Nov. 24, 2008
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - The United States claimed a spot in the quarterfinals of the U-20 World Cup with an impressive 3-0 victory over Argentina on Saturday, while Canada kept its hopes alive on Sunday after blanking Congo 4-0.
Junior Becky Edwards gave the United States the early lead in the 11th minute of play blasting a shot inside the right post from about 20 yards out. The goal would stand as the game-winner as Team U.S.A tacked on two more goals courtesy of Alex Morgan (53', 90') to down Argentina 3-0. Edwards played all 90 minutes in game two of the tournament as she made her second straight start in the midfield for Team U.S.A.
Canada recorded a 4-0 victory over Congo to move back into contention in Group C. The Canadians scored a pair of goals in each half and now must defeat Germany on Thursday to move into the quarterfinals. Red-shirt sophomore Erin McNulty made her second start between the posts for Team Canada making two saves en route to registering her first shutout of the tournament.
The United States will conclude pool play in Group B on Wednesday, November 26 against China at 2:00 p.m. EST, while Canada faces Germany on Thursday, November 27 at 5:00 p.m. EST. Both games can be seen live on ESPN360.com.
Sixteen teams are competing for the U-20 world title in 2008. Those teams include: Asia: China, Japan, North Korea; Africa: Congo DR, Nigeria; Europe: England, France, Germany, Norway; CONCACAF: Canada, USA, Mexico; Oceania: New Zealand; South America: Brazil, Argentina; Host: Chile.
The 16-team field has been divided into four groups of four. The United States is playing in Group B with France, China and Argentina. Canada will compete in Group C with Japan, Congo and Germany.
The top two teams in each group will advance to Stage 2 of the championship which will consist of a single-elimination, bracket play competition. The gold medal match will be played on December 7 at 4:30 EST in Santiago, Chile.
2008 FIFA YOUTH WORLD CUP SCHEDULE
Canada - Group C
STANDINGS (As of November 24)