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U.S. Under-20 Women's National Team Arrives in Chillan, Chile to Kick off FIFA U-20 WWC

U.S. Under-20 Women’s National Team
FIFA Under-20 Women’s World Cup
Chillan, Chile
Nov. 15, 2008

ESTAMOS EN CHILE: The U.S. Under-20 Women’s National Team has arrived in Chillan, Chile, home of their first two matches at the FIFA Under-20 World Cup. The U.S. opens their Group B campaign on Wednesday, Nov. 19 against France and continues on Saturday, Nov. 22 against Argentina. The team will then travel to Temuco to round out group play against China on Nov. 25. The team arrived in Santiago for two days of training before making the Southern journey along the Andes Mountains to Chillan. Every U.S. game at the World Cup will be broadcast live on ESPN2 and shown on delay on Galavision.

U.S. U-20 WNT World Cup Schedule
Date        Opponent      Venue                                                              Time (Local/ET)
Nov. 19   France           Estadio Nelson Oyarzun; Chillan, Chile     3 p.m. / 1 p.m.
Nov. 21   Argentina      Estadio Nelson Oyarzun; Chillan, Chile     12 p.m. / 10 a.m.
Nov. 24   China            Estadio German Becker; Temuco, Chile    4 p.m. / 2 p.m.

A LOOK AT THE ROSTER: A total of 17 different universities are represented on the American roster. Portland, with their trio of Michelle Enyeart, Elli Reed and Keelin Winters and North Carolina, represented by Meghan Klingenberg and Nikki Washington, are the only two schools to send more than one player to Chile. Due to the overlap of the event with the NCAA season, several players who were a part of the team that successfully qualified for the tournament in June are not able to travel to Chile because of commitments to their college programs.

U.S. U-20 WWC Roster by Position
(3): Chantel Jones (Virginia), Alyssa Naeher (Penn State), Cat Parkhill (Minnesota)
DEFENDERS (6): Kiersten Dallsteam (Washington State), Kaley Fountain (Wake Forest), Lauren Fowlkes (Notre Dame), Liz Harkin (Arizona State), Meghan Klingenberg (North Carolina), Nikki Marshall (Colorado)
MIDFIELDERS (6): Gina DiMartino (Boston College), Becky Edwards (Florida State), Christine Nairn (Bowie, Md.), Elli Reed (Portland), Ingrid Wells (Georgetown), Keelin Winters (Portland)
FORWARDS (5): Michelle Enyeart (Portland), Sydney Leroux (UCLA), Alyssa Mautz (Texas A&M), Alex Morgan (California), Nikki Washington (North Carolina)

HOW WE GOT HERE: The U.S. earned their place in Chile during a successful run through CONCACAF Qualifying in June. Scoring 20 goals en route to the championship match against rival Canada, the U.S. allowed their first goal of the tournament and fell, 1-0. Michelle Enyeart led the team in qualifying with six goals in five games, including a hat trick in the opener against Trinidad & Tobago. Mexico joins both Canada and the U.S. in representing CONCACAF, having won the third place game against Costa Rica in overtime.

A QUICK LOOK AT THE HISTORY: Entering just the fourth-ever tournament at this level, the United States has played a major role in each of the previous three tournaments and will look to hold onto their place as one of the most successful teams throughout the six-year history.

• Only four other teams have qualified for all four tournaments: Australia, Brazil, Canada and Germany
 • The U.S. has never failed to reach the semifinals of any FIFA women's tournament
• The U.S. has 15 victories in 18 overall matches, holding a goal differential of +42. Only one of those losses was in regulation (3-1 loss to Germany in 2004 semifinal)
• Angie Woznuk scored the tournament’s fastest ever goal in 2004, with a second-minute strike against Russia. She broke American Megan Kakadelas' record goal in the third minute of a 6-0 victory over Chinese Tapei in 2002
• Lindsay Tarpley scored the first goal in the history of the tournament in the 37th minute of the USA's 5-1 win against England in 2002. She would also go on to bookend the tournament by scoring the last goal in the 109th minute of the final to give the U.S. the title.
• So far, only Tracey Leone (nee Bates) has won a World Championship as a player (1991 FIFA Women’s World Cup) and a coach (2002 FIFA U-19 WWC)

A LOOK AT GROUP B: The U.S. will square off against France, Argentina and China in Group B in what is a nearly identical group to that of 2006 (the USA played France and Argentina in group play two years ago and China in the semifinal). The U.S. has only faced France once before in a world championship, a 1-0 win in Russia 2006. Three days later, the U.S. topped Argentina 3-1 in the two teams’ only world championship meeting. The United States has played China seven times in FIFA women’s competitions, picking up two wins and five ties. At the Under-20 level, the U.S. and China drew 0-0 in the semifinals two years ago, with China advancing on penalties.

WORLD CUP MARKS RETURN TO CHILE: The U.S. returns to Chile for the first time since the Four Nations Tournament in February. The U.S. will look to repeat the success of that tournament, which they won by dominating the hosts, 5-1 in their third and final game. The U.S. also posted wins against Norway (2-1) and England (1-0) during their time in La Serena.

BLOG: The U.S. U-20 WNT has arrived in Chile, which means the YNT Blog is back in action. You can keep up with the adventures, inside jokes and behind the scene stories of the team as they make their trek through Chile and campaign for a world championship. You can keep up with all the action at