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WNT Defeats Canada 2-0 to Win 2016 CONCACAF Olympic Qualifying Championship

HOUSTON, Texas (Feb. 21, 2016) – The U.S. Women’s National Team defeated Canada 2-0 on second half goals from Lindsey Horan and Tobin Heath to win the 2016 CONCACAF Women’s Olympic Qualifying Championship at BBVA Compass Stadium.

The win marks the fourth consecutive title in this tournament for the USA which has the longest unbeaten streak in CONCACAF Olympic Qualifying history and an overall 18-0-1 record. The USA earned its berth to the 2016 Olympics by defeating Trinidad & Tobago in the semifinal on Feb. 19.

Horan opened the scoring on a header in the 53rd minute off an assist from Becky Sauerbrunn, who was celebrating her 100th appearance with the U.S. WNT. Tobin Heath added the second and final goal of the match in the 61st minute with a nifty finish after a weaving dribble and assist from Mallory Pugh. Pugh and Heath had combined for the winning goal against T&T two days earlier on a remarkably similar play.

In addition to winning the tournament title, the U.S. women also swept the individual awards. Hope Solo won the Golden Glove as the best goalkeeper, Crystal Dunn took the Golden Boot as top scorer with six and Morgan Brian won the Golden Ball as best player. The USA also took home the Fair Play Award and had eight players named to the 2016 CONCACAF Women’s Olympic Qualifying Best XI: Solo, Kelley O’Hara, Sauerbrunn, Horan, Brian, Heath, Alex Morgan and Carli Lloyd.

Solo earned her 95th shutout and recorded her 144th win, further extending her U.S. records.

Goal Scoring Rundown:
USA – Lindsey Horan (Becky Sauerbrunn), 53rd minute:
In her 100th cap, Becky Sauerbrunn brought down a clearance inside Canada’s half and lofted a ball back over the defense and deep into the penalty box. Horan beat her defender and the charging goalkeeper to the ball to flick home a header into the open net for her second international score and her first of the tournament. USA 1, CAN 0 (SEE GOAL)

USA – Tobin Heath (Mallory Pugh), 61st minute: In a similar combination of players and events as the USA’s first goal in the competition’s semifinal match two days prior, Mallory Pugh made a dynamic run down the left flank. She beat her defender with a brilliant nutmeg and then raced into the box before playing a square ball on the ground through the penalty area. Tobin Heath made a hard run to the middle of the box and smashed a left- footer inside the near post for her 14th international score. USA 2, CAN 0 (SEE GOAL) FINAL.

Key Saves and Defensive Stops
USA – Hope Solo, 71st minute:
Canada’s only shot on goal came in the 71st minute when Melissa Tancredi sent a menacing header towards the near post on the left side, but Solo was up to the task, reacting well to make the save and send the ball out of play for a corner kick. She then grabbed the ensuring cross to maintain the clean sheet and earn her 95th shutout.

CAN – Allysha Chapman, 88th minute: Tobin Heath once again had a fantastic opportunity to score from short range but Chapman’s quick reaction to block the shot near the goal line that was headed into the lower right corner kept the score down.

Next on the Schedule: The U.S. WNT will face England in the opening match of the inaugural SheBelieves Cup on March 3 (7:30 p.m. ET; FS1) at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Fla. The She Believes Cup will run from March 3-9 and will take place in Tampa and Boca Raton, Florida, and Nashville, Tenn. The other two nations participating in the four-nation tournament that features a quartet of the world’s top five teams are France and Germany. Click here for the full tournament schedule.

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Additional Notes:

  • The U.S. WNT extended its streak to 10 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. The team remains unbeaten all-time in CONCACAF Olympic Qualifying with an 18-0-1 record.
  • This marks the 11th overall CONCACAF title for the WNT, including four Olympic Qualifying tournaments and five Women’s World Cup Qualifying tournaments.
  • Lindsey Horan scored her first goal in an Olympic qualifying match. It was her second international goal and first of 2016. The assist on that goal was the third of Becky Sauerbrunn’s career.
  • Tonight’s match was the third 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 third career start.
  • Carli Lloyd and Morgan Brian, who play for the NWSL’s Houston Dash, played in their home club venue – BBVA Compass Stadium.
  • Tobin Heath’s goal marked her 14th international score, fifth overall in Olympic Qualifying and second in 2016.
  • Eight players on the roster have now scored a goal in an Olympic Qualifying match for the USA: Lloyd (12), Alex Morgan (9), Crystal Dunn (6), Heath (5), Christen Press (3), Horan (1), Kelley O’Hara (1) and Samantha Mewis (1).
  • Horan and Heath became the sixth and seventh U.S. WNT players to score in a CONCACAF Olympic Qualifying tournament title match. Lindsay Tarpley, Julie Foudy, Abby Wambach, Lloyd and Morgan are the others. Wambach leads the group with three goals scored in CONCACAF Olympic Qualifying title games. Morgan has two and the rest, one apiece.
  • 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 against Trinidad & Tobago on Feb. 19.
  • U.S. head coach used her three subs on Press, who came on for Morgan in the 72nd minute, Dunn, who replaced Horan in the 82nd and Emily Sonnett, who came on for Pugh in stoppage time.

Milestone Watch:

  • Becky Sauerbrunn made her 100th appearance for the WNT, becoming the 35th U.S. woman to do so. She will be honored for her achievement in a pregame ceremony before the SheBelieves Cup game on March 6 against France in Nashville. She will also wear the captain’s armband in that game. 
  • Carli Lloyd has 14 all-time Olympic Qualifying appearances and Hope Solo is next with 12. With 12 Olympic Qualifying goals, Lloyd is two goals behind Abby Wambach’s U.S. record of 14 goals in Olympic Qualifying. Alex Morgan has nine, Crystal Dunn has six and Tobin Heath has five.
  • Lloyd earned her 217th cap tonight, while Hope Solo recorded her 190th, extending her record for a U.S. goalkeeper.
  • With her tally in the 30th minute against Trinidad & Tobago on Feb. 19, 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.

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

Match: U.S. Women’s National Team vs. Canada
Date: Feb. 21, 2016
Competition: 2016 CONCACAF Women’s Olympic Qualifying Championship – Final
Venue: BBVA Compass Stadium; Houston, Texas
Kickoff: 4 p.m. CT
Attendance: 10,119
Weather: 75 degrees; cloudy

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

USA – Lindsey Horan (Becky Sauerbrunn)               53rd minute
USA – Tobin Heath (Mallory Pugh)                            61

Lineups:
USA: 1-Hope Solo; 5-Kelley O'Hara, 8-Julie Johnston, 4-Becky Sauerbrunn, 7-Meghan Klingenberg; 14-Morgan Brian, 9-Lindsey Horan (16-Crystal Dunn, 82), 17-Tobin Heath, 10-Carli Lloyd (capt.), 2-Mallory Pugh (6-Emily Sonnett, 90); 13-Alex Morgan (12-Christen Press, 72)
Subs Not Used: 3-Samantha Mewis, 11-Ali Krieger, 15-Stephanie McCaffrey, 18-Ashlyn Harris, 19-Jaelene Hinkle, 20-Alyssa Naeher
Head coach: Jill Ellis

CAN: 18-Stephanie Labbé; 2-Allysha Chapman, 3-Kadeisha Buchanan, 4-Shelina Zadorsky, 7-Rhian Wilkinson (13-Sophie Schmidt, 58); 5-Rebecca Quinn (8-Diana Matheson, 58), 10-Ashley Lawrence, 11-Desiree Scott, 9-Josée Bélanger; 14-Melissa Tancredi,15-Nichelle Prince (12-Christine Sinclair, 61)
Subs Not Used: 1-Erin McLeod, 6-Deanna Rose, 16-Gabrielle Carle, 17-Jesse Fleming, 19-Janine Beckie, 20-Sabrina D’Angelo
Head coach: John Herdman

Stats Summary: USA / CAN
Shots: 11 / 2
Shots on Goal: 4 / 1
Saves: 1 / 1
Corner Kicks: 6 / 3
Fouls: 14 / 16
Offside: 1 / 3

Misconduct Summary:
CAN – Josée Bélanger (caution)            20th minute
USA – Mallory Pugh (caution)              79

Officials:
Referee: Quetzalli Alvarado (MEX)
Assistant Referee 1: Emperatriz Ayala (SLV)
Assistant Referee 2: Shirley Perello (HON)
4th Official: Tatiana Guzman (NCA)

Budweiser Woman of the Match: Morgan Brian

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WNT Feb 21, 2016

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

Match: U.S. Women’s National Team vs. Canada
Date: Feb. 21, 2016
Competition: 2016 CONCACAF Women’s Olympic Qualifying Championship – Final 
Venue: BBVA Compass Stadium; Houston, Texas
Kickoff: 4 p.m. CT
Attendance: 10,119
Weather: 75 degrees; cloudy

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

USA – Lindsey Horan (Becky Sauerbrunn)               53rd minute
USA – Tobin Heath (Mallory Pugh)                            61

Lineups:
USA: 1-Hope Solo; 5-Kelley O'Hara, 8-Julie Johnston, 4-Becky Sauerbrunn, 7-Meghan Klingenberg; 14-Morgan Brian, 9-Lindsey Horan (16-Crystal Dunn, 82), 17-Tobin Heath, 10-Carli Lloyd (capt.), 2-Mallory Pugh (6-Emily Sonnett, 90); 13-Alex Morgan (12-Christen Press, 72)
Subs Not Used: 3-Samantha Mewis, 11-Ali Krieger, 15-Stephanie McCaffrey, 18-Ashlyn Harris, 19-Jaelene Hinkle, 20-Alyssa Naeher 
Head coach: Jill Ellis

CAN: 18-Stephanie Labbé; 2-Allysha Chapman, 3-Kadeisha Buchanan, 4-Shelina Zadorsky, 7-Rhian Wilkinson (13-Sophie Schmidt, 58); 5-Rebecca Quinn (8-Diana Matheson, 58), 10-Ashley Lawrence, 11-Desiree Scott, 9-Josée Bélanger; 14-Melissa Tancredi,15-Nichelle Prince (12-Christine Sinclair, 61)
Subs Not Used: 1-Erin McLeod, 6-Deanna Rose, 16-Gabrielle Carle, 17-Jesse Fleming, 19-Janine Beckie, 20-Sabrina D’Angelo
Head coach: John Herdman

Stats Summary: USA / CAN
Shots: 11 / 2
Shots on Goal: 4 / 1
Saves: 1 / 1
Corner Kicks: 6 / 3
Fouls: 14 / 16
Offside: 1 / 3

Misconduct Summary:
CAN – Josée Bélanger (caution)            20th minute 
USA – Mallory Pugh (caution)              79

Officials: 
Referee: Quetzalli Alvarado (MEX)
Assistant Referee 1: Emperatriz Ayala (SLV)
Assistant Referee 2: Shirley Perello (HON)
4th Official: Tatiana Guzman (NCA)

Budweiser Woman of the Match: Morgan Brian

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Team

GP

W

L

D

Pts.

GF

GA

GD

Mexico

1

1

0

0

3

4

0

4

USA

1

1

0

0

3

2

0

2

Nicaragua

1

0

1

0

0

0

2

-2

Jamaica

1

0

1

0

0

0

4

-4


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

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

NOTES:

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

For the U.S. Men’s National Team right now, it’s all about the future. There’s no better punctuation of that theme than the composition of the current January Camp roster.

Upon the opening of camp last week, 21 of the 29 invitees were aged 24 and under. Fifteen of are uncapped and 10 have joined the MNT for the first time.

Clearly youth is the movement for the senior side, and the promise in the Youth National Team program is also showing through in this camp as 12 players on the roster have represented the U.S. at a Youth World Cup. Two more players – Russell Canouse and Kelyn Rowe -- were part of qualifying rosters during their respective youth team cycles.

Perhaps most instructive is the fact that four players from the USA roster at 2017 FIFA U-20 World Cup are present in Carson, Calif.: Danny Acosta, Tyler Adams, Justen Glad and Brooks Lennon.

U.S. MNT - Adams, Lennon, Glad and Acosta
From left to right: Tyler Adams, Brooks Lennon, Justen Glad and Danny Acosta

Part of the first U.S. team to win the CONCACAF Championship at the U-20 level, they’re the initial crop from a group which ran to the quarterfinals in Korea Republic last summer to cycle into the senior team. Most certainly, they will not be the last. 

“From the beginning, we knew we had a talented group,” Acosta, a dual national with the U.S. and Honduras, told ussoccer.com “We had a team that worked hard for each other, represented our country well and showed that the future is bright for our national team program.”

At age 18, Adams is the youngest of the rising U-20 quartet, but has some seniority in that he already earned his senior team debut in the MNT’s 1-1 draw with Portugal last November. Long involved in the Youth National Team program, the New York Red Bulls utility man recalled an instance during his time with the U-17 MNT in agreeing with Acosta’s assessment.

“When I was in residency, I remember our U-17s scrimmaging the U-20 MNT,” Adams said. “At the time, the U-20 team had Rubio Rubin, Russell Canouse, Marky Delgado, Matt Miazga, Kellyn Acosta. Our U-17 team had myself, Christian Pulisic and Weston McKennie. It’s nice to see we were all on the field at the same time and respectively everyone’s doing a good job at their club. Now were coming together making a rise with the National Team. That’s pretty cool as well.”

One of the underlying themes for the youthful MNT players in this camp and moving forward is taking the first steps in getting the senior team back on track towards Qatar in 2022.

“Every time you wear the crest, it’s a responsibility,” Acosta said. “We didn’t make the World Cup. We’re sad about that, we’re disappointed, but it’s a new start for everyone. I feel a responsibility now to help push things forward, and I would say the 28 other guys in this camp feel the same way.”

2018 January Camp Roster Representation at Youth World Cups

Player

Youth World Cups

YWC Qualifying

Danny Acosta

2017 U-20 WC

2017 U-20 CONCACAF

Tyler Adams

2015 U-17 WC
2017 U-20 WC

2015 U-17 CONCACAF

2017 U-20 CONCACAF

Juan Agudelo

2009 U-17 WC

2009 U-17 CONCACAF

Paul Arriola

2011 U-17 WC
2015 U-20 WC

2011 U-17 CONCACAF
2015 U-20 CONCACAF

Russell Canouse

N/A**

2015 U-20 CONCACAF

Cody Cropper

2013 U-20 WC

2011 U-20 CONCACAF
2013 U-20 CONCACAF

Marky Delgado

2015 U-20 WC

N/A

Justen Glad

2017 U-20 WC

2013 U-17 CONCACAF
2017 U-20 CONCACAF

Brooks Lennon

2017 U-20 WC

2017 U-20 CONCACAF

Ike Opara

2009 U-20 WC

N/A

Kelyn Rowe

N/A

2011 U-20 CONCACAF

Rubio Rubin

2015 U-20 WC

2013 U-17 CONCACAF

Zack Steffen

2015 U-20 WC

2015 U-20 CONCACAF

Wil Trapp

2013 U-20 WC

2013 U-20 CONCACAF

** Russell Canouse was named to the 2015 FIFA U-20 World Cup roster, but had to withdraw due to injury

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