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U-17 WNT Wins World Cup Qualifying Group in Grenada with 2-0 Victory Against Costa Rica

ST. GEORGES, Grenada (March 8, 2016) – The U.S. Under-17 Women’s National Team won its group at the 2016 CONCACAF U-17 Women’s Championship with a 2-0 victory against Costa Rica thanks to first half goals from Alexa Spaanstra and Ashley Sanchez. The U.S. will face Canada in the tournament semifinals on Friday for a place at the 2016 FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup.

The USA controlled large stretches of the game through smart possession and constant pressure on Costa Rica when the Ticas managed to get hold of the ball. It didn’t take the young Americans long to find the net as Sophia Smith found Spaanstra for the opening goal in the sixth minute. A half hour later, U.S. forward Frankie Tagliaferri drew a penalty kick that Sanchez converted with aplomb.

The second half saw U.S. head coach B.J. Snow use all three subs, getting players experience and saving some legs in the intense humidity in advance of Friday’s all important semifinal.

The USA advances as the Group B winner, while Costa Rica, Mexico or Jamaica could qualify for the semifinals depending on the outcome of the Mexico-Jamaica match which kicks off later in the day. Haiti won Group A after defeating Canada (the Group A runner-up) 2-1 in the teams’ final group stage match on Monday and will face the second place team from Group B in the semifinals. The order of the semifinal match-ups will be determined following the completion of the second Group B match featuring Mexico and Jamaica.

The semifinal against Canada will take place on March 11 with a berth to the 2016 FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup on the line. The match will be broadcast on FOX Soccer Plus and FOX Sports Go.

Goal Scoring Rundown: 

USA – Alex Spaanstra (Sophia Smith), sixth minute: The game-winning goal was created off a brilliant dribbling run from Sophia Smith, who left several defenders in her wake as she drove into the right side of the penalty area, got to the end line, drew the ‘keeper to the near post and cut a pass back to Spaanstra in the seam for her to tap home from close range. USA 1, CRC 0 (SEE GOAL)

USA – Ashley Sanchez (Penalty Kick), 38th minute: The ball was crossed in for Frankie Tagliaferri who was in on goal before being chopped down by a Costa Rica defender. The referee pointed to the penalty spot and the U.S. captain Ashley Sanchez stepped up to send a right-footed shot well out of reach of the ‘keeper into the left side netting. USA 2, CRC 0 (SEE GOAL) FINAL

Key Saves and Defensive Stops:
USA – Brianna Pinto, 36th minute: Costa Rica carved out its best chance of the game on a crafty set piece that got Fabiola Lobo free in the U.S. penalty box. She sent a cross to the back right post where a scramble eventually saw the ball deflect back to the left side of goal and fall to Maria Salas, who got a header on target that was volleyed clear by Pinto.

CRC – María Fernanda Sanabria, 28th minute: Ashley Sanchez put on a show, dancing past multiple defenders along the Costa Rica end line before getting off a close range shot that was saved by goalkeeper Akira Rubi. The rebound fell to U.S. midfielder Brianna Pinto just outside the six-yard box, but her one-time, goal-bound shot was cleared off the goal line by María Fernanda Sanabria to keep the U.S. from running up the score early.

Next on the Schedule: The U.S. will attempt to qualify for the 2016 FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup against Canada on March 11 (FOX Soccer Plus) at Grenada National Stadium in St. Georges, Grenada. Click here for the full tournament schedule.

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Additional Notes:

  • The USA has now won its World Cup Qualifying group for the fifth consecutive time and remains perfect in the qualifying group stage with a 15-0-0 all-time record since the beginning of the competition in 2008.
  • Ashley Sanchez is one of only two players in this year’s tournament to score in all three group stage matches. Haiti’s Mikerline Saint Felix is the other.
  • With four goals in the group stage, Sanchez is one score behind the leader in the tournament Golden Boot race.
  • Alex Spaanstra’s opening goal made her the USA’s fourth different goal scorer in the tournament.
  • U.S. goalkeeper Laurel Ivory collected her second clean sheet of the competition, becoming the only ‘keeper with two so far in the tournament.
  • The USA held Costa Rica to just one shot and none on goal.
  • The USA finished group play scoring 11 goals and allowing just one.

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

Match: U.S. U-17 Women’s National Team vs. Costa Rica U-17 Women’s National Team
Date: March 8, 2016
Competition: 2016 CONCACAF U-17 Women’s Championship – Group B
Venue: Grenada National Stadium; St. George’s, Grenada
Weather: 84 degrees; hot and sunny

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

USA – Alexa Spaanstra (Sophia Smith)                     6th minute
USA – Ashley Sanchez (penalty kick)                          38

Lineups:
USA: 1-Laurel Ivory; 15-Kennedy Wesley, 4-Naomi Girma, 6-Emily Smith, 19-Kate Wiesner; 2-Taryn Torres, 8-Brianna Pinto, 3-Sophia Smith (17-Jordan Canniff, 46), 20-Frankie Tagliaferri (13-Rachel Jones, 83), 7-Alexa Spaanstra; 10-Ashley Sanchez (capt.) (11-Izzy Rodriguez, 69)
Subs Not Used: 9-Kiara Pickett, 12-Hillary Beall, 14-Civana Kuhlmann, 16-Karina Rodriguez, 18-Jaelin Howell
Not available: 5-Sydney Zandi
Head Coach: B.J. Snow

CRC: 1-Akira Rubi; 6-Fabiola Lobo, 2-Valeria Del Campo, 15-Stephannie Blanco, 4-Yedry Salas; 8-María Fernanda Sanabria, 5-Sabrina Vásquez, 20-Emma Víquez (16-Carmen Marín, 67), 12-Maria Salas (19-Ziuliani Rodríguez, 85); 10-Gloriana Villalobos (capt.) (11-Priscilla Chinchilla, 79), 9-Mereilyn Alvarado
Subs Not Used: 3-Viviana Villalobos, 13-Yendry Rojas, 18-Valeria Román, 7-Pamela Mora, 14-Irela Rodríguez, 17-Hilary Corrales
Head Coach: Amelia Valverde

Stats Summary: USA / CRC
Shots: 16 / 1
Shots on Goal: 6 / 0
Saves: 0 / 3
Corner Kicks: 9 / 0
Fouls: 14 / 8
Offside: 3 / 0

Misconduct Summary:
CRC – Stephannie Blanco (caution)              37th minute
CRC – Stephannie Blanco (caution)              82
CRC – Stephannie Blanco (ejection)             82
USA – Briana Pinto (caution)                              87

Officials:
Referee: Tatiana Montes (PAN)
Assistant Referee 1: Suzanne Morisset (CAN)
Assistant Referee 2: Wesline Louis (HAI)
4th Official: Marie-Soieil Beaudoin (CAN)

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

Match: U.S. U-17 Women’s National Team vs. Costa Rica U-17 Women’s National Team
Date: March 8, 2016
Competition: 2016 CONCACAF U-17 Women’s Championship – Group B
Venue: Grenada National Stadium; St. George’s, Grenada
Weather: 84 degrees; hot and sunny

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

USA – Alexa Spaanstra (Sophia Smith)                     6th minute
USA – Ashley Sanchez (penalty kick)                          38

Lineups:
USA: 1-Laurel Ivory; 15-Kennedy Wesley, 4-Naomi Girma, 6-Emily Smith, 19-Kate Wiesner; 2-Taryn Torres, 8-Brianna Pinto, 3-Sophia Smith (17-Jordan Canniff, 46), 20-Frankie Tagliaferri (13-Rachel Jones, 83), 7-Alexa Spaanstra; 10-Ashley Sanchez (capt.) (11-Izzy Rodriguez, 69)
Subs Not Used: 9-Kiara Pickett, 12-Hillary Beall, 14-Civana Kuhlmann, 16-Karina Rodriguez, 18-Jaelin Howell
Not available: 5-Sydney Zandi
Head Coach: B.J. Snow

CRC: 1-Akira Rubi; 6-Fabiola Lobo, 2-Valeria Del Campo, 15-Stephannie Blanco, 4-Yedry Salas; 8-María Fernanda Sanabria, 5-Sabrina Vásquez, 20-Emma Víquez (16-Carmen Marín, 67), 12-Maria Salas (19-Ziuliani Rodríguez, 85); 10-Gloriana Villalobos (capt.) (11-Priscilla Chinchilla, 79), 9-Mereilyn Alvarado
Subs Not Used: 3-Viviana Villalobos, 13-Yendry Rojas, 18-Valeria Román, 7-Pamela Mora, 14-Irela Rodríguez, 17-Hilary Corrales
Head Coach: Amelia Valverde

Stats Summary: USA / CRC
Shots: 16 / 1
Shots on Goal: 6 / 0
Saves: 0 / 3
Corner Kicks: 9 / 0
Fouls: 14 / 8
Offside: 3 / 0

Misconduct Summary:
CRC – Stephannie Blanco (caution)              37th minute
CRC – Stephannie Blanco (caution)              82
CRC – Stephannie Blanco (ejection)             82
USA – Briana Pinto (caution)                              87

Officials:
Referee: Tatiana Montes (PAN)
Assistant Referee 1: Suzanne Morisset (CAN)
Assistant Referee 2: Wesline Louis (HAI)
4th Official: Marie-Soieil Beaudoin (CAN)


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Squad Goals: Women's & Girls' YNTs Rack Up Successes

The United States Youth Women’s and Girls’ National Teams have several primary responsibilities.

First and foremost, to provide educational, competitive, fun and nurturing environments that will accelerate the development of talented players to their maximum potential, while setting them on a path to one day potentially represent the U.S. Women’s National Team.

Watching players grow through the YNT programs to represent the USA in World Cups and Olympic games – a path that almost every current U.S. WNT player has followed – is extremely satisfying for all the coaches and staff members who are involved in the process.

Along the way, winning games and tournaments is also a ton of fun.

And even though the USA’s Youth National Teams have been wildly successful during their long history, the past two years have been especially fruitful. Of course, the youth club teams of all the players in the YNT pools play a critical and invaluable role in developing players away from the National Team environment, which leads to another responsibility of the YNTs: liaising with the clubs to make sure they have a concrete understanding of what it takes for players to play internationally.

Over the past two years, when those players assemble and put on the U.S. Soccer crest, the results have been especially stellar.

From the start of 2017 to date, the USA’s six youngest Women’s and Girls’ Youth National Teams – the U-15s, U-16s, U-17s, U-18s, U-19s and U-20s – have played 84 international matches and have a lot to show for it. The entire program has gone 59-11-14 during that period while winning eight different tournaments. That’s a 78 percent win percentage and eight trophy lifts. Some of these competitions have come while “playing up” against older competition, especially for the U-18s and U-19s.

Combined 2017 & 2018 U.S. Women’s and Girls YNT Records

Team

Record (W-L-T)

GF

GA

U-15 GNT

3-0-1

13

6

U-16 GNT

11-1-0

44

8

U-17 WNT

21-1-4

96

18

U-18 WNT

5-2-4

22

18

U-19 WNT

3-3-0

11

9

U-20 WNT

16-4-5

66

26

“Our coaches are extremely focused on coaching age-appropriately, teaching our style of play in attacking and defending, and playing older opponents as often as possible,” U.S. Women’s Youth National Team Director April Heinrichs said. “Quite honestly, we’re less focused on results than in the past and more focused on selecting good soccer players and how to teach how we want to play.” 

Quality players playing against strong teams is a formula that helps breed success. Those 84 matches have come against 30 different countries, from women’s soccer powers France, Germany, Japan, Brazil, England, Australia, Canada, Spain, the Netherlands and China, to developing women’s soccer nations such as Mexico, Switzerland, Italy, Haiti, Argentina, Belgium, Portugal, Chile and Venezuela.

The U-17 WNT, whose only loss of this cycle came in a wild 5-4 contest away to China in July of 2017, beat Japan three times this year, and recently downed Mexico to win the 2018 Concacaf Women’s U-17 Championship. The U-20 WNT has yet to lose in 2018, and even picked up wins against the U-23 sides of Sweden and Italy. Although the U-20s were edged by Mexico in penalty kicks in its Concacaf championship game, they’ve beaten the U-20s from France, England and Germany over the past four months which shows that both the U-17s and the U-20s are rounding into fine form ahead of their respective World Cups later this year.

A sign of the health of the USA’s Youth WNT programs, which is even more important than wins and losses, is the number of Under-20 aged players who have already seen time with the full National Team.

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U-17 WNT Rides Wild Roller Coaster to 2018 World Cup

Most teenagers love roller coasters. The thrill of barreling down into deep dips and racing up steep slopes, the sharp turns and sheer speeds, all combine to make the heart race and the stomach drop.

U.S. U-17 Women’s National Team head coach Mark Carr, age 39, might prefer a ride more akin to a steady trip down a calm river, where you can see where you’ve been and where you are going.

That said, he’s exceedingly aware that a soccer journey is rarely without obstacles, and to achieve big goals, there will always be big adversities to overcome. That’s part of the fun.

He just wasn’t expecting the combination of challenges that confronted his team on its way to earning a berth at the 2018 FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup in Uruguay; among them, a qualifying tournament that kicked off, then stopped, and then started again, serious injuries to key players, falling behind in games, and a Concacaf championship match that almost wasn’t played.

Through it all, his young team persevered while showing tremendous maturity, character and camaraderie, to qualify for the World Cup and win the regional title.

ussoccer.com sat down with Carr to talk about the wild ride so far and what’s ahead.

ussoccer.com: The Concacaf Women’s U-17 Championship got six games in last April – just one for the USA – before it was cancelled due to civil unrest in Nicaragua. At the time, you didn’t know when it would be completed. What was your mindset around that time and how did the team react to the highly unusual situation?

Mark Carr: “It was definitely an unusual circumstance, something you cannot plan for. Our players really were disappointed that they couldn’t play the second group game vs. Bermuda, but they were able to process that their safety and the safety of their families and our whole support team was the number one priority. It was a real-life moment.  When we realized that tournament was cancelled, our whole staff kicked into high gear and pulled together to get everyone back to the USA safe and sound. Although it was unplanned, I sensed that the experiences in Nicaragua brought our team closer together and added to the anticipation of when we would be back together again.”

ussoccer.com: You had to really adapt with 46 days between group games and zero time together as a team before you regrouped in Bradenton, Fla. How did your player management philosophy quickly evolve while collaborating with the players’ youth clubs?

MC: “It was definitely a long window for us, and it just became a waiting game. After we got back to the USA, we re-connected with each player, their parents and their club coaches. We took a holistic approach and looked at everything that the player may have to deal with. That meant taking into account their school commitments, their club soccer and other social commitments. The collaboration with the clubs, players and families was invaluable and the open communication was huge. We were able to learn exactly what each player had on their plate and what support they needed on our end, if any. Some had Showcases, some had games, some were on school trips, some were just training and some had end-of-the-year finals. It was very important for us to know exactly where each player was and how we could best support and re-prepare them for WCQ. Once we had that, we were able to develop customized individual plans according to their needs.”

U-17 WNT - Payton Linnehan
Payton Linnehan scores the USA's second goal vs. Costa Rica in its opening Concacaf Championship game.

ussoccer.com: You lost four key players, including 2016 U-17 Women’s World cup veterans Lia Godfrey and Jordan Canniff, as well as Ainsley Ahmadian and Isabella D’Aquila – all potential starters – due to injuries (three ACLs) prior to the qualifying tournament. You then lost forward Payton Linnehan to an injury between Nicaragua and Bradenton and lost midfielder Croix Bethune in the final match of group play. Both were also consistent starters. How did you handle those losses and what does that say about the depth and resilience of your squad?

MC: “We have been hit by a lot of injuries, but as a coach, you have to always plan for the worst-case scenario. It’s really tough to lose any player, whether before, during or after a tournament of this magnitude. All these players have unique talents and losing them hurt our team. It’s not only sad for them on a personal level, that they lose that connection with their teammates and the support staff, but more that they miss out on such an incredible development experience. Losing four forwards in the lead-up to WCQ and two more players during the tournament was tough, but it offered opportunities for other players to step up.

In hindsight, I think we have always focused on developing the whole U-17 WNT pool of players in the last three years. This coupled with our YNT integration model, the common philosophy and the work of our youngers’ coaches (April Kater and Tracey Kevins) just makes the transition a lot easier for any player moving up. The expectation at U.S. Soccer is to develop and compete to win at the same time. We all understand that expectation and embrace that philosophy together. It’s my job to develop everybody so that when situations like this arise, players are ready to step in, take their opportunities and help our team be successful. Ultimately, the team is always the superstar and nobody gets success on their own. To see players grab that opportunity, contribute to the team, win the Concacaf Championship and secure our qualification for the 2018 U-17 FIFA World Cup speaks volumes about the character of the players within our USWNT program.

ussoccer.com:  You rolled over Bermuda once the tournament resumed but then had three difficult games against Haiti, Canada and Mexico, all one-goal victories. You dominated Canada but only scored the one goal, which came off a set play, and had to come from behind against Haiti and Mexico. What were your impressions of your team over those three games, and how did they grow throughout the tournament?

MC: “It was always our goal from the outset to qualify for the U-17 World Cup and win the championship, all while playing in a real positive way in terms of our style. I think we showed that. All games challenged us in different ways.

CANADA
“The game against Canada was always going to be a tight game. It’s just the nature of that rivalry. I thought we performed very well, creating 27 chances, being on the front foot, defending aggressively and taking the initiative from start to finish. Sometimes those performances don’t always warrant the results you deserve, but on a different day we score more goals. It was nice to see a corner kick come to fruition after a ton of work in training.”

U.S. U-17 WNT - Reilyn Turner
Reilyn Turner scores the winning goal vs. Canada.

HAITI
“We had some familiarity with Haiti and knew that it would be a game where they would sit deep, play on the counter-attack and take the energy out of the game. I always felt if we stuck to what we had trained and what we knew, the chances and key moments would come and it would be a matter of putting our chances away. We pinpointed certain areas where we believed we could take advantage and to see us score three goals from there was a huge positive. Obviously, the players were excited and emotional at the same time as we’d secured our spot in the World Cup. Next, it was all about the Concacaf championship.”

MEXICO
“In the championship game, it was a little more back-and-forth. Losing Samantha Meza so early was tough, but once again, our team responded in the right way. We made a few adjustments at half and reset, reminding the players to stick to what they knew. Being down twice against Mexico and coming back, showing that resilience, togetherness and spirit, was an incredible experience for the team. That, coupled with our technical quality, got us over the line in the end. I think we all could see what it meant to the group after Maya Dom’s winning goal and at the final whistle. It was a pretty incredible moment for us all.”

ussoccer.com: You have greater goals, of course, but qualifying for the World Cup in Uruguay and winning a Concacaf Championship were major accomplishments. The game was delayed for a few hours due to weather and was almost cancelled, but you kicked off just in time to get it in before sunset. Can you talk about the satisfaction of winning the regional title with this group of players going through these adversities?

MC: “I felt like the adversities never stopped coming. Right from Nicaragua, the injuries, the weather delays and the moments where we were down a goal. Ultimately, it was in these moments we learned the most, and I think we can all see how the team responded. When the final whistle came in the final, everything was worth it.  It was a moment of total elation. What else can I say? I was so proud to see them standing there on the podium together, with the trophy, celebrating together with pure happiness. Our players certainly rose to the challenge and never gave up despite all the adversity. Lots of people deserve credit, from the players, to the support staff and technical team.”

U-17 WNT Concacaf champions

ussoccer.com: Now that your World Cup tickets are booked, can you share your immediate, short-term goals?

MC: “My immediate goals are to reflect on our Concacaf experience and highlight some areas where we can improve individually and as a team. Our staff too will reflect on what went well, what was hard and what we can improve moving forward. Secondly, on the playing side, we will open the player pool once again. Performance is always a defining factor for any player in our program, so myself, Talent ID and all our scouts will look to turn over every rock to evaluate potential targets at the upcoming DA Showcase. The World Cup is five months away, so there is time for development between now and then. I have started to see some late developers bubble up within the DA as well as some top performers with our U-15 and U-16 Girls’ National Team groups in their most recent international trips. Both Tracey and April have their hand on the pulse and can share valuable insight after their recent successes in Italy, Portugal and Holland.

In the short term, it will be about putting together the most competitive schedule possible to prepare us for our World Cup opponents. That will include collecting info on our opponents to get a sense of how they play but also to cross-reference areas where we must improve.  Ultimately, it will always be about us and how we can improve as individuals and as a team. We will relentlessly chase improvement in the months ahead. We know that the level we’re at today will not be enough to get us to what we want to accomplish at the World Cup come November.”

ussoccer.com: Once the Concacaf qualifying tournament was complete, you finally found out your World Cup group, and you’ll be facing Cameroon, North Korea and Germany. How do you view Group C and those opponents?

MC: “Well, it’s a very tough group, but that’s what you would expect at World Cup. If you want to be the best, you have to beat the best, and that’s going to be our approach. I am sure our opponents feel very similar.  We know that we will be battle-tested right out of the gate, and we embrace that challenge head-on. It just gives us a more of an intensive sense of urgency in our work. From now to November, we will make sure we work to improve and prepare our team to arrive in Uruguay full of excitement, humility and laser focus. Our first goal will be to take one game at a time, and we will do whatever it takes to be ready for our opening game vs. Cameroon.”

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USA Wins 2018 Concacaf Women’s U-17 Championship with 3-2 Comeback Victory vs. Mexico

BRADENTON, Fla. (June 12, 2018) – The U.S. Under-17 Women’s National Team won the 2018 Concacaf Women’s U-17 Championship with a 3-2 comeback victory against Mexico.

Midfielder Hannah Bebar and forward Sunshine Fontes both equalized for the USA with well-taken goals before midfielder Maya Doms hit the game-winner with a rising shot from the top of the penalty box midway through the second half. Mexico had twice led, first through a penalty kick conversion in the 32nd minute and again on the stroke of halftime when Nayeli Díaz capitalized on a misplayed back-pass that was intended for goalkeeper Angelina Anderson.

Anderson, who earned two shutouts over the course of the competition, made three saves on the night and did well coming off her line to pluck crosses out of the air en route to being named the Golden Glove winner as the tournament’s best goalkeeper. The USA was also recognized with the tournament’s Fair Play award, while Fontes, with five goals, tied for the tournament’s top scorer with Golden Boot and Golden Ball winner Melchie Dumonay of Haiti.

With the victory, the USA claimed its fourth regional title, after also winning in 2008, 2012 and 2016. Canada claimed Concacaf’s third and final World Cup berth with a 2-1 victory against Haiti in the Third-Place Match earlier in the day.

That Third-Place result solidified the Concacaf seeding for the U-17 Women’s World Cup in Uruguay and thus the placement of the Concacaf teams in their World Cup groups.

When the Final Draw was held on May 30, the Concacaf qualifying tournament was not yet complete, so the three eventual qualifiers from this region were drawn as Concacaf 1, Concacaf 2 and Concacaf 3.

The final seedings were determined by the number of points obtained by the three qualified teams over the past five FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cups, weighted by percentage with descending importance from most recent tournament back to the first U-17 Women’s World Cup in 2008, plus points earned for winning this current qualifying tournament.

Due to that formula, the USA is Concacaf 3 and will play in Group C along with Cameroon, Korea DPR and Germany.

The USA will begin its U-17 Women’s World Cup on Nov. 14 against Cameroon and then will face 2016 U-17 Women’s World Cup champion Korea DPR on Nov. 17 before finishing group play against Germany on Nov. 21.

The USA’s first two games will be played at Estadio Alberto Suppici in Colonia del Sacramento and the Germany match will take place at Estadio Charrúa in the capital of Montevideo. All three venues for the tournament, which also include Estadio Domingo Burgueño Miguel in Maldonado, are on the southwest coast of Uruguay.

Mexico is Concacaf 1 and will play in Group B with South Africa, Brazil and Japan. Canada is Concacaf 2 and will play in Group D with Korea Republic, Spain and Colombia.

Up Next: The U.S. U-17 WNT will gather for a number of training camps in preparation for the World Cup in November.
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Goal Scoring Rundown:
MEX – Dania Pérez (Penalty Kick), 32nd minute: U.S. center back Kennedy Wesley was adjudged to have fouled inside the penalty box as she challenged a Mexico attacker as the two raced to catch up to a through-ball into before it reached the end line. Pérez stepped up to dispatch the resulting PK, shooting to the lower right corner. USA 0, MEX 1

USA – Hannah Bebar (Kennedy Wesley), 34th minute: The USA equalizer came shortly thereafter via a corner kick from Kate Wiesner that was played in low toward the near right post where Wesley got a touch to the ball, sending it across the face of goal. Stationed just in front the Mexico goalkeeper Jaidy Gutiérrez, Bebar helped the ball on its way with a crafty redirection into the left corner. USA 1 MEX 1 [WATCH]

MEX – Nayeli Díaz, 45th minute: Mexico retook the lead after a mix-up in the U.S. defense that saw a back-pass bound for U.S. GK Angelina Anderson roll far too short. Diaz pounced on the loose ball, rounded Anderson who had come out the penalty area to try to tackle with her feet, and deposited her shot into the vacated net. USA 1, MEX 2

USA – Sunshine Fontes (Kate Wiesner), 46th minute: A surging run past multiple defenders saw Wiesner drive the ball from the center of midfield into the heart of the Mexico final third before dishing to Fontes on her left with a perfectly weighted pass. Fontes was able to take her shot in stride, sending the ball across goal from 12 yards out into lower right corner to tie the game again. USA 2, MEX 2 [WATCH]

USA – Maya Doms (Natalia Staude), 76th minute: Another corner kick led to the U.S. winner. As the ball was played into the mixer from the right corner by Wiesner, it came to the feet of Natalia Staude, who smartly picked her head up to find Doms waiting at the top of the penalty box. Staude teed up the winning shot with a quality pass into the stride of Doms, who hit it first time into the roof of the net from 18 yards and then sprinted to the sidelines to celebrate with her entire team and staff. USA 3, MEX 2 [WATCH] FINAL

Additional Notes:

  • The USA was captained by defender Kennedy Wesley, the first time a player has captained the U.S. more than once this tournament. Angelina Anderson was captain vs. Costa Rica, Mia Fishel vs. Bermuda and Kate Wiesner vs. Canada. 
  • Sunshine Fontes scored her fifth goal of the tournament. She previously scored two in the USA’s 10-1 win vs. Bermuda as well as in the semifinal against Haiti. Her five goals tied her for the tournament’s leading goal scorer with Haiti’s Melchie Dumonay.
  • Goalkeeper Angelina Anderson, who recorded shutouts vs. Costa Rica and Canada in group play, was recognized with the tournament’s Golden Glove award.
  • The USA won the tournament’s Fair Play award as the team with fewest fouls and best disciplinary record.
  • Carr used all three allowed subs in the game, sending on Talia DellaPeruta for the injured Samantha Meza in the 10th minute, but then replacing her in the 75th with Reilyn Turner. Match-winner Maya Doms came on for Mia Fishel in the 59th.
  • Carr made what turned out to be a winning half-time adjustment, moving Kate Wiesner up to left wing from defense, allowing her to run at the Mexico defense. Makenna Morris switched over from right back to left back to cover for Wiesner and DellaPeruta dropped to right back.
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U-17 WNT Jun 12, 2018
US Soccer

PREVIEW: U-17 WNT Seeks Fourth Regional Title in 2018 Concacaf Women's U-17 Championship vs. Mexico

U.S. Under-17 Women’s National Team vs. Mexico
2018 Concacaf Women’s U-17 Championship – FINAL
IMG Academy Stadium; Bradenton, Fla.
4:30 p.m. ET (go90.com, Univision Deportes Network)
June 12, 2018

AND SO WE MEET AGAIN: The USA and Mexico face off in the Final of the Concacaf U-17 Women’s Championship for the second straight time, with the USA edging their neighbors to claim the 2016 title in Grenada. Tuesday’s match will be the teams’ sixth meeting since this competition began in 2008, with just about every match being closely contested – including some dramatic finishes. Here are the previous five matches:

USA defender Crystal Dunn scored her first-ever goal for the U-17 WNT in the second minute of stoppage time to book a spot at the 2008 FIFA Under-17 Women’s World Cup, which was the inaugural tournament at this age level. The U.S. would go on to defeat Costa Rica in the Concacaf Championship.

USA forward Summer Green scored all three goals during a 19-minute stretch in the first half as the USA closed out group play undefeated and without conceding a goal en route to the semifinals.

  • 2013 (Semifinal, in Jamaica): USA 1-1 Mexico (Mexico advanced 4-2 on PKs)

Mexico stunned the U.S. with a 5th minute goal by Briana Woodall, but Madison Haley tied the match in the 27th minute. Tied after 90 minutes, the match was decided on penalty kicks, where Mexico’s goalkeeper stopped two USA attempts. With Costa Rica serving as host of the 2013 FIFA U-17 World Cup, only the finalists of the Concacaf Championship qualified, leaving the USA out.

In a closely contested second match for each side, USA forward Ashley Sanchez scored the lone goal in the 73rd minute, taking a one-time pass from Kiara Pickett and lifting it over the onrushing goalkeeper.

Ashley Sanchez opened the scoring with her fifth goal of the tournament in the 43rd minute and Mexico equalized in the 69th to set the stage for Civana Kuhlmann’s dramatic game-winner in the 86th minute. The victory gave the USA its third Concacaf U-17 Women’s Championship trophy in five editions of the tournament. 

The two sides most recently met in a pair of friendlies in November 2017 in Mexico City, with the USA winning 4-0 and the sides drawing a second match, 1-1.

WORLD CUP BOUND: By advancing to the championship game, the USA and Mexico have both qualified for the 2018 FIFA Under-17 World Cup, which will be held in Uruguay in November. The winner of Tuesday’s third place game between Canada and Haiti will claim the final Concacaf berth. This marks the fourth time the USA has qualified for the premier global event at the Under-17 level.

HOW THEY GOT HERE: The USA went 3-0 and topped Group B (9 points) with victories over Costa Rica (4-0), Bermuda (10-1) and Canada (1-0), and defeated Haiti 3-2 in Sunday’s semifinal.

Mexico won Group A with victories over Nicaragua (8-0) and Puerto Rico (7-0) and a 1-1 tie versus Haiti. They defeated Canada 2-1 in the first semifinal on Sunday.

USA GOES FOR FOURTH TITLE: This is the USA’s fourth time playing for the Concacaf Championship, having captured titles in 2008, 2012, and 2016. Mexico (2013) and Canada (2010) are the only other winners of the competition.

The USA’s Tani Costa scored twice and Kristen Mewis and Courtney Verloo added one each before Costa Rica’s tally. The U.S. U-17 WNT became the first in history to win a CONCACAF championship at this age level for women, as it was the first time that a CONCACAF championship and a FIFA World Cup were sanctioned at this level on the women’s side.

Amber Munerlyn’s 21st-minute goal off of a breakaway set up with a creative assist from Summer Green proved to be the difference as the USA withstood a frenetic finish to keep Canada off the scoreboard and capture its second title.

  • 2013: USA 2-1 Mexico (see above)

SUNSHINE AND THE GOLDEN BOOT: With two more goals in the semifinal victory over Haiti, USA forward Sunshine Fontes has now scored four goals in the tournament and is in a four-way tie at the top of the Golden Boot standings heading in the final match. Tied with Fontes are Haiti’s Melchie Dumonay and Mexico’s duo of Alison Gonzalez and Natalia Mauleon. 

STREAK EXTENDED: By sweeping Group B, the USA has extended its streak of winning every group stage match in every edition of this tournament. Through six tournaments, the USA is 18-0 all-time in group play and has outscored its opponents 117-3.

DID YOU KNOW? For the second consecutive tournament, the USA, Canada, Mexico and Haiti advanced to the semifinals; and the Final and Third-Place Match are the same as in 2016, with the USA meeting Mexico and Canada and Haiti squaring off for third. In 2016, the USA defeated Canada in one semifinal and Mexico beat  Haiti in the other. The U.S. went on to beat Mexico in the Final and Canada defeated Haiti in the Third-Place match for the final World Cup berth.

DID YOU KNOW, PART II? The same four countries also advanced to the 2018 Concacaf Under-20 Women’s Championship played in January in Trinidad and Tobago. In that tournament, the USA defeated Haiti on penalty kicks in one semifinal, with Mexico edging Canada in penalty kicks in the other semi. Mexico then claimed the U-20 title over the USA on penalty kicks as the two sides drew 1-1 in regulation, and Haiti upset Canada 1-0. 

A TEAM EFFORT: The USA has scored 18 goals this tournament to date, getting contributions from 11 different players: Sunshine Fontes (4), Maya Doms (2), Mia Fishel (2), Reilyn Turner (2), Sophia Jones, Sam Kroeger, Payton Linnehan, Makenna Morris, Diana Ordoñez, Kennedy Wesley, and Astrid Wheeler. The other goal was an own goal.

The team has also received assist from seven different players: Natalia Straude (3), Turner (3), Kate Wiesner (2), Michela Agestri (2), Smith Hunter (2), Maya Doms, and Samantha Meza.

Only three players have played all four matches: Sunshine Fontes, Kate Wiesner and Diana Ordoñez.

QUICK HITS:

  • The USA and Mexico are the two highest-scoring teams during the 2018 competition, each having scored 18 goals through four matches. The USA has scored 8 goals in the first half and 10 in the second, while Mexico has scored 9 goals in each half.
  • USA has received two or more goals from four different players: Sunshine Fontes (4), Maya Doms (2), Mia Fishel (2) and Reilyn Turner (2). Mexico has five multi-goal scorers: Alison Gonzalez and Natalia Mauleon (4), Nayeli Diaz (3), Aylin Avilez (2) and Nicole Perez (2).
  • The USA’s 14 assists so far are tops among the eight teams, with Mexico coming in second with 12 assists.
  • Three USA players are among the top five in passes attempted and completed. Center back Kennedy Wesley leads all players in completing 140 of her 150 pass attempts; Michela Agresti is fourth, having successfully completed 104 of her 117 attempts, and Sophia Jones is fifth with 100 out of 113.
  • Furthermore, three different USA players are in the top five in passing accuracy: Natalia Staude leads all players at 97% success, having completed 70 of 72 passes. Astrid Wheeler and Smith Hunter are tied for 4th at 95%, each completing 35/37 passes.

FINALS NOTE: In the final and third place match, if the score is tied at the end of regulation, two 15-minute periods of extra time will be played. If extra time is played, each team will have the option to make one additional substitution. If score remains tied after extra time, the winner will be decided by kicks from the penalty mark, per Rules of the Game.

COMPARING THE PAST: While having 11 different goal scorers is impressive, the USA’s record in this tournament was in the inaugural event, when the USA had 14 different players tally en route to winning the 2008 Championship. In 2013, 12 different players scored. This year’s mark – so far – matches the 2010 output that also had 11 goal-scorers. Ten different players scored in 2010 and only six in 2016.

HOW TO WATCH AND FOLLOW: Tuesday’s match versus Mexico will be streamed online at go90.com and via the free go90 app, available in the App Store or Google Play. No registration or authentication is required. The match will also be broadcast live on Univision Deportes Network (4:30 ET).

Fans can also follow the U-17 WNT throughout the tournament on ussoccer.com, Twitter (@ussoccer_ynt) and Instagram (@ussoccer_ynt).

REMAINING SCHEDULE:
Third Place Match: Tuesday, June 12 at 10 ET: Canada vs Haiti
Final: Tuesday, June 12 at 4:30 ET: USA vs Mexico

WORLD CUP AWAITS CONCACAF SIDES AFTER U-17 WWC FINAL DRAW
The Final Draw for the 2018 U-17 Women’s World Cup in Uruguay was held on May 30, but with Concacaf qualifying still to be completed, the three Concacaf teams were drawn as Concacaf 1, Concacaf 2 and Concacaf 3.

  • Group A: Uruguay, Ghana, New Zealand, Finland
  • Group B: Concacaf 1, South Africa, Brazil, Japan
  • Group C: Concacaf 3, Cameroon, Korea DPR, Germany
  • Group D: Korea Republic, Spain, Concacaf 2, Colombia

Once the Concacaf tournament is complete, the qualified teams will know if they are Concacaf 1, 2 or 3 based on a system of points earned over the last five U-17 Women’s World Cup, with the points having descending weight back to 2008, as well as points earned for winning this year’s Concacaf title. The sixth FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup will be staged in Uruguay from Nov. 13-Dec. 1.

U.S. U-17 WNT Concacaf Qualifying Roster by Position (Club; Hometown; Caps/Goals):
GOALKEEPERS (2): 1-Angelina Anderson (Mustang FC; Danville, Calif.; 11/0), 12-Julia Dohle (New York City FC; Scarsdale, N.Y.; 3/0)

DEFENDERS (6): 19-Michela Agresti (FC Stars, Swampscott, Mass.; 12/2), 4-Talia DellaPeruta (NTH Tophat; Cumming, Ga.; 19/1), 14-Smith Hunter (Seattle Reign Academy; Seattle, Wash.; 11/0), 2-Makenna Morris (Bethesda SC; Germantown, Md.; 14/2), 15-Natalia Staude (NTH Tophat; Atlanta, Ga.; 14/0), 5-Kennedy Wesley (So Cal Blues; Rossmoor, Calif.; 31/1)

MIDFIELDERS (6): 17-Hannah Bebar (Eclipse Select SC; Naperville, Ill.; 9/1), 9-Croix Bethune (Concorde Fire; Alpharetta, Ga.; 21/7), 11-Maya Doms (Davis Legacy; Davis, Calif.; 20/8), 10-Mia Fishel (San Diego Surf; San Diego, Calif.; 21/4), 20-Sophia Jones (San Jose Earthquakes; Menlo Park, Calif.; 12/1), 6-Astrid Wheeler (Concorde Fire; Atlanta, Ga.; 16/2)

FORWARDS (6): 18-Sunshine Fontes (Hawaii Rush; Wahiawa, Hawaii; 23/17), 13-Samantha Kroeger (World Class FC; West Milford, N.J.; 6/2), Samantha Meza (Solar SC; Dallas, Texas; 15/2), 8-Diana Ordoñez (FC Dallas; Prosper, Texas; 7/1), 23-Reilyn Turner (So Cal Blues; Aliso Viejo, Calif.; 3/2) 3-Kate Wiesner (LAFC Slammers; Monrovia, Calif.; 33/3)

Updated as of 6/11

Mexico U-17 WNT Concacaf Qualifying Roster by Position)
GOALKEEPERS (2): 1-Ana Paula Ruvalcaba, 12-Jaidy Gutierrez

DEFENDERS (7): 13-Aislinn Garcia, 4-Karen Gomez, 15-Jana Gutierrez, 2-Reyna Reyes, 5-Ximena Rios, 3-Tanna Sanchez, 14-Nicole Soto

MIDFIELDERS (7): 20-Aylin Avilez, 18-Mariana Elizondo, 6-Noemi Granados, 16-Yanin Madrid, 8-Nicole Perez, 11-Anette Vazquez, 19-Rebeca Villuendas

FORWARDS (4): 9-Vanessa Buso, 7-Nayeli Diaz, 10-Alison Gonzalez, 17-Natalia Mauleon

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U-17 WNT Jun 11, 2018
US Soccer

3-2 win vs. Haiti Books U-17 WNT World Cup Berth and Place in Concacaf Title Match

BRADENTON, Fla. (June 10, 2018) – The U.S. Under-17 Women’s National Team qualified for the 2018 FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup in Uruguay with a 3-2 win against Haiti in the 2018 Concacaf Women’s U-17 Championship semifinal thanks to a pair of goals scored in under a minute at the beginning of the second half, by midfielder Mia Fishel and forward Sunshine Fontes.

The win also earned the USA a berth in the tournament’s championship game on Tuesday, June 12 where the young Americans will face Mexico for the regional title. Mexico earned its berth to Uruguay by defeating Canada, 2-1, in the other semifinal earlier in the day.

Canada will face Haiti in the Third-Place Match on June 12 for the region’s third and final World Cup spot. Haiti defeated Canada in the Third-Place Match of the Concacaf Women’s U-20 Championship last January to earn its first Women’s World Cup berth at any level.

Haiti, which put on a fine display of gritty and organized defense combined with a few dangerous counter attacks and opportunistic long-range shots, took a surprise lead early in the first half via a long-distance free kick by Melchie Dumonay, who also scored a late tally to pull her team to within one with seconds left.

Fontes, scorer of two of the USA’s goals, equalized for the young Americans just after the half-hour mark. Fishel and Fontes then put the game away with goals less than a minute apart inside the opening five minutes of the second half in what was an overall dominant display from the U.S., which had 73% of the possession.

Up Next: The USA will face Mexico on Tuesday, June 12 at 4:30 p.m. ET on go90.com and UDN.
Social: Twitter (@ussoccer_ynt), Instagram (@ussoccer_ynt)

Goal Scoring Rundown:
HAI – Melchie Dumonay, 13th minute: Haiti sent a long free kick up the field that led to winning another free kick just outside of 30 yards from the goal. Dumonay took the kick and sent a strong shot that dipped into the left side of the net as U.S. goalkeeper Angelina Anderson was unable to get across the goal mouth in time. USA 0, HAI 1

USA – Sunshine Fontes, 32nd minute: Samantha Meza served a cross from the left flank into the penalty box where a Haiti defender tried to clear, but instead knock the ball into the path of Fontes, who smacked a one-time shot from 10 yards out into the lower right corner to tie the game. USA 1, HAI 1 [WATCH]

USA – Mia Fishel, 49th minute: The USA took the lead as Fishel dealt a crafty move inside the box, flicking a hard pass over her defender with her heel, then swiveling around her to follow the ball. A second Haiti defender attempted to head the ball clear but didn’t get enough on it and the ball fell to Fishel, who volleyed a point-blank shot down into the middle of the goal to give the USA a lead it would not relinquish. USA 2, HAI 1 [WATCH]

USA – Sunshine Fontes (Reilyn Turner), 50th minute: Samantha Meza did well to separate from her defender on the left wing in order to send a cross-field pass to the top of the Haiti penalty box. Reilyn Turner then headed down a perfect pass into the path of Fontes who let the ball run across her before firing a first time shot from the top of the six-yard box past charging Haiti goalkeeper Madelina Fleuriot for what turned out to be the game-winner. USA 3, HAI 1 [WATCH]

HAI – Melchie Dumonay (Angeline Gustave), 90+2: In the waning moments of the match, a long Haiti pass upfield turned into a footrace between Dumonay and the U.S. defense. With U.S. defender Kennedy Wesley on her hip, the powerful Dumonay drove into the right side of the box and from a tight angle, fired her shot between U.S. goalkeeper Angelina Anderson and the near post to give her team momentarily life, but the final whistle below about 30 seconds after the kickoff. USA 3, HAI 2 FINAL

Additional Notes:

  • The USA was captained by defender Kennedy Wesley, who is the fourth player to captain the team in its four games so far at the tournament. Angelina Anderson was captain vs. Costa Rica, Mia Fishel vs. Bermuda and Kate Wiesner vs. Canada. 
  • Sunshine Fontes scored her second brace of the tournament; she previously scored two in the USA’s 10-1 win vs. Bermuda. Her four goals have tied her for the lead in the tournament’s Golden Boot race.
  • Reilyn Turner continued her good run of form since joining the roster last week due to an injury, and provided a quality assist on Fontes game-winning goal. Turner has recorded a goal or assist in all three games she has played with the U-17s (two of which saw her come on as a second-half substitute).
  • U.S. head coach Mark Carr made four changes from the XI that started versus Canada: Michela Agresti came in for Natalia Staude, the only player to start all three group games; Samantha Kroeger came in at left wing, with Kate Wiesner dropping to left back in place of Makenna Morris; Mia Fishel came in for Croix Bethune and Maya Doms was in for Hannah Bebar.
  • Carr used all three allowed subs in the game, sending on Turner for Samantha Kroeger at halftime, Astrid Wheeler for Mia Fishel in the 65th minute and Diana Ordoñez for Sunshine Fontes in the 81st. 
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U-17 WNT Jun 10, 2018
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