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U.S. U-20 WNT Defeats Canada U-20s, 4-0, to Clinch Ricardo Teixeira Cup in Brazil

- Kelley O'Hara Scores Two Goals, Cheney and Rostedt Net One Each
- USA Finishes Tournament Tomorrow, April 24, Against Brazil U-20s

- Cheney Adds Two Assists to Her Goal, DiMartino Also Notches Two Assists

TERESOPOLIS, Brazil (April 23, 2006) – Seventeen-year-old Kelley O’Hara came off the bench to score two goals in the second half after forwards Lauren Cheney and Jessica Rostedt had given the U.S. a 2-0 lead through 45 minutes and the U.S. Under-20 Women’s National Soccer Team picked up a well-earned 4-0 victory over the Canadian U-20s to win the Ricardo Teixeira Cup.

The goals for Cheney and Rostedt marked both attackers’ 16th of the year for the U.S. U-20s. The USA still has one game remaining in the competition, facing Brazil tomorrow, but with seven points from three games, the Americans cannot be caught by the hosts, who have just one point from three matches.

“I’m very pleased with the performance,” said U.S. head coach Tim Schulz. “The girls had set a goal to try to score three goals because we felt we’ve been getting in, but not finishing, so we accomplished a goal there. The whole team also set a goal to get another shutout, and they accomplished that as well, but the big objective was to come down here and win the tournament, and they got that done, too.”

The win was satisfying for the USA, not only because the Americans played some dynamic attacking soccer to out-shoot their northern neighbors, 16-7, but because the USA rebounded from a 2-2 tie with Canada in the tournament opener.

The young U.S. team started the game slowly as Canada applied early pressure, but the USA settled down and punched in the first goal in the 25th minute. It came after the USA counter-attacked off a Canadian throw-in deep in the U.S. defensive third. Midfielder Tina DiMartino carried the ball for 40 yards down the right flank before slipping a perfect pass behind the defense to the cutting Cheney. She ran at Canadian goalkeeper Erin McNulty and then bent the ball around her into the left corner with the outside of her right foot from 17 yards.

The USA could have had several more goals in the first half with some sharper finishing from Rostedt, who failed to convert on five good chances in front of the net as she terrorized the Canadian back line. The speedy striker atoned for the missed opportunities her a goal in the 44th minute to give the U.S. 2-0 lead heading into halftime.

The play developed when Cheney slipped a pass to Rostedt in the left side of the penalty area. She rounded McNulty to the left, but took her angle too wide. Rostedt then stepped on the ball, whirled back toward goal and bent her shot into the net from seven yards out at the left elbow of the goal box.

Seventeen-year-old Kelley O’Hara, the youngest player on the U.S. team, provided a spark off the bench after coming in at halftime, scoring two great goals.

The first came in the 65th minute, once again courtesy of Cheney. The powerful U.S. forward held the ball well with her back to the goal just over midfield and waited for O’Hara to make an over-the-top run. Cheney then spun off her defender and played a bouncing ball into the path of the sprinting O’Hara, who slipped in between a retreating defender and the charging goalkeeper to roll her shot into the open net from 35 yards out.

O’Hara closed out the scoring in the 82nd minute as she and DiMartino both beat the Canadian offside trap after of a perfect long ball from substitute Tobin Heath. Both players sprinted toward the ball into the left side of the penalty area and DiMartino settled it, but her momentum took her away from the ball. O’Hara scooped it up, held off a defender and bent her shot into the lower right corner from 15 yards out.

The goals were O’Hara’s second and third international scores at the U-20 level.

“I think the runs from the forwards and the combinations with our midfielders and outside backs finding our forwards was huge,” said Schulz. “And the timing of the runs by our forwards was very good today.”

The U.S. back line, stabilized by central defender Nikki Krzysik, did well to keep the Canadians in front of them all day. Canada’s most dangerous chance came off a well-struck free kick from Kaylyn Kyle in the 61st minute, but U.S. goalkeeper Kelsey Davis dove to her left to snag the shot.


Match-up: USA vs. Canada
Competition: Ricardo Teixeira Cup
Venue: Granja Comary – Brazilian National Team Training Center; Teresopolis, Brazil
Date: April 23, 2006; Kickoff – 10:00 a.m. local time / 9:00 a.m. ET
Attendance: N/A
Weather: Sunny, hot - 81 degrees

Scoring Summary:
              1     2     F
USA      2     2     4
CAN      0     0     0

USA – Lauren Cheney (Tina DiMartino) 25th minute.
USA – Jessica Rostedt (Lauren Cheney) 44.
USA – Kelley O’Hara (Lauren Cheney) 65.
USA – Kelley O’Hara (Tina DiMartino) 82.

USA – 18-Kelsey Davis; 13-Stephanie Logterman (8-Ariel Harris, 70), 4-Carrie Dew (9-Danesha Adams, 46), 12-Nikki Kryzsik – Capt., 3-Sarah Wagenfuhr; 17-Tina DiMartino, 21-Amanda Poach, 7-Brittany Bock (16-Allie Long, 46), 2-Jordan Angeli; 5-Lauren Cheney (6-Tobin Heath, 70), 14-Jessica Rostedt (10-Kelley O’Hara, 46).
Subs not used: 1-Val Henderson.
Head Coach: Tim Schulz

CAN – 20-Erin McNuluty; 11-Desiree Scott (10-Anoop Josan, 46), 17-Eden Hingwing, 4-Caroline Vanderpool, 3-Sophie Schmidt – Capt., 8-Véronique Maranda, 6-Kaylen Kyle, 16-Paige Adams (5-Karla Schacher, 46), 15-Lorendana Riverso; 12-Selenia Iacchelli, 14-Aysha Jamani.
Subs not used: 1-Stephanie Labbe, 2-Katie Radchuck, 7-Jodi-Ann Robinson, 9-Vonya Beckles, 13-Rheanne Sleiman.
Head Coach: Ian Bridge

Statistical Summary:
Shots: 16 / 7
Shots on Goal: 8 / 3
Saves: 3 / 4
Corner Kicks: 4 / 1
Fouls: 13 / 13
Offside: 9 / 4

Misconduct Summary:
USA – Sarah Wagenfuhr (caution) 45th minute.
CAN – Sophie Schmidt (caution) 57.
USA – Kelley O’Hara (caution) 75.

Sierra Mist Woman of the Match: Lauren Cheney

Ricardo Teixeira Cup Standings
Team   W   L   T    Pts.    GF    GA    GD
USA      2    0   1     7         8        2     +6
CAN      1    1   2     5         4        7     -3
BRA      0    2    1    1          1       4      -3

Ricardo Teixeira Cup Schedule – Teresopolis, Brazil
April 15-24, 2006
(All matches in Teresopolis at Brazilian National Team Training Center)

Date         Match-Up / Result
April 15   USA U-20 2, Canada U-20 2
April 17   Canada U-20 1, Brazil U-20 0
April 19   USA U-20 2, Brazil U-20 0
April 22   Brazil U-20 1, Canada U-20 1
April 23   USA U-20 4, Canada U-20 0
April 24   Brazil U-20 vs. USA U-20 is the official website of U.S. Soccer, the governing body of soccer in the United States