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WNT Blanks China PR 2-0 in Phoenix in Front of Record Crowd

GLENDALE, Arizona (Dec. 13, 2015) – The 2015 World Cup Champion U.S. Women’s National Team resumed its Victory Tour with 2-0 shutout of China PR at University of Phoenix Stadium in front of 19,066 fans, a record crowd to watch a WNT game in Arizona.

The meeting was the first between the teams since the June 26 quarterfinal at the 2015 Women's World Cup, a match won 1-0 by the USA on a Carli Lloyd goal in Ottawa, Canada.

Despite attacking for a majority of the game, the USA did not find the net until Crystal Dunn finally broke through in the 39th minute following a poor clearance from China PR. She collected the rolling ball inside the box and fired a left-footed shot through traffic and into the right side of the net past the screened China goalkeeper. The goal was Dunn’s fourth international score.

Similar to the previous match against Trinidad & Tobago on Dec. 10, Christen Press came on as a sub and immediately impacted the game, scoring on her first touches with a blast from long range to seal victory for the USA. Press entered the game in the 79th and scored in the 81st.

Forward Abby Wambach made her 254th appearance as she came on in the 79th minute for Carli Lloyd. The USA will bid farewell to Wambach, the world's all-time leading scorer, in the final game of the Victory Tour on Dec. 16 in New Orleans in a rematch against China PR.

With the win, the WNT extended its unbeaten home streak to 104 games (91-0-13). The last loss at home came to Denmark on Nov. 6, 2004, in Philadelphia.

Goal Scoring Rundown:
USA – Crystal Dunn, 39th minute: Alex Morgan ran deep into the attacking third down the right side and crossed the ball on the ground. China twice failed to clear and the ball rolled to Dunn, who took a touch and then blasted a shot with her left foot into the back of the net. USA 1, CHN 0 ( SEE GOAL)

USA – Christen Press, 81st minute: Another poor clearance from China inside the box led to substitute Christen Press scoring on her first touches of the game. She collected the ball, made space for a shot with a nifty dribble and drove the ball into the upper left corner her 10th goal of the year. USA 2, CHN 0. FINAL ( SEE GOAL)

Key Saves and Defensive Stops:
CHN – Zhao Lina, 54th – Second-half sub Heather O’Reilly ran with the ball on the left side, sending an excellent cross to Alex Morgan in the middle. Morgan got good contact on her half-volley but Lina was able to shuffle acorss the goal and made a great with her body to block the attempt.

USA – Alyssa Naeher, 90+4: On the very last play of the game, China PR took a corner kick that was perfectly sent to the middle of the box. Li Ying jumped up for the ball and placed an excellent header on frame, but Naeher secured the ball solidly on the dive to preserve the shutout.

Next on the Schedule: The U.S. WNT concludes its Victory Tour in New Orleans on Dec. 16 (7 p.m. CT; FOX Sports 1, FOX Sports GO) with a rematch against China PR. The match in New Orleans will serve as the farewell game for retiring U.S. legend Abby Wambach.
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Milestone Watch:

  • Crystal Dunn scored her fourth international goal. All four goals have come during the Victory Tour.
  • Christen Press notched her 10th goal of 2015, and is now one shy of her career-best 11 goals she scored last year. Her 10 goals are the second-most on the team behind Lloyd’s 18. Press now has 29 goals in her career. Eight of Press’ 10 goals this year have come during the Victory Tour.
  • Tonight’s attendance was 19,066, which marks the largest crowd to watch a USWNT match in Arizona. The previous record was 18,482 (a 1-1 draw vs. Sweden on Nov. 19, 2011, also at University of Phoenix Stadium).
  • More than 28,000 tickets have been sold for the final Victory Tour match in New Orleans, nearly doubling the previous WNT record in Louisiana of 15,074, set July 13, 2003 in a 1-0 victory over Brazil at Tad Gormley Stadium in New Orleans (which was the only previous visit to Louisiana).
  • Lindsey Horan got her third consecutive start for the WNT and earned her fifth cap. She scored her first international goal in the 92nd minute on Dec. 10 against Trinidad & Tobago in San Antonio and added two assists.
  • The match marked Alyssa Naeher’s fourth cap and second start in goal for the USA. She earned her second career shutout.

Additional Notes:

  • Mesa, Arizona native Julie Johnston played in front of her hometown crowd for the United States for the first time and saw the American Outlaws unveil a tifo in her honor before the match.
  • The win today marks the 20th victory of the year for the USWNT (20-1-4). The USA has now won 20 or more games in a year on nine occasions.
  • Forward Stephanie McCaffrey and defenders Jaelene Hinkle and Emily Sonnett all earned their third caps
  • This was the USA’s third visit to University of Phoenix Stadium, home to the NFL’s playoff-bound Arizona Cardinals. The USA last played at the world-class facility in November of 2011 (1-1 tie with Sweden) and December of 2012 (2-0 win vs. Ireland). The USA also played two matches in Phoenix in 1995 to kick off the campaign for the 1995 Women’s World Cup, facing Australia twice at the Cave Creek Complex, and played at Bank One Ballpark, home to the Arizona Diamondbacks in Dec. of 2000.
  • USA captain Christie Rampone will not be available for the final Victory Tour match due to ongoing issues resulting from a bone bruise in her left knee. Rampone has returned home, but will re-join the U.S. team for the final game of the Victory Tour in New Orleans.
  • Nineteen different players have scored for the USA this year, led by Carli Lloyd with 18 goals (16 of which have come since the start of the knockout rounds at the Women’s World Cup).
  • Lloyd’s 18 goals are a career high for her in a calendar year and eight more than her closest teammate. Press has 10 goals and Wambach and Alex Morgan have seven each. Lloyd’s previous high was 15 in 2014 and 2012.
  • The 19 players to score for the USA in 2015 are: Kelley O’Hara, Morgan, Wambach, Amy Rodriguez, Press, Julie Johnston, Meghan Klingenberg, Megan Rapinoe, Morgan Brian, Lori Chalupny, Sydney Leroux, Lloyd, Lauren Holiday, Tobin Heath, Heather O’Reilly, Whitney Engen, Crystal Dunn, McCaffrey and Lindsey Horan.
  • Alex Morgan could be the next U.S. player to hit 100 caps as she is currently at 98. Becky Sauerbrunn is next in line with 95.
  • In 25 games played this year, the U.S. has surrendered 11 goals and has scored 74. The USA hasn’t lost a match since dropping its opening game of 2015 on Feb. 8 to France.
  • While Wambach is the USA’s top scorer on the roster with 184 goals, Lloyd is next with 79 career international goals and Morgan has 56. Heather O’Reilly has scored 46.
  • U.S. Soccer has announced the five nominees for the 2015 U.S. Soccer Female Player of the Year. This year's field features midfielders Lauren Holiday, Carli Lloyd, Megan Rapinoe, defender Becky Sauerbrunn, and goalkeeper Hope Solo. All five played major roles in the USA winning the 2015 Women's World Cup with Carli Lloyd winning the Golden Ball as the best player in the tournament while Solo won the Golden Glove as the top goalkeeper. Lloyd, Solo and Sauerbrunn played every minute of the tournament. The winner will be announced on Wednesday, Dec. 16, during the pre-game coverage of the USA vs. China PR match from NOLA on FOX Sports 1.
  • With her goal against Haiti on Sept. 17, Press became the 22nd player in U.S. WNT history to score 25 or more goals. She currently has 29, which moves her past Shannon Boxx and Joy Fawcett into 20th on the USA’s all-time goal scoring list.
  • Wambach’s appearance against Costa Rica on Aug. 16 marked her 250th cap. She’s one of only five U.S. players to hit that mark and now has 254 with one match left to play.
  • Heather O'Reilly earned her 226th cap when she came on at halftime.

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

Match: U.S. Women’s National Team vs. China PR
Date: Dec. 13, 2015
Competition: International Friendly; Victory Tour
Venue: University of Phoenix Stadium; Glendale, Arizona
Kickoff: 5 p.m. MT
Attendance: 19,066
Weather: Indoors

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

USA – Crystal Dunn 39th minute
USA – Christen Press 81

Lineups:
USA: 21-Alyssa Naeher; 11-Ali Krieger (26-Jaelene Hinkle, 46), 4-Becky Sauerbrunn, 19-Julie Johnston, 22-Meghan Klingenberg; 25-Crystal Dunn (9-Heather O’Reilly, 46), 31-Lindsey Horan (27-Emily Sonnett, 79), 14-Morgan Brian, 17-Tobin Heath (28-Stephanie McCaffrey, 79); 10-Carli Lloyd (capt.) (20-Abby Wambach, 79), 13-Alex Morgan (23-Christen Press, 79)
Subs Not Used: 1-Hope Solo, 2-Sydney Leroux, 5-Kelley O’Hara, 6-Whitney Engen, 8-Amy Rodriguez, 18-Ashlyn Harris, 29-Samantha Mewis, 30-Rose Lavelle, 32-Danielle Colaprico
Head coach: Jill Ellis

CHN: 22-Zhao Lina; 2-Liu Shanshan, 14-Zhao Rong, 6-Li Dongna, 24-Xue Jiao; 9-Wang Shanshan, 11-Wang Shuang (10-Li Ying, 71), 15-Lei Jiahui (18-Han Peng, 46), 17-Gu Yasha (7-Xu Yanlu, 79), 35-Yang Man (23-Ren Guixin, 71); 19-Tan Ruyin
Subs Not Used: 5-Wu Haiyan, 12-Bi Xiaolin, 16-Lou Jiahui, 20-Zhang Rui, 21-Wang Lisi, 28-Jiang Meizi, 31-Ma Xiaoxu, 32-Miao Siwen
Head coach: Bruno Bini

Stats Summary: USA / CHN
Shots: 24 / 4
Shots on Goal: 6 / 3
Saves: 3 / 4
Corner Kicks: 8 / 1
Fouls: 3 / 10
Offside: 3 / 0

Misconduct Summary:
None

Officials:
Referee: Cardella Samuels (JAM)
Assistant Referee 1: Stacy-Ann Greyson (JAM)
Assistant Referee 2: Antonette Williams (JAM)
4th Official: Crystal Sobers (TRI)

Budweiser Woman of the Match: Meghan Klingenberg

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

Match: U.S. Women’s National Team vs. China PR
Date: Dec. 13, 2015
Competition: International Friendly; Victory Tour
Venue: University of Phoenix Stadium; Glendale, Arizona
Kickoff: 5 p.m. MT
Attendance: 19,066
Weather: Indoor

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

USA – Crystal Dunn                                                       39th minute
USA – Christen Press                                                    81

Lineups:
USA: 21-Alyssa Naeher; 11-Ali Krieger (26-Jaelene Hinkle, 46), 4-Becky Sauerbrunn, 19-Julie Johnston, 22-Meghan Klingenberg; 25-Crystal Dunn (9-Heather O’Reilly, 46), 31-Lindsey Horan (27-Emily Sonnett, 79), 14-Morgan Brian, 17-Tobin Heath (28-Stephanie McCaffrey, 79); 10-Carli Lloyd (capt.) (20-Abby Wambach, 79), 13-Alex Morgan (23-Christen Press, 79)
Subs Not Used: 1-Hope Solo, 2-Sydney Leroux, 5-Kelley O’Hara, 6-Whitney Engen, 8-Amy Rodriguez, 18-Ashlyn Harris, 29-Samantha Mewis, 30-Rose Lavelle, 32-Danielle Colaprico
Head coach: Jill Ellis

CHN: 22-Zhao Lina; 2-Liu Shanshan, 14-Zhao Rong, 6-Li Dongna, 24-Xue Jiao; 9-Wang Shanshan, 11-Wang Shuang (10-Li Ying, 71), 15-Lei Jiahui (18-Han Peng, 46), 17-Gu Yasha (7-Xu Yanlu, 79), 35-Yang Man (23-Ren Guixin, 71); 19-Tan Ruyin
Subs Not Used: 5-Wu Haiyan, 12-Bi Xiaolin, 16-Lou Jiahui, 20-Zhang Rui, 21-Wang Lisi, 28-Jiang Meizi, 31-Ma Xiaoxu, 32-Miao Siwen
Head coach: Bruno Bini

Stats Summary: USA / CHN
Shots: 24 / 4
Shots on Goal: 6 / 3
Saves:  3 / 4
Corner Kicks: 8 / 1
Fouls: 3 / 10
Offside: 3 / 0

Misconduct Summary:
None

Officials:
Referee: Cardella Samuels (JAM)
Assistant Referee 1: Stacy-Ann Greyson (JAM)
Assistant Referee 2: Antonette Williams (JAM)
4th Official: Crystal Sobers (TRI)

Budweiser Woman of the Match: Meghan Klingenberg

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Julia Dohle: From Gutersloh to Bradenton to Uruguay and the Journey in Between

She expected the phone call, but that didn’t make it hurt any less. She anticipated the tears, but they still rolled down as she stared up at the wall of her bedroom, plastered with medals and Youth National Team memorabilia. In the summer of 2016, the young goalkeeper saw it all coming, like a slow roller towards the net, but stood helpless to stop any of it.

As her teammates, her second family, the U.S. Under-15 Girls’ National Team, prepared for the biggest tournament of their young careers, Julia Dohle would stay at home in Scarsdale, New York. They would have the opportunity to represent the USA at the 2016 Concacaf Girls’ U-15 Championship. She would not have the chance at that tournament, or at any other international competition in the foreseeable future, all through no fault of her own.

Born in Germany, her family lived in the small town of Gütersloh, two hours from Düsseldorf, until the age of eight, when her parents moved to the United States for work. At the time of the 2016 Concacaf Girls’ U-15 Championship, Dohle didn’t yet have an American passport. Though she had lived in the USA for almost half her life, and her family fully intended for her to gain citizenship, the lack of a passport meant that Dohle couldn’t compete for the National Team in officially-sanctioned matches like Concacaf competitions and World Cup tournaments

“I felt like an American,” Dohle said. “It was definitely hard as I was a part of this team and we’re all one big happy family. To be cut off, for something that I can’t control, just a piece of paper, it was hard.”

In her time with the U-15 GNT, Dohle crossed paths with goalkeeper coach Jill Loyden. A former netminder with the senior Women’s National Team, Loyden invited Dohle to start training privately with her. In the depths of her disappointment, the two came together to set a new goal for Dohle to chase: a spot on the 2018 Concacaf Women’s U-17 Championship roster, passport willing. The fifteen-year-old decided not to waste time wallowing and resolved to set her eyes on a tournament that seemed much further than two years away.

While her teammates rolled to the Concacaf U-15 title and then kicked off the U-17 cycle, Dohle logged countless hours on the grind with Loyden and training on her own. Doubts lingered and difficulties festered, but when low moments came, Loyden would pick up her pupil’s spirits via text.

“460 days until World Cup qualifying.”
“300 days until World Cup qualifying.”

In the meantime, she waited on her citizenship. She would wait for two years, plus an extra six weeks, for the chance to represent the USA on-field in major international competition. As she waited, Dohle did everything she could to ready herself for her return.

“You have to be driven, you have to be focused, you have to work hard to even be here,” Dohle said. “It takes a lot mental toughness to keep working without having the short-term goals like making the next training camp.”

After moving to the USA, she made the switch from tennis to soccer as her primary sport, and her talent blossomed. She became a regular with the U-15 Girls’ National Team when then-head coach Mark Carr found out about her passport problem. Ahead of the Concacaf Girls’ U-15 Championship in Aug. 2016, Carr called Dohle to let her know that she couldn’t join the team until she resolved her citizenship issue.

“It was hard because Mark said, ‘You’d be here with the team, you definitely would be good enough, but we just can’t invite you back until you’ve got your citizenship.’” Dohle said. “It was tough because I knew it was going to be a while until I would get that passport. The fact that I was in with the U-15s a lot gave me something to look forward to. I knew what it was like to go to a camp and represent your country. Seeing all the players getting their first caps and representing the country at the U-17 level, that was just extra motivation for me.”

For Dohle, there never was a question of “if” she would get another call-up, in her mind, it was a matter of “when” she would get another chance with the USA. In the aftermath of Carr’s call, she steeled herself to be ready whenever that call-up would come, rededicating herself with help from Loyden.

“It’s unfortunate that you can't go play, but this is an opportunity,” Loyden said. “This is an opportunity to focus on yourself, your development, improving every day. This is a potential opportunity for you to develop the mental side of the game and grow some resilience in you. And when you go back, you're going to be even more prepared because you'll have the character that has withstood this really difficult circumstance.”

In the interest of developing Dohle’s mentality, Loyden threw the young ‘keeper right into the fire with an invitation to Sky Blue FC training.  A former pro herself, and formerly the NWSL club’s goalkeeper coach, Loyden knew that the experience would prove invaluable.

“She was so scared. She was nervous. Super uncomfortable, but it was exactly where I wanted her to be,” Loyden said. “Super uncomfortable at a level that's higher than what she has played at. That's quicker than what she's played at. That's more intimidating than what she's ever played at. And to see her rise up to the occasion was awesome.” 

For a fifteen-year-old Dohle, it’d be hard to find a bigger confidence boost than playing well against WNT legend Christie Rampone and Australian star Sam Kerr.

“I was pretty nervous,” Dohle said. “Every single rep I felt like I had to prove myself, prove that I could be there. One time I did save Sam Kerr’s penalty. I basically got up and I was like, alright, I’m done playing soccer.”

Of course, it was really just the start. Sky Blue players couldn’t fathom that Dohle was still in high school.

“I’m like, ‘Yeah, she can’t even drive yet, and she’s keeping all of your shots out of the back of the net,” Loyden said.

Each time she returned to sessions with the NWSL side, she felt more and more confident. If she couldn’t come into National Team camps, to train with some of the world’s best professional players served as a solid substitute.

“Having to communicate with players like Kelley O’Hara, that’s obviously something that you have to overcome as a 15-year-old girl,” Dohle said. “Not going into camp, it’s not only that I wasn’t able to have those kinds of experiences facing other countries, but I was also missing a lot of great training. Playing with Sky Blue helped me stay at a high level.”

As Dohle continued her training, Carr stayed in contact, both about her fitness and her passport. In February of 2018, the day that she had waited for finally came. Her parents had passed their interview to become American citizens, and she officially regained her eligibility for the U.S. National Team.

Almost right away, she got a text from Carr. “Please call as soon as you can.” The U-17 WNT had an upcoming camp in Argentina and Dohle’s citizenship had arrived just in time for her to join the team in South America.

“We all met in Houston at the airport and I had basically seen none of my teammates for two years,” Dohle said. “They were like, ‘Oh my god, Julia!’ I think that really helped over the past two years, but also that camp, was so inclusive. It was like I hadn’t been gone at all.”

After so much time in limbo, Dohle stood primed to represent the USA for the very first time in Argentina. The moment arrived when she received the call to start the second game, against Chile at the Copa Provincia de Buenos Aires.

“Mark came up to me before the game, he hugged me and said, ‘This is what we’ve been working towards for two years,’” Dohle said. “I was in tears a little bit because I was just super excited. I remember we walked out and they played the National Anthem. At that moment, all the hard work I’d done had paid off.”

Dohle locked down the net for the 17s against Chile, a 1-0 shutout victory to clinch the tournament title. But she still had to fight for a spot on the roster that she had worked towards for more than a year. At the final U-17 camp before qualifying, Dohle made the final cut for Concacaf qualifying.  

As heartbroken as Dohle had been before the U-15 Championship, she enjoyed a moment of euphoria as she reached the goal she and Loyden had set out nearly two years before. But like in 2016, she didn’t dwell too long on the emotional aspect.

“There were moments of just pure joy and happiness. She could breathe,” Loyden said. “She’s been grinding and grinding for two years and now, wow, this is my dream come true. She’s celebrated a little bit, she’s happy and excited, but as soon as we got back home to New Jersey, she was back to work and thinking to herself, ‘How can I best prepare myself for this qualifying tournament?’ I think she was more prepared than she had ever been and I don’t think there’s anything else that she could have done to be more prepared.”

Following two years away from the team, Dohle’s moment finally arrived at the Concacaf U-17 Championship in Nicaragua. After the USA rolled to a 4-0 victory over Costa Rice to open the tournament, Carr pegged Dohle to start in net for the USA in its second game against Bermuda. She would march out on to the field and stand with her hand on her heart for the National Anthem in a World Cup qualifying match. She would play in the tournament that she had dreamed about for so long.

Until she didn’t. On the morning of gameday, Carr announced that Concacaf had cancelled the Women’s U-17 Championship. Civil unrest in Nicaragua made it too dangerous to continue the tournament. While the team never sat in harm’s way, Dohle’s big-time debut was once again postponed.

Six weeks later, the time for Dohle and the U-17s arrived once again. Back on home soil, she played the entire match against Bermuda on June 6, and even though she allowed a goal, more important was the journey to get there. The long road back to the U-17 WNT has now brought Dohle back to South America. Her commitment over the last four years earned her a spot on the U-17 Women’s World Cup squad in Uruguay.

“I think facing that adversity definitely shapes you,” Dohle said. “Everyone has their own thing, their own story. Being cut off from that group, it really showed me that I can go through anything. It showed me that if you really put all your hard work into it, if you believe in something, if you really go 100 percent every single day and work as hard as you can for what you want, that you can be able to achieve it. Every night when I go to sleep, I look forward to stepping onto that field and hearing those National Anthems.”

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PREVIEW: USA Continues U-17 Women's World Cup Against Defending Champion Korea DPR

U.S. Under-17 Women’s National Team vs. Korea DPR
2018 FIFA Under-17 Women’s World Cup – Group C
Estadio Profesor Alberto Suppici; Colonia del Sacramento, Uruguay
12 P.M. ET; FS2, Universo
Nov. 17, 2018

U-17 WNT READY TO TAKE ON NORTH KOREA IN CRUCIAL GROUP C CLASH: The U.S. U-17 WNT will continue its 2018 FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup campaign against Korea DPR on Sat., Nov. 17. The host venue for the USA’s first two matches, Estadio Profesor Alberto Suppici, is named after Alberto Suppici, who led Uruguay to victory in the inaugural 1930 FIFA World Cup. The North Koreans won this tournament last time out, taking the title at the 2016 FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup in Jordan. The USA kicked off the tournament with an exciting 3-0 victory against Cameroon, while Korea DPR suffered a setback in its World Cup opener, falling 4-1 to Germany in Wednesday’s other Group C game. 

U-17 WOMEN'S WORLD CUP DIGITAL MEDIA GUIDE
For more on the U-17 WNT at the U-17 WWC, check out the digital media guide for complete info on players, stats, results from the full 2017-18 cycle, team history and everything else about the squad set to take on the world in Uruguay.

USA GROUP C SCHEDULE

DATE

MATCH

KICKOFF (ET)/RESULT

BROADCAST

VENUE

Nov. 14

USA vs. Cameroon

W 3-0

FS2, NBC Universo

Estadio Alberto Suppici; Colonia del Sacramento, Uruguay

Nov. 17

USA vs. Korea DPR

12:00 p.m.

FS2, Telemundo Deportes App and TelemundoDeportes.com

Estadio Alberto Suppici; Colonia del Sacramento, Uruguay

Nov. 21

USA vs. Germany

3:00 p.m.

FS2, Telemundo Deportes App and TelemundoDeportes.com

Estadio Charrua; Montevideo, Uruguay

WATCH THE FIFA U-17 WWC: All of the USA’s group stage matches will be broadcast live on Fox Sports 2. Following pool play, all knockout round games will also be broadcast live on FS2. Matches are also available to be streamed on the Fox Sports App.

The USA’s matches will be broadcast in Spanish on Telemundo platforms. The opener against Cameroon will be available on NBC Universo, while the other two group stage games are set to be streamed live on the Telemundo Deportes App and TelemundoDeportes.com.

USA VS. KOREA DPR

  • Korea DPR is one of four teams that the USA has faced more than once at this competition.
  • The two nations faced off in the final of the inaugural tournament in 2008. The USA took an early lead, but Korea DPR equalized late and came out on top in overtime, 2-1.
  • The teams last met in the group stage of the 2012 tournament in Azerbaijan, drawing 1-1.
  • Korea DPR is the reigning U-17 WWC champion and historically the tournament’s most-successful team, winning in 2008 and 2016, finishing second in 2012 and fourth in 2010.
  • Asian teams have won four of five previous tournaments, and five of eight finalists all-time come from Asia.
  • The USA has gone 3-1-3 against Asian Football Confederation members this cycle and is 1-2-2 against Asian teams all-time at this competition.
  • Head coach Sung Gwon Song named players from three birth years: eight born in 2001, eight born in 2002 and five born in 2003.
  • Four players return from Korea DPR’s 2016 championship team: defenders Pak Hye Gyong and Ri Kum Hyang as well as midfielders An Kuk Hyang and Ko Kyong Hui
  • Defender Pak Hye Gong captained the Korea DPR squad in Jordan, playing every minute in the team’s six-game championship run.
  • Defender Ri Kum Hyang also played every minute of the tournament in Jordan
  • Ko Kyong Hui and Ri Kum Hyang both started and played the full match in the tournament final against Japan, which Korea DPR won 5-4 on penalties after the game finished scoreless. Ri netted the game-winning penalty to clinch the trophy.
  • All 21 players compete for clubs in North Korea, led by 12 from Naegohyang Women's Football Club, a club sponsored by the Naegohyang company, one of the biggest brands in the country.

GROUP C STANDINGS AND RESULTS

Team

GP

W

L

T

GF

GA

GD

Pts.

Germany

1

1

0

0

4

1

3

3

USA

1

1

0

0

3

0

3

3

Korea DPR

1

0

1

0

1

4

-3

0

Cameroon

1

0

1

0

0

3

-3

0

Date               Result                                   Venue
Nov. 14     USA 3, Cameroon 0            Estadio Profesor Alberto Suppici; Colonia, Uruguay
Nov. 14    Germany 4, Korea DPR 1     Estadio Profesor Alberto Suppici; Colonia, Uruguay

EVENTFUL START FOR THE USA: After a slow start for the USA, some late first-half fireworks opened up the World Cup opener against Cameroon on Nov. 14. In the aftermath of a clearance after a corner kick, a Cameroonian player fell to the field, but play continued as the Africans lobbied the referee for a foul. Mia Fishel took advantage of the confusion, receiving a pass from Natalia Staude and racing in on the goalkeeper one-on-one. While her first attempt ricocheted off the post, she hammered home the rebound to open the scoring. At the end of the first half, the Cameroon goalkeeper Christemilie Onomo cleated midfielder Maya Doms in the stomach when the two went up for a 50/50 ball at the top of the penalty area. Onomo was sent off, and forward Sunshine Fontes converted the penalty kick to double the advantage. An impressive showing by goalkeeper Angelina Anderson and the USA back line preserved the clean sheet down the stretch against a very physical Cameroonian side that was shown six cards over the course of the match. Fontes provided the exclamation point in the 81st minute with a long-range chip over the substitute ‘keeper, locking up a 3-0 victory for the U.S. The U-17 WNT is now 2-1-1 all-time in its opening matches at the World Cup.

DEFENDING CHAMPS DEALT EARLY BLOW: In a game that was far closer than the score line suggested (Korea DPR actually out-shot Germany 15-8), Germany displayed some clinical finishing in the 4-1 victory. Germany went into the half up 2-0 and while the Asian champion responded with the first goal after the break, Germany followed it up with two more to secure the result. With a loss against the USA, Korea DPR would almost certainly face elimination from the tournament. It has reached the quarterfinals in four of five previous competitions, only falling out in the group stage in 2014.

USA -- 2018 FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup Roster by Position (Club; Hometown; U-17 Caps/Goals)
GOALKEEPERS (3): Angelina Anderson (Mustang Soccer Club; Danville, Calif.; 15/0), Julia Dohle (New York City FC; Scarsdale, N.Y.; 5/0), Lindsey Romig (IMG Academy; Midlothian, Va.; 9/0)
DEFENDERS (6): Michela Agresti (FC Stars; Swampscott, Mass.; 17/2), Talia DellaPeruta (Tophat; Cumming, Ga.; 24/1), Samar Guidry (FC Dallas; McKinney, Texas; 4/0), Smith Hunter (Reign Academy; Seattle, Wash.; 16/0), Makenna Morris (Bethesda SC; Germantown, Md.; 19/3), Natalia Staude (Tophat; Atlanta, Ga.; 19/0)
MIDFIELDERS (5): Hannah Bebar (Eclipse Select SC; Naperville, Ill.; 13/2), Maya Doms (Davis Legacy Soccer Club; Davis, Calif.; 27/11), Mia Fishel (San Diego Surf; San Diego, Calif.; 27/6), Sophia Jones (San Jose Earthquakes; Menlo Park, Calif.; 17/1), Astrid Wheeler (Concorde Fire; Atlanta, Ga.; 20/2)
FORWARDS (7): Trinity Byars (Solar Soccer Club; Richardson, Texas; 3/0), Jordan Canniff (Washington Spirit Academy – Maryland; California, Md.; 26/9), Isabella D’Aquila (So Cal Blues; Mission Viejo, Calif.; 15/9), Sunshine Fontes (Hawaii Rush; Wahiawa, Hawaii; 30/24), Payton Linnehan (FC Stars; Douglas, Mass.; 23/8), Samantha Meza (Solar Soccer Club; Dallas, Texas; 19/2); Trinity Rodman (So Cal Blues; Laguna Niguel, Calif.; 7/2)

Korea DPR – 2018 FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup Roster by Position (Club)
GOALKEEPERS (3): 21-Ri Hyon Gyong (Naegohyang Women's Football Club), 18-Yu Son Gum (Sobaeksu), 1-Yun Pyol (Naegohyang Women's Football Club)
DEFENDERS (5): 2-Kwak Un Sim (Naegohyang Women's Football Club), 20-Pak Hye Gyong (Ryomyong Sports Club), 4-Pong Song Ae (Naegohyang Women's Football Club), 5-Ri Kum Hyang (Naegoyhyang Sports Club), 3-Ri Sin Ok (Naegohyang Women's Football Club)
MIDFIELDERS (9): 16-An Kuk Hyang (Ryomyong Sports Club), 12-Choe Kum Ok (Naegoyhyang Sports Club), 13-Ko Kyong Hui (Ryomyong Sports Club), 11-O Si Nah (Naegohyang Women's Football Club), 9-Pang Un Sim (Naegoyhyang Sports Club), 7-Ri Su Gyong (Naegohyang Women's Football Club), 6-Ri Su Jong (Naegohyang Women's Football Club), 8-Ryu Sol Song ((Naegohyang Women's Football Club), 15-Yun Ji Hwa (Sobaeksu)
FORWARDS (4): 17-Kim Kyong Yong (Naegoyhyang Sports Club), 10-Kim Ryu Song (Naegohyang Women's Football Club), 14-Kim Yun Ok (Naegohyang Women's Football Club), 19-Pak Il Gyong (Naegohyang Women's Football Club)

HOW THEY GOT HERE

  • Korea DPR qualified for the World Cup as champion of the Asian Football Confederation, winning the 2017 AFC U-16 Women’s Championship last September.
  • The tournament follows a format similar to Concacaf World Cup qualifying, with the two finalists and third-place game winner advancing to the World Cup.
  • Korea DPR rolled through its first two games of pool play, dominating Bangladesh 9-0 and downing Australia 7-0.
  • In the final group stage game, Korea DPR took an early lead on Japan, but fell 2-1 as Japan roared back with an equalizer in the 76th minute and a game-winner in the 86th.
  • With a World Cup berth hanging in the balance, Korea DPR took down China 1-0 in the semifinal on a penalty kick goal from midfielder Ri Su Gyong.
  • Korea DPR took home the tournament title with a 2-0 win over Korea Republic in the final.
  • Forward Kim Kyong Yong was named tournament MVP and was also the competition’s top goal-scorer with nine goals, including a five-goal outburst against Bangladesh.

GROUP A, B AND D STANDINGS AND RESULTS

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From Hawaii, Sunshine Fontes Has Traveled Many Miles, But She’s Just Getting Started 

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From Hawaii, Sunshine Fontes Has Traveled Many Miles, But She's Just Getting Started

Almost every trip that Sunshine Fontes takes as a part of the U-17 Women’s National Team involves a bit of extra effort. She hails from Wahiawa, Hawaii on the island of Oahu, and nearly every camp, domestic or international, requires additional travel to account for the extra five-hour flight from her hometown just to make it to mainland on the West Coast.

As with many previous camps, her trip to South America for the 2018 FIFA Under-17 Women’s World Cup took a full additional travel day. Fontes’ extra effort is evident in her flight itineraries, but the work she puts in once she steps off the plane back in Hawaii has made her an integral part of this U-17 WNT cycle.  She entered the World Cup as the program’s all-time leading scorer with 22 goals, and added two more in the USA’s opener against Cameroon.

“Sunshine has grown into a strong, incredible, assertive young woman who has started to take ownership of her development,” said U-17 WNT head coach Mark Carr. “Sometimes, it can be a challenge for a player in Hawaii to face top competition from across the country. What I’ve seen from Sunshine in the last two years is a player who has taken it upon herself to control her development and create her environment when she’s away from camp.”

While the level of women’s soccer in Hawaii has continued to improve, only a few players from the Islands have made it to the U.S. Women’s National Teams, most notably Natasha Kai from Kahuku, who helped the senior WNT to the 2008 Olympic gold medal in Beijing while scoring the winning goal in overtime in the 2-1 quarterfinal victory against Canada. Since then, more youth players from Hawaii have begun to earn call-ups. While players stateside have chances to play in the U.S. Soccer Development Academy and other elite youth leagues week-in and week-out, those high-level opportunities come far less often in Hawaii.

Fontes first put herself on U.S. Soccer’s radar almost 5,000 miles from Wahiawa, in Boca Raton, Fla. at an Olympic Development Inter-Regional tournament. A few months later, she was called to join the U-15 Girls’ National Team for its first camp of 2016 in the second year of the team’s cycle. She’s earned call-ups to every camp since.

“I try to push myself at home, no matter how much time there is between camps,” Fontes said. “They tell me what to work on when I go home, and they’ve seen that it’s paying off so they’ve just kept bringing me back.”

Fontes has continued to find ways to reach higher levels in her game while back in Hawaii. She used to train with older players, but when those teammates graduated, she began training with boys to help work on her pace and physicality. She also takes advantage of her club environment with the Hawaii Rush.

Fontes exemplifies what Carr calls “player-driven” development. Throughout the cycle, he is in frequent contact with the players to monitor their progress and saw them in camp nearly monthly, but to really progress, Carr emphasizes that players have to take control of their own development. He’s seen Fontes evolve from a player once too shy to look him in the eye to an ever-inquisitive student of the game.

“Now, she wants to have conversations about her growth,” Carr said. “She says ’This is something that I want, what’s the next best development environment for me? What’s the next level that’s going to help me stay in this system?’ For any young player that shows that ownership of their development, that’s gold for me. She’s driving her development process. Ultimately, that’s going to decide where she ends up.”

That work, both at home in the 50th state and across the Pacific in U.S. training camps, has helped Fontes become the U-17s’ most lethal goal scorer. Her 22 goals in 2018 are the second-most for a youth WNT player all-time and she’s put together six multiple-goal games this year. She became the first U.S. female player to score four goals in two international games in the same year when she tallied quadruples against Venezuela and Argentina in early 2018. Her 24 career U-17 goals stand as the most on the team by a wide margin, and her 30 career U-17 caps also lead the USA. Carr says the prolific goal scoring efforts come from remarkable creativity.

“She sees things that not all of us see,” Carr said. “What she sees on the field and the creativity that she displays, some of that stuff you can’t teach. She’s a unique talent. She’s definitely got lots of things to improve upon, but her style and skillset is awesome for what our program looks for and she continues to grow.”

Fontes’ first Concacaf tournament experience came just a few months after her National Team camp debut, at the Concacaf Girls’ U-15 Championship in August 2016. She scored five goals and notched four assists in seven games during that competition, but Carr told her that she didn’t come into that camp in good enough shape. She hasn’t let it happen again. Her work with the USA and in Wahiawa has positioned her to make an impact in Uruguay.

“I know what I want to do in the future,” Fontes said. “I know that you can never stand still and always have to work on improving. Mark told me my goal scoring has put me in the good place, and I came in more fit to each camp, and I think that’s kept me on the team. I’m just excited to be here and try to help our team in the World Cup.”

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As Latest U-20 MNT Crop Looks to Qualify for World Cup, Alums are Well-Represented with MNT

After rolling through the group stage earlier this month, the U-20 MNT opens the two-game Qualifying Round of the 2018 CONCACAF U-20 Championship on Friday night against Costa Rica at IMG Academy Stadium in Bradenton, Fla.

Thanks to a 1-1 draw in the group opener between Costa Rica and Honduras, should Tab Ramos’ side defeat either team they will book their ticket to next year’s FIFA U-20 World Cup in Poland.

The trip through Concacaf’s qualifying tournament and ultimately the World Cup has long been a rite of passage for many as they work their way up to the U.S. Men’s National Team. That journey is well represented in the current roster that will close 2018 on Tuesday evening against Italy in Genk, Belgium.

More than half the players currently in camp – 16 of 26, to be exact -- have taken part in a previous Concacaf U-20 Championship or FIFA U-20 World Cup. Even more promising is that 11 of those players were part of the last two cycles in which the USA advanced to the World Cup Quarterfinals before falling narrowly on both occasions.

While in the early stages of their international journey, the U-20 MNT can certainly look to the current MNT pool for inspiration of what may come for them with the senior team.

Current MNT Roster U-20 MNT Experience

Player

Concacaf U-20 Championship

FIFA U-20 World Cup

Kellyn Acosta

2015

2013, 2015

Tyler Adams

2017

2017

Cameron Carter-Vickers

2015

2015, 2017

Luca de la Torre

2017

2017

Marky Delgado

-

2015

Romain Gall

2015

-

Ethan Horvath

2015

-

Jonathan Klinsmann

2017

2017

Sebastian Lletget

2011

-

Matt Miazga

2015

2015

Shaq Moore

2015

2015

Josh Sargent

-

2017

Wil Trapp

2013

2013

Jorge Villafaña

2009

2009

Bobby Wood

2011

-

DeAndre Yedlin

-

2013

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U.S. MNT Falls 3-0 to World Cup Semifinalists England at Wembley Stadium

LONDON (Nov. 15, 2018) — A U.S. Men’s National Team side averaging 24 years of age showed a resilient effort, but ultimately fell 3-0 to No. 5 ranked England in front of 68,155 fans at historic Wembley Stadium. Two first-half goals conceded in as many minutes gave the USA a 2-0 deficit at the break, before Callum Wilson’s 77th minute strike closed the scoring for the 2018 FIFA World Cup semifinalists.

Carried by the home atmosphere, England carried much of the early possession, but the USA broke out in the 25th minute and nearly pulled ahead. Weston McKennie played Christian Pulisic through on goal, with the MNT attacker breaking into the box alone only to see his close-range effort turned away via a brave stop from goalkeeper Jordan Pickford.

Galvanized by almost conceding the opening goal, England marched right back down the field and pulled ahead thanks to a highlight-reel strike from Jesse Lingard in the 25th minute. They doubled the lead two minutes later as Jadon Sancho connected with Trent Alexander-Arnold to beat Guzan inside the left post.

The USA came out of the locker room looking more confident, carrying much of the possession in the early second half. A small break in the action occurred in the 58th minute as legendary England striker Wayne Rooney came on to make his 120th and final appearance for the Three Lions.

Not long after Rooney’s entrance, Pulisic came close to cutting into the lead, picking up a ball on the end line only to see his close-range effort turned out for a corner kick in the 62nd. Minutes later, substitute Tyler Adams played a short corner to Pulisic, whose cross picked out Bobby Wood only to see his header graze over the bar.

Despite positive signs in the attack, England came back to grab a third goal, as Fabian Delph’s cross from the left found Wilson, whose one-timed effort beat Guzan inside the near post.

The MNT closes out its challenging 2018 calendar with a match against four-time World Cup champions Italy on Tuesday, Nov. 20. Kickoff from the neutral Luminus Arena in Genk, Belgium is set for 2:45 p.m. ET and the match can be seen live on FS1 and UniMas.

Goal Scoring Rundown:
ENG – Jesse Lingard (Dele Alli) 25th minute: After Christian Pulisic nearly gave the USA a 1-0 lead, England came down the other end and grabbed the opener thanks to a break-taking strike from Jesse Lingard. Ben Chilwell played Dele Alli into space on the left. Dele cut back to the top of the box for Jesse Lingard, who took the space and measured a blinding effort that left a fully extended Guzan unable to keep out. ENG 1, USA 0

ENG – Trent Alexander-Arnold (Jadon Sancho) 27th minute: Still reeling from the opening strike, the USA conceded a second two minutes later. Jadon Sancho carved a pass through the back line to find Trent Alexander-Arnold on the right before the full back hit a low one-time blast to beat Guzan inside the left post. ENG 2, USA 0

ENG – Callum Wilson (Fabian Delph) 77th minute: England’s third goal came as Eric Dier switched fields to find Fabian Delph in space down the left. Delph played a clever centering ball and Callum Wilson timed his run to perfect, slotting home a first-time effort past Guzan from the six-yard box. ENG 3, USA 0 FINAL.

Key Save and Defensive Plays:
USA – Brad Guzan, 13th minute: Though a beautiful diving save in the early going was negated by a foul called on a corner kick, Guzan was summoned back into action in the 13th minute. Trent Alexander-Arnold played Jesse Lingard in alone down the right, with the Manchester United winger unleashing a wicked blast that Guzan turned away before Wil Trapp cleared the danger.

ENG – Jordan Pickford, 24th minute: After sustaining a lot of early pressure, the USA nearly grabbed the lead when Weston McKennie collected the ball in midfield before sliding a pass through a cluster of England defenders. In an offside position when the ball was played, Bobby Wood held up his run, while Christian Pulisic took advantage of some confusion at the back to get through on goal. Into the box, Pulisic took the ball on his right and blasted an effort that Jordan Pickford read well from close range.

ENG – Jordan Pickford, 37th minute: The USA worked to claw things back as Wil Trapp delivered a hard tackle on his fellow captain Fabian Delph at midfield to force the MNT into transition. Julian Green picked the ball up in space and drove towards goal, but his effort from distance was punched away by Pickford.

USA – Brad Guzan, 39th minute: Playing down the left, Ben Chilwell lobbed a ball to the top of the area where Callum Wilson did well to take it down and play around Matt Miazga, but his low blast was saved by Guzan at the near post.

ENG – Michael Keane, 62nd minute: After seeing his free kick nodded away, Pulisic chased down the ball at the end line, picking it from Alexander-Arnold before cutting into the box and seeing his tight-angled shot turned out for a corner kick by Keane.

USA – Brad Guzan, 71st minute: Holding the ball around the area, an England pass finally made its way to Wayne Rooney just inside the penalty arc. The D.C. United attacker didn’t receive it well, but still managed to hit an effort that Guzan was equal to.

USA – Brad Guzan, 90+1 minute: Rooney nearly ended his international career with a stoppage-time strike. Receiving the ball in the box, the England legend fought of Matt Miazga to send a low effort towards the right post, but Guzan got down to quick to deny the effort.

Additional Notes:

  • The MNT starting XI averaged 24 years, 278 days and 26 caps
  • The match marked Christian Pulisic’s second appearance of 2018 and first in an MNT uniform against a European opponent.
  • Celebrating his 26th birthday, Bobby Wood earned the start up top.
  • Wil Trapp captained the side for the eighth time. His eight appearances place him in a tie with fellow starters
  •  Tim Weah and Bobby Wood for the team lead in 2018.
  • The match marked the first time the back four of DeAndre Yedlin, Matt Miazga, John Brooks and Jorge Villafaña have played together.
  • The game served as a send-off match for legendary England striker Wayne Rooney. Currently a member of D.C. United, Rooney ended his international career as England’s all-time scored (53 goals) and as its second-most capped player (120 appearances).
  • The MNT to 2-8-1 all-time against England and is 0-3-0 against the Three Lions on English soil.
  • With the MNT dressing 20 players, Luca de la Torre, Romain Gall, Jonathan Klinsmann, Aaron Long, Josh Sargent and Walker Zimmerman, are scratches from tonight’s match. Teams are allowed to make six substitutions. 

- U.S. Men’s National Team Match Report –

Match: Men’s National Team vs. England
Date: November 15, 2018
Competition: International Friendly
Venue: Wembley Stadium; London, England
Attendance: 68,155
Kickoff: 3 p.m. ET (8 p.m. local time)
Weather: 52 degrees; cloudy

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

ENG – Jesse Lingard (Dele Alli)        25th minute
ENG – Trent Alexander-Arnold (Sancho)       27
ENG – Callum Wilson (Fabian Delph)            77

Lineups:
USA: 1-Brad Guzan; 2-DeAndre Yedlin, 3-Matt Miazga, 6-John Brooks, 19-Jorge Villafaña (18-Shaq Moore, 88); 8-Weston McKennie (14-Sebastian Lletget, 76), 20-Wil Trapp (capt.) (23-Kellyn Acosta, 70); 10-Christian Pulisic, 16-Julian Green (4-Tyler Adams, 62), 11-Tim Weah (15-Kenny Saief, 76); 7-Bobby Wood
Substitutes not used: 12-Ethan Horvath, 3-Cameron Carter-Vickers, 9-Marky Delgado, 25-Reggie Cannon
Head Coach: Dave Sarachan

ENG: 1-Jordan Pickford (21-Alex McCarthy, 46); 2-Trent Alexander-Arnold, 5-Michael Keane, 6-Lewis Dunk, 3-Ben Chilwell (22-Eric Dier, 58); 4-Fabian Delph (capt.), 8-Harry Winks (23-Ruben Loftus-Cheek, 70); 7-Jadon Sancho, 11-Dele Alli (16-Jordan Henderson, 58), 14-Jesse Lingard (10-Wayne Rooney, 58); 9-Callum Wilson (19-Marcus Rashford, 79)
Substitutes:  13-Jack Butland, 12-Harry Kane, 15-Kyle Walker, 17-Raheem Sterling, 18-Ross Barkley, 20-John Stones, Head coach: Gareth Southgate

Stats Summary: USA / ENG
Shots: 10 / 15
Shots on Goal: 2 / 7
Saves: 4 / 2
Corner Kicks: 3 / 3
Fouls: 7 / 8
Offside: 4 / 2

Misconduct Summary:
None

Officials:
Referee: Jesús Gil Manzano (ESP)
Assistant Referee 1: Angel Nevado Rodríguez (ESP)
Assistant Referee 2: Diego Barbero Sevilla (ESP)
4th Official: Carlos del Cerro (ESP)

ussoccer.com Man of the Match: Christian Pulisic
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