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U-19 Women Ready for Russia in Second Match of World Championship


Saturday, November 13, 2004
U.S. Under-19 Women’s National Team
Notes from Phuket, Thailand


U.S. U-19 WOMEN TO FACE RUSSIA IN SECOND GROUP C MATCH: Coming off a convincing 3-0 victory over South Korea in their first match of the FIFA Under-19 Women’s World Championship 2004, the U.S. U-19 Women’s National Team faces Russia on Sunday, Nov. 14 (5 p.m. local / 5 a.m. ET), with the winner almost assuredly clinching a spot in the quarterfinals.  Russia is coming off a 4-1 upset victory over European champion Spain and is actually in first place in Group C, having scored one more goal than the USA.  The U.S. match will be followed by the other Group C game featuring South Korea and Spain, both of whom may be playing for their tournament lives as they each carry a loss into the match and two losses in group play may doom that team to an early trip home.  There will be live scoring updates for both matches on www.FIFA.com. The Americans held their Saturday training in the afternoon at the Karon Beach training facility, just minutes away from the USA’s hotel. It was not raining when the USA boarded the bus, but the drizzle began to fall during the five-minute trip and by the time the U.S. arrived at the field, a downpour featuring jumbo-sized raindrops was drenching the pitch and water was cascading down the stands of the stadium. A few brave U.S. players ventured out to warm up in the warm rain and by the time all the players hit the field, the storm had passed as quickly as it had come.  The U.S. team engaged in a possession game in which they looked razor sharp, played a short 11 v 11 scrimmage and finished with some crossing and shooting.  The U.S. U-19s played the Russian senior national team in 2003, falling 4-1, but have never played Russia at the U-19 level.

GERMANS ROLL AGAIN, BRAZIL UPSET BY NIGERIA IN CLASSIC: The second round of games in Group A and B commenced on Saturday (Nov. 13) and once again Germany was a big winner.  In Group A, Germany downed Australia 4-0 as Celia Okoyino Da Mbabi scored once (giving her three goals for the tournament) and Anja Mittag scored twice (also giving her three).  The Aussies were forced to play without their starting goalkeeper who was red-carded in a 2-1 loss to Canada in the opening match.  In the other Group A match Canada rolled over hapless Thailand, 7-0. Brittany Timko scored a hat trick for Canada and is now the leading scorer in the tournament with five goals.  Canada scored twice within 60 seconds in the second half.  The win by the Maple Leafs sets up a clash with Germany on Nov. 16 for the first place in the group.  In Group B, China edged Italy 2-1 on an 82nd minute goal by Xu Yuan.  It was the second straight game in which Italy had fallen 2-1 on a late goal, also losing to Brazil on an 84th minute score. The other Group B game was a barn-burner as Brazil went down by two goals after 14 minutes, had a player red-carded in 35th minute and then stormed back to score two short-handed goals to tie the game, only to see Nigeria's Akudo Sabi bag the winner in the 90th minute as she struck a 40-yard free-kick through the hands of Brazilian goalkeeper Thais to make the final tally, 3-2. Nigeria’s win sends Group B into a tizzy as the Baby Falcons, China or Brazil could finish first pending the outcome of the final group matches.  Following are the standings, results and remaining schedule for the first round of the tournament:

FIFA Under-19 Women’s World Championship 2004 Group Standings
Group A
Team    W    L    T    PTS    GF    GA    GD
GER      2     0    0      6       10       0     +10
CAN      2     0    0      6        9        1     +8
AUS      0     2    0      0        1         6     -5
THA      0      2    0      0        0      13     -13

Nov. 10
Germany 6, Thailand 0
Canada 2, Australia 1

Nov. 13
Germany 4, Australia 0
Canada 7, Thailand 0

Nov. 16
Germany vs. Canada
Australia vs. Thailand 


Group B
Team    W    L    T    PTS    GF    GA    GD
CHN      2     0    0      6        3        1      +2
BRA      1     1    0      3        4        4        0
NGA      1     1    0      3        3        3        0
ITA         0     2    0      0        2        4      -2

Nov. 10
China 1, Nigeria 0
Brazil 2, Italy 1

Nov. 13
China 2, Italy 1
Nigeria 3, Brazil 2

Nov. 16
China vs. Brazil
Italy vs. Nigeria

 
Group C
Team    W    L    T    PTS    GF    GA    GD
RUS      1     0    0      3         4        1      +3
USA      1     0    0      3         3        0      +3
ESP      0     1    0      0         1        4      -3
KOR      0     1    0      0         0        3      -3

Nov. 11
USA 3, South Korea 0
Russia 4, Spain 1

Nov. 14
USA vs. Russia
Spain vs. South Korea

Nov. 17
USA vs. Spain
Russia vs. South Korea

USA vs. RUSSIA PREVIEW: Russia’s 4-1 win over Spain in the opening round of Group C games surprised many, but no one more than the Spanish, who had upset Germany to win the European U-19 Championship earlier this year. Spain actually had many scoring chances vs. the Russians, including a goal that equalized the match at 2-2 only to be mistakenly waved off for offsides by the referee, but it was Russia who finished their chances, including a goal straight off a corner kick from Ekaterina Sochneva in the 36th minute that made it 2-1.  Olga Petrova, a 69th minute substitute, scored just seven minutes after coming on due to a mix-up in the Spanish defense, allowing her a well-taken chip over the goalkeeper and into the net from 20 yards out.  Spain scored an own goal two minutes from time to add insult to injury.  Russia has two attacking players named Elena who have speed and will challenge the U.S. defense in Elena Morozova and Elena Terekhova, scorer of the first goal against Spain as she ran onto a perfect long ball and finished her one-on-one chance.  As good as Russia is in the attack, the backs may not be able to keep up with the USA’s athleticism, but goalkeeper Elvira Todua is 5-foot-11 and can make the spectacular save, meaning the U.S. team will have to be sharp on its finishing to beat her. 

Rosters:
USA
GOALKEEPERS (3): 21-Laura COMEAU, 1-Kelsey DAVIS, 18-Ashlyn HARRIS; DEFENDERS (5): 3-Rachel BUEHLER, 19-Meagan HOLMES, 15-Nikki KRZYSIK, 6-Stephanie LOPEZ, 11-Becky SAUERBRUNN; MIDFIELDERS (8): 13-Yael AVERBUCH, 5-Sheree GRAY, 2-Stephanie KRON, 20-Stacy LINDSTROM, 8-Stephanie LOGTERMAN, 12-Alexa ORAND, 4-Jen REDMOND, 10-Angie WOZNUK; FORWARDS (5): 9-Kerri HANKS, 7-Megan RAPINOE, 16-Amy RODRIGUEZ, 17-Jessica ROSTEDT, 14-Meghan SCHNUR.

RUSSIA
GOALKEEPERS (3): 1- Elvira TODUA, 12-Svetlana BAIKINA, 21-Nadezhda MEZHAKOVA; DEFENDERS (6): 2-Elena SEDOVA, 3-Anastasia KOSTYUKOVA, 4-Alexandra GOMOZOVA, 5-Elena SEMENCHENKO, 13-Ksenia TSYBUTOVICH, 17-Lyubov BUKASHKINA; MIDFIELDERS (9): 6-Oxana TITOVA, 7-Ekaterina SOCHNEVA, 8-Elena TEREKHOVA, 9-Svetlana TSIDIKOVA, 10-Yana FOMINA, 11-Elena MOROZOVA, 15-Olga PESHINA, 16-Nadezhda KHARCHENKO, 18-Galina MAKAROVA; FORWARDS (3): 14-Olga PETROVA, 19-Elena GORBACHEVA, 20-Anna GORYACHEVA. 

11 QUESTIONS WITH MEGAN RAPINOE: U.S. Under-19 forward Megan Rapinoe, one of three Megan’s on the world championship roster (along with Meghan Schnur and Meagan Holmes), is convinced that she spells her name the way it’s supposed to be spelled.  The University of Portland-bound striker hails from northern, northern California, in Redding, just a two-hour drive from the Oregon border.  She took some time out after the USA’s team meeting for the match against Russia to answer some questions for ussoccer.com. 

U.S. Quote Sheet:
U.S. head coach Mark Krikorian on Russia:
“They have just beaten the champions of Europe, 4-1. What they showed in that game was a varied attack. They combined some short play and long balls well, their goalkeeping was exceptional and their defending was solid. We will be tested over the course of 90 minutes so we need to make sure we bring our ‘A’ game.”

More Krikorian on Russia:
“They play a different style.  They are going to play with a man-to-man marking system with a sweeper and that is something our team doesn’t have a lot of experience playing against as we play mostly against teams with zonal defending.  Up front they have a couple of very talented players and we believe they can be a very dangerous team in this tournament.  I think they proved that against Spain.”

U.S. defender Becky Sauerbrunn on the USA’s focus for the Russia match:
“Russia is very good at finding their runners over the back line, and although they play a different style of defense than we do, they seem to be successful with it.   We’re going to need good possession so we can build our attack and have space for attacking to players to run at their defense.”

Sauerbrunn on her impressions from the South Korea match and what the USA needs to improve:
“After the first 10 minutes, we imposed our tempo on the game and basically dominated on both ends of the field.  We probably need to clean up our touch a little bit against Russia and have a quicker speed of play and of course we need to finish our chances.”

Midfielder Stephanie Logterman on coming off the first match into the second:
“The first game is the hardest one. Everyone is nervous and you don’t really know what to expect.  It’s tough to prepare for it, you just have to weather the beginning and settle down.  I think everyone will be a little more calm and confident now because we’ve been through it before.  We definitely can’t overlook Russia, they are a good team, but we can use the experience of the first game to help us.” 

Quote of the Day:
U.S. goalkeeper Kelsey Davis desperately trying to backtrack after telling midfielder Stephanie Kron that she resembled Chang, the blue-eyed female elephant mascot of the tournament:

“I never said Kron looks like an elephant!  I just said they have the same color eyes and both have light coloring!”

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