CORDOBA, Mexico (January 19, 2006) – The U.S. Under-20 Women’s National Team got goals from four different players to defeat a physical Jamaican team, 4-1, in its first Group B match at the 2006 CONCACAF Women’s Under-20 Final Round Qualification Tournament. Forward Amy Rodriguez had a goal and an assist while Lauren Cheney, Tina DiMartino and Danesha Adams added goals in what was the first international match together for this group of players.
“I was very pleased with the effort, very pleased with the camaraderie, the talking and the organization,” said U.S. head coach Tim Schulz. “What was exciting about the game is that I know that there’s so much more inside them and so much better we can play, but it was an excellent start and foundation to build on.”
The young U.S. team showed a bit of nerves at the outset in front of the pro-Jamaican crowd, but settled down after DiMartino opened the scoring in the 36 minute, running onto a rolling cross from Rodriguez, who had gotten around the defense on the left side, to finish smartly from eight yards out.
Rodriguez then got one herself just before halftime, running onto a flicked header from defender Sarah Wagenfuhr. The veteran of the U.S. team that played in the 2002 FIFA U-19 Women’s World Championship took a couple of touches to beat a defender then smacked her shot into the left corner from 16 yards out to make it 2-0.
Schulz made two substitutions at halftime, sending on Allie Long and Jordan Angeli into the midfield and moving Adams up top. The move paid off in the 70th minute as Adams was able to finish off a goalmouth scramble from close range. Angeli created the final goal, the best of the match, as she swung a cross in from the right flank. Cheney met it on the full-volley to power her shot into the net from five yards out in the 81st minute.
Jamaica had pulled a goal back in the 76th minute as Kenesha Reid caught U.S. goalkeeper Kelsey Davis out of her net and chipped the ball in from outside the penalty area. Davis had an active afternoon, facing 14 Jamaican shots and making five saves.
The match was marked by some rough play and numerous sightings of the stretcher crew as the Jamaicans attempted to slow the game down, but the U.S. players, 10 of whom were playing their first-ever U-20 international, were able to keep their heads during a feisty second half.
“The Jamaicans are creative and they do some unorthodox things that can kind of put you in trouble at times and they had a couple of chances,” said Schulz. “But I was very proud of our players. They always stuck to the game plan, they played with composure, and they looked like pros out there.”
The USA will face Surinam in its second Group B match on Jan. 21 in Cordoba and then finish group play vs. El Salvador on Jan. 23. El Salvador defeated Surinam, 3-0, in the other Group B match. At the conclusion of the first round on January 23, the winners and runners-up in each group will earn a place in the event’s semifinals at Veracruz’s Luis Pirata Fuentes Stadium on January 25, with the winners of the semifinal games earning a place as CONCACAF representatives in the FIFA Under-20 Women’s World Championship.
CONCACAF’s third spot will be determined by a third-place play-off game between the two losing semifinalists, also at Luis Pirata Fuentes, on January 27, before the two finalists meet for the CONCACAF Women’s U-20 crown later in the day.
U.S. UNDER-20 WOMEN'S NATIONAL TEAM GAME REPORT
Match-up: USA vs. Jamaica
Competition: CONCACAF Women’s Under-20 Final Qualifying Tournament
Venue: Rafael Murillo Vidal Stadium; Cordoba, Mexico
Date: January 19, 2006; Kickoff – 2:30 p.m. CT
Weather: Sunny, hot – 80 degrees
1 2 F
USA 2 2 4
JAM 0 1 1
USA – Tina DiMartino (Amy Rodriguez) 39th minute.
USA – Amy Rodriguez (Sarah Wagenfuhr) 45+.
USA – Danesha Adams (Lindsey Beam) 70.
JAM -- Kenesha Reid (n/a) 76.
USA – Lauren Cheney (Jordan Angeli) 81.
USA – 18-Kelsey Davis; 19-Meagan Holmes, 4-Carrie Dew, 5-Nikki Kryzsik – Capt., 17-Sarah Wagenfuhr, 13-Tina DiMartino (10-Allie Long, 46), 15-Lindsey Beam, 7-Amanda Poach, 9-Danesha Adams (14-Jessica Rodstedt, 71); 8-Lauren Cheney, 12-Amy Rodriguez (2-Jordan Angeli, 46).
Subs not used: 1-Valerie Henderson, 3-Stephanie Logterman, 20-Kasey Moore, 11-Brittany Bock, 6-Brittany Taylor, 16-Kelley O’Hara.
Head Coach: Tim Schulz
JAM - 13-Paula Jackson; 8-Julie Fearon (5-Kenesha Reid, 67), 16-Yolanda Hamilton, 18-Stacy-Ann Johnson, 12-Natalya Manyan, 14-Rochelle Bryan, 10-Omolyn Davis, 19-Shakira Duncan, 11-Kimmia Parker, 9-Peta-Gaye Soman, 7-Venicia Reid.
Subs not used: 1-Ashlie Wellington, 3-Christina Murray, 6-Marcillee McBean, 15-Kylela Brownhill, 17-Shereen Clarke, 20-Correne Walker, 22-Yanique Goldspring.
Head Coach: Vin Blaine
USA / JAM
Shots: 15 / 14
Shots on Goal: 8 / 6
Saves: 5 / 4
Corner Kicks: 4 / 4
Fouls: 16 / 16
Offside: 4 / 7
USA – Allie Long (caution) 55th minute.
JAM – n/a (caution) 69.
USA – Lauren Cheney (caution) 75.
Referee: Shane Desilva (TRI)
AR 1: Cindy Mohammed (TRI)
AR 2: Sharlene Douglas (CAN)
ussoccer.com Woman of the Match: Amy Rodriguez
2006 CONCACAF Women’s Under-20 Qualifying Tournament Standings
Team W L T Pts GF GA GD
MEX 1 0 0 3 10 0 +10
CAN 1 0 0 3 7 1 +6
TRI 0 1 0 0 1 7 -6
PAN 0 1 0 0 0 10 -10
Canada 7, Trinidad & Tobago 1
Mexico 10, Panama 0
Panama vs. Canada (1 pm ET) Veracruz
Mexico vs. Trinidad & Tobago (4 p.m. ET) Veracruz
Trinidad & Tobago vs. Panama (1 pm ET) Veracruz
Mexico vs. Canada (4 p.m. ET) Veracruz
Team W L T Pts GF GA GD
USA 1 0 0 3 4 1 +3
SLV 1 0 0 3 3 0 +3
JAM 0 1 0 0 1 4 -3
SUR 0 1 0 0 0 3 -3
El Salvador 3, Surinam 0
USA 4, vs. Jamaica 1
Jamaica vs. El Salvador (1 p.m. ET) Córdoba
Surinam vs. USA (3:30 p.m. ET) Córdoba
Jamaica vs. Surinam (1 p.m. ET) Córdoba
USA vs. El Salvador (3:30 p.m. ET) Córdoba