U.S. Under-20 Women’s National Team
Notes from Moscow, Russia
U.S. WOMEN READY FOR ARGENTINA AT FIFA U-20 WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP: The U.S. Under-20 Women’s National Team plays it second Group D match at the 2006 FIFA Under-20 Women’s World Championship on Monday, Aug. 21 against Argentina at Torpedo Stadium in Moscow. The match will have much in common with the USA’s opening game of the tournament – same stadium, same locker room, same kickoff time (4 p.m. local / 8 a.m. ET), but the Americans will be looking for a much different result against the second-place finishers from South America. The USA’s 2-1 win vs. DR Congo was a fantastic result for the Africans, who were playing their first match in a FIFA world championship since the 1974 World Cup, when the men’s team participated as Zaire. Argentina, on the other hand, has a long and glorious soccer tradition on the men’s side, but the women’s game is just getting started (although they were in the 2003 FIFA Women’s World Cup, their first), so the U.S. U-20s will be looking for a better goal-scoring performance than they had against the Africans. Fans can follow all the action live on ussoccer.com’s MatchTracker.
USA's Group D Schedule
|Date||Matchup||Stadium (Venue)||Result / Kickoff Local / ET|
|Aug. 18||DR Congo vs. USA||Torpedo (Moscow)||1-2|
|Aug. 21||USA vs. Argentina||Torpedo (Moscow)||4 p.m. / 8 a.m.|
|Aug. 24||USA vs. France||Dynamo (Moscow)||7 p.m. / 11 a.m.|
2006 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Championship - Group D Standings
USA 2, DR Congo 1
France 5, Argentina 0
USA vs. Argentina
DR Congo vs. France
Argentina vs. DR Congo
USA vs. France
ARGENTINA QUALIFYING: At the South American U-20 Championships held in Chile last January, Argentina won its opening match, 3-1, vs. Colombia, but then unexpectedly tied Bolivia, 0-0. Argentina then defeated Ecuador, 5-0, and in its last group match, came from behind twice to defeat Paraguay, 3-2, and qualify for the final group of four teams, the top two of which would advance to Russia. In the final group, Argentina had a scoreless draw with Peru, but then beat Paraguay, 4-0. Despite losing by just a 1-0 score to Brazil, the results were good enough for a second place finish and a berth to Russia.
USA vs. ARGENTINA PREVIEW: To give itself a better chance to win Group D, the USA will have to keep pace with France, who scored five times against Argentina in the opening game for both teams. The French looked dynamic in their destruction of the Argentines while the USA could not find its finishing touch against DR Congo. If the USA can beat Argentina and the French beat their former colony, the USA will be through to the quarterfinals with one match left to play against France. Count on Argentina coming out strong after being embarrassed in their first match, but the Americas are feeling somewhat embarrassed as well and will no doubt be on edge for this match. This will be the first-ever meeting between the two countries at the U-20 level. The teams met twice at the senior level in 1998 with the USA winning both games handily. The Americans will no doubt have an edge in size, strength and speed over the nifty Argentines, who will need a commanding performance from their goalkeeper, something they did not get against France as Elisabeth Minnig gave up at least two bad goals. U.S. head coach Tim Schulz may change several players in the starting lineup from last match, when three of his top scorers from this year did not play. Lauren Cheney (21 goals in all matches, nine in international play), Jessica Rostedt (22/8) and Danesha Adams (15/4) will all be looking for their first World Championship minutes against the Argentines. Cheney has been carrying a slight abdominal injury and Schulz may be careful with her, while Adams is recovering from an MCL strain. One of the USA’s top midfielders, Brittany Bock, may also see her first action of the tournament against Argentina. Midfielder Allie Long played an excellent game for her country, setting up both of the USA’s goals against the Congo, passing to Kelley O’Hara for the first and getting fouled to set up the penalty kick for the second. O’Hara, the second youngest player on the team, was one of the best for the USA against the Congo and her strike to open the match was world class. Amy Rodriguez’s goal off the penalty kick was her third in world championship play after scoring twice in Thailand, and it was her 10th overall in U-20 international play, tops on the U.S. team. The USA must test the Argentine goalkeeper more strenuously than they did Mamie Buazo of the Congo, who despite being under pressure all match, had to make just six saves, only two of which were difficult.
Group A Overview
Host Russia was seconds away from being in grave trouble before pulling out a 3-2 win against New Zealand by scoring late in the third minute of injury time. The win gave Russia four points (after their opening 0-0 tie with Brazil) and kept the hosts on pace with the South Americans, who picked up a deserved 2-0 win vs. Australia. With the loss, the Kiwis are eliminated from the tournament, and must face a Brazil team needing a win to ensure advancement, in the final group game for both nations. The Australia-Russia game on the final match day of Group A should be a classic, with the winner going through and the loser likely out. Australia has three points after its opening win vs. New Zealand and will likely need a win to go through.
Group B Overview
China took a commanding lead in Group B with a somewhat surprisingly easy 3-0 victory vs. Nigeria as Ma Xiaoxu scored twice. Canada kept themselves alive with a 2-0 win against Finland, which saw its hopes of making to the second round dealt a severe blow. Finland would need a big win against Nigeria in its final group game, a long shot as the Baby Falcons will also be fighting for their tournament lives, combined with a big win by China over Canada, to have any hope of going through. China is all but through to the quarterfinals and needs just a tie in the final game to win the group.
Group C Overview
If the USA makes it through to the quarterfinals, they will play a team from this group. North Korea picked up the upset of the tournament, and maybe of all three FIFA youth women’s tournaments staged so far, with a 2-0 win against Germany in the first round of group matches. That result blew the group wide open, with Mexico also defeating Switzerland, 4-2. It was a key win for Mexico as the Germans and the Koreans will likely be the two strongest teams in the group, but the Mexicans will pobably need one more win or at least two draws to make it through. Germany can afford no more stumbles, and for the Swiss, a loss to the Koreans on Aug. 21 would likely eliminate them from contention.
For complete standings, visit the FIFA U-20 WWC page on ussoccer.com.
U.S. Roster by Position:
GOALKEEPERS (3): 18-Kelsey DAVIS (Thousand Oaks, Calif.), 21-Joanna HAIG (Inver Grove Heights, Minn), 1-Val HENDERSON (Orinda, Calif.);
DEFENDERS (6): 15-Carrie DEW (Encinitas, Calif.), 16-Erin HARDY (Costa Mesa, Calif.), 4-Nikki KRSYSIK (Clifton, N.J.), 3-Stephanie LOGTERMAN (Austin, Texas), 6-Stephanie LOPEZ (Elk Grove, Calif.), 5-Sara WAGENFUHR (Colorado Springs, Colo.);
MIDFIELDERS (8): 2-Jordan ANGELI (Lakewood, Colo.), 9-Danesha ADAMS (Shaker Heights, Ohio), 10-Brittany BOCK (Naperville, Ill.), 13-Tina DiMARTINO (Massapequa Park, N.Y.), 11-Tobin HEATH (Basking Ridge, N.J.), 14-Allie LONG (East Northport, N.Y.), 20-Casey NOGUEIRA (Cedarburg, Wis.), 7-Amanda POACH (Bowie, Md.);
FORWARDS (4): 8-Lauren CHENEY (Indianapolis, Ind.), 12-Amy RODRIGUEZ (Lake Forest, Calif.), 19-Kelley O’HARA (Fayetteville, Ga.), 17-Jessica ROSTEDT (Kent, Ohio).
Argentina Roster by Position:
GOALKEEPERS (3): 1-Elisabeth MINNIG (AFA), 12-Maria LOBO (AFA), 21-Vanesa BERATZ (AFA);
DEFENDERS (7): 2-Eva GONZALEZ (Boca Juniors), 3-Catalina PEREZ (River Plate), 4-Ruth LEIVA (River Plate), 6-Marisa FARINA (AFA),13-Lucia DUBRACICH (AFA), 16-Gabriela CHAVEZ (Independiente), 17- Liliana CASAS (Independiente)
MIDFIELDERS (7): 5-Florencia QUINONES (San Lorenzo), 8-Florencia MANDRILE (San Lorenzo), 11-Mercedes PEREYRA (River Plate), 14-oanna BRACAMONTE (Independiente), 15-Mariana SUAREZ (Boca Juniors), 18-Emilia MENDIETA (AFA), 19-Maria BLANCO (AFA);
FORWARDS (4): 7-Ludmila MANICLER (Independiente), 9-Maria POTASSA (Rosario Central), 10-Analia HIRMBRUCHNER (Independiente), 20-Amancay URBAN (AFA)
TOURNAMENT TOP SCORERS: 30 players have scored the 39 goals in the tournament thus far (which includes one own goal), with six players having tallied twice and China’s Ma Xiaoxu registering three goals after scoring twice in her country’s big 3-0 win vs. Nigeria.
2006 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Championship Leading Scorers
Player (Country) - Goals
Xiaoxu Ma (CHN) - 3
Vanessa Buerki (SUI) - 2
Charlyn Corral (MEX) - 2
Marie-Laure Delie (FRA) - 2
College McCallum (AUS) - 2
Jodi-Ann Robinson (CAN) - 2
Cynthia Uwak (NGA) - 2
DEW BACK FROM SUSPENSION: U.S. defender Carrie Dew sat out the Congo match on suspension due to a red card received in the USA’s final CONCACAF qualifying match, a 3-2 win against Canada on January 27, but is now eligible for the Argentina match. U.S. goalkeeper coach Steve Branz will have to watch the match from the stands, however, after getting ejected from the game late in the second half against the Congo after protesting a particularly nasty foul on midfielder Tina DiMartino.
all_access video – USA LOOKS BACK ON THE CONGO, FORWARD TO ARGENTINA: The tournament is underway and while the USA team under-whelmed in their first match, they are highly motivated for their second contest against Argentina. Log onto ussoccer.com’s all_access video to see what the U.S. players had to say about the 2-1 win vs. DR Congo, as well as a look at some sight-seeing the players did before the tournament began. Stay tuned for an amazing video highlighting the “Ball Trick Battle” between U.S. midfielders Tobin Heath and Casey Nogueira later this week.
USSOCCER.COM'S U-20 WNT BLOG ANSWERS ALL THE QUESTIONS: Why don’t the U.S. players need the fancy hair salon in their hotel? Will we one day see Jordan Angeli on the World Series of Spades on ESPN? And would it be possible for the U.S. players to hook up one of their iPods to the stadium PA system? ussoccer.com answers these questions and more in this exclusive blog from Russia, keeping you up to date from inside the U-20 WNT at the 2006 FIFA Women's World Championship. Check back for regular updates as the team gets set for its second game on August 21 against Argentina.
PODCAST – DREAM COMES TRUE FOR HEATH, SHE GETS HER OWN PODCAST: Tobin Heath has listened to almost every podcast ever done with a WNT player on ussoccer.com. Now she gets her own. Listen to the extremely well-spoken 18-year-old talk about her journey to the World Championship, her upcoming freshman year and why former U-17 WNT teammate Ali Hawkins better leaver her some closet space at their new dorm room at UNC. Also, hear college roommates Nikki Krzysik and Jessica Rostedt on topics ranging from soccer, getting up for class and why opposites really do attract. Midfielder Brittany Bock also checks in and explains why she really wants to score goals in Russia.
USA IN RED AND BLUE: The U.S. will wear its red jerseys, blue shorts and blue socks for the second game in a row. Argentina will wear their traditional white and blue jerseys, black shorts and white socks.
USA REFEREE RUNS BRA-AUS: U.S. referee Jennifer Bennett was in the middle for the Australia-Brazil match in Group A on Aug. 20, her first match of the tournament. She called a penalty kick in the 42nd minute that Francielle converted for Brazil in their 2-0 victory.
Stat of Note:
France’s five-goal outburst against Argentina was the highest single game goal total of the tournament so far.