Jan. 27, 2010
By: Kimmy Diaz, FSU Sports Information Assistant
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - The Women's U.S. U-20 National Team took a big step in defending their World Cup title after an impressive performance in pool play competition at the CONCACAF Qualifying Tournament in Guatemala. With help from Seminole soccer players Toni Pressley, Tiffany McCarty and Casey Short, the U.S advanced into the semifinals as winners of Group B.
The U.S went a perfect 3-0 in pool play on their way to taking the top spot in Group B. Team USA beat Jamaica 6-0 in their opening round game, Trinidad and Tobago 4-0 in game two and then topped Mexico 2-1 in the final match of group play. The team now focuses their attention to Costa Rica, runner-up in Group A, in the semis to be played Thursday January 28 at 2:30 pm.
All three Seminoles played a part in getting the U.S to the semifinals. Pressley started and played every minute of all three games, while Short played a full 90 minutes in game two vs. Trinidad and Tobago. McCarty recorded 90 minutes in both matches against Jamaica and Mexico, while adding the final goal in 6-0 win against Jamaica.
With a win on Thursday, the United States would secure a spot in the 2010 FIFA U-20 World Cup, where they will look to defend their title from two years ago, a team that featured former Seminole soccer captain Becky Edwards.
The semifinal match will air live on Fox Soccer Channel at 2:30 p.m. on Thursday, January 28. Fans unable to view the game on television can also watch the game on the web at CONCACAF.com. Match tracker will also be available on USSoccer.com. The championship game of the CONCACAF Qualifier is set for Saturday, January 30 and will also air live on Fox Soccer Channel.