U.S. U-20 WNT Faces Trinidad & Tobago for Berth to FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup
The U.S. Under-20 Women's National Team faces Trinidad & Tobago in the semifinals of the 2014 CONCACAF Women's U-20 Championship on Friday, Jan. 17. The match kicks off at 7 p.m. ET and will be broadcast on FOX Soccer Plus and FOX Soccer 2GO. A USA victory would advance the team to the 2014 FIFA U-20 World Cup.
Jan. 16, 2014
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U.S. Under-20 Women’s National Team vs. Trinidad & Tobago
2014 CONCACAF Women’s U-20 Championship - Semifinal
Truman Bodden Sports Complex; George Town, Cayman Islands
Jan. 17, 2014
U.S. FACES T&T FOR BERTH TO FIFA U-20 WOMEN’S WORLD CUP: The U.S. Under-20 Women’s National Team won Group A handily at the 2014 CONCACAF Women’s U-20 Championship, scoring 19 goals while allowing zero, and now will look to a semifinal-round meeting against Trinidad & Tobago – the runner-up in Group B – for a place in the 2014 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup. Mexico won Group B in resounding fashion, also scoring 19 goals in three games (while allowing one) and it will face Group A runner-up Costa Rica in the other semifinal.
The USA-Trinidad & Tobago match kicks off on Friday, Jan. 17, at 7 p.m. ET while Mexico-Costa Rica starts at 4 p.m. ET. Both matches will be shown live on FOX Soccer Plus and FOX Soccer 2GO. All the matches are being played on natural grass at the Truman Bodden Sports Complex in George Town, Cayman Islands. Follow the U-20 WNT throughout the tournament on Twitter @ussoccer_ynt and see all the results and standings on the ussoccer.com CONCACAF Women’s U-20 Championship home page.
The tournament’s finalists and third-place game winner advance to the 2014 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup.
2014 CONCACAF Women’s U-20 Championship
Venue/U.S. Goal Scorers
Horan (3), Green, Jordan, Own Goal
Jordan, Sullivan, Meehan
Meehan (3), Amack, Basinger, Jordan, Hill, Purce, Weber (2)
Truman Bodden Sports Complex; George Town, Cayman Islands
Truman Bodden Sports Complex; George Town, Cayman Islands
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GROUP A UPDATE: The USA clinched a semifinal berth out of Group A after two games and then pounded Guatemala 10-0 to take the group title. The more important match of the final day of Group A was the 1-1 draw between Jamaica and Costa Rica. The Reggae Girlz dominated most of the match and vastly out-shot their Central American opponents, but could not get a second goal and that put the Ticas through to the semifinal in second place. A 0-0 draw with Guatemala in Jamaica’s first match eventually doomed them to elimination. Had they beaten Guatemala by just two goals, they would have gone through to the semifinals with the 1-1 tie with Costa Rica.
GROUP B UPDATE: Mexico cruised to the Group B title by beating the Caymans 6-0, Honduras 10-1 and Trinidad & Tobago 3-0. Tanya Samarzich, who hails from Upland, Calif., and attends USC, has scored six goals so far. Jazmin Orozco and Paloma Zermeño from Union City, Calif., each have scored three times. Amanda Perez from San Mateo, Calif., Briana Campos from Centennial, Colo., and Paulina Solis have two goals each. Trinidad & Tobago took second place in the group by virtue of a 2-0 victory against Honduras and a 4-0 victory against Cayman Islands. Both T&T and Mexico were through to the semifinal round before meeting in the final Group B game, which turned out to be just for placement.
HISTORY LESSON: Of the six tournaments CONCACAF has held for U-19/U-20 women, the USA has won three of them, including the past two. The first tournament back in 2002 did not produce a champion as the two groups in Trinidad & Tobago were played on separate islands (one on Trinidad and one on Tobago) and the group champions advanced to the first FIFA U-19 Women’s World Cup without semifinals or a final being played. The USA then won three of the next five tournaments, losing in the final in 2004 and 2008 to Canada. The USA has advanced to the final of the past five tournaments, facing Canada four times and Mexico once. Including this competition, the USA is 28-2-1 all-time in the tournament, and after racking up some high scores in the early days of this tournament, has scored 163 goals while allowing 11. The USA has qualified for all six FIFA U-19/U-20 Women’s World Cups that have been contested, winning three of them: 2002, 2008 and 2012.
THEY’RE IN: So far, half the field for the 2014 FIFA Under-20 Women’s World Cup has been filled. Along with host Canada, the Korea Republic, Korea DPR and China have qualified from Asia while England, France, Finland and Germany qualified from Europe. Two teams from Africa, one from Oceania and two from South America will be determined in late January.
U.S. U-20 WNT CONCACAF Qualifying Roster by Position:
GOALKEEPERS (2): 18-Jane Campbell (Stanford; Kennesaw, Ga.), 1-Katelyn Rowland (UCLA; Vacaville, Calif.)
DEFENDERS (6): 16-Stephanie Amack (Stanford; Pleasanton, Calif.), 4-Brittany Basinger (Penn State; Purcellville, Va.), 2-Maddie Bauer (Stanford; Newport Beach, Calif.), 8-Lauren Kaskie (UCLA; Las Vegas, Nev.), 10-Laura Liedle (Stanford; San Diego, Calif.), 20-Katie Naughton (Notre Dame; Elk Grove Village, Ill.)
MIDFIELDERS (6): 7-Morgan Andrews (Notre Dame; Milford, N.H.), 14-Rachel Hill (Connecticut; Rollinsford, N.H.), 17-Rose Lavelle (Wisconsin; Cincinnati, Ohio), 3-Cari Roccaro (Notre Dame; East Islip, N.Y.), 19-Andi Sullivan (Bethesda SC; Lorton, Va.), 12-Mallory Weber (Penn State; Novi, Mich.)
FORWARDS (6): 6-Makenzy Doniak (Virginia; Chino Hills, Calif.), 5-Summer Green (USC; Milford, Mich.), 9-Lindsey Horan (PSG; Golden, Colo.), 13-Savannah Jordan (Florida; Fayetteville, Ga.), 11-McKenzie Meehan (Boston College; Scituate, R.I.), 15-Margaret Purce (Harvard; Silver Spring, Md.)
U.S. ROSTER NOTES:
- The USA is now 28-2-1 all-time in the CONCACAF U-19/U-20 Championship and holds a 13-game winning streak dating back to the opener of the 2010 CONCACAF Women’s U-20 Championship in Guatemala.
- During that 13-game span, the USA has scored 58 goals and allowed three.
- All 20 players on the roster have now seen action in the tournament with goalkeeper Jane Campbell, midfielder Lauren Kaskie, defender Laure Liedle and forward Mallory Weber getting their first run-outs against Guatemala.
- Campbell made her first start of the tournament for the USA against Guatemala, while Stephanie Amack, Liedle, Margaret Purce and McKenzie Meehan also were handed their first starts of tournament.
- Only center back Cari Roccaro has played all 270 minutes of the tournament.
- Roccaro, who is in her second U-20 cycle, is the most-capped player at this level with 25 games played.
- Ten U.S. players have shared the USA’s 19 goals scored in the tournament so far (which also includes an own goal from Costa Rica): Meehan (4), Lindsey Horan (3), Savannah Jordan (3), Weber (2), Amack (1), Brittany Basinger (1), Summer Green (1), Rachel Hill (1), Purce (1) and Sullivan (1).
- Basinger, Maddie Bauer, Hill, Jordan, Kaskie and Weber were all looking for their first U-20 cap heading into the tournament. With Kaskie and Weber seeing the field against Guatemala, all six have now earned their first cap at this level.
- Amack’s goal against Guatemala was her first at the U-20 level.
- U.S. right back Sullivan wore the captain’s armband against Jamaica and regular U.S. captain Roccaro wore it against Costa Rica in the first match. Against Guatemala, Katie Naughton became the third different player to captain the side in this tournament.
- The 10-0 win against Guatemala was the fifth time the USA has scored double-digit goals in the U-19/U-20 qualifying tournament. It was the most lopsided victory since the team’s 11-1 win against Trinidad & Tobago on May 30, 2004, in the 2004 CONCACAF U-19 Qualifying Tournament. It was also the USA’s largest-ever win since the tournament moved from U-19s to U-20s in 2006.
- Naughton is the oldest player on the roster as she will turn 20 in February.
- Purce is the first player from Harvard to make a U.S. WNT qualifying roster. She was the Ivy League Player and Rookie of the Year. She led the Ivy League in shots and tied for the lead in goals with 11.
- Hill and Green got their first starts of the tournament against Jamaica after both came on as subs in the first match against Costa Rica.
- Purce made her first appearance of the tournament against Jamaica when she replaced Green in the 59th minute.
- Meehan also saw her first tournament action against Jamaica when she subbed for Jordan in the 72nd minute.
- The USA has taken 78 shots through three games and has put 42 of those on goal.
- Morgan Andrews has registered assists in all three games.
- Hill leads the USA in assists with four, all coming against Guatemala.
- Makenzy Doniak, Green, Horan, Purce, Meehan, Sullivan and Weber also have assists.
- Four players on the roster earned their first U-20 caps in the opening game against Costa Rica: Bauer, Basinger, Hill and Jordan, who scored her first U-20 goal. No player earned her first U-20 cap against Jamaica, but Meehan did score her first U-20 goal.
- Nine of the 20 players on the roster were born in 1994 with the other 11 born in 1995. The age cutoff for the 2014 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup is players born on or after Jan. 1, 1994.
- All the U.S. players are either 18 or 19, but goalkeeper Rowland, who started kindergarten early, is the only player on the roster who has played three years of college soccer thus far.
- Seven players on the roster have played two years of college soccer, while 10 recently completed their freshman season.
- Three players on the roster – Amack, Roccaro and Horan – were a part of the USA’s last qualifying team that won the 2012 CONCACAF Women’s U-20 Championship in Panama. Horan, the team’s leading scorer during the last cycle, missed the 2012 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup with a knee injury, but Amack and Roccaro were a part of the squad that won the tournament, defeating Germany 1-0 in the championship game played in Tokyo, Japan.
- Eight players on the roster were key members of the U.S. team that played at the 2012 FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup in Azerbaijan where the USA tied eventual champion France and runner-up Korea DPR in group play but became the first women’s team in FIFA history to earn five points in the first round yet fail to advance to the knockout stage.
- The USA has had the top scorer in this tournament three times. In 2002, it was Kelly Wilson with 10 goals. In 2004, Kerri Hanks also scored 10 times. In 2008, Kelley O’Hara and Michelle Enyeart shared the tournament lead with six each and in 2010 Sydney Leroux let the tourney in goal scoring with six.
USA VS. T&T SERIES:
- The USA and Trinidad & Tobago have played three times in this tournament (the Americans are 3-0-0), although when this tournament was played in Trinidad & Tobago in 2002, the USA and the hosts were not in the same group.
- The first meeting came in 2004 when the USA triumphed 11-1, which marked the fourth-highest goals total ever in a single game in this tournament for the U.S.
- Trinidad & Tobago improved markedly in both the 2008 and 2010 tournaments, losing 4-0 during group play in both competitions.
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IN FOCUS: TRINIDAD & TOBAGO
Trinidad and Tobago Football Association
Founded: 1908 (Joined FIFA in 1964)
U-20 WNT Head Coach: Izler Browne
Previous CONCACAF U-20 WNT qualifying appearances (5): 2002, 20004, 2006, 2008, 2010
Best CONCACAF U-20 WNT qualifying finishes: 2014 – First time advanced out of group stage
Trinidad & Tobago U-20 WNT CONCACAF Qualifying Roster by Position:
GOALKEEPERS (2): 1-Keri Myers, 20-Tenesha Palmer
DEFENDERS (8): 2-Tkeyah Phillips, 3-Liana Hines, 5-Adeka Spence, 6-Khadisha Debesette, 8-Daniella Findle, 14-Otisha David, 17-Jonelle Warrwick
MIDFIELDERS (7): 7-Akilah Sparks, 9-Patrice Campbell, 11-Khadidra Debesette, 12-Shanisa Camejo, 15-Donika Murray, 16-Summer Arjoon, 18-Emma Abdul
FORWARDS (4): 4-Brianna Ryce, 10-Tsaianne Leander, 13-Shenelle Henry, 19-Anique Walker
TRINIDAD & TOBAGO NOTES:
- This is the first time Trinidad & Tobago has gotten out of group play in six appearances in this tournament. T&T’s all-time record in this tournament at the U-19 and U-20 levels is 7-10-1 (GF: 28, GA: 52).
- T&T qualified for the CONCACAF Women’s U-20 Championship by finishing runner-up to Jamaica in the Caribbean Football Union tournament, which T&T compiled a 6-1-0 record while scoring 25 goals.
- Trinidad & Tobago’s goal scorers in Caribbean qualifying were Khadidra Debesette (5 goals); Anique Walker (4); Jonelle Warrick (3); Shenelle Henry (2); and Shanisa Camejo, Daniella Findley, Naomie Guerra, Samantha McSween, Patrice Campbell.
- In its 2-0 win against Honduras, T&T got goals from Anique Walker (38th minute) and Brianna Ryce (49th).
- In the 4-0 win against the Cayman Islands, T&T’s goal scorers were Shanisa Camejo (2nd), Khadidra Debesette (40th) and Anique Walker (46th), plus an own goal from Cayman defender Jetena Bodden.
On the field for the USA:
Jan. 13, 2014 – Truman Bodden Spots Complex – George Town, Cayman Islands
Scoring Summary: 1 2 F
USA 4 6 10 Meehan 6, 57, 74; Amack 22; Basinger 31; Jordan 39; Hill 48; Purce 54, Weber 61, 67
GUA 0 0 0
USA: 18-Jane Campbell; 10-Laura Liedle, 3-Cari Roccaro, 20-Katie Naughton (capt.) (2-Maddie Bauer, 46), 4-Brittany Basinger (8-Lauren Kaskie, 61); 7-Morgan Andrews, 16-Stephanie Amack, 14-Rachel Hill; 15-Margaret Purce, 11-McKenzie Meehan, 13-Savannah Jordan (12-Mallory Weber, 46)
Subs Not Used: 1-Katelyn Rowland, 5-Summer Green, 9-Lindsey Horan, 10-Laura Liedle, 17-Rose Lavelle, 19-Andi Sullivan
Head Coach: Michelle French
1-Yoselin Franco; 3-Darlin Sermeño, 2-Lisbeth Mazarigos, 5-Sara Fetzer (11-Leslie Rosales, 88), 6-Jeniffer Barrios, 7-Alida Argueta, 13-Barbara Ramirez
(9-Mia Espino, 46), 19-Celeste Gatica, 14-Aisha Solorzano, 15-Lauren Markwith, 8-Yoselin Sanchez
Subs Not Used: 4-Megly Ordoñez, 10-Vivian Herrera, 12-Estefani Rosales, 16-Yuvitza Mayen, 17-Madelyn Ventura, 18-Gabriela Rodriguez, 20-Stephanie Rodriguez
Head Coach: Benjamin Monterroso