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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

  • DateTuesday, August 12, 2014
  • VenueMoncton, Canada
  • Kickoff4:00 PM ET
  • Attendance4,708
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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.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 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.”

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