U-23 USWNT: Matt Potter Named Head Coach; B.J. Snow Leaves U.S. Soccer

On Thursday, January 9th, U.S. Soccer announced a pair of related staffing changes:

  1. The hiring of former University of Oklahoma women’s soccer head coach Matt Potter as the new head coach of the Under-23 United States Women’s National Team, and
  2. The departure of B.J. Snow, who most recently helmed the U-23 USWNT while also serving as the Director of Talent Identification for the USWNT.

These changes follow the recent hiring of Laura Harvey as the new head coach of the U-20 USWNT after December’s surprise departure of Mark Carr, coincidentally, for the vacancy created by Potter back in November (SoonerSports.com).

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U-20 USWNT: Laura Harvey Hired as Head Coach

On Monday, following last month’s surprise departure of Mark Carr for a head coaching position at the University of Oklahoma, U.S. Soccer announced that now-former Utah Royals FC head coach Laura Harvey will be leading the Under-20 United States Women’s National Team.

Harvey’s first duties include overseeing the current U-20 USWNT camp, which runs from January 9th to the 20th.  After that, her first international matches as head coach will be the CONCACAF Women’s Under-20 Championship in February, which are the qualifiers for this year’s FIFA Under-20 Women’s World Cup.  Harvey’s duties will also include “manag[ing] the integration and programming of the U-18 and U-19 [Women] National Teams.” Continue reading “U-20 USWNT: Laura Harvey Hired as Head Coach”

Post-Holiday Round-Up: Two More U.S. Soccer Coaches Step Down; NWSL News; Japan Confirms SheBelieves Cup Participation

A quick round-up of notable news since mid-December:

  • U-20 USWNT head coach Mark Carr hired by the University of Oklahoma
  • USWNT goalkeeping coach Graeme Abel hired by the University of Oregon
  • 2023 FIFA WWC bid books published
  • NWSL News:  OL Groupe buys Reign FC; 2020 Draft list of eligible players released; No expansion
  • 2020 SheBelieves Cup:  Japan confirmed, one to go
  • 2020 FIFA U-20 WWC:  Will be jointly hosted by Costa Rica and Panama

Continue reading “Post-Holiday Round-Up: Two More U.S. Soccer Coaches Step Down; NWSL News; Japan Confirms SheBelieves Cup Participation”

U-20 USWNT: 2019 Nike International Friendlies – Match Day 3 Recap

On Friday, the Under-20 United States Women’s National Team, in split squads, played their final matches of the 2019 Nike International Friendlies, with the “Red” Team earning a nil-nil draw against Brazil, while the “Blue” Team, which primarily consisted of the available first-choice players, capped off the event with a 2:1 victory over France.  The performances of both USA teams were much improved from their losses on Wednesday.

In this article:

  • Embedded full-match replay videos (YouTube)
  • Highlights of the USA’s goals
  • USA’s starting line-ups (with shirt numbers)
  • USA’s starting formations
  • USA’s substitutions
  • Detailed scoring summaries

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U-20 USWNT: 2019 Nike International Friendlies – Match Day 2 Recap

On Wednesday, the Under-20 United States Women’s National Team, in split squads, faced the U-20 WNTs of France and Brazil as part of the 2019 Nike International Friendlies, losing both matches.

In this article:

  • Embedded full-match replay videos (YouTube)
  • Highlights of the USA’s goals
  • USA’s starting line-ups (with shirt numbers)
  • USA’s starting formations (corrected)
  • USA’s substitutions (updated)
  • Detailed scoring summaries

Continue reading “U-20 USWNT: 2019 Nike International Friendlies – Match Day 2 Recap”

U-20 USWNT: Roster For 2019 Nike International Friendlies – A Detailed Look

Update (10-Dec-2019):  Washington State sophomore center back Mykiaa Minniss has been added to the roster .  The 5’11 sophomore scored the golden goal over South Carolina to send WSU to the College Cup. (WSUCougars.com)

Update (12-Dec-2019):  South Carolina signee Catherine Barry (profile) is also on the roster.  She was a substitute in Wednesday’s “Red” Team match versus France.

Currently underway in Florida is the final camp of 2019 for the Under-20 United States Women’s National Team, which runs from December 8th to the 14th.  Head coach Mark Carr has called in 31 players, who will be split into two teams to play international friendlies against the U-20 WNTs of France and Brazil.  Of the 31 players, 18 are current college players, with several key players returning for their first camp since the start of the NCAA season.

External Link:  U.S. Soccer Roster Release for 2019 Nike International Friendlies

With just one more camp left before the 2020 CONCACAF Women’s Under-20 Championship, these friendlies are one of Carr’s last chances to evaluate players for the 20-spot qualifying roster.

Four top U-20 players are not available, as they have been called into the overlapping USWNT identification camp:  Forward Sophia Smith, midfielder Brianna Pinto, plus defenders Naomi Girma and Maycee Bell.  Absent injuries or full-time promotions to the senior USWNT, these four players should be on the U-20 qualifying roster.

Update (09-Dec-2019):  Naomi Girma will not attend this camp due to an injury suffered during the College Cup.  Given that she took one of the spot kicks during the penalty shoot-out, the injury is likely to be minor. (U.S. Soccer)

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U-20 USWNT: 2020 Cycle Camp Attendance Tables (as of November 2019)

With just two full camps left before next year’s CONCACAF Women’s Under-20 Championship, the actual composition of the Under-20 United States Women’s National Team remains significantly nebulous, as a number of highly regarded players have only been in one or two U-20 camps this cycle. Continue reading “U-20 USWNT: 2020 Cycle Camp Attendance Tables (as of November 2019)”

U-20 USWNT: November 2019 Camp Roster

This week, from November 4th to 10th, the Under-20 United States Women’s National Team is holding a camp at the National Training Center in Carson, California.  The team’s head coach, Mark Carr, called in 22 players.  (U.S. Soccer press release) Of the players called in, only 4 of the 22 are current collegiate players.

Six players are attending their first U-20 camp this cycle:  Aislynn Crowder, Dilary Heredia-Beltran, Smith Hunter, Emily Mason, Quincy McMahon, and Hannah Zaluski.  This is also the first youth call-up for Zaluski, who is a sophomore at George Washington University (GWU profile). Continue reading “U-20 USWNT: November 2019 Camp Roster”

U-18 USWNT: October 2019 Camp Roster – 39 Players, 10 First-Timers

Earlier this week, U.S. Soccer announced that a U-18 USWNT camp is currently being held at IMG Academy in Bradenton, Florida (USSoccer.com). Mark Carr, who is the head coach of the U-20 USWNT, called in a total of 39 players, all born in 2002, for this camp, which started on Tuesday, October 1st and finishes a week later, on the 8th.  Ten of those players have been called into their first youth national team camp.

Curiously, the number of camp attendees – 39 players – is significantly larger than normal for U-18 USWNT domestic camps, as they typically have had around 24 players during the last U-18 cycle (2017-2018).  Continue reading “U-18 USWNT: October 2019 Camp Roster – 39 Players, 10 First-Timers”