U.S. U-20 WNT Faces Jamaica in World Cup Qualifying at Cayman Islands
U.S. Under-20 Women’s National Team vs. Jamaica
2014 CONCACAF Women’s U-20 Championship
Truman Bodden Sports Complex; George Town, Cayman Islands
Jan. 11, 2014
U.S. U-20 WNT FACES JAMAICA AS GROUP A CONTINUES IN GEORGE TOWN: The U.S. Under-20 Women’s National Team kicked off the 2014 CONCACAF Women’s U-20 Championship on Jan. 9 with a comprehensive 6-0 victory against Costa Rica that saw forward Lindsey Horan score three goals while Summer Green and Savannah Jordan added single scores. Costa Rica added a late own goal. As the first game in Group A between Jamaica and Guatemala ended in a 0-0 tie, the USA has a commanding lead in the group heading into its second match against Jamaica on Saturday, Jan. 11 (7:30 p.m. ET). The USA finishes the first round against Guatemala on Monday, Jan. 13 (7:30 p.m. ET). All the matches are being played on natural grass at the Truman Bodden Sports Complex in George Town, Cayman Islands. Follow the U-20 WNT throughout the tournament on Twitter @ussoccer_ynt and on the ussoccer.com CONCACAF Women’s U-20 Championship home page.
2014 CONCACAF Women’s U-20 Championship
USA Group A Schedule
Venue/U.S. Goal Scorers
Horan (3), Green, Jordan, Own Goal
Truman Bodden Sports Complex; George Town, Cayman Islands
Truman Bodden Sports Complex; George Town, Cayman Islands
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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 features host Cayman Islands, Mexico, Honduras and T & T. 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. Including this tournament, the USA is 26-2-1 all-time in the tournament, and after racking up some high scores in the early days of this tournament, has scored 150 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
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:
- CONCACAF has determined that the goal previously credited to Lindsey Horan in the 86th minute of the match against Costa Rica was in fact an own goal by Costa Rica’s Mariana Benavidez. That still gives Horan a hat trick, and gives her seven career goals in this tournament after scoring four two years ago.
- 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.
- Four players on the roster earned their first U-20 caps in the opening game against Jamaica: defender Maddie Bauer, defender Brittany Basinger, midfielder Rachel Hill and forward Savannah Jordan, who scored her first U-20 goal.
- Heading into the tournament, six players had yet to earn their first caps at the U-20 level, but 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 23 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 17 goals in 18 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 Rowland and midfielder Lauren Kaskie.
- Four players are represented from Stanford University in Stephanie Amack, goalkeeper Jane Campbell, former U-17 co-captain Maddie Bauer and outside back Laura Liedle.
- Notre Dame has three players – 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. She was the Ivy League Player and Rookie of the Year. She led the Ivy League in shots and tied for the lead in goals with 11.
- 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 Amack have twin sisters while Liedle has a twin brother.
- Three players on the roster –Amack, Roccaro and 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.
- 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. JAMAICA SERIES:
- The USA has played Jamaica just twice in this tournament, both in opening matches, in 2006 and 2010.
- The U.S. won 4-1 in 2006 in Cordoba, Mexico, as Tina DiMartino, Amy Rodriguez, Danesha Adams and Lauren Cheney scored. All would be future professionals with Rodriguez, Adams and Cheney (now Holiday) all playing in the NWSL.
- In 2010, the USA rolled to a 6-0 victory on two goals from Christine Nairn, and single goals from Sydney Leroux, Teresa Noyola (who now plays for Mexico) and Tiffany McCarty, all of whom currently play in the NWSL.
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
- 7: Goals scored by Lindsey Horan in the CONCACAF Women’s U-20 Championship (four in 2012 and three in 2014)
- 11: Games out of 26 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
- 26: 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.
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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: JAMAICA
Jamaica Football Federation Limited
Founded: 1910 (Joined FIFA in 1962)
U-20 WNT Head Coach: Vin Blaine
Previous CONCACAF U-20 WNT qualifying appearances (6): (2002, 2004, 2006, 2008, 2010, 2012)
Best CONCACAF U-20 WNT qualifying finishes: fourth place (2006)
CONCACAF U-20 WNT qualifying record: 3-14-4 (GF: 29, GA: 47)
JAMAICA U-20 WNT CONCACAF Qualifying Roster by Position:
GOALKEEPERS (2): 1-Taylor Grant, 13-Chris-Ann Chambers
DEFENDERS (6): 2-Toriana Patterson, 3-Mackenzie Marsh, 4-Cachet Lue, 5-Konya Plummer, 8-Courtney Douglas, 15-Myjnairii Perkins
MIDFIELDERS (8): 7-Marlo Sweatman, 9-Trudi Carter, 11-Khadija Shaw, 12-Keona Simmonds, 16-Nicole Harris, 17-Simone Wark, 19-Jorja Hughes, 20-Alika Keene
FORWARDS (4): 6-Oshay Nelson Lawes, 10-Shantel Bailey, 14-Alexa Allen, 18-Kayla Gray
HOW THEY GOT HERE:
- Jamaica qualified for the 2014 CONCACAF Women’s U-20 Championship by winning the Caribbean Football Union tournament with a 7-0-1 record while scoring 41 goals and allowing just three.
- The Reggae Girlz goal scorers in Caribbean qualifying were: Kayla Gray (12 goals); Khadija Shaw (7); Nicole Harris (3); Shantell Thompson (2); Georgia Bailey, Trudi Carter, Courtney Douglas, Jessica Johnson, Keona Simmonds, Marlo Sweatman (1).
On the field for the USA:
Jan. 9, 2014 – Truman Bodden Spots Complex – George Town, Cayman Islands
Scoring Summary: 1 2 F
USA 3 3 6 Horan 13, 24, 45+2; Green 61; Jordan 81, Own Goal
CRC 0 0 0
USA: 1-Katelyn Rowland; 19-Andi Sullivan, 2-Maddie Bauer (14-Rachel Hill, 46), 20-Katie Naughton, 4-Brittany Basinger; 3-Cari Roccaro (capt.), 7-Morgan Andrews, 17-Rose Lavelle (16-Stephanie Amack, 70); 6-Makenzy Doniak (5-Summer Green, 55), 9-Lindsey Horan, 13-Savannah Jordan
Subs Not Used: 8-Lauren Kaskie, 10-Laura Liedle, 11-McKenzie Meehan, 12-Mallory Weber, 15-Margaret Purce, 18-Jane Campbell.
Head Coach: Michelle French
13-Mariela Vasquez; 3-Noelle Sanz, 2-Yesmi Rodriguez, 5-Paula Coto, 8-Mariana Benavidez Arguedas (capt.); 7-Melissa Herrera, 4-Viviana Chinchilla;
14-Raquel Matarrita (12-Kimberly Lazaro, 57), 20-Krista Chavarria Hernandez (11-Katheryn Arroyo, 76), 10-Gloriana Villalobos Vega, 9-Michelle Montero
(15-Nicole Pamela Araya Munoz, 45+1)
Subs Not Used: 1-Noelia Bermudez, 6-Michelle Rodriguez, 16-Maria Brenes, 17-Jazmin Elizondo, 18-Mauren Arroyo, 19-Lauren Alpizar Mora
Head Coach: Garabet Avedissian Derdjian