Nordic Cup: Jaelin Howell, age 17, shines for U.S. U-23s

Jaelin Howell, the 17-year-old daughter of a Super Bowl champ, scored twice as the USA beat host Sweden (2-1), tied England (0-0) and beat Norway (3-0) while finishing second on goal difference to England at the four-team U-23 Nordic Tournament.


Jaelin Howell

Real Colorado’s Howell, whose father John Howell played safety on the Tampa Bay Buccaneers 2003 Super Bowl championship team, started for the USA at the 2016 U-17 World Cup. She opened the scoring against Norway in the 71st minute and scored what turned out to be the deciding goal against Sweden in the 39th minute.

Former U-17 head coach B.J. Snow coached the USA at the Nordic Tournament, where the his roster included six NWSL players. Among them, North Carolina Courage forward Ashley Hatch, who scored the first goal against the Swedes.

England beat Sweden, 4-0, and downed Norway, 2-0. The Swedes edged Norway, 1-0.

June 12 in Sunne, Sweden
Sweden 1, USA 2
Goals: Anvegard  52; Hatch 19, Howell (McGrady) 39.
Sweden -- Holmgren; Andersson (Karlsson, 79), Lofqvist, Angeldal, De Jongh, Kaneyd (Blomqvist, 65), Nilsson, Wannerdahl (Okvist, 46), Lilja (Oskarsson, 43), Janogy (Anvegard, 46), Kullashi (Stahl, 79).
USA -- Campbell; Gibbons, Riehl, McNabb, McGrady (Goralski, 79); Howell, McCaskill (Jacobs, 89), Weatherholt (Yu, 79); Xiao (Smith, 65), Purce, Hatch.

June 9 in Sunne, Sweden
USA 0 England 0
USA -- Campbell; Gibbons, Riehl, McNabb, McGrady; Howell ( Goralski, 88), McCaskill, Pinto (Weatherholt, 46); Smith (Yu, 64), Purce (Xiao, 77), Hatch.
England -- Baggaley; Blundell, Carter, Williamson, Mannion, George, Walsh, Walker (Mead, 61), England (Brett, 80), Lawley (Bartrip, 86), Turner.

June 6, 2017 in  Karlstad, Sweden
USA 3 Norway 0.
Goals: Howell (McGrady) 71, Smith 73, Riehl (Pinto) 82.
USA -- Murphy; Jean, Riehl, Jacobs, McGrady; Weatherholt (Yu, 65), McCaskill (DiBiasi, 85), Pinto; Goralski (Xiao, 75), Pelayo ( Howell, 46), Smith (Mace, 85).
Norway -- Mikalsen; Kvsmme, Stenevik, Reinas, Naalsund, Eikeland, Jensen, Nautnes (Dahl, 77), Lund, Engen (Jorgensen, 77), Pedersen (Lie, 70).

U.S. U-23 women’s national team roster
GOALKEEPERS (2): Jane Campbell (Houston Dash; Kennesaw, Ga.), Casey Murphy (Rutgers; Bridgewater, N.J.). <br>
DEFENDERS (8): Christina Gibbons (FC Kansas City; Raleigh, N.C.), Zoey Goralski (UCLA; Naperville, Ill.), Ellie Jean (Penn State; Coventry, Conn.), Hailie Mace (UCLA; Ventura, Calif.), Tegan McGrady (Stanford; San Jose, Calif.), Kristen McNabb (Seattle Reign; Montville, N.J.), Kaleigh Riehl (Penn State, Fairfax Station, Va.), Erica Skroski (Sky Blue FC; New Brunswick, N.J.). <br>
MIDFIELDERS (8): Jordan DiBiasi (Stanford; Littleton, Colo.), Jaelin Howell (Real Colorado; Windsor, Colo.), Mayra Pelayo (Florida; West Palm Beach, Fla.), Brianna Pinto (CASL; Durham, N.C.), Margaret Purce (Boston Breakers; Silver Spring, Md.), Danielle Weatherholt (Orlando Pride; San Clemente, Calif.), Michelle Xiao (Stanford; Omaha, Neb.), Sandra Yu (Notre Dame, Strongsville, Ohio). <br>
FORWARDS (4): Mallory Eubanks (Mississippi State; Lexington, Ky.), Ashley Hatch (NC Courage; Gilbert, Ariz.), Savannah McCaskill (South Carolina; Chapin, S.C.), Sophia Smith (Real Colorado; Windsor, Colo.)

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