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U.S. U-20 WNT Kicks Off World Cup Against Germany


U.S. U-20 Women’s National Team vs. Germany
2014 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup
Commonwealth Stadium; Edmonton, Canada
Aug. 5, 2014 

U.S. U-20 WNT KICKS OFF WORLD CUP AGAINST GERMANY: The U.S. Under-20 Women’s National Team kicks off the 2014 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup on Aug. 5 against Germany at Commonwealth Stadium in what is an extremely rare occurrence in world soccer: the finalists from the previous U-20 World Cup squaring off in an opening group match. The game can be watched live on ESPNU and WatchESPN at 7 p.m. ET. Although almost all of the players have changed, the game will be a reprise of the championship match of the 2014 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup, a match won 1-0 by the USA at Tokyo Olympic Stadium. The USA will then have two days of rest before facing Brazil on Aug. 8 in Edmonton in the second group match followed by three days of rest – including a travel day to Moncton in the far east of Canada – before finishing group play against China PR on Aug. 12. The USA also played Germany and China in group play in 2012, falling 3-0 to Germany and drawing 1-1 with China. Fans can also follow all the matches of the U.S. U-20s on Twitter @ussoccer_wnt. For a full coverage, visit the FIFA Under-20 Women’s World Cup tournament page on ussoccer.com.

USA ON TV FOR CANADA ’14: All three of the USA’s group games will be broadcast live across the ESPN platforms. The U.S. plays its first two Group B matches at the Commonwealth Stadium in Edmonton, opening its tournament on Aug. 5 against Germany at 5 p.m. local (7 p.m. ET on ESPNU and WatchESPN) before facing Brazil on Aug. 8 at 8 p.m. local (10 p.m. ET on ESPNU and WatchESPN). The USA will finish group play on Aug. 12 against China PR at Moncton Stadium with a kickoff at 5 p.m. local (4 p.m. ET on ESPN2 and WatchESPN).

TOURNAMENT COVERAGE ON ESPN: ESPN will broadcast a total of 18 matches across its various platforms, 10 group matches and all four quarterfinals, plus both semifinals and the third-place and championship games. Only four matches are slated to be shown live on TV with the rest on tape-delay. However, all 18 matches that ESPN is carrying will be live on ESPN3 or WatchESPN. The four live TV matches are the three group games for the USA and the Group C clash between England and Mexico on Aug. 9 from Moncton at 1 p.m. ET on ESPNU. Should the USA advance to the quarterfinal round, there is flexibility to carry that match live on TV as well.

2014 U.S. U-20 FIFA WOMEN’S WORLD CUP SCHEDULE

Date

Opponent

Time (ET)

TV

Venue

Aug. 5

Germany

7 p.m.

ESPNU, WatchESPN

Commonwealth Stadium; Edmonton, Canada

Aug. 8

Brazil

10 p.m.

ESPNU, WatchESPN

Commonwealth Stadium; Edmonton, Canada

Aug. 12

China PR

5 p.m.

ESPN2, WatchESPN

Moncton Stadium; Moncton, Canada

Group B Schedule

Tuesday, Aug. 5

USA vs. Germany
China PR vs. Brazil

Friday, Aug. 8
Germany vs. China PR
USA vs. Brazil

Tuesday, Aug. 12
USA vs. China PR
Germany vs. Brazil

TURF TIME:  For the first time, three of the four stadiums for the 2014 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup will feature artificial surfaces. This is the third FIFA youth women’s tournament to have games on artificial turf. The 2014 FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup in Costa Rica and the 2012 FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup in Azerbiajan also had matches on turf. Three of the four stadiums – Edmonton, Moncton and Montréal, where the final will be played – will also be used for the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup.

TOURNAMENT FORMAT: The FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup – which is staged every two years – features 16 nations divided into four groups of four teams each. The top two teams in each group advance to the quarterfinal stage on Aug. 16 and 17. The semifinals will take place Wednesday, Aug. 20, in Montreal and Moncton and the final and third-place matches will be held on Sunday, Aug. 24, in Montreal. Players eligible for this age group tournament must have been born on or after Jan. 1, 1994.

16 NATIONS, ONE TROPHY: The 16 nations competing in the 2012 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup are: host Canada; China PR, Korea DPR and Korea Republic from Asia; Ghana and Nigeria from Africa; Germany, Finland, France and England from Europe; the USA, Canada and Mexico from North America; Brazil and Paraguay from South America; and New Zealand from Oceania.

U-20 WWC FACTS

  • A total of 31 different countries have qualified for at least one of the final competitions of this tournament (2002-2014). The confederation breakdown: AFC (7), CAF (3), CONCACAF (4), CONMEBOL (5), OFC (1) and UEFA (11).  Brazil, Germany, Nigeria and the USA are the only teams to have qualified for all final competitions held to date.
  • Paraguay will make its FIFA U-20 World Cup debut. In 2012 in Japan, there were no newcomers but Colombia, Costa Rica, Ghana and Sweden all made their first appearances in 2010.
  • With three titles and 26 wins in 34 matches, the USA leads the FIFA Women’s U-20 all-time Ranking.
  • The highest number of goals per match for this tournament – 3.88 – was recorded in the inaugural tournament in Canada in 2002 (helped by the 25 goals scored by the USA in the team’s six matches), followed by 3.54 in Thailand in 2004 and 3.53 in Chile in 2008. There were 3.25 goals per game scored two years ago in Japan.
  • A new attendance record was set in 2010 at the FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup in Germany as 395,295 fans attended the matches with an average of 12,353 per match.
  • FIFA will give out several awards at the conclusion of the tournament: the FIFA Fair Player Award, Gold, Silver and Bronze Balls to the top three players and Gold, Silver and Bronze Boots to the top three scorers and the Golden Glove to the top goalkeeper.
  • The USA has three officials working this tournament: referee Margaret Domka and assistants Marlene Duffy and Veronica Perez.

CONSISTENT U.S. PRESENCE: The USA has competed in all six previous Women’s World Cups held for this age group, winning the inaugural tournament in 2002 in Canada when it was a U-19 event, finishing third in 2004 in Thailand, finishing fourth in 2006 in Russia when it moved to U-20s, winning in 2008 in Chile on the strength of goal scoring from current Olympic gold medalists Alex Morgan and Sydney Leroux, and finished fifth in 2010 in Germany. The USA returned to the top of the podium in 2012, winning the tournament in Japan on a goal from Kealia Ohai in the championship game. The U-19 tournaments featured 12 teams while the last four – including Canada – featured 16.

U.S. ROSTER BY POSITION – DETAILED

GOALKEEPERS (3): 18-Jane Campbell (Stanford; Kennesaw, Ga.), 21-Rose Chandler (Penn State; Atlanta, Ga.), 1-Katelyn Rowland (UCLA; Vacaville, Calif.)

DEFENDERS (6): 16-Stephanie Amack (Stanford; Pleasanton, Calif.), 4-Brittany Basinger (Penn State; Purcellville, Va.), 2-Christina Gibbons (Duke; Raleigh, N.C.), 20-Katie Naughton (Notre Dame; Elk Grove Village, Ill.), 19-Kaleigh Riehl (BRYC; Fairfax Station, Va.), 3-Cari Roccaro (Notre Dame; East Islip, N.Y.)
MIDFIELDERS (6): 13-Carlyn Baldwin (Tennessee; Oakton, Va.), 14-Nickolette Driesse (Florida State: Wayne, N.J.), 5-Rose Lavelle (Wisconsin; Cincinnati, Ohio), 12-Mallory Pugh (Real Colorado; Highlands Ranch, Colo.), 6-Taylor Racioppi (PDA; Ocean Township, N.J.), 17-Andi Sullivan (Bethesda SC; Lorton, Va.)
FORWARDS (6): 9-Makenzy Doniak (Virginia; Chino Hills, Calif.), 8-Summer Green (North Carolina; Milford, Mich.), 11-Rachel Hill (Connecticut; Rollinsford, N.H.), 10-Lindsey Horan (Paris Saint-Germain; Golden, Colo.), 7-Savannah Jordan (Florida; Fayetteville, Ga.), 15-Margaret Purce (Harvard; Silver Spring, Md.)

LEAD UP TO THE WWC: The USA will head into the 2014 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup having compiled a record of 9-0-0 this year in international matches, with five of those coming in the CONCACAF qualifying tournament. In 2013, the USA played just one match against a team that qualified for this tournament, falling to Germany 3-0 in March in La Manga, Spain.

2014 U.S. U-20 INTERNATIONAL RESULTS

Date

                                   Opponent

   Result

U.S. Goal Scorers

Venue

Jan. 9

Costa Rica

6-0 W

Horan (3), Green, Jordan, Own Goal

George Town, Cayman Islands

Jan. 11

Jamaica

3-0 W

Jordan, Sullivan, Meehan

George Town, Cayman Islands

Jan. 13

Guatemala

10-0 W

Meehan (3), Amack, Basinger, Jordan, Hill, Purce, Weber (2)

George Town, Cayman Islands

Jan. 17

T&T

6-0 W

Meehan (2), Jordan, Amack (2), Weber

George Town, Cayman Islands

Jan. 19

Mexico

4-0 W

Sullivan, Jordan, Purce, Own Goal

George Town, Cayman Islands

Feb. 26

China PR

3-0 W

Horan (2), Purce

Lakewood Ranch, Fla.

March 1

China PR

5-1 W

Horan (2), Pugh (2), Own Goal

Lakewood Ranch, Fla.

June 10

France

1-0 W

Jordan

Plabennec, France

June 13

France

2-1 W

Horan, Purce

Plougastel, France

U-20 WNT ON USSOCCER.COM

Release: French Names U.S. Roster for 2014 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup
Video: Savannah Jordan: Fighter
Video: A look at the USA’s 2014 FIFA U-20 WWC Team
Video: Head coach Michelle French talks about naming the World Cup roster
Video: 8 Things About Brittany Basinger
Video: Rose Lavelle’s Best Friend
Video: New Year’s Resolutions of the U-20 WNT
Video: Meet U-20 WNT Head Coach Michelle French
Video: U-20 WNT Prepares for the Hunger Games!
Video: Trailblazer Horan Leads U-20 WNT in Qualifying
Video: Keeper Talk with Kate and Jane
Video: Keeper Talk with Kate and Jane: Episode 2 – Goalkeeper Style
Video: Keeper Talk with Kate and Jane: Episode 3 – Revenge of the Goalkeepers
Video: 8 Things About Rachel Hill
Video: Lavelle Goes Back to the Future
Feature: U-20 WNT’s Naughton Defending a Tradition
Feature: 11 Questions with Savannah Jordan

U.S. ROSTER NOTES

  • The age cut-off date for this Women’s World Cup is Jan. 1, 1994. Eight of the 21 players selected by French were born in 1994, eight were born in 1995, three were born in 1996, one in 1997 and one in 1998, meaning five players on the 2014 roster will be age-eligible for the 2016 FIFA Under-20 Women’s World Cup.
  • Mallory Pugh, who is the youngest player on the roster and was born in 1998, could play in three consecutive U-20 Women’s World Cups. She will not turn 17 until April of next year.
  • French selected one rising high school junior (Pugh), two rising high school seniors (Taylor Racioppi and Kaleigh Riehl), three graduating high school seniors (Andi Sullivan, Carlyn Baldwin and Rose Chandler) who will be freshmen in college this fall, 10 rising college sophomores, four rising juniors and one rising senior in Katelyn Rowland.
  • Thirteen different colleges are represented on the roster, led by Stanford with three players. Penn State and Notre Dame each have two players.
  • Seventeen different youth clubs are represented on the roster.
  • Twelve different states are represented, led by Virginia with four players and California and Georgia with three players each. New Jersey and Colorado each have two players.
  • Eleven different players have scored for the USA in international matches this year, nine of whom made the World Cup roster. Linsdey Horan leads the team with eight international goals this year and is the top scorer in this cycle with 21 career U-20 goals.
  • Two players on the U.S. roster were a part of the USA’s 2012 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup Team in Japan: defender Cari Roccaro (5 games/4 starts, 422 minutes) and defender Stephanie Amack (DNP).  Roccaro played the final 30 minutes in the group match against Germany and all 90 in the Final.
  • Five players on this year’s U-20 roster played for the USA in the 2012 FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup in Azerbaijan: defender Brittany Basinger (3/3, 270, 1 assist), forward Summer Green (3/3, 261, 2 goals), forward Margaret Purce (1/1, 62), midfielder Andi Sullivan (3/3, 261) and goalkeeper Jane Campbell (3/3, 225).   
  • Katelyn Rowland has played the most matches in the net this year, starting seven international games while compiling a 6-0-0 record.
  • The USA has played 14 matches against European teams in this tournament and has a record of 12-2-0, with both losses coming to Germany, in the semifinal in 2004 and in group play in 2012.
  • The USA was forced to make a change to its World Cup roster after it was named on July 17 as Rachel Hill replaced McKenzie Meehan due to injury. Meehan was the USA’s leading scorer at the qualifying tournament with six goals.

U.S. U-20 WNT -- USA vs. Germany Pre-Game Quotes

U.S. head coach Michelle French on opening the U-20 Women's World Cup:
“Any team that makes the World Cup has to have some great technical and tactical abilities. Our preparation will be different for each of the teams, but of course everyone always wants to have a good start in the first game. We feel confident and prepared.”

French on the U.S. team:
“A big strength is our leadership and that comes not only from players on the field, but we have strong personalities off the field as well. That can be from the youngest kid to the most experienced player. We have some exciting attacking personalities that are a lot different from each other so that will be an interesting piece for this group.”

U.S. forward Lindsey Horan on facing Germany in the first game:
“Obviously, it’s the first game and you always want to start well. There’s a little bit more pressure because Germany is such a great team, but no matter what, any team you play first we need to come out and set a standard and do whatever we can to win. So that’s a given, but we respect that Germany is a great team and we know they’ll be super motivated to play us as well.”

Horan on playing in the Under-20 Women’s World Cup:
“For each one of us, it’s a special moment every time we put on the crest. Each of us wants to play our heart out for our country. We are not feeling pressure as much as a passion to represent our country well.”

U.S. midfielder Andi Sullivan on playing in the Under-20 Women’s World Cup:
“It’s such an honor to do what you love at the highest level. There is some pressure to live up to the expectations of U.S. Soccer, but it’s just amazing to have this opportunity.”

Sullivan on the USA's tradition of success in this tournament:
“We’re a totally new group. Different players, different coaches and different experiences. We have just two players that were in the last cycle. As much as we look to the last cycle as a role model, we want to build our own legacy.”

BY THE NUMBERS

0.22     Goals allowed per international match by the U.S. U-20s this year
2          Goals allowed by the USA in nine international matches this year
3          International games out of 16 in which the USA has been shut out over 2013 and 2014
4.44     Goals scored per international match by the U.S. U-20s this year
6          Goals scored by McKenzie Meehan in CONCACAF qualifying to lead the team
6          Assists for Rachel Hill this year, most on the team
7     U-19/U-20 Women’s World Cups that the USA has qualified for
24        Players to see action in a U.S. U-20 international match this year
30        Career U-20 caps for Cari Roccaro, the most on this Women’s World Cup roster
40        Goals scored by the USA in nine international matches this year (29 in CONCACAF qualifying)
743      Minutes played in international matches this year by Katie Naughton, most on the team

IN FOCUS: GERMANY
Deutscher Fussball-Bund
Founded: 1900 (Joined FIFA in 1904)
Head Coach: Maren Meinert
Best FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup Finish: Winners (2004 & 2010) 

USA VS. GERMANY SERIES

  •  The U.S. and Germany have faced each other in five previous U-19 or U-20 Women’s World Cups, with the USA posting a 4-2-0 record. The 2010 competition – when Germany hosted – was the only U-20 Women’s World Cup where the two countries did not face each other.
  • The U.S. defeated Germany 4-1 in the semifinals of the first U-19 Women’s World Cup in 2002. Kelly Wilson had two goals, and Lindsay Tarpley and Jill Oakes added tallies for the USA. The U.S. advanced to the championship game against Canada, where Tarpley scored the lone goal in the 109th minute for a 1-0 victory. Germany won its third-place match against Brazil that year, winning 4-3 in a penalty shootout.
  • During the 2004 U-19 Women’s World Cup, Germany defeated the USA 3-1 in the semifinals, eventually winning the championship against China PR. In that semifinal match, Germany’s Annike Krahn, Melanie Behringer and Patricia Hanebeck provided the team’s offense. Krahn had an earlier own goal in the 16th minute, five minutes after she scored the game’s first tally. The USA loss forced the team into the third-place game, where the U.S. blanked Brazil 3-0.
  • In the 2006 U-20 Women’s World Cup, the U.S. topped Germany 4-1 in the quarterfinals on the strength of Danesha Adams’ two-goal performance. U.S. Women’s National Team gold medalists Kelley O’Hara and Amy Rodriguez also had goals for the USA.
  • In the 2008 U-20 Women’s World Cup, Germany’s Bianca Schmidt had an own goal in the 21st minute, and that was the difference as the USA took a 1-0 victory in the semifinals and would win the tournament with a 2-1 win against North Korea three days later.
  • In 2012, the teams met in final match of group play with Germany winning 3-0 on two goals from Lena Lotzen and one from Melanie Leupolz, all by the 55th minute. Both countries then won their respective quarterfinal and semifinal matches and met again in the championship game. This time, the USA prevailed on a 45th minute goal from Kealia Ohai, that backed from a tremendous performance from the USA’s team defense and goalkeeper Brianne Heaberline, was enough to win the tournament.
  • The U.S. and Germany have each played in 35 matches in the U-20 Women’s World Cup, more than any other sides in the tournament’s history.
  • Including this year’s tournament, the USA and Germany have played in all seven U-19/U-20 Women’s World Cups.
  • In March 2013, the teams met at a tournament in La Manga, Spain, with Germany winning 3-0, but only five players who are on the Women’s World Cup roster started for the USA that day.

GERMANY ROSTER

GOALKEEPERS (3): 1-Meike Kaemper (MSV Duisburg), 12-Merle Frohms (VfL Wolfsburg), 21-Anna Klink (Bayer 04 Leverkusen)
DEFENDERS (8): 2-Manjou Wilde (SC Freiburg), 3-Felicitas Rauch (FFC Turbine Potsdam), 4-Margarita Gidion (SGS Essen), 5-Franziska Jaser (North Carolina State), 8-Rebecca Knaak (Bayer 04 Leverkusen), 14-Marie Becker (Harvard), 15-Wibke Meister (FFC Turbine Potsdam), 16-Joelle Wedemeyer (VfL Wolfsburg) 
MIDFIELDERS (6): 6-Lina Magull (VfL Wolfsburg), 7-Kathrin Schermuly (Eintracht Wetzlar), 11-Theresa Panfil  (Bayer 04 Leverkusen), 13-Sara Daebritz (SC Freiburg), 17-Jennifer Gaugigl (FC Bayern Munich), 19-Rieke Dieckmann (SV Meppen)
FORWARDS (4):  9-Pauline Bremer (FFC Turbine Potsdam), 10-Linda Dallmann (SGS Essen), 18-Lena Petermann (Central Florida), 20-Madeline Gier (SGS Essen)

GERMANY ROSTER NOTES

  • Like the USA, Germany has two players on its 2014 roster from its 2012 U-20 Women’s World Cup Team, but one is a goalkeeper in Meike Kaemper and the other is midfielder Lina Magull who plays for the two-time UEFA Champions League champions VFL Wolfsburg.
  • Three players on the German roster play or will be playing college soccer in the USA.
    • Forward Lena Petermann  was the American Athletic Conference Rookie of the Year as a freshman last season, and was First-Team All-AAC while score eight goals
    • Franziska Jaser will be a freshman at North Carolina State this fall.
    • Marie Becker will be a freshman at Harvard this fall where she will play with U.S. forward Margaret Purce.
  • Seven players on Germany’s roster played in the 2012 FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup, in which Germany finished fourth.
  • Germany has had tremendous success in this tournament, winning it twice (2004 and 2010), finishing second once and earning third twice. The only time Germany did not finish in the top three was in Russia in 2006 when it fell to the USA 4-1 in the quarterfinal round. Germany has been in the past two U-20 Women’s World Cup Finals, winning at home in 2010 while scoring 20 goals in six games and defeating Nigeria 2-0 in the title game. Numerous players who have played for Germany at the U-20 level have gone on to star for the senior side.
  • Germany fell in the semifinal of the 2013 UEFA U-19 Women’s Championship by a 2-1 score to eventual champion France, but the semifinal berth was good enough to book tickets to Canada. In group play, Germany demolished Norway 5-0, defeated Sweden 2-0 and drew with eventual fellow qualifier Finland 1-1. In the semifinal France’s Kadidiatou Diani scored twice in three minutes (62nd and 64th) and Germany could only muster a stoppage-time penalty kick from Pauline Bremer.
  • Head coach Maren Meinert played on Germany’s 2003 FIFA Women’s World Cup championship team and was the MVP of the Women’s United Soccer Association (WUSA) in 2003 with the Boston Breakers under former U.S. head coach Pia Sundhage. This will be her fifth U-20 Women’s World Cup at the helm of Germany.

LAST TIME
On the field for the USA in an international match:
June 13, 2014 – Complexe Sportif de Kerbrat; Plougastel, France
International Friendly

USA                2          Horan 11; Purce 21
FRA                1          Robert 39 

Lineups:
USA: 1-Jane Campbell; 18-Katie Naughton, 10-Brittany Basinger (15-Laura Leidle, 27), 20- Kaleigh Rieh, 5-Stephanie Amack, 19-Andi Sullivan (4-Carlyn Baldwin, 61),  2-Rose Lavelle,  Mallory Pugh, 13-Makenzy Doniak (11-Summer Green, 61),  25-Savannah Jordan (14-Rachel Hill, 82), 6-Lindsey Horan (9-Margaret Purce, 11; 16-McKenzie Meehan, 86)
Subs not used:  12-Katelyn Rowland, 3-Cari Roccaro, 8-Morgan Andrews
Head Coach: Michelle French

FRA: 1-Durand (16-Garcia, 46), 2-Hoarau, 3-Gagnet, 5-Mbock Bathy (4-Tounkara, 45), 6- Diallo, 7-Robert, 19-Kerrache (15-Dafenr, 45), 14-Catalano, 20-Thomas, 10-Tarrieu (11-Sarr, 39), 9-Le Bihan, 20-Ghersi (8-Bueno, 45)
Subs not used: 17-Douessin, 21-Belkaichi, 13-Lorgere
Head Coach: Giles Eyquem

Last on the field vs. Germany U-20 WNT:
March 9, 2013 – La Manga Club; La Manga, Spain
International Friendly

USA                0         
GER               3          Jager 5, 35; Magull 45 

Lineups:
USA: 1-Jane Campbell; 15-Cari Roccaro, 3-Morgan Andrews (14-Katie Naughton, 69), 7-Mandy Freeman, 12-Zoey Goralski (5-Hanna Gardner, 12); 20-Andi Sullivan, 4-Katie Cousins (6-Isabel Farrell, 42), 10-Rose Lavelle; 8-Darian Jenkins (13-McKenzie Meehan, 69), 16-Amber Munerlyn, 9-Summer Green (2-Makenzy Doniak, 60)
Substitutions Not Used: Ashley Meier, Morgan Stearns
Head coach: Michelle French 

GER: 2-Merle Barth (19-Vivien Beil, 46), 3- Jacqueline Klasen (17-Wibke Meister, 46), 5-Liesa Seifert (14-Daria Streng, 46) , 6-Lina Magull, 7-Annabel Jager, 8-Sara Dabritz, 10-Melanie Leupolz (9-Fabienne Dongus, 68),11-Linda Dallmann (20-Sarah Schulte, 77), 12-Merle Frohms, 13-Marie Christin Becker, 18-Theresa Panfil (15-Manjou Wilde, 68)
Substitutions Not Used: 1-Meike Kamper, 4-Sarah Rohmert, 16-Sharon Beck
Head Coach: Maren Meinert


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