The quarterfinals matches for the 2012 Under-20 Women’s World Cup were a mix of the predictable and the dramatic.
On the predictable side, Germany rather easily defeated Norway 3:0. The match between Japan and South Korea was more a mix of predictable and dramatic, with South Korea getting an early equalizer before Japan re-took the lead for good.
The other two quarterfinals, Mexico vs. Nigeria, and United States vs. North Korea, were each a bit more dramatic, as both went to extra time. Against Mexico, Nigeria needed a stoppage time goal to seal victory. Meanwhile, the United States took a 1:0 lead over North Korea off a strike from Vanessa DiBernardo, only to see the Koreans equalize and send the match into extra time. Eight minutes into extra time, Chioma Ubogagu headed in the game-winner, off a Crystal Dunn cross. Continue reading →
[Edit: The roster posted at EqualizerSoccer.com lists Fabiola Sanchez instead of Gabriela Alfaro. It is unclear whether that list or the list on Costa Rica's website is more current, and thus correct.]
With Germany’s Frauen-Bundesliga kicking off its season soon, here’s a quick and non-exhaustive review of news about Americans who are playing abroad, primarily in Sweden and Germany, but also in other leagues. Continue reading →
In a new TopDrawerSoccer.com article on the United States Under-17 Women’s National Team, it was confirmed that starting goalkeeper Jane Campbell’s formerly unspecified injury is a knee injury and that she should be healthy in one to two weeks. Also, the article states that midfielder Sarah Robinson, who was not at the most recent camp, has an unspecified “medical issue”and will be unavailable for the Under-17 Women’s World Cup. Continue reading →
In its final domestic training camp prior to this year’s Under-17 Women’s World Cup, the United States played China in two friendlies, winning both. The first match, on Wednesday, August 22nd, was a sub-par performance for the Americans, who conceded the opening goal but came back to win 2:1. However, the second match, on Saturday, August 25th, was a much stronger victory, with two goals scored in the first eight minutes and a final scoreline of 5:1. Continue reading →
On the final day of group play at the 2012 Under-20 Women’s World Cup, the marquee match-up, between the United States and Germany, was anything but a thriller, as the USA’s defensive lapses and lack of attacking prowess was punished by the Germans in a 0:3 loss. In the other Group D match, China only managed a 1:0 win over Ghana, so even though the United States and China were tied on points, the USA advanced to the quarterfinals via a better goal differential.
In Group C, Norway defeated Argentina 4:1 while Canada lost 1:2 to North Korea. Norway, on a goalkeeping error, let in an 82nd minute Argentine goal to make the score 2:1, but a goal by Andrine Hegerberg three minutes later restored the Norwegian’s two goal advantage.
On Friday, August 31st, Germany will face Norway in the earlier quarterfinal (3:00 a.m. EDT), while the United States will play North Korea in the later one (6:30 a.m. EDT). Both matches will be televised live on ESPNU. Continue reading →
The final day of group play for Groups A and B in the 2012 Under-20 Women’s World Cup saw Mexico crush the hearts of the Junior Football Ferns as El Tri scored four second-half goals and Brazil fall to South Korea after scoring a potential go-ahead goal that was disallowed on a disputable offside call. In the other matches, Japan and Nigeria each had relatively easy 4:0 wins over Switzerland and Italy, respectively.
With all matches played in Groups A and B, Japan and Mexico advance out of Group A, while Nigeria and South Korea advance from Group B. Thus, the quarterfinal match-ups for August 30th will be Nigeria vs. Mexico (3:00 a.m. EDT) and Japan vs. South Korea (6:30 a.m. EDT). Both matches will be shown live on ESPNU. Continue reading →
The draw between the United States Under-20 Women’s National Team and China’s U-20 WNT in their second group match of the 2012 Under-20 Women’s World Cup is a disappointing result for the USA squad, but far from a disaster. Continue reading →
A quick heads-up for those not on Twitter…According to the WatchESPN site, Sunday morning’s schedule for the Under-20 Women’s World Cup on ESPNU has been changed as Mexico vs. New Zealand will be the Group A match televised, instead of Japan vs. Switzerland.
3:10 AM EDT Korea Republic vs. Brazil (Group B)
6:10 AM EDT Mexico vs. New Zealand (Group A)
Barring a miraculous Switzerland blowout of Japan, Mexico must win against New Zealand, while the Junior Football Ferns only need a draw to ensure advancement.
In the Group B match, Brazil requires a win, but South Korea can advance with just a draw, although a win for the Koreans would guarantee advancement to the quarterfinals.
On the fourth day of group play at the 2012 Under-20 Women’s World Cup, two of the favorites, the United States and Germany each struggled against teams easily dispatched by the other squad in the opening matches of Group D. The USA, in a lackluster performance, could only manage a 1:1 draw with China, while Germany needed a stoppage time goal from late sub Lina Magull to pull out a 1:0 win over Ghana. In Group C action, Norway edged out Canada 2:1, while North Korea pummeled Argentina 9:0. Continue reading →