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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
Social: Twitter (@ussoccer_wnt | @ussoccer_esp); Facebook; Instagram

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

  • DateFriday, August 8, 2014
  • VenueEdmonton, Canada
  • Kickoff8:00 PM MT
  • Attendance10,025
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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
Social: Twitter (@ussoccer_wnt | @ussoccer_esp); Facebook; Instagram

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

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 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.

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

Photo Gallery: WNT Rolls Past Mexico in Utah

Photos from the U.S. WNT first of two matches against Mexico in preparation for the 2014 CONCACAF Women's Championship.
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