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U-20 WNT Kicks Off New Cycle

U.S. Under-20 Women’s National Team head coach Michelle French has brought 32 players to the Olympic Training Center in Chula Vista, Calif., for the first training camp of the new cycle with the goal of qualifying for the 2016 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup.

U-20 WNT Opens New Cycle with San Diego Training Camp

CHICAGO (Sept. 29, 2014) – The U.S. Under-20 Women’s National Team will begin a new cycle with a training camp running from Oct. 12-19 at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Chula Vista, California. Head coach Michelle French has called 32 players, nearly all of whom were born in 1996 or 1997. This age group will be focusing on qualifying for the 2016 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup, which has an age cut-off of players born on or after Jan. 1, 1996.

The lone player born in 1998 is midfielder Mallory Pugh, who was a starter at age 16 during the most recent FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup in Canada.

Being that the training camp takes place during the college season, there is only one current college player in the group in goalkeeper Rose Chandler, who is red-shirting her freshman year at Penn State. Chandler, as well as defender Kaleigh Riehl and midfielder Taylor Racioppi, were also on the USA’s 2014 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup Team that fell in penalty kicks to Korea DPR in the quarterfinal.

U.S. U-20 WNT Roster by Position:

GOALKEEPERS (4): Rose Chandler (Penn State; Atlanta, Ga.), Samantha Leshnak (Ohio Elite; Liberty Township, Ohio), Sabrina Macias (Colorado Rush; Littleton, Colo.), Hunter Peifer (Colorado Soccer Club; Colorado Springs, Colo.)
DEFENDERS (9): Gabriella Carreiro (FC Stars of Mass; Upton, Mass.), Lucy Davidson (FC Portland; Warren, Ore.), Natalie Jacobs (Slammers FC; Coto de Caza, Calif.), Ellie Jean (Oakwood Soccer Club; Coventry, Conn.), Tegan McGrady (MVLA; San Jose, Calif.), Kaleigh Riehl (BRYC; Fairfax Station, Va.), Parker Roberts (KC Dynamos; Leawood, Kan.), Ally Watt (Pride Soccer Club; Colorado Springs, Colo.), Michelle Xiao (Gretna SC; Omaha, Neb.)
MIDFIELDERS (9):  Alyssa Baumbick (Internationals Soccer Club; Avon Lake, Ohio), Betsy Brandon (Colorado Rush; Littleton, Colo.), Marley Canales (San Diego Surf; San Diego, Calif.), Katie Cousins (Richmond United; Forest, Va.), Julie James (Sting; Fairview, Texas), Courtney Petersen (Michigan Hawks; Canton, Mich.), Mallory Pugh (Real Colorado; Highlands Ranch, Colo.), Taylor Racioppi (PDA; Ocean Township; N.J.), Marissa Viggiano (Michigan Hawks; Macomb Township, Mich.)
FORWARDS (10): Bridgette Andrzejewski (PSC Baltimore; Lutherville, Md.), Alissa Gorzak (Eclipse Select Soccer Club; Naperville, Ill.), Kelcie Hedge (Washington Premier FC; Post Falls, Idaho), Hana Kerner (Match Fit Academy FC; Upper Saddle, N.J.), Reilly Martin (Eclipse Select Soccer Club; Carmel, Ind.), Kayla McCoy (Sockers FC; Lincolnwood, Ill.), Leah Pruitt (West Coast FC; Rancho Cucamonga, Calif.), Zoe Redei (Eclipse Select Soccer Club; Highland Park, Ill.), Kelly Sweeney (Vardar; Bloomfield Hills, Mich.), Kaycie Tillman (Sting; Rowlett, Texas)

Coffee Talk with Makenzy and Gibby

U.S. U-20 WNT forward Makenzy Doniak sits down for a chat with teammate and defender Christina Gibbons, a Raleigh, N.C. product who has earned her first two caps at the 2014 FIFA Women’s World Cup, putting in fine performances at left back against Brazil and China PR.

U.S. U-20 WNT Heads to Quaterfinal to Face Korea DPR

U.S. U-20 Women’s National Team vs. Korea DPR
2014 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup
National Stadium; Toronto, Canada
Aug. 16, 2014 

U.S. U-20 WNT HEADS TO QUARTERFINAL TO FACE KOREA DPR: After a dominating 3-0 victory against China PR to finish Group B play, the U.S. Under-20 Women’s National Team advanced to the quarterfinals of the 2014 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup and earned a game against Group A winner Korea DPR. The USA will get to play on natural grass at National Stadium in Toronto with the Aug. 16 knockout match kicking off at 5 p.m. ET (ESPNU and WatchESPN). The U.S. has won two matches in a row after starting group play with a 2-0 loss to Germany. The USA responded with a 1-0 victory against Brazil, and finished second in Group B with six points behind Germany which went 2-0-1 (7 points). Germany, which scored five goals in each of its other two group games, will face Group A runner-up Canada on Aug. 16 in Edmonton. Fans can also follow all the matches of the U.S. U-20s on Twitter @ussoccer_wnt. For full coverage, visit the FIFA Under-20 Women’s World Cup tournament page on ussoccer.com.

KNOCKOUT ROUND SCHEDULE:

Quarterfinals
Aug. 16

  • Korea DPR vs. USA; National Stadium; Toronto
  • Germany vs. Canada; Commonwealth Stadium; Edmonton

Aug. 17

  • Nigeria vs. New Zealand; Moncton Stadium; Moncton
  • France vs. Korea Republic; Olympic Stadium; Montreal

Semifinals
Aug. 20

  • Korea DPR/USA winner vs. Nigeria/New Zealand winner; Moncton Stadium; Moncton
  • Germany/Canada winner vs. France/Korea Republic winner; Olympic Stadium; Montreal

Third-Place Match
Aug. 24

  • Semifinal losers; Olympic Stadium; Montreal

Final
Aug. 24

  • Semifinal winners; Olympic Stadium; Montreal

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

Date

Opponent

Time (ET)

TV/U.S. Goal Scorers

Venue

Aug. 5

Germany

0-2 L

 –

Commonwealth Stadium; Edmonton, Canada

Aug. 8

Brazil

1-0 W

Horan

Commonwealth Stadium; Edmonton, Canada

Aug. 12

China PR

3-0 W

Horan (2), Lavelle

Moncton Stadium; Moncton, Canada

Aug. 16

Korea DPR

5 p.m.

ESPNU, WatchESPN

National Stadium; Toronto, Canada

Group B Final Standings

GP

W

L

T

GF

GA

GD

Pts

Germany

3

2

0

1

12

6

+6

7

USA

3

2

1

0

4

2

+2

6

China PR

3

0

1

2

6

9

-3

2

Brazil

3

0

2

1

2

7

-5

1

Group B Results

Tuesday, Aug. 5
USA 0, Germany 2
China PR 1, Brazil 1

Friday, Aug. 8
Germany 5, China PR 5
USA 1, Brazil 0 

Tuesday, Aug. 12
USA 3, China PR 0
Germany 5, Brazil 1 

TURF TIME:  For the first time, three of the four stadiums for the 2014 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup are featuring 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 Azerbaijan 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. The USA will get to play its first game on natural grass during the quarterfinal at the National Soccer Stadium in Toronto.

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 past four events – 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.) 

U-20 WNT ON USSOCCER.COM:

U.S. U-20 WNT NOTES

GROUP PLAY:

  • Six players have played every minute of all three games so far in the 2014 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup: goalkeeper Katlyn Rowland; defenders Stephanie Amack, Cari Roccaro and Katie Naughton; midfielder Rose Lavelle and forward Lindsey Horan.
  • Horan has three of the USA’s goals while Lavelle has the other one.
  • Horan, Makenzy Doniak and Summer Green each have assists.
  • The USA has no suspensions heading into the quarterfinal, but two players are carrying yellow cards. Lavelle received a caution in the first half against Germany and Horan received one against Brazil for an accidental elbow to the nose of a Brazil player in the first half. Another yellow card in the quarterfinal stage would result in a suspension from the semifinal, should the USA win. Cards are erased after the quarterfinal round.
  • For the third match in a row, U.S. head coach Michelle French used all three subs against China PR. The USA had a 2-0 lead at halftime when French sent on Margaret “Midge” Purce for Savannah Jordan. The USA was up 3-0 when Carlyn Baldwin made her second appearance of the tournament, replacing Andi Sullivan. Green made her third appearance as a sub, coming on in the 69th minute for Doniak.
  • Against China PR, French made just one change from the lineup against Brazil as Jordan returned to the lineup and Purce started on the bench.
  • Against Brazil, French was forced to make a 37th-minute change due to an injury to Mallory Pugh, sending on Taylor Racioppi. In the second half, Green replaced Doniak in the 66th minute and Rachel Hill went on for Purce in the 82nd minute.
  • The USA scored seconds after Hill came into the match as Racioppi won a header in midfield and the ball eventually was dug out of the right corner by Green, who out-dueled two Brazil defenders, turned the corner and set up Horan’s goal with a perfect pass into the box.
  • Against Germany, Doniak replaced Jordan at halftime, Baldwin replaced Sullivan in the 74th minute and Green came on for Purce in the 76th minute. Green hit the left post in stoppage time.
  • French made two changes to the starting lineup from the Germany to the Brazil game as Doniak replaced Jordan up top and Christina Gibbons replaced Brittany Basinger at left back.
  • The match against Brazil marked the first caps at the U-20 level for Gibbons and Taylor and the first international cap at any level for Gibbons. Taylor earned 14 caps and scored two goals at the U-17 level.
  • Brazil out-shot the USA 14-13 and had eight shots on goal to the USA’s six, but the U.S. created a few more dangerous chances and only one of Brazil’s shots came inside the penalty area. The USA had seven corner kicks to Brazil’s four.
  • The USA out-shot Germany 21-18 and fired 16 shots on goal. At the 2012 U-20 WWC, the USA took 18 shots on goal over the entire three games of the first round. The most shots on goal the USA had in a game in 2012 was nine.
  • The USA out-shot China PR 20-5 and put 13 shots on goal to China’s two.
  • The official attendance for the USA-Germany match, which was a doubleheader with the other Group B match between China PR and Brazil, was 10,101. For the USA-Brazil match, the announced attendance was 10,025. For the USA-China PR match, the attendance was 4,708.

TEAM:

  • 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. Lindsey Horan leads the team with nine international goals this year and is the top scorer in this cycle with 22 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 minutes 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).
  • 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.

IN FOCUS: KOREA DPR
DPR Korea Football Association
Founded: 1945 (Joined FIFA in 1958)
Head Coach: Hwang Yong Bong  
Best FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup Finishes: First Place (2006), Runner-Up (2008)

USA VS. KOREA DPR SERIES:

  • The U.S. and Korea DPR have faced each other twice in the FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup, both times with much on the line. The two squads, which have met numerous times in world championships at the senior level, squared off in the 2008 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup Final, a match won 2-1 by the USA on goals from current U.S. WNT starters Alex Morgan and Sydney Leroux. Korea scored its lone goal in the waning minutes.
  • The other meeting came in the quarterfinals of this tournament two years ago, an amazingly hard-fought 2-1 U.S. victory in which the USA took the lead through a brilliant strike from distance by Vanessa DiBernardo in the 52nd minute. Korea tied it up in the 75th minute through Kim Su Gyong and the match went to overtime, where Chioma Ubogagu’s 98th -minute header was the difference.

KOREA DPR ROSTER

GOALKEEPERS (3): 1-Kim Chol Ok (April 25), 18-Rim Yong Hwa (Sobaeksu), 21-Jang Yong Sim (Wolmido)
DEFENDERS (7): 2-Song Kyong Hui (Sobaeksu), 3-Choe Sol Gyong (Rimyongsu), 4-Choe Yong Mi (Pyongyang City), 6-Kim Hyang Mi (Kalmaegi), 12-Jon So Yon (April 25), 14-Ri Kum Suk (Sobaeksu), 16-Ri Un Yong (Sobaeksu)
MIDFIELDERS (7): 5-Kang Ok Gum (Amrokgang), 7-Choe Yun Gyong (April 25), 8-Rim Se Ok (Amrokgang), 9-Ri Hyang Sim (Amrokgang), 17-Choe Un Hwa (Ponghwasan), 11-Kim Phyong Hwa (Hwangryongsan), 13-Kim Mi Gyong (Sobaeksu)
FORWARDS (4): 10-Ri Un Sim (April 25), 15-Jo Ryon Hwa (Wolmido), 19-Ri Kyong Hyang (April 25), 20-Kim So Hyang (Sobaeksu)

KOREA DPR NOTES:

  • Korea DPR won Group A despite losing its final match 1-0 to Canada. Korea won the group on goal differential after a 2-1 victory against Finland and a 3-0 victory over Ghana, both of whom are headed home after the first round.
  • Against Finland, Kim So Hyang scored in the 15th minute and Choe Yun Gyong made it 2-0 in the 27th before Finland scored its only goal a minute later.
  • Against Ghana, Korea DPR scored early (in the sixth minute through Ri Un Sim), late in the 78th minute through Ri Un and even later, via a penalty kick from Jon So Yon in the fourth minute of second-half stoppage time.
  • Korea DPR is among the most successful nations in the history of the FIFA U-20 World Cup. Despite missing the first two tournaments in 2002 and 2004, it won the title at Russia 2006.
  • Korea DPR continued its dominant form at Chile 2008, going all the way through to the final, only to be edged out by the USA.
  • Korea also progressed beyond the group phase in the past two World Cups, where it lost out to the eventual champion on both occasions. At Germany 2010, Korea fell short against the host in the quarterfinal clash, and two years ago in Japan, Korea lost to the USA after extra time at the same stage.
  • Having last won the AFC U-19 Championship in 2007, Korea DPR entered last year’s competition seeking to recapture the title. Hwang Yong Bong’s side thumped Australia 6-2 in the opening game with forward Ri Un Sim notching a hat trick. Korea continued its winning streak with a 1-0 defeat of host China PR and a 2-0 victory against Myanmar but lost unexpectedly to neighbor Korea Republic by a 2-1 score. Despite the loss, North Korea then held Japan to a goalless draw and with the precious point secured its place among the top three and a spot in Canada.
  • Korea DPR has just one player returning from its 2012 squad in goalkeeper Kim Chol Ok who was the back-up in Japan.

LAST TIME
On the field for the USA:
Aug. 12, 2014 – Moncton Stadium; Moncton, Canada
2014 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup; Group B

USA                3          Horan 19, 38; Lavelle 49      
CHN               0         

Lineups:
USA: 1-Katelyn Rowland; 16-Stephanie Amack, 3-Cari Roccaro (capt.), 20-Katie Naughton, 2-Christina Gibbons; 5-Rose Lavelle, 17-Andi Sullivan (13-Carlyn Baldwin, 62), 10-Lindsey Horan; 9-Makenzy Doniak (8-Summer Green, 69), 7-Savannah Jordan (15-Margaret Purce, 46), 12-Mallory Pugh
Subs Not Used: 4-Brittany Basinger, 6-Taylor Racioppi, 11-Rachel Hill, 14-Nickolette Driesse, 18-Jane Campbell, 19-Kaleigh Riehl, 21-Rose Chandler
Head Coach: Michelle French

CHN: 1-Lu Feifei; 2-Yao Lingwei, 3-Zhong Xiudong, 5-Lyu Siqi, 13-Li Mengwen; 6-Lei Jiahui (15-Shi Tianlun, 61), 7-Liu Yanqiu (11-Zhang Zhu, 55), 10-Tang Jiali, 14-Tan Ruyin, 17-Zhu Beiyan (capt.); 19-Xiao Yuyi (18-Wang Shuang, 42)
Subs Not Used: 4-Zhao Yingying, 8-Dong Jiabao, 9-Zhang Chen, 12-Li Xiang, 16-Zhao Xinzhai, 20-Li Mengyu, 21-Nan Yang
Head Coach: Wang Jun

U.S. U-20 FIFA 2014 Women's World Cup Stats

INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS

2014 U-20 FIFA Women's World Cup Stats
Name Pos. GP GS Min G A Pts. Y R
Amack, Stephanie D 3 3 270 0 0 0 0 0
Baldwin, Carlyn M 2 0 46 0 0 0 0 0
Basinger, Brittany D 1 1 90 0 0 0 0 0
Campbell, Jane GK 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Chandler, Rosemary GK 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Doniak, Makenzy F 3 2 178 0 1 1 0 0
Driesse, Nickolette M 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Gibbons, Christina D 2 2 180 0 0 0 0 0
Green, Summer F 3 0 61 0 1 1 0 0
Hill, Rachel M 1 0 9 0 0 0 0 0
Horan, Lindsey F 3 3 270 3 1 7 1 0
Jordan, Savannah F 2 2 90 0 0 0 0 0
Lavelle, Rose M 3 3 270 1 0 2 1 0
Meehan, McKenzie F 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Naughton, Katie D 3 3 270 0 0 0 0 0
Pugh, Mallory D 3 3 216 0 0 0 0 0
Purce, Margaret F 3 2 202 0 0 0 0 0
Racioppi, Taylor M 1 0 54 0 0 0 0 0
Riehl, Kaleigh D 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Roccaro, Cari M 3 3 270 0 0 0 0 0
Rowland, Katelyn GK 3 3 270 0 0 0 0 0
Sullivan, Andi M 3 3 224 0 0 0 0 0
Own Goal         0        
TOTAL 3 3 270 4 3 11 2 0
Opponents 3 3 270 2 2 6 0 0

GOALKEEPING STATISTICS

2014 U-20 FIFA Women's World Cup Stats
GP GS Min W L T GF GA SO
Campbell, Jane 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Chandler, Rosemary 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Rowland, Katelyn   3 3 270 2 1 0 4 2 2
TOTAL 3 3 270 2 1 0 4 2 2
Opponents 3 3 270 1 2 0 2 4 1


U.S. U-20 Women’s World Cup Quote Sheet: USA vs. China PR

U.S. U-20 WNT head coach MICHELLE FRENCH

On the mentality heading into the game against China PR:
“I thought mentality and the focus going into the game was really exactly what it needed to be. I think they felt prepared and I think they also felt like they wanted to go out and prove something based on the attacking side of game and the way that we performed the first couple of games.”

On what the team did better on the attack:
“There was a little bit more patience on the ball. People were a little bit more composed. I still think we’re going to continue to grow in that area but the decision-making on the ball to help us build was right, and we chose the best times when we wanted to probe and get behind the back line. Overall the decision making was a lot better.”

On the match:
“I think we came into the game feeling good and confident. We had a great couple days of training where we were trying to knock the ball around a bit. I think defensively the organization from our back line all the way up to our forwards played a huge part in this game. Lastly, decision making on the ball to build a little bit more and keep possession was an important thing for us today.”

On forward Lindsey Horan and her contribution to her team:
“I’m glad she’s on our team, I don’t have to worry about defending her. She brings a great composure on the ball and sophistication in her movement inside the box. It was great because she had an opportunity to get balls on top of the 18 and unleash some shots. We like to have her in those positions because it is definitely beneficial for us.”

On Horan as a player:
“She’s extremely technical. She’s been that way since she was young. Her ability to keep the ball at her feet and wiggle out of pressure and create opportunities for others because of that ability is something really special.”

On if this was the best game of the U.S. of this tournament:
“I think overall, on both sides of the ball, definitely. Like I said, I think the defending piece was consistent with how we played against Brazil. Attacking-wise, our ability to connect passes was a lot better than our first and second games.”

On looking forward:
“There’s a strong belief among this group that we can continue to move on in this tournament. Coming into this game, the goal was to get a win and advance. That job was accomplished, so now we move forward to the quarterfinals, which we are extremely excited about.”

U.S. U-20 WNT midfielder LINDSEY HORAN

On the match:
“Coming into this game we knew China was going to be a good team, a technical and tactical team. They came out and played great. I just thought we matched their intensity. Our mentality was awesome and we came out and got early goals and I think that really helped us. We knew the Chinese were going to be good.”

On how the team improved on the attack:
“Our defensive side was awesome. We’ve been so solid. Attacking-wise, we’ve been creating opportunities and chances for ourselves and we needed to capitalize on them. Today I thought we were a lot more patient and we were swinging the ball, switching the ball and getting crosses in. We got our chances and we put them away.”

On what the team did better than in previous matches:
“I think we were more confident and patient on the ball. We still created the same kind of chances and opportunities as in the past two games, but we really just put them away. We kept plugging away and we kept going after them and we wanted to score more.”

On the atmosphere at Moncton:
“This stadium’s just a little smaller, which I thought was cool because we could hear the fans more and it was a lot closer. Moncton’s been awesome and the atmosphere incredible in today’s game.”

On improvement on this game going forward:
“There’s always something we can improve on. Obviously we played a good game today and I’m really proud of our team. It’s the best that we’ve played yet, I believe. We’ve just got to keep improving, look at tape and keep going.”

On the approach and execution against China PR:
“We wanted a goal early. We wanted to impose our attacking style and get that back. In the Brazil game, it was a little more frantic. It was a little bit more iffy here and there. In this game we were patient, we were confident on the ball, the speed of play was great. We were switching it and I thought we did really well with keeping the ball.”

On the strength of the opponents in group play:
“Every team in this tournament is obviously a great team. The three teams in our group- Brazil, Germany and China, all three teams were amazing and really difficult to play against. We knew we were up against these tough teams and we had to come out and show our U.S. mentality and I think we did that today.”

U.S. U-20 WNT midfielder ROSE LAVELLE

On the match:
“We really tried to focus on offense more so than we have in the other games and just keeping possession. I think that really helped, especially keeping the ball away from China, who is such a technical team.”

On the quality of the group preparing the U.S. for the quarterfinals:
“It was very challenging group, no doubt, and I think every team brought something different which was also a big challenge because we had to adjust our game differently each time we played.”

On the pressure helping the team focus:
“It was strange thinking that if we didn’t win, we’d be leaving the next day. I think that pressure made us all more focused coming into this game.”

On scoring her first international goal:
“That’s my first goal with the U-20s, so it was kind of a relief to finally score. It was a good pass by Lindsey.”

U.S. U-20 WNT goalkeeper KATELYN ROWLAND

On the U.S. defense:
“Today, defensively it was our best game. We were organized and compact. We really tried to focus defensively. We really came out and shut them down. I was really proud of that.”

On how the U.S. changed over the three group games:
“Obviously Germany is a great team, but we came out in our first game a little nervous. We were a little anxious. We just mellowed down the excitement a bit and we just focused on our game and focused not on the glam of it all, but on us and what we are trying to accomplish. That’s helped us.”

On the approach heading into the quarterfinals:
“We just look at the next game, take it one game at a time. Whoever gets through is going to be a great opponent. Our group has only helped us with that. We’ve had three great games so far, really challenging. That’s going to help us moving forward.”

On Rose Lavelle scoring her first international goal:
“I’m really proud of her. It was a great finish and I made an 80-yard sprint up to her and I hugged her.”

On Lindsey Horan’s performance:
“Great, as usual. She always comes in and finishes well for us. Obviously, three goals in three games, you can’t ask for much more.”

U.S. U-20 WNT Advances to Quarterfinals of U-20 Women's World Cup with 3-0 Victory Against China PR

MONCTON, Canada (Aug. 12, 2014) – Lindsey Horan recorded a first-half brace and assisted a Rose Lavelle tally as the U.S. Under-20 Women’s National Team defeated China PR 3-0 to earn second place in Group B and advance to the quarterfinal stage of the 2014 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup at Moncton Stadium.

The USA wraps up the group stage with a 2-1-0 record (6 points) and a second place finish. In Tuesday’s other Group B finale, Germany defeated Brazil 5-1 to maintain first place in the group with a 2-0-1 record (7 points).

The USA will now face the Group A winner on Saturday, Aug. 16, with a 5 p.m. ET kickoff at National Stadium in Toronto (ESPN3). Heading into Tuesday night’s Group A matches, Korea DPR was leading the group at 2-0-0 (6 points), followed by Canada and Ghana at 1-1-0 (3 points). Canada enters the day with an advantage over Ghana in goal differential.

Goal Scoring Rundown:
USA – Lindsey Horan (Makenzy Doniak), 19th minute: Shortly after China PR’s defense escaped damage one minute earlier, the USA took control of the match thanks to leading U-20 goal scorer Lindsey Horan. Makenzy Doniak crossed from the right side against a China defense that was on its heels, finding Horan around eight yards out in the middle of the box. Horan fired top-shelf over China goalkeeper Lu Feifei’s right glove and rattled the crossbar. The ball ricocheted down and crossed a foot or two over the line, bouncing back onto the field of play. The officiating staff was right on top of the play and correctly awarded the goal to Horan. USA 1, CHN 0

USA – Lindsey Horan (unassisted), 38th minute: The U.S. capitalized on a set piece chance with Rose Lavelle providing a well-struck corner kick from the right side toward the center of the box. Savannah Jordan rose up and might have clipped the ball with her head. China’s Lyu Siqi and Zhong Xiudong both had an opportunity to clear, but the defense was unable to do so and Lindsey Horan was at the right place at the right time. Horan slotted her shot into the lower right side of the frame for the unassisted tally and a two-goal cushion heading into halftime. USA 2, CHN 0

USA – Rose Lavelle (Lindsey Horan), 49th minute: The USA had a confident buildup to put the match out of reach, starting with Rose Lavelle in the midfield. She distributed to Lindsey Horan on the right side as the U.S. had numbers against China’s defense. Horan dribbled into the right side of the box and crossed to Lavelle up top. Lavelle cut to her right foot to create some space against China defender Zhong Xiudong and shot to the inside of the left of the goal. It was Lavelle’s first international goal at the U-20 level and Horan’s first assist of the tournament. USA 3, CHN 0 (FINAL)

Key Saves and Defensive Stops:
CHN – Zhu Beiyan, 16th minute: The USA came inches away from scoring the game’s first goal with a buildup down the left side that led to a Savannah Jordan shot inside the box. Jordan’s attempt was blocked by China PR’s defense, and Mallory Pugh had another crack for the U.S. inside the six-yard box. China’s Zhu Beiyan bailed out her squad with a clearance at the end line that bounced off of the left post and out of harm’s way for the time being.

Next on the Schedule:
The U.S. U-20 WNT will face the Group A winner to open the quarterfinal stage at 5 p.m. ET on Saturday, Aug. 16, at National Stadium in Toronto.
Broadcast information: ESPN3
Social: Twitter (@ussoccer_wnt | @ussoccer_esp); Facebook; Instagram

Additional Notes:

  • The USA is now 11-1-0 in international competition this year.
  • The U.S. U-20s have allowed only four goals in international play this year, outscoring their opponents 44-4.
  • Lindsey Horan scored her team-leading second and third goals of the tournament. She now has 10 goals in international competition this year.
  • For her U.S. U-20 WNT tenure, Horan has now scored 23 goals in 24 international matches.
  • Rose Lavelle notched her first goal of the year in 10 international games.
  • U.S. U-20 WNT head coach Michelle French’s starting lineup featured Katelyn Rowland returning for a third straight start in goal. The defense was anchored by right back Stephanie Amack, left back Christina Gibbons on the left, and the center back duo of Katie Naughton and team captain Cari Roccaro.
  • The center of the 4-3-3 formation included Lavelle, Andi Sullivan and Horan as an attacking midfielder.
  • Makenzy Doniak, Savannah Jordan and Mallory Pugh represented the front line from right to left.
  • The USA made its first substitution at the start of the second half with Margaret “Midge” Purce replacing Jordan in the 46th minute.
  • Carlyn Baldwin made her second appearance of the tournament, replacing Sullivan in the 62nd minute.
  • The U.S. utilized its final sub in the 69th minute. Summer Green made her third straight second-half appearance of the tournament, entering for Doniak.
  • China PR made all three of its substitutions by the 61st minute.

-U.S. Under-20 Women’s National Team Match Report-

Match: U.S. U-20 Women’s National Team vs. China PR
Date: Aug. 12, 2014
Competition: 2014 FIFA Under-20 Women’s World Cup – Group B
Venue: Moncton Stadium; Moncton, Canada
Kickoff: 5 p.m. local / 4 p.m. ET
Attendance: 4,708
Weather: 73 degrees – sunny, warm

Scoring Summary: 1 2 F
USA                       2 1 3
CHN                      0 0 0

USA – Lindsey Horan (Makenzy Doniak) 19th minute
USA – Lindsey Horan                               38
USA – Rose Lavelle (Lindsey Horan)        49

Lineups:
USA: 1-Katelyn Rowland; 16-Stephanie Amack, 3-Cari Roccaro (capt.), 20-Katie Naughton, 2-Christina Gibbons; 5-Rose Lavelle, 17-Andi Sullivan (13-Carlyn Baldwin, 62), 10-Lindsey Horan; 9-Makenzy Doniak (8-Summer Green, 69), 7-Savannah Jordan (15-Margaret Purce, 46), 12-Mallory Pugh
Subs Not Used: 4-Brittany Basinger, 6-Taylor Racioppi, 11-Rachel Hill, 14-Nickolette Driesse, 18-Jane Campbell, 19-Kaleigh Riehl, 21-Rose Chandler
Head Coach: Michelle French

CHN: 1-Lu Feifei; 2-Yao Lingwei, 3-Zhong Xiudong, 5-Lyu Siqi, 13-Li Mengwen; 6-Lei Jiahui (15-Shi Tianlun, 61), 7-Liu Yanqiu (11-Zhang Zhu, 55), 10-Tang Jiali, 14-Tan Ruyin, 17-Zhu Beiyan (capt.); 19-Xiao Yuyi (18-Wang Shuang, 42)
Subs Not Used: 4-Zhao Yingying, 8-Dong Jiabao, 9-Zhang Chen, 12-Li Xiang, 16-Zhao Xinzhai, 20-Li Mengyu, 21-Nan Yang
Head Coach: Wang Jun

Stats Summary: USA / CHN
Shots: 20 / 5
Shots on Goal: 13 / 2
Saves: 2 / 9
Corner Kicks: 5 / 2
Fouls: 4 / 10
Offside: 1 / 0

Misconduct Summary:
None

Officials:
Referee: Katalin Kulcsar (HUN)
Assistant Referee 1: Lucie Ratajova (CZE)
Assistant Referee 2: Chrysoula Kourompylia (GRE)
Fourth Official: Therese Sagno (GUI)

ussoccer.com Woman of the Match: Lindsey Horan

U-20 #USWNT Travel to Moncton for Group B Finale

The U.S. Under-20 Women’s National Team finishes Group B play vs. China PR on Aug. 12 in Moncton, Canada, with a win guaranteeing a berth to the quarterfinal round of the 2014 FIFA Women’s World Cup.

11 Questions with Stephanie Amack

ussoccer.com: You were a member of the 2012 U-20 Women’s World Cup Team, but didn’t get to play in the tournament. You are likely to play a much larger role this time around. How did that 2012 U-20 Women’s World Cup prepare you for this World Cup?
Stephanie Amack: “It definitely helped me learn how to be a good teammate. I studied how (outside backs) Crystal Dunn and Molly Pathman played. I saw how they dealt with situations on the field and I could hear the coaches on the sidelines. I took it all in and combined it with my own observations and I put myself in those situations and it’s really helped me prepare during this cycle. I also learned a valuable lesson on how big a role every single person on the team can have. Just saying something positive and supporting from the bench to the players on the field can make a big difference.”

What was it like to be a part of the team that won the U-20 Women’s World Cup two years ago?

U.S. U-20 WNT Controls Own Fate in Group B Against China PR

U.S. U-20 Women’s National Team vs. China PR
2014 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup
Moncton Stadium; Moncton, Canada
Aug. 12, 2014

U.S. U-20 WNT NEEDS WIN OR TIE VS. CHINA PR TO ADVANCE: Coming off a dramatic 1-0 victory against Brazil in its second Group B match at the 2014 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup, the U.S. Under-20 Women’s National Team controls its fate in the group finale against China PR. The USA can guarantee passage to the quarterfinals with a win. The U.S. could also advance with a tie, provided Germany ties or falls to Brazil in the other Group B match being played in Montreal. The USA traveled from Edmonton on Aug. 9 to Moncton in the far east of Canada and will face China on Aug. 12 (5 p.m. local/4 p.m. ET on ESPN3). Fans can also follow all the matches of the U.S. U-20s on Twitter @ussoccer_wnt. For full coverage, visit the FIFA Under-20 Women’s World Cup tournament page on ussoccer.com.

GROUP B SUMMARY: While dramatic, the USA’s 1-0 victory against Brazil was nothing like the first match in Group B, a remarkable 5-5 tie between Germany and China PR the likes of which has never been seen before in a Women’s World Cup at any level. Germany led 2-1 at halftime, but then the craziness ensued. Both teams led in the game twice and neither team led by more than a goal. There were six goals scored in a 23-minute span in the second half. Germany gave up just one goal in the entire 2012 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup. The combination of results puts the USA in a favorable position to advance. After the opening game loss to Germany, the U.S. was likely going to have to win both of its final group games to secure advancement no matter the results of the other matches. The USA currently sits in second place in Group B with three points behind Germany (4) and ahead of China PR (2) and Brazil (1).

USA Quarterfinal Advancement Scenarios:

  • The USA will advance to the Aug. 16 quarterfinals with a victory against China PR on Tuesday.
  • The U.S. can also advance with a draw against China PR, combined with a Brazil draw or loss to Germany.
  • A USA win, combined with a Germany draw or loss to Brazil, would give the U.S. first place in the group and a matchup against the No. 2 finisher in Group A. Korea DPR leads that group with six points, followed by host Canada and Ghana with three points apiece. Canada faces Korea DPR and Ghana takes on Finland in the final matches of Group A.

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

Date

Opponent

Time (ET)

TV/U.S. GOAL SCORERS

Venue

Aug. 5

Germany

0-2 L

 –

Commonwealth Stadium;

Edmonton, Canada

Aug. 8

Brazil

1-0 W

Horan

Commonwealth Stadium;

Edmonton, Canada

Aug. 12

China PR

4 p.m.

ESPN3

Moncton Stadium; Moncton, Canada

 

Group B Standings

GP

W

L

T

GF

GA

GD

Pts

Germany

2

1

0

1

7

5

+2

4

USA

2

1

1

0

1

2

-1

3

China PR

2

0

0

2

6

6

0

2

Brazil

2

0

1

1

1

2

-1

1

Group B Schedule

Tuesday, Aug. 5
USA 0, Germany 2
China PR 1, Brazil 1 

Friday, Aug. 8
Germany 5, China PR 5
USA 1. Brazil 0 

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 are featuring 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 Azerbaijan 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. Should the USA advance in second place in Group B, they would get a quarterfinal game on grass at the National Soccer Stadium in Toronto.

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.

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.) 

U-20 WNT ON USSOCCER.COM:

U.S. ROSTER NOTES:

  • For the second match in a row, U.S. head coach Michelle French used all three subs. She was forced to make a 37th minute change due to an injury to Mallory Pugh, sending on Taylor Racioppi. In the second half, Summer Green replaced Makenzy Doniak in the 66th minute and Rachel Hill went on for Margaret Purce in the 82nd minute.
  • The USA scored seconds after Hill came into the match as Racioppi won a header in midfield and the ball eventually was dug out of the right corner by Green, who out-dueled two Brazilian defenders, turned the corner and set up Lindsey Horan’s goal with a perfect pass into the box.
  • Against Germany, Doniak replaced Savannah Jordan at halftime, midfielder Carlyn Baldwin replaced Andi Sullivan in the 74th minute and forward Green came on for Purce in the 76th minute. Green hit the left post in stoppage time.
  • French made two changes to the starting lineup from the Germany to the Brazil game as Doniak replaced Jordan up top and Christina Gibbons replaced Brittany Basinger at left back.
  • The match against Brazil marked the first caps at the U-20 level for Gibbons and Taylor and the first international cap at any level for Gibbons. Taylor earned 14 caps and scored two goals at the U-17 level.
  • Pugh suffered a sprained ankle on a nasty tackle that could have warranted a red card, but had a negative X-ray and is listed as day-to-day.
  • Brazil out-shot the USA 14-13 and had eight shots on goal to the USA’s six, but the Americans created a few more dangerous chances and only one of Brazil’s shots came inside the penalty area. The USA did have seven corner kicks to Brazil’s four.
  • The USA out-shot Germany 21-18 and fired 16 shots on goal. At the 2012 U-20 WWC, the USA took 18 shots on goal over the entire three games of the first round. The most shots on goal the USA had in a game in 2012 was nine.
  • Baldwin’s substitute appearance against Germany was just her second U-20 cap.
  • The official attendance for the USA-Germany match, which was a doubleheader with the other Group B match between China PR and Brazil, was 10,101. For the USA-Brazil match, the announced attendance was 10,025.
  • U.S. midfielder Rose Lavelle received a yellow card in the first half against Germany and Lindsey Horan received one against Brazil for an accidental elbow to the nose of a Brazilian player in the first half. Two yellow cards result in a one-game suspension during the World Cup, although cards are erased after the quarterfinal round.
  • 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.
  • 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 (Racioppi and Kaleigh Riehl), three graduating high school seniors (Andi Sullivan, 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 nine international goals this year and is the top scorer in this cycle with 22 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 minutes 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).
  • 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.

IN FOCUS: CHINA PR
Chinese Football Association
Founded: 1924 (Joined FIFA in 1931)
Head Coach: Wang Jun  
Best FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup Finishes: Runners-up (2006 and 2008)

USA VS. CHINA PR SERIES:

  • The U.S. and China PR have faced each other three times during the U-20 Women’s World Cup competition with China earning one win while two of the games ended in ties (one which went to penalty kicks where China prevailed).
  • On Aug. 23, 2012, the USA and China played in group play in Hiroshima. China scored early and then bunkered. The USA managed a 1-1 draw on a goal from Maya Hayes, but could not get the winner. The USA and Germany advanced out of the group.
  • On Nov. 26, 2008, China’s Zhang Rui and Liu Shukun each scored second-half goals to defeat the USA in the third match of first round play, but the USA had already clinched the group and the USA and France advanced through the group stage, while China and Argentina were eliminated. The U.S. would eventually win the tournament with a 2-1 victory against Korea DPR in the championship in Chile.
  • On Aug. 31, 2006, China and the USA played to a scoreless draw through regulation, with the U.S. controlling the play with a 10-2 shots on goal advantage and a 29-11 shots margin. That set the stage for a tightly contested shootout in which both teams scored on their first four attempts. The fifth attempts included each team hitting the frame, with China’s Ma Xiaoxu’s shot hitting the crossbar and Brittany Bock’s hitting the post for the USA. For the sixth attempt, China’s Wei Zhu converted her attempt and the USA’s Lauren Cheney missed her shot as China PR advanced to the championship. China was the runner-up to Korea DPR in Russia.

CHINA PR ROSTER

GOALKEEPERS (3): 1-Lu Feifei (Jiangsu Huatai), 20-Li Mengyu (Henan Steel), 21-Nan Yang (Zhejiang Hangzhou Xizi)
DEFENDERS (6): 2-Yao Lingwei (Jiangsu Huatai), 3-Zhong Xiudong (Guangdong Haiyin), 4-Zhao Yingying (Dalian Shide), 5-Lyu Siqi (Army Club), 12-Li Xiang (Changchun Huaxin), 13-Li Mengwen  (Jiangsu Huatai)
MIDFIELDERS (9): 6-Lei Jiahui (Henan Steel), 7-Liu Yanqiu (Wuhan Jiangda Univ.), 8-Dong Jiabao (Henan Steel), 10-Tang Jiali (Shanghai Women), 11-Zhang Zhu (Beijing Baxy), 14-Tan Ruyin (Guangdong FC), 15-Shi Tianlun (Shanghai Women), 16-Zhao Xinzhai (Jiangsu Huatai), 17-Zhu Beiyan (Shanghai Women)
FORWARDS (3): 9-Zhang Chen (Beijing Baxy), 18-Wang Shuang (Wuhan Jiangda Univ.), 19-Xiao Yuyi (Shanghai Women) 

CHINA PR NOTES:

  • China has a strong history in this tournament, having finished as runner-up in two consecutive U-20 Women’s World Cups in 2004 and 2006.
  • The Chinese have since failed to progress beyond the group phase. The Steel Rosebuds suffered an early exit in a difficult group also featuring eventual champions USA and semifinalists France at Chile 2008 and, after missing qualification for Germany 2010, they were eliminated during the group stage in Japan in 2012.
  • China PR finished in third place in the Asian qualifying tournament, which it hosted, to earn its berth to Canada. They opened with a 2-2 draw against the Korea Republic, fell 1-0 to Korea DPR and then earned a hard-fought and crucial 2-1 win over Australia before drawing 2-2 against Japan. China wrapped up the tournament with a resounding 8-0 demolition of Myanmar to seal third place and qualification.
  • China has battled for two well-earned ties in group play so far. Against Brazil in the opening game, substitute Zhang Zhu's 89th-minute equalizer was enough to earn a 1-1 tie. China put together a remarkable performance in a pouring rain against Germany, getting two goals from Zhu Beiyan (one from the penalty spot) and one each from Tang Jiali, Lei Jiahui and Zhang Chen.
  • Against Brazil, China was down 2-1 at halftime before equalizing early in the second half. China then took the lead 3-2, allowed an equalizer to Germany to make it 3-3, took the lead again 4-3, allowed Germany to score two in a row before knotting the match at 5-5 in the 80th minute.

 

LAST TIME
On the field for the USA:
Aug. 8, 2014 – Commonwealth Stadium; Edmonton, Canada
2014 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup; Group B

USA                1          Horan 82       
BRA               0         

Lineups:
USA: 1-Katelyn Rowland; 16-Stephanie Amack, 3-Cari Roccaro (capt.), 20-Katie Naughton, 2-Christina Gibbons; 5-Rose Lavelle, 17-Andi Sullivan, 12-Mallory Pugh (6-Taylor Racioppi, 37); 15-Margaret Purce (11-Rachel Hill, 82), 10-Lindsey Horan, 9-Makenzy Doniak (8-Summer Green, 66)
Subs Not Used: 4-Brittany Basinger, 7-Savannah Jordan, 13-Carlyn Baldwin, 14-Nickolette Driesse, 18-Jane Campbell, 19-Kaleigh Riehl, 21-Rose Chandler
Head Coach: Michelle French

BRA: 12-Leticia; 2-Letícia Santos, 4-Julia, 5-Gabi, 6-Camila, 8-Djeni, 9-Byanca (17-Nenê, 60), 10-Andressa (capt.), 11-Patrícia (19-Rafaela, 73), 13-Nágela, 18-Carol (7-Duda, 80)
Subs Not Used: 1-Nicole, 3-Thaynara, 14-Caroline, 15-Gabi Lira, 16-Tipa, 20-Gabrielle, 21-Bussato
Head Coach: Doriva Bueno

11 Questions with Stephanie Amack

ussoccer.com: You were a member of the 2012 U-20 Women’s World Cup Team, but didn’t get to play in the tournament. You are likely to play a much larger role this time around. How did that 2012 U-20 Women’s World Cup prepare you for this World Cup?
Stephanie Amack: “It definitely helped me learn how to be a good teammate. I studied how (outside backs) Crystal Dunn and Molly Pathman played. I saw how they dealt with situations on the field and I could hear the coaches on the sidelines. I took it all in and combined it with my own observations and I put myself in those situations and it’s really helped me prepare during this cycle. I also learned a valuable lesson on how big a role every single person on the team can have. Just saying something positive and supporting from the bench to the players on the field can make a big difference.”

What was it like to be a part of the team that won the U-20 Women’s World Cup two years ago?

U-20 WNT Opens New Cycle with San Diego Training Camp

CHICAGO (Sept. 29, 2014) – The U.S. Under-20 Women’s National Team will begin a new cycle with a training camp running from Oct. 12-19 at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Chula Vista, California. Head coach Michelle French has called 32 players, nearly all of whom were born in 1996 or 1997. This age group will be focusing on qualifying for the 2016 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup, which has an age cut-off of players born on or after Jan. 1, 1996.

The lone player born in 1998 is midfielder Mallory Pugh, who was a starter at age 16 during the most recent FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup in Canada.

Being that the training camp takes place during the college season, there is only one current college player in the group in goalkeeper Rose Chandler, who is red-shirting her freshman year at Penn State. Chandler, as well as defender Kaleigh Riehl and midfielder Taylor Racioppi, were also on the USA’s 2014 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup Team that fell in penalty kicks to Korea DPR in the quarterfinal.

U.S. U-20 WNT Roster by Position:

GOALKEEPERS (4): Rose Chandler (Penn State; Atlanta, Ga.), Samantha Leshnak (Ohio Elite; Liberty Township, Ohio), Sabrina Macias (Colorado Rush; Littleton, Colo.), Hunter Peifer (Colorado Soccer Club; Colorado Springs, Colo.)
DEFENDERS (9): Gabriella Carreiro (FC Stars of Mass; Upton, Mass.), Lucy Davidson (FC Portland; Warren, Ore.), Natalie Jacobs (Slammers FC; Coto de Caza, Calif.), Ellie Jean (Oakwood Soccer Club; Coventry, Conn.), Tegan McGrady (MVLA; San Jose, Calif.), Kaleigh Riehl (BRYC; Fairfax Station, Va.), Parker Roberts (KC Dynamos; Leawood, Kan.), Ally Watt (Pride Soccer Club; Colorado Springs, Colo.), Michelle Xiao (Gretna SC; Omaha, Neb.)
MIDFIELDERS (9):  Alyssa Baumbick (Internationals Soccer Club; Avon Lake, Ohio), Betsy Brandon (Colorado Rush; Littleton, Colo.), Marley Canales (San Diego Surf; San Diego, Calif.), Katie Cousins (Richmond United; Forest, Va.), Julie James (Sting; Fairview, Texas), Courtney Petersen (Michigan Hawks; Canton, Mich.), Mallory Pugh (Real Colorado; Highlands Ranch, Colo.), Taylor Racioppi (PDA; Ocean Township; N.J.), Marissa Viggiano (Michigan Hawks; Macomb Township, Mich.)
FORWARDS (10): Bridgette Andrzejewski (PSC Baltimore; Lutherville, Md.), Alissa Gorzak (Eclipse Select Soccer Club; Naperville, Ill.), Kelcie Hedge (Washington Premier FC; Post Falls, Idaho), Hana Kerner (Match Fit Academy FC; Upper Saddle, N.J.), Reilly Martin (Eclipse Select Soccer Club; Carmel, Ind.), Kayla McCoy (Sockers FC; Lincolnwood, Ill.), Leah Pruitt (West Coast FC; Rancho Cucamonga, Calif.), Zoe Redei (Eclipse Select Soccer Club; Highland Park, Ill.), Kelly Sweeney (Vardar; Bloomfield Hills, Mich.), Kaycie Tillman (Sting; Rowlett, Texas)

U.S. U-20 WNT Heads to Quaterfinal to Face Korea DPR

U.S. U-20 Women’s National Team vs. Korea DPR
2014 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup
National Stadium; Toronto, Canada
Aug. 16, 2014 

U.S. U-20 WNT HEADS TO QUARTERFINAL TO FACE KOREA DPR: After a dominating 3-0 victory against China PR to finish Group B play, the U.S. Under-20 Women’s National Team advanced to the quarterfinals of the 2014 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup and earned a game against Group A winner Korea DPR. The USA will get to play on natural grass at National Stadium in Toronto with the Aug. 16 knockout match kicking off at 5 p.m. ET (ESPNU and WatchESPN). The U.S. has won two matches in a row after starting group play with a 2-0 loss to Germany. The USA responded with a 1-0 victory against Brazil, and finished second in Group B with six points behind Germany which went 2-0-1 (7 points). Germany, which scored five goals in each of its other two group games, will face Group A runner-up Canada on Aug. 16 in Edmonton. Fans can also follow all the matches of the U.S. U-20s on Twitter @ussoccer_wnt. For full coverage, visit the FIFA Under-20 Women’s World Cup tournament page on ussoccer.com.

KNOCKOUT ROUND SCHEDULE:

Quarterfinals
Aug. 16

  • Korea DPR vs. USA; National Stadium; Toronto
  • Germany vs. Canada; Commonwealth Stadium; Edmonton

Aug. 17

  • Nigeria vs. New Zealand; Moncton Stadium; Moncton
  • France vs. Korea Republic; Olympic Stadium; Montreal

Semifinals
Aug. 20

  • Korea DPR/USA winner vs. Nigeria/New Zealand winner; Moncton Stadium; Moncton
  • Germany/Canada winner vs. France/Korea Republic winner; Olympic Stadium; Montreal

Third-Place Match
Aug. 24

  • Semifinal losers; Olympic Stadium; Montreal

Final
Aug. 24

  • Semifinal winners; Olympic Stadium; Montreal

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

Date

Opponent

Time (ET)

TV/U.S. Goal Scorers

Venue

Aug. 5

Germany

0-2 L

 –

Commonwealth Stadium; Edmonton, Canada

Aug. 8

Brazil

1-0 W

Horan

Commonwealth Stadium; Edmonton, Canada

Aug. 12

China PR

3-0 W

Horan (2), Lavelle

Moncton Stadium; Moncton, Canada

Aug. 16

Korea DPR

5 p.m.

ESPNU, WatchESPN

National Stadium; Toronto, Canada

Group B Final Standings

GP

W

L

T

GF

GA

GD

Pts

Germany

3

2

0

1

12

6

+6

7

USA

3

2

1

0

4

2

+2

6

China PR

3

0

1

2

6

9

-3

2

Brazil

3

0

2

1

2

7

-5

1

Group B Results

Tuesday, Aug. 5
USA 0, Germany 2
China PR 1, Brazil 1

Friday, Aug. 8
Germany 5, China PR 5
USA 1, Brazil 0 

Tuesday, Aug. 12
USA 3, China PR 0
Germany 5, Brazil 1 

TURF TIME:  For the first time, three of the four stadiums for the 2014 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup are featuring 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 Azerbaijan 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. The USA will get to play its first game on natural grass during the quarterfinal at the National Soccer Stadium in Toronto.

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 past four events – 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.) 

U-20 WNT ON USSOCCER.COM:

U.S. U-20 WNT NOTES

GROUP PLAY:

  • Six players have played every minute of all three games so far in the 2014 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup: goalkeeper Katlyn Rowland; defenders Stephanie Amack, Cari Roccaro and Katie Naughton; midfielder Rose Lavelle and forward Lindsey Horan.
  • Horan has three of the USA’s goals while Lavelle has the other one.
  • Horan, Makenzy Doniak and Summer Green each have assists.
  • The USA has no suspensions heading into the quarterfinal, but two players are carrying yellow cards. Lavelle received a caution in the first half against Germany and Horan received one against Brazil for an accidental elbow to the nose of a Brazil player in the first half. Another yellow card in the quarterfinal stage would result in a suspension from the semifinal, should the USA win. Cards are erased after the quarterfinal round.
  • For the third match in a row, U.S. head coach Michelle French used all three subs against China PR. The USA had a 2-0 lead at halftime when French sent on Margaret “Midge” Purce for Savannah Jordan. The USA was up 3-0 when Carlyn Baldwin made her second appearance of the tournament, replacing Andi Sullivan. Green made her third appearance as a sub, coming on in the 69th minute for Doniak.
  • Against China PR, French made just one change from the lineup against Brazil as Jordan returned to the lineup and Purce started on the bench.
  • Against Brazil, French was forced to make a 37th-minute change due to an injury to Mallory Pugh, sending on Taylor Racioppi. In the second half, Green replaced Doniak in the 66th minute and Rachel Hill went on for Purce in the 82nd minute.
  • The USA scored seconds after Hill came into the match as Racioppi won a header in midfield and the ball eventually was dug out of the right corner by Green, who out-dueled two Brazil defenders, turned the corner and set up Horan’s goal with a perfect pass into the box.
  • Against Germany, Doniak replaced Jordan at halftime, Baldwin replaced Sullivan in the 74th minute and Green came on for Purce in the 76th minute. Green hit the left post in stoppage time.
  • French made two changes to the starting lineup from the Germany to the Brazil game as Doniak replaced Jordan up top and Christina Gibbons replaced Brittany Basinger at left back.
  • The match against Brazil marked the first caps at the U-20 level for Gibbons and Taylor and the first international cap at any level for Gibbons. Taylor earned 14 caps and scored two goals at the U-17 level.
  • Brazil out-shot the USA 14-13 and had eight shots on goal to the USA’s six, but the U.S. created a few more dangerous chances and only one of Brazil’s shots came inside the penalty area. The USA had seven corner kicks to Brazil’s four.
  • The USA out-shot Germany 21-18 and fired 16 shots on goal. At the 2012 U-20 WWC, the USA took 18 shots on goal over the entire three games of the first round. The most shots on goal the USA had in a game in 2012 was nine.
  • The USA out-shot China PR 20-5 and put 13 shots on goal to China’s two.
  • The official attendance for the USA-Germany match, which was a doubleheader with the other Group B match between China PR and Brazil, was 10,101. For the USA-Brazil match, the announced attendance was 10,025. For the USA-China PR match, the attendance was 4,708.

TEAM:

  • 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. Lindsey Horan leads the team with nine international goals this year and is the top scorer in this cycle with 22 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 minutes 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).
  • 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.

IN FOCUS: KOREA DPR
DPR Korea Football Association
Founded: 1945 (Joined FIFA in 1958)
Head Coach: Hwang Yong Bong  
Best FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup Finishes: First Place (2006), Runner-Up (2008)

USA VS. KOREA DPR SERIES:

  • The U.S. and Korea DPR have faced each other twice in the FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup, both times with much on the line. The two squads, which have met numerous times in world championships at the senior level, squared off in the 2008 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup Final, a match won 2-1 by the USA on goals from current U.S. WNT starters Alex Morgan and Sydney Leroux. Korea scored its lone goal in the waning minutes.
  • The other meeting came in the quarterfinals of this tournament two years ago, an amazingly hard-fought 2-1 U.S. victory in which the USA took the lead through a brilliant strike from distance by Vanessa DiBernardo in the 52nd minute. Korea tied it up in the 75th minute through Kim Su Gyong and the match went to overtime, where Chioma Ubogagu’s 98th -minute header was the difference.

KOREA DPR ROSTER

GOALKEEPERS (3): 1-Kim Chol Ok (April 25), 18-Rim Yong Hwa (Sobaeksu), 21-Jang Yong Sim (Wolmido)
DEFENDERS (7): 2-Song Kyong Hui (Sobaeksu), 3-Choe Sol Gyong (Rimyongsu), 4-Choe Yong Mi (Pyongyang City), 6-Kim Hyang Mi (Kalmaegi), 12-Jon So Yon (April 25), 14-Ri Kum Suk (Sobaeksu), 16-Ri Un Yong (Sobaeksu)
MIDFIELDERS (7): 5-Kang Ok Gum (Amrokgang), 7-Choe Yun Gyong (April 25), 8-Rim Se Ok (Amrokgang), 9-Ri Hyang Sim (Amrokgang), 17-Choe Un Hwa (Ponghwasan), 11-Kim Phyong Hwa (Hwangryongsan), 13-Kim Mi Gyong (Sobaeksu)
FORWARDS (4): 10-Ri Un Sim (April 25), 15-Jo Ryon Hwa (Wolmido), 19-Ri Kyong Hyang (April 25), 20-Kim So Hyang (Sobaeksu)

KOREA DPR NOTES:

  • Korea DPR won Group A despite losing its final match 1-0 to Canada. Korea won the group on goal differential after a 2-1 victory against Finland and a 3-0 victory over Ghana, both of whom are headed home after the first round.
  • Against Finland, Kim So Hyang scored in the 15th minute and Choe Yun Gyong made it 2-0 in the 27th before Finland scored its only goal a minute later.
  • Against Ghana, Korea DPR scored early (in the sixth minute through Ri Un Sim), late in the 78th minute through Ri Un and even later, via a penalty kick from Jon So Yon in the fourth minute of second-half stoppage time.
  • Korea DPR is among the most successful nations in the history of the FIFA U-20 World Cup. Despite missing the first two tournaments in 2002 and 2004, it won the title at Russia 2006.
  • Korea DPR continued its dominant form at Chile 2008, going all the way through to the final, only to be edged out by the USA.
  • Korea also progressed beyond the group phase in the past two World Cups, where it lost out to the eventual champion on both occasions. At Germany 2010, Korea fell short against the host in the quarterfinal clash, and two years ago in Japan, Korea lost to the USA after extra time at the same stage.
  • Having last won the AFC U-19 Championship in 2007, Korea DPR entered last year’s competition seeking to recapture the title. Hwang Yong Bong’s side thumped Australia 6-2 in the opening game with forward Ri Un Sim notching a hat trick. Korea continued its winning streak with a 1-0 defeat of host China PR and a 2-0 victory against Myanmar but lost unexpectedly to neighbor Korea Republic by a 2-1 score. Despite the loss, North Korea then held Japan to a goalless draw and with the precious point secured its place among the top three and a spot in Canada.
  • Korea DPR has just one player returning from its 2012 squad in goalkeeper Kim Chol Ok who was the back-up in Japan.

LAST TIME
On the field for the USA:
Aug. 12, 2014 – Moncton Stadium; Moncton, Canada
2014 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup; Group B

USA                3          Horan 19, 38; Lavelle 49      
CHN               0         

Lineups:
USA: 1-Katelyn Rowland; 16-Stephanie Amack, 3-Cari Roccaro (capt.), 20-Katie Naughton, 2-Christina Gibbons; 5-Rose Lavelle, 17-Andi Sullivan (13-Carlyn Baldwin, 62), 10-Lindsey Horan; 9-Makenzy Doniak (8-Summer Green, 69), 7-Savannah Jordan (15-Margaret Purce, 46), 12-Mallory Pugh
Subs Not Used: 4-Brittany Basinger, 6-Taylor Racioppi, 11-Rachel Hill, 14-Nickolette Driesse, 18-Jane Campbell, 19-Kaleigh Riehl, 21-Rose Chandler
Head Coach: Michelle French

CHN: 1-Lu Feifei; 2-Yao Lingwei, 3-Zhong Xiudong, 5-Lyu Siqi, 13-Li Mengwen; 6-Lei Jiahui (15-Shi Tianlun, 61), 7-Liu Yanqiu (11-Zhang Zhu, 55), 10-Tang Jiali, 14-Tan Ruyin, 17-Zhu Beiyan (capt.); 19-Xiao Yuyi (18-Wang Shuang, 42)
Subs Not Used: 4-Zhao Yingying, 8-Dong Jiabao, 9-Zhang Chen, 12-Li Xiang, 16-Zhao Xinzhai, 20-Li Mengyu, 21-Nan Yang
Head Coach: Wang Jun

U.S. U-20 FIFA 2014 Women's World Cup Stats

INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS

2014 U-20 FIFA Women's World Cup Stats
Name Pos. GP GS Min G A Pts. Y R
Amack, Stephanie D 3 3 270 0 0 0 0 0
Baldwin, Carlyn M 2 0 46 0 0 0 0 0
Basinger, Brittany D 1 1 90 0 0 0 0 0
Campbell, Jane GK 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Chandler, Rosemary GK 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Doniak, Makenzy F 3 2 178 0 1 1 0 0
Driesse, Nickolette M 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Gibbons, Christina D 2 2 180 0 0 0 0 0
Green, Summer F 3 0 61 0 1 1 0 0
Hill, Rachel M 1 0 9 0 0 0 0 0
Horan, Lindsey F 3 3 270 3 1 7 1 0
Jordan, Savannah F 2 2 90 0 0 0 0 0
Lavelle, Rose M 3 3 270 1 0 2 1 0
Meehan, McKenzie F 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Naughton, Katie D 3 3 270 0 0 0 0 0
Pugh, Mallory D 3 3 216 0 0 0 0 0
Purce, Margaret F 3 2 202 0 0 0 0 0
Racioppi, Taylor M 1 0 54 0 0 0 0 0
Riehl, Kaleigh D 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Roccaro, Cari M 3 3 270 0 0 0 0 0
Rowland, Katelyn GK 3 3 270 0 0 0 0 0
Sullivan, Andi M 3 3 224 0 0 0 0 0
Own Goal         0        
TOTAL 3 3 270 4 3 11 2 0
Opponents 3 3 270 2 2 6 0 0

GOALKEEPING STATISTICS

2014 U-20 FIFA Women's World Cup Stats
GP GS Min W L T GF GA SO
Campbell, Jane 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Chandler, Rosemary 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Rowland, Katelyn   3 3 270 2 1 0 4 2 2
TOTAL 3 3 270 2 1 0 4 2 2
Opponents 3 3 270 1 2 0 2 4 1


U.S. U-20 Women’s World Cup Quote Sheet: USA vs. China PR

U.S. U-20 WNT head coach MICHELLE FRENCH

On the mentality heading into the game against China PR:
“I thought mentality and the focus going into the game was really exactly what it needed to be. I think they felt prepared and I think they also felt like they wanted to go out and prove something based on the attacking side of game and the way that we performed the first couple of games.”

On what the team did better on the attack:
“There was a little bit more patience on the ball. People were a little bit more composed. I still think we’re going to continue to grow in that area but the decision-making on the ball to help us build was right, and we chose the best times when we wanted to probe and get behind the back line. Overall the decision making was a lot better.”

On the match:
“I think we came into the game feeling good and confident. We had a great couple days of training where we were trying to knock the ball around a bit. I think defensively the organization from our back line all the way up to our forwards played a huge part in this game. Lastly, decision making on the ball to build a little bit more and keep possession was an important thing for us today.”

On forward Lindsey Horan and her contribution to her team:
“I’m glad she’s on our team, I don’t have to worry about defending her. She brings a great composure on the ball and sophistication in her movement inside the box. It was great because she had an opportunity to get balls on top of the 18 and unleash some shots. We like to have her in those positions because it is definitely beneficial for us.”

On Horan as a player:
“She’s extremely technical. She’s been that way since she was young. Her ability to keep the ball at her feet and wiggle out of pressure and create opportunities for others because of that ability is something really special.”

On if this was the best game of the U.S. of this tournament:
“I think overall, on both sides of the ball, definitely. Like I said, I think the defending piece was consistent with how we played against Brazil. Attacking-wise, our ability to connect passes was a lot better than our first and second games.”

On looking forward:
“There’s a strong belief among this group that we can continue to move on in this tournament. Coming into this game, the goal was to get a win and advance. That job was accomplished, so now we move forward to the quarterfinals, which we are extremely excited about.”

U.S. U-20 WNT midfielder LINDSEY HORAN

On the match:
“Coming into this game we knew China was going to be a good team, a technical and tactical team. They came out and played great. I just thought we matched their intensity. Our mentality was awesome and we came out and got early goals and I think that really helped us. We knew the Chinese were going to be good.”

On how the team improved on the attack:
“Our defensive side was awesome. We’ve been so solid. Attacking-wise, we’ve been creating opportunities and chances for ourselves and we needed to capitalize on them. Today I thought we were a lot more patient and we were swinging the ball, switching the ball and getting crosses in. We got our chances and we put them away.”

On what the team did better than in previous matches:
“I think we were more confident and patient on the ball. We still created the same kind of chances and opportunities as in the past two games, but we really just put them away. We kept plugging away and we kept going after them and we wanted to score more.”

On the atmosphere at Moncton:
“This stadium’s just a little smaller, which I thought was cool because we could hear the fans more and it was a lot closer. Moncton’s been awesome and the atmosphere incredible in today’s game.”

On improvement on this game going forward:
“There’s always something we can improve on. Obviously we played a good game today and I’m really proud of our team. It’s the best that we’ve played yet, I believe. We’ve just got to keep improving, look at tape and keep going.”

On the approach and execution against China PR:
“We wanted a goal early. We wanted to impose our attacking style and get that back. In the Brazil game, it was a little more frantic. It was a little bit more iffy here and there. In this game we were patient, we were confident on the ball, the speed of play was great. We were switching it and I thought we did really well with keeping the ball.”

On the strength of the opponents in group play:
“Every team in this tournament is obviously a great team. The three teams in our group- Brazil, Germany and China, all three teams were amazing and really difficult to play against. We knew we were up against these tough teams and we had to come out and show our U.S. mentality and I think we did that today.”

U.S. U-20 WNT midfielder ROSE LAVELLE

On the match:
“We really tried to focus on offense more so than we have in the other games and just keeping possession. I think that really helped, especially keeping the ball away from China, who is such a technical team.”

On the quality of the group preparing the U.S. for the quarterfinals:
“It was very challenging group, no doubt, and I think every team brought something different which was also a big challenge because we had to adjust our game differently each time we played.”

On the pressure helping the team focus:
“It was strange thinking that if we didn’t win, we’d be leaving the next day. I think that pressure made us all more focused coming into this game.”

On scoring her first international goal:
“That’s my first goal with the U-20s, so it was kind of a relief to finally score. It was a good pass by Lindsey.”

U.S. U-20 WNT goalkeeper KATELYN ROWLAND

On the U.S. defense:
“Today, defensively it was our best game. We were organized and compact. We really tried to focus defensively. We really came out and shut them down. I was really proud of that.”

On how the U.S. changed over the three group games:
“Obviously Germany is a great team, but we came out in our first game a little nervous. We were a little anxious. We just mellowed down the excitement a bit and we just focused on our game and focused not on the glam of it all, but on us and what we are trying to accomplish. That’s helped us.”

On the approach heading into the quarterfinals:
“We just look at the next game, take it one game at a time. Whoever gets through is going to be a great opponent. Our group has only helped us with that. We’ve had three great games so far, really challenging. That’s going to help us moving forward.”

On Rose Lavelle scoring her first international goal:
“I’m really proud of her. It was a great finish and I made an 80-yard sprint up to her and I hugged her.”

On Lindsey Horan’s performance:
“Great, as usual. She always comes in and finishes well for us. Obviously, three goals in three games, you can’t ask for much more.”

U.S. U-20 WNT Advances to Quarterfinals of U-20 Women's World Cup with 3-0 Victory Against China PR

MONCTON, Canada (Aug. 12, 2014) – Lindsey Horan recorded a first-half brace and assisted a Rose Lavelle tally as the U.S. Under-20 Women’s National Team defeated China PR 3-0 to earn second place in Group B and advance to the quarterfinal stage of the 2014 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup at Moncton Stadium.

The USA wraps up the group stage with a 2-1-0 record (6 points) and a second place finish. In Tuesday’s other Group B finale, Germany defeated Brazil 5-1 to maintain first place in the group with a 2-0-1 record (7 points).

The USA will now face the Group A winner on Saturday, Aug. 16, with a 5 p.m. ET kickoff at National Stadium in Toronto (ESPN3). Heading into Tuesday night’s Group A matches, Korea DPR was leading the group at 2-0-0 (6 points), followed by Canada and Ghana at 1-1-0 (3 points). Canada enters the day with an advantage over Ghana in goal differential.

Goal Scoring Rundown:
USA – Lindsey Horan (Makenzy Doniak), 19th minute: Shortly after China PR’s defense escaped damage one minute earlier, the USA took control of the match thanks to leading U-20 goal scorer Lindsey Horan. Makenzy Doniak crossed from the right side against a China defense that was on its heels, finding Horan around eight yards out in the middle of the box. Horan fired top-shelf over China goalkeeper Lu Feifei’s right glove and rattled the crossbar. The ball ricocheted down and crossed a foot or two over the line, bouncing back onto the field of play. The officiating staff was right on top of the play and correctly awarded the goal to Horan. USA 1, CHN 0

USA – Lindsey Horan (unassisted), 38th minute: The U.S. capitalized on a set piece chance with Rose Lavelle providing a well-struck corner kick from the right side toward the center of the box. Savannah Jordan rose up and might have clipped the ball with her head. China’s Lyu Siqi and Zhong Xiudong both had an opportunity to clear, but the defense was unable to do so and Lindsey Horan was at the right place at the right time. Horan slotted her shot into the lower right side of the frame for the unassisted tally and a two-goal cushion heading into halftime. USA 2, CHN 0

USA – Rose Lavelle (Lindsey Horan), 49th minute: The USA had a confident buildup to put the match out of reach, starting with Rose Lavelle in the midfield. She distributed to Lindsey Horan on the right side as the U.S. had numbers against China’s defense. Horan dribbled into the right side of the box and crossed to Lavelle up top. Lavelle cut to her right foot to create some space against China defender Zhong Xiudong and shot to the inside of the left of the goal. It was Lavelle’s first international goal at the U-20 level and Horan’s first assist of the tournament. USA 3, CHN 0 (FINAL)

Key Saves and Defensive Stops:
CHN – Zhu Beiyan, 16th minute: The USA came inches away from scoring the game’s first goal with a buildup down the left side that led to a Savannah Jordan shot inside the box. Jordan’s attempt was blocked by China PR’s defense, and Mallory Pugh had another crack for the U.S. inside the six-yard box. China’s Zhu Beiyan bailed out her squad with a clearance at the end line that bounced off of the left post and out of harm’s way for the time being.

Next on the Schedule:
The U.S. U-20 WNT will face the Group A winner to open the quarterfinal stage at 5 p.m. ET on Saturday, Aug. 16, at National Stadium in Toronto.
Broadcast information: ESPN3
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Additional Notes:

  • The USA is now 11-1-0 in international competition this year.
  • The U.S. U-20s have allowed only four goals in international play this year, outscoring their opponents 44-4.
  • Lindsey Horan scored her team-leading second and third goals of the tournament. She now has 10 goals in international competition this year.
  • For her U.S. U-20 WNT tenure, Horan has now scored 23 goals in 24 international matches.
  • Rose Lavelle notched her first goal of the year in 10 international games.
  • U.S. U-20 WNT head coach Michelle French’s starting lineup featured Katelyn Rowland returning for a third straight start in goal. The defense was anchored by right back Stephanie Amack, left back Christina Gibbons on the left, and the center back duo of Katie Naughton and team captain Cari Roccaro.
  • The center of the 4-3-3 formation included Lavelle, Andi Sullivan and Horan as an attacking midfielder.
  • Makenzy Doniak, Savannah Jordan and Mallory Pugh represented the front line from right to left.
  • The USA made its first substitution at the start of the second half with Margaret “Midge” Purce replacing Jordan in the 46th minute.
  • Carlyn Baldwin made her second appearance of the tournament, replacing Sullivan in the 62nd minute.
  • The U.S. utilized its final sub in the 69th minute. Summer Green made her third straight second-half appearance of the tournament, entering for Doniak.
  • China PR made all three of its substitutions by the 61st minute.

-U.S. Under-20 Women’s National Team Match Report-

Match: U.S. U-20 Women’s National Team vs. China PR
Date: Aug. 12, 2014
Competition: 2014 FIFA Under-20 Women’s World Cup – Group B
Venue: Moncton Stadium; Moncton, Canada
Kickoff: 5 p.m. local / 4 p.m. ET
Attendance: 4,708
Weather: 73 degrees – sunny, warm

Scoring Summary: 1 2 F
USA                       2 1 3
CHN                      0 0 0

USA – Lindsey Horan (Makenzy Doniak) 19th minute
USA – Lindsey Horan                               38
USA – Rose Lavelle (Lindsey Horan)        49

Lineups:
USA: 1-Katelyn Rowland; 16-Stephanie Amack, 3-Cari Roccaro (capt.), 20-Katie Naughton, 2-Christina Gibbons; 5-Rose Lavelle, 17-Andi Sullivan (13-Carlyn Baldwin, 62), 10-Lindsey Horan; 9-Makenzy Doniak (8-Summer Green, 69), 7-Savannah Jordan (15-Margaret Purce, 46), 12-Mallory Pugh
Subs Not Used: 4-Brittany Basinger, 6-Taylor Racioppi, 11-Rachel Hill, 14-Nickolette Driesse, 18-Jane Campbell, 19-Kaleigh Riehl, 21-Rose Chandler
Head Coach: Michelle French

CHN: 1-Lu Feifei; 2-Yao Lingwei, 3-Zhong Xiudong, 5-Lyu Siqi, 13-Li Mengwen; 6-Lei Jiahui (15-Shi Tianlun, 61), 7-Liu Yanqiu (11-Zhang Zhu, 55), 10-Tang Jiali, 14-Tan Ruyin, 17-Zhu Beiyan (capt.); 19-Xiao Yuyi (18-Wang Shuang, 42)
Subs Not Used: 4-Zhao Yingying, 8-Dong Jiabao, 9-Zhang Chen, 12-Li Xiang, 16-Zhao Xinzhai, 20-Li Mengyu, 21-Nan Yang
Head Coach: Wang Jun

Stats Summary: USA / CHN
Shots: 20 / 5
Shots on Goal: 13 / 2
Saves: 2 / 9
Corner Kicks: 5 / 2
Fouls: 4 / 10
Offside: 1 / 0

Misconduct Summary:
None

Officials:
Referee: Katalin Kulcsar (HUN)
Assistant Referee 1: Lucie Ratajova (CZE)
Assistant Referee 2: Chrysoula Kourompylia (GRE)
Fourth Official: Therese Sagno (GUI)

ussoccer.com Woman of the Match: Lindsey Horan

U.S. U-20 WNT Controls Own Fate in Group B Against China PR

U.S. U-20 Women’s National Team vs. China PR
2014 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup
Moncton Stadium; Moncton, Canada
Aug. 12, 2014

U.S. U-20 WNT NEEDS WIN OR TIE VS. CHINA PR TO ADVANCE: Coming off a dramatic 1-0 victory against Brazil in its second Group B match at the 2014 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup, the U.S. Under-20 Women’s National Team controls its fate in the group finale against China PR. The USA can guarantee passage to the quarterfinals with a win. The U.S. could also advance with a tie, provided Germany ties or falls to Brazil in the other Group B match being played in Montreal. The USA traveled from Edmonton on Aug. 9 to Moncton in the far east of Canada and will face China on Aug. 12 (5 p.m. local/4 p.m. ET on ESPN3). Fans can also follow all the matches of the U.S. U-20s on Twitter @ussoccer_wnt. For full coverage, visit the FIFA Under-20 Women’s World Cup tournament page on ussoccer.com.

GROUP B SUMMARY: While dramatic, the USA’s 1-0 victory against Brazil was nothing like the first match in Group B, a remarkable 5-5 tie between Germany and China PR the likes of which has never been seen before in a Women’s World Cup at any level. Germany led 2-1 at halftime, but then the craziness ensued. Both teams led in the game twice and neither team led by more than a goal. There were six goals scored in a 23-minute span in the second half. Germany gave up just one goal in the entire 2012 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup. The combination of results puts the USA in a favorable position to advance. After the opening game loss to Germany, the U.S. was likely going to have to win both of its final group games to secure advancement no matter the results of the other matches. The USA currently sits in second place in Group B with three points behind Germany (4) and ahead of China PR (2) and Brazil (1).

USA Quarterfinal Advancement Scenarios:

  • The USA will advance to the Aug. 16 quarterfinals with a victory against China PR on Tuesday.
  • The U.S. can also advance with a draw against China PR, combined with a Brazil draw or loss to Germany.
  • A USA win, combined with a Germany draw or loss to Brazil, would give the U.S. first place in the group and a matchup against the No. 2 finisher in Group A. Korea DPR leads that group with six points, followed by host Canada and Ghana with three points apiece. Canada faces Korea DPR and Ghana takes on Finland in the final matches of Group A.

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

Date

Opponent

Time (ET)

TV/U.S. GOAL SCORERS

Venue

Aug. 5

Germany

0-2 L

 –

Commonwealth Stadium;

Edmonton, Canada

Aug. 8

Brazil

1-0 W

Horan

Commonwealth Stadium;

Edmonton, Canada

Aug. 12

China PR

4 p.m.

ESPN3

Moncton Stadium; Moncton, Canada

 

Group B Standings

GP

W

L

T

GF

GA

GD

Pts

Germany

2

1

0

1

7

5

+2

4

USA

2

1

1

0

1

2

-1

3

China PR

2

0

0

2

6

6

0

2

Brazil

2

0

1

1

1

2

-1

1

Group B Schedule

Tuesday, Aug. 5
USA 0, Germany 2
China PR 1, Brazil 1 

Friday, Aug. 8
Germany 5, China PR 5
USA 1. Brazil 0 

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 are featuring 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 Azerbaijan 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. Should the USA advance in second place in Group B, they would get a quarterfinal game on grass at the National Soccer Stadium in Toronto.

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.

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.) 

U-20 WNT ON USSOCCER.COM:

U.S. ROSTER NOTES:

  • For the second match in a row, U.S. head coach Michelle French used all three subs. She was forced to make a 37th minute change due to an injury to Mallory Pugh, sending on Taylor Racioppi. In the second half, Summer Green replaced Makenzy Doniak in the 66th minute and Rachel Hill went on for Margaret Purce in the 82nd minute.
  • The USA scored seconds after Hill came into the match as Racioppi won a header in midfield and the ball eventually was dug out of the right corner by Green, who out-dueled two Brazilian defenders, turned the corner and set up Lindsey Horan’s goal with a perfect pass into the box.
  • Against Germany, Doniak replaced Savannah Jordan at halftime, midfielder Carlyn Baldwin replaced Andi Sullivan in the 74th minute and forward Green came on for Purce in the 76th minute. Green hit the left post in stoppage time.
  • French made two changes to the starting lineup from the Germany to the Brazil game as Doniak replaced Jordan up top and Christina Gibbons replaced Brittany Basinger at left back.
  • The match against Brazil marked the first caps at the U-20 level for Gibbons and Taylor and the first international cap at any level for Gibbons. Taylor earned 14 caps and scored two goals at the U-17 level.
  • Pugh suffered a sprained ankle on a nasty tackle that could have warranted a red card, but had a negative X-ray and is listed as day-to-day.
  • Brazil out-shot the USA 14-13 and had eight shots on goal to the USA’s six, but the Americans created a few more dangerous chances and only one of Brazil’s shots came inside the penalty area. The USA did have seven corner kicks to Brazil’s four.
  • The USA out-shot Germany 21-18 and fired 16 shots on goal. At the 2012 U-20 WWC, the USA took 18 shots on goal over the entire three games of the first round. The most shots on goal the USA had in a game in 2012 was nine.
  • Baldwin’s substitute appearance against Germany was just her second U-20 cap.
  • The official attendance for the USA-Germany match, which was a doubleheader with the other Group B match between China PR and Brazil, was 10,101. For the USA-Brazil match, the announced attendance was 10,025.
  • U.S. midfielder Rose Lavelle received a yellow card in the first half against Germany and Lindsey Horan received one against Brazil for an accidental elbow to the nose of a Brazilian player in the first half. Two yellow cards result in a one-game suspension during the World Cup, although cards are erased after the quarterfinal round.
  • 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.
  • 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 (Racioppi and Kaleigh Riehl), three graduating high school seniors (Andi Sullivan, 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 nine international goals this year and is the top scorer in this cycle with 22 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 minutes 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).
  • 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.

IN FOCUS: CHINA PR
Chinese Football Association
Founded: 1924 (Joined FIFA in 1931)
Head Coach: Wang Jun  
Best FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup Finishes: Runners-up (2006 and 2008)

USA VS. CHINA PR SERIES:

  • The U.S. and China PR have faced each other three times during the U-20 Women’s World Cup competition with China earning one win while two of the games ended in ties (one which went to penalty kicks where China prevailed).
  • On Aug. 23, 2012, the USA and China played in group play in Hiroshima. China scored early and then bunkered. The USA managed a 1-1 draw on a goal from Maya Hayes, but could not get the winner. The USA and Germany advanced out of the group.
  • On Nov. 26, 2008, China’s Zhang Rui and Liu Shukun each scored second-half goals to defeat the USA in the third match of first round play, but the USA had already clinched the group and the USA and France advanced through the group stage, while China and Argentina were eliminated. The U.S. would eventually win the tournament with a 2-1 victory against Korea DPR in the championship in Chile.
  • On Aug. 31, 2006, China and the USA played to a scoreless draw through regulation, with the U.S. controlling the play with a 10-2 shots on goal advantage and a 29-11 shots margin. That set the stage for a tightly contested shootout in which both teams scored on their first four attempts. The fifth attempts included each team hitting the frame, with China’s Ma Xiaoxu’s shot hitting the crossbar and Brittany Bock’s hitting the post for the USA. For the sixth attempt, China’s Wei Zhu converted her attempt and the USA’s Lauren Cheney missed her shot as China PR advanced to the championship. China was the runner-up to Korea DPR in Russia.

CHINA PR ROSTER

GOALKEEPERS (3): 1-Lu Feifei (Jiangsu Huatai), 20-Li Mengyu (Henan Steel), 21-Nan Yang (Zhejiang Hangzhou Xizi)
DEFENDERS (6): 2-Yao Lingwei (Jiangsu Huatai), 3-Zhong Xiudong (Guangdong Haiyin), 4-Zhao Yingying (Dalian Shide), 5-Lyu Siqi (Army Club), 12-Li Xiang (Changchun Huaxin), 13-Li Mengwen  (Jiangsu Huatai)
MIDFIELDERS (9): 6-Lei Jiahui (Henan Steel), 7-Liu Yanqiu (Wuhan Jiangda Univ.), 8-Dong Jiabao (Henan Steel), 10-Tang Jiali (Shanghai Women), 11-Zhang Zhu (Beijing Baxy), 14-Tan Ruyin (Guangdong FC), 15-Shi Tianlun (Shanghai Women), 16-Zhao Xinzhai (Jiangsu Huatai), 17-Zhu Beiyan (Shanghai Women)
FORWARDS (3): 9-Zhang Chen (Beijing Baxy), 18-Wang Shuang (Wuhan Jiangda Univ.), 19-Xiao Yuyi (Shanghai Women) 

CHINA PR NOTES:

  • China has a strong history in this tournament, having finished as runner-up in two consecutive U-20 Women’s World Cups in 2004 and 2006.
  • The Chinese have since failed to progress beyond the group phase. The Steel Rosebuds suffered an early exit in a difficult group also featuring eventual champions USA and semifinalists France at Chile 2008 and, after missing qualification for Germany 2010, they were eliminated during the group stage in Japan in 2012.
  • China PR finished in third place in the Asian qualifying tournament, which it hosted, to earn its berth to Canada. They opened with a 2-2 draw against the Korea Republic, fell 1-0 to Korea DPR and then earned a hard-fought and crucial 2-1 win over Australia before drawing 2-2 against Japan. China wrapped up the tournament with a resounding 8-0 demolition of Myanmar to seal third place and qualification.
  • China has battled for two well-earned ties in group play so far. Against Brazil in the opening game, substitute Zhang Zhu's 89th-minute equalizer was enough to earn a 1-1 tie. China put together a remarkable performance in a pouring rain against Germany, getting two goals from Zhu Beiyan (one from the penalty spot) and one each from Tang Jiali, Lei Jiahui and Zhang Chen.
  • Against Brazil, China was down 2-1 at halftime before equalizing early in the second half. China then took the lead 3-2, allowed an equalizer to Germany to make it 3-3, took the lead again 4-3, allowed Germany to score two in a row before knotting the match at 5-5 in the 80th minute.

 

LAST TIME
On the field for the USA:
Aug. 8, 2014 – Commonwealth Stadium; Edmonton, Canada
2014 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup; Group B

USA                1          Horan 82       
BRA               0         

Lineups:
USA: 1-Katelyn Rowland; 16-Stephanie Amack, 3-Cari Roccaro (capt.), 20-Katie Naughton, 2-Christina Gibbons; 5-Rose Lavelle, 17-Andi Sullivan, 12-Mallory Pugh (6-Taylor Racioppi, 37); 15-Margaret Purce (11-Rachel Hill, 82), 10-Lindsey Horan, 9-Makenzy Doniak (8-Summer Green, 66)
Subs Not Used: 4-Brittany Basinger, 7-Savannah Jordan, 13-Carlyn Baldwin, 14-Nickolette Driesse, 18-Jane Campbell, 19-Kaleigh Riehl, 21-Rose Chandler
Head Coach: Michelle French

BRA: 12-Leticia; 2-Letícia Santos, 4-Julia, 5-Gabi, 6-Camila, 8-Djeni, 9-Byanca (17-Nenê, 60), 10-Andressa (capt.), 11-Patrícia (19-Rafaela, 73), 13-Nágela, 18-Carol (7-Duda, 80)
Subs Not Used: 1-Nicole, 3-Thaynara, 14-Caroline, 15-Gabi Lira, 16-Tipa, 20-Gabrielle, 21-Bussato
Head Coach: Doriva Bueno

U.S. U-20 Women’s World Cup Quote Sheet: USA vs. Brazil

U.S. U-20 WNT head coach MICHELLE FRENCH

On Summer Green’s impact and what she brings to the team:
“She’s come in and she’s been so composed on the ball and so technical and confident. It’s a piece that’s important for us. When she comes in late in the game with fresh legs, she’s changed the momentum for us. I couldn’t be more pleased with the impact that she made today. She was smiling and beaming after the game because of how well she did and we know that’s what Summer can do. To know you have that weapon to come off the bench is really important for us.”

On Taylor Racioppi’s performance off the bench in her first U-20 cap:
“I thought Taylor (Racioppi) came in and after she ran her legs off for the first five minutes, I thought she was extremely composed. For only being with this team for one camp, to come in and start to connect with everybody, both in her defensive shape and being able to be composed and get a hold of the ball. I thought it was big for her to be able to do that. “

On Cari Roccaro’s performance and leading the defense:
“Cari held our line. She stepped when she needed to and pushed players on when she needed to. She kept everyone connected, which is so key in our defensive shape. Her leadership and her ability to win balls in the air was big for us.”

On the U.S. defensive effort against Brazil:
“Brazil’s confidence on the ball, their ability to be patient on the ball and build, was a big challenge for us because we had to be just as patient defensively and not get stretched, similar to what happened in the Germany game where we did get stretched defensively. I was really proud of our players for staying disciplined in the way that we wanted to defend tonight.”

On the team’s feeling going forward in the tournament:
“The plan is to continue to get stronger and play better with every game. I still think we struggled with our possession and developing our rhythm and creating our rhythm. We still have a lot more to continue to get better at moving into our China game. But we’ve got a lot bigger pulse than we did before we started this game. “

On Lindsey Horan’s goal-scoring ability:
“That’s one of the things that she does best, her movement in the box to lose defenders. She’s so savvy and sophisticated. It’s typical Lindsey, but it’s definitely a special trait of hers.”

On Horan’s mentality:
“She was pretty focused going into the game today and very determined to play well. Of course she wants to get a goal, but at the end of the day she wanted us to get the three points. For her to score that goal in that big of a moment is going to be great for her moving forward to get that weight off her shoulders.”

On the feeling of getting the win over Brazil:
“I don’t know if relief is the word I would use, but we knew it was going to be vitally important to get three points tonight. I was just happy that we were able to do that.”

On the feeling towards the end of the game with the score tied at 0-0:
“We felt as a staff that we were going to find a way to get one. We didn’t know who it was going to come from. I thought the players that came in completely impacted the game. For us to be able to continue to scratch and fight and find a way to get one says a lot about the mentality of this team. “

On playing a defensive battle against Brazil:
“It’s not out of our comfort zone because we spend a lot of time dedicated to our defending and our defending shape. It’s just the World Cup and you’re in an environment where you want to go get the ball. Being patient is part of it, but at the same time I think we did well and I was proud of the players.”

U.S. U-20 WNT midfielder ROSE LAVELLE

On the mentality of the team moving forward:
“It’s such proud moment knowing that we got the result and we’re going all the way to Moncton with our heads held high and a chance to move on. We had to dig deep towards the end, but we got the goal. That’s the American spirit – we keep fighting no matter what.”

On the physicality of play:
“I think at times we were getting a little frustrated, so we might resort to being a little more physical but overall it wasn’t too terrible. I think both teams played a pretty hard game.“

On Summer Green’s contribution as a sub:
“Summer’s awesome, coming off the bench and making such a huge impact. It was such a great cross line and Lindsey’s finish was just icing on the cake.”

On building and moving on to the next game:
“We’re excited to still have a chance to move on. We are going to embrace this moment, but then we’re going to refocus and move on to the next game. China will a huge challenge.”

U.S. U-20 WNT forward SUMMER GREEN

On the game-winning goal:
“What I remember is trying to get past the outside and one of the Brazil players defending me and getting a piece of the ball and kind of tripping. After that I picked my head up and looked for people in white and I saw Lindsey pop out. She was right there and finished an amazing goal.”

On the approach as a sub:
“Coming off the bench, I try to stay as focused as if I am in the game. We’ve always learned to be in the game, not at the game. I have a lot of support from the players and the coaches. When I go in I just get myself ready and have that mentality that we need to get a result.”

On playing for the U.S. and playing with something to prove:
“Playing for the U.S., we always have something to prove. We’ve got to show who we are. I think that’s part of any team. Everyone out here – on the bench, coming off the bench, on the field – everyone as something to prove.”

U.S. U-20 WNT forward Lindsey Horan

On the feeling after winning the game:
“It feels amazing. We wanted it so bad and we worked so hard. During the game we all came together and gutted it out. It was incredible.”

On creating chances and persevering:
“We were creating opportunities like last game and it wasn’t going our way again. We were trying to stay positive and know that the chances were going to keep coming. Summer Green came into the game and completely changed it. We kept plugging away and going for it.”

On the game-winning goal:
“Our team got the ball wide, Summer got to end line, dribbled around the girl, and played me a perfect ball. Credit to her, I thought that was outstanding. She really changed the game for me.”

On the U-20 WNT’s confidence going forward:
“I think it’s huge for our confidence. We now know that we can put away these chances and we can come together as a team. Getting our opening goal and winning our first game just boosts the team up a lot. In the locker room after the game, it was incredible difference.”

U.S. U-20 WNT Blanks Brazil, Moves into Second in Group at FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup

EDMONTON, Canada (Aug. 8, 2014) – U.S. Under-20 Women’s National Team forward Lindsey Horan scored an 82nd-minute goal and propelled the USA to a much-needed 1-0 victory against Brazil in both teams’ second Group B match at the 2014 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup at Commonwealth Stadium.

With the victory, the USA moves into second place in the group (1-1-0, 3 points). In Friday’s earlier Group B game, Germany and China PR played to a goal-heavy 5-5 draw that saw seven tallies in the second half alone. Germany leads the group at 1-0-1 (4 points), followed by the USA, China PR (0-0-2, 2 points) and Brazil (0-1-1, 1 point).

The U.S. U-20 WNT caps off Group B play against China PR on Tuesday, Aug. 12, at Moncton Stadium. The match kicks off at 5 p.m. ET on ESPN2 and WatchESPN.

The top two teams advance to the tournament’s quarterfinal stage on Aug. 16.

In addition to Horan’s goal, the USA had an energetic second half against Brazil that included a Margaret “Midge” Purce right-footed shot that banged off the crossbar and a Taylor Racioppi header that just missed the frame.

Goal Scoring Rundown:
USA – Lindsey Horan (Summer Green), 82nd minute: After more than 170 minutes of scoreless play, the USA finally put an end to its drought with a solid build-up from second-half sub Summer Green. Green fought off two Brazil defenders on the right side, dribbled to the end line and crossed to the middle of the box where Lindsey Horan arrived to bury a low strike past Brazil goalkeeper Leticia. The tally was Horan’s first goal of the tournament, eighth this year in international play and the 21st goal of her U-20 tenure. USA 1, BRA 0

Key Saves and Defensive Stops:
USA – Christina Gibbons, 16th minute: Shortly after Brazil played a short corner kick, the ball was crossed in to the left side of the box to Carol, who headed the ball toward the left side of the frame. USA defender Christina Gibbons had the near left post covered and blocked the shot at the goal line to keep the score level at 0-0 in the early stages of the match.

BRA – Julia, 20th minute: Purce darted past her defender down the left side to cross the ball in at the edge of the six-yard box. Her pass was headed toward U.S. teammate Rose Lavelle charging in at the right post, but Brazil defender Julia poked the ball away to intercept the buildup and surrender a USA corner kick.

BRA – Leticia, 67th minute: The best scoring chance for either team up to this stage of the game, Green set up Rose Lavelle with a well-place through ball. Lavelle shot toward the near right post and Brazil goalkeeper Leticia alertly made the save. The rebound bounced to Horan, but she was unable to cleanly get a second attempt on frame.

USA – Katelyn Rowland, 72nd minute: Brazil’s Patricia worked the ball from midfield trying to find Carol with a long lead pass behind the USA’s back line. U.S. goalkeeper Katelyn Rowland saw the danger immediately, rushed off of her line and outside the penalty area to make the clearance.

Next on the Schedule:
The U.S. U-20 WNT wraps up Group B play when it faces China PR at 5 p.m. ET on Tuesday, Aug. 12, at Moncton Stadium in Moncton, Canada.
Broadcast information: ESPN2, WatchESPN
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Quarterfinal Advancement Scenarios:

  • The USA advances to the Aug. 16 quarterfinals with a victory against China PR on Tuesday.
  • The U.S. can also advance with a draw against China PR, combined with a Brazil draw or loss to Germany.
  • A loss to China PR would drop the USA out of the top two positions in Group B and out of quarterfinal contention.
  • ·A USA win, combined with a Germany draw or loss to Brazil, would give the U.S. first place in the group and a matchup against the No. 2 seed in Group A. Korea DPR leads that group with six points, followed by host Canada and Ghana with three points apiece.

Additional Notes:

  • The USA is now 10-1-0 in international competition this year.
  • U.S. U-20 WNT head coach Michelle French’s starting lineup featured nine of the 11 starters from the opening Group B game against Germany. Defensively, Rowland returned in goal, as well as right back Stephanie Amack and the center back pairing of Katie Naughton and Cari Roccaro, the team captain. Christina Gibbons earned her first start at left back as she got the call instead of Brittany Basinger.
  • The midfield of the USA’s 4-3-3 formation remained unchanged from the first group match, with Andi Sullivan in the middle, Mallory Pugh on the left side and Rose Lavelle on the right.
  • Up front, the trio included returning starters Purce and Horan, while Makenzy Doniak earned her first start of the tournament after coming in to start the second half of the Germany game.
  • The USA played for nearly a 10-minute stretch down a player when Pugh injured her right ankle in the 27th minute. Brazil’s Djeni was issued a yellow card for a harsh late challenge against Pugh, and she was helped off the field after suffering an apparent right ankle injury. Pugh tested out her ankle for a stretch on the sideline, but ultimately the U.S. utilized its first sub with Taylor Racioppi in the 37th minute.
  • In the 38th minute, Horan picked up a yellow card for an incidental elbow to Djeni when Horan was shielding her from the ball. The bump resulted in a bloodied nose for Djeni and added toward the four minutes of stoppage time in the first half.
  • In the 66th minute, Green made her second straight appearance off of the bench, replacing Doniak.
  • The U.S. used its final substitution in the 82nd minute, with Rachel Hill replacing Purce.
  • The U.S. U-20s have allowed only four goals in international play this year, outscoring their opponents 41-4.

-U.S. Under-20 Women’s National Team Match Report-

Match: U.S. U-20 Women’s National Team vs. Brazil
Date: Aug. 8, 2014
Competition: 2014 FIFA Under-20 Women’s World Cup – Group B
Venue: Commonwealth Stadium; Edmonton, Canada
Kickoff: 8 p.m. local / 10 p.m. ET
Attendance: 10,025
Weather: 55 degrees – cloudy, cool

Scoring Summary: 1 2 F
USA                        0 1 1
BRA                        0 0 0

USA – Lindsey Horan (Summer Green)    82nd minute

Lineups:
USA: 1-Katelyn Rowland; 16-Stephanie Amack, 3-Cari Roccaro (capt.), 20-Katie Naughton, 2-Christina Gibbons; 5-Rose Lavelle, 17-Andi Sullivan, 12-Mallory Pugh (6-Taylor Racioppi, 37); 15-Margaret Purce (11-Rachel Hill, 82), 10-Lindsey Horan, 9-Makenzy Doniak (8-Summer Green, 66)
Subs Not Used: 4-Brittany Basinger, 7-Savannah Jordan, 13-Carlyn Baldwin, 14-Nickolette Driesse, 18-Jane Campbell, 19-Kaleigh Riehl, 21-Rose Chandler
Head Coach: Michelle French

BRA: 12-Leticia; 2-Letícia Santos, 4-Julia, 5-Gabi, 6-Camila, 8-Djeni, 9-Byanca (17-Nenê, 60), 10-Andressa (capt.), 11-Patrícia (19-Rafaela, 73), 13-Nágela, 18-Carol (7-Duda, 80)
Subs Not Used: 1-Nicole, 3-Thaynara, 14-Caroline, 15-Gabi Lira, 16-Tipa, 20-Gabrielle, 21-Bussato
Head Coach: Doriva Bueno

Stats Summary: USA / BRA
Shots: 13 / 14
Shots on Goal: 6 / 8
Saves: 8 / 5
Corner Kicks: 7 / 4
Fouls: 11 / 5
Offside: 1 / 3

Misconduct Summary:
BRA – Djeni (caution)                  28th minute
USA – Lindsey Horan (caution)    38
BRA – Patrícia (caution)               70

Officials:
Referee: Kirsi Heikkinen (FIN)
Assistant Referee 1: Tonja Paavola (FIN)
Assistant Referee 2: Anu Jokela (FIN)
Fourth Official: Kateryna Monzul (UKR)

ussoccer.com Woman of the Match: Rose Lavelle

USA Looks to Get Back on Track in FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup Against Brazil on Friday

U.S. U-20 Women’s National Team vs. Brazil
2014 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup
Commonwealth Stadium; Edmonton, Canada
Aug. 8, 2014

U.S. U-20 WNT LOOKS TO GET BACK ON TRACK AGAINST BRAZIL: The U.S. Under-20 Women’s National Team will look to bounce back from a 2-0 opening-game loss to Germany on Aug. 5 when it faces Brazil in its second Group B match on Aug. 8 at Commonwealth Stadium in Edmonton. Kickoff is at 10 p.m. ET (8 p.m. local) and the match will be broadcast on ESPNU and WatchESPN. The USA will then have 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 (5 p.m. local/4 p.m. ET on ESPN2 and WatchESPN). After falling to Germany in a hard-fought, end-to-end match in which the USA fired 16 shots on goal, the clash with Brazil will be a crucial one for the young U.S. squad, which must pick up points to advance out of the group. Fans can also follow all the matches of the U.S. U-20s on Twitter @ussoccer_wnt. For full coverage, visit the FIFA Under-20 Women’s World Cup tournament page on ussoccer.com .

GROUP B SUMMARY: The USA’s 2-0 loss to Germany lost a bit of the sting as the other Group B match between Brazil and China PR ended in a 1-1 draw. Brazil took the lead in the 66th minute through Byanca, but China stole an equalizer in the 89th minute through Zhang Zhu. While the USA currently sits at the bottom of Group B, a victory against Brazil combined with a Germany win against China would put the U.S. in a positive position to advance to the quarterfinal round.

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

Date

Opponent

Time (ET)

TV

Venue

Aug. 5

Germany

0-2 L

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 Standings

GP

W

L

T

GF

GA

GD

Pts

Germany

1

1

0

0

2

0

+2

3

Brazil

1

0

0

1

1

1

0

1

China PR

1

0

0

1

1

1

0

1

USA

1

0

1

0

0

2

-2

0

Group B Schedule
Tuesday, Aug. 5
USA 0, Germany 2
China PR 1, Brazil 1

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 Azerbaijan 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.

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.)

U-20 WNT ON USSOCCER.COM:

U.S. ROSTER NOTES:

  • U.S. head coach Michelle French used all three subs against Germany: forward Makenzy Doniak replaced Savannah Jordan at halftime, midfielder Carlyn Baldwin replaced Andi Sullivan in the 74th minute and forward Summer Green came on for Margaret Purce in the 76th minute. Green hit the left post in stoppage time.
  • The USA out-shot Germany 21-18 and fired 16 shots on goal. At the 2012 U-20 WWC, the USA took 18 shots on goal over the entire three games of the first round. The most shots on goal the USA had in a game in 2012 was nine.
  • Baldwin’s substitute appearance was just her second U-20 cap.
  • The official attendance for the USA-Germany match, which was a doubleheader with the other Group B match between China PR and Brazil, was 10,101.
  • U.S. midfielder Rose Lavelle received a yellow card in the first half against Germany. Two yellow cards result in a one-game suspension during the World Cup, although cards are erased after the quarterfinal round.
  • 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 minutes 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).
  • 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.

IN FOCUS: BRAZIL
Confederação Brasileira de Futebol
Founded: 1914 (Joined FIFA in 1923)
Head Coach: Doriva Bueno
Best FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup Finishes: Third place (2006), fourth place (2002 and 2004)

USA VS. BRAZIL SERIES :

  • The U.S. and Brazil have met just twice in the FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup, both in third-place matches. In 2004, the USA defeated a Brazil team lead by Marta and Cristiane by a 3-0 score as Kerri Hanks, Megan Rapinoe and Angie Woznuk scored.
  • In 2006, the teams tied 0-0 through regulation and Brazil triumphed 6-5 in a dramatic penalty kick shootout in which the USA had a kick to win it.

BRAZIL ROSTER
GOALKEEPERS (3): 1-Nicole (Team Chicago Brasil), 12-Leticia (Sao Jose), 21-Bussato (Sao Jose)
DEFENDERS (6): 2-Letícia Santos (Sao Jose), 3-Thaynara (Vasco da Gama), 4-Julia (Centro Olimpico), 6-Camila (Kindermann), 13-Nágela (Ferroviaria), 14-Caroline (unattached)
MIDFIELDERS (4): 5-Gabi (Sao Jose), 8-Djeni (Kindermann), 15-Gabi Lira (Centro Olimpico), 16-Tipa (Centro Olimpico)
FORWARDS (8): 7-Duda (Sao Francisco), 9-Byanca (Foz Cataratas), 10-Andressa (Kindermann), 11-Patrícia (Cataratas), 17-Nenê (Ferroviaria), 18-Carol (Monroe College, USA), 19-Rafaela (Ferroviaria), 20-Gabrielle (Kindermann)

BRAZIL ROSTER NOTES:

  • Brazil has qualified for every edition of the tournament, finishing fourth in 2002 and 2004 (when they were led by two of the world’s best strikers in Marta and Cristiane) before coming third in 2006 (then they defeated the USA in a penalty kick shootout after the match ended 0-0).
  • In 2008, Brazil lost 3-2 in the quarterfinal to a Germany side that went on to finish third, and was knocked out in the first phase in 2010, losing 1-0 to Korea DPR in their opening game before drawing 1-1 with Sweden. A 4-1 victory over New Zealand in the team’s last match was not enough to avoid elimination.
  • In the most recent U-20 World Cup in 2012 in Japan, Brazil did not make it out of the group after drawing with Italy and Nigeria and losing to Korea Republic.
  • Brazil arrives to Canada as South American champions for the sixth time. Brazil defeated fellow qualifier Paraguay 2-0 in the final, meaning that Brazil has now won every edition of the continental tournament at this age level.
  • Against Paraguay, a penalty from Andressa opened the scoring 35 minutes into the first half after Ludmila was brought down in the area. In the second half, it was Ludmila’s turn to score when the striker received the ball from Andressa, dribbled past two defenders and slipped a shot past the keeper.
  • Brazil finished the qualifying tournament with six wins and a draw, also defeating Chile, Uruguay and Venezuela, while drawing with Colombia, in group play, and took down Bolivia (3-0), Colombia (6-0) and Paraguay (2-0) in the final phase.
  • Five-time FIFA Women’s World Player of the Year Marta won the Silver Ball at this tournament in 2002 and the Golden Ball as the tournament’s top player in 2004.

LAST TIME
On the field for the USA:
Aug. 5, 2014 – Commonwealth Stadium; Edmonton, Canada
2014 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup; Group B

USA   0
GER   2   Peterman 65, Panfil 90

Lineups:
USA: 1-Katelyn Rowland; 16-Stephanie Amack, 3-Cari Roccaro (capt.), 20-Katie Naughton, 4-Brittany Basinger; 5-Rose Lavelle, 17-Andi Sullivan (13-Carlyn Baldwin, 74), 12-Mallory Pugh; 15-Margaret Purce (8-Summer Green, 77), 10-Lindsey Horan, 7-Savannah Jordan (9-Makenzy Doniak, 46)
Subs Not Used: 2-Christina Gibbons, 6-Taylor Racioppi, 11-Rachel Hill, 14-Nickolette Driesse, 18-Jane Campbell, 19-Kaleigh Riehl, 21-Rose Chandler
Head Coach: Michelle French

GER: 1-Meike Kaemper; 2-Manjou Wilde, 3-Felicitas Rauch, 4-Margarita Gidion, 8-Rebecca Knaak, 6-Lina Magull (capt.) (10-Linda Dallmann, 60), 11-Theresa Panfil, 13-Sara Daebritz (7-Kathrin Schermuly, 79), 19-Rieke Dieckmann; 9-Pauline Bremer, 18-Lena Petermann (15-Wibke Meister, 72)
Subs Not Used: 5-Franziska Jaser, 12-Merle Frohms, 14-Marie Becker, 16-Joelle Wedemeyer, 17-Jennifer Gaugigl, 20-Madeline Gier, 21-Anna Klink
Head Coach: Maren Meinert

U.S. U-20 Women’s World Cup Quote Sheet: USA vs. Germany

U.S. U-20 WNT head coach MICHELLE FRENCH

On the match:
“It was definitely a back-and-forth game.  A lot transition moments for both teams, which we expected from Germany. I think we created some good opportunities, we just didn’t get on the end of them. Moving forward that will be something that will be key for us for the rest of the tournament.”

On Lindsey Horan’s performance:
“There was some great goalkeeping on both sides of the field. Lindsey gets herself in spots to be able to have those opportunities and she’s going to be frustrated that she wasn’t able to put one away. Being the professional that she is, I know she’ll be ready to get after it the next game.”

On moving forward in the rest of the tournament:
“We have two more games. We took our lump and we’ll have to feel the burn of that. Now it’s time for us to look at some film and respond in the next game.  We have to go out there and try to get two wins. That starts with Brazil.”

On Mallory Pugh’s contribution:
“I thought Mal did a great job getting some runs in behind their back line. I thought she was able to get through a lot of pressure. I think she played like she wasn’t fazed at all by the moment. There’s a lot to be said for that, being a 16-year-old in this environment.”

On Katelyn Rowland’s performance in goal:
“She has tremendous confidence and she’s had a ton of success, both collegiately and with our team over the last year-and-a-half, so I wouldn’t expect anything different from her.”

U.S. U-20 WNT defender CARI ROCCARO

On how to learn from this game:
“We still have two games to go win and move on. It’s disappointing, but we’re going to take this as something to learn from and move forward with a positive attitude. “

On how the team feels going forward:
“I actually think our team feels more confident because we created a lot of chances. We had 16 shots on goal and 21 shots overall and I think we were in their defensive half quite a bit. It was a really good game. It’s not like we were dominated. They had some run of the play and then we had some. We learned a lot from this and got our nerves and I think we’re ready for Brazil.”

On how the U.S. will get better:
“I think we’re always going to keep going. That’s what the U.S. does.  We’re always getting better with every game or practice. I think we’re going to be ready for the next one.”

U.S. U-20 WNT goalkeeper KATELYN ROWLND:

On the match:
“It was a great game. Hats off to Germany, they came out strong. We did a lot of good things and our heads are still high. We’ve got two more games left in the group and we’re looking forward to Brazil.”

 On creating 16 shots on goal:
“Our ability to get chances and opportunities was phenomenal. We’d like to put a few more away obviously and I feel confident heading into the game against Brazil.”

On 16-year-old Mallory Pugh, who started in the midfield:
“She’s young, but she’s feisty. She’s technical and aggressive and if you didn’t know you’d think she was our age.” 

U.S. U-20 WNT defender KATIE NAUGHTON

On the match:
“It was a battle. Both teams played well and we tried to play our game, but Germany got the better of us today. We’ve still got two more games left and we’re hoping by the end of group play we’ll still be in a good spot.”

U.S.U-20 WNT midfielder MALLORY PUGH

“We would have liked to have won of course, but I’m proud of my teammates. We pushed really hard. The atmosphere was great and now we’ll prepare well for the next game and come out stronger.”

U.S. U-20 WNT forward LINDSEY HORAN

“Our whole team created a lot of opportunities and obviously I’m a little disappointed with myself because I couldn’t finish those, but overall I’m happy how we played. Creating that many opportunities against a great team like Germany is a really good step for us.”

 

U-20 WNT Kicks Off New Cycle

U.S. Under-20 Women’s National Team head coach Michelle French has brought 32 players to the Olympic Training Center in Chula Vista, Calif., for the first training camp of the new cycle with the goal of qualifying for the 2016 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup.

Coffee Talk with Makenzy and Gibby

U.S. U-20 WNT forward Makenzy Doniak sits down for a chat with teammate and defender Christina Gibbons, a Raleigh, N.C. product who has earned her first two caps at the 2014 FIFA Women’s World Cup, putting in fine performances at left back against Brazil and China PR.

U-20 #USWNT Travel to Moncton for Group B Finale

The U.S. Under-20 Women’s National Team finishes Group B play vs. China PR on Aug. 12 in Moncton, Canada, with a win guaranteeing a berth to the quarterfinal round of the 2014 FIFA Women’s World Cup.

U.S. U-20 WNT Refocuses on Brazil

After falling to Germany in its opening match of the 2014 FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup, the U.S. team has a positive outlook as it focuses on preparing the body and mind for a crucial Group B clash with Brazil.

U-20 U.S. WNT Ready for 2014 WWC Opener

The USA will open the 2014 FIFA Under-20 Women’s World Cup against Germany on Aug. 5 in Edmonton, Canada. U.S. head coach Michelle French, team captain Cari Roccaro, forward Lindsey Horan and goalkeeper Katelyn Rowland speak on the eve of the tournament.

Savannah Jordan: Fighter

U.S. U-20 Women’s National Team forward Savannah Jordan’s style of play can in part be described as “aggressive.” Perhaps it’s because she trained in the martial arts, earning her 2nd degree black belt in Taekwondo while competing until she was 12 years old, mostly against boys.

Keeper Talk with Kate & Jane: Episode 3 – Revenge of the Goalkeepers

In this third installment of the popular web series “‘Keeper and Talk with Kate and Jane,” the USA’s Under-20 WNT GKs Katelyn Rowland and Jane Campbell go “woman on the street” style to get some thoughts from their teammates on goalkeepers and goalkeeping. It got real.

Rose Lavelle’s Best Friend

Some people say U.S. Under-20 WNT midfielder Rose Lavelle is obsessed with her pet, an English Bulldog named Wilma. But that’s only because they have so much in common.

Eight Things About Brittany Basinger

U.S. Under-20 WNT defender Brittany Basinger will be playing in her second youth world championship after starting for the USA at the 2012 FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup in Azerbaijan. As the Purcellville, Virginia, product travels to Canada with her teammates for the 2014 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup, get to know one of the USA’s top young players, her favorite snack, her favorite sport (outside of soccer) and why you don’t want to challenge her to a hula-hoop contest.

Michelle French Names 2014 FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup Roster

U.S. U-20 WNT head coach Michelle French, herself a 2000 Olympian for the United States, sits down to talk about finalizing the 21-player roster for the 2014 FIFA Under-20 Women’s World Cup which kicks off in four Canadian cities on Aug. 5.
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