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U.S. U-20 WNT Seeks CONCACAF Title Against Mexico on Saturday, Jan. 30


U.S. Under-20 Women’s National Team
2010 CONCACAF Under-20 Women’s Championship
Guatemala City, Guatemala

FINAL COUNTDOWN: The U.S. Under-20 Women’s National Team fulfilled its goal of qualifying for the 2010 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup by virtue of a 2-1 semifinal victory against Costa Rica on Thursday, Jan. 28, at Estadio Cementos Progreso in Guatemala City, Guatemala. Second half goals from Kristie Mewis and Teresa Noyola put the team ahead before Costa Rica’s Raquel Rodriguez Cedeño pulled one back for the Ticas. The U.S. U-20 Women will take on Mexico in the tournament final at 5:30 p.m. ET on Saturday, Jan. 30. The match will be televised live on Fox Sports en Español, streamed live on CONCACAF.com and fans can also follow along live on ussocccer.com’s MatchTracker. The final will also be shown on tape delay at 5 p.m. ET on Sunday, Jan. 31, on Fox Soccer Channel.

U.S. U-20 WNT 2010 CONCACAF Women’s Championship Schedule

Date Opponent Time (ET) / Result TV / U.S. Goal Scorer(s) Venue
Jan. 21 Jamaica 6-0 W Nairn (2), Leroux (2), Noyola, McCarty Estadio Cementos Progreso; Guatemala City
Jan. 23 Trinidad & Tobago 4-0 W K. Mewis, Lerous (2), Marlborough Estadio Cementos Progreso; Guatemala City
Jan. 25 Mexico 2-1 W DiMartino, Leroux Estadio Cementos Progreso; Guatemala City
Jan. 28 Costa Rica 2-1 W K. Mewis, Noyola Estadio Cementos Progreso; Guatemala City
Jan. 30 Mexico 5:30 p.m. Fox Sports en Español, CONCACAF.com
(Delay, 5 p.m., Jan. 31, Fox Soccer Channel)
Estadio Cementos Progreso; Guatemala City

WATCH THE U-20 WNT QUALIFYING GAMES LIVE ON CONCACAF.COM: U.S. Soccer fans have the opportunity to watch all of the U.S. Under-20 WNT games during the CONCACAF Women's Under-20 Championship in Guatemala live via streaming video at CONCACAF.com. This is the first time a continental confederation has offered free comprehensive live coverage of a youth tournament online, and the service is free with fans simply required to register on the site. All 16 games will be available live at CONCACAF.com's video portal, CONCACAF TV, and will also be viewable on-demand at the same location shortly after the conclusion of each match.

QUICK HITS: 

  • The 2010 CONCACAF U-20 Women’s Championship final will be the first championship match at this age level that is not disputed between the United States and Canada. The first qualifying tournament in 2002 did not have a final match, as it was played in two groups and the top team from each group qualified directly to the 2002 FIFA U-19 Women’s Championship in Canada. 
  • The U.S. has faced Mexico in CONCACAF U-20 Women’s Championships four times since 2002, earning a perfect 4-0-0 record that includes the 2-1 Group B win on Thursday, Jan. 25. The U.S. U-20 Women have scored 14 goals against Mexico and allowed only one.
  • Sydney Leroux leads all goal scorers at the 2010 CONCACAF U-20 Women’s Championship with five tallies after having scored in all three group matches.
  • The U.S. scored 12 goals during the group stage of the tournament, the most of any of the eight competing teams, while allowing just one, the fewest in the tournament.
  • The U.S. has finished in first place in group play at every CONCACAF Women’s Championship at this age level, finishing ahead of Haiti in 2002 and Costa Rica in 2004 when it was still a U-19 tournament, and ahead of Jamaica in 2006 and Mexico in 2008 at the U-20 age level.
  • In 2008, Leroux won the Golden Shoe as the tournament’s top scorer at the 2008 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup in Chile, as well as the Golden Ball as the tournament’s best player.
  • U.S. U-20 WNT head coach Jill Ellis has given playing time to 18 of the 20 players on the roster with the exception of backup goalkeeper Taylor Vancil and defender Kendall Johnson, who has been fighting a slight bug, but has been training with the team.
  • The U.S. U-20 WNT has won just one CONCACAF qualifying tournament at this age level. The last time the U.S. was crowned regional champion was in 2006. The U.S. lost the 2008 championship match by a 1-0 score to Canada. During the first regional tournament in 2002, which was an Under-19 event, the two group winners qualified for the FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup along with host Canada, but no tournament champion was crowned as the competition did not feature semifinals, a third-place match or a final.
  • Eight players on the U.S. roster were part of the 2008 FIFA U-17 World Cup team that finished in second place in New Zealand: G Taylor Vancil, D Amber Brooks, D Vicki DiMartino, D Crystal Dunn, D Rachel Quon, M Elizabeth Eddy, M Kristie Mewis and M Samantha Mewis.
  • Nairn is the only player on the roster to have a full U.S. Women’s National Team cap, coming in as a sub in a 4-0 win against Canada on May 25 at BMO Field in Toronto. Her first national team goal came in her second cap and featured a dramatic game-winner in the 89th minute of a 1-0 win against Canada.

BE MELLOW ON THE YELLOWS: Yellow cards earned in the qualifying competition will not carry over into the Women’s World Cup. The USA has drawn two yellow cards during this tournament, one each to Vicki DiMartino and Christine Nairn, but another yellow earned in the championship game for either of them would not impact their status for the U-20 WWC as yellows will be wiped clean. However, if a player earns a red card (straight or two yellows in the game) on Saturday evening, she will have to serve her suspension during the first match of the 2010 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup, provided she makes that roster.

TO THE SOUND OF THE MARIACHI: A mariachi was in the stands at Estadio Cementos Progreso Thursday evening as Mexico advanced to the 2010 CONCACAF U-20 Women’s Championship Final for the first time in the team’s history. The young Tricolor Femenil did it with a 1-0 overtime victory against defending CONCACAF U-20 Women’s Champions Canada. Veronica Corral, the young Mexican No. 10, was credited with the game-winner in extra time when she swung in a corner kick that rebounded off the Canadian goalkeeper and crossed the goal line. The USA-Mexico final will be slightly different than the last Group B match with the addition of their best player Corral, who sat out against the U.S. in group play in order to avoid a second consecutive yellow card. Sandra Mayor, who only saw 18 minutes of play against the U.S. in the previous match, is also likely to start in the final. Mayor and Corral control the midfield and will likely create many problems for the U.S. backline. Mexico will also count on the services of Liliana Godoy who has notched two goals in the tournament, as well as captain Alina Garciamendez.

BALLIN’ IN THE USA: Six players on the Mexico U-20 Women's National Team play club or college soccer in the United States. Third goalkeeper Nicole Cipriano has committed to play at UNLV next year, while Olivia Jimenez plays for the Arizona Rush. Monica Alvarado plays in Mississippi while Alina Garciamendez is a teammate of Rachel Quon and Teresa Noyola at Stanford. Ashley Kotero and Natalie Lagunas are also California girls, playing at West Coast and Real So Cal, respectively.

Mexico U-20 Women’s National Team Roster
GOALKEEPERS (3): 1-Aurora Santiago, 12-Brissa Rangel, 20-Nicole Cipriano
DEFENDERS (6): 2-Bianca Sierra, 3-Alina Garciamendez, 4-Marylin Díaz, 5-Valeria Miranda, 13-Olivia Jimenez, 14-Monica Alvarado
MIDFIELDERS (7): 6-Diana González, 7-Lydia Rangel, 8-Mirelle Arciniega, 11-Liliana Godoy, 15-Angélica Figueroa, 16-Ashley Kotero, 17-Natalia Gomez-Junco
FORWARDS (4): 9-Sandra Mayor, 10-Verónica Corral, 18-Inglis Hernández, 19-Natalie Lagunas

OLD GUATEMALA, SAME BLOG: The U.S. YNT Blog is still in Guatemala City as the U.S. U-20 Women’s National Team sits on the brink of qualifying for the 2010 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup. Follow the team to Antigua, Guatemala, during their rest day and get the inside scoop on the internal happenings of the U.S. U-20 WNT as they aim to capture another CONCACAF title at this age level.

 

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