US SoccerUS Soccer
News
CONCACAF Under-20 Women

U.S. U-20 WNT Prepare to Open 2010 CONCACAF U-20 Women's Championship against Jamaica


U.S. Under-20 Women’s National Team
2010 CONCACAF Under-20 Women’s Championship
Guatemala City , Guatemala

GREETINGS FROM GUATEMALA: The U.S. Under-20 Women’s National team arrived in Guatemala ahead of the 2010 CONCACAF U-20 Women’s Championship with all sights set on qualifying for the 2010 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup. The U.S. kicks off the tournament against Jamaica at 5:30 p.m. ET on Thursday, Jan. 21, at Estadio Cementos Progeso in Guatemala City. The match will be broadcast live on Fox Soccer Channel and streamed live online at CONCACAF.com. Fans can also follow in real time online via ussoccer.com’s MatchTracker. The U.S. will then face Trinidad & Tobago at 5:30 p.m. ET on Saturday, Jan. 23, and wraps up Group B play against Mexico at 5:30 p.m. ET on Monday, Jan. 25.

WATCH THE U-20 WNT QUALIFYING GAMES LIVE ON CONCACAF.COM: U.S. Soccer fans will have the opportunity to watch all of the U.S. Under-20 WNT games during the CONCACAF Women's Under-20 Championship in Guatemala live via streaming video at CONCACAF.com. This is the first time a continental confederation has offered free comprehensive live coverage of a youth tournament online, and the service is free with fans simply required to register on the site. All 16 games will be available live at CONCACAF.com's video portal, CONCACAF TV, and will also be viewable on-demand at the same location shortly after the conclusion of each match.

2010 CONCACAF Women’s Championship Group B Schedule
Date        Match                                                            Time (ET)         TV                                      Venue
Jan. 21    Trinidad & Tobago vs. Mexico                           3 p.m.              CONCACAF.com                 Estadio Cementos Progreso; Guatemala City
               Jamaica vs. United States                          5:30 p.m.         FSC, CONCACAF.com       Estadio Cementos Progreso; Guatemala City
Jan. 23    Mexico vs. Jamaica                                          3 p.m.               CONCACAF.com                 Estadio Cementos Progreso; Guatemala City
              Trinidad & Tobago vs. United States          5:30 p.m.         CONCACAF.com               Estadio Cementos Progreso; Guatemala City
Jan. 25    Jamaica vs. Trinidad & Tobago                         3 p.m.              CONCACAF.com                  Estadio Cementos Progreso; Guatemala City
              United States vs. Mexico                             5:30 p.m.         CONCACAF.com               Estadio Cementos Progreso; Guatemala City

GOING FOR CONCACAF GOLD: U.S. Under-20 Women’s National Team head coach Jill Ellis named a 20-player squad for the regional tournament, including two players who were part of the 2008 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup winning team in Chile. Christine Nairn and 2008 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup Golden Shoe and Golden Ball winner Sydney Leroux lead the 2010 team, which dropped the 2008 CONCACAF U-20 title 1-0 to Canada in Puebla, Mexico. The roster also features eight players who were members of the U.S. team that took second at the 2008 FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup in New Zealand. Among the players who represented the USA in New Zealand are defender Amber Brooks, the tournament’s Bronze Ball winner Kristie Mewis, Silver Shoe winner Vicki DiMartino and Taylor Vancil, who was named the best goalkeeper of the tournament in New Zealand. Outside back Rachel Quon, who played every minute of five starts in New Zealand, defender Crystal Dunn, and midfielders Elizabeth Eddy and Samantha Mewis were the other U-17 veterans named to the roster.

U.S. Under-20 Women’s National Team Roster By Position
GOALKEEPERS (2): 1-Bianca Henninger (Santa Clara; Los Gatos, Calif.), 24-Taylor Vancil (Louisville; South Elgin, Ill.)
DEFENDERS (6): 5-Amber Brooks (North Carolina; New Hope, Pa.), 3-Victoria DiMartino (Boston College; Massapequa, N.Y.), 4-Crystal Dunn (Albertson SC; Rockville Centre, N.Y.), 20-Kendall Johnson (Portland; Portland, Ore.), 11-Toni Pressley (Florida State; Melbourne, Fla.), 6-Rachel Quon (Stanford; Lake Forrest, Ill.)
MIDFIELDERS (8): 12-Zakiya Bywaters (UCLA; Las Vegas, Nev.), 21-Elizabeth Eddy (So Cal Blues, Costa Mesa, Calif.), 15-Kristie Mewis (Boston College; Hanson, Mass.), 8-Samantha Mewis (Scorpion SC; Hanson, Mass.),17-Christine Nairn (Penn State; Bowie, Md.), 9-Teresa Noyola (Stanford; Palo Alto, Calif.), 13-Jenna Richmond (McLean SC; Centreville, Va.), 10-Casey Short (Florida State; Naperville, Ill.)
FORWARDS (4): 16-Maya Hayes (Aristics Club; West Orange, N.J.), 19-Sydney Leroux (UCLA; Pheonix, Ariz.), 14-Morgan Marlborough (Nebraska; Raymore, Mo.), 7-Tiffany McCarty (Florida State; Laurel, Md.)

GUATEMALA PLAYS HOST TO WOMEN’S SOCCER: The 2010 CONCACAF Women’s Under-20 Championship is an eight-team tournament that will send three nations to Germany. The qualifying matches will be played at the 17,000-seat Estadio Cementos Progreso in Guatemala City, Guatemala. The event will consist of two groups of four teams each with the top two finishers after group play advance to the semifinals. The reigning U-20 world champion USA is in Group B along with Jamaica, Trinidad & Tobago and Mexico. Group A consists of Canada, Costa Rica, Cuba and host Guatemala. The group winners will play the runners-up from the opposite group on Jan. 28, with the championship and third-place matches set for Saturday, Jan. 30. Both semifinal matches and the tournament final will be televised live on Fox Soccer Channel and all matches will be streamed live at CONCACAF.com. The winners of the semifinal matches and of the third-place match will qualify for the U-20 Women’s World Cup being held in four German cities (Bochum, Bielefeld, Augsburg and Dresden) from July 13-Aug. 1. The age cut-off date for this Women’s World Cup is players born on or after Jan. 1, 1990.

2010 CONCACAF U-20 Women’s Championship Schedule
Date           Match                                                       Time (ET)               Venue
Jan. 20        Canada vs. Costa Rica                              3 p.m.                     Estadio Cementos Progreso; Guatemala City
                  Guatemala vs. Cuba                                  5:30 p.m.                Estadio Cementos Progreso; Guatemala City
Jan. 21        Trinidad & Tobago vs. Mexico                   3 p.m.                     Estadio Cementos Progreso; Guatemala City
                  Jamaica vs. United States                      5:30 p.m.             Estadio Cementos Progreso; Guatemala City
Jan. 22        Cuba vs. Canada                                       3 p.m.                    Estadio Cementos Progreso; Guatemala City
                  Guatemala vs. Costa Rica                          5:30 p.m.                 Estadio Cementos Progreso; Guatemala City
Jan. 23        Mexico vs. Jamaica                                   3 p.m.                     Estadio Cementos Progreso; Guatemala City
                  Trinidad & Tobago vs. United States     5:30 p.m.             Estadio Cementos Progreso; Guatemala City
Jan. 24        Costa Rica vs. Cuba                                  11 a.m.                   Estadio Cementos Progreso; Guatemala City
                  Guatemala vs. Canada                               1:30 p.m.                Estadio Cementos Progreso; Guatemala City
Jan. 25        Jamaica vs. Trinidad & Tobago                  3 p.m.                     Estadio Cementos Progreso; Guatemala City
                  United States vs. Mexico                       5:30 p.m.              Estadio Cementos Progreso; Guatemala City
Jan. 28        Semifinals                                               2:30 p.m./5:30 p.m.  Estadio Cementos Progreso; Guatemala City
Jan. 30        Third Place                                               2:30 p.m.                Estadio Cementos Progreso; Guatemala City
                 Final                                                         5:30 p.m.                Estadio Cementos Progreso; Guatemala City

PREPARING FOR JAMAICA: The U.S. U-20 WNT’s first opponent, Jamaica, may not be a familiar foe at this age level but that certainly doesn’t mean the team will be less of a threat. The young Reggae Girlz, led by head coach Vin Blaine, demonstrated a knack for finding the goal during the Caribbean Football Union’s qualifying tournament to reach the CONCACAF U-20 Women’s Championship. During the first round of Caribbean qualifying, Jamaica defeated Turks & Caicos Islands 5-0 before dispatching Dominica 11-1. In the final round, Jamaica qualified for the 2010 CONCACAF U-20 Women’s Championship with a 1-0 win against Cuba, a 2-0 win against St. Kitts & Nevis and a 1-1 draw with Trinidad & Tobago. Semone Honeghan led the charge during Caribbean qualifying, registering four goals in the team’s 20-goal effort. She was closely followed by Trudi Carter and Sashana Campbell who had three goals apiece.

Jamaica U-20 WNT Preliminary Roster
GOALKEEPERS (3): Leigh Ann Jaggon, Sashagay Spence, Shena Wint
DEFENDERS (11): Toni Cowan, Shushana Dobson, Natasha Douglas, Shanise Foster, Tasheka Gordon, Zovel Hyre, Katrina Rose, J'Vonelle Simpson, Tasheka Small, Davia Smith, Abegail Walker
MIDFIELDERS (8): Sashana Campbell, Jamila Campbell-Henny, Trudi Carter, Shereen Clarke, Nugene Nugent, Monique Pryce, Nesa Ralph, Cathryn Rogers
FORWARDS (5): Semone Honeghan, Vanessa Ramsay, Teashian Thomas, Shenika Williams, Kemesha Woodfine

37 VOLCANOES, ONE U.S. U-20 WNT BLOG: With the distant volcanoes in full view, the U.S. YNT Blog has set up shop in Guatemala City for the 2010 CONCACAF U-20 Women’s Championship. That’s right, you can see photos of the team’s training in the land of 37 volcanoes and get the inside scoop on the internal happenings of the U.S. U-20 WNT as they aim to capture a third overall CONCACAF title at this age level.

JILL ELLIS – THE SECOND TIME’S THE CHARM: Being at the CONCACAF U-20 Women’s Championships in Guatemala City is almost like a second chance for U.S. Under-20 Women’s National Team head coach Jill Ellis. Ellis is at the helm of the Under-20 team for the second time, but it will be her first CONCACAF qualifying tournament at this age level. Last time around, Ellis initiated the cycle, but in January of 2008 she made the difficult decision to join U.S. Women’s National Team head coach Pia Sundhage’s staff and watched from afar as Tony DiCicco led the team through CONCACAF qualifying and to the 2008 FIFA Under-20 Women’s World Cup title in Chile. Read about how Ellis feels about this opportunity, and how she is preparing her team for the task of qualifying for the 2010 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup.

CHRISTINE NAIRN – BEEN THERE BEFORE: If U.S. Under-20 Women’s National Team Christine Nairn is experiencing a bit of “déjà vu” right now, it’s certainly understandable. In 2008, Nairn was one of the two youngest players on the U.S. squad that qualified for the 2008 FIFA Under-20 World Cup and subsequently won the tournament in Chile. Now, as one of the leaders of the U.S. team that is trying to qualify for the 2010 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup in Germany, Nairn is getting a crack at doing it all over again. Learn about Nairn’s whirlwind year and a half since Chile, and her different responsibilities as she aims to lead her team to Germany.

×