Aug. 21, 2006
Story courtesy of U.S. Soccer
MOSCOW, Russia - The U.S. Under-20 Women's National Team cruised past Argentina by a 4-1 score in its second Group D match at the 2006 FIFA U-20 Women's World Championship in a match that was never really in doubt.
Combined with France's 1-0 win over DR Congo in the other Group D match, the USA has qualified for the quarterfinals with one group match left to play (photos). The USA goes up against France on Aug. 24 at Dynamo Stadium in Moscow (7 p.m. local / 11 a.m. ET). Argentina and the DR Congo were eliminated from contention.
The USA-France match will determine who finishes first and second in Group D. The U.S. needs a victory to win the group as a draw would provide France with a superior goal difference. Group D will cross-over with Group C in the quarterfinals. North Korea and Germany look to be the teams that will go through from Group C with the final group matches left to play. The first-place team from Group D will play the second-place finisher from Group C and vice-versa.
The USA out-shot Argentina, 14-7, but didn't create as many scoring chances as in the 2-1 win over DR Congo last Friday. The USA did score on its first shot of both halves and got goals from four different players, two on either side of halftime, with Danesha Adams setting up Jessica Rostedt for the first goal after 13 minutes before she scored one herself in the 38th minute. The USA got a header goal from Allie Long in the 62nd minute and then a nice finish from Casey Nogueira with just seconds left in the match for the final margin.
While skillful all over the field, Argentina was clearly at a major disadvantage in size, speed and strength, and didn't have the athletes to get behind the U.S. defense. The gutsy South Americans never quit, however, and played some scrappy defense that saw numerous last-second slide tackles deny American scoring chances.
U.S. head coach Tim Schulz made seven changes from the starting eleven he sent out against the Congo, eight if you count a position change for Jordan Angeli, who moved from outside back to forward.
The match was never really in doubt after the USA scored in the 13th minute courtesy of a slippery dribble from Adams. As Rostedt dummied a thread ball from midfield about 45 yards from the net to freeze the defense, Adams collected the pass and made a nifty side-step to avoid a defender before running hard at the defense. Rostedt bent her run back toward the goal and Adams found her in stride, running into the right side of the penalty area. Rostedt took a few touches then slammed her shot over sliding Argentine goalkeeper Elisabeth Minnig from 13 yards out. It was the first shot of the game for either team.
The goal was Rostedt's fourth in a youth world championship after scoring three times in Thailand in 2004. It was her ninth career goal at the U-19/U-20 level.
Adams got her goal seven minutes before halftime off a classy finish when Amanda Poach unlocked herself from midfield pressure with a nifty cut behind her leg, then chipped a pass over the restraining line. The streaking Adams lifted the bouncing ball over Ruth Leiva and the charging Minnig, and then met the falling ball, side-footing her six-yard volley into the open net from a bit of a sharp angle.
Argentina's only real danger in the first half came on a sequence in the 21st minute when defender Erin Hardy twice failed to clear the ball, resulting in consecutive Argentina corner kicks, but the U.S. defense, with its superior size, had little trouble with the South American's set plays during the match.
Schulz made two substitutions at halftime, sending on Kelley O'Hara and Allie Long, but both failed to check in with the fourth official before entering the field, and six minutes into the half, referee Fatou Gaye stopped the game, consulted with the fourth official and cautioned both players. That would prove a costly mistake for O'Hara, who received her second yellow card in the 73rd minute for a minor shirt grab and was sent off. She will be suspended for the USA's final group match against France.
The USA played the final 17 minutes with 10 players, but Long had already made it 3-1 by then. The halftime substitute rose above the pack to head home Sarah Wagenfuhr's free kick from the right wing, bouncing the ball low into the right corner from 10 yards out.
Argentina cut the lead in half in the 53rd minute off a mistake from U.S. goalkeeper Kelsey Davis, who flew through the air to grab a dipping cross from the right flank, but then dropped the ball as she hit the ground and it rolled directly to Mercedes Pereyra, who pounded the gift home from just seven yards away.
Adams had two dangerous free kicks in the match from outside the penalty area, both of which were earned by Rostedt's dribbling, and both attempts were batted away by Minnig.
The plucky Argentines had one more chance to score in the 80th minute as Maria Potassa got behind the U.S. defense in the right side of the penalty box, but Davis did well to secure the cross on the ground at the near post.
The USA's youngest player finished the scoring in stoppage time after running onto a long ball over the back line from Hardy. The 17-year-old Nogueira brought the ball down expertly at the top of the penalty area, then rounded Mannig to the right before slotting the ball into an open net from eight yards out. It was just Nogueira's second international goal at the U-20 level.
In Group C matches, Mexico got a wake-up call from a clearly miffed Germany team that had lost its opener to North Korea as the defending U-19 world champions racked up a 9-1 win over the Tricolor, a record for goals scored at a FIFA women's youth world championship. In the other Group C game, North Korea defeated Switzerland, 4-0.
USA - Jessica Rostedt (Danesha Adams), 13th minute. USA - Danesha Adams (Amanda Poach), 38 ARG - Mercedes Pereyra (unassisted), 53 USA - Allie Long (Sarah Wagenfuhr),62 USA - Casey Nogueira (Erin Hardy), 91+
USA: 18-Kelsey Davis; 3-Stephanie Logterman, 15-Carrie Dew, 4-Nikki Krzysik, 16-Erin Hardy; 5-Sarah Wagenfuhr, 7-Amanda Poach (14-Allie Long, 46), 10-Brittany Bock (19-Kelly O'Hara, 46, Sent Off, 73); 17-Jessica Rostedt, 2-Jordan Angeli (20-Casey Nogueira, 76), 9-Danesha Adams.
Subs not used: 1-Val Henderson, 6-Stephanie Lopez, 8-Lauren Cheney, 11-Tobin Heath, 12-Amy Rodriguez, 13-Tina DiMartino, 21-Joanna Haig.
Head Coach: Tim Schulz
ARG: 1-Elisabeth Minnig; 2-Eva Gonzalez, 4-Ruth Leiva (3-Catalina Perez, 46), 6-Marisa Farina, 16-Gabriela Chavez; 5-Florencia Quinones, 8-Florencia Mandrile, 11-Mercedes Pereyra; 7-Ludmila Manicler, 9-Maria Potassa (20-Amancay Urban, 76), 10-Analia Hirmbruchner (19-Maria Blanco, 67).
Subs not used: 13-Lucia Dubracich, 12-Maria Lobo, 14-Joanna Bracamonte, 15-Mariana Suarez, 17-Liliana Casas, 18-Emilia Mendieta, 21-Vanesa Beratz
Head Coach: Jose Carlos Borrello