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The Week in Women's Football: Neville wins first England trophy; Matildas claim Cup of Nations; Jamaica topple Chile;

This week we look at the recently completed Spring Tournaments for women's national teams, including the SheBelieves Cup in the U.S., the AFA Cup of Nations in Australia, Algarve Cup in Portugal, Cyprus Cup and Turkish Cup, and look at two friendlies between 2019 Women's World Cup Participants Chile in Jamaica. We also look at the two friendlies France played recently at home.



Fourth Annual SheBelieves Cup in the U.S.

England captured the fourth edition of the She Believes Cup for the first time in history with two wins over Brazil (2-1) and Japan (3-0) along with a 2-2 draw against the host team the United States, for a total of 7 points. The U.S. drew its first two games by identical 2-2 score lines, against Japan on Feb 27 and England on March 2, finishing the friendly tournament with a 1-0 win over Brazil in Tampa on March 5 to finish second on 5 points.

In 2016, the inaugural year of the tournament, the U.S. won against invitees Germany England and France. France triumphed in 2017 against the same opponents while last year, the U.S. won again against the same trio. This year, Germany and France did not participate—instead playing against each other in France (see below), being replaced by Japan and Brazil.

In what ultimately was the tournament decider against England in Nashville on March 2, 22,125 fans saw U.S. goalkeeper Adrianna Franch's (Portland Thorns) debut after Alyssa Naeher (Chicago Red Stars) was ruled out for an injury. Megan Rapinoe (Reign FC) scored her 43rd international goal and Tobin Heath (Portland Thorns)—who had a fine tourney—scored her 26th goal for the Americans. Steph Houghton and Nikita Paris (both Manchester City) scored for England. The Lionesses came away with a point despite a huge disadvantage in shots (6-20) and corners (1-6) compared with the Americans. Japan defeated Brazil 3-1 in the other match in Nashville.

The U.S. players wore special jerseys during the game in Nashville, with the players selecting a famous woman who had inspired them. The choices ranged from activists to Nobel Prize winners, to artists, athletes and trailblazers, from historic to contemporary, and featured women who hail from diverse backgrounds and championed a variety of causes. Four of the selections were former national team stars: Briana Scurry, Mia Hamm, Abby Wambach and Heather O'Reilly. This was a quite unique and special promotion and we hope to see it again, hopefully with other nations as well as by the United States.

No.

PLAYER

INSPIRATION

7

Abby Dahlkemper

Jennifer Lawrence

12

Tierna Davidson

Sally Ride

19

Crystal Dunn

Serena Williams

8

Julie Ertz

Carrie Underwood

22

Emily Fox

Elena Delle Donne

21

Adrianna Franch

Briana Scurry

18

Ashlyn Harris

Cardi B

17

Tobin Heath

Doris Burke

16

Rose Lavelle

J.K. Rowling

10

Carli Lloyd

Malala Yousafzai

20

Jessica McDonald

Maya Angelou

3

Samantha Mewis

Mia Hamm

13

Alex Morgan

Abby Wambach

1

Alyssa Naeher

Robin Roberts

23

Christen Press

Sojourner Truth

11

Mallory Pugh

Beyoncé

15

Megan Rapinoe

Audre Lorde

4

Becky Sauerbrunn

Ruth Bader Ginsburg

14

Casey Short

Katie Sowers

2

Emily Sonnett

Tina Fey

6

Andi Sullivan

Jessica Mendoza

25

McCall Zerboni

Mother Teresa

5

Kelly O'Hara

Heather O'Reilly

On the tournament's opening night on February 27, in front of 14,555 fans at Talen Energy Stadium in Chester, PA (suburban Philadelphia), the U.S. took a 1-0 lead into half time from a rasping shot by Megan Rapinoe (Reign FC). Japan equalized in the 67th minute from Emi Nakajima (INAC Kobe Leonessa). The goal came on Japan's first shot on goal of the game. After Alex Morgan (Orlando Pride) scored in the 76th minute to put the Americans again in front, Yuka Momiki (Nippon TV Beleza) scored a late equalizer in the 91st minute. The U.S. had 13 shots to only 5 for Japan (6-2 for Shots on Goal) and had double the number of corner kicks (8-4).

In the first game of the day, England overcame a first half penalty kick from Andressa (Barcelona of Spain) to defeat Brazil by a 2-1 score. Six-time FIFA Women's World Player of the Year Marta (Orlando Pride) was fouled in the penalty box in the 15th minute, from which Andressa converted from the spot. England equalized shortly after the start of the second half when Fran Kirby (Chelsea) assisted Ellen White (Birmingham City) in the 49th minute. The hugely effective Kirby again provided the assist in the 75th minute on Beth Mead's (Arsenal) game winning cross shot. White's goal was her 27th international goal in 76 caps, while Mead tallied her third goal in only her eighth cap.

The U.S. defeated Brazil 1-0 in the final tournament game on March 5 in front of 14,000 at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida on another Tobin Heath goal, her second of the tournament and 27th of her career. Ashlyn Harris (Orlando Pride) recorded her eleventh national team shutout.

England secured the title on March 5 with three goals within the first half hour of the match by Lucy Staniforth (Birmingham City), Karen Carney (Chelsea and ex-Chicago Red Stars in WPS)—both assisted by Jodie Taylor (Reign FC)—and Beth Mead's second goal of the event, tying her with Heath, Rapinoe and Momiki of Japan. The game was a rematch of the historic 2015 WWC semi final in Edmonton, Alberta when Japan won 2-1 with a late England own goal, but England recovered from the disappointment and captured third by defeating Germany in the third/fourth place game.




2019 SheBelieves Cup Final Standings

Team

GP

W

L

T

GF

GA

GD

Pts.

England

3

2

0

1

7

4

3

7

United States

3

1

0

2

5

4

1

5

Japan

3

1

1

1

5

6

-1

4

Brazil

3

0

3

0

2

6

-4

0



The rosters for the four teams are below:

U.S. WNT 2019 SheBelieves Cup Roster (Caps/Goals)
GOALKEEPERS (3): Adrianna Franch (Portland Thorns FC; 0/0), Ashlyn Harris (Orlando Pride; 19/0), Alyssa Naeher (Chicago Red Stars; 40/0)
DEFENDERS (7): Abby Dahlkemper (NC Courage; 32/0), Tierna Davidson (Chicago Red Stars; 14/1), Crystal Dunn (NC Courage; 77/24), Kelley O'Hara (Utah Royals FC; 112/2), Becky Sauerbrunn (Utah Royals FC; 151/0), Casey Short (Chicago Red Stars; 27/0), Emily Sonnett (Portland Thorns FC; 28/0)
MIDFIELDERS (6): Danielle Colaprico (Chicago Red Stars; 2/0), Julie Ertz (Chicago Red Stars; 74/18), Rose Lavelle (Washington Spirit; 21/6), Samantha Mewis (NC Courage; 43/8), Andi Sullivan (Washington Spirit 11/0), McCall Zerboni (NC Courage; 8/0)
FORWARDS (7): Tobin Heath (Portland Thorns FC; 143/25), Carli Lloyd (Sky Blue FC; 266/105), Jessica McDonald (NC Courage; 5/1), Alex Morgan (Orlando Pride; 155/98), Christen Press (Utah Royals FC; 108/47), Mallory Pugh (Washington Spirit; 45/13), Megan Rapinoe (Reign FC; 146/41)

All 23 players on the U.S. roster were with the national side for the two earlier games in January in France and Spain. A total of 27 players attended a pre-tournament training camp in Tampa, Fla., including goalkeeper Jane Campbell (Houston Dash, defender Merritt Mathias (North Carolina Courage), defender Emily Fox (University of North Carolina) and midfielder Allie Long (Portland Thorns). Midfielder Lindsey Horan (Portland Thorns) was not available for selection due to a quadriceps injury.

The U.S. national women's team schedule ahead of the Women's World Cup in June continue with a friendly vs. Australia on April at Dick's Sporting Goods Park in Commerce City, Colorado (suburban Denver), followed by a first meeting with Belgium on April 7 at Banc of California Stadium in Los Angeles.

Japan Women's National Team Roster by Position:
GOALKEEPERS (3): 18-Ayaka Saitoh (Mynavi Vegalta Sendai Ladies), 1-Rei Takenaka (Inac Kobe Leonessa), 21-Erina Yamane (Real Betis, ESP)

DEFENDERS (8 ): 6-Saori Ariyoshi (Nippon TV Beleza), 5-Nana Ichise (Mynavi Vegalta Sendai Ladies), 4-Saki Kumagai (Olympique Lyonnais, FRA), 23-Moeka Minami (Urawa Res Diamonds Ladies), 24-Asato Miyagawa (Nippon TV Beleza), 12-Risako Oga (Nojima Stella Kanagawa Sagamihara), 3-Aya Sameshima (Inac Kobe Leonessa), 22-Risa Shimizu (Nippon TV Beleza)

MIDFIELDERS (7): 14-Yui Hasegawa (Nippon TV Beleza), 16-Arisa Matsubara (Nojima Stella Kanagawa Sagamihara), 17-Narumi Miura (Nippon TV Beleza), 7-Emi Nakajima (Inac Kobe Leonessa), 8-Moeno Sakaguchi (Albirex Niigata Ladies), 9-Hina Sugita (Inac Kobe Leonessa), 2-Rumi Utsugi (Seattle Reign FC, USA)

FORWARDS (5): 19-Jun Endo (Nippon TV Beleza), 13-Mayu Ikejiri (Suwon Urban Development Corporation WFC, KOR), 11-Rikako Kobayashi (Nippon TV Beleza), 15-Yuka Momiki (Nippon TV Beleza), 20-Kumi Yokoyama (AC Nagano Parceiro Ladies)

Most of the squad were based in Japan, with one player each based with clubs in France, Korea Republic, Spain and the U.S.

Asako Takakura was appointed as the first female coach of Japan's senior Women's National Team on April 27 of last year. The four-time Asian Women's Coach of the Year made her national team debut at the age of 16 and was a midfielder, earning 79 caps for Japan while scoring 30 goals. She played in the 1991 and 1995 World Cups, as well as the 1996 Olympics. She has been an integral part of the Japanese coaching infrastructure for years, having coached every age group from Under-13 upwards. She led Japan to the 2014 Under-17 Women's World Cup title and the 2015 Asian U-19 Championship while also serving on the FIFA technical study group at last year's World Cup. She also coached Japan to third place at the FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup in Papua New Guinea, defeating the USA 1-0 in the bronze medal game.



England Women's National Team Roster by Position:


GOALKEEPERS (3): 1-Karen Bardsley (Manchester City), 21-Mary Earps (Wolfsburg, GER), 13-Carly Telford (Chelsea)

DEFENDERS (8): 14-Gemma Bonner (Manchester City), 2-Lucy Bronze (Olympique Lyon, FRA), 17-Rachel Daly (Houston Dash, USA), 3-Alex Greenwood (Manchester United), 5-Steph Houghton (Manchester City), 6-Abbie McManus (Manchester City), 12-Demi Stokes (Manchester City), 15-Leah Williamson (Arsenal)

MIDFIELDERS (7): 20-Karen Carney (Chelsea), 8-Isobel Christiansen (Lyon), 10-Fran Kirby (Chelsea), 23-Lucy Staniforth (Birmingham City), 19-Georgia Stanway (Manchester City), 4-Keira Walsh (Manchester City)

FORWARDS (5): 11-Toni Duggan (Barcelona, ESP), 22-Beth Mead (Arsenal), 7-Nikita Parris (Manchester City), 9-Jodie Taylor (Reign FC, USA), 18-Ellen White (Birmingham City), 16-Chioma Ubogagu (Orlando Pride, USA)

Besides the three NWSL players of Taylor, Ubogagu and Daly, Bronze (Olympique Lyon in France), Duggan (in her second season with Barcelona of Spain) and backup goalkeeper Mary Earps (Wolfsburg in Germany) are the only England players currently playing club soccer outside their country.

England's 23 player roster features eight players from Manchester City, three from Chelsea, two from Arsenal and Birmingham City and one from Manchester United.

England next plays in April against Canada at the Academy Stadium in Manchester (April 5) and Spain at the County Ground in Southampton (April 9), and then with matches against Denmark at Banks's Stadium in Walsall (May 25) and New Zealand (June 1) at the Amex Stadium in Brighton just before the Women's World Cup begins.



BRAZIL WOMEN'S NATIONAL TEAM ROSTER BY POSITION
GOALKEEPERS (3): 12-Aline Reis (UDG Tenerife, ESP), 1-Leticia (Corinthians), 22-Luciana (Ferroviária S.A)
DEFENDERS (9): 4-Erika (Corinthians), 3-Jucinara (Valência, ESP), 14-Kathellen (FC Girondins, FRA), 2-Leticia S. (Sportclub Sand, GER), 8-Formiga (Paris Saint-Germain, FRA), 21-Mônica (Unattached), 15-Poliana (São José Esporte), 6-Tamires (Fortuna Hjorring, DEN), 13-Tayla (Benfica, POR)
MIDFIELDERS (4): 7-Andressa (FC Barcelona, ESP), 23-Luana (KSPO Women Football Team, KOR), 10-Marta (Orlando Pride, USA), 5-Thaisa (AC Milan, ITA)
FORWARDS (7): 11-Adriana (Corinthians), 16-Beatriz (Incheon Hyundai Steel Red Angels, KOR), 9-Debinha (NC Courage, USA), 18-Geyse (Benfica, POR), 17-Juliana (CR Flamengo), 19-Ludmila (Atletico de Madrid, ESP), 20-Raquel (Sporting Club Huelva, ESP)

Brazil's side includes 16 imports, from: Denmark, France (2), Germany, Italy, Korea Republic (2) Portugal (2) Spain (5) and the U.S. (2), with 6 based at home while Monica—formerly with the Orlando Pride who also loaned her to Adelaide United and Atletico Madrid—is currently without a club.

Brazil's coach is Oswaldo Alvarez, better known as Vadão, has coached for almost 30 years, primarily on the men's side, including coaching Rivaldo and Kaka when they were youth players. He had never coached women before his first stint in charge of the Brazilian National Team (2014 to 2016). During that stint, he won his first Copa America Femenina, triumphed at the Pan American Games, led Brazil to the Round of 16 at the 2015 Women's World Cup and to a fourth-place finish in the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, in front of huge local fan support. Ten months after being replaced by Emily Lima, Vadão returned to the job in September of 2017 and guided the squad to the Copa America title. France 2019 will be his second Women's World Cup in charge.




Matildas Capture FFA Cup of Nations

Australia's women's national team gave new head coach Ante Milicic a perfect start to his tenure as the squad's sideline leader, winning the inaugural Football Federation of Australia Cup of Nations with three wins in three games, defeating New Zealand 2-0, Korea Republic 4-1 and Argentina 3-0. With all four teams competing in France this summer, Argentina and New Zealand seem to have the largest gap to make up, with the Football Ferns only win coming in a 2-0 defeat of Argentina, who didn't score at all and allowed 10 goals. This is a concern as Chile went to Australia last November and beat Australia 3-2 before losing 5-0 in the rematch. Argentina, always a side that seems to only show up for the occasion Womens World Cup with few games if any in off years, needs to step it up before France. Ji So-yun of Korea Republic had 4 goals during the tournament while Australia's Sam Kerr and Emily Gielnik had 3 goals and 2 respectively, with Gielnek tying with Moon Mi-Ra of Korea Republic.

#

Team

MP

W

D

L

F

A

D

P

1

Australia

3

3

0

0

9

1

+8

9

2

Korea Republic

3

2

0

1

8

4

+4

6

3

New Zealand

3

1

0

2

2

4

-2

3

4

Argentina

3

0

0

3

0

10

-10

0




Algarve Cup

Surprising Poland faced Norway in the final of the 2019 Algarve Cup in Portugal, the 26th edition of the national team tournament, with the Scandinavians winning 1-0 on a 24th minute goal by Norwegian international (but German-born) Isabell Herlovsen (30), who plays at Valerenga but had a spell at Olympique Lyon at the start of the decade.

Norway had won four previous editions in 1994, 1996, 1997 and 1998 while Poland is the first Eastern European team to get that far—no Eastern European member previously had even appeared in a final four—including Hungary (2 appearances), Poland (3), Romania (2) and Russia (5).

Top teams such as France, Germany and the U.S. have not participated in the Algarve Cup for the past few years, nor has WWC 2019 finalist Italy for many years, but the field was still strong this year, with seven of the twelve nations qualifying for France this summer. Poland's achievement is definitely something build on in the future

Poland has a core of players with club experience in Western Europe, primarily France, Germany and Italy, while some younger players won the UEFA U-17 title for Poland in 2012/13. Defender Paulina Dudek (21) plays at PSG in France, having previously played at home for Medyk Konin. Goalkeeper Katarzyna Kiedrzynek (27) has been at PSG for the past half dozen seasons. Defender Aleksandra Sikora (28) has played for Brescia and now Juventus in Italy the last two seasons. Defender Jolanta Siwinska (27) is home with Gornik Leczna after years in Germany, including 4 seasons at Turbine Potsdam. Midfielder Katarzyna Daleszczyk (28) has played the last two seasons in Italy with first Brescia and now Sassuolo. German-born forward Julia Matuschewski is with Saarbrucken this season after years with FFC Frankfurt. Ewa Pajor (22) is with Wolfsburg, where she has twice been a UEFA Women's champions League runners-up. Forward Agnieszka Winczo has been with Cloppenburg in Germany for years and won two Polish Ekstraliga Women's League titles in 2010 and 2011 with TRP Unia Raciborz

World Cup finalists Canada and Sweden met for third/fourth place and ended in a 0-0 tie, with Canada winning the bronze medal 6-5 on penalty kicks. Steph Labbe, who played last season in Linkoping but signed with the North Carolina Courage for 2019, saved the 6th Swedish spot kick and Jess Fleming (UCLA) scored the crucial winner. Canadian head coach Kenneth Heiner-Moller said after the Sweden match: "I think there's a lot of positives to take out of this tournament. Today, it's the fourth clean sheet in a row. We saw everyone in action, all 23 players; that explains a lot about our depth. This match was awesome, playing against Sweden, who is a top team, and the amount of pressure we put on them defensively and offensively is pretty amazing. If we can play like this for the entire tournament [in France], it's looking good, but we need to do better to find the back of the net and we will be working on that as we prepare to face England in April."

The win over Sweden brings Canada's record to 6-3-13 (W-D-L) over 22 matches against the Swedes. 2019 marked Canada's eighth appearance at the Algarve Cup and its fourth time with a top four finish, having also placed fourth in 2001, second in 2017 and won the title in 2016.

In the group stage, Canada Soccer's Women's National Team defeated Scotland 1-0 as Christine Sinclair (Portland Thorns) converted a penalty for her 179th international goal, leaving her five away from the all-time Women's international goal scoring record, currently held by American Abby Wambach. Canada tied Iceland 0-0 in their opening match of the Cup

The Fifth/Sixth place match saw Scotland defeat Denmark 1-0 on a 35th minute goal from Jane Ross (West Ham United).

Spain triumphed over Switzerland 2-0 in the Seventh/Eighth place match on a Jennifer Hermoso (Atletico Madrid, transferring from PSG at the beginning of the season) goal in the 21st and then a Swiss own goal in the 63rd minute.

Iceland blasted Portugal 4-1 to capture ninth place.

China PR and Netherlands tied 1-1 in the battle for eleventh place; both teams have qualified for France this summer. It's important to not put too much credence on Spring tournament results but China losing both their group games 3-1 to Norway and 1-0 against Denmark, while the Netherlands also lost both group matches (2-0 to Spain and 1-0 to the surprising Poles—who also beat Spain 3-0) were unexpected and somewhat alarming ahead of this summer.

Team

MP

W

D

L

F

A

D

P

Group A

1

Canada

2

1

1

0

1

0

+1

4

2

Scotland

2

1

0

1

4

2

+2

3

3

Iceland

2

0

1

1

1

4

-3

1

Group B

1

Poland

2

2

0

0

4

0

+4

6

2

Spain

2

1

0

1

2

3

-1

3

3

Netherlands

2

0

0

2

0

3

-3

0

Group C

1

Norway

2

2

0

0

5

2

+3

6

2

Denmark

2

1

0

1

2

2

+0

3

3

China PR

2

0

0

2

1

4

-3

0

Group D

1

Sweden

2

1

0

1

5

3

+2

3

2

Switzerland

2

1

0

1

4

5

-1

3

3

Portugal

2

1

0

1

3

4

-1

3





Cyprus Cup

The final placement games of the 2019 Cyprus Cup saw Korea DPR and Italy in the final, which ended in an exciting 3-3 tie, with Korea DPR winning on penalties after 120 minutes and one goal each in extra time.

Austria and Belgium battled for third place, with Belgium taking the bronze medal on penalties after a goalless draw.

Mexico and Czech Republic met for 5th place, with Mexico winning 2-1 from a 35th minute goal by Jacqueline Ovalle (19) of UNAL and the winner in the 55th from Liberec forward Simona Necidova's (25) own goal, after Slavia Prague's midfielder Jitka Chlastakova (25) tied the game in the 48th minute.

Seventh place featured two WWC finalists as Nigeria defeated Thailand 2-0 with Asisat Osholala (Barcelona and ex-Arsenal and Liverpool) scoring a goal and an assist, with the other goals by Anam Imo (18), who plays at home with Nasarawa Amazons and was the 2018 Nigeria Women's Premier League Player of the Season and Golden Boot winner with 8 goals, and Onome Ebi (35). The much traveled Ebi has played at home, in Sweden, Turkey, Belarus and is now with Henan Huishang in China.

Ninth place saw Finland blast South Africa 3-0, who had only one tie in three games in Cyprus.

The match for eleventh place was an all-Eastern European matchup between Slovakia and Hungary, with Hungary winning 3-2, with Wolfsburg striker Zsanett Jakabfi scoring the winner 8 minutes after halftime.

In Group Play, Korea DPR and Italy were undefeated in their respective groups in Group A and B while Austria and Belgium won two and tied each other.

World Cup finalists South Africa tied Finland 2-2 for their only point on Feb 27 while Thailand defeated Hungary 4-0 the same day for their only win. Nigeria defeated Slovakia 4-3 on March 1 while Mexico defeated Thailand 2-1 on the same day and tied Hungary 3-3. In group play, Mexico's Veronica Corral (who has 16 goals this season with Levante in Spain—who are currently in third place), Italy's Valentina Giacinti (Milan) and Kim Yun Mi of Korea DPR all had 4 goals to top the goal scorers' table.

Team

MP

W

D

L

F

A

D

P

Group A

1

Korea DPR

3

3

0

0

9

3

+6

9

2

Czech Republic

3

2

0

1

6

6

+0

6

3

Finland

3

0

1

2

3

5

-2

1

4

South Africa

3

0

1

2

4

8

-4

1

Group B

1

Italy

3

3

0

0

12

1

+11

9

2

Mexico

3

1

1

1

5

9

-4

4

3

Thailand

3

1

0

2

6

6

+0

3

4

Hungary

3

0

1

2

3

10

-7

1

Group C

1

Austria

3

2

1

0

5

1

+4

7

2

Belgium

3

2

1

0

4

0

+4

7

3

Nigeria

3

1

0

2

5

8

-3

3

4

Slovakia

3

0

0

3

3

8

-5

0


South Africa's side included two players who just finished the Westfield W-League season with Canberra in Australia, one in Sweden and four waiting for their international club clearance after playing in the NWSL or a U.S. College (Kaylin Swart)

South Africa Side at 2019 Cyprus Cup

Goalkeepers:

1. ANDILE DLAMINI – Mamelodi Sundowns Ladies
2. KAYLIN SWART (Awaiting International Transfer)
3. VICTORIA MUROA – First Touch Academy

Defenders:

4. LEBOGANG RAMAMALEPE – Ma-Indies FC
5. NOTHANDO VILAKAZI – Palace Super Falcons
6. JANINE VAN WYK (C) (Awaiting International transfer)
7. NOKO MATLOU – Ma-Indies FC
8. BAMBANANI MBANE – Bloemfontein Celtic Ladies
9. TIISETSO MAKHUBELA – Mamelodi Sundowns Ladies
10. KOKETSO TLAILANE – TUT-PTA
11. KARABO DHLAMINI – Mamelodi Sundowns Ladies

Midfielders:

12. MAMELLO MAKHABANE – JVW FC
13. LEANDRA SMEDA – Vittsjo GIK (Sweden)
14. NOMPUMELELO NYANDENI – JVW FC
15. LINDA MOTLHALO (Awaiting International Transfer)
16. BUSISIWE NDIMENI – TUT-PTA
17. REFILOE JANE (VC) – Canberra United (Australia)
18. MOLATELO SEBATA – First Touch Academy
19. KHOLOSA BIYANA – University of KwaZulu Natal

Forwards:

20. JERMAINE SEOPOSENWE – JVW FC
21. THEMBI KGATLANA (Awaiting International Transfer)
22. AMANDA MTHANDI – University of Johannesburg
23. RHODA MULAUDZI – Canberra United (Australia)




Turkish Women's Cup

France's B Team took the Turkish Cup title for the second consecutive year after defeating Romania 7-0; France B narrowly won the crown in 2018 with a 2-1 final victory of Mexico.

Northern Ireland captured third after defeating Uzbekistan 2-1.

In the battle for fifth place, India and Kazakhstan tied 0-0 with Kazakhstan winning on penalty kicks (4-3).

Jordan won 3-0 over Turkmenistan to capture seventh.

In close Group games, France B beat Northern Ireland 3-1 and Romania beat Uzbekistan 1-0. At the other end of the scale, debutants Turkmenistan had a rough tournament, losing to Romania 13-0 while India put 10 past them and kept a shutout, but Turkmenistan did score in a 11-1 loss to Uzbekistan.




Jamaica Defeats Chile Twice

Jamaica won both games of a two-match series at home versus Chile, the first on March 1 was a 1-0 victory in Kingston, with a 9th minute goal from Jamaican-American midfielder Marlo Sweatman (24), who played with PEC Zwolle in the Netherlands last season and is now with Szent Mihaly in Hungary, after playing in Sweden for a short time and with the University of Oregon. Jamaica won the second game on March 4 in Montego Bay by a 3-2 score. Khadija Shaw (University of Tennessee) scored twice for Jamaica along with the winner from 16-year-old sensation Jody Brown. Maria Rojas (Canberra United in Australia) and Karen Araya) Seville of Spain after transferring from Osasco Audax of Brazil last summer.



France Splits Two Friendlies at Home

France played two home friendlies, losing to Germany 1-0 on February 28 in Laval with a Lea Schuller (21) goal in the 31st minute. Schuller has been with SGS Essen for 6 years and has 11 goals this season in the Frauen Bundesliga. France then blasted Uruguay 6-0 in Tours. Amel Majri (Olympique Lyon) in defense played for the country of her birth Tunisia at the U-20 level before joining France at the senior level. France utilized a team with only two players based clubs abroad, one in England and one in Spain.

France Side for 2019 Friendlies in February/March

Goalkeepers:

SARAH BOUHADDI – Olympique Lyonnais

SOLÈNE DURAND – EA de Guingamp

PAULINE PEYRAUD-MAGNIN – Arsenal FC (England)

Defenders:

HAWA CISSOKO – ASJ Soyaux

JULIE DEBEVER – EA de Guingamp

SAKINA KARCHAOUI – Montpellier HSC

AMEL MAJRI – Olympique Lyonnais

GRIEDGE MBOCK BATHY NKA – Olympique Lyonnais

WENDIE RENARD – Olympique Lyonnais

MARION TORRENT – Montpellier HSC

AÏSSATOU TOUNKARA – Atlético de Madrid (Spain)

Midfielders:

CHARLOTTE BILBAULT -Paris FC

ÉLISE BUSSAGLIA – Dijon FCOF

MAÉVA CLEMARON – FC Fleury 91

ONEMA GRACE GEYORO – Paris Saint-Germain FC

AMANDINE HENRY – Olympique Lyonnais

GAËTANE THINEY – Paris FC

Forwards:

VIVIANE ASSEYI – FC Girondins de Bordeaux

DELPHINE CASCARINO – Olympique Lyonnais

KADIDIATOU DIANI – Paris Saint-Germain FC

VALÉRIE GAUVIN – Montpellier HSC

MARIE-ANTOINETTE KATOTO – Paris Saint-Germain FC

OULEYMATA SARR – Lille OSC

France has other friendlies scheduled again Japan on April 4 in Auxerre, on April 8 against Denmark in Strasbourg, versus Thailand on May 25th in Orleans and on May 31 against China in Creteil.




Tim Grainey is a contributor to Tribal Football. His latest book Beyond Bend it Like Beckham on the global game of women's football. Get your copy today.

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