U.S. U-18 women routed 6-0 by the Netherlands

The U.S. U-18 women suffered what is likely the biggest loss in U.S. women's national team program history, falling, 6-0, to the Netherlands at the 12 Nations Tournament in La Manga, Spain.

In its first of three games, Coach Jaime Frias' U.S. team played England to a 2-2 tie on Friday -- in which the Michigan Hawks's Alexa Spaanstra and Hannah Betfort (Wake Forest University) scored for the USA -- before getting routed by the Dutch on Sunday.

The Americans will to aim to rebound in its final game on Tuesday against Norway.

The tournament, which the European teams are using to prepare for next month's elite round of U-19 European Championship qualifying, is for players born in 1999 or later.

The USA's 22-player roster is comprised of eight players born in 1999 and 14 born in 2000.

The Dutch, whose senior team won the 2017 Women's European Championship, won its opening game at La Manga, 4-0, over Denmark. The Dutch U-19s have won their three games in UEFA qualifying by a combined margin of 32-2.

March 4 in La Manga, Spain
Netherlands 6 USA 0. Goals: Weerden 9, Smits (Pelova) 45, Smits 59, Jansen 83, van Dooren 84, Smits 90.
Netherlands -- van Domselaar; Dijkstra, Altelaar, van Deursen, Olislagers, Victoria (van Dooren, 69), Pelova, Weerden (Jansen, 69), Wilms, Ypema, Quinty Sabajo, Smits.
USA -- McClelland; Martinez, Shamburger, Smith, Heilferty (Cardenas, 69); Zandi (Dyke, 69), Schlegel (DeMarco, 46), Nighswonger (Morris, 46), Spaanstra (Sefcik, 80), Jones (Betfort, 61), Yates.
Yellow cards: USA - Rachel Jones (caution) 39.
Stats: Netherlands / USA
Shots: 11 / 5
Shots on Goal: 8 / 1
Saves: 1 / 2
Corner Kicks: 11 / 4
Fouls: 11 / 5
Offside: 1 / 0

March 2 in La Manga, Spain
USA 2 England 2. Goals: Spaanstra (Nighswonger) 20, Betfort 47; Hemp 2, Cain 63.
USA -- Dickey; Desiano, Smith, Dawson, Heilferty; Gray (Schlegel, 72), Dyke (Morris, 82), Nighswonger (Zandi, 66); Spaanstra, Sefcik (Betfort, 46), Jones (21-Yates, 66).
England -- Allen (Pattinson, 71), Scofield, Morgan, Sibley (Cain, 46), Rayner (Rodgers, 65), Olding, Ngunga, Joel, Hemp, Hayles (Galloway, 65).
Yellow cards: USA - Anna Heilferty (caution) 81.
Stats: USA / ENG
Shots: 3 / 6
Shots on Goal: 3 / 4
Saves: 4 / 1
Corner Kicks: 1 / 1
Fouls: 5 / 3
Offside: 1 / 3

U.S. U-18 women's national team roster
GOALKEEPERS (2): Claudia Dickey (Charlotte SA; Charlotte, N.C.), Meagan McClelland (Sky Blue-PDA; Kearny, N.J.).
DEFENDERS (8): Maycee Bell (Sporting Blue Valley; Overland Park, Kan.), Hannah Cardenas (Univ. of Colorado; Boulder, Colo.), Sydney Dawson (Internationals SC; Akron, Ohio), Madelyn Desiano (UCLA; San Clemente; Calif.), Anna Heilferty (Boston Univ.; Falls Church, Va.), Brianna Martinez (New Mexico Rush; Albuquerque, N.M.), Ella Shamburger (NTH Tophat; Atlanta, Ga.), Emily Smith (Univ. of California; Los Gatos, Calif.).
MIDFIELDERS (6): Giovanna DeMarco (Match Fit; Gwynedd Valley, Pa.), Coriana Dyke (Colorado Rush; Littleton, Colo.), Emily Gray (Penn Fusion SA; Sewell, N.J.), Jenna Nighswonger (LAFC Slammers; Huntington Beach, Calif.), Allison Schlegel (Real Colorado; Parker, Colo.), Sydney Zandi (Univ. of Virginia; West Chester, Pa.).
FORWARDS (6): Hannah Betfort (Wake Forest Univ.; Charleston, S.C.), Rachel Jones (NTH Tophat; Lawrenceville, Ga.), Maliah Morris (Bethesda SC; Germantown, Md.), Loren Sefcik (Internationals SC; Medina, Ohio), Alexa Spaanstra (Michigan Hawks; Brighton, Mich.), Summer Yates (Pacific Northwest SC; Pasco, Wash.).

7 comments about "U.S. U-18 women routed 6-0 by the Netherlands".
  1. R2 Dad, March 6, 2018 at 11:30 a.m.

    Video link?

  2. John DiFiore, March 6, 2018 at 11:13 p.m.

    What in God's name happened?? I hope Carlos Cordeiro is paying attention...

  3. R2 Dad replied, March 7, 2018 at 12:03 a.m.

    john, its good to keep in mind that without video to review the match it's hard to know exactly what happened. sometimes a striker has a hot hand (smits scored 3). Or one team rotated while the other didn't (2 subs for NL, 5 subs for USA). maybe the keeper had a bad day. but it's a development age so it's more important for players and coaches to determine what was learned and who makes the cut going forward (this applies to coaches too).

  4. Bob Ashpole replied, March 7, 2018 at 12:14 a.m.

    Netherlands is an extremely good team.

  5. Bob Ashpole replied, March 7, 2018 at 12:20 a.m.

    Also, it is a U19 competition and we sent a U18 team. No reason to get upset.

  6. frank schoon replied, March 7, 2018 at 10:36 a.m.

    YEAH, he's putting his soccer shoes on ,right now and getting to work on this

  7. frank schoon, March 7, 2018 at 10:41 a.m.

    I would like to study the video of the game and see the technical level comparatively of both teams, how they handle a ball under pressure, and how they move off the ball and what their touch on the ball is like and how they move the ball. That would tell me a lot more as far as why the 6-0 score.

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