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USA Qualifies for 2016 FIFA U-17 Women's World Cup with 5-0 Win vs. Canada

ST. GEORGES, Grenada (March 11, 2016) – The U.S. Under-17 Women’s National Team qualified for the 2016 FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup with a dominating 5-0 win against Canada in the semifinal of the 2016 CONCACAF Women’s Championship at Grenada Athletics Stadium.

Alexa Spaanstra, Jordan Canniff, Civana Kuhlman, Sophia Smith and Frankie Tagliaferri all scored, while the team’s defense, solidified up the middle by midfielders Brianna Pinto and Jaelin Howell and center-backs Naomi Girma and Karina Rodriguez, pitched a third consecutive shutout in stellar overall performance for the USA.

Spaanstra opened the scoring with what proved to be the game-winner in the 33rd minute before Canniff provided a decisive goal in first half stoppage-time. At 14 years and seven months old, Canniff is now the second youngest scorer in international competition in U.S. WNT program history. Kuhlmann netted the USA’s third soon after halftime, a goal that put the match of reach, before Smith and Tagliaferri added a final pair of strikes in second-half stoppage time.

In the other semifinal, Mexico swept past Haiti 3-0, to earn a berth to Jordan and setting up a Group B rematch with the USA for the tournament title. The final between the USA and Mexico will take place on Sunday, March 13, and will be broadcast on FS2 and FOX Sports Go at 6 p.m. ET. The USA defeated Mexico, 1-0, in its second Group B match on a goal from Ashley Sanchez.

The 2016 FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup will be staged from September 30 through October 21 in Jordan. The USA and Mexico become the fifth and sixth teams to qualify along with host Jordan, North Korea, Japan and New Zealand.

Goal Scoring Rundown:
USA – Alex Spaanstra (Kennedy Wesley), 33rd minute: Wesley overlapped from her right back position and swung in a cross from deep in the right corner. The ball dropped near the penalty spot and Spaanstra timed her run perfectly, beating her defender to the ball to strike a full volley with her instep into the lower right corner for her second goal of the tournament. USA 1, CAN 0 (SEE GOAL)

USA – Jordan Canniff, 45+1 minute: The USA had Canada under extended pressure and Civana Kuhlmann latched on to a cross that had skipped by a Canada defender in the penalty pox. She got off a point blank shot that was saved by Canada goalkeeper Lysianne Proulx, but the rebound fell right to Canniff, who slotted the ball home to double the U.S. lead just before the halftime break. USA 2, CAN 0 (SEE GOAL )

USA – Civana Kuhlmann (Kennedy Wesley), 54th minute: Wesley made a hard charging run down the right side of the field and curled in a low cross to the back post where Kuhlmann met it with a sliding strike, redirecting the ball with her knee inside the left post for her third goal of the tournament. USA 3, CAN 0 ( SEE GOAL)

USA – Sophia Smith, 91st minute: Canada goalkeeper Lysianne Proulx misplayed a back-pass which allowed the sprinting Smith, who had come on just six minutes earlier, to win the loose ball on the right side of the penalty box and shoot back across goal into the lower left corner. USA 4, CAN 0 ( SEE GOAL)

USA – Frankie Tagliaferri (Alex Spaanstra), 93rd minute: The U.S. kept their foot on the pedal through the final whistle and got a fifth as an attack was only half-cleared by Canada. The ball fell to Spaanstra in the right channel and she made a move around her defender before slipping a pass to Tagilaferri who one-timed a low shot inside the left post. USA 5, CAN 0 (SEE GOAL) FINAL

Next on the Schedule: The U.S. will face off against Mexico on March 13 (6 p.m. ET on FS2) at Grenada National Stadium in St. Georges, Grenada. Click here for the full tournament schedule.

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Additional Notes:

  • With five goals, Frankie Tagliaferri is tied for the lead in the tournament Golden Boot race with two Haitian players.
  • Ashley Sanchez has four goals and Civana Kuhlmann has three.
  • U.S. goalkeeper Laurel Ivory collected her third clean sheet of the competition, becoming the only ‘keeper with three in the tournament.
  • The USA did not allow a shot on goal from Canada.
  • Jordan Canniff is the second youngest player ever to score for the U.S. WNT in international competition, tallying tonight at 5,341 days old. Civana Kuhlman, who also scored tonight, was the youngest, scoring at the 2013 CONCACAF Women's Championship at 5,314 days old.
  • Eighteen of the 20 players on the U.S. roster have started a game in this tournament and 19 of the 20 have played, with only back-up goalkeeper Hillary Beall having yet to see the field.

- U.S. U-17 Women’s National Team Match Report -

Match: U.S. U-17 Women’s National Team vs. Canada U-17 Women’s National Team
Date:
March 11, 2016
Competition:
2016 CONCACAF U-17 Women’s Championship – Semifinal
Venue:
Grenada Athletics Stadium; St. George’s, Grenada
Attendance:
1,000
Weather:
79 degrees; clear

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

USA – Alexa Spaanstra (Kennedy Wesley) 33rd minute
USA – Jordan Canniff (Civanna Kuhlmann) 45+1
USA – Civanna Kuhlmann (Kennedy Wesley) 54
USA – Sophia Smith 90+1
USA – Frankie Tagliaferri (Alexa Spaanstra) 90+3

Lineups:
USA
: 1-Laurel Ivory; 15-Kennedy Wesley, 16-Karina Rodriguez, 4-Naomi Girma, 19-Kate Wiesner; 8-Brianna Pinto, 18-Jaelin Howell, 17-Jordan Canniff (11-Izzy Rodriguez, 73), 10-Ashley Sanchez (capt.) (20-Frankie Tagliaferri, 77), 7-Alexa Spaanstra; 14-Civana Kuhlmann (3-Sophia Smith, 84)
Subs Not Used: 2-Taryn Torres, 5-Sydney Zandi, 6-Emily Smith, 9-Kiara Pickett, 12-Hilary Beall, 13-Rachel Jones

Head Coach: B.J. Snow

CAN : 18-Lysianne Proulx; 2-Emma Regan, 3-Julia Grosso, 6-Samantha Chang, 16-Ashley Cathro; 8-Sarah Stratigakis, 10-Anyssa Ibrahim (12-Vital Kats, 75), 14-Caitlin Shaw (4-Nahida Baalbaki, 46), 7-Shana Flynn, 9-Jordyn Huitema, 20-Jayde Riviere (11-Camila Gomez, 46)
Subs Not Used: 1-Marissa Zucchetto, 5-Kennedy Faulknor, 13-Nadège L’Espérance, 15-Lauren Raimondo, 17-Teni Akindoju, 19-Aaliyah Scott
Head Coach: Bev Priestman

Stats Summary: USA / CAN
Shots: 16 / 4
Shots on Goal: 11 / 0
Saves: 0 / 6
Corner Kicks: 3 / 0
Fouls: 8 / 2
Offside: 1 / 2

Misconduct Summary:
None

Officials:
Referee: Tatiana Montes (PAN)
Assistant Referee 1: Thelma Beltran (SLV)
Assistant Referee 2: Lixy Enriquez (MEX)
4th Official: Francia Maria Gonzalez (MEX)

header photo courtesy of Haron Forteau
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- U.S. U-17 Women’s National Team Match Report -

Match: U.S. U-17 Women’s National Team vs. Canada U-17 Women’s National Team
Date:
March 11, 2016
Competition:
2016 CONCACAF U-17 Women’s Championship – Semifinal
Venue:
Grenada Athletics Stadium; St. George’s, Grenada
Attendance:
1,000
Weather:
79 degrees; clear

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

USA – Alexa Spaanstra (Kennedy Wesley) 33rd minute
USA – Jordan Canniff (Civanna Kuhlmann) 45+1
USA – Civanna Kuhlmann (Kennedy Wesley) 54
USA – Sophia Smith 90+1
USA – Frankie Tagliaferri (Alexa Spaanstra) 90+3

Lineups:
USA
: 1-Laurel Ivory; 15-Kennedy Wesley, 16-Karina Rodriguez, 4-Naomi Girma, 19-Kate Wiesner; 8-Brianna Pinto, 18-Jaelin Howell, 17-Jordan Canniff (11-Izzy Rodriguez, 73), 10-Ashley Sanchez (capt.) (20-Frankie Tagliaferri, 77), 7-Alexa Spaanstra; 14-Civana Kuhlmann (3-Sophia Smith, 84)
Subs Not Used: 2-Taryn Torres, 5-Sydney Zandi, 6-Emily Smith, 9-Kiara Pickett, 12-Hilary Beall, 13-Rachel Jones

Head Coach: B.J. Snow

CAN : 18-Lysianne Proulx; 2-Emma Regan, 3-Julia Grosso, 6-Samantha Chang, 16-Ashley Cathro; 8-Sarah Stratigakis, 10-Anyssa Ibrahim (12-Vital Kats, 75), 14-Caitlin Shaw (4-Nahida Baalbaki, 46), 7-Shana Flynn, 9-Jordyn Huitema, 20-Jayde Riviere (11-Camila Gomez, 46)
Subs Not Used: 1-Marissa Zucchetto, 5-Kennedy Faulknor, 13-Nadège L’Espérance, 15-Lauren Raimondo, 17-Teni Akindoju, 19-Aaliyah Scott
Head Coach: Bev Priestman

Stats Summary: USA / CAN
Shots: 16 / 4
Shots on Goal: 11 / 0
Saves: 0 / 6
Corner Kicks: 3 / 0
Fouls: 8 / 2
Offside: 1 / 2

Misconduct Summary:
None

Officials:
Referee: Tatiana Montes (PAN)
Assistant Referee 1: Thelma Beltran (SLV)
Assistant Referee 2: Lixy Enriquez (MEX)
4th Official: Francia Maria Gonzalez (MEX)

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U-17 WNT Heads to Training Camp in San Diego with U-16 GNT

CHICAGO (Sept. 6, 2018) – The U.S. Under-17 Women’s National Team will gather from Sept. 7-18 at the Elite Athlete Training Center in Chula Vista, California for the second-to-last event before heading to Uruguay the 2018 FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup.

U.S. U-17 WNT head coach Mark Carr has named 24 players to the roster, almost all of whom have seen significant time with the U.S. team this year. Twelve of the players helped the USA win the 2018 Concacaf U-17 Women’s Championship.

Players born on or after Jan. 1, 2001 are age-eligible for the U-17 Women’s World Cup, and for this roster, Carr chose 17 players born in 2001, but also included five players born in 2002 and two 15-year-olds born in 2003.

The U.S. U-16 GNT will hold a concurrent camp at the EATC, also featuring 24 players, with 18 born 2002, five in 2003 and one in 2004 in forward Allyson Sentnor.

The USA will begin its FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup on Nov. 14 against Cameroon and will face 2016 FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup champion Korea DPR on Nov. 17 before finishing group play against Germany on Nov. 21.

The USA’s first two games will be played at Estadio Alberto Suppici in Colonia del Sacramento and the Germany match will take place at Estadio Charrúa in the capital of Montevideo. The third tournament venue is Estadio Domingo Burgueño Miguel in Maldonado. All three venues are on the southwest coast of Uruguay.

The 16 teams that will participate in the sixth FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup are host Uruguay, Brazil and Colombia from South America, the USA, Mexico and Canada from Concacaf, Ghana, Cameroon and South Africa from Africa, Korea Republic, Korea DPR and Japan from Asia, Finland, Germany and Spain from Europe, and New Zealand from Oceania.

U.S. U-17 goalkeeper Angelina Anderson returns to the roster after serving as a back-for for the U.S. team at the FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup in France.

The roster also once again features a pair of twins in Michela and Samantha Agresti, who play for FC Stars of Massachusetts. Michela, a member of the USA’s Concacaf qualifying team, has 14 caps and two goals for the U-17s. Samantha has two caps, earned in the recent matches against South Korea.

U.S. U-17 Women’s National Team Roster by Position:
GOALKEEPERS (3): Angelina Anderson (Mustang FC; Danville, Calif.), Halle Mackiewcz (Real Colorado; Broomfield, Colo.), Lindsey Romig (IMG Academy; Midlothian, Virg.)                                                   

DEFENDERS (8): Michela Agresti (FC Stars, Swampscott, Mass.), Samantha Agresti (FC Stars; Swampscott, Mass.) Talia DellaPeruta (NTH Tophat; Cumming, Ga.), Samar Guidry (FC Dallas; McKinney, Texas), Tori Hansen (NC Courage Academy; Raleigh, N.C.), Smith Hunter (Seattle Reign Academy; Seattle, Wash.), Makenna Morris (Bethesda SC; Germantown, Md.), Natalia Staude (Tophat SC; Atlanta, Ga.)                                                          

MIDFIELDERS (6): Hannah Bebar (Eclipse Select SC; Naperville, Ill.), Megan Bornkamp (Charlotte Soccer Academy; Mooresville, N.C.), Sophia Jones (San Jose Earthquakes; Menlo Park, Calif.), Alexis Missimo (Solar; Dallas, Texas), Jadyn Shinn (De Anza Force; Manteca, Calif.), Astrid Wheeler (Concord Fire; Atlanta, Ga.)                     

FORWARDS (7): Trinity Byars (NTH Tophat; Atlanta, Ga.), Isabella D'Aquila (So Cal Blues; Rossmoor, Calif.), Mia Fontana (San Jose Earthquakes; Burlingame, Calif.), Sunshine Fontes (Hawaii Rush; Wahiawa, Hawaii), Payton Linnehan (FC Stars; Douglas, Mass.), Samantha Meza (Solar Soccer Club; Dallas, Texas), Trinity Rodman (So Cal Blues; Laguna Niguel, Calif.) 

U.S. U-16 Women’s National Team Roster by Position:
GOALKEEPERS (3): Leah Freeman (Mustang SC; Berkeley, Calif.), Mia Justus (PDA; North Brunswick, N.J.), Neeku Purcell (Seattle Reign Academy; Seattle, Wash.)  

DEFENDERS (8): Abby Allen (Lonestar SC; Austin Tex.), Courtney Boone (Legends; West Covina, Calif.), Sally Menti (Crossfire; Seattle, Wash.), Caitlin O'Malley (Nationals; Chesterfield, Mich.), Ayo Oke (NTH Tophat; Lawrenceville, Ga.), Kellie Pagador (Placer United SC; Roseville, Calif.), Madison Perez (Legends; West Covina, Calif.), Elaine Rouse (NC Courage; Cary, N.C.)                                                                              

MIDFIELDERS (5): Aislynn Crowder (Hawaii Rush; Mililani, Hi.), Isabel Loza (Arsenal FC; La Mirada, Calif.), Emily Mathews (Premier Soccer Group; Fraser, Mich.), Michaela Rosenbaum (Santa Rosa United; Santa Rosa, Calif.), Alexis Theoret (FC Virginia DA; Oak Hill, Va.)                                                                           

FORWARDS (8): Dilary Beltran-Heredia (Sporting Blue Valley; Overland Park, Kans.), Kayla Colbert (Arsenal FC; Rancho Cucamonga, Calif.), Michelle Cooper (Michigan Hawks; Clarkston, Mich.), Kailyn Dudukovich (Cincinnati Academy; West Chester, Ohio), Amber Gilbert (Hawaii Surf; Mililani, Hawaii), Samantha Kroeger (World Class FC; West Milford, N.J.), Alyson Sentnor (South Shore Select; Hanson, Mass.), Reilyn Turner (So Cal Blues; Aliso Viejo, Calif.) 
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Squad Goals: Women's & Girls' YNTs Rack Up Successes

The United States Youth Women’s and Girls’ National Teams have several primary responsibilities.

First and foremost, to provide educational, competitive, fun and nurturing environments that will accelerate the development of talented players to their maximum potential, while setting them on a path to one day potentially represent the U.S. Women’s National Team.

Watching players grow through the YNT programs to represent the USA in World Cups and Olympic games – a path that almost every current U.S. WNT player has followed – is extremely satisfying for all the coaches and staff members who are involved in the process.

Along the way, winning games and tournaments is also a ton of fun.

And even though the USA’s Youth National Teams have been wildly successful during their long history, the past two years have been especially fruitful. Of course, the youth club teams of all the players in the YNT pools play a critical and invaluable role in developing players away from the National Team environment, which leads to another responsibility of the YNTs: liaising with the clubs to make sure they have a concrete understanding of what it takes for players to play internationally.

Over the past two years, when those players assemble and put on the U.S. Soccer crest, the results have been especially stellar.

From the start of 2017 to date, the USA’s six youngest Women’s and Girls’ Youth National Teams – the U-15s, U-16s, U-17s, U-18s, U-19s and U-20s – have played 84 international matches and have a lot to show for it. The entire program has gone 59-11-14 during that period while winning eight different tournaments. That’s a 78 percent win percentage and eight trophy lifts. Some of these competitions have come while “playing up” against older competition, especially for the U-18s and U-19s.

Combined 2017 & 2018 U.S. Women’s and Girls YNT Records

Team

Record (W-L-T)

GF

GA

U-15 GNT

3-0-1

13

6

U-16 GNT

11-1-0

44

8

U-17 WNT

21-1-4

96

18

U-18 WNT

5-2-4

22

18

U-19 WNT

3-3-0

11

9

U-20 WNT

16-4-5

66

26

“Our coaches are extremely focused on coaching age-appropriately, teaching our style of play in attacking and defending, and playing older opponents as often as possible,” U.S. Women’s Youth National Team Director April Heinrichs said. “Quite honestly, we’re less focused on results than in the past and more focused on selecting good soccer players and how to teach how we want to play.” 

Quality players playing against strong teams is a formula that helps breed success. Those 84 matches have come against 30 different countries, from women’s soccer powers France, Germany, Japan, Brazil, England, Australia, Canada, Spain, the Netherlands and China, to developing women’s soccer nations such as Mexico, Switzerland, Italy, Haiti, Argentina, Belgium, Portugal, Chile and Venezuela.

The U-17 WNT, whose only loss of this cycle came in a wild 5-4 contest away to China in July of 2017, beat Japan three times this year, and recently downed Mexico to win the 2018 Concacaf Women’s U-17 Championship. The U-20 WNT has yet to lose in 2018, and even picked up wins against the U-23 sides of Sweden and Italy. Although the U-20s were edged by Mexico in penalty kicks in its Concacaf championship game, they’ve beaten the U-20s from France, England and Germany over the past four months which shows that both the U-17s and the U-20s are rounding into fine form ahead of their respective World Cups later this year.

A sign of the health of the USA’s Youth WNT programs, which is even more important than wins and losses, is the number of Under-20 aged players who have already seen time with the full National Team.

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