA 2, BRA 1. (SEE GOAL)

USA – Stephanie McCaffrey (Megan Rapinoe), 90+4: Just before the final whistle blew as the USA was killing off the game, Megan Rapinoe worked her way free on the left flank and crossed it to Stephanie McCaffrey who was able to re-direct the ball into the net at the back post to make it 3-1. It was McCaffrey’s first career goal on her debut with the USWNT. USA 3, BRA 1, FINAL. (SEE GOAL)

Key Saves and Defensive Stops:
USA – Becky Sauerbrunn, 24th minute:
Brazil’s counterattacked down the left side and crossed to the far post where Cristiane had an open shot from close range, but somehow Becky Sauerbrunn recovered to clear the ball away just inches from it crossing the line.

Next on the Schedule: The WNT will continue its Victory Tour with the final four games in December, making stops in Hawaii on Dec. 6, and San Antonio, Texas on Dec. 10. The team will then face Trinidad & Tobago in Glendale, Arizona on Dec. 13, and New Orleans on Dec. 16 to face China PR.
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Milestone Watch:

  • Lauren Holiday, who left the game in the 56th minute to a rousing ovation and was replaced by Carli Lloyd, ends her career with 133 caps and 24 goals.
  • Lori Chalupny, who left the game in the 21st minute to a rousing ovation and was replaced by Meghan Klingenberg, ends her career with 106 caps and 10 goals.
  • Holiday started the game wearing the captain’s armband.
  • Forward Stephanie McCaffrey and defender Gina Lewandowski earned their first caps as substitutes. McCaffrey came on at halftime for Tobin Heath. The 30-year-old Lewandowski came on in the 74th minute for Ali Krieger, a teammate on FFC Frankfurt when they won the UEFA Champions League in 2008.
  • With her goal against Brazil, McCaffrey became the 18th USWNT player to score in her first cap. The last player to do it was Christen Press on Feb. 9, 2013, against Scotland.
  • University of Virginia senior Emily Sonnett started in her first cap and played the entire 90 minutes next to Becky Sauerbrunn.
  • Lindsey Horan got her first start for the USA and earned her fourth cap.
  • With the win the USA’s all-time record against Brazil improved to 26-3-5.

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

Match: U.S. Women’s National Team vs. Brazil
Date: Oct. 25, 2015
Competition: International Friendly; Victory Tour
Venue: Orlando Citrus Bowl; Orlando, Florida
Kickoff: 3 p.m. ET
Attendance: 32,869
Weather: 80 degrees; sunny

Scoring Summary:       1          2          F
USA                               2          1          3
BRA                               1          0          1

USA – Alex Morgan (Tobin Heath)                                  9th minute
BRA – Cristiane (Marta)                                                   45
USA – Crystal Dunn (Lindsey Horan)                              45+3
USA – Stephanie McCaffrey (Megan Rapinoe)                94

Lineups:
USA: 1-Hope Solo; 11-Ali Krieger (30-Gina Lewandowski, 74), 27-Emily Sonnett, 4-Becky Sauerbrunn, 16-Lori Chalupny (22-Meghan Klingenberg, 21); 25-Crystal Dunn (15-Megan Rapinoe, 60), 12-Lauren Holiday (capt.) (10-Carli Lloyd, 56), 14-Morgan Brian, 17-Tobin Heath (28-Stephanie McCaffrey, 46); 31-Lindsey Horan (8-Amy Rodriguez, 80), 13-Alex Morgan
Subs Not Used: 2-Sydney Leroux, 3-Christie Rampone, 5-Kelley O’Hara, 6-Whitney Engen, 7-Shannon Boxx, 9-Heather O’Reilly, 18-Ashlyn Harris, 19-Julie Johnston, 20-Abby Wambach, 21-Alyssa Naeher, 23-Christen Press, 29-Samantha Mewis
Head coach: Jill Ellis

BRA: 1-Luciana; 2-Fabiana, 4-Rafaelle, 5-Andressinha, 6-Tamires (7-Beatriz, 71), 8-Thaisa, 9-Andressa Alves, 10-Marta (capt.), 11-Cristiane, 14-Erika, 20-Formiga (17-Gabi Zanotti, 63)
Subs Not Used: 3-Monica, 12-Andreia, 13-Poliana, 15-Rilany, 16-Rafaela, 18-Bia Vaz, 19-Raquel
Head coach: Oswaldo Alvarez

Stats Summary: USA / BRA
Shots: 8 / 13
Shots on Goal: 5 / 4
Saves:  2 / 2
Corner Kicks: 2 / 6
Fouls: 11 / 5
Offside: 4 / 1

Misconduct Summary:
USA – Crystal Dunn (caution)   14th minute
BRA – Cristiane (caution)          37
USA – Lindsey Horan (caution) 66

Officials:
Referee: Margaret Domka (USA)
Assistant Referee 1: Felisha Mariscal (USA)
Assistant Referee 2: Marie-Josée Charbonneau (CAN)
4th Official: Katja Koroleva (USA)

Budweiser Woman of the Match: Lauren Holiday

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

Match: U.S. Women’s National Team vs. Brazil
Date: Oct. 25, 2015
Competition: International Friendly; Victory Tour
Venue: Orlando Citrus Bowl; Orlando, Florida
Kickoff: 3 p.m. ET
Attendance: 32,869
Weather: 80 degrees; sunny

Scoring Summary: 1    2    F
USA                       2    1    3
BRA                       1    0    1

USA – Alex Morgan (Tobin Heath) 9th minute
BRA – Cristiane (Marta) 45
USA – Crystal Dunn (Lindsey Horan) 45+3
USA – Stephanie McCaffrey (Megan Rapinoe) 94

Lineups:
USA: 1-Hope Solo; 11-Ali Krieger (30-Gina Lewandowski, 74), 27-Emily Sonnett, 4-Becky Sauerbrunn, 16-Lori Chalupny (22-Meghan Klingenberg, 21); 25-Crystal Dunn (15-Megan Rapinoe, 60), 12-Lauren Holiday (capt.) (10-Carli Lloyd, 56), 14-Morgan Brian, 17-Tobin Heath (28-Stephanie McCaffrey, 46); 31-Lindsey Horan (8-Amy Rodriguez, 80), 13-Alex Morgan
Subs Not Used: 2-Sydney Leroux, 3-Christie Rampone, 5-Kelley O’Hara, 6-Whitney Engen, 7-Shannon Boxx, 9-Heather O’Reilly, 18-Ashlyn Harris, 19-Julie Johnston, 20-Abby Wambach, 21-Alyssa Naeher, 23-Christen Press, 29-Samantha Mewis
Head coach: Jill Ellis


BRA: 1-Luciana; 2-Fabiana, 4-Rafaelle, 5-Andressinha, 6-Tamires (7-Beatriz, 71), 8-Thaisa, 9-Andressa Alves, 10-Marta (capt.), 11-Cristiane, 14-Erika, 20-Formiga (17-Gabi Zanotti, 63)
Subs Not Used: 3-Monica, 12-Andreia, 13-Poliana, 15-Rilany, 16-Rafaela, 18-Bia Vaz, 19-Raquel
Head coach: Oswaldo Alvarez


Stats Summary: USA / BRA
Shots: 8 / 13
Shots on Goal: 5 / 4
Saves: 2 / 2
Corner Kicks: 2 / 6
Fouls: 11 / 5
Offside: 4 / 1

Misconduct Summary:
USA – Crystal Dunn (caution) 14th minute
BRA – Cristiane (caution) 37
USA – Lindsey Horan (caution) 66

Officials:
Referee: Margaret Domka (USA)
Assistant Referee 1: Felisha Mariscal (USA)
Assistant Referee 2: Marie-Josée Charbonneau (CAN)
4th Official: Katja Koroleva (USA)

Budweiser Woman of the Match: Lauren Holiday
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Preview: U-17 WNT Takes on Bermuda in Second Game of 2018 Concacaf Women's Championship

U.S. Under-17 Women’s National Team vs. Bermuda
2018 Concacaf Women’s U-17 Championship – Group B
National Football Stadium; Managua, Nicaragua
10:00 p.m. ET (go90.com)
April 22, 2018 

U-17 WNT CONTINUES WCQ QUEST VS. BERMUDA: After a dominant 4-0 win over Costa Rica on Friday night, the U.S. Under-17 Women’s National Team will continue the 2018 Concacaf Women’s U-17 Championship on Sunday, April 22 against Bermuda (10:00 p.m. ET; go90).

It will be the first-ever meeting between the USA and Bermuda in women’s soccer at any level. Three header goals -- from Payton Linnhean, Kennedy Wesley and Sophia Jones -- highlighted the USA’s opening victory. It was a bumpy start for Bermuda in its first-ever match at this competition as the Gombey Warriors fell 3-0 to Canada.

Sunday’s match will be broadcast live on go90. Follow the U-17 WNT throughout the tournament on ussoccer.com, Twitter (@ussoccer_ynt) and Instagram (@ussoccer_ynt).

2018 Concacaf Women’s U-17 Championship - USA Schedule
Date               Match                         Result/Kickoff (ET)             Broadcast       Venue
April 20           USA vs. Costa Rica                W 5-0                         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.

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 this tournament.
  • The USA is 8-0-0 all-time against Caribbean teams at this competition, scoring 70 goals while allowing just two

GROUP B STANDINGS AND RESULTS

Team

GP

W

L

T

GF

GA

GD

Pts.

USA

1

1

0

0

4

0

+4

3

Canada

1

1

0

0

3

0

+3

3

Bermuda

1

0

1

0

0

3

-3

0

Costa Rica

1

0

1

0

0

4

-4

0


Date               Match                                    Result             Venue
April 20           Bermuda vs. Canada             0-3                  National Football Stadium; Managua, Nicaragua
April 20           USA vs. Costa Rica                W 4-0             National Football Stadium; Managua, Nicaragua

ROARING START: The USA dominated Costa Rica in its first Group B match and registered a 4-0 victory to open World Cup qualifying. Early pressure from the young Americans resulted in a fourth-minute own goal to open the scoring. Payton Linnehan doubled the lead in the 15th minute with a beautifully-placed header off of a cross from Samantha Meza. Linnehan continued to impress all night with some slippery moves on the dribble. 

In the second half, two corner kicks turned into two more U.S. goals. U-17 veterans Kate Wiesner and Kennedy Wesley combined for the first in the 60th minute. Wiesner served a corner into the box and Wesley rose up to head it home for her first-ever U-17 goal in 29 caps. Sophia Jones provided an exclamation point in the 79th minute when she got her head on a Sunshine Fontes corner and looped it past the goalkeeper to give the USA its fourth and final goal. The red, white and blue didn’t allow a single shot from Costa Rica over the full 90 minutes. 

BERMUDA BATTLES CANADA: Making its first appearance at the tournament, Bermuda fell 3-0 to Canada in the first match of Friday’s doubleheader. The Canadians overmatched Bermuda with a barrage of attempts on goal, outshooting them 30 to three, but the islanders were likely pleased to have allowed just three goals. 

U.S. U-17 WNT Concacaf Qualifying Roster by Position (Club; Hometown; Caps/Goals):
GOALKEEPERS (2): 1-Angelina Anderson (Mustang FC; Danville, Calif.; 9/0), 12-Julia Dohle (New York City FC; Scarsdale, N.Y.; 2/0)
DEFENDERS (6): 19-Michela Agresti (FC Stars, Swampscott, Mass.; 10/2), 4-Talia DellaPeruta (NTH Tophat; Cumming, Ga.; 17/1), 14-Smith Hunter (Seattle Reign Academy; Seattle, Wash.; 10/0), 2-Makenna Morris (Bethesda SC; Germantown, Md.; 12/1), 15-Natalia Staude (NTH Tophat; Atlanta, Ga.; 12/0), 5-Kennedy Wesley (So Cal Blues; Rossmoor, Calif.; 29/1)
MIDFIELDERS (6): 17-Hannah Bebar (Eclipse Select SC; Naperville, Ill.; 8/1), 9-Croix Bethune (Concorde Fire; Alpharetta, Ga.; 19/7), 11-Maya Doms (Davis Legacy; Davis, Calif.; 17/6), 10-Mia Fishel (San Diego Surf; San Diego, Calif.; 19/2), 20-Sophia Jones (San Jose Earthquakes; Menlo Park, Calif.; 10/1), 6-Astrid Wheeler (Concorde Fire; Atlanta, Ga.; 14/1)
FORWARDS (6): 18-Sunshine Fontes (Hawaii Rush; Wahiawa, Hawaii; 20/13), 13-Samantha Kroeger (World Class FC; West Milford, N.J.; 4/1), 16-Payton Linnehan (FC Stars; Douglas, Mass.; 18/7), 7-Samantha Meza (Solar SC; Dallas, Texas; 13/2), 8-Diana Ordoñez (FC Dallas; Prosper, Texas; 4/0), 3-Kate Wiesner (LAFC Slammers; Monrovia, Calif.; 30/3)   

Bermuda Roster (Club)
GOALKEEPERS (2):
 12-Gaiya Melakot (Berkeley), 1-Zakhari Turner (Montverde/USA)
DEFENDERS (6): 16-Delia Ebbin (Darlington Academy/USA); 2-Koa Goodchild (Saltus), 4-Zekiah Lewis (St. Johnsbury/USA), 18-Jenna Rempel (Choate Hall/USA), 6-Danni Watson (Saltus); 3-Zemira Webb (Warwick Academy)
MIDFIELDERS (9): 7-Sh'Nyah Atkinstall (Berkeley), 20-Druw Bascome (Cedarbridge), 14-Emily Cabral (TN Tatem Warwick), 5-Trinae Edwards (Cedarbridge), 8-Katelyn MederIos (BHS), 10-Leilanni Nesbeth (Bedes/ENG), 19-Dazarre Place (Berkeley), 17-Jya Ratteray Smith (Berkeley), 15-Jadae Steede Hill (Berkeley)
FORWARDS (4): 9-Nia Christopher (John Carroll/USA), 11-Adia Gibbons (Berkeley), 13-Tianna Mullan (IMG Academy/USA)

RUN-UP TO NICARAGUA: It’s been a successful start to the cycle for the U-17s, as they arrived in Managua with a 16-1-4 international record since the start of the cycle last April. Entering the tournament, the U-17s stood at 7-0-1 in 2018, 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. 

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.  

GROUP A STANDINGS AND RESULTS 

Team

GP

W

L

T

GF

GA

GD

Pts.

Mexico

1

1

0

0

8

0

+8

3

Haiti

1

1

0

0

4

1

+3

3

Puerto Rico

1

0

1

0

1

4

-3

0

Nicaragua

1

0

1

0

0

8

-8

0

Date               Match                                    Result             Venue
April 19           Puerto Rico vs. Haiti              1-4                  National Football Stadium; Managua, Nicaragua
April 19           Nicaragua vs. Mexico            0-8                  National Football Stadium; Managua, Nicaragua

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USA Defeats Costa Rica 4-0 to Open 2018 Concacaf Womens U17 Championship

MANAGUA, Nicaragua (April 20, 2018) – The U.S. Under-17 Women’s National Team defeated Costa Rica, 4-0, to open its Group B play at the 2018 Concacaf Women’s U-17 Championship. All three goals scored by the USA came off headers, while Costa Rica contributed an own goal.

The young Americans dominated for the entire 90 minutes and benefited from the own goal in the 4th minute before forward Peyton Linnehan tallied on a header in the 15th minute. Defender Kennedy Wesley and midfielder Sophia Jones both scored off headers from corner kicks in the second half.

"It was exciting to get a win," U-17 WNT head coach Mark Carr said. "Three points, four goals, a shutout and top of the group. We came out unscathed, got some people valuable minutes and we hit all of our goals. I think there's some things that we can improve and we'll work on those things. Now, it's about game two vs. Bermuda."

The goals were the first in U-17 international competition for both Wesley and Jones, with the latter providing an important bump in goal difference for the USA. The Americans now sit atop Group B, just ahead of Canada, which defeated Bermuda 3-0 in the other match of the night.

One of the highlights of the game for the USA was Linnehan’s running at goal. She struck a shot off the top of the crossbar in the second half after a mazy, dribbling run that left several defenders in her wake.

After round-robin play within the groups, the top two teams in each group will cross-over for the semifinal matches and the winners of the semifinals and the third-place game will earn CONCACAF’s three berths to the 2018 FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup in Uruguay.

Up Next: The USA will face Bermuda on Sunday, April 22 at 10 p.m. ET on go90.com.
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2018 CONCACAF Women’s U-17 Championship
Group B Standings

Team

GP

W

L

D

Pts.

GF

GA

GD

USA

1

1

0

0

3

4

0

+4

Canada

1

1

0

0

3

3

0

+3

Bermuda

1

0

1

0

0

0

3

-3

Costa Rica

1

0

1

0

0

0

4

-4

Goal Scoring Rundown:
USA – Own Goal (Jeimy Umaña), 4th minute: The USA put pressure on Costa Rica early on and it was a nice build-up that produced the first American goal, even if it was scored by Costa Rica. Talia DellaPeruta played a pass to the right side to Peyton Linnehan, who darted past a defender into the penalty area. Her driven cross into the middle struck the leg of center back Jeimy Umaña as she tried to clear, but instead drilled the ball straight into the upper right corner of the goal from eight yards out to give the USA the early lead. USA 1, CRC 0 [WATCH]

USA – Peyton Linnehan (Samantha Meza), 15th minute: The second goal came from the left side as Samantha Meza danced her way free of a defender on the flank, cut inside and sent a cross into the middle. Peyton Linnehan timed her run perfectly to stay onside, but also got a step on her defender and then jumped to head home into the left side of the goal from eight yards out. USA 2, CRC 0 [WATCH]

USA – Kennedy Wesley (Kate Wiesner), 60th minute: The USA got its third goal off a corner kick as defender Katie Wiesner spun in a service from the left side. Defender Kennedy Wesley was not closely marked as she rose to snap a header into the lower left corner from four yards out. USA 3, CRC 0 [WATCH]

USA – Sophia Jones (Sunshine Fontes), 79th minute: The USA got its fourth goal off a corner kick as well, this one from the left side as forward Sunshine Fontes hit a high cross that dropped near the far corner of the goal box. Sophia Jones and Kennedy Wesley both rose to head the ball, but it was Jones who got her forehead on the cross and looped a seven-yard shot over the goalkeeper. The ball dropped into the goal at the left post to provide the final margin of victory. USA 4, CRC 0 FINAL

Key Saves and Defensive Stops:
CRC – Fabiana Solano, 24th minute: Outside back Kate Wiesner powerfully won a tackle in the USA’s attacking third, burst into the left side of the penalty box and cut a pass back to the wide-open Sunshine Fontes. Her first-time driven shot was pushed away with a brilliant reaction save from Costa Rica goalkeeper Fabiana Solano.

CRC – María Paula Salas, 67th minute: The USA took a shot corner kick form the left side and Kate Wiesner drove towards the penalty area before lofting a shot that was seemingly flying towards the upper right corner before María Paula Salas jumped to just deflect the ball away with her head.

CRC – Fabiana Solano, 80th minute: The menacing Peyton Linnehan hit a drive from distance that looked to be dropping just underneath the crossbar before Fabianna Solano leapt to acrobatically push the ball away.

Additional Notes:

  • The USA was captained by goalkeeper Angelina Anderson, who was not forced to make a save on the night as she earned her fifth career shutout.
  • The USA outshot Corta Rica 14-0 and put eight shots on goal to zero.
  • Peyton Linnehan’s goal was her seventh in 18 U-17 international matches.
  • Linnehan was the Golden Boot Winner at the 2016 CONCACAF U-15 Girls’ Championship, scoring eight goals at that tournament in Orlando, Fla.
  • Kennedy Wesley’s goal was her first international score at the U-17 level and it came in her 29th cap while Sophia Smith’s goal was her first in her 10th cap.
  • U.S. head coach Mark Carr made all three allowed two subs in the game, sending on Diana Ordonez for Samantha Meza in the 62nd minute, Michela Agresti for Natalia Staude in the 68th, and Samantha Kroeger in for Sunshine Fontes in the 81st minute.
  • Kroeger was added to the roster just the day before the tournament started in place of forward Isabella D’Aquila, who had not sufficiently recovered from an ankle injury.
  • This was the first U.S. WNT match played in Nicaragua at any age level.
  • Costa Rica has drawn the USA in its group every time that it has qualified for the CONCACAF U-17 Championship (2008, 2010, 2016 and 2018).
  • This was the fifth meeting between the USA and Costa in this tournament, four in pool play and twice in the knockout rounds.
  • The USA is 6-0-0 all-time vs. Costa Rica at the tournament.
  • 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.

– U.S. U-17 Women’s National Team Match Report –

Match: U.S. U-17 Women’s National Team vs. Costa Rica
Date: April 20, 2018
Competition: 2018 Concacaf Women’s U-17 Championship; Group B
Venue: Managua, Nicaragua
Kickoff: 10 p.m. ET
Attendance: 160
Weather: 84 degrees; periodic clouds

Scoring Summary:   1          2          F
USA                             2          2          4                     
CRC                            0          0          0                     

USA – Jeimy Umaña (Own Goal)      4th minute
USA – Payton Linnehan (Samantha Meza)   15
USA – Kennedy Wesley (Kate Wiesner)        60
USA – Sophia Jones (Sunshine Fontes)       79           

Lineups:
USA: 1-Angelina Anderson (capt.); 4-Talia DellaPeruta, 15-Natalia Staude (19-Michela Agresti, 68), 5-Kennedy Wesley, 3-Kate Wiesner; 20-Sophia Jones, 17-Hannah Bebar, 9-Croix Bethune; 16-Payton Linnehan, 18-Sunshine Fontes (13-Samantha Kroeger, 81), 7-Samantha Meza (8-Diana Ordoñez, 62)
Substitutes not used: 12-Julia Dohle, 14-Smith Hunter, 2-Makenna Morris, 6-Astrid Wheeler, 10-Mia Fishel, 11-Maya Doms
Head Coach: Mark Carr 

CRC: 1-Fabiana Solano (capt.); 6-Pamela Gutiérrez, 8-Jeimy Umaña, 19-Gipzy Prieto; 7-Nicole Gómez (15-Daniela Contreras, 58), 10-Carmen Marín, 16-Emily Flores, 11-Priscilla Chinchilla (20-Ariana Dobles, 88); 12-María Paula Salas, 14-María Paula Porras, 17-Kyana Calvo (9-Medolyn Guerrero, 65)
Substitutes not used:18-Dislania Chacón, 2-Valery Sandoval, 3-Andrea Capmany, 13-Keylin Gómez, 4-María Fernanda Murillo, 5-Alexa Aguilar
Head Coach: Harold López

Stats Summary: USA / CRC
Shots: 14 / 0
Shots on Goal: 8 / 0
Saves: 0 / 5
Corner Kicks: 13 / 1
Fouls: 18 / 3
Offside: 4 / 1

Misconduct Summary:
USA – Samantha Meza (caution)       53rd minute
CRC – María Paula Salas (caution)   72

Officials:
Referee: Odette Hamilton (JAM)                                                                               
Assistant Referee 1: Jassett Kerr (JAM)
Assistant Referee 2: Mijensa Rensch (SUR)
4th Official: Queztalli Alvarado (MEX)                                                                                                                                                                                               

U.S. Soccer Woman of the Match: Sophia Jones

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U-17 WNT Apr 20, 2018
US Soccer

WNT on TV: Thorns and Spirit Under the Friday Night Lights

Providence Park is sure to be rocking when the Portland Thorns welcome the Washington Spirit on Friday night in a matchup set to feature several U.S. WNT players looking to continue their strong early-season form.

Friday, April 20

Portland Thorns FC vs. Washington Spirit – 10:30 p.m. ET (go90.com)
Third-place Portland will host fifth-place Washington on Friday asLindsey Horan, Emily Sonnett andMeghan Klingenberg take onMallory Pugh, Andi Sullivan, Ashley Hatch and Taylor Smith.

This will be the eighth meeting between the teams in Portland and the Thorns have never lost to Washington when playing at home. The Thorns have outscored the Spirit 19-7 over that span. Washington has won just three of their last 17 games, but two of its three wins came on the road.

Saturday, April 21

North Carolina Courage vs. Utah Royals FC – 3:30 p.m. ET (TV: Lifetime Game of the Week)
This week’s Lifetime Game of the Week will featureAbby Dahlkemper, Crystal Dunn, Lynn Williams, Samantha Mewis and the NWSL-leading Courage, the only team to win its first four games of the season, taking on Becky Sauerbrunn, Kelley O’Hara, Amy Rodriguez and the Utah Royals FC in Cary, North Carolina. The game will be the second game this week for the Courage which also played on Wednesday and picked up a 1-0 win against Seattle.

After scoring a goal in their first game this season, Utah has failed to score in each of their last two. Meanwhile, the Courage has tied a franchise record by keeping a clean sheet in their last four home games (four wins, including last year’s playoffs).

Chicago Red Stars vs. Sky Blue FC – 8 p.m. ET (go90.com)
After a strong 3-0 win against the Houston Dash on a frigid Wednesday night in Chicago, the Red Stars are back in action on Saturday evening, this time hosting Carli Lloyd, Savannah McCaskill and Sky Blue FC at Toyota Park. Sofia Huerta, who scored on Wednesday, and Alyssa Naeher will look for another win this weekend, hoping to keep the second-place Red Stars close to NWSL leader North Carolina in the standings. Meanwhile, SBFC will look to earn its first win of the 2018 season.

In 12 all-time meetings between the Red Stars and Sky Blue, Chicago has yet to lose a game, posting a 5-0-7 record. Sky Blue has won just one of their last five road games, conceding 3.6 goals per game over that span.

Sunday, April 22

Orlando Pride vs. Houston Dash – 5 p.m. ET (go90.com)
Both Alex Morgan, Ashlyn Harris and Orlando, as well as Jane Campbell and Houston, are coming off losses in their last matches and are hoping to turn things around when they meet on Sunday night. The Dash most recently lost on Wednesday against Chicago, while Orlando dropped its April 15 match against Portland.

Orlando and Houston split the series one win apiece last season with the away team winning both games. The Dash are winless in their last four away matches (0-1-3), getting outscored 7-1 in the process. Five of the seven goals conceded have come in the first half.

Watch NWSL on go90.com

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The complete 2018 NWSL schedule is here. For more in-depth information and the latest news and updates about the NWSL schedule, matchups, records, etc., visit: www.nwslsoccer.com and follow them on Twitter @NWSL.

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WNT Apr 20, 2018
US Soccer

Open Cup Rewind: The Brooklyn Italians - More than a Club

Borough Park is not Williamsburg. The corner of 58th St. & 18th Ave is Brooklyn-Brooklyn and the headquarters, the still-beating heart, of the Brooklyn Italians Soccer Club. “It used to be Italian people as far as you could see in this neighborhood,” said Ludo Masucci, current club director, unlocking the front door and nodding to a family of Hasidic Jews who pass. “All the way up to 85th street. To Bensonhurst and the Bay.” 

He threw a switch inside and the fluorescent bulbs warmed over an old social club. It’s an ethnic club like thousands of others established by Italians and Poles and Slovaks and Portuguese. These waves, these eager arrivals through the 19th and 20th century, through to the end of World War II, made America the place it is today. They made New York City’s borough of Brooklyn a miracle of a melting pot. But this one social club is a little bit different. Trophies of all shapes and sizes line the walls like a parade. Pictures of Pele and former club president Joe Manfredi smile out from behind the glass of a trophy case. There’s a young Maradona. Is that Franco Baresi? This club is a museum. It’s not well curated – there are piles and stacks of this and that – buried treasures waiting for attention, but it’s a monument packed with mementos of titles and triumphs.

The sign over the front door says it – it bellows out in block letters: U.S. Open Champions 1979 & 1991. Founded 1949. “Everyone knows the Brooklyn Italians,” said Masucci. He smiled at a group of children tapping on the glass, eyeing the trophies along the ledge. “They always come up to us and say, “we know the Brooklyn Italians!”

Strong Roots & a String of Names
The Brooklyn Italians have gone by many names in these last 69 years. They were Inter-Brooklyn Italians, Inter SC and even Boca Juniors for a year. They were Palermo FC and the Brooklyn Dodgers (they won the 1979 USOC under this name) before they came around and settled back on Brooklyn Italians. They won the Open Cup twice, in 1979 and 1991, when it was still known as the National Challenge Cup. And they went to two other Finals (’81 and ’90). They are widely considered one of the best Americans teams during those years when everyone had a day-job and semi-pro was as good as it got.

“I just loved to play the game,” said Silvio Montalto, captain of the 1979 Cup winners, now in his sixties and surrounded by photos of his younger self and the team that beat local heroes and three-time Open Cup finalists Chicago Croatia (HNNK Hrvat) in the summer of 1979. “My high school team in Brooklyn was pretty bad – they didn’t know anything about soccer. Some of the Italians from the other high school teams told me about Brooklyn Italians and that’s how I ended up here.”


(The 1979 Open Cup-winning Brooklyn Italians [Dodgers] - Silvio Montalto, 2nd from Right, Standing)

Montalto went on to play for 16 years, a Brooklyn Italian from 1970 to 1986. “Sixteen years. Straight. Non-stop,” he said with a big smile, an espresso cup tiny in his huge hands. While Montalto was one of the best midfielders in the country, he was also a construction worker. “It wasn’t easy to keep up with practice and games and the job. We were getting paid to play, but it wasn’t enough to live on,” said Montalto, his accent from the South of Italy, from Palermo, Sicily, still thick all these years on. “But for me, I just loved to play. It wasn’t about money, or amateur or pro. League games, Open Cup, whatever. Here in Brooklyn, out on the road. I just loved it.”

Lost Generation – Not Forgotten
“If he were playing today, he’d be a huge star,” an old man from a corner table said of Montalto. His three companions nodded. Montalto will happily tell you about the time he had a trial with Juventus. Ask him how it went? He’ll wink and answer: “how do you think?” How far he could have gone or would have gone are debates with nostalgia – the never-ending fodder for lazy afternoons over coffee at the club. But when Montalto was in his prime, the Brooklyn Italians were the best in this country, or right there among it.

It was the same in the late 80s. In those days Mike Windischmann was the captain of the U.S. Men’s National Team and his club was the Brooklyn Italians. It was listed right there on the team sheet when he traveled abroad to compete at the1988 Olympic Games in Seoul. Today he laughs when he remembers waiting around in Brooklyn, there at the social club, for someone to finish their coffee and drive him back to Long Island after a game.

“A lot of people ask me now, ‘how come you didn’t leave New York and go play somewhere else?’ and I always tell them that the Brooklyn Italians was some of the best soccer in the country,” said Windischmann, a defender who came to Ridgewood, Queens with his parents from Germany when he was still just a baby. For Windischmann, it was a straight line from the Brooklyn Italians to the 1990 World Cup in Italy.

A Club fit for an American Captain
“There was so much talent in the Brooklyn Italians back then,” remembered Windischmann, who called the club home between 1985 and 1988. He still lives in Queens and teaches physical education in Hollis. “We hardly ever lost. We won everything we played in. I didn’t need to go anywhere to find better soccer or a better team.”


(Interior shot of the Brooklyn Italians Soccer Club - photo Jonah Fontela)

The list of luminaries who’ve pulled on a Brooklyn Italians jersey – and likely waited for rides back home while the bosses sipped coffee and commiserated – is a long one. Hubert Birkenmeier (Cosmos, NASL), Tab Ramos of the U.S. National Team, USA captain John Harkes, Dragan Radovich (NASL), Windischmann himself, Cosmos and Iran international Andranik Eskandarian, current Mexico National Team boss Juan Carlos Osorio, Carlos Llamosa, Toronto FC President Bill Manning and Shalrie Joseph, head coach of Grenada’s National Team and a former MLS all-star and Open Cup winner with New England Revolution. And list goes on. “Who can remember all of them,” asked former club president Jerry Valerio. He joined as a member in 1974, became vice president and then took over the big chair in 1987.

“Our secret was that we had good players,” said Mike Ryback who coached the team for eleven years and won the Open Cup in 1991. “You can have the best coach in the world but without the talent on the field you’ll win exactly nothing.”

Those Heroes of 1991
Ryback had emigrated from Russia in 1980 to Brighton Beach, where he still lives today. He didn’t speak a word of English. “Lucky for me there was a Russian player in the team, Len Roitman, and he was my translator in the beginning before I got caught up.”

They may have been known as The Italians, but those teams from the 70s, 80s and 90s were an international smorgasbord. “We had guys from Africa, Latin America, American guys, Irish guys, Haitian guys – you name it – we had it,” said Junior Superbia, an elegant midfielder from Sao Paulo, Brazil. “It was a very diverse club. And what came natural to us was playing a possession-based game. It translated right away from a great team on paper to a great team on the field.”


(1991 Brooklyn Italians before Open Cup Semifinal)

Superbia, who was cut weeks before the New England Revolution’s first MLS game in 1996, was a member of the Brooklyn Italians side that won the 1991 Open Cup after losing the Final the year before. “It was one of the toughest losses of my life,” Superbia remembered of the game that turned on a mistake by one of the club’s greatest-ever players, goalkeeper Dragan Radovich. “We suffered the next year too. We played for 75 minutes of the ‘91 Final a man down after Bill Manning got a red card…but even without him, playing with ten, it was like we were in the zone. It felt like at least eleven!”

Brooklyn’s Globetrotters
“The talent we had was so fun to think about,” said Ernest Inneh. He scored the only goal in the 1991 Final. He never worried about the early-era artificial turf at their home field, having grown up playing on dust and dirt in his native Nigeria. “Back then we used our brain and our skill – not our physicality. It was about dribbling; about make the other guys look stupid. No one does that anymore.”  

Nostalgia is thick among the old Brooklyn Italians when they talk about those good old days. The heat becomes hotter. The opposing players get bigger. Stronger too. The brawls become pitched battles and they’ll swear they played both halves of every game going up hill.

What they remember clearest, and best, is the celebrations. “We had the whole plane to ourselves on the flight back from Chicago,” said Montalto of the trip home from the ‘79 Open Cup Final. “It’s difficult to put words on it because it was so unbelievable. We were champions of the whole USA. We never won anything so big. We couldn’t stop smiling.”

The Memories that Linger
“I remember lifting the trophy and feeling so light – the fans were all with us and around us,” said Superbia, soft-spoken and thoughtful when he remembers being surrounded by fans and friends at Brooklyn College after the ‘91 Final. “I exchanged jerseys with one of the Richardson Rockets players.”


(Trophies in the window of the Brooklyn Italians Social Club - photo Jonah Fontela)

Jerry Valerio, to this day, is still upset about the sending off of Bill Manning in that '91 Final, the last Open Cup won by the Brooklyn Italians. But he remembers the party with a smile. “Both teams, even the ref, came to a restaurant in Coney Island and we had just a beautiful time.” Superbia nodded: “We all came together at the restaurant and we celebrated. It felt like such a great thing because we knew what it meant to play for Brooklyn Italians. We played from the heart.”

“I didn’t sleep that whole night. I was too excited. I was like a kid,” said Valerio, now 80 years old. His eyes water from age and emotion. All of the Brooklyn Italians, each closer to old than they are to young, light up when they remember the champagne – of what it felt like to be a be a champion for that Sunday, no matter what you had to do come Monday. “When you’re young you’re happy because you win something,” Montalto said, eyeing himself up on that wall and behind glass. “But when you look back now, from distance, you realize how special it really was.”

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U.S. Open Cup Apr 20, 2018

U-17 WNT Veterans Wesley and Wiesner Lead USA Into Concacaf Qualifying

In April of 2017, under the looming shadow of the Slovenian Alps, the course of the Kennedy Wesley and Kate Wiesner’s careers took a turn.

The Southern Californian identically-initialed duo had travelled the world together as a part of the U.S. U-17 Women’s National Team. They had ventured across continents, made it through the grinder of Concacaf World Cup qualifying and competed at the age group’s highest level at the 2016 FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup in Jordan. Despite playing for rival clubs, Wesley for the SoCal Blues and Wiesner for the LAFC Slammers, they had become best friends through the journey.

But in the alpine atmosphere of the Torneo Femminile delle Nazioni, they were provided a different challenge. After a U-17 cycle in which they played up as 15-year-olds, working to earn roster spots and on-field minutes while learning from older players, the start of a new cycle meant Wesley and Wiesner were two of the current team’s most-experienced players. Now, they were called upon to stand as leaders.

“I was wearing the captain’s armband for that tournament final,” Wiesner said. “I just remember walking out on the field going ‘Man, this is my team now, this is my chance, my opportunity to help lead this team and help be an inspiration for the younger players. It’s my responsibility to make sure we represent the U.S. as best we can.’” 

In Nicaragua for their second shot at World Cup qualifying, Wesley and Wiesner are the two most-capped players on the roster, with 28 and 29 U-17 appearances respectively. They’ll look to rely on that accumulation of experience to guide this year’s U-17 squad to a World Cup berth at the Concacaf Women’s U-17 Championship.

“Last time in Grenada at the 2016 Concacaf Championship, Kate and I were the younger ones on the team,” Wesley said. “We were just kind of going with the flow, trying to make an impact as much as we could. This time around, we’re more of the leaders on this team. We need to help out everyone as much as we can with our experience and make sure everybody fully understands what’s on the line and what we need to do to achieve our goals.”

Wesley and Wiesner’s first U-17 call-up came in January 2016, just two months before the 2016 Concacaf Championship in Grenada. After strong performances with younger age groups, they were thrown into the fire at a camp where every player was battling for a spot on the qualifying roster. The experience bonded them together, and a strong showing in camp earned the duo, along with forward Jordan Canniff, places as the only three players on the Concacaf squad born in 2001.

Concacaf qualifying can be volatile at the U-17 level, as 15 and 16-year-olds compete in their first tournament with World Cup berths are on the line. In 2016, the specter of a disappointing finish to the previous confederation championship loomed. The USA missed out on World Cup qualification by the narrowest of margins in 2013, falling in penalty kicks after a hard-fought 1-1 semifinal draw in regulation with Mexico. The ensuing World Cup would be hosted in Costa Rica, which meant only two Concacaf berths were up for grabs in qualifying.

When the U-17s reached the 2016 semifinal after an undefeated group stage, the stakes were immense. The chance to qualify for the World Cup coupled with a match-up against rival Canada provided a valuable education for Wesley and Wiesner in the pressure of a major international tournament.

“Being a rivalry game and being what would put us into the World Cup, that really drove us for that semifinal,” Wesley said. “There were a lot of emotions going into it, knowing that the previous cycle didn’t qualify, so we knew that we had to change that and make it through. I think we wanted it more than them. That really pushed us through.”

“We kind of welcomed that pressure and just said ‘bring it on, we can handle it,’” Wiesner said. “We wanted to prove to everybody that we could win a Concacaf championship.”

Wesley and Wiesner helped the team to a dominating 5-0 victory over Canada. Two days later, they took home the Concacaf title with a 2-1 victory over Mexico. After a few more months of preparation, they both made the World Cup roster and headed to the other side of the world for the 2016 FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup in Jordan. While the team didn’t perform as well as hoped, failing to make it out of group play, it provided important experience and insight into how slim the margins of victory and defeat are at the highest levels. 


Wesley and Wiesner after winning the 2016 Concacaf Women's U-17 Championship

“It’s invaluable to have players who have gone through it before,” said U-17 WNT head coach Mark Carr. “It can help a lot of the young players who haven’t. They can lean on them. When things are tough or there’s uncertainty and unknowns, you’ve got players like Kate and Kennedy who can say ‘It’s going to be ok.’”

And so when the new U-17 cycle began at that Torneo Femminile delle Nazioni, so did the new roles of Wesley and Wiesner. They embraced the challenge of being leaders for a fresh group of players.

“That’s when it clicked that we had a job to get done, we had to lead this team,” Wesley said. “That was my role. I wasn’t really just sitting back and going with everything, I was supposed to take charge and lead this team.”

“Last cycle, I was pretty shy, pretty nervous and I didn’t really know what to expect out there on the field,” Wiesner said. “This time I’m coming in a lot more confident, a lot more ready for the obstacles we might face.”


Wiesner and Wesley after the Torneo Femminile delle Nazioni

Even with almost 30 U-17 caps each, plus a World Cup and CONCACAF qualifying tournament under their belts, the duo has continued to grow with their new roles. Wiesner has developed a more vocal presence on the field, but the real power of her leadership comes by example. She set the tone early in the cycle during a scrimmage at a domestic camp. A diving goal-line clearance made her teammates take notice.

“I showed my competitiveness and just put my body on the line and showed I would sacrifice for the team,” Wiesner said. “A lot of people saw that and were like ‘Wow, that’s what it’s going to take to be on this team, that’s what it’s going to take to win titles with this team.’ Getting into hard tackles, being able to put my body on the line, that inspires the people who are playing next to me to do the same thing.”

Wesley shares Wiesner’s affinity for game-changing aggression. She prides herself on aerial ability and tough tackles. That ball-winning ability complements an on-field voice that continues to rise in volume. From her position on the back line, she works to coordinate the players in front of her.

“A leadership role requires me to be much more vocal,” Wesley said. “Leading on the field is a strength for me, making sure everyone knows where to go, when they need to go there and how intensely they need to go there. I have the eyes for the whole field, I can see everything that’s going on so I’m able to give everyone really clear instruction.”

The two World Cup veterans have led the USA through a successful cycle so far, helping the U-17s compile a 16-1-4 record. The journey has predictably provided more ebb and flow between the highs and lows. One of their toughest tests came at the U-16 CFA International Women’s Youth Football Tournament in China last summer. A match-up against Canada spawned a frazzled first half, but Wesley rallied the team in the locker room to draw on its internal resolve. 

“Everyone was really frantic and we were able to calm everybody down and focus in on what we needed to get done in order to get a positive result,” Wesley said. “I said that we needed to stick to what we know and stick to what we’re comfortable with because that’s what will work out best with us. We didn’t need to worry about the other team, we needed to focus on our principles.”

Across the cycle, the U-17s have also had to deal with a barrage of untimely injuries. Fellow World Cup veterans Jordan Canniff and Lia Godfrey as well as Ainsley Ahmadian all had the potential to represent the USA in Nicaragua but suffered ACL injuries in the run-up to the tournament. Those losses positioned the burden of leadership even more squarely on Wesley and Wiesner’s shoulders. As the U.S. prepares to kick off the 2018 Concacaf Women’s U-17 Championship, the U-17 veterans are focusing on the things that they can control.

“Kate and I know the do’s and don’ts of the tournament,” Wesley said. “We tell the newer players how much of a battle every game will be. Everybody’s going to be fighting. We want to make sure we’re scrapping for everything, winning every ball, winning every tackle.

“We need to stay focused on us. On the field, we give everyone our very best respect, but if we stick to what we know, we’ll be able to get results.” 

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U-17 WNT Apr 20, 2018
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