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U.S. U-20 WNT Look to Continue Winning Ways Against Trinidad And Tobago on Saturday Afternoon


U.S. Under-20 Women’s National Team
2010 CONCACAF Under-20 Women’s Championship
Guatemala City , Guatemala

STARTING OFF ON THE RIGHT FOOT: After opening the 2010 CONCACAF Under-20 Women’s Championship with a comprehensive 6-0 win over Jamaica, the U.S. looks to continue its strong play in Group B during the second game of the opening round. The U.S. has a quick turnaround before facing Trinidad & Tobago at 5:30 p.m. ET on Saturday, Jan. 23, at Estadio Cementos Progeso in Guatemala City, Guatemala, in a match that will be streamed live on CONCACAF.com. Fans can also follow along live on ussoccer.com’s MatchTracker.

Date  Opponent  Time (ET)/Result  TV/U.S. Goalscorer(s)  Venue 
Jan. 21  Jamaica  6-0 W  Nairn (2), Leroux (2), Noyola, McCarty  Estadio Cementos Progresso; Guatemala City 
Jan. 23 T & T  5:30 p.m.  CONCACAF.com  Estadio Cementos Progresso; Guatemala City
Jan. 25  Mexico  5:30 p.m.  CONCACAF.com  Estadio Cementos Progresso; Guatemala City

Group B Standings

Team  GP  W    L    T    GF    GA     GD   Pts. 
 USA    1     1     0     0       6     0   +6    3 
 Mexico    1    1    0    0    2    1   +1   3
 Trinidad & Tobago    1    0    1    0    1    2   -1   0
 Jamaica    1    0    1    0    0    6   -6   0


WATCH THE U-20 WNT QUALIFYING GAMES LIVE ON CONCACAF.COM: U.S. Soccer fans will have the opportunity to watch all of the U.S. Under-20 WNT games during the CONCACAF Women's Under-20 Championship in Guatemala live via streaming video at CONCACAF.com. This is the first time a continental confederation has offered free comprehensive live coverage of a youth tournament online, and the service is free with fans simply required to register on the site. All 16 games will be available live at CONCACAF.com's video portal, CONCACAF TV, and will also be viewable on-demand at the same location shortly after the conclusion of each match.

QUICK HITS:

  • The 6-0 win against Jamaica marked the fifth time the U.S. has won the opening match of the CONCACAF U-20/U-19 Women’s Championship. The USA has scored an amazing 41 goals in opening matches of this tournament. In 2002 the USA defeated Suriname 13-0. In 2004 the USA defeated the Dominican Republic 14-0. In 2006, the USA opened with a 4-1 win against Jamaica and in 2008 the USA downed T&T by a 4-0 score.
  • The U.S. U-20 WNT has won just one CONCACAF qualifying tournament at this age level. The last time the U.S. was crowned regional champion was in 2006, dropping the 2008 championship match by a 1-0 score to Canada. During the first regional tournament in 2002, which was an Under-19 event, the two group winners qualified for the FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup along with host Canada, but no tournament champion was crowned as the competition did not feature semifinals, a third-place match or a final.
  • While the U.S. Under-20 Women’s National Team kicked off the 2010 CONCACAF U-20 Women’s Championship as defending world champions, only two players on the current team were part of the 2008 FIFA U-20 World Cup winning squad: Forward Sydney Leroux and midfielder Christine Nairn.
  • Leroux was awarded the Golden Shoe as the tournament’s top scorer at the 2008 U-20 World Cup in Chile, as well as the Golden Ball as the tournament’s best player.
  • Eight players were part of the 2008 FIFA U-17 World Cup team that finished in second place in New Zealand: G Taylor Vancil, D Amber Brooks, D Vicki DiMartino, D Crystal Dunn, D Rachel Quon, M Elizabeth Eddy, M Kristie Mewis and M Samantha Mewis.
  • Two players are experiencing the Women’s Youth National Team program for the first time in Kendall Johnson and Morgan Marlborough. Both players were named to the qualifying roster after the team’s last training camp in December, which was Marlborough’s first training camp.
  • Vancil was the top goalkeeper at the 2008 U-17 World Cup, taking home the Golden Glove trophy, while as a striker DiMartino took home Silver Shoe honors with five goals scored during the tournament.
  • Nairn is the only player on the roster to have a full U.S. Women’s National Team cap, coming in a sub in a 4-0 win against Canada on May 25 at BMO Field in Toronto. Her first national team goal came in her second cap and featured a dramatic game-winner in the 89th minute of a 1-0 win against Canada.

GUATEMALA LEADS GROUP A AFTER FIRST DAY: Ana Lucia Martinez scored twice on the opening match day to lead the hosts Guatemala to the top of the Group A table with a 2-1 win against Cuba. In the first match of the tournament, Canada battled to a 1-0 win against Costa Rica. Mexico kicked off Group B play with a 2-1 come-from-behind win after conceding a goal just 45 seconds into the game and stands in second place in the group below the U.S. The second day of matches kicks off Friday at Estadio Cementos Progreso, with Cuba facing Canada and Guatemala taking on Costa Rica, who will be looking to rebound against the hosts. The group winners will play the runners-up from the opposite group on Jan. 28, with the championship and third-place matches set for Saturday, Jan. 30. Both semifinal matches and the tournament final will be televised live on Fox Soccer Channel and all matches will be streamed live at CONCACAF.com. The winners of the semifinal matches and of the third-place match will qualify for the U-20 Women’s World Cup being held in four German cities (Bochum, Bielefeld, Augsburg and Dresden) from July 13-Aug. 1. The age cut-off date for this Women’s World Cup is players born on or after Jan. 1, 1990.

Group A Standings

Team  GP  W    L    T    GF    GA     GD   Pts. 
 Guatemala         1     1     0     0       2     1   +1    3 
 Canada    1    1    0    0    1    0   +1   3
 Cuba    1    0    1    0    1    2   -1   0
 Costa Rica    1    0    1    0    0    1   -1   0

2010 CONCACAF U-20 Women's Championship Schedule

Date  Match  Time (ET)  Venue 
Jan. 20  Canada 1, Costa Rica 0  --     Estadio Cementos Progresso; Guatemala City 
  Guatemala 2, Cuba 1 --  Estadio Cementos Progresso; Guatemala City
Jan. 21  Mexico 2, T & T 1  -- Estadio Cementos Progresso; Guatemala City
  USA 6, Jamaica 0 --  Estadio Cementos Progresso; Guatemala City
Jan. 22  Cuba vs. Canada  3 p.m.  Estadio Cementos Progresso; Guatemala City
  Guatemala vs. Costa Rica  5:30 p.m.  Estadio Cementos Progresso; Guatemala City
Jan. 23  Mexico vs. Jamaica  3 p.m.  Estadio Cementos Progresso; Guatemala City
  USA vs. T & T  5:30 p.m.  Estadio Cementos Progresso; Guatemala City
Jan. 24  Costa Rica vs. Cuba  11 a.m.  Estadio Cementos Progresso; Guatemala City
  Guatemala vs. Canada  1:30 p.m.  Estadio Cementos Progresso; Guatemala City
Jan. 25  Jamaica vs. T & T  3 p.m.  Estadio Cementos Progresso; Guatemala City
  USA vs. Mexico  5:30 p.m.  Estadio Cementos Progresso; Guatemala City
Jan. 28  Semifinals  2:30 / 5:30 p.m.  Estadio Cementos Progresso; Guatemala City
Jan. 30 Third Place Match 2:30 p.m. Estadio Cementos Progresso; Guatemala City
Final 5:30 p.m. Estadio Cementos Progresso; Guatemala City


TAKING ON TRINIDAD & TOBAGO: Trinidad & Tobago head coach Jamaal Shabazz is without several key players in Guatemala, such as Latifa Kelly, Iyesha Olliviere, Avanell Isaac and Karissa Rodney, due to injury and school commitments. The Soca Princesses are led by captain Moriah Shade and Natasha St. Louis, who demonstrated their knack for finding the net during Caribbean qualifying, in which they tallied eight goals apiece. St. Louis opened her 2010 CONCACAF U-20 Women’s Championship scoring account against Mexico in the first match of Group B, but her first-minute goal wasn’t enough to subdue the Mexicans, who came back to win, 2-1. Trinidad & Tobago has qualified for every CONCACAF U-20 Women’s Championship but has never advanced out of the group stage.

Trinidad & Tobago U-20 WNT Roster
GOALKEEPERS (2): 1-Kimika Forbes; 21-Keri Myers
DEFENDERS (5): 2-Camille Borneo, 4-Falina Jack, 6-Tiana Bateau, 16-Sharice Arthur, 19-Arin King
MIDFIELDERS (8): 3-Victoria Swift, 5-Renel Dennis, 7-Taylor Mims, 8-Afiya Matthias, 11-Natasha Prentice, 12-Kayla Taylor, 14-Karyn Forbes, 18-Jenele Kissoon
FORWARDS (5): 9-Candace Seaton, 10-Moriah Shade, 13-Jo Marie Lewis, 15-Natasha Saint Louis, 17-Cassie McKenzie

HOW THEY GOT HERE: Trinidad & Tobago qualified for the 2010 CONCACA U-20 Women’s Championship via Caribbean qualifying. The two-island nation advanced out of the first round of Caribbean qualifying with a 16-1 aggregate score against St. Lucia. In the second round, Trinidad & Tobago defeated St. Kitts and Nevis 6-0 before winning 2-1 against Cuba and drawing 1-1 against Jamaica. Moriah Shade and Natasha Saint Louis led the charge in qualifying, scoring eight goals each.

37 VOLCANOES, ONE U.S. U-20 WNT BLOG: With the distant volcanoes in full view, the U.S. YNT Blog has set up shop in Guatemala City for the 2010 CONCACAF U-20 Women’s Championship. That’s right, you can see photos of the team’s training in the land of 37 volcanoes and get the inside scoop on the internal happenings of the U.S. U-20 WNT as they aim to capture a third overall CONCACAF title at this age level.





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