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U-20 WNT Win CONCACAF Qualifying Tournament with 3-2 Win vs. Canada


- USA Wins First CONCACAF U-20 Women’s Final Qualifying Tournament
- Dew Ejected in First Half, Forcing the USA to Play 49 Minutes with 10 Players
- Mexico Defeats Jamaica, 4-1, for Third-Place and Final CONCACAF Spot in Russia

VERACRUZ, Mexico (January 27, 2006) – The U.S. Under-20 Women’s National Team got an early score, then went down a player and fell behind by a goal, before rallying for two late scores to defeat Canada, 3-2, and win the CONCACAF U-20 Women’s Final Qualifying Tournament.

The wild match saw an early goal from Amy Rodriguez in the eighth minute, but the Americans lost central defender Carrie Dew to a red card just 41 minutes into the match leaving them to play the entire second half a woman down. Canada scored two goals in a lighting quick five-minute span to take the lead in the 61st minute, but the U.S. team rallied for an equalizer by substitute Jessica Rostedt in the 72nd minute. The U.S. then got the game-winner from Lauren Cheney with eight minutes remaining.

The victory earned the U.S. women their first regional title at the U-20 level, and the team will now begin to focus on the 2006 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Championship taking place later this year in Russia from Aug. 16-Sept. 2. The U.S. U-20s will have a slew of training camps and games over the next six months to prepare for the world championship.

Mexico got three goals in the second half to defeat Jamaica, 4-1, in front of an enthusiastic home crowd to earn CONCACAF’s third and final berth to next summer’s tournament. It will be Mexico and head coach Leo Cuellar’s second trip to a FIFA world championship for youth women. They also participated in 2002 in Canada. The tournament in Russia will mark the third women’s world youth competition for both the USA and Canada, who played for the inaugural FIFA U-19 Women’s World Championship in 2002, with the USA winning 1-0 on a “golden goal” from current U.S. Women’s National Team midfielder Lindsay Tarpley.

Canada played in 4-5-1 formation with forward Jodi-Ann Robinson as the lone striker and midfielders Kara Lang and Aysha Jamani pushing forward on the right and left flanks, respectively. With Canada dropping so deep, the U.S. dominated possession, giving defensive midfielder Amanda Poach acres of space and time to make plays. The defensive third however, was not so roomy, as forwards Amy Rodriguez and Lauren Cheney, and attacking midfielder Lindsey Beam, had very little space to operate. Despite holding the ball for close to 75 percent of the game, the U.S. team had just five shots before the break, and only nine for the match.

The USA was fortunate to get an early goal against Canada’s defensive-minded tactics as defender Jordan Angeli drove a cross over the top of the penalty area from the left flank. The ball snuck through the Canada defense on a bounce to midfielder Kelley O’Hara, the youngest U.S. player at 17, who played another stellar match on the flank. She took an excellent touch towards goal in the right side of the penalty area and then cracked a shot to the left post that was well saved by Canadian goalkeeper Erin McNulty on the full stretch. The ball bounced in front of the goal and the crashing Rodriguez slammed it home from two yards out to open the scoring. It was her fourth goal of the tournament.

In the 34th minute, the USA had a great chance as a Krzysik clearance floated perfectly over the packed Canadian defense to Cheney. The U.S. forward brought the ball down well, but couldn’t hit a firm shot, sliding it wide right from 12 yards out.

The match changed in the 41st minute when Dew, who was having her way with Robinson up to that point, went a little too far, hammering her from behind near midfield. After receiving a questionable first yellow card 10 minutes earlier, she was shown a second yellow, then the red, before being sent to the locker room by referee Shane DeSilva.

Canada picked up the energy after the ejection and Eden Hingwing hit the outside of left post from 18 yards out, although U.S. goalkeeper Kelsey Davis had it covered. Davis was forced to make a save one minute later as Lang fired her only dangerous shot of the game. Davis leapt to her right to make a great save and push the ball over the goal for a corner kick.

The USA almost took a two-goal lead in the 54th minute as Rodriguez powered by a defender in the left side of the penalty box, dribbled to the near post and tried to cut a short cross back to Cheney, but a retreating Canadian defender was able to get a foot on the ball and break up the play.

Canada then came back up the field and tied the game three minutes later as Jamani received a pass at the left side of the penalty box, cut across the top of the 18-yard-line and unleashed a driven shot into the upper right corner from 25-yards out.

Canada took the lead against the 10-woman U.S. team in the 61st minute when Jamani again burst into the left side of the box. This time she had no U.S. defender in front of her and ran to the near post before playing a short pass across the face of the goal that beat Davis. Robinson only had to tap it in from close range.

It almost got worse for the USA in the 70th minute when a defender knocked down a Canada shot with her hand just a yard outside of the penalty area. With the heels of the U.S. wall touching the six-yard box, Lisa Collison slammed her shot into a U.S. player, allowing the Americans to clear it from danger.

The USA then equalized through Rostedt just two minutes later, and it was Cheney who put her behind Canada’s defense with a perfect through ball. The U.S. forward collected a thread pass with her back to the goal, held it for a count, then turned to roll a pass between two Canadian defenders, freeing Rostedt in a footrace. The speedy forward barreled towards the goal and slipped her shot into the right corner from 12 yards out, tying the game at two goals a piece.

The game-winner came in the 82nd minute after Beam received a short pass from Rostedt at the top of the penalty area. She eluded a defender then guided a wonderful little slip pass behind the defense to Cheney. The Canadian defense paused for a second, appealing for an offside, while Cheney waltzed in all alone on McNulty. She slotted her shot into the left corner from six yards out, setting off a wild celebration among the U.S. players.

In the third-place game, Mexico got its winning goal on a volley from Nancy Gandarilla just 75 seconds into the second half. Fourteen-year-old Veronica Corral converted a penalty kick in the 69th minute after she was taken down in the box and then spun in a free-kick from a steep angle on the left side of the penalty box for the final margin. She was the leading scorer in the tournament with eight goals. The teams traded wacky goals in the first half as Jamaica scored an own goal off a hard cross and Mexican goalkeeper Anjuli Ladron de Guevara gave away a ball in the back that led to the Reggae Girlz equalizer.

The USA finished the tournament with a 5-0-0 record while scoring 19 goals and letting in just three. Ten different U.S. players scored in the tournament. The young U.S. team will have February off before re-grouping in March to begin the run to Russia with numerous training camps, matches and trips. The win marked the first youth regional title for the U.S. Women’s National Team programs as there was no championship game at the 2002 CONCACAF Qualifying Tournament and in 2004, the USA lost to Canada in overtime, 2-1, in the final.


Match-up: USA vs. Canada
Competition: CONCACAF Women’s Under-20 Final Qualifying Tournament
Venue: Luis Pirata Fuentes Stadium; Veracruz, Mexico
Date: January 27, 2006; Kickoff – 3:00 p.m. CT
Attendance: 1,537
Weather: Sunny, humid – 75 degrees

Scoring Summary: 
              1    2    F

USA      1    2    3
CAN      0   2     2

USA – Amy Rodriguez (Kelley O’Hara) 8th minute.
CAN – Aysha Jamani (n/a) 57.
CAN – Jodi-Ann Robinson (Aysha Jamani) 61.
USA – Jessica Rostedt (Lauren Cheney) 71.
USA – Lauren Cheney (Lindsey Beam) 82.

USA - 18-Kelsey Davis; 17-Sarah Wagenfuhr, 4-Carrie Dew (Ejection, 41), 5-Nikki Kryzsik – Capt., 2-Jordan Angeli; 16-Kelley O’Hara (19-Meagan Holmes, 63), 7-Amanda Poach, 15-Lindsey Beam, 11-Brittany Bock (13-Tina DiMartino, 46); 8-Lauren Cheney, 12-Amy Rodriguez (14-Jessica Rostedt, 59).
Subs not used: 1-Val Henderson, 3-Stephanie Logterman, 6-Brittany Taylor, 9-Danesha Adams, 10-Allie Long, 20-Kasey Moore.
Head Coach: Tim Schulz

CAN -  20-Erin McNulty; 11-Desiree Scott 3-Sophie Schmidt – Capt., 4-Caroline Vanderpool, 18-Eden Hingwing (13-Rheanne Sleiman, 87); 8-Véronique Maranda, 10-Amanda Cicchini, 16-Paige Adams (5-Emily Zurrer, 90), 14-Aysha Jamani, 15-Kara Lang (19-Lisa Collison, 46); 7-Jodi-Ann Robinson,
Subs not used: 1-Stephanie Labbe, 2-Katherine Radchuck, 9-Selenia Iacchelli, 12-Robin Rushton. 17-Molly Alexander.
Suspended: 6-Kaylen Kyle
Head Coach: Ian Bridge

Statistical Summary:

Shots: 9 / 11
Shots on Goal: 7 / 4
Saves: 2 / 4
Corner Kicks: 3 / 4
Fouls: 15 / 6
Offside: 2 / 5

Misconduct Summary:
USA – Sophie Schmidt (caution) 26th minute.
USA – Carrie Dew (caution) 31.
USA – Carrie Dew (caution, ejection) 41.
USA – Lindsey Beam (caution) 91+

Referee: Shane DeSilva (TRI)
AR 1: Cindy Mohammed (TRI)
AR 2: Maria Isabel Tovar (MEX)
4th Official: Arlene Troya (PAN) Woman of the Match: Lauren Cheney

The Final Four
January 25, 2006 – Semifinals
Canada 2, Jamaica 1
USA 3, Mexico 0

January 27, 2006
Mexico 4, Jamaica 1 – Third Place
USA 3, Canada 2 - Championship

2006 CONCACAF Women’s Under-20 Qualifying Tournament
Top Goal Scorers (All Players with two or more goals)
Player (Country) - Goals

Verónica CORRAL (MEX) - 8
Jodi-Ann ROBINSON (CAN) - 5
Kimmia PARKER (JAM) - 4
Lauren CHENEY (USA) - 4
Aysha JAMANI (CAN) - 4
Kenesha REID (JAM) - 3
Venicia REID (JAM) - 3
Jessica ROSTEDT (USA) - 3
Brittany Bock (USA) - 2
Patricia CAMPOS (SLV) - 2
Patricia CARDONA (SLV) - 2
Tania MORALES (MEX) - 2
Christine NIEVA (MEX) - 2
Monica OCAMPO (MEX) - 2
Reanner SLEIMAN (CAN) - 2 is the official site of U.S. Soccer, the governing body of soccer in the United States.