FIFA Under-20 Women’s World Cup
Nov. 29, 2008
REGRESAMOS A CHILLAN: The U.S. Under-20 Women’s National Team has returned to Chillan, Chile, home of their 3-0 victories over France and Argentina, for a quarterfinal battle against England on Sunday, Nov. 30. The Americans advanced out of Group B as the top team with a 2-1 record, and will face an English squad that was a runner-up in Group A with a 1-0-2 record. Sunday evening’s match, which kicks off at 7 p.m. local time (5 p.m. ET) at Estadio Nelson Oyarzun can be seen live on Galavision and ESPN360.com, and fans can also follow along on ussoccer.com’s MatchTracker.
U.S. U-20 WNT World Cup Schedule
|Date||Opponent||Venue||Result / Time||TV / U.S. Goalscorers|
|Nov. 19||France||Estadio Nelson Oyarzun; Chillan, Chile||3-0 W||Morgan, Leroux (2)|
|Nov. 22||Argentina||Estadio Nelson Oyarzun; Chillan, Chile||3-0 W||Edwards, Morgan (2)|
|Nov 26||China PR||Estadio German Becker; Temuco, Chile||0-2 L||--|
|Nov. 30||England||Estadio Nelson Oyarzun; Chillan, Chile||7 p.m. / 5 p.m. ET||
THE ROAD TO THE QUARTERFINALS: The U.S. took the top spot in Group B with convincing 3-0 wins over France and Argentina to start the tournament, virtually securing their place before rounding out group play against China. Following the USA’s first group loss in the history of the tournament, the team will be looking to bounce back in the quarterfinal round when it takes on England. On the way to the knock-out rounds, the U.S. balanced a potent attack with a solid defensive unit. Forwards Alex Morgan and Sydney Leroux are among the tournament’s leading scorers thus far, while at the other end of the field, goalkeeper Alyssa Naeher has yet to allow a goal, picking up two shutouts against France and Argentina.
Final Group B Standings
Wednesday, Nov. 19
China PR 0, Argentina 0
USA 3, France 0
Saturday, Nov. 22
USA 3, Argentina 0
France 2, China PR 0
Wednesday, Nov. 26
China PR 2, USA 0
France 3, Argentina 1
FROM ONE TO TWENTY: Head coach Tony DiCicco has used three different lineups in as many games during the tournament with 18 players, including two goalkeepers, seeing the field in the group phase. With all 20 players available for Sunday’s battle with England, DiCicco and his staff have been rotating their players during what they hope will be a six-game tournament.
U.S. U-20 WWC Roster by Position
GOALKEEPERS (3): 18-Chantel Jones (Virginia), 1-Alyssa Naeher (Penn State), 21-Cat Parkhill (Minnesota)
DEFENDERS (6): 5-Kiersten Dallsteam (Washington State), 2-Kaley Fountain (Wake Forest), 15-Lauren Fowlkes (Notre Dame), 4-Liz Harkin (Arizona State), 3-Meghan Klingenberg (North Carolina), 17-Nikki Marshall (Colorado)
MIDFIELDERS (6): 9-Gina DiMartino (Boston College), 8-Becky Edwards (Florida State), 11-Christine Nairn (Bowie, Md.), 6-Elli Reed (Portland), 12-Ingrid Wells (Georgetown), 14-Keelin Winters (Portland)
FORWARDS (5): 10-Michelle Enyeart (Portland), 19-Sydney Leroux (UCLA), 7-Alyssa Mautz (Texas A&M), 13-Alex Morgan (California), 16-Nikki Washington (North Carolina)
- The U.S. and England boast stingy defenses that have each only given up two goals through their first three games of the tournament.
- Goalkeeper Alyssa Naeher picked up her seventh shutout of the year against Argentina, making six saves in that U.S. victory.
- Wednesday’s loss to China was the first loss in the group phase in the history of this tournament. The USA’s only other loss was to Germany in the 2006 tournament, where they fell 3-1 in the semifinals.
- Michelle Enyeart leads the U.S. in goals in 2008 with 10. Alex Morgan is closing fast on that number, as her three goals in this tournament so far give her nine on the year.
- Morgan is tied at the top of the race for the tournament’s Golden Boot along with New Zealand’s 15-year-old sensation Rosie White.
- Sydney Leroux’s two goals against France were just her third and fourth of the year.
- U.S. players Becky Edwards, Meghan Klingenberg and Elli Reed each enter Sunday’s game carrying on yellow card. Should they receive another against England they would be forced to sit out the next U.S. game.
- All 21 players for England are eligible to play against the U.S., though four players come into the game with a yellow card.
- The U.S. U-20 Women’s National Team is one of only five teams to have qualified for every edition of the FIFA U-20 WWC. The other four countries: Australia, Germany, Brazil and Canada.
- The first two tournaments at this level were 12-team events held as U-19 World Championships. In 2006, FIFA expanded the tournament to 16 teams and made it a U-20 World Cup.
- Tracey Leone (nee Bates) is the only female to ever win a world title as a player (FIFA Women’s World Cup 1991) and as a coach (FIFA U-19 WWC 2002).
- The fastest goal in the history of the tournament was scored by Angie Woznuk in the second minute against Russia in 2004. She narrowly edged Megan Kakadelas, who scored in the third minute of the USA’s game against Chinese Taipei in 2002.
- Lindsay Tarpley scored the first goal in the history of the tournament against England in 2002. She also scored the final goal of that tournament in the 109th minute in overtime of the Final to win the inaugural FIFA World Cup at this age level.
ABOUT ENGLAND: Needing at least a draw to advance England earned their place in the quarterfinals with a last-second goal against New Zealand that leveled the score at 1-1. Faced with the tough task of taking on the hosts in the tournament’s opening game, England prevailed with a 2-0 victory. In their second match, they earned a draw against an up-and-coming Nigeria team that looked dominating through their group games.
HOW THEY GOT HERE: England qualified for the U-20 tournament for the second time, with the first coming back in 2002. Six years ago the team advanced to the quarterfinals before falling to host Canada 6-2. In making their return to the World Cup for the 2008 edition, England advanced to the final of the 2007 UEFA Under-19 Women’s Championship for the first-time. Ellen White shared the Golden Boot in that tournament with three goals.
England Roster by Position:
GOALKEEPERS (3): 1-Rebecca Spencer, 13-Ashley Baker, 21-Helen Anderson
DEFENDERS (7): 2-Stephanie Houghton, 3-Claire Rafferty, 5-Fern Whelan, 6-Sophie Bradley, 12-Chelsea Weston, 15-Gilly Flaherty, 16-Kerys Harrop
MIDFIELDERS (7): 4-Danielle Buet, 8-Remi Allen, 10-Rachel Williams, 14-Brooke Chaplen, 18-Michelle Hinnigan, 19-Sophie Walton
FORWARDS (5): 7-Toni Duggan, 9-Natasha Dowie, 11-Jessica Clarke, 17-Rebecca Hall, 20-Jade Moore
FOUR NATIONS REMATCH: The U-20s squared off against England in Chile during the Four Nations Tournament held in February, coming away with a hard-fought 1-0 win. Forward Nikki Washington assisted Teresa Noyola’s game-winning goal just before halftime while Naeher picked up the shutout with four saves. The two teams combined for 25 fouls in that game, which could help set the stage for a winner-takes-all rematch on Sunday.
ROUNDING OUT THE TOP EIGHT: The final eight wasn’t set until the final day of group matches, with some games coming down to the wire. Aside from England nearly missing the quarterfinals, Germany and Canada had to fight it out for second place in Group C. Canada needed a win to assure advancement, but Germany prevailed 2-1 and moves on to face Brazil. The second-place finisher to the U.S. in Group B, France, will match up against Nigeria in their quarterfinal bout while Korea DPR and Japan clash in an all-Asia quarterfinal.
HOW WE GOT HERE: The U.S. earned their place in Chile during a successful run through CONCACAF Qualifying in June. Scoring 20 goals en route to the championship match against rival Canada, the U.S. allowed their first goal of the tournament and fell 1-0. Michelle Enyeart led the team in qualifying with six goals in five games, including a hat trick in the opener against Trinidad & Tobago. Mexico joins both Canada and the U.S. in representing CONCACAF, having won the third place game against Costa Rica in overtime.
THE LEGACY: The FIFA Under-20 Women’s World Cup has become one of the marquee youth events on the FIFA Calendar and the U.S. women have played a major role in all three previous editions of the tournament. Stars that have shined in previous editions include Canada’s Christine Sinclair, Brazil’s Marta and the USA’s Lindsay Tarpley, who captained the team to the first ever championship win in 2002. Read more about the legacy of the U-20 Women’s World Cup here.
BECKY EDWARDS: Becky Edwards has consistently been a general in the midfield for the U.S. Under-20 Women’s National Team. She sat down with Center Circle ahead of the team’s FIFA Under-20 Women’s World Cup Quarterfinal showdown with England to talk about her team, wearing the captain’s armband against Argentina and her World Champion Philadelphia Phillies.
THANKSGIVING ABROAD: The U.S. Under-20 Women's National Team just spent Thanksgiving together in Chile, a place where Thanksgiving isn't usually celebrated. But the delegation made the most of it, with homemade turkey, stuffing and gravy... lots of dessert and lots of laughs. The Americans took over the kitchen of the team hotel in Temuco and had a meal packed with "traditional" Thanksgiving festivities... eating too much, story telling, laughs, leftovers and everyone crowding around the television to watch football. Read all about the holiday celebration here.
DON'T FORGET THE BLOG: If you want to keep up with the team during their campaign for a World Cup title, there’s no better place than the YNT Blog. You can keep track of the hard work and the fun as the team journeys through Chile on their quest to Santiago, including photos, videos and guest bloggers by clicking here.
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2008 BEST OF VOTING UNDERWAY: U.S. Soccer has announced the candidates for the 2008 Best Of Awards, with 12 categories up for decision. The categories include Best Fan Photo, Best WNT Goal and Best Team Performance, to name a few. The U-20's are represented among the nominees as well, with Becky Edwards' goal against Cuba from qualifying up for Best Goal: WNT, and Michelle Enyeart's hat trick performance against Trinidad & Tobago among the nominees for Best Performance: Player. Voting runs until early Dec. 8, so be sure to head over to the Best Of Blog and cast your ballot once a day!
THREE U-20S UP FOR YOUNG FEMALE AOTY: U.S. Soccer has announced the nominations for the 2008 Athletes of the Year Awards. Voting is now open for Male, Female, Young Male and Young Female Athletes of the Year. Among the nominees are a trio of U-20 players: forward Michelle Enyeart, midfielder Keelin Winters and goalkeeper Alyssa Naeher. Voting for the high profile annual U.S. Soccer awards is going on now at ussoccer.com, with fans having the opportunity to make their selections once a day through Monday, Dec. 8.