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U.S. U-17 WNT Set for Semifinal Clash With Germany at 1 a.m. ET Thursday, Nov. 13

United States U-17 Women’s National Team
Notes from Christchurch, New Zealand
Nov. 12, 2008

U.S. U-17s TAKE ON GERMANY IN WOMEN’S WORLD CUP SEMIFINAL: In what is a reoccurring theme in Women’s World Cup tournaments, the USA will face Germany in a semifinal match, this one coming at the 2008 FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup on Nov. 13 at QEII Park in Christchurch, New Zealand. The match kicks off at 7 p.m. local time (1 a.m. ET) and will be the second semifinal of the day, following the North Korea-England clash which kicks off at 4 p.m. local. Fans can follow yet another epic match between the U.S. and Germany by logging onto’s MatchTracker. For full group standings and results, features and info on past matches, please visit the U-17 WWC competitions page on

USA vs. GERMANY, AGAIN: This match will mark the eighth time the USA and Germany have met in a knockout round game at a FIFA Women’s World Cup or an Olympics, but amazingly the two countries have never met in a final. Of the previous seven meetings, five have been in semifinals and two were quarterfinal meetings. The U.S. holds a 5-2 record in these knockout round meetings. The USA has met Germany in two U-19 Women’s World Cup semifinals and one U-20 Women’s World Cup quarterfinal, which was the most recent WWC meeting, a 4-1 U.S. victory that took place in St. Petersburg, Russia in 2006.

USA vs. Germany
U-17 FIFA Women’s World Cup
Road to the Semifinals

Date Match City U.S. Goal Scorer(s)
Oct. 30 USA 2, Japan 3 Hamilton, New Zealand DiMartino, K. Mewis
Nov. 2 USA 3, Paraguay 1 Hamilton, New Zealand OG, DiMartino, Verloo
Nov. 5 USA 1, France 1 Auckland, New Zealand DiMartino
Nov. 9 USA 4, Korea Republic 2 Hamilton, New Zealand Verloo (2), K. Mewis, DiMartino

Date Match City Germany Goal Scorer(s)
Oct. 29 Germany 5, Costa Rica 0 Christchurch, New Zealand Mester, Marozsan (2), Knaak, Kemme
Nov. 1 Germany 3, Ghana 2 Christchurch, New Zealand Marozsan (2), Maier
Nov. 4 Germany 1, Korea DPR 1 Hamilton, New Zealand Popp
Nov. 8 Germany 3, Canada 1 Wellington, New Zealand Marozsan (2), Mester

2008 FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup
Nov. 13

Teams Venue; City Time (Local / ET)
Korea DPR vs. England QEII Park; Christchurch, New Zealand 4 p.m. / 10 p.m. (Nov. 12)
Germany vs. USA QEII Park; Christchurch, New Zealand 7 p.m. / 1 a.m.

How They Got Here: Won Group 3 of U-17 UEFA Women’s final round qualifying
Last Meeting vs. USA: Feb. 2, 2008, in Auckland, New Zealand at the Future Stars Tournament (a 3-2 U.S. win)
Head Coach: Ralf Peter

Key Players: G Anna Sarholz, D Inka Wesley, D Valeria Kleiner, D Carolin Simon, D Leonie Maier, M Marie-Louise Bagehorn, M Lynn Mester, M Turid Knaak, F Tabea Kemme, F Dzsenifer Marozsan.

USA vs. Germany Fast Facts: This semifinal will pit the CONCACAF champions against the European champions … While the USA took a few matches to get running on all cylinders, the Germans have had a relatively smooth road through the tournament thus far, and were the first team to qualify for the second round, doing so after just two group matches … Germany started with a 5-0 rout of Costa Rica in a game that could have been much worse for the Ticas, then defeated Ghana 3-2 in a match that wasn’t as close as the score indicated, before tying the North Koreans 1-1 in a less than thrilling match that saw Germany play a few reserves … The Germans were also the far better team over Canada in the quarterfinal, winning 3-1 while earning 10 corner kicks to Canada’s zero … The U.S. has played its best two matches over the last two games, tying a very talented French side 1-1 in the final group game to earn its berth to the quarters, where it dominated Korea Republic to prevail 4-2 … Germany features the tournament’s top scorer in forward Dzsenifer Marozsan, who has six total goals and three two-goal games … The only game in which she didn’t score was against Korea DPR … Germany will be the USA’s first opponent in the tournament that they have actually played before as the two teams met last February in Auckland, New Zealand at the Future Stars Tournament … In a very even match, the Germans went up 1-0 on a goal from Tabea Kemme in the first half, before the USA’s Tani Costa tied it two minutes after the break … The USA went ahead in the 52nd minute on a goal from Kristie Mewis, but Germany tied the game in the 76th through Valeria Kleiner … Kristie Mewis then got the game-winner on a free kick in the 81st minute … Almost all of Germany’s players play for top teams in the Germany Women’s Bundesliga, including 10 players from the top-five teams in the current standings … The Germans had no problem qualifying for this FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup, winning all three games in its final qualifying group over Poland, Sweden and Switzerland by an 11-1 margin … In the UEFA semifinal, Germany defeated Denmark, 1-0, then downed France in the championship game by a 3-0 score.

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 Forest, 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.)

Germany Under-17 Women’s World Cup Roster
GOALKEEPERS (3): 1-Anna Sarholz, 12-Almuth Schult, 21-Lisa Schmitz
DEFENDERS (5): 3-Inka Wesely, 4-Valeria Kleiner, 5-Carolin Simon, 13-Julia Debitzki, 20-Leonie Maier
MIDFIELDERS (6): 2-Angelina Luebcke, 6-Marie-Louise Bagehorn, 7-Turid Knaak, 8-Lynn Mester, 17-Isabelle Linden, 19-Claudia Goette
FORWARDS (7): 9-Tabea Kemme, 10-Dzsenifer Marozsan, 11-Alexandra Popp, 14-Ivana Rudelic, 15-Hasret Kayikci, 16-Nicole Rolser, 18-Svenja Huth

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.

MEWIS SISTERS STEP UP: The novelty of the first sisters to play for the USA at a FIFA Women’s World Cup has turned into a soccer success as Kristie and Samantha have combined to play 585 minutes while Kristie has scored twice in the tournament. Neither player, however, has been playing the position she expected. After starting the tournament at flank midfielder, Kristie has excelled in the middle of the park at attacking midfield while Sam started the tournament in the middle, but has played remarkably well on the outside right.

Quick Hits:

  • The USA has scored 10 goals in the tournament, the third best of any team, while the Germans have scored 12, second only behind Japan’s 19 goals.
  • Vicki DiMartino leads the U.S. in goals with four in the tournament and is the only player to score in all four games thus far. She is also tied for second in scoring during the tournament with Japan’s Chinatsu Kira and Natsuki Kishikawa, both of whom are out of the tournament as Japan was eliminated in the quarterfinals.
  • Goalkeeper Taylor Vancil and defender Cloee Colohan are the only U.S. players to play all 360 minutes so far.
  • Korea Republic is the only team that has yet to lose a game in the tournament, going 2-0-2 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. is second in the tournament on corner kicks earned with 28. Only Germany has more with 34.
  • The U.S. is tied for second in the tournament with France in shots on goal with 39. Only Japan had more with 57, an amazing 14 per game.
  • The USA has 60 total shots, third behind Japan with 82 and Germany with 63.

AIR BROOKS: Not only does U.S. U-17 WNT defender Amber Brooks not shy away from heading, she loves it. Find out why in this exclusive Center Circle feature on

CALIFORNIA GIRL: To Elizabeth Eddy, a FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup match may not be as intimidating as starting down the barrel of a 12-foot wave. Find out why in this Center Circle feature for

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-Germany match featuring some thoughts on the semifinal from U.S. head coach Kaz Tambi and several players.

REFEREES: The referee for the USA-Germany match will be Sung Mi Cha of Korea Republic. The assistants are Kyoung Min Kim and Seul Gi Lee, also of South Korea. The fourth official is Natalia Avdonchenko of Russia.

Stat of Note
The U.S. Women’s National Teams have advanced to the semifinals of every FIFA women’s event ever held. That streak includes five FIFA Women’s World Cup tournaments, four Olympic Games, three FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cups and this inaugural U-17 FIFA Women’s World Cup.