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USA Qualifies for 2016 FIFA U-17 Women's World Cup with 5-0 Win vs. Canada

ST. GEORGES, Grenada (March 11, 2016) – The U.S. Under-17 Women’s National Team qualified for the 2016 FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup with a dominating 5-0 win against Canada in the semifinal of the 2016 CONCACAF Women’s Championship at Grenada Athletics Stadium.

Alexa Spaanstra, Jordan Canniff, Civana Kuhlman, Sophia Smith and Frankie Tagliaferri all scored, while the team’s defense, solidified up the middle by midfielders Brianna Pinto and Jaelin Howell and center-backs Naomi Girma and Karina Rodriguez, pitched a third consecutive shutout in stellar overall performance for the USA.

Spaanstra opened the scoring with what proved to be the game-winner in the 33rd minute before Canniff provided a decisive goal in first half stoppage-time. At 14 years and seven months old, Canniff is now the second youngest scorer in international competition in U.S. WNT program history. Kuhlmann netted the USA’s third soon after halftime, a goal that put the match of reach, before Smith and Tagliaferri added a final pair of strikes in second-half stoppage time.

In the other semifinal, Mexico swept past Haiti 3-0, to earn a berth to Jordan and setting up a Group B rematch with the USA for the tournament title. The final between the USA and Mexico will take place on Sunday, March 13, and will be broadcast on FS2 and FOX Sports Go at 6 p.m. ET. The USA defeated Mexico, 1-0, in its second Group B match on a goal from Ashley Sanchez.

The 2016 FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup will be staged from September 30 through October 21 in Jordan. The USA and Mexico become the fifth and sixth teams to qualify along with host Jordan, North Korea, Japan and New Zealand.

Goal Scoring Rundown:
USA – Alex Spaanstra (Kennedy Wesley), 33rd minute: Wesley overlapped from her right back position and swung in a cross from deep in the right corner. The ball dropped near the penalty spot and Spaanstra timed her run perfectly, beating her defender to the ball to strike a full volley with her instep into the lower right corner for her second goal of the tournament. USA 1, CAN 0 (SEE GOAL)

USA – Jordan Canniff, 45+1 minute: The USA had Canada under extended pressure and Civana Kuhlmann latched on to a cross that had skipped by a Canada defender in the penalty pox. She got off a point blank shot that was saved by Canada goalkeeper Lysianne Proulx, but the rebound fell right to Canniff, who slotted the ball home to double the U.S. lead just before the halftime break. USA 2, CAN 0 (SEE GOAL )

USA – Civana Kuhlmann (Kennedy Wesley), 54th minute: Wesley made a hard charging run down the right side of the field and curled in a low cross to the back post where Kuhlmann met it with a sliding strike, redirecting the ball with her knee inside the left post for her third goal of the tournament. USA 3, CAN 0 ( SEE GOAL)

USA – Sophia Smith, 91st minute: Canada goalkeeper Lysianne Proulx misplayed a back-pass which allowed the sprinting Smith, who had come on just six minutes earlier, to win the loose ball on the right side of the penalty box and shoot back across goal into the lower left corner. USA 4, CAN 0 ( SEE GOAL)

USA – Frankie Tagliaferri (Alex Spaanstra), 93rd minute: The U.S. kept their foot on the pedal through the final whistle and got a fifth as an attack was only half-cleared by Canada. The ball fell to Spaanstra in the right channel and she made a move around her defender before slipping a pass to Tagilaferri who one-timed a low shot inside the left post. USA 5, CAN 0 (SEE GOAL) FINAL

Next on the Schedule: The U.S. will face off against Mexico on March 13 (6 p.m. ET on FS2) at Grenada National Stadium in St. Georges, Grenada. Click here for the full tournament schedule.

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Additional Notes:

  • With five goals, Frankie Tagliaferri is tied for the lead in the tournament Golden Boot race with two Haitian players.
  • Ashley Sanchez has four goals and Civana Kuhlmann has three.
  • U.S. goalkeeper Laurel Ivory collected her third clean sheet of the competition, becoming the only ‘keeper with three in the tournament.
  • The USA did not allow a shot on goal from Canada.
  • Jordan Canniff is the second youngest player ever to score for the U.S. WNT in international competition, tallying tonight at 5,341 days old. Civana Kuhlman, who also scored tonight, was the youngest, scoring at the 2013 CONCACAF Women's Championship at 5,314 days old.
  • Eighteen of the 20 players on the U.S. roster have started a game in this tournament and 19 of the 20 have played, with only back-up goalkeeper Hillary Beall having yet to see the field.

- 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:
March 11, 2016
Competition:
2016 CONCACAF U-17 Women’s Championship – Semifinal
Venue:
Grenada Athletics Stadium; St. George’s, Grenada
Attendance:
1,000
Weather:
79 degrees; clear

Scoring Summary: 1   2   F
USA                        2   3   5
CAN                        0   0   0

USA – Alexa Spaanstra (Kennedy Wesley) 33rd minute
USA – Jordan Canniff (Civanna Kuhlmann) 45+1
USA – Civanna Kuhlmann (Kennedy Wesley) 54
USA – Sophia Smith 90+1
USA – Frankie Tagliaferri (Alexa Spaanstra) 90+3

Lineups:
USA
: 1-Laurel Ivory; 15-Kennedy Wesley, 16-Karina Rodriguez, 4-Naomi Girma, 19-Kate Wiesner; 8-Brianna Pinto, 18-Jaelin Howell, 17-Jordan Canniff (11-Izzy Rodriguez, 73), 10-Ashley Sanchez (capt.) (20-Frankie Tagliaferri, 77), 7-Alexa Spaanstra; 14-Civana Kuhlmann (3-Sophia Smith, 84)
Subs Not Used: 2-Taryn Torres, 5-Sydney Zandi, 6-Emily Smith, 9-Kiara Pickett, 12-Hilary Beall, 13-Rachel Jones

Head Coach: B.J. Snow

CAN : 18-Lysianne Proulx; 2-Emma Regan, 3-Julia Grosso, 6-Samantha Chang, 16-Ashley Cathro; 8-Sarah Stratigakis, 10-Anyssa Ibrahim (12-Vital Kats, 75), 14-Caitlin Shaw (4-Nahida Baalbaki, 46), 7-Shana Flynn, 9-Jordyn Huitema, 20-Jayde Riviere (11-Camila Gomez, 46)
Subs Not Used: 1-Marissa Zucchetto, 5-Kennedy Faulknor, 13-Nadège L’Espérance, 15-Lauren Raimondo, 17-Teni Akindoju, 19-Aaliyah Scott
Head Coach: Bev Priestman

Stats Summary: USA / CAN
Shots: 16 / 4
Shots on Goal: 11 / 0
Saves: 0 / 6
Corner Kicks: 3 / 0
Fouls: 8 / 2
Offside: 1 / 2

Misconduct Summary:
None

Officials:
Referee: Tatiana Montes (PAN)
Assistant Referee 1: Thelma Beltran (SLV)
Assistant Referee 2: Lixy Enriquez (MEX)
4th Official: Francia Maria Gonzalez (MEX)

header photo courtesy of Haron Forteau
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- 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:
March 11, 2016
Competition:
2016 CONCACAF U-17 Women’s Championship – Semifinal
Venue:
Grenada Athletics Stadium; St. George’s, Grenada
Attendance:
1,000
Weather:
79 degrees; clear

Scoring Summary: 1   2   F
USA                        2   3   5
CAN                        0   0   0

USA – Alexa Spaanstra (Kennedy Wesley) 33rd minute
USA – Jordan Canniff (Civanna Kuhlmann) 45+1
USA – Civanna Kuhlmann (Kennedy Wesley) 54
USA – Sophia Smith 90+1
USA – Frankie Tagliaferri (Alexa Spaanstra) 90+3

Lineups:
USA
: 1-Laurel Ivory; 15-Kennedy Wesley, 16-Karina Rodriguez, 4-Naomi Girma, 19-Kate Wiesner; 8-Brianna Pinto, 18-Jaelin Howell, 17-Jordan Canniff (11-Izzy Rodriguez, 73), 10-Ashley Sanchez (capt.) (20-Frankie Tagliaferri, 77), 7-Alexa Spaanstra; 14-Civana Kuhlmann (3-Sophia Smith, 84)
Subs Not Used: 2-Taryn Torres, 5-Sydney Zandi, 6-Emily Smith, 9-Kiara Pickett, 12-Hilary Beall, 13-Rachel Jones

Head Coach: B.J. Snow

CAN : 18-Lysianne Proulx; 2-Emma Regan, 3-Julia Grosso, 6-Samantha Chang, 16-Ashley Cathro; 8-Sarah Stratigakis, 10-Anyssa Ibrahim (12-Vital Kats, 75), 14-Caitlin Shaw (4-Nahida Baalbaki, 46), 7-Shana Flynn, 9-Jordyn Huitema, 20-Jayde Riviere (11-Camila Gomez, 46)
Subs Not Used: 1-Marissa Zucchetto, 5-Kennedy Faulknor, 13-Nadège L’Espérance, 15-Lauren Raimondo, 17-Teni Akindoju, 19-Aaliyah Scott
Head Coach: Bev Priestman

Stats Summary: USA / CAN
Shots: 16 / 4
Shots on Goal: 11 / 0
Saves: 0 / 6
Corner Kicks: 3 / 0
Fouls: 8 / 2
Offside: 1 / 2

Misconduct Summary:
None

Officials:
Referee: Tatiana Montes (PAN)
Assistant Referee 1: Thelma Beltran (SLV)
Assistant Referee 2: Lixy Enriquez (MEX)
4th Official: Francia Maria Gonzalez (MEX)

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U-17 WNT to Play Haiti Twice During Training Camp in Lakewood Ranch, Fla.

CHICAGO (Dec. 9, 2017) – The U.S. Under-17 Women’s National Team will come together from Dec. 11-16 for a training camp in Lakewood Ranch, Fla., that will feature two full international matches against the Haiti U-17 WNT.

Both the USA and Haiti are preparing for the 2018 CONCACAF Women’s Under-17 Championship which will be held from April 19-29 in Nicaragua. The tournament will qualify three teams to the 2018 FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup in Uruguay.

The roster, which consists of 22 players born in 2001 – the age cut off year for the next U-17 Women’s World Cup -- and four born in 2002, is made up primarily of the core of players who have been a key part of the cycle so far, with several players also getting first looks in a training camp environment.

The USA will face Haiti on Wednesday, Dec. 13 at The Premier Sports Campus at in Lakewood Ranch on a field to be determined with a kick-off at 3 p.m. ET. The second match on Friday, Dec. 15 will take place at the Premier Sports Campus Stadium and will kick off at 7:30 p.m. ET. Both games are open to the public with free admission.

“It’s exciting to finish out the 2017 with two games against Haiti,” said U.S. head coach Mark Carr. “As always, we will compete to win both games while working to continue to develop as individuals and as a team. Haiti is a team we could potentially face in qualifying so, once again, we’ll get a valuable snapshot of how we need to improve.”

Forward Jordan Canniff leads the team in scoring this year with six international goals. Midfielder Maya Doms has four goals while forwards Croix Bethune and Payton Linnehan have scored three goals each. Eleven other players have scored this year for the U-17 WNT.

The U-17s have been quite active this year as they prepare for qualifying. The squad has played tournaments in Slovenia/Italy and in China while also defeating England in two games in Portland, Oregon, in late August by a 12-3 aggregate score. The squad traveled to Mexico City in mid-November for two matches against the Mexico U-17 WNT, tying 1-1 and winning 4-0. The U-17s have lost just one of 11 international games this year, that loss coming in a wild back-and-forth 5-4 setback against China in Weifang in July.

“Coming off the Mexico trip, our team is still learning how to always give our best performance regardless of any external circumstance,” Carr said. “We must always be prepared to battle, be ready to play and be ready to take part in the game at its maximum for 90-plus minutes.”

U.S. U-17 Women’s National Team Roster by Position:
GOALKEEPERS (3): Angelina Anderson (Mustang SC; Danville, Calif.), Halle Mackiewicz (Real Colorado; Broomfield, Colo.), Lindsey Romig (Richmond United; Midlothian, Va.)                                                               
DEFENDERS (7): Michela Agresti (FC Stars of Mass; Swampscott, Mass), Tori Hansen (NC Courage Academy; Raleigh, N.C.), Smith Hunter (Seattle Reign Academy; Seattle, Wash.), Makenna Morris (Bethesda SC; Germantown, Md.), Bria Schrotenboer (Midwest United; Holland, Mich.), Natalia Staude (Tophat SC; Atlanta, Ga.), Kate Wiesner (Slammers FC; Monrovia, Calif.)
MIDFIELDERS (9): Croix Bethune (Concord Fire SC; Alpharetta, Ga.), Talia DellaPeruta (NTH Tophat; Cumming, Ga.), Maya Doms (Davis Legacy; Davis, Calif.), Mia Fishel (San Diego Surf; San Diego, Calif.), Sophia Jones (San Jose Earthquakes; Menlo Park, Calif.), Samantha Kroeger (World Class FC; West Milford, N.J.), Ariella Pitty (Ohio Premier; Midlothian, Va.), MacKenzee Vance (United Soccer Alliance; Bluffton, S.C.), Astrid Wheeler (Concord Fire SC; Atlanta, Ga.)         
FORWARDS (7): Enzi Broussard (IMG Academy; Bradenton, Fla.), Jordan Canniff (Washington Spirit - Baltimor Armour; California, Md.), Isabella D'Aquila (So Cal Blues; Mission Viejo, Calif), Sunshine Fontes (Hawaii Rush; Wahiawa, Hawaii), Payton Linnehan (FC Stars of Mass; Douglas, Mass.), Samantha Meza (Solar; Dallas, Texas), Kalyssa Van Zanten (Eclipse Select; Buffalo Grove, Ill.)

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Nominees Set for 2017 U.S. Soccer Young Male, Young Female and Disabled Player of the Year

CHICAGO (Dec. 5, 2017) – U.S. Soccer has announced the nominees for the 2017 U.S. Soccer Young Male, Young Female and Disabled Player of the Year awards.

Voting for the candidates closes on Tuesday, Dec. 12 at 11:59 p.m. ET. The winners will be announced throughout the month of December. 

After impressive runs to the quarterfinals of both the U-20 and U-17 FIFA World Cups, the Young Male Player of the Year field is laden with talent. The nominees include forwards Josh Sargent and Tim Weah, midfielders Tyler Adams, Luca de la Torre and Jonathan Gonzalez as well as defender Erik Palmer-Brown.

Sargent enjoyed an historic year as the first player to receive call-ups to the U-17, U-20 and senior Men’s National Team in the same year. He starred at both Youth World Cups, earning Silver Boot honors with the U-20s in Korea and captaining the U-17s in India. Weah became the first American to score a hat trick in the knockout round of a men’s World Cup, with a triple in the USA’s Round of 16 victory against Paraguay. Adams, de la Torre and Palmer-Brown headlined the U-20s’ run to the quarterfinals in Korea while Gonzalez has been a key component of Liga MX-side Monterrey’s run to the Apertura Finals.

The Young Female Player of the Year field features a stellar crop of talented players who have seen time with multiple age groups in the Youth Women’s National Team program. Forwards Sophia Smith and Savannah McCaskill, midfielders Tierna Davidson and Jaelin Howell as well as defender Kate Wiesner have all shown outstanding play in 2017, with four of the five nominees having already earned their first senior-team call-ups. All have played key roles in preparing for next year’s World Cup qualification at the U-17 and U-20 levels.

Davidson starred in Stanford’s run to the NCAA Championship and South Carolina’s McCaskill also led her team to the College Cup. The three other nominees are plying their trade in the inaugural season of the Girls’ Development Academy. Howell and Smith play for Real Colorado U-18/19, and Smith has the unique distinction of scoring for three different U.S. National Teams this year. Wiesner captained the U-17 WNT this year and leads the team in minutes played while playing club for the LAFC Slammers U-18/19 team.

The Disabled Player of the Year field features key players from the Paralympic National Team’s fifth-place run at the World Championships and the Power Soccer National Team’s runner-up finish at the World Cup. Goalkeeper Sean Boyle, midfielder Drew Bremer and defender Kevin Hensely represent the PNT, while Michael Archer represents Power Soccer.

Boyle had an outstanding run in net at the 2017 World Championships, putting together an 89 percent save percentage while taking on three of the world’s top four teams. Hensley captained the team at the Championships in Argentina, while Bremer is a member of the first Paralympic scholarship class at Clemson University. Archer captained the Power Soccer World Cup team this year, producing 15 goals and 14 assists.

A new voting process was put into place in 2014. Votes are collected from respective National Team coaches, National Team players who have earned a cap in 2017, American soccer league (MLS, NASL and NWSL) head coaches, select media members, former players and administrators.

Players cannot win the Young Male or Young Female award more than once.

The award for Young Male and Young Female Player of the Year was first awarded in 1998 with Josh Wolff and Cindy Parlow, winning for Young Male and Young Female, respectively. The Disabled Player of the Year was first awarded in 2012 with Felicia Schroeder earning the honor.

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Nominees Set for 2017 U.S. Soccer Player of the Year Awards

CHICAGO (Dec. 5, 2017) – U.S. Soccer has announced the nominees for its 2017 U.S. Soccer Player of the Year awards. The winners for Male and Young Male Player of the Year, Female and Young Female Player of the Year and Disabled Player of the Year will be announced throughout the month of December.

The men’s field features forwards Jozy Altidore, Clint Dempsey and Jordan Morris as well as midfielders Michael Bradley and Christian Pulisic. In the Young Male category, the nominees are forwards Josh Sargent and Tim Weah, midfielders Tyler Adams, Luca de la Torre and Jonathan Gonzalez and defender Erik Palmer-Brown.

Female Player of the Year nominees include midfielders Julie Ertz, Lindsey Horan and Samantha Mewis as well as forwards Alex Morgan and Megan Rapinoe. The Young Female field is made up of forwards Savannah McCaskill and Sophia Smith, midfielders Tierna Davidson and Jaelin Howell and defender Kate Wiesner.

The Disabled Player of the Year nominees include Sean Boyle, Drew Bremer and Kevin Hensley of the Paralympic National Team and Michael Archer of the Power Soccer National Team.

The current voting process was put in place beginning in 2014. Votes will be collected from National Team coaches and staff, National Team players who have earned a cap in 2017, members of the U.S. Soccer Board of Directors, U.S. Soccer’s Athlete Council, professional soccer league coaches, select college head coaches and select media members.

Voting for the candidates closes on Tuesday, Dec. 12 at 11:59 p.m. ET.

The U.S. Soccer Male Player of the Year has been awarded since 1984, when midfielder Rick Davis won the inaugural prize and was followed shortly thereafter by the first Female Player of the Year award in 1985, when midfielder Sharon Remer (known then as Sharon McMurtry) earned the inaugural honor. The U.S. Soccer Young Male, Young Female Player of the Year awards have been presented every year since 1998 and the Disabled Player of the Year since 2012.

2017 U.S. Soccer Player of the Year Nominees

MALE

FEMALE

Jozy Altidore

Julie Ertz

Michael Bradley

Lindsey Horan

Clint Dempsey

Samantha Mewis

Jordan Morris

Alex Morgan

Christian Pulisic

Megan Rapinoe

YOUNG MALE

YOUNG FEMALE

Tyler Adams

Tierna Davidson

Luca de la Torre

Jaelin Howell

Jonathan Gonzalez

Savannah McCaskill

Erik Palmer-Brown

Sophia Smith

Josh Sargent

Kate Wiesner

Tim Weah

DISABLED

Sean Boyle

Drew Bremer

Kevin Hensley

Michael Archer

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U-17 WNT Defeats Mexico 4-0 in Mexico City

MEXICO CITY (Nov. 18, 2017) – The U.S. Under-17 Women’s National Team rebounded from a 1-1 draw with Mexico on Nov. 16 to defeat its counterparts 4-0 in the second of two friendly matches at Mexico’s National Team Training Center. Midfielder Croix Bethune scored twice, sandwiched between single scores from forwards Isabella D’Aquila and Jordan Canniff.

The two matches served as excellent preparation for both teams ahead of the 2018 CONCACAF U-17 Women’s Championship. That tournament, to be held in Nicaragua next spring, will qualify three teams for the 2018 FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup in Uruguay.

"Obviously, we are very happy with the 4-0 result,” said U.S. U-17 WNT head coach Mark Carr. “We made several changes from the first game and our players responded with a very disciplined performance. Coming out of this experience in Mexico, we know that we have a lot of work ahead of us as we continue to improve leading into World Cup qualifying next year."

The age cutoff for the next U-17 Women’s World Cup is players born on or after January 1, 2001. For these games U.S. U-17 WNT head coach Mark Carr named 19 players born in 2001 and three born in 2002.

As in the first match two days ago, the USA scored early. Midfielder Hannah Bebar played a ball over the back line to Sunshine Fontes, who crossed into the middle for D’Aquila to finish first-time. It was D’Aquila’s third international goal in four U-17 appearances.

Unlike the match two days ago, the USA piled on three more goals to put the game away. It took the young Americans until the second half to score a second, but it came as part of a two-goal flurry from Bethune in a six-minute span.

Her first score came when the ball popped out to the top of the penalty box and she side-footed her shot into the top corner in the 51stt minute. She made it 3-0 in the 56th when she evaded a few defenders and hit a blast from outside the penalty area that flew into the upper left corner. The goals were Bethune’s second and third at the U-17 international level in 10 caps.

Bethune also created the fourth and final score, slipping a through ball into the path of Canniff, who dribbled along the end line and showed patience before beating the goalkeeper at a tough angle for her eighth U-17 goal in 18 caps.

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

Match: United States U-17 Women’s National Team vs. Mexico
Date: November 18, 2017
Competition: International Friendly
Venue: Centro de Alto Rendimiento; Mexico City, Mexico
Weather: 70 degrees, clear

Scoring Summary:   1          2          F         
USA                             1          3          4
MEX                            0          0          0

USA – Isabella D’Aquila (Sunshine Fontes)               8th minute
USA – Croix Bethune                                                  51
USA – Croix Bethune                                                  56
USA – Jordan Canniff (Croix Bethune)                      80                       

Lineups:
USA: 12-Angelina Anderson; 17-Smith Hunter, 15-Natalia Staude, 16-Michela Agresti (capt), 2-Makenna Morris (3-Kate Wiesner, 54); 14-Hannah Bebar, 24-Croix Bethune, 20-Sophia Jones (21-Samantha Kroeger, 65); 19-Kalyssa Van Zanten (9-Jordan Canniff, 46), 13-Isabella D’Aquila (11-Lia Godfrey, 46), 18-Sunshine Fontes (10-Mia Fishel, 78)

Subs not used: 1-Cayla White, 4-Tori Hansen, 5-Kennedy Wesley, 6-Astrid Wheeler, 7-Samantha Meza, 8-Maya Doms
Head Coach: Mark Carr

MEX: 20-Jaidy Gutierrez; 16-Reyna Reyes, 2-Tanna Sanchez, 15-Julieta Peralta, 5-Ximena Rios (11-Esmeralda Zamarron, 57); 8-Nicole Perez (capt), 6-Mariana Elizondo, 4-Arely Salcedo (14-Nayeli Diaz, 40), 19-Natalia Mauleon (17-Yolanda Jimenez, 77); 10-Alison Gonzalez, 9-Vanessa Buso (21-Fernanda Rosales, 75)
Subs not used: 1-Clarissa Ramirez, 3-Nicole Soto, 7-Fatima Arellano, 12-Dayan Tellez, 13-Noemi Granados, 18-Valentina Oviedo, 22-Valeria Perez, 23-Valeria Reza
Head Coach: Christopher Cuellar

Stats Summary: USA / MEX                        
Shots: 11 / 5
Shots on Goal: 5 / 3
Saves: 3 / 1
Corner Kicks: 4 / 1
Fouls: 6 / 1
Offside: 5 / 3

Misconduct Summary:
None

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U-17 WNT Draws Mexico 1-1 in Mexico City

MEXICO CITY (Nov. 16, 2017) – The U.S. Under-17 Women’s National Team drew its counterparts from Mexico 1-1 in the first of two friendly matches between the teams at Mexico’s National Team Training Center. Midfielder Maya Doms scored the USA’s lone goal, her fourth in 10 caps at the U-17 level.

The USA traveled to Mexico City after training in Sunrise, Florida for a few days and will face Mexico again on Nov. 18.

“Overall, I think our performance today was well below our own team standards,” U.S. head coach Mark Carr said. “We have great respect for Mexico, but we are definitely disappointed as a group and it’s a reminder for us all that there are no easy games in CONCACAF. We scored a nice goal early, but then didn’t push on from there and that allowed Mexico to gain momentum and get back in the game.”

The matches serve as excellent preparation for both teams ahead of the 2018 CONCACAF U-17 Women’s Championship. That tournament will be held in Nicaragua next spring and will qualify three teams for the 2018 FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup in Uruguay.

The age cutoff for the next U-17 Women’s World Cup is players born on or after January 1, 2001, and Carr named 19 players born 2001 and three born in 2002 for these games.

The USA took a 1-0 lead in the 9th minute. Team captain Kennedy Wesley played a long ball past Mexico’s back four to forward Jordan Canniff who took it down the flank and crossed into the six-yard box where Doms finished smartly.

Mexico got its equalizer from the penalty spot in the 60th minute when Alison Gonzalez was taken down in the penalty box. Nicole Perez stepped up and scored on the ground into the lower right corner.

“We will recover, analyze ourselves and then focus on what we can improve,” Carr added. “What I do know about our team is that they will be hungry to improve on what we did today and will put in a much better performance against Mexico on Saturday. We did create the better chances over the entire match, but the longer it takes to get a second goal, it always gives the opponent belief.”

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

Match: United States U-17 Women’s National Team vs. Mexico
Date: November 16, 2017
Competition: International Friendly
Venue: Centro de Alto Rendimiento; Mexico City, Mexico
Weather: 70 degrees, cloudy

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

USA – Maya Doms                 9th minute
MEX – Nicole Perez                60

Lineups:
USA: 1-Cayla White; 2-Makenna Morris (17-Smith Hunter, 61), 5-Kennedy Wesley (capt), 4-Tori Hansen (16-Michela Agresti, 61), 3-Kate Wiesner; 6-Astrid Wheeler, 8-Maya Doms, 10-Mia Fishel (24-Croix Bethune, 69); 7-Samantha Meza (13-Isabella D’Aquila, 61), 9-Jordan Canniff, 11-Lia Godfrey (18-Sunshine Fontes, 69)
Subs not used: 12-Angelina Anderson, 14-Hannah Bebar, 15-Natalia Staude, 19-Kalyssa Van Zanten, 20-Sophia Jones, 21-Samantha Kroeger
Head Coach: Mark Carr

MEX: 20-Jaidy Gutierrez (1-Clarissa Ramirez, 86); 16-Reyna Reyes, 3-Nicole Soto, 2-Tanna Sanchez, 22-Valeria Perez; 8-Nicole Perez (capt), 6-Mariana Elizondo (13-Noemi Granados, 57), 7-Fatima Arellano (14-Nayeli Diaz, 57), 19-Natalia Mauleon; 10-Alison Gonzalez (18-Valentina Oviedo, 74), 9-Vanessa Buso
Subs not used: 4-Arely Salcedo, 5-Ximena Rios, 11-Esmeralda Zamarron, 12-Daylan Tellez, 15-Julieta Peralta, 17-Yolanda Jimenez, 21-Fernanda Rosales, 23-Valeria Reza
Head Coach: Christopher Cuellar

Stats Summary: USA / MEX                        
Shots: 4 / 5
Shots on Goal: 2 / 4
Saves: 3 / 1
Corner Kicks: 6 / 4
Fouls: 5 / 7
Offside: 3 / 2

Misconduct Summary:
None

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