PORTLAND, Oregon (March 27, 2019) – The U.S. Under-23 Women’s National Team defeated host Portland Thorns FC, 1-0, in the second of its three games at the 2019 Thorns Spring Invitational.
The USA fell to Reign FC, 2-1, on March 24, and will finish the friendly competition against the Chicago Red Stars on Saturday, March 30 at 1:30 p.m. PT. Portland wraps things up with a match against rival Reign FC at 7:30 p.m. PT.
The USA’s lone goal came after defender Kiara Pickett was taken down in the penalty box. Forward Catarina Macario, who scored all four of the USA’s goals at this tournament last year, stepped up and buried the penalty kick. The U.S. defense, anchored by the back line of Schuyler Debree, Kaleigh Riehl, Naomi Girma and Emily Fox, who captained the team, held fast to keep the Thorns off the board the rest of the way. Amanda McGlynn picked up the shutout in goal for the USA.
The Thorns were playing without numerous international players away on National Team duty, including four with the full U.S. WNT.
U.S. head coach B.J. Snow named a roster that features 21 collegiate players, two players current playing professionally in Europe – Debree (Sparta Prague in the Czech Republic) and Martha Thomas (Le Havre in France) – and one U.S. Soccer Development Academy player.
The U.S. Under-23s are taking part in Thorns Spring Invitational for the third year in a row. All the matches take place at Merlo Field on the campus of the University of Portland. The competition takes place over three matchdays, with an early game that has free admission and a later match featuring the Thorns that is a ticketed event. Tickets for the matches featuring the Thorns are general admission. Individual tickets are on sale to the public online at www.thornsfc.com.
-U.S. Under-23 Women’s National Team Match Report-
Match: United States U-23 Women’s National Team vs. Portland Thorns FC
Date: March 27, 2019
Competition: 2019 Thorns Spring Invitational
Venue: Merlo Field – University of Portland; Portland, Oregon
Kickoff: 7:30 p.m. PT
Weather: 52 degrees, raining
Scoring Summary: 1 2 F
USA 1 0 1
PTFC 0 0 0
USA – Catarina Macario (Penalty Kick) 6th minute
USA: 22-Amanda McGlynn, 19-Schuyler Debree (Meaghan Nally, 62), 5-Kaleigh Riehl, 15-Naomi Girma, 4-Emily Fox (capt.), 11-Kiara Pickett (23-Kirsten Pavlisko, 62), 8-Brianna Pinto (6-Jaelin Howell, 71), 16-Savannah DeMelo, 10-Catarina Macario (25-Paula Germino-Watnick, 71), 13-Ally Watt (14-Morgan Weaver, 62) (20-Haley Hopkins, 87), 9-Ashley Sanchez (17-Martha Thomas, 62)
Subs Not Used: 1-Laurel Ivory, 2-Maycee Bell, 7-Jenna Nighswonger, 18-Penelope Hocking, 21-Emina Ekic, 24-Channing Foster
Head Coach: B.J. Snow
PTFC: 33-Britt Eckerstrom (capt.), 2-Katherine Reynolds (42-Olivia Moultrie, 46), 20-Kelli Hubly, 41-Madison Pogarch, 27-Elizabeth Ball (12-Christine Sinclair, 61), 43-Arden Holden (35-Gabby Seiler, 61), 37-Emily Ogle, 40-Marissa Everett (15-Ellie Carpenter, 68), 26-Mallory Weber, 22-Ifeoma Onumonu (34-Tyler Lussi, 77), 38-Simone Charley
Subs Not Used: 7-Ana Crnogorcevic, 11-Dagny Brynjarsdottir, 21-Hayley Raso, 25-Meghan Klingenberg, 50-Hailey Cole
Head Coach: Mark Parsons
Stats Summary: USA / PTFC
Shots: 13 / 11
Shots on Goal: 6 / 2
Saves: 2 / 5
Corner Kicks: 2 / 6
Fouls: 10 / 7
Offside: 6 / 0
USA – Schuyler Debree (caution) 40th minute
Referee: Sya Magee
Assistant: Ryan Jung
Assistant: Stephanie Tercero
4th Official: Ian Miller