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U.S. U-20 WNT Falls 3-1 in PKs to Korea DPR at 2014 FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup

TORONTO, Canada (Aug. 16, 2014) – The U.S. Under-20 Women’s National Team saw its 2014 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup come to a close this evening at the National Soccer Stadium after falling in penalty kicks to Korea DPR. The USA and Korea DPR were tied 1-1 through regulation and overtime, but North Korea ultimately prevailed with a 3-1 shootout victory to advance to the semifinals.

Korea DPR goalkeeper Kim Chol Ok saved three of the USA’s four penalty kicks, and Rim Se Ok’s penalty served as the winner to push North Korea into the semifinals against either Nigeria or New Zealand on Wednesday.

Makenzy Doniak scored the USA’s goal in regulation for her first goal in the tournament and second international tally at the U-20 level.

The USA had its chances to find a game-winning goal in regulation and overtime. Some of the better opportunities included a Mallory Pugh volley over the crossbar in the 69th minute, and two Lindsey Horan free kicks that hit the North Korea wall in the 83rd and 105th minutes.

“I’m just proud of the way that they fought and battled and played with an American spirit,” U.S. U-20 WNT head coach Michelle French said. “Hats off to a very skilled North Korea team, who were exceptional in the things they wanted to do to be successful.”

The U.S. and Korea DPR also needed overtime to decide the quarterfinal winner of the 2012 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup. The USA’s Chioma Ubogagu scored a 98th-minute winner to lift the USA to a 2-1 victory against North Korea to advance to that tournament’s semifinal stage and eventually the title.

Goal Scoring Rundown:
USA – Makenzy Doniak (unassisted), 6th minute: The U.S. had a vigorous opening 15 minutes against Korea DPR and started off on the right foot with Doniak’s first goal of the tournament. Mallory Pugh built up the attack down the right side and crossed into the box to Doniak. Her initial shot was blocked by Korea DPR defender Choe Yun Gyong, but Doniak got her own rebound and tucked it underneath Korea DPR goalkeeper Kim Chol Ok for the lead. USA 1, PRK 0

PRK – Jon So Yon (penalty), 54th minute: The USA had an unfortunate giveaway from midfield and Korea DPR took advantage. Ri Hyang Sim and Jon Ryon Hwa quickly pushed into the attack, and Kim Mi Gyong played a dangerous cross that was out of the reach of U.S. goalkeeper Katelyn Rowland for an interception. North Korea’s Ri Un Sim collected and shot, and the ball deflected off of the left arm of Stephanie Amack. Amack was issued a yellow card and defender Jon So Yon took the subsequent penalty kick. Her left-footed attempt was read well by Rowland, who anticipated correctly to her left, but the shot tipped her glove and went into the right side of the frame. USA 1, PRK 1

Penalty Kick Summary:
USA: The U.S. started first, and Savannah Jordan, Lindsey Horan and Rose Lavelle, the team’s first three shooters, each saw their attempts saved by Korea DPR goalkeeper Kim Chol Ok. She anticipated correctly on all three attempts. Amack kept her team alive with a confident shot to the lower left to cut it to 2-1, but North Korea would win on its next attempt.
PRK: After Jon So Yon gave North Korea the 1-0 lead, Rowland stopped Choe Yun Gyong’s attempt, guessing correctly to her right for the save. However, North Korea converted its next two attempts from Ri Kyong Hyang and then Rim Se Ok for the winner.

Key Saves and Defensive Stops:
USA – Katelyn Rowland, 76th through 79th minutes: Neither goalkeeper made a highlight reel-type save, but in terms of coming up in a big spot, Katelyn Rowland had to make three straight saves against Ri Un Sim in a short time frame. The first North Korea attack came from the left side at the edge of the six-yard box and Rowland made the stop in the 76th minute. Then in the 78th minute, Ri Un Sim was back at it with a header that went straight to Rowland. The Korea DPR forward had one more crack with a left-footed shot from outside the box, but again Rowland was positioned correctly and made the stop.

PRK – Kim Chol Ok, 102nd minute: U.S. second-half sub Summer Green generated the USA’s best attempt in the first 15-minute overtime with a 28-yard strike. The well-struck shot, however, went to North Korea goalkeeper Kim Chol Ok for her first save of the match.

USA – Katelyn Rowland, 110th minute: Most of North Korea’s crosses had some lift to them, but this time around Korea DPR’s Ri Kyong Hyang dished a low ball from the left, trying to find her teammate Kim So Hyang at the edge of the six-yard box. It was a dangerous moment for the U.S. defense, but USA goalkeeper Katelyn Rowland quickly left her line and broke up the play.

Additional Notes:

  • The USA is now 11-1-1 in international competition this year, with Saturday’s game recorded as a draw because the two sides were even through regulation and overtime.
  • The U.S. U-20s have allowed only five goals in international play this year, outscoring their opponents 45-5.
  • U.S. U-20 WNT head coach Michelle French made only one starting lineup change following the team’s group finale against China PR.
  • Goalkeeper Katelyn Rowland made her fourth straight start in goal. The defense featured right back Stephanie Amack, left back Christina Gibbons and center backs Katie Naughton and Cari Roccaro. Roccaro wore the captain’s armband.
  • The midfield of the 4-3-3 also remained unchanged with Rose Lavelle, Andi Sullivan and Lindsey Horan.
  • The USA’s front line included Makenzy Doniak, Mallory Pugh and the return of Margaret “Midge” Purce to the starting lineup. Against China PR, Savannah Jordan had earned the start.
  • Summer Green came off the bench for a fourth straight U-20 World Cup match, replacing Purce in the 75th minute.
  • In the 83rd minute, Taylor Racioppi entered the match for Pugh.
  • The USA’s third and final substitution came in the first 15-minute overtime session. Savannah Jordan replaced Doniak in the 105th minute.

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

Match: U.S. U-20 Women’s National Team vs. Korea DPR
Date: Aug. 16, 2014
Competition: 2014 FIFA Under-20 Women’s World Cup – Quarterfinal
Venue: National Soccer Stadium; Toronto, Canada
Kickoff: 5 p.m. ET
Attendance: 7,854
Weather: 71 degrees – cloudy, light rain

Scoring Summary: 1      2    OT 1 OT 2 PK  F
USA                        1      0      0      0      1      1 (1)
PRK                        0      1      0      0      3      1 (3)

USA – Makenzy Doniak                6th minute
PRK – Jon So Yon (penalty kick)  54

Penalty Summary:
PRK: Jon So Yon (goal), Choe Yun Gyong (saved), Ri Kyong Hyang (goal), Rim Se Ok (goal)
USA: Savannah Jordan (saved), Lindsey Horan (saved), Rose Lavelle (saved), Stephanie Amack (goal)

Lineups:
USA: 1-Katelyn Rowland; 16-Stephanie Amack, 3-Cari Roccaro (capt.), 20-Katie Naughton, 2-Christina Gibbons; 5-Rose Lavelle, 17-Andi Sullivan, 10-Lindsey Horan; 9-Makenzy Doniak (7-Savannah Jordan, 105), 15-Margaret Purce (8-Summer Green, 75), 12-Mallory Pugh (6-Taylor Racioppi, 83)
Subs Not Used: 4-Brittany Basinger, 11-Rachel Hill, 13-Carlyn Baldwin, 14-Nickolette Driesse, 18-Jane Campbell, 19-Kaleigh Riehl, 21-Rose Chandler
Head Coach: Michelle French

PRK: 1-Kim Chol Ok; 2-Song Kyong Hui, 3-Choe Sol Gyong (capt.), 16-Ri Un Yong, 12-Jon So Yon; 7-Choe Yun Gyong, 9-Ri Hyang Sim, 17-Choe Un Hwa, 13-Kim Mi Gyong (8-Rim Se Ok, 86); 10-Ri Un Sim (20-Kim So Hyang, 96), 15-Jo Ryon Hwa (19-Ri Kyong Hyang, 70)
Subs Not Used: 4-Choe Yong Mi, 5-Kang Ok Gum, 6-Kim Hyang Mi, 11-Kim Phyong Hwa, 14-Ri Kum Suk, 18-Rim Yong Hwa, 21-Jang Yong Sim
Head Coach: Hwang Yong Bong

Stats Summary: USA / PRK
Shots: 11 / 14
Shots on Goal: 5 / 7
Saves: 6 / 3
Corner Kicks: 0 / 2
Fouls: 13 / 12
Offside: 3 / 3

Misconduct Summary:
USA – Stephanie Amack (caution)  53rd minute
PRK – Ri Un Yong                         82
PRK – Jon So Yon                         90+2
PRK – Choe Sol Gyong                 105+2

Officials:
Referee: Bibiana Steinhaus (GER)
Assistant Referee 1: Katrin Rafalski (GER)
Assistant Referee 2: Marina Wozniak (GER)
Fourth Official: Finau Vulivuli (FIJ)

ussoccer.com Woman of the Match: Cari Roccaro

  • DateSaturday, August 16, 2014
  • VenueNational Stadium; Toronto, Canada
  • Kickoff5:00 PM ET
  • Attendance7,854
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U.S. U-20 WNT Falls 3-1 in PKs to Korea DPR at 2014 FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup

TORONTO, Canada (Aug. 16, 2014) – The U.S. Under-20 Women’s National Team saw its 2014 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup come to a close this evening at the National Soccer Stadium after falling in penalty kicks to Korea DPR. The USA and Korea DPR were tied 1-1 through regulation and overtime, but North Korea ultimately prevailed with a 3-1 shootout victory to advance to the semifinals.

Korea DPR goalkeeper Kim Chol Ok saved three of the USA’s four penalty kicks, and Rim Se Ok’s penalty served as the winner to push North Korea into the semifinals against either Nigeria or New Zealand on Wednesday.

Makenzy Doniak scored the USA’s goal in regulation for her first goal in the tournament and second international tally at the U-20 level.

The USA had its chances to find a game-winning goal in regulation and overtime. Some of the better opportunities included a Mallory Pugh volley over the crossbar in the 69th minute, and two Lindsey Horan free kicks that hit the North Korea wall in the 83rd and 105th minutes.

“I’m just proud of the way that they fought and battled and played with an American spirit,” U.S. U-20 WNT head coach Michelle French said. “Hats off to a very skilled North Korea team, who were exceptional in the things they wanted to do to be successful.”

The U.S. and Korea DPR also needed overtime to decide the quarterfinal winner of the 2012 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup. The USA’s Chioma Ubogagu scored a 98th-minute winner to lift the USA to a 2-1 victory against North Korea to advance to that tournament’s semifinal stage and eventually the title.

Goal Scoring Rundown:
USA – Makenzy Doniak (unassisted), 6th minute: The U.S. had a vigorous opening 15 minutes against Korea DPR and started off on the right foot with Doniak’s first goal of the tournament. Mallory Pugh built up the attack down the right side and crossed into the box to Doniak. Her initial shot was blocked by Korea DPR defender Choe Yun Gyong, but Doniak got her own rebound and tucked it underneath Korea DPR goalkeeper Kim Chol Ok for the lead. USA 1, PRK 0

PRK – Jon So Yon (penalty), 54th minute: The USA had an unfortunate giveaway from midfield and Korea DPR took advantage. Ri Hyang Sim and Jon Ryon Hwa quickly pushed into the attack, and Kim Mi Gyong played a dangerous cross that was out of the reach of U.S. goalkeeper Katelyn Rowland for an interception. North Korea’s Ri Un Sim collected and shot, and the ball deflected off of the left arm of Stephanie Amack. Amack was issued a yellow card and defender Jon So Yon took the subsequent penalty kick. Her left-footed attempt was read well by Rowland, who anticipated correctly to her left, but the shot tipped her glove and went into the right side of the frame. USA 1, PRK 1

Penalty Kick Summary:
USA: The U.S. started first, and Savannah Jordan, Lindsey Horan and Rose Lavelle, the team’s first three shooters, each saw their attempts saved by Korea DPR goalkeeper Kim Chol Ok. She anticipated correctly on all three attempts. Amack kept her team alive with a confident shot to the lower left to cut it to 2-1, but North Korea would win on its next attempt.
PRK: After Jon So Yon gave North Korea the 1-0 lead, Rowland stopped Choe Yun Gyong’s attempt, guessing correctly to her right for the save. However, North Korea converted its next two attempts from Ri Kyong Hyang and then Rim Se Ok for the winner.

Key Saves and Defensive Stops:
USA – Katelyn Rowland, 76th through 79th minutes: Neither goalkeeper made a highlight reel-type save, but in terms of coming up in a big spot, Katelyn Rowland had to make three straight saves against Ri Un Sim in a short time frame. The first North Korea attack came from the left side at the edge of the six-yard box and Rowland made the stop in the 76th minute. Then in the 78th minute, Ri Un Sim was back at it with a header that went straight to Rowland. The Korea DPR forward had one more crack with a left-footed shot from outside the box, but again Rowland was positioned correctly and made the stop.

PRK – Kim Chol Ok, 102nd minute: U.S. second-half sub Summer Green generated the USA’s best attempt in the first 15-minute overtime with a 28-yard strike. The well-struck shot, however, went to North Korea goalkeeper Kim Chol Ok for her first save of the match.

USA – Katelyn Rowland, 110th minute: Most of North Korea’s crosses had some lift to them, but this time around Korea DPR’s Ri Kyong Hyang dished a low ball from the left, trying to find her teammate Kim So Hyang at the edge of the six-yard box. It was a dangerous moment for the U.S. defense, but USA goalkeeper Katelyn Rowland quickly left her line and broke up the play.

Additional Notes:

  • The USA is now 11-1-1 in international competition this year, with Saturday’s game recorded as a draw because the two sides were even through regulation and overtime.
  • The U.S. U-20s have allowed only five goals in international play this year, outscoring their opponents 45-5.
  • U.S. U-20 WNT head coach Michelle French made only one starting lineup change following the team’s group finale against China PR.
  • Goalkeeper Katelyn Rowland made her fourth straight start in goal. The defense featured right back Stephanie Amack, left back Christina Gibbons and center backs Katie Naughton and Cari Roccaro. Roccaro wore the captain’s armband.
  • The midfield of the 4-3-3 also remained unchanged with Rose Lavelle, Andi Sullivan and Lindsey Horan.
  • The USA’s front line included Makenzy Doniak, Mallory Pugh and the return of Margaret “Midge” Purce to the starting lineup. Against China PR, Savannah Jordan had earned the start.
  • Summer Green came off the bench for a fourth straight U-20 World Cup match, replacing Purce in the 75th minute.
  • In the 83rd minute, Taylor Racioppi entered the match for Pugh.
  • The USA’s third and final substitution came in the first 15-minute overtime session. Savannah Jordan replaced Doniak in the 105th minute.

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

Match: U.S. U-20 Women’s National Team vs. Korea DPR
Date: Aug. 16, 2014
Competition: 2014 FIFA Under-20 Women’s World Cup – Quarterfinal
Venue: National Soccer Stadium; Toronto, Canada
Kickoff: 5 p.m. ET
Attendance: 7,854
Weather: 71 degrees – cloudy, light rain

Scoring Summary: 1      2    OT 1 OT 2 PK  F
USA                        1      0      0      0      1      1 (1)
PRK                        0      1      0      0      3      1 (3)

USA – Makenzy Doniak                6th minute
PRK – Jon So Yon (penalty kick)  54

Penalty Summary:
PRK: Jon So Yon (goal), Choe Yun Gyong (saved), Ri Kyong Hyang (goal), Rim Se Ok (goal)
USA: Savannah Jordan (saved), Lindsey Horan (saved), Rose Lavelle (saved), Stephanie Amack (goal)

Lineups:
USA: 1-Katelyn Rowland; 16-Stephanie Amack, 3-Cari Roccaro (capt.), 20-Katie Naughton, 2-Christina Gibbons; 5-Rose Lavelle, 17-Andi Sullivan, 10-Lindsey Horan; 9-Makenzy Doniak (7-Savannah Jordan, 105), 15-Margaret Purce (8-Summer Green, 75), 12-Mallory Pugh (6-Taylor Racioppi, 83)
Subs Not Used: 4-Brittany Basinger, 11-Rachel Hill, 13-Carlyn Baldwin, 14-Nickolette Driesse, 18-Jane Campbell, 19-Kaleigh Riehl, 21-Rose Chandler
Head Coach: Michelle French

PRK: 1-Kim Chol Ok; 2-Song Kyong Hui, 3-Choe Sol Gyong (capt.), 16-Ri Un Yong, 12-Jon So Yon; 7-Choe Yun Gyong, 9-Ri Hyang Sim, 17-Choe Un Hwa, 13-Kim Mi Gyong (8-Rim Se Ok, 86); 10-Ri Un Sim (20-Kim So Hyang, 96), 15-Jo Ryon Hwa (19-Ri Kyong Hyang, 70)
Subs Not Used: 4-Choe Yong Mi, 5-Kang Ok Gum, 6-Kim Hyang Mi, 11-Kim Phyong Hwa, 14-Ri Kum Suk, 18-Rim Yong Hwa, 21-Jang Yong Sim
Head Coach: Hwang Yong Bong

Stats Summary: USA / PRK
Shots: 11 / 14
Shots on Goal: 5 / 7
Saves: 6 / 3
Corner Kicks: 0 / 2
Fouls: 13 / 12
Offside: 3 / 3

Misconduct Summary:
USA – Stephanie Amack (caution)  53rd minute
PRK – Ri Un Yong                         82
PRK – Jon So Yon                         90+2
PRK – Choe Sol Gyong                 105+2

Officials:
Referee: Bibiana Steinhaus (GER)
Assistant Referee 1: Katrin Rafalski (GER)
Assistant Referee 2: Marina Wozniak (GER)
Fourth Official: Finau Vulivuli (FIJ)

ussoccer.com Woman of the Match: Cari Roccaro

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 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
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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

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