United States women's national under-20 soccer team

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United States Under-20
Nickname(s) Team USA
The Stars and Stripes
The Yanks
Association United States Soccer Federation
Confederation CONCACAF (North America)
Head coach Michelle French
Most caps Maya Hayes (43)
Top scorer Kelly Wilson (31)
FIFA code USA
First colors
Second colors
CONCACAF Women's U-20 Championship
Appearances 7 (First in 2002)
Best result Winners (2006, 2010, 2012, 2014)
FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup
Appearances 7 (First in 2002)
Best result Winners (2002, 2008, 2012)

The United States U-20 women's national soccer team is a youth soccer team operated under the auspices of U.S. Soccer. Its primary role is the development of players in preparation for the full Women's National Team. The team's most recent major tournament was the 2012 FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup, in which the United States team won 1-0 over Germany. The team competes in a variety of competitions, including the biennial FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup, which is the top competition for this age group. The current head coach is Michelle French.

History[edit]

Beginnings as a U-18 program[edit]

The United States U-20 team has been active since 1998; however, it was run as a U-18 team from its inception until 2001.[1] It was led by Shannon Higgins-Cirovski, the first coach in the team's history, through the middle of 1999 before she left for the Maryland Terrapins soccer team. Jay Hoffman, who served as Higgins-Cirovski's assistant, took charge of the team and led them to a gold medal for the 1999 Pan American Games, the first time the tournament was opened to women's teams. Among the U-18 women playing at the 1999 Pan American Games were future senior national team members Cat Reddick and Hope Solo.[2]

The switch to U-19[edit]

2001 through 2003[edit]

In 2001, the United States Soccer Federation decided to change the age limit from the U-18 team to U-19. The move was in preparation for FIFA's introduction of the first ever FIFA U-19 Women's World Championship (which has since changed). The new U-19 squad won the inaugural 2002 FIFA U-19 Women's World Championship in Canada, where they beat the hosts on a golden goal by captain and future United States Women's National Team mainstay Lindsay Tarpley. Five other members of that same team would join Tarpley as teammates on the senior international team: Rachel Buehler, Lori Chalupny, Heather O'Reilly, Leslie Osborne, and Angie Woznuk. Other notable 2002 team members were Kelly Wilson, the all-time leading goal scorer in the history of the U-20 team, as well as two-time Hermann Trophy winner Kerri Hanks, who would go on to become one of the most decorated players in women's collegiate soccer.

2004[edit]

In 2004, the U-19 team placed third at the 2004 FIFA U-19 Women's World Championship in Thailand, after having been defeated by Germany in the semifinals.[3] C.C.H. + J.L.S. The tournament marked the world championship debut of future senior national team members Yael Averbuch, Stephanie Lopez, Amy Rodriguez, and Megan Rapinoe. However in 2006, FIFA increased the age limit of the FIFA U-19 Women's World Championship to 20. 2004 also saw the first loss to a similar-aged team in the history of the program when the squad lost to Japan.

Competing as a U-20 team[edit]

2005 & 2006[edit]

As the United States Soccer Federation did in 2001 prior to the introduction of the U-19 tournament, they raised the age of the squad from U-19 to U-20 in 2005. The move was, again, in response to FIFA's altering of the competition from U-19 to U-20. The actual team's play in 2005 was quiet due to a transition in coaches.

In 2006, the United States U-20 team played in a whopping 50 matches prior to the 2006 FIFA U-20 Women's World Championship in Russia; however, the team finished in fourth place. The U.S. lost to China in penalties in the semifinal and followed up the loss with another to Brazil in the third-place match, also on penalties.[4] Seven members of that 2006 team: Lauren Cheney, Christina DiMartino, Tobin Heath, Stephanie Lopez, Casey Nogueira, Kelley O'Hara, and Amy Rodriguez, have made appearances for the Senior National Team. Lopez played in the 2007 FIFA Women's World Cup, and, joined by Cheney, Heath, and Rodriguez, also represented the United States at the 2008 Summer Olympics. Nogueira and O'Hara helped the 2008 U-20 team to qualify for the 2008 FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup that same year.

2007 & 2008[edit]

2007 saw the squad sent to the 2007 Pan American Games, just as they had done prior in the 1999 Pan American Games. This time around, the United States sent along two "over-aged players" in Lauren Cheney and Brittany Taylor. The decision proved costly as the supplemented U-20 team were dismantled in the finals, 5-0, to a full-strength Brazil squad.[5]

In 2008, two years removed from the disastrous fourth-place finish at the 2006 U-20 World Championship, the United States U-20 women finally reclaimed the World Cup title at the 2008 FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup in Chile, with Sydney Leroux winning the Golden Ball and Golden Shoe for being named the best player of the tournament as well as scoring the most goals. Alex Morgan earned the Silver Shoe as the tournament's second-highest scorer and the Silver Ball as the tournament's second-best player behind teammate Leroux.[6] To date, Alex Morgan, Sydney Leroux, Christine Nairn, and Meghan Klingenberg are the only members of the 2008 squad to be capped by the senior national team.

2009 & 2010[edit]

In 2009, Tony DiCicco handed the coaching reins back to Jillian Ellis, who had coached the 2007 Pan American Games squad. 2009 also saw the influx of players who took part in the inaugural FIFA U-17 Women's World Cup into the U-20s, including Kristen Mewis, US Soccer's 2008 Young Female Player of the Year, and Vicki DiMartino, younger sister of U-20 alumni Christina (2006) and Gina (2007–2008). Two members of the 2008 squad, Sydney Leroux and Christine Nairn, returned to captain the team through the next World Cup cycle.

The team won the 2010 CONCACAF Under-20 Women's Championship title the next year and secured a berth to the 2010 FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup, to be held in Germany. Sydney Leroux was the leading scorer at the tournament with six goals.[7] In the World Cup, they won their group, but lost on penalty kicks to Nigeria in the quarterfinals. Leroux was again their leading scorer, tallying five goals in their four matches.

2011 & 2012[edit]

In 2011, Steve Swanson was named coach of the squad for the second time, after having coached in 2000. To prepare for the 2012 FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup in Japan, the team played 8 friendlies (winning seven) and qualifying with ease for the World Cup, scoring 24 goals in the qualifying tournament, while conceding only once.

In the World Cup, the squad was led by a Maya Hayes hat trick en route to beating Ghana 4-0. After a 1-1 draw against China, and a 3-0 loss to Germany, the US qualified for the quarterfinals over China on goal differential. In the quarterfinals, Chi Ubogagu scored in extra time in a 2-1 victory over North Korea. In the semifinal, Morgan Brian and Kealia Ohai scored in a 2-0 win over Nigeria. The final was a rematch with Germany. Ohai scored right before halftime, and the US held on for a 1-0 win and their third World Cup championship.

FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup Record[edit]

Year Result Matches Wins Draws Losses GF GA Coach
Canada 2002 Champions 6 6 0 0 26 2 Tracey Leone
Thailand 2004 Third place 6 5 0 1 14 4 Mark Krikorian
Russia 2006 Fourth place 6 4 2 0 11 3 Tim Schulz
Chile 2008 Champions 6 5 0 1 12 3 Tony DiCicco
Germany 2010 Quarterfinals 4 2 2 0 8 2 Jillian Ellis
Japan 2012 Champions 6 4 1 1 10 5 Steve Swanson
Canada 2014 Qualified 0 0 0 0 0 0 Michelle French
Total 6/6 33 26 5 3 80 19

2012 FIFA U20 World Champions[edit]

After the award ceremony at JAPAN 2012 FIFA UNDER-20 WOMEN'S WORLD CUP. Players from left to right, front row: 6—Morgan Brian, 1—Bryane Heaberlin (GK), 12—Katie Stengel, 17—Taylor Schram, 7—Kealia Ohai, 5—Maya Hayes, 9—Chioma Ubogagu, 10—Vanessa DiBernardo, 4—Crystal Dunn, 20—Kelly Cobb, 15—Kassey Kallman; back row: 19—Stephanie Amack, 11—Becca Wann, 21—Jami Kranich (GK), 13—Samantha Mewis, 14—Mandy Laddish, 3—Cari Roccaro, 2—Mollie Pathman, 16—Sarah Killion, 18—Abby Smith (GK), 8—Julie Johnston (c); behind Johnston and further right: Steve Swanson (head Coach). Players in bold font type have been called to training camp of senior team.

CONCACAF Women's U-20 Championship Tournament Record[edit]

The U-20 women have won the CONCACAF Women's U-20 Championship four times, in 2006, 2010, 2012, and 2014;[8] the 2002 tournament did not have a championship final.[9] The U-20s finished as runners-up to Canada in 2004 and 2008.

Year Result Matches Wins Draws Losses GF GA Coach
Trinidad and Tobago 2002 No Final Held 3 3 0 0 34 1 Tracey Leone
Canada 2004 Runners-up 5 3 1 1 32 3 Mark Krikorian
Mexico 2006 Champions 5 5 0 0 19 3 Tim Schulz
Mexico 2008 Runners-up 5 4 0 1 20 1 Tony DiCicco
Guatemala 2010 Champions 5 5 0 0 15 2 Jillian Ellis
Panama 2012 Champions 4 4 0 0 24 1 Steve Swanson
Cayman Islands 2014 Champions 5 5 0 0 29 0 Michelle French
Total 7/7 32 29 1 2 173 11

Players[edit]

Roster called for 2014 CONCACAF Under-20 Women's Championship in the Cayman Islands, which also served as qualification for the 2014 FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup.[10]

  • Caps and goals as of September 8, 2012
0#0 Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
18 1GK Jane Campbell (1995-02-17) February 17, 1995 (age 19) United States Stanford
1 1GK Katelyn Rowland (1994-03-16) March 16, 1994 (age 20) United States UCLA
16 2DF Stephanie Amack (1994-12-23) December 23, 1994 (age 19) 8 0 United States Stanford
4 2DF Brittany Basinger (1995-06-30) June 30, 1995 (age 18) United States Penn State
2 2DF Maddie Bauer (1995-03-20) March 20, 1995 (age 19) United States Stanford
8 2DF Lauren Kaskie (1995-09-18) September 18, 1995 (age 18) United States UCLA
10 2DF Laura Liedle (1994-03-11) March 11, 1994 (age 20) United States Stanford
20 2DF Katie Naughton (1995-04-22) April 22, 1995 (age 18) United States Notre Dame
7 3MF Morgan Andrews (1995-03-25) March 25, 1995 (age 19) United States Notre Dame
14 3MF Rachel Hill United States Connecticut
17 3MF Rose Lavelle (1995-05-14) May 14, 1995 (age 18) United States Wisconsin
3 2DF Cari Roccaro (captain) (1994-07-18) July 18, 1994 (age 19) 15 1 United States Notre Dame
19 3MF Andi Sullivan (1995-12-20) December 20, 1995 (age 18) United States Bethesda SC
12 3MF Mallory Weber (1994-04-04) April 4, 1994 (age 20) United States Penn State
6 4FW Makenzy Doniak (1994-02-25) February 25, 1994 (age 20) United States Virginia
5 4FW Summer Green (1995-05-02) May 2, 1995 (age 18) United States USC
9 4FW Lindsey Horan (1994-05-26) May 26, 1994 (age 19) France Paris Saint-Germain
13 4FW Savannah Jordan United States Florida
11 4FW McKenzie Meehan (1994-12-25) December 25, 1994 (age 19) United States Boston College
15 4FW Maggie Purce (1995-09-18) September 18, 1995 (age 18) United States Harvard

Previous Rosters[edit]

2012 FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup squad
2010 FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup squad
2008 FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup squad
2007 Pan American Games squad
2006 FIFA U-20 Women's World Championship squad
2004 FIFA U-19 Women's World Championship squad
2002 FIFA U-19 Women's World Championship squad

Player records[edit]

International match statistics, as of September 8, 2012. All goals scored in international matches only.

Top scorers[edit]

Rank Player Goals Years
1 Kelly Wilson 31 2001–2002
2 Sydney Leroux 24 2008–2010
3 Kelley O'Hara 24 2006–2008
3 Lindsay Tarpley 24 2001–2002
5 Kerri Hanks 22 2002–2004
6 Heather O'Reilly 18 2001–2002
7 Maya Hayes 16 2010–2012
8 Lauren Cheney 15 2006–2007
9 Amy Rodriguez 11 2004–2006
10 Michelle Enyeart 9 2006–2008
10 Chi Ubogagu 9 2012
Players still eligible for the U-20 player pool in bold.

Most capped players[edit]

Rank Player Caps Years]
1 Maya Hayes 43 2010–2012
2 Crystal Dunn 39 2010–2012
2 Ashlyn Harris 39 2002–2004
2 Sydney Leroux 39 2008–2010
5 Samantha Mewis 38 2010–2012
6 Kelley O'Hara 35 2006–2008
7 Kerri Hanks 30 2002–2004
8 Christine Nairn 28 2008–2010
9 Teresa Noyola 26 2007–2010
9 Lindsay Tarpley 26 2001–2002

Notable alumnae and U-20 World Cup years[edit]

Coaches[edit]

References[edit]