After opening the Copa del Atlantico tournament in the Canary Islands with a 1-0 loss to Spain, the U.S. U-19 men’s national team (1998s) fell, 5-0, to France.
The tournament is the first for the U.S. U-19s (1998-born) with Coach Brad Friedel at the helm. Ten of the 23 members of the roster are newcomers to the youth national team program. On Friday, the USA faces the Canary Islands, which lost 2-0 to France and 3-1 to Spain.
Feb. 3 in Las Palmas, Spain
USA 0 France 5. Goals: Pelican (pen.) 7, Pelican 20, Edouard 67, Edouard 72, Javier 80.
USA -- Silva; Munjoma, Dieterich, Trusty, Robinson (Loera, 79); Lowe, Calvillo (Nelson, 45); Zubak (Saramago, 60), McKinnie (Mihailovic, 79), Da Silva (Gaines, 26); Lekressner.
France -- Badiashile, Sissako (Upamecano, 71), Souici (Samba, 84), Ouaneh (Doucoure, 84), Danger (Masoussa, 45); Callegari, Cognat (Ruiz, 45), Bassouamina (Nordin, 45); Chabrol (Claude-Maurice, 45), Haddad (Janvier, 78), Pelican (Edouard, 45)
Roster: U.S. U-16 girls convene for first 2016 camp
Coach Tricia Taliaferro will train a squad of 26 players in the first U.S. U-16 national team camp of the year, Feb. 20-27 at the U.S. Soccer National Training Center in Carson, California. Twenty-three of the players are born in 2000, two in 2001 and one in 2002. All are eligible for 2016 U-17 Women’s World Cup, but the main birth year for that tournament is 1999.
U.S. U-16 girls national team
GOALKEEPERS (3): Hensley Hancuff (Oklahoma FC; Edmond, Okla.), Katie Meyer (Eagles SC; Newbury Park, Calif.), Mackenzie Wood (Indiana Fire; Granger, Ind.).
DEFENDERS (11): Maycee Bell (Sporting Kansas City; Wichita, Kan.), Croix Bethune (Concord Fire; Alpharetta, Ga.), Madelyn Desiano (So Cal Blues; San Clemente, Calif.), Madison Ellsworth (Crossfire United Oregon; Hillsboro, Ore.), Sierra Enge (Carlsbad Elite; Cardiff, Calif.), Shae Holmes (Real Colorado; Highlands Ranch, Colo.), Brianna Martinez (New Mexico Rush; Albuquerque, N.M.), Kylie Minamishin (Honolulu Bulls; Miliani, Hawaii), Makenna Morris (Bethesda; Germantown, Md.), Sarah Piper (Texas Rush; The Woodlands, Texas), Julietta Thron (Albertson Fury; Caldwell, N.J.).
MIDFIELDERS (4): Cori Dyke (Colorado Rush; Littleton, Colo.), Jenna Nighswonger (Slammers FC; Huntington Beach, Calif.), Madeline Vergura (FC Stars of Mass.; Concord, Mass.), Summer Yates (Pacific NW; Pasco, Wash.).
FORWARDS (8): Ravin Alexander (Ohio Elite; Fairfield, Ohio), Lia Godfrey (JFC Storm; Fleming Island, Fla.), Rebecca Jarrett (World Class; Washington Township, N.J.), Nohemi Mendoza (Heat FC; Las Vegas, Nev.), Macy Schultz (Colorado Storm; Timnath, Colo.), Jordan Taylor (Ohio Premier; Wadsworth, Ohio), Emaly Vatne (Michigan Hawks; Sterling Heights, Mich.), Trinity Watson (San Diego Surf; San Diego, Calif.)
Ref Watch: Toronto academy players get whistles
• Toronto FC, partnering with the Ontario Soccer Association, has put all of its Academy players U-14 to U-19 through referee training to become certified officials. Some have already served as ARs for TFC exhibition games.
“The benefits and importance of our Toronto FC Academy athletes becoming certified referees is multifaceted," said Laurent Guyot, the Toronto FC Academy director. "Becoming a referee will further enhance our athletes understanding of the rules and their ability to analyze the game. The experience which our athletes will gain while referring games will help them develop into assertive, confident individuals. And with the empathy our athletes will develop for the role of being a referee, so too will come respect for the official, and help create a link between our athletes and officials."
• The U.S. Soccer Federation's first video of what will be a monthly rules of the game series covers Fouls & Misconduct and an example of a red-card foul:
Around the Net: Fullerton Rangers treasurer accused of stealing $174,000
Orange County Register: Laura Zellerbach, 41, a treasurer for the Fullerton Rangers Soccer League from 2012 to 2014, was arrested on suspicion of stealing more than $174,000 from the nonprofit. The Long Beach resident is accused of money laundering, forgery of records, grand theft, misappropriation of property, and embezzlement, Sgt. Kathryn Hamel said.
The Register's Scott Reid and Lou Ponsi reported that Zellerbach’s arrest comes as city officials investigate whether Rangers’ coaches and officials used the club’s nonprofit status to receive reduced rates and gain access to city fields that might otherwise not be available for camps and academies. (A for-profit company set up by Rangers coaches and officials is tied to the non-profit league.)
The city is also investigating whether the Rangers continue to meet a requirement that at least 80 percent of the club’s players are Fullerton residents -- a threshold gives them a better status for field rental fees and access.
Empire of Soccer: New Jersey Youth Soccer has hired former New York Red Bulls coach Mike Petke as its new Director of Coaching for the Olympic Development Program (ODP) and Player Development. “As a father of two young soccer players, I understand the importance of growth, on and off of the field, and am looking forward to working with the great staff at NJ Youth Soccer to build upon that strong foundation,” said Petke.