U.S. Soccer

USA Defeats Mexico 2-1 to Claim 2016 CONCACAF U-17 Women's Championship Title

ST. GEORGES, Grenada (March 13, 2016) – Forward Civana Kuhlmann scored a dramatic game-winner in the 86th minute as the U.S. Under-17 Women’s National Team won the 2016 CONCACAF U-17 Women’s Championship with a 2-1 victory against Mexico.

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 Kuhlmann’s heroics.

“It’s been an emotional two weeks and it’s been a hard-fought two weeks,” said U.S. head coach B.J. Snow. “The girls are ecstatic, and I’m proud of them for pushing through some adversity today. Five games in nine days in this heat against this type of competition is tough, and every game we had was very difficult. The girls learned from it and pushed themselves through some things they’ve never had to deal with before. It was a total team effort.”

Sanchez won the Golden Ball as the tournament’s top player and Laurel Ivory, who played every minute in goal for the USA, won the Golden Glove as the top goalkeeper in the competition. Ivory, who had little to do for most of the tournament, made a huge save near the end of the game to keep it knotted at 1-1.

Seven U.S. players made the Best XI Team for the tournament: Ivory, Naomi Girma, Kennedy Wesley, Brianna Pinto, Jaelin Howell, Sanchez and Kuhlmann

The USA had already booked its place in the 2016 FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup in Jordan with a 5-0 victory against Canada in the semifinal on March 11, but the championship game triumph gives the USA its third U-17 CONCACAF title (2008, 2012, 2016). Mexico earned its berth to the Women’s World Cup via a 3-0 semifinal win against Haiti, while Canada booked CONCACAF’s final World Cup spot with a 4-2 win against Haiti in the third place match.

The USA had far more dangerous chances on the night, including a shot from Kuhlmann in the first half that smacked off the crossbar at the upper left corner, but Mexico goalkeeper Miriam Aguirre made numerous big-time saves to keep the game close.

Sophia Smith entered the game in the 79th minute and set up the winning goal with an excellent cross from the right wing that Kuhlmann met with a powerful slide to seal the victory, although Mexico’s Jacqueline Ovalle, who scored Mexico’s earlier equalizer, hit the outside of the left post in the dying seconds of the match.

Goal Scoring Rundown:
USA – Ashley Sanchez, 43rd minute: A ball was played over the top by the USA and bounced in the penalty area. Alessandra Ramirez headed it up in the air and Sanchez was first to the falling ball, deftly lifting it over the defender and goalkeeper into the open net for her fifth goal of the tournament. USA 1, MEX 0 ( SEE GOAL)

MEX – Jacqueline Ovalle (Maricarmen Reyes), 69th minute: Mexico put together a nice build up down the right side and served a cross into the middle where Maricarmen Reyes collected well at the top of the box. She then played a pass square to Ovalle, who took a touch into the penalty area on the left side and hit a perfect shot just inside the right post past diving U.S. goalkeeper Laurel Ivory. USA 1, MEX 1 (SEE GOAL)

USA – Civana Kuhlmann (Sophia Smith), 86th minute: With the USA pushing for the winner, substitute Sophia Smith fought off a defender on the right wing and whipped in a cross. Kuhlmann timed her run perfectly and knifed through the goal area to smash home a volley with her knee. It was her fourth goal of the tournament. USA 2, MEX 1 ( SEE GOAL) FINAL

Key Saves and Defensive Stops:
MEX – Miriam Aguirre, 8th minute:
Ashley Sanchez beat two defenders around the left side and dribbled toward the near post. Aguirre held her position and batted the close range shot over the goal for a corner kick.

MEX – Miriam Aguirre, 17th minute: Aguirre came up big again on Sanchez, once again cutting down the angle on a one-on-one and threw her body in front of the shot to block the close range chance.

MEX – Miriam Aguirre, 57th minute: JaelinHowell hit a bending shot from the top of the box that was headed into the upper right corner before Aguirre leapt to push the ball out for a corner kick.

MEX – Miriam Aguirre, 65th minute: Civana Kuhlmann got behind the defense on the right side and fired low, but Aguirre turned it away with a kick save.

USA – Laurel Ivory, 80th minute: With the game in the balance, Mexico got off a shot from the right side of the penalty area that Ivory was able to get her gloves on with a dive to her right that helped the ball bounce just wide right of the post.

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Additional Notes:

  • The USA 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.
  • Overall, the USA has 25-game unbeaten streak (23-0-2) in this tournament since it began in 2008, outscoring opponents 137-5.
  • The USA scored 18 goals in this year’s tournament and allowed two.
  • Six different players have scored the USA’s 18 goals: Frankei Tagliaferri (5), Ashley Sanchez (5), Civana Kuhlmann (4), Alexa Spaanstra (2), Jordan Canniff (1) and Sophia Smith (1).
  • Ashley Sanchez scored in four out of the five matches and was tied for the team lead with five goals along with Frankie Tagliaferri.
  • Laurel Ivory picked up three clean sheets during the competition.
  • Mexico started seven of the same players from the teams’ match in group play, while the USA started eight.
  • U.S. right back Kennedy Wesley was injured at the end of the first half and had to be replaced at halftime. The USA’s other two right back options (Sydney Zandi and Kiara Pickett) were already injured, so midfielder Alexa Spaanstra filled in at right back for the second half.
  • Sophia Smith led the USA with four assists during the tournament.

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

Match: U.S. U-17 Women’s National Team vs. Mexico U-17 Women’s National Team
Date:
March 13, 2016
Competition:
2016 CONCACAF U-17 Women’s Championship – Final
Venue:
Grenada Athletics Stadium; St. George’s, Grenada
Attendance:
2,500
Weather:
88 degrees; clear

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

USA – Ashley Sanchez                                                          43rd minute
MEX – Jacqueline Ovalle (Montserrat Hernandez)               69
USA – Civana Kuhlmann (Sophia Smith)                              86

Lineups:
USA
: 1-Laurel Ivory; 15-Kennedy Wesley (11-Izzy Rodriguez, 46), 16-Karina Rodriguez, 4-Naomi Girma, 19-Kate Wiesner (3-Sophia Smith, 79); 8-Brianna Pinto, 18-Jaelin Howell, 17-Jordan Canniff (20-Frankie Tagliaferri, 65), 10-Ashley Sanchez (capt.), 7-Alexa Spaanstra; 14-Civana Kuhlmann
Subs Not Used:
2-Taryn Torres, 6-Emily Smith, 12-Hilary Beall, 13-Rachel Jones
Not Available: 5-Sydney Zandi, 9-Kiara Pickett

Head Coach: B.J. Snow

MEX: 12-Miriam Aguirre; 2-Ashley Soto, 3-Alessandra Ramirez, 4-Kimberly Rodriguez, 14-Reyna Reyes (18-Veronica Avalos, 90+2), 20-Maricarmen Reyes (17-Luisa Delgado, 56), 8-Alexia Delgado (capt.), 7-Dayana Cazares (19-Gabriela Juarez, 66); 9-Daniela Espinosa, 10-Montserrat Hernandez, 11-Jacqueline Ovalle
Subs Not Used: 1-Kelsey Brann, 5-Jimena Lopez, 6-Vanessa Gonzalez, 13-Akemi Yokoyama, 15-Alma Lopez, 16-Alexandra Martinez
Head Coach: Christopher Cuellar

Stats Summary: USA / MEX
Shots: 24 / 10
Shots on Goal: 12 / 5
Saves: 4 / 10
Corner Kicks: 7 / 5
Fouls: 7 / 8
Offside: 2 / 0 

Misconduct Summary:
None

Officials:
Referee: Marie-Soleil Beaudoin (CAN)
Assistant Referee 1: Suzanne Morisset (CAN)
Assistant Referee 2: Stephanie Yee Sing (JAM)
4th Official: Joanne Monestime (HAI)

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

Match: U.S. U-17 Women’s National Team vs. Mexico U-17 Women’s National Team
Date:
March 13, 2016
Competition:
2016 CONCACAF U-17 Women’s Championship – Final
Venue:
Grenada Athletics Stadium; St. George’s, Grenada
Attendance:
2,500
Weather:
88 degrees; clear

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

USA – Ashley Sanchez                                                          43rd minute
MEX – Jacqueline Ovalle (Montserrat Hernandez)               69
USA – Civana Kuhlmann (Sophia Smith)                              86

Lineups:
USA
: 1-Laurel Ivory; 15-Kennedy Wesley (11-Izzy Rodriguez, 46), 16-Karina Rodriguez, 4-Naomi Girma, 19-Kate Wiesner (3-Sophia Smith, 79); 8-Brianna Pinto, 18-Jaelin Howell, 17-Jordan Canniff (20-Frankie Tagliaferri, 65), 10-Ashley Sanchez (capt.), 7-Alexa Spaanstra; 14-Civana Kuhlmann
Subs Not Used:
2-Taryn Torres, 6-Emily Smith, 12-Hilary Beall, 13-Rachel Jones
Not Available: 5-Sydney Zandi, 9-Kiara Pickett

Head Coach: B.J. Snow

MEX: 12-Miriam Aguirre; 2-Ashley Soto, 3-Alessandra Ramirez, 4-Kimberly Rodriguez, 14-Reyna Reyes (18-Veronica Avalos, 90+2), 20-Maricarmen Reyes (17-Luisa Delgado, 56), 8-Alexia Delgado (capt.), 7-Dayana Cazares (19-Gabriela Juarez, 66); 9-Daniela Espinosa, 10-Montserrat Hernandez, 11-Jacqueline Ovalle
Subs Not Used: 1-Kelsey Brann, 5-Jimena Lopez, 6-Vanessa Gonzalez, 13-Akemi Yokoyama, 15-Alma Lopez, 16-Alexandra Martinez
Head Coach: Christopher Cuellar

Stats Summary: USA / MEX
Shots: 24 / 10
Shots on Goal: 12 / 5
Saves: 4 / 10
Corner Kicks: 7 / 5
Fouls: 7 / 8
Offside: 2 / 0 

Misconduct Summary:
None

Officials:
Referee: Marie-Soleil Beaudoin (CAN)
Assistant Referee 1: Suzanne Morisset (CAN)
Assistant Referee 2: Stephanie Yee Sing (JAM)
4th Official: Joanne Monestime (HAI)

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U-17 WNT to Play the Haiti U-17 WNT 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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U-17 WNT Nov 16, 2017
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