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U.S. U-20 WNT Faces Mexico for CONCACAF Title on Sunday


U.S. Under-20 Women’s National Team vs. Mexico
2014 CONCACAF Women’s U-20 Championship - Championship
Truman Bodden Sports Complex; George Town, Cayman Islands
Jan. 19, 2014

U.S. FACES MEXICO FOR CONCACAF TITLE: The U.S. Under-20 Women’s National Team rolled into the title game of the 2014 CONCACAF Women’s U-20 Championship with a 6-0 victory against Trinidad & Tobago in the semifinal. That victory also earned the USA a berth to the 2014 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup, which will be staged from Aug. 5-24 in four Canadian cities later this summer. The USA will now face Mexico, a 3-1 winner against Costa Rica in the other semifinal, for the championship of the CONCACAF region. That match kicks off at 7 p.m. ET on Sunday, Jan. 19, at Truman Bodden Stadium in George Town, Cayman Islands, but the third-place match also carries some great importance. The winner of the Trinidad & Tobago vs. Costa Rica game at 4 p.m. ET will earn this region’s third and final berth to the FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup. Both matches will be shown live on FOX Soccer Plus and FOX Soccer 2GO. Follow the U-20 WNT throughout the tournament on Twitter @ussoccer_ynt and see all the results and standings on the ussoccer.com CONCACAF Women’s U-20 Championship home page.

HOW THEY GOT THERE: Both the USA and Mexico racked up a bushel of goals on their way to the title game, with the USA scoring 25 while allowing zero and Mexico finding the net 22 times while allowing two. Here are both teams’ roads to the 2014 CONCACAF Women’s U-20 Championship title match.

Road to 2014 CONCACAF Women’s U-20 Championship Game:
USA

Date

Opponent

Score

U.S. Goal Scorers

Jan. 9

Costa Rica

6-0 W

Horan (3), Green, Jordan, Own Goal

Jan. 11

Jamaica

3-0 W

Jordan, Sullivan, Meehan

Jan. 13

Guatemala

10-0 W

Meehan (3), Amack, Basinger, Jordan, Hill, Purce, Weber (2)

Jan. 17

T&T

6-0 W

Meehan (2), Jordan, Amack (2), Weber

Jan. 19

Mexico

7 p.m. ET

Truman Bodden Sports Complex; George Town, Cayman Islands

MEXICO

Date

Opponent

Score

Goal Scorers

Jan. 9

Cay. Islands

6-0 W

Tanya Samarzich (3), Paloma Zermeño (2), Amanda Perez

Jan. 11

Honduras

10-1 W

Cynthia Pineda, Jazmin Aguas (3), Amanda Perez, Briana Campos (2),

Tanya Samarzich (3)

Jan. 13

T&T

3-0 W

Paloma Zermeño, Paulina Solis (2)

Jan. 17

Costa Rica

3-1 W

Paloma Zermeño, Fabiola Ibarra, Jessica Valadez

Jan. 19

USA

7 p.m. ET

Truman Bodden Sports Complex; George Town, Cayman Islands

FOX PROVIDING FREE WEB STREAM OF THIRD-PLACE AND FINAL: FOX Soccer Plus, the premium television network dedicated to delivering the world’s best soccer and international sports has been providing exclusive coverage of the 2014 CONCACAF Women’s U-20 Championship and will air the third-place match and final on Jan. 19 from the Cayman Islands. FOX Soccer 2GO, the digital platform for computers, tablets and smartphones, is also offering fans a free live stream, as well as via on-demand. Go to foxsoccer2go.com and enter promo code “U20WNT” on the registration page when prompted. Once the code is activated between now and Monday, Jan. 20, it is good for 14 days of free access to all live and full match replay streams on the service.

USA ROLLS OVER T&T TO EARN ITS BERTH: The USA put together perhaps its best half of the tournament so far when it needed it most. The U.S. scored four goals before the break against Trinidad & Tobago while attacking with a stiff wind behind it to basically earn its World Cup berth after 45 minutes. The USA continued its trend of getting excellent performances from the entire roster as Stephanie Amack scored twice in her second start of the tournament and McKenzie Meehan added two goals to up her tournament total to six in three games, tied for best in the competition.

MEXICO QUALIFIES, BUT LEAVES IT LATE: Mexico had a bit of work to do in its semifinal against a committed Costa Rica side that actually scored first through Jazmin Elizondo Villalobos in the 17th minute. Mexico, which certainly had more of the game, equalized through Paloma Zermeño in the 32nd minute. The score was tied until Mexico scored twice in seven minutes (67th and 73rd), the first coming on a long free kick from Fabiola Ibarra before a U-20 World Cup berth clincher from Jessica Valadez.

HISTORY LESSON: Of the six tournaments CONCACAF has held for U-19/U-20 women, the USA has won three of them, including the past two. The first tournament back in 2002 did not produce a champion as the two groups in Trinidad & Tobago were played on separate islands (one on Trinidad and one on Tobago) and the group champions advanced to the first FIFA U-19 Women’s World Cup without semifinals or a final being played. The USA then won three of the next five tournaments, losing in the final in 2004 and 2008 to Canada. The USA has advanced to the final of the past six tournaments, including this one, facing Canada four times and now Mexico twice, including this year. Including this competition, the USA is 29-2-1 all-time in the tournament, and after racking up some high scores in the early days of this tournament, has scored 169 goals while allowing 11. The USA has qualified for all seven FIFA U-19/U-20 Women’s World Cups that have been contested, winning three of them: 2002, 2008 and 2012.

THEY’RE IN: Mexico and the USA were the ninth and 10th teams, respectively, to qualify for the 2014 FIFA Under-20 Women’s World Cup, and either Costa Rica or Trinidad & Tobago will become the 11th on Sunday. Along with host Canada, the Korea Republic, Korea DPR and China PR have qualified from Asia, while England, France, Finland and Germany qualified from Europe. Two teams from Africa, one from Oceania and two from South America will be determined by late January. The Final Draw for the tournament will be held on March 1 in Montreal.

U.S. U-20 WNT CONCACAF Qualifying Roster by Position:
GOALKEEPERS (2): 18-Jane Campbell (Stanford; Kennesaw, Ga.), 1-Katelyn Rowland (UCLA; Vacaville, Calif.)
DEFENDERS (6): 16-Stephanie Amack (Stanford; Pleasanton, Calif.), 4-Brittany Basinger (Penn State; Purcellville, Va.), 2-Maddie Bauer (Stanford; Newport Beach, Calif.), 8-Lauren Kaskie (UCLA; Las Vegas, Nev.), 10-Laura Liedle (Stanford; San Diego, Calif.), 20-Katie Naughton (Notre Dame; Elk Grove Village, Ill.)
MIDFIELDERS (6): 7-Morgan Andrews (Notre Dame; Milford, N.H.), 14-Rachel Hill (Connecticut; Rollinsford, N.H.), 17-Rose Lavelle (Wisconsin; Cincinnati, Ohio), 3-Cari Roccaro (Notre Dame; East Islip, N.Y.), 19-Andi Sullivan (Bethesda SC; Lorton, Va.), 12-Mallory Weber (Penn State; Novi, Mich.)
FORWARDS (6): 6-Makenzy Doniak (Virginia; Chino Hills, Calif.), 5-Summer Green (North Carolina; Milford, Mich.), 9-Lindsey Horan (PSG; Golden, Colo.), 13-Savannah Jordan (Florida; Fayetteville, Ga.), 11-McKenzie Meehan (Boston College; Scituate, R.I.), 15-Margaret Purce (Harvard; Silver Spring, Md.)

U.S. ROSTER NOTES:

  • The USA is now 29-2-1 all-time in the CONCACAF U-19/U-20 Championship and holds a 14-game winning streak dating back to the opener of the 2010 CONCACAF Women’s U-20 Championship in Guatemala.
  • During that 14-game span, the USA has scored 64 goals while allowing three.
  • All 20 players on the roster have now seen action in the tournament with only midfielder Lauren Kaskie and forward Mallory Weber not getting at least one start.
  • Only team captain and center back Cari Roccaro has played all 360 minutes of the tournament.
  • Roccaro, who is in her second U-20 cycle, is the most-capped player at this level with 26 games played.
  • Ten U.S. players have shared the USA’s 25 goals scored in the tournament so far (which also includes an own goal from Costa Rica): McKenzie Meehan (6), Savannah Jordan (4), Stephanie Amack (3), Lindsey Horan (3), Mallory Weber (3), Brittany Basinger (1), Summer Green (1), Rachel Hill (1), Margaret Purce (1) and Andi Sullivan (1).
  • Basinger, Maddie Bauer, Hill, Jordan, Kaskie and Weber were all looking for their first U-20 cap heading into the tournament. All earned them, and Basinger, Hill, Jordan and Weber have also scored their first U-20 goals.
  • Amack’s goal against Guatemala was her first at the U-20 level and she has three for the tournament.
  • U.S. right back Sullivan wore the captain’s armband against Jamaica and Roccaro wore it against Costa Rica in the first match. Against Guatemala, Katie Naughton became the third different player to captain the side in this tournament, and against T&T, USA goalkeeper Katelyn Rowland became the fourth.
  • The USA has taken 92 shots through three games and has put 53 of those on goal, finding the net 25 times.
  • Midfielder Hill leads the USA in assists with five. The following players have also earned assists: Morgan Andrews (3), Sullivan (3). Green (2), Meehan (2), Makenzy Doniak, Horan, Purce, McKenzie and Weber.
  • Nine of the 20 players on the roster were born in 1994 with the other 11 born in 1995. The age cutoff for the 2014 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup is players born on or after Jan. 1, 1994.
  • All the U.S. players are either 18 or 19, but goalkeeper Rowland, who started kindergarten early, is the only player on the roster who has played three years of college soccer thus far.
  • Seven players on the roster have played two years of college soccer, while 10 recently completed their freshman season.
  • Three players on the roster – Amack, Roccaro and Horan – were a part of the USA’s last qualifying team that won the 2012 CONCACAF Women’s U-20 Championship in Panama. Horan, the team’s leading scorer during the last cycle, missed the 2012 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup with a knee injury, but Amack and Roccaro were a part of the squad that won the tournament, defeating Germany 1-0 in the championship game played in Tokyo, Japan.
  • Eight players on the roster were key members of the U.S. team that played at the 2012 FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup in Azerbaijan where the USA tied eventual champion France and runner-up Korea DPR in group play but became the first women’s team in FIFA history to earn five points in the first round yet fail to advance to the knockout stage.
  • The USA has had the top scorer in this tournament three times. In 2002, it was Kelly Wilson with 9 goals. In 2004, Kerri Hanks scored 10 times. In 2008, Kelley O’Hara and Michelle Enyeart shared the tournament lead with six each and in 2010 Sydney Leroux let the tourney in goal scoring with six. Meehan, with six goals, currently shares the tournament lead with Tanya Samarzich of Mexico.
  • For the semifinal, the USA was without the services of two forwards. Horan was recalled by her professional club team Paris Saint-Germain ahead of its big league match against rival Lyon on Jan. 18 while Doniak broke her hand in the first match and returned to the USA to have surgery.
  • Of course, neither will be available for the championship game. Horan was set to return to France after the semifinal, but her match got moved from Jan. 19 to Jan. 18 due to French TV, and as this tournament does not count as FIFA dates, PSG recalled her for the match.


USA VS. MEXICO SERIES:

  • The USA and Mexico have met in the past five CONCACAF U-19/U-20 championships (playing each other in every one of these tournaments except the first one in Trinidad & Tobago in 2002), with two meetings coming in group play, two in the semifinals and one in the championship game.
  • The USA is 5-0-0 all-time against Mexico in this tournament, having scored 17 goals while allowing zero, but the matches have certainly gotten closer since the first meeting, a 6-0 semifinal win in 2004 in Montreal, Canada, that qualified the USA for the World Cup.
  • The only meeting in the championship game came in 2010, a tight 1-0 U.S. victory on late goal from current U.S. WNT player Sydney Leroux.
  • The meeting in the 2012 semifinal that qualified the USA for the World Cup saw goals from the No. 2 and No. 3 overall picks in the 2014 NWSL College Draft in Kealia Ohai and Julie Johnston, respectively, as well as 2013 MAC Hermann Trophy winner Morgan Brian, and the only U.S. professional currently playing at the U-20 level, Lindsey Horan.


ON USSOCCER.COM:

IN FOCUS: MEXICO
Federación Mexicana de Fútbol Asociación
Founded: 1927 (Joined FIFA in 1929)
U-20 WNT Head Coach: Chris Cuellar
Previous CONCACAF U-20 WNT qualifying appearances (6): 2002, 2004, 2006, 2008, 2010, 2012
Best CONCACAF U-20 WNT qualifying finishes: 2010 – 2nd place

MEXICO U-20 WNT CONCACAF Qualifying Roster by Position:
GOALKEEPERS (2): 1-Cecilia Santiago (FC Kansas City), 12-Esthefanny Barreras (Sereno SC)
DEFENDERS (7): 2-Jaqueline Rodriguez (Cefor Tequixquiac), 3-Juventus (Greta Espinoza), 4-Jessica Valadez (Grand Canyon), 5-Paulina Solis (Once Mexico), 13-Estefania Fuentes (ITESM Puebla), 15-Eliza Gutierrez (Andreas Soccer), 18-Mariana Cadena Calvillo (ITESM Monterrey)
MIDFIELDERS (7): 6-Karla Nieto (Galeana Morelos), 8-Nancy Antonio (Macro Soccer), 17-Amanda Perez (Washington), 19-Cynthia Pineda (Notre Dame), 20-Jazmin Aguas (San Francisco CC)
FORWARDS (4): 7-Carolina Jaramillo (CD Alamos), 9-Tanya Samarzich (USC), 10-Paloma Zermeño (San Francisco CC), 11-Fabiola Ibarra (Norwalk FC), 14-Taylor Alvarado (Pepperdine), 16-Briana Campos (Baylor)

MEXICO NOTES:

  • Like the USA, Mexico was an automatic qualifier for this event.
  • Mexico has 10 Mexican-American players on its roster, plus goalkeeper Cecilia Santiago, who will be the backup to U.S. international Nicole Barnhart at FC Kansas City in the NWSL.
  • In the inaugural NWSL season, Santiago played in three matches for the Boston Breakers, going 2-1-0 while allowing three goals.
  • Amanda Perez, who hails from San Mateo, Calif., and attends the University of Washington, is the younger sister of Mexico senior WNT player Veronica Perez, who played at Washington and played in the NWSL for Western New York Flash last season.
  • Mexico has played 32 matches all-time in this tournament and has a record of 19-11-2, while scoring 100 goals and allowing 45.
  • Tanya Samarzich, who attends USC, has nine career goals in this tournament (3 in 2012, 6 in 2014), tied for fourth on the all-time tournament list with the USA’s Kelly Wilson. She scored three goals for the Trojans last season.
  • Briana Campos scored six goals for Baylor last season as a sophomore.
  • This will be Mexico’s sixth trip to the FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup after also participating in 2002, 2006, 2008, 2010 and 2012.

LAST TIME:
On the field for the USA:
Jan. 17, 2014 – Truman Bodden Spots Complex – George Town, Cayman Islands

Scoring Summary: 1 2 F
USA                        4 2 6   Meehan 13, 65; Jordan 27, Amack 33, 39; Weber 86
TRI                         0 0 0

Lineups:
USA: 1-Katelyn Rowland (capt.); 19-Andi Sullivan, 3-Cari Roccaro, 20-Katie Naughton, 10-Laura Liedle; 16-Stephanie Amack, 17-Rose Lavelle (7-Morgan Andrews, 59), 14-Rachel Hill; 11-McKenzie Meehan, 5-Summer Green (15-Margaret Purce, 74), 13-Savannah Jordan (12-Mallory Weber, 46)
Subs Not Used: 2-Maddie Bauer, 4-Brittany Basinger, 8-Lauren Kaskie, 18-Jane Campbell
Head Coach: Michelle French

TRI: 1-Keri Myers; 8-Daniella Findle, 14-Otisha David, 17-Jonelle Warrwick, 11-Khadidra Debesette (16-Summer Arjoon, 82), 12-Shanisa Camejo (3-Liana Hines, 46), 15-Donika Murray, 18-Emma Abdul; 4-Brianna Ryce, 13-Shenelle Henry, 19-Anique Walker (capt.) (7-Akilah Sparks, 68)
Subs Not Used: 2-Tkeyah Phillips, 6-Khadisha Debesette, 9-Patrice Campbell, 10-Tsaianne Leander, 20-Tenesha Palmer
Head Coach: Izler Browne

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