- WNT Will Travel to Face Sweden on June 8 in Gothenburg
- WNT Will Travel to Norway for Friendly Match on June 11
- 2017 Tournament of Nations
- U.S. Soccer to Host Australia, Brazil & Japan in Seattle, San Diego and LA for 2017 Tournament of Nations
- U.S. Soccer to Offer Girls Fantasy Camp in LA Around Tournament of Nations
In 2008, Lauren Holiday, Tobin Heath and Amy Rodriguez, all 20-years-old or younger and teammates on the 2006 U-20 Women’s World Cup Team, were working to establish themselves on the U.S. WNT. They were the subject of a ussoccer.com video highlighting the talented youngsters and dubbing them, The New Kids.
Six years later, a new generation came into the fold, and in 2014, Lauren, Tobin and Amy passed the torch to the NEW New Kids: 22-year-old Julie Johnston, 21-year-old Morgan Brian and 22-year-old Crystal Dunn who were trying to make the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup Team and had all been teammates on the U.S. team that won the 2012 Under-20 Women’s World Cup,
Like their mentors before them, the careers and lives of Julie, Morgan and Crystal have seemed to intertwine.
The beginning of the story for these three can be traced back to 2008, when Dunn and Brian played in the first FIFA Under-17 Women’s World Cup in New Zealand – Dunn as a starter and Brian, the youngest player on the roster, as a reserve outside back.
Four years later, Brian, Dunn and Johnston helped the USA win the 2012 CONCACAF U-20 Women’s Championship and then memorably played key roles as the USA won the 2012 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup in Japan. Brian played all but 18 minutes, Johnston played all but 32, and Dunn played every minute of every game.
Dunn, Johnston and Brian at the 2012 U-20 FIFA Women's World Cup in Japan
During the tournament, Brian pulled the strings in a talented midfield and scored a goal in the semifinal against Nigeria, while as a right back Dunn had two huge assists – in the quarterfinal and championship matches – to lead the USA to victory. Johnston captained the squad and marshaled a stout U.S. defense that allowed only one goal in the knockout stages. She won the Bronze Ball as the third best player in the tournament, a rare feat for a defender. Their success on the youth level showed that these three had the potential for bright futures on the senior side, and they would all debut for the full WNT within a four-month span the following year.
Johnston and Dunn earned their first caps in the same week, just four days apart against Scotland. Johnston’s came on Feb. 9, 2013 while Dunn made her debut on Feb. 13, 2013. Brian quickly followed, earning her first cap on June 15, 2013 against the Korea Republic.
Brian and Dunn have played with each other since 2008, when they were teammates at the U-17 Women's World Cup
Together on the senior team, Brian and Johnston went on to win the 2014 CONCACAF Women’s Championship. Dunn was initially named to the roster but suffered a mild MCL strain and was replaced by none other than Johnston. Brian, Johnston and Dunn were all a part of the teams that won 2015 Algarve Cup, the 2016 CONCACAF Olympic Qualifying Tournament and the 2016 SheBelieves Cup. They were also all part of the 2016 Olympic Team.
Brian and Johnston were key members of the U.S. team that won the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup. Dunn was the last player cut from that roster, but she used that as motivation to have an incredible year in the NWSL, earning the 2015 MVP award and establishing herself as one of the best and most lethal attackers in the league.
Johnston and Brian won the FIFA Women's World Cup together in 2015
“I am so lucky to have this amazing soccer journey with Crystal and Morgan since our youth days, and it's even more special to have a different connection off the field,” Johnston told ussoccer.com.
Fast forward to the Spring of 2017, and all three are established contributors to the National Team. Currently, Brian has 66 caps and six goals, Johnston has 47 caps and eight goals while Dunn has 50 caps and 22 goals, including a team record-tying five in one game against Puerto Rico in Olympic qualifying.
So, after seven years of playing together on the U.S. National Teams (nine for Brian and Dunn), years of personal and athletic growth, there are also some new milestones to celebrate in the lives of the NEW New Kids. It turns out that off the field, the NNKs are all grown up too, and once again, they seem to be doing it all together, almost at the same time.
Twenty-five-year-old Julie Ertz (née Johnston) recently married her college sweetheart, Philadelphia Eagles tight end Zach Ertz.
What an amazing day celebrating our love. @brittrenephoto you capture our love in every photo! I can't wait to see the rest. @zachertz my wonderful husband thank you for everything, for loving me unconditionally, for your amazing friendship and for trying to keep up with me on the dance floor. Yesterday was EPIC! #soinloveitERTZ #mrsertz #TheKnot
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“It is so crazy to think all three of us have found the person we want to spend the rest of our lives with around the same time,” said Ertz. “Playing soccer professionally is our dream, but it takes away from our loved ones often and distance is never easy, so it’s nice to have someone who understands those challenges and is going through the same thing. It makes it a little easier. We have three lucky men! And that's three super fun weddings! They are all very supportive and huge soccer fans.”
“Us NEW New Kids are growing up fast!” Brian said about her soccer and life journey with Dunn and Ertz. “It’s a really exciting time in all of our lives and it’s fun to be able to witness how we’ve changed and have been molded by the people we have met.”
“I am so happy for Julie and Crystal. We’ve helped each other through the ups and downs of the National Team, which is no easy task, and now we help each other through the process of wedding planning, which could be even more difficult, to be honest. It’s been a fun ride.”
Christen Press and Lynn Williams scored for their respective teams this past weekend, while Mallory Pugh made her much anticipated NWSL debut on Saturday for the Washington Spirit. Here’s a quick recap of what went down for U.S. WNT players over the weekend:
Boston Breakers vs. Portland Thorns (2-2; Goals: Dowie, White; Nadim 2x)
In the first Friday game of the year, Portland went into Boston and rescued a point as Nadia Nadim scored in the 83rd minute for the 2-2 draw. The Breakers had a 2-0 lead early in the second half but a penalty kick in favor of the Thorns in the 67th began the comeback for the Pacific Northwest squad.
After playing in the game on Saturday afternoon, Morgan Brian drove back from New Jersey to Charlottesville, Virginia for her graduation from the University of Virginia on Sunday morning.
Washington Spirit vs. FC Kansas City (0-1; Goal: Newfield)
A terrific crowd at Maryland SoccerPlex awaited the anticipated debut of Mallory Pugh on Saturday night, but despite the energy around the stadium, FC Kansas City earned the road win when Alexa Newfield scored the lone goal of the match in the 39th minute. Pugh entered the match in the 54th minute to cheers from the crowd and played well in her first NWSL minutes. At 19-years-old, she is the youngest American and third youngest player in NWSL history.
NC Courage vs. Chicago Red Stars (1-3; Goals: Williams; Press, Huerta, DiBernardo)
Looking for its first road win of the year, Chicago came out firing on all cylinders in North Carolina and scored three goals in 15 minutes (30’, 37’ and 45’), including a penalty kick from Christen Press, to defeat the Courage on Sunday evening. NC’s Lynn Williams’ pulled one back in the 55th minute on her birthday.
Seattle Reign vs. Orlando Pride (1-1; Goals: Yanez; Marta)
Orlando earned a point on the road against Seattle on Sunday night with a late equalizing goal in front of 4,037 fans at Memorial Stadium. Pride goalkeeper Ashlyn Harris, left in the 26th minute after suffering a non-contact injury. Further details on the injury haven’t been released by Orlando.
Carli Lloyd played for 89 minutes in Manchester City’s 5-1 win against Yeovil Town before receiving a straight red card for elbowing Annie Heatherson in the final minutes of the match. Lloyd may receive a three-match suspension, which would mean she would only be available for one more of the remaining four games left in the Spring Series for ManCity.
Olympique Lyonnais defeated Paris Saint Germain 7-6 in penalty kicks after a 1-1 draw in the French Cup final on May 19. Alex Morgan did not play as she continues rehabbing a left hamstring injury suffered in the OL-PSG game on May 13, when she scored and helped Lyon to a 3-0 victory. OL’s medical staff is hopeful to have her available for the UEFA Women’s Champion’s League Final (once again against PSG) in Cardiff, Wales, on June 1.
Crystal Dunn and Chelsea FC won big against Sunderland on May 21 with a 7-0 shutout to return to winning ways in the Springs Series after a 2-2 draw against Arsenal on May 17.
WNT Players in NWSL Action – Week 6
Defender Julie Ertz – 90 minutes (Chicago Red Stars)
Goalkeeper Ashlyn Harris (capt.) – 26 minutes (Orlando Pride)
Midfielder Lindsey Horan – 90 minutes (Portland Thorns FC)
Defender Ali Krieger – 90 minutes (Orlando Pride)
Midfielder Rose Lavelle – 90 minutes (Boston Breakers)
Forward Sydney Leroux – 90 minutes (FC Kansas City)
Midfielder Samantha Mewis – 90 minutes (NC Courage)
Goalkeeper Alyssa Naeher – 90 minutes (Chicago Red Stars)
Forward Kealia Ohai (capt.) – 90 minutes, ASSIST (Houston Dash)
Midfielder Morgan Brian – 81 minutes (Houston Dash)
Defender Kelley O’Hara – 90 minutes (Sky Blue FC)
Forward Christen Press (capt.) – 90 minutes, GOAL (Chicago Red Stars)
Midfielder Megan Rapinoe – 90 minutes (Seattle Reign FC)
Defender Becky Sauerbrunn (capt.) – 90 minutes (FC Kansas City)
Forward Mallory Pugh – 36 minutes (Washington Spirit)
Defender Casey Short – 90 minutes (Chicago Red Stars)
Defender Emily Sonnett – 90 minutes (Portland Thorns FC)
Forward Lynn Williams – 90 minutes (NC Courage)
Defender Meghan Klingenberg – 90 minutes (Portland Thorns FC)
WNT Players Abroad
Midfielder Carli Lloyd – 89 minutes (Manchester City, ENG / Houston Dash)
Forward Crystal Dunn – 33 minutes (Chelsea FC)
Forward Alex Morgan – Did not play due to injury (Olympique Lyonnais, FRA / Orlando Pride)
Did Not Play
Midfielder Tobin Heath – Back injury (Portland Thorns)
Midfielder Allie Long – Unused substitute (Portland Thorns FC)
Defender Kelley O’Hara – Excused absence (Sky Blue FC)
Forward Amy Rodriguez – Torn ACL; Out for the season (FC Kansas City)
Goalkeeper Jane Campbell – Unused substitute (Houston Dash)
Earlier this week, U.S. Soccer announced that it will host a second four-team elite women’s tournament. This one will be held during the summer in years that do not feature a World Cup or an Olympics and will be called the Tournament of Nations.
Following in the footsteps of the SheBelieves Cup, the Tournament of Nations brings together some of the best women’s soccer players and teams in the world while celebrating the increasingly competitive nature of the women’s game worldwide.
While the SheBelieves Cup emphasized the U.S. WNT’s campaign to inspire young girls and women to believe in their dreams, themes that are at the forefront whenever the USA plays a match, the 2017 Tournament of Nations will focus on the ability of international soccer to create connections across geography and culture.
The Tournament of Nations is a competition that speaks to the diversity of our fans and their respect for the game world-wide, which facilitates global connections both on and off the field.
This tournament will celebrate some of the world’s premier women’s soccer players, many of whom compete in the National Women’s Soccer League, right here in the United States.
With soccer being the world’s most universal and popular sport, the Tournament of Nations hopes to inspire the next generation to be passionate, to immerse themselves in the global aspect of the game and above all, to build their own tribe.
The U.S. WNT will open the tournament on July 27 against Australia at CenturyLink Field in Seattle, then continues on to San Diego to face Brazil on July 30, and finishes with an epic clash with Japan on August 3 at the familiar confines of StubHub Center in Carson, California.Read more
U.S. Soccer will host a Girls Fantasy Camp around the Tournament of Nations matches on Thursday, August 3 in Los Angeles, Calif. featuring the U.S. WNT, Australia, Brazil and Japan. The camp is a special fundraiser to support the U.S. Soccer Development Fund. All proceeds will fund important initiatives to help develop world-class players, coaches and National Teams.
Hosted at U.S. Soccer’s National Training Center in Carson from August 1-4, Girls Fantasy Camp participants will truly have the opportunity to live and train like National Team players at this exclusive player/fan experience. Fantasy Camp includes:
- On-field tickets to U.S. WNT v. Japan and Australia v. Brazil on Thursday, August 3
- Pregame VIP stadium tour, including access to the U.S. WNT locker room
- Daily training sessions led by former U.S. WNT players at U.S. Soccer’s National Training Center
- Behind-the-scenes access to the U.S. WNT camp
- Hotel accommodations and all meals
- Honorary one-year membership in the Supporters Circle of the Development Fund
- Customized U.S. Soccer jersey, training apparel and more
- Ground transportation, including airport transfers if needed
The Girls Fantasy Camp is open to girls of all skill levels born in the years 2003, 2004 and 2005. Participation is made possible through a $3,395 donation to the U.S. Soccer Development Fund. U.S. Soccer is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit and approximately 50% of your donation is tax deductible. Since launching in 2015, the U.S. Soccer Fantasy Camps have raised over $215,000 for the Development Fund.
Space is very limited for the Camp with a roster size comparable to that of a National Team and filled on a first-come, first-serve basis. Questions? Contact email@example.com or call 312-528-1220.Read more