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”

USWNT: The 2019 Identification Camp – Additions and Subtractions

Update #3 (11-Dec-2019):  Center back Kaleigh Riehl was added to the roster on Tuesday.  For more about her, see the next article.

On Monday, U.S. Soccer announced that two players from the Washington State women’s soccer team, Morgan Weaver and Makamae Gomera-Stevens, have been added to the roster for this week’s United States Women’s National Team identification camp, while three players, Danielle Colaprico of the Chicago Red Stars, plus Madison Haley and Naomi Girma of Stanford, all due to unspecified injuries.

These changes are in addition to the previously announced replacement of North Carolina’s Emily Fox, due to an ACL injury, by Jaelin Howell of Florida State.

Summary capsules for the three additional players – Howell, Weaver, and Gomera-Stevens – are included at the bottom of this article. Continue reading “USWNT: The 2019 Identification Camp – Additions and Subtractions”

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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USWNT: December 2019 Identification Camp Roster Announced (Overview)

Update  #1 (09-Dec-2019):  Emily Fox has been replaced by Florida State junior Jaelin Howell, who is primarily a holding midfielder. (U.S. Soccer)  Also, per Jenn Hildreth (during the College Cup final broadcast), Catarina Macario had been invited to this camp, but declined due to a family commitment in Brazil.  The camp also overlaps with finals week at Stanford. (stanford.edu)

Update #2 (09-Dec-2019):  Naomi Girma, Madison Haley, and Danielle Colaprico will not attend due to injuries.  Two NCAA players, both from Washington State, forward Morgan Weaver and midfielder Makamae Gomera-Stevens, have been added to the roster. (U.S. Soccer)

Update #3 (11-Dec-2019):  Center back Kaleigh Riehl was added to the roster on Tuesday.  For more about her, go here.

Last Wednesday, U.S. Soccer officially announced that the United States Women’s National Team will hold an identification camp during the second week of December (Monday, the 9th, to Saturday, the 14th) in Bradenton, Florida.  New head coach Vlatko Andonovski has called in 24 players, including 10 current collegiate players.  Of the remaining 14 players, all but one, UCLA alumna Hailie Mace, played in the NWSL during the 2019 season.  Of the ten collegiate players, four are age-eligible for next year’s Under-20 Women’s World Cup:  Maycee Bell, Naomi Girma, Brianna Pinto, and Sophia Smith.

External Link:  Andonovski Names 24-Player Roster For U.S. Women’s National Team December Identification Training Camp In Florida (USSoccer.com)

Among the 24 players, 14 players have attended at least one prior USWNT camp, while 7 of those players have at least one senior USWNT cap.  The most capped player called up is the Houston Dash’s Kristie Mewis, who has 15 senior USWNT caps and 1 senior USWNT goal, with her last cap coming back in March 2014.

Not yet Now confirmed by U.S. Soccer:  North Carolina junior Emily Fox is apparently a scratch due to an ACL tear suffered during UNC’s NCAA Championship quarterfinal match versus USC .

Continue reading “USWNT: December 2019 Identification Camp Roster Announced (Overview)”

2020 CONCACAF Women’s Under-20 Championship: Host, Dates, and Knock-Out Bracket Confirmed

See CONCACAF Women’s Under-20 Championship: Costa Rica and Panama Out, Bermuda and Barbados In for current schedule and bracket details.

Update (31-Jan-2020):  THIS ARTICLE IS NO LONGER CURRENT FOR THE FOLLOWING REASONS:  

  • THE DATES FOR THIS TOURNAMENT HAVE BEEN CHANGED.  (They are now February 22nd to March 8th).
  • COSTA RICA AND PANAMA ARE NOT PARTICIPATING IN THIS TOURNAMENT.  THEIR GROUPS AND THE KNOCK-OUT BRACKET HAVE BEEN ALTERED.

Update (20-Dec-2019):  FIFA has confirmed that Costa Rica and Panama will be joint hosts for this cycle’s FIFA Under-20 Women’s World Cup, which will be held in August 2020 (FIFA.com). Not yet confirmed is how this will affect qualifying in CONCACAF.  Absent exceptional circumstances, the most likely result is that the number of open qualification slots will be reduced to 2, as Costa Rica and Panama will be given the host slot plus 1 slot from CONCACAF’s allocation.  Another uncertain wrinkle is whether Costa Rica and Panama will be participating in this CONCACAF Women’s Under-20 Championship, as they are currently assigned to Group D (with Mexico) and Group F (with Haiti), respectively.  Given the timing of this announcement, right before the end-of-the-year holiday break, it is possible that these qualifying matters may not be resolved until January 2020.

On Tuesday, CONCACAF confirmed that the Dominican Republic will be hosting the confederation’s final qualifying tournament for next year’s FIFA Under-20 Women’s World Cup. (CONCACAF.com)  As things currently stand, CONCACAF has three open qualifying slots, though that could change depending on who actually ends up hosting the U-20 WWC in 2020.

The qualifying tournament, which is officially known as the CONCACAF Women’s Under-20 Championship, is scheduled for February 15, 2020 to March 1, 2020, and in a departure from past tournaments, will feature twenty teams instead of the usual eight.  The tournament will have a Group Stage involving the top sixteen U-20 women’s national teams, based on historical rankings (CONCACAF.com).  Those sixteen teams will be divided into four standard round-robin groups of four.  The top three teams in each group will advance to the knock-out stage.

The knock-out stage will start with a Round of Sixteen that includes the twelve advancing teams from the Group Stage, plus four teams from a preliminary qualifying stage for teams outside the top sixteen.  (Wikipedia has a decent summary article on the preliminary qualifying stage.)  After the Round of Sixteen, the knockout round will proceed normally, with a Final to determine the champion and a Third Place match.
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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”

Youth USWNTs: Goalkeeper Identification Camp To Be Held Next Weekend

From December 7th to the 10th, U.S. Soccer will hold, apparently for the first time, an identification camp solely for goalkeepers as the federation begins the 2014 cycles for the Under-20 and Under-17 Women’s National Teams (USSoccer.com). Sixteen goalkeepers — ten for the U-20 WNT and six for the U-17 WNT — were called up and will be evaluated by USWNT Technical Director April Heinrichs plus a staff of four goalkeeper coaches: former USWNT goalkeeper coach Phil Wheddon, USWNT alumna goalkeeper Siri Mullinix (2000 Olympics), former U.S. U-20 MNT and MLS goalkeeper Clint Baumstark, and former WPS goalkeeper coach Nathan Kipp. This ID camp will be held at the Olympic Training Center in Chula Vista, California.

The U.S. Soccer press release only includes a list of the sixteen goalkeepers in alphabetical order, without even a breakdown by age group. This post includes such a breakdown, along with birthdates and heights where available, plus the usual club/college information and hometown. Additionally, college commitment details are included for the 2013 high school graduates. Continue reading “Youth USWNTs: Goalkeeper Identification Camp To Be Held Next Weekend”

U-20 USWNT: The USA’s Goal-Scoring Play Versus Germany

The winning goal scored off the foot of Kealia Ohai in the final of this year’s Under-20 Women’s World Cup was scored via a sequence that involved at least eight United States players and at least eight passes. A ninth player, Katie Stengel was indirectly involved as she was the intended target of the final pass by Crystal Dunn, but unintentionally dummied the ball, allowing it to roll to Ohai. And, it is possible that a tenth USA player, goalkeeper Bryane Heaberlin, actually restarted the play, but the available video evidence does not show the apparent opening pass of the play.

This post breaks down that goal-scoring play and examines the potential errors made by Germany’s defense which allowed the goal to be scored. Continue reading “U-20 USWNT: The USA’s Goal-Scoring Play Versus Germany”