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U-18 WNT Will Play Three Games at 2018 U-19 La Manga 12 Nations Tournament

CHICAGO (Feb. 21, 2018) – The U.S. Under-18 Women’s National Team will travel to Spain from Feb. 24-March 7 to play three games in the Women’s U-19 La Manga 12 Nations Tournament. The friendly competition is for players born on or after January 1, 1999.

The USA will face England first on March 2, followed by the Netherlands on March 4 and finish against Norway on March 6. The other countries coming to the competition – teams the USA will not play – are Denmark, France, Italy, Scotland, Sweden, Iceland, the Czech Republic and Switzerland.

U.S. U-18 WNT head coach Jaime Frias has called up a 22-player roster featuring eight players born in 1999 and 14 born in 2000.

The squad is a mixture of collegiate and youth club players with six already enrolled in college that includes three players who were a part of USA’s 2016 U-17 Women’s World Cup Team in goalkeeper Meagan McClelland, defender Emily Smith and midfielder Sydney Zandi.

U.S. U-18 WNT Roster by Position:
GOALKEEPERS (2): Claudia Dickey (Charlotte SA; Charlotte, N.C.), Meagan McClelland (Sky Blue-PDA; Kearny, N.J.)                                 

DEFENDERS (8): Maycee Bell (Sporting Blue Valley; Overland Park, Kan.), Hannah Cardenas (Colorado; Boulder, Colo.), Sydney Dawson (Internationals SC; Akron, Ohio), Madelyn Desiano (UCLA; San Clemente; Calif.), Anna Heilferty (Boston University; Falls Church, Va.), Brianna Martinez (New Mexico Rush; Albuquerque, N.M.), Ella Shamburger (NTH Tophat; Atlanta, Ga.), Emily Smith (California; Los Gatos, Calif.)                                                                          

MIDFIELDERS (6): Giovanna DeMarco (Match Fit; Gwynedd Valley, Pa.), Coriana Dyke (Colorado Rush; Littleton, Colo.), Emily Gray (Penn Fusion SA; Sewell, N.J.), Jenna Nighswonger (LAFC Slammers; Huntington Beach, Calif.), Allison Schlegel (Real Colorado; Parker, Colo.), Sydney Zandi (Virginia; West Chester, Pa.)

FORWARDS (6): Hannah Betfort (Wake Forest; Charleston, S.C.), Rachel Jones (NTH Tophat; Lawrenceville, Ga.), Maliah Morris (Bethesda SC; Germantown, Md.), Loren Sefcik (Internationals SC; Medina, Ohio), Alexa Spaanstra (Michigan Hawks; Brighton, Mich.), Summer Yates (Pacific Northwest SC; Pasco, Wash.)      

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U-18 WNT Feb 21, 2018
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U-14 GNT Kicks Off 2018 Programming with 48-Player Camp in Norco, Calif.

CHICAGO (Feb. 21, 2018) – The U.S. Under-14 Girls’ National Team will resume its programming with its first event of the year taking place from Feb. 25-March 4 in Norco, Calif.

U.S. U-14 GNT head coach April Kater has called up 48 players, 36 born in 2004 and 12 born in 2005. In the U.S. Girls’ and Women’s National Team development path, players born in odd-numbered years, which are the age-cut-off years for the FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup, follow the path of U-15 (two years), U-17 (two years) and U-19 (two years). Players born in even years, which are the age-cut-off years for the FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup, follow the path of U-14 (one year), U-16 (two years), U-18 (two years) and U-20 (two years).

As this is an even year, the U-14s (2004s) will start their programming after not having any camps last year. In the odd calendar and odd birth years, as was the case in 2017, U-14 age players were absorbed into the U-15 GNT programming.

Kater’s staff will feature three former U.S. WNT players in Tina Ellertson, Kelley Cagle (formerly Walbert) and Justi Baumgardt-Yamada.

The 48 players come from 30 different youth clubs with multiple players coming from Legends FC (3) out of Southern California, PDA (3) out of New Jersey, Solar SC (3) out of Dallas, Mountain View Los Altos SC (3) out of Northern California, the San Jose Earthquakes (3), Heat FC (2) from Las Vegas, SC del Sol (2) from Arizona, Richmond United (2) out of Virginia, New York City FC (2), NTH Tophat out of Georgia (2), Seattle Reign Academy (2) and Real So Cal (2) and West Coast FC (2) out of Southern California.                          

U.S. Under-14 Girls’ National Team Roster by Position:
GOALKEEPERS (6): Kaia Bace (Sky Blue-PDA; Toms River, N.J.), Kailee Balinski (Heat FC; Las Vegas, Nev.), Jordan Brown (Heat FC; Las Vegas, Nev.), MacKenzie Gress (New York City FC; Lyndhurst, N.J.), Olivia Ramey (Solar SC; Frisco, Tex.), Teagan Wy (West Coast FC; Rancho Santa Margarita, Calif.)                                            

DEFENDERS (16): Lily Camacho (PDA; Scotch Plains, N.J.), Lindsey Chau (Legends FC; Highland, Calif.), Elise Evans (San Jose Earthquakes; Redwood City, Calif.), Raine Komata (Hawaii Rush Soccer; Mililani, Hawaii), Molly Martin (FC Stars of Mass.; Acton, Mass.), Allison Montoya (Mountain View Los Altos SC; Los Altos, Calif.), Abby-Lee Sango (Solar SC; Plano, Tex.), Alexandra Schoenstadt (Seattle Reign Academy; Sammamish, Wash.), Layla Shell (Richmond United; Midlothian, Va.), Evelyn Shores (NTH Tophat; Atlanta, Ga.), Maia Tabion (Crossfire Premier; Sammamish, Wash.), Maggie Taitano (San Diego Surf; Carlsbad, Calif.), Gissele Thompson (Real So Cal; Studio City, Calif.), Charis Toney (Mountain View Los Altos SC; Mountain View, Calif.), Amelia Van Zanten (FC United; Buffalo Grove, Ill.), Leila Yee (West Coast FC; Aliso Viejo, Calif.)   

MIDFIELDERS (13): Mikayla Abrenica (Legends FC; Temecula, Calif.), Maggie Cagle (SC del Sol; Phoenix, Ariz.), Anna Castenfelt (Concorde Fire; Atlanta, Ga.), Sophia Cook (LA Galaxy; Huntington Beach, Calif.), Halle Dixon (Louisiana Fire; New Orleans, La.), Jill Flammia (Richmond United; Manakin-Sabot, Va.), Juliauna Hayward (Real Colorado; Thornton, Colo.), Lumi Kostmayer (Oakwood SC; Southbury, Conn.), Luciana Latino (New York City FC; Norwood, N.J.), Georgia Leb (Solar SC; Colleyville, Tex.), Olivia Moultrie (Beach FC; Canyon County, Calif.), Danielle Shannon (Houston Dash; Humble, Tex.), Emma Stransky (Internationals SC; Copley, Ohio)

FORWARDS (13): Jasmine Aikey (San Jose Earthquakes; Palo Alto, Calif.), Lily Danner (Cincinnati DA; Cincinnati, Ohio), Kate Faasse (SC del Sol; Phoenix, Ariz.), America Frias (San Jose Earthquakes; San Jose, Calif.), Ally Lemos (Legends FC; Glendora, Calif.), Regan Lundstedt (NTH Tophat; Johns Creek, Ga.), Bridgette Marin-Valencia (PSV Union FC; San Francisco, Calif.), Leah O'Brien (Mountain View Los Altos SC; Modesto, Calif.), Melina Rebimbas (Sky Blue-PDA; Warren, N.J.), Jaedyn Shaw (FC Dallas; Frisco, Tex.),  Alyssa Thompson (Real So Cal; Studio City, Calif.), Ava Uribe (Seattle Reign Academy; Sammamish, Wash.), Cassandra Villanueva (So Cal Blues; Eastvale, Calif.)                                                                             

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U-14 NDP Feb 21, 2018
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Imagine Dragons Headline 2018 National Soccer Hall of Fame Induction Weekend

Frisco, TX (February 21, 2018) – Grammy award-winning band Imagine Dragons will headline the 2018 National Soccer Hall of Fame Weekend with a performance presented by Budweiser on Saturday, October 20, 2018. Their first-ever performance in Frisco, Texas will take place at Toyota Stadium following the 2018 National Soccer Hall of Fame induction ceremony.

Formed in 2009, Imagine Dragons made their full-length album debut with 2012’s multi-platinum Night Visions. Their past hits include “Believer”, “Whatever It Takes,” “It’s Time” and “Radioactive”, which was a diamond-selling hit that won Best Performance at the 2014 Grammy Awards. Smoke + Mirror debuted at number one on the Billboard Top 200 album chart when it was released in 2015.  

“We are thrilled Imagine Dragons are performing at the inaugural National Soccer Hall of Fame weekend,” said FCD president Dan Hunt. “They’re passionate soccer fans and will help us make this an unforgettable experience.”

Official Imagine Dragons Fan Club presale begins March 5 at 10AM CT. Toyota Stadium presale begins at 12PM CT on Monday, March 5. Tickets to go on sale to the general public beginning Tuesday, March 6 at 10AM CT. FC Dallas Season Ticket Members will receive direct communication from FC Dallas regarding exclusive presale opportunities.

Tickets will be available at www.nationalsoccerhof.com or Memberships@FCDallas.com.

The National Soccer Hall of Fame Induction Weekend

The weekend of October 20-21, 2018 marks the grand opening of the National Soccer Hall of Fame at Toyota Stadium. Saturday, October 20 will feature the Hall of Fame induction ceremony followed by the Imagine Dragons performance presented by Budweiser.  

FC Dallas hosts Sporting Kansas City in the National Soccer Hall of Fame Game presented by Budweiser on Sunday, October 21 at Toyota Stadium. To experience the National Soccer Hall of Fame Induction Weekend and learn more about FC Dallas Season Ticket Memberships, please visit FCDallas.com/Memberships for more information.

CONTACT:        Gina Miller, Gina@NationalSoccerHOF.com, 469-365-0198

About the National Soccer Hall of Fame

The National Soccer Hall of Fame was originally founded in 1950 by the Philadelphia Old-Timers Association to recognize individuals for their outstanding contributions to American soccer. In 1979 the National Soccer Museum, as a physical entity, was established in Oneonta, NY. It was officially recognized as the National Soccer Hall of Fame by the U.S. Soccer Federation in 1983.

In June of 1999, the National Soccer Hall of Fame opened a multimedia museum in Oneonta where it housed a collection of more than 80,000 items and artifacts such as the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup trophy, the oldest soccer ball made in the U.S. and the 1994 FIFA World Cup U.S. archive. The facility closed in February of 2010.

In 2013 FC Dallas owners, Clark and Dan Hunt, launched a campaign to bring the Hall of Fame to Frisco. Their father, Lamar Hunt, was inducted in the National Soccer Hall of Fame in 1982. In 1999, he received the Hall’s highest honor, the Medal of Honor. He remains one of only three individuals to have won the award.

The National Soccer Hall of Fame at Toyota Stadium will open October 20, 2018 with the National Soccer Hall of Fame Induction weekend. 
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Feb 21, 2018
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U-17 WNT Defeats Chile 1-0 to Win Copa Provincia de Buenos Aires

Mar del Plata, ARGENTINA (February 17, 2018) – The U.S. Under-17 Women’s National Team defeated Chile 1-0 in its third and final game at the Copa Provincia de Buenos Aires tournament, with midfielder Samantha Kroeger scoring the game’s lone goal in the 20th minute.

The victory gave the USA the tournament title and a sweep of all three games after also defeating Argentina 9-0 and Uruguay 4-1.

“We’re very proud of the team for winning the tournament and scoring fourteen goals over the three games,” U.S. U-17 WNT head coach Mark Carr said. “We were able to accomplish many of our objectives during this trip and playing different teams in South America highlighted some growth areas for us moving forward. We have high standards in our program and we will continue to improve ahead of qualifying in April.”

Kroeger, who was seeing her first action of the tournament, was one of four players on the roster born in 2002. The goal was her second in the third U-17 cap.

The winning score came when defender Kennedy Wesley took off on a long dribble into the Chile defensive half and then played a pass to midfielder Talia DellaPeruta on the left wing. She sent in a hard cross on the ground from outside the penalty area, sliding the ball across the goal for the hard-charging Kroeger to finish.

In March, the U-17 WNT will have a domestic camp in Florida that will feature two games against Japan.

The USA will then participate in the 2018 CONCACAF Women’s Under-17 Championship being held in Nicaragua from April 19-29. The Americans seeded into Group B where they will face Costa Rica, Bermuda and Canada in the tournament that will qualify three teams to the 2018 FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup. 

U.S. Under-17 Women’s National Team Match Report

Match: United States U-17 WNT vs. Chile U-17 WNT
Date: February 18, 2018
Competition: Copa Provincia de Buenos Aires
Venue: Estadio José María Minella; Buenos Aires, Argentina
Weather: 72 degrees; clear, light wind

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

USA – Samantha Kroeger (Talia DellaPeruta)                      20th minute

Lineups:
USA: 22-Julia Dohle; 4-Talia DellaPeruta, 23-Kennedy Wesley, 5-Tori Hansen; 2-Makenna Morris; 6-Astrid Wheeler, 10-Mia Fishel (capt.), 24-Croix Bethune; 16-Payton Linnehan (9-Jordan Canniff, 67), 18-Sunshine Fontes (8-Diana Ordonez, 46), Samantha Kroeger (7-Samantha Meza, 46)
Subs not used: 1-Angelina Anderson; 3-Kate Wiesner, 12-Cayla White, 13-Isabella D’Aquila, 15-Natalia Staude, 17-Maya Doms, 20-Sophia Jones
Head Coach: Mark Carr

CHI: 1-Tina Lyngcsh, 2-Emilia Pastrian, 3-Krishina Cabrera, 4-Sonya Keefe, 5-Valentina Diaz, 6-Elisa Duran (17-Martina Cordova, 70), 8-Antonia Alarcon, 9-Isadora Olave, 10-Michelle Olivares, 11-Elisa Perez, 18-Isabelle Kadzban
Subs not used: 7-Llanka Grof, 12-Antonia Canales, 13-Margarita Collinao, 14-Carolina Farias, 15-Yessenia Parra, 17-Martina Cordova, 22-Constanza Barrientos
Head Coach: Milenko Valenzuela

Stats Summary: USA / CHI                         
Shots: 20 / 1
Shots on Goal: 5 / 1
Saves: 4 / 1
Corner Kicks: 11 / 1
Fouls: 4 / 4
Offside: 3 / 0

Misconduct Summary:
None

2018 Copa Provincia de Buenos Aires Final Standings

Team

GP

W

L

D

Pts.

GF

GA

GD

USA

3

3

0

0

9

14

1

+13

Uruguay

3

1

1

1

4

4

4

0

Chile

3

1

2

0

3

4

6

-2

Argentina

3

0

2

1

1

2

13

-11


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U-17 WNT Feb 20, 2018
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U.S. Soccer Announces SheBelieves Hero Contest Winner

CHICAGO (Feb. 20, 2018) – U.S. Soccer and the U.S. Women’s National Team have announced the winner of the 2018 SheBelieves Hero contest ahead of the SheBelieves Cup. The contest aimed to find a girl between the ages of 13-17 that embodies the SheBelieves spirit.

A panel of seven former U.S. Women’s National Team players narrowed down the field of submissions and selected the four finalists for the SheBelieves Hero contest. These finalists’ videos were then shared via social media and a poll was created for people to vote on who they believe best embodied the SheBelieves spirit. 

Taking 44 percent of the votes, Hollis Belger was chosen as the 2018 SheBelieves Hero. As part of the prize, Belger will now travel to Harrison, New Jersey to watch the WNT take on France on March 4.

Liv Zeldin finished second, Holly Hunter third, and Lauren Sedewitz fourth.

Conceived and developed by U.S. Soccer and 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 FIFA 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 into communities across the nation. Through dedication, teamwork, perseverance and success, U.S. WNT players inspire new generations of young girls and women to be better and strive for better; they inspire them to believe.

A SheBelieves Hero is a leader in their community, a confident and passionate individual who empowers others around her and is working to make a difference.

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WNT Feb 20, 2018
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