U-17 USWNT: The USA Defeats China Twice In Its August Camp

In its final domestic training camp prior to this year’s Under-17 Women’s World Cup, the United States played China in two friendlies, winning both. The first match, on Wednesday, August 22nd, was a sub-par performance for the Americans, who conceded the opening goal but came back to win 2:1. However, the second match, on Saturday, August 25th, was a much stronger victory, with two goals scored in the first eight minutes and a final scoreline of 5:1.

This was a good camp for Toni Payne, who scored three goals over the two matches from her attacking midfielder role. Also, Summer Green scored a goal in each match and had assists on the first two goals in the second match.

With this camp being the team’s final domestic camp and the Under-17 Women’s World Cup less than a month away, the official announcement for the team’s tournament roster could be made at any time.

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August 22nd: United States 2, China 1.
USSoccer.com write-up, TopDrawerSoccer.com write-up.
USA GOALS: Toni Payne (58′), Summer Green (81′).
CHN Goal: Zhang Chen (43′).

USA’S STARTING LINE-UP — Cassie Miller once again started in goal, instead of Jane Campbell who is coming back from her unspecified “slight” injury. Morgan Reid got the start at fullback in place of Gabbi Miranda, with Brittany Basinger switching to the left flank. In the midfield, Joanna Boyles, who did not take part in the Eastern Europe trip, was one of the two attacking mids. The starting line-up:

Miller (GK)
Reid (RB) — Bauer (CB) — Freeman (CB) — Basinger (LB)
Sullivan (AM) — Andrews (HM) — Boyles (AM)
Purce (FW) — Green (FW) — Jenkins (FW)

USA SUBSTITUTIONS — At halftime, Lizzy Raben, Lauren Kaskie, and Toni Payne replaced Mandy Freeman, Morgan Andrews, and Joanna Boyles, respectively. With those changes, Andi Sullivan assumed the holding midfielder role. In the 56th minute, Amber Munerlyn replaced Midge Purce. The final change was made in the 67th minute, with Emily Bruder replacing Darian Jenkins. So, the presumed final formation:

Miller (GK)
Reid (RB) — Bauer (CB) — Raben (CB) — Basinger (LB)
Payne (AM) — Sullivan (HM) — Kaskie (AM)
Munerlyn (FW) — Green (FW) — Bruder (FW)

USA ASSISTS — Lauren Kaskie assisted on Toni Payne’s goal.

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August 25nd: United States 5, China 1.
USSoccer.com write-up, TopDrawerSoccer.com write-up.
USA Goals: Darian Jenkins (2′, 75′), Toni Payne (8′, 27′), Summer Green (82′).
CHN Goal: Zhang Chen (81′).

USA’S STARTING LINE-UP — Three changes from the prior match were made: Gabbi Miranda returned to the line-up, while first match subs Toni Payne and Lizzy Raben got starts. The starting line-up:

Miller (GK)
Basinger (RB) — Bauer (CB) — Raben (CB) — G.Miranda (LB)
Payne (AM) — Andrews (HM) — Sullivan (AM)
Purce (FW) — Green (FW) — Jenkins (FW)

USA SUBSTITUTIONS — No changes were made at halftime. In the 61st minute, Emily Bruder entered for Midge Purce. At the 72′ mark, Lauren Kaskie replaced Andi Sullivan. Four minutes later, Gabbi Miranda made way for Morgan Reid. Presumably, Brittany Basinger switched to the left flank. The final switch was made at the 82′ mark, with Claire Wagner replacing Maddie Bauer. So, the presumed final formation:

Miller (GK)
Reid (RB) — Wagner (CB) — Raben (CB) —¬†Basinger (LB)
Payne (AM) — Andrews (HM) — Kaskie (AM)
Jenkins (FW) — Green (FW) — Bruder (FW)

USA ASSISTS — Summer Green assisted on the USA’s first two goals (Jenkins 2′, Payne 8′). Emily Bruder assisted on Darian Jenkins’ second goal (75′), and Brittany Basinger had the assist on Green’s goal.

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NOTES

On China’s Line-Up: Although there is a discrepancy in the box score for the first match,* it appears that China went with the same starting eleven for both matches.

*Wang Xi is included twice. Not listed is the apparent goal-scorer of that match, Zhang Chen.

USA Players Who Did Not See Any On-Field Minutes: Five of the 23 camp attendees did not play in either friendly. Three are goalkeepers: Jane Campbell, Morgan Stearns, and Claire Wheatley. The remaining two players are midfielder Morgan Stanton, who played substantial minutes in qualifying, and forward/midfielder Arielle Ship, who has been mostly on the fringe of the squad this year.