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U.S. Under-20 Women's National Team Ready to Face Argentina at 10 a.m. ET on ESPN360.com


U.S. Under-20 Women’s National Team
FIFA Under-20 Women’s World Cup
Chillán, Chile
Friday, Nov. 21, 2008


READY IN CHILE: The U.S. Under-20 Women’s National Team continues its campaign at the FIFA Under-20 Women’s World Cup against Argentina on Saturday, Nov. 22 in their second group match at Estadio Nelson Oyarzun in Chillán, Chile. The U.S. currently holds the top place in Group B with the full three points from a 3-0 win against France in the opening game on Wednesday afternoon. After Saturday’s match, the team will travel to Temuco to round out Group B play on Wednesday, Nov. 26, against China. Saturday’s game against Argentina will be broadcast live at 10 a.m. ET on ESPN360.com and on tape delay on Galavision at 1 p.m. ET. Fans can also follow along live on ussoccer.com’s MatchTracker.

U.S. U-20 WNT World Cup Schedule

Date Opponent Venue Result / Time (Local / ET) TV (Galavision Taped Delay)
Nov. 19 France Estadio Nelson Oyarzun; Chillan, Chile 3-0 W --
Nov. 22 Argentina Estadio Nelson Oyarzun; Chillan, Chile 12 p.m. / 10 a.m. ESPN360.com (1 p.m. ET/PT)
Nov 26 China PR Estadio German Becker; Temuco, Chile 1 p.m. / 11 a.m. ESPNU (7 p.m. ET/PT)

Group B Standings
Team GP W L T GF GA GD Pts.
USA 1 1 0 0 3 0 +3 3
ARG 1 0 0 1 0 0 E 1
CHN 1 0 0 1 0 0 E 1
FRA 1 0 1 0 0 3 -3 0

Wednesday, Nov. 19
China 0, Argentina 0
USA 3, France 0

Saturday, Nov. 22
USA vs. Argentina    12 p.m. local time / 10 a.m. ET
China vs. France        3 p.m. local time / 1 p.m. ET

Wednesday, Nov. 26
USA vs. China              4 p.m. local time / 2 p.m. ET
Argentina vs. France   4 p.m. local time / 2 p.m. ET

A CLOSER LOOK AT THE USA: Head coach Tony DiCicco used the maximum three subs against France, and all 20 of his players will be available for Saturday’s match against Argentina. 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.

U.S. U-20 WWC Roster by Position
GOALKEEPERS (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)

CHECKING OUT THE OPPONENT: Argentina is tied for second place in Group B after their scoreless draw against China on Wednesday. During qualifying, they bounced back from a surprise loss to host Chile to advance to the final, where they were beaten by perennial powerhouse Brazil. A team that improves in every tournament they enter, Argentina will be looking to make a splash on the world stage, playing close to home.

Argentina Roster by Position
GOALKEEPERS (3): 1-Guadalupe Calello, 12-Carolina Velek, 21-Brenda Reyes
DEFENDERS (6): 2-Gabriela Chavez, 4-Yanina Hernandez, 6-Daiana Cardone, 13-Andrea Lopez, 14-Virginia Gomez, 16-Gabriela Lopez
MIDFIELERS (8): 3-Noelia Espindola, 5-Emilia Mendieta, 9-Joanna Bracamonte, 11-Florencia Jaimes, 15-Vanessa Santana, 18-Carina Nunez, 19-Mariana Larroquette, 20-Maria Panalva
FORWARDS (4): 7-Victoria Bedini, 8-Florencia Jaimes, 10-Maria Potassa, 17-Florencia Ferrero

QUICK HITS:

  • Sydney Leroux’s two goals against France were just her third and fourth of the year.
  • Goalkeeper Alyssa Naeher picked up her sixth shutout of the year on Saturday, making six saves in the U.S. victory.
  • The U.S. has only shutout its opening game opponent once in previous editions of this tournament – a 3-0 win against Korea Republic in 2004.
  • Michelle Enyeart leads the U.S. in goals in 2008 with 10. Alex Morgan is second on the team with seven goals on the year.
  • The U.S. U-20 Women’s National Team is one of only five teams to have qualified for every edition of the FIFA U-20 WWC. The other four countries: Australia, Germany, Brazil and Canada.
  • The first two tournaments at this level were 12-team events held as U-19 World Championships. In 2006, FIFA expanded the tournament to 16 teams and made it a U-20 World Cup.
  • Tracey Leone (nee Bates) is the only female to ever win a world title as a player (FIFA Women’s World Cup 1991) and as a coach (FIFA U-19 WWC 2002).
  • The fastest goal in the history of the tournament was scored by Angie Woznuk in the second minute against Russia in 2004. She narrowly edged Megan Kakadelas, who scored in the third minute of the USA’s game against Chinese Taipei in 2002.
  • The U.S. has lost only one of 18 matches in regulation time (2004 semifinal against Germany, a 3-1 loss).
  • Lindsay Tarpley scored the first goal in the history of the tournament against England in 2002. She also scored the final goal of that tournament in the 109th minute in overtime of the Final to win the inaugural FIFA World Cup at this age level.

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.

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.

ELSEWHERE IN CHILE: In one of the most anticipated games of group play, Brazil edged reigning champions Korea DPR 3-2 in what was the first game for both squads in Group D. In Group C, Japan provided the first major upset of the tournament, topping CONCACAF Champions Canada 2-0 in Santiago. England spoiled the hosts’ party with a 2-0 win in Coquimbo in Group A action. Should the U.S. advance out of the first round, they will face either the first or second place team from Group A in their quarterfinal match. All results are available at ussoccer.com.

THE LEGACY: The FIFA Under-20 Women’s World Cup has become one of the marquee youth events on the FIFA Calendar and the U.S. women have played a major role in all three previous editions of the tournament. Stars that have shined in previous editions include Canada’s Christine Sinclair, Brazil’s Marta and the USA’s Lindsay Tarpley, who captained the team to the first ever championship win in 2002. Read more about the legacy of the U-20 Women’s World Cup here.

MY ROAD TO THE WORLD CUP - ALEX MORGAN’S JOURNEY (SO FAR): A relative late comer to Tony DiCicco's Under-20 Women's National Team, Alex Morgan has quickly gelled with her teammates both on and off the field. Morgan got off to an impressive start in Chile in what is only her second international tournament, her first was CONCACAF Qualifying in Mexico earlier this year. Morgan sat down with ussoccer.com to share her road to Chile.

IN CHILE, IT’S “EL 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. Guest bloggers Keelin Winters and Meghan Klingenberg are also back with their hotel antics. You can keep up with all the action at http://ynt-ussoccer.blogspot.com/.

U.S. SOCCER ON FACEBOOK: U.S. Soccer is offering a new way to follow its teams with the Official U.S. Soccer Page on Facebook. Visit the page to post videos, interact with other fans and follow the latest news from all U.S. Soccer teams. The new Official U.S. Soccer Page on Facebook is the best place to keep with your favorite teams and make your voice heard in the U.S. Soccer community.

2008 BEST OF VOTING BEGINS: U.S. Soccer has announced the candidates for the 2008 Best Of Awards, with 12 categories up for decision. The categories include Best Fan Photo, Best WNT Goal and Best Team Performance, to name a few. The U-20's are represented among the nominees as well, with Becky Edwards' goal against Cuba from qualifying up for Best Goal: WNT, and Michelle Enyeart's hat trick performance against Trinidad & Tobago among the nominees for Best Performance: Player. Voting runs until early Dec. 8, so be sure to head over to the Best Of Blog and cast your ballot once a day!

THREE U-20S UP FOR YOUNG FEMALE AOTY: U.S. Soccer has announced the nominations for the 2008 Athletes of the Year Awards. Voting is now open for Male, Female, Young Male and Young Female Athletes of the Year. Among the nominees are a trio of U-20 players: forward Michelle Enyeart, midfielder Keelin Winters and goalkeeper Alyssa Naeher. Voting for the high profile annual U.S. Soccer awards is going on now at ussoccer.com (vote now), with fans having the opportunity to make their selections once a day through Monday, Dec. 8.

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