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USA Defeats Mexico 2-1 to Claim 2016 CONCACAF U-17 Women's Championship Title

ST. GEORGES, Grenada (March 13, 2016) – Forward Civana Kuhlmann scored a dramatic game-winner in the 86th minute as the U.S. Under-17 Women’s National Team won the 2016 CONCACAF U-17 Women’s Championship with a 2-1 victory against Mexico.

Ashley Sanchez opened the scoring with her fifth goal of the tournament in the 43rd minute and Mexico equalized in the 69th to set the stage for Kuhlmann’s heroics.

“It’s been an emotional two weeks and it’s been a hard-fought two weeks,” said U.S. head coach B.J. Snow. “The girls are ecstatic, and I’m proud of them for pushing through some adversity today. Five games in nine days in this heat against this type of competition is tough, and every game we had was very difficult. The girls learned from it and pushed themselves through some things they’ve never had to deal with before. It was a total team effort.”

Sanchez won the Golden Ball as the tournament’s top player and Laurel Ivory, who played every minute in goal for the USA, won the Golden Glove as the top goalkeeper in the competition. Ivory, who had little to do for most of the tournament, made a huge save near the end of the game to keep it knotted at 1-1.

Seven U.S. players made the Best XI Team for the tournament: Ivory, Naomi Girma, Kennedy Wesley, Brianna Pinto, Jaelin Howell, Sanchez and Kuhlmann

The USA had already booked its place in the 2016 FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup in Jordan with a 5-0 victory against Canada in the semifinal on March 11, but the championship game triumph gives the USA its third U-17 CONCACAF title (2008, 2012, 2016). Mexico earned its berth to the Women’s World Cup via a 3-0 semifinal win against Haiti, while Canada booked CONCACAF’s final World Cup spot with a 4-2 win against Haiti in the third place match.

The USA had far more dangerous chances on the night, including a shot from Kuhlmann in the first half that smacked off the crossbar at the upper left corner, but Mexico goalkeeper Miriam Aguirre made numerous big-time saves to keep the game close.

Sophia Smith entered the game in the 79th minute and set up the winning goal with an excellent cross from the right wing that Kuhlmann met with a powerful slide to seal the victory, although Mexico’s Jacqueline Ovalle, who scored Mexico’s earlier equalizer, hit the outside of the left post in the dying seconds of the match.

Goal Scoring Rundown:
USA – Ashley Sanchez, 43rd minute: A ball was played over the top by the USA and bounced in the penalty area. Alessandra Ramirez headed it up in the air and Sanchez was first to the falling ball, deftly lifting it over the defender and goalkeeper into the open net for her fifth goal of the tournament. USA 1, MEX 0 ( SEE GOAL)

MEX – Jacqueline Ovalle (Maricarmen Reyes), 69th minute: Mexico put together a nice build up down the right side and served a cross into the middle where Maricarmen Reyes collected well at the top of the box. She then played a pass square to Ovalle, who took a touch into the penalty area on the left side and hit a perfect shot just inside the right post past diving U.S. goalkeeper Laurel Ivory. USA 1, MEX 1 (SEE GOAL)

USA – Civana Kuhlmann (Sophia Smith), 86th minute: With the USA pushing for the winner, substitute Sophia Smith fought off a defender on the right wing and whipped in a cross. Kuhlmann timed her run perfectly and knifed through the goal area to smash home a volley with her knee. It was her fourth goal of the tournament. USA 2, MEX 1 ( SEE GOAL) FINAL

Key Saves and Defensive Stops:
MEX – Miriam Aguirre, 8th minute:
Ashley Sanchez beat two defenders around the left side and dribbled toward the near post. Aguirre held her position and batted the close range shot over the goal for a corner kick.

MEX – Miriam Aguirre, 17th minute: Aguirre came up big again on Sanchez, once again cutting down the angle on a one-on-one and threw her body in front of the shot to block the close range chance.

MEX – Miriam Aguirre, 57th minute: JaelinHowell hit a bending shot from the top of the box that was headed into the upper right corner before Aguirre leapt to push the ball out for a corner kick.

MEX – Miriam Aguirre, 65th minute: Civana Kuhlmann got behind the defense on the right side and fired low, but Aguirre turned it away with a kick save.

USA – Laurel Ivory, 80th minute: With the game in the balance, Mexico got off a shot from the right side of the penalty area that Ivory was able to get her gloves on with a dive to her right that helped the ball bounce just wide right of the post.

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Additional Notes:

  • The USA won its World Cup Qualifying group for the fifth consecutive time and remains perfect in the Qualifying group stage with a 15-0-0 all-time record since the beginning of the competition in 2008.
  • Overall, the USA has 25-game unbeaten streak (23-0-2) in this tournament since it began in 2008, outscoring opponents 137-5.
  • The USA scored 18 goals in this year’s tournament and allowed two.
  • Six different players have scored the USA’s 18 goals: Frankei Tagliaferri (5), Ashley Sanchez (5), Civana Kuhlmann (4), Alexa Spaanstra (2), Jordan Canniff (1) and Sophia Smith (1).
  • Ashley Sanchez scored in four out of the five matches and was tied for the team lead with five goals along with Frankie Tagliaferri.
  • Laurel Ivory picked up three clean sheets during the competition.
  • Mexico started seven of the same players from the teams’ match in group play, while the USA started eight.
  • U.S. right back Kennedy Wesley was injured at the end of the first half and had to be replaced at halftime. The USA’s other two right back options (Sydney Zandi and Kiara Pickett) were already injured, so midfielder Alexa Spaanstra filled in at right back for the second half.
  • Sophia Smith led the USA with four assists during the tournament.

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

Match: U.S. U-17 Women’s National Team vs. Mexico U-17 Women’s National Team
Date:
March 13, 2016
Competition:
2016 CONCACAF U-17 Women’s Championship – Final
Venue:
Grenada Athletics Stadium; St. George’s, Grenada
Attendance:
2,500
Weather:
88 degrees; clear

Scoring Summary:   1          2          F
USA                            1          1          2
MEX                            0          1          1 

USA – Ashley Sanchez                                                          43rd minute
MEX – Jacqueline Ovalle (Montserrat Hernandez)               69
USA – Civana Kuhlmann (Sophia Smith)                              86

Lineups:
USA
: 1-Laurel Ivory; 15-Kennedy Wesley (11-Izzy Rodriguez, 46), 16-Karina Rodriguez, 4-Naomi Girma, 19-Kate Wiesner (3-Sophia Smith, 79); 8-Brianna Pinto, 18-Jaelin Howell, 17-Jordan Canniff (20-Frankie Tagliaferri, 65), 10-Ashley Sanchez (capt.), 7-Alexa Spaanstra; 14-Civana Kuhlmann
Subs Not Used:
2-Taryn Torres, 6-Emily Smith, 12-Hilary Beall, 13-Rachel Jones
Not Available: 5-Sydney Zandi, 9-Kiara Pickett

Head Coach: B.J. Snow

MEX: 12-Miriam Aguirre; 2-Ashley Soto, 3-Alessandra Ramirez, 4-Kimberly Rodriguez, 14-Reyna Reyes (18-Veronica Avalos, 90+2), 20-Maricarmen Reyes (17-Luisa Delgado, 56), 8-Alexia Delgado (capt.), 7-Dayana Cazares (19-Gabriela Juarez, 66); 9-Daniela Espinosa, 10-Montserrat Hernandez, 11-Jacqueline Ovalle
Subs Not Used: 1-Kelsey Brann, 5-Jimena Lopez, 6-Vanessa Gonzalez, 13-Akemi Yokoyama, 15-Alma Lopez, 16-Alexandra Martinez
Head Coach: Christopher Cuellar

Stats Summary: USA / MEX
Shots: 24 / 10
Shots on Goal: 12 / 5
Saves: 4 / 10
Corner Kicks: 7 / 5
Fouls: 7 / 8
Offside: 2 / 0 

Misconduct Summary:
None

Officials:
Referee: Marie-Soleil Beaudoin (CAN)
Assistant Referee 1: Suzanne Morisset (CAN)
Assistant Referee 2: Stephanie Yee Sing (JAM)
4th Official: Joanne Monestime (HAI)

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

Match: U.S. U-17 Women’s National Team vs. Mexico U-17 Women’s National Team
Date:
March 13, 2016
Competition:
2016 CONCACAF U-17 Women’s Championship – Final
Venue:
Grenada Athletics Stadium; St. George’s, Grenada
Attendance:
2,500
Weather:
88 degrees; clear

Scoring Summary:   1          2          F
USA                            1          1          2
MEX                            0          1          1 

USA – Ashley Sanchez                                                          43rd minute
MEX – Jacqueline Ovalle (Montserrat Hernandez)               69
USA – Civana Kuhlmann (Sophia Smith)                              86

Lineups:
USA
: 1-Laurel Ivory; 15-Kennedy Wesley (11-Izzy Rodriguez, 46), 16-Karina Rodriguez, 4-Naomi Girma, 19-Kate Wiesner (3-Sophia Smith, 79); 8-Brianna Pinto, 18-Jaelin Howell, 17-Jordan Canniff (20-Frankie Tagliaferri, 65), 10-Ashley Sanchez (capt.), 7-Alexa Spaanstra; 14-Civana Kuhlmann
Subs Not Used:
2-Taryn Torres, 6-Emily Smith, 12-Hilary Beall, 13-Rachel Jones
Not Available: 5-Sydney Zandi, 9-Kiara Pickett

Head Coach: B.J. Snow

MEX: 12-Miriam Aguirre; 2-Ashley Soto, 3-Alessandra Ramirez, 4-Kimberly Rodriguez, 14-Reyna Reyes (18-Veronica Avalos, 90+2), 20-Maricarmen Reyes (17-Luisa Delgado, 56), 8-Alexia Delgado (capt.), 7-Dayana Cazares (19-Gabriela Juarez, 66); 9-Daniela Espinosa, 10-Montserrat Hernandez, 11-Jacqueline Ovalle
Subs Not Used: 1-Kelsey Brann, 5-Jimena Lopez, 6-Vanessa Gonzalez, 13-Akemi Yokoyama, 15-Alma Lopez, 16-Alexandra Martinez
Head Coach: Christopher Cuellar

Stats Summary: USA / MEX
Shots: 24 / 10
Shots on Goal: 12 / 5
Saves: 4 / 10
Corner Kicks: 7 / 5
Fouls: 7 / 8
Offside: 2 / 0 

Misconduct Summary:
None

Officials:
Referee: Marie-Soleil Beaudoin (CAN)
Assistant Referee 1: Suzanne Morisset (CAN)
Assistant Referee 2: Stephanie Yee Sing (JAM)
4th Official: Joanne Monestime (HAI)

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2018 U.S. Soccer Young Male, Young Female and Player of the Year with a Disability Award Nominees Announced

CHICAGO (Nov. 28, 2018) – U.S. Soccer has announced the nominees for the 2018 Young Male, Young Female and Player of the Year with a Disability awards. Voting for the candidates begins Nov. 28 and closes on Dec. 6 at 11:59 p.m. ET. The winner will be announced during the first week of December.

The Young Male Player of the Year field showcases a number of rising stars who have played for the U.S. Men’s Youth National Teams this year. Midfielder Alex Mendez took home the Golden Ball at the 2018 Concacaf Under-20 Championship as the tournament’s best player at just 18-years-old, helping the USA take home its second-straight confederation title. Forward Ulysses Llanez was one of the U-20 MNT’s most-dynamic attacking players at the regional championship, scoring seven goals in six games, while defender Mark McKenzie locked down the back line as the U-20s’ minutes leader in 2018 in addition to a breakout professional campaign with the Philadelphia Union. Midfielder Giovanni Reyna stands as a key figure for the U-17 MNT as it prepares for the 2018 Nike International Friendlies and he spent this summer leading New York City FC U-18/19 to its first U.S. Soccer Development Academy Championship in its first season fielding a team at the age group. Forward Tyler Freeman helped guide the U-16 Boys’ National Team to success at the Torneo delle Nazioni in Gradisca, Italy while also signing one of the youngest Homegrown contracts in MLS history with Sporting KC.

The Young Female Player of the Year field features a group of talented players who have all seen time with U.S. Youth Women’s National Teams this year. Defender Tierna Davidson played with the U.S. U-20 WNT early in 2018 before transitioning to the senior National Team and earned her first 12 caps. U.S. U-17 WNT forward Sunshine Fontes set the U-17 all-time career goal-scoring record this year, while U.S. U-17 WNT midfielder Maya Doms scored the game-winning goal in the title game of the Concacaf Women’s U-17 Championship, and U.S. U-17 WNT midfielder Sophia Jones was the team’s field general at defensive midfield. Rounding out the nominees is forward Allyson Sentnor, who despite being age eligible for the U.S. U-14 Girls’ National Team this year, played up for the USA’s U-15 and U-16 GNTs and U-17 WNT.

This year’s Player of the Year with a Disability field features Braden Anderson, an up-and-coming midfielder for the Deaf Men’s National Team; Nico Calabria, a forward and goal-scoring captain for the Amputee National Team; Gracie Fitzgerald, a scoring defender for the Deaf Women’s National Team; and Nick Mayhugh, an all-around midfielder for the Para 7-a-side National Team.

Votes for U.S. Soccer Player of the Year awards are collected from respective National Team coaches, National Team players who have earned a cap in 2018, members of the U.S. Soccer Board of Directors, U.S. Soccer Athletes’ Council, select media members and former players and administrators.

Players cannot win the Young Male or Young Female award more than once.

The award for Young Player of the Year was first awarded in 1998 with Josh Wolff and Cindy Parlow (a 2018 National Soccer Hall of Fame inductee), winning for Young Male and Young Female, respectively. The Player of the Year with a Disability award was first given in 2012 with Felicia Schroeder earning the honor.

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USA Exits U-17 Women's World Cup After 4-0 Loss to Germany

MONTEVIDEO, Uruguay (Nov. 21, 2018) – The USA was knocked out of the 2018 FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup following a 4-0 loss to Germany in the final Group C match for both teams. Both teams went into the game needing a win to qualify for the quarterfinals, but in the end, the Germans were far more efficient in their finishing and advanced as first place in the group along with second-place Korea DPR.

After the USA gave up a goal on a direct free kick in the fourth minute, the young Americans put together an energetic response. The USA would have had a comfortable lead in the first half if not for some less-than-sharp finishing and a stellar performance from six-foot Germany goalkeeper Wiebke Willebrandt.

“Obviously, we’re disappointed to be going home and not advancing. Ironically, today was our best performance of the World Cup so far.” head coach Mark Carr said. “It’s a tough result to swallow today, and it’s not reflective of how our players performed. I am so proud of them. They have given everything and executed the game plan to a tee. I thought we were in control from start to finish between both 18s. The difference today was the work done in both 18-yard boxes. We didn't finish our chances and Germany did. Going into the half at 2-1 would have been different and definitely would have given us more momentum, and I’m unsure as to why the goal was disallowed.

“Overall, the cycle has now come to an end, I am proud of the work we have done and impact we have had on our players. This experience won't define our players and now they can fly, spread their wings and use these experiences as a springboard in their future careers.”

In the fifth minute, U.S. forward Isabella D’Aquila shot high on a point-blank chance after midfielder Mia Fishel played a pass back to her in the seam. In the eighth, D’Aquila raced into the box on the left side and played a pass to forward Trinity Rodman who had a wide-open shot, but Willebrandt flew to make a spectacular one-handed save.

In the 13th minute, midfielder Sophia Jones picked off a German pass in the attacking third and two quick passes got D’Aquila in behind the German defense. She put her one-on-one chance low and on frame, but Willebrandt made a brilliant kick save.

In 18th minute, the USA took a tricky free kick, passing from the left side to forward Jordan Canniff inside the penalty box. It caught the Germans off guard, and Canniff had an open shot, albeit from a tough angle, that hit the outside of the left post.

Willebrandt came up big again in the 27th, making a point-blank save on Canniff inside the six-yard box after a cross was flighted in from the right flank and bounced before Canniff volleyed it on frame.

After the USA failed to convert any of those chances, Germany scored its second goal on its second shot-on-goal in the 32nd minute as the Europeans doubled their lead via a counter-attack off a breakaway.

The USA finally put the ball in the net in the first minute of first-half stoppage time through D’Aquila, but it was waved off for a handball on D’Aquila before she shot.

The USA started the second half once again on the front foot, and Fishel worked herself free in the right side of the penalty area in the 49th minute, but shot just wide of the left post.

The USA continued to push forward for a goal but could not produce one and Germany, once again on a counter-attack, earned a questionable penalty kick in the 64th. Ivana Fuso took it and U.S. goalkeeper Angelina Anderson saved the shot with a dive to her right to keep the USA alive. The U.S. pushed forward after the save, but Germany countered right back and seconds later made it 3-0 in the 65th minute to effectively put the match away.

The USA finished the game with 10 players after defender Talia DellePeruta was sent off in the 82nd minute after receiving her second yellow card.

In the 87th, Rodman worked herself free inside the penalty area, but her shot bounced off the inside left post and rolled out of danger, a last sign that it was not to be the USA’s day.

Germany added yet another counter-attack goal in the dying seconds for the final margin.

Goal Scoring Rundown
GER – Vanessa Fudalla, fourth minute
After U.S. defender Michela Agresti chopped down Germany forward Ivana Fuso just outside the penalty area, Germany was awarded a free kick. Fudalla then bent a left-footed kick over the defensive wall and into the lower right corner past diving U.S. goalkeeper Angelina Anderson. USA 0, GER 1

GER – Shekiera Martinez (Ivana Fuso), 32nd minute
Totally against the run of play, Germany counter-attacked down the left side as Fuso played Martinez behind the U.S. back line. Martinez raced into the penalty area and rolled her shot past the onrushing Anderson into the lower right corner to double the lead. USA 0, GER 2

GER – Shekiera Martinez (Ivana Fuso), 65th minute
Immediately after a penalty kick save by Anderson, the USA pushed forward, but Germany won the ball and Vanessa Fudalla hit a long ball over the top of the defense to Fuso, who raced into the penalty box on a breakaway, pulled Anderson out and squared to Martinez, who easily rolled the ball into the right corner to effectively put an end to the match. USA 0, GER 3. FINAL

GER – Laura Donhauser (Ivana Fuso), 65th minute
Germany put in a final goal against a tired and pushed-up U.S. side when Laura Donhauser raced 50 yards with the ball at the U.S. goal, rounded Anderson, and then slid to finish for the final margin. USA 0, GER 4. FINAL

Additional Notes:

  • The USA ends this cycle with an overall international record of 24-4-6, with two of the losses coming in this World Cup.
  • The USA out-shot Germany 25-13 over the match, holding an advantage in possession and chances, hitting the woodwork twice while putting eight shots on target to Germany’s seven.
  • Germany scored on both its shots on goal in the first half and two of its five in the second.
  • U.S. head coach Mark Carr made three subs in the second half, putting on forwards Sunshine Fontes and Payton Linnehan as well as midfielder Maya Doms.
  • Fontes finishes the cycle as the USA’s all-time leader in U-17 international goals with 24, scoring 22 this year.
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