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U.S. U-20 WNT Faces Nigeria in U-20 Women's World Cup Semifinals on Tuesday

U.S. U-20 Women’s National Team vs. Nigeria
2012 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup – Semifinal
Tokyo’s National Stadium; Tokyo, Japan
Sept. 4, 2012

U.S. U-20 WNT FACES NIGERIA IN SEMIFINALS: The U.S. Under-20 Women’s National Team is one victory away from advancing to the 2012 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup Final as it faces Nigeria in the semifinals on Tuesday, Sept. 4, at Tokyo’s National Stadium in Japan. Live coverage of the match starts at 2:50 a.m. ET on ESPNU and ESPN3. The USA is coming off a hard-fought 2-1 overtime victory against Korea DPR on Friday, Aug. 31.

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Result/Time (ET)

U.S. Goalscorers/TV


Aug. 20


4-0 W

Own goal; Hayes (3)

Hiroshima Big Arch Stadium; Hiroshima, Japan

Aug. 23

China PR

1-1 T


Hiroshima Big Arch Stadium; Hiroshima, Japan

Aug. 27


0-3 L


Miyagi Stadium; Rifu, Japan

Aug. 31

Korea DPR

2-1 W (OT)

DiBernardo, Ubogagu

Komaba Stadium; Saitama, Japan

Sept. 4


3 a.m.


Tokyo’s National Stadium; Tokyo, Japan


  • USA 2, Korea DPR 1 (OT): U.S. forward Chioma Ubogagu scored the game-winning goal in the 98th minute on Aug. 31 at Komaba Stadium in Saitama, Japan, to help the USA advance to the semifinals. Vanessa DiBernardo gave the USA a 1-0 lead in the 52nd minute and Korea DPR’s Kim Su Gyong equalized in the 75th minute. Ubogagu’s and DiBernardo’s goals were the first U.S. goals in the U-20 World Cup that were not by Maya Hayes, who scored all four USA tallies through the first three matches of the tournament.
  • Nigeria 1, Mexico 0: Both teams played through a scoreless regulation and Nigeria’s Desire Oparanozie broke the stalemate with the game’s lone goal in the 109th minute on Thursday, Aug. 30, at Tokyo’s National Stadium. Nigeria advanced to its second straight U-20 World Cup semifinal. Nigeria out-shot Mexico 33-17 and 10-4 on goal.
  • Germany 4, Norway 0: Lena Lotzen scored goals in the fifth and 20th minutes to lead Germany past Norway on Aug. 31 in Saitama, Japan. Teammates Melanie Leupolz (seventh minute) and Luisa Wensing (85th minute) also scored goals for Germany, the defending U-20 World Cup champion and a two-time winner of the tournament. Germany had 11 shots on goal to Norway’s two.
  • Japan 3, Korea Republic 1: Hanae Shibata scored goals in the eighth and 19th minutes to lead host Japan to a quarterfinal victory over Korea Republic on Aug. 30 in front of nearly 25,000 spectators at Tokyo’s National Stadium. Yoko Tanaka added an insurance goal in the 37th minute.

The USA and Germany have advanced to five U-19/U-20 World Cup semifinals, Nigeria prepares for its second semifinal and Japan advances to its first semifinal.

GOALKEEPERS (3): Bryane Heaberlin (North Carolina; St. Petersburg, Fla.), Jami Kranich (Villanova; Hamden, Conn.), Abby Smith (Dallas Texans; Dallas, Texas)
DEFENDERS (6): Stephanie Amack (Mustang Blast; Pleasanton, Calif.), Crystal Dunn (North Carolina; Rockville Centre, N.Y.), Julie Johnston (Santa Clara; Mesa, Ariz.), Kassey Kallman (Florida State; Woodbury, Minn.), Mollie Pathman (Duke; Durham, N.C.), Cari Roccaro (Albertson Fury; East Islip, N.Y.)
MIDFIELDERS (6): Morgan Brian (Virginia; St. Simons Island, Ga.), Vanessa DiBernardo (Illinois; Naperville, Ill.), Sarah Killion (UCLA; Fort Wayne, Ind.), Mandy Laddish (Notre Dame; Lee’s Summit, Mo.), Samantha Mewis (UCLA; Hanson, Mass.), Taylor Schram (Penn State; Canonsburg, Pa.)
FORWARDS (6): Kelly Cobb (Duke; Chugiak, Alaska), Maya Hayes (Penn State; West Orange, N.J.), Kealia Ohai (North Carolina; Draper, Utah), Katie Stengel (Wake Forest; Melbourne, Fla.), Chioma Ubogagu (Stanford; Coppell, Texas), Becca Wann (Richmond; Chesterfield, Va.)

PREPARATION SCHEDULE YIELDS SOLID RESULTS FOR U-20 WNT: The USA headed into the 2012 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup with a 12-1-0 record this year in international matches. The lone loss came against the Women’s World Cup hosts by a 1-0 score on a June trip to Japan. The USA won the second match against Japan 2-0 three days later. The USA was fortunate enough to play nine matches against teams that are participating in the Women’s World Cup and compiled an 8-1-0 record in those games.




Result/Time (ET)

U.S. Goalscorers/TV


Feb. 9


10-0 W

Johnston, Ohai (2), Horan (3), Brian, Mewis (2), Ubogagu

La Manga Club; La Manga, Spain

Feb. 11


1-0 W


La Manga Club; La Manga, Spain

Feb. 13


2-0 W

Ohai, Ubogagu

La Manga Club; La Manga, Spain

March 2


6-0 W

Horan (3), Johnston, Stengel, Roccaro

Estadio Rommel Fernandez; Panama City, Panama

March 4


6-0 W

Stengel (2), Hayes (2), DiBernardo, Ubogagu

Estadio Rommel Fernandez; Panama City, Panama

March 6


6-0 W

Capelle, DiBernardo, Johnston, Hayes (2), Mewis

Estadio Rommel Fernandez; Panama City, Panama

March 9


4-0 W

Johnston, Brian, Horan, Ohai

Estadio Rommel Fernandez; Panama City, Panama

March 11


2-1 W

Hayes, Ubogagu

Estadio Rommel Fernandez; Panama City, Panama

April 12

China PR

4-1 W

Horan (2), Ubogagu, Mewis

The Home Depot Center; Carson, Calif.

April 15

China PR

3-0 W

Stengel, Ubogagu, Mewis

The Home Depot Center; Carson, Calif.

May 19

New Zealand

5-0 W

Horan, Ohai, Stengel (2), Ubogagu

The Home Depot Center; Carson, Calif.

June 17


0-1 L


Nagai Stadium; Osaka, Japan

June 20


2-0 W

Hayes, Ubogagu

J-Green Sakai National Training Center; Osaka, Japan

TOURNAMENT FORMAT: The 2012 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup – which is staged every two years – features 16 nations divided into four groups of four teams each. The top two teams in each group advanced to the quarterfinal stage on Aug. 30 and 31. The semifinals take place Tuesday, Sept. 4, and the Final and third-place matches are held on Saturday, Sept. 8, with both rounds at the National Olympic Stadium in Tokyo. Players eligible for this age group tournament must have been born on or after Jan. 1, 1992.

CONSISTENT U.S. PRESENCE: The USA has competed in all five previous Women’s World Cups held for this age group, winning the inaugural tournament in 2002 in Canada when it was a U-19 event, finishing third in 2004 in Thailand, finishing fourth in 2006 in Russia when the format changed to U-20s, winning in 2008 in Chile on the strength of goal scoring from current Olympic gold medalists Alex Morgan and Sydney Leroux and finishing fifth in 2010 in Germany. The U-19 tournaments featured 12 teams while the last three – and the current edition – feature 16.

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  • Maya Hayes leads all 2012 U-20 Women’s World Cup players with four goals. Hayes scored a hat trick against Ghana and had the lone U.S. goal in the 1-1 draw against China PR during the group stage of the tournament.
  • Sixteen of the 21 players selected by U-20 Women’s National Team head coach Steve Swanson were born in 1992, three were born in 1993 and two – defenders Stephanie Amack and Cari Roccaro – were born in 1994, meaning they are age-eligible for the 2014 FIFA Under-20 Women’s World Cup in Canada.
  • Eleven different players have scored for the USA in international matches this year, nine of whom made the World Cup roster. Hayes leads the World Cup team with 10 international goals this year, followed by Chioma Ubogagu with nine goals. Hayes is the USA’s top scorer at this level with 16 career international goals.
  • Midfielder Samantha Mewis leads the U.S. U-20s with six assists in international competition this year in 760 minutes of play.
  • Defender Mollie Pathman leads the team with 1,266 minutes played this year.


  • 2: International games out of 17 in which the USA has been shut out in 2012
  • 2: Remaining teams that won a previous U-19/U-20 World Cup: USA (2), Germany (2)
  • 5: Goals scored by Maya Hayes in CONCACAF qualifying to lead the team
  • 6: Assists by Samantha Mewis this year to lead the team
  • 6: U-19/U-20 Women’s World Cups that the USA has qualified for
  • 8: Goals allowed by the USA in 17 international matches this year
  • 27: Players to see action in a U.S. U-20 international match this year
  • 41: Career U-20 caps for Hayes, the most on the Women’s World Cup roster
  • 57: Goals scored by the USA in 17 international matches this year


  • Nigeria Football Association
  • Founded: 1945 (Joined FIFA in 1960)
  • Head Coach: Okon Edwin
  • Best FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup Finish: Second place (2010)


  • In the only appearance between the U.S. and Nigeria in a U-20 Women’s World Cup, Nigeria defeated the USA in a penalty kick shootout during the quarterfinals of the 2010 tournament on July 25 in Augsburg, Germany.
  • The U.S. and Nigeria were level at 1-1 through regulation and overtime before Nigeria converted on all four of its PK chances. The USA converted on two of its four PK chances, with Mollie Pathman and Kristie Mewis converting while Christine Nairn’s attempt was saved and Sydney Leroux’s final chance went over the frame.
  • In that quarterfinal match, Amber Brooks gave the U.S. a 1-0 lead in the ninth minute and Nigeria’s Helen Ukaonu tied the score at 1-1 in the 79th minute.

GOALKEEPERS (3): 1-Ibubeleye Whyte, 12-Chioma Nwankwo, 21-Damilola Akano
DEFENDERS (7): 2-Blessing Edoho, 3-Gloria Ofoegbu, 4-Ugo Njoku, 6-Jennifer Osawaru, 13-Fasilat Adeyemo, 15-Josephine Chukwunonye, 20-Chidinma Okoro
MIDFIELDERS (4): 5-Cecilia Nku, 10-Ngozi Okobi, 14-Asisat Oshoala, 16-Osarenoma Igbinovia
FORWARDS (7): 7-Esther Sunday, 8-Ebere Orji, 9-Desire Oparanozie, 11-Winifred Eyebhoria, 17-Francisca Ordega, 18-Charity Adule, 19-Abosede Olukayode


  • Nigeria won Group B of this year’s tournament with a 2-0-1 record and seven points, outscoring its group opponents by a 7-1 clip.
  • Francisca Ordega scored four goals in the group stage, including three tallies during the team’s 4-0 victory against Italy on Aug. 26.
  • Nigeria’s other goalscorers in the 2012 World Cup include Desire Oparanozie with two and Ngozi Okobi and Osarenoma Igbinovia with one apiece.
  • This is the second straight semifinal appearance for Nigeria, which advanced to the 2010 championship, where Germany won 2-0 for the crown on an early goal from Alexandra Popp and a Nigeria own goal by Osinachi Ohale in second-half stoppage time.
  • Five Nigeria players on its current U-20 roster also started during the 2010 championship game against Germany: defender Gloria Ofoegbu, midfielder Cecilia Nku and forwards Esther Sunday, Ebere Orji and Oparanozie.

On the field for the USA:
Aug. 31, 2012 – Komaba Stadium; Saitama, Japan
2012 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup; Quarterfinal
USA  2  DiBernardo 52, Ubogagu 98
PRK  1  Sun Gyong 75

USA: 1-Bryane Heaberlin; 4-Crystal Dunn, 8-Julie Johnston (capt.), 3-Cari Roccaro, 2-Mollie Pathman; 16-Sarah Killion, 10-Vanessa DiBernardo (15-Kassey Kallman, 108), 6-Morgan Brian; 7-Kealia Ohai, 20-Kelly Cobb (13-Samantha Mewis, 61), 5-Maya Hayes (9-Chioma Ubogagu, 71)
Subs not used: 11-Becca Wann, 12-Katie Stengel, 14-Mandy Laddish, 17-Taylor Schram, 18-Abby Smith, 19-Stephanie Amack, 21-Jami Kranich
Head Coach: Steve Swanson

PRK: 18-O Chang Ran; 2-Kim Nam Hui, 5-Yun Song Mi, 14-Pong Son Hwa, 15-Ri Nam Sil; 8-Jon Myong Hwa, 12-Kim Un Hyang, 13-O Hui Sun (capt.), 19-Yu Jong Im (20-Kim Su Gyong, 56); 10-Yun Hyon Hi, 11-Kim Un Hwa (17-Kwon Song Hwa, 78; 3-Ri Yong Mi, 105)
Subs not used: 1-Choe Kyong Im, 7-Kim Un Ju, 4-Kim Un Ha, 6-Ryu Un Jong, 9-Pak Kyong Mi, 16-Ri Hyang Hui, 21-Kim Chol Ok
Head Coach: Sin Ui Gun

On the field vs. Nigeria:
July 25, 2010 – FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup Stadium; Augsburg, Germany
2010 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup; Quarterfinal
USA   1  Brooks 9
NGA   1   Ukaonu 79

Penalty Summary:
NGA: Jegede (goal), Ukaonu (goal), Sunday (goal), Oparanozie (goal)
USA: Nairn (saved), Pathman (goal), K. Mewis (goal), Leroux (high)

USA: 1-Bianca Henninger; 3-Rachel Quon, 2-Toni Pressley, 4-Crystal Dunn, 5-Kendall Johnson; 17-Casey Short (13-Mollie Pathman, 66), 20-Amber Brooks, 11-Christine Nairn (capt.), 12-Zakiya Bywaters (16-Maya Hayes, 70; 14-Meg Morris, 106); 9-Kristie Mewis, 19-Sydney Leroux
Subs not used: 6-Vicki DiMartino, 7-Courtney Verloo, 8-Samantha Mewis, 10-Teresa Noyola, 15-Jenna Richmond, 18-Adrianna Franch, 21-Bryane Heaberlin
Head Coach: Jill Ellis

NGA: 1-Alaba Jonathan; 15-Joy Jegede (capt.), 17-Helen Ukaonu, 20-Osinachi Ohale, 5-Cecilia Nku, 10-Rebecca Kalu, 11-Glory Iroka, 8-Ebere Orji (13-Ngozi Ebere, 114), 9-Desire Oparanozie, 16-Amarachi Okoronkwo (7-Esther Sunday, 68), 18-Charity Adule
Subs not used: 2-Blessing Edoho, 3-Gloria Ofoegbu, 4-Martina Ohadugha, 6-Esther Michael, 12-Rabi Ihiabe, 14-Soo Adekwagh, 19-Uchechi Sunday, 21-Marbel Egwuenu
Head Coach: Ndem Egan