U.S. Soccer will host the 2014 U-17 Women’s NTC Invitational from Feb. 5-9 in Carson, Calif., and feature U-17 Women’s National Teams from the United States, China PR, Japan and New Zealand. All the matches will be staged on Glenn “Mooch” Myernick Field at the U.S. Soccer National Training Center at StubHub Center in Carson, Calif.
Each of the match days – Feb. 5, 7 and 9 – 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 the first tiebreakers being overall goal differential and then total goals scored. Admission to the matches is free to the public, as is parking.
Wed., Feb. 5
Japan vs. New Zealand – 3 p.m. (Glenn “Mooch” Myernick Field – Field #1)
Wed., Feb. 5
USA vs. China PR – 6 p.m. (Glenn “Mooch” Myernick Field – Field #1)
Fri., Feb. 7
China PR vs. Japan – 3 p.m. (Glenn “Mooch” Myernick Field – Field #1)
Fri., Feb. 7
USA vs. New Zealand – 6 p.m. (Glenn “Mooch” Myernick Field – Field #1)
Sun., Feb. 9
New Zealand vs. China PR – 1 p.m. (Glenn “Mooch” Myernick Field – Field #1)
Sun., Feb. 9
USA vs. Japan – 4 p.m. (Glenn “Mooch” Myernick Field – Field #1)
China, Japan and New Zealand have all qualified for the 2014 FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup taking place in March in Costa Rica. The young Americans had their World Cup dreams halted due to a penalty kick loss to Mexico in the semifinal of the CONCACAF Women’s U-17 Championship, a tournament that saw the USA win four games and draw one (which went to penalties) while scoring 24 goals and allowing just one.
U.S. U-17 Women’s National Team head coach B.J. Snow has called in 24 players for the tournament, 17 of whom were on the USA’s qualifying team. Twenty of the players were born in 1997 or 1998, while four were born in 1999. This will be the last event for the ’97s and ’98s as U-17s before transitioning to the U-18s and U-20s. The ’99s will become the primary age group for the U-17s as they start preparations for qualifying for the 2016 FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup.
U.S. U-17 Women’s National Team Roster by Position
GOALKEEPERS (2) : Kat Hess (LA Premier; Newport Beach, Calif.), Lauren Rood (Washington Timbers; Camas, Wash.)
DEFENDERS (8) : Alana Cook (Match Fit Chelsea; Far Hills, N.J.), Mia Gyau (Bethesda Lions; Silver Spring, Md.), Natalie Jacobs (Slammers FC; Coto de Caza, Calif.), Ellie Jean (Oakwood SC; Coventry, Conn.), Tegan McGrady (MVLA SC; San Jose, Calif.), Zoe Morse (Michigan Hawks; East Lansing, Mich.), Karlie Paschall (Tennessee SC; Brentwood, Tenn.), Michelle Xiao (Gretna SC; Omaha, Neb.)
MIDFIELDERS (7) : Dorian Bailey (Sporting BVSC; Mission, Kan.), Marley Canales (San Diego Surf; San Diego, Calif.), Chloe Castaneda (LA Premier; Encino, Calif.), Taylor Racioppi (PDA Clash; Ocean Township, N.J.), Anika Rodriguez (So Cal Blues; Torrance, Calif.), Ashley Sanchez (So Cal Blues; Monrovia, Calif.), Taryn Torres (Solar Chelsea SC; Frisco, Texas)
FORWARDS (7) : Madison Haley (Dallas Texans; Dallas, Texas), Kelcie Hedge (Washington Premier; Post Falls, Idaho), Mallory Pugh (Real Colorado; Highlands Ranch, Colo.), Leah Pruitt (West Coast FC; Rancho Cucamonga, Calif.), Zoe Redei (Eclipse Select; Highland Park, Ill.), Maddy Schultz (Crossfire Premier; Edmonds, Wash.), Frankie Tagliaferri (PDA; Colts Neck, N.J.)
Japan’s roster for the tournament (Thanks to Ken Suzuki)
GK: #1 Natsumi Asano (JFA Academy Fukushima), #12 Mamiko Matsumoto (Urawa Reds Youth)
DF: #2 Yukiko Abe (Seiwa Gakuen High Sch.), #19 Aimi Kunitake (Hinomoto Gakuene High Sch.), #6 Shiho Matsubara (Cerezo Osaka), #3 Nana Ichise (Tokiwagi Gakuen High Sch.), #16 Maho Hashinuma (JFA Academy Fukushima), #5 Asato Miyagawa (NTV Menina), #21 Mizuka Sato (JEF Chiba Youth), #13 Moeka Minami (Urawa Reds Youth)
MF: #14 Yui Hasegawa (NTV Beleza), #10 Hina Sugita (Fujieda Junshin High Sch.), #15 Yo Tachibana (JFA Academy Fukushima), #4 Meika Nishida (Cerezo Osaka), #7 Wakaho Kanda (Hiroshima Bunkyo High Sch.), #18 Fuka Nagano (Urawa Reds Youth)
FW: #11 Fumika Yamashita (Fujieda Junshin High Sch.), #9 Hikaru Kitagawa (JFA Academy Fukushima), #8 Rikako Kobayashi (Tokiwagi Gakuen High Sch.), #20 Mizuki Saihara (Angeviolet Hiroshima), #17 Fuka Kono (Fujieda Junshin High Sch.)
Head coach: Asako Takakura
New Zealand U-17 roster
Goalkeepers: Emily Hanrahan – Waikato Bay of Plenty Football/Claudelands Rovers, Emma Fulbrook – Capital Football/Waterside Karori AFC
Defenders: Elizabeth Anton – Auckland Football/Lynn-Avon Utd AFC, Hope Gilchrist – Capital Football/Waterside Karori AFC, Geneva Gross – Mainland Football/Nelson Suburbs AFC, Sophie Stewart-Hobbs – Waikato Bay of Plenty Football/Papamoa FC, Karin Ingram – Central Football/Massey University, Hanna English – Football South/Dunedin Technical AFC
Midfielders: Isabella Coombes – Waikato Bay of Plenty Football/Claudelands Rovers, Whitney Hepburn – Mainland Football/Coastal Spirit FC, Deven Jackson – Auckland Football/Lynn-Avon Utd AFC, Isabella Richards – Auckland Football/Three Kings Utd, Lucy Stotter – Capital Football/Lower Hutt City AFC, Daisy Cleverley – Auckland Football/Forrest Hill Milford Utd AFC
Forwards: Tayla Christensen – Waikato Bay of Plenty Football/Claudelands Rovers, Emily Oosterhof – Northern Football/Glenfield Rovers, Jade Parris – Auckland Football/Metro FC, Martine Puketapu – Auckland Football/Three Kings Utd, Paige Satchell – Waikato Bay of Plenty Football/Rotorua Utd AFC, Sarah Morton – Central Football/Maycenvale Utd AFC