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U.S. Under-17 Women's National Team Faces France in Critical Group C Final Match at 10 p.m. ET, Nov. 4

United States U-17 Women’s National Team
Notes from Auckland, New Zealand
Nov. 4, 2008

U.S. U-17 WOMEN FACE FRANCE WITH QUARTERFINAL BERTH ON LINE: It has been an odd Group C so far for both the USA and France, but all will be decided on Nov. 5 at Auckland’s North Harbour Stadium as the two countries meet with a berth in the quarterfinals at stake. The match kicks off at 4 p.m. local time (10 p.m. ET on Nov. 4) and in order to advance to the next round, the U.S. needs a win or a tie in the final group game. Japan, with six points, has all but mathematically won Group C and could even lose to Paraguay by a few goals in its final group match and still take the top spot. That leaves the U.S. and France to battle for second place in the group. Because of Japan’s 7-1 rout of France in the last round of group games, the USA comes into the match tied with France on points at three apiece but ahead on the first tie-breaker—goal difference—meaning a draw would be enough to put the Americans through. Still, the U.S. will be shooting for the win as well as attempting to put together its best performance of the tournament so far. Fans can follow the U.S. match as it happens on’s MatchTracker. For full group standings and results, features and info on past matches, visit the U-17 WWC competitions page on

2008 U-17 Women’s World Cup
Group C Standings

JPN 2 2 0 0 10 3 +7 6
USA 2 1 1 0 5 4 +1 3
FRA 2 1 1 0 7 9 -2 3
PAR 2 0 2 0 3 9 -6 0

Group C Schedule
Date Match Venue; City Local Time / ET
Oct. 30 Japan 3, USA 2 Waikato Stadium; Hamilton --
Oct. 30 France 6, Paraguay 2 Waikato Stadium; Hamilton --
Nov. 2 USA 3, Paraguay 1 Waikato Stadium; Hamilton --
Nov. 2 Japan 7, France 1 Waikato Stadium; Hamilton --
Nov. 5 Paraguay vs. Japan QEII Park; Christchurch 4 p.m. / 10 p.m. (Nov. 4)
Nov. 5 USA vs. France North Harbour Stadium; Auckland 4 p.m. / 10 p.m. (Nov. 4)

How They Got Here: Won Group 2 of European Qualifying
Last Meeting vs. USA: Never met at the U-17 level
Head Coach: Gerrard Sergent

Key Players: G Laetitia Philippe, D Caroline La Villa, D Anaig Butel, D Kelly Gadea, M Ines Jaurena, M Marina Makanza, F Solene Barbance, F Pauline Crammer, F Marine Augis.

USA vs. France Fast Facts: France is coming off a thrashing at the feet of Japan, but that won’t matter if they can beat the USA and earn a ticket to the second round … The U.S. is coming off a 3-1 win against Paraguay, a match in which the Americans fielded eight different starters from the opening match against Japan … The USA’s gamble of resting players paid off and the Americans should have quite a few regular starters with fresh legs … In a strange first two games for France, they defeated Paraguay 6-2 in a match that could have easily been 12-2, and then lost to Japan 7-1 in a game that easily could have been 12-1 if it wasn’t for a half-dozen spectacular goal-saving stops from talented French ‘keeper Laetitia Philippe … France has several dangerous attacking players, including Pauline Crammer who scored a hat trick against Paraguay … Charlotte Poulain, Marine Augis and Camille Catala also scored against the South Americans … Augis scored her team’s lone goal against Japan … France earned its trip to the FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup by winning Group 2 of the European second round qualifying competition, failing to drop a point while defeating Scotland 1-0, Ireland 2-0 and Norway 2-0 in close matches … No games in the group were decided by more than two goals… France lost to Germany in the title game by a 3-0 score to finish second in this age group in Europe … Crammer and Augis are players the U.S. will have to watch closely as Crammer scored three times during the final qualifying competition while Augis scored twice … The U.S. faced France in its final group game at the 2006 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup in Russia, winning 1-0, but the Americans had won their first two group games at that point.

U.S. Under-17 Women’s World Cup Team Roster
GOALKEEPERS (3): Alexa Gaul (Naperville, Ill.), Jennifer Pettigrew (Kearny, N.J.), Taylor Vancil (South Elgin, Ill.)
DEFENDERS (6): Amber Brooks (New Hope, Pa.), Cloee Colohan (West Point, Utah), Crystal Dunn (Rockville Centre, N.Y.), Alexis Harris (Plano, Texas), Rachel Quon (Lake Forrest, Ill.), Julia Roberts (Frederick, Md.)
MIDFIELDERS (8): Kate Bennett (Clyde Hill, Wash.), Morgan Brian (St. Simons Island, Ga.), Elizabeth Eddy (Costa Mesa, Calif.), Olivia Klei (Pleasanton, Calif.), Mandy Laddish (Lee’s Summit, Mo.), Kristie Mewis (Hanson, Mass.), Samantha Mewis (Hanson, Mass.), Erika Tymrak (Bradenton, Fla.)
FORWARDS (4): Hayley Brock (Acton, Mass.), Vicki DiMartino (Massapequa, N.Y.), Samantha Johnson (Palmdale, Calif.), Courtney Verloo (Tualatin, Ore.)

France Under-17 Women’s World Cup Roster
GOALKEEPERS (3): 1-Laetitia Philippe, 16-Solene Chauvet, 21-Laura Guilleux
DEFENDERS (5): 2-Floriane Hellio, 3-Caroline La Villa, 4-Adeline Rousseau, 5-Anaig Butel, 13-Kelly Gadea
MIDFIELDERS (9): 6-Lea Rubio, 7-Ines Jaurena, 8-Charlotte Poulain, 11-Marina Makanza, 14-Rose Lavaud, 15-Charlene Oliver, 17-Kelly Perdrizet, 18-Justine Dubois, 20-Camille Catala
FORWARDS (4): 9-Pauline Crammer, 10-Solene Barbance, 12-Marine Augis, 19-Cindy Thomas

U-17 HIGHLIGHTS ON FIFA.COM: For the first time at a FIFA women’s youth event, will offer free video highlights to fans and media around the world. Shortly after the final whistle for all 52 matches of the U-17 Women’s World Cup, a high resolution two-minute video with all the goals and exciting plays will be available on the individual match detail page.

GROUP A UPDATE: Even though they had no chance to advance coming into the final round of matches in Group A on Nov. 4, New Zealand ruled the night with a 3-1 victory over Colombia, ending their tournament with the first-ever victory for the Kiwis in FIFA Women’s World Cup competition. Rosie White’s hat trick was an historic one and it also eliminated the Colombians. Meanwhile, Canada and Denmark locked up in a lackluster 0-0 draw in which the teams fired only 14 shots combined, but the point was good enough to send both to the quarterfinals. In the quarterfinals, Group A winner Denmark will face Group B second-place finisher North Korea while Canada will take on Group A winner Germany.

GROUP B UPDATE: Despite scoring a third-minute goal, the Germans struggled a bit in their 1-1 draw with North Korea on Nov. 4, but the point was good enough to get the Koreans through to the quarterfinal despite Ghana’s 1-0 win over Costa Rica. Germany had already qualified coming into the match. The draw meant that Ghana could have beaten Costa Rica by 10 goals and they still wouldn’t have gone through as Germany ended group play with seven points, North Korea had five and Ghana had four. Costa Rica goes home winless from its first ever FIFA Women’s World Cup competition.

GROUP D UPDATE: England escaped with a 1-0 win over Nigeria in the second round of group games on Nov. 2 despite getting out shot 20-2 and is sitting pretty to win the group if it can avoid disaster against Korea Republic on Nov. 5. All the Three Lionesses need is a point to win the group, but a 2-0 loss to Korea would open the door for Korea and Nigeria. Nigeria must get a win against Brazil on Nov. 5 and hope that Korea loses to England. One point would also send Korea through so you can imagine if the match is tied late in the game, neither team will be taking too many chances.

Quick Hits:

  • The U.S. has scored five goals in the tournament, but only four were put in by U.S. players with Vicki DiMartino having two and Kristie Mewis and Courtney Verloo with one each. Paraguay scored an own goal to account for the other.
  • Amazingly, in France’s 7-1 loss to Japan France, out-shot Japan but many shots came after the match was long-decided.
  • Even more amazing, Japan put 15 of its 16 shots on goal, a virtually unseen percentage in Women’s World Cup play, or any soccer game for that matter.
  • Olivia Klei became the first U.S. player to get an assist with her feet in the U-17 WWC, setting up DiMartino for the winning goal against Paraguay. Of the USA’s two goals against Japan, one was unassisted and the other came off a throw-in from Cloee Colohan.
  • U.S. defenders Rachel Quon and Colohan head into the France match each carrying a yellow card. If they receive one against France, and the U.S. advances, they would be suspended for the quarterfinal.
  • The entire U.S. roster is healthy and ready for selection except for midfielder Erika Tymrak, who might be forced to miss her second straight game with a quad/hip injury.
  • Goalkeeper Taylor Vancil, Colohan and midfielder Kristie Mewis are the only U.S. players to play all 180 minutes so far.

OREGON STRIKER: Courtney Verloo can be soft-spoken at times, but not when she sat down with for this Q&A from Auckland, New Zealand.

FOREVER YOUNG: Midfielder Morgan Brian is the youngest player on the U.S. U-17 Women’s World Cup Team and her teammates love to remind her about it. She doesn’t turn 16 until next February, but the Georgia product takes it all in stride, as you can read in this special feature for

all_access NZ: You can watch highlights of the U.S. matches on, but to get an inside look on the happenings in New Zealand, go to all_access video on for post-game reactions and some other fun videos.

PERU IN CHARGE: Silvia Reyes of Peru will officiate the USA’s crucial match against France. Brazilians Maria Barbosa and Cleidy Mary Ribeiro will be on the lines.

Stat of Note
Denmark won Group A despite scoring just three goals in three games. The Germans scored nine goals in three games in winning Group B. Japan has already scored 10 goals in just two games in Group C.