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U-17 WNT Defeats Canada 2-0 at U-17 Women's NTC Invitational

CARSON, California (Feb. 13, 2015) – The U.S. Under-17 Women’s National Team got late scores from Emina Ekic and Ashley Sanchez to defeat Canada 2-0 and earn its second win in as many games at the 2015 U-17 Women’s NTC Invitational. Japan defeated Mexico 2-0 in the earlier match.

As the USA and Japan have both won their first two matches, the tournament finale between the two teams on Sunday, Feb. 15, at 4 p.m. PT, will be for the championship. Japan owns a superior goal differential (plus-10), and needs just a tie to take the tournament title while the U.S. (plus-4 goal differential) needs a victory. Canada meets Mexico at 1 p.m. PT on Feb. 15 for third place. All the matches are being played on the Glen “Mooch” Myernick Field at U.S. Soccer’s National Training Center and can be watched live on ussoccer.com.

Canada kept the USA off the board until the 79th minute when Kiara Pickett picked up her third assist of the tournament. Pickett played a hard pass on the ground into the penalty area to Ekic who collected, beat a defender inside the goal box and then finished smartly to give the USA the 1-0 lead. It was Ekic’s first international goal.

Sanchez, who scored a hat trick against Mexico last Friday, added a stoppage-time score to clinch the victory. The goal in the first minute of second-half stoppage time came off an assist from Frankie Tagliaferri, who also set up Sanchez’s third goal against Mexico. Sanchez beat two players on the dribble before finishing into the upper right corner. It was her 10th international goal at the U-17 level. Brooke Bollinger picked up the shutout in goal for the USA, going the full 90 minutes.

At this tournament last year, the USA defeated Japan 2-1 to take the tournament title. Japan then went on to win the 2014 FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup.

This group of players, born in 1999 and 2000, are working to qualify for the 2016 FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup. The age cutoff for that tournament is players born on or after Jan. 1, 1999.

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

Match: U.S. U-17 Women’s National Team vs. Canada U-17 Women’s National Team
Date: Feb. 13, 2015
Competition: 2015 U-17 Women’s NTC Invitational
Venue: Glenn “Mooch” Myernick Field; U.S. Soccer’s NTC, Carson, California

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

USA – Emina Ekic (Kiara Pickett)                       79th minute
USA – Ashley Sanchez (Frankie Tagliaferri)       90+1

Lineups:
USA: 22-Brooke Bollinger; 2-Joanna Harber (23-Sydney Zandi, 84), 13-Karina Rodriguez, 3-Sierra Enge, 9-Kiara Pickett, 19-Taryn Torres (8-Brianna Pinto, 84), 5-Jaelin Howell, 14-Alexa Spaanstra, 15-Ashley Sanchez, 17-Jordan Taylor (21-Emina Ekic, 46), 4-Rachel Jones (18-Frankie Tagliaferri, 59)
Subs not used: 1-Hillary Beall, 7-Karlie Paschall, 1 0-Taryn Ries, 11-Isabel Rodriguez, 16-Sophia Smith, 20-Olivia Jo Wade
Head Coach: B.J. Snow

CAN: 1-Lysianne Proulx; 3-Julia Grosso , 6-Kennedy Faulknor, 5-Samantha Chang, 2-Emma Regan, 11-Camila Gomez,8-Sarah Stratigakis (14-Nahida Baalbaki, 38),15-Caitlin Shaw (4-Fallon Rodrigues, 66), 17-Shana Flynn (16-Vital Kats, 81), 9-Jordyn Huitema (12-Lauren Raimondo, 60),10-Anyssa Ibrahim
Subs not used:7-Maya Jones, 13-Kavina Gane, 18-Marissa Zucchetto, 19-Teni Akindoju, 20-Kayla Mostowich

Stats Summary: USA / CAN
Shots: 17 / 5
Shots on Goal: 12 / 2
Saves: 2 / 9
Corner Kicks: 8 / 2
Fouls: 4 / 5
Offside: 1 / 1

Misconduct Summary:
CAN – Fallon Rodrigues (caution) 81st minute

Officials:
Referee: Yoshimi Yamashita (JPN)
Assistant Referee 1: Amanda Ross (USA)
Assistant Referee 2: Michelle Provan (USA)
Fourth Official: Danielle Chesky (USA)

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U-17 WNT Feb 13, 2015

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

Match: U.S. U-17 Women’s National Team vs. Canada U-17 Women’s National Team
Date: Feb. 13, 2015
Competition: 2015 U-17 Women’s NTC Invitational
Venue: Glenn “Mooch” Myernick Field; U.S. Soccer’s NTC, Carson, California

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

USA – Emina Ekic (Kiara Pickett)                       79th minute
USA – Ashley Sanchez (Frankie Tagliaferri)       90+1

Lineups:
USA: 22-Brooke Bollinger; 2-Joanna Harber (23-Sydney Zandi, 84), 13-Karina Rodriguez, 3-Sierra Enge, 9-Kiara Pickett, 19-Taryn Torres (8-Brianna Pinto, 84), 5-Jaelin Howell, 14-Alexa Spaanstra, 15-Ashley Sanchez, 17-Jordan Taylor (21-Emina Ekic, 46), 4-Rachel Jones (18-Frankie Tagliaferri, 59)
Subs not used: 1-Hillary Beall, 7-Karlie Paschall, 1 0-Taryn Ries, 11-Isabel Rodriguez, 16-Sophia Smith, 20-Olivia Jo Wade
CAN: 1-Lysianne Proulx; 3-Julia Grosso , 6-Kennedy Faulknor, 5-Samantha Chang, 2-Emma Regan, 11-Camila Gomez,8-Sarah Stratigakis (14-Nahida Baalbaki, 38),15-Caitlin Shaw (4-Fallon Rodrigues, 66), 17-Shana Flynn (16-Vital Kats, 81), 9-Jordyn Huitema (12-Lauren Raimondo, 60),10-Anyssa Ibrahim
Subs not used:7-Maya Jones, 13-Kavina Gane, 18-Marissa Zucchetto, 19-Teni Akindoju, 20-Kayla Mostowich

Stats Summary: USA / CAN
Shots: 17 / 5
Shots on Goal: 12 / 2
Saves: 2 / 9
Corner Kicks: 8 / 2
Fouls: 4 / 5
Offside: 1 / 1

Misconduct Summary:
CAN – Fallon Rodrigues (caution) 81st minute

Officials:
Referee: Yoshimi Yamashita (JPN)
Assistant Referee 1: Amanda Ross (USA)
Assistant Referee 2: Michelle Provan (USA)
Fourth Official: Danielle Chesky (USA)

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U-17 WNT Defeats Canada 2-0 at U-17 Women's NTC Invitational

CARSON, California (Feb. 13, 2015) – The U.S. Under-17 Women’s National Team got late scores from Emina Ekic and Ashley Sanchez to defeat Canada 2-0 and earn its second win in as many games at the 2015 U-17 Women’s NTC Invitational. Japan defeated Mexico 2-0 in the earlier match.

As the USA and Japan have both won their first two matches, the tournament finale between the two teams on Sunday, Feb. 15, at 4 p.m. PT, will be for the championship. Japan owns a superior goal differential (plus-10), and needs just a tie to take the tournament title while the U.S. (plus-4 goal differential) needs a victory. Canada meets Mexico at 1 p.m. PT on Feb. 15 for third place. All the matches are being played on the Glen “Mooch” Myernick Field at U.S. Soccer’s National Training Center and can be watched live on ussoccer.com.

Canada kept the USA off the board until the 79th minute when Kiara Pickett picked up her third assist of the tournament. Pickett played a hard pass on the ground into the penalty area to Ekic who collected, beat a defender inside the goal box and then finished smartly to give the USA the 1-0 lead. It was Ekic’s first international goal.

Sanchez, who scored a hat trick against Mexico last Friday, added a stoppage-time score to clinch the victory. The goal in the first minute of second-half stoppage time came off an assist from Frankie Tagliaferri, who also set up Sanchez’s third goal against Mexico. Sanchez beat two players on the dribble before finishing into the upper right corner. It was her 10th international goal at the U-17 level. Brooke Bollinger picked up the shutout in goal for the USA, going the full 90 minutes.

At this tournament last year, the USA defeated Japan 2-1 to take the tournament title. Japan then went on to win the 2014 FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup.

This group of players, born in 1999 and 2000, are working to qualify for the 2016 FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup. The age cutoff for that tournament is players born on or after Jan. 1, 1999.

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

Match: U.S. U-17 Women’s National Team vs. Canada U-17 Women’s National Team
Date: Feb. 13, 2015
Competition: 2015 U-17 Women’s NTC Invitational
Venue: Glenn “Mooch” Myernick Field; U.S. Soccer’s NTC, Carson, California

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

USA – Emina Ekic (Kiara Pickett)                       79th minute
USA – Ashley Sanchez (Frankie Tagliaferri)       90+1

Lineups:
USA: 22-Brooke Bollinger; 2-Joanna Harber (23-Sydney Zandi, 84), 13-Karina Rodriguez, 3-Sierra Enge, 9-Kiara Pickett, 19-Taryn Torres (8-Brianna Pinto, 84), 5-Jaelin Howell, 14-Alexa Spaanstra, 15-Ashley Sanchez, 17-Jordan Taylor (21-Emina Ekic, 46), 4-Rachel Jones (18-Frankie Tagliaferri, 59)
Subs not used: 1-Hillary Beall, 7-Karlie Paschall, 1 0-Taryn Ries, 11-Isabel Rodriguez, 16-Sophia Smith, 20-Olivia Jo Wade
Head Coach: B.J. Snow

CAN: 1-Lysianne Proulx; 3-Julia Grosso , 6-Kennedy Faulknor, 5-Samantha Chang, 2-Emma Regan, 11-Camila Gomez,8-Sarah Stratigakis (14-Nahida Baalbaki, 38),15-Caitlin Shaw (4-Fallon Rodrigues, 66), 17-Shana Flynn (16-Vital Kats, 81), 9-Jordyn Huitema (12-Lauren Raimondo, 60),10-Anyssa Ibrahim
Subs not used:7-Maya Jones, 13-Kavina Gane, 18-Marissa Zucchetto, 19-Teni Akindoju, 20-Kayla Mostowich

Stats Summary: USA / CAN
Shots: 17 / 5
Shots on Goal: 12 / 2
Saves: 2 / 9
Corner Kicks: 8 / 2
Fouls: 4 / 5
Offside: 1 / 1

Misconduct Summary:
CAN – Fallon Rodrigues (caution) 81st minute

Officials:
Referee: Yoshimi Yamashita (JPN)
Assistant Referee 1: Amanda Ross (USA)
Assistant Referee 2: Michelle Provan (USA)
Fourth Official: Danielle Chesky (USA)

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U-17 WNT Feb 13, 2015

U.S. Soccer to Host Second Annual U-17 Women’s NTC Invitational

CHICAGO (January 27, 2015) – For the second consecutive year, U.S. Soccer will host a four-team Under-17 women’s international tournament at the U.S. Soccer National Training Center in Carson, California. This year’s event will run from Feb 11-15 as the USA will host Japan, Mexico and Canada in the 2015 U-17 Women’s NTC Invitational. All the matches will be staged on Glenn “Mooch” Myernick Field at the U.S. Soccer NTC. 

Each of the match days - February 11, 13 and 15 – will feature a doubleheader with the USA playing the second game of the day. The winner of the competition will be based on total points with the first two tie-breakers being overall goal difference and then total goals scored. Admission to the matches is free to the public, as is parking. All six matches of the tournament will be shown live on ussoccer.com. 

Date

Teams

Kickoff (PT)

Location (U.S. Soccer NTC at StubHub Center)

Wed., Feb 11

Japan vs. Canada

3 p.m.

Glenn “Mooch” Myernick Field – Field #1

Wed., Feb 11

USA vs. Mexico

6 p.m.

Glenn “Mooch” Myernick Field – Field #1

Fri., Feb. 13

Mexico vs. Japan

3 p.m.

Glenn “Mooch” Myernick Field – Field #1

Fri., Feb. 13

USA vs. Canada

6 p.m.

Glenn “Mooch” Myernick Field – Field #1

Sun., Feb. 15

Canada vs. Mexico

1 p.m.

Glenn “Mooch” Myernick Field – Field #1

Sun. Feb. 15

USA vs. Japan

4 p.m.

Glenn “Mooch” Myernick Field – Field #1 

At last year’s event, the USA defeated China PR, 4-0, New Zealand, 2-0, and Japan 2-1 to win the competition. Japan went on to win the 2014 FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup in Costa Rica later that summer. 

“We feel very fortunate that U.S. Soccer has given us another opportunity to host one of the top international tournaments in the world for this age group,” said U.S. U-17 Women’s National Team head coach B.J. Snow. “The inaugural event last year was a huge success and for the women’s game to continue to grow it’s critical that we provide a platform for our players to play against the best international competition at a younger age.”   

Snow has called in 21 players for the tournament, 15 born in 1999 – which is the age cut-off for the next U-17 Women’s World Cup – and six born in 2000.

“At this point in the cycle we want to continuously asses both individual player development and team development,” said Snow. “There is no better way to accomplish this than to compete against highly sophisticated and organized teams in a tournament environment. This should give us a great indication of where we are as team with a little over a year left before World Cup Qualifying.” 

The 2016 U-17 Women’s CONCACAF Championship tournament, slated for March of next year, will qualify three teams from the confederation for the 2016 FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup that is scheduled to take place in Jordan. 

U.S. U-17 Women’s National Team Roster by Position: Detailed Roster
Hillary Beall (SoCal Blues; Laguna Beach, Calif.) Brooke Bollinger (Orlando City; Melbourne, Fla.)GOALKEEPERS (2):
Sierra Enge (Carlsbad Elite; Cardiff, Calif.), Joanna Harber (Eastside FC; Bellevue, Wash.), Karlie Paschall (Tennessee Soccer Club; Brentwood, Tenn.), Kiara Pickett (Camarillo Eagles; Santa Barbara, Calif.), Isabel Rodriguez (Michigan Hawks; Canton, Mich.), Karina Rodriguez (So Cal Blues; Torrance, Calif.), Sydney Zandi (Penn Fusion; West Chester, Pa.)DEFENDERS (7):
 Emina Ekic (Javanon SC; Fairdale, Ky.), Jaelin Howell (Real Colorado; Windsor, Colo.), Brianna Pinto (CASL; Durham, N.C.), Ashley Sanchez (So Cal Blues; Monrovia, Calif.), Ohio), Taryn Torres (Solar Chelsea; Frisco, Texas),MIDFIELDERS (5): Rachel Jones (Tophat; Lawrenceville, Ga.), Taryn Ries (FC Portland; Portland, Ore.), Sophia Smith (Real Colorado; Fort Collins, Colo.), Alexa Spaanstra (Michigan Hawks; Brighton, Mich.), Frankie Tagliaferri (PDA; Colts Neck, N.J.), Jordan Taylor (Ohio Premier Eagles; Wadsworth), Olivia Wade (La Roca FC; Kaysville, Utah)FORWARDS (6): 

Additional Notes:

  • Each team is allowed 21 players on its NTC Invitational tournament roster.
  • Teams will be allowed six total substitutions per game with no re-entry. In the second half of the matches, a team may stop the game a maximum of three times to make substitutions. During each of these stoppages, a team may make more than one substitution, up to the limit of the six total per match.
  • Substitutions made at halftime do not count as a stoppage in the second half.
  • Players eligible for the 2015 U-17 Women’s NTC Invitational must have been born on or after Jan. 1, 1999, which is the age cut-off for the 2016 FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup.
  • There will be no suspensions for accumulation of yellow cards during the tournament, but a player receiving a red card will have to sit out a minimum of one match.
  • If two or more teams are equal on goal difference and goals scored, the ties will be broken as follow: 1) greatest number of points obtained in the matches between the teams concerned; 2) goal difference resulting from the matches between the teams concerned; 3) greater number of goals scored in the matches between the teams concerned; 4) drawing of lots by the U-17 Women's NTC Invitational Tournament Committee.
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U-17 WNT Jan 27, 2015

2015 U-17 Women's NTC Invitational

U-17 WNT February 11, 2015 - February 15, 2015
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