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U.S. U-20 WNT Falls to Germany in Pre-World Cup Training Camp

HERFORD, Germany (June 13, 2010) – The U.S. Under-20 Women’s National Team lost to the German U-20 WNT by a 3-1 score in its second and final exhibition during a training camp in Germany. The USA also lost to the Japanese U-20s, 2-1, on June 10.

These were the final international matches for the USA before the start of 2010 FIFA Under-20 Women’s World Cup being held in Germany from July 13-Aug. 1. The losses were the first in international competition this year for the U.S. U-20s who will carry a record of 11-2-1 during 2009 to the World Cup.

The USA brought 20 of its 21-player World Cup squad to Germany. At the U-20 Women’s World Cup the USA will be playing in Group D along with Ghana, Switzerland and the Korea Republic, and will be based in Dresden for its first two games before moving to Bielefeld to finish the first stage.

The U.S. will open against Ghana on July 14 before facing Switzerland on July 17, with both games taking place at the Rudolf-Harbig Stadium in Dresden, a newly built 27,000-seat venue that will also host games of the 2011 FIFA Women’s World Cup. The U.S. team will then travel to the recently renovated Bielefelder Alm Stadium, a 28,000-seat venue in Bielefeld, to conclude group play against the Koreans.

Against the powerful Germans, who feature several players that regularly appear for the full German Women’s National Team, the USA fell behind 2-0 after just 17 minutes.

The first goal came in the 12th minute when the Germans struck a long ball to the top of the U.S. penalty area and some hesitation from the U.S. central defense let Alexandra Popp latch onto the ball and power a shot into the net.

Germany made it 2-0 in the 17th minute on a free kick about five yards outside the penalty area on the right side. The ball was crossed to the far post where it bounced around and the U.S. was unable to clear. Bianca Schmidt pounced on the chance and finished.

The USA pulled a goal back from forward Sydney Leroux in the 23rd minute as Kristie Mewis dribbled from the right side towards the middle directly at the German center backs. Leroux was making a run on from left and Mewis slipped the ball through for the U.S. forward to touch past the ‘keeper and finish into an open net.

Germany sealed the game just four minutes into the second half as star forward Dzsenifer Marozsan split the two U.S. center-backs running onto a ball over the top. She took a touch and struck from just outside the 18 sending it across U.S. goalkeeper Adrianna Franch on a line into the upper left corner.

The U.S. team will have a little more than a two-week break before coming together on the East Coast for a short training camp before departing for Germany to prepare for the opening match against Ghana.

Match Report
Match: United States U-20 Women’s National Team vs. Germany U-20 Women’s National Team
Date: June 13, 2010
Competition: Foreign Training Camp
Venue: Ludwig-Jahn Stadium, Herford, Germany
Weather: Cloudy, humid – 69 degrees

Scoring Summary: 1    2    F
USA                        1    0    1
GER                        2    1    3

GER – Alexandra Popp                     12th minute
GER – Bianca Schmidt                      17
USA – Sydney Leroux (Kristie Mewis) 23
GER– Dzsenifer Marozsan                 49

USA: 18-Adrianna Franch; 23-Tiffany McCarty (16-Maya Hayes, 69), 4-Crystal Dunn, 2-Toni Pressley, 6-Kendall Johnson; 12-Zakiya Bywaters (21-Casey Short, 46; 13-Courtney Verloo, 81), Christine Nairn, 5-Amber Brooks (8-Samantha Mewis, 46), 7-Kristie Mewis (9-Jenna Richmond, 77); 20-Vicki DiMartino (3-Rachel Quon, 46), 19-Sydney Leroux
Subs not used: 1-Bianca Henninger, 10-Teresa Noyola, 14-Sade Ayinde
Head Coach: Jill Ellis

Germany: 1-Almuth Schult (12-Desiree Schumann, 46); 20-Bianca Schmidt, 15-Valeria Kleiner, 5-Kristina Gessat, 3-Tabea Kemme; 9-Svenka Huth (17-Turid Knaak, 46), 2-Stefanie Mirlach (6-Marina Hegering, 46), 19-Kim Kulig (16-Maries-Louise Bagehorn, 74), 8-Selina Wagner (7-Jessica Wich, 46); 11-Alexandra Popp (18-Ramona Petzelberger, 63), 10-Dzsenifer Marozsan (13-Sylivia Arnold, 74)
Subs not used: 4-Marith Prieben, 14-Inka Wesely, 21-Laura Benkarth
Head Coach: Maren Meinert

Stats Summary: USA / Germany
Shots: 7 / 12
Shots on Goal: 3 / 5
Saves: 2 / 2
Corner Kicks: 3 / 3
Fouls: 9 / 16
Offside: 0 / 1

Misconduct Summary:
GER - Kim Kulig (caution) 36th minute