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U.S. U-20 Women's National Team Rolls Past England in Germany, 4-1

Flensburg, GERMANY (June 22, 2009) – The U.S. Under-20 Women’s National Team defeated the England U-20s by a 4-1 score in a match played in Flensburg, Germany, as forward Maya Hayes came off the bench to score twice while Sydney Leroux and Tiffany McCarty added a goal each.

The match is the first of a two-game set in Germany as the Americans will also play the German U-20 Women’s National Team on Friday, June 26, at Wolfgang Meyer Stadion in Hamburg. Germany will host the 2010 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup in last summer of that year. The USA will attempt to qualify for that tournament in next January during a CONCACAF qualifying competition in Guatemala.

The USA started the scoring three minutes before halftime as Leroux, the Golden Ball and Golden Shoe winner at 2008 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup in Chile, ran onto a through ball from Beth West and slotted home into the right corner to give the USA a 1-0 lead.

The Americans broke the game open in a six-minute span early in the second half. This time West put McCarty through and she stuck her shot into the right side-netting. Hayes, who came into the game in the 52nd minute, gave the USA almost immediate offense, tallying her first of the game five minutes later after Christine Nairn played a through ball, splitting the England backs. Hayes ran onto the ball, took a touch and placed her low shot into the right corner.

Hayes finished the scoring in the 72nd minute after beating a defender down the right wing. She turned toward goal and shot low into the near post.

England pulled a goal back off a header from a corner kick in the 78th minute, but the match was well in hand by then.
“It was a solid start to the trip, we got four excellent goals and some terrific attacking movement,” said U.S. head coach Jillian Ellis.  “These games are a great opportunity to evaluate our players and another step toward assembling the pieces for qualifying. I know everyone is looking forward to playing Germany which will be a real test to see where we are at this point in our preparations.”

Match: United States U-20 Women’s National Team vs. U-19 England Women’s National Team 
Date: June 22, 2009
Competition: Foreign Training Camp
Venue: Flensburg Stadion, Flensburg, Germany
Kickoff: 10:30 p.m. ET
Weather: 65 degrees, sunny

Scoring Summary:     1     2     F 
USA                                1     3     4
England                         0    1     1

USA -- Sydney Leroux (Beth West)           42nd minute
USA -- Tiffany McCarty (Beth West)          52
USA -- Maya Hayes (Christine Nairn)      57
USA -- Maya Hayes (Christine Nairn)      72
ENG -- n/a                                                     78

USA: Cat Parkhill; Courtney Verloo, Crystal Dunn, Cloee Colohan, Beth West (Cami Levin, 67); Elizabeth Eddy (Casey Short, 46), Jenna Richmond (Samantha Mewis, 63), Christine Nairn, Kristie Mewis (Teresa Noyola, 67); Sydney Leroux (capt.) (Lauren Alwine, 63), Tiffany McCarty (Maya Hayes, 52)
Subs not used: Taylor Vancil
Head Coach: Jill Ellis

England: Ashley Baker; Chelsea Weston, Lucy Bronze, Shelby Hills, Gerorgie Giddings; Lauren Bruton, Abby Prosser, Laura Boombes, Demi Stokes; Issy Christiensen, Chloe Roberts
Subs: n/a
Head Coach: Mo Marley

Stats Summary: USA / England   
Shots: 18 / 7
Shots on Goal: 12 / 4
Saves: 3 / 8
Corner Kicks: 10 / 1
Fouls: 10 / 4
Offside: 5 / 1

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