U.S. Under-20 National Team Falls to Canada, 1-0, in CONCACAF Final
June 28, 2008
PUEBLA, Mexico - The U.S. Under-20 Women's National team fell to Canada, 1-0, in the CONCACAF Championship Final at Estadio Cuauhtemoc. The lone goal scored by Canada in the 45th minute was the only goal allowed by the United States in five games of the tournament. Cal sophomore forward Alex Morgan, who had posted a goal and three assists in the previous four games for Team USA, did not play in the game.
Canada and the U.S. had already qualified for the 2008 FIFA Under-20 Women's World Cup in Chile in late November, and will be joined by Mexico, who won the third-place game against Costa Rica on penalty kicks earlier in the night in the third place match.
'Today's game was very frustrating,' said U.S. head coach Tony DiCicco. 'It was one of those games where one defensive breakdown forced us to kind of chase the game. Our team showed great heart, created a lot of opportunities and fought until the end. Give Canada credit, as they never broke. We will have to learn from this game and move on.'
A great individual effort from Canadian forward Karla Schacher put her team up in stoppage time of the first half and would prove to be the game-winner. She received the ball just across midfield and ran full speed at the U.S. defense, making a move and getting into the penalty area before curling a shot around Naeher and into the far side netting. It was one of just three shots on goals for Canada in the game, with each coming in the first half.
U.S. Under-20 Women's National Team Match Report
Participants: U.S. Under-20 WNT vs. CanadaCompetition: CONCACAF Under-20 Women's Championship FinalLocation: Estadio Cuauhtemoc - Puebla, MexicoDate: June 28, 2008Weather: Rainy and cool
Scoring Summary: 1st 2nd FinalUSA 0 0 0CAN 1 0 1
CAN - Karla Schacher (unassisted) 45+
Lineups:USA: 1-Alyssa Naeher; 19-Keirstan Dallstream, 4-Nikki Marshall, 8-Kaley Fountain, 3-Meghan Klingenberg; 5-Keelin Winters, 9-Gina DiMartino (11-Christine Nairn, 65), 15-Casey Nogueira (25-Becky Edwards, 53);10-Kelley O'Hara, 13-Michelle Enyeart, 22-Sydney Leroux (14-Jessica McDonald, 46)Subs Not Used: 18-Kristin Arnold, 2-Lauren Fowlkes, 7-Nikki Washington, 21-Ingrid WellsNot Available: Alex MorganHead Coach: Tony DiCicco
CAN: 1-Erin McNulty; 4-Alexandra Marton, 5-Myriam Bouchard, 8-Kaylen Kyle, 14-Monica Lamfest (2-Paige Adams), 12-Jonelle Filigno, 15-Rheanne Sleiman, 16-Sophie Schmidt, 17-Chelsea Stewart, 19-Karla Schacher, 11-Alysha Chapman (7-Jodi Ann Robinson, 85)Subs Not Used: 3-Shannon Woeller, 6-Yaryne Boudreau, 9-Julie Armstrong, 10-Concettina Romagnuolo, 31-Nicole Mailloux, 18-Justine Bermer, 22-Stephanie PanozzHead Coach: Bob Birarda
Statistical Summary:USA/CANShots 14 / 4Shots on Goal 6 / 3Saves 2 / 6Fouls 9 / 7Corner Kicks 7 / 0Offside 0 / 0
Officials:Referee: Erika Vargas (CRC)Asst. Referee: Isabel Tovar (MEX)Asst. Referee: Rita Munoz (MEX)Fourth Official: Shane DeSilva (TRI)