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2016 SheBelieves Cup

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What is the SheBelieves Campaign?

Through dedication, teamwork, perseverance and success, the U.S. WNT players aim to inspire new generations of young girls and women to be better and strive for better. They inspire them to believe.

What is SheBelieves?

Conceived and developed by the U.S. Women’s National Team players, SheBelieves is a movement to inspire young girls and women and encourage them to accomplish their goals and dreams, athletic or otherwise. The campaign was originally launched in the run-up to the 2015 Women’s World Cup but has since evolved and grown into a special bond between the team and its fans, taking its powerful message of empowerment and that of believing in yourself into communities across the nation.

As one of the most popular national women’s team in the United States, the WNT is the prime example that dreams are attainable if you set your mind to it and go after what you want. Through dedication, teamwork, perseverance and success, the players in the U.S. team inspire new generations of young girls and women to be better and strive for better. They inspire them to believe.

SheBelieves Across the Country

Following the USA championship run at the 2015 Women’s World Cup, the team embarked in a 10-city Victory Tour where players met with several women in various professions in various locales across the country to chat about being leaders, advocates, game-changers and role-models. Ranging from entrepreneurs, deputy directors to firefighters, and chefs to park rangers, these women showed that despite all being so different, the common denominator of hard work and discipline led them all to be successful in their own fields.

Spread the Message, Get Involved

In a culture where young girls are often influenced by outdated gender norms, it is the mission of the U.S. WNT players to empower girls to reach their dreams. You and your organization can join this mission by spreading messages of positivity and showcasing your athletes and their stories as examples of hope and success.

The empowerment of young women and girls is not an overnight objective but a permanent movement that can impact millions, because when girls and women succeed, we all succeed. Join us in sharing the message and get involved as we near the SheBelieves Cup. Use #SheBelieves in your posts, content and social media to broaden the awareness of this campaign that impacts every young girl and woman with a dream around the globe. 

SheBelieves Cup
The SheBelieves Cup is an extension of the #SheBelieves campaign, as this event brings together some of the best women soccer players in the world. The tournament assists in spreading the positive message of empowerment and provides a stage to shine the spotlight on positive female role models (athletes and non-athletes alike) and showcase their accomplishments both on the field and in culture at large.


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WNT's Magnificent March

We have not consulted the definitely-smarter-than-us, advanced-degree-laden folks at Nate Silver’s FiveThirtyEight.com, but we’re thinking the odds of the U.S. Women’s National Team programs playing 17 international matches over 12 days and going undefeated are pretty long.

Still, the standards are high for any player that pulls on the U.S. Soccer crest and five teams certainly lived up to those expectations in March, going 14-0-3.

“I’m thrilled with the success of all our teams over the last year and most recently this month,” said U.S. Soccer Women’s Technical Director April Heinrichs. “The core of our success depends on players improving throughout their journey in our program. The beautiful thing about our program is the training mentality, willingness to improve and relentless pursuit of excellence by all our coaches and players on a daily basis. It’s quite frankly one of, if not, the most competitive training environment in the world.”

While U.S. Soccer’s focus for its youth teams remain firmly on development, part of that growth of players comes from playing against the best, thus the push to schedule more international matches. While early March is always a busy time for the U.S. Women’s National Teams, with the senior side usually heading to the Algarve Cup in Portugal and the younger teams cutting their competitive teeth against top sides from Europe in La Manga, Spain, 2016 saw the most international matches ever in this short time period.

This year, the U.S. Women were absent from the Algarve Cup for the first time in 19 years, instead hosting the SheBelieves Cup, a tournament that featured four of the top teams in the world. Four of the USA’s youth national teams were also in action, with three playing against older competition. The U.S. Under-23 WNT traveled to Croatia to take on two women’s national teams. The U.S. U-20 WNT squared off against U-23 teams in La Manga, Spain and the U.S. U-18 WNT faced U-19 teams, also in La Manga.

The U.S. U-17 WNT played against its own age group, albeit with the highest stakes, winning the 2016 CONCACAF U-17 Women’s Championship in Grenada while earning a berth to the 2016 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup in Jordan.

The 17-game run got started with a bang on March 2 as the U-23 WNT defeated the Slovenia WNT on goals from Shea Groom, Taylor Smith and Andi Sullivan while the U-20 WNT drew with the Sweden U-23s, 1-1.

On March 3, the senior side kicked off the SheBelives Cup with a rousing win against England on a brilliant strike from Crystal Dunn, and the U.S. U-18 WNT drew with the Denmark U-19s, 0-0. The U.S. teams would fail to win just once more, that coming in the strangest result of the month, a 0-0 draw on March 4 by the U.S. U-23s against the Poland U-19s in a match that saw the USA out-shoot Poland 25-0 without scoring. But hey, that’s soccer.

A busy March 4 also saw a 1-0 win for the U.S. U-20 WNT against the England U-23s on a late goal from Ally Watt and the U.S. U-17s open their World Cup qualifying campaign by dominating Jamaica as Frankie Tagliaferri came off the bench to score four consecutive goals.

March 5 had just one game as the U.S. U-18s downed the England U-19s, 1-0, as Abby Kim scored the game-winner, giving the USA three 1-0 wins over England at three different age levels in a span of three days, all on late goals.

March 6 saw the U-23s rebound from the draw with Poland to defeat the France National “B” Team 2-0 on goals from Groom and Christina Gibbons (France’s full team was competing in the SheBelieves Cup), the U-20 WNT defeat Norway U-23s 2-1 as Watt once again scored the game-winner, and the U-17s pick up a huge group win over Mexico as Ashley Sanchez scored the lone goal.

On March 7, the USA defeated France 1-0 in the SheBelieves Cup on Alex Morgan’s goal, and the U-18 WNT downed the Norway U-19s as Kim scored her second game-winner in as many matches.

After that, it was up to the full WNT and the U-17s to finish off the almost perfect month with some of the most difficult games of the stretch.

The USA came from behind to defeat the world’s second-ranked team, Germany, 2-1, on goals from Morgan and Samantha Mewis to win the SheBelieves Cup while the U-17s demolished Canada, 5-0, in the semifinal to earn their berth to Jordan before playing a highly entertaining match against Mexico in the championship. Ashley Sanchez staked the USA to a first half lead, but Mexico equalized late in the game, setting the stage for some heroics from Civana Kuhlmann, who volleyed home off a cross from Sophia Smith with four minutes left in regulation to cap a March to remember.

All in all, the five U.S. teams scored 33 goals, allowed just five (never more than one per game) and won six games 1-0 and three more 2-1.

While player development is still and always will be the priority, the recent run of game success is a sign that the system is working, which can only bode well for the future, even as the landscape of the women’s international game continues to change and become even more competitive.

“The number one priority for all of our coaches is to develop players for the next level that feed up to the Women’s National Team,” added Heinrichs. “If we do it well, players arrive at the higher level more sophisticated and ready to contribute to our quest for another World Cup championship.”

March 2016 Results -- U.S. Women’s National Teams

Date                Match-Up                                                Venue                                         Result
March 2           U-23 WNT vs Slovenia                       Umag, Croatia                         3-0 W
March 2           U-20 WNT vs Sweden U-23            La Manga, Spain                     1-1 T
March 3           U-18 WNT vs Denmark U-19           La Manga, Spain                     0-0 T   
March 3          WNT vs England                                Tampa Bay, Fla.                    1-0 W
March 4           U-23 WNT vs Poland U-19                Umag, Croatia                         0-0 T
March 4           U-20 WNT vs England U-23             La Manga, Spain                    1-0 W
March 4           U-17 WNT vs Jamaica U-17              St. George’s, Grenada        8-1 W
March 5           U-18 WNT vs England U-19               La Manga, Spain                    1-0 W
March 6           U-23 WNT vs France “B”                   Umag, Croatia                          2-0 W
March 6           U-20 WNT vs Norway U-23              La Manga, Spain                     2-1 W
March 6           U-17 WNT vs Mexico U-17                 St. George’s, Grenada         1-0 W
March 7          WNT vs France                                    Nashville, Tenn.                     1-0 W
March 7           U-18 WNT vs Norway U-19                La Manga, Spain                      1-0 W
March 8           U-17 WNT vs Costa Rica U-17         St. George’s, Grenada          2-0 W
March 9          WNT vs Germany                               Boca Raton, Fla.                    2-1 W
March 11         U-17 WNT vs Canada U-17                  St. George’s, Grenada          5-0 W
March 13         U-17 WNT vs Mexico U-17                  St. George’s, Grenada          2-1 W

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Schedule

Results

Date Matchup Result Venue Attendance Goal Scorers
2-1 W FAU Stadium; Boca Raton, Fla. 13,501 Morgan, Mewis
1-0 W Nissan Stadium; Nashville, Tenn. 25,363 Morgan
1-0 W Raymond James Stadium; Tampa Bay, Fla. 13,027 Dunn

2016 SheBelieves Cup

PLAYER POS. HT. BIRTHDATE HOMETOWN CLUB/COLLEGE CAPS/G
D 5-5 Upland, Calif. Seattle Reign 0/0
M 5-7 St. Simons Island, Ga. Houston Dash 63/6
F 5-1 Rockville Centre, N.Y. Chelsea FC 55/22
D 5-8 Rolling Hills Estates, Calif. Boston Breakers 40/4
GK 5-9 Satellite Beach, Fla. Orlando Pride 14/0
F 5-6 Basking Ridge, N.J. Portland Thorns FC 132/18
D 5-4 Denver, Colo. Western New York Flash 8/0
M 5-9 Golden, Colo. Portland Thorns FC 41/4
M 5-7 Mesa, Ariz. Chicago Red Stars 55/13
D 5-2 Gibsonia, Pa. Portland Thorns FC 70/3
D 5-6 Dumfries, Va. Orlando Pride 98/1
M 5-8 Delran, N.J. Houston Dash 244/97
M 6-0 Hanson, Mass. NC Courage 32/7
F 5-7 Diamond Bar, Calif. Orlando Pride 132/78
GK 5-9 Stratford, Conn. Chicago Red Stars 21/0
D 5-5 Fayetteville, Ga. Sky Blue FC 102/2
M 5-5 East Brunswick, N.J. FC Kansas City 231/47
F 5-7 Palos Verdes Estates, Calif. Chicago Red Stars 94/44
F 5-5 Highlands Ranch, Colo. Washington Spirit 28/6
D 5-7 St. Louis, Mo. FC Kansas City 133/0
GK 5-9 Richland, Wash. Seattle Reign FC 202/0
D 5-7 Marietta, Ga. Portland Thorns FC 12/0

2016 SheBelieves Cup

Lauren Barnes

Position:
Defender

Height:
5-5

Birthdate:

Position:
Defender

Hometown:
Upland, Calif.

Club:
Seattle Reign

Morgan Brian

Position:
Midfielder

Height:
5-7

Birthdate:

Position:
Midfielder

Hometown:
St. Simons Island, Ga.

Club:
Houston Dash

Crystal Dunn

Position:
Forward

Height:
5-1

Birthdate:

Position:
Forward

Hometown:
Rockville Centre, N.Y.

Club:
Chelsea FC

Whitney Engen

Position:
Defender

Height:
5-8

Birthdate:

Position:
Defender

Hometown:
Rolling Hills Estates, Calif.

Club:
Boston Breakers

Ashlyn Harris

Position:
Goalkeeper

Height:
5-9

Birthdate:

Position:
Goalkeeper

Hometown:
Satellite Beach, Fla.

Club:
Orlando Pride

Tobin Heath

Position:
Forward

Height:
5-6

Birthdate:

Position:
Forward

Hometown:
Basking Ridge, N.J.

Club:
Portland Thorns FC

Jaelene Hinkle

Position:
Defender

Height:
5-4

Birthdate:

Position:
Defender

Hometown:
Denver, Colo.

Club:
Western New York Flash

Lindsey Horan

Position:
Midfielder

Height:
5-9

Birthdate:

Position:
Midfielder

Hometown:
Golden, Colo.

Club:
Portland Thorns FC

Julie Ertz

Position:
Midfielder

Height:
5-7

Birthdate:

Position:
Midfielder

Hometown:
Mesa, Ariz.

Club:
Chicago Red Stars

Meghan Klingenberg

Position:
Defender

Height:
5-2

Birthdate:

Position:
Defender

Hometown:
Gibsonia, Pa.

Club:
Portland Thorns FC

Ali Krieger

Position:
Defender

Height:
5-6

Birthdate:

Position:
Defender

Hometown:
Dumfries, Va.

Club:
Orlando Pride

Carli Lloyd

Position:
Midfielder

Height:
5-8

Birthdate:

Position:
Midfielder

Hometown:
Delran, N.J.

Club:
Houston Dash

Samantha Mewis

Position:
Midfielder

Height:
6-0

Birthdate:

Position:
Midfielder

Hometown:
Hanson, Mass.

Club:
NC Courage

Alex Morgan

Position:
Forward

Height:
5-7

Birthdate:

Position:
Forward

Hometown:
Diamond Bar, Calif.

Club:
Orlando Pride

Alyssa Naeher

Position:
Goalkeeper

Height:
5-9

Birthdate:

Position:
Goalkeeper

Hometown:
Stratford, Conn.

Club:
Chicago Red Stars

Kelley O'Hara

Position:
Defender

Height:
5-5

Birthdate:

Position:
Defender

Hometown:
Fayetteville, Ga.

Club:
Sky Blue FC

Heather O'Reilly

Position:
Midfielder

Height:
5-5

Birthdate:

Position:
Midfielder

Hometown:
East Brunswick, N.J.

Club:
FC Kansas City

Christen Press

Position:
Forward

Height:
5-7

Birthdate:

Position:
Forward

Hometown:
Palos Verdes Estates, Calif.

Club:
Chicago Red Stars

Mallory Pugh

Position:
Forward

Height:
5-5

Birthdate:

Position:
Forward

Hometown:
Highlands Ranch, Colo.

Club:
Washington Spirit

Becky Sauerbrunn

Position:
Defender

Height:
5-7

Birthdate:

Position:
Defender

Hometown:
St. Louis, Mo.

Club:
FC Kansas City

Hope Solo

Position:
Goalkeeper

Height:
5-9

Birthdate:

Position:
Goalkeeper

Hometown:
Richland, Wash.

Club:
Seattle Reign FC

Emily Sonnett

Position:
Defender

Height:
5-7

Birthdate:

Position:
Defender

Hometown:
Marietta, Ga.

Club:
Portland Thorns FC

Group A

Team GP W L T GF GA GD Pts.
United States  3 3 0 0 4 1 3 9
Germany  3 2 1 0 4 2 2 6
England
3 0
2 1
2
4 -2 1
France
3 0
2 1
0
2 -2 1

Group A

Date Match Time (ET)/Result Venue
March 3, 2016 Germany vs. France
1-0
Raymond James Stadium; Tampa Bay, Fla.
March 3, 2016 United States vs. England
1-0
Raymond James Stadium; Tampa Bay, Fla.
March 6, 2016 United States vs. France
1-0
Nissan Stadium; Nashville, Tenn.
March 6, 2016 Germany vs. England 3-2 Nissan Stadium; Nashville, Tenn.
March 9, 2016 France vs. England
0-0
FAU Stadium; Boca Raton, Fla.
March 9, 2016 United States vs. Germany
2-1
FAU Stadium; Boca Raton, Fla.

Format: The winner of the tournament will be based on total points (three for a win, one for a tie), with the tie-breakers in order of: best goal difference then total goals scored, head-to-head record and finally, FIFA ranking.

U.S. Women's National Team - 2016 SheBelieves Cup Stats

Record: 3-0-0 

Player

Pos

GP

GS

Min.

G

A

Pts

Y/R

Barnes, Lauren D 0 0 0 0 0 0 0/0
Brian, Morgan M 3 3 270 0 0 0 0/0
Dunn, Crystal F 3 1 90 1 0 2 0/0
Engen, Whitney D 3 1 92 0 0 0 0/0
Harris, Ashlyn  GK 0 0 0 0 0 0 0/0
Heath, Tobin M 3 2 210 0 0 0 0/0
Hinkle, Jaelene  D 0 0 0 0 0 0 0/0
Horan, Lindsey M 3 2 176 0 0 0 0/0
Johnston, Julie D 3 1 102 0 0 0 0/0
Klingenberg, Meghan D 3 3 268 0 2 2 0/0
Krieger, Ali D 2 1 90 0 0 0 0/0
Lloyd, Carli M 3 3 270 0 0 0 0/0
Mewis, Sam  M 1 1 60 1 0 2 0/0
Morgan, Alex F 3 3 279 2 0 4 0/0
Naeher, Alyssa  GK 0 0 0 0 0 0 0/0
O'Hara, Kelley D 3 2 174 0 0 0 0/0
O'Reilly, Heather  M 0 0 0 0 0 0 0/0
Press, Christen F 3 1 94 0 0 0 0/0
Pugh, Mallory F 3 2 185 0 1 1 0/0
Sauerbrunn, Becky D 3 3 270 0 0 0 0/0
Solo, Hope GK 3 3 270 0 0 0 0/0
Sonnett, Emily D 1 1 90 0 0 0 0/0
Own Goal 0
Totals
3 3 270 4 3 11 0/0
Opponent Totals
3 3 270 1 1 3 5/0

2016 SheBelieves Cup Goalkeeping Statistics

Player Name

GP

GS

Min.

GF

GA

SO

GAA

W-L-T

Harris, Ashlyn  0 0 0 0 0 0 0.00 0-0-0
Naeher, Alyssa  0 0 0 0 0 0 0.00 0-0-0
Solo, Hope 3 3 270 4 1 2 0.33 3-0-0
Totals 3 3 270 4 1 2 0.33 3-0-0
Opponent Totals 3 3 270 1 4 0 1.33 0-3-0

Updated through March 10, 2016

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