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2016 Coatia Tournament

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WNT Beats Reigning EURO Runners-up Denmark 5-1 in Thrilling 2018 Opener

SAN DIEGO, Calif. (Jan. 21, 2018) – The U.S. Women’s National Team kicked off its 2018 campaign with a powerful, come-from-behind 5-1 against reigning EURO Women’s runner-up Denmark in front of 17,526 fans at SDCCU Stadium on Sunday night.

Denmark got on the board early with a set-piece goal from Nadia Nadim in the 14th minute, but the USA quickly responded when Mallory Pugh connected with Alex Morgan for the game-tying score in the 17th minute. Julie Ertz then made it 2-1 in the 19th minute, and the USA carried the in to the half time break.

In the second half, Pugh added two goals – her first career brace – after taking advantage of a pair of defensive mishaps from Denmark, and Crystal Dunn wrapped up the scoring to give the U.S. the 5-1 win.

Next, the U.S. WNT will host the third annual SheBelieves Cup, the most elite four-team tournament in the world, that includes third-ranked England, second-ranked Germany and sixth-ranked France, from March 1-7 in Columbus, Ohio, Harrison, New Jersey, and Orlando, Florida.

Goal Scoring Rundown:

DEN – Nadia Nadim (Katrine Veje), 14th: Veje’s corner kick sailed to the far post where Nadim jumped high to head to the ball to the back of the net for the opening goal of the match. USA 0, DEN 1

USA – Alex Morgan (Mallory Pugh), 17th minute:
Pugh shook off Veje and drove towards the six-yard box where she crossed to the ball to an incoming Morgan, who did well to tap it in before the goalkeeper had a chance to get to it. USA 1, DEN 1 GOAL

USA – Julie Ertz (Tierna Davidson), 19th minute: Abby Dalhkemper’s lofted pass into the 18-yard box was received by Tierna Davidson, who out-jumped every other player in the box to head it into the six-yard box where Ertz finished with a looping, right-footed volley for her first goal of 2018. USA 2, DEN 1 GOAL

USA – Mallory Pugh, 47th: Denmark’s Sofia Pedersen had a defensive mishap in the back which resulted in Pugh taking advantage of the slow-rolling ball to go alone at the goal, beat a defender and crush a shot from about 10 yards out for her first of the night. USA 3, DEN 1 GOAL

USA – Mallory Pugh, 65th: Another mistake for Denmark, this time from goalkeeper Stina Petersen, resulted in a goal for Pugh, who brought down the goal kick with her body and drove forward, excellently splitting two defenders before slotting the ball into the lower right corner for her second of the night. USA 4, DEN 1 GOAL

USA – Crystal Dunn, 81st minute: After Christen Press’ shot got blocked by the goalkeeper, Dunn received the rebound right in the middle of the box to sent it to the back of the net for the final U.S. goal of the game. USA 5, DEN 1 GOAL FINAL

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Additional Notes:

  • Alex Morgan scored her 81st international goal in her 135th cap. At age 28 sits in sole possession of seventh place on the USA's all-time goal scoring list. She scored seven goals over her last seven WNT matches of 2017, and continuer her streak today, scoring the game-tying goal in the first half to make it eight goals in her last eight games.
  • Mallory Pugh started today at the stadium where she scored in her senior team debut (the 19th U.S. WNT player to score in her first cap) on Jan. 23, 2016, vs. Ireland at 17 years, 8 months and 25 days old, becoming the youngest player to debut for the U.S. in the last 11 years. Tonight, the 19-year-old scored two goals – her first career brace – and had an assist in what was her 30th cap for the WNT. She now has eight career goals and 12 career assists. Pugh owns the lead as the player with the most assists before the age of 20 in U.S. history.
  • Julie Ertz earned her 58th cap tonight. Ertz scored her 15th career goal for the WNT tonight, with 13 of them coming directly from or originating from set pieces. Ertz, who began playing as a defensive midfielder for the WNT during the 2017 Tournament of Nations, quickly excelled at the role and was later named the 2017 U.S. Soccer Female Player of the Year. She finished 2017 with six goals, second-most on the team. Today, both she and her husband – Philadelphia Eagles tight end Zach Ertz – were playing almost concurrently, with both earning big wins for their teams. Julie helped the U.S. kick-start the year on a positive note, while Zach helped the Eagles earn a berth to Super Bowl LII.
  • Tierna Davidson earned her first cap for the USA today, becoming the 21st player to make a WNT debut under Jill Ellis. Davidson earned her first career assist tonight. On Monday, the 19-year-old Stanford sophomore, who was named to the roster for the 2018 CONCACAF Women's U-20 Championship, will depart for Trinidad & Tobago to join the U-20 WNT as the USA competes to earn a berth to the 2018 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup. Davidson helped lead Stanford to the NCAA Championship this past season. She is the third teenager since 2013 to earn a first cap for the U.S. WNT. Mallory Pugh (17 in 2016) and Lindsey Horan (19 in 2013) are the most recent teenagers to debut for the WNT.
  • Ellis made all six substitutions tonight: Carli Lloyd came in for Abby Dahlkemper, Emily Sonnett for Taylor Smith, Savannah McCaskill for Andi Sullivan, Lynn Williams for Mallory Pugh, Christen Press for Alex Morgan, Crystal Dunn for Megan Rapinoe.
  • Crystal Dunn scored her 23rd career goal tonight. On January 16, it was announced Dunn will return to the NWSL and play for the North Carolina Courage during the 2017 season. The Courage acquired her rights from the Washington Spirit for Taylor Smith and Ashley Hatch.
  • Savannah McCaskill, who was taken second overall in the 2018 NWSL College Draft by the Boston Breakers, earned her first cap tonight, becoming the 22nd woman to earn a first cap under Jill Ellis. This was her first extended training time with the WNT. She led South Carolina to the NCAA College Cup with eight goals and nine assists on the year.
– U.S. Women’s National Team Match Report –

Match: U.S. Women’s National Team vs. Denmark
Date: Jan. 21, 2018
Competition: International Friendly
Venue: SDCCU Stadium; San Diego, California
Kickoff: 4:30 p.m. PT
Attendance: 17,526
Weather:  61 degrees; clear

Scoring Summary:      1          2          F
USA                             2          3          5                     
DEN                             1          0          1                     

DEN – Nadia Nadim (Katrine Veje)         14th minute
USA – Alex Morgan (Mallory Pugh)        17
USA – Julie Ertz (Tierna Davidson)        19
USA – Mallory Pugh                              47
USA – Mallory Pugh                              65
USA – Crystal Dunn                              81                   

Lineups:
USA: 1-Alyssa Naeher; 22-Taylor Smith (16-Emily Sonnett, 54), 14-Abby Dahlkemper (10-Carli Lloyd, 54), 17-Tierna Davidson, 5-Kelley O’Hara; 8-Julie Ertz, 9-Lindsey Horan, 6-Andi Sullivan (26-Savannah McCaskill, 70); 11-Mallory Pugh (12-Lynn Williams, 70), 13-Alex Morgan (capt.) (23-Christen Press, 70), 15-Megan Rapinoe (19-Crystal Dunn, 70)
Substitutes not used: 24-Ashlyn Harris
Head coach: Jill Ellis

DEN: 1-Stina Lykke Petersen; 8-Theresa Nielsen, 12-Stine Larsen, 3-Janni Arnth, 11-Katrine Veje; 13-Sofie Junge Pedersen (14-Nicoline Sørensen, 75), 4-Maja Kildemoes (6-Nanna Christiansen, 46), 15-Frederikke Thøgersen (18-Mie Leth Jans, 84), 7-Sanne Troelsgaard; 10-Pernille Harder, 9-Nadia Nadim                                                                     Substitutes not used: 22-Line Johansen, 17-Signe Bruun, 19-Cecilie Sandvej, 20-Stine Ballisager Pedersen, 21-Sarah Dyrehauge, 23-Caroline Moeller
Head coach:
Lars Søndergaard

Stats Summary: USA / DEN
Shots: 19 / 6
Shots on Goal: 8 / 1
Saves: 0 / 3
Corner Kicks: 9 / 3
Fouls: 7 / 12
Offside: 2 / 1

Misconduct Summary:
DEN – Pernille Harder (caution)                                     21st minute
USA – Julie Ertz (caution)                                              74

Officials:
Referee: Karen Abt (USA)                                                                                           
Assistant Referee 1: Jennifer Garner (USA)
Assistant Referee 2: Brooke Mayo (USA)                                                                                             
4th Official: Christina Unkel (USA)                                                                                                                                                                                                                     

Budweiser Woman of the Match: Alex Morgan

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WNT Jan 21, 2018

Late Goal Lifts USA Over Jamaica 2-1 in Second 2018 CONCACAF Women's U-20 Championship Group Game

COUVA, Trinidad & Tobago (Jan. 21, 2018) – The U.S. Under-20 Women’s National Team defeated Jamaica 2-1 to win its second group stage match at the 2018 CONCACAF Women’s U-20 Championship. With the victory, the USA clinches a berth in the tournament semifinals.

The U.S. controlled possession for most of the first half, but as the clock wore on, Jamaica’s counterattack cut deeper and deeper into the Americans’ final third. U.S. Midfielder Savannah DeMelo found success feeding the ball to forwards Sophia Smith and Civana Kulmann, letting the duo fire away on some dangerous chances. Smith rocketed a few threatening shots, but wasn’t able to find the back of the net until a 42nd-minute free kick.

The USA came out of the half on the attack with an eye to extend its lead, but the Reggae Girlz became more aggressive as the half wore on and made some very dangerous forays into U.S. territory, highlighted by a shot off the crossbar with 20 minutes remaining.

The shot was a warning, and Jamaica equalized from a set piece in the 88th minute via a Jadyn Matthews strike. But the USA was not to be defeated, striking back just over a minute later as Smith picked out Howell in the Jamaica box for the game winner and extend its CONCACAF qualifying undefeated streak to 22.

In the first Group B match of the day, Mexico defeated Nicaragua 3-0. El Tri is currently first in Group B based on goal differential.

Up Next: The USA will have a chance to top the group when they face Mexico on Tuesday, Jan. 23 at 3 p.m. ET (UDN, CONCACAF YouTube).

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2018 CONCACAF Women’s U-20 Championship
Group B Standings

Team

GP

W

L

D

Pts.

GF

GA

GD

Mexico

2

2

0

0

6

6

0

+6

USA

2

2

0

0

6

4

1

+3

Nicaragua

2

0

2

0

0

0

4

-4

Jamaica

2

0

2

0

0

1

6

-5

Goal Scoring Rundown:

USA – Sophia Smith (free kick), 42nd minute:
On the attack, Savannah DeMelo drew a foul when she was sandwiched between two defenders near the top of the center of the Jamaica box. She, Isabel Rodriguez and Smith lined up behind the ball on the free kick, and after some shuffling, Smith was left to take it. She struck a thunderous shot to the top right corner, giving the USA a 1-0 lead just before the half. USA 1, JAM 0 [WATCH]

JAM – Jadyn Matthews (Jody Brown), 88th minute: Jamaica’s second half pressure finally told late on when a free kick from 35 yards out to the right of the U.S. goal was floated in toward the back post where Brown headed the ball back across the face of goal. Matthews was quickest to react, stabbing the ball over the line with two defenders closing in. USA 2, JAM 1 [WATCH]

USA – Jaelin Howell (Sophia Smith), 89h minute: The USA responded immediately after suffering a potentially dispiriting equalizer. Advancing the ball down Jamaica’s right flank, Smith got free with the ball near the endline and zipped a pass across the goal mouth, picking out the run of Howell who only needed to make contact to redirect the ball in from the center of the six-yard box to secure an exhilarating late win for the United States. USA 2, JAM 1 [WATCH] FINAL

Key Saves and Defensive Stops:

JAM – Sydney Schneider, 14th minute:
Rodriguez came up to win a tough ball in the air and headed it forward, finding Kelsey Turnbow. She centered it to DeMelo, who immediately hit a pass to Smith at the top of the box. The forward took a few dribbles and launched a booming strike to the right side, but Sydney Schneider tipped the USA’s best early chance upwards and out-of-bounds.

USA – Amanda McGlynn, 43rd minute:
Jamaica found its most dangerous chance of the first half soon after the opening goal. Quickly pressing into the American end, Giselle Washington tapped the ball towards the net from the top of the circle, setting off a foot race between Marlee Fray and Zoe Morse. Fray and Morse collided right in front of U.S. goalkeeper Amanda McGlynn, but she quickly recovered to grab the ball as it squirted out.

JAM – Sydney Schneider, 54th minute (53:05):
After an American attacking run, Schneider’s clearance attempt was intercepted in the air and played up to Kuhlmann. She had the ball taken away from her, but the misplayed clearance teed the ball up for Viviana VIllacorta on the run. The midfielder launched a shot towards the right side, but Schneider got just enough to deflect the ball out-of-bounds.  

JAM – Sydney Schneider, 59th minute:
From behind the half line, Naomi Girma hit a well-placed long ball to find Smith on the run. She centered to DeMelo, whose first-time attempt was deflected by Schneider’s shin guard. She quickly recovered and secured the ball.

USA – Amanda McGlynn, 71st minute (70:45):
The Reggae Girlz got more aggressive as the half wore on, aided by a spark from substitute Jazmin Grant. Grant made a nice dribble all the way from the Jamaican third to the American end and after a back-and-forth with her teammate, she launched a screamer from the top left corner of the box. McGlynn deflected it upwards, but it bounced off the crossbar. Mireya Grey captured the rebound and dished to Grant in front of the net, but her follow-up attempt on net went wide. 

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U-20 WNT Jan 21, 2018

Lineup Notes: 2018 Begins as WNT Takes on Denmark in San Diego

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WNT Jan 21, 2018

A Day in the Life: Andi Sullivan

Follow U.S. WNT midfielder Andi Sullivan, the top pick in the 2018 NWSL Draft, through a day of January Camp in Los Angeles. Hint: There's lots of training involved. Read more
WNT Jan 21, 2018

Hope Solo: By the Numbers

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WNT Jan 21, 2018

Preview: U-20 WNT Continues World Cup Qualifying Quest Against Jamaica

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U-20 WNT Jan 20, 2018

GALLERY: U-20 WNT Takes Down Nicaragua in World Cup Qualifying Opener

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U-20 WNT Jan 20, 2018

In Photos: A Training Day for Emily Sonnett

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WNT Jan 20, 2018

U-20 WNT's Howell and Smith Face (Very) Familiar Foe

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U-20 WNT Jan 20, 2018

Torres, Kuhlmann Goals Lift USA Past Nicaragua 2-0 in 2018 CONCACAF Women’s U-20 Championship Opener

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U-20 WNT Jan 19, 2018

Five Things to Know About Denmark

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WNT Jan 19, 2018

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WNT Jan 19, 2018

Schedule

Results

Date Matchup Result Venue Attendance Goal Scorers
0-2 L Zagreb, Croatia --
1-2 L Zagreb, Croatia Fuentes
1-0 W Zagreb, Croatia Reyna

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USA Schedule

Date Match Time (ET)/Result Venue
May 31 USA vs. TBD
TBD
Zagreb, Croatia
June 2
USA vs. Croatia
TBD Zagreb, Croatia
June 3
USA vs. Serbia
TBD Zagreb, Croatia
June 5
USA vs. UAE
TBD Zagreb, Croatia

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