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U-15 GNT Defeats Dominican Republic 6-0 to Take Top Spot in Group A at CONCACAF Championship

ORLANDO, Fla. (Aug. 13, 2016) – The Under-15 Girls’ National Team defeated the Dominican Republic 6-0 to finish first in Group A at the 2016 CONCACAF U-15 Girls’ Championship.

The win was the fourth in a row for the USA, which now awaits its quarterfinal opponent after the completion of group play in two days. The USA will face the winner of Group E, which will be either Bermuda or the Bahamas.

Group B winner Canada will play winner of Group D, Group A runner-up Mexico will play winner of Group C and the 2nd place team in Group B will play the 2nd place team in Group C.

Samantha Meza and Sunshine Fontes both scored twice for the USA while Kalyssa Van Zanten and Payton Linnehan added single goals.

“I’m very proud and happy that we were able to finish at the top of the group with four shutouts,” said U.S. U-15 Girls’ National Team head coach Mark Carr. “Today against the Dominican Republic, we had some clear objectives on what we wanted to work on and I thought all of the players absorbed the concepts and demonstrated them in the game. We are now looking to rest up and fine tune a few things before the knockout stages begin. I know this group is hungry for more and focused on our quarterfinal.”  

2016 CONCACAF U-15 GIRLS’ CHAMPIONSHIP GROUPS
Group A:
United States, Mexico, Trinidad & Tobago, Haiti, Dominican Republic
Group B:
Canada, Costa Rica, Venezuela, Jamaica, El Salvador
Group C:
Puerto Rico, Nicaragua, Santa Lucia, Grenada, St. Vincent & the Grenadines
Group D:
Barbados, U.S. Virgin Islands, Curaҫao, Anguilla
Group E:
Bermuda, Cayman Islands, Antigua & Barbuda, Bahamas 

U-15 Girls’ National Team Match Report

Match: United States U-15 Girls’ National Team vs. Dominican Republic U-15 Girls’ National Team
Date:
August 13, 2016
Competition:
CONCACAF Under-15 Girls’ Championship
Venue:
Field #18 – ESPN Wide World of Sports, Orlando, Fla.
Weather:
88 degrees, sunny 

Scoring Summary:    1          2          F
USA                             4          2          6
DOM                            0          0          0 

USA – Samantha Meza (Makenna Morris)                2nd minute
USA – Samantha Meza (Sunshine Fontes)               3
USA – Sunshine Fontes (Mia Fishel)                         9
USA – Kalyssa Van Zanten (Samantha Meza)         17
USA – Sunshine Fontes (Hollyn Torres)                    40
USA – Payton Linnehan (Hollyn Torres)                    41                       

Lineups:
USA: 12-Lindsey Romig; 2-Makenna Morris (13-Payton Linnehan, 36); 6-Natalia Staude; 5-Leah Scarpelli; 3-D’awncey Jones-Black (17-Talia Dellaperuta, 23, 4-Tori Hansen, 47); 7-Samantha Meza; 11-Eleanor Glenn; 10-Mia Fishel (14-Madison Mercado, 36); 8-Hollyn Torres; 18-Sunshine Fontes; 9-Kalyssa Van Zanten (16-Croix Bethune, 56)
Subs not used: 1-Ruth Jones; 16-Gabrielle Robinson
Head Coach: Mark Carr

DOM: 1-Carla Peralta; 2-Miranda Montes; 4-Richeymi Mejia (8-Deborah Tavarez, 44); 5-Katia Constanzo; 6-Karla Muniz (7-Jordy Espinal, 30); 9-Claudia Alcantara; 11-Marianelys Perez; 13-Nathaly Acosta (10-Yorgelis Martinez, 68); 15-Ruberki Minyeti (3-Jaely Encarnacion, 64); 16-Carmen Lorenzo; 18-Yamely Lopez
Subs not used: 12-Nayelis Lopez; 14-Georgina Hernandez; 17-Juanly Perez
Head Coach: Jose Alberto Saldana 

Stats Summary: USA / DOM
Shots: 15 / 0
Shots on Goal: 10 / 0
Saves: 0 / 4
Corner Kicks: 10 / 0
Fouls: 5 / 6
Offside: 4 / 0 

Misconduct Summary:
None

Officials:
Referee: Hector Martinez (HON)
Assistant Referee 1: Lidia Ayala (SLV)
Assistant Referee 2: Tonia Jordan (BRB)
Fourth Official: Kimberly Mora (CRC)

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U-15 Girls’ National Team Match Report

Match: United States U-15 Girls’ National Team vs. Dominican Republic U-15 Girls’ National Team
Date:
August 13, 2016
Competition:
CONCACAF Under-15 Girls’ Championship
Venue:
Field #18 – ESPN Wide World of Sports, Orlando, Fla.
Weather:
88 degrees, sunny 

Scoring Summary:    1          2          F
USA                             4          2          6
DOM                            0          0          0 

USA – Samantha Meza (Makenna Morris)                2nd minute
USA – Samantha Meza (Sunshine Fontes)               3
USA – Sunshine Fontes (Mia Fishel)                         9
USA – Kalyssa Van Zanten (Samantha Meza)         17
USA – Sunshine Fontes (Hollyn Torres)                    40
USA – Payton Linnehan (Hollyn Torres)                    41                       

Lineups:
USA: 12-Lindsey Romig; 2-Makenna Morris (13-Payton Linnehan, 36); 6-Natalia Staude; 5-Leah Scarpelli; 3-D’awncey Jones-Black (17-Talia Dellaperuta, 23, 4-Tori Hansen, 47); 7-Samantha Meza; 11-Eleanor Glenn; 10-Mia Fishel (14-Madison Mercado, 36); 8-Hollyn Torres; 18-Sunshine Fontes; 9-Kalyssa Van Zanten (16-Croix Bethune, 56)
Subs not used: 1-Ruth Jones; 16-Gabrielle Robinson
Head Coach: Mark Carr

DOM: 1-Carla Peralta; 2-Miranda Montes; 4-Richeymi Mejia (8-Deborah Tavarez, 44); 5-Katia Constanzo; 6-Karla Muniz (7-Jordy Espinal, 30); 9-Claudia Alcantara; 11-Marianelys Perez; 13-Nathaly Acosta (10-Yorgelis Martinez, 68); 15-Ruberki Minyeti (3-Jaely Encarnacion, 64); 16-Carmen Lorenzo; 18-Yamely Lopez
Subs not used: 12-Nayelis Lopez; 14-Georgina Hernandez; 17-Juanly Perez
Head Coach: Jose Alberto Saldana 

Stats Summary: USA / DOM
Shots: 15 / 0
Shots on Goal: 10 / 0
Saves: 0 / 4
Corner Kicks: 10 / 0
Fouls: 5 / 6
Offside: 4 / 0 

Misconduct Summary:
None

Officials:
Referee: Hector Martinez (HON)
Assistant Referee 1: Lidia Ayala (SLV)
Assistant Referee 2: Tonia Jordan (BRB)
Fourth Official: Kimberly Mora (CRC)

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US Soccer

U-15 GNT Defeats Dominican Republic 6-0 to Take Top Spot in Group A at CONCACAF Championship

ORLANDO, Fla. (Aug. 13, 2016) – The Under-15 Girls’ National Team defeated the Dominican Republic 6-0 to finish first in Group A at the 2016 CONCACAF U-15 Girls’ Championship.

The win was the fourth in a row for the USA, which now awaits its quarterfinal opponent after the completion of group play in two days. The USA will face the winner of Group E, which will be either Bermuda or the Bahamas.

Group B winner Canada will play winner of Group D, Group A runner-up Mexico will play winner of Group C and the 2nd place team in Group B will play the 2nd place team in Group C.

Samantha Meza and Sunshine Fontes both scored twice for the USA while Kalyssa Van Zanten and Payton Linnehan added single goals.

“I’m very proud and happy that we were able to finish at the top of the group with four shutouts,” said U.S. U-15 Girls’ National Team head coach Mark Carr. “Today against the Dominican Republic, we had some clear objectives on what we wanted to work on and I thought all of the players absorbed the concepts and demonstrated them in the game. We are now looking to rest up and fine tune a few things before the knockout stages begin. I know this group is hungry for more and focused on our quarterfinal.”  

2016 CONCACAF U-15 GIRLS’ CHAMPIONSHIP GROUPS
Group A:
United States, Mexico, Trinidad & Tobago, Haiti, Dominican Republic
Group B:
Canada, Costa Rica, Venezuela, Jamaica, El Salvador
Group C:
Puerto Rico, Nicaragua, Santa Lucia, Grenada, St. Vincent & the Grenadines
Group D:
Barbados, U.S. Virgin Islands, Curaҫao, Anguilla
Group E:
Bermuda, Cayman Islands, Antigua & Barbuda, Bahamas 

U-15 Girls’ National Team Match Report

Match: United States U-15 Girls’ National Team vs. Dominican Republic U-15 Girls’ National Team
Date:
August 13, 2016
Competition:
CONCACAF Under-15 Girls’ Championship
Venue:
Field #18 – ESPN Wide World of Sports, Orlando, Fla.
Weather:
88 degrees, sunny 

Scoring Summary:    1          2          F
USA                             4          2          6
DOM                            0          0          0 

USA – Samantha Meza (Makenna Morris)                2nd minute
USA – Samantha Meza (Sunshine Fontes)               3
USA – Sunshine Fontes (Mia Fishel)                         9
USA – Kalyssa Van Zanten (Samantha Meza)         17
USA – Sunshine Fontes (Hollyn Torres)                    40
USA – Payton Linnehan (Hollyn Torres)                    41                       

Lineups:
USA: 12-Lindsey Romig; 2-Makenna Morris (13-Payton Linnehan, 36); 6-Natalia Staude; 5-Leah Scarpelli; 3-D’awncey Jones-Black (17-Talia Dellaperuta, 23, 4-Tori Hansen, 47); 7-Samantha Meza; 11-Eleanor Glenn; 10-Mia Fishel (14-Madison Mercado, 36); 8-Hollyn Torres; 18-Sunshine Fontes; 9-Kalyssa Van Zanten (16-Croix Bethune, 56)
Subs not used: 1-Ruth Jones; 16-Gabrielle Robinson
Head Coach: Mark Carr

DOM: 1-Carla Peralta; 2-Miranda Montes; 4-Richeymi Mejia (8-Deborah Tavarez, 44); 5-Katia Constanzo; 6-Karla Muniz (7-Jordy Espinal, 30); 9-Claudia Alcantara; 11-Marianelys Perez; 13-Nathaly Acosta (10-Yorgelis Martinez, 68); 15-Ruberki Minyeti (3-Jaely Encarnacion, 64); 16-Carmen Lorenzo; 18-Yamely Lopez
Subs not used: 12-Nayelis Lopez; 14-Georgina Hernandez; 17-Juanly Perez
Head Coach: Jose Alberto Saldana 

Stats Summary: USA / DOM
Shots: 15 / 0
Shots on Goal: 10 / 0
Saves: 0 / 4
Corner Kicks: 10 / 0
Fouls: 5 / 6
Offside: 4 / 0 

Misconduct Summary:
None

Officials:
Referee: Hector Martinez (HON)
Assistant Referee 1: Lidia Ayala (SLV)
Assistant Referee 2: Tonia Jordan (BRB)
Fourth Official: Kimberly Mora (CRC)

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Carr Names 18-Player Roster For 2016 CONCACAF U-15 Girls' Championship

CHICAGO (July 25, 2016) - U.S. Under-15 Girls’ National Team head coach Mark Carr has named an 18-player roster that will participate in the 2016 CONCACAF U-15 Girls’ Championship.

The USA will be competing in the tournament for the first time with the competition taking place from August 9-21 at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex at Disney in Orlando.

The tournament will be a capper of sorts for this two-year cycle of U-15 players before they move to the U-17’s in 2017, although there will be two more events in the fall for this group, which features players born mostly in 2001.

“I want to congratulate the whole pool of players that we’ve worked with through this cycle over the last 18 months,” said Carr. “It was not easy to narrow down the roster to 18, and that’s a credit to the depth in this age group. Moving forward, I know that the future is very bright for all of these players who are just starting their journey in our National Team programs.”

Carr chose 16 players born in 2001 and two who were born in 2002. Four players on the roster hail from Georgia, while two each come from California, Hawaii, North Carolina, Virginia and Texas. Maryland, New Jersey and Illinois have one player each.

U.S. Under-15 Girls’ National Team Roster – 2016 CONCACAF U-15 Championship
GOALKEEPERS (2):
Ruthie Jones (Charlotte SA; Charlotte, N.C.), Lindsey Romig (Richmond United; Midlothian, Va.)
DEFENDERS (6): Talia DellaPeruta (Tophat SC; Cumming, Ga.), Tori Hansen (CASL; Raleigh, N.C.), D'awncey Jones-Black (Honolulu Bulls SC; Ewa Beach, Hawaii), Makenna Morris (Bethesda SC; Germantown, Md.), Leah Scarpelli (PDA; Brick, N.J.), Natalia Staude (Tophat SC; Atlanta, Ga.)
MIDFIELDERS (6):
Croix Bethune (Concorde Fire; Alpharetta Ga.), Mia Fishel (San Diego Surf; San Diego, Calif.), Eleanor Glenn (Tophat SC; Avondale Estates, Ga.), Madison Mercado (San Diego Surf; San Diego, Calif.), Gabrielle Robinson (BRYC Elite Academy; Springfield, Va.), Hollyn Torres (FC Dallas; Frisco, Texas)
FORWARDS (4): Sunshine Fontes (Honolulu Bulls SC; Wahiawa, Hawaii), Payton Linnehan (FC Stars of Mass.; Douglas, Mass.), Samantha Meza (Dallas Kicks; Balch Springs, Texas), Kalyssa Van Zanten (Eclipse Select SC; Buffalo Grove, Ill.)                                                                             

Twenty-two CONCACAF teams and one CONMEBOL team will participate in this year’s tournament, designed to encourage development for youth players from across the confederation while promoting competition at the international level. 

“I am very excited about the group of players we have selected to represent the USA at this tournament,” said Carr. “It’s a technical group that is very creative, unpredictable and exciting to watch. We have a good balance of different personalities that will complement each other and that will allow us to play an exciting brand of soccer. I am looking forward to seeing us improve and come together as the tournament progresses.”

The young Americans were drawn into Group A where they will face Mexico, Trinidad & Tobago, Haiti and the Dominican Republic. All matches in the tournament will be 70 minutes with 35 minute halves.

The USA opens its tournament on Aug. 9 against Trinidad & Tobago (9 a.m. ET), before facing Mexico on Aug. 10 (9 a.m. ET), Haiti on Aug. 12 (11 a.m. ET), and the Dominican Republic on Aug. 13 (9 a.m. ET).

“It’s going to be a very intensive event with little rest time in between games, so our goal will be to maximize our performances on the field and then quickly recover and focus on the next game,” said Carr. “Because the games come quickly, it will require that every player be ready to help the team be successful.”

The teams were divided into three groups of five and two groups of four. All group winners, including the second place teams from groups A, B and C, will advance to the quarterfinals on Aug. 17. Semifinals will take place on Aug. 19 with the winners advancing to the final set for Aug. 21.

The inaugural CONCACAF tournament for this age group took place in 2014 in the Cayman Islands with Canada defeating Haiti 4-1 in penalty kicks to take the title.

2016 CONCACAF U-15 GIRLS’ CHAMPIONSHIP GROUPS

Group A: United States, Mexico, Trinidad & Tobago, Haiti, Dominican Republic

Group B: Canada, Costa Rica, Venezuela, Jamaica, El Salvador

Group C: Puerto Rico, Nicaragua, Santa Lucia, Grenada, St. Vincent & the Grenadines

Group D: Barbados, U.S. Virgin Islands, Curaҫao, Anguilla

Group E: Bermuda, Cayman Islands, Antigua & Barbuda, Bahamas

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USA to Participate in 2016 CONCACAF Under-15 Girls' Championship in Florida

CHICAGO (July 5, 2016) - The U.S. Under-15 Girls’ National Team will for the first time participate in the CONCACAF U-15 Girls’ Championship, with the 2016 tournament taking place from August 9-21 at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex at Disney in Orlando.

Twenty-two CONCACAF teams and one CONMEBOL team will participate in this year’s tournament, designed to encourage development for youth players from across the confederation while promoting competition at the international level.

“We are excited about this incredible opportunity to complete against the top opponents from the CONCACAF region along with Venezuela,” said U.S. Under-15 Girls’ National Team head coach Mark Carr. “This competition gives us the chance to showcase what we have learned in the first 18 months of this U-15 Girls’ National Team cycle and it will highlight where we are as a group and also where we need to improve before entering the U-17 World Cup cycle.”

The inaugural CONCACAF tournament for this age group took place in 2014 in the Cayman Islands with Canada defeating Haiti 4-1 in penalty kicks to take the title.

The USA was drawn into Group A where it will face Mexico, Trinidad & Tobago, Haiti and the Dominican Republic. All matches in the tournament will be 70 minutes with 35 minute halves.

The USA opens its tournament on Aug. 9 against Trinidad & Tobago (9 a.m. ET), before facing Mexico on Aug. 10 (9 a.m. ET), Haiti on Aug. 12 (11 a.m. ET), and the Dominican Republic on Aug. 13 (11 a.m. ET).

“This competition is not only great for us, but also for the 21 other teams as we collectively grow the women’s game in this region,” added Carr. “Getting international games for players in this age group is extremely valuable and productive as they all work to move up through the age groups in our National Team programs.”

The teams were divided into three groups of five and two groups of four. All group winners, including the second place teams from groups A, B and C, will advance to the quarterfinals on Aug. 17. Semifinals will take place on Aug. 19 with the winners advancing to the final set for Aug. 21.

2016 CONCACAF U-15 GIRLS’ CHAMPIONSHIP GROUPS
Group A:
United States, Mexico, Trinidad & Tobago, Haiti, Dominican Republic
Group B:
Canada, Costa Rica, Venezuela, Jamaica, El Salvador
Group C:
Puerto Rico, Nicaragua, Santa Lucia, Grenada, St. Vincent & the Grenadines
Group D:
Barbados, U.S. Virgin Islands, Curaҫao, Anguilla
Group E:
Bermuda, Cayman Islands, Antigua & Barbuda, Bahamas

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2016 CONCACAF Under-15 Girls' Championship

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