U.S. Soccer

U-20 MNT Into Dallas Cup Semifinals

DALLAS, Texas (April 16, 2014) – Rubio Rubin’s first-half goal helped the U.S. Under-20 Men’s National Team top Bracket C of the Gordon Jago Super Group with a 1-0 win against Mexico’s UANL Tigres on Wednesday night at the Cotton Bowl.

The U-20 MNT (3-0-0, 9pts) moves on to play Brazilian club Fluminense (2-0-1, 7pts), which won Bracket B, in one Dallas Cup semifinal, while Bracket A winners Coritiba (3-0-0, 9pts), also from Brazil, face Bracket C runners-up River Plate (2-1-0, 6pts) of Argentina in the other. Both semifinal matches will be played Friday at the Cotton Bowl with Coritiba-River Plate kicking off at 5 p.m. CT, followed by the evening’s marquee match between the U-20 MNT and Fluminense at 7 p.m.

The only goal of the U-20 MNT-Tigres game came just before the break when U.S. defender Shaquell Moore slipped a pass to Rubin, who dribbled past multiple Tigres defenders before finding the back of the net with a well-driven strike to the lower left corner.

Fielding a speedy, technical line-up, the U-20 MNT went close on two other occasions only to be denied by the woodwork. In the 27th minute, Ben Spencer glanced a header off the crossbar from a Paul Arriola corner kick. Arriola, handed the captain’s armband for the match, then went close himself in the second half, striking a thunderous volley from 25 yards out that also met the crossbar.

Already eliminated from semifinal contention, Tigres gave the U-20 MNT a stiff contest throughout, but the American’s defense held firm under later pressure with help from goalkeeper Zack Steffen to preserve the shutout victory.

- U.S. Under-20 Men’s National Team Match Report -

Match: United States U-20 Men’s National Team vs. UANL Tigres
April 16, 2014
Dallas Cup
Cotton Bowl
7:30 p.m. CT
65 degrees

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

USA - Rubio Rubin (Shaqell Moore)        45th minute

USA: 1-Zack Steffen; 2-Shaquell Moore, 4-Matthew Miazga, 3-Michael Amick, 15-John Requejo Jr (21-Jesus Vazquez, 70); 16-Lynden Gooch (17-Luis Felipe, 63), 7-Paul Arriola (13-Erik Palmer-Brown, 88), 23-Jordan Allen (10-Romain Gall, 64); 20-Benji Lopez (24-Zach Pfeffer, 46), 11-Ben Spencer (14-Amando Moreno, 79), 9-Rubio Rubin
Subs Not Used: 12-Santiago Castano
Head Coach: Tab Ramos

UANL: 110-Jossue Garza; 85-David Navarro, 42-Jose Lara, 38-Jose Juan Garcia, 26-Jair Zacarias (11-Julian Aldair Carmona, 50); 115-Victor Hugo Alvarado, 122-Ramon Garcia, 47-Luis Martinez, 120-Oscar Cardona (86-Julio Ibarra, 60); 89-Fernando Cruz (52-Edgar Hernandez, 75), 123-Omar Ramos
Subs Not Used: 106-Marco Benitez, 76-Emanuel Estrada, 46-Baldemar Moreno, 125-Aldo Quintanilla
Head Coach: Angel Martinez

Stats Summary: USA / UANL
Shots: 12 / 6
Shots on Goal: 6 / 4
Saves: 4 / 5
Corner Kicks: 9 / 5
Fouls: 18 / 12
Offside:  1 / 1

Misconduct Summary:
UANL - Jair Zacarias (caution)                49
UANL - Luis Martinez (caution)                65
UANL - Jose Juan Garcia (caution)         86
USA - Paul Arriola (caution)                    86

Referee: Mario Escobar
Assistant Referee: Rene Ochoa
Assistant Referee: Omar Levia
Fourth Official: Riccardo Montero

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England Takes Down Finland 6-0 to Stay in Running For 2017 Nike Friendlies Tournament Title

LAKEWOOD RANCH, Fla. (December 11, 2017) – The England Under-20 Women’s National Team scored three times in each half to defeat Finland, 6-0 on the final day of play at the 2017 Women’s Nike International Friendlies.

With the win, England (7 points; +7 goal difference) has a chance to win the tournament title if the USA and Brazil draw or if Brazil defeats the USA tournament finale. If the U.S. defeats Brazil, the USA will tie England on points with seven each, but will win the tournament based on goal difference.

England came out on the front foot and scored its first goal in the 18th minute. Niamh Charles had an excellent run down the left side and found Kess Elmore on the right, slipping her a pass through a couple of defenders. Elmore did well to finish from a tough angle to the far post for the first goal of the afternoon.

In the 18th minute, Zoe Cross took a shot that deflected off a Finland defender, causing the ball to bounce out of reach of Finland’s wrong-footed goalkeeper Henriikka Mäkelä.

Rianna Dean scored the next two goals for England, the first in the 38th minute after a slick pass from Charles – her third assist– and again in the 55th with a terrific header following a great cross from Charles. 

England was not done scoring an added two more to its tally as the Young Lionesses pushed to make up the goal difference between themselves and the USA, but they ultimately fell short and will need a Brazil win or tie to win the tournament.

In the 79th, Cross was taken down inside the box by Finland’s Maaria Roth. Georgia Allen stepped up to take the kick and converted for the 5-0 England advantage. Ten minutes later, second-half substitute Ellie Brazil finished from short range for the final 6-0 score line.

England will now await the result of the USA vs. Brazil game set to kick off at 6:30 p.m. ET before the 2017 Women’s Nike International Friendlies champion can be crowned.

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2017 Women’s Nike International Friendlies Match Report

Match: Finland U-20 WNT vs. England U-20 WNT
Date: December 11, 2017
Competition: 2017 Women’s Nike International Friendlies
Venue: Premier Sports Complex Stadium; Lakewood Ranch, Fla.
Weather: 64 degrees, sunny
Attendance: 50

Scoring Summary:   1          2          F         
FIN                              0          0          0
ENG                            2          4          6         

ENG – Kess Elmore (Niamh Charles)                        7th minute
ENG – Zoe Cross (Niamh Charles)                           18
ENG -- Rianna Dean (Niamh Charles)                       38
ENG – Rianna Dean (Niamh Charles)                       55
ENG – Georgia Allen (penalty kick)                           79
ENG – Ellie Brazil (Georgia Allen)                              89

FIN: 1-Henriikka Mäkelä; 8-Selina Mustajoki (10-Onna Ketola, 81); 6-Emma Santamäki (capt.), 11-Tiia Savolainen, 3-Katriina Kuoksa, 13-Katrina Kuoksa (4-Alina Schrey, 65), 19-Anni Miettunen (17-Alina Kosunen, 81), 2-Nea Lehtola (5-Roosa Toivanen, 85), 16-Juulia Grönlund, 7-Aada Törrönen (14-Teesa Rinkinen, 46), 15-Emilia Ukkonen (9-Ida Raustola, 65)
Subs Not Used: 12-Sonja Tajatalo, 18-Julie Forss, 20-Aino Kröger
Head Coach: Rosa Lappi-Seppala

ENG: 22-Sian Rogers; 3-Mayumi Pacheco (20-Alicia Johnson 42), 5-Grace Fisk (capt.), 12-Taylor Hinds (19-Charlie Wellings 76), 14-Georgia Allen, 10-Zoe Cross, 16-Rianna Dean (9-Ellie Brazil, 56), 8-Mollie Rouse (4-Chloe Peplow, 56), 11-Niamh Charles, 15-Lucy Parker (2-Anna Patten, 56), 18-Kess Elmore
Subs not used: 6-Lotte Wubben-Moy, 7-Alessia Russo, 17-Rinsola Babajide
Head Coach: Mo Marley

Stats Summary: FIN / ENG             
Shots: 9 / 26
Shots on Goal: 3 / 12
Saves: 6 / 3
Corner Kicks: 3 / 11
Fouls: 12 / 5
Offside: 0 / 3

Misconduct Summary:
FIN – Tiia Savolainen (caution)                      51st minute
ENG – Ellie Brazil (caution)                            83
FIN -- Juulia Grönlund (caution)                     87

Referee: Ceciah Valero (USA)
Assistant Referee: Adrienne McDonald (USA)
Assistant Referee: Rachel Smith (USA)
Fourth Official: Natalie Simon (USA)

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Making the Case: Alex Morgan, 2017 Female Player of the Year

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U-17 WNT to Play the Haiti U-17 WNT Twice During Training Camp in Lakewood Ranch, Fla.

CHICAGO (Dec. 9, 2017) – The U.S. Under-17 Women’s National Team will come together from Dec. 11-16 for a training camp in Lakewood Ranch, Fla., that will feature two full international matches against the Haiti U-17 WNT.

Both the USA and Haiti are preparing for the 2018 CONCACAF Women’s Under-17 Championship which will be held from April 19-29 in Nicaragua. The tournament will qualify three teams to the 2018 FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup in Uruguay.

The roster, which consists of 22 players born in 2001 – the age cut off year for the next U-17 Women’s World Cup -- and four born in 2002, is made up primarily of the core of players who have been a key part of the cycle so far, with several players also getting first looks in a training camp environment.

The USA will face Haiti on Wednesday, Dec. 13 at The Premier Sports Campus at in Lakewood Ranch on a field to be determined with a kick-off at 3 p.m. ET. The second match on Friday, Dec. 15 will take place at the Premier Sports Campus Stadium and will kick off at 7:30 p.m. ET. Both games are open to the public with free admission.

“It’s exciting to finish out the 2017 with two games against Haiti,” said U.S. head coach Mark Carr. “As always, we will compete to win both games while working to continue to develop as individuals and as a team. Haiti is a team we could potentially face in qualifying so, once again, we’ll get a valuable snapshot of how we need to improve.”

Forward Jordan Canniff leads the team in scoring this year with six international goals. Midfielder Maya Doms has four goals while forwards Croix Bethune and Payton Linnehan have scored three goals each. Eleven other players have scored this year for the U-17 WNT.

The U-17s have been quite active this year as they prepare for qualifying. The squad has played tournaments in Slovenia/Italy and in China while also defeating England in two games in Portland, Oregon, in late August by a 12-3 aggregate score. The squad traveled to Mexico City in mid-November for two matches against the Mexico U-17 WNT, tying 1-1 and winning 4-0. The U-17s have lost just one of 11 international games this year, that loss coming in a wild back-and-forth 5-4 setback against China in Weifang in July.

“Coming off the Mexico trip, our team is still learning how to always give our best performance regardless of any external circumstance,” Carr said. “We must always be prepared to battle, be ready to play and be ready to take part in the game at its maximum for 90-plus minutes.”

U.S. U-17 Women’s National Team Roster by Position:
GOALKEEPERS (3): Angelina Anderson (Mustang SC; Danville, Calif.), Halle Mackiewicz (Real Colorado; Broomfield, Colo.), Lindsey Romig (Richmond United; Midlothian, Va.)                                                               
DEFENDERS (7): Michela Agresti (FC Stars of Mass; Swampscott, Mass), Tori Hansen (NC Courage Academy; Raleigh, N.C.), Smith Hunter (Seattle Reign Academy; Seattle, Wash.), Makenna Morris (Bethesda SC; Germantown, Md.), Bria Schrotenboer (Midwest United; Holland, Mich.), Natalia Staude (Tophat SC; Atlanta, Ga.), Kate Wiesner (Slammers FC; Monrovia, Calif.)
MIDFIELDERS (9): Croix Bethune (Concord Fire SC; Alpharetta, Ga.), Talia DellaPeruta (NTH Tophat; Cumming, Ga.), Maya Doms (Davis Legacy; Davis, Calif.), Mia Fishel (San Diego Surf; San Diego, Calif.), Sophia Jones (San Jose Earthquakes; Menlo Park, Calif.), Samantha Kroeger (World Class FC; West Milford, N.J.), Ariella Pitty (Ohio Premier; Midlothian, Va.), MacKenzee Vance (United Soccer Alliance; Bluffton, S.C.), Astrid Wheeler (Concord Fire SC; Atlanta, Ga.)         
FORWARDS (7): Enzi Broussard (IMG Academy; Bradenton, Fla.), Jordan Canniff (Washington Spirit - Baltimor Armour; California, Md.), Isabella D'Aquila (So Cal Blues; Mission Viejo, Calif), Sunshine Fontes (Hawaii Rush; Wahiawa, Hawaii), Payton Linnehan (FC Stars of Mass; Douglas, Mass.), Samantha Meza (Solar; Dallas, Texas), Kalyssa Van Zanten (Eclipse Select; Buffalo Grove, Ill.)

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