U.S. U-20 WNT To Face China PR in Last Group B Match at 2 p.m. ET Wednesday, Nov. 26
FIFA Under-20 Women’s World Cup
Tuesday, Nov. 25, 2008
SETTLED IN TEMUCO: The U.S. Under-20 Women’s National Team has settled into Temuco for its third and final Group B game on Wednesday, Nov. 26, against China PR. With the top spot in the group on the line for the U.S., who has already secured advancement into the quarterfinals, China needs a win to advance to the knockout phase. Kickoff for Wednesday’s clash at Estadio German Becker is set for 4 p.m. local time (2 p.m. ET) live on ESPNU and ussoccer.com’s MatchTracker.
U.S. U-20 WNT World Cup Schedule
|Date||Opponent||Venue; City||Time / ET / Result||TV / U.S. Goal Scorer(s)|
|Nov. 19||France||Estadio Nelson Oyarzun; Chillán, Chile||3-0 W||Morgan, Leroux (2)|
|Nov. 22||Argentina||Estadio Nelson Oyarzun; Chillán, Chile||3-0 W||Edwards, Morgan (2)|
|Nov. 26||China PR||Estadio German Becker; Temuco, Chile||4 p.m. / 2 p.m.||ESPNU (Galavisión, 7 p.m.ET/PT)|
|Nov. 30||Quarterfinals||TBD||4 p.m. (2 p.m.) /
7 p.m. (5 p.m.)
WHERE WE STAND: The USA has already clinched a place in the knockout phase of the FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup, but there is still one Group B berth on the line on the final match day. The Americans can clinch the top place in the group with a win or a tie against China. Should France win and the USA lose, tie breakers would come into play. The first is goal differential and the second is goals scored.
Group B Standings
Wednesday, Nov. 19
China PR 0, Argentina 0
USA 3, France 0
Saturday, Nov. 22
USA 3, Argentina 0
France 2, China PR 0
Wednesday, Nov. 26
USA vs. China PR 4 p.m. local time / 2 p.m. ET
Argentina vs. France 4 p.m. local time / 2 p.m. ET
A CLOSER LOOK AT THE USA: Head coach Tony DiCicco used the maximum three subs against France and Argentina, and all 20 of his players will be available for Wednesday’s match against China. A total of 17 different universities are represented on the American roster. Portland, with their trio of Michelle Enyeart, Elli Reed and Keelin Winters and North Carolina, represented by Meghan Klingenberg and Nikki Washington, are the only two schools to be represented by more than one player in Chile.
U.S. U-20 FIFA Women's World Cup Roster by Position
GOALKEEPERS (3): 18-Chantel Jones (Virginia), 1-Alyssa Naeher (Penn State), 21-Cat Parkhill (Minnesota)
DEFENDERS (6): 5-Kiersten Dallsteam (Washington State), 2-Kaley Fountain (Wake Forest), 15-Lauren Fowlkes (Notre Dame), 4-Liz Harkin (Arizona State), 3-Meghan Klingenberg (North Carolina), 17-Nikki Marshall (Colorado)
MIDFIELDERS (6): 9-Gina DiMartino (Boston College), 8-Becky Edwards (Florida State), 11-Christine Nairn (Bowie, Md.), 6-Elli Reed (Portland), 12-Ingrid Wells (Georgetown), 14-Keelin Winters (Portland)
FORWARDS (5): 10-Michelle Enyeart (Portland), 19-Sydney Leroux (UCLA), 7-Alyssa Mautz (Texas A&M), 13-Alex Morgan (California), 16-Nikki Washington (North Carolina)
- The United States is the only team in the tournament who has yet to give up a goal through its first two matches. Every team except the U.S., England and Japan has allowed at least two so far.
- Michelle Enyeart leads the U.S. in goals in 2008 with 10. Alex Morgan is closing fast on that number, as her three goals in this tournament so far give her nine on the year.
- Morgan is tied at the top of the race for the tournament’s Golden Boot along with New Zealand’s 15-year-old sensation Rosie White.
- Sydney Leroux’s two goals against France were just her third and fourth of the year.
- Goalkeeper Alyssa Naeher picked up her seventh shutout of the year on Saturday, making six saves in the U.S. victory.
- As a team, the U.S. is second only to Brazil in goals scored through the first two matches. The Americans have scored six times to Brazil’s eight (Germany and New Zealand also have six goals scored).
- U.S. players Becky Edwards, Meghan Klingenberg and Elli Reed each enter Wednesday’s game carrying one yellow card. Should they receive another against China or in the team’s quarterfinal game, they would be forced to sit out the next U.S. game.
- All 21 players for China are eligible to play against the U.S.
- The U.S. U-20 Women’s National Team is one of only five teams to have qualified for every edition of the FIFA U-20 WWC. The other four countries are Australia, Germany, Brazil and Canada.
- The first two tournaments at this level were 12-team events held as U-19 FIFA Women’s World Championships. In 2006, FIFA expanded the tournament to 16 teams and made it a U-20 Women’s World Cup.
- Tracey Leone (née Bates) is the only female to ever win a world title as a player (FIFA Women’s World Cup 1991) and as a coach (FIFA U-19 WWC 2002).
- The fastest goal in the history of the tournament was scored by Angie Woznuk in the second minute against Russia in 2004. She narrowly edged Megan Kakadelas, who scored in the third minute of the USA’s game against Chinese Taipei in 2002.
- The U.S. has lost only one of 18 matches in regulation time (2004 semifinal against Germany, a 3-1 loss).
- Lindsay Tarpley scored the first goal in the history of the tournament against England in 2002. She also scored the final goal of that tournament in the 109th minute in overtime of the Final to win the inaugural FIFA Women’s World Cup at this age level.
CLOSING OUT WITH CHINA PR: With one spot still up for grabs in Group B, China will be coming into Wednesday’s clash firing. After a disappointing 0-0 draw against Argentina in their opener, the Chinese lost 2-0 to a strong French team in their second game. Yet to score a goal, China will be looking to make an impact against the U.S. knowing they need to win to stay alive. During qualifying in October of 2007, the Steel Rosebuds’ took a difficult path to Chile, taking the third and final Asian spot with a 1-0 win against Korea Republic in the third-place playoff.
China PR Roster by Position:
GOALKEEPERS (3): 1-Chi Xiaohui, 20-Zhang Yue, 21-Wang Shimeng
DEFENDERS (6): 2-Wang Lingling, 3-Li Danyang, 4-Ruan Xiaoqing, 5-Weng Xinzhi, 16-Zeng Xiulan, 18-Pang Fengyue
MIDFIELDERS (6): 6-Zhang Rui, 7-Xu Wenjia, 10-Lous Jiahui, 13-Li Dongna, 15-Qu Shanshan, 17-Liu Shukun, 19-Mao Aihong
FORWARDS (5): 8-Zhu Wei, 9-Gu Yasha, 11-Li Lin, 12-Li Wen, 14-Xu Yanfen
HOW WE GOT HERE: The U.S. earned their place in Chile during a successful run through CONCACAF Qualifying in June. Scoring 20 goals en route to the championship match against rival Canada, the U.S. allowed their first goal of the tournament and fell 1-0. Michelle Enyeart led the team in qualifying with six goals in five games, including a hat trick in the opener against Trinidad & Tobago. Mexico joins both Canada and the U.S. in representing CONCACAF, having won the third place game against Costa Rica in overtime.
WORLD CUP MARKS RETURN TO CHILE: The U.S. returns to Chile for the first time since the Four Nations Tournament in February, which is different from the Four Nations Tournament in China that the full U.S. Women’s National Team competes in. The U.S. will look to repeat the successes of that tournament, which they won by dominating the hosts, 5-1 in their third and final game. The U.S. also posted wins against Norway (2-1) and England (1-0) during their time in La Serena.
ELSEWHERE IN CHILE: In one of the most anticipated games of group play, Brazil edged reigning champions Korea DPR 3-2 in what was the first game for both squads in Group D. In Group C, Japan provided the first major upset of the tournament, topping CONCACAF Champions Canada 2-0 in Santiago. England spoiled the hosts’ party with a 2-0 win in Coquimbo in Group A action. Should the U.S. advance out of the first round, they will face either the first or second place team from Group A in their quarterfinal match. All results are available at ussoccer.com.
THE LEGACY: The FIFA Under-20 Women’s World Cup has become one of the marquee youth events on the FIFA Calendar and the U.S. women have played a major role in all three previous editions of the tournament. Stars that have shined in previous editions include Canada’s Christine Sinclair, Brazil’s Marta and the USA’s Lindsay Tarpley, who captained the team to the first ever championship win in 2002. Read more about the legacy of the U-20 FIFA Women’s World Cup here.
MY ROAD TO THE WORLD CUP - ALEX MORGAN’S JOURNEY (SO FAR): A relative late comer to Tony DiCicco's Under-20 Women's National Team, Alex Morgan has quickly gelled with her teammates both on and off the field. Morgan got off to an impressive start in Chile in what is only her second international tournament, her first was CONCACAF Qualifying in Mexico earlier this year. Morgan sat down with ussoccer.com to share her road to Chile.
IN CHILE, IT’S “EL BLOG”: The U.S. U-20 WNT has been welcomed with open arms in Chile and has traveled to Temuco after two successful matches in Chillán. Their entire trip has been chronicled in the ever-present YNT Blog. Keep up with the adventures, inside jokes and behind the scene stories of the team as they continue their trek through Chile and campaign for a world championship. Guest bloggers Keelin Winters and Meghan Klingenberg are also back with their hotel antics. You can keep up with all the action at http://ynt-ussoccer.blogspot.com/.
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2008 BEST OF VOTING BEGINS: U.S. Soccer has announced the candidates for the 2008 Best Of Awards, with 12 categories up for decision. The categories include Best Fan Photo, Best WNT Goal and Best Team Performance, to name a few. The U-20's are represented among the nominees as well, with Becky Edwards' goal against Cuba from qualifying up for Best Goal: WNT, and Michelle Enyeart's hat trick performance against Trinidad & Tobago among the nominees for Best Performance: Player. Voting runs until early Dec. 8, so be sure to head over to the Best Of Blog and cast your ballot once a day!
THREE U-20s UP FOR YOUNG FEMALE AOTY: U.S. Soccer has announced the nominations for the 2008 Athletes of the Year Awards. Voting is now open for Male, Female, Young Male and Young Female Athletes of the Year. Among the nominees are a trio of U-20 players: forward Michelle Enyeart, midfielder Keelin Winters and goalkeeper Alyssa Naeher. Voting for the high profile annual U.S. Soccer awards is going on now at ussoccer.com (vote now), with fans having the opportunity to make their selections once a day through Monday, Dec. 8.