US SOCCER NEWS — August 25, 2012 at 8:42 pm

U.S. U-20 Women’s National Team vs. Germany 2012 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup Hiroshima Big Arch Stadium; Hiroshima, Japan


Aug. 25, 2012

U.S. U-20 WNT FACES DEFENDING CHAMPION GERMANY IN GROUP FINALE: The U.S. Under-20 Women’s National Team is in strong shape to clinch a quarterfinal berth at the 2012 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup when it faces Germany on Monday, Aug. 27 , at Miyagi Stadium in Rifu, Japan. Live coverage of this anticipated matchup starts at 2:50 a.m. ET on ESPN2 and ESPN3. This is the first time where the USA and Germany will meet in the first round of a FIFA Women’s World Cup, and the two countries are the most successful in U-20 competition with two World Cup crowns.

Fans can follow all matches of the U.S. U-20s on’s MatchTracker and on Twitter @ussoccer_ynt. For a full tournament schedule and results, visit the FIFA Under-20 Women’s World Cup tournament page on

ADVANCEMENT SCENARIOS: The USA, coming off a 1-1 draw against China PR on Thursday, can assure itself of quarterfinal advancement with a win or a draw against Germany. The top two teams from each group advance to the second round. AU.S. victory would win the group, while Germany needs only a draw to finish atop Group D. If the U.S. were to lose to Germany, it can also advance to the next round on four points if China ties or loses to Ghana in the other Group D match on Monday. If the U.S. loses to Germany and China defeats Ghana, putting both countries tied for second place on four points, the tie-breaker is goal difference. The U.S. is in a good position with a plus-4 goal difference compared to China’s minus-4 goal difference.


Date Opponent Result/Time (ET) U.S. Goalscorers/TV Venue
Aug. 20 Ghana 4-0 W Own goal; Hayes (3) Hiroshima Big Arch Stadium; Hiroshima, Japan
Aug. 23 China PR 1-1 T Hayes Hiroshima Big Arch Stadium; Hiroshima, Japan
Aug. 27 Germany 2:50 a.m. ESPN2, ESPN3 Miyagi Stadium; Rifu, Japan


Team GP W L T GF GA GD Pts
Germany 2 2 0 0 5 0 +5 6
USA 2 1 0 1 5 1 +4 4
China 2 0 1 1 1 5 -4 1
China 2 0 2 0 0 5 -5 0


Monday, Aug. 20
USA 4, Ghana 0
Germany 4, China PR 0

Thursday, Aug. 23
Germany 1, Ghana 0
USA 1, China PR 1

Monday, Aug. 27
USA vs. Germany
Ghana vs. China PR


  • USA 1, China PR 1: The U.S. dominated in many phases of Thursday’s match and settled for a draw as U.S. forward Maya Hayes scored a 36th-minute equalizer for her fourth goal of this year’s competition and her 16th career international tally. China’s Shen Lili had the game’s first goal in the 19th minute as it capitalized on one of its rare scoring chances. The USA out-shot China 17-3 (8-2 shots on goal advantage). This marked the third time the U.S. U-20s have faced China PR in World Cup competition and the USA has yet to post a win in this matchup. China defeated the U.S. 2-0 in Group B play in the 2008 event and won a 5-4 shootout in the semifinals of the 2006 tournament.
  • Germany 1, Ghana 0: Defending FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup champion Germany moved into first place of the group with a win against Ghana, which has officially been eliminated from the competition. The two teams were scoreless despite Germany’s lopsided possession and shots advantages over Ghana. Germany’s Lina Magull scored the winner in stoppage time – approximately eight minutes after she entered the match – off of a Dzsenifer Marozsan assist.

GOALKEEPERS (3): Bryane Heaberlin (North Carolina; St. Petersburg, Fla.), Jami Kranich (Villanova; Hamden, Conn.), Abby Smith (Dallas Texans; Dallas, Texas)
DEFENDERS (6): Stephanie Amack (Mustang Blast; Pleasanton, Calif.), Crystal Dunn (North Carolina; Rockville Centre, N.Y.), Julie Johnston (Santa Clara; Mesa, Ariz.), Kassey Kallman (Florida State; Woodbury, Minn.), Mollie Pathman (Duke; Durham, N.C.), Cari Roccaro (Albertson Fury; East Islip, N.Y.)
MIDFIELDERS (6): Morgan Brian (Virginia; St. Simons Island, Ga.), Vanessa DiBernardo (Illinois; Naperville, Ill.), Sarah Killion (UCLA; Fort Wayne, Ind.), Mandy Laddish (Notre Dame; Lee’s Summit, Mo.), Samantha Mewis (UCLA; Hanson, Mass.), Taylor Schram (Penn State; Canonsburg, Pa.)
FORWARDS (6): Kelly Cobb (Duke; Chugiak, Alaska), Maya Hayes (Penn State; West Orange, N.J.), Kealia Ohai (North Carolina; Draper, Utah), Katie Stengel (Wake Forest; Melbourne, Fla.), Chioma Ubogagu (Stanford; Coppell, Texas), Becca Wann (Richmond; Chesterfield, Va.)

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  • Maya Hayes leads all 2012 U-20 Women’s World Cup players with four goals, contributing for all of the team’s offense. The USA also benefited from an own goal during its opening win against Ghana. Hayes scored a hat trick against Ghana and had the lone U.S. goal in the 1-1 draw against China PR.
  • Two USA players both made their U-20 WNT debut and U-20 World Cup debut against China on Thursday. Forward Kelly Cobb got the start and played the first 45 minutes and Becca Wann played the final five minutes as she entered the match for Hayes.

For more roster notes and “by the numbers,” visit


German Football Association
Founded: 1900 (Joined FIFA in 1904)
Head Coach: Maren Meinert
Best FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup Finish: First place (2004, 2010); the 2004 event was a U-19 WWCUSA vs. GERMANY SERIES


  • The U.S. and Germany have faced each other in four previous U-19 or U-20 Women’s World Cups, with the USA posting a 3-1-0 record. The 2010 competition was the only U-20 World Cup where the two countries did not face each other.
  • The U.S. and Germany have each played in 30 matches in the U-20 Women’s World Cup, more than any other sides in the tournament’s history.
  • Including this year’s tournament, the USA and Germany have played in all six U-19/U-20 Women’s World Cups.
  • Earlier this year, the USA defeated Germany 1-0 on Feb. 11 at the La Manga Tournament in Spain. Lindsey Horan had the game’s lone goal for the U.S. in the 81st minute.



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