US Face South Korea In Final Group D Match
U.S. Under-20 Womenâ€™s National Team
2010 FIFA U-20 Womenâ€™s World Cup
Tuesday, July 20
USA FACES KOREA REPUBLIC FOR GROUP TITLE: After a rousing 5-0 victory against Switzerland on the second match day of Group D at the 2010 FIFA U-20 Womenâ€™s World Cup, the United States is in a solid position to advance to the quarterfinal round, but there is still much work to do. The USA will face a skillful and dynamic Korea Republic team on Wednesday, July 21, in a match broadcast live on ESPN2 at 12 p.m. ET. The match will take place in Bielefeld (also the site of the U-20 Womenâ€™s World Cup Final) at the same time Ghana takes on the Swiss in the other Group D match in Bochum.
U.S. U-20 WNT ADVANCEMENT SCENARIOS
- With a victory against the Korea Republic, the USA would advance to the quarterfinals and win the group.
- With a draw against Korea, the USA would advance to the quarterfinals and finish second in the group.
- The USA could also advance to the quarterfinals with a loss, provided Ghana does not make up a goal difference that currently sits at seven between the two countries.
Should the USA advance, it will face a team from Group C, which will finish its final games just an hour before the USA kicks off against Korea. The Group C matches feature Japan vs. England (also being played in Bielefeld) and Nigeria vs. Mexico. Mexico and Nigeria lead the group with four points each while Japan and England have one each and need some help to make the quarterfinals. If Mexico and Nigeria draw, both Japan and England are out. A draw would give Mexico the group title on basis of more goals scored.
Group D Standings
Korea Republic 4, Switzerland 0
USA 1, Ghana 1
Korea Republic 4, Ghana 2
USA 5, Switzerland 0
Ghana vs. Switzerland
USA vs. Korea Republic
WATCH ALL THE ACTION FROM GERMANY LIVE ON ESPNU, ESPN2 AND ESPN3.COM: Every match of the tournament is available on ESPN3.com and 18 matches â€“ half of the games -- including all four quarterfinals, the semifinals, the third-place game and final, are being broadcast either live or delayed on either ESPNU or ESPN2. Highlight packages are also available for each match on FIFA.com soon after the completion of the game. For complete TV listings, go to the 2010 FIFA U-20 Womenâ€™s World Cup schedule on ussoccer.com.
2010 FIFA Under-20 Womenâ€™s World Cup
Group D Schedule
|July 14||USA 1, Ghana 1||Rudolf-Harbig Stadium (Dresden)||Â|
|July 14||Korea Republic 4, Switzerland 0||Rudolf-Harbig Stadium (Dresden)||Â|
|July 17||USA 5, Switzerland 0||Rudolf-Harbig Stadium (Dresden)||Â|
|July 17||Korea Republic 4, Ghana 2||Rudolf-Harbig Stadium (Dresden)||Â|
|July 21||USA vs. Korea Republic||U-20 WWC Stadium (Bielefeld)||ESPN2 (12 p.m.Â ET)|
|July 21||Ghana vs. Switzerland||U-20 WWC Stadium (Bochum)||ESPNU (11 p.m. ET)*|
U.S. FACES RED-HOT KOREANS: The Korea Republic was the top scorer in the tournament after two rounds of group matches, pounding in eight goals, four in each game. The Koreans were one of only three teams (including Germany and Korea DPR) to win their first two matches of the tournament and have already qualified for the quarterfinals. It only remains to be seen whether they go through in first place in Group D or in second. Germany had seven goals after two games while the USA has managed six so far. The Germans pounded in four more in their group finale against France to up their total to 11. The 14 goals so far between the USA and Korea could make for a wide-open game, especially as the match features two of the tournamentâ€™s top scorers so far in Ji So Yun (five goals) and Sydney Leroux (four goals). The USA and South Korea met in the quarterfinals of the 2008 FIFA U-17 Womenâ€™s World Cup with the USA winning 4-2 and all four U.S. goals were scored by players on this current U-20 roster. Courtney Verloo scored twice while Kristie Mewis and Vicki DiMartino added goals as well. The USA has seven players on its U-20 roster that played in that U-17 WWC match while the Koreans have eight.
LEROUX MOVES INTO TIE FOR TOP SPOT ON ALL-TIME U-20 WWC SCORERS LIST: With three goals against Switzerland, giving her four for the tournament, U.S. forward Sydney Leroux tied Kelly Wilson as the all-time leading scorer in U.S. U-19/U-20 Womenâ€™s World Cup history. Wilson scored all nine of her goals in the 2002 tournament as the USA won the first-ever FIFA U-19 Womenâ€™s World Cup. Amazingly Wilson did not win the Golden Shoe as the top scorer as Canadaâ€™s Christine Sinclair scored 10 times at home. Wilson did win the Silver Shoe and the Bronze Ball. Leroux scored five times at the 2008 FIFA U-20 Womenâ€™s World Cup where she won the Golden Ball and Golden Shoe.
FIFA U-19/U-20 Womenâ€™s World Cup
U.S. Top-Five All-Time Goal Scorers
U.S. Under-20 Womenâ€™s World Cup Roster
GOALKEEPERS (3): Adrianna Franch (Oklahoma State; Salina, Kan.), Bryane Heaberlin (Clearwater Chargers; St. Petersburg, Fla.), Bianca Henninger (Santa Clara; Los Gatos, Calif.)
DEFENDERS (6): Crystal Dunn (North Carolina; Rockville Centre, N.Y.), Kendall Johnson (Portland; Portland, Ore.), Meg Morris (North Carolina; Montclair, N.J.), Mollie Pathman (Duke; Durham, N.C.), Toni Pressley (Florida State; Melbourne, Fla.), Rachel Quon (Stanford; Lake Forrest, Ill.)
MIDFIELDERS (8): Amber Brooks (North Carolina; New Hope, Pa.), Zakiya Bywaters (UCLA; Las Vegas, Nev.), Kristie Mewis (Boston College; Hanson, Mass.), Samantha Mewis (Scorpions SC; Hanson, Mass.), Christine Nairn (Penn State; Bowie, Md.), Teresa Noyola (Stanford; Palo Alto, Calif.), Jenna Richmond (UCLA; Centreville, Va.), Casey Short (Florida State; Naperville, Ill.)
FORWARDS (4): Vicki DiMartino (Boston College; Massapequa, N.Y.), Maya Hayes (Penn State; West Orange, N.J.), Sydney Leroux (UCLA; Phoenix, Ariz.), Courtney Verloo (Stanford; Tualatin, Ore.)
Korea Republic Under-20 Womenâ€™s World Cup Roster
GOALKEEPERS (3): 1-Moon So Ri (Ulsan College), 12-Jung Ji Soo (Uideok Univ.), 18-Kang Ga Ae (Yeoju Univ.)
DEFENDERS (7): 2-Seo Hyun Sook (Hanyang Women's Univ.), 3-Koh Kyung Yeon (Uideok Univ.), 4-Song Ari (Dongsan Information Industry HS), 5-Lim Seon Joo (Hanyang Women's Univ.), 6-Jeong Yeonga (Ulsan College), 16-Lee Eun Kyung (Hanyang Women's Univ.), 20-Kim Hye Ri(Yeoju Univ.)
MIDFIELDERS (7): 8-Kim Narae (Yeoju Univ.), 11-Lee Hyun Young (Yeoju Univ.), 13-Lee Mi Na (Youngjin College), 14-Kim Jin Young (Yeoju Univ.), 15-Lee Young Ju (Dongsan Information Industry HS), 19-Jeoun Eun Ha (Pohang Girls' Electronic HS), 21-Park Hee Young (Kangwon Provincial Univ.)
FORWARDS (4): 7-Kwon Eun Som (Ulsan College), 9-Jung Hae In (Hyundai Steel), 10-Ji So Yun (Hanyang Women's Univ.), 17-Kang Yumi (Hanyang Women's Univ.)
U.S. U-20 WNT Quick Hits
- With her goal against Switzerland, Kristie Mewis became the first player in U.S. history to score in both a U-17 and U-20 FIFA Womenâ€™s World Cup.
- The USAâ€™s 5-0 victory against Switzerland marked the largest margin of victory through the first 16 games of the tournament.
- Through two matches, the USA has committed the fewest fouls in the tournament with a total of 11.
- Three players â€“ all subs â€“ made their U-20 Womenâ€™s World Cup debuts against Switzerland as Mollie Pathman, Meg Morris and Samantha Mewis came off the bench for the USA.
- Sydney Lerouxâ€™s goals against the Swiss gave her 28 in just 32 U-20 games.
- The heat wave continues in Germany as temperatures reached the 80s in Bielefeld and it should be hot for the USAâ€™s 6 p.m. local kickoff against Korea on Wednesday.
- Koreaâ€™s 21 players attend just 10 different schools.
- Lee Hyun Young, Kim Narae and Kim Jin Young have the only Korean goals that have not been scored by Ji So Yun.
- The USAâ€™s two non-Leroux goals have come from Kristie Mewis and Zakiya Bywaters.
GERMANY, COLOMBIA, KOREA DPR AND SWEDEN THROUGH: Half of the quarter-final pairings are set as Germany will face Korea DPR on Saturday, July 24, in Bochum. That promises to be perhaps the most anticipated quarterfinal match as it pits two former champions of this tournament. Surprise Group A second-place finisher Colombia, a 3-0 winner against Costa Rica in its last group match, edged out France on goal difference and will face Group B champs Sweden on that same day in Bielefeld. Sweden pulled off a huge 3-2 victory against Korea DPR, a result that put both teams through but also flip-flopped the top two teams in the group and sent the Koreans to an epic clash with Germany. Sweden is playing in its first FIFA U-20 Womenâ€™s World Cup. Germany trounced France 4-1 to sweep all three of its first-round matches and finished comfortably atop Group A. France, a semifinalist two years ago at this tournament in Chile, heads home as does CONCACAF representative Costa Rica, which played well but lost all three games in Group A. Brazil defeated New Zealand 4-1 in the final Group B match for both teams, but the convincing victory over the already-eliminated Kiwis was not enough to send the Brazilians to the next round as the Swedes picked up three points against Korea DPR leaving the Brazilians with just four points to Koreaâ€™s six and Swedenâ€™s seven. All the group matches are being played as doubleheaders, but all of the quarterfinals and semifinals are stand-alone matches while the third-place match and final will be played back-to-back on Aug. 1 in Bielefeld. The tournament consists of 32 total matches.
2010 FIFA U-20 Womenâ€™s World Cup
|July 24||Germany vs. Korea DPR||Bochum|
|July 24||Sweden vs. Colombia||Bielefeld|
|July 25||1st C vs. 2nd D||Dresden|
|July 25||1st D vs. 2nd C||Augsburg|
OUT-N-IN: Mollie Pathman and Meg Morris were not on the initial roster named by U.S. head coach Jill Ellis for the 2010 FIFA U-20 Womenâ€™s World Cup. They were late additions to the squad and thatâ€™s just fine with them.
RICHMOND REBOUNDS: Jenna Richmond missed the 2008 FIFA U-17 Womenâ€™s World Cup with a severe knee injury, butÂ that didnâ€™t stop her from fulfilling her goal of making it to a World Cup.
BIELEBLOG: You can catch up with the goings on in Germany with the U.S. U-20 WNT through the WNT Blog. YouÂ can see some pictures of the U.S. teamâ€™s travel day to Bielefeld to prepare for its match vs. the Korea Republic as well as some images from training and of a special tattoo that one of the U.S. players has on her foot.
U-20s ON ALL_ACCESS VIDEO: Check out ussoccer.com to see all_access videos from the U-20 WWC in Germany. Youâ€™ll get some reactions from the U.S. players following the victory over Switzerland and meet the Mewis sisters, Kristie and Samantha, who are playing in their second youth Womenâ€™s World Cup together.