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U.S. U-20 Women's National Team Set to Face Canada for CONCACAF U-20 Women's Championship Title


U.S. LOOKS FOR REGIONAL TITLE VS. CANADA: The U.S. U-20 Women’s National Team qualified for the 2012 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup last Friday with a 4-0 win against Mexico in the semifinals of the CONCACAF qualifying tournament. Now the challenge is to win the regional title for the second consecutive cycle and a U.S. team that has scored a bushel of spectacular goals during this tournament seems up to the task. The U.S. will face a familiar foe, Canada, in the tournament final on Sunday, March 11, at 8 p.m. local time (9 p.m. ET). Fans can view the action via live webstream at CONCACAF.com, follow along on ussoccer.com’s MatchTracker or on Twitter @ussoccer_ynt. The winner of the match will take the lead in all-time CONCACAF titles at this age group as each country has won two each.

U.S. ROSTER BY POSITION
GOALKEEPERS (2): 1-Bryane Heaberlin (North Carolina; St. Petersburg, Fla.), 18-Abby Smith (Dallas Texans; Dallas, Texas)
DEFENDERS (6): 19-Stephanie Amack (Mustang Blast; Pleasanton, Calif.), 17-Olivia Brannon (Virginia; Troy, Mich.) 4-Crystal Dunn (North Carolina; Rockville Centre, N.Y.), 5-Kassey Kallman (Florida State; Woodbury, Minn.), 2-Mollie Pathman (Duke; Durham, N.C.), 3-Cari Roccaro (Albertson Fury; East Islip, N.Y.)
MIDFIELDERS (6): 6-Morgan Brian (Virginia; St. Simons Island, Ga.), 12-Vanessa DiBernardo (Illinois; Naperville, Ill.), 8-Julie Johnston (Santa Clara; Mesa, Ariz.), 16-Sarah Killion (UCLA; Fort Wayne, Ind.), 10-Mandy Laddish (Notre Dame; Lee’s Summit, Mo.), 15-Samantha Mewis (UCLA; Hanson, Mass.)
FORWARDS (6): 13-Micaela Capelle (Portland; Gresham, Ore.), 20-Maya Hayes (Penn State; West Orange, N.J.), 11-Lindsey Horan (Colorado Rush; Golden, Colo.), 7-Kealia Ohai (North Carolina; Draper, Utah), 14-Katie Stengel (Wake Forest; Melbourne, Fla.), 9-Chioma Ubogagu (Stanford; Coppell, Texas)

ROSTER NOTES  

Eleven different players have scored for the U.S. so far in the tournament; Lindsey Horan and Maya Hayes lead the team with four each, Julie Johnston and Katie Stengel have three a piece, Vanessa DiBernardo has scored two and Morgan Brian, Micaela Capelle, Samantha Mewis, Kealia Ohai, Cari Roccaro and Chioma Ubogagu each have one.

  • Crystal Dunn, Hayes and Mewis are the three carryovers from the 2010 CONCACAF U-20 Women’s Championship. 
  • Dunn, Hayes and Mewis also played together at the 2008 CONCACAF U-17 Women’s Championship in Trinidad & Tobago, along with Brian. 
  • Five players represented the U.S. at the 2010 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup: Bryane Heaberlin, Dunn, Hayes, Mewis and Mollie Pathman. 
  • The majority of the players were born in 1992, with four players born in 1993 (Olivia Brannon, Brian, Heaberlin and Abby Smith) and three born in 1994 (Stephanie Amack, Horan and Roccaro). 
  • Four of the players are still in high school while the other 16 are in college. 
  • Two players on the roster have been named Gatorade National Girls’ Soccer Player of the Year: Pathman in 2009-10 and Brian in 2010-11.

ON USSOCCER.COM:

CANADA QUALIFIES: Canada advanced to Friday’s semifinals in first place out of Group A with three consecutive group victories and three shutouts. Canada had the task of facing host Panama in the semifinals in front of more than 2,000 fans at Estadio Rommel Fernandez. Going into halftime with a 1-0 lead, Canada stormed out in the second half and scored five more goals for the 6-0 win. Canada and the U.S. will face off for the tournament championship on Sunday, while Mexico and Panama play for the third and final CONCACAF berth at the 2012 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup earlier in the day.

BY THE NUMBERS:
1 Hat trick scored by Lindsey Horan against Guatemala
2 Times the U.S. has won the CONCACAF U-20 Women’s Championship (2006, 2010)
3 Players looking to play in their third youth World Cup: Crystal Dunn, Maya Hayes and Samantha Mewis
3 Regional berths to the 2012 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup
4 Goals scored in the tournament by Hayes and Horan
5 Number of U.S. wins in semifinal games of the CONCACAF U-20 Women’s Championship
5 Players who were on the roster for the 2010 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup
8 Players who have been on a U-17 or U-20 roster for a youth FIFA Women’s World Cup
11 Different goal scorers for the U.S. in the first four games of CONCACAF qualifying
13 Players born in 1992

IN FOCUS: CANADA
CANADIAN SOCCER ASSOCIATION (CAN)
Founded: 1912 (Joined FIFA in 1913)
Head Coach: Andrew Olivieri
Best FIFA World Cup Finish: 2nd place (2002)
Best CONCACAF U-20 Women's Championship Finish: 1st place (2004, 2008)
Top Scorer: Catherine Charron-Delage
Key Players: F Amelia Pietrangelo, D Vanessa Legault-Cordisco, F Jenna Richardson

CANADA UPDATE

  • Canada qualified for its fifth FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup with a 6-0 win against Panama in the semifinals of the 2012 CONCACAF U-20 Women’s Championship. 
  • The Canada U-20 WNT advanced to the semifinals with a clean sweep of Group A; a 5-0 win against Haiti, a 2-0 win against Jamaica and a 1-0 win against Mexico. 
  • The U.S. and Canada are the only two nations that have ever won the CONCACAF tournament, with no winner being named in 2002, Canada winning the title in 2004 and 2008, and the U.S. taking the championship in 2006 and 2010. 
  • The team has conceded one goal or less in 14 consecutive CONCACAF U-20 Women’s Championship matches.

CANADA ROSTER BY POSITION
GOALKEEPERS (2): 1-Sabrina D’Angelo, 18-Dayle Colpitts
DEFENDERS (7): 3-Nicole Hill, 4-Rachel Melhado, 5-Shelina Zadorsky, 12-Nicole Setterlund, 15-Vanessa Legault-Cordisco, 20-Lauren Granberg, 21-Christine Exeter
MIDFIELDERS (7): 2-Kylie Davis, 6-Jaclyn Sawicki, 7-Constance De Chantal, 8-Danica Wu, 9-Catherine Charron-Delage, 16-Diamond Simpson, 19-Olivia Colosimo
FORWARDS (4): 10-Christabel Oduro, 11-Jenna Richardson, 13-Amelia Pietrangelo, 17-Nkem Ezurike

CANADA ROSTER NOTES

  • Sixteen of the 20 players on Canada’s roster play college ball in the U.S., with the University of Michigan (Nkem Ezurike and Shelina Zadorsky) and University of Memphis (Kylie Davis and Christabel Oduro) sending two players each.
  • Catherine Charron-Delage leads the team with three goals in the tournament, followed by Ezurike with two and Vanessa Legault-Coridsco, Jenna Richardson and Zadorsky each with one. 
  • Canada will be the first opponent the U.S. faces in qualifying that did not have any members participate in the CONCACAF Women’s Olympic Qualifying tournament in Vancouver. 
  • Legault-Cordisco, Oduro, Richardson and Zadorsky all participated at the 2012 CONCACAF U-20 Women’s Championship in Guatemala.

LAST TIME
On the field for USA:
March 9, 2012 – Estadio Rommel Fernandez – Panama City, Panama – 2012 CONCACAF U-20 Women’s Championship – Semifinal
USA 4 Johnston 12, Brian 36, Horan 38, Ohai 81
Mexico 0

USA: 1-Bryane Heaberlin; 4-Crystal Dunn, 3-Cari Roccaro, 5-Kassey Kallman, 2-Mollie Pathman (capt.); 16-Sarah Killion (15-Samantha Mewis, 46), 6-Morgan Brian, 8-Julie Johnston (12-Vanessa DiBernardo, 70); 7-Kealia Ohai, 14-Katie Stengel, 11-Lindsey Horan (20-Maya Hayes, 61)
Subs not used: 9-Chioma Ubogagu, 10-Mandy Laddish, 13-Micaela Capelle, 17-Olivia Brannon, 18-Abby Smith, 19-Stephanie Amack
Head Coach: Steve Swanson

MEX: 1-Cecilia Santiago (capt.); 2-Arianna Romero, 3-Bianca Sierra, 5-Ashley Kotero, 6-Olivia Jimenez (4-Christina Murillo, 46), 10-Natalia Gomez-Junco (20-Daniela Solis, 73), 13-Briana Lopez, 14-Fernanda Piña, 16-Cristina Ferral, 17-Yamile Franco, 18-Mariel Gutierrez
Subs not used: 7-Nayeli Rangel, 8-Ariana Martinez, 9-Tanya Samarzich, 11-Chrystal Martinez, 12-Rosa Merida-Medina
Head Coach: Roberto Medina

On the field for Canada:
March 9, 2012 – Estadio Rommel Fernandez – Panama City, Panama – 2012 CONCACAF U-20 Women’s Championship – Semifinal
Panama 0
Canada 6 Ezurike 25, Richardson 47, Oduro 49, 84, Sawicki 88

PAN: Dayton Wetherby; Onelys Alvarado, Natalia Mills, Yerenis De Leon, Astrid Diaz; Leslie Fareaux, Yaniska Garcia, Yvamara Rodriguez (Karla Riley, 46), Yessenia Zorrilla (Mayra Jordan, 51); Angela Evans, Marta Cox
Head Coach: Luis Tejada

CAN: Sabrina D’Angelo; Vanessa Legault-Cordisco, Shelina Zadorsky, Rachel Melhado, Kylie Davis; Jaclyn Sawicki, Constance De Chantal-Dumont (Nicole Setterlund, 61), Danica Wu; Christabel Oduro, Jenna Richardson (Nicole Hill, 77), Nkem Ezurike (Amelia Pietrangelo, 67)
Head Coach: Andrew Olivieri

Against Canada:
June 28, 2008 – Estadio Cuauhtemoc – Puebla, Mexico – 2008 CONCACAF U-20 Women’s Championship – Final
USA 0
Canada 1 Schacher 45

USA: 1-Alyssa Naeher; 19-Keirstan Dallstream, 4-Nikki Marshall, 8-Kaley Fountain, 3-Meghan Klingenberg; 5-Keelin Winters, 9-Gina DiMartino (11-Christine Nairn, 65), 15-Casey Nogueira (25-Becky Edwards, 53); 10-Kelley O’Hara, 13-Michelle Enyeart, 22-Sydney Leroux (14-Jessica McDonald, 46)
Subs not used: 18-Kristin Arnold, 2-Lauren Fowlkes, 7-Nikki Washington, 21-Ingrid Wells
Not Available: Alex Morgan
Head Coach: Tony DiCicco

CAN: 1-Erin McNulty; 4-Alexandra Marton, 5-Myriam Bouchard, 8-Kaylen Kyle, 14-Monica Lamfest (2-Paige Adams), 12-Jonelle Filigno, 15-Rheanne Sleiman, 16-Sophie Schmidt, 17-Chelsea Stewart, 19-Karla Schacher, 11-Alysha Chapman (7-Jodi Ann Robinson, 85)
Subs not used: 3-Shannon Woeller, 6-Yaryne Boudreau, 9-Julie Armstrong, 10-Concettina Romagnuolo, 31-Nicole Mailloux, 18-Justine Bermer, 22-Stephanie Panozz
Head Coach: Bob Birarda

 

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