U.S. Soccer

2016 Women's International Cup

Belfast, Northern Ireland
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Five Things About U.S. U-20 WNT vs. Brazil U-20 WNT

The U.S. U-20 Women’s National Team will conclude the 2017 Nike International Friendlies against Brazil on Monday, Dec. 11 (6:30 p.m. ET) at Premier Sports Campus in Lakewood Ranch, Fla. Here are five things you should know about the USA’s final opponent and final match of the tournament.

How Can the USA Win the 2017 Nike Friendlies?
With the 10-1 win against Finland on Dec. 9, the USA sits in first place in the tournament with four points and a plus-9 goal difference. England is second with four points and a plus-1 goal difference. Brazil is in third with three points and a plus-3 goal difference while Finland sits in fourth place with zero points and a minus-13 goal difference.

That means the USA will win the tournament with a victory against Brazil if it maintains its edge over England in goal difference. The USA could also win the tournament with a tie, if England ties Finland.

2017 Women’s Nike International Friendlies Standings

Team

GP

W

L

D

Pts.

GF

GA

GD

USA

2

1

0

1

4

13

4

+9

England

2

1

0

1

4

4

3

+1

Brazil

2

1

1

0

3

4

1

+3

Finland

2

0

2

0

0

1

14

-13

How To Watch
The tournament will conclude on Dec. 11 with two games, the first taking place at 3:30 p.m. ET with Finland facing England followed by the USA vs. Brazil at 6:30 p.m. ET. Both matches will be streamed live on ussoccer.com, U.S. Soccer’s Facebook Page and U.S. Soccer’s YouTube Page from the Premier Sports Campus in Lakewood Ranch, Fla. with Mike Pepper calling the action.

The matches are not geo-blocked, meaning fans in Brazil, England and Finland, as well as others around the world, can watch the games. Fans can follow all the matches of the U.S. U-20s on Twitter @ussoccer_ynt. For full coverage, visit the Women’s Nike International Friendlies tournament page on ussoccer.com.

Nike Friendlies Continues World Cup Qualifying Prep for USAThe U-20 U.S. WNT has used 37 players in 10 international matches this year in preparation for World Cup qualifying, taking on Norway, Germany, France, Japan, England and Finland while compiling a record of 6-3-2. Outside back Jordan Brewster earned her first U-20 WNT cap against England in the first game of the Friendlies on Dec. 7, playing all 90 minutes in an impressive first outing. Goalkeeper Claudia Dickey earned her first U-20 cap against Finland, playing all 90 minutes.

Sophia Smith of Real Colorado and Stanford freshman Civana Kuhlmann lead the team with eight international goals apiece this year after Smith scored twice against England on Dec. 7 and Kuhlmann added four on Dec. 9 against Finland, while UC Berkeley freshman Abigail Kim has three. Twenty-two of the 24 players on the roster have U-20 caps, led by Savannah DeMelo, a member of the last U-20 WNT cycle, who has 22 caps.

The age cutoff to be eligible for the 2018 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup is players born on or after January 1, 1998. For this roster, Klimkova called up nine players born in 1998, 11 born in 1999 and four born in 2000, making them also age-eligible for the 2020 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup.

U.S. U-20 WNT Roster – 2017 Nike International Friendlies (Club, Hometown)

GOALKEEPERS (3): Claudia Dickey (Charlotte Soccer Academy; Charlotte, NC), Laurel Ivory (Virginia; Surfside,Fla.), Amanda McGlynn (Virginia Tech; Jacksonville, Fla.)
DEFENDERS (9): Nicole Albrecht (Minnesota, Cedarburg, Wisc.), Julia Bingham (USC; Ontario, Calif.), Jordan Brewster (Internationals SC; North Canton, Ohio), Sydney Dawson (Internationals SC; North Canton, Ohio), Naomi Girma (California Thorns FC; San Jose, Calif.), Tara McKeown (USC; Newbury Park, Calif.), Zoe Morse (Virginia; East Lansing; Mich.), Isabel Rodriguez (Ohio State; Canton, Mich.), Karina Rodriguez (UCLA; Torrance, Calif.)
MIDFIELDERS (6): Samantha Coffey (Boston College; Sleepy Hollow, NY), Savannah DeMelo (USC; Bellflower, Calif.), Jaelin Howell (Real Colorado; Windsor, Colo.), Taylor Kornieck (Colorado; Henderson, Nev.), Brianna Pinto (NTH Tophat; Durham, NC), Viviana Villacorta (UCLA; Lawndale, Calif.)
FORWARDS (6): Jordan Harr (Texas Tech; Sachse, Texas), Abigail Kim (California; Vashon, Wash.), Civana Kuhlmann (Stanford; Littleton. Colo.), Sophia Smith (Real Colorado; Windsor, Colo.), Taryn Torres (Virginia; Frisco, Texas), Kelsey Turnbow (Santa Clara, Scottsdale, Ariz.)

Brazil U-20 WNT Prepping for South American World Cup Qualifying
Like the USA, Brazil is preparing for a World Cup qualifying tournament next January. The South American qualification tournament will take place in Ecuador from Jan. 10-28 with ten teams divided into two groups. After round-robin play, the top two teams in each group will qualify for the second round and that quartet will then play another round-robin format and that top two teams will represent South America at the World Cup in France.

Brazil are seven-times champion of the tournament (2004, 2006, 2008, 2010, 2012, 2014 & 2015). No other team has won a South American U-20 women's title. Argentina (three times), Colombia, Paraguay (twice) and Venezuela have all been runners-up.

Brazil has one player currently playing college soccer in defender Reiss who is a freshman at North Florida where she led the team in scoring with six goals and one assist. The rest of the Brazilian roster is spread out over 10 different clubs in Brazil, including two at Santos F.C, the club of the legendary Pele. Brazil U-20 WNT Roster – 2017 Nike International Friendlies (Club)

GOALKEEPERS (2): 1-Kemelli (3 B Sport), 12-Stefane (Team Chicago Brasil)
DEFENDERS (7): 2-Mona (Iranduba F.C.), 3-Thais Regina (3 B Sport), 4-Ingryd (3 B Sport), 6-Reiss (North Florida, USA), 13-Tainara (E.C. Victoria BA), 14-Isa (A.A. Ponte Preta), 16-Andressa (Team Chicago Brasil)
MIDFIELDERS (6): 5-Luana (Ferroviaria F S/A), 7-Angelina (Santos F.C.), 8-Karla Alves (Santos F.C.), 10-Victoria (Minas Brasilia), 15-Juliana (Ferroviaria F S/A), 18-Ana Vitoria (Corinthians/Audax)
FORWARDS (6): 9-Valeria (Tiradentes PI), 11-Brenda Woch (3 B Sport), 17-Kerolin (A.A. Ponte Preta)

USA and Brazil Results So Far
The USA comes into the match after a 3-3 draw against England on Dec. 7 and a 10-1 win against Finland on Dec. 9 that saw Civana Kuhlmann score four goals and four other players add tallies. After a strong 4-0 win against Finland on goals by (list goal scorers) to open the tournament, Brazil fell 1-0 to England in its second game and will look to bounce back with a win against the U.S., which could be enough to take home the tournament title depending on England’s results against Finland.

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U-20 WNT Dec 10, 2017

U-20 WNT Viviana Villacorta: Growing In Her Role as a Defensive Midfielder

Many players in the current U-20 Women’s National Team pool have been getting National Team call-ups for years. Viviana Villacorta is not one of those players. The defensive midfielder out of Torrance, California, got her first call-up to a Youth National Team camp about 15 months ago. Since then, through dedication, astute self-awareness and a humble appreciation for the opportunities a Read more
U-20 WNT Dec 10, 2017

Brazil Blanks Finland 4-0 in Opening Game of 2017 Women’s Nike International Friendlies

LAKEWOOD RANCH (December 7, 2017) – The Brazil Under-20 Women’s National Team scored twice in each half to defeat the Finland U-20 Women’s National Team 4-0 in the opening game of the 2017 Women’s Nike International Friendlies. Forward Kerolin scored a brace while defender Mona scored on a blast from outside and substitute striker Valeria added a late goal on a Finland Read more
U-20 WNT Dec 7, 2017

U-20 WNT Rolls Past Finland 10-1 at Nike Friendlies as Kuhlmann Scores Four Goals

LAKEWOOD RANCH, Florida (December 9, 2017) – The U.S. Under-20 Women’s National Team scored early and often, powering home eight goals in the first half on the way to an impressive 10-1 win against Finland in its second match of the 2017 Women’s Nike International Friendlies. U.S. head coach Jitka Klimkova made seven changes from the starting lineup that tied England 3-3 on Dec. Read more
U-20 WNT Dec 9, 2017

England Defeats Brazil 1-0 at 2017 Women’s Nike International Friendlies

LAKEWOOD RANCH, Fla. (December 9, 2017) – The England Under-20 Women’s National Team used a 50th minute goal from Alessia Russo to earn a 1-0 win against Brazil in the first game on the second match day at the 2017 Women’s Nike International Friendlies. Brazil controlled the game for much of the first half with two of its best opportunities coming in the 23rd minute, a powerf Read more
Dec 9, 2017

Referee Breaking Barriers

It all started with an ad in the local newspaper. Living in Lincoln, Nebraska in 2004, U.S. Soccer Grade 7 referee Andrew Kirst saw that a high school game needed a referee. He gave them a call, shared with them his experience and got the gig. With whistle in hand, he hasn’t stopped since then.

“Being a referee, you get to help future generations learn the game so they can become top players,” Kirst said. “Plus, it’s a good work out too and no two games are ever the same so I’ll never be bored.”

Kirst has been a referee for 14 years. For the Colorado native, the main obstacle and the questions he gets are always the same: can he prove to coaches and teams that he is capable of his job despite his lack of hearing? The answer to both is a resounding yes.

“I’ve found ways to find a good balance between not being able to hear and being able to referee,” Kirst shared with ussoccer.com “I’ve been doing it for a while but I still need to prove to coaches and players that I can do this. For example: if there’s a foul, people hear it and they say, that’s a foul – it’s a yellow card. And I say no, it’s just a foul. I can see it. What you hear is not what you see. Sometimes hearing is deceiving and visual is more important.”


Kirst (third from the left) has been refereeing for 14 years.

Besides proving that his skills are up to par on the field, Kirst breaks the ice before a game starts by making sure coaches know that they are free to talk to him as much as they want to. After all, he won’t be able to hear them.

“I tell them it’s an advantage for them,” Kirst admitted. “It relaxes them, relaxes me and puts us all at ease. It’s a free country so they can talk all they want, I just let the air take care of it.”

With the inaugural 2017 U.S. Soccer Girls’ Winter Showcase currently taking place in Lakewood Ranch, Florida, where 315 games are being played, the opportunities for Kirst to hone his craft are expansive.

Not only is he able to improve by refereeing several games in a day, but he is getting a chance to interact with hundreds of other referees from across the country, all from various grade levels, and learn from them while they all share their passion for the game and their past experiences.

“Making it to the Development Academy Showcase here in Florida is one of my top achievements so far,” Kirst said. “I’ve had a lot of people in my past who have helped me get to this point: people back in Colorado, many of the assessors, the evaluators, the ones who give me the assignments. It’s been a long 14-year journey and it’s something that I’ll continue to go through the rest of my life. It motivates me to wake up in the morning.”

The process to become one of the top referees in the world is not easy, and the journey is long and arduous, but for Kirst, who has already surpassed obstacles just to get to where he is now, there’s really nothing that is going to stop him as he continues his ascension in the USSF referee program.

“I’d like to be one of the top referees, and I feel that I have the ability to do that,” he said. “It’s one of my goals to become a referee that the program would be proud of. The pitch is a beautiful place to be.” 

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Dec 9, 2017

Five Things About U.S. U-20 WNT vs. Finland U-20 WNT

The U.S. U-20 Women’s National Team will continue play at the 2017 Nike International Friendlies on Saturday, Dec. 9 (6:30 p.m. ET) at Premier Sports Campus in Lakewood Ranch, Fla. when the Americans take on Finland. Here are five things you should know about the USA’s second matchup of the tournament. U.S. Gets Point in First Match The U.S. U-20 WNT comes into the match after an e Read more
U-20 WNT Dec 8, 2017

GALLERY: U-20 WNT Draws with England in 3-3 Thriller

The U.S. Under-20 Women’s National Team drew 3-3 with England to open the 2017 Women’s Nike International Friendlies. The teams traded goals in front of a standing room only crowd at the Premier Sports Campus in Lakewood Ranch, Fla. The U-20s are back in action on Saturday, taking on Finland at 6:30 p.m. ET.  Read more
U-20 WNT Dec 8, 2017

U.S. U-20 WNT Opens 2017 Nike Friendlies with 3-3 Draw vs. England

LAKEWOOD RANCH, Florida (Dec. 7, 2017) – The U.S. Under-20 Women’s National Team drew 3-3 with England to open the 2017 Women’s Nike International Friendlies as the teams traded goals throughout the match. In the 90th minute, England cancelled out what looked to be an 87th minute game-winner from Sophia Smith as forward Alessia Russo, who plays at the University of North Carolina Read more
U-20 WNT Dec 7, 2017

Making the Case: Clint Dempsey, 2017 Male Player of the Year

On Tuesday, Dec. 5, U.S. Soccer announced the five nominees for 2017 U.S. Soccer Male Player of the Year. This year’s nominees include forwards Jozy Altidore, Clint Dempsey and Jordan Morris and midfielders Michael Bradley and Christian Pulisic. Each day this week, ussoccer.com will make a case for each of the candidates. Today is three-time Male Player of the Year, Clint Dempsey’s turn.

After heart condition prematurely ended Clint Dempsey’s contributions for the MNT and Seattle Sounders FC in 2016, the iconic forward made a strong comeback to both sides in 2017.

Perhaps no player has enjoyed as memorable a return to the MNT as Dempsey did when he started the USA’s home World Cup Qualifier on March 24 vs. Honduras. Badly needing a result on the night, Dempsey led the offensive onslaught by recording his second-career hat trick, including a lethal free kick to cap the 6-0 rout of los Catrachos. Another strike four days later in Panama put Dempsey on the doorstep of Landon Donovan’s MNT record of 57, one which he would equal with another scintillating free kick to cap the USA’s 2-0 Gold Cup Semifinal win against Costa Rica on July 22. Dempsey was also vital in dishing assists, with three of his four on the year coming during the MNT’s successful Gold Cup championship run, including the helper on Jordan Morris’ 88th minute game-winner in the 2-1 Final win vs. Jamaica on July 26.

The 34-year-old had a stellar year on the club side as well, amassing 12 goals and five assists as Seattle Sounders FC finished tied for the best record in Major League Soccer’s Western Conference. Dempsey has continued to be clutch in postseason play, scoring three goals in as many matches to lead Sounders FC back to Saturday’s MLS Cup Final against fellow Player of the Year nominees Jozy Altidore and Michael Bradley (4 p.m. ET; ESPN, Univision). After missing out on last year’s championship match, Dempsey will look to make amends as Sounders FC seek their second-straight league title.

2017 National Team and Club Statistics

Team

Games

Goals

Assists

U.S. MNT

11

5

4

Seattle Sounders FC (all competitions)

32

14

4

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MNT Dec 7, 2017

Schedule

Results

Date Matchup Result Venue Attendance Goal Scorers
3-0 W Belfast, Northern Ireland Briede, own goal, Grey
3-1 W Lurgan, Northern Ireland Turnbow(2), Briede
1-2 L Ballymena, Northern Ireland Grey

U-18 WNT Olympic Training Center Camp - Sept. 3-10

PLAYER POS. HT. BIRTHDATE HOMETOWN CLUB/COLLEGE
D Aurora, Ill. Eclipse
F 5-7 Voorhes, N.J. Winslow Soccer Club
M 5-7 Atherton, Calif. PSV Union
M 5-2 Celina, Texas FC Dallas
F 5-5 Alpharetta, Ga. Tophat SC
F Chesterfield, Mo. SLSG - Missouri
M Las Vegas, Nev. San Diego Surf
GK Birmingham, Ala. Concord Fire
D Denver, Colo. Colorado Rush
D 5-7 Los Angeles, Calif. Real So Cal
D Portland, Ore. Crossfire United
D 5-4 Brentwood, Tenn. Tennessee SC
GK Livermore, Calif. Pleasant Rage
F Carrollton, Texas Dallas Texans
F Liberty Lake, Washington Crossfire Premier

U-18 WNT Olympic Training Center Camp - Sept. 3-10

Kerry Abello

Position:
Defender

Position:
Defender

Hometown:
Aurora, Ill.

Club:
Eclipse

Amirah Ali

Position:
Forward

Height:
5-7

Birthdate:

Position:
Forward

Hometown:
Voorhes, N.J.

Club:
Winslow Soccer Club

Olivia Athens

Position:
Midfielder

Height:
5-7

Birthdate:

Position:
Midfielder

Hometown:
Atherton, Calif.

Club:
PSV Union

Haley Berg

Position:
Midfielder

Height:
5-2

Birthdate:

Position:
Midfielder

Hometown:
Celina, Texas

Club:
FC Dallas

Isabella Briede

Position:
Forward

Height:
5-5

Birthdate:

Position:
Forward

Hometown:
Alpharetta, Ga.

Club:
Tophat SC

Kirsten Davis

Position:
Forward

Position:
Forward

Hometown:
Chesterfield, Mo.

Club:
SLSG - Missouri

Arlie Jones

Position:
Midfielder

Position:
Midfielder

Hometown:
Las Vegas, Nev.

Club:
San Diego Surf

Ashley Orkus

Position:
Goalkeeper

Position:
Goalkeeper

Hometown:
Birmingham, Ala.

Club:
Concord Fire

Brynn Martin

Position:
Defender

Position:
Defender

Hometown:
Denver, Colo.

Club:
Colorado Rush

Taylor Mitchell

Position:
Defender

Height:
5-7

Birthdate:

Position:
Defender

Hometown:
Los Angeles, Calif.

Club:
Real So Cal

Mia Palmer

Position:
Defender

Position:
Defender

Hometown:
Portland, Ore.

Club:
Crossfire United

Karlie Paschall

Position:
Defender

Height:
5-4

Birthdate:

Position:
Defender

Hometown:
Brentwood, Tenn.

Club:
Tennessee SC

Olivia Sekany

Position:
Goalkeeper

Position:
Goalkeeper

Hometown:
Livermore, Calif.

Club:
Pleasant Rage

Rheagen Smith

Position:
Forward

Position:
Forward

Hometown:
Carrollton, Texas

Club:
Dallas Texans

Kelsey Turnbow

Position:
Forward

Position:
Forward

Hometown:
Liberty Lake, Washington

Club:
Crossfire Premier

Date Match Time (ET) / Result Venue
Oct. 18
United States vs. England 2-1 L Ballymena, Northern Ireland
Oct. 20 United States vs. France 3-1 W Lurgan, Northern Ireland
Oct. 23 United States vs. Northern Ireland 3-0 W Belfast, Northern Ireland

2016 Women's International Cup Statistics

Record: 2-1-0

Player

Pos

GP

GS

Min.

G

A

Pts

Y/R

Kerry Abello D 1 1 90 0 0 0 0/0
Amirah Ali F 3 2 132 0 0 0 0/0
Haley Berg M 3 1 130 0 0 0 0/0
Belle Briede F 3 1 110 2 0 4 0/0
Sam Coffey M 3 3 270 0 0 0 0/0
Kirsten Davis F 2 1 70 0 0 0 0/0
Sydney Dawson D 3 3 270 0 0 0 0/0
Julie Doyle D 3 2 152 0 0 0 0/0
Mireya Grey F 3 2 189 2 0 4 0/0
Joanna Harber D 2 1 110 0 0 0 0/0
Brooke Heinsohn GK 2 2 180 0 0 0 0/0
Arlie Jones M 3 3 254 0 2 2 0/0
Mandy McGlynn GK 1 1 90 0 0 0 0/0
Tara McKeown F 2 1 118 0 0 0 0/0
Shea Moyer M 3 2 121 0 0 0 0/0
Mia Palmer D 2 1 110 0 0 0 0/0
Karlie Paschall D 3 3 270 0 0 0 0/0
Kelsey Turnbow F 3 2 201 2 1 5 0/0
Viviana Villacorta M 3 1 126 0 1 1 0/0
Sofia Weiner M 1 0 16 0 0 0 0/0
                 
Own Goal         1      
Totals
3 3 270 7 4 16 0/0
Opponent Totals
3 3 270 3 1 7 0/0

2016 Women's International Cup Goalkeeping Statistics

Player Name

GP

GS

Min.

GF

GA

SO

GAA

W-L-T

Brooke Heinsohn 2 2 180 4 3 0 1.50 1-1-0
Mandy McGlynn 1 1 90 3 0 0 0.00 1-0-0
Totals 2 2 270 7 3 0 1.00 2-1-0
Opponent Totals 2 2 270 3 7 0 2.33 1-2-0

Updated through Oct. 24, 2016

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