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WNT Punches Ticket to Rio With 5-0 Win Against Trinidad & Tobago

HOUSTON, Texas (Feb. 19, 2016) – The U.S. Women’s National Team earned a berth to its sixth consecutive Olympic Games with a 5-0 win against Trinidad & Tobago in the semifinal of the 2016 CONCACAF Women’s Olympic Qualifying Championship at BBVA Compass Stadium.

Canada earned CONCACAF’s other spot with a 3-1 victory against Costa Rica in the other semifinal and will meet the United States in the tournament’s championship game on Sunday, Feb. 21 at 4 p.m. CT live on NBC Universo and NBC Live Extra, and on replay at 10 p.m. CT on NBCSN.

Alex Morgan’s third career hat trick led the way for the USA as she scored once in the first half and twice in the second while Tobin Heath and Carli Lloyd also tallied. Lloyd increased her goals in Olympic Qualifying to 12 and is two goals away from tying Abby Wambach’s record of 14 goals career goals in this tournament.

Hope Solo earned her 94th shutout and recorded her 143rd win, further extending her U.S. records.

On the other end, T&T goalkeeper Kimika Forbes made more than a few excellent saves to keep the score down.

Goal Scoring Rundown:
USA – Tobin Heath (Mallory Pugh), 12th minute:
Mallory Pugh sprinted past a defender down the left flank and cut a pass on the ground back into the middle. Heath made a hard run into the box and beat her defender to the ball to send a powerful spinning left-footed strike into the right side of the net. The goal was Heath’s first since the 2015 Women’s World Cup Final against Japan, USA1, TRI 0 (SEE GOAL)

USA – Alex Morgan (Lindsey Horan), 30th minute: Kelley O’Hara sent a fantastic cross from the right side that Lindsey Horan got under near the far post and headed the ball back into the middle where Alex Morgan was waiting. Morgan used the inside of her left foot to tap it home for her 60th international goal. USA 2, TRI 0. (SEE GOAL)

USA – Carli Lloyd (Morgan Brian), 43rd minute: Morgan Brian took a USA corner kick from the right and Carli Lloyd met the cross in the middle of the box to send a powerful header that slipped through the arms and legs of kneeling T&T goalkeeper Kimika Forbes, who up until then had a fantastic game. USA 3, TRI 0 (SEE GOAL).

USA – Alex Morgan, 71st minute: Samantha Mewis headed the ball on goal but T&T defender Jennelle Cunningham was able to clear the ball off the goal line. Alex Morgan jumped on the clearance inside the six-yard box and again headed it on goal but Cunningham once again cleared it out, this time with her head. Morgan then pounced on the second rebound and this time to blasted home a left-footed shot for her second goal of the match. USA 4, TRI 0. (SEE GOAL)

USA – Alex Morgan (Morgan Brian), 72nd minute: Julie Johnston passed the ball to Morgan Brian who was just outside the penalty area. Brian the crossed it to the middle of the area where Alex Morgan volleyed it inside of the right post to complete her third career hat trick. USA 5, TRI 0 (SEE GOAL) FINAL.

Key Saves and Defensive Stops
TRI – Kimika Forbes, 3rd minute:
Meghan Klingenberg slipped a pass into the penalty area for Alex Morgan on the left side. Morgan fired hard and low, but Kimika Forbes did a great job to put her body in front of the ball and blocked the attempt with her legs to keep the game scoreless early on.

TRI – Kimika Forbes, 22nd minute: Carli Lloyd outran a pair of defenders into the box and blasted a powerful attempt to the middle of the net but Kimika Forbes was once again alert batted the ball away.

TRI – Kimika Forbes, 29th minute: Carli Lloyd fed Alex Morgan into the left side of the penalty area, but Forbes once again used her body well to block the shot with her legs.

Next on the Schedule: The U.S. WNT will face Canada in the title game of the 2016 CONCACAF Women’s Olympic Qualifying Championship on Sunday, Feb. 21 at 4 p.m. CT. The U.S. has qualified for its sixth consecutive Olympics and will attempt to win the CONCACAF Women's Olympic Qualifying Championship for the fourth consecutive time. The championship final will match can be viewed live NBC Universo and NBC Live Extra, and on replay at 10 p.m. CT on NBCSN.

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Additional Notes:

  • The U.S. WNT extended its streak to nine consecutive games in CONCACAF Olympic Qualifying without allowing a goal, dating back to the Final of the 2008 Qualifying tournament when the U.S. tied Canada 1-1 on April 12, 2008 and went on to win in penalty kicks 6-5.
  • The USA has never lost a match in Olympic Qualifying, but did tie Canada 1-1 in the title game of the 2008 tournament before prevailing in penalty kicks. It remains unbeaten in all-time CONCACAF Olympic Qualifying with a 17-0-1 record.
  • Tonight’s match was the second consecutive start for Kelley O’Hara and Mallory Pugh after both were in the starting XI against Puerto Rico on Feb. 15. It was also Pugh’s second career start.
    • Johnston and Horan played in their third Olympic qualifier. They both made their Olympic Qualifying debut against Costa Rica on Feb. 10. Samantha Mewis played in her second Olympic Qualifying match when she came in for Horan in the 60th minute.
    • With tonight’s start, five players in the lineup have now seen action in every game so far in the tournament: Lloyd, Morgan, Brian, Klingenberg and Pugh. Lloyd is the only one to have started every match so far in the tournament. Dunn and Press, who came in as subs in the second half in the 66th and 59th, have also played in all four matches.
    • Lloyd and Brian, who play for the NWSL’s Houston Dash, played in their home venue, BBVA Compass Stadium and combined for the USA’s third goal.
    • Lloyd is the only player at this year’s Olympic Qualifying tournament to have scored in all four games.
    • Morgan’s hat trick was her first since Nov. 28, 2012, against Ireland.
    • Seven players on the roster have scored a goal in an Olympic Qualifying match for the USA: Lloyd (12), Morgan (9), Dunn (6), Heath (4), Press (3), O’Hara (1) and Mewis (1).
    • Heath’s goal marked her 13th international score.
    • Dunn, Morgan and Lloyd lead the scoring in this year’s tournament with six, five and four goals, respectively.
    • Sauerbrunn made her 99th appearance for the WNT, and could hit the century mark if she plays on Sunday’s championship match.
    • Pugh is the youngest player ever named to a U.S. Olympic Qualifying roster. She also became the youngest female player in WNT history to play in an Olympic qualifier match at 17 years, 9 months and 12 days old when she came on for Dunn in the 68th minute against Costa Rica on Feb. 10. She recorded her first career assist against Puerto Rico on Feb. 15. She assisted on another goal in tonight’s match.

Milestone Watch:

  • Carli Lloyd leads the team with 13 all-time Olympic Qualifying appearances. With 12 Olympic Qualifying goals scored, Lloyd is two goals behind Abby Wambach’s U.S. record of 14 goals in Olympic Qualifying. Alex Morgan has nine tallies and Crystal Dunn has six.
  • Lloyd earned her 216th cap tonight while Hope Solo recorded her 189th, extending her own record for a U.S. goalkeeper.
  • Lloyd has now scored 86 international goals and remains in sixth place on the WNT’s all-time scoring list. Lloyd has scored 23 goals in the USA’s last 18 matches starting with the Round of 16 game vs. Colombia at the 2015 Women’s World Cup.
  • With her tally in the 30th minute, Morgan tied Shannon MacMillan for eighth on the USA’s all-time scoring list. She then scored two more and with 62 goals now has sole possession of eighth place.
  • Solo played in her 11th Olympic Qualifying match, earning her 94th shutout tonight and 143rd wins.

- U.S. Women’s National Team Match Report – 

Match: U.S. Women’s National Team vs. Trinidad & Tobago
Date: Feb. 19, 2016
Competition: 2016 CONCACAF Women’s Olympic Qualifying – Semifinals
Venue: BBVA Compass Stadium; Houston, Texas
Kickoff: 7:30 p.m. CT
Attendance: 5,561
Weather: 69 degrees, clear

Scoring Summary:   1          2          F
USA                            3          2          5
TRI                              0          0          0

USA – Tobin Heath (Mallory Pugh)                            12th minute
USA – Alex Morgan (Lindsay Horan)                         30
USA – Carli Lloyd (Morgan Brian)                              43
USA – Alex Morgan                                                    71
USA – Alex Morgan (Morgan Brian)                          73

Lineups:
USA: 1-Hope Solo; 5-Kelley O'Hara, 8-Julie Johnston, 4-Becky Sauerbrunn, 7-Meghan Klingenberg; 14-Morgan Brian, 9-Lindsey Horan (3-Samantha Mewis, 60), 17-Tobin Heath, 10-Carli Lloyd (capt.) (16-Crystal Dunn, 66), 2-Mallory Pugh (12-Christen Press, 59); 13-Alex Morgan
Subs Not Used: 6-Emily Sonnett, 11-Ali Krieger, 15-Stephanie McCaffrey, 18-Ashlyn Harris, 19-Jaelene Hinkle, 20-Alyssa Naeher
Head coach: Jill Ellis

TRI: 1-Kimika Forbes; 2-Jenelle Cunningham, 4-Danielle Blair, 5-Arin King, 6-Khadidra Debesette, 8-Victoria Swift (11-Janine Francois, 68), 9-Maylee Attin-Johnson (capt.), 10-Tasha St. Louis (3-Mariah Shade, 72), 12-Ahkeela Mollon, 14-Karyn Forbes, 19-Kennya Cordner
Subs Not Used: 7-Kayla Taylor, 13-Naomie Guerra, 15-Lian Hinds, 16-Jo Marie Lewis, 17-Anastasia Prescott, 18-Shalette Alexander, 20-Saundra Baron
Head coach: Richard Hood

Stats Summary: USA / TRI
Shots: 27 / 1
Shots on Goal: 15 / 0
Saves:  0 / 9
Corner Kicks: 10 / 0
Fouls: 10 / 9
Offside: 7 / 0

Misconduct Summary:
TRI – Tasha St. Louis (caution)                27th minute

Officials:
Referee: Tatiana Guzman (NCA)
Assistant Referee 1: Mayling Chavarria (NCA)
Assistant Referee 2: Princess Brown (JAM)
4th Official: Quetzalli Alvarado (MEX)

Budweiser Woman of the Match: Alex Morgan

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

Match: U.S. Women’s National Team vs. Trinidad & Tobago
Date: Feb. 19, 2016
Competition: 2016 CONCACAF Women’s Olympic Qualifying – Semifinals
Venue: BBVA Compass Stadium; Houston, Texas
Kickoff: 7:30 p.m. CT
Attendance: 5,561
Weather: 69 degrees, clear

Scoring Summary:       1          2          F
USA                             3          2          5
TRI                               0          0          0

USA – Tobin Heath (Mallory Pugh)                                  12th minute
USA – Alex Morgan (Lindsay Horan)                                30
USA – Carli Lloyd (Morgan Brian)                                    43
USA – Alex Morgan                                                       71
USA – Alex Morgan (Morgan Brian)                                 73

Lineups:
USA: 1-Hope Solo; 5-Kelley O'Hara, 8-Julie Johnston, 4-Becky Sauerbrunn, 7-Meghan Klingenberg; 14-Morgan Brian, 9-Lindsey Horan (3-Samantha Mewis, 60), 17-Tobin Heath, 10-Carli Lloyd (capt.) (16-Crystal Dunn, 66), 2-Mallory Pugh (12-Christen Press, 59); 13-Alex Morgan
Subs Not Used: 6-Emily Sonnett, 11-Ali Krieger, 15-Stephanie McCaffrey, 18-Ashlyn Harris, 19-Jaelene Hinkle, 20-Alyssa Naeher
Head coach: Jill Ellis

TRI: 1-Kimika Forbes; 2-Jenelle Cunningham, 4-Danielle Blair, 5-Arin King, 6-Khadidra Debesette, 8-Victoria Swift (11-Janine Francois, 68), 9-Maylee Attin-Johnson (capt.), 10-Tasha St. Louis (3-Mariah Shade, 72), 12-Ahkeela Mollon, 14-Karyn Forbes, 19-Kennya Cordner
Subs Not Used: 7-Kayla Taylor, 13-Naomie Guerra, 15-Lian Hinds, 16-Jo Marie Lewis, 17-Anastasia Prescott, 18-Shalette Alexander, 20-Saundra Baron
Head coach: Richard Hood

Stats Summary: USA / TRI
Shots: 27 / 1
Shots on Goal: 15 / 0
Saves:  0 / 9
Corner Kicks: 10 / 0
Fouls: 10 / 9
Offside: 7 / 0

Misconduct Summary:
TRI – Tasha St. Louis (caution)                     27th minute

Officials:
Referee: Tatiana Guzman (NCA)
Assistant Referee 1: Mayling Chavarria (NCA)
Assistant Referee 2: Princess Brown (JAM)
4th Official: Quetzalli Alvarado (MEX)

Budweiser Woman of the Match: Alex Morgan

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Alex Morgan is Scoring Goals and That’s Good for Everyone (Except Those Playing Against Her)

Alex Morgan is in the business of scoring goals. And business is booming.

In her last 18 games playing for the U.S. Women’s National Team, Morgan has scored 17 times. They’ve come in a multitude of ways – from the penalty spot, headers, blistering drives and breakaways. She’s scored game-winners and braces, and against Japan on July 26 at the 2018 Tournament of Nations, she bagged a hat trick. It was the fourth of her career. 

She’s been scoring for the USA since 2010, and since scoring goals is perhaps the most difficult part of the game, there have been periods of great form and a few dry spells. But the past year has been impressive even by the high standards we’ve come to expect from the 29-year-old.

It’s always been clear that when Morgan is in the zone, opposing defenses are in for a long night.

This 18-game run – in which the USA has not lost -- began in the latter half of 2017 after she returned from her six-month stint at Olympique Lyonnais, lasted through the final seven games of 2017, then continued into the first 11 games of 2018.

The current streak began in the final game of the 2017 Tournament of Nations and now almost a year later, she’s still on a roll. She closed 2017 with seven goals in seven games (which made her the team’s top scorer for the year) and has a team-leading 10 goals in 11 games in 2018.

In a span of a few months, Morgan has put herself within striking distance of 100 goals. Currently at 90, she would become the seventh woman in U.S. history to reach the century mark and join a highly exclusive club which features Abby Wambach, Mia Hamm, Kristine Lilly, Michelle Akers, Tiffeny Milbrett and Carli Lloyd. Even more impressively, she is on pace to achieve this feat in less caps (currently at 143 after the Japan game on July 26) than four of those six legends (Wambach and Akers scored goal No. 100 in their 129th cap; Hamm scored in her 155th cap) and could become the third youngest player in WNT history to reach 100. Wambach scored her 100th goal just after her 29th birthday and Hamm reached 100 when she was 26-and-a-half-years old.

Morgan’s first WNT goal came on Oct. 2, 2010 against China PR. She played in eight games that year and scored four goals. She followed that up with six goals in 2011 and had a breakthrough performance at the 2011 FIFA Women’s World Cup in Germany.

In 2012, Morgan had one of the best scoring years in U.S. history, tallying a remarkable 28 goals with 21 assists to lead the team in both categories. Her goal total was the third-best in U.S. history behind only Michelle Akers (39 in 1991) and Wambach (31 in 2004) and her assist total was tied for second-best in U.S. history behind only Hamm (22 in 2004) and tied with Carin Gabarra (21 in 1991). She also helped the USA to the gold medal at the London Olympics, scoring the epic 123rdminute game-winner in the semifinal final that is still the latest goal in FIFA history, and earned personal recognition when she finished third for the FIFA Player of the Year award and was named the U.S. Soccer Female Player of the Year for the first time.

The next two years for Morgan were unfortunately plagued by injuries. In 2013, she missed a few games but still played 811 minutes in 12 games and scored six goals with four assists. She spent much of 2014 finishing her recovery but returned to play in seven matches, starting four, while scoring five goals with four assists before she suffered an ankle injury in the second match of the 2014 CONCACAF Women’s Championship that kept her out for the rest of the year.

She rounded into shape just in time to participate in her second World Cup at the senior level and she was a key member of the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup champions. She came off the bench in the first two games as she regained her fitness, but then got the start in the final group game against Nigeria and started all four knock-out round games. She played in 22 of the USA’s 26 games that year and scored seven goals. She got back to her old self in 2016 when she found the net 17 times, including what was probably the best goal of the year on March 9 against Germany in the SheBelieves Cup.

Her 2017-18 has been even more impressive, and not just because of her scoring rate, but because the goals are coming against elite talent at a time when the level of play worldwide is increasingly competitive.

There’s still a lot of 2018 left to play, including the 2018 Concacaf Women’s Championship in October where the USA will look to book its trip to the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup in France. And while the U.S. Women know that nothing is given and everything is earned, with Morgan in her current form, fans are surely looking forward to an entertaining few months ahead.

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Making Moves: Running Down U.S. MNT Offseason Transfers and Loans

It’s been a busy summer of moves for many in the U.S. Men’s National Team player pool. In fact, barely a week has gone by without someone associated with the MNT finding a different home for the new season.

Whether a transfer or loan, a change of clubs is often part of player’s progression. It can be a step up in to a bigger challenge or one to get more playing time. With leagues in Mexico and Europe already or about to get underway, here’s a recap of where MNT players have landed the last few months.

Loans on Loans on Loans

Coming off two very successful seasons on loan with Dutch Eredivisie side Vitesse, rising MNT center back Matt Miazga is embarking on a new challenge going on loan from Chelsea to French Ligue 1 side Nantes, who finished in the top half of the Ligue 1 table. The 23-year-old follows in the footsteps of Alejandro Bedoya, who became a fan-favorite with Les Canaris during the course of three seasons at Stade de la Beaujoire, with the club playing on the U.S. connection when they announced the signing on Aug. 6, 2018 (see below).

In Germany, Bobby Wood will remain in the Bundesliga this season after Hamburg agreed to send the MNT striker on loan to Hannover 96 last month. Die Roten have a long history of signing U.S. players, with the lineage including the “Mayor of Hannover” Steve Cherundolo, Clint Mathis, DaMarcus Beasley and Conor Casey. After a tough season with a relegated Hamburg side, Wood will hope to rediscover his scoring touch at the HDI-Arena.

In England, left back Antonee Robinson recently secured his short and long-term future, signing a new three-year contract with Everton before the Premier League club sent him on a season-long loan to Wigan Athletic. Despite only having one training session under his belt, Robinson was thrust into the starting XI this past weekend, earning high marks and even helping set up a goal as Wigan defeated Sheffield Wednesday 3-2 in the club’s season opener.

After signing with Manchester City and immediately going on loan for the second half of last season with Kortrijk in Belgium, center back Erik Palmer-Brown (pictured above) will spend this campaign with Dutch Eredivisie side NAC Breda. The U.S. captain at the 2017 FIFA U-20 World Cup, Palmer-Brown takes up residence at the same club where current MNT General Manager Earnie Stewart spent some of his best years as a professional, and will look for his first full season of consistent playing time.

Joining EPB in the Dutch top-flight is Andrija Novakovich. A product of Muskego, Wisc., Novakovich burst onto the MNT scene in March thanks to a campaign in which he scored 22 goals in 38 matches while on loan with Dutch Erstedivisie side Telstar. Similar to Robinson, Novakovich signed a new two-year deal with the English League Championship club Reading, before returning to Holland on loan with newly promoted Eredivisie side Fortuna Sittard.

Having gained his initial first-team minutes with La Liga side Levante last season, right back Shaq Moore has arrived at Catalan side Reus Deportiu on a season-long loan. The 22-year-old got off to a good start over the weekend, tallying in a 2-0 preseason victory against Cambrils Unió.

More Permanent Moves

While many MNT players are out loan this season, some are also staying with their parent clubs.

In Germany, Josh Sargent is now eligible to play in official competition with Werder Bremen and has started well, scoring goals for the first team during preseason while also tallying in his first official match for the club’s U-23 side.

WATCH: Behind the Scenes with RISING MNT Striker Josh Sargent at Werder Bremen

A week after scoring in the MNT’s 1-1 draw with France, Julian Green signed a permanent deal with 2.Bundesliga side Greuther Fürth, who in part re-paid the MNT attacker for the goal that helped them avoid relegation on the final day of last season. It’s been a similar case for Kenny Saief. Sent on loan from Gent to Anderlecht during the second half of last season, the MNT winger made his move to the Belgian giants permanent in May.

After five seasons with English Championship side Nottingham Forest, veteran MNT right back Eric Lichaj signed a two-year deal with English Championship side Hull City.

Following a number of successful seasons with Pachuca, MNT center back Omar Gonzalez has taken his talents to Guadalajara with Atlas, while Michael Orozco joined Lobos BUAP earlier this summer.

Check out a full rundown of this summer’s MNT player moves:

Player

New Club

Date

Notes

Jorge Villafaña

Portland Timbers

Aug. 8, 2018

Transfer from Santos Laguna (MEX)

Bill Hamid

D.C. United

Aug. 8, 2018

Loan from Midtjylland (DEN)

Emerson Hyndman

Hibernian (SCO)

Aug. 8, 2018

Loan from Bournemouth (ENG)

Matt Miazga

Nantes (FRA)

Aug. 6, 2018

Loan from Chelsea (ENG)

Antonee Robinson

Wigan Athletic (ENG)

Aug. 3, 2018

Loan from Everton (ENG)

Kellyn Acosta

Colorado Rapids (USA)

July 23, 2018

Trade from FC Dallas (USA)

Shaq Moore

Reus Deportiu (ESP)

July 13, 2018

Loan from Levante (ESP)

Bobby Wood

Hannover 96 (GER)

July 9, 2018

Loan from Hamburg (GER)

Erik Palmer-Brown

NAC Breda (NED)

July 7, 2018

Loan from Manchester City (ENG)

Kekuta Manneh

St. Gallen (SUI)

June 24, 2018

Free transfer

Andrija Novakovich

Fortuna Sittard (NED)

June 22, 2018

Loan from Reading (ENG)

Omar Gonzalez

Atlas (MEX)

June 22, 2018

Free agent signing

Eric Lichaj

Hull City (ENG)

June 22, 2018

Transfer from Nottingham Forest (ENG)

Julian Green

Greuther Fürth (GER)

June 17, 2018

Signed permanent deal after spending last season on loan

Michael Orozco

Lobos BUAP (MEX)

June 7, 2018

Free transfer

Josh Sargent

Werder Bremen (GER)

June 1, 2018

Eligible to play

Kenny Saief

Anderlecht (BEL)

May 23, 2018

Signed permanent deal after spending last season on loan

Alfredo Morales

Fortuna Düsseldorf (GER)

May 15, 2018

Free transfer

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USA Wins 2018 Concacaf Girls' U-15 Championship 3-0 vs. Mexico

BRADENTON, Fla. (August 13, 2018) – The USA took first place at the 2018 Concacaf Girls’ U-15 Championship with a 3-0 victory against Mexico as forward Jaedyn Shaw scored twice and forward Alyssa Thompson scored once.

The teams battled to a 0-0 draw through regulation in the 70-minute match, necessitating two 10-minute overtime periods to decide the champion, which would have been followed by penalty kicks had the USA not tallied three times. Shaw scored in the 77th and 80+2nd minutes and Thompson tallied the 90th to earn a well-deserved victory.

The win was even more impressive considering the USA brought a younger team to this competition which mostly features players born in 2003. The USA roster included 14 players born in 2004 and four in 2005.

It was Shaw who finally broke the deadlock six minutes into the first overtime period, but it was Thompson who created the goal, dribbling centrally from the right wing into the middle before slipping a perfect pass behind the defense to Shaw inside the penalty area. She then deftly chipped the ball over the onrushing Mexico goalkeeper Azul Alvarez from eight yards out.

At the very end of the first overtime period, Alyssa Thompson (her sister Gisele also played the entire match) burst free into the penalty area off a phenomenal over-the-top pass from Katherine Raeder and then was taken down from behind by a Mexican defender Jana Gutierrez. Shaw stepped up and buried the spot kick herself to stake the young Americans to a 2-0 lead with 10 minutes left to play.

Thompson added an exclamation point to victory with a nifty goal in the final minute of the second overtime period, racing behind the Mexican defense off a perfect through ball from Juliauna Hayward before rounding the ‘keeper to her right and slotting home into the empty net.

The match would not have gotten to overtime without two great saves from U.S. goalkeeper Teagan Wy in first half, or one from Alvarez on a blast from Olivia Moultrie that was headed into upper right corner before she flew to push it away.

Wy played a fantastic match but did make have one stumble in the 51st minute when she came out of her goal and slid to corral a ball far outside the left post. The ball got away from her and was stripped by a Mexican player who dribble down the line at an open net with Wy giving chase. Fortunately for the USA, her angle was tight and defender Maggie Taitano used her entire 5-foot-3 frame to make herself big, blocking the shot on the goal line with her thigh. It was Taitano’s second goal line clearance of the tournament after also making a game-saving play against Portugal.

In the 56th minute, Alvarez came up big again on a blistering free kick from Shaw, pushing it off the crossbar with a full-out dive to her right.

Mexico made a push at the end of regulation time but Wy, showing calmness beyond her years, made a great diving save on well-struck 16-yard shot from Karla Rodriguez in first minute of stoppage time to keep game scoreless. Wy was forced into action in the 2nd minute of stoppage time as well, standing her ground to snag another dangerous wide-open shot from the middle of the penalty spot, and the match went to overtime.

The USA allowed just two goals over the five games in the tournament, neither from the run of play, as Portugal scored two penalty kicks in a group play win that the USA avenged with a 3-0 result in the semifinal.

This was the second Concacaf U-15 title for the USA after also winning in 2016. The USA did not participate in the first edition of the tournament in 2014.

With 28 nations competing in two divisions, this was the largest Concacaf tournament ever for female participants and features a record number of Concacaf Member Associations as well as two invited teams from UEFA. 

U.S. U-15 Girls’ National Team Match Report

Match: United States U-15 GNT vs Mexico U-15 GNT
Date: August 12, 2018
Competition: 2018 CONCACAF Girls’ Under-15 Championship – Final
Venue: IMG Academy Soccer Stadium, Bradenton, Fla.
Weather: 87 degrees, partly cloudy

Scoring Summary:    1          2          ET1     ET2     F                     
USA                             0          0          2          1          3         
MEX                            0          0          0          0          0

USA - Jaedyn Shaw (Alyssa Thompson)                  76th minute
USA - Jaedyn Shaw (Penalty Kick)                           80
USA - Alyssa Thompson (Juliauna Hayward)           90       

Lineups:
USA: 1-Teagan Wy, 2-Gisele Thompson, 4-Elise Evans (15-Amelia Van Zanten, 36), 5-Maggie Taitano, 3-Evelyn Shores (13-Maia Tabion, 36), 6-Yuna McCormack (16-Maggie Cagle, 46), 10-Olivia Moultrie (8-Sofia Cook, 36 (7-Allison Montoya, 71)), 18-Juliauna Hayward, 9-Alyssa Thompson, 11-Jaedyn Shaw, 14-America Frias (17-Katherine Rader, 36)
Subs not used: 12-Nona Reason
Head Coach: April Kater

MEX: 12-Azul Alvarez, 2-Alexandra Godinez (14-Wendy Jimenez, 77), 4-Jana Gutierrez, 6-Andrea Balcazar, 7-Aylin Avilez, 8-Martha Enciso (16-Dalia Vidrio, 46), 9-Karla Rodriguez, 10-Denise Castro, 11-Jimena Hermenegildo (17-Maryan Reyes, 46), 13-Karol Bernal, 15-Nailea Arrambide (18-Layla Garcia, 81)
Subs not used: 1-Isabela Equivias, 3-Litzy Morales, 5-Havi Ibarra
Head Coach: Maribel Dominguez

Stats Summary: USA / MEX
Shots: 11 / 11
Shots on Goal: 7 / 4
Saves: 4 / 4
Corner Kicks: 4 / 1
Fouls: 1 / 8
Offside: 1 / 0

Misconduct Summary:
MEX – Denise Castro (caution)                                  78th minute
MEX – Jana Gutierrez (caution)                                 80

Officials:
Referee: Jelena Cvetkovic (SRB)
Assistant Referee 1: Danijela Stojanovic (SRB)
Assistant Referee 2: Ivana Jovanovic (SRB)
4th Official: Zulema Gonzalez (ESP)

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Hard-Fought, Comeback Draw vs. Spain Not Enough for USA to Advance at 2018 FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup

DINAN-LEHON, France (Aug. 13, 2018) – The USA rallied from two goals down to draw European champion Spain 2-2 in the third and final Group C match for both teams, but the Americans needed a win to advance to the quarterfinals and exited the 2018 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup despite the thrilling comeback. With Japan defeating Paraguay 6-0 in the other Group C match taking place at the s Read more
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U-20 WNT Aug 13, 2018
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PREVIEW: U-20 WNT Looks to Clinch World Cup Quarterfinal Berth Against Japan

U.S. Under-20 Women’s National Team vs. Spain
2018 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup – Group C
Stade du Clos-Gastel; Dinan-Lehon, France
7:30 a.m. ET (FS2, NBC Universo)
Aug. 13, 2018

U-20 WNT AIMS FOR KNOCKOUT ROUND: Fresh off of an emphatic 6-0 victory over Paraguay, the U.S. U-20 WNT will look to clinch a spot in the quarterfinals when it faces Spain on Monday, Aug. 13. The USA currently sits in second place in Group C and a victory over La Roja would secure a place in the knockout round. After a hard-fought 1-0 loss to Japan in its first game, the U.S. came out firing against Paraguay and will look to keep the momentum rolling versus the European champions. 

DATE

MATCH

KICKOFF (ET)/RESULT

BROADCAST

VENUE

Aug. 6

USA vs. Japan

L 0-1

FS2, NBC Universo

Stade Guy-Piriou; Concarneau, France

Aug. 9

USA vs. Paraguay

W 6-0

FS2, NBC Universo

Stade Guy-Piriou; Concarneau, France

Aug. 13

USA vs. Spain

7:30 a.m.

FS2, NBC Universo

Stade du Clos Gastel; Dinan-Lehon, France

QUALIFICATION SCENARIOS: If the USA defeats Spain, the teams will be tied with six points each, but Spain will be behind the USA on goal difference, ensuring advancement for the U.S. in either first or second place in the group, depending on the result of the Japan-Paraguay match that will be played at the same time. The USA can advance with a draw against Spain only if Japan draw or lose to Paraguay. The U.S. can still get through with a loss, but only if Japan loses and the USA maintains a superior goal differential.

WATCH FIFA U-20 WOMEN’S WORLD CUP ON FOX: The USA’s match against Spain will be broadcast live on Fox Sports 2. Following pool play, all knockout round games will be broadcast live on FS2. Matches are also available to be streamed on the Fox Sports App and Fox Sports Go. The USA's game against Spain will also be broadcast in Spanish on NBC Universo.

GROUP C STANDINGS AND RESULTS:

Team

GP

W

L

T

GF

GA

GD

Pts.

Spain

2

2

0

0

5

1

+4

6

United States

2

1

1

0

6

1

+5

3

Japan

2

1

1

0

1

1

0

3

Paraguay

2

0

2

0

1

10

-7

0

Date                Result                                                  Venue
Aug. 6              Spain 4, Paraguay 1                            Stade Guy-Piriou; Concarneau, France
Aug. 6              Japan 1, United States 0                    Stade Guy-Piriou; Concarneau, France
Aug. 9              Spain 1, Japan 0                                  Stade Guy-Piriou; Concarneau, France
Aug. 9              United States 6, Paraguay 0              Stade Guy-Piriou; Concarneau, France

USA VS. SPAIN SERIES:

  • Spain opened the World Cup with a strong 4-1 victory over Paraguay
  • The USA and Spain have met once at the World Cup, that coming in the final group stage match at the 2004 FIFA U-19 Women’s World Cup in Thailand, a 1-0 victory for the U.S.
  • This year marks Spain’s third appearance at the U-20 WWC. After a quarterfinal appearance in Papua New Guinea in 2016, this appearance in France marks Spain’s first back-to-back appearances.
  • Spain’s Patricia Guijarro and the USA’s Savannah DeMelo are two of four players to score a hat trick so far in this World Cup. The pair are currently tied for second in the Golden Boot race.
  • Every player on the Spanish roster competes domestically across 12 Spanish teams. Eighteen of the players come from clubs that will play in Spanish’s top division this fall.
  • Forward Claudia Pina was the top scorer in all UEFA National Team competitions at any age level or gender in 2017, with 16 goals.
  • That total includes seven goals in a 22-0 defeat of Montenegro, making her the only player to score seven in a UEFA match at any level in 2017.
  • Pina made her debut this January for Barcelona’s senior side. Just 16-years-old, she became the youngest player to ever take the field for a senior Barcelona team.
  • Midfielder Aitana Bonmati debuted for the senior Spanish side in the team’s November World Cup qualifiers. She has also played for the non-FIFA recognized Catalonia national team.
  • Forward Lucia Garcia and midfielder Patricia Guijarro have also debuted for Spain’s full team. Guijarro usually serves as the U-20s’ captain.
  • The Spanish roster features players from four birth years: eight born in 199e, six born in 1999, four born in 2000 and three born in 2001. 

RESOUNDING RESPONSE FROM THE USA: After dropping its first game to Japan 1-0, the USA needed a strong showing against Paraguay to keep its knockout round hopes alive. The U-20s answered the call and came out on fire in their second group stage game, dominating La Albirroja 6-0. Forward Sophia Smith opened things up with a remarkable run and goal in the 15th minute. Midfielder Savannah DeMelo netted a hat trick for the U.S., Smith added a second goal in the second half and Ashley Sanchez also tallied a goal. The USA attack was constantly dangerous, creating numerous scoring chances beyond the ones that found the back of the net while outshooting Paraguay, 27-7.

HOT START FOR LA ROJA: Spain has started off its World Cup run on a hot streak. In their first game, a hat trick from Patricia Guijarro led the Spanish past Paraguay 4-1. Guijaro also assisted on the one goal she didn’t score, setting up Claudia Pina. La Roja also faced a difficult test from Japan in its second game. A physical, tightly-contested affair, Spain found the difference-maker after a corner kick into the box. In the scrum, Carmen Menayo’s initial attempt hit the post, but she booted in the rebound for the 16th-minute game-winner.

2018 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup Roster by Position (College or Club; Hometown; U-20 Caps/Goals) 
GOALKEEPERS (3):  21-Angelina Anderson (Mustang FC; Danville, Calif.; 0/0), 1-Laurel Ivory (Virginia; Surfside, Fla.; 14/0), 12-Amanda McGlynn (Virginia Tech; Jacksonville, Fla.; 10/0) 
DEFENDERS (7):
 20-Emily Fox (UNC; Ashburn, Va., 33/3), 4-Naomi Girma (California Thorns FC; San Jose, Calif.; 19/0), 16-Samantha Hiatt (Stanford; Newcastle, Wash.; 13/1), 3-Tara McKeown (USC; Newbury Park, Calif.; 23/0), 5-Zoe Morse (Virginia; East Lansing, Mich.; 19/0), 13-Kiara Pickett (Stanford; Santa Barbara, Calif.; 18/0), 14-Isabel Rodriguez (Ohio State; Canton, Mich.; 20/0)
MIDFIELDERS (5):
 10-Savannah DeMelo (USC; Bellflower, Calif.; 38/8), 18-Jaelin Howell (Real Colorado; Windsor, Colo.; 28/2), 8-Brianna Pinto (NTH Tophat; Durham, N.C.; 24/3), 15-Taryn Torres (Virginia; Frisco, Texas; 12/2), 11-Viviana Villacorta (UCLA; Lawndale, Calif.; 25/1)   
FORWARDS (6):
 19-Erin Gilroy (Tennessee; Bellmore, N.Y.; 6/2), 6-Penelope Hocking (So Cal Blues; Anaheim, Calif.; 10/3), 17-Abigail Kim (California; Vashon, Wash.; 26/6), 2-Ashley Sanchez (UCLA; Monrovia, Calif.; 35/12), 7-Alexa Spaanstra (Virginia; Brighton, Mich.; 3/0), 9-Sophia Smith (Real Colorado; Windsor, Colo.; 27/23)
*Caps and goals updated through Aug. 9

Spain - 2018 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup Roster by Position (Club)
GOALKEEPERS (3): 21-Catalina Coll (UD Collerense), 13-Noella Ramos (Levante UD), 1-Maria Isabel Rodriguez (Atletico Madrid)
DEFENDERS (7): 4-Laia Aleixandri (Atletico Madrid), 2-Ona Battle (Madrid Club de Futbol Femenino), 11-Carmen Menayo (Atletico Madrid), 3-Berta Pujadas (RCD Espanyol), 12-Lucia Rodriguez (Madrid Club de Futbol Femenino), 19-Paula Sancho (Valencia), 5-Andrea Sierra (Athletic Club)
MIDFIELDERS (7): 14-Aitana Bonmati (FC Barcelona), 6-Damaris Egurrola (Athletic Club), 9-Paula Fernandez (Malaga), 8-Patricia Guijarro (Atletico Madrid), 18-Eva Navarro (Sporting Plaza Argel), 10-Maite Oroz (Athletic Club), 16-Silvia Rubio (Madrid Club de Futbol Femenino)
FORWARDS (3):  15-Candela Andujar (FC Barcelona), 17-Lucia Garcia (Athletic Club),  20-Claudia Pina (FC Barcelona), 7-Nuria Rabano (Atletico Arousana Galicia)

HOW SPAIN GOT HERE:

  • Spain qualified for the U-20 WWC as champions of the 2017 UEFA Women’s U-19 Championship last August.
  • La Roja took down World Cup host France 3-2 in the final, equalizing the score at 2-2 in the 85th minute before getting the game-winner in the 90th.
  • In the semifinal, Spain took down fellow World Cup participant Netherlands 3-2.
  • Spain clinched its spot at the U-20 WWC after finishing second in Group A. Four teams qualify from Europe, usually the four semifinalists, but France qualified automatically as the tournament host. To fill the other berth, the two third-placed teams after the group stage, Scotland and England, squared off in a one-game playoff.
  • In the group stage, Spain defeated European championship host Northern Ireland 2-0, fell 2-0 to Germany and downed Scotland 1-0.
  • Guijarro led the tournament in scoring with five goals. She scored in four of France’s five games, including the game-winner at the death against France.

ADVANCED TO THE QUARTERFINALS: Group stage play for Group A and Group B wrapped up on Sunday, Aug. 12. Netherlands booked its passage to the quarterfinals by winning its first two games, while France beat the Dutch 4-0 to clinch a knockout round berth. England won Group B with an emphatic 6-1 victory over Mexico, while Korea DPR finished second and qualified for the quarterfinals with a 1-0 win against Brazil.  

GROUP A STANDINGS AND RESULTS:

Team

GP

W

L

T

GF

GA

GD

Pts.

France*

3

2

0

1

8

1

7

7

Netherlands*

3

2

1

0

6

5

1

6

Ghana

3

1

2

0

2

8

-6

3

New Zealand

3

0

2

1

1

3

-2

1

*Qualified to quarterfinals

Date                Result                                                  Venue
Aug. 5              France 4, Ghana 1                              Stade de la Rabine; Vannes, France
Aug. 5              Netherlands 2, New Zealand 1          Stade de la Rabine; Vannes, France
Aug. 8              Netherlands 4, Ghana 0                     Stade de la Rabine; Vannes, France
Aug. 8              France 0, New Zealand 0                   Stade de la Rabine; Vannes, France
Aug. 12            France 4, Netherlands 0                     Stade Marville; Saint-Malo, France
Aug. 12            Ghana 1, New Zealand 0                    Stade Guy Piriou; Concarneau, France 

GROUP B STANDINGS AND RESULTS:

Team

GP

W

L

T

GF

GA

GD

Pts.

England*

2

1

1

0

4

2

2

4

Mexico*

2

1

1

0

4

4

0

3

Korea DPR

2

1

1

0

3

4

-1

3

Brazil

2

0

1

1

3

4

-1

1

*Qualified to quarterfinals

Date                Result                                                  Venue
Aug. 5              England 3, Korea DPR 1                      Stade du Clos Gastel; Dinan-Lehon, France
Aug. 5              Mexico 3, Brazil 2                               Stade du Clos Gastel; Dinan-Lehon, France
Aug. 8              Brazil 1, England 1                              Stade du Clos Gastel; Dinan-Lehon, France
Aug. 8              Korea DPR 2, Mexico 1                       Stade du Clos Gastel; Dinan-Lehon, France
Aug. 12            Korea DPR 2, Brazil 1                          Stade Guy Piriou; Concarneau, France
Aug. 12            England 6, Mexico 1                           Stade Marville; Saint-Malo, France

GROUP D STANDINGS AND RESULTS:

Team

GP

W

L

T

GF

GA

GD

Pts.

Germany

2

2

0

0

3

0

3

6

Nigeria

2

1

1

0

1

1

0

3

China

2

1

1

0

2

3

-1

3

Haiti

2

0

2

0

1

3

-2

0

Date                Result                                                  Venue
Aug. 6              China vs. Haiti                                     Stade de Marville; Saint-Malo, France
Aug. 6              Nigeria vs. Germany                           Stade de Marville; Saint-Malo, France
Aug. 9              Germany 2, China 0                            Stade de Marville; Saint-Malo, France
Aug. 9              Nigeria 1, Haiti 0                                Stade de Marville; Saint-Malo, France 

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