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Late Goal Lifts USA Over Jamaica 2-1 in Second 2018 CONCACAF Women's U-20 Championship Group Game

COUVA, Trinidad & Tobago (Jan. 21, 2018) – The U.S. Under-20 Women’s National Team defeated Jamaica 2-1 to win its second group stage match at the 2018 CONCACAF Women’s U-20 Championship. With the victory, the USA clinches a berth in the tournament semifinals.

The U.S. controlled possession for most of the first half, but as the clock wore on, Jamaica’s counterattack cut deeper and deeper into the Americans’ final third. U.S. Midfielder Savannah DeMelo found success feeding the ball to forwards Sophia Smith and Civana Kulmann, letting the duo fire away on some dangerous chances. Smith rocketed a few threatening shots, but wasn’t able to find the back of the net until a 42nd-minute free kick.

The USA came out of the half on the attack with an eye to extend its lead, but the Reggae Girlz became more aggressive as the half wore on and made some very dangerous forays into U.S. territory, highlighted by a shot off the crossbar with 20 minutes remaining.

The shot was a warning, and Jamaica equalized from a set piece in the 88th minute via a Jadyn Matthews strike. But the USA was not to be defeated, striking back just over a minute later as Smith picked out Howell in the Jamaica box for the game winner and extend its CONCACAF qualifying undefeated streak to 22.

In the first Group B match of the day, Mexico defeated Nicaragua 3-0. El Tri is currently first in Group B based on goal differential.

Up Next: The USA will have a chance to top the group when they face Mexico on Tuesday, Jan. 23 at 2:30 p.m. ET (UDN, CONCACAF YouTube).

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

Team

GP

W

L

D

Pts.

GF

GA

GD

Mexico

2

2

0

0

6

6

0

+6

USA

2

2

0

0

6

4

1

+3

Nicaragua

2

0

2

0

0

0

4

-4

Jamaica

2

0

2

0

0

1

6

-5

Goal Scoring Rundown:

USA – Sophia Smith (free kick), 42nd minute:
On the attack, Savannah DeMelo drew a foul when she was sandwiched between two defenders near the top of the center of the Jamaica box. She, Isabel Rodriguez and Smith lined up behind the ball on the free kick, and after some shuffling, Smith was left to take it. She struck a thunderous shot to the top right corner, giving the USA a 1-0 lead just before the half. USA 1, JAM 0 [WATCH]

JAM – Jadyn Matthews (Jody Brown), 88th minute: Jamaica’s second half pressure finally told late on when a free kick from 35 yards out to the right of the U.S. goal was floated in toward the back post where Brown headed the ball back across the face of goal. Matthews was quickest to react, stabbing the ball over the line with two defenders closing in. USA 2, JAM 1 [WATCH]

USA – Jaelin Howell (Sophia Smith), 89h minute: The USA responded immediately after suffering a potentially dispiriting equalizer. Advancing the ball down Jamaica’s right flank, Smith got free with the ball near the endline and zipped a pass across the goal mouth, picking out the run of Howell who only needed to make contact to redirect the ball in from the center of the six-yard box to secure an exhilarating late win for the United States. USA 2, JAM 1 [WATCH] FINAL

Key Saves and Defensive Stops:

JAM – Sydney Schneider, 14th minute:
Rodriguez came up to win a tough ball in the air and headed it forward, finding Kelsey Turnbow. She centered it to DeMelo, who immediately hit a pass to Smith at the top of the box. The forward took a few dribbles and launched a booming strike to the right side, but Sydney Schneider tipped the USA’s best early chance upwards and out-of-bounds.

USA – Amanda McGlynn, 43rd minute:
Jamaica found its most dangerous chance of the first half soon after the opening goal. Quickly pressing into the American end, Giselle Washington tapped the ball towards the net from the top of the circle, setting off a foot race between Marlee Fray and Zoe Morse. Fray and Morse collided right in front of U.S. goalkeeper Amanda McGlynn, but she quickly recovered to grab the ball as it squirted out.

JAM – Sydney Schneider, 54th minute (53:05):
After an American attacking run, Schneider’s clearance attempt was intercepted in the air and played up to Kuhlmann. She had the ball taken away from her, but the misplayed clearance teed the ball up for Viviana VIllacorta on the run. The midfielder launched a shot towards the right side, but Schneider got just enough to deflect the ball out-of-bounds.  

JAM – Sydney Schneider, 59th minute:
From behind the half line, Naomi Girma hit a well-placed long ball to find Smith on the run. She centered to DeMelo, whose first-time attempt was deflected by Schneider’s shin guard. She quickly recovered and secured the ball.

USA – Amanda McGlynn, 71st minute (70:45):
The Reggae Girlz got more aggressive as the half wore on, aided by a spark from substitute Jazmin Grant. Grant made a nice dribble all the way from the Jamaican third to the American end and after a back-and-forth with her teammate, she launched a screamer from the top left corner of the box. McGlynn deflected it upwards, but it bounced off the crossbar. Mireya Grey captured the rebound and dished to Grant in front of the net, but her follow-up attempt on net went wide. 

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U-20 WNT Jan 21, 2018

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

Match: U.S. U-20 Women’s National Team vs. Jamaica
Date: January 21, 2018
Competition: 2018 CONCACAF Women’s U-20 Championship – Group B
Venue: Ato Boldon Stadium; Couva, Trinidad
Kickoff: 6:30 p.m. ET
Attendance: 247
Weather: 79 degrees, clear

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

USA – Sophia Smith                                          42nd minute
JAM – Jadyn Matthews (Jody Brown)                 88
USA – Jaelin Howell (Sophia Smith)                   89                                                                                                                                                                                                          

Lineups:
USA: 12-Amanda McGlynn; 4-Naomi Girma; 13-Tara McKeown, 5-Isabel Rodriguez, 6-Zoe Morse; 8-Brianna Pinto, 15-Viviana Villacorta, 9-Savannah DeMelo (capt.) (18-Jaelin Howell, 65); 16-Kelsey Turnbow (2-Ashley Sanchez, 45), 3-Sophia Smith, 20-Civana Kuhlmann (11-Abigail Kim, 77)
Subs not used: 1-Laurel Ivory, 7-Taryn Torres, 10-Samantha Coffey, 14-Karina Rodriguez, 17-Kiara Pickett
Head coach: Jitka Klimkova

JAM: 1-Sydney Schneider (c); 3-Chyanne Dennis, 2-Madiya Harriott, 6-Gabrielle Gayle, 15-Jayden Matthews; 16-Ebony Clarke (9-Olufolasade Adamolekun, 55), 14-Mireya Grey (20-Shayla Smart, 87), 19-Alyssa Julien, 10-Jody Brown, 11-Giselle Washington; 7-Marlee Fray (17-Jazmin Grant, 71)
Subs not used: 4-Nevillgail Able, 5-Kevena Reid, 8-Jayda Pelaia-Hylton, 12-Erin Mikalsen, 13-Yazmeen Jamieson, 18-Emily Caza
Head coach: Lorne Donaldson

Stats Summary: USA / JAM
Shots: 27 / 9
Shots on Goal: 10 / 4
Saves: 9 / 2
Corner Kicks: 7 / 2
Fouls: 10 / 14
Offside: 1 / 1

Misconduct Summary:
None

Officials:
Referee: Carol-Anne Chenard (CAN)
Assistant Referee 1: Chantel Boudreau (CAN)
Assistant Referee 2:  Shirley Perello (HON)
4th Official: Marion Leon (SLV) 

ussoccer.com Woman of the Match: Sophia Smith

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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

Resilience Sparks Howell's Late Game Winner Over Jamaica

Jamaica refused to go down without a fight. Though the U.S. Under-20 Women’s National Team fired off shot after shot and controlled the lion’s share possession in its second match at the 2018 CONCACAF Women’s U-20 Championship, the USA held only a tenuous 1-0 lead late into the game. As the second half wore on, Jamaica’s counterattacking runs cut deeper and deeper, threa Read more
U-20 WNT Jan 22, 2018

U-20 WNT's Howell and Smith Face (Very) Familiar Foe

The opening match of Jaelin Howell and Sophia Smith’s first major international competition carried an air of familiarity. Their youth club coach at Real Colorado, Lorne Donaldson, stood on the sideline in Grenada during the USA’s first game of the 2016 CONCACAF Women’s U-17 Championship. But he wasn’t in front of their bench. Instead, he stood on the other side of the mi Read more
U-20 WNT Jan 21, 2018
US Soccer

Late Goal Lifts USA Over Jamaica 2-1 in Second 2018 CONCACAF Women's U-20 Championship Group Game

COUVA, Trinidad & Tobago (Jan. 21, 2018) – The U.S. Under-20 Women’s National Team defeated Jamaica 2-1 to win its second group stage match at the 2018 CONCACAF Women’s U-20 Championship. With the victory, the USA clinches a berth in the tournament semifinals.

The U.S. controlled possession for most of the first half, but as the clock wore on, Jamaica’s counterattack cut deeper and deeper into the Americans’ final third. U.S. Midfielder Savannah DeMelo found success feeding the ball to forwards Sophia Smith and Civana Kulmann, letting the duo fire away on some dangerous chances. Smith rocketed a few threatening shots, but wasn’t able to find the back of the net until a 42nd-minute free kick.

The USA came out of the half on the attack with an eye to extend its lead, but the Reggae Girlz became more aggressive as the half wore on and made some very dangerous forays into U.S. territory, highlighted by a shot off the crossbar with 20 minutes remaining.

The shot was a warning, and Jamaica equalized from a set piece in the 88th minute via a Jadyn Matthews strike. But the USA was not to be defeated, striking back just over a minute later as Smith picked out Howell in the Jamaica box for the game winner and extend its CONCACAF qualifying undefeated streak to 22.

In the first Group B match of the day, Mexico defeated Nicaragua 3-0. El Tri is currently first in Group B based on goal differential.

Up Next: The USA will have a chance to top the group when they face Mexico on Tuesday, Jan. 23 at 2:30 p.m. ET (UDN, CONCACAF YouTube).

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

Team

GP

W

L

D

Pts.

GF

GA

GD

Mexico

2

2

0

0

6

6

0

+6

USA

2

2

0

0

6

4

1

+3

Nicaragua

2

0

2

0

0

0

4

-4

Jamaica

2

0

2

0

0

1

6

-5

Goal Scoring Rundown:

USA – Sophia Smith (free kick), 42nd minute:
On the attack, Savannah DeMelo drew a foul when she was sandwiched between two defenders near the top of the center of the Jamaica box. She, Isabel Rodriguez and Smith lined up behind the ball on the free kick, and after some shuffling, Smith was left to take it. She struck a thunderous shot to the top right corner, giving the USA a 1-0 lead just before the half. USA 1, JAM 0 [WATCH]

JAM – Jadyn Matthews (Jody Brown), 88th minute: Jamaica’s second half pressure finally told late on when a free kick from 35 yards out to the right of the U.S. goal was floated in toward the back post where Brown headed the ball back across the face of goal. Matthews was quickest to react, stabbing the ball over the line with two defenders closing in. USA 2, JAM 1 [WATCH]

USA – Jaelin Howell (Sophia Smith), 89h minute: The USA responded immediately after suffering a potentially dispiriting equalizer. Advancing the ball down Jamaica’s right flank, Smith got free with the ball near the endline and zipped a pass across the goal mouth, picking out the run of Howell who only needed to make contact to redirect the ball in from the center of the six-yard box to secure an exhilarating late win for the United States. USA 2, JAM 1 [WATCH] FINAL

Key Saves and Defensive Stops:

JAM – Sydney Schneider, 14th minute:
Rodriguez came up to win a tough ball in the air and headed it forward, finding Kelsey Turnbow. She centered it to DeMelo, who immediately hit a pass to Smith at the top of the box. The forward took a few dribbles and launched a booming strike to the right side, but Sydney Schneider tipped the USA’s best early chance upwards and out-of-bounds.

USA – Amanda McGlynn, 43rd minute:
Jamaica found its most dangerous chance of the first half soon after the opening goal. Quickly pressing into the American end, Giselle Washington tapped the ball towards the net from the top of the circle, setting off a foot race between Marlee Fray and Zoe Morse. Fray and Morse collided right in front of U.S. goalkeeper Amanda McGlynn, but she quickly recovered to grab the ball as it squirted out.

JAM – Sydney Schneider, 54th minute (53:05):
After an American attacking run, Schneider’s clearance attempt was intercepted in the air and played up to Kuhlmann. She had the ball taken away from her, but the misplayed clearance teed the ball up for Viviana VIllacorta on the run. The midfielder launched a shot towards the right side, but Schneider got just enough to deflect the ball out-of-bounds.  

JAM – Sydney Schneider, 59th minute:
From behind the half line, Naomi Girma hit a well-placed long ball to find Smith on the run. She centered to DeMelo, whose first-time attempt was deflected by Schneider’s shin guard. She quickly recovered and secured the ball.

USA – Amanda McGlynn, 71st minute (70:45):
The Reggae Girlz got more aggressive as the half wore on, aided by a spark from substitute Jazmin Grant. Grant made a nice dribble all the way from the Jamaican third to the American end and after a back-and-forth with her teammate, she launched a screamer from the top left corner of the box. McGlynn deflected it upwards, but it bounced off the crossbar. Mireya Grey captured the rebound and dished to Grant in front of the net, but her follow-up attempt on net went wide. 

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U-20 WNT Jan 21, 2018
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Preview: U-20 WNT Continues World Cup Qualifying Quest Against Jamaica

U.S. Under-20 Women’s National Team vs. Jamaica
2018 CONCACAF Women’s U-20 Championship – Group B
Ato Boldon Stadium; Couva, Trinidad & Tobago
6:30 p.m. ET (CONCACAF YouTube Channel)
Jan. 21, 2018 

U-20 WNT TAKES ON REGGAE GIRLZ IN WCQ: The U.S. Under-20 Women’s National Team will continue the 2018 CONCACAF Women’s U-20 Championship on Sunday, Jan. 21 against Jamaica (6:30 p.m. ET). The USA opened the tournament with a 2-0 win over Nicaragua on Friday, as Taryn Torres and Civana Kuhlmann scored. Jamaica endured a rough start to the tournament, dropping its first match 4-0 to Mexico in Friday’s first Group B game.

Sunday’s match will be broadcast live on CONCACAF’s YouTube channel. Follow the U-20 WNT throughout the tournament on ussoccer.com, Twitter (@ussoccer_ynt) and Instagram (@ussoccer_ynt).

2018 CONCACAF Women’s U-20 Championship
Group B Schedule - USA
Date                Match                         Kickoff (ET)/Result     Broadcast        Venue
Jan. 19             USA vs. Nicaragua      W 2-0                          UDN                Ato Boldon Stadium; Couva, Trinidad
Jan. 21             USA vs. Jamaica         6:30 p.m.                     CONCACAF YouTube Ato Boldon Stadium; Couva, Trinidad
Jan. 23             USA vs. Mexico           3:00 p.m.                       UDN                Ato Boldon Stadium; Couva, Trinidad 

WATCH U-20 WNT QUALIFYING ON UDN: The USA’s third group match will be broadcast live on Univision Deportes Network. In addition, one semifinal match and the tournament final will be carried on the network. All other matches will be streamed on CONCACAF’s YouTube channel.

UDN Broadcast Schedule
Date                Match                          Kickoff (ET)     Broadcast        Venue
Jan. 20           Haiti vs. Costa Rica     5:30 p.m.         UDN                Ato Boldon Stadium; Couva, Trinidad
Jan. 21           Nicaragua vs. Mexico 4:00 p.m.         UDN                Ato Boldon Stadium; Couva, Trinidad
Jan. 22           T&T vs. Costa Rica      5:30 p.m.         UDN                Ato Boldon Stadium; Couva, Trinidad
Jan. 23         USA vs. Mexico          3:00 p.m.         UDN                Ato Boldon Stadium; Couva, Trinidad
Jan. 26             Semifinal 1 (B1 vs. 2A) 3:00 p.m.         UDN                Ato Boldon Stadium; Couva, Trinidad
Jan. 28             Final                            5:30 p.m.         UDN                Ato Boldon Stadium; Couva, Trinidad

USA VS. JAMAICA SERIES:

  • The USA has played Jamaica three times in the CONCACAF Women’s U-20 Championship, all in group play.
  • The USA has won all three games by a 13-1 margin.
  • In both 2006 (4-1 as Amy Rodriguez and Lauren Cheney had goals) and 2010 (6-0 as Christine Nairn and Sydney Leroux scored twice each), the USA opened the tournament against Jamaica.
  • Their most recent meeting came at the 2014 tournament, as the teams squared off in the second group match. The USA’s goals came from current NWSL players Savannah Jordan (Houston Dash) and McKenzie Meehan (Sky Blue FC), and current U.S. WNT midfielder Andi Sullivan.
  • Jamaica’s head coach is Lorne Donaldson, the club coach for U.S. players Sophia Smith and Jaelin Howell at Real Colorado. (LINK)

GROUP B STANDINGS AND RESULTS:

Team

GP

W

L

T

GF

GA

GD

Pts.

Mexico

1

1

0

0

4

0

4

3

United States

1

1

0

0

2

0

2

3

Nicaragua

1

0

1

0

0

-2

0

0

Jamaica

1

0

1

0

0

-4

0

0

Date                Match                                   Result           Venue
Jan. 19             Mexico vs. Jamaica     4-0                Ato Boldon Stadium; Couva, Trinidad
Jan. 19            USA vs. Nicaragua      W 2-0           Ato Boldon Stadium; Couva, Trinidad

KICKING OFF WITH A WIN: The USA dominated possession against Nicaragua, controlling the ball for more than 70 percent of the match and outshooting La Azul y Blanco 19-3. While Nicaragua had the first promising scoring opportunity, the relentless American attack broke through in the 17th minute. Savannah DeMelo connected with Taryn Torres on a cross in front of the net and Torres hammered it home for the game’s opening score.

Kuhlmann’s goal came just after halftime, when Jaelin Howell forced a turnover and slid the ball to the forward on a run towards the net. Kuhlmann slotted it into the corner for her ninth goal in 13 U-20 caps. The victory marked head coach Jitka Klimkova’s first in CONCACAF World Cup qualifying and extended the USA’s undefeated streak in the tournament to 21.

ROCKY START FOR REGGAE GIRLZ: Jamaica will look to bounce back in its match against the red, white and blue after a tough 4-0 loss to Mexico. El Tri barraged the Jamaican defense with 32 shots, compared to just four from the Caribbean squad. 

2018 CONCACAF Women’s U-20 Championship Roster (College or Club; Hometown; Caps/Goals):
GOALKEEPERS (2): Laurel Ivory (Virginia; Surfside, Fla.; 6/0), Amanda McGlynn (Virginia Tech; Jacksonville, Fla.; 2/0) 
DEFENDERS (7): Tierna Davidson (Stanford; Menlo Park, Calif.; 6/0), Naomi Girma (California Thorns FC; 6/0; San Jose, Calif.), Tara McKeown (USC; Mission Viejo, Calif.; 11/0), Zoe Morse (Virginia; East Lansing, Mich.; 10/0), Kiara Pickett (Stanford; Santa Barbara, Calif.; 3/0), Isabel Rodriguez (Ohio State; Canton, Mich.; 9/0), Karina Rodriguez (UCLA; Torrance, Calif.; 4/0)
MIDFIELDERS (5): Samantha Coffey (Boston College; Sleepy Hollow, N.Y.; 8/1), Savannah DeMelo (USC; Bellflower, Calif.; 24/4), Jaelin Howell (Real Colorado; Windsor, Colo.; 13/0), Brianna Pinto (NTH Tophat; Durham, N.C.; 9/0), Viviana Villacorta (UCLA; Lawndale, Calif.; 11/1)
FORWARDS (6): Abigail Kim (California; Vashon, Wash.; 12/3), Civana Kuhlmann (Stanford; Littleton, Colo.; 13/9), Ashley Sanchez (UCLA; Monrovia, Calif.; 21/6), Sophia Smith (Real Colorado; Windsor, Colo.; 11/8), Taryn Torres (Virginia; Frisco, Texas; 4/2), Kelsey Turnbow (Santa Clara; Nashville, Tenn.; 9/2)

JAMAICA ROSTER (CLUB)
GOALKEEPERS (2): Yazmeen Jamieson (Ontario University/CAN); Sydney Schneider (Match Fit Academy/USA)
DEFENDERS (7): Nevillegail Able (Waterhouse FC/JAM); Emily Caza (Seton Hall University/USA); Chyanne Dennis (University of South Florida/USA); Madiya Harriot (Vanderbilt University/USA); Jadyn Matthews (Orlando City Soccer Club/USA); Erin Mikalsen (East Carolina University/USA); Jayda Pelaia-Hylton (East Carolina University/USA)
MIDFIELDERS (4): Ebony Clarke (Richmond Girls Soccer/CAN); Gabrielle Gayle (Unattached); Alyssa Julien (Eastern Kentucky University/USA); Giselle Washington (Concorde Fire/USA)
FORWARDS (7): Olufolasade Adamolekun (United Soccer Alliance/USA); Jody Brown (St. Ann Women's FC/JAM); Marlee Fray (Sunrise Soccer Club/USA); Jazmin Grant (University of Houston/USA); Mireya Grey (University of Washington/USA); Kevena Reid (GC Foster College/JAM); Shayla Smart (Montverde Academy/USA) 

RUN-UP TO T&T: The timing of the 2018 CONCACAF Women’s U-20 Championship at the start of the year after the college season made the player selection process less difficult. Sixteen of the 20 players on the roster are currently in college. The four outliers – defender Naomi Girma (California Thorns FC), midfielder Jaelin Howell (Real Colorado), midfielder Brianna Pinto (NTH Tophat) and forward Sophia Smith (Real Colorado) – are all high school seniors who are among the most experienced players on the roster. Howell, Pinto and Smith all saw training time with the senior WNT in 2017, but none earned a cap. All four youth club players are currently competing in the inaugural season of the U.S. Soccer Girls’ Development Academy.

Players born on or after January 1, 1998 are eligible for the 2018 U-20 Women’s World Cup, and head coach Jitka Klimkova named players from three birth years: six born in 1998, 11 born in 1999 and three born in 2000. The 17-year-old Smith, recently named 2017 U.S. Soccer Young Female Player of the Year, is the youngest player on the squad. Klimkova was able to evaluate 40 players in international game action last year, and evaluate many more during college matches last fall. The U-20s have gone through an excellent preparation schedule that saw the team go 6-4-2 in international matches. The losses came to youth women’s powers Japan, Germany and Brazil, while the USA also defeated similarly strong squads from England, Germany, Norway and France.

TOURNAMENT FORMAT: This year marks the ninth edition of the CONCACAF Women’s U-20 Championship. The tournament began in 1999 as the CONCACAF Women’s U-19 Championship. The field features eight nations divided into two groups of four teams. The top two finishers in each group will qualify for the semifinals. The winners of those games, as well as the winner of the third-place match, will earn berths to the 2018 FIFA Under-20 Women’s World Cup in France. 

GROUP A STANDINGS AND RESULTS:

Team

GP

W

L

T

GF

GA

GD

Pts.

Canada

1

1

0

0

3

1

0

3

Haiti

1

1

0

0

3

2

0

3

T & T

1

0

1

0

2

3

0

0

Costa Rica

1

0

1

0

1

3

0

0

Date                Match                                     Result             Venue
Jan. 18         Costa Rica vs. Canada             1-3                   Ato Boldon Stadium; Couva, Trinidad
Jan. 18         T&T vs. Haiti                          2-3                   Ato Boldon Stadium; Couva, Trinidad 

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U-20 WNT Jan 20, 2018
US Soccer

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
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