• Friday Jan 10, 2014

    CWU20 Preview: Day Three

    Action from the Group A game between Guatemala and Jamaica (yellow) at the 2014 CONCACAF Women's Under-20 Championship on January 9, 2014, in George Town, Cayman Island. (Photo: Mexsport)

    GEORGE TOWN, Cayman Islands – The 2014 CONCACAF Women’s Under-20 Championship (CWU20) is in full swing as all eight participants have already contested their opening matches.  Group A play continues on Saturday at the Truman Bodden Sports Complex as the United States looks for three more points and book a semifinal place.

    In the opener, Costa Rica (0 points) faces Guatemala (1 point) in an all-Central American affair, followed by a meeting between the table-topping U.S. (3 points) and Caribbean champion Jamaica (1 point). 

    The Costa Ricans will attempt to bounce back from a 6-0 loss to the U.S. on Thursday, hoping to repeat their strong play in UNCAF qualifying, where it went 2-0-0.  

    Guatemala is aiming to build on a confidence-boosting performance draw with Jamaica.  Its play improved throughout the 90 minutes and Aisha Solorzano, only 15-years-old, was outstanding.

    Lindsey Horan, who plays for Paris Saint Germain in France, demonstrated why she signed a professional contract at 18-years-old.  The forward scored three goals and had an assist against the Ticas, showing tremendous skill with the ball on the ground and in the air.

    Jamaica will need to figure out how to shutdown Horan and her talented teammates.  The Reggae Girlz have the ability, conceing only three goals in eight Caribbean qualifiers and posting shutouts in their last two CWU20 outings.

    Which team will lift its game and make a strong statement?

     

    CONCACAF.com takes a look at the day’s games: 

    2014 CONCACAF WOMEN’S UNDER-20 CHAMPIONSHIP

    George Town, Cayman Islands – Truman Bodden Sports Complex

     Saturday – January 11, 2014

    GROUP A

    Costa Rica v Guatemala, 5:00 p.m. ET (5:00 p.m. local)

    Costa Rica leads all-time CWU20 series: 1 win, 0 draws, 0 losses (3 GF, 0 GA)

    Costa Rica Quick Facts

    •  Group A record:  GP – 1, W – 0; D – 0; L – 1; GF – 0; GA – 6

    •  Group A results:  0-6 loss v USA

    •  5th appearance in CWU20 finals (2002, 2004, 2008, 2010, 2014)

    •  Best Finish:  3rd place (2004, 2010)

    •  All-Time CWU20 record:  GP – 19, W – 10; D – 2; L – 7; GF – 44; GA – 46

    •  All-Time Leading CWU20 scorer:  Raquel Rodriguez Cedeño, 5 goals (3 in 2008, 2 in 2010)

    •  Method of Qualification:  UNCAF, Group 2 winner

    •  2014 CWU20 Qualifying Record:  GP – 2; W – 2; D – 0; L – 0; GF – 5; GA – 2

    •  Qualifying scorers:  Jazmin Elizondo (3 goals); Viviana Chinchilla, Michelle Montero (1 goal each)

    •  3 wins, 1 draw, 1 loss (10 GF, 9 GA) following a loss in the same CWU20 tournament

    •  8 wins, 1 draw, 4 losses (36 GF, 31 GA) in CWU20 group stage games

    •  Scored either 0 goals (4 times) or 3 goals (4 times) in last 8 CWU20 group stage games

    •  FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup appearances (1):  2010

      

    Guatemala Quick Facts

    •  Group A record:  GP – 1, W – 0; D – 1; L – 0; GF – 0; GA – 0

    •  Group A results:  0-0 draw v Jamaica

    •  3rd appearance in CWU20 finals (2010, 2012, 2014)

    •  Best Finish:  never advanced past Group Stage

    •  All-Time CWU20 record:  GP – 7; W – 2; D – 1; L – 4; GF – 9; GA – 18

    •  All-Time Leading CWU20 scorer:  Ana Martinez, Maria Monterroso (2 goals each)

    •  Method of Qualification:  UNCAF, Playoff winner (defeated Nicaragua 6-2 on aggregate)

    •  2014 CWU20 Qualifying Record:  GP – 5; W – 3; D – 0; L – 2; GF – 12; GA – 6

    •  Qualifying scorers:  own-goal in favor of (3 goals); Vivian Herrera, Aisha Solorzano, Madelyn Ventura (2 goals each); Alida Argueta, Mia Espino, Yoselin Sanchez (1 goal each)

    •  Posted first-ever CWU20 shutout in 2014 opener v Jamaica

    •  0 wins, 0 draws, 2 losses (1 GF, 6 GA) v Central American opposition in CWU20

     

    CONCACAF WOMEN’S UNDER-20 CHAMPIONSHIP

    All-Time Meetings: Costa Rica v Guatemala

    January 22, 2010 (First Round)

    at Guatemala City, Guatemala

    Guatemala  0

    Costa Rica  3  (Paola De Los Angeles 39’; Marianne Ugalde 35’; Raquel Rodriguez Cedeño 59’)

     

    Jamaica v USA, 7:30 p.m. ET (7:30 p.m. local)

    USA leads all-time CWU20 series: 2 wins, 0 draws, 0 losses (10 GF, 1 GA)

    Jamaica Quick Facts

    •  Group A record:  GP – 1, W – 0; D – 1; L – 0; GF – 0; GA – 0

    •  Group A results:  0-0 draw v Guatemala

    •  7th appearance in CWU20 finals (2002, 2004, 2006, 2008, 2010, 2012, 2014)

    •  Best Finish:  4th place (2006)

    •  All-Time CWU20 record:  GP – 21; W – 3; D – 4; L – 14; GF – 29; GA – 47

    •  All-Time Leading CWU20 scorer:  Shakira Duncan (7 goals)

    •  Method of Qualification:  CFU, Champion

    •  2014 CWU20 Qualifying Record:  GP – 8; W – 7; D – 1; L – 0; GF – 41; GA – 3

    •  Qualifying scorers:  Kayla Gray (12 goals); Khadija Shaw (7); Nicole Harris (3); Shantell Thompson (2); Georgia Bailey, Trudi Carter, Courtney Douglas, Jessica Johnson, Keona Simmonds, Marlo Sweatman (1)

    •  Scored only 1 goal in last 7 CWU20 games

    •  Conceded 0 goals in last 2 CWU20 games

    •  One of only three teams to participate in all seven editions of the CWU20 (Mexico and the USA are the others)

     

    USA Quick Facts

    •  Group A record:  GP – 1, W – 1; D – 0; L – 0; GF – 6; GA – 0

    •  Group A results:  6-0 win v Costa Rica (Goals: Lindsey Horan 13’, 24’, 45+2; Summer Green 61’; Savannah Jordan 81’; own-goal by Maria Benavidez 86’)

    •  7th appearance in CWU20 finals (2002, 2004, 2006, 2008, 2010, 2012, 2014)

    •  Best Finish:  Champion (2006, 2010, 2012)

    •  All-Time CWU20 record:  GP – 29; W – 26; D – 1; L – 2; GF – 150; GA – 11

    •  All-Time Leading CWU20 scorer:  Kerri Hanks, 11 goals (1 in 2002, 10 in 2004)

    •  Method of Qualification:  automatic North American entrant

    •  11-0-0 in last 11 CWU20 matches, conceding only 3 goals over that stretch

    •  11-game winning streak is a CWU20 record

    •  Scored 6 goals in 5 of last 11 CWU20 matches

    •  Lindsey Horan now has 7 career CWU20 goals, tied for #5 on all-time tournament list

    •  One of only three teams to participate in all seven editions of the CWU20 (Jamaica and Mexico are the others)

    •  Only team from CONCACAF to qualify for all six editions of the FIFA U-19/20 Women’s World Cup

    •  FIFA U-19/20 Women’s World Cup titles (3):  2002, 2008, 2012

     

    CONCACAF WOMEN’S UNDER-20 CHAMPIONSHIP

    All-Time Meetings: Jamaica v United States

    January 19, 2006 (First Round)

    at Cordoba, Mexico

    United States  4  (Christina DiMartino 38’; Amy Rodriguez 45’+; Lauren Cheney 70’, 80’)

    Jamaica  1  (Peta-Gaye Soman 75’)

    January 21, 2010 (First Round)

    at Guatemala City, Mexico

    Jamaica  0

    United States  6  (Christine Nairn 9’, 71’; Sydney Leroux 25’, 35’; Teresa Noyola 48’; Tiffany McCarty 83’)

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