USA, England, Japan, and Korea Republic to compete in Four-Team U-17 Women’s Tournament.
U.S. Soccer to Host Four-Team U-17 Women’s Tournament in Carson, Calif., from Feb. 11-15
Third Annual Tournament Will Feature U-17 Women’s National Teams from the USA, England, Japan, and Korea Republic with all Six Matches Shown on ussoccer.com
For the third consecutive year, U.S. Soccer will host a four-team Under-17 women’s international tournament at the U.S. Soccer National Training Center in Carson, California. This year’s event will run from Feb 11-15 as the USA hosts England, Japan and Korea Republic in the 2016 U-17 Women’s NTC Invitational. All the matches will be played at Glenn “Mooch” Myernick Field and available to watch on ussoccer.com.
Each of the match days in the round-robin tournament – February 11, 13 and 15 – will feature a doubleheader with the USA playing the second game of the day. The winner of the competition will be based on total points with tie-breakers in order of overall goal difference and then total goals scored. Admission to the matches is free to the public, as is parking. All six matches will be shown live on ussoccer.com with Marc Serber again providing commentary.
Four-Team U-17 Women’s Tournament Schedule:
Thursday 11th February
Japan 5 – 0 Korea Republic
Inoue Hina 23′ (Japan)
Takarada Saori 25′ 35′ (Japan)
Kanno Oto 80′ (Japan)
Kurata Akari 90′ (Japan)
VIDEO: GOAL HIGHLIGHTS
USA 2 – 0 England
Civana Kuhlmann 82′ 87′ (USA)
VIDEO: GOAL HIGHLIGHTS
Saturday 13th February
England 1 – 1 Japan
Niamh Charles 29′ (England)
Miura Haruka 31′ (Japan)
USA 2 – 0 Korea Republic
Sophia Smith 13′ (USA)
Karina Rodriguez 25′ (USA)
Monday 15th February
Korea Republic 2 – 0 England
46′ (Korea Republic)
67′ (Korea Republic)
USA 2 – 1 Japan
Ashley Sanzhez 9′ (USA)
Jun Endo 28′ (Japan)
USA win the Four-Team U-17 Women’s Tournament 2016
The USA has won the competition two years in a row. At last year’s event, the USA defeated Mexico 3-1, downed Canada 2-0 and beat Japan 3-1 as Ashley Sanchez scored in all three games to post five goals overall. Emina Ekic had two goals in the tournament.
In 2014, the USA defeated China PR, 4-0, New Zealand, 2-0, and Japan 2-1 to win the competition. Japan went on to win the 2014 FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup in Costa Rica.
The U.S. U-17s are in the middle of their cycle that will hopefully see them qualify for the 2016 FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup that is scheduled to take place in Jordan. The CONCACAF qualifying tournament will be in March on the Caribbean island of Grenada and the NTC Invitational will be the final event before U.S. head coach B.J. Snow names his 20-player roster for Qualifying.
Japan has already qualified for the 2016 FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup (along with China PR and Korea DPR from Asia) while England will attempt to qualify in May. Korea Republic failed to qualify.
“Since its inception two years ago, the U-17 Women’s NTC Invitational has been a tremendous showcase for women’s soccer and we are sure this year will be no different,” said Snow. “We have brought in three great teams that will provide us an excellent platform to evaluate where we are as a team and help us prepare for World Cup Qualifying. It is critical that we continue to provide our top youth players with meaningful international games and we are excited for the opportunity to test ourselves against some of the best teams in the world.”
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