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U.S. U-20 WNT Set for World Cup Qualifying Against Costa Rica


U.S. Under-20 Women’s National Team vs. Costa Rica
2014 CONCACAF Women’s U-20 Championship
Truman Bodden Sports Complex; George Town, Cayman Islands
Jan. 9, 2014

U.S. U-20 WNT SET FOR WORLD CUP QUALIFYING: The U.S. Under-20 Women’s National Team kicks off the 2014 CONCACAF Women’s U-20 Championship on Thursday, Jan. 9, when it faces Costa Rica (7:30 p.m. ET) in what will be the first step toward qualification for the 2014 FIFA Under-20 Women’s World Cup. The USA will continue Group A play against Jamaica on Saturday, Jan. 11 (7:30 p.m. ET), and finish the first round against Guatemala on Monday, Jan. 13 (7:30 p.m. ET). All the matches will be played on natural grass at the Truman Bodden Sports Complex. Follow the U-20 WNT throughout the tournament on Twitter @ussoccer_ynt.

2014 CONCACAF Women’s U-20 Championship
USA Group A Schedule

Date

Opponent

Kickoff (ET)

Venue

Jan. 9

Costa Rica

7:30 p.m.

Truman Bodden Sports Complex; George Town, Cayman Islands

Jan. 11

Jamaica

7:30 p.m.

Truman Bodden Sports Complex; George Town, Cayman Islands

Jan. 13

Guatemala

7:30 p.m.

Truman Bodden Sports Complex; George Town, Cayman Islands

FOX PROVIDING FREE WEB STREAM OF MATCHES: All 2014 CONCACAF Women’s U-20 Championship matches are on FOX Soccer Plus, the premium television network dedicated to delivering the world’s best soccer and international sports. FOX Soccer Plus will show all the action of the U.S. U-20s through the group stages and also provide exclusive coverage of the semifinals, third-place match and final. FOX Soccer 2GO, the digital platform for computers, tablets and smartphones, will offer fans a free live stream for the seven matches, as well as via on-demand. Go to foxsoccer2go.com and enter promo code “U20WNT” on the registration page when prompted. The code must be activated between Wednesday, Jan. 8, and Monday, Jan. 20, and it is good for 14 days of free access to all live and full match replay streams on the service.

TOURNAMENT FORMAT: The 2014 CONCACAF Women’s U-20 Championship, which has been held six previous times in various incarnations (the first two were held as U-19 tournaments), features eight nations divided into two groups of four teams. The top two finishers in each group will qualify for the semifinals, with the winners of those games and the winner of the third-place match earning berths to the 2014 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup in Canada. Group B is comprised of host Cayman Islands, Mexico, Honduras and Trinidad & Tobago. Group B kicks off the tournament on Friday, Jan. 10, as Mexico faces T&T and host Cayman Islands meet Mexico.

HISTORY LESSON: Of the six tournaments CONCACAF has held for U-19/U-20 women, the USA has won three of them, including the past two. The first tournament back in 2002 did not produce a champion as the two groups in Trinidad & Tobago were played on separate islands (one on Trinidad and one on Tobago) and the group champions advanced to the first FIFA U-19 Women’s World Cup without semifinals or a final being played. The USA then won three of the next five tournaments, losing in the final in 2004 and 2008 to Canada. The USA has advanced to the final of the past five tournaments, facing Canada four times and Mexico once. The USA is 25-2-1 all-time in the tournament, and after racking up some high scores in the early days of this tournament, has scored 198 goals while allowing 11. The USA has qualified for all six FIFA U-19/U-20 Women’s World Cups that have been contested, winning three of them: 2002, 2008 and 2012.

U-20 WNT A SPRINGBOARD TO FULL WNT: Many of the players who have scored for the USA in this tournament are certainly familiar to WNT fans. Lindsay Tarpley, Heather O’Reilly, Leslie Osborne, Megan Rapinoe, Yael Averbuch, Rachel Buehler, Amy Rodriguez, Lauren Cheney (now Holiday), Kelley O’Hara, Alex Morgan, Meghan Klingenberg, Sydney Leroux, Kristie Mewis, Lindsey Horan, Julie Johnston and Morgan Brian have scored in this tournament and gone on to earn caps with the full Women’s National Team.

THEY’RE IN: So far, half the field for the 2014 FIFA Under-20 Women’s World Cup has been filled. Along with host Canada, the Korea Republic, Korea DPR and China have qualified from Asia while England, France, Finland and Germany qualified from Europe. Two teams from Africa, one from Oceania and two from South America, will be determined in late January.

RUN-UP TO CAYMAN ISLANDS: The U.S. U-20s had an up-and-down run-up to qualifying as head coach Michelle French tried out a large number of players before the college season. The USA went 2-3-2 in international matches, but the qualifying roster has a bit of a different look than previous competition rosters as six players come into this tournament uncapped at this level. On this qualifying roster, Margaret Purce, Andi Sullivan, Lindsey Horan and Malenzy Doniak all scored in international matches in 2013.

U.S. U-20 WNT CONCACAF Qualifying Roster by Position:
GOALKEEPERS (2): 18-Jane Campbell (Stanford; Kennesaw, Ga.), 1-Katelyn Rowland (UCLA; Vacaville, Calif.)
DEFENDERS (6): 16-Stephanie Amack (Stanford; Pleasanton, Calif.), 4-Brittany Basinger (Penn State; Purcellville, Va.), 2-Maddie Bauer (Stanford; Newport Beach, Calif.), 8-Lauren Kaskie (UCLA; Las Vegas, Nev.), 10-Laura Liedle (Stanford; San Diego, Calif.), 20-Katie Naughton (Notre Dame; Elk Grove Village, Ill.)
MIDFIELDERS (6): 7-Morgan Andrews (Notre Dame; Milford, N.H.), 14-Rachel Hill (Connecticut; Rollinsford, N.H.), 17-Rose Lavelle (Wisconsin; Cincinnati, Ohio), 3-Cari Roccaro (Notre Dame; East Islip, N.Y.), 19-Andi Sullivan (Bethesda SC; Lorton, Va.), 12-Mallory Weber (Penn State; Novi, Mich.)
FORWARDS (6): 6-Makenzy Doniak (Virginia; Chino Hills, Calif.), 5-Summer Green (USC; Milford, Mich.), 9-Lindsey Horan (PSG; Golden, Colo.), 13-Savannah Jordan (Florida; Fayetteville, Ga.), 11-McKenzie Meehan (Boston College; Scituate, R.I.), 15-Margaret Purce (Harvard; Silver Spring, Md.)

U.S. ROSTER NOTES:

  • U.S. U-20 Women’s National Team head coach Michelle French, a member of the USA’s silver medal-winning team at the 2000 Olympics in Australia, became head coach of this age group last February and will be coaching in her first qualifying tournament.
  • Eleven players on the U.S. roster have experience in a CONCACAF youth qualifying event either at the U-17 or U-20 level, or both.
  • While six players have yet to earn their first caps at the U-20 level, the roster is fairly experienced internationally with 10 players having represented the USA in a FIFA Women’s World Cup at the U-17 or U-20 level.
  • Nine of the 20 players on the roster were born in 1994 with the other 11 born in 1995. The age cutoff for the 2014 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup is players born on or after Jan. 1, 1994.
  • All the U.S. players are either 18 or 19, but goalkeeper Katelyn Rowland, who started kindergarten early, is the only player on the roster who has played three years of college soccer thus far.
  • Seven players on the roster have played two years of college soccer, while 10 recently completed their freshman season and Rowland has played three.
  • Andi Sullivan is a senior in high school and Lindsey Horan skipped college to become the first American women to bypass college soccer to sign a professional contract in Europe.
  • Cari Roccaro, who is in her second U-20 cycle, is the most-capped player at this level with 22 games played.
  • Forward Horan, who is also in her second U-20 cycle (although she missed the 2012 U-20 Women’s World Cup with a knee injury) is the USA’s leading scorer with 13 goals in 17 U-20 caps.
  • The players on the roster hail from 12 states, 11 different colleges and 17 different youth clubs. California features five players on the roster while Virginia, Michigan, Georgia, and New Hampshire have two players each.
  • Two players are from the 2013 NCAA Champion UCLA Bruins in goalkeeper Katelyn Rowland and midfielder Lauren Kaskie.
  • Four players are represented from Stanford University in Amack, goalkeeper Jane Campbell, former U-17 co-captain Maddie Bauer and outside back Laura Liedle.
  • Notre Dame has three players – defender Cari Roccaro, former U-17 captain Morgan Andrews and defender Katie Naughton. Naughton is the oldest player on the roster as she will turn 20 in February.
  • Penn State has two in defender Brittany Basinger and forward Mallory Webber.
  • North Carolina, Virginia, Boston College, Florida, Connecticut, Harvard and Wisconsin have one player each on the roster.
  • Margaret “Midge” Purce is the first player from Harvard to make a U.S. WNT qualifying roster.
  • McKenzie Meehan is the first player from Rhode Island to make a U.S. WNT qualifying roster.
  • There are three sets of twins on the roster. McKenzie Meehan and Stephanie Amack have twin sisters while Laura Liedle has a twin brother.
  • Three players on the roster – defenders Stephanie Amack, midfielder Cari Roccaro and striker Horan – were a part of the USA’s last qualifying team that won the 2012 CONCACAF U-20 Women’s Championship in Panama. Horan, the team’s leading scorer during the last cycle, missed the 2012 FIFA Women’s World Cup with a knee injury, but Amack and Roccaro were a part of the squad that won the tournament, defeating Germany 1-0 in the championship game played in Tokyo, Japan.
  • The 5-foot-9 Horan is the only player on the roster to have earned caps with the full WNT, playing off the bench against China PR at the Algarve Cup in Portugal last March and against Brazil on Nov. 10 where she picked up her first assist at the senior level.
  • Horan has seven goals in 10 appearances so far this season for PSG and scored 17 goals in 20 games last year in the Feminine Division 1.
  • Eight players on the roster were key members of the U.S. team that played at the 2012 FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup in Azerbaijan where the USA tied eventual champion France and runner-up Korea DPR in group play but became the first women’s team in FIFA history to earn five points in the first round yet fail to advance to the knockout stage.
  • Forward Savannah Jordan scored 22 goals as a freshman for the Florida Gators while Makenzy Doniak knocked in 20 as a sophomore in helping lead UVA to an undefeated regular season and a berth in the Women’s College Cup Final Four.
  • As a sophomore, McKenzie Meehan also scored 20 times for Boston College.
  • Harvard freshman Margaret Purce led the Ivy League in shots and tied for the lead in goals with 11
  • The USA has had the top scorer in this tournament three times. In 2002, it was Kelly Wilson with 10 goals. In 2004, Kerri Hanks also scored 10 times. In 2008, Kelley O’Hara and Michelle Enyeart shared the tournament lead with six each and in 2010 Sydney Leroux let the tourney in goal scoring with six.


USA VS. COSTA RICA SERIES :

  • The USA has played Costa Rica four times in this tournament and has a 3-0-1 record, but it’s safe to say the Ticas have improved mightily since the first meeting, a 14-1 thrashing at the feet of the Americans in 2002. Two years later, Costa Rica actually managed a 0-0 draw (albeit in a rain storm) in the final match of group play.
  • In 2008, the USA defeated Costa Rica 4-0 in the semifinal to qualify for the FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup, but fell in the championship game to Canada.
  • In 2010, the USA also defeated Costa Rica in the semifinal to qualify for that year’s World Cup, this time in a tight 2-1 match, and then defeated Mexico 1-0 in the championship game.


BY THE NUMBERS:

  • 1: Player still in high school on the USA’s qualifying roster (Andi Sullivan)
  • 4: CONCACAF U-19/U-20 tournaments, out of six, in which the USA has won all its games.
  • 7: Players from the western region of the U.S. on this year’s qualifying roster
  • 10: Games out of 25 that the USA has scored six or more goals in CONCACAF U-19/U-20 qualifying
  • 11: U.S. players who stand 5-foot-7 or taller
  • 11: Different countries the USA has faced in CONCACAF U-19/U-20 women’s qualifying
  • 12: Goals Summer Green scored in the 2010 CONCACAF Women’s U-17 Championship, the most by a U.S. player in any qualifying tournament at any level
  • 25: All-time matches won in the CONCACAF U-19/U-20 championship by the USA
  • 45: Players who played in a game for the U.S. U-20 WNT in 2013.
  • 540: Minutes played by Rose Lavelle this year in international competition, the most on the team


ON USSOCCER.COM:

MICHELLE FRENCH FACT FILE: Michelle French was hired as head coach of the U.S. Under-20 Women’s National Team on Feb. 20, 2013. A former U.S. international at the senior and youth levels, and a former professional player in the WUSA, French joined U.S. Soccer as the first full-time head coach for the U-20 age group.

  • French, 36, comes to U.S. Soccer after having coached at all levels of girls’ youth soccer. She served as a scout for U.S. Club Soccer since 2009, was a coach in the Washington Girls’ Olympic Development Program and served as an assistant coach for various U.S. Youth National Teams at the U-14, U-15, U-17 and U-18 levels since 2005.
  • She also has experience in the college game, serving as an assistant at UCLA in 2002 and as a volunteer assistant at the University of Washington in 2005.
  • She has worked with the Eastside Football Club since 2005, coaching up to three girls’ teams at a time. She also coached FC Portland Academy from 1998-2004.
  • In the summer of 2012, she was the head coach of the Seattle Sounders Women in the W-League, a team that included U.S. WNT players Alex Morgan, Sydney Leroux, Megan Rapinoe and Hope Solo.
  • As a player, French played for the U.S. Women’s National Team from 1997-2001, earning 14 caps with 11 starts. She won a silver medal at the 2000 Olympics. She was also called in to attend a portion of the Residency Training Camp for the 2004 Olympics.
  • She was first called into the full National Team for two matches against England on the 1997 Victory Tour presented by Nike, and she earned her first cap against England in her home stadium at the University of Portland on May 11, 1997. She had two assists in her career and played her last game for the USA on July 3, 2001, during a 1-0 win against Canada in Blaine, Minn.
  • French was also a member of the Residency Training for the 1999 FIFA Women’s World Cup and is one of the most-capped players in U.S. history at the U-21 level. She played for the USA U-21s from 1994-1999, the latter few as an overage player, and captained the U-21s from 1997-1999.
  • She captained the 1997, 1998 and 1999 Nordic Cup teams, helping the U.S. to a championship in 1997 in Denmark, while scoring two goals; to second place in 1998 in Holland; and to another title in 1999 in Iceland. She was a starter on the U-20 team at the Nordic Cup in Sweden in the summer of 1996.
  • French started her professional career with the Washington Freedom of the WUSA in 2001, where she was co-captain, and played two years for the San Jose CyberRays.
  • She continued her career at the semi-professional level, playing for the Seattle Sounders Women in the W-League in 2004 and from 2006-2009. In 2004, she led the W-League in assists and was named First-Team All-League and First-Team All-Conference in each season she played.
  • French was a highly decorated collegiate player at the University of Portland from 1995-1998 where she was a four-year starter and started every game she played. As a senior, she was a First-Team NSCAA All-American, an All-Far West Region selection and a MAC Hermann Award Finalist. She was also All-WCC First-Team and a WWC All-Academic Team selection. She was also the WCC Freshman of the Year in 1995 and a Soccer America All-Freshman Team selection. As a junior, her 14 assists were the second-best season total at the time to Shannon MacMillan.

IN FOCUS: COSTA RICA
Federación Costarricense de Fútbol
Founded: 1921 (Joined FIFA in 1927)
U-20 WNT Head Coach: Garabet Derdjian
Previous CONCACAF U-20 WNT qualifying appearances: 4 (2002, 2004, 2008, 2010)
Best CONCACAF U-20 WNT qualifying finishes: third place (2004 and 2010)
CONCACAF U-20 WNT qualifying record: 10-6-2 (GF: 44, GA: 40)

HOW THEY GOT HERE:

  • Costa Rica qualified by for the CONCACAF Women’s U-20 Championship by winning its group in Central American qualifying, defeating Nicaragua 2-1 and Panama 3-1 during matches played in Panama.


LAST TIME:
On the field in an international match for the USA:
Aug. 11, 2013 – U.S. Soccer NTC – Carson, Calif.

Scoring Summary: 1 2 F
USA                        0 0 0
JPN                         1 2 3 Michigami 15, 70; Kojima 63

Lineups
USA: 24-Kaela Little; 10-Karlie Mueller (17-Dani Weatherholt, 23), 4-Mandy Freeman (6-Katie Naughton, 12), 15-Cari Roccaro (capt.), 8-Laura Liedle; 12-Rose Lavelle, 16-Toni Payne (5-Morgan Andrews, 46), 21-Andi Sullivan; 7-Summer Green (11-Kayla Mills, 79), 13-Amber Munerlyn (3-Janine Beckie, 59), 1-Katelyn Rowland, 81), 20-Margaret Purce (19-Ryan Walker, 70)
Subs not used: 2-Makenzy Doniak, 9-Lauren Kaskie, 14-Gabbi Miranda, 18-Cassie Miller, 22-Ifeoma Onumonu, 23-Crystal Thomas
Head coach: Michelle French

JPN: 21-Ayaka Yamashita (12-Mei Hayashizaki, 46); 5-Mayo Doko, 6-Risa Shimizu, 3-Shiori Miyake (19-Miyuka Hatanaka, 61), 14-Yu Nakasato, 15-Yui Narumiya (13-Ayaka Inoue, 41), 7-Akari Kurishima, 16-Nao Kawahara (22-Marin Hamamoto, 46), 17-Akari Shiraki, 10-Ayaka Michigami (capt.), 20-Miku Kojima
Subs not used: 1-Nene Inoue, 2-Saki Ueno, 4-Ruka Norimatsu, 8-Hikaru Naomoto, 9-Mina Tanaka, 11-Yuka Momiki, 18-Rin Sumida, 23-Yui Hasegawa
Head coach: Hiroshi Yoshida

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