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U.S. U-20 Women Set to Face Cuba at 12 p.m. CT in Second Group A Match


U.S. Under-20 Women’s National Team
CONCACAF World Cup Qualifying
Puebla, Mexico
June 19, 2008


ONE DOWN: The U.S. Under-20 Women’s National Team kicked off their World Cup qualifying campaign with a 4-0 win over Trinidad & Tobago on Wednesday and will have less than 48 hours of rest before their second match against Cuba on Friday, June 20. The U.S. will close out Group A play when they take on the hosts, Mexico, on June 22 at 2:30 p.m. CT. The top two teams from each group will play in the semifinals, and the top three teams in the tournament advance to the 2008 FIFA Under-20 Women’s World Cup in Chile. Fans can follow along with Friday afternoon’s game live on ussoccer.com’s MatchTracker.

TIME CHANGE: Kickoff for the match against Cuba, has been moved up an hour earlier to 12 p.m. CT due to the possibility of thunderstorms predicted later in the day. The weather in Puebla has been predictable, so far, with blue skies and sunshine into the late afternoon and thunderstorms in the early evening.

June 18, 2008
USA 4, Trinidad & Tobago 0
Mexico 7, Cuba 0

June 18, 2008
USA vs. Cuba                                 12 p.m. CT
Mexico vs. Trinidad & Tobago      2:30 p.m. CT

June 20, 2008
Cuba vs. Trinidad & Tobago       12 p.m. CT
USA vs. Mexico                               2:30 p.m. CT

USA SITS SECOND: The U.S. and Mexico each picked up wins in their Group A openers, but because of the first tie-breaker, goal differential, Mexico is currently in first place. El Tri topped Cuba, 7-0, in the second game of Wednesday’s double-header .

Group A
Team    W    L    T    Pts.  GF   GA   GD
MEX       1     0    0      3      7      0      +7
USA       1     0    0      3      4      0      +4
TRI         0     1    0      0      0      4       -4
CUB       0     1    0      0      0      7       -7

TEST OF DEPTH: U.S. head coach Tony DiCicco will test his team’s depth throughout the group stage, with three games being played in five days. DiCicco used all three substitutions against T&T on Wednesday, and may run some new faces out against Cuba. With 20 players on the USA roster, and only 18 allowed to dress for each game, two players will be scratched from each game-day roster to allow them to recover.

U.S. Under-20 Women’s National Team Roster by Position
GOALKEEPERS (2): Kristin Arnold (Texas A&M), Alyssa Naeher (Penn State)
DEFENDERS (4): Kaley Fountain (Wake Forest), Lauren Fowlkes (Notre Dame), Nikki Marshall (Colorado), Elli Reed (Portland)
MIDFIELDERS (5): Becky Edwards (Florida State), Meghan Klingenberg (North Carolina), Christine Nairn (Bowie, Md.), Ingrid Wells (Georgetown), Keelin Winters (Portland)
FORWARDS (9): Kiersten Dallstream (Washington State), Gina DiMartino (Boston College), Michelle Enyeart (Portland), Sydney Leroux (Phoenix, Ariz.), Jessica McDonald (Glendale, Ariz.), Alex Morgan (California), Casey Nogueira (North Carolina), Kelley O’Hara (Stanford), Nikki Washington (North Carolina)

Quick Hits:

  • Friday’s game will mark the first ever meeting between the U.S. and Cuba in women’s soccer at any level.
  • Michelle Enyeart is tied with Mexico’s Veronica Charlin Corral for the tournament lead with three goals through the opening set of games.
  • Enyeart took sole possession of the team scoring lead with seven in 2008.
  • Kelley O’Hara, who also tallied against T&T, is second on the team with five goals scored on the year.
  • O’Hara and Casey Nogueira are the only two players on the roster with FIFA Under-20 Women’s World Cup experience, as both were a part of the U.S. team that took fourth place in Russia in 2006.
  • O’Hara also leads the U.S. team on the qualifying roster with 14 Under-20 caps and nine career goals.
  • Three players on the roster picked up their first-ever cap at the U-20 level on Wednesday – Kierstan Dallstream, Sydney Leroux and Alex Morgan.
  • Fourteen different colleges are represented on the roster, led by three players each from the University of Portland and the University of North Carolina.
  • This will be the fourth time the USA has participated in qualifying for a FIFA U-19 or U-20 World Cup. In 2002, the U.S. team traveled to Trinidad & Tobago where it won the qualifying tournament in resounding fashion, out-scoring its opposition by a margin of 34-1.
  • In 2004, the USA fell to Canada in overtime in the title game by a 2-1 score. The USA had advanced to the final by outscoring its opposition 25-1 in group play and then defeating Mexico, 6-0, in the semifinal to earns its berth to Thailand.
  • Eleven nations have already qualified for the U-20 World Cup: host Chile; Japan, China and North Korea from Asia; France, Germany, Norway and England from Europe; New Zealand from Oceania; and Brazil and Argentina from South America.

OFFENSIVE ATTACK: The U.S. scored four goals against Trinidad & Tobago on Wednesday, but that was just one of the offensive statistics that stood out during the game. The U.S. took 21 shots to T&T’s two, including a 9-1 advantage in shot-on-goal. Casey Nogueira took a majority of the USA’s 14 corner kicks while she and her teammates allowed none.

CHECKING OUT CUBA: Cuba, who dropped their tournament opener, 7-0, to Mexico, earned their place in the Final Round with an offensive display of their own. They won their first-ever U-20 Women’s match over Barbados, 3-1, before a 6-2 victory over Anguilla secured their trip to Puebla. Yezenia Gallardo led the Cuban attack with three goals in each game.

NEW KID ON THE BLOCK: A year and a half removed from ACL surgery, Alex Morgan has fully recovered and found herself in the starting lineup against Trinidad & Tobago. Having just joined the U-20 in April, Morgan talks to ussoccer.com about her family support and adjusting to her relatively new teammates in a short amount of time. Listen to the whole interview here.

BACK TO THE BLOG: The U.S. YNT Blog is back in action! For exclusive interviews, photos and behind-the scenes happenings of the Under-20 WNT during their quest to qualify for Chile 2008, check out http://ynt-ussoccer.blogspot.com/

GROUP B HEATING UP: Canada and Costa Rica are locked in first place in Group B as both squads picked up wins on Tuesday over Nicaragua and Jamaica, respectively. Though both have a +2 goal differential, Costa Rica actually has the advantage because of the second tie-breaker – goals scored.

Group B
Team   W    L    T   Pts.  GF   GA   GD
CRC     1    0     0     3      3      1     +2
CAN      1    0     0     3      2      0     +2
JAM       0    1     0     0      1      3      -2
NIC       0    1     0     0      0      2      -2

June 17, 2008
Canada 2, Nicaragua 0
Costa Rica 3, Jamaica 1

June 19, 2008
Canada vs. Jamaica               12 p.m. CT
Costa Rica vs. Nicaragua       2:30 p.m. CT

June 21, 2008
Jamaica vs. Nicaragua            12 p.m. CT
Canada vs. Costa Rica             2:30 p.m. CT


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