CONCACAF Olympic Qualifying: Birth Year Distribution and Comparison Charts

As seen on Twitter, here’s a quick post with charts showing the birth year distribution for each team’s rosters at this year’s CONCACAF Women’s Olympic Qualifying Championship.

First up is a stacked bar chart showing the overall distribution, with each team represented by a unique color. Teams are roughly in order of oldest to youngest, based on each squad’s average and median age.

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2020 CONCACAF Women’s Olympic Qualifying Championship: USA TV Schedule Announced (Finally!)

After extended negotiations between CONCACAF and FOX Sports for a multi-year and multi-event deal (FOXSports.com), on Monday, FOX Sports announced their airing schedule for the 2020 CONCACAF Women’s Olympic Qualifying Championship, which starts on Tuesday, January 28th (a/k/a, “the next day”).

Every match of the tournament will be aired live by a FOX Sports network:  FOX Sports 1 (FS1), FOX Sports 2 (FS2), or FOX Soccer Plus.

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U-16 USGNT: 28 Players Called Up For First Camp of 2020

The Under-16 United States Girls’ National Team is holding its first camp of 2020.  That, in itself, is news.  Last year, the U-16 USGNT held its first (and only published) camp in June 2019.  This camp, which runs from Friday, January 24th to Wednesday, January 29th, features a roster of 28 players, mostly from the 2004 birth year, with two 2005’s. Continue reading “U-16 USGNT: 28 Players Called Up For First Camp of 2020”

U-18 USWNT: 20 Players Called In For Friendly Tournament against China PR, Netherlands, and Norway U-18 WNTs

The Under-18 United States Women’s National Team will play the U-18 WNTs of China PR, the Netherlands, and Norway in a friendly round-robin tournament, from Saturday January 25th to the 31st, in Lakewood Ranch, Florida.  All matches will be streamed (live, presumably).  For this camp, 20 players have been called up, all born in 2002.

This U-18 USWNT camp got underway on January 21st, the day after the conclusion of the U-20 USWNT’s January camp, which featured five 2002-born players, including, most notably, winger Trinity Rodman.  Unsurprisingly, none of those 2002-born players have been named to this roster. Continue reading “U-18 USWNT: 20 Players Called In For Friendly Tournament against China PR, Netherlands, and Norway U-18 WNTs”

Neighbor Watch: Canada’s Roster For CONCACAF Olympic Qualifying 2020

And, the award for the most consistent team roster goes to… Canada.

All twenty players on Canada’s roster for the upcoming CONCACAF Women’s Olympic Qualifying Championship were members of their 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup squad, including every player who featured on-field for Canada in France.

Canada, who earned Bronze Medals in 2012 and 2016, will be hoping to qualify for its fourth-straight Summer Olympics.  Veteran forward Christine Sinclair is also hoping to make her fourth Olympics, while eyeing the career international goals record that is currently held by USWNT legend Abby Wambach. Continue reading “Neighbor Watch: Canada’s Roster For CONCACAF Olympic Qualifying 2020”

Opponent Watch: Panama’s Roster For CONCACAF Olympic Qualifying 2020 – Where Are The Goal-Scorers?

Panama, who was a penalty shoot-out away from qualifying for the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup, will be without five of their top six five goal-scorers over the past two calendar years for the upcoming CONCACAF Women’s Olympic Qualifying Championship, where they are grouped with the United States Women’s National Team in Group A.  Panama will also be without the head coach who guided them to the cusp of WWC qualification, Victor Suarez, who was sacked by Panama’s FA after last summer’s Pan-American Games, where Panama only managed to score a single goal in open play.

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Opponent Watch: Costa Rica’s Roster for 2020 Olympic Qualifying

When the United States Women’s National Team finishes the group stage of this year’s CONCACAF Olympic Qualifying tournament against Costa Rica, they will likely face a line-up quite similar to the one that they faced last November, in the two sides’ most recent match-up.  Of the 20 players on Costa Rica’s published roster for that friendly, head coach Amelia Valverde has retained 17 for the qualifying roster, including all 13 players who featured in that match (U.S. Soccer match report). Continue reading “Opponent Watch: Costa Rica’s Roster for 2020 Olympic Qualifying”

USWNT: Roster For 2020 Olympic Qualifying Announced

For his first official tournament roster, recently installed United States Women’s National Team head coach Vlatko Andonovski elected not to make any significantly surprise selections, choosing only experienced players, including 18 players from last year’s FIFA Women’s World Cup squad, for the upcoming CONCACAF Women’s Olympic Qualifying Championship.

With no retirements after last year’s FIFA Women’s World Cup and all core  WWC players available, except for the pregnant Alex Morgan, Andonovski chose just two players who were not in France last year:  NC Courage forward Lynn Williams and Washington Spirit midfielder Andi Sullivan. Continue reading “USWNT: Roster For 2020 Olympic Qualifying Announced”

Neighbor Watch: Mexico’s Roster for 2020 Olympic Qualifying Announced

After failing to qualify for the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup, Mexico faces a steep uphill challenge as it tries to qualify for the women’s soccer tournament at this year’s Summer Olympic in Tokyo. With just two slots available at the upcoming CONCACAF Women’s Olympic Qualification Championship, Mexico must first finish in the top half of Group B, which also includes two WWC squads, Canada and Jamaica, along with debutante minnow Saint Kitts & Nevis.  Should Mexico get out of the group, most likely in the runner-up spot, behind a solid Canada team, Mexico’s opponent in the all-or-nothing semifinal will be the reigning world champions, the United States Women’s National Team (absent a shock result in Group A). Continue reading “Neighbor Watch: Mexico’s Roster for 2020 Olympic Qualifying Announced”

NWSL College Draft 2020: The Final List of Eligible Players

With the 2020 NWSL College Draft less than 24 hours away, the NWSL released the final list of eligible players on Wednesday evening.

A simplified version of the NWSL’s list is included below, split between goalkeepers and field players.

For an interactive (sortable and filter-able) version of this list see my Google Sheets spreadsheet for this year’s college draft. Continue reading “NWSL College Draft 2020: The Final List of Eligible Players”