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U.S. U-17 Women's National Team Meets Korea DPR in Historic First-Ever FIFA Under-17 Women's World Cup Final

United States U-17 Women’s National Team
Notes from Auckland, New Zealand
Nov. 15, 2008

USA TO FACE KOREA DPR IN FIFA U-17 WOMEN’S WORLD CUP FINAL: The United States and Korea DPR will meet in the historic first-ever FIFA Under-17 Women’s World Cup Final on Nov. 16 at North Harbour Stadium in Auckland, New Zealand as West meets East and a long-time women’s soccer power meets a new one. Organizers are expecting a crowd of 10-15,000 for the game which kicks off at 4 p.m. local (10 p.m. ET on Nov. 15). Fans can follow the match by logging onto’s MatchTracker. Germany will face England at 1 p.m. local time for third place. The U.S. has been in New Zealand for a little more than three weeks now and has built up momentum over the first five matches, putting together a string of excellent performances over the past three games to earn the right to play for the world championship. For all the results from the U-17 WWC, features and stories on the U.S. players and info on past matches, please visit the U-17 WWC competitions page on

USA AND NORTH KOREA TAKE SIMILAR PATHS TO THE FINAL: The U.S. and North Korea took remarkably similar roads to the FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup Final. Both started the tournament with what was then considered a surprising result, as the U.S. lost to Japan and North Korea tied Ghana. Both teams rebounded with wins over weaker, Spanish-speaking opponents in games that could have easily yielded more goals for the victors, with the U.S. prevailing 3-1 over Paraguay and North Korea defeating a much-improved Costa Rica by a 2-1 score. Both teams then drew 1-1 with a European power, the U.S. with France and the Koreans with Germany, which was already through to the quarterfinals and rested a few players. Both teams then scored four times in quarterfinal victories, with both teams scoring late goals to put the games away. The U.S. had two goals after the 78th minute in the 4-2 win over Korea Republic and North Korea notched two goals in the last four minutes in its 4-0 win over Denmark.

USA vs. North Korea
2008 U-17 FIFA Women’s World Cup
Road to the Final

Date Result U.S. Goal Scorers City
Oct. 30 United States 2, Japan 3 DiMartino, K. Mewis Hamilton, New Zealand
Nov. 2 United States 3, Paraguay 1 Own Goal, DiMartino, Verloo Hamilton, New Zealand
Nov. 5 United States 1, France 1 DiMartino Auckland, New Zealand
Nov. 9 United States 4, Korea Republic 2 Verloo (2), K. Mewis, DiMartino Hamilton, New Zealand
Nov. 13 United States 2, Germany 1 DiMartino, Verloo Christchurch, New Zealand

Korea DPR
Date Result Korea DPR Goal Scorers City
Oct. 29 Korea DPR 1, Ghana 1 Ho Un Byol Christchurch, New Zealand
Nov. 1 Korea DPR 2, Costa Rica 1 Yun Hyon Hi (2) Christchurch, New Zealand
Nov. 4 Korea DPR 1, Germany 1 Jon Myong Hwa Hamilton, New Zealand
Nov. 8 Korea DPR 4, Denmark 0 Jon Myong Hwa (2), Ri Un Ae Wellington, New Zealand
Nov. 13 Korea DPR 2, England 1 Ho Un Byol, Jon Myong Hwa Christchurch, New Zealand

2008 FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup
Date Third-Place Match Venue; City Kickoff Local / ET
Nov. 16 Germany vs. England North Harbour Stadium; Auckland, New Zealand 1 p.m. / 7 p.m. Nov. 15

Venue; City
Kickoff Local / ET
Nov. 16
United States vs. Korea DPR
North Harbour Stadium; Auckland, New Zealand
4 p.m. / 10 p.m. Nov. 15

How They Got Here: Won 2007 AFC U-16 Women’s Championships in Petaling Jaya, Malaysia
Last Meeting vs. United States: Never met at the U-17 level
Head Coach: Ri Um Ham

Key Players: G Hong Myong Hui, D Hyon Un Hui, D Jon Hong Yon, D Kim Sol Hui, D Jo Myong Hui, D Kim Hyon Mi, M Kim Uj, M Pae Yon Hui, M Ho Un Byol, F Jon Myong Hwa, F Yun Hyon Hui.

USA vs. Korea DPR Fast Facts: This match will mark the USA’s third meeting with an Asian team in this tournament … The U.S. lost to Japan 3-2 in the first match and defeated Korea Republic 4-2 in the quarterfinal … This Under-17 Women’s World Cup Final pits the CONCACAF champions against the Asian champions at this age level … European champions Germany exited in the semifinal, South American champions Colombia did not make it out of group play, nor did African champion Nigeria or Oceania’s top team New Zealand … North Korean head coach Ri Um Ham has started virtually the same starting lineup for all five matches, making adjustments to his starters just three times during the tournament … The last two matches have featured the same starting lineup for North Korea and the same three subs … U.S. head coach Kazbek Tambi has used 19 of the 21 players on the roster, with only the two back-up goalkeepers not seeing any action … Tambi has also started the same lineup in the past two matches after making lineup changes, some major, some slight, from one game to the next over the first four games … Both teams like to attack through possessing the ball on the ground, which should make for a highly entertaining match at North Harbour Stadium … North Korea won the 2007 AFC Women’s Championship, defeating Japan in the championship game by a 3-0 score after defeating South Korea, 4-1 in the semifinal … Forward Yun Hyong Hui, who scored both goals against Costa Rica in this tournament, scored seven times in qualifying.

U.S. Under-17 Women’s World Cup Team Roster
GOALKEEPERS (3): Alexa Gaul (Naperville, Ill.), Jennifer Pettigrew (Kearney, N.J.), Taylor Vancil (South Elgin, Ill.);
DEFENDERS (6): Amber Brooks (New Hope, Pa.), Cloee Colohan (West Point, Utah), Crystal Dunn (Rockville Centre, N.Y.), Alexis Harris (Plano, Texas), Rachel Quon (Lake Forrest, Ill.), Julia Roberts (Frederick, Md.);
MIDFIELDERS (8): Kate Bennett (Clyde Hill, Wash.), Morgan Brian (St. Simons Island, Ga.), Elizabeth Eddy (Costa Mesa, Calif.), Olivia Klei (Pleasanton, Calif.), Mandy Laddish (Lee’s Summit, Mo.), Kristie Mewis (Hanson, Mass.), Samantha Mewis (Hanson, Mass.), Erika Tymrak (Bradenton, Fla.);
FORWARDS (4): Hayley Brock (Acton, Mass.), Vicki DiMartino (Massapequa, N.Y.), Samantha Johnson (Palmdale, Calif.), Courtney Verloo (Tualatin, Ore.).

North Korea Under-17 Women’s World Cup Roster
GOALKEEPERS (3): 1-Hong Myong Hui, 20-Ri Hyang hui, 21-Kim Su Jong;
DEFENDERS (8): 2-Hyon Un Hui, 3-Jon Hong Yon, 4-Ryu Un Jong, 5-Kim Sol Hui, 12-Kim Hyon Mi, 13-Jo Myong Hui, 14-Ro Chol Ok, 18-Kim Un Hyang;
MIDFIELDERS (5): 6-Kim Uj, 7-Kim Un Ju, 8-Pae Yon Hui, 9-Ho Un Byol, 15-Ri Un Ae;
FORWARDS (5): 10-Jon Myong Hwa, 11-Yun Hyon Hui, 16-Cha Ok, 17-Jong Yu Ri, 19-Jang Hyon Sun.

U-17 HIGHLIGHTS ON FIFA.COM: For the first time at a FIFA women’s youth event, will offer free video highlights to fans and media around the world. Shortly after the final whistle for all 52 matches of the U-17 Women’s World Cup, a high resolution two-minute video with all the goals and exciting plays will be available on the individual match detail page.

Quick Hits:
  • The U.S. has scored 12 goals in the tournament while Korea DPR has scored 10, but the U.S. has allowed eight goals and North Korea has allowed just four, the stingiest record of any of the four semifinalists.
  • Vicki DiMartino (5 goals), Courtney Verloo (4) and Kristie Mewis (2) have scored 11 of the 12 U.S. goals in this tournament. The other one was an own goal from Paraguay.
  • DiMartino is one goal behind Germany’s Dzsenifer Marozsan in the race for the tournament’s Golden Boot. Of course, both have one more game left.
  • North Korea has started the same goalkeeper and back four in all five games thus far with all five players playing every minute of the tournament.
  • North Korea’s 10 goals have come from five different players, eight from its dangerous triangle up front, getting four from star forward Jon Myong Hwa and two from Yun Hyon Hui and Ho Un Byol.
  • Thirteen players on North Korea’s roster play for the April 25 Sports Group. Only five other clubs are represented in the other eight players.
  • Goalkeeper Taylor Vancil and defender Cloee Colohan are the only U.S. players to play all 450 minutes so far.
  • North Korea is the only team that has yet to lose a game in the tournament, going 3-0-2 so far. North Korea took the title at the 2006 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup by winning all six games.
  • The U.S. was favored to meet North Korea in the final of the 2006 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup in Russia, but missed out on that clash after falling to China in penalty kicks in the semifinal.
  • This will be the seventh world championship final in U.S. women’s soccer history, following the USA’s appearance in two Women’s World Cup Finals, four Olympic gold medal games and one U-19 Women’s World Cup Final. The U.S. has a record of six wins and one loss in world championship finals.
  • The weather forecast for the final is for sunny skies and temperatures in the mid-60s with some light breezes.
ET WRITES HOME: U.S. midfielder Erika Tymrak, who set up the tying goal against Germany in the semifinal, is having the time of her life at the U-17 WWC, and she tells why in this e-Postcard from New Zealand on

TAYLOR TALKS: U.S. goalkeeper Taylor Vancil has played every minute in the nets for the USA at this FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup. We got some insight into the mind of a ‘keeper as Vancil answered 11 Questions for this Center Circle feature, on

all_access NZ: You can watch highlights of the U.S. matches on, but to get an inside look on the happenings in New Zealand, go to all_access video on where you can watch the preview video of the USA-Korea DPR U-17 Women’s World Cup Final, as well as a one-on-one with U.S. head coach Kaz Tambi and other fun videos.

REFEREES: The referee with the honor of officiating the U-17 FIFA Women’s World Cup Final will be Silvia Reyes of Peru. The assistant referees are Cleidy Mary Ribeiro and Maria Barbosa, both of Brazil.

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Stat of Note
There have been 107 goals scored through the first 30 matches of the 2008 FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup, an average of 3.56 per game. There was just one 0-0 draw during the entire tournament, that coming in the Canada-Denmark Group A match.