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USA Defeats Costa Rica 4-0 to Open 2018 Concacaf Womens U17 Championship

MANAGUA, Nicaragua (April 20, 2018) – The U.S. Under-17 Women’s National Team defeated Costa Rica, 4-0, to open its Group B play at the 2018 Concacaf Women’s U-17 Championship. All three goals scored by the USA came off headers, while Costa Rica contributed an own goal.

The young Americans dominated for the entire 90 minutes and benefited from the own goal in the 4th minute before forward Peyton Linnehan tallied on a header in the 15th minute. Defender Kennedy Wesley and midfielder Sophia Jones both scored off headers from corner kicks in the second half.

"It was exciting to get a win," U-17 WNT head coach Mark Carr said. "Three points, four goals, a shutout and top of the group. We came out unscathed, got some people valuable minutes and we hit all of our goals. I think there's some things that we can improve and we'll work on those things. Now, it's about game two vs. Bermuda."

The goals were the first in U-17 international competition for both Wesley and Jones, with the latter providing an important bump in goal difference for the USA. The Americans now sit atop Group B, just ahead of Canada, which defeated Bermuda 3-0 in the other match of the night.

One of the highlights of the game for the USA was Linnehan’s running at goal. She struck a shot off the top of the crossbar in the second half after a mazy, dribbling run that left several defenders in her wake.

After round-robin play within the groups, the top two teams in each group will cross-over for the semifinal matches and the winners of the semifinals and the third-place game will earn CONCACAF’s three berths to the 2018 FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup in Uruguay.

Up Next: The USA will face Bermuda on Sunday, April 22 at 10 p.m. ET on go90.com.
Social: Twitter (@ussoccer_ynt), Instagram (@ussoccer_ynt)

2018 CONCACAF Women’s U-17 Championship
Group B Standings

Team

GP

W

L

D

Pts.

GF

GA

GD

USA

1

1

0

0

3

4

0

+4

Canada

1

1

0

0

3

3

0

+3

Bermuda

1

0

1

0

0

0

3

-3

Costa Rica

1

0

1

0

0

0

4

-4

Goal Scoring Rundown:
USA – Own Goal (Jeimy Umaña), 4th minute: The USA put pressure on Costa Rica early on and it was a nice build-up that produced the first American goal, even if it was scored by Costa Rica. Talia DellaPeruta played a pass to the right side to Peyton Linnehan, who darted past a defender into the penalty area. Her driven cross into the middle struck the leg of center back Jeimy Umaña as she tried to clear, but instead drilled the ball straight into the upper right corner of the goal from eight yards out to give the USA the early lead. USA 1, CRC 0 [WATCH]

USA – Peyton Linnehan (Samantha Meza), 15th minute: The second goal came from the left side as Samantha Meza danced her way free of a defender on the flank, cut inside and sent a cross into the middle. Peyton Linnehan timed her run perfectly to stay onside, but also got a step on her defender and then jumped to head home into the left side of the goal from eight yards out. USA 2, CRC 0 [WATCH]

USA – Kennedy Wesley (Kate Wiesner), 60th minute: The USA got its third goal off a corner kick as defender Katie Wiesner spun in a service from the left side. Defender Kennedy Wesley was not closely marked as she rose to snap a header into the lower left corner from four yards out. USA 3, CRC 0 [WATCH]

USA – Sophia Jones (Sunshine Fontes), 79th minute: The USA got its fourth goal off a corner kick as well, this one from the left side as forward Sunshine Fontes hit a high cross that dropped near the far corner of the goal box. Sophia Jones and Kennedy Wesley both rose to head the ball, but it was Jones who got her forehead on the cross and looped a seven-yard shot over the goalkeeper. The ball dropped into the goal at the left post to provide the final margin of victory. USA 4, CRC 0 FINAL

Key Saves and Defensive Stops:
CRC – Fabiana Solano, 24th minute: Outside back Kate Wiesner powerfully won a tackle in the USA’s attacking third, burst into the left side of the penalty box and cut a pass back to the wide-open Sunshine Fontes. Her first-time driven shot was pushed away with a brilliant reaction save from Costa Rica goalkeeper Fabiana Solano.

CRC – María Paula Salas, 67th minute: The USA took a shot corner kick form the left side and Kate Wiesner drove towards the penalty area before lofting a shot that was seemingly flying towards the upper right corner before María Paula Salas jumped to just deflect the ball away with her head.

CRC – Fabiana Solano, 80th minute: The menacing Peyton Linnehan hit a drive from distance that looked to be dropping just underneath the crossbar before Fabianna Solano leapt to acrobatically push the ball away.

Additional Notes:

  • The USA was captained by goalkeeper Angelina Anderson, who was not forced to make a save on the night as she earned her fifth career shutout.
  • The USA outshot Corta Rica 14-0 and put eight shots on goal to zero.
  • Peyton Linnehan’s goal was her seventh in 18 U-17 international matches.
  • Linnehan was the Golden Boot Winner at the 2016 CONCACAF U-15 Girls’ Championship, scoring eight goals at that tournament in Orlando, Fla.
  • Kennedy Wesley’s goal was her first international score at the U-17 level and it came in her 29th cap while Sophia Smith’s goal was her first in her 10th cap.
  • U.S. head coach Mark Carr made all three allowed two subs in the game, sending on Diana Ordonez for Samantha Meza in the 62nd minute, Michela Agresti for Natalia Staude in the 68th, and Samantha Kroeger in for Sunshine Fontes in the 81st minute.
  • Kroeger was added to the roster just the day before the tournament started in place of forward Isabella D’Aquila, who had not sufficiently recovered from an ankle injury.
  • This was the first U.S. WNT match played in Nicaragua at any age level.
  • Costa Rica has drawn the USA in its group every time that it has qualified for the CONCACAF U-17 Championship (2008, 2010, 2016 and 2018).
  • This was the fifth meeting between the USA and Costa in this tournament, four in pool play and twice in the knockout rounds.
  • The USA is 6-0-0 all-time vs. Costa Rica at the tournament.
  • Costa Rica is the only non-North American country to qualify for the World Cup at this age level, finishing second in the inaugural 2008 tournament.

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

Match: U.S. U-17 Women’s National Team vs. Costa Rica
Date: April 20, 2018
Competition: 2018 Concacaf Women’s U-17 Championship; Group B
Venue: Managua, Nicaragua
Kickoff: 10 p.m. ET
Attendance: 160
Weather: 84 degrees; periodic clouds

Scoring Summary:   1          2          F
USA                             2          2          4                     
CRC                            0          0          0                     

USA – Jeimy Umaña (Own Goal)      4th minute
USA – Payton Linnehan (Samantha Meza)   15
USA – Kennedy Wesley (Kate Wiesner)        60
USA – Sophia Jones (Sunshine Fontes)       79           

Lineups:
USA: 1-Angelina Anderson (capt.); 4-Talia DellaPeruta, 15-Natalia Staude (19-Michela Agresti, 68), 5-Kennedy Wesley, 3-Kate Wiesner; 20-Sophia Jones, 17-Hannah Bebar, 9-Croix Bethune; 16-Payton Linnehan, 18-Sunshine Fontes (13-Samantha Kroeger, 81), 7-Samantha Meza (8-Diana Ordoñez, 62)
Substitutes not used: 12-Julia Dohle, 14-Smith Hunter, 2-Makenna Morris, 6-Astrid Wheeler, 10-Mia Fishel, 11-Maya Doms
Head Coach: Mark Carr 

CRC: 1-Fabiana Solano (capt.); 6-Pamela Gutiérrez, 8-Jeimy Umaña, 19-Gipzy Prieto; 7-Nicole Gómez (15-Daniela Contreras, 58), 10-Carmen Marín, 16-Emily Flores, 11-Priscilla Chinchilla (20-Ariana Dobles, 88); 12-María Paula Salas, 14-María Paula Porras, 17-Kyana Calvo (9-Medolyn Guerrero, 65)
Substitutes not used:18-Dislania Chacón, 2-Valery Sandoval, 3-Andrea Capmany, 13-Keylin Gómez, 4-María Fernanda Murillo, 5-Alexa Aguilar
Head Coach: Harold López

Stats Summary: USA / CRC
Shots: 14 / 0
Shots on Goal: 8 / 0
Saves: 0 / 5
Corner Kicks: 13 / 1
Fouls: 18 / 3
Offside: 4 / 1

Misconduct Summary:
USA – Samantha Meza (caution)       53rd minute
CRC – María Paula Salas (caution)   72

Officials:
Referee: Odette Hamilton (JAM)                                                                               
Assistant Referee 1: Jassett Kerr (JAM)
Assistant Referee 2: Mijensa Rensch (SUR)
4th Official: Queztalli Alvarado (MEX)                                                                                                                                                                                               

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

Match: U.S. U-17 Women’s National Team vs. Costa Rica
Date: April 20, 2018
Competition: 2018 Concacaf Women’s U-17 Championship; Group B
Venue: Managua, Nicaragua
Kickoff: 10 p.m. ET
Attendance: 160
Weather: 84 degrees; periodic clouds

Scoring Summary:   1          2          F
USA                             2          2          4                      
CRC                            0          0          0                     

USA – Jeimy Umaña (Own Goal)      4th minute
USA – Payton Linnehan (Samantha Meza)   15
USA – Kennedy Wesley (Kate Wiesner)        60
USA – Sophia Jones (Sunshine Fontes)       79           

Lineups:
USA: 1-Angelina Anderson (capt.); 4-Talia DellaPeruta, 15-Natalia Staude (19-Michela Agresti, 68), 5-Kennedy Wesley, 3-Kate Wiesner; 20-Sophia Jones, 17-Hannah Bebar, 9-Croix Bethune; 16-Payton Linnehan, 18-Sunshine Fontes (13-Samantha Kroeger, 81), 7-Samantha Meza (8-Diana Ordoñez, 62)
Substitutes not used: 12-Julia Dohle, 14-Smith Hunter, 2-Makenna Morris, 6-Astrid Wheeler, 10-Mia Fishel, 11-Maya Doms
Head Coach: Mark Carr 

CRC: 1-Fabiana Solano (capt.); 6-Pamela Gutiérrez, 8-Jeimy Umaña, 19-Gipzy Prieto; 7-Nicole Gómez (15-Daniela Contreras, 58), 10-Carmen Marín, 16-Emily Flores, 11-Priscilla Chinchilla (20-Ariana Dobles, 88); 12-María Paula Salas, 14-María Paula Porras, 17-Kyana Calvo (9-Medolyn Guerrero, 65)
Substitutes not used:18-Dislania Chacón, 2-Valery Sandoval, 3-Andrea Capmany, 13-Keylin Gómez, 4-María Fernanda Murillo, 5-Alexa Aguilar
Head Coach: Harold López

Stats Summary: USA / CRC
Shots: 14 / 0
Shots on Goal: 8 / 0
Saves: 0 / 5
Corner Kicks: 13 / 1
Fouls: 18 / 3
Offside: 4 / 1

Misconduct Summary:
USA – Samantha Meza (caution)       53rd minute
CRC – María Paula Salas (caution)   72

Officials: 
Referee: Odette Hamilton (JAM)                                                                               
Assistant Referee 1: Jassett Kerr (JAM)
Assistant Referee 2: Mijensa Rensch (SUR)
4th Official: Queztalli Alvarado (MEX)                                                                                                                                                                                               

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USA Defeats Costa Rica 4-0 to Open 2018 Concacaf Womens U17 Championship

MANAGUA, Nicaragua (April 20, 2018) – The U.S. Under-17 Women’s National Team defeated Costa Rica, 4-0, to open its Group B play at the 2018 Concacaf Women’s U-17 Championship. All three goals scored by the USA came off headers, while Costa Rica contributed an own goal.

The young Americans dominated for the entire 90 minutes and benefited from the own goal in the 4th minute before forward Peyton Linnehan tallied on a header in the 15th minute. Defender Kennedy Wesley and midfielder Sophia Jones both scored off headers from corner kicks in the second half.

"It was exciting to get a win," U-17 WNT head coach Mark Carr said. "Three points, four goals, a shutout and top of the group. We came out unscathed, got some people valuable minutes and we hit all of our goals. I think there's some things that we can improve and we'll work on those things. Now, it's about game two vs. Bermuda."

The goals were the first in U-17 international competition for both Wesley and Jones, with the latter providing an important bump in goal difference for the USA. The Americans now sit atop Group B, just ahead of Canada, which defeated Bermuda 3-0 in the other match of the night.

One of the highlights of the game for the USA was Linnehan’s running at goal. She struck a shot off the top of the crossbar in the second half after a mazy, dribbling run that left several defenders in her wake.

After round-robin play within the groups, the top two teams in each group will cross-over for the semifinal matches and the winners of the semifinals and the third-place game will earn CONCACAF’s three berths to the 2018 FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup in Uruguay.

Up Next: The USA will face Bermuda on Sunday, April 22 at 10 p.m. ET on go90.com.
Social: Twitter (@ussoccer_ynt), Instagram (@ussoccer_ynt)

2018 CONCACAF Women’s U-17 Championship
Group B Standings

Team

GP

W

L

D

Pts.

GF

GA

GD

USA

1

1

0

0

3

4

0

+4

Canada

1

1

0

0

3

3

0

+3

Bermuda

1

0

1

0

0

0

3

-3

Costa Rica

1

0

1

0

0

0

4

-4

Goal Scoring Rundown:
USA – Own Goal (Jeimy Umaña), 4th minute: The USA put pressure on Costa Rica early on and it was a nice build-up that produced the first American goal, even if it was scored by Costa Rica. Talia DellaPeruta played a pass to the right side to Peyton Linnehan, who darted past a defender into the penalty area. Her driven cross into the middle struck the leg of center back Jeimy Umaña as she tried to clear, but instead drilled the ball straight into the upper right corner of the goal from eight yards out to give the USA the early lead. USA 1, CRC 0 [WATCH]

USA – Peyton Linnehan (Samantha Meza), 15th minute: The second goal came from the left side as Samantha Meza danced her way free of a defender on the flank, cut inside and sent a cross into the middle. Peyton Linnehan timed her run perfectly to stay onside, but also got a step on her defender and then jumped to head home into the left side of the goal from eight yards out. USA 2, CRC 0 [WATCH]

USA – Kennedy Wesley (Kate Wiesner), 60th minute: The USA got its third goal off a corner kick as defender Katie Wiesner spun in a service from the left side. Defender Kennedy Wesley was not closely marked as she rose to snap a header into the lower left corner from four yards out. USA 3, CRC 0 [WATCH]

USA – Sophia Jones (Sunshine Fontes), 79th minute: The USA got its fourth goal off a corner kick as well, this one from the left side as forward Sunshine Fontes hit a high cross that dropped near the far corner of the goal box. Sophia Jones and Kennedy Wesley both rose to head the ball, but it was Jones who got her forehead on the cross and looped a seven-yard shot over the goalkeeper. The ball dropped into the goal at the left post to provide the final margin of victory. USA 4, CRC 0 FINAL

Key Saves and Defensive Stops:
CRC – Fabiana Solano, 24th minute: Outside back Kate Wiesner powerfully won a tackle in the USA’s attacking third, burst into the left side of the penalty box and cut a pass back to the wide-open Sunshine Fontes. Her first-time driven shot was pushed away with a brilliant reaction save from Costa Rica goalkeeper Fabiana Solano.

CRC – María Paula Salas, 67th minute: The USA took a shot corner kick form the left side and Kate Wiesner drove towards the penalty area before lofting a shot that was seemingly flying towards the upper right corner before María Paula Salas jumped to just deflect the ball away with her head.

CRC – Fabiana Solano, 80th minute: The menacing Peyton Linnehan hit a drive from distance that looked to be dropping just underneath the crossbar before Fabianna Solano leapt to acrobatically push the ball away.

Additional Notes:

  • The USA was captained by goalkeeper Angelina Anderson, who was not forced to make a save on the night as she earned her fifth career shutout.
  • The USA outshot Corta Rica 14-0 and put eight shots on goal to zero.
  • Peyton Linnehan’s goal was her seventh in 18 U-17 international matches.
  • Linnehan was the Golden Boot Winner at the 2016 CONCACAF U-15 Girls’ Championship, scoring eight goals at that tournament in Orlando, Fla.
  • Kennedy Wesley’s goal was her first international score at the U-17 level and it came in her 29th cap while Sophia Smith’s goal was her first in her 10th cap.
  • U.S. head coach Mark Carr made all three allowed two subs in the game, sending on Diana Ordonez for Samantha Meza in the 62nd minute, Michela Agresti for Natalia Staude in the 68th, and Samantha Kroeger in for Sunshine Fontes in the 81st minute.
  • Kroeger was added to the roster just the day before the tournament started in place of forward Isabella D’Aquila, who had not sufficiently recovered from an ankle injury.
  • This was the first U.S. WNT match played in Nicaragua at any age level.
  • Costa Rica has drawn the USA in its group every time that it has qualified for the CONCACAF U-17 Championship (2008, 2010, 2016 and 2018).
  • This was the fifth meeting between the USA and Costa in this tournament, four in pool play and twice in the knockout rounds.
  • The USA is 6-0-0 all-time vs. Costa Rica at the tournament.
  • Costa Rica is the only non-North American country to qualify for the World Cup at this age level, finishing second in the inaugural 2008 tournament.

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

Match: U.S. U-17 Women’s National Team vs. Costa Rica
Date: April 20, 2018
Competition: 2018 Concacaf Women’s U-17 Championship; Group B
Venue: Managua, Nicaragua
Kickoff: 10 p.m. ET
Attendance: 160
Weather: 84 degrees; periodic clouds

Scoring Summary:   1          2          F
USA                             2          2          4                     
CRC                            0          0          0                     

USA – Jeimy Umaña (Own Goal)      4th minute
USA – Payton Linnehan (Samantha Meza)   15
USA – Kennedy Wesley (Kate Wiesner)        60
USA – Sophia Jones (Sunshine Fontes)       79           

Lineups:
USA: 1-Angelina Anderson (capt.); 4-Talia DellaPeruta, 15-Natalia Staude (19-Michela Agresti, 68), 5-Kennedy Wesley, 3-Kate Wiesner; 20-Sophia Jones, 17-Hannah Bebar, 9-Croix Bethune; 16-Payton Linnehan, 18-Sunshine Fontes (13-Samantha Kroeger, 81), 7-Samantha Meza (8-Diana Ordoñez, 62)
Substitutes not used: 12-Julia Dohle, 14-Smith Hunter, 2-Makenna Morris, 6-Astrid Wheeler, 10-Mia Fishel, 11-Maya Doms
Head Coach: Mark Carr 

CRC: 1-Fabiana Solano (capt.); 6-Pamela Gutiérrez, 8-Jeimy Umaña, 19-Gipzy Prieto; 7-Nicole Gómez (15-Daniela Contreras, 58), 10-Carmen Marín, 16-Emily Flores, 11-Priscilla Chinchilla (20-Ariana Dobles, 88); 12-María Paula Salas, 14-María Paula Porras, 17-Kyana Calvo (9-Medolyn Guerrero, 65)
Substitutes not used:18-Dislania Chacón, 2-Valery Sandoval, 3-Andrea Capmany, 13-Keylin Gómez, 4-María Fernanda Murillo, 5-Alexa Aguilar
Head Coach: Harold López

Stats Summary: USA / CRC
Shots: 14 / 0
Shots on Goal: 8 / 0
Saves: 0 / 5
Corner Kicks: 13 / 1
Fouls: 18 / 3
Offside: 4 / 1

Misconduct Summary:
USA – Samantha Meza (caution)       53rd minute
CRC – María Paula Salas (caution)   72

Officials:
Referee: Odette Hamilton (JAM)                                                                               
Assistant Referee 1: Jassett Kerr (JAM)
Assistant Referee 2: Mijensa Rensch (SUR)
4th Official: Queztalli Alvarado (MEX)                                                                                                                                                                                               

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U.S. Under-17 Women’s National Team
2018 CONCACAF Women’s U-17 Championship
National Football Stadium; Managua, Nicaragua
April 19-29, 2018 

U-17 WNT READY FOR WCQ: The U.S. U-17 Women’s National Team kicks off the 2018 CONCACAF Women’s U-17 Championship on Friday, April 20 against Costa Rica (10:00 p.m. ET; go90). The match marks the USA’s first step towards qualification for the 2018 FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup, to be held this fall in Uruguay. Group B play continues for the USA on Sunday, April 22 against Bermuda (10:00 p.m. ET; Go90) and wraps up on Tuesday, April 24 as the U.S. takes on Canada (10:00 p.m. ET; Go90). All of the tournament’s matches will be played at the National Football Stadium in Managua, Nicaragua and broadcast on go90.com.

2018 Concacaf Women’s U-17 Championship
USA - Group B Schedule

Date           Match                       Kickoff (ET)       Broadcast     Venue
April 20       USA vs. Costa Rica     10:00 p.m.             go90               National Football Stadium; Managua, Nicaragua
April 22       USA vs. Bermuda       10:00 p.m.               go90               National Football Stadium; Managua, Nicaragua
April 24         USA vs. Canada          10:00 p.m.               go90               National Football Stadium; Managua, Nicaragua

WATCH U-17 WNT QUALIFYING FREE ON GO90: All tournament matches will be streamed via the go90 app and online at go90.com. Watch live in the USA on a mobile device or tablet by downloading the free go90 app on the App Store or Google Play. No registration or authentication is required. Fans can also watch matches free on their laptops at go90.com.

TOURNAMENT FORMAT: This year marks the 10th anniversary of the Concacaf Women’s U-17 Championship, and the sixth edition of the tournament. Launched in 2008 to qualify teams for the newly established FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup, the regional championship sends three teams from North America, Central America and the Caribbean to the 2018 FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup in Uruguay. The top two teams from each group qualify for the semifinals, and the winners of those two matches, plus the third-place game winner, punch their World Cup tickets. Group A features first-time participant and host Nicaragua, Mexico and Puerto Rico. The USA was drawn into Group B, alongside first-time participant Bermuda, Canada and Costa Rica.

RUN-UP TO NICARAGUA:
It’s been a successful start to the cycle for the U-17s, as they arrive in Managua with a 16-1-4 international record since the start of the cycle last April. In 2018, the U-17s stand at 7-0-1, scoring 32 goals while allowing just two.

In preparation for this year’s World Cup qualifying tournament, the USA has taken on 12 different countries, including fixtures against Concacaf rivals Canada, Haiti and Mexico. The team’s lone cycle defeat came in a barnburner 5-4 loss to China, while trophies have been won while playing against the likes of England and Italy at the Torneo Femminile delle Nazioni in Italy and Slovenia as well as at the Copa Provincia de Buenos Aires against a trio of South American squads. Most recently, the USA went undefeated in a three-game set against World Cup-bound Japan in Lakewood Ranch, Fla.

Players born on or after January 1, 2001 are eligible for the 2018 FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup. Head coach Mark Carr’s 20-player roster includes 16 players born in 2001 and four born in 2002.

CONCACAF U-17 HISTORY: While the Concacaf Women’s U-17 Championship is just a decade old, the USA has already established a history of success at the event. The red, white and blue have taken home the tournament title three of the five times it’s been contested (2008, 2012, 2016) and the competition has served to launch the international careers of several current WNT stalwarts. Samantha Mewis, Morgan Brian and Crystal Dunn played in the inaugural 2008 tournament. Lindsey Horan, Brian and Abby Dahlkemper helped lead the team in 2010, Andi Sullivan was a major player in helping U-17s to the 2012 title and Mallory Pugh was one of the 2013 team’s leading scorers.

TICKETS ALREADY PUNCHED: More than half the field is already set for the FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup, as just Concacaf and Europe are yet to hold qualifiers that will each send three teams to Uruguay. In addition to the hosts, Brazil and Colombia have qualified from South America, Ghana, Cameroon and South Africa have clinched spots from Africa, Korea Republic, Korea DPR and Japan earned berths from Asia and New Zealand will represent Oceania.

U.S. U-17 WNT Concacaf Qualifying Roster by Position (Club; Hometown; Caps/Goals):
GOALKEEPERS (2): Angelina Anderson (Mustang FC; Danville, Calif.; 8/0), Julia Dohle (New York City FC; Scarsdale, N.Y.; 2/0)
DEFENDERS (6): Michela Agresti (FC Stars, Swampscott, Mass.; 9/2), Talia DellaPeruta (NTH Tophat; Cumming, Ga.; 16/1), Smith Hunter (Seattle Reign Academy; Seattle, Wash.; 10/0), Makenna Morris (Bethesda SC; Germantown, Md.; 12/1), Natalia Staude (NTH Tophat; Atlanta, Ga.; 11/0), Kennedy Wesley (So Cal Blues; Rossmoor, Calif.; 28/0)
MIDFIELDERS (6): Hannah Bebar (Eclipse Select SC; Naperville, Ill.; 7/1), Croix Bethune (Concorde Fire; Alpharetta, Ga.; 18/7), Maya Doms (Davis Legacy; Davis, Calif.; 17/6), Mia Fishel (San Diego Surf; San Diego, Calif.; 19/2), Sophia Jones (San Jose Earthquakes; Menlo Park, Calif.; 9/0), Astrid Wheeler (Concorde Fire; Atlanta, Ga.; 14/1)
FORWARDS (6): Sunshine Fontes (Hawaii Rush; Wahiawa, Hawaii; 19/13), Samantha Kroeger (World Class FC; West Milford, N.J.; 3/1), Payton Linnehan (FC Stars; Douglas, Mass.; 17/6), Samantha Meza (Solar SC; Dallas, Texas; 12/2), Diana Ordoñez (FC Dallas; Prosper, Texas; 3/0), Kate Wiesner (LAFC Slammers; Monrovia, Calif.; 29/3) 

ROSTER NOTES

  • These will be the first U.S. WNT matches at any age level played in Nicaragua.
  • This is the first Concacaf qualifying team for the USA in which all the players were born after the historic 1999 FIFA Women’s World Cup victory.
  • Defenders Talia DellaPeruta, Smith Hunter and Makenna Morris and forward Samantha Kroeger are the four players on the roster born in 2002.
  • All the players named to the roster have been capped at the U-17 level with Kate Wiesner (29) and Kennedy Wesley (28) the most capped and goalkeeper Julia Dohle (2) the least.
  • Wiesner and Wesley are in their second U-17 cycle. Both participated in qualifying for the 2016 U-17 Women’s World Cup and both played in World Cup in Jordan.
  • Thirteen of the 18 field players on the roster have scored in an international match, led by forward Sunshine Fontes, who has 13 goals in 19 caps. Midfielder Croix Bethune has seven goals in 18 caps. Forward Payton Linnehan and midfielder Maya Doms each have six goals in 17 caps.
  • Thirteen players on the roster have 10 or more U-17 caps.
  • The two goalkeepers on the qualifying roster are five-foot-eleven Angelina Anderson and six-foot Julia Dohle.
  • The players on the roster hail from ten states and 17 different youth clubs. There are six Californians on the roster, three from Northern and three from Southern, and four players from Georgia.
  • The roster features players from four different U.S. Soccer Development Academy clubs in the So Cal Blues, FC Stars of Massachusetts as well as Georgia’s Concorde Fire and NTH Tophat. Overall, 16 players have ties to Development Academy Clubs.
  • Forward Isabella D’Aquila was named to the initial World Cup qualifying roster, but was ruled out of the competition due to injury. She was replaced by forward Samantha Kroeger.
  • Eight players helped the USA take home the 2016 CONCACAF Girls’ U-15 Championship, the red, white and blue’s first appearance at the event: Croix Bethune, Talia DellaPeruta, Mia Fishel, Sunshine Fontes, Payton Linnehan, Samantha Meza, Makenna Morris and Natalia Staude.

2018 SCHEDULE AND RESULTS

Date               Match                         Result             Venue             Competition
Jan. 15            USA vs. Venezuela     W 8-0            Eckerd College; St. Petersburg, Fla.             International Friendly
Jan. 18            USA vs. Venezuela     W 4-0             IMG Academy; Bradenton, Fla.                    International Friendly
Feb. 13           USA vs. Argentina      W 9-0              Estadio Jose Maria Minella; Mar de Plata; Argentina           CPdBA
Feb. 15           USA vs. Uruguay        W 4-1             Estadio Jose Maria Minella; Mar de Plata; Argentina           CPdBA
Feb. 20           USA vs. Chile              W 1-0             Estadio Jose Maria Minella; Mar de Plata; Argentina         CPdBA
March 21        USA vs. Japan            D 0-0               Premier Sports Campus; Lakewood Ranch, Fla.                  International Friendly
March 23        USA vs. Japan            W 4-1             Premier Sports Campus; Lakewood Ranch, Fla.                  International Friendly
March 25        USA vs. Japan            W 2-0             Premier Sports Campus; Lakewood Ranch, Fla.                  International Friendly 

CPdBA = Copa Provincia de Buenos Aires

USA VS COSTA RICA NOTES

  • Costa Rica has drawn the USA in its group every time that it has qualified for the CONCACAF U-17 Championship (2008, 2010 and 2016).
  • In those three tournaments, Costa Rica has played the USA five times, thrice in pool play and twice in the knockout rounds.
  • The USA is 5-0-0 all-time vs. Costa Rica at the tournament.
  • Costa Rica served as the USA’s first-ever opponent at the tournament: a 6-0 U.S. victory in the group stage of the 2008 tournament.
  • Current WNT star Samantha Mewis scored the USA’s first-ever goal of the competition, in the third minute of that match.
  • The countries met again for the Concacaf title that year, a 4-1 USA triumph.
  • In 2010, the two nations once again met twice, a 10-0 victory in the group stage finale and a 6-0 win in the third-place game.
  • Morgan Brian and Lindsey Horan both netted three goals against Costa Rica in the tournament, while Taylor Smith scored two.
  • Costa Rica’s last meeting with the USA at Concacaf World Cup qualifying came in the group stage of the 2016 tournament, a 2-0 USA victory.
  • Costa Rica is the only non-North American country to qualify for the World Cup at this age level, finishing second in the inaugural 2008 tournament.
  • Almost all of Costa Rica’s 20-player roster competes domestically. Defender Andrea Capmany and forward Kyana Calvo play stateside at IMG Academy and Lonestar SC, respectively.

Costa Rica Roster (Club)
GOALKEEPERS (2): Dislania Chacón (Herediano), Fabiana Solano (AD Desampa 2000)
DEFENDERS (7): Andrea Capmany (IMG Academy/USA), Ariana Dobles (Codea), Keylin Gómez (A.Dimas Escazú), Pamela Gutiérrez (Liberia), Gipzy Prieto (A.D. Pococi), Valery Sandoval (Codea), Jeimy Umaña (ADFFC)
MIDFIELDERS (7): Alexa Aguilar (Codea); Priscilla Chinchilla (Arenal); Daniela Contreras (A.D. Dimas Escazú); Emily Flores (Suva Sports); Nicole Gómez (A.D.F.F. Coronado); Carmen Marín (Futuro Academy/CAN); María Fernanda Murillo (Morpho)
FORWARDS (4): Kyana Calvo (Lonestar SC/USA), Medolyn Guerrero (A.D. Pococi), María Paula Porras (Saprissa), María Paula Salas (Saprissa)

USA VS BERMUDA NOTES

  • The two countries have never met at the U-17 level and Sunday’s match will mark the first meeting between the USA and Bermuda in women’s soccer at any level.
  • Bermuda is making its first-ever appearance at the tournament.

Bermuda Roster (Club)
GOALKEEPERS (2):
 Gaiya Melakot (Berkeley), Zakhari Turner (Montverde/USA)
DEFENDERS (6): Delia Ebbin (Darlington Academy/USA); Koa Goodchild (Saltus), Zekiah Lewis (St. Johnsbury/USA), Jenna Rempel (Choate Hall/USA), Danni Watson (Saltus); Zemira Webb (Warwick Academy)
MIDFIELDERS (9): Sh'Nyah Atkinstall (Berkeley), Druw Bascome (Cedarbridge), Emily Cabral (TN Tatem Warwick), Trinae Edwards (Cedarbridge), Katelyn MederIos (BHS), Leilanni Nesbeth (Bedes/ENG), Dazarre Place (Berkeley), Jya Ratteray Smith (Berkeley), Jadae Steede Hill (Berkeley)
FORWARDS (4): Nia Christopher (John Carroll/USA), Adia Gibbons (Berkeley), Tianna Mullan (IMG Academy/USA)

USA VS CANADA NOTES

  • The USA and Canada have met in the knockout round of four consecutive Concacaf Women’s U-17 Championships.
  • The U.S. is 3-0-1 all-time against Canada at Concacaf World Cup qualifying.
  • The teams first met in the 2010 semifinals as Canada handed the USA its first-ever defeat at the tournament, a 5-3 loss in penalty kicks after 120 minutes of scoreless soccer.
  • Since then, the USA hasn’t lost to its neighbors to the North, winning three straight knockout round matches.
  • The teams met in the Concacaf final in both the 2012 and 2013 tournaments, 1-0 and 2-0 wins for the USA, respectively.
  • Last time out, the USA defeated Canada 5-0 in the semifinals of the 2016 competition to clinch World Cup qualification.
  • Canada is one of the most successful teams in Concacaf at this age level, compiling five top-three finishes and reaching the FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup every time it has been contested.
  • The entirety of Canada’s 20-player roster competes domestically.
  • Almost half of the roster plays in the youth set-up of the Vancouver Whitecaps.

Canada Roster (Club)
GOALKEEPERS (2): Sophie Guilmette (Quebec REX/Lakeshore SC), Anna Karpenko (Ontario REX)
DEFENDERS (7): Maya Antoine (Vancouver Whitecaps FC Girls Elite BC Soccer REX), Olivia Cooke (Ontario REX), Caitlin Shaw (Vancouver Whitecaps FC Girls Elite BC Soccer REX), Elisabeth Tse (Quebec REX / Phénix des Rivières de Quebec), Julianne Vallerand (Quebec REX / Varennes SC), Sonia Walk (Ontario REX), Ariel Young (Ontario REX)
MIDFIELDERS (5): Wayny Balata (Quebec REX / Lakeshore SC), Stella Downing (Vancouver Whitecaps FC Girls Elite BC Soccer REX), Maya Ladhani (Vancouver Whitecaps FC Girls Elite BC Soccer REX), Jade Rose (Ontario REX), Aaliyah Scott (Vancouver Whitecaps FC Girls Elite BC Soccer REX)
FORWARDS (6): Teni Akindoju (Vancouver Whitecaps FC Girls Elite BC Soccer REX), Jordyn Huitema (Vancouver Whitecaps FC Girls Elite BC Soccer REX), Kaila Novak (Ontario REX), Jayde Riviere (Vancouver Whitecaps FC Girls Elite BC Soccer REX), Serita Thurton (Ontario REX), Andersen Williams (Vancouver Whitecaps FC Girls Elite BC Soccer REX)

HOW THEY GOT HERE

  • Costa Rica qualified for the Concacaf Championship after a first-place finish in Central American qualifying against Panama, El Salvador and Honduras.
  • Costa Rica went undefeated in that three-game tournament, shutting out all of its opponents and scoring an average of more than three goals per game.
  • Prisicila Chinchilla and María Paula Salas lead the way for Costa Rican offense, scoring three goals each in the competition.
  • Bermuda qualified for Nicaragua when it topped its Final Round group at Caribbean qualifying.
  • Nineteen participating Caribbean national teams were drawn into five groups contested across the region.
  • Drawn into Group C against host Saint Lucia, Antigua and Barbuda and Aruba, Bermuda went undefeated, putting up 21 goals while allowing just one.
  • England-based LeiLanni Nesbeth scored nine of those goals, including six in a 13-1 win over Aruba in the First Round finale.
  • After the First Round, Bermuda was drawn into a Final Round group alongside Jamaica and Trinidad & Tobago.
  • A draw with T&T and a victory over Jamaica punched Bermuda’s ticket to Managua
  • The results also sent Bermuda to the Caribbean final, where it fell 4-1 to fellow Concacaf Championship participant Haiti.
  • Canada qualified automatically alongside Mexico and the USA as North American nations.

TOURNAMENT NOTES

  • Players born on or after Jan. 1, 2001 are eligible for this tournament and the 2018 FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup.
  • In the semifinals, third-place match and championship game at the U-17 level, there is no overtime. Matches tied at the end of regulation now go directly to penalty kicks.
  • Teams are allowed three substitutes per match. In knockout round games, teams will be allowed one additional substitution.
  • A single yellow card received in the group stage will not carry over to the knockout stage.
  • Two cautions received in different games in the group stage will result in a suspension for the next match.
  • Should teams be tied on points at the end of the group stage, the tie-breakers are as follows:
  1. Points in games between the tied teams (head to head)
  2. Goal differential in games between the tied teams
  • If two more teams are tied on those counts, the tie-breakers are as follows:
  1. Number of goals scored in matches among the tied teams
  2. Goal difference in all group matches
  3. Number of goals scored in all matches
  4. Drawing of lots
  • At the end of the tournament, CONCACAF will present four awards: Golden Ball for most valuable player, Golden Boot for the top scorer, Golden Glove for the best goalkeeper and the Fair Play Award. 

BY THE NUMBERS

0          Matches lost in regulation by the USA at this tournament 
2          Birth years represented on the roster, 16 players born in 2001 and four born in 2002 
3          The USA has won three of five Concacaf Women’s U-17 titles 
4          Goals allowed by the USA at the Concacaf Championship, an average of 0.16 per game 
6          Players from California, the most of any state
8          Players participated in the 2016 Concacaf Girls’ U-15 Championship
9          States represented on the roster 
12        Different countries the USA has faced in the cycle so far (Argentina, Canada, Chile, China, England, Italy, Haiti, Japan, Mexico, Slovenia, Uruguay and Venezuela) 
13        U-17 goals for forward Sunshine Fontes, the most on the team
14        Unbeaten streak that the U-17 WNT carries into World Cup qualifying
16        Youth clubs represented on the U.S. roster
16        Players on the roster with U.S. Soccer Development Academy ties
16        Games, out of 25, that the USA has scored four or more goals at the competition
20        Shutouts recorded by the USA at the tournament, out of 25 games played 
25        Unbeaten streak for the U-17 WNT at Concacaf World Cup qualifying, including 23 matches won 
28        Players logged minutes for the U-17s in 2018
29        U-17 WNT caps for forward Kate Wiesner, the most on the team
64        Goals scored by the U-17s, while allowing just six in the cycle thus far
147      Goals scored by the USA at this tournament, an average of 5.88 per game
514      Minutes played by defender Natalia Staude this year, the most on the team 

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HEAD COACH MARK CARR: Carr was named head coach for the U.S. U-17 WNT in April 2017. In the full-time position, he is responsible for overseeing all aspects of the U-17 WNT program as he prepares the team for Concacaf qualifying for the 2018 FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup.

  • Carr joined U.S. Soccer in November 2014 as a Development Coach and lead the U-15 Girls’ National Team for two-and-a-half years. Carr coached several of current U-17 WNT players at the U-15 level.
  • Carr lead the U-15 Girls’ National Team to its first-ever Concacaf U-15 Girls’ Championship in the USA’s first time participating in the event. The team compiled a 49-0 goal differential and shut out all seven of its opponents.
  • Carr came to the Federation after three years as the Girls’ Premier League Director and Technical Director for Lonestar Soccer Club in Austin, Texas. He also was active in WNT programs as a scout, running U.S. Soccer National Training Centers and assisting with U-14 GNT camps
  • From 2003-2011, Carr worked in the college game, first as an assistant at UCLA to current WNT head coach Jill Ellis from 2003 to 2006, then as head women’s coach at the University of San Francisco from 2007-2011
  • Carr’s players at USF earned 16 All-WWC selections. While at UCLA, the Bruins posted an 81-15-5 record, won four conference titles and advanced to four Final Fours.
  • A native of England, Carr graduated from Bournemouth University in 2001 with a B.A. in International Marketing. A decorated amateur player, Carr competed on the England School's Representative Team (1996) and played for the Charlton Athletic Youth Team (1995-97).
  • Carr has a USSF National “A” License, a USSF National “Goalkeeping” License, an NSCAA Premiere Certification and an English FA Coaching Certificate.
  • He resides in Austin, Texas, with his wife, Caroline and two children, Ella Cate (6) and Oliver Scott (3).

 

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