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U.S. U-20 WNT Faces Defending Champion Germany in Group Finale of U-20 Women's World Cup


U.S. U-20 Women’s National Team vs. Germany
2012 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup
Hiroshima Big Arch Stadium; Hiroshima, Japan
Aug. 27, 2012

U.S. U-20 WNT FACES DEFENDING CHAMPION GERMANY IN GROUP FINALE: The U.S. Under-20 Women’s National Team is in strong shape to clinch a quarterfinal berth at the 2012 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup when it faces Germany on Monday, Aug. 27, at Miyagi Stadium in Rifu, Japan. Live coverage of this anticipated matchup starts at 2:50 a.m. ET on ESPN2 and ESPN3. This is the first time where the USA and Germany will meet in the first round of a FIFA Women’s World Cup, and the two countries are the most successful in U-20 competition with two World Cup crowns.

Fans can follow all matches of the U.S. U-20s on ussoccer.com’s MatchTracker and on Twitter @ussoccer_ynt. For a full tournament schedule and results, visit the FIFA Under-20 Women’s World Cup tournament page on ussoccer.com.

ADVANCEMENT SCENARIOS: The USA, coming off a 1-1 draw against China PR on Thursday, can assure itself of quarterfinal advancement with a win or a draw against Germany. The top two teams from each group advance to the second round. AU.S. victory would win the group, while Germany needs only a draw to finish atop Group D. If the U.S. were to lose to Germany, it can also advance to the next round on four points if China ties or loses to Ghana in the other Group D match on Monday. If the U.S. loses to Germany and China defeats Ghana, putting both countries tied for second place on four points, the tie-breaker is goal difference. The U.S. is in a good position with a plus-4 goal difference compared to China’s minus-4 goal difference.

2012 U.S. U-20 FIFA WOMEN’S WORLD CUP SCHEDULE AND RESULTS

Date

Opponent

Result/Time (ET)

U.S. Goalscorers/TV

Venue

Aug. 20

Ghana

4-0 W

Own goal; Hayes (3)

Hiroshima Big Arch Stadium; Hiroshima, Japan

Aug. 23

China PR

1-1 T

Hayes

Hiroshima Big Arch Stadium; Hiroshima, Japan

Aug. 27

Germany

2:50 a.m.

ESPN2, ESPN3

Miyagi Stadium; Rifu, Japan

GROUP D STANDINGS AND SCHEDULE

Team

GP

W

L

T

GF

GA

GD

Pts

Germany

2

2

0

0

5

0

+5

6

USA

2

1

0

1

5

1

+4

4

China

2

0

1

1

1

5

-4

1

China

2

0

2

0

0

5

-5

0

Monday, Aug. 20
USA 4, Ghana 0
Germany 4, China PR 0

Thursday, Aug. 23
Germany 1, Ghana 0
USA 1, China PR 1

Monday, Aug. 27
USA vs. Germany
Ghana vs. China PR

GROUP D UPDATE

  • USA 1, China PR 1: The U.S. dominated in many phases of Thursday’s match and settled for a draw as U.S. forward Maya Hayes scored a 36th-minute equalizer for her fourth goal of this year’s competition and her 16th career international tally. China’s Shen Lili had the game’s first goal in the 19th minute as it capitalized on one of its rare scoring chances. The USA out-shot China 17-3 (8-2 shots on goal advantage). This marked the third time the U.S. U-20s have faced China PR in World Cup competition and the USA has yet to post a win in this matchup. China defeated the U.S. 2-0 in Group B play in the 2008 event and won a 5-4 shootout in the semifinals of the 2006 tournament.
  • Germany 1, Ghana 0: Defending FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup champion Germany moved into first place of the group with a win against Ghana, which has officially been eliminated from the competition. The two teams were scoreless despite Germany’s lopsided possession and shots advantages over Ghana. Germany’s Lina Magull scored the winner in stoppage time – approximately eight minutes after she entered the match – off of a Dzsenifer Marozsan assist.

U.S. ROSTER BY POSITION – DETAILED
GOALKEEPERS (3): Bryane Heaberlin (North Carolina; St. Petersburg, Fla.), Jami Kranich (Villanova; Hamden, Conn.), Abby Smith (Dallas Texans; Dallas, Texas)
DEFENDERS (6): Stephanie Amack (Mustang Blast; Pleasanton, Calif.), Crystal Dunn (North Carolina; Rockville Centre, N.Y.), Julie Johnston (Santa Clara; Mesa, Ariz.), 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.), Sarah Killion (UCLA; Fort Wayne, Ind.), Mandy Laddish (Notre Dame; Lee’s Summit, Mo.), Samantha Mewis (UCLA; Hanson, Mass.), Taylor Schram (Penn State; Canonsburg, Pa.)
FORWARDS (6): Kelly Cobb (Duke; Chugiak, Alaska), Maya Hayes (Penn State; West Orange, N.J.), Kealia Ohai (North Carolina; Draper, Utah), Katie Stengel (Wake Forest; Melbourne, Fla.), Chioma Ubogagu (Stanford; Coppell, Texas), Becca Wann (Richmond; Chesterfield, Va.)

PREPARATION SCHEDULE YIELDS SOLID RESULTS FOR U-20 WNT: The USA headed into the 2012 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup with a 12-1-0 this year in international matches. The lone loss came against the Women’s World Cup hosts by a 1-0 score on a June trip to Japan. The USA won the second match against Japan 2-0 three days later. The USA was fortunate enough to play nine matches against teams that are be participating in the Women’s World Cup and compiled an 8-1-0 record in those games.

2012 U.S. U-20 INTERNATIONAL RESULTS (PRE-WORLD CUP)

Date

Opponent

Result/Time (ET)

U.S. Goalscorers/TV

Venue

Feb. 9

Switzerland

10-0 W

Johnston, Ohai (2), Horan (3), Brian, Mewis (2), Ubogagu

La Manga Club; La Manga, Spain

Feb. 11

Germany

1-0 W

Horan

La Manga Club; La Manga, Spain

Feb. 13

Norway

2-0 W

Ohai, Ubogagu

La Manga Club; La Manga, Spain

March 2

Guatemala

6-0 W

Horan (3), Johnston, Stengel, Roccaro

Estadio Rommel Fernandez; Panama City, Panama

March 4

Cuba

6-0 W

Stengel (2), Hayes (2), DiBernardo, Ubogagu

Estadio Rommel Fernandez; Panama City, Panama

March 6

Panama

6-0 W

Capelle, DiBernardo, Johnston, Hayes (2), Mewis

Estadio Rommel Fernandez; Panama City, Panama

March 9

Mexico

4-0 W

Johnston, Brian, Horan, Ohai

Estadio Rommel Fernandez; Panama City, Panama

March 11

Canada

2-1 W

Hayes, Ubogagu

Estadio Rommel Fernandez; Panama City, Panama

April 12

China PR

4-1 W

Horan (2), Ubogagu, Mewis

The Home Depot Center; Carson, Calif.

April 15

China PR

3-0 W

Stengel, Ubogagu, Mewis

The Home Depot Center; Carson, Calif.

May 19

New Zealand

5-0 W

Horan, Ohai, Stengel (2), Ubogagu

The Home Depot Center; Carson, Calif.

June 17

Japan

0-1 L

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Nagai Stadium; Osaka, Japan

June 20

Japan

2-0 W

Hayes, Ubogagu

J-Green Sakai National Training Center; Osaka, Japan

TOURNAMENT FORMAT: The 2012 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup – which is staged every two years – features 16 nations divided into four groups of four teams each. The top two teams in each group advance to the quarterfinal stage on Aug. 30 and 31. The semifinals will take place Tuesday, Sept. 4, and the Final and third-place matches will be held on Saturday, Sept. 8, both rounds at the National Olympic Stadium in Tokyo. Players eligible for this age group tournament must have been born on or after Jan. 1, 1992.

CONSISTENT U.S. PRESENCE: The USA has competed in all five previous Women’s World Cups held for this age group, winning the inaugural tournament in 2002 in Canada when it was a U-19 event, finishing third in 2004 in Thailand, finishing fourth in 2006 in Russia when it moved to U-20s, winning in 2008 in Chile on the strength of goal scoring from current Olympic gold medalists Alex Morgan and Sydney Leroux, and finished fifth in 2010 in Germany. The U-19 tournaments featured 12 teams while the last three – and Japan – feature 16.

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U.S. ROSTER NOTES

  • Maya Hayes leads all 2012 U-20 Women’s World Cup players with four goals, contributing for all of the team’s offense. The USA also benefited from an own goal during its opening win against Ghana. Hayes scored a hat trick against Ghana and had the lone U.S. goal in the 1-1 draw against China PR.
  • Sixteen of the 21 players selected by U-20 Women’s National Team head coach Steve Swanson were born in 1992, three were born in 1993 and two – defenders Stephanie Amack and Cari Roccaro – were born in 1994, meaning they are age-eligible for the 2014 FIFA Under-20 Women’s World Cup in Canada.
  • Eleven different players have scored for the USA in international matches this year, nine of whom made the World Cup roster. Hayes leads the World Cup team with 10 international goals this year, followed by Chioma Ubogagu with eight goals. Hayes is the USA’s top scorer at this level with 16 career international goals.
  • Midfielders Samantha Mewis and Mandy Laddish and forward Katie Stengel were the three substitutes against Ghana with Mewis and Stengel both playing a part in the second-half scoring.
  • Two USA players both made their U-20 WNT debut and U-20 World Cup debut against China on Thursday. Forward Kelly Cobb got the start and played the first 45 minutes and Becca Wann played the final five minutes as she entered the match for Hayes.
BY THE NUMBERS

  • 0.27: Goals allowed per international match by the U.S. U-20s this year
  • 1: International game out of 14 in which the USA has been shut out in 2012 (1-0 loss to JPN on 6/17)
  • 3.67: Goals scored per international match by the U.S. U-20s this year
  • 4: Goals allowed by the USA in 15 international matches this year
  • 5: Goals scored by Maya Hayes in CONCACAF qualifying to lead the team
  • 6: Assists by Samantha Mewis this year to lead the team
  • 6: U-19/U-20 Women’s World Cups that the USA has qualified for
  • 27: Players to see action in a U.S. U-20 international match this year
  • 39: Career U-20 caps for Hayes, the most on the Women’s World Cup roster
  • 55: Goals scored by the USA in 15 international matches this year


IN FOCUS: GERMANY
German Football Association (Deutscher Fußball-Bund)
Founded: 1900 (Joined FIFA in 1904)
Head Coach: Maren Meinert
Best FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup Finish: First place (2004, 2010); the 2004 event was a U-19 WWC

USA vs. GERMANY SERIES

  • The U.S. and Germany have faced each other in four previous U-19 or U-20 Women’s World Cups, with the USA posting a 3-1-0 record. The 2010 competition was the only U-20 World Cup where the two countries did not face each other.
  • The U.S. defeated Germany 4-1 in the semifinals of the first U-19 Women’s World Cup in 2002. Kelly Wilson had two goals and Lindsay Tarpley and Jill Oakes added tallies for the USA. The U.S. advanced to the championship game against Canada, where Tarpley scored the lone goal in the 109th minute for a 1-0 victory. Germany won its third-place match against Brazil that year, winning 4-3 in a penalty shootout.
  • During the 2004 U-19 Women’s World Cup, Germany defeated the USA 3-1 in the semifinals, eventually winning the championship against China PR. In that semifinal match, Germany’s Annike Krahn, Melanie Behringer and Patricia Hanebeck provided the team’s offense. Krahn had an earlier own goal in the 16th minute, five minutes after she scored the game’s first tally. The USA loss forced the team into the third-place game, where the U.S. blanked Brazil 3-0.
  •  In the 2006 U-20 Women’s World Cup, the U.S. topped Germany 4-1 in the quarterfinals on the strength of Danesha Adams’ two-goal performance. U.S. Women’s National Team gold medalists Kelley O’Hara and Amy Rodriguez also had goals for the USA.
  •  In the 2008 U-20 Women’s World Cup, Germany’s Bianca Schmidt had an own goal in the 21st minute, and that was the difference as the USA took a 1-0 victory in the semifinals and would win the tournament with a 2-1 victory against North Korea three days later.
  • The U.S. and Germany have each played in 30 matches in the U-20 Women’s World Cup, more than any other sides in the tournament’s history.
  • Including this year’s tournament, the USA and Germany have played in all six U-19/U-20 Women’s World Cups.
  • Earlier this year, the USA defeated Germany 1-0 on Feb. 11 at the La Manga Tournament in Spain. Lindsey Horan had the game’s lone goal for the U.S. in the 81st minute.


GERMANY ROSTER
GOALKEEPERS (3): 1-Laura Benkarth, 12-Meike Kaemper, 21-Anke Preub
DEFENDERS (6): 2-Leonie Maier, 3-Carolin Simon, 4-Jennifer Cramer, 5-Luisa Wensing, 13-Sophie Howard, 17-Katharina Leiding
MIDFIELDERS (8): 6-Kathrin Hendrich, 7-Annabel Jaeger, 8-Melanie Leupolz, 15-Karoline Heinze, 16-Anja Hegenauer, 18-Silvana Chojnowski, 19-Marie Pyko, 20-Lina Magull
FORWARDS (4):  9-Nicole Rolser, 10-Ramona Petzelberger, 11-Lena Lotzen, 14-Dzsenifer Marozsan

GERMANY ROSTER NOTES

  • Four different players have scored a goal for Germany in the 2012 U-20 Women’s World Cup: Lena Lotzen, Anja Hegenauer and Luisa Wensing during its opening 4-0 win against China PR (China’s Lin Yuping had an own goal) and Lina Magull in stoppage time during Germany’s 1-0 victory against Ghana to take first place in Group D.
  • Germany is the only country in this year’s World Cup to have not allowed a goal through two group stage matches.
  • Germany has scored 84 goals in 30 U-19/U-20 World Cup matches – more goals than any other side in the history of the tournament.
  • With its recent victory against Ghana, Germany has won nine straight games in the U-20 Women’s World Cup dating back to 2008, one short of equaling the USA’s record 10-match streak from 2002-2004.
  • Germany won the 2004 U-19 Women’s World Cup with a 2-0 victory against China PR, with goals from Simone Laudehr and Melanie Behringer. Behringer had the game-winner during Germany’s 3-1 semifinal victory against the U.S. in that year’s event.
  • Germany defeated Nigeria 2-0 in the final of the 2010 U-20 Women’s World Cup, with Alexandra Popp scoring the winner in the eighth minute. Osinahi Ohale of Nigeria had an own goal in stoppage time.


LAST TIME
On the field for the USA:
Aug. 23, 2012 – Hiroshima Big Arch Stadium; Hiroshima, Japan
2012 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup; Group D
USA                1          Hayes 36
CHN               1          Lili 19

Lineups:
USA: 1-Bryane Heaberlin; 4-Crystal Dunn, 8-Julie Johnston (capt.), 3-Cari Roccaro, 2-Mollie Pathman; 16-Sarah Killion, 10-Vanessa DiBernardo, 6-Morgan Brian; 7-Kealia Ohai (12-Katie Stengel, 65), 5-Maya Hayes (11-Becca Wann, 86), 20-Kelly Cobb (9-Chioma Ubogagu, 46)
Subs not used: 13-Samantha Mewis, 14-Mandy Laddish, 15-Kassey Kallman, 17-Taylor Schram, 18-Abby Smith, 19-Stephanie Amack, 21-Jami Kranich
Head Coach: Steve Swanson

CHN: 1-Shen Li; 2-Wu Haiyan, 4-Luo Guiping, 5-Liu Shanshan, 6-Huang Yini, 17-Lin Yuping, 7-Zhang Xin (16-Zhao Xindi, 55), 10-Song Sicheng (capt.), 13-Han Jiayuan (9-Li Ying, 82), 8-Zhang Jieli, 20-Shen Lili
Subs not used: 3-Wang Yingying, 11-Yao Shuangyan, 12-Cai Wenfei, 14-Su Xin, 15-Wang Tingting, 17-Lin Yuping, 18-Wang Shuang, 19-Mu Yunrui, 21-Xia Tingting
Head Coach: Yin Tiesheng

On the field vs. Germany:
Feb. 11, 2012 – La Manga Club Field G; La Manga Spain
La Manga Four Nations Tournament
USA                1          Horan 81
GER               0

Lineups:
USA: Abby Smith; Crystal Dunn, Cari Roccaro, Kassey Kallman, Mollie Pathman (capt.) (Stephanie Amack, 66), Sarah Killion, Julie Johnston (Sam Mewis, 46), Morgan Brian (Vanessa Di Bernardo, 46), Maya Hayes (Chi Ubogagu, 46), Katie Stengel (Micaela Capelle, 66), Lindsey Horan (Kealia Ohai, 87)
Subs Not Used: Bryane Heaberlin, Olivia Brannon, Mandy Laddish
Head Coach: Steve Swanson

GER:
Laura Benkarth; Leonie Maier, Johanna Elsig, Luisa Wensing, Jennifer Cramer (Laura Vetterlein, 57), Ivana Rudelic (Nicole Roiser, 77), Kathrin Julia Hendrich, Isabella Schmid (Anja Maike Hegenauer, 46), Eunice Beckmann (Annika Doppler, 57), Ramona Petzelberger (capt.), Lena Lotzen
Subs Not Used: Anke Preuss, Kristin Demann, Marie Pyko, Sandra Wiegand
Head Coach: Maren Meinert

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