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- U-16 Boys’ National Team Match Report -

Match: U-16 BNT vs Japan U-16 BNT
Date: Thursday, April 13, 2017
Competition: 45th International Tournament of Montaigu
Venue: Espace Sportif Gaston Renaud, Mouilleron-le-Captif, France
Kickoff: 6:30 p.m. CEST
Weather: 65 degrees; clear

Scoring Summary: 1          2          F                     
USA                            1          1          2                                
JPN                            1          2          3

USA – Konrad De la Fuente (Aidan Morris)                               3rd minute
JPN – Ten Miyagi                                                                            30
JPN – Shota Fujio (Penalty Kick)                                                 66
JPN – Taiki Yamada                                                                       68
USA – Gabe Segal (Victor Rangel)                                             76

Lineups:
USA: 1-Nico Defreitas-Hansen, 2-Ian Hoffmann, 3-Julian Araujo, 15-Victor Rangel, 4-Kevin Peraza (20-Gabe Segal, 69), 6-Mario Anaya (19-Stefan Stojanovic, 56), 13-Nelson Martinez, 7-Aidan Morris, 21-Jalen Anderson (14-Jordan Bender, 41), 11-Jose Rivas (17-Matko Miljevic, 69), 9-Konrad De La Fuente
Subs not used: 8-Aidan O’Toole, 10-Mitch Cruz, 12-David Ochoa, 18-Armando Haro, 24-Abraham Gonzalez
Head Coach: Omid Namazi

JPN: 1-Leobrian Kokubo, 17-Dai Tsukamoto, 3-Kanato Kano, 14-Maaya Sako (20-Seiji Kimura, 70), 2-Yohei Homma, 5-Gijo Sehata (4-Shumpei Naruse, 70), 18-Sho Iwamoto, 6-Shunsuke Tanimoto (8-Riyo Kawamoto, 70), 16-Ren Inoue (9-Jun Nishikawa, 56), 10-Shota Fujio, 19-Ten Miyagi (13-Koki Saito, 41)
Subs not used: 7-Rihito Yamamoto, 11-Noah Browne, 12-Taiki Yamada, 15-Riita Mori, 18-Sho Iwamoto
Head Coach: Yoshiro Moriyama

Stats Summary: USA / JPN
Shots: 4 / 7
Shots on Goal: 4 / 5
Saves: 2 / 2
Corner Kicks: 1 / 2
Fouls: 7 / 9
Offside: 1 / 3

Misconduct Summary:
JPN – Dai Tsukamoto (caution)                            74th minute

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Sigi Schmid: A Coach, A Teacher, A Gentleman, A Friend

Touching tributes poured in on social media from all corners of the soccer community as news spread that Hall of Fame coach Sigi Schmid had passed away on Christmas Day 2018. And amid the sadness shared by so many who knew him, the messages also provided the rest of us a glimpse into the kind of man that Sigi was, and reminded everyone of the influence Sigi had on the American soccer landscape.

For newer fans of the game, Sigi will be remembered as one of the greatest of MLS coaches, leading the Columbus Crew, Seattle Sounders and LA Galaxy to multiple trophies each. Older fans may recall the soccer factory he created while coaching UCLA to numerous NCAA Championships in the 1980 and ‘90s, churning out future U.S. Soccer legends like Cobi Jones, Brad Friedel, Paul Caligiuri, Joe Max-Moore, Frankie Hejduk, Eddie Lewis and Chris Henderson, among others.

Sigi Schmid

It’s also important to highlight the impact he had with two teams he coached for shorter time frames: the U.S. U-20 MNTs that participated in the 1999 and 2005 FIFA U-20 World Youth Championships, each time advancing to the knockout stage while facing the likes of Argentina, England, Germany, Spain and Italy.

Seven players from those U-20 teams would go on to represent the MNT at senior FIFA World Cups, while many others also had solid pro careers. And if not for Schmid, we may never have known some of those players. We caught up with a few from each team:

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1999 FIFA U-20 World Cup Championship:

While at UCLA, Sigi also assisted the MNT at 1994 FIFA World Cup and coached the following year’s Pan-American Games. In 1997, he was also coaching the U-18 MNT when he went to scout a player who had just played in the U-17 FIFA World Youth Championship and was playing for his high school in Southern California. However, as Carlos Bocanegra tells it, there was a mistake on the published schedule and the team that Sigi went to see was not playing. Sigi stuck around anyway, and watched the promising football wide receiver, Bocanegra, play soccer for his Alta Loma High School.

“I think about that all the time,” the two-time World Cup veteran Bocanegra told ussoccer.com this week. “That was my break. That was my chance. He gave me the opportunity and I was able to take that opportunity. That’s how I was able to kick-start my soccer career – pure coincidence that he was watching my game that got mixed up and he saw me play.”

Schmid invited Bocanegra, a junior at the time, to a U-18 camp. The next year he continued his pursuit of the talented defender and recruited Bocanegra to join him at UCLA. Their bond strengthened when Schmid took over the U-20 MNT and made Bocanegra a key member of the USA’s 1999 FIFA World Youth Championship side in Nigeria.

That team also included fellow future senior World Cup players Tim Howard, Steve Cherundolo, Nick Rimando and Chris Albright, as well as long-time pros Danny Califf, Nick Garcia, Cory Gibbs, John Thorrington and Taylor Twellman, who became one of the most prolific American goalscorers in the pro ranks.

“That World Cup, playing with Sigi, had a massive impact on me and ultimately convinced me that I needed to go pro,” said Twellman, who at the time was also contemplating if his future would be in baseball, where he also excelled.

At the tournament, the USA defeated an England side that featured Ashley Cole and Peter Crouch, fell to Shinji Ono’s Japan, and defeated Cameroon in group play before falling by a score of 3-2 in the Round of 16 to eventual champions Spain that included Iker Casillas and Xavi.

In the lead up to that tournament, Sigi broke from the past and brought the team overseas for training, including to Morocco for two games and on a two-week fitness camp in Germany, where the team stayed at a bed-and-breakfast.


Bocanegra in action vs. Argentina in 2003, a few short years after graduating from Schmid's tutelage. 

“He really tried to give us good experiences that he thought would help us later in our career,” said Bocanegra. “He always tried to set trips up around where we could watch games at a higher level and get experiences to challenge ourselves in different ways than was maybe common practice. He always wanted the best for the group and to give us the best experiences to try to better ourselves, not only on the field but in life and to become well-rounded in the game.”

As a reward for the hard work in Germany, Sigi brought the U20s to France to attend the 1998 World Cup match between the USA and Germany.

“Sigi had such a feel for the game of soccer, domestically and globally,” said Chris Albright. “He always communicated that we were putting on our nations colors and flag, representing the country. He drilled that in us that this was not to take it for granted, that it was not to be taken lightly.”

Like Bocanegra, Sigi introduced Albright to the National Team scene. Later he helped pick him up when things were not going well at D.C., trading for him in LA. At the suggestion of then MNT coach Bruce Arena, Sigi helped convert Albright from a forward into a defender, a move that later landed Chris on the 2006 World Cup team.

“He had an excellent ability to teach multiple positions; he could make me a better forward, wide midfielder, defender,” Albright said. “He could teach principles of different positions to help each player grow, and that teaching element in developing us at that time was unique.”

Twellman scored four goals in the tournament, good for third overall, thus becoming the first American to capture a scoring award (Bronze Boot) in a FIFA World Youth Championship.


Twellman accepts the Bronze Boot alongside then U.S. Soccer president Dr. Robert S. Contiguglia.

“When people talk about Sigi, they talk about his love of the game,” Twellman said, who a few months later would leave Maryland to sign with 1860 Munich in Germany. “But he was also a gentleman and was kind off the field. Every single one of us on that team, if we saw Sigi 3-4-5-10 years down the road…he always watched our games, even when he was not our coach. He was always willing to talk to us, showed interested in us, asked us about our lives.”

Now the Technical Director of MLS Cup champion Atlanta United, Bocanegra draws from those early experiences under Schmid.

“Even though we were young, he really tried to instill the professionalism in us,” Bocanegra said. “The detail, structure, organization – challenging us. He always made time to make people feel important. He never stopped, through college, through pros, was always available. He was pretty special.”

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2005 Under-20 World Youth Championship

A week after that 1999 U-20 tournament came to an end for the USA, Sigi also began his pro career, taking the helm of his hometown LA Galaxy for the next five seasons.

He returned to coach the  U-20 MNT in October 2014, having only a couple months to scout and prep players for January’s U-20 Concacaf Championship.

Two years earlier, Schmid’s Galaxy had eliminated Kansas City and veteran National Team player Peter Vermes from the MLS Cup Playoffs. After the game, Vermes recalled this week, Schmid approached him and told him he’d like to have him on his staff one day.

Fast-forward to fall 2014, a since-retired Vermes called Sigi and reminded him of that conversation. Schmid held true and invited Vermes to a three-week U-20 camp. After a week of evaluating, Schmid told Vermes he had earned one of the assistant coach positions.

“It was a great opportunity for me just to be around somebody like him with as much knowledge and experience that he had,” Vermes said, who enters the 2019 season as the longest tenured MLS coach, having taken the reigns of Sporting KC in 2009. “I already knew I wanted to coach for a long time, but what those experiences give you is like anything – when you first want to do something, you’re excited, you’re ambitious, you’re motivated, you’re all those things. But sometimes you lack the confidence. For me, Sigi gave me a direction that I felt comfortable with because I had gotten a chance to see a lot of different things that I wouldn’t have if I didn’t get that chance to be with him and spend all that time, and the preparation, and everything. It was a great experience.”

Schmid’s first friendly was in November in Ft. Lauderdale. Due to College Cup, some would-be regulars were not available, so Schmid called in four new players, including UCLA speedster Marvell Wynne, who had never been called to any YNT camp before.

“I think I should have been more in the moment with everything that happened,” Wynne admits. “When I got called in I remember thinking ‘these guys are way better than me.’ But Sigi kept calling me back. When he said I made the team, I was definitely shocked.”

For a mid-December camp Schmid called in 30 players, including UCLA walk-on midfielder Benny Feilhaber, who also had never been on any Youth National Team. Like Wynne, Feilhaber also made a formidable impression.

Wynne and Feilhaber were instrumental in helping the USA qualify for the

2005 FIFA U-20 World Youth Championship three weeks later.

Let’s back up for a second. Sigi’s sons also played college soccer in the LA area around that era. And, family man that he was, he would always attend their games, first Kurt’s at UCLA, and later Kyle’s at UC-Irvine.

“It’s what jump-started my entire career,” said newly retired 12-year pro Brad Evans. “The only reason I made that U-20 team is because Kyle Schmid transferred to UC Irvine. Without Kyle transferring there was absolutely no reason for Sigi to come watch UCI play.”

Schmid had spotted Evans that fall at UCI, but it wasn’t until after the U-20s had qualified for the World Cup that he called in the versatile player to his first National Team camp at any level.   

Vermes explained how Sigi gave the preliminary roster to rest of the coaching staff and told them that they could each make a case for one player to either be replaced or be added. 

“A lot of guys in that position would never consult the rest of staff,” Vermes said. “I thought that showed a lot of security and confidence on his part, to know what his decisions were but also want to know what his staff’s decisions were, and ultimately to make the best decision. There’s no doubt that that has helped me, and I would say that a lot of the players that were identified are players that are still playing or who had great careers because they were identified correctly.”

Wynne, Feilhaber and Evans were on the final 21-player roster, along with Jonathan Spector, Sacha Kljestan, Lee Nguyen, Freddy Adu, Chad Barret and Eddie Gaven, among others who also had solid pro careers.

The team shocked the world in the tournament opener, defeating Argentina 1-0 thanks to a Barrett goal assisted by Wynne. It would be the only loss and shutout suffered by the South Americans, who won their next six matches en route the lifting the championship trophy with future international stars Sergio Aguero, Lucas Biglia, Pablo Zabaleta, Fernando Gago and Golden Ball and Golden Boot winner, Lionel Messi.

2005 U-20 MNT vs. Argentina
2005 U-20 MNT vs. Argentina
2005 U-20 MNT vs. Argentina
2005 U-20 MNT vs. Argentina
2005 U-20 MNT vs. Argentina
Chad Barrett, who would go on to play professionally under Schmid in MLS, scored the game-winner vs. Argentina at the 2005 FIFA World Youth Championship.

The 20s then played Germany to a scoreless draw and defeated Egypt 1-0 before losing 3-1 to Italy in the Round of 16. The experience and exposure provided opportunities to a number of players.

Feilhaber would soon sign with Hamburg, and later would score one of the best goals of the USA’s rivalry against Mexico, helping the MNT win the 2007 Gold Cup. And despite interest from international clubs, Wynne and Evans returned to school. Wynne became the top pick in the next MLS SuperDraft and Evans was selected 15th overall the following year by Columbus’s new coach, Sigi Schmid.

“He means more than I can really describe,” Feilhaber said, who along with Spector also made the 2010 FIFA World Cup roster. “Getting that opportunity with the 20s led to everything else in my life. I have no idea if I would have become a pro. I know I would not have been as successful financially, [and] going to Europe that early helped me immensely as a player. I don’t know if I would have ever played on the National Team let alone in a World Cup. I’m really grateful for Sigi having that keen eye and for giving me that opportunity.”

Sigi not only gave Evans his international debut and professional debut but would also bring him to Seattle on their way to spending 10 pro seasons together.

“He was the pivot for me in my entire career,” Evans said. “You have youth coaches, parents, but if you want to talk about the person who I’m able to talk about 12 years later and say I played professionally because of them…yes, it comes from within, but you have to have someone who pushes you and really believed in you, and Sigi was the guy for me.”

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REFLECTIONS:

Sigi’s memorial took place on Friday, Jan. 18 in Los Angeles.

In March 2017, after more than 300 MLS games and having also represented the USA in the 2008 Olympics and 2009 Confederations Cup, Wynne’s career came to an end after undergoing a heart procedure.

When he came to from the operation, one of the first voicemails he listened to was from Sigi Schmid.

“Sigi was the reason I became a pro,” Wynne said. “He got me on to the scene, kept me there, had confidence in me and he kept me going. In terms of coaching, it was more, ‘get the basics right and perfect them.’ He was the first one to hammer that home, and if you ever saw my career, it was basic.”

A reflective Wynne made a special trip to an LA Galaxy game last year to meet up with his former coach.

“We talked about my heart situation, and caught up about everything,” Wynne said. “And I told him, ‘you’re the reason I went pro.’ I was able to tell him face to face, but I hoped he knew.”

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“Yea, the opportunity, experience and all those other things were great, but the best thing for me, to be honest, was that he and I became friends after that 2005 Youth Championship,” Vermes said. “We always, always talked and kept in touch and spent time with each other. We had a very good relationship.”

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“I sense that he knew what he meant to me,” Feilhaber said. “The way that we spoke was not in a way that most coaches to ex-players do. We were friends - he understood how much of an influence he had on me. We had respect for each other, and I’m going to miss him a lot, but it’s so important to have these memories about him.”

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“We talk about a coaching tree a lot, but Sigi’s got the player tree, the coaching tree, the soccer tree really,” Bocanegra said. “So many people spiraled off the opportunities he gave them. Through soccer he gave so many people their start. But the biggest part that everybody remembers is that he cared about each and every person. He wanted to get the best out of them, and did not give up. He would give second chances, third chances - if you were his guys, and you worked for him he was going to his damndest to get the best out of you and make you a better player or person in general.”

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“When I think back on it, especially the last couple of weeks, we always talked about getting the ‘Sigi shirt-tug,’” Evans reminisced. “Once he got a hold of your shirt and put his arm around you, there was no getting away from it. But I remember him being very honest with me in everything. He never blew smoke up my tail or thought that I was better or worse than I was. He always believed in me. We really trusted each other when it came to soccer and had an unspoken relationship that just worked. It’s something that I’ll cherish and remember forever.”

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Conditional Tickets Available for FIFA Women’s World Cup Knockout Round Via U.S. Soccer’s Allotment

CHICAGO (January 18, 2019) – FIFA has made a limited amount of conditional tickets for the knockout rounds of the FIFA Women’s World Cup France 2019 available to all 24 participating teams. Conditional tickets from U.S. Soccer’s allotment will only be distributed if the team advances to the specific round. U.S. Soccer has made its allotment of conditional tickets for the Round of 16 and Quarterfinal matches available here.

Due to anticipated demand for conditional tickets to the Semifinal and Final matches, U.S. Soccer will be conducting a weighted random draw to determine which fans will receive tickets. All fans, including U.S. Soccer members, are encouraged to submit a ticket application between Jan. 23 and Feb. 5.

U.S. Soccer Members can submit an application starting at 11 a.m. ET on January 23 while all fans can submit an application starting at 3 p.m. ET on January 25.

Semifinal and Final ticket applications through the weighted random draw will be limited to a maximum of six (6) tickets per match for individual households or place of business. U.S. Soccer’s conditional ticket allotment for the Semifinal and Final consists of Category 3 and Category 4 tickets. A detailed graphic of how the weighted random draw will be conducted can be found here.

2019 Women's World Cup U.S. Soccer Weighted Random Ticket Draw

This will apply for all U.S. Soccer Members as of Wednesday, Jan. 23 at 11 a.m. ET. Following the completion of the application phase, U.S. Soccer will randomly select among all valid applications those who will receive tickets. All applicants will be notified of their status by February 15. Information on how to apply can be found here.

Things to know about the weighted random draw:

  • Applications will be selected at random and odds depend on the number of applications received, tickets requested, membership level, and seats available.
  • Only Visa, MasterCard and Discover with expirations dates of March 2019 or later will be accepted.
  • All applications and any resulting sales are final. No refunds or returns will be allowed.
  • Specific seat selections will not be allowed. If your application is chosen, seats will be assigned based on your ticket category preference.

For those who are unsuccessful during the draw and still interested in tickets for the Semifinal & Final, U.S. Soccer recommends visiting FIFA’s website for ticketing information outside of U.S. Soccer’s conditional allotment. In addition, fans may consider purchasing tickets + hospitality package, available now through FIFA’s hospitality partner MATCH. To see what’s available, click here.

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U.S. WNT Opens 2019 with Marquee Match-Up vs. France

With the calendar turning to 2019 and the World Cup just five months away, the countdown to France has officially begun.

Since the end of the last Olympics, U.S. head coach Jill Ellis and her staff have spent the better part of two and half years evaluating players, and the 27 that traveled to Portugal for the “pre-season” training camp represent those who have shown the talent and mental fortitude to be a part of the squad during this crucial time.

As the team comes together on the pitch for the final push to the World Cup, they are also coming together off the field.

“The players have done a lot of work on the field, but you can see naturally in the group that there’s an energy and there’s a cohesion and that’s the it factor that you need to have in a team to be ready to step onto the world stage,” U.S. WNT head coach Ellis said. “They enjoy being around each other and they have a lot fun. Part of coming away [to Europe for January training camp] was having them spend time with each other and invest in each other and you can definitely see that.”

But of course, it’s the games that are the proving grounds for players and the USA has a great one to start the year.

Following the training period of just over a week in the Algarve region of Portugal , the USA traveled to Normandy in northern France and will kick off its schedule against the 2019 World Cup hosts in Le Havre on January 19 (2:30 p.m. ET on FS1 & UDN). The match is a sell-out with 23,000 fans expected, very few of whom will be rooting for the USA, creating exactly the kind of atmosphere the U.S. needs to prepare for this summer.

France, ranked No. 3 in the world, is stocked with world-class players all over the field and are a strong favorite to win the tournament this summer. With a deep array of talent on its roster, Les Bleues have not lost in France since the beginning of 2016, compiling a record of 21-0-3 at home over that time. They ended 2018 on a seven-game win streak in which they outscored their opponents, 27-1. In 2018, France saw 15 players get on the scoresheet, led by star forward Eugénie Le Sommer’s nine goals. 

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Le Sommer continues to be one of the world's greatest goal scorers.

The USA is 17-2-3 all-time against France, but the last eight games between the two have produced a 4-2-2 record for the USA as France has risen into the world’s elite. This makes the game on Jan. 19 an important test for both squads on their journeys to the world’s premier women’s sporting event, and even more so for France, who as hosts of the tournament earned an automatic berth and thus played no qualifying matches.


The game will take place at Stade Océane, which as the luck of the draw would have it, will be one of the USA’s Group F venues. The match against France in Le Havre was announced on Nov. 9, 2018 and the World Cup Final Draw took place on Dec. 8, matching the USA and Sweden at Stade Océane on June 20.

“It was critical to have [the team] play in France before the World Cup and this was the window of opportunity,” Ellis said. “It’s in our building period and during our preseason journey, but it was too good of an opportunity to pass up. France is going to be tremendous opponent to start 2019. They’re a great team and one of the favorites to win the World Cup. It’s going to be really good to see where we’re at during this early phase. When we planned this trip, we didn’t know our World Cup draw, but now we’ll have the benefit of playing in one of the cities where we will play in June, so it’s a win-win to get the lay of the land.”

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Five Things to Know About World Cup Hosts, France

A big game to kick off a big year. Below is France’s roster for the match, and the Five Things to Know about the world’s third-ranked team.

France Women’s National Team Roster by Position:
GOALKEEPERS (3): Sarah Bouhaddi (Olympique Lyonnais), Solène Durand (EA de Guingamp), Pauline Peyraud-Magnin (Arsenal FC, England)
DEFENDERS (8 ): Julie Debever (EA de Guingamp), Sakina Karchaoui (Montpellier HSC), Charlotte Lorgere (EA de Guingamp), Amel Majri (Olympique Lyonnais), Ève Perisset (Paris Saint-Germain FC), Wendie Renard (Olympique Lyonnais), Marion Torrent (Montpellier HSC), Aïssatou Tounkara (Atlético Madrid, Spain)
MIDFIELDERS (4): Charlotte Bilbault (Paris FC), Élise Bussaglia (Dijon FCOF), Onema Grace Geyoro (Paris Saint-Germain FC), Amandine Henry (Olympique Lyonnais)
FORWARDS (8): Viviane Asseyi (FC Girondins de Bordeaux), Delphine Cascarino (Olympique Lyonnais), Kenza Dali (Dijon FCO), Kadidiatou Diani (Paris Saint-Germain FC), Valérie Gauvin (Montpellier HSC), Marie-Antoinette Katoto (Paris Saint-Germain FC), Eugénie Le Sommer (Olympique Lyonnais), Gaëtane Thiney (Paris FC) 

HEAD COACH: Corinne Diacre, a former star player who debuted for France at the age of 18 and compiled 121 caps for Les Bleus. She played in the 2003 FIFA Women’s World Cup and the 1997, 2001 and 2005 European Championships, where she was the team captain.

USA vs. France: A Brief History

The USA is 17-2-3 all-time against France, but the last eight games following the meeting at the 2012 Olympics have produced a 4-2-2 record for the USA as France has risen into the world’s elite. The USA’s first loss vs. France came on Feb. 8, 2015, a 2-0 loss in Lorient, France that kicked off the 2015 schedule for both teams, and the second during the 2017 SheBelieves Cup. The USA avenged the loss in Lorient with a 2-0 victory in the championship game of the 2015 Algarve Cup in Portugal as Julie Ertz (neé Johnston) and Christen Press scored.

The most recent meeting between the USA and France came last March at the 2018 SheBelieves Cup, a 1-1 draw in an evenly-played game that saw a few quality chances for both teams in what was a tight match. Mallory Pugh scored for the USA in the 35th minute while Eugénie Le Sommer scored for France just four minutes later. Despite first playing France in 1988, the U.S. Women do not have an extensive history against France, having played just 22 times and only 10 times after a 2006 meeting at the Algarve Cup in Portugal.


In the last few years, USA vs. France has become a very entertaining matchup.

World Cup Hosts, World Cup Favorites

As with almost all World Cup hosts, France is one of the favorites to win this summer’s tournament. France will play in Group A at the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup and will face Korea Republic, Norway and Nigeria, in that order. France will open in Paris, face the Norwegians in Nice and the Super Falcons in Rennes. France has not lost in France since the beginning of 2016, compiling a record of 21-0-3 at home over that time. They ended 2018 on a seven-game win streak in which they outscored their opponents, 27-1. In 2018, France saw 15 players get on the scoresheet, led by star forward Eugénie Le Sommer’s nine goals. Gaëtane Thiney had five assists to go along with three goals. Thiney was one of three French players with multiple assists and the only player with more than two.

Americans in France

Several U.S. players have experience playing professionally in France. Lindsey Horan played with and against many of the French players while playing with Paris Saint-Germain. Horan lived and played in France for three-and-half years. Alex Morgan played for three months for Olympique Lyon in 2017, helping the club to the League, Cup and Champions League title. Morgan Brian also had a brief stint with Lyon in 2018. Megan Rapinoe played in Lyon over 2013-2014 while Tobin Heath did a short stint for PSG during a six-month period in 2013.


Horan played at PSG for three-and-a-half years. Amandine Henry and Horan also played together in the NWSL in 2016-17. 


Strong Roster for Les Bleus

Although long-time midfield star Camille Abily and several other top talents have retired, France has some experienced players on its roster, including veteran midfielder/forward Thiney, who plays for Paris FC and one of the top attackers in the world in Le Sommer of Olympique Lyon. They are France’s main scoring threats, having combined for more than 120 international goals. Towering center back Wendie Renard missed the 2018 SheBelieves Cup due to an ankle injury but is back in the side for this match and is one of the most dangerous players in the world on set plays. Goalkeeper Sarah Bouhaddi is the long-time starter. She was France’s starter in the 2015 World Cup and 2016 Olympics.

Next Generation for France

France also has a plethora of young players that have come up through the youth National Team ranks and now are making their mark on the senior side. These include, defender Griedge M’bock (who is injured and not available for the match), defender Grace Geyoro, defender Aissatou Tounkara and midfielder Kadidiatou Diani, who were all major parts of the France team that won the 2012 FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup. Twenty-year-old PSG forward Marie-Antoinette Katoto, who helped lead France to the title at the 2016 UEFA U-19 Championship and to fourth place at the 2018 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup in France (she is the only player from the U-20 WWC on France’s roster) – is tied for the most goals in the French Feminine Division 1 with 15 – seven of which have been the first goals of a match (also a league best).
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