U.S. Soccer hosted its 7th Girls Fantasy Camp last month in Kansas City. Hosted at the National Development Center around the opening matches of the 2018 Tournament of Nations, the 28-player camp ran from July 24-27 and brought together girls of all skill levels from across the United States. The special four-day event and fundraiser was led by former U.S. Women’s National Team legends Lindsay Tarpley and Lori Lindsey.
The Girls Fantasy Camp players had daily training sessions at the National Development Center, leadership meetings, an official team hotel with all meals together in their team meeting room, customized U.S. Soccer apparel and training gear, VIP access to a U.S. WNT training and behind-the-scenes access on game day with VIP seats for the Tournament of Nations doubleheader at Children’s Mercy Park.
“It was simply the best week of my soccer life”
“This experience ranks very highly for our daughter in terms of the best soccer experience she’d had. There were so many unexpected bonuses” – 2018 Girls Fantasy Camp Parent
The U.S. Soccer Fantasy Camp program is a special fundraiser supporting the U.S. Soccer Development Fund. Proceeds from the camp primarily benefit need-based scholarships for talented young players in the Girls’ Development Academy to reduce the pay-to-play model at the highest level. Since the program began in 2015, Fantasy Camps have provided more than $300,000 for the Development Fund to help develop world-class players, coaches and National Teams.
This camp was open to girls of all skill levels born in 2004, 2005 and 2006 and filled on a first-come, first-serve basis. For more information about Fantasy Camps, visit ussoccer.com/fantasycamp or contact email@example.com.Read more
The 2018 Tournament of Nations brought six games of elite international women’s soccer to the United States as Australia, Brazil, Japan and the USA battled for the title in the second edition of the competition.
Spectacular crowds that averaged 19,448 fans across three U.S. venues were present to watch the highly entertaining and well-played matches, and it was the USA who lifted the trophy after an exhilarating come-from-behind 4-1 victory against Brazil in the tournament finale on Aug. 2 in Bridgeview. Ill. Needing to win by two goals to finish atop the podium after Australia defeated Japan, 2-0, in the first game of the doubleheader, the USA gave up an own goal in the first half before roaring back to equalize through Rose Lavelle and then bag three spectacular scores in the second half to finish triumphant.
Here is #ToN2018 By the Numbers:
1 Number of U.S. players to play all 270 minutes (Alyssa Naeher)
2 Number of own goals scored in the tournament (Tierna Davidson for the USA and Poliana for Brazil)
4 Goals scored by Alex Morgan in the tournament, the most of any player
Alex Morgan finished the tournament with four goals and an assist
6 Number of different USA goal scorers in the tournament (Alex Morgan, Megan Rapinoe, Tobin Heath, Lindsey Horan, Rose Lavelle and Julie Ertz)
6 Number of shots on goal the USA allowed during the tournament
7 Number of USA players that started all three games during the tournament (Crystal Dunn, Ertz, Horan, Morgan, Naeher, Rapinoe and Emily Sonnett)
9 Number of goals scored by the USA in the tournament, most of any team
14 Number of players on the #ToN2018 roster that were on the #ToN2017 roster
15 Total number of goals scored throughout #ToN2018
16 Total number of goal scorers at #ToN2018 (The six U.S. players and AUS: Tameka Butt, Sam Kerr (2), Chloe Logarzo and Alana Kennedy; BRA: Debinha, Marta, Zaneratto; JPN: Mina Tanaka, Moeno Sakaguchi and Rika Masuya)
18 The USA’s unbeaten streak after the Tournament of Nations
19 Age of the youngest member on the U.S. WNT #ToN2018 roster: Tierna Davidson
20 Number of international goals by Tobin Heath after scoring against Brazil on Aug. 2
23 Number of international multi-goal games for Alex Morgan after scoring a hat-trick vs. Japan on July 26
Megan Rapinoe scored one goal and had three assists, one in each game at the Tournament of Nations
53 Number of career assists recorded by Megan Rapinoe after earning assists in all three #ToN2018 matches
101 Number of games at the helm of the U.S. WNT for head coach Jill Ellis after coaching her 100thagainst Australia on July 29 at Pratt & Whitney Stadium in East Hartford, Conn. on the second match day of #ToN2018Read more
The U.S. Women’s National Team kicked off the 2018 Tournament of Nations with a convincing 4-2 victory against long-time rival Japan in front of a sold-out crowd at Children's Mercy Park in Kansas City, Kansas.Read more