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U.S. U-20 WNT to Open CONCACAF U-20 Women's Championship Against Guatemala


ROUTE TO JAPAN GOES THROUGH PANAMA: The U.S. Under-20 Women’s National Team is set to face off against Guatemala in the opening match of the 2012 CONCACAF U-20 Women’s Championship. The U.S. arrived in Panama on Sunday night and will open Group B play on Friday, March 2, at 5 p.m. ET. The USA will then face Cuba at 5 p.m. ET on Sunday, March 4, and wrap up group play against host Panama at 7:30 p.m. ET on March 6. All matches will be streamed live on CONCACAF.com, and fans can also follow the action as it happens on ussoccer.com’s MatchTracker.

U.S. ROSTER BY POSITION
GOALKEEPERS (2): Bryane Heaberlin (North Carolina; St. Petersburg, Fla.), Abby Smith (Dallas Texans; Dallas, Texas)
DEFENDERS (6): Stephanie Amack (Mustang Blast; Pleasanton, Calif.), Olivia Brannon (Virginia; Troy, Mich.) Crystal Dunn (North Carolina; Rockville Centre, N.Y.), 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.), Julie Johnston (Santa Clara; Mesa, Ariz.), Sarah Killion (UCLA; Fort Wayne, Ind.), Mandy Laddish (Notre Dame; Lee’s Summit, Mo.), Sam Mewis (UCLA; Hanson, Mass.)
FORWARDS (6): Micaela Capelle (Portland; Gresham, Ore.), Maya Hayes (Penn State; West Orange, N.J.), Lindsey Horan (Colorado Rush; Golden, Colo.), Kealia Ohai (North Carolina; Draper, Utah), Katie Stengel (Wake Forest; Melbourne, Fla.), Chi Ubogagu (Stanford; Coppell, Texas)

ROSTER NOTES

  • Crystal Dunn, Maya Hayes and Sam Mewis are the three carryovers from the U.S. team that participated in the 2010 CONCACAF U-20 Women’s Championship.
  • Dunn, Hayes and Mewis also played together at the 2008 CONCACAF U-17 Women’s Championship in Trinidad & Tobago, along with Morgan Brian.
  • Five players represented the U.S. at the 2010 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup in Germany: Bryane Heaberlin, Dunn, Hayes, Mewis and Mollie Pathman.
  • The majority of the U.S. players were born in 1992, with four players born in 1993 (Olivia Brannon, Brian, Heaberlin and Abby Smith) and three born in 1994 (Stephanie Amack, Lindsey Horan and Cari Roccaro).
  • Six of the players were on the team that outscored opponents 32-0 in the group phase of the 2012 CONCACAF U-17 Women’s Championship but did not qualify for the FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup after falling in penalty kicks in the semifinal.
  • Four of the players are still in high school, while the other 16 are in college.
  • Two players on the roster have been named Gatorade National Girls’ Soccer Player of the Year: Pathman in 2009-10 and Brian in 2010-11. 
  • Hayes scored 31 goals for Penn State this past season, garnering the Big Ten Forward of the Year award and was named a Hermann Trophy finalist.

USA vs. GUATEMALA SERIES

  • The match will be the first for the U.S. against Guatemala at the U-20 level.
  • The U.S. Women have only faced Guatemala twice before at any level. The U.S. WNT first beat Guatemala 9-0 on Oct. 30, 2010, in FIFA Women’s World Cup qualifying in Cancun, Mexico, and the U.S. won 13-0 in CONCACAF Women’s Olympic Qualifying on Jan. 22, 2012.

THIRD TIME IS A CHARM: The U.S. U-20 Women are looking for their third CONCACAF U-20 Women’s Championship title. It would be the second straight tournament victory for the U.S., which won the previous edition in 2010 with a 1-0 win against Mexico in Guatemala City, Guatemala. The 2002 and 2004 tournaments were played as U-19 events until FIFA changed the age level to U-20 to align with the age groups on the men’s side. In 2002, the event was played with two groups of four and the winner of each group qualified for the FIFA U-19 Women’s World Cup without crossing over to determine a tournament winner. Canada won the tournament in 2004 and 2008, defeating the USA in the championship game both times.

EYE ON THE RISING SUN: FIFA has formally confirmed that the 2012 FIFA Under-20 Women’s World Cup will be held in Japan. At the end of December, FIFA announced that the tournament would not be staged in Uzbekistan as previously scheduled because of a number of logistical and technical issues. The Under-20 Women’s World Cup will be played from Aug. 18-Sept. 8. It will be the first time Japan, winners of the 2011 FIFA Women’s World Cup, will host a FIFA women’s world championship for soccer.

CONTINUING THE JOURNEY: Six members of the current U.S. U-20 WNT were part of the U.S. U-17 WNT that did not qualify for the 2010 FIFA U-17 World Cup. Three members of that squad, Morgan Brian, Bryane Heaberlin and Lindsey Horan, reflect on that tournament and what the experience taught them heading into the 2012 CONCACAF U-20 Women’s Championship.

BY THE NUMBERS:
2          Times the U.S. has won the CONCACAF U-20 Women’s Championship (2006, 2010)
3          Players looking to play in their third FIFA youth World Cup: Dunn, Hayes and Mewis
3          CONCACAF berths to the 2012 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup
5          U.S. Players who were on the roster for the 2010 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup
8          U.S. Players who have been on a U-17 or U-20 roster for a youth FIFA Women’s World Cup
13        Players born in 1992

IN FOCUS: GUATEMALA

FEDERACIÓN NACIONAL DE FÚTBOL DE GUATEMALA (FEDEFUT)
Founded: 1919 (Joined FIFA in 1946)
Head Coach: Benjamin Monterroso
Best FIFA World Cup Finish: None
Best Continental Championship Finish: Fifth, 2010
Top Scorer in pre-qualifying: Maria Monterroso (4)
Key Players: F Maria Monterroso, F Idania Perez, F Londy Barrios, D Marilyn Rivera

GUATEMALA UPDATE

  • The Guatemala U-20 Women’s National Team qualified for the 2012 CONCACAF U-20 Women’s Championship by winning its three-team group in UNCAF qualifying.
  • Guatemala defeated Costa Rica and Honduras in Group 1 of UNCAF qualifying.
  • Six players on the Guatemala U-20 WNT participated at the 2012 CONCACAF Women’s Olympic Qualifying tournament in Vancouver, Canada where they lost to the full U.S. WNT by a 13-0 score.
  • Guatemala’s leading scorer Maria Monterroso is daughter of head coach Benjamin Monterroso.

GUATEMALA ROSTER BY POSITION
GOALKEEPERS (3): Stephani Castellon, Mariandre Rodas, Joselin Franco
DEFENDERS (6): Marilyn Rivera, Marlen Veliz, Yoselin Sanchez, Jeymi Hernandez, Gabriela Mejia, Ana Hernandez
MIDFIELDERS (10): Cynthia Lopez, Ana Marroquin, Daniela Dougherty, Maria Isabel Argueta, Marleny Marroquin, Maria Rosario Monkemuller, Rocio Velasquez, Casey Barahona, Leslie Rosales, Celeste Gatica
FORWARDS (8): Natalie Argueta, Maria Monterroso, Idania Perez, Vivian Herrera, Carmen Garcia, Lesly Callejas, Londy Barrios, Joseline Parra

GUATEMALA ROSTER NOTES 

  • Maria Monterroso scored four goals in UNCAF qualifying for the 2012 CONCACAF U-20 Women’s Championship, matching her four goals at the 2012 CONCACAF Olympic Qualifying tournament with the Guatemala senior team.
  • Two players on the roster have ties North American countries with Casey Barahona hailing from Rancho Cucamonga, Calif., and Joseline Parra joining the team from Vancouver, Canada.
  • Three players on the Guatemala roster were born in 1995, with two born in 1996.

LAST TIME
On the field for USA:
Feb. 13, 2012 – La Manga Club Field – La Manga, Spain – International Friendly
USA                2          Kealia Ohai 2, Chioma Ubogagu 3
Norway          0         

USA: Bryane Heaberlin; Stephanie Amack (Cari Roccaro, 70), Olivia Brannon, Kassey Kallman, Mollie Pathman (capt.), Sam Mewis (Vanessa Di Bernardo, 46), Julie Johnston (Mandy Laddish, 46), Morgan Brian, Kealia Ohai (Maya Hayes, 76), Katie Stengel (Lindsey Horan, 46), Chioma Ubogagu (Micaela Capelle, 74)
Subs not used: Abby Smith Crystal Dunn, Sarah Killion
Head Coach: Steve Swanson

NOR: Kirvil Schau Odden; Ida Aardalen (Ingrid Bakke, 55), Maren S. Knudsen, Ingrid Søndenå, Anja Sønstevold, Guro Reiten (Anette Tengesdal, 57), Ina Skaug (Mia Voltersvik, 68), Caroline Graham Hansen (Else Vassbø, 88), Andrine S. Hegerburg, Kristine Wigdahl Hegland (capt.), Ada S. Hegerburg
Subs not used: Ane Fimreite, Kristine Kristiansen Hagen, Andrea Skjold Frøshaug, Nora Gjøen
Head coach: Jarl Torske

On the field for Guatemala:
Aug. 16, 2011 – Estadio Municipal Carlos Miranda – Comayagua – UNCAF 2012 Qualifying – Group 1
Guatemala      3          Marleny Marroquin 37, Maria Monterroso 56, 90           
Costa Rica      1          Karolina Duran 7

GUA:
Yoselin Franco, Marylin Rivera, Jeymi Hernandez, Gabriela Mejia (Carmen Garcia, 88), Cynthia Lopez, Daniela Andrade, Maria Isabel Argueta, Marleny Marroquin (Idania Perez, 66), Maria Monterroso, Vivian Herrera (Yoselin Sanchez, 78), Londy Barrios
Head coach: Raul Calderon

CRC: Yalitza Sanchez; Hazel Quiros, Gabriela Guillen, Lina Jaramillo, Maria Jose Gamboa (Yesmi Rodriguez, 63), Gloriana Duarte (Maria Alejandra Guevara, 45), Yocxelin Rodriguez, Raquel Rodriguez, Maria Fernanda Moreira (Maria Jose Brenes, 21), Mariana Benavidez, Karolina Duran
Head coach: Randal Chacon

 

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