U.S. U-20 WNT to Face Germany in 2008 FIFA U-20 Womens' World Cup Semifinals at 5 p.m. ET Thursday, Dec. 4
U.S. Under-20 Women’s National Team
FIFA Under-20 Women’s World Cup
Tuesday, Dec. 3, 2008
BIENVENIDOS A COQUIMBO: The U.S. Under-20 Women’s National Team has settled into Coquimbo, Chile for their FIFA Under-20 Women’s World Cup semifinal clash on Thursday, Dec. 4, with Germany. The game kicks off at 7 p.m. local time (5 p.m. ET) at Estadio Fernando Sánchez Rumoroso and can be watched live on ESPNU and ESPN360.com, as well as on taped delay at 7 p.m. ET/PT on Galavision. Fans can also follow the match live on ussoccer.com’s MatchTracker.
U.S. U-20 WNT World Cup Schedule
|Date||Opponent||Venue; City||Time / ET / Result||TV / U.S. Goal Scorer(s)|
|Nov. 19||France||Estadio Nelson Oyarzun; Chillán, Chile||3-0 W||Morgan, Leroux (2)|
|Nov. 22||Argentina||Estadio Nelson Oyarzun; Chillán, Chile||3-0 W||Edwards, Morgan (2)|
|Nov. 26||China PR||Estadio German Becker; Temuco, Chile||0-2 L||--|
|Nov. 30||England||Estadio Nelson Oyarzun; Chillán, Chile||3-0 W||Winters, Leroux (2)|
|Dec. 4||Germany||Estadio Francisco Sánchez Rumoroso; Coquimbo, Chile||7 p.m. / 5 p.m.||Live ESPNU, ESPN360.com(Galavision, 7 p.m. ET/PT)|
THE ROAD TO THE SEMIFINALS: The U.S. advanced through to the semifinals with a 3-0 quarterfinal win over England, their third three-goal victory of the tournament after 3-0 wins over France and Argentina. The Americans bounced back from their first loss in group play in the history of this tournament to defeat England. Sydney Leroux is in the hunt for the tournament’s Golden Ball with four goals and two assists, while Alex Morgan is right behind her with three goals. At the other end of the field, goalkeeper Alyssa Naeher has yet to allow a goal in three games played, picking up shutouts against France, Argentina and England.
KEEPING THE STREAK ALIVE: The USA’s resounding win over England also kept alive a remarkable streak for the U.S. Women’s National Team programs, as the USA has advanced to the semifinals of every FIFA women’s event ever held. That streak includes five FIFA Women’s World Cup tournaments, four Olympic Games, two FIFA U-19 Women’s World Cups, two FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cups and the just completed inaugural U-17 FIFA Women’s World Cup.
GERMANY x NINE: This match will mark the ninth time the USA and Germany have met in a knockout round game at a FIFA Women’s World Cup or an Olympics, but amazingly the two countries have never met in a final. Of the previous eight meetings, six have been in semifinals and two were in the quarterfinals. The USA holds a 6-2 record in these knockout round games. Prior to the USA’s 2-1 victory over Germany in the semifinal of the 2008 FIFA Women’s World Cup in New Zealand and subsequent loss to North Korea in the final, the winner of the semifinal meeting had always gone on to win the championship. The USA has met Germany in two U-19 Women’s World Cup semifinals (2002 in Canada a 4-1 U.S. win and 2004 in Thailand, a 3-1 Germany win) and one U-20 Women’s World Cup quarterfinal (2006 in Russia, a 4-1 U.S. win). This match between these two most successful women’s soccer countries in the world will mark the ninth meeting in the 14 FIFA world championships that have been contested.
THE OTHER MATCH UP: The winner of the USA-Germany semifinal will advance to play the winner of the other semifinal, France against North Korea. That match will kick off at 4 p.m. local time (2 p.m. ET) and will broadcast live in the United States on ESPNU. France advanced to the knock out phase as the second place team from Group B, behind the United States, and went on to beat Nigeria 3-2 in their quarterfinal match up. North Korea also advanced as a second-place team, coming from Group D before topping Asian rival Japan in their quarterfinal bout. North Korea is the reigning champion of this tournament as well as the recently-played FIFA Under-17 Women’s World Cup in New Zealand.
Second Phase Schedule/Results
France 3, Nigeria 2
Korea DPR 2, Japan 1
Germany 3, Brazil 2
USA 3, England 0
Semifinals – Dec. 4, 2008
France vs. Korea DPR, 4 p.m. local / 2 p.m. ET
USA vs. Germany, 7 p.m. local / 5 p.m. ET
Third Place – Dec. 7
Semifinal 1 Loser vs. Semifinal 2 Loser, 3:30 p.m. local / 1:30 p.m. ET
Final – Dec. 7
Semifinal 1 Winner vs. Semifinal 2 Winner, 6:30 p.m. local / 4:30 p.m. ET
FROM ONE TO TWENTY: Head coach Tony DiCicco has used three different lineups in as many games during the tournament with 18 players, including two goalkeepers, seeing the field in the group phase. With all 20 players available for Sunday’s battle with England, DiCicco and his staff have been rotating their players throughout the six-game tournament.
U.S. U-20 WWC Roster by Position
GOALKEEPERS (3): 18-Chantel Jones (Virginia), 1-Alyssa Naeher (Penn State), 21-Cat Parkhill (Minnesota)
DEFENDERS (6): 5-Kiersten Dallsteam (Washington State), 2-Kaley Fountain (Wake Forest), 15-Lauren Fowlkes (Notre Dame), 4-Liz Harkin (Arizona State), 3-Meghan Klingenberg (North Carolina), 17-Nikki Marshall (Colorado)
MIDFIELDERS (6): 9-Gina DiMartino (Boston College), 8-Becky Edwards (Florida State), 11-Christine Nairn (Bowie, Md.), 6-Elli Reed (Portland), 12-Ingrid Wells (Georgetown), 14-Keelin Winters (Portland)
FORWARDS (5): 10-Michelle Enyeart (Portland), 19-Sydney Leroux (UCLA), 7-Alyssa Mautz (Texas A&M), 13-Alex Morgan (California), 16-Nikki Washington (North Carolina)
- The U.S. have given up only two goals through the first four games of the tournament, making the American defense the stingiest of the tournament.
- Goalkeeper Alyssa Naeher picked up her eighth shutout of the year against England, as she was only called upon to make four stops in the victory.
- The USA’s loss to China was the first loss in the group phase in the history of this tournament. The USA’s only other loss at a U-20 FIFA Women’s World Cup was to Germany in the 2006 tournament, where they fell 3-1 in the semifinals.
- All four teams in contention for the final have lost one game in the tournament thus far.
- Sydney Leroux’s two goals against France were just her third and fourth of the year.
- All 21 American players are available for Thursday’s match, and cautions to four players – Meghan Klingenberg, Becky Edwards, Sydney Leroux and Elli Reed – have been wiped clean.
- Germany’s Kim Kulig must sit out of Thursday’s semifinal after accumulating two cautions in the team’s first four games.
- The U.S. U-20 Women’s National Team is one of only five teams to have qualified for every edition of the FIFA U-20 WWC. The other four countries: Australia, Germany, Brazil and Canada.
- The first two tournaments at this level were 12-team events held as U-19 World Championships. In 2006, FIFA expanded the tournament to 16 teams and made it a U-20 World Cup.
- Tracey Leone (nee Bates) is the only female to ever win a world title as a player (FIFA Women’s World Cup 1991) and as a coach (FIFA U-19 WWC 2002).
- The fastest goal in the history of the tournament was scored by Angie Woznuk in the second minute against Russia in 2004. She narrowly edged Megan Kakadelas, who scored in the third minute of the USA’s game against Chinese Taipei in 2002.
- Lindsay Tarpley scored the first goal in the history of the tournament against England in 2002. She also scored the final goal of that tournament in the 109th minute in overtime of the Final to win the inaugural FIFA World Cup at this age level.
DEUTSCHLAND: Germany came out of Group C as the second-place team behind Japan, earning six points en route to the quarterfinals, including a 5-0 rout of Congo and a 2-1 win over Canada. In a highly anticipated quarterfinal against Brazil, Germany scored early and fought off a Brazilian come back to win 3-2. Sylvie Banecki, Nathalie Bock and Nicole Banecki each scored against Brazil to lift their team to the semis.
THEIR ROAD TO CHILE: Maren Meinhert’s squad dominated their continental tournament, winning the 2007 UEFA Under-19 Women’s Championship by winning all five of their games and successfully defending their crown. The team’s potent attack scored 13 goals in five games en route to the title.
Germany Roster by Position:
GOALKEEPERS (3): 1-Alisa Vetterlein, 12-Desiree Schumann, 21-Jana Burmeister
DEFENDERS (6): 2-Monique Kershowski, 3-Katharina Baunach, 4-Josephine Henning, 5-Carolin Schiewe, 14-Verena Faisst, 19-Stefanie Mirlach
MIDFIELDERS (4): 6-Kim Kulig, 8-Nathalie Bock, 10-Nadine Kessler, 17-Marina Hegering
FORWARDS (8): 7-Bianca Schmidt, 9-Isabel Kerschowski, 11-Nicole Banecki, 13-Lisa Schwab, 15-Julia Simic, 16-Sylive Banecki, 18-Stephanie Goddard, 20-Marie Pollmann
AT HOME IN LA SERENA: The U-20s are right at home in La Serena, a coastal town that neighbors Coquimbo, as they are staying in the same hotel that they did while winning the Four Nations Tournament in February. The U.S. won the Four Nations with three straight wins over Norway (2-1), England (1-0) and host Chile (5-1) at Estadio La Portada, a short drive from the newly renovated Estadio Francisco Sanchez Rumoroso.
HOW WE GOT HERE: The U.S. earned their place in Chile during a successful run through CONCACAF Qualifying in June. Scoring 20 goals en route to the championship match against rival Canada, the U.S. allowed their first goal of the tournament and fell 1-0. Michelle Enyeart led the team in qualifying with six goals in five games, including a hat trick in the opener against Trinidad & Tobago. Mexico joins both Canada and the U.S. in representing CONCACAF, having won the third place game against Costa Rica in overtime.
NAIRN MAKES A DIFFERENCE: Despite being the youngest member of the USA's 2008 FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup squad, Christine Nairn has made a major impact on the tournament so far. She has appeared in all four matches, three off the bench, and earned a start against China PR. She talked to Center Circle about her role on the team, her teammates on the U-20s and changing the course of the quarterfinal game on her fourth touch of the ball.
BLOG: If you want to keep up with the team during their campaign for a World Cup title, there’s no better place than the official YNT Blog. You can keep track of the hard work and the fun as the team journeys through Chile on their quest to Santiago, including photos, videos and guest bloggers by clicking here.
U.S. SOCCER ON FACEBOOK: U.S. Soccer is offering a new way to follow its teams with the Official U.S. Soccer Page on Facebook. Visit the page to post videos, interact with other fans and follow the latest news from all U.S. Soccer teams. The new Official U.S. Soccer Page on Facebook is the best place to keep with your favorite teams and make your voice heard in the U.S. Soccer community.
2008 BEST OF VOTING BEGINS: U.S. Soccer has announced the candidates for the 2008 Best Of Awards, with 12 categories up for decision. The categories include Best Fan Photo, Best WNT Goal and Best Team Performance, to name a few. The U-20's are represented among the nominees as well, with Becky Edwards' goal against Cuba from qualifying up for Best Goal: WNT, and Michelle Enyeart's hat trick performance against Trinidad & Tobago among the nominees for Best Performance: Player. Voting runs until early Dec. 8, so be sure to head over to the Best Of Blog and cast your ballot once a day!
THREE U-20S UP FOR YOUNG FEMALE AOTY: U.S. Soccer has announced the nominations for the 2008 Athletes of the Year Awards. Voting is now open for Male, Female, Young Male and Young Female Athletes of the Year. Among the nominees are a trio of U-20 players: forward Michelle Enyeart, midfielder Keelin Winters and goalkeeper Alyssa Naeher. Voting for the high profile annual U.S. Soccer awards is going on now at ussoccer.com (vote now), with fans having the opportunity to make their selections once a day through Monday, Dec. 8.