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2019 Thorns Spring Invitational

Merlo Field, University of Portland; Portland, Oregon
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US Soccer

U-23 WNT Defeats Red Stars 2-1 on Stoppage Time Goal

PORTLAND, Oregon (March 30, 2019) – The U.S. Under-23 Women’s National Team defeated the Chicago Red Stars 2-1 in its third and final match at the 2019 Thorns Spring Invitational. Midfielder Channing Foster dramatically scored the game-winner in the first minute of second half stoppage time.

The young Americans went 2-1-0 at the friendly tournament, falling to Reign FC 2-1 on March 24 and defeating the host Thorns 1-0 on March 30.

Chicago tallied first, scoring in the 14th minute through Australian striker Sam Kerr. Former Santa Clara University star and Mexico National Team player Maria Sanchez slipped a through ball up the middle to Kerr, who cut in from the right behind the U.S. back line and just inside the penalty area. She took a few touches into the box before slotting the ball past onrushing U.S. goalkeeper Amanda McGlynn and into the right corner.

The USA equalized in the 29th minute through defender Emily Fox, who has seen time with the senior National Team over the past few months, earning three caps. Fox picked off a pass in her own defensive third, played it to midfielder Savannah DeMelo and then continued her hard run up the middle.

DeMelo returned the ball to Fox in the attacking third and the defender cut to her right at the top of the penalty box before hitting a right-footed wonder strike into the top right corner of the net from about 20 yards out.

The last few minutes of the match featured plenty of drama. With time ticking down, Chicago earned a penalty kick and Nikki Stanton stepped up to take what could have been the game-winner in the 89th minute. Instead, U.S. goalkeeper Laurel Ivory, who came on at halftime for McGlynn, dove to her right to push the ball away. Less than two minutes later, the USA got its winner.

The game flipped when Foster, who plays at the University of Mississippi, stole the ball from a defender and dribbled to the left from the top of the penalty box, evading several Red Stars in the process and then shot from just inside the box. The left-footed strike skipped into the lower right corner for the final goal.

This year marked the U-23 WNT’s third straight year playing in the Thorns Spring Invitational.

-U.S. Under-23 Women’s National Team Match Report-

Match: United States U-23 Women’s National Team vs. Chicago Red Stars
Date: March 30, 2019
Competition: 2019 Thorns Spring Invitational
Venue: Merlo Field - University of Portland; Portland, Oregon
Attendance: 75
Weather: 62 degrees, sunny

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

CRS – Sam Kerr (Maria Sanchez)                 14th minute
USA – Emily Fox (Savannah DeMelo)           29       
USA – Channing Foster                                 90+1

Lineups:
USA: 22-Amanda McGlynn (1-Laurel Ivory, 46), 3-Meaghan Nally (19-Schuyler Debree, 32), 5-Kaleigh Riehl, 2-Maycee Bell (15-Naomi Girma, 58), 4-Emily Fox (capt.) (11-Kiki Pickett, 73), 6-Jaelin Howell (24-Channing Foster, 69), 16-Savannah DeMelo (8-Brianna Pinto, 58), 23-Kirsten Pavlisko, 17-Martha Thomas (10-Catarina Macario, 46), 18-Penelope Hocking (13-Ally Watt, 32) (14-Morgan Weaver, 73), 9-Ashley Sanchez (21-Emina Ekic, 73) (25-Paula Germino-Watnick, 90)
Subs Not Used: 7-Jenna Nighswonger, 20-Haley Hopkins
Head Coach: Damon Nahas

CRS: 21-Emily Boyd (16-Alison Jahansouz, 75), 3-Arin Wright, 27-Christina Murillo (30-Hannah Davison, 63), 14-Sarah Gorden, 23-Brooke Elby (28-Kayla Sharples, 46), 2-Nikki Stanton, 25-Erin Yenney (32-Zoey Goralski, 59), 12-Yuki Nagasato, 20-Sam Kerr (33-Katie Johnson, 59), 4-Alyssa Mautz (capt.) (7-Michele Vasconcelos, 57), 15-Mara Sanchez
Subs Not Used: N/A
Head Coach: Rory Dames

Stats Summary: USA / CRS                        
Shots: 8 / 6
Shots on Goal: 5 / 2
Saves: 2 / 4
Corner Kicks: 3 / 7
Fouls: 15 / 16
Offside: 0 / 5

Misconduct Summary:
CRS – Christina Murillo (caution)                61st
USA – Channing Foster (caution)                80


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U-23 WNT Apr 1, 2019
US Soccer

U-23 WNT Defeats Portland Thorns 1-0 on Catarina Macario Goal

PORTLAND, Oregon (March 27, 2019) – The U.S. Under-23 Women’s National Team defeated host Portland Thorns FC, 1-0, in the second of its three games at the 2019 Thorns Spring Invitational.

The USA fell to Reign FC, 2-1, on March 24, and will finish the friendly competition against the Chicago Red Stars on Saturday, March 30 at 1:30 p.m. PT. Portland wraps things up with a match against rival Reign FC at 7:30 p.m. PT.

The USA’s lone goal came after defender Kiara Pickett was taken down in the penalty box. Forward Catarina Macario, who scored all four of the USA’s goals at this tournament last year, stepped up and buried the penalty kick. The U.S. defense, anchored by the back line of Schuyler Debree, Kaleigh Riehl, Naomi Girma and Emily Fox, who captained the team, held fast to keep the Thorns off the board the rest of the way. Amanda McGlynn picked up the shutout in goal for the USA.

The Thorns were playing without numerous international players away on National Team duty, including four with the full U.S. WNT.

U.S. head coach B.J. Snow named a roster that features 21 collegiate players, two players current playing professionally in Europe – Debree (Sparta Prague in the Czech Republic) and Martha Thomas (Le Havre in France) – and one U.S. Soccer Development Academy player.

The U.S. Under-23s are taking part in Thorns Spring Invitational for the third year in a row. All the matches take place at Merlo Field on the campus of the University of Portland. The competition takes place over three matchdays, with an early game that has free admission and a later match featuring the Thorns that is a ticketed event. Tickets for the matches featuring the Thorns are general admission. Individual tickets are on sale to the public online at www.thornsfc.com

-U.S. Under-23 Women’s National Team Match Report-

Match: United States U-23 Women’s National Team vs. Portland Thorns FC
Date: March 27, 2019
Competition: 2019 Thorns Spring Invitational
Venue: Merlo Field – University of Portland; Portland, Oregon
Kickoff: 7:30 p.m. PT
Attendance: 2,000
Weather: 52 degrees, raining

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

USA – Catarina Macario (Penalty Kick)         6th minute           

Lineups:
USA: 22-Amanda McGlynn, 19-Schuyler Debree (Meaghan Nally, 62), 5-Kaleigh Riehl, 15-Naomi Girma, 4-Emily Fox (capt.), 11-Kiara Pickett (23-Kirsten Pavlisko, 62), 8-Brianna Pinto (6-Jaelin Howell, 71), 16-Savannah DeMelo, 10-Catarina Macario (25-Paula Germino-Watnick, 71), 13-Ally Watt (14-Morgan Weaver, 62) (20-Haley Hopkins, 87), 9-Ashley Sanchez (17-Martha Thomas, 62)
Subs Not Used: 1-Laurel Ivory, 2-Maycee Bell, 7-Jenna Nighswonger, 18-Penelope Hocking, 21-Emina Ekic, 24-Channing Foster
Head Coach: B.J. Snow

PTFC: 33-Britt Eckerstrom (capt.), 2-Katherine Reynolds (42-Olivia Moultrie, 46), 20-Kelli Hubly, 41-Madison Pogarch, 27-Elizabeth Ball (12-Christine Sinclair, 61), 43-Arden Holden (35-Gabby Seiler, 61), 37-Emily Ogle, 40-Marissa Everett (15-Ellie Carpenter, 68), 26-Mallory Weber, 22-Ifeoma Onumonu (34-Tyler Lussi, 77), 38-Simone Charley
Subs Not Used: 7-Ana Crnogorcevic, 11-Dagny Brynjarsdottir, 21-Hayley Raso, 25-Meghan Klingenberg, 50-Hailey Cole
Head Coach: Mark Parsons

Stats Summary: USA / PTFC                                  
Shots: 13 / 11
Shots on Goal: 6 / 2
Saves: 2 / 5
Corner Kicks: 2 / 6
Fouls: 10 / 7
Offside: 6 / 0

Misconduct Summary:
USA – Schuyler Debree (caution)                  40th minute

Officials:
Referee: Sya Magee
Assistant: Ryan Jung     
Assistant: Stephanie Tercero
4th Official: Ian Miller

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U-23 WNT Mar 27, 2019
US Soccer

U.S. U-23 WNT Falls 2-1 to Reign FC at 2019 Thorns Spring Invitational

PORTLAND, Oregon (March 24, 2019) – The U.S. Under-23 Women’s National Team fell to Reign FC, 2-1 in the first of three games at the 2019 Thorns Spring Invitational.

The Reign, which finished third in the NWSL last season, played eight players who are full internationals for their countries and six other players who have full or youth international experience.

Reign FC scored first through forward Darian Jenkins in the 49th minute. Jenkins, who scored for the USA in the 2012 FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup against eventual runner-up North Korea, tallied after she received a ball in the right side of the penalty area. She beat a defender with a cut to her left and finished with a left-footed shot into the lower right corner.

The USA equalized in the 54th as Savannah DeMelo found Catarina Macario at the top of the penalty box and she fed Ashley Sanchez at the top left corner of the 18-yard box. Sanchez took a big touch towards the goal and finished from the left side with the inside of her right foot into the right corner. It was her first international goal at the U-23 level. Sanchez has now scored for the USA in international matches at the U-15, U-17, U-20 and U-23 levels.

The NWSL side got the game-winner on a familiar combination for Reign fans as Megan Rapinoe swung in a kick from just outside penalty area on the right side. Allie Long met the cross with her head and finished low inside the left post. Rapinoe and Long will join the full Women’s National Team for its April friendlies against Australia and Belgium.

The U.S. Under-23s are taking part in Thorns Spring Invitational for the third year in a row and all matches are taking place at Merlo Field on the campus of the University of Portland. The competition takes place over three matchdays, with an early game that has free admission and a later match featuring the Thorns that is a ticketed event. Tickets for the matches featuring the Thorns are general admission. Individual tickets are on sale to the public online at www.thornsfc.com

On second matchday on Wednesday, March 27, Chicago will face Reign FC at 1:30 p.m. PT and the USA will take on Portland at 7:30 p.m. PT. The U.S. finishes against the Red Stars on Saturday, March 30 at 1:30 p.m. PT and Portland wraps things up with rival Reign FC at 7:30 p.m. PT.

U.S. head coach B.J. Snow named a roster that features 21 collegiate players, two players current playing professionally in Europe – Schuyler Debree (Sparta Prague in the Czech Republic) and Martha Thomas (Le Havre in France) -- and one U.S. Soccer Development Academy player in Maycee Bell, who is a member of the USA’s current Under-20 WNT player pool.

-U.S. Under-23 Women’s National Team Match Report-

Match: United States U-23 Women’s National Team vs. Reign FC
Date: March 24, 2019
Competition: 2019 Thorns Spring Invitational
Venue: Merlo Field – University of Portland; Portland, Oregon
Attendance: 150
Weather: 53 degrees, sunny

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

RFC – Darian Jenkins                                                49th minute
USA – Ashley Sanchez (Catarina Macario)               54
RFC – Allie Long (Megan Rapinoe)                           70       

Lineups:
USA: 1-Laurel Ivory, 4-Emily Fox (capt.), 15-Naomi Girma, 19-Schuyler Debree (2-Maycee Bell, 79) , 3- Meaghan Nally (11-Kiara Pickett, 46), 7-Jenna Nighswonger (16-Savannah DeMelo, 46), 6-Jaelin Howell (79, 24-Channing Foster) , 8-Brianna Pinto, 9-Ashley Sanchez 18-Penelope Hocking, 60) (14-Morgan Weaver, 85), 10-Catarina Macario (17-Martha Thomas, 60), 13-Ally Watt (25-Paula Germino-Watnick, 79)
Subs Not Used: 5-Kaleigh Riehl, 20-Haley Hopkins, 21-Emina Ekic, 22-Amanda McGlynn, 23-Kirsten Pavlisko
Head Coach: B.J. Snow

RFC: 1-Lydia Williams, 7-Steph Catley (21-Christen Westphal, 75), 4-Megan Oyster, 3-Lauren Barnes (8-Theresa Nielsen, 65), 6-Allie Long, 88-Elise Kellond-Knight (20-Rumi Utsugi, 65), 17-Bev Yanez (12-Morgan Andrews, 65), 15-Megan Rapinoe (capt.) (25-Bethany Balcer, 75), 9-Jodi Taylor (24-Emma Kete, 81), 11-Darian Jenkins (22-Jasmyne Spencer, 57)
Subs Not Used: 14-Morgan Profitt, 16-Jaycee Johnson, 18-Michelle Betos, 23-Jorian Baucom, 26-Sakura Yoshida, 39-Scout Watson
Head Coach: Vlatko Andonovski

Stats Summary: USA / RFC                        
Shots: 3 / 17
Shots on Goal: 1 / 6
Saves: 4 / 0
Corner Kicks: 0 / 12
Fouls: 9 / 6
Offside: 0 / 3

Misconduct Summary:
None

Officials:
Referee: Mike Hohnholz
Assistant Referee 1: Ryan Jung
Assistant Referee 2: Billy Baldwin
4th Official: Riley Hooper

                       


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U-23 WNT Mar 24, 2019
US Soccer

Snow Calls 24 Players to U-23 WNT Roster for 2019 Thorns Spring Invitational

CHICAGO (March 19, 2019) – U.S. Under-23 Women’s National Team head coach B.J. Snow has named a 24-player roster for the 2019 Thorns Spring Invitational where the USA will face Reign FC, Portland Thorns FC and the Chicago Red Stars in the four-team NWSL pre-season competition.

U.S. U-23 WNT Roster – 2019 Thorns Spring Invitational:
GOALKEEPERS (2): Laurel Ivory (Virginia; Surfside, Fla.), Amanda McGlynn (Virginia Tech; Jacksonville, Fla.) 

DEFENDERS (8): Maycee Bell (NC Courage Academy; Wichita, Kan.), Schuyler Debree (Sparta Prague, CZE; Fair Haven, N.J.), Emily Fox (UNC; Chapel Hill, N.C.), Naomi Girma (Stanford; San Jose, Calif.), Meaghan Nally (Georgetown; Herndon, Va.), Kirsten Pavlisko (Florida State; Middleburg, Fla.), Kiara Pickett (Stanford; Santa Barbara, Calif.), Kaleigh Riehl (Penn State; Fairfax Station, Va.)

MIDFIELDERS (6): Savannah DeMelo (USC; Bellflower, Calif.), Emina Ekic (Louisville; Fairdale, Ky.), Channing Foster (Mississippi; Murray, Ky.), Jaelin Howell (Florida State; Windsor, Colo.), Jenna Nighswonger (Florida State; Huntington Beach, Calif.), Brianna Pinto (UNC; Durham, NC)      

FORWARDS (8): Paula Germino-Watnick (Georgetown; Chevy Chase, Md.), Penelope Hocking (USC; Anaheim, Calif.), Haley Hopkins (Vanderbilt; Newport Beach, Calif.), Catarina Macario (Stanford; San Diego, Calif.), Ashley Sanchez (UCLA; Monrovia, Calif.), Martha Thomas (Le Havre, FRA); Weston, Fla.), Ally Watt (Texas A&M; Colorado Springs, Colo.), Morgan Weaver (Washington State; University Place, Wash.)  

Snow named a roster that features 21 collegiate players, two players current playing professionally in Europe – Schuyler Debree (Sparta Prague in the Czech Republic) and Martha Thomas (Le Havre in France) -- and one U.S. Soccer Development Academy player in Maycee Bell, who is a member of the USA’s current Under-20 WNT player pool.

The roster includes two players from the 2018 NCAA Champion Florida State Seminoles in midfielder Jaelin Howell and defender Kirsten Pavlisko. The roster also features two players from runner-up University of North Carolina in midfielder Brianna Pinto and defender Emily Fox, who has recently seen significant training time with senior U.S. WNT and has earned three caps, two at the end of 2018 and one this year.

Three players from Stanford University were also called up, including 2018 MAC Hermann Trophy winner Catarina Macario, who scored all four of the USA’s goals at this tournament last year.

Two players from USC were called up in forward Penelope Hocking and midfielder Savannah DeMelo, who scored four times at the 2018 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup to lead the team.

Pinto, Howell, and UCLA forward Ashley Sanchez have also trained with the full National Team, but none are capped.

Ten players from the USA’s 2018 FIFA Under-20 Women’s World Cup Team are on the roster and forward Ally Watt played in the 2016 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup in Papua New Guinea where she scored twice off the bench.

Howell, Pinto, Sanchez and Penn State defender Kaleigh Riehl (Sanchez and Riehl also played in PNG) are the only members of the roster with previous U-23 international caps. Reihl has three with one goal, that scored against Norway in 2017, and Howell has three with two goals, having scored against Norway and Sweden in 2017. Pinto has two U-23 caps and Sanchez has three.

The U.S. Under-23s are taking part in Thorns Spring Invitational for the third year in a row and all the matches will take place at Merlo Field on the campus of the University of Portland. The competition will take place over three matchdays, with an early game that has free admission and a later match featuring the Thorns that will be a ticketed event. Tickets for the matches featuring the Thorns are general admission. Individual tickets are on sale to the public online at www.thornsfc.com

The USA opens against Reign FC on Sunday, March 24 at 11:30 a.m. PT, while Portland will face Chicago at 5 p.m. PT. The second matchday on Wednesday, March 27, features Chicago vs. Reign FC at 1:30 p.m. PT and the USA taking on Portland at 7:30 p.m. PT. The U.S. finishes against the Red Stars on Saturday, March 30 at 1:30 p.m. PT and Portland wraps things up with rival Reign FC at 7:30 p.m. PT.

2019 Thorns Spring Invitational Schedule – Merlo Field, University of Portland

Sunday, March 24
Reign FC vs. U.S. U-23 WNT                            11:30 a.m. PT
Portland Thorns FC vs. Chicago Red Stars      5 p.m. PT

Wednesday, March 27
Chicago Red Stars vs. Reign FC                       1:30 p.m. PT
Portland Thorns FC vs. U.S. U-23 WNT           7:30 p.m. PT

Saturday, March 30
U.S. U-23 WNT vs. Chicago Red Stars             1:30 p.m. PT
Portland Thorns FC vs. Reign FC                     7:30 p.m. PT  

At last year’s Thorns Spring Invitational, Snow called in a roster of 23 collegiate players and one professional. The USA fell 2-1 to the Houston Dash, drew the Thorns 2-2 and took down the Red Stars 1-0.    

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U-23 WNT Mar 20, 2019
US Soccer

U-23 WNT to Play in Thorns Spring Invitational for Third Straight Year

CHICAGO (Feb. 11, 2019) – For the third year in a row, the U.S. Under-23 Women’s National Team will take part in the Thorns Spring Invitational running from March 24-30 in Portland, Oregon. The U.S. will take on three NWSL teams during their pre-season preparation with all the games taking place at the University of Portland’s Merlo Field.

This is the fourth year of the pre-season tournament, and this year’s field features the U-23 WNT, the Chicago Red Stars, Portland Thorns FC and Reign FC. The competition will take place over three matchdays, with an early game that has free admission and a later match featuring the Thorns that will be a ticketed event.

The USA opens up against Reign FC on Sunday, March 24 at 11:30 a.m. PT, while Portland will face Chicago at 5 p.m. PT. The second matchday on Wednesday, March 27, features Chicago vs. Reign FC at 1:30 p.m. PT and the USA taking on Portland at 7:30 p.m. PT. The U.S. finishes against the Red Stars on Saturday, March 30 at 1:30 p.m. PT and Portland wraps things up with rival Reign FC at 7:30 p.m. PT.

Tickets for the matches featuring the Thorns are general admission. Individual tickets go on sale to the public on Tuesday, March 19 at 10 a.m. PT online at www.thornsfc.com

At last year’s Thorns Spring Invitational, U-23 WNT head coach B.J. Snow called in a roster of 23 collegiate players and one professional. The USA fell 2-1 to the Houston Dash, drew the Thorns 2-2 and took down the Red Stars 1-0. Stanford forward and 2018 Hermann Trophy winner Catarina Macario scored all four of the USA’s goals in the tournament.

2018 Thorns Spring Invitational Schedule – Merlo Field, University of Portland

Sunday, March 24
Reign FC vs. U.S. U-23 WNT                     11:30 a.m. PT
Portland Thorns FC vs. Chicago Red Stars         5 p.m. PT

Wednesday, March 27
Chicago Red Stars vs. Reign FC                1:30 p.m. PT
Portland Thorns FC vs. U.S. U-23 WNT    7:30 p.m. PT

Saturday, March 30
U.S. U-23 WNT vs. Chicago Red Stars               1:30 p.m. PT
Portland Thorns FC vs. Reign FC              7:30 p.m. PT


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U-23 WNT Feb 11, 2019

Schedule

Date Time Matchup Venue Watch

Results

Team GP W L T GF GA GD Pts.
Chicago Red Stars 0
0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Portland Thorns FC 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Reign FC 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
U.S. U-23 WNT 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

Schedule

Date Match Time (ET)/Result Venue
March 24 U.S. U-23 WNT vs. Reign FC
2:30 p.m. Merlo Field, Univ. of Portland; Portland, Ore.
March 24 Portland Thorns FC vs. Chicago Red Stars 8 p.m. Merlo Field, Univ. of Portland; Portland, Ore.
March 27 Chicago Red Stars vs. Reign FC 4:30 p.m. Merlo Field, Univ. of Portland; Portland, Ore.
March 27 U.S. U-23 WNT vs. Portland Thorns FC
10:30 p.m. Merlo Field, Univ. of Portland; Portland, Ore.
March 30 U.S. U-23 WNT vs. Chicago Red Stars 4:30 p.m. Merlo Field, Univ. of Portland; Portland, Ore.
March 30 Portland Thorns FC vs. Reign FC 10:30 p.m. Merlo Field, Univ. of Portland; Portland, Ore.

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