U.S. Under-20 Women’s National Team vs. France
Stade de la Rabine; Vannes, France
12:30 p.m. ET (6:30 p.m. local) – FFF Facebook Live
March 3, 2018
WORLD CUP PREP BEGINS IN FRANCE: The U-20 Women’s National Team is back together for its first camp since clinching 2018 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup qualification at the CONCACAF U-20 Women’s Championship in Trinidad & Tobago. With their tickets punched, the U-20s are in France for a pair of friendlies against the host nation, both to be played at World Cup stadiums in the Brittany region - Stade de la Rabine in Vannes and Stade Marville in Saint-Malo - two of the competition’s four official venues. The trip is an invaluable experience for the team to familiarize itself with the World Cup locations five months before the tournament starts.
France will provide world-class competition at the World Cup venues. Les Bleues are coming off a runner-up finish at the 2017 UEFA Women’s U-19 Championship last summer. Two days after the second leg against France on March 6 in St. Malo, the USA will discover its World Cup path at the official draw in Rennes, the capital of Brittany.
USA vs. France
Stade de la Rabine; Vannes, France
USA vs. France
Stade Marville; Saint-Malo, France
RECENT HISTORY VS. FRANCE: The USA last took on France at the 2017 La Manga Tournament, a competition that marked the beginning of this U-20 cycle. The USA defeated Les Bleues 2-0 on goals from Sophia Smith and Kelsey Turnbow, bouncing back from a tough loss to Germany in the previous match. Smith’s goal capped a remarkable scoring run last year that saw her score nine goals in six international matches with the U-20 and U-18 squads.
A few months earlier, the previous U-20 WNT met France in its group stage opener at the 2016 World Cup in Papua New Guinea. The teams tied 0-0 in a tightly contested match and the USA would go on to win the group on a rarely used tie-breaker, FIFA Fair Play points after the two teams tied on points, goal difference and goals scored. The French went on to finish second to North Korea in the tournament while the USA took home fourth place.
The U.S. and France also met in the group stage of the 2008 World Cup and the 2006 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Championship, defeating Les Bleues 3-0 and 1-0 respectively.
USA PUNCHES WORLD CUP TICKET IN TRINIDAD: At last month’s CONCACAF Women’s U-20 Championship, the USA earned its World Cup berth with a thrilling penalty kick victory over Haiti. The Confederation championship sent three teams to the World Cup: two semifinal winners – Mexico and the USA -- and the third-place game victor, Haiti.
The USA earned its place in the semifinal after battling for three group stage victories against Nicaragua, Jamaica and Mexico, highlighted by a last-minute winner against the Reggae Girlz in the second match.
In the semifinal, a tenacious Haiti side broke through late in the game to level the score 1-1. In the penalty kick shootout, a stellar performance from goalkeeper Amanda McGlynn set up Zoe Morse to deliver a World Cup-clinching penalty kick. The final saw a rematch with regional rival Mexico. After falling behind in the first half, the USA rallied to equalize after the break and sent the game to extra time. Another 30 minutes of back-and-forth saw things go to penalties again, but this time the U.S. came up short, losing 4-2, to Mexico.
U.S. U-20 WNT Roster by Position – 2018 France Series (College/Club; Hometown):
GOALKEEPERS (3): Brooke Heinsohn (Duke; Norfolk, Mass.), Laurel Ivory (Virginia; Surfside, Fla.), Amanda McGlynn (Virginia Tech; Jacksonville, Fla.)
DEFENDERS (7): Jordan Brewster (Internationals SC; North Canton, Ohio), Naomi Girma (California Thorns FC; San Jose, Calif.), Samantha Hiatt (Stanford; Newcastle, Wash.), Tara McKeown (USC; Newbury Park, Calif.), Zoe Morse (Virginia; East Lansing, Mich.), Kiara Pickett (Stanford; Santa Barbara, Calif.), Karina Rodriguez (UCLA; Torrance, Calif.)
MIDFIELDERS (6): Samantha Coffey (Boston College; Sleepy Hollow, N.Y.), Savannah DeMelo (USC; Bellflower, Calif.), Jaelin Howell (Real Colorado; Windsor, Colo.), Brianna Pinto (NTH Tophat; Durham, N.C.), Delanie Sheehan (UCLA; Brentwood, Calif.), Viviana Villacorta (UCLA; Lawndale, Calif.)
FORWARDS (8): Jenna Bike (Boston College; Trumbull, Conn.), Chardonnay Curran (Oregon; Ewa Beach, Hawaii), Penelope Hocking (So Cal Blues; Anaheim, Calif.), Abigail Kim (California; Vashon, Wash.), Civana Kuhlmann (Stanford; Littleton, Colo.), Sophia Smith (Real Colorado; Windsor, Colo.), Taryn Torres (Virginia; Frisco, Texas), Kelsey Turnbow (Santa Clara; Nashville, Tenn.)
- Seventeen of the roster’s 24 players helped the USA qualify for the World Cup in Trinidad & Tobago last month.
- Three of the four World Cup qualifying alternates are with the U-20s in France: goalkeeper Brooke Heinsohn, defender Jordan Brewster and defender Samantha Hiatt.
- Midfielder Delanie Sheehan and forwards Jenna Bike, Penelope Hocking and Chardonnay Curran are also new additions from the January roster.
- The roster features players from three birth years: eight born in 1998 (the age cut-off year for the World Cup), 13 born in 1999 and three born in 2000.
- Defender Naomi Girma, midfielders Jaelin Howell and Brianna Pinto and forwards Penelope Hocking and Sophia Smith are the only players on the roster not yet enrolled in college.
- Ten colleges and five youth clubs are represented on the roster.
- Five of the six youth club players are currently participating in the inaugural season of the U.S. Soccer Girls’ Development Academy: Girma (California Thorns FC), Hocking (So Cal Blues) Howell (Real Colorado), Pinto (NTH Tophat) and Smith (Real Colorado)
FRANCE U-20 WNT Roster by Position (Club):
GOALKEEPERS (2): Mylène Chavas (AS St. Etienne), Jade Lebastard (EA Guingamp)
DEFENDERS (7): Selma Bacha (Olympique Lyonnais), Elisa De Almeida (Paris FC), Pauline Dechilly (FC Metz), Romane Enguehard (US St. Malo), Sarah Galera (Toulouse FC), Julie Piga (Grenoble Foot 38), Julie Thibaud (FC Girondins de Bordeaux)
MIDFIELDERS (6): Lina Boussaha (Paris St. Germain FC), Sana Daoudi (Atletico Madrid/ESP), Christy Gavory (FC Metz), Annahita Le Loch’h Zamanian (Kopparbergs Göteborg FC/SWE), Amira Ould Braham (VGA St. Maur), Doriane Pau (Toulouse FC)
FORWARDS (7): Sandy Baltimore (Paris St. Germain FC), Inès Boutaleb (Grenoble Foot 38), Mathilde Bourdieu (Paris FC), Kelly Gago (AS St. Etienne), Marie Antoinette Katoto (Paris St. Germain), Emelyne Laurent (Olympique Lyonnais), Melvine Malard (Olympique Lyonnais)
- Twenty of France’s 22-player roster compete domestically in France. Midfielder Sana Daoudi plays for Spain’s Atletico Madrid and fellow midfielder Annahita Le Loch’h Zamanian plays for Kopparbergs Götegorg FC in Sweden.
- Nine of the 22 played in the UEFA Women’s U-19 European Championship Final against Spain, a 3-2 defeat.
- Seven players logged minutes against the USA at La Manga last year. Nine of the USA’s 24-player roster took the field against Les Bleues in Spain.
- Both teams have two U-20 World Cup veterans. For France, goalkeepers Mylène Chavas and Jade Lebastard were rostered in Papua New Guines while goalkeeper Brooke Heinsohn and midfielder Savannah DeMelo represented the USA.
- Chavas started against the USA in the teams’ last two match-ups: La Manga and the 2016 U-20 WWC Opener.
- France finished second in Papua New Guinea, its best-ever finish at the U-20 WWC. Les Bleues also took home third in 2014 and fourth in 2008.
- The French are four-time European champions, winning the U-19 Championship in 2016, 2013, 2010 and 2003.
- One of the top teams in Europe, France has earned top-four finishes at UEFA 11 of the 14 times they’ve played the tournament.
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- Redemption Song: U-20 WNT Defender Zoe Morse Takes Her Shot
- Freshly-Capped Davidson Returns to U-20s with WNT Experience
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- At Home on the Outside: U-20 WNT’s Isabel Rodriguez Finds Her Place
- Positive Attitude Guides U-20 WNT GK Amanda McGlynn to World Cup Qualifying Roster
- U-20s’ Villacorta Growing in Her Role as a Defensive Midfielder
- The Mindful Journey of U-20 WNT Forward Taryn Torres
- Younger Players Getting Opportunity with U-20 WNT
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