Friday, September 7, 2012

USA U-20 Girls Won World Cup Against Germany

U-20 Girls Won World Cup - Sports Jagata

The U.S. Under-20 women's national team is a game away from being on top of the world for a proof third time, but standing in its way is an opponent on a roll, and one that has already dealt the Americans a setback during this year's FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup.

The U.S. U-20 women support for a rematch with Germany in the World Cup final in Tokyo, Saturday, 6:10 a.m., less than two weeks removed from a 3-0 loss in their Group D finale to the defending competition champion. Since then, the U.S. women won their quarterfinal and semifinal matches against North Korea and Nigeria, respectively, and have rebounded to earn another shot at a team that has outscored opponents 15-0 during the tournament, including a 3-0 pasting of host Japan in the semifinals.

"In any sport you want to learn lessons from the successes, so if you win and still learn lessons that’s would be the greatest scenario, but sometimes those lessons don’t infuse as deeply as you would want and sometimes when you lose, lessons seem to sink in more," U.S. U-20 women's coach Steve Swanson told.

"In all of these games, not just the Germany game, we learned impressive, and in that particular game, because we lost and we lost the way we did, I think that hit home with our players and resonated more than any other game. Expectantly that had a positive effect, and our players rebounded quite well from that loss. I think there are a lot of good belongings that came from that skill and it showed in the quarterfinal and semifinal.”

For the U.S. women to crack the resolute German defense they will need all hands on deck. Maya Hayes leads the team with four goals in the World Cup, but all four came in the first two games of the tournament. Since then, it has been a balanced attack, with Vanessa DiBernardo and Chioma Ubogagu leading the U.S. past North Korea and Morgan Brian and Kealia Ohai finding the back of the net against Nigeria.

The U.S. defenders will have to be mindful of German attacker Lena Lotzen, who has a team-high six goals and has scored in all but one game this competition, including two against the United States in the 3-0 result on Aug. 27. Avoiding a repeat performance on all accounts is the task at hand for Swanson and his players.

"This is a great chance for our team," Swanson said. "It’s rare that you get another chance at a team you played in group play, and we are keyed up about playing Germany again. We know it is going to be a very aggressive game. They clearly have quality throughout their whole team, and we are looking forward to it."


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