Another sign that other nations are catching up with the USA in women’s soccer came at this month’s U-20 Women’s NTC Invitational in Carson, California.
Two months before the 2016 U-20 Women’s World Cup in Papua New Guinea, the USA went winless and scoreless in its three games.
Coach Michelle French’s team opened against South Korea with a 0-0 tie, lost 1-0 to England, the only team at the tournament that didn’t qualify for this year’s U-20 World Cup, and lost, 2-0, to Brazil.
The Brazilians outshot the USA, 7-3 and had four shots on goal while the Americans failed to force a save from Brazilian keeper Carla.
Mallory Pugh, who is recovering from an ankle injury, sat out the South Korea game and was eased back into action by French. The 18-year-old 2016 Olympian played the final 15 minutes of the England game and the first 30 minutes against Brazil.
Ashley Sanchez, 17, the U-20s’ second leading scorer behind Pugh at the U-20 World Cup qualifying tournament with three goals and five assists, missed the NTC Invitational as she is with the U.S. squad preparing for the 2016 U-17 Women’s World Cup in Jordan Sept. 30-Oct. 21.
England, which beat Brazil (1-0) and tied South Korea (0-0) in addition to its victory over the USA, won the NTC Invitational. Brazil, which tied South Korea (1-1), finished second while the USA finished last.
Sept. 18 in Carson, Calif.
USA 0 Brazil 2. Goals: Gabi 13, Fernada (Daiane) 94+.
USA -- Chandler, Jean, Riehl, Elliston, Cousins (Otto, 68), Canales (Flores, 68), Pugh (Fox, 30), Ogle, Scarpa (Doyle, 54), Hedge (Harr, 54), Jacobs.
Brazil -- Carla, Julia, Giovanna, Daiane, Rena (Nicoly, 83), Yasmim, Lais, Gabi, Geyse (Adailma, 46), Bruna, Victoria (Fernada, 92).
(full game video)
Sept. 16 in Carson, Calif.
USA 0 England 1. Goal: Haines (Mayling) 78.
USA -- Murphy, Jean, Riehl, Elliston, Cousins (Moyer, 85), Otto (Jacobs, 59), Flores (Fox, 46), Canales (Doyle, 59), Ogle, Scarpa (Goins, 85), Hedge (Pugh, 75).
England -- Baggaley; Wilson (N’Dow, 71), Carter, Brett, Bartrip, George, Zelem, Ayane (Humphrey, 66), Dear, Mayling (Turner, 89), Flint (Haines, 66).
(full game video)
Sept. 14 in Carson, Calif.
USA 0 South Korea 0.
USA -- Murphy; Jean, Riehl, Elliston, Cousins, Otto (Jacobs, 60), Canales (Flores 31), Ogle (capt.), Scarpa (Goins, 76), Fox (Doyle, 46), Hedge (Moyer, 83).
South Korea -- Kim Minjung, Ha Seulgi, Hong Hyeji, Meang Dahee (Kim Hyein, 71), Park Yeeun, Jang Chang Choi Heejeong, 83), Song Jiyoon (Kwon Dohee, 83), Han Chaerin (Kang Chaerim, 57), Kim Seongmi (Namgung Yeji, 57), Ko Yoojin (Lee Sohee, 71), Yoon Sunyong.
(full game video)
U.S. U-16 girls head to Netherlands
Coach Jaime Frias has named a 20-player roster for the U.S. U-16 girls national team's Sept. 16-27 training camp in the Netherlands, where it will play three games, including one against the Dutch U-17 national team Sept. 20.
The USA will also face two regional academy teams: CTO Amsterdam on Sept. 23 and CTO Eindhoven on Sept. 26.
The trip marks the U-16s' second of the year following the 1st Women’s
“Delle Nazioni” Tournament in Gradisca, Italy, where in April they fell lost to Italy (1-0), beat Iran (6-0) and lost to Mexico in a penalty kick shootout after a 1-1 tie.
The U-16s are in the second year of a two-year cycle before becoming the U-18s and then the U-20s with the goal of playing in the 2020 U-20 Women’s World Cup. The Netherlands' training camp roster is comprised of 16 players born in 2000 and four 2001s. The 2001s are eligible for the 2018 U-17 Women’s World Cup.
U.S. U-16 girls national team
GOALKEEPERS (2): Hensley Hancuff (Oklahoma Football Club; Edmond, Okla.), Katie Meyer (Eagles SC; Newbury Park, Calif.).
DEFENDERS (5): Maycee Bell (Sporting KC Blue Valley; Wichita, Kan.), Madelyn Desiano (So Cal Blues; San Clemente, Calif.), Sierra Enge (So Cal Blues; Cardiff, Calif.), Shae Holmes (Real Colorado; Highlands Ranch, Colo.), Brianna Martinez (New Mexico Rush; Albuquerque, N.M.).
MIDFIELDERS (7): Croix Bethune (Concord Fire; Alpharetta, Ga.), Coriana Dyke (Colorado Rush; Littleton, Colo.), Mia Fishel (San Diego Surf; San Diego, Calif.), Jenna Nighswonger (Slammers FC; Huntington Beach, Calif.), Leah Scarpelli (PDA; Brick, N.J.), Kali Trevithick (San Diego Surf, Temecula, Calif.), Madeline Vergura (FC Stars; Concord, Mass.), Summer Yates (PacNW SC; Pasco, Wash.).
FORWARDS (5): Rebecca Jarrett (World Class; Washington Township, N.J.), Samantha Meza (Dallas Kicks; Balch Springs, Texas), Ashlynn Serepca (Carolina Rapids; Cornelius, N.C.), Emaly Vatne (Michigan Hawks; Sterling Heights, Mich.), Olivia Wingate (FC Stars; Wilmington, Mass.).
• The NSCAA is offering new coaching education programs that focus on small-sided games, from 4v4 through 11v11. The NSCAA Coaching Development Courses replace the NSCAA Levels 1-6 Diploma curriculum. ... The NSCAA has also created a 30-minute online course titled "Get aHEAD Safely in Soccer," which is available at no charge.
• The U.S. Soccer Federation has announced the dates and locations for the next A-Senior, A-Youth and B course opportunities, starting in early 2017, with a Sept. 21-Oct. 2 application window.