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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, headed a corner kick off the hand of U.S. goalkeeper Laurel Ivory and off the underside of the crossbar. As the ball fell, Ivory batted it away from the goal, but the assistant referee ruled that the ball had crossed the line.

The match was played in front of a standing-room only crowd of more than 2,000 fans at the Premier Sports Campus and they were treated to a tremendously entertaining game and six goals as the USA took three leads only for England to come back and equalize each time.

Smith opened the scoring in the 19th minute off an assist from her Real Colorado club teammate Jaelin Howell, but England answered back almost immediately with a score from Ellie Brazil, who plays for Fiorentina in Italy’s top division. Brazil went off with an injury soon after, leaving the game in the 25th minute.

The USA took the lead off a set play as captain Zoe Morse worked hard to keep the ball alive inside the penalty area and England defender Grace Fisk knocked it into her own net Fisk plays collegiately at the University of South Carolina.

Smith had two more golden chances on shots from distance in the first half, but her 7th minute blast from 25 yards and her low drive from the top of the penalty area in the 39th minute were both parried away with excellent saves from England goalkeeper Ellie Roebuck, who played a stellar game.

England came out with more initiative in the second half and got an equalizer in the 54th minute as Anne Patten got behind the defense and slipped a shot inside the right post.

In the 73rd minute, Roebuck, who plays for Manchester City, pulled off a brilliant double-save. Second half substitute Civana Kuhlmann worked her way free at the top of the penalty area and blasted a shot that was headed into the lower right corner before Roebuck got a hand to it. Samantha Coffey had a chance to follow-up on the rebound, but Roebuck pushed that shot wide of the left post.

In the 86th minute, Ivory made what looked to be a crucial save, batting away hard point-blank shot from Rinsola Babajide to set up Smith’s second goal on the USA’s next foray down the field.

Smith then bagged her brace in the 87th minute, but England did not quit. Right after a stoppage in play when Roebuck had to be replaced due to a knock she took earlier in the game, England equalized.

Up next for the USA is a match against Finland, 4-0 losers to Brazil in the first match of the evening, on Dec. 9 at 6:30 p.m. ET. Fans can watch on ussoccer.com, Facebook and YouTube. Brazil sits in first place after the first match day with three points. The USA and England one each from the draw and Finland has zero.

2017 Women’s Nike International Friendlies Standings

Team

GP

W

L

D

Pts.

GF

GA

GD

Brazil

1

1

0

0

3

4

0

+4

England

1

0

0

1

1

3

3

0

USA

1

0

0

1

1

3

3

0

Finland

1

0

1

0

0

0

4

-4


Goal Scoring Rundown:
USA – Sophia Smith (Jaelin Howell), 19th minute: The USA opened the scoring when Howell won a ball in midfield and raced at the England goal, putting the back line on its heels. Smith made a dynamic run behind the defense and Howell slipped the perfect pass into the left side of the penalty area. Smith sent into a slide to cut her rolling left-footed shot into the lower right corner from eight yards out. USA 1, ENG 0. 

USA – Ellie Brazil (Lotte Wubben-Moy,) 20th minute: England struck back almost immediately, catching the U.S. back line with a long ball over the top from Lotte Wubben Moy. The ball took a nice skip into the path of Ellie Brazil, who dribbled around U.S. goalkeeper Laurel Ivory and slotted the ball into an open net, behind defender Naomi Girma, who overran the shot while scrambling to cover. USA 1, ENG 1.

USA – Own Goal (Grace Fisk), 25th minute: The USA took the lead again off a free kick from the right flank that was sent in dangerously by Jordan Brewster. Zoe Morse battled with her defender at the far post and was able to toe-poke the ball across the face of the goal on the dewy field. Grace Fisk stuck out her right boot while attempting to clear, but inadvertently knocked the ball off her own goalkeeper and into the net. USA 2, ENG 1.

USA – Anne Patten (Alessia Russio), 54th minute: England won a clearance from U.S. goalkeeper Laurel Ivory on its right flank and the ball fell to Alessia Russio. She turned quickly and played a pass behind the defense to Anne Patten who slipped her shot just inside the right post to tie the score. USA 2, ENG 2.

USA – Sophia Smith (Samantha Coffey), 87th minute: The game could have gone either way when Smith came up with a piece of magic. Substitute Samantha Coffey played a ball into the left side of the penalty area for Smith, who beat her defender to the outside and smashed her shot into the roof of the net for the game-winner. USA 3, ENG 2.

USA –  Alessia Russio (Mayumu Pacheco), 90th minute: In perhaps fitting fashion for the back-and-forth game, England tied the match in the 90th minute off a corner kick when Alessia Russio headed the ball out of a pack of players, off the hand of U.S. goalkeeper Laurel Ivory, off the underside of the crossbar, and according to the assistant referee, just over the goal line before it was swatted away by Ivory. USA 3, ENG 3. FINAL

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Additional Notes:

  • U.S. head coach Jitka Klimkova used five of her six allowed substitutes, bringing on two forwards at halftime. She sent on Kelsey Turnbow in place of Abigail Kim and Civana Kuhlmann in place of Jordan Harr.
  • Turnbow, a Santa Clara freshman who was a late add to the roster, replaced Ashley Sanchez who withdrew due to academic commitments.
  • She also gave minutes to Samantha Coffey, who picked up an assist, and Tara McKeown. Midfielder Taylor Kornieck went on in stoppage time.
  • 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 event, U.S. WNT head coach Jitka 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.
  • Smith leads the team in scoring this year with eight six international goals while Kuhlmann has four and Abigail Kim has two.
  • The USA and England met twice in July at England’s National Team training center with the USA coming away with 2-1 and 2-0 wins. The USA goals were scored by Kuhlmann (2), Sanchez, and Kornieck.
  • Smith earned the rare distinction of scoring for three different age group National Teams this year. In February, she scored for the U-18 WNT against England and Norway. For the U-20 WNT, she has scored against Norway (twice), Germany (twice), France, Japan and England. For the U-23 WNT, she scored against Norway as well as the game-winner against the Portland Thorns.
  • Midfielder Savannah DeMelo earned her 21st cap, which is tops on the roster.

-U.S. Under-20 Women's National Team Match Report-

Match: U.S. U-20 WNT vs. England U-20 WNT
Date: Dec. 7, 2017
Competition: 2017 Women’s Nike International Friendlies
Venue: Premier Sports Complex Stadium; Lakewood Ranch, Fla.
Attendance: 2,054
Weather: 75 degrees, breezy 

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

USA – Sophia Smith (Jaelin Howell)              19th minute
ENG – Ellie Brazil (Lotte Wubben-Moy)         20
USA – Grace Fisk (own goal)                         25
ENG – Anna Patten (Alessia Russo)             54
USA – Sophia Smith (Samantha Coffey)       87
ENG – Alessia Russo (Mayumi Pacheo)       90 

Lineups:
USA: 22-Laurel Ivory; 3-Jordan Brewster, 5-Zoe Morse (capt.), 4-Naomi Girma, 19-Isabel Rodriguez (25-Tara McKeown, 63); 6-Jaelin Howell, 10-Savannah DeMelo (24-Taylor Kornieck, 90+1), 8-Brianna Pinto (13-Samantha Coffey, 63); 7-Abigail Kim (20-Civana Kuhlmann, 46), 9-Sophia Smith, 11-Jordan Harr (18-Kelsey Turnbow, 46)
Subs Not Used: 1-Amanda McGlynn, 14-Sydney Dawson, 17-Taryn Torres, 23-Nicole Albrecht
Head Coach: Jitka Klimkova 

ENG: 1-Ellie Roebuck (13-Sandy Maclver, 90); 2-Anna Patten, 3-Mayumi Pacheco, 6-Lotte Wubben-Moy, 4-Chloe Peplow, 5-Grace Fisk (capt.), 8-Mollie Rouse, 14-Georgia Allen, 7-Alessia Russo, 9-Ellie Brazil (17-Rinsola Babajide, 35), 11-Niamh Charles (19-Charlie Wellings, 66)
Subs Not Used: 10-Zoe Cross, 12-Taylor Hinds, 15-Lucy Parker, 16-Rianna Dean, 18-Kess Elmore, 20-Alicia Johnson
Head Coach: Mo Marley 

Stats Summary: USA / ENG           
Shots: 11 / 17
Shots on Goal: 8 / 6
Saves: 3 / 6
Corner Kicks: 4 / 1
Fouls: 11 / 6
Offside: 2 / 0 

Misconduct Summary:
USA – Samantha Coffee (caution)     90+2 

Officials:
Referee: Natalie Simon (USA)
Assistant Referee: Adrienne McDonald (USA)
Assistant Referee: Jennifer Politz (USA)
Fourth Official: Jamie Padilla (USA) 

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-U.S. Under-20 Women's National Team Match Report-

Match: U.S. U-20 WNT vs. England U-20 WNT
Date: Dec. 7, 2017
Competition: 2017 Women’s Nike International Friendlies
Venue: Premier Sports Complex Stadium; Lakewood Ranch, Fla.
Attendance: 2,054
Weather: 75 degrees, breezy

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

USA – Sophia Smith (Jaelin Howell)              19th minute
ENG – Ellie Brazil (Lotte Wubben-Moy)         20
USA – Grace Fisk (own goal)                         25
ENG – Anna Patten (Alessia Russo)              54
USA – Sophia Smith (Samantha Coffey)       87
ENG – Alessia Russo (Mayumi Pacheo)       90

Lineups:
USA: 22-Laurel Ivory; 3-Jordan Brewster, 5-Zoe Morse (capt.), 4-Naomi Girma, 19-Isabel Rodriguez (25-Tara McKeown, 63); 6-Jaelin Howell, 10-Savannah DeMelo (24-Taylor Kornieck, 90+1), 8-Brianna Pinto (13-Samantha Coffey, 63); 7-Abigail Kim (20-Civana Kuhlmann, 46), 9-Sophia Smith, 11-Jordan Harr (18-Kelsey Turnbow, 46)

Subs Not Used: 1-Amanda McGlynn, 14-Sydney Dawson, 17-Taryn Torres, 23-Nicole Albrecht
Head Coach: Jitka Klimkova

ENG: 1-Ellie Roebuck (13-Sandy Maclver, 90); 2-Anna Patten, 3-Mayumi Pacheco, 6-Lotte Wubben-Moy, 4-Chloe Peplow, 5-Grace Fisk (capt.), 8-Mollie Rouse, 14-Georgia Allen, 7-Alessia Russo, 9-Ellie Brazil (17-Rinsola Babajide, 35), 11-Niamh Charles (19-Charlie Wellings, 66)
Subs Not Used: 10-Zoe Cross, 12-Taylor Hinds, 15-Lucy Parker, 16-Rianna Dean, 18-Kess Elmore, 20-Alicia Johnson
Head Coach: Mo Marley

Stats Summary: USA / ENG            
Shots: 11 / 17
Shots on Goal: 8 / 6
Saves: 3 / 6
Corner Kicks: 4 / 1
Fouls: 11 / 6
Offside: 2 / 0

Misconduct Summary:
USA – Samantha Coffee (caution)     90+2

Officials:
Referee: Natalie Simon (USA)
Assistant Referee: Adrienne McDonald (USA)
Assistant Referee: Jennifer Politz (USA)
Fourth Official: Jamie Padilla (USA) 

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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. 

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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, headed a corner kick off the hand of U.S. goalkeeper Laurel Ivory and off the underside of the crossbar. As the ball fell, Ivory batted it away from the goal, but the assistant referee ruled that the ball had crossed the line.

The match was played in front of a standing-room only crowd of more than 2,000 fans at the Premier Sports Campus and they were treated to a tremendously entertaining game and six goals as the USA took three leads only for England to come back and equalize each time.

Smith opened the scoring in the 19th minute off an assist from her Real Colorado club teammate Jaelin Howell, but England answered back almost immediately with a score from Ellie Brazil, who plays for Fiorentina in Italy’s top division. Brazil went off with an injury soon after, leaving the game in the 25th minute.

The USA took the lead off a set play as captain Zoe Morse worked hard to keep the ball alive inside the penalty area and England defender Grace Fisk knocked it into her own net Fisk plays collegiately at the University of South Carolina.

Smith had two more golden chances on shots from distance in the first half, but her 7th minute blast from 25 yards and her low drive from the top of the penalty area in the 39th minute were both parried away with excellent saves from England goalkeeper Ellie Roebuck, who played a stellar game.

England came out with more initiative in the second half and got an equalizer in the 54th minute as Anne Patten got behind the defense and slipped a shot inside the right post.

In the 73rd minute, Roebuck, who plays for Manchester City, pulled off a brilliant double-save. Second half substitute Civana Kuhlmann worked her way free at the top of the penalty area and blasted a shot that was headed into the lower right corner before Roebuck got a hand to it. Samantha Coffey had a chance to follow-up on the rebound, but Roebuck pushed that shot wide of the left post.

In the 86th minute, Ivory made what looked to be a crucial save, batting away hard point-blank shot from Rinsola Babajide to set up Smith’s second goal on the USA’s next foray down the field.

Smith then bagged her brace in the 87th minute, but England did not quit. Right after a stoppage in play when Roebuck had to be replaced due to a knock she took earlier in the game, England equalized.

Up next for the USA is a match against Finland, 4-0 losers to Brazil in the first match of the evening, on Dec. 9 at 6:30 p.m. ET. Fans can watch on ussoccer.com, Facebook and YouTube. Brazil sits in first place after the first match day with three points. The USA and England one each from the draw and Finland has zero.

2017 Women’s Nike International Friendlies Standings

Team

GP

W

L

D

Pts.

GF

GA

GD

Brazil

1

1

0

0

3

4

0

+4

England

1

0

0

1

1

3

3

0

USA

1

0

0

1

1

3

3

0

Finland

1

0

1

0

0

0

4

-4


Goal Scoring Rundown:
USA – Sophia Smith (Jaelin Howell), 19th minute: The USA opened the scoring when Howell won a ball in midfield and raced at the England goal, putting the back line on its heels. Smith made a dynamic run behind the defense and Howell slipped the perfect pass into the left side of the penalty area. Smith sent into a slide to cut her rolling left-footed shot into the lower right corner from eight yards out. USA 1, ENG 0. 

USA – Ellie Brazil (Lotte Wubben-Moy,) 20th minute: England struck back almost immediately, catching the U.S. back line with a long ball over the top from Lotte Wubben Moy. The ball took a nice skip into the path of Ellie Brazil, who dribbled around U.S. goalkeeper Laurel Ivory and slotted the ball into an open net, behind defender Naomi Girma, who overran the shot while scrambling to cover. USA 1, ENG 1.

USA – Own Goal (Grace Fisk), 25th minute: The USA took the lead again off a free kick from the right flank that was sent in dangerously by Jordan Brewster. Zoe Morse battled with her defender at the far post and was able to toe-poke the ball across the face of the goal on the dewy field. Grace Fisk stuck out her right boot while attempting to clear, but inadvertently knocked the ball off her own goalkeeper and into the net. USA 2, ENG 1.

USA – Anne Patten (Alessia Russio), 54th minute: England won a clearance from U.S. goalkeeper Laurel Ivory on its right flank and the ball fell to Alessia Russio. She turned quickly and played a pass behind the defense to Anne Patten who slipped her shot just inside the right post to tie the score. USA 2, ENG 2.

USA – Sophia Smith (Samantha Coffey), 87th minute: The game could have gone either way when Smith came up with a piece of magic. Substitute Samantha Coffey played a ball into the left side of the penalty area for Smith, who beat her defender to the outside and smashed her shot into the roof of the net for the game-winner. USA 3, ENG 2.

USA –  Alessia Russio (Mayumu Pacheco), 90th minute: In perhaps fitting fashion for the back-and-forth game, England tied the match in the 90th minute off a corner kick when Alessia Russio headed the ball out of a pack of players, off the hand of U.S. goalkeeper Laurel Ivory, off the underside of the crossbar, and according to the assistant referee, just over the goal line before it was swatted away by Ivory. USA 3, ENG 3. FINAL

Social: Facebook; Twitter (@ussoccer_wnt; @ussoccer_esp); Instagram; Snapchat (ussoccer_wnt)

Additional Notes:

  • U.S. head coach Jitka Klimkova used five of her six allowed substitutes, bringing on two forwards at halftime. She sent on Kelsey Turnbow in place of Abigail Kim and Civana Kuhlmann in place of Jordan Harr.
  • Turnbow, a Santa Clara freshman who was a late add to the roster, replaced Ashley Sanchez who withdrew due to academic commitments.
  • She also gave minutes to Samantha Coffey, who picked up an assist, and Tara McKeown. Midfielder Taylor Kornieck went on in stoppage time.
  • 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 event, U.S. WNT head coach Jitka 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.
  • Smith leads the team in scoring this year with eight six international goals while Kuhlmann has four and Abigail Kim has two.
  • The USA and England met twice in July at England’s National Team training center with the USA coming away with 2-1 and 2-0 wins. The USA goals were scored by Kuhlmann (2), Sanchez, and Kornieck.
  • Smith earned the rare distinction of scoring for three different age group National Teams this year. In February, she scored for the U-18 WNT against England and Norway. For the U-20 WNT, she has scored against Norway (twice), Germany (twice), France, Japan and England. For the U-23 WNT, she scored against Norway as well as the game-winner against the Portland Thorns.
  • Midfielder Savannah DeMelo earned her 21st cap, which is tops on the roster.

-U.S. Under-20 Women's National Team Match Report-

Match: U.S. U-20 WNT vs. England U-20 WNT
Date: Dec. 7, 2017
Competition: 2017 Women’s Nike International Friendlies
Venue: Premier Sports Complex Stadium; Lakewood Ranch, Fla.
Attendance: 2,054
Weather: 75 degrees, breezy 

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

USA – Sophia Smith (Jaelin Howell)              19th minute
ENG – Ellie Brazil (Lotte Wubben-Moy)         20
USA – Grace Fisk (own goal)                         25
ENG – Anna Patten (Alessia Russo)             54
USA – Sophia Smith (Samantha Coffey)       87
ENG – Alessia Russo (Mayumi Pacheo)       90 

Lineups:
USA: 22-Laurel Ivory; 3-Jordan Brewster, 5-Zoe Morse (capt.), 4-Naomi Girma, 19-Isabel Rodriguez (25-Tara McKeown, 63); 6-Jaelin Howell, 10-Savannah DeMelo (24-Taylor Kornieck, 90+1), 8-Brianna Pinto (13-Samantha Coffey, 63); 7-Abigail Kim (20-Civana Kuhlmann, 46), 9-Sophia Smith, 11-Jordan Harr (18-Kelsey Turnbow, 46)
Subs Not Used: 1-Amanda McGlynn, 14-Sydney Dawson, 17-Taryn Torres, 23-Nicole Albrecht
Head Coach: Jitka Klimkova 

ENG: 1-Ellie Roebuck (13-Sandy Maclver, 90); 2-Anna Patten, 3-Mayumi Pacheco, 6-Lotte Wubben-Moy, 4-Chloe Peplow, 5-Grace Fisk (capt.), 8-Mollie Rouse, 14-Georgia Allen, 7-Alessia Russo, 9-Ellie Brazil (17-Rinsola Babajide, 35), 11-Niamh Charles (19-Charlie Wellings, 66)
Subs Not Used: 10-Zoe Cross, 12-Taylor Hinds, 15-Lucy Parker, 16-Rianna Dean, 18-Kess Elmore, 20-Alicia Johnson
Head Coach: Mo Marley 

Stats Summary: USA / ENG           
Shots: 11 / 17
Shots on Goal: 8 / 6
Saves: 3 / 6
Corner Kicks: 4 / 1
Fouls: 11 / 6
Offside: 2 / 0 

Misconduct Summary:
USA – Samantha Coffee (caution)     90+2 

Officials:
Referee: Natalie Simon (USA)
Assistant Referee: Adrienne McDonald (USA)
Assistant Referee: Jennifer Politz (USA)
Fourth Official: Jamie Padilla (USA) 

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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
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The Mindful Journey of U-20 WNT Forward Taryn Torres

The phone call was not an easy one, for the coach or the player.

It was late August of 2016, and then U.S. U-17 WNT head coach B.J. Snow was calling to inform Taryn Torres that she would not be a part of the U-17 Women’s World Cup Team for the upcoming tournament in Jordan. She was one of the last players cut.

Playing in the midfield, Torres had been a consistent member of the player pool in the run-up to that historic World Cup, the first one staged in the Middle East, and a member of the roster at the CONCACAF qualifying tournament where she played in one match. She had earned 14 caps with the U-17s and scored one goal, against the Switzerland U-19s.

“It was definitely a huge disappointment, but it wasn’t necessarily shocking because I was told at World Cup qualifying that my fitness had to be better,” said Torres 15 months later. “He told me he had no doubt I had it in me and that he wished he could have put me on the roster, but I wasn’t in the right place for him to take me to the World Cup. He was disappointed as well. I knew if I wanted to contribute, I had to be able to be a 90-minute player. When it came to the camp before the World Cup, I still wasn’t where I needed to be fitness-wise. It was on me.”

A young player could go in several directions after an experience like that, among them wallowing in self-pity and being hesitant to put herself back on the line emotionally and physically. Another direction would be to take a step back, embrace the lessons learned and give it another shot.

Torres chose the latter.

“My immediate reaction was that this was a reality check and it actually happened, I just got cut from a World Cup Team,” she said. “I had put in a lot of work, but not enough, and it was very hard on me. I decided I needed to do whatever it took to get back into the National Team. I went back into my club environment and I was more motivated. I started training harder and I was training with a purpose, not just going through the motions. That’s what I didn’t have before.”

Torres and U.S. U-20 WNT head coach Jitka Klimkova both agree that her matriculation at the University of Virginia, where she would play for former U-20 WNT head coach Steve Swanson, played a key role in keeping that momentum going.

“Going to UVA definitely helped with the whole process,” said Torres. “I’m in a very good environment surrounded by great players and a great coach, and I have all the resources available to me. As time went by at college, I started seeing move improvement, and that gave me even more motivation to train harder.”

Torres played in 23 games for the Cavaliers, starting 17 and scoring eight goals with one assist, a hefty stat line for a freshman at one of the top women’s soccer programs in the country. She was named Third-Team All-ACC and to the ACC All-Freshman Team.


Photo credit: Richard Palaikis

“For Taryn, it was realizing that it’s not just about talent, it’s about hard work in National Team camps, between the camps, with her club or with her college team,” said Klimkova. “It’s about how you are performing during the training sessions and the games. I think she realized that and had a great college season. I give big credit to her college teammates and to Steve. They really helped push her and she went in the right direction. That’s doesn’t always happen.”

Other lessons Torres learned were that confidence breeds more of the same and that conversely self-doubt can send you on a downward spiral. Following her U-17 WNT experience, she was determined not to let that happen again.

“Around World Cup qualifying time, I wasn’t starting or really playing that much, and I wasn’t really sure of myself,” said Torres. “That’s what happens when you’re not fit. It’s a trickle-down effect, you lose confidence, your play goes down and it’s hard to get it back.”

A call-up to a training camp with the U.S. U-19 WNT early this year, as well as a trip to Australia with the U-18s where she played against Canada’s U-20s and Australia’s U-19s, helped Torres get her foot back in the door and her legs on stable ground. It also gave Klimkova a chance to see a rededicated Torres on the field in a WNT environment.

“It’s not about what she achieved before but about what she needed to do for the future,” said Klimkova. “It’s about hard work, and it’s great that she realized that. She’s still so young she can achieve a lot.

“Sometimes when a player goes to college it can be a game-changer because she’s no longer a big fish in a small pond. You see a lot of good players around you, better players than you, and it’s really positive when players have the mentality to respond in that situation and work to improve themselves. In the past, she just relied on talent, but when you get older, and the competition gets tougher and tougher, she realized she couldn’t stay the same.”

Now with a chance to earn her second international cap at the U-20 level (she earned one in 2015 when she was called into the U-20s during the U-17 cycle) Torres has a different perspective as the USA heads into the Women’s Nike Friendlies and challenging matches against England, Brazil and Finland.

“When I got the invite to the Nike Friendlies, I was so excited, and it’s a great opportunity,” said Torres, who was called in as a forward. “I feel like I’m in a great place to come into camp. Playing a lot at Virginia, I’m just not feeling that much pressure this time around. I’ve been through being cut and so I’m in a different position, not working to try to hang onto a roster spot but going after a spot with everything I can. I just want to go out there and play to my strengths and give it my best shot. I’m just really excited to be back in this competitive environment.”

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

The U.S. U-20 Women’s National Team will kick off the 2017 Nike International Friendlies against England on Thursday, Dec. 7 (6:30 p.m. ET) at Premier Sports Campus in Lakewood Ranch, Fla. Here are five things to know about the USA’s opener against this rising European women’s soccer power at both the senior and youth levels.

We Meet Again
The USA and England have already met twice this year at the U-20 WNT level. The matches took place when the USA traveled across the pond in July for a pair of matches at England’s National Team training center. The trip was a successful one for the U.S. which earned two wins (2-1 and 2-0), with goals from Civana Kuhlmann (2), Ashley Sanchez, and 6-foot-1 midfielder Taylor Kornieck.


Civana Kuhlmann (right) has scored two goals against England's U-20s in 2017.

Nike Friendlies Continues World Cup Qualifying Prep
The U-20 U.S. WNT has used 35 players in nine international matches this year in preparation for World Cup qualifying, taking on Norway, Germany, France, Japan and England while compiling a record of 5-3-1. Sophia Smith of Real Colorado leads the team with six international goals while Stanford freshman Civana Kuhlmann has four and UC Berkeley freshman Abigail Kim has two. Twenty 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 20 caps. U.S. WNT head coach has used 35 players in U-20 matches this year.

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-20 WNT
Sophia Smith leads all U-20 players on this roster with six goals in 2017.

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.)

How To Watch
The tournament kicks off on Thursday, Dec. 7 at 3:30 p.m. ET with Brazil taking on Finland, followed by the USA vs. England 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.

England Books Ticket to France
England qualified for the 2018 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup by winning a playoff with Scotland, 2-0, on goals from Zoe Cross and Mollie Rouse. England finished third in Group B at the 2017 UEFA Women's Under-19 Championship behind the Netherlands and France, losing 2-0 to the Dutch and 1-0 to the French, while also beating Italy 2-1.

Scotland finished third in Group A behind Germany and Spain, necessitating the one-game playoff for fourth and final berth from Europe (as France already had an automatic berth as host).

England’s USA Connections
Almost half of England’s roster plays college soccer in the USA. Those players are: G Sandy Maclver (Clemson), D Anna Patten (Florida State, USA), D Grace Fisk (South Carolina, USA), D Lotte Wubben-Moy (North Carolina, USA), D Lucy Parker (LSU, USA), M Mollie Rouse (Louisville, USA), M Zoe Cross (Missouri, USA), M Georgia Allen (Syracuse), F Alessia Russo (North Carolina, USA), and F Kes Elmore (Connecticut).

While the USA has several players coming straight from the NCAA College Cup, so does England in Grace Fisk, a Penn State transfer to South Carolina who played in 20 matches for the Gamecocks this year, scoring three goals with one assist. Fisk shined at center back in her first season in Columbia, winning the 2017 SEC Defensive Player of the Year while helping the Gamecocks set a program single-season record in shutouts (16). She scored the game-winner in Carolina’s 2-0 over No. 16 Florida in the NCAA Quarterfinals, heading home a goal off a corner kick in the 13th minute.

England U-20 WNT Roster – 2017 Nike International Friendlies (Club)

GOALKEEPERS (3): 1-Ellie Roebuck (Manchester City), 13-Sandy Maclver (Clemson), 22-Sian Rogers (Aston Villa)
DEFENDERS (6): 2-Anna Patten (Florida State, USA), 3-Mayumi Pacheco (Doncaster Rovers Belles), 5-Grace Fisk (South Carolina, USA), 6-Lotte Wubben-Moy (UNC, USA), 12-Taylor Hinds (Arsenal), 15-Lucy Parker (LSU, USA)
MIDFIELDERS (5): 4-Chloe Peplow (Birmingham City), 8-Mollie Rouse (Louisville, USA), 10-Zoe Cross (Missouri, USA), 14-Georgia Allen (Syracuse), 20-Alicia Johnson (Liverpool)
FORWARDS (7): 7-Alessia Russo (North Carolina, USA), 9-Ellie Brazil (Fiorentina, Italy), 11-Niamh Charles (Liverpool Ladies), 18-Kess Elmore (Connecticut), 16-Rianna Dean (Millwall Lionesses), 17-Rinsola Babajide (Watford Ladies), 19-Charlie Wellings (Birmingham City)

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