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U.S. U-20 WNT Ready To Take On Nigeria In Quarterfinals of 2010 FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup


U.S. Under-20 Women’s National Team Pre-game Notes
2010 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup
Augsburg, Germany
Friday, July 23

USA FACES NIGERIA IN QUARTERFINAL CLASH: After winning Group D at the 2010 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup, the United States will face Group C runner-up Nigeria in its quarterfinal match on Sunday, July 25 at 11:30 a.m. local (5:30 a.m. ET) live on ESPNU. This will be the seventh and final U-20 Women’s World Cup match played in Augsburg, which hosted the first two rounds of Group C, meaning Nigeria has already played two matches at the stadium. The United States has won its group at all five FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cups that have been contested, dating back to the inaugural tournament in 2002. Groups were actually won by two CONCACAF sides as Mexico took a big step in its women’s soccer history by taking the top spot in Group C. The other two groups were won by European teams as Germany rolled through Group A and Sweden took top honors in Group B.

2010 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup
Quarterfinals

Date Match Venue
July 24 Germany vs. Korea DPR Bochum
July 24 Sweden vs. Colombia Bielefeld
July 25 USA vs. Nigeria Augsburg
July 25 Mexico vs. Korea Republic Dresden

WATCH ALL THE ACTION FROM GERMANY LIVE ON ESPNU, ESPN2 AND ESPN3.COM: Every match of the 2010 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup is available on ESPN3.com and all four quarterfinals, the semifinals, the third-place game and final, are being broadcast either live or delayed on ESPNU. Highlight packages for each match are available on FIFA.com soon after the completion of the game. For complete TV listings, go to the 2010 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup schedule on ussoccer.com.

U.S. FACES PHYSICAL NIGERIANS: A U.S. Women’s National Team has never faced an African team in the knockout round of a Women’s World Cup, although the senior U.S. WNT has faced Nigeria in the first round of the last three FIFA Women’s World Cup tournaments and also in group play at the 2000 Olympics. It will be the second meeting with an African team in this tournament for the U.S. U-20s, which tied Ghana 1-1 in its first group match, and will mark the first time the USA has faced two African teams in a Women’s World Cup. Nigeria has scored only four goals, but has allowed just three in tying two group matches 1-1 against England and Mexico and defeating Japan, 2-1. Nigeria was less than 13 minutes from winning Group C as it led Mexico by 1-0 score in the final group game for both teams. That victory would have given Nigeria a quarterfinal match against Korea Republic, eliminated the Mexicans and put Japan into the second round to the face the USA. However, Mexico scored an equalizer in the 77th minute, giving each team five points at the end of group play. Mexico and Nigeria were tied on goal difference, but Mexico scored five goals to Nigeria’s four which relegated the Nigerians to second place in the group. The Nigerians are big, fast, athletic and tenacious defenders who can shoot from distance and take half-chances well. The Super Falconettes, as they are nicknamed, will surely give the USA its toughest match of the tournament so far on both ends of the field.

LEROUX MOVES ATOP U.S. ALL-TIME U-20 WWC SCORERS LIST: With five goals in this tournament, U.S. forward Sydney Leroux moves past Kelly Wilson to become the USA’s as the all-time leading scorer in U.S. U-19/U-20 Women’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 Women’s World Cup. Leroux has scored in all of the USA’s group matches in this tournament and her five goals in three games equals her total for six matches at the 2008 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup in Chile where she won the Golden Shoe as the top scorer. Leroux has actually scored in five straight international matches after having also tallied in the USA’s final two pre-World Cup warm-up games.

FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup
U.S. Top-Five All-Time Goal Scorers

1. Sydney Leroux 10 2008-2010
2. Kelly Wilson 9 2002
3. Lindsay Tarpley  6 2002
4. Jessica Rostedt 5 2004-2006
5. Alex Morgan 4 2008
  Heather O’Reilly 4 2002
  Amy Rodriguez 4 2004-2006

U.S. Under-20 Women’s World Cup Roster by Position:
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.)

Nigeria Under-20 Women’s World Cup Roster by Position:
GOALKEEPERS (3): 1-Alaba Jonathan (Pelican Stars), 12-Rabi Ihiabe (Bayelsa Queens), 21-Marbel Egwuenu (Delta Queens)
DEFENDERS (6): 2-Blessing Edoho (Rivers Angels), 3-Gloria Ofoegbu (Rivers Angels), 6-Esther Michael (Sunshine Queens), 15-Joy Jegede (Delta Queens), 17-Helen Ukaonu (Delta Queens), 20-Osinachi Ohale (Delta Queens)
MIDFIELDERS (4): 4-Martina Ohadugha (Rivers Angels), 5-Cecilia Nku (Bayelsa Queens), 10-Rebecca Kalu (Delta Queens), 11-Glory Iroka (Rivers Angels)
FORWARDS (8): 7-Esther Sunday (Sunshine Queens), 8-Ebere Orji (Rivers Angels), 9-Desire Oparanozie (Delta Queens), 13-Ngozi Ebere (Rivers Angels), 14-Soo Adekwagh (Bayelsa Queens), 16-Amarachi Okoronkwo (Nasarawa Amazons), 18-Charity Adule (Pelican Stars), 19-Uchechi Sunday (Rivers Angels)

Quick Hits

  • The USA has just one yellow card heading into the quarterfinal match and that was to reserve Meg Morris. As yellow cards are wiped clean after the quarterfinals, only Morris would be in danger of missing the semifinal, should the USA defeat Nigeria. 
  • Nigeria has committed 33 fouls, the fifth most in the tournament through group play, but also is one of just three teams that has yet to receive a yellow card along with the eliminated England and Korea DPR.
  • Desire Oparanozie has two of Nigeria’s four goals while Amarachi Okoronkwo and Ebere Orji have one each. Orji has assisted on three of the four goals. 
  • With her goal against Switzerland on July 17, Kristie Mewis became the first player in U.S. history to score in both a U-17 and U-20 FIFA Women’s World Cup. 
  • The USA has committed 20 total fouls through three games, the least in the tournament besides Mexico (18).
  • U.S. head coach Jill Ellis has used 16 of the 18 field players on her roster through three games. The only field players yet to see action are midfielders Casey Short and Jenna Richmond. 
  • Sydney Leroux’s goal against South Korea gave her 29 in 33 U-20 games. She is not the all-time leading scorer in U.S. U-20 history though. That mark belongs to Kelly Wilson, who scored an amazing 31 times in 19 caps. 
  • All of Nigeria’s players play for clubs named Queens, Angels, Amazons or Pelican Stars. There are three different clubs represented on the Nigeria roster named Queens. 
  • Athletic goalkeeper Alaba Jonathan has played all 270 minutes in the nets for Nigeria so far. 
  • Through group play, the USA is tied for third in the tournament (with eliminated Japan) on goals scored with seven. Germany leads the way with 11 while Korea Republic has eight. 
  • The USA leads the tournament in least goals allowed having surrendered just one. That came in the seventh minute of the opening game against Ghana. Since then the USA has gone 263 minutes without giving up a goal. 
  • The U.S. backline of Rachel Quon, Toni Pressley, Crystal Dunn and Kendall Johnson have played every minute of all three games thus far, as has goalkeeper Bianca Henninger. The only other U.S. players to have played every minute are midfielder Amber Brooks and forward Kristie Mewis. 
  • Maya Hayes has two of the USA’s six assists. 
  • Fair play? There has been just one red card through the first 24 games and that went to German defender Bianca Schmidt for a last defender foul when she tugged down a Costa Rican attacker. She didn’t even kick her. 
  • The USA-Nigeria match will take place in the same stadium that the full U.S. Women’s National Team defeated Germany, 1-0, last October in what was the first international game in the sparkling new venue, built for FC Augsburg in pursuit of promotion to the German Bundesliga.

GERMANY TO FACE KOREA DPR, SWEDEN TAKES ON COLOMBIA: Host Germany will face Korea DPR on Saturday, July 24, in Bochum in perhaps the most anticipated of the four quarterfinals as it pits two former champions of this tournament. Surprise Group A second-place finisher Colombia faces Group B winners Sweden on that same day in Bielefeld. Sweden is playing in its first U-20 FIFA Women’s World Cup and finished atop the group after its huge 3-2 victory against Korea DPR in the final first round game for both teams. Of the eight teams left in the tournament, two are from Europe, two are from CONCACAF, two are from Asia and one each is from South America and Africa. Amazingly, the defending European champions (England), Asian champions (Japan), and South American champions (Brazil) are all out of the tournament. Brazil beat Colombia in the South American final, England beat Sweden in the UEFA final and Japan beat the Korea Republic in the Asian final.

RACHEL QUON-DOLO: U.S. U-20 WNT right back Rachel Quon is a big fan of U.S. MNT right back Steve Cherundolo. Find out why in this special feature for ussoccer.com.

AUGSBLOG: You can catch up with the goings on in Germany with the U.S. U-20 WNT through the WNT Blog. Some of the latest posts include pictures of the USA’s travel to Augsburg, a story about an extremely large fowl the team encountered in Bielefeld and a special treat the team got after dinner.

U-20s ON ALL_ACCESS VIDEO: Check out ussoccer.com to see all_access videos from the U-20 WWC in Germany. You’ll get some reactions from the U.S. players following the victory against Korea Republic, meet the Mewis sisters, Kristie and Samantha, who are playing in their second youth Women’s World Cup together, and see an off-the-field talent of midfielder Teresa Noyola.

 

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