March 8, 2010
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - Coming off a CONCACAF championship performance, the U.S Women's U-20 National Team continued their preparation for the 2010 U-20 FIFA World Cup in Germany as they set their sight on the Four Nations Cup in La Manga, Spain. The Red, White and Blue were impressive as they once again came out on top capturing the title in the four team tournament. The tournament included U-23 squads from Norway, Germany and England.
For the second year in a row, three Seminoles helped the U.S. through the tournament. Toni Pressley, Casey Short, and Tiffany McCarty all made the trip to Spain. The first game, which took place on Monday February 22nd, came against the Norway U-23's and the United States came out on top with a 1-0 win. All three Seminoles saw time as Pressley played all 90 minutes. McCarty got the start and played 46 minutes with Short played all 45 minutes in the second half.
Two days later the United States took on Germany's U-23 team, which resulted in a 1-1 tie. Once again all three Noles got the start with Pressley playing the full 90 and Short and McCarty getting 78 and 67 minutes, respectively.
Going into the last game against England, the title could still go England, Germany and United States so a win was vital. The U.S. edged the British 1-0 and was able to secure the title. The three Seminoles all received the starting nod in the final game of the tournament. Pressley again played the entire game and Short and McCarty both played 75 minutes.
With another title under their belt the United States will continue to move forward in their preparations for the 2010 World Cup, which take place in Germany this fall.
Other National Team News:
Junior Amanda DaCosta was invited to training camp with the U.S. U-23 squad down in Sunrise, Fla. Camp began on Sunday, March 7. This marks DaCosta's second invitation to train with the U-23's this year.
Freshman Tuija Hyyrynen represented her native country of Finland at the 2010 Algarve Cup in Portugal. Hyyrynen played along side former Seminole All-American Sanna Talonen. The Full Finnish National Team finished in 10th place in the tournament with an overall record of 0-3-1.
Freshman Ines Jaurena will head oversees later on in March to represent the French U-19 squad during the second qualifying round of the UEFA Women's U-19 Championship. France will open the qualifying stages of the tournament against Switzerland on Saturday, March 27. France will then play Austria on Monday, March 29 followed by France's final match against Hungary on Thursday, April 1.