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With a Semifinal Berth Set, U.S. Can Clinch Top Spot in Group B of CONCACAF U-20 Women's Championship


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

FIRST PLACE IN GROUP B ON THE LINE: After defeating Trinidad and Tobago 4-0 and Jamaica 6-0 in the first two games, the U.S. heads into the final group match against Mexico at 5:30 p.m. ET on Monday, Jan. 25, with the top place in Group B up for grabs. The U.S. can finish atop the group with either a win or a tie, as the Americans hold the goal-difference tiebreaker advantage over Mexico. The first place team will face Group A runner-up Costa Rica at 2:30 p.m. ET, while the second team will take on Group A winner, and reigning regional champion Canada at 5:30 p.m. ET. Both semifinal matches will take place Thursday, Jan. 28, and be televised live on Fox Soccer Channel, as well as streamed live on CONCACAF.com. Fans can also follow the U.S. matches in real time via ussoccer.com’s MatchTracker.

U.S. U-20 WNT 2010 CONCACAF Women’s Championship Group B Schedule

Date  Opponent  Time/Result  TV/U.S. Goalscorers  Venue 
 Jan. 21  Jamaica  6-0 W Nairn (2), Leroux (2), Noyola, McCarty  Estadio Cementos Progreso
 Jan. 23  Trinidad & Tobago  4-0 W K. Mewis, Leroux (2), Marlborough   Estadio Cementos Progreso
 Jan. 25  Mexico  5:30 p.m. ET CONCACAF.com   Estadio Cementos Progreso


Group B Standings

Team   GP     W    L    T    GF    GA     GD    Pts. 
 USA    2   2   0   0    10   0   +10     6
 Mexico    2   2   0   0   4   1   +3    6
 Trinidad & Tobago    2   0   2   0   1   6   -5    0
 Jamaica    2   0   2   0   0   8   -8    0

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.

QUICK HITS:

  • Sydney Leroux leads all goal scorers at the 2010 CONCACAF U-20 Women’s Championship with four tallies.
  • In 2008, Leroux won the Golden Shoe as the tournament’s top scorer at the 2008 U-20 World Cup in Chile, as well as the Golden Ball as the tournament’s best player.
  • Both Vicki DiMartino of the U.S. and Veronica Corral of Mexico have a yellow card going into the final Group B match. One more yellow card for either player would keep them out of the all-important semifinal match.
  • If the U.S. and Mexico tie Monday evening, the U.S. would finish in first place in Group B based on goal difference.
  • The U.S. U-20 WNT head coach Jill Ellis have given minutes to all 20 players on the roster except backup goalkeeper Taylor Vancil and defender Kendall Johnson. Johnson has been fighting a slight bug, but was feeling well enough to train with the team Sunday morning.
  • The 6-0 win against Jamaica marked the fifth time the U.S. has won the opening match of the CONCACAF U-20/U-19 Women’s Championship. The USA has scored an amazing 41 goals in opening matches of this tournament. In 2002 the USA defeated Suriname 13-0. In 2004 the USA defeated the Dominican Republic 14-0. In 2006, the USA opened with a 4-1 win against Jamaica and in 2008 the USA downed T & T by a 4-0 score.
  • The U.S. U-20 WNT has won just one CONCACAF qualifying tournament at this age level. The last time the U.S. was crowned regional champion was in 2006, dropping the 2008 championship match by a 1-0 score to Canada. During the first regional tournament in 2002, which was an Under-19 event, the two group winners qualified for the FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup along with host Canada, but no tournament champion was crowned as the competition did not feature semifinals, a third-place match or a final.
  • Eight players were part of the 2008 FIFA U-17 World Cup team that finished in second place in New Zealand: G Taylor Vancil, D Amber Brooks, D Vicki DiMartino, D Crystal Dunn, D Rachel Quon, M Elizabeth Eddy, M Kristie Mewis and M Samantha Mewis.
  • Two players are experiencing the Women’s Youth National Team program for the first time in Kendall Johnson and Morgan Marlborough. Both players were named to the qualifying roster after the team’s last training camp in December, which was Marlborough’s first training camp.
  • Marlborough made her first international appearance against Trinidad & Tobago, and netted her first goal in the fifth minute.
  • Nairn is the only player on the roster to have a full U.S. Women’s National Team cap, coming in a sub in a 4-0 win against Canada on May 25 at BMO Field in Toronto. Her first national team goal came in her second cap and featured a dramatic game-winner in the 89th minute of a 1-0 win against Canada.

CANADA AND COSTA RICA SET FOR THE SEMIFINALS: Canada finished in first place in Group A with three victories in the group stage and will face the second place team from Group B at 5:30 p.m. ET on Thursday, Jan. 28, in the semifinals of the 2010 CONCACAF U-20 Women’s Championship. Second-place Costa Rica will take on the Group B winner in the semifinals at 2:30 p.m. ET, also on Thursday, Jan. 28. Both semifinal matches will be televised live on Fox Soccer Channel, as well as streamed live on 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.



Group A Final Standings

Team   GP     W    L    T    GF    GA     GD    Pts. 
 Canada    3   3   0   0     6    1    +5     9
 Costa Rica    3   2   1   0    6    2    +4    6
 Guatemala    3   1   2   0    3    7    -4    3
 Cuba    3   0   3   0    2    7    -5    0


2010 CONCACAF U-20 Women’s Championship Schedule

Date  Match  Time (ET)  Venue 
Jan. 20  Canada 1, Costa Rica 0  --  Estadio Cementos Progresso; Guatemala City 
  Guatemala 2, Cuba 1  --  Estadio Cementos Progresso; Guatemala City 
Jan. 21 Trinidad & Tobago 1, Mexico 2  --  Estadio Cementos Progresso; Guatemala City 
  USA 6, Jamaica 0  --  Estadio Cementos Progresso; Guatemala City 
Jan. 22  Canada 2, Cuba 0  --  Estadio Cementos Progresso; Guatemala City 
  Costa Rica 3, Guatemala 0  --  Estadio Cementos Progresso; Guatemala City
Jan. 23  Mexico 2, Jamaica 0  --  Estadio Cementos Progresso; Guatemala City 
  USA 4, Trinidad & Tobago 0  --  Estadio Cementos Progresso; Guatemala City 
Jan. 24  Costa Rica 3, Cuba 1  --  Estadio Cementos Progresso; Guatemala City 
  Canada 3, Guatemala 1  --  Estadio Cementos Progresso; Guatemala City 
Jan. 25  Jamaica vs. Trinidad & Tobago  2:30 p.m.  Estadio Cementos Progresso; Guatemala City 
USA vs. Mexico 5:30 p.m. Estadio Cementos Progresso; Guatemala City
Jan. 28 Group B Winner vs. Costa Rica 2:30 p.m. Estadio Cementos Progresso; Guatemala City
Canada vs. Group B 2nd Place 5:30 p.m. Estadio Cementos Progresso; Guatemala City
Jan. 30 Third-place Match 2:30 p.m. Estadio Cementos Progresso; Guatemala City
Final 5:30 p.m. Estadio Cementos Progresso; Guatemala City

A MEETING WITH MEXICO: The U.S. U-20 Women and Mexico certainly aren’t strangers, with several Mexican players hailing from U.S. colleges. The teams have also faced each other several times throughout the years, with several players on both squads having squared off in Trinidad & Tobago during the 2008 CONCACAF U-17 Women’s Championships. Mexico earned an automatic berth to the final round 2010 CONCACAF U-20 Women’s Championship as one of the three North-American teams, along with the U.S. and Canada. The young Tricolor Femenil opened the tournament with a 2-1 win against Trinidad & Tobago and defeated Jamaica 2-0 in their second group match. Liliana Godoy has led Mexico in its first two games, scoring a goal each. Charlyn Corral has also made her presence felt with assists on both Mexico goals in the 2-1 win against Trinidad & Tobago, and following up that effort with a goal of her own against Jamaica. Mexico has not allowed a goal since the first minute of its opening game, a span of 179 minutes.

Mexico U-20 WNT Roster
GOALKEEPERS (3): 1-Aurora Santiago, 12-Brissa Rangel, 20-Nicole Cipriano
DEFENDERS (6): 2-Bianca Sierra, 3-Alina Garciamendez, 4-Marylin Díaz, 5-Valeria Miranda, 13-Olivia Jimenez, 14-Monica Alvarado
MIDFIELDERS (7): 6-Diana González, 7-Lydia Rangel, 8-Mirelle Arciniega, 11-Liliana Godoy, 15-Angélica Figueroa, 16-Ashley Kotero, 17-Natalia Gomez-Junco
FORWARDS (4): 9-Sandra Mayor, 10-Verónica Corral, 18-Inglis Hernández, 19-Natalie Lagunas

VOLCANOES, PIÑATAS AND GAMES, OH MY!: 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 how the team celebrated a teammate’s birthday 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.

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