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U.S. U-20 Women Fall to Brazil, 2-1, to Finish Ricardo Teixeira Cup


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TERESOPOLIS, Brazil (April 24, 2006) – The U.S. Under-20 Women’s National Soccer Team was out-played, out-shot, and eventually out-scored in a 2-1 loss to the Brazilian U-20s in the final game of the Ricardo Teixeira Cup. The U.S. team had already clinched the tournament title, finishing with seven points from their first three matches. Canada finished second with five points and Brazil finished third with four points.

The USA opened the scoring in the 14th minute after a Sarah Wagenfuhr free kick from the right flank was headed down outside the penalty area by a Brazilian defender. Danesha Adams ran onto the ball and smacked a first-time, left-footed shot that deflected off goal box traffic right to Jordan Angeli, who finished smartly from 12 yards into the left corner with a first-time, left-footed shot of her own.

The match was a rough and tumble affair with the teams combining for 38 fouls including 23 on the USA. The Americans, perhaps sluggish from playing their second international match in two days, did not create much danger, forcing Brazilian goalkeeper Barbara into just three saves.

The USA started the game in a 4-3-3 formation with Brittany Bock as the holding midfielder behind two attacking midfielders in Allie Long and Kelley O’Hara. The three-front consisted of Tobin Heath, Angeli and Jessica Rostedt, but the Americans switched to a 4-4-2 in the 28th minute and played that way until the 68th minute when U.S. goalkeeper Val Henderson was sent off for fouling a Brazilian attacker on a breakaway at the top of the penalty area. U.S. head coach Tim Schulz removed Rostedt from the game, inserted Kelsey Davis in goal, and the USA was forced to play a woman down for the last 22 minutes. The USA received four yellow cards in the match to go with the one red.

Brazil had equalized in the 38th minute off a free kick from 25 yards out after Wagenfuhr had chopped down a Brazilian player almost dead center of the goal. Renata Costa struck her shot well, but it went right through the hands of Henderson and into the right side of the net.

The USA had a chance to take the lead just a minute before halftime as Rostedt got around the Brazilian defense in the left side of the penalty area on the sprint. She played a perfect pass into the seam for Heath, who drove her shot at the net, but Barbara did well to make a reaction save. One minute earlier, Brazil had driven a shot off the crossbar from 27 yards out.

Brazil got its winner two minutes after Henderson was shown the red card when a poor U.S. clearance bounced to Maurine at the top of the box. She took a touch and then bent her shot around Davis and into the lower right corner. Davis, who made two great saves on breakaways late in the match as the U.S. pressed forward for an equalizer, got a piece of Maurine’s shot, but couldn’t turn it away.

Brazil out-shot the USA, 14-8, and had five corner kicks to the USA’s two. The Americans still had two late chances to tie the game, but Heath’s shot in the right side of the penalty area from a steep angle went right into Barbara’s hands, and a probing cross from defender Carrie Dew just eluded the sliding Bock in the final minutes.

The USA had defeated Brazil by a 2-0 score earlier in the tournament. All three teams in the tournment are preparing for the 2006 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Championship to be held in Russia from Aug. 17 - Sept. 3.

The U-20s will have a short break before returning to training camp on April 30 at The Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif. That camp will be followed by a trip to Germany from May 7-16, where the team will play several matches, including contests against the German U-21s and several women’s Bundesliga teams.

U.S. UNDER-20 WOMEN'S NATIONAL TEAM GAME REPORT

Match-up: USA vs. Brazil
Competition: Ricardo Teixeira Cup
Venue: Granja Comary – Brazilian National Team Training Center; Teresopolis, Brazil
Date: April 23, 2006; Kickoff – 10:00 a.m. local time / 9:00 a.m. ET
Attendance: N/A
Weather: Overcast, warm – 78 degrees

Scoring Summary:
           1     2    F

USA   1     0    1
BRA   1     1    2  

USA – Jordan Angeli (Danesha Adams) 14th minute.
BRA – Renata Costa (unassisted) 38.
BRA – Maurine (unassisted) 70.

Lineups:
USA – 1-Val Henderson (Sent Off, 68); 9-Danesha Adams (4-Carrie Dew, 46), 12-Nikki Kryzsik, 3-Sarah Wagenfuhr, 8-Ariel Harris (13-Stephanie Logterman, 46); 7-Brittany Bock, 10-Kelley O’Hara (5-Lauren Cheney, 46), 16-Allie Long (21-Amanda Poach, 58), 14-Jessica Rostedt (Kelsey Davis, 68), 2-Jordan Angeli (17-Tina DiMartino, 46), 6-Tobin Heath.
Subs not used: None.
Head Coach: Tim Schulz

BRA – 1-Barbara, 2-Daiane, 3-Monica, 4-Fernanda (14-Aliane, 44), 5-Erika; 6-Danielli, 7-Francielle, 8-Renata Costa, 9-Adriane, 10-Maurine, 11-Fabiana.
Subs not used: 12-Thais, 13-Luana, 16-Jocielma, 17-Stephane, 19-Tatiane, 20-Luana Gomes, 21-Pamela
Head Coach: Jorge Luiz Barcellos Martins

Statistical Summary:
USA / BRA
Shots:
8 / 14
Shots on Goal: 4 / 9
Saves: 7 / 3
Corner Kicks: 2 / 5
Fouls: 23 / 15
Offside: 1 / 13

Misconduct Summary:
USA – Allie Long (caution) 1st minute.
USA – Sarah Wagenfuhr (caution) 37.
USA – Nikki Krzysik (caution) 59.
BRA – Aliane (caution) 61.
USA – Val Henderson (sent off) 68.
USA – Lauren Cheney (caution) 88.

Sierra Mist Woman of the Match: Brittany Bock

Ricardo Teixeira Cup Standings
Team    W    L    T    Pts.    GF    GA    GD
USA        2    1    1      7        9       4      +5
CAN        1    1    2     5         4       7      -3
BRA        1    2    1     4          3      5      -2

Ricardo Teixeira Cup Schedule – Teresopolis, Brazil
April 15-24, 2006

(All matches in Teresopolis at Brazilian National Team Training Center)

Date         Match-Up / Result
April 15    USA U-20 2, Canada U-20 2
April 17    Canada U-20 1, Brazil U-20 0
April 19    USA U-20 2, Brazil U-20 0
April 22    Brazil U-20 1, Canada U-20 1
April 23    USA U-20 4, Canada U-20 0
April 24    Brazil U-20 2, USA U-20 1

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