CLAIREFONTAINE, France (Feb 20, 2023) – The U.S. Under-23 Women’s Youth National Team drew 1-1 with France in the second of two matches between the teams at the Clairefontaine training center outside of Paris.
The USA starting lineup featured four professionals and seven college players, although three of the pros (forwards Alyssa Thompson, Michelle Cooper and Alexa Spaanstra) have yet to make their NWSL regular season debuts. Thompson, the top pick in the 2023 NWSL Draft by Angel City FC, scored the USA’s lone goal in the draw in the 13th minute. She also scored in the USA’s 2-0 win over France on Feb. 17 in the first match between the teams.
The USA held the lead until the 83rd minute when France’s Madeline Roth notched the equalizer.
Seven players on this roster played for the USA at the 2022 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup: defenders Lauren Flynn, Lilly Reale and Laney Rouse, midfielder Korbin Albert, and forwards Trinity Byars, Cooper and Thompson.
-U.S. Under-23 Women’s Youth National Team Match Report-
Match: United States Under-23 Women’s Youth National Team vs. France U-23 WNT
Date: February 20, 2023
Competition: International Friendly
Venue: Michel Platini Stadium; Clairefontaine, France
Weather: 52 degrees, sunny
Scoring Summary: 1 2 F
USA 1 0 1
FRA 0 1 1
USA – Alyssa Thompson 13th minute
FRA – Madeline Roth 83
USA:1- Hensley Hancuff (12- Lauren Kozal, 46); 18-Laney Rouse (16-Lauren Flynn, 46), 5-Eva Gaetino, 14-Megan Bornkamp (4-Lilly Reale, 46), 15-Kate Wiesner; 13-Hannah Bebar (8-Brianna Pinto, 46), 3-Alexis Theoret (Capt.) (20-Alexis Missimo, 66), 6-Lia Godfrey (2-Korbin Albert, 46); 7-Alyssa Thompson (19-Trinity Byars, 46), 9-Michelle Cooper (11-Taylor Huff, 61), 17-Alexa Spaanstra (10-Mia Fishel, 46)
Head Coach: Carrie Kveton
FRA: 16-Marie-Morgane Sieber; 4-Maelys Mpome (5-Oceane Deslandes, 76), 12-Jade Le Guilly, 13-Celina Ould Hocine (3-Eva Kouache, 66), 14-Alice Sombath; 6-Ines Benyahia (20-Laurina Fazer, 58), 7-Julie Dufour (19-Manssita Traore, 58), 11-Oriane Jean-Francois (Capt.), 10-Sonia Ouchene (8-Cyrielle Blanc, 66); 15-Vicky Becho, 17-Mickaella Cardia (18-Madeline Roth, 58)
Substitutes not used: 1-Manon Wahl, 2-Ines Belloumou
Head coach: Gregoire Sorin
Stats Summary: USA / FRA
Shots: 5 / 7
Shots on Goal: 3 / 2
Saves: 1 / 2
Corner Kicks: 5 / 3
Fouls: 5 / 6
Offside: 3 / 0
Referee: Siham Benmahamed (FRA)
1st Assistant Referee: Violette Le Chevert (FRA)
2nd Assistant Referee: Siham Boudina (FRA)
4th Official: Marine Tanguy (FRA)