U.S. U-20 WNT Ready To Face Switzerland In Second Group D Match
U.S. Under-20 Womenâ€™s National Team
2010 FIFA U-20 Womenâ€™s World Cup
Friday, July 16
USA READIES FOR CRITICAL CLASH WITH SWITZERLAND: After a 1-1 draw with Ghana to open the 2010 FIFA U-20 Womenâ€™s World Cup, the USA now faces Switzerland on Saturday, July 17 at Rudolf-Harbig Stadium in Dresden in a match that will be broadcast live on ESPNU at 12 p.m. ET. Fans can also follow on ussoccer.comâ€™s MatchTracker. The Swiss are coming off a 4-0 loss to the Korea Republic in their first match so this game could be make-or-break for both countries. This will be the first meeting with Switzerland in World Cup play by any U.S. womenâ€™s soccer team. The full U.S. WNT has never played Switzerland either in an official competition or a friendly match.
Group D Standings
Korea Republic 4, Switzerland 0
USA 1, Ghana 1
Ghana vs. Korea Republic
USA vs. Switzerland
Ghana vs. Switzerland
USA vs. Korea Republic
WATCH ALL THE ACTION FROM GERMANY LIVE ON ESPNU, ESPN2 AND ESPN3.COM: All the USAâ€™s Group D matches in the 2010 FIFA U-20 Womenâ€™s World Cup in Germany will be broadcast live on ESPNâ€™s family of networks. The young Americans finish group play on July 21 in Bielefeld against the Korea Republic in a match that will be broadcast live at 12 p.m. ET on ESPN2. Every match of the tournament is available via the internet on ESPN3.com and 18 matches â€“ half of the games -- including all four quarterfinals, the semifinals, the third-place game and final, will be broadcast either live or delayed on either ESPNU or ESPN2. The matches are also available streamed live on FIFA.com, where there are also highlight packages available for each match 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)|
|July 14||Korea Republic 4, Switzerland 0||--||--||Rudolf-Harbig Stadium (Dresden)|
|July 17||USA vs. Switzerland||12 p.m.||ESPNU||Rudolf-Harbig Stadium (Dresden)|
|July 17||Ghana vs. Korea Republic||9 a.m.||(ESPNU, 5 p.m. ET)||Rudolf-Harbig Stadium (Dresden)|
|July 21||USA vs. Korea Republic||12 p.m.||ESPN2||U-20 WWC Stadium (Bielefeld)|
|July 21||Ghana vs. Switzerland||12 p.m.||(ESPNU, 11 p.m. ET)||U-20 WWC Stadium (Bochum)|
USA AND SWISS LOOK TO REBOUND: Both the USA and Switzerland had less than desirable results in their first match of the U-20 FIFA Womenâ€™s World Cup and both will be looking to get back on track. The Swiss gave up two goals in each half of its 4-0 loss to the Koreans (striker Ji So-Yun scored three of them) while star Ramona Bachmann of the Atlanta Beat in Womenâ€™s Professional Soccer looked dangerous early on, but could not punch through the Korean rear guard. The USA out-shot Ghana 25-15, and had 11 corner kicks to Ghanaâ€™s three (two of which came in the final minutes), but the Americansâ€™ finishing will need improvement against the Swiss. The USA did not put a shot on goal in the first 45 minutes. It will be the USAâ€™s turn to deal with Bachmann on Saturday, a player considered one of the best teenagers in the world. The USA will be looking for goals from all different places, including of course striker Sydney Leroux, who had the USAâ€™s lone score against Ghana, but no less than nine different players fired shots in the USAâ€™s first game of the tournament.
LEROUX MOVES INTO TIE FOR SECOND ON ALL-TIME U-20 WWC SCORERS LIST: With her goal against Ghana in the USAâ€™s first game of the 2010 FIFA U-20 Womenâ€™s World Cup, Sydney Leroux moved into a tie for second place on the all-time scoring list for U.S. players at this age level of FIFA world championships. Leroux, with her sixth career goal over the 2006 and 2008 tournaments, is tied with Lindsey Tarpley, who scored six in the inaugural 2002 event. Kelly Wilson scored nine in the 2002 tournament as the USA won the first-ever FIFA U-19 Womenâ€™s World Cup. Seventeen of the players who have scored for the USA in a U-19 or U-20 FIFA Womenâ€™s World Cup are playing or have played for Womenâ€™s Professional Soccer (WPS) clubs but three are still in college. Twelve of the 22 players who have scored a goal for the USA in a youth Womenâ€™s World Cup have earned at least one cap with the full U.S. Womenâ€™s National Team.
FIFA U-19/U-20 Womenâ€™s World Cup
U.S. All-Time Goal Scorers
U.S. Under-20 Womenâ€™s World Cup Team
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.)
Switzerland Under-20 Womenâ€™s World Cup Team
GOALKEEPERS (3): 1-Nathalie Schwery (Thun), 12-Pascale Kueffer (Schlieren), 21-Stefanie Kaderli (Kriens)
DEFENDERS (5): 3-Sarah Steinmann (Grasshopper Club), 4-Muriel Bouakaz (FC Zurich Frauen), 5-Danique Stein (SC Freiburg), 13-Michelle Probst (FFC Zuchwil), 19-Rahel Kiwic (FC Zurich Frauen)
MIDFIELDERS (9): 2-Carolyn Mallaun (Yverdon FÃ©minin), 6-Selina Kuster (Grasshopper Club), 7-Lara Keller (Kriens), 8-Chantal Fimian (Grasshopper Club), 11-Samira Susuri (Thun), 14-Cinzia Joerg (FFC St Gall), 15-Lia Waelti (Young Boys), 17-Jehona Mehmeti (Young Boys), 18-Vanessa Pittet (Yverdon FÃ©minin)
FORWARDS (4): 9-Ana Crnogorcevic (Hamburger SV), 10-Ramona Bachmann (Atlanta Beat), 16-Cora Canetta (FCF Rapid Lugano) 20-Nadine Baker (FC Zurich Frauen)
U.S. U-20 WNT Quick Hits
- Six players made their Womenâ€™s World Cup debuts against Ghana. Goalkeeper Bianca Henninger, defenders Toni Pressley and Kendall Johnson and midfielder Zakiya Bywaters were in the starting lineup while forward Maya Hayes and midfielder Teresa Noyola came off the bench. Hayes got the assist on the U.S. goal.
- U.S. head coach Jill Ellis used all three of her allowed substitutes, giving Hayes 45 minutes, Noyola 36 and Courtney Verloo 13.
- Sydney Lerouxâ€™s goal against Ghana was the 25th of her U-20 career in just 31 games.
- The U.S. team did not receive a yellow card against Ghana and in fact committed just four fouls during the match.
- According to FIFA, there was only 55 minutes of actual playing time in the Ghana match, but the USA had 53 percent of the possession.
- The USA-Ghana and South Korea-Switzerland matches in Group D on July 14 where the first at the newly rebuilt Rudolf-Harbig Stadium in Dresden.
- With four minutes of stoppage time added to the first half and five to the second, mostly due to the numerous Ghanaian players who needed on-field medical attention, the USA played 99 minutes in 90-degree heat.
- Weather forecasts for the USA-Switzerland match may be a bit cooler than during the first round of group games, but temperatures are still slated to be in the low 80s.
- Switzerland has three players who play their club soccer outside the country. Defender Danique Stein plays for SC Freiburg and forward Ana Crnogorcevic plays for Hamburger SV, both in Germany. Ramona Bachmann plays in the USA for the Atlanta Beat. Bachmann has played in just six games this year, starting five and scoring one goal.
U-20 WWC TOURNAMENT FORMAT: The 2010 FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup consists of 16 nations that were drawn into four groups of four teams each. Each team will play three matches in the group in a round-robin format with the top two teams in each group advancing to the quarterfinals. The tournament then becomes a knockout competition. All the group matches will be played as doubleheaders. 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.
KJ CHECKS IN: U.S. defender Kendall Johnson played her first Womenâ€™s World Cup mach against Ghana on July 14, going the full 90 minutes at left back. She sat down to answer 11 Questions for ussoccer.com, ranging from her impressions of the Ghana game to her late start in the U.S. WNT programs and her love for the Northwest.
DRESDEN BLOG: You can catch up with the goings on in Germany with the U.S. U-20 WNT through the WNT Blog. The U.S. team had a visit with the Mayor of Dresden and also tells readers what they plan to do with the 100 Euros each player got from FIFA.
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 Ghana match and see what the team did for the 2010 FIFA World Cup Final.