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Yi. Down 3-0 on 9 minutes and 6-0 at the half.

Stats to half-time:



Cynthia Leblanc, Lauren Granberg, Bahar Sansar, Karli Hedlund (Alexandra Smith, 42), Shannon Woeller, Kodee Williams (Danica Wu, 19), Gina Pacheco (Julia Ignacio, 42), Taylor Patterson, Chelsea Stewart, Jonelle Filigno, Rachel Lamarre

Not used:

Julia Armstrong, Tiffany Cameron, Sarah Dobush, Nkem Ezurike, Monica Lam-Feist, Marialye Laramée-Trottier, Lexi Marton, Bryana McCarthy, Steph Panozzo, Geneviève Richard, Caroline Szwed, Shelina Zadorsky

Goals: 1-0 Toni Pressly (4), 2-0 Zakia Bywaters (8), 3-0 Sydney Leroux (9), 4-0 Sydney Leroux (32), 5-0 Toni Pressly (39), 6-0 Charney Burk (43)

Canada v. USA U20s:

2009/08/14: 0-8

2008/10/25: 0-1

2008/10/23: 1-1

2008/06/28: 1-0

2006/01/27: 2-3

2003/05/27: 1-6

2002/09/01: 0-1

2002/04/14: 0-3

The next game and roster should be interesting.

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Updated info here too:


Americans show their fire in friendly rout of Canada

U20 squad plays before national team coach

By Joshua Lindenstein (Contact)

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

BOULDER, Colo. — U.S. women's national team soccer coach Pia Sundhage had a message of patience for the American Under-20 squad before its exhibition match against Canada on Tuesday at Prentup Field.

"Do you think Nairn's a good player?" she asked the group, referring to Penn State midfielder Christine Nairn. The players responded with a chorus of "Yes."

Nairn, after all, helped the U20 squad to the World Cup title in December, and she's missing the team's training in Boulder this week to go to camp with Sundhage and the Americans' top squad on Thursday in Rochester, N.Y.

"Well, with (the senior national team), she's just starting out and has a long way to go," Sundhage told the U20 players.

"It puts everything into perspective," said U20 coach Jill Ellis, who recounted Sundhage's talk with her team. "I think sometimes these kids, they're the best there are in their environment (with their college or high school teams). And so now to come into here they see another level, and it fuels their fire a little bit to get better."

The Americans showed plenty of fire Tuesday, routing Canada's U20 team 8-0 on the University of Colorado campus.

Sundhage, who coached the U.S. women to Olympic gold in China last summer, was in attendance at the match, keeping tabs on the talent that could be coming her way in the future.

Not that their performance in front of Sundhage was a make-or-break proposition on Tuesday night. While some of the U20 players might be senior national team material someday, chances are their opportunities wouldn't come in time for the 2011 World Cup anyway. Current pros will make up the bulk of that roster.

That doesn't mean it still wasn't a thrill to score two goals under Sundhage's watch.

Both Sydney Leroux and Toni Pressley did just that to power the Americans to victory in the first of two friendlies with the Canadians this week.

Each scored her first goal in the first eight minutes as the U.S. took an early 3-0 lead and never looked back in front of about 250 fans.

"It doesn't hurt, but we'll see," said Leroux, a UCLA forward who won the Golden Ball trophy as the best player at the U20 World Cup last year. "Hopefully my time will come eventually but we'll wait it out."

The Americans led 6-0 by halftime and kept up their intensity for the shutout, despite battling a combination of high altitude and heat that few were accustomed to.

Sundhage said she saw some good things from the U20 team on Tuesday, but she's just beginning to evaluate the younger talent the country has to offer after spending all of last year getting ready for the Olympics with her own squad.

"There might be (a national team player) here," she said, acknowledging that it's a longshot. "There might be one in U23. You never know."

Sundhage said she tried to impress upon the players that the sport of soccer is more than making the national team.

"It's good to have a goal of course," she said. "But if you want to improve your game you need to enjoy every single minute on the field."

Leroux and Pressley said they got Sundhage's point. The players working out in Boulder this week are just hoping to make the squad that competes for the U.S. for a shot in next year's U20 World Cup.

"I didn't make it to the last camp," said Pressley, a Florida State forward. "So definitely being here you have to step up your game and prove you deserve to be here."

Pressley got Tuesday's scoring started, one-timing a cross from teammate Casey Short inside the left post.

The Americans put their first three shots on goal into the net before Canada keeper Cynthia LeBlanc made a save.

Pressley's second goal made it 4-0 in the 32nd minute, and Leroux made it 5-0 seven minutes later. Charney Burk, who also had a pair of assists, scored in the 42nd minute to make it 6-0.

"Either way, I think all of us are going to go out there and give it our all, no matter who is here or not," Leroux said of playing in front of Sundhage. "That's what is most important for us right now is that we just make the first step."

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Canada's take:


In the group’s first international friendly match, Canada’s women’s U-20 team(players born 1990 or later) fell 0:8 to USA in Boulder, CO. Canada gave up three goals in the first 10 minutes before getting behind 0-6 after just 45 minutes. USA’s strikers Toni Pressley and Sydney Leroux each scored two goals in the win.

Canada actually started out on the attack. Unfortunately, things turned quickly in the fourth minute after Pressley opened the scoring. Pressley got in front of the Canadian defence and fired home the first goal of the night.

Within five more minutes, USA added two more to its sheet. Zakiya Bywaters scored in the eighth minute after getting in alone on Canada's goalkeeper and then Leroux scored her first of the night a minute later off a scrum. On the third goal, goalkeeper Cynthia Leblanc was already down on the ground when Leroux chipped the ball over and into the net.

Down 0-3, Canada came back and applied good pressure over the next 10 minutes, keeping the ball in the attacking zone. Unfortunately, Canada couldn't convert its pressure to reduce the scoreline. In the 26th minute, USA's Leroux had a chance to make it 4-0, but Leblanc stood her ground and stopped last year's Golden Boot winner from the FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup Chile 2008.

In the 32nd minute, however, Leroux got her second goal of the night. Seven minutes later in the 39th minute, Pressley slid in to connect with a cross through the box to get her second goal of the night.

Before the half was through, USA added one more goal to its lead in the 43rd minute. This time, Charney Burk was weaving and bobbing at the top of the box before taking her shot from outside the box. It was USA 6, Canada 0.

In the second half, USA added two more goals. In the 67th minute, substitute Naya Hayes scored on a shot from outside the top of the box. In the 74th minute, substitute Alex Newfield scored on a diving header.

Coach Morace featured 20 players in the match. She made three substitutions in the first half, two at the half, and four more during the second half. Canada faces USA one more time on 16 July, again at the University of Colorado in Boulder, CO.

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Our version:

In the team's second international friendly match in three days, Canada's women's U-20 team fell 1:2 to the defending world champion USA. Canada kept USA even for more than an hour before Sydney Leroux scored the winning goal in the 64th minute. Rachel Lamarre was Canada's goal scorer in the 29th minute of play.

Elizbeth Eddy opened the scoring in the 26th minute. It was a high cross into the box that eluded Canada's goalkeeper Cynthia Leblanc. Eddy was simply in the right place at the right time.

Lamarre's goal three minutes later was a thing of beauty. With high pressure at the centre line, she won the ball and beat three defenders en route to the goal. Her goal evened the score 1-1.

For Canada, it was a much better effort than 48 hours earlier when it lost 0:8 to USA. Unfortunately in the 64th minute, however, Leroux scored her third goal in two games to give USA the lead. She was coming down the right side and looked as though she intended to cross the ball. She caught Leblanc off guard, however, with a shot on goal.

In the 77th minute, USA's Charney Burk nearly made it 3-1 with a terrific shot from just outside the box. Leblanc, however, got a hand on the ball to direct it towards the crossbar.

Canada maintained good pressure at times throughout the match, but was unable to get a second goal to even the score. Jonelle Filigno had Canada's lone shot on target in the second half, but she was stopped by the USA goalkeeper Bianca Henninger. Canada's player of the match was Chelsea Stewart.


Cynthia Leblanc, Lauren Granberg (Danica Wu, 46), Shannon Woeller, Rachel Lamarre (Taylor Patterson, 55), Alexandra Smith (Bryanna McCarthy, 69), Gina Pacheco, Bahar Sansar, Karli Hedlund (Lexi Marton, 59), Jonelle Filigno (Nkem Ezurike, 73), Chelsea Stewart (Kodee Williams, 90), Shelina Zadorsky (Julia Ignacio, 46)

Not used:

Julia Armstrong, Tiffany Cameron, Sarah Dobush, Monica Lam-Feist, Marialye Laramée-Trottier, Steph Panozzo, Geneviève Richard, Caroline Szwed

Goals: 1-0 Elizabeth Eddy (26), 1-1 Rachelle Lamarre (29), 2-1 Sydney Leroux (64)

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Too bad we couldn't see them, I would like to know the formations and USA rosters for both games. It would be really interesting to hear about them from someone who was there.

Two game minutes:

180: Cynthia Leblanc, Bahar Sansar, Shannon Woeller, Chelsea Stewart

163: Jonelle Filigno

145: Rachel Lamarre

138: Gina Pacheco

136: Lauren Granberg

125: Taylor Patterson

115: Danica Wu

111: Alexandra Smith

101: Karli Hedlund

92: Julia Ignacio

46: Shelina Zadorsky

31: Bryanna McCarthy, Lexi Marton

19: Kodee Williams

17: Nkem Ezurike

0: Julia Armstrong, Tiffany Cameron, Sarah Dobush, Monica Lam-Feist, Marialye Laramée-Trottier, Steph Panozzo, Geneviève Richard, Caroline Szwed

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These results along with the loss to the American U-18 side show how far away our girls were from playing a good possession style under Pellarud. It just emphasizes the fact we already knew: Morace has a lot to do.

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