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U.S. U-20 WNT Shoots for World Cup Crown Against Germany on Saturday

The U.S. Under-20 Women’s National Team and Germany meet in the 2012 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup Final in a clash of two-time champions on Saturday, Sept. 8, at Tokyo National Stadium in Japan.

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Kealia Ohai

IN THE IMAGE: Kealia Ohai and the U.S. U-20 Women’s National Team face defending champion Germany in the 2012 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup Final on Saturday.

U.S. U-20 Women’s National Team vs. Germany
2012 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup – Final
Tokyo’s National Stadium; Tokyo, Japan
Sept. 8, 2012

The U.S. Under-20 Women’s National Team and Germany meet in the 2012 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup Final in a clash of two-time champions on Saturday, Sept.
8, at Tokyo National Stadium in Japan. Live coverage of the match starts at 6:10 a.m. ET on ESPNU and ESPN3. The USA advanced past Nigeria 2-0 in Tuesday’s
semifinal while Germany posted a 3-0 shutout against host Japan.

Fans can follow the match on ussoccer.com’s MatchTracker and on Twitter @ussoccer_ynt. For full
tournament results, visit the

FIFA Under-20 Women’s World Cup tournament page
 on ussoccer.com.




Result/Time (ET)

U.S. Goalscorers/TV


Aug. 20


4-0 W

Own goal; Hayes (3)

Hiroshima Big Arch Stadium; Hiroshima, Japan

Aug. 23

China PR

1-1 T


Hiroshima Big Arch Stadium; Hiroshima, Japan

Aug. 27


0-3 L

Miyagi Stadium; Rifu, Japan

Aug. 31

Korea DPR

2-1 W (OT)

DiBernardo, Ubogagu

Komaba Stadium; Saitama, Japan

Sept. 4


2-0 W

Brian, Ohai

Tokyo National Stadium; Tokyo, Japan

Sept. 8


6:10 a.m.


Tokyo National Stadium; Tokyo, Japan



Bryane Heaberlin (North Carolina; St. Petersburg, Fla.), Jami Kranich (Villanova; Hamden, Conn.), Abby Smith (Dallas Texans; Dallas, Texas)
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.)
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.)
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.)

The USA and Germany are both going for their third Women’s World Cup crown in this tournament’s history. Here is a look back at both countries’ two
previous championship crowns:

  • 2002 U-19 Women’s World Cup:
    After playing through regulation without a goal from either team, the USA’s Lindsay Tarpley scored a golden goal game-winner in the 109th minute as the
    U.S. won the first-ever Women’s World Cup in this age level against host Canada on Sept. 1 in front of 47,784 spectators at Commonwealth Stadium in
    Edmonton, Canada.
  • 2004 U-19 Women’s World Cup:
    Germany defeated China PR 2-0 with goals from Simone Laudehr and Melanie Behringer on Nov. 27 in Bangkok, Thailand. Behringer had the game-winning
    tally during Germany’s 3-1 semifinal victory against the defending champion USA, which would settle for a 3-0 win against Brazil in the third-place
  • 2008 U-20 Women’s World Cup:
    The USA’s Sydney Leroux and Alex Morgan scored in the 23rd and 42nd minutes, respectively, to defeat defending champion Korea DPR 2-1 on Dec. 7 in
    Santiago, Chile. Korea DPR’s Cha Hu Nam scored a late goal in second-half stoppage time to cut her team’s deficit to one. Leroux and Morgan combined
    for nine goals in the tournament, with Leroux leading all scorers with five tallies.
  • 2010 U-20 Women’s World Cup:
    Germany blanked Nigeria 2-0 in the championship on Aug. 1 as Alexandra Popp scored what would prove to be the winning tally in the eighth minute.
    Osinahi Ohale of Nigeria had an own goal in stoppage time. Germany goalkeeper Almuth Schult shut out an active Nigerian side with seven saves.


  • USA 2, Nigeria 0:
    Morgan Brian and Kealia Ohai each tallied their first goals of the tournament on Sept. 4 as the USA advanced to its third U-20 Women’s World Cup Final
    at Tokyo National Stadium. Brian scored a header in the 22nd minute and Ohai executed a slick dribble and finish in the 70th minute to
    clinch the match. Ohai’s insurance goal came after some excellent passing from second-half subs Chioma Ubogagu and Samantha Mewis, who assisted on the
  • Germany 3, Japan 0:
    Germany struck quickly with three goals in the game’s first 19 minutes to top host Japan at Tokyo National Stadium. Melanie Leupolz scored in the first
    minute, followed by tallies from Dzsenifer Marozsan in the 13th minute and Lena Lotzen in the 19th minute. Defensively, Germany has yet to concede a
    goal in this year’s tournament. Germany has outscored the competition 15-0, one of those shutouts being a 3-0 victory against the U.S. in the group


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  • Maya Hayes the USA in this Women’s World Cup with four goals. Hayes scored a hat trick against Ghana and had the lone U.S. goal in the 1-1 draw against
    China PR during the group stage of the tournament.
  • Sixteen of the 21 players selected by U-20 Women’s National Team head coach Steve Swanson were born in 1992, three were born in 1993 and two – defenders
    Stephanie Amack and Cari Roccaro – were born in 1994, meaning they are age-eligible for the 2014 FIFA Under-20 Women’s World Cup in Canada.
  • Eleven different players have scored for the USA in international matches this year, nine of whom made the World Cup roster. Hayes leads the World Cup
    team with 10 international goals this year, followed by Chioma Ubogagu with nine goals. Hayes is the USA’s top scorer at this level with 16 career
    international goals.
  • Midfielder Samantha Mewis leads the U.S. U-20s with seven assists in international competition this year in 826 minutes of play.
  • Defender Mollie Pathman leads the team with 1,356 minutes played this year.
  • With its 2-0 victory against Nigeria, the USA has now won 25 times in the competition in 33 matches – more than any other country.


  • 5: Goals scored by Maya Hayes in CONCACAF qualifying to lead the team
  • 6: U-19/U-20 Women’s World Cups that the USA has qualified for
  • 7: Assists by Samantha Mewis this year to lead the team
  • 8: Goals allowed by the USA in 18 international matches this year
  • 27: Players to see action in a U.S. U-20 international match this year
  • 42: Career U-20 caps for Hayes, the most on the Women’s World Cup roster
  • 59: Goals scored by the USA in 18 international matches this year


  • German Football Association (Deutscher Fußball-Bund)
  • 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 WWC


  • The U.S. and Germany have faced each other in five U-19 or U-20 Women’s World Cups including the group stage of the 2012 event, with the USA posting a
    3-2-0 record. The 2010 competition was the only U-20 World Cup where the two countries did not face each other.
  • The two sides last met on Aug. 27 of this year’s tournament with Germany earning a 3-0 victory to win Group D. Germany’s Lena Lotzen had two goals and
    Melanie Leupolz had the other tally. Despite the loss, the U.S. took second place in the group based on goal differential over China PR to advance to the
    quarterfinal stage.
  • The U.S. defeated Germany 4-1 in the semifinals of the first U-19 Women’s World Cup in 2002. Kelly Wilson had two goals and Lindsay Tarpley and Jill
    Oakes added tallies for the USA. The U.S. advanced to the championship game against Canada, where Tarpley scored the lone goal in the 109th minute for a
    1-0 victory. Germany won its third-place match against Brazil that year, winning 4-3 in a penalty kick shootout.
  • During the 2004 U-19 Women’s World Cup, Germany defeated the USA 3-1 in the semifinals, eventually winning the championship against China PR. In that
    semifinal match, Germany’s Annike Krahn, Melanie Behringer and Patricia Hanebeck provided the team’s offense. Krahn had an earlier own goal in the 16th
    minute, five minutes after she scored the game’s first tally. The USA loss put the Americans into the third-place game, where the U.S. blanked Brazil 3-0.
  • In the 2006 U-20 Women’s World Cup, the U.S. topped Germany 4-1 in the quarterfinals on the strength of Danesha Adams’ two-goal performance. 2012 Olympic
    gold medalists Kelley O’Hara and Amy Rodriguez also had goals for the USA.
  • In the 2008 U-20 Women’s World Cup, Germany’s Bianca Schmidt had an own goal in the 21st minute, and that was the difference as the USA took a 1-0
    victory in the semifinals and would win the tournament with a 2-1 victory against North Korea three days later.
  • 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.

1-Laura Benkarth, 12-Meike Kaemper, 21-Anke Preub
2-Leonie Maier, 3-Carolin Simon, 4-Jennifer Cramer, 5-Luisa Wensing, 13-Sophie Howard, 17-Katharina Leiding
6-Kathrin Hendrich, 7-Annabel Jaeger, 8-Melanie Leupolz, 15-Karoline Heinze, 16-Anja Hegenauer, 18-Silvana Chojnowski, 19-Marie Pyko, 20-Lina Magull
9-Nicole Rolser, 10-Ramona Petzelberger, 11-Lena Lotzen, 14-Dzsenifer Marozsan


  • Germany picked up its sixth straight clean sheet in the U-20 World Cup and has now played 566 consecutive minutes without conceding a goal. The
    previous record was 508 minutes set by China PR in 2006.
  • Goalkeeper Laura Benkarth is unbeaten through 450 minutes, just 58 seconds shy of the record set by China goalkeeper Yanru Zhang in 2006.
  • Melanie Leupolz now holds the second-fastest goal in a U-20 Women’s World Cup after she needed only 58 seconds to put Germany on the board against
    Japan in the semifinals. The fastest goal is from Canada’s Loredana Riverso (40 seconds against Congo DR in 2008).
  • Six different players have scored a goal for Germany in this year’s U-20 World Cup. Lena Lotzen leads the way with six tallies, finding the net in four
    of the five matches. Leupolz has three goals, posting one in each of the past three matches. Luisa Wensing has two goals and Anja Hegenauer, Lina
    Magull and Dzsenifer Marozsan have one apiece. Germany’s 15th tally was an own goal against China PR.
  • Germany has won 12 straight games in the U-20 World Cup dating back to 2008 and surpassed the USA’s previous record 10-match streak from 2002-04.

On the field for the USA:
Sept. 4, 2012 – Tokyo National Stadium; Tokyo, Japan
2012 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup; Semifinal
USA   2   Brian 22, Ohai 70
NGA   0

1-Bryane Heaberlin; 4-Crystal Dunn, 8-Julie Johnston (capt.), 3-Cari Roccaro, 2-Mollie Pathman; 16-Sarah Killion, 10-Vanessa DiBernardo, 6-Morgan Brian
(14-Mandy Laddish, 83); 7-Kealia Ohai, 20-Kelly Cobb (9-Chioma Ubogagu, 46), 5-Maya Hayes (13-Samantha Mewis, 66)
Subs not used: 11-Becca Wann, 12-Katie Stengel, 15-Kassey Kallman, 17-Taylor Schram, 18-Abby Smith, 19-Stephanie Amack, 21-Jami Kranich
Head Coach: Steve Swanson

1-Ibubeleye Whyte; 3-Gloria Ofoegbu (capt.), 4-Ugo Njoku, 13-Fasilat Adeyemo, 15-Josephine Chukwunonye; 5-Cecilia Nku (18-Charity Adule, 68), 10-Ngozi
Okobi, 14-Asisat Oshoala (6-Jennifer Osawaru, 79); 7-Esther Sunday, 9-Desire Oparanozie (8-Ebere Orji, 72), 17-Francisca Ordega
Subs not used: 2-Blessing Edoho, 6-Jennifer Osawaru, 11-Winifred Eyebhoria, 12-Chioma Nwankwo, 16-Osarenoma Igbinovia, 19-Abosede Olukayode,
20-Chidinma Okoro, 21-Damilola Akano
Head Coach: Okon Edwin

On the field vs. Germany:
Aug. 27, 2012 – Miyagi Stadium; Rifu, Japan
2012 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup; Group D
USA   0
GER   3   Lotzen 35, 53; Leupolz 55

1-Bryane Heaberlin; 4-Crystal Dunn, 8-Julie Johnston (capt.) (3-Cari Roccaro, 59), 15-Kassey Kallman, 2-Mollie Pathman; 16-Sarah Killion, 10-Vanessa
DiBernardo (13-Samantha Mewis, 74), 6-Morgan Brian; 9-Chioma Ubogagu (7-Kealia Ohai, 54), 12-Katie Stengel, 5-Maya Hayes
Subs not used: 11-Becca Wann, 14-Mandy Laddish, 17-Taylor Schram, 18-Abby Smith, 19-Stephanie Amack, 20-Kelly Cobb, 21-Jami Kranich
Head Coach: Steve Swanson

1-Laura Benkarth; 2-Leonie Maier, 4-Jennifer Cramer, 5-Luisa Wensing, 7-Annabel Jaeger, 15-Karoline Heinze (8-Melanie Leupolz, 46), 18-Silvana Chojnowski,
20-Lina Magull, 10-Ramona Petzelberger (capt.) (6-Kathrin Hendrich, 46), 11-Lena Lotzen (9-Nicole Rolser, 69), 14-Dzsenifer Marozsan
Subs not used: 3-Carolin Simon, 12-Meike Kaemper, 13-Sophie Howard, 16-Anja Hegenauer, 17-Katharina Leiding, 19-Marie Pyko, 21-Anke Preuß
Head Coach: Maren Meinert

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