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U.S. U-20 WNT Looks to Win Group A, Faces Guatemala in World Cup Qualifying


U.S. Under-20 Women’s National Team vs. Guatemala
2014 CONCACAF Women’s U-20 Championship
Truman Bodden Sports Complex; George Town, Cayman Islands
Jan. 13, 2014

U.S. U-20 CLINCHES SEMIFINAL BERTH, LOOKS TO WIN GROUP A: The U.S. Under-20 Women’s National Team has put in two solid performances to open play at the 2014 CONCACAF Women’s U-20 Championship, logging a comprehensive 6-0 victory against Costa Rica on Jan. 9 that saw forward Lindsey Horan score three goals while Summer Green and Savannah Jordan added single scores, and then followed that up with a 3-0 win against Jamaica that clinched a berth to the semifinal round. Jordan bagged another goal while Andi Sullivan and substitute McKenzie Meehan scored their first goals of the tournament. All that remains between the USA and a group title is Guatemala, which has lost its first two games by 6-0 (Mexico) and 5-1 (Costa Rica) scores. The USA needs a win or a tie to clinch first place in the group and earn a semifinal meeting on Jan. 17 against the second place finisher from Group B. The match against Guatemala takes place Monday, Jan. 13 (7:30 p.m. ET). All the matches are being played on natural grass at the Truman Bodden Sports Complex in George Town, Cayman Islands. 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 .

2014 CONCACAF Women’s U-20 Championship
USA Group A Schedule

Date

Opponent

Kickoff (ET)

Venue/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

7:30 p.m.

Truman Bodden Sports Complex; George Town, Cayman Islands

Jan. 17

TBD

TBD

Truman Bodden Sports Complex; George Town, Cayman Islands

Jan. 19

TBD

TBD

Truman Bodden Sports Complex; George Town, Cayman Islands

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TOURNAMENT FORMAT: The 2014 CONCACAF Women’s U-20 Championship, which has been held six previous times in various incarnations (the first two were held as U-19 tournaments), features eight nations divided into two groups of four teams. The top two finishers in each group will qualify for the semifinals, with the winners of those games and the winner of the third-place match earning berths to the 2014 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup in Canada. Group B features host Cayman Islands, Mexico, Honduras and Trinidad & Tobago.

GROUP A UPDATE: The USA has clinched a semifinal berth out of Group A and Guatemala, with two losses, has been eliminated. That means the Jamaica-Costa Rica clash on Monday, Jan. 13, will determine the other semifinal berth from Group A. Jamaica drew 0-0 with Guatemala in a game in should have won handily while Costa Rica defeated Guatemala, 5-1. However, the USA scored six times on Costa Rica and just three times on Jamaica, so the meeting between the Reggae Girlz and the Ticas should be a competitive one. Costa Rica needs just a tie while Jamaica needs to win to advance.

GROUP B UPDATE: Mexico is in first place in Group B after two matches, shutting out host Cayman Islands 6-0 in the opener and then routing Honduras 10-1 as Jazmin Orozco and Tanya Samarzich each recorded hat tricks. Mexico (2-0-0, 6 points) needs a draw or a victory to win the group when it faces Trinidad & Tobago (2-0-0, 6 points) on Tuesday, Jan. 14. While both teams share identical records, Mexico holds a commanding goal differential. Trinidad & Tobago defeated Honduras 2-0 on Jan. 10 and topped Cayman Islands 4-0 two days later. Mexico and T&T have both clinched semifinal berths, while Cayman Islands (0-2-0, 0 points) and Honduras (0-2-0, 0 points) battle for third place in Tuesday’s Group B finale.

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 five tournaments, facing Canada four times and Mexico once. Including this tournament, the USA is 26-2-1 all-time in the tournament, and after racking up some high scores in the early days of this tournament, has scored 150 goals while allowing 11. The USA has qualified for all six FIFA U-19/U-20 Women’s World Cups that have been contested, winning three of them: 2002, 2008 and 2012.

U-20 WNT A SPRINGBOARD TO FULL WNT: Many of the players who have scored for the USA in this tournament are certainly familiar to WNT fans. Lindsay Tarpley, Heather O’Reilly, Leslie Osborne, Megan Rapinoe, Yael Averbuch, Rachel Buehler, Amy Rodriguez, Lauren Cheney (now Holiday), Kelley O’Hara, Alex Morgan, Meghan Klingenberg, Sydney Leroux, Kristie Mewis, Lindsey Horan, Julie Johnston and Morgan Brian have scored in this tournament and gone on to earn caps with the full Women’s National Team.

THEY’RE IN: So far, half the field for the 2014 FIFA Under-20 Women’s World Cup has been filled. Along with host Canada, the Korea Republic, Korea DPR and China 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 in late January.

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 (USC; 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 27-2-1 all-time in the CONCACAF U-19/U-20 Championship and holds a 12-game winning streak dating back to the opener of the 2010 CONCACAF Women’s U-20 Championship in Guatemala.
  • During that 12-game span, the USA has scored 48 goals and allowed three.
  • Sixteen of the 20 players on the roster have seen action in the tournament so far. Only backup goalkeeper Jane Campbell, midfielder Lauren Kaskie, defender Laure Liedle and forward Mallory Webber have yet to see the field, but that could change against Guatemala.
  • Rachel Hill and Summer Green got their first starts of the tournament against Jamaica after both came on as subs in the first match against Costa Rica.
  • Margaret “Midge” Purce made her first appearance of the tournament against Jamaica when she replaced Summer Green in the 59th minute.
  • McKenzie Meehan also saw her first tournament action when she subbed for Savannah Jordan in the 72nd minute.
  • Andi Sullivan’s goal was her second at the U-20 level in nine caps.
  • Just five players have played all 180 minutes of the tournament so far: goalkeeper Katelyn Rowland; defenders, Katie Naughton, Cari Roccaro, Andi Sullivan and Brittany Basinger; and forward Lindsey Horan.
  • Five U.S. players have shared the nine goals scored in the tournament so far (which also includes an own goal from Costa Rica): Horan (3), Jordan (2), Green (1), Meehan (1) and Sullivan (1).
  • CONCACAF determined that the goal previously credited to Horan in the 86th minute of the match against Costa Rica was in fact an own goal by Costa Rica’s Mariana Benavidez. Horan has seven career goals in this tournament after scoring four two years ago.
  • The USA has taken 49 shots through two games and has put 23 of those on goal.
  • Morgan Andrews has registered assists in both games. Makenzy Doniak, Summer Green, Lindsey Horan, Margaret Purce and Andi Sullivan also have assists.
  • Four players on the roster earned their first U-20 caps in the opening game against Jamaica: defender Maddie Bauer, Basinger, midfielder Rachel Hill and forward Jordan, who scored her first U-20 goal. No player earned her first U-20 cap against Jamaica, but Meehan did score her first U-20 goal.
  • Heading into the tournament, six players had yet to earn their first caps at the U-20 level, but the roster is fairly experienced internationally with 10 players having represented the USA in a FIFA Women’s World Cup at the U-17 or U-20 level.
  • 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.
  • Roccaro, who is in her second U-20 cycle, is the most-capped player at this level with 24 games played.
  • Naughton is the oldest player on the roster as she will turn 20 in February.
  • Purce is the first player from Harvard to make a U.S. WNT qualifying roster. She was the Ivy League Player and Rookie of the Year. She led the Ivy League in shots and tied for the lead in goals with 11.
  • 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.
  • The 5-foot-9 Horan is the only player on the roster to have earned caps with the full WNT, playing off the bench against China PR at the Algarve Cup in Portugal last March and against Brazil on Nov. 10 where she picked up her first assist at the senior level.
  • 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 10 goals. In 2004, Kerri Hanks also 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.
  • The USA will play the remainder of this tournament without Doniak. She suffered broken right hand during the opening game against Costa Rica and will need surgery after she returns to the States.
  • U.S. right back Sullivan wore the captain’s armband against Jamaica and regular U.S. captain Roccaro wore it against Costa Rica in the first match.

USA VS. GUATEMALA SERIES:

  • The USA has played Guatemala just once in this tournament and that came in 2012, a 6-0 victory in Panama City, Panama that opened the tournament.
  • That game’s goal scorers featured two players that are on this year’s qualifying squad in Lindsey Horan, who scored three times, and Cari Roccaro, who scored her only U-20 international goal in that match.
  • The U.S. U-17s played Guatemala in their qualifying tournament back in November in Jamaica and won 7-0.

BY THE NUMBERS:

  • 1: Player still in high school on the USA’s qualifying roster (Andi Sullivan)
  • 4: CONCACAF U-19/U-20 tournaments, out of six, in which the USA has won all its games
  • 7: Players from the western region of the U.S. on this year’s qualifying roster
  • 8: Players on the USA’s qualifying roster who have scored in a U-20 international match
  • 11: Games out of 30 that the USA has scored six or more goals in CONCACAF U-19/U-20 qualifying
  • 11: U.S. players who stand 5-foot-7 or taller
  • 11: Different countries the USA has faced in CONCACAF U-19/U-20 women’s qualifying
  • 12: Goals Summer Green scored in the 2010 CONCACAF Women’s U-17 Championship, the most by a U.S. player in any qualifying tournament at any level
  • 27: All-time matches won in the CONCACAF U-19/U-20 Championship by the USA
  • 45: Players who played in a game for the U.S. U-20 WNT in 2013.

ON USSOCCER.COM:

MICHELLE FRENCH FACT FILE: Michelle French was hired as head coach of the U.S. Under-20 Women’s National Team on Feb. 20, 2013. A former U.S. international at the senior and youth levels, and a former professional player in the WUSA, French joined U.S. Soccer as the first full-time head coach for the U-20 age group.

  • French, 36, comes to U.S. Soccer after having coached at all levels of girls’ youth soccer. She served as a scout for U.S. Club Soccer since 2009, was a coach in the Washington Girls’ Olympic Development Program and served as an assistant coach for various U.S. Youth National Teams at the U-14, U-15, U-17 and U-18 levels since 2005.
  • She also has experience in the college game, serving as an assistant at UCLA in 2002 and as a volunteer assistant at the University of Washington in 2005.
  • She has worked with the Eastside Football Club since 2005, coaching up to three girls’ teams at a time. She also coached FC Portland Academy from 1998-2004.
  • In the summer of 2012, she was the head coach of the Seattle Sounders Women in the W-League, a team that included U.S. WNT players Alex Morgan, Sydney Leroux, Megan Rapinoe and Hope Solo.
  • As a player, French played for the U.S. Women’s National Team from 1997-2001, earning 14 caps with 11 starts. She won a silver medal at the 2000 Olympics. She was also called in to attend a portion of the Residency Training Camp for the 2004 Olympics.
  • She was first called into the full National Team for two matches against England on the 1997 Victory Tour presented by Nike, and she earned her first cap against England in her home stadium at the University of Portland on May 11, 1997. She had two assists in her career and played her last game for the USA on July 3, 2001, during a 1-0 win against Canada in Blaine, Minn.
  • French was also a member of the Residency Training for the 1999 FIFA Women’s World Cup and is one of the most-capped players in U.S. history at the U-21 level. She played for the USA U-21s from 1994-1999, the latter few as an overage player, and captained the U-21s from 1997-1999.
  • She captained the 1997, 1998 and 1999 Nordic Cup teams, helping the U.S. to a championship in 1997 in Denmark, while scoring two goals; to second place in 1998 in Holland; and to another title in 1999 in Iceland. She was a starter on the U-20 team at the Nordic Cup in Sweden in the summer of 1996.
  • French started her professional career with the Washington Freedom of the WUSA in 2001, where she was co-captain, and played two years for the San Jose CyberRays.
  • She continued her career at the semi-professional level, playing for the Seattle Sounders Women in the W-League in 2004 and from 2006-2009. In 2004, she led the W-League in assists and was named First-Team All-League and First-Team All-Conference in each season she played.
  • French was a highly decorated collegiate player at the University of Portland from 1995-1998 where she was a four-year starter and started every game she played. As a senior, she was a First-Team NSCAA All-American, an All-Far West Region selection and a MAC Hermann Award Finalist. She was also All-WCC First-Team and a WWC All-Academic Team selection. She was also the WCC Freshman of the Year in 1995 and a Soccer America All-Freshman Team selection. As a junior, her 14 assists were the second-best season total at the time to Shannon MacMillan.

IN FOCUS: GUATEMALA
Federación Nacional de Fútbol de Guatemala
Founded: 1919 (Joined FIFA in 1946)
U-20 WNT Head Coach: Benjamin Monterroso
Previous CONCACAF U-20 WNT qualifying appearances (2): (2010, 2012)
Best CONCACAF U-20 WNT qualifying finishes: Never advanced past group stage
All-time CONCACAF U-20 qualifying record: 2-5-1 (10 GF, 23 GA)

GUATEMALA U-20 WNT CONCACAF Qualifying Roster by Position:
GOALKEEPERS (2): 1-Yoselin Franco, 12-Estefani Rosales
DEFENDERS (5): 3-Darlin Sermeño, 2-Lisbeth Mazarigos, 5-Sara Fetzer, 16-Yuvitza Mayen, 20-Stephanie Rodriguez
MIDFIELDERS (8): 4-Megly Ordoñez, 6-Jeniffer Barrios, 10-Vivian Herrera, 7-Alida Argueta, 11-Leslie Rosales, 13-Barbara Ramirez, 18-Gabriela Rodriguez, 19-Celeste Gatica
FORWARDS (5): 14-Aisha Solorzano, 15-Lauren Markwith, 17-Madelyn Ventura, 9-Mia Espino, 8-Yoselin Sanchez

HOW THEY GOT HERE:

  • Guatemala qualified for the 2014 CONCACAF Women’s U-20 Championship through UNCAF by winning its playoff against Nicaragua by a 6-2 aggregate
  • 2014 Qualifying Record: 3-2-0 (12 GF, 6 GA)
  • Guatemala scorers in qualifying: Vivian Herrera (2), Aisha Solorzano (2), Madelyn Ventura (2); Alida Argueta, Mia Espino, Yoselin Sanchez + three Own Goals.
  • Guatemala posted its first-ever shutout in this tournament in its first game of this tournament, drawing Jamaica 0-0.

LAST TIME:
On the field for the USA:
Jan. 1, 2014 – Truman Bodden Spots Complex – George Town, Cayman Islands

Scoring Summary: 1 2 F
USA                        2 1 3 Jordan 31, Sullivan 40, Meehan 82
JAM                        0 0 0

Lineups:
USA: 1-Katelyn Rowland; 19-Andi Sullivan (capt.), 3-Cari Roccaro, 20-Katie Naughton, 4-Brittany Basinger; 7-Morgan Andrews (16-Stephanie Amack, 46), 14-Rachel Hill, 17-Rose Lavelle; 5-Summer Green (15-Margaret Purce, 59), 9-Lindsey Horan, 13-Savannah Jordan (11-McKenzie Meehan, 72)
Subs Not Used: 2-Maddie Bauer, 8-Lauren Kaskie, 10-Laura Liedle, 12-Mallory Weber, 18-Jane Campbell
Head Coach: Michelle French

JAM: 13-Chris-Ann Chambers; 4-Cachet Lue, 5-Konya Plummer, 15-Myjnairii Perkins, 10-Marlo Sweatman (capt.), 9-Trudi Carter, 17-Simone Wark (18-Kayla Gray, 52), 19-Jorja Hughes, 20-Alika Keene, 6-Oshay Nelson Lawes (11-Khadija Shaw, 75), 14-Alexa Allen (12-Keona Simmonds, 58)
Subs Not Used: 1-Taylor Grant, 2-Toriana Patterson, 3-Mackenzie Marsh, 8-Courtney Douglas, 16-Nicole Harris, 21-Imanie Richards
Head Coach: Vin Blaine

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