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U.S. U-23 WNT Wins Six Nations Tournament in La Manga, Spain with 2-1 Victory Against Norway

CHICAGO (March 5, 2014) – The U.S. Under-23 Women’s National Team won the Six Nations Tournament in La Manga, Spain, by defeating Norway 2-1 on goals from Portland Thorns FC midfielder Meleana Shim and former Wake Forest star Katie Stengel.

The win was the third in three games at the tournament for the USA, which also defeated Japan 1-0 and Sweden 2-1 earlier in the competition.

Shim’s goal, her first at the U-23 level, came just before halftime. Midfielder Danielle Colaprico crossed from the end line to the top of the penalty area where Stengel laid a pass off to Shim, who scored into the right corner.

Stengel’s goal, also her first for the U-23s after a solid U-20 career in which she scored six times in 20 caps, came in the 75th minute and would prove to be the game-winner. The goal came after Chioma Ubogagu played a ball down the left wing to Carpice Dydasco, who fed Stengel about 10 yards out for a first-time shot that beat the goalkeeper low.

Norway pulled a goal back three minutes later as U.S. goalkeeper Abby Smith hit a clearance from the goal mouth that went short to Martine Flakk who passed to Victoria Ludvigsen and she finished from 14 yards out, but the USA, which held Norway to just two total shots on goal, was able to salt the game away.

The U.S. U-23 WNT also won this tournament last year, and now will make way for the U.S. U-18 WNT that will arrive in La Manga to play in the 12 Nations Tournament, which features three friendly matches for each of the competing teams.

Seven players on head coach Steve Swanson’s roster will now head to pre-season camps with their respective NWSL teams and the U.S. U-23s will gather again in June for a domestic training camp that will feature mostly college-aged players.

- U.S. Under-23 Women’s National Team Match Report -

Match : U.S. Under-23 Women’s National Team vs. Norway Under-23 Women’s National Team
Date
: March 5, 2014
Competition
: Six Nations Tournament
Venue
: La Manga Football Centre; La Manga, Spain; Field G
Weather:
68 degrees; windy

Scoring Summary: 1 2 F
USA 1 1 2
NOR 0 1 1

USA - Meleana Shim (Katie Stengel) 44th Minute
USA - Katie Stengel (Caprice Dydasco) 75
NOR - Victoria Ludvigsen (Martine Flakk) 78

Lineups:
USA:
18-Abby Smith; 14-Arin Gilliland (12-Amanda Frisbie, 46), 8-Emily Sonnett, 6-Kassey Kallman, 19-Jaelene Hinkle (11-Frances Silva, 77); 7-Kealia Ohai (17-Caprice Dydasco, 46), 9-Meleana Shim, 13-Abby Dahlkemper, 4-Danielle Colaprico (15-Erika Tymrak, 63); 27-Katie Stengel, 5-Maya Hayes (10-Chioma Ubogagu, 58)
Substitutes not used: Aubrey Bledsoe, Jennifer Hoy

Head Coach: Steve Swanson

NOR: 1-Guro Pettersen; 2-Cecilie Brattland Liane, 3-Ina Gausdal, 4-Ida Jeanett Fjordbakk (13-Elrin Bjerkreim Kleppa, 58), 14-Mali Lilleas Naess (5-Anette Tengesdal, 46); 15-Martine Flakk, 20-Marita Holmen Iversen (6-Tonje Pedersen, 70), 9-Ina Skaug, 16-Camilla Christensen (17-Victoria Ludvigsen, 77); 19-Lisa Marie Karlseng Utland (18-Andrea Thun, 67), 10-Andrine Stolsmo Hergerberg
Substitutes not used: Guro Reiten, Melissa Bjanesoy, Emile Bosshard Haavi, Josefine Ervik
Head Coach: Goril Kringen

Stats Summary: USA / NOR
Shots: 12 / 4
Shots on Goal: 11 / 2
Saves: 1 / 9
Corner Kicks: 9 / 2
Fouls: 2 / 3
Offside: 2 / 1

Misconduct:
None

Officials:
Referee: Briet Bragadottir (ISL)
Assistant Referee 1: Runa Kristin Stefansdottir (ISL)
Assistant Referee 2: Birna Bergstad Thormundsdottir (ISL)
Fourth Official: Sonia Khan (NOR)

U.S. U-23 WNT Defeats Sweden 2-1 in Second Match of the Six Nations Tournament in La Manga, Spain

CHICAGO (March 3, 2014) – The U.S. Under-23 Women’s National Team won its second match at the Six Nations Tournament in La Manga, Spain, defeating Sweden 2-1 on goals from Stanford forward Chioma Ubogagu and FC Kansas City draft pick Frances Silva.

U.S. head coach Steve Swanson switched up his starting lineup from the first game of the tournament, making six changes from the side that beat Japan 1-0 on March 3, and Silva came through with what would be the winning goal in the 31st minute.

Ubogagu, a veteran of the USA’s 2012 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup championship team, opened the scoring in the 16th minute after running onto a through ball from Portland Thorns midfielder Meleana Shim. Ubogagu dribbled to the right side of the six-yard box and shot to the bottom corner at the near post. Sweden goalkeeper Hilda Carlen bobbled the ball, but it slipped through her legs and into the net.

The USA doubled its lead through Silva, who was taken by FCKC in the third round of the 2014 NWSL College Draft at No. 21 overall, off an assist from Texas Tech defender Jaelene Hinkle.

Sweden pulled a goal back off a penalty kick by Irma Helin in the 61st minute, but the American defense, led by center-backs Abby Dahlkemper from UCLA (who finished third in voting for the 2013 MAC Hermann Trophy) and Emily Sonnett from Virginia, helped limit Sweden to just three shots on goal.

The USA will finish the competition against Norway on March 5.

- U.S. Under-23 Wmone’s National Team Match Report -

Match : U.S. Under-23 Women’s National Team vs. Sweden Under-23 Women’s National Team
Date
: March 3, 2014
Competition
: Six Nations Tournament
Venue
: La Manga Football Centre; La Manga, Spain; Field A
Weather:
64 Degrees, windy

Scoring Summary: 1 2 F
USA                         2 0 2
SWE                        0 1 1

USA - Chioma Ubogagu (Meleana Shim) 16th minute
USA - Frances Silva (Jaelene Hinkle) 31
SWE - Irma Helin (penalty kick) 61

Lineups:
SWE:
1-Hilda Carlen; 2-Catrine Johansson (9-Pauline Hammarlund, 54), 3-Sanna Svensson, 4-Jennie Nordin (14-Malin Winberg, 70), 16-Elin Bragnum, 15-Johanna Andersson (5-Anna Hjalmqvist, 70), 6-Irma Helin, 7-Petra Andersson (19-Julia Karlenas, 54), 8-Malin Dias Pettersson, 10-Fridolina Rolfo (11-Jonna Andersson, 54), 17-Mimmi Larsson
Substitutes not used: Emelie Lundberg; Elin Landstrom; Emma Lennartsson; Marija Banusic
Head Coach: Anneli Andersen

USA: 1-Aubrey Bledsoe; 14-Arin Gilliland (12-Amanda Frisbie, 46), 13-Abby Dahlkemper, 8-Emily Sonnett, 19-Jaelene Hinkle; 11-Frances Silva (7-Kealia Ohai, 67), 9-Meleana Shim (4-Danielle Colaprico, 63), 16-Jenna Richmond, 15-Erika Tymrak; 27-Katie Stengel (22-Jennifer Hoy, 46); 10-Chioma Ubogagu (5-Maya Hayes, 46)
Substitutes not used: Abby Smith, Kassey Kallman
Head Coach: Steve Swanson

Stats Summary: USA / SWE
Shots: 11 / 4
Shots on Goal: 6 / 3
Saves: 2 / 4
Corner Kicks: 8 / 1
Fouls: 3 / 9
Offside: 1 / 1

Misconduct:
None

Officials:
Referee: Briet Bragadottir (ISL)
Assistant Referee 1: B. Bergstad (ISL)
Assistant Referee 2: Runa Stefansdottir (ISL)
Fourth Official: A. Olsson (SWE)

U.S. U-23 WNT to Open Year in La Manga, Spain, with Three International Matches

CHICAGO (Feb. 21, 2014) – The U.S. Under-23 Women’s National Team will open its 2014 campaign with a challenging trip to La Manga, Spain, for the Six Nations Tournament running from Feb. 24-March 6. The USA will play three international matches, facing the U-23 sides of Japan (March 1), Sweden (March 3) and Norway (March 5).

U.S. head coach Steven Swanson will bring a 20-player roster to Spain featuring a mix of young pros and top collegiate players. Swanson named nine NWSL players, six that are heading into their rookie season and three that played in the league last year in Meleana Shim (Portland Thorns FC), Jennifer Hoy (Chicago Red Stars) and Erika Tymrak (NWSL Rookie of the Year with FC Kansas City). Tymrak just completed a three-week stint with the senior Women’s National team and currently has three caps and one goal for Tom Sermanni’s team.

The roster includes four first round picks from the 2014 NWSL Draft including No. 2 overall in forward Kealia Ohai (Houston Dash), No. 5 in defender Kassey Kallman (FC Kansas City), No. 6 in forward Maya Hayes (Sky Blue FC) and No. 7 in defender Amanda Frisbie (Seattle Reign FC). Additional draftees include: midfielder Jenna Richmond, who went in the second round at No. 16 overall to FC Kansas City and midfielder Frances Silva who was the first pick of the third round, going No. 19 overall to FC Kansas City.

The roster also includes five members of the U.S. team that won the 2012 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup in Japan: Ohai (who scored the game-winner in the World Cup Final), Kallman, Hayes, Texas goalkeeper Abby Smith and Stanford forward Chioma Ubogagu.

The remainder of the roster is completed by some of the top collegians in the country, including 2013 MAC Hermann Trophy finalist Abby Dahlkemper of UCLA.

The U.S. U-23 WNT will be followed into La Manga by the U.S. U-18 Women’s National Team, which will play international matches there on March 8, 10 and 12.

U.S. U-23 WNT Roster By Position:
GOALKEEPERS (2):
Aubrey Bledsoe (Wake Forest; Cincinnati, Ohio), Abby Smith (Texas; Dallas, Texas)
DEFENDERS (6):
Abby Dahlkemper (UCLA; Menlo Park, Calif.), Amanda Frisbie (Seattle Reign FC; McKinney, Texas), Arin Gilliland (Kentucky; Lexington, Ky.), Jaelene Hinkle (Texas Tech; Castle Rock, Colo.), Kassey Kallman (FC Kansas City; Woodbury, Minn.), Emily Sonnett (Virginia; Marietta, Ga.)
MIDFIELDERS (6):
Danielle Colaprico (Virginia; Freehold, N.J.), Caprice Dydasco (UCLA; Honolulu, Hawaii), Jenna Richmond (FC Kansas City; Centreville, Va.), Meleana Shim (Portland Thorns FC; Honolulu, Hawaii), Frances Silva (FC Kansas City; Overland Park, Kan.); Erika Tymrak (FC Kansas City; Bradenton, Fla.)
FORWARDS (6):
Shea Groom (Texas A&M; Liberty, Mo.), Maya Hayes (Sky Blue FC; West Orange, N.J.), Jennifer Hoy (Chicago Red Stars; Sellersville, Pa.), Kealia Ohai (Houston Dash; Draper, Utah), Katie Stengel (Wake Forest; West Melbourne, Fla.), Chioma Ubogagu (Stanford; Coppell, Texas)

Just Call Her Chee

Chioma Ubogagu already has the most exotic and difficult-to-pronounce name on the U.S. Under-20 Women’s National Team.

Give it a try…

Chee-O-ma Ah-bo-GA-gu.

After that mouthful, does she really need any more names?

Apparently she does, and the players and staff (especially assistant coach Jaime Frias) of the U.S. U-20s have come up with a plethora of nicknames for the speedy winger out of Coppell, Texas.

For some reason, most are related to food, while others evoke Star Wars and a certain Manchester United striker.

Chee-ps and Salsa
Chee and Crumpets
Chee-burger and Fries


Ubogagu’s parents were born in Nigeria and immigrated to London, England, where the work was more plentiful and stable. Her mom, Tina, is a nurse and her dad, Aloy, is a social worker. In London they had a daughter and named her Chioma, meaning “God’s presence” in the native language of the Igbo people, an ethnic group primarily located in southeastern Nigeria.

When Chioma was three, her family moved to Texas, where her mom had a friend who would set her up with a job. Fortunately for Chioma, she just happened to be dropped into one of the world’s capital for both football and girls’ fútbol, as the Dallas area has long been a hotbed for producing top female players. She started playing soccer with her older brothers, Oggy and Okwuse, soon after touching down in the Lone Star state and early on refused to play with dolls. The soccer ball was her toy.

Cheese
Chee-a-Pet
Chee-3-PO
Chee-Se-Puede


Ubogagu has been to Nigeria several times -- she still has extended family there – and has been both awed by the poverty and impressed by the resilience of the people.

“I wish other people could see the country,” said Ubogagu. “People think when I go I am just going on safari or seeing lions. Some villages are really sad, but my family lives in relative comfort so it’s two extremes. There doesn’t seem to be much of a middle class.”

The USA’s Women’s World Cup semifinal match will be a bit of different experience for Ubogagu as the Americans will take on the country of her parents’ birth. While she bleeds red, white and blue, she admits it will be special to take on the Super Falconets of Nigeria.

“It’s definitely different unique to get this opportunity as life takes some amazing turns,” said Ubogagu. “Who knows? I maybe could have been playing on that team. I know I’m probably the only on our team who can pronounce all their names. But I’m excited. They are an excellent team and it should be a lot of fun.”

Chee-mi-Changa
Cappu-Chee-no
Ham and Swiss on Chee-batta
Chee-Charita


Earlier this year, Ubogagu scored the winning goal in the championship game of CONCACAF qualifying tournament, giving the U.S. a dramatic late game come-from-behind win against Canada. But says that the goal against North Korea was an experience and feeling she will never forget.

“My defender kind of cheated toward the cross so I held my run a bit and drifted toward the back post,” said Ubogagu. “I got my head on it, saw it go in, and then I went crazy. I got a little dizzy and shaky and everyone rushed to me. It was awesome.”

Like for all the young players on the U.S. team, the World Cup has been both eye-opening and educational on and off the field.

“The World Cup has been a great experience on so many levels,” said Ubogagu. “It’s the highest level for players our age, and seeing how each country plays a different style of soccer has been amazing. In college, all the teams are pretty much similar, but here teams are more versatile and play styles that reflect their cultures. We have to be at our best and do what we do best for every minute of every game.”

For all her nicknames, Ubogagu admits that she does have a favorite. U.S. teammate Cari Roccaro calls her “Ooog.”

“She’ll probably read this and find out that not only don’t I mind it but I like it, which I have never admitted to her,” said Ubogagu. “But she’s the only one that can call me that!”

With a perpetual smile on her face and a zest for life, Ubogagu laughs along with everyone else when the nicknames start coming. But at the end of this tournament, there’s just one that she’d like to be called…Chee-ampion.

Post-Game Quote Sheet: U.S. U-20 WNT vs. Korea DPR

U.S. U-20 WNT vs. Korea DPR
2012 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup – Quarterfinal
Komaba Stadium; Saitama Japan
Aug. 31, 2012

U.S. head coach STEVE SWANSON
On the match:
“We’re obviously very excited about the win. It was a great result. Looking at the game, you couldn’t ask for a better advertisement for women’s football around the world. I thought this game had everything. It had tremendous talent, skilled players, there was a lot of end-to-end attacking, good tackling, good defending, good goalkeeping and the crowd was fantastic.”

On the match:
“From our standpoint, we knew it was going to be a competitive game and it certainly was. We’ve got a lot of respect for North Korea, I thought they played very hard and it was every bit the game we expected so we are happy to move on. I thought our players played tremendous. We learned the lessons from the first three games and that carried over tonight.”

On dealing with an uncharacteristic amount of long balls from the North Koreans:
“Against a team that plays some direct balls, your defense overall tends to get stretched, so we talked a little bit at halftime and, when we could, we wanted to stay connected. I thought our back line did a great job of that. We hadn’t seen that kind of play yet in the tournament, but I thought we dealt with that very well.”

On the overtime periods:
“I thought our team did a very good job of possessing the ball in the overtime, especially the second overtime. I think that made a big difference. Maybe the fatigue on their side showed a bit, but again I thought we did a good job of trying to keep the ball in their end in that second overtime.”

On the team rebounding after giving up the tying goal:
“I thought after they scored that we did a good job of settling down again and getting back to our style of play. That was very important. For a coach to see that in this kind of environment, to give up a goal and respond like that, that was good to see.”

On the crowd which included a huge contingent of North Korean fans:
“The atmosphere tonight was great. The North Korean fans were very spirited and vocal and they added to the game. It’s hard sometimes at the games where they don’t get the crowds that they deserve, but this was a special game for a number of reasons. It had a lot of the great elements of soccer and I think the crowd was part of that.”

On the high quality of the match:
“This could have easily been a semifinal or a final. It’s great for this tournament, it’s great for women’s soccer and it’s great for the world to see.”

On improving from game to game:
“It was a great team effort tonight and we needed it. From the first game, I feel like we’ve been slowly getting better and it was great to see them put it all together tonight when we needed to.”

On rebounding after the loss to Germany in Group play:
“We’ve got a good group here. The coaches on the staff did a great of scouting and preparation, especially after a tough loss. Then to go up a goal, lose a goal and they tie it, the momentum is on their side. We held it together, got our bearings, got after it and scored the game-winner, and then held them off in overtime. It’s nice to see all the hard work that the team has put in come through when it really mattered under this kind of pressure and in this environment. It’s a good confidence builder as we look to the next game ahead.”

U.S. forward CHIOMA UBOGAGU
On the match:
“They are a great team, but I thought we played very well, stuck in there and showed a lot of heart today.”

On entering the match in the 71st minute:
“We were up 1-0 so Steve told me to defend hard, come back and help our outside backs and make sure there was nothing easy for them. The first five minutes I was in, they got a goal, so the plans changed and we had to keep attacking and keep fighting.”

On the heart the team showed during the match:
“We’ve been together for nine months and we really want this. There is a lot of work that went into this and one of things that we said in the huddle is that we are a fit team. We are not tired. This is why we ran all the fitness tests, all the beep tests, and we just kept plugging away.”

On her goal:
“The build-up to our goal started with Crystal (Dunn) attacking on the flank and she served a great ball in and my defender kind of cheated on it so I got my head on it and then I went crazy. I got a little dizzy and shaky and everyone rushed to me. It was awesome.”

U.S. midfielder SAMANTHA MEWIS
On the match:
“I am so proud of my team. We’ve talked this whole time about taking this all the way and the true character of teams comes out when the going gets tough. We showed our true character tonight. It was hard. North Korea was an awesome team and we had to play around their strengths and to our strengths and I felt we were very prepared for the game.”

On the intensity of an overtime game:
“It was tough. I can’t imagine the people who played the whole game because I was exhausted. All the conditioning and all the fitness paid off.”

On Ubogagu’s goal:
“When Chi headed that ball in, I kind of blacked out. She turned and was running and I didn’t want her to run past me. I was kind of running with her because I just wanted to hug her. It was a great team play and I was so proud of her.”

U.S. midfielder VANESSA DiBERNARDO
On her goal:
“I just got the ball a little bit outside the box and saw that no one was really on me so I took the shot. It was nice to get a goal and it’s an amazing feeling.”

On the match:
“We knew there was going to be some space in the midfield because we were up a player so we wanted to take advantage of that as much as we could, and get to the end line and use the flanks. I thought we did a good job of that and did a good job of keeping possession once we got the ball.”

On playing 120 minutes of end-to-end soccer:
“It was really draining on our bodies and we really had to go end-to-end because they were sending long balls. We had to track, win it, and go back the other way. We just had to make sure we were marking.”

On the fight of the team:
“This team has a lot of heart and we never quit. Once we got that goal in the first overtime we knew we just had to keep the ball and not let them get any chances.”

U.S. U-20 WNT Edges Korea DPR in Overtime to Advance to Semifinal of 2012 FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup in Japan

  • Chioma Ubogagu Tallies Game-Winner in 98th Minute to Lead USA
  • Vanessa DiBernardo Scores Long-Distance Goal in Second Half
  • USA Will Face Nigeria on Sept. 4 in Tokyo for Spot in World Cup Final, with Broadcast Live on ESPNU and ESPN3 at 2:50 a.m. ET

SAITAMA, Japan (Aug. 31, 2012) – The U.S. Under-20 Women’s National Team earned a hard-fought 2-1 overtime victory against a strong and talented Korea DPR side to advance to its fifth semifinal appearance in a FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup. Forward Chioma Ubogagu scored the game-winning goal in the 98th minute while midfielder Vanessa DiBernardo opened the scoring with a spectacular long-distance strike seven minutes into the second half.

The U.S. victory sets up a semifinal clash with Nigeria, the team that defeated the USA on penalty kicks in the quarterfinals of the 2010 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup. The match from Tokyo’s National Stadium will be broadcast live on ESPNU and ESPN3 on Tuesday, Sept. 4, with coverage starting at 2:50 a.m. ET. Fans can also follow the match on ussoccer.com’s MatchTracker and on Twitter @ussoccer_ynt.

Germany will face host Japan in the other semifinal which kicks off at the National Stadium at 6:30 a.m. ET (7:30 p.m. local).

Entering the quarterfinal, forward Maya Hayes had accounted for four of the USA’s five goals in the tournament, but the young Americans got some much-needed offense from Ubogagu and DiBernardo against a Korea DPR team that featured 10 players from their 2012 London Olympic Team. Seven North Koreans who played against the full U.S. Women’s National Team at the Olympics during the USA’s 1-0 group play victory at Old Trafford in Manchester, England, played against the U.S.U-20s in this match.

In a match played a high pace with attacks going end-to-end for the entire 120 minutes, the USA put together its best match of the tournament while possessing the ball extremely well and defending bravely against the highly experienced Koreans who had scored a tournament-high 15 goals during group play. Forward Kim Un Hwa, who had come into the game as the tournament’s leading scorer with seven goals, was shut out by the U.S. defense.

U.S. defender Crystal Dunn, who played a tremendous match at right back, set up Ubogagu’s goal with the cross from wing a little more than eight minutes into the first of the two 15-minute overtime periods. Ubogagu lost Korea DPR defender Pong Son Hwa with her run into the left side of the box, drifting towards the back post just as the cross was served in. With good space to line up her header, Ubogagu drove the ball at the net from seven yards out and while North Korea goalkeeper O Chang Ran managed to get a right glove on the shot, she couldn’t turn it away. The ball bounced off her hand and over the goal line to give the USA the lead with 22 minutes still left to go.

It would be a gut-wrenching 22 minutes for both teams, who battled on tired legs, but the Americans possessed the ball extremely well, salting the seconds off the clock while center backs Julie Johnston and Cari Roccaro ran down every through ball and got a head on every long service. Korea DPR did not register a shot on goal during overtime.

In the buildup to DiBernardo’s go-ahead tally in the 52nd minute, the U.S. whipped the ball in from the right side and Korea DPR’s defense failed to get a good clear. DiBernardo was there to latch onto the loose ball in the middle of the field and with a quick touch she lined up a shot a thunderous right-footed shot from 28 yards out that dipped past O and into the left corner of the net for a 1-0 lead.

Korea DPR found the equalizer in the 75th minute when Kim Un Hwa poked a pass to second-half sub Kim Su Gyong, who found space in the middle of the box and blasted a left-footed shot from 15 yards into the upper right corner past U.S. goalkeeper Bryane Heaberlin.

Heaberlin played an air-tight match, coming off her line numerous times to gobble up through balls or clear balls away with her feet. She made three saves on the night and set the tone early with a big diving save to her left after Jon Myong Hwa had drilled a free kick that was headed just inside the left post. O had seven saves for Korea DPR.

The USA’s best chance of the first half came in the 41st minute when Morgan Brian met a DiBernardo corner kick with a bullet header that was just palmed away by O, who managed to get enough of the ball to slip it around the right post.

At halftime, the game was almost dead even, with the USA taking four shots to North Korea’s three while both teams had earned four corner kicks. The USA would – by a small margin – have the better of the second half and the overtime, ending the match with a 14-7 advantage in shots and limited the Koreans to just four total shots on goal.

Dunn, Brian and the speedy Kealia Ohai, who played an inspirational 120 minutes running the flanks, all had good chances in the second half and overtime, but O was up to the task, smothering several of the shots. After Samantha Mewis replaced Cobb in the 60th minute, Brian took Cobb’s spot on the forward line and played up top for most of the remainder match until she dropped back into the midfield for the final 15 minutes to help the USA hold the ball and keep the Koreans at bay until the final whistle.

Additional Notes:

  • Chioma Ubogagu scored her ninth career international goal for the U-20s in her 15th appearance. She also scored the winning goal in the championship game of the CONCACAF U-20 Women’s World Cup Qualifying Tournament in a 2-1 victory against Canada. 
  • Vanessa DiBernardo’s goal on Friday was her third at the U-20 level in 18 international appearances. 
  • Cari Roccaro got the start next to Julie Johnston at center back. Roccaro had come off the bench against Germany in place of Johnston and had started against China. 
  • Alaskan forward Kelly Cobb made her second start of the U-20 Women’s World Cup and put in a solid 60 minutes before being replaced by Samantha Mewis, who put in an excellent performance over the final hour. 
  • Maya Hayes made her team-leading 41st career U-20 appearance. 
  • Kassy Kallman entered the game in the 108th minute as the USA used its last sub for the cramping DiBernardo. Kallman moved to left back, Chioma Ubogagu took DiBernardo’s spot at attacking midfield and Mollie Pathman moved up to left wing. Pathman helped kill precious minutes near the end of the match by possessing the ball in the corners.

- U.S. Under-20 Women’s National Team Match Report -

Match: United States U-20 Women’s National Team vs. Korea DPR
Date: Aug. 31, 2012
Competition: 2012 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup; Quarterfinal
Venue: Komaba Stadium; Saitama, Japan
Kickoff: 6:30 a.m. ET (7:30 p.m. local)
Attendance: 6,284
Weather: 81 degrees, hot and humid

Scoring Summary: 1  2  OT1 OT2  F
USA                        0  1    1     0      2
PRK                         0  1    0     0      1

USA – Vanessa DiBernardo (unassisted)   52nd minute
PRK – Kim Su Gyong (Kim Un Hwa)         75
USA – Chioma Ubagagu (Crystal Dunn)    98

Lineups:
USA: 1-Bryane Heaberlin; 4-Crystal Dunn, 8-Julie Johnston (capt.), 3-Cari Roccaro, 2-Mollie Pathman; 16-Sarah Killion, 10-Vanessa DiBernardo (15-Kassey Kallman, 108), 6-Morgan Brian; 7-Kealia Ohai, 20-Kelly Cobb (13-Samantha Mewis, 61), 5-Maya Hayes (9-Chioma Ubogagu, 71)
Subs not used: 11-Becca Wann, 12-Katie Stengel, 14-Mandy Laddish, 17-Taylor Schram, 18-Abby Smith, 19-Stephanie Amack, 21-Jami Kranich
Head Coach: Steve Swanson

PRK: 18-O Chang Ran; 2-Kim Nam Hui, 5-Yun Song Mi, 14-Pong Son Hwa, 15-Ri Nam Sil; 8-Jon Myong Hwa, 12-Kim Un Hyang, 13-O Hui Sun (capt.), 19-Yu Jong Im (20-Kim Su Gyong, 56); 10-Yun Hyon Hi, 11-Kim Un Hwa (17-Kwon Song Hwa, 78; 3-Ri Yong Mi, 105)
Subs not used: 1-Choe Kyong Im, 7-Kim Un Ju, 4-Kim Un Ha, 6-Ryu Un Jong, 9-Pak Kyong Mi, 16-Ri Hyang Hui, 21-Kim Chol Ok
Head Coach: Sin Ui Gun

Stats Summary: USA / PRK
Shots: 14 / 7
Shots on Goal: 9 / 4
Saves: 3 / 7
Corner Kicks: 9 / 7
Fouls: 14 / 12
Offside: 1 / 8

Misconduct Summary:
USA – Kealia Ohai (caution)     57th minute
USA – Cari Roccaro (caution)   80
PRK – Yun Song Mi (caution)   118

Officials:
Referee: Silvia Spinelli (ITA)
Assistant Referee 1: Karine Solana Vives (FRA)
Assistant Referee 2: Manuela Nicolosi (FRA)
Fourth Official: Fusako Kajiyama (JPN)

ussoccer.com Woman of the Match: 
Julie Johnston

A member of the team that won the 2012 CONCACAF Under-20 Women’s Championship and earned a berth to the 2012 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup in Japan … Played in three games at qualifying, tallying two goals and one assist in 169 minutes … Her dramatic 89th minute score in the championship game earned the regional title for the USA with the 2-1 victory over Canada ... Scored against Switzerland and Norway in La Manga, Spain in February … Scored two goals in two games against China in April … Scored against New Zealand in May … Heads into the Women’s World Cup as one of the team’s top scorer with eight goals in 11 U-20 caps … Was a part of the U.S. Under-18 team from 2008 to 2011.

                                                                                                             

Full name is Chioma Grace Ubogagu … Nickname is Chi … A member of the Hope for Africa Club in high school … Participated in student council … Tries to attend Catholic Church on regular basis … Very family oriented and loves spending time with her mom and told older brothers – Oggy and Okwus … Feeds the homeless every Christmas Eve … Moved to the United States from London at age three … Enjoys singing, eating, playing tennis and basketball, reading, and making/editing movies … Grandfather  Austin Enekwe played for the English side Tottenham Hotspurs and the Nigerian National Team … Favorite English Premier League team is “Arsenal, all day” … Favorite foods are French fries, chicken tenders, and Nigerian cuisine … Favorite desserts are Pizookies … Loves bulldogs and monkeys … One of her favorite movies is The Lion King … Favorite TV shows are Grey’s Anatomy, Revenge, One Tree Hill, Vampire Diaries, and Suits.

As a freshman, played in 26 games, totaling ten goals and ten assists in 1849 minutes to help Stanford to the NCAA title, the first for the school … Was the Pac-12 Freshman of the Year … Was All Pac-12 Second Team … Made the NCAA All-Tournament Team … Named to the Soccer America All-Freshman First Team ... NSCAA All-Pacific Region Second Team ... Named to the NCAA College Cup All-Tournament Team ... Stanford Athletic Board Block 'S' Outstanding Female Freshman ... Provided the assist to Camille Levin for the winning-goal in the 1-0 NCAA final victory over Duke ... Scored one goal and set up another within a three-minute span of the first half to break open a tight match in a 3-0 victory over Florida State in the NCAA semifinals … Scored two spectacular goals to put the Cardinal ahead 2-0 by the 18th minute in a 4-1 victory over UCLA, the Bruins only loss in regulation during the season ... Captain of the Coppell High School Cowboys as a senior … Earned NSCAA All-American Honors and was the Texas Gatorade Player of the Year as a junior... Club: Played for D’Feeters ’93 from U-10 to U-17 … Won the regional title and took third place at Nationals as U-17s … Won the state title as U-15s.

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