Congratulations to our very own Ashley Sanchez
CHICAGO (Dec. 13, 2016) Ashley Sanchez have been voted the 2016 U.S. Soccer Youth Female Player of the Year
Sanchez, who hails from Monrovia, Calif., played in two Women’s World Cup tournaments in 2016. She captained the USA at the FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup in Jordan, and was the youngest player and the only one born in 1999 at the 2016 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup in Papua New Guinea. Playing forward and attacking midfielder, the 17-year-old Sanchez became the first U.S. Youth Women’s National Team player to score in both a FIFA U-17 and U-20 Women’s World Cup in the same year and was one of the USA’s top players at both World Cups.
At the U-17 Women’s World Cup, Sanchez scored three goals, one against Paraguay and two against eventual runner-up Japan. She played every minute of all three games in Jordan and finished her U-17 career averaging a goal a game with 21 goals in 21 caps. Sanchez started all six games at the U-20 Women’s World Cup and played all but two minutes, scoring one goal and dishing two assists. She finished this U-20 cycle with five goals in 16 U-20 international matches.
Sanchez won the Golden Ball as the best player in the tournament at the 2016 CONCACAF U-17 Women’s Championship in Grenada, starting all five games while scoring a team-leading five goals as she helped the USA to the regional title and a berth at the 2016 FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup. She was also named to the 2016 CONCACAF U-17 Women’s Championship Best XI.
In 2016, Sanchez also trained briefly with the full U.S. Women’s National Team during an April camp in Orlando, Fla. She has verbally committed to attend UCLA next fall.
“It was a memorable year for sure, and even though we fell short at both World Cups, I know the experiences that me and my teammates had will last a lifetime,” Sanchez said. “It’s a huge honor to win this award and I’m really appreciative of everyone who voted for me. I also want to thank all of my teammates and coaches on the U-17s and the U-20s. They are great players and great friends and hopefully a bunch of us will reach our goals of playing for the full team one day.”
A new voting process was put into place in 2014. Votes are collected from respective National Team coaches, National Team players who have earned a cap in 2016, American soccer league (MLS, NASL and NWSL) head coaches, select media members, former players and administrators.
The Young Female Player of the Year honor was first awarded in 1998, with Cindy Parlow earning the honor.
Congratulations Girls! Your hard work and dedication have brought you this far. Your family, friends, teammates, and Blues Fans everywhere are so excited for you. We love and support you no matter what...remember we always got your back! Now go and do what you do. Compete with your hearts and minds out there; bring back the cup!
The FIFA U-17 Women's World Cup will begin on September 30th and goes to October 21, 2016. These girls will be far away in Jordan, what an extraordinary and life changing experience for our girls to be part of. If any of you out there want to support the girls here is the schedule of games.
U.S. SOCCER ANNOUNCES FIRST 25 CLUBS FOR GIRLS' DEVELOPMENT ACADEMY
Program Will Focus on Impacting Everyday Club Environments to Develop World-Class Players
CHICAGO (June 30, 2016) - U.S. Soccer has announced the first 25 clubs that will be a part of the Girls' Development Academy, an initiative designed to accelerate the development of world-class female players. The new league, which will begin play in the fall of 2017, will be comprised of this first group of clubs that are among the most elite in the United States.
The program will focus on positively impacting everyday club environments to maximize elite female youth player development. Increasing the training to game ratio, playing fewer but more meaningful games and providing assistance for coaching education and development are just some of the standards and best practices the program will promote.
Since 2007, the U.S. Soccer Development Academy has served as the elite male youth player development model for the country and has significantly improved the everyday environment for players, coaches, referees and clubs. The Girls' Development Academy will be structured with many of the same principles and will begin play in the fall of 2017.
"Launching a Girls' Development Academy is part of an unprecedented commitment to elevating the women's game," said U.S. Soccer Women's Technical Director April Heinrichs. "The Development Academy program will offer clubs support and education to positively impact the development of players and coaches throughout the country."
"We all know how important it is to create the correct environment and expectations for elite player development, something that was highlighted for me during my time as Development Director for our youth Women's National Teams," said U.S. Women's National Team head coach Jill Ellis. "The Development Academy is an important step forward to continue the growth of the women's game in the United States, and to create the best pathway for players to reach their full potential."
The following 25 clubs are the first being admitted to the Girls' Development Academy with more announcements taking place in the near future.
U.S. Soccer is excited to welcome the following clubs:
|Beach SC (Torrance, Calif.)
Boston Breakers (Watertown, Mass.)
CASL (Raleigh, N.C.)
Cincinnati DA (Cincinnati, Ohio)
Colorado Rush (Littleton, Co.)
Concorde Fire (Atlanta, Ga.)
Crossfire (Redmond, Wash.)
De Anza Force (Saratoga, Calif.)
FC Dallas (Frisco, Texas)
LAFC-Slammers (Los Angeles, Calif.)
Lamorinda (Moraga, Calif.)
Michigan Hawks (Livonia, Mich.)
Mustang (Danville, Calif.)
Orlando Pride/City SC (Orlando, Fla.)
Penn Fusion SA (Westtown, Pa.)
Portland Thorns (Portland, Ore.)
Tophat NTH (Atlanta, Ga.)
|Real Colorado (Highlands Ranch, Co.)
San Diego Surf (San Diego, Calif.)
Seattle Reign (Seattle, Wash.)
Sky Blue FC-PDA (Bernardsville, N.J.)
So Cal Blues (Rancho Capistrano, Calif.)
Sockers FC (Palatine, Ill.)
Solar Chelsea SC (Dallas, Texas)
Washington Spirit (Boyds, Md.)
These first 25 clubs have a total of 119 staff and coaches that hold a U.S. Soccer A or B Coaching License, and includes 91 coaches who are employed on a fulltime basis. To date, these clubs have produced 307 players for U.S. Soccer's National Teams (youth and senior) as well as 84 professional soccer players. In addition, this group will be providing 276 full scholarships with a total of $1.49 million of scholarship funds being contributed.
Club applications were evaluated and accepted by U.S. Soccer's technical staff based on the following criteria:
- Leadership of the club and quality of the coaching staff
- Desire to embrace and promote the core values of the program
- U.S. Soccer license levels of coaching staff
- Club infrastructure and resources being invested in development (facilities, scholarships, staff to player ratio)
- History of player production for Youth National Teams, the senior Women's National Team and professional leagues
- Market and depth of the player pool, geographic location and travel implications and proximity to other elite clubs
The program will feature three combined age groups: U-14/15, U-16/17 and U-18/19. Clubs will be expected to train a minimum of four times a week. The use of combined age groups will require clubs to form teams with a balanced roster of players from two distinct birth years. The games will be scouted by U.S. Soccer and the program will serve as the primary pathway to the Youth National Teams.
Blues 02 – Baker Punch Their Ticket to Boise
(San Juan Capistrano, CA – February 8, 2016)
Blues 02 – Baker won 13 straight games en route to a US Youth Soccer California Regional League Championship (CRL) and a berth at the US Youth Soccer Far West Regional Championships in Boise, Idaho, June 20 – 26, 2016.
What began back in August of 2015 with a 10 – 0 victory against CUFC in San Diego, ended the last weekend in February with a 5 – 0 victory against CZ Elite in Temecula. Along the way, the Blues offense performed flawlessly, scoring an astounding 106 goals - good for an 8 goals a game average. The defense was also stellar, only surrendering four goals on the journey and posting ten shutouts.
Coached by Greg and Matt Baker, the Blues 02’s toughest test came against a strong and talented Surf team on the penultimate day of competition. A win or tie would see the Blues through, a loss would mean Surf could take the league. An 8 a.m. start saw the Blues jump out with a quick strike goal within five minutes. Both defenses would stiffen and the Blues took a 1-0 lead into the half. The other side of the break saw a Surf blast tie the score at 1, but the tie would not last long. The Blues girls took the ensuing kick-off to the house, side netting a scorcher and the Blues retook the lead. After numerous skirmishes, Surf netted a second, once again tying the score. The Blues responded. A byline pass, a flick-on and a smash finished off Surf and the scoring, 3 - 2 for the Blues.
Next up, the 02 Baker girls put their winning streak on the line at the National Cup tournament which begins in late February. Regardless of their National Cup finish, the Blues will make their way to Boise in late June, hoping to win a spot to the US Youth Soccer National Championships later this year.
Blues Girls Shine For U.S. U17 National Team
The USA's Ashley Sanchez (SC Blues)was presented with the Golden Ball award as the best player at the 2016 CONCACAF Under-17 Women's Championship. Incredible Ash! (Photo: Mexsport)
If you were not aware the United States Team had four of our own including Ashley, Hillary Beal, Karina Rodriguez, and Kennedy Wesley. Not to be forgotten is Ashley Soto who played for Mexico. Way to represent girls...we are so proud of all of you.
ST. GEORGE’S, Grenada – Following the United States’ 2-1 win over Mexico in the 2016 CONCACAF Under-17 Women’s Championship (CU17W) final on Sunday at the Grenada Athletics Stadium, the Technical Study Group announced the tournament’s Best 11 and presented awards.
The CU17W selection contains at least one player from each of the four semifinalists: seven players from the champion United States, two from runner-up Mexico, as well as one each from Canada and Haiti.
Here’s a look at the team:
2016 CONCACAF Under-17 Women’s Championship Best 11 Players
- Goalkeeper: Laurel Ivory (United States)
- Right Back: Kennedy Wesley (United States / SC Blues)
- Center Back: Naomi Girma (United States)
- Center Back: Kimberly Rodriguez (Mexico)
- Left Back: Julia Grosso (Canada)
- Right Midfielder: Nerilia Mondesir (Haiti)
- Center Midfielder: Brianna Pinto (United States)
- Center Midfielder: Jaelin Howell (United States)
- Left Midfielder: Jacqueline Ovalle (Mexico)
- Forward: Ashley Sanchez (United States / SC Blues)
- Forward: Civana Kuhlmann (United States)
Article Written by Will Parchman
Published: December 13, 2015
For the fourth consecutive cycle, the U.S. U20 Women’s National Team rules CONCACAF
The U.S. benefitted from a late second-half miscue from Canada on Sunday night to take home a 1-0 victory in the finale of the U20 CONCACAF Championship in San Pedro Sula, Honduras. Our own Blues U17 Dodge Player Ashley Sanchez leapt on a Canadian lapse at the back in the 72nd minute to secure a fourth straight CONCACAF crown stretching back to the 2010 tournament.
The U.S. had already qualified for the 2016 U20 Women’s World Cup in Papua New Guinea via a win in the semifinals, but it added an emphatic exclamation point with yet another regional trophy to add to the case.
it was a disastrous mistake at the back that decided the closest game the U.S. U20 WNT has played in CONCACAF competition in more than eight years.
In the 72nd minute, Canadian keeper Lysianne Prouix tried to play short off a seemingly harmless back pass, but she scuffed her one-time pass to the other flank off a meekly rolling ball, and her effort dribbled harmlessly into the 18-yard box. Predatory striker Sanchez lay in wait, and she only needed one settling touch before smashing a low-rolling burner past Prouix for the game’s only goal.
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