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Torres, Kuhlmann Goals Lift USA Past Nicaragua 2-0 in 2018 CONCACAF Women’s U-20 Championship Opener

COUVA, Trinidad & Tobago (Jan. 19, 2018) – The U.S. Under-20 Women’s National Team cruised to a comfortable 2-0 win against Nicaragua in opening match for both teams at the 2018 CONCACAF Women’s U-20 Championship.

Forwards Taryn Torres and Civana Kuhlmann scored either side of halftime, respectively, for the United States which dominated the match, limiting Nicaragua to just one shot on goal while out-shooting their opponents, 19-3. The USA moved the ball well throughout the match, but at times struggled to break down Nicaragua’s bunker. The Central Americans often had 10 players behind the ball and defended with grit, which led to a 15-0 corner kick margin for the young Americans.

Nicaragua had its best chance inside the opening two minutes when U.S. goalkeeper Laurel Ivory slipped while clearing a ball with her feet and it skipped directly to a Nicaragua forward whose immediate shot from 25 yards out clipped the top of the USA’s crossbar and bounced over the goal.

After the early scare, Nicaragua rarely crossed midfield as the Americans consistently won the ball back in midfield or Nicaragua’s defensive third. In fact, it was a pair of forced Nicaragua turnovers in midfield that the U.S. turned into goal goals. Torres finished off a Savannah DeMelo cross in the 17th minute and Kuhlmann did the same on a Jaelin Howell feed in the 53rd to provide the USA the final margin of victory well ahead of the full-time whistle.

In the first Group B match of the day, Mexico defeated Jamaica, 4-0, and sits in first place in the group on goal difference.

Up Next: The U-20 WNT continues the group stage of the 2018 CONCACAF Women’s U-20 Championship on Sunday, Jan. 21 against Jamaica. Kickoff from Ato Boldon Stadium in Couva, Trinidad & Tobago is set for 6:30 p.m. ET and the match can be seen live on CONCACAF YouTube Page.
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2018 CONCACAF Women’s U-20 Championship Group B Standings

Team

GP

W

L

D

Pts.

GF

GA

GD

Mexico

1

1

0

0

3

4

0

4

USA

1

1

0

0

3

2

0

2

Nicaragua

1

0

1

0

0

0

2

-2

Jamaica

1

0

1

0

0

0

4

-4


Goal Scoring Rundown:
USA – Taryn Torres (Savannah DeMelo), 17th minute:
The USA turned Nicaragua over after a throw-in deep in their defensive third. DeMelo corralled the loose ball on the right wing and beat one defender before a driving run took her between two more defenders and into the right side of the Nicaragua box. Before reaching the end line, she cut the ball back across the face of goal toward the top of the six-yard box where Torres cut in front of her marker to hit a first-time shot into the lower left corner of the net. USA 1, NCA 0 [WATCH]

GOAL – Civana Kuhlmann (Jaelin Howell), 53rd minute: Great hustle by Taryn Torres forced Nicaragua to play into the teeth of the USA midfield, giving Howell the chance to close down space and strip the ball from her Nicaraguan counterpart. Advancing toward the box, Howell drew the final defender before sliding to push the ball forward to Kuhlmann who was in alone on goal. The Stanford freshman made no mistake, slotting a low shot along the ground into the far-right corner of the goal. USA 2, NCA 0 [WATCH] FINAL

NOTES:

  • With the result, Jitka Klimkova wins her first ever match in CONCACAF qualifying play as U-20 WNT head coach. She took over the program in April of 2017.
  • Taryn Torres’ goal was the 250th for the USA in this tournament, which has been played in various forms since 2002.
  • Torres’ goal is her second in just her fourth cap for the U.S. U-20 WNT.
  • Kuhlmann’s goal is her ninth for the U-20 WNT in her 13th cap.
  • Kuhlmann’s goal was her 7th all-time goal CONCACAF Women’s World Cup qualifying. She scored two at the 2013 CONCACAF Women’s U-17 Championship in Jamaica when she was one of the youngest players in the squad and four at the 2016 CONCACAF Women’s U-17 Championship in the Cayman Islands, including the game-winner against Mexico in the championship match.
  • Torres also featured for the USA at the 2016 CONCACAF Women’s U-17 Championship.
  • For four players it was their first appearance in a CONCACAF Women’s World Cup qualifying tournament.
  • For 11 players, it was their first appearance in a CONCACAF Women’s U-20 Championship. Savannah DeMelo and Ashley Sanchez played in the 2016 tournament.
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U-20 WNT Jan 19, 2018

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

Match: U.S. U-20 Women’s National Team vs. Nicaragua
Date: January 19, 2018
Competition: 2018 CONCACAF Women’s U-20 Championship – Group B
Venue: Ato Boldon Stadium; Couva, Trinidad
Kickoff: 5:30 p.m. ET
Attendance: 125
Weather: 79 degrees, clear

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

USA – Taryn Torres (Savannah DeMelo)            17th minute
USA – Civan Kuhlmann (Jaelin Howell)              53                                                                                                                                                                                                         

Lineups:
USA: 1-Laurel Ivory; 5-Isabel Rodríguez, 14-Karina Rodríguez, 6-Zoe Morse, 17-Kiara Pickett, 18-Jaelin Howell, 15-Viviana Villacorta (10-Samantha Coffey, 73), 9-Savannah DeMelo; 20-Civana Kuhlmann (16-Kelsey Turnbow, 81), 2-Ashley Sánchez (11-Abigail Kim, 64), 7-Taryn Torres
Subs not used: 3-Sophia Smith, 4-Naomi Girma, 8-Brianna Pinto, 12-Amanda McGlynn, 13-Tara McKeown
Not available: 19-Tierna Davidson
Head coach: Jitka Klimkova

NCA: 1-Alicia Norori; 3-Diana Ortega, 5-Kesly Pérez, 2-Sheyla Flores (13-Yorcelly Humphreys, 88), 17-Natalie Orellana (8-Hormyne Paiz, 72); 4-Alis Cruz, 7-Katherine Pereira; 10-Elizabeth Vega, 16-Jacklyn Gilday, 9-Shanelly Treminio (6-Gloria Bermúdez, 62); 11-Yessenia Flores
Subs not used: 12-Yahara Salmeron, 14-Ariadna Meza, 15-Alma Gutierrez, 18-Lisbeth Moreno, 19-Edy Pérez, 20-Beykel Méndez
Head coach: Elna Dixon

Stats Summary: USA / NCA
Shots: 19 / 3
Shots on Goal: 5 / 1
Saves: 1 / 2
Corner Kicks: 15 / 0
Fouls: 6 / 9
Offside: 12 / 0

Misconduct Summary:
None

Officials:
Referee: Crystal Sobers (TRI) 
Assistant Referee 1: Elizabeth Aguilar (SLV)
Assistant Referee 2: Kimberly Moreira (CRC)
4th Official: Melissa Borjas (HON)

ussoccer.com Woman of the Match: Savannah DeMelo

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How to Watch the USA at the 2018 CONCACAF Women's U-20 Championship

The U.S. Under-20 Women’s National Team continues its quest to qualify for the 2018 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup this week at the CONCACAF Women’s U-20 Championship in Trinidad & Tobago. The USA won Group B, defeating Nicaragua, Jamaica and Mexico and now faces Haiti in the semifinal on Friday, Jan. 26.   

Here’s everything you need to know about the knockout stage:

With a berth to the 2018 FIFA Women's World Cup in France on the line, there's a lot riding on Friday's game for the USA. A win would automatically qualify the U.S. for the World Cup, while a loss would see the team need to win the Third Place game to get in. The other semifinal will feature Canada taking on Mexico later on Friday. 

The Final and Third Place matches are scheduled for Sunday, Jan. 28.

U.S. U-20 WNT ROSTER BY POSITION (CLUB; CAPS/GOALS)
GOALKEEPERS (2): Laurel Ivory (Virginia; Surfside, Fla.; 6/0), Amanda McGlynn (Virginia Tech; Jacksonville, Fla.; 4/0)  
DEFENDERS (7): Tierna Davidson (Stanford; Menlo Park, Calif.; 6/0), Naomi Girma (California Thorns FC; 8/0; San Jose, Calif.), Tara McKeown (USC; Newbury Park, Calif.; 12/0), Zoe Morse (Virginia; East Lansing, Mich.; 11/0), Kiara Pickett (Stanford; Santa Barbara, Calif.; 4/0), Isabel Rodriguez (Ohio State; Canton, Mich.; 11/0), Karina Rodriguez (UCLA; Torrance, Calif.; 5/0)
MIDFIELDERS (5): Samantha Coffey (Boston College; Sleepy Hollow, N.Y.; 9/1), Savannah DeMelo (USC; Bellflower, Calif.; 26/4), Jaelin Howell (Real Colorado; Windsor, Colo.; 14/1), Brianna Pinto (NTH Tophat; Durham, N.C.; 10/0), Viviana Villacorta (UCLA; Lawndale, Calif.; 13/1)
FORWARDS (6): Abigail Kim (California; Vashon, Wash.; 14/4), Civana Kuhlmann (Stanford; Littleton, Colo.; 15/9), Ashley Sanchez (UCLA; Monrovia, Calif.; 22/7), Sophia Smith (Real Colorado; Windsor, Colo.; 13/9), Taryn Torres (Virginia; Frisco, Texas; 5/2), Kelsey Turnbow (Santa Clara; Nashville, Tenn.; 9/2) 

*U.S. player caps and goals updated as of 1/23.

IMPORTANT LINKS

KNOCKOUT STAGE SCHEDULE

The top two teams from each group will qualify for the semifinals. Winners of each semifinal will clinch a berth in the 2018 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup. The third and final CONCACAF World Cup spot will be awarded to the third-place match winner.

Date

Matchup

Time (ET)

Broadcast

Jan. 26

USA vs. Haiti

2:30 p.m. 

CONCACAF.com

Jan. 26

Canada vs. Mexico

5:30 p.m. 

UDN

Jan. 28

Third-Place Match

1:00 p.m. 

CONCACAF.com

Jan. 28

Final

4:00 p.m. 

UDN

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U-20 WNT Jan 23, 2018
US Soccer

GALLERY: U-20 WNT Takes Down Nicaragua in World Cup Qualifying Opener

The U.S. Under-20 Women’s National Team cruised to a comfortable 2-0 win against Nicaragua in opening match for both teams at the 2018 CONCACAF Women’s U-20 Championship.

Forwards Taryn Torres and Civana Kuhlmann scored either side of halftime, respectively, for the United States which dominated the match, limiting Nicaragua to just one shot on goal while out-shooting their opponents, 19-3

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U-20 WNT Jan 20, 2018
US Soccer

Torres, Kuhlmann Goals Lift USA Past Nicaragua 2-0 in 2018 CONCACAF Women’s U-20 Championship Opener

COUVA, Trinidad & Tobago (Jan. 19, 2018) – The U.S. Under-20 Women’s National Team cruised to a comfortable 2-0 win against Nicaragua in opening match for both teams at the 2018 CONCACAF Women’s U-20 Championship.

Forwards Taryn Torres and Civana Kuhlmann scored either side of halftime, respectively, for the United States which dominated the match, limiting Nicaragua to just one shot on goal while out-shooting their opponents, 19-3. The USA moved the ball well throughout the match, but at times struggled to break down Nicaragua’s bunker. The Central Americans often had 10 players behind the ball and defended with grit, which led to a 15-0 corner kick margin for the young Americans.

Nicaragua had its best chance inside the opening two minutes when U.S. goalkeeper Laurel Ivory slipped while clearing a ball with her feet and it skipped directly to a Nicaragua forward whose immediate shot from 25 yards out clipped the top of the USA’s crossbar and bounced over the goal.

After the early scare, Nicaragua rarely crossed midfield as the Americans consistently won the ball back in midfield or Nicaragua’s defensive third. In fact, it was a pair of forced Nicaragua turnovers in midfield that the U.S. turned into goal goals. Torres finished off a Savannah DeMelo cross in the 17th minute and Kuhlmann did the same on a Jaelin Howell feed in the 53rd to provide the USA the final margin of victory well ahead of the full-time whistle.

In the first Group B match of the day, Mexico defeated Jamaica, 4-0, and sits in first place in the group on goal difference.

Up Next: The U-20 WNT continues the group stage of the 2018 CONCACAF Women’s U-20 Championship on Sunday, Jan. 21 against Jamaica. Kickoff from Ato Boldon Stadium in Couva, Trinidad & Tobago is set for 6:30 p.m. ET and the match can be seen live on CONCACAF YouTube Page.
Social: Twitter (@ussoccer_ynt; @ussoccer_esp); Facebook; Instagram

2018 CONCACAF Women’s U-20 Championship Group B Standings

Team

GP

W

L

D

Pts.

GF

GA

GD

Mexico

1

1

0

0

3

4

0

4

USA

1

1

0

0

3

2

0

2

Nicaragua

1

0

1

0

0

0

2

-2

Jamaica

1

0

1

0

0

0

4

-4


Goal Scoring Rundown:
USA – Taryn Torres (Savannah DeMelo), 17th minute:
The USA turned Nicaragua over after a throw-in deep in their defensive third. DeMelo corralled the loose ball on the right wing and beat one defender before a driving run took her between two more defenders and into the right side of the Nicaragua box. Before reaching the end line, she cut the ball back across the face of goal toward the top of the six-yard box where Torres cut in front of her marker to hit a first-time shot into the lower left corner of the net. USA 1, NCA 0 [WATCH]

GOAL – Civana Kuhlmann (Jaelin Howell), 53rd minute: Great hustle by Taryn Torres forced Nicaragua to play into the teeth of the USA midfield, giving Howell the chance to close down space and strip the ball from her Nicaraguan counterpart. Advancing toward the box, Howell drew the final defender before sliding to push the ball forward to Kuhlmann who was in alone on goal. The Stanford freshman made no mistake, slotting a low shot along the ground into the far-right corner of the goal. USA 2, NCA 0 [WATCH] FINAL

NOTES:

  • With the result, Jitka Klimkova wins her first ever match in CONCACAF qualifying play as U-20 WNT head coach. She took over the program in April of 2017.
  • Taryn Torres’ goal was the 250th for the USA in this tournament, which has been played in various forms since 2002.
  • Torres’ goal is her second in just her fourth cap for the U.S. U-20 WNT.
  • Kuhlmann’s goal is her ninth for the U-20 WNT in her 13th cap.
  • Kuhlmann’s goal was her 7th all-time goal CONCACAF Women’s World Cup qualifying. She scored two at the 2013 CONCACAF Women’s U-17 Championship in Jamaica when she was one of the youngest players in the squad and four at the 2016 CONCACAF Women’s U-17 Championship in the Cayman Islands, including the game-winner against Mexico in the championship match.
  • Torres also featured for the USA at the 2016 CONCACAF Women’s U-17 Championship.
  • For four players it was their first appearance in a CONCACAF Women’s World Cup qualifying tournament.
  • For 11 players, it was their first appearance in a CONCACAF Women’s U-20 Championship. Savannah DeMelo and Ashley Sanchez played in the 2016 tournament.
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U-20 WNT Jan 19, 2018
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Defender Tierna Davidson to Join U-20 WNT Following USA-Denmark Match

CHICAGO (Jan. 19, 2018) – Nineteen-year-old defender Tierna Davidson, who was named to the U.S. roster for the 2018 CONCACAF Women’s U-20 Championship, will stay with the full U.S. Women’s National Team through its match against Denmark on Sunday, Jan. 21 at SDCCU Stadium in San Diego where she could receive her first senior team cap.

Davidson will then travel to join her U-20 teammates in Trinidad & Tobago for the remainder of the World Cup qualifying tournament that begins today as the USA takes on Nicaragua in Couva, Trinidad (5:30 p.m. ET on Univision Deportes Network and the CONCACAF YouTube page).

The 5-foot-10 Davidson, who has six U-20 caps and helped lead Stanford to the 2017 NCAA Championship, has been training with Jill Ellis’ squad during January Camp in Los Angeles. The camp marks her third call-up to the senior side.

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WNT U-20 WNT Jan 19, 2018

U-20 WNT's DeMelo Aims for World Cup Return

When the ball hit the back of the net, a weight came off the shoulders of Savannah DeMelo. The first collegiate goal for the U.S. U-20 Women’s National Team midfielder was a long time in the making, one important checkpoint on a long road to recovery.

“It gave me a lot of confidence and set the tone for the rest of the season,” DeMelo said. “The cross was coming in and I was like, ‘You’ve done this a million times, just place it in the corner.’ I remember the ball going into the back of the net. I just hugged my closest teammate, we jumped around in the air and it was an awesome feeling.”

The score secured a 2-0 victory for USC over Missouri in DeMelo’s second game as a Trojan. It sparked a run of four goals in six games. It came perhaps a year after it could have, but that delay took place because of DeMelo’s status as one of the top youth players in the country. She deferred her USC admission in order to play in the 2016 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup in Papua New Guinea. But after a stellar showing at CONCACAF qualifying for the tournament, a knee injury suffered two months before the World Cup impacted her ability to perform at her highest level.

Without as much playing time in Papua New Guinea, DeMelo focused on positively impacting the team as a great teammate. She made the most of her on-field minutes, but also valued her time on the sideline in support of the squad.

The experience also left her with a desire for more. That first collegiate goal served as a rung on the climb back to U-20 success. After a full season at USC to recapture her swagger, she’s hungrier than ever with a World Cup berth on the line at the CONCACAF Women’s U-20 Championship in Trinidad.

“After that 2016 World Cup, I lost a lot of confidence,” DeMelo said. “I had had everything planned out. I was so excited to get as much playing time as I did in qualifiers. But I realized my role was going to change once I got to the World Cup. You accept your role and help as much as you can on the team. Now, I’ve brought confidence from college back to here.”

At the 2015 Women’s U-20 CONCACAF Championship in Honduras, DeMelo started all five of the USA’s matches en route to the tournament title and Best XI honors. She catalyzed the red, white and blue’s midfield as they punched their World Cup ticket and she stood primed to be a key midfield contributor in at the World Cup.

Those plans changed two months before the tournament. During a routine workout between National Team camps, DeMelo misstepped on a cut and suffered an untimely knee injury. It didn’t require surgery, but it would severely impact DeMelo’s fitness.

“I was out, two months prior to the World Cup. I knew that I wasn’t going to be in as good of shape as I wanted to be. But I would never change the experience I had in Papua New Guinea,” DeMelo said. “It’s rare that you get to go to a World Cup. I think I grew as a person and as a teammate – by not being the starter, I learned how important it is to be the one who gets everyone going, to be the voice on the bench.”

A tough spell ensued for DeMelo after the World Cup in November. As she worked to fully recover from her injury, she didn’t appear in a National Team camp until the following April, which brought her to the first camp under new U-20 WNT head coach Jitka Klimkova, appointed to the position a few weeks earlier. DeMelo struggled with rust and a new coaching philosophy. Those early difficulties made her 2017 rise all the more impressive.

“Her first camps back were challenging for her, but it’s unbelievable where she is now,” Klimkova said. “She’s back and she’s one of our key players. I’m sure her first goal now is to qualify and her second goal is to be a starter and a leader in the World Cup.”

DeMelo’s first season at USC expedited her growth. Eager to make her mark in Los Angeles, especially after the Trojans took home the NCAA title during her deferred season, DeMelo was dynamic as USC’s #10. Back at full strength, the season served to rekindle her confidence.

“She’s the player that I’ve seen the most growth from, starting in April 2017 when she came back to our camp for the first time, to where she is now in January,” Klimkova said. “That’s a big credit to her college environment. She had an amazing college season and her confidence just went up. Where she is at this point, I’m very pleased. She is really helping this team to succeed.”

While Baylor dealt the Trojans a devastating early exit from the NCAA Tournament – a penalty kick shootout defeat in the second round – their elimination opened another door for DeMelo. Klimkova scheduled a November camp to ramp up preparations for World Cup qualifying. With most U-20 mainstays still active in the collegiate post-season, the group featured many players in their first National Team appearances. An inexperienced roster called for DeMelo to be a leader.

Since that camp, it’s been “all systems go” for the U-20 WNT as they ready for World Cup qualifying. Four players on the roster have previous U-20 qualifying experience while nine others have CONCACAF experience at the U-17 level. DeMelo has risen through the ranks with some of her teammates since the U-15 level. At the culmination of her U-20 National Team career this year, DeMelo will compete alongside the players that she has grown up with.

“This year will be special with all the girls,” DeMelo said. “It’s nice to have each other’s backs. We’ve all seen how far we’ve come and how much we’ve sacrificed. It’s great to all come together as a group and go win something.”

Papua New Guinea provided DeMelo an education in being a great teammate. Now, she couldn’t be more excited to take on another World Cup with some of her best friends. As a more mature player on and off-the-field, DeMelo is flying high on the precipice of qualifying. She’s more driven than ever to make her mark in Trinidad and earn another shot at the World Cup.

“Every choice that I made helped to get me where I am now,” DeMelo said. “Now, I know what to expect going into qualifiers and a World Cup. Especially, mentally, how to focus if you aren’t the star or aren’t playing a lot of minutes. We’ve got to punch a ticket to the World Cup and this team has what it takes.”

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U-20 WNT Jan 18, 2018
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