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United States U-20 Women's National Team
Shirt badge/Association crest
Nickname(s) The Yanks
The Stars and Stripes
The Red, White, and Blue
Association United States Soccer Federation
Confederation CONCACAF (North America)
Head coach England United States Jillian Ellis
Most caps Ashlyn Harris (33)
Top scorer Kelly Wilson (31)
Home colours
Away colours
FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup
Appearances 4 (First in 2002)
Best result Winners (2002, 2008)

The United States U-20 women's national soccer team is a youth soccer team operated under the auspices of U.S. Soccer. Its primary role is the development of players in preparation for the full Women's National Team. The team's most recent major tournament was the 2008 FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup, in which the United States team won 2-1 over North Korea. The team competes in a variety of competitions, including the biennial FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup, which is the top competition for this age group. The current head coach is Jillian Ellis.




Beginnings as a U-18 program

The United States U-20 team has been active since 1998; however, it was run as a U-18 team from its inception until 2001.[1] It was led by Shannon Higgins-Cirovski, the first coach in the team's history, through the middle of 1999 before she left for the Maryland Terrapins soccer team. Jay Hoffman, who served as Higgins-Cirovski's assistant, took charge of the team and led them to a gold medal for the 1999 Pan American Games, the first time the tournament was opened to women's teams. Among the U-18 women playing at the 1999 Pan American Games were future senior national team members Cat Reddick and Hope Solo.[2]

The switch to U-19

2001 through 2003

In 2001, the United States Soccer Federation decided to change the age limit from the U-18 team to U-19. The move was in preparation for FIFA's introduction of the first ever FIFA U-19 Women's World Championship (which has since changed). The new U-19 squad won the inaugural 2002 FIFA U-19 Women's World Championship in Canada, where they beat the hosts on a golden goal by captain and future United States Women's National Team mainstay Lindsay Tarpley. Five other members of that same team would join Tarpley as teammates on the senior international team: Rachel Buehler, Lori Chalupny, Heather O'Reilly, Leslie Osborne, and Angie Woznuk. Other notable 2002 team members were Kelly Wilson, the all-time leading goal scorer in the history of the U-20 team, as well as two-time Hermann Trophy winner Kerri Hanks, who would go on to become one of the most decorated players in women's collegiate soccer.


In 2004, the U-19 team placed third at the 2004 FIFA U-19 Women's World Championship in Thailand, after having been defeated by Germany in the semifinals.[3] The tournament marked the world championship debut of future senior national team members Stephanie Lopez, Amy Rodriguez, and Megan Rapinoe. However in 2006, FIFA increased the age limit of the FIFA U-19 Women's World Championship to 20. 2004 also saw the the first loss to a similar-aged team in the history of the program when the squad lost to Japan.

Competing as a U-20 team

2005 & 2006

As the United States Soccer Federation did in 2001 prior to the introduction of the U-19 tournament, they raised the age of the squad from U-19 to U-20 in 2005. The move was, again, in response to FIFA's altering of the competition from U-19 to U-20. The actual team's play in 2005 was quiet due to a transition in coaches.

In 2006, the United States U-20 team played in a whopping 50 matches prior to the 2006 FIFA U-20 Women's World Championship in Russia. However, the team finished in fourth place — the worst finish for a U.S. Women's National Team at any level of a FIFA Women's World Cup tournament. The U.S. lost to China in penalties in the semifinal and followed up the loss with another to Brazil in the third-place match, also on penalties.[4] Six members of that 2006 team: Lauren Cheney, Christina DiMartino, Tobin Heath, Stephanie Lopez, Casey Nogueira, and Amy Rodriguez, have made appearances for the Senior National Team. Lopez played in the 2007 FIFA Women's World Cup, and, joined by Cheney, Heath, and Rodriguez, also represented the United States at the 2008 Summer Olympics. Nogueira and Kelley O'Hara helped the 2008 U-20 team to qualify for the 2008 FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup that same year.

2007 & 2008

2007 saw the squad sent to the 2007 Pan American Games, just as they had done prior in the 1999 Pan American Games. This time around, the United States sent along two "over-aged players" in Lauren Cheney and Brittany Taylor. The decision proved costly as the supplemented U-20 team were dismantled in the finals, 5-0, to a full-strength Brazil squad.[5]

In 2008, two years removed from the disastrous fourth-place finish at the 2006 U-20 World Championship, the United States U-20 women finally reclaimed the World Cup title at the 2008 FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup in Chile, with Sydney Leroux winning the Golden Ball and Golden Shoe for being named the best player of the tournament as well as scoring the most goals. To date, Christine Nairn is the only member of the 2008 squad to be capped by the Senior National Team.

FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup Record

Year Result Matches Wins Draws Losses GF GA
Canada 2002 Champions 6 6 0 0 26 2
Thailand 2004 Third place 6 5 0 1 14 4
Russia 2006 Fourth place 6 4 2 0 11 3
Chile 2008 Champions 6 5 0 1 12 3
Total 4/4 24 20 2 2 63 12

CONCACAF Women's U-20 Championship Tournament Record

The U-20 women have won the CONCACAF Women's U-20 Championship two times, in 2006 and 2010; the 2002 tournament did not have a championship final.[6] The U-20s finished as runners-up to Canada in 2004 and 2008.

Year Result Matches Wins Draws Losses GF GA
Trinidad and Tobago 2002 No Final Held 3 3 0 0 34 1
Canada 2004 Runners-up 5 3 1 1 32 3
Mexico 2006 Champions 5 5 0 0 19 3
Mexico 2008 Runners-up 5 4 0 1 20 1
Guatemala 2010 Champions 5 5 0 0 15 2
Total 5/5 18 15 1 2 120 10


Current Roster

No. Pos. Player DoB (Age) Caps Goals Club
1 GK Bianca Henninger December 22, 1990 (1990-12-22) (age 19) United States Santa Clara
3 DF Vicki DiMartino September 4, 1991 (1991-09-04) (age 18) United States Boston College
4 DF Crystal Dunn July 3, 1992 (1992-07-03) (age 17) United States North Carolina
5 MF Amber Brooks January 23, 1991 (1991-01-23) (age 19) United States North Carolina
6 DF Rachel Quon May 21, 1991 (1991-05-21) (age 18) United States Stanford
7 FW Tiffany McCarty December 14, 1990 (1990-12-14) (age 19) United States Florida State
8 MF Samantha Mewis October 9, 1992 (1992-10-09) (age 17) United States UCLA
9 MF Teresa Noyola April 15, 1990 (1990-04-15) (age 19) United States Stanford
10 MF Casey Short August 23, 1990 (1990-08-23) (age 19) United States Florida State
11 DF Toni Pressley February 19, 1990 (1990-02-19) (age 20) United States Florida State
12 MF Zakiya Bywaters July 24, 1991 (1991-07-24) (age 18) United States UCLA
13 MF Jenna Richmond December 18, 1991 (1991-12-18) (age 18) United States UCLA
14 FW Morgan Marlborough December 3, 1990 (1990-12-03) (age 19) United States Nebraska
15 MF Kristen Mewis February 25, 1991 (1991-02-25) (age 19) United States Boston College
16 FW Maya Hayes March 26, 1992 (1992-03-26) (age 17) United States Penn State
17 MF Christine Nairn September 25, 1990 (1990-09-25) (age 19) United States Penn State
19 FW Sydney Leroux (C) May 7, 1990 (1990-05-07) (age 19) United States UCLA
20 DF Kendall Johnson April 24, 1991 (1991-04-24) (age 18) United States Portland
21 MF Elizabeth Eddy September 13, 1991 (1991-09-13) (age 18) United States USC
24 GK Taylor Vancil May 18, 1991 (1991-05-18) (age 18) United States Louisville

Previous Rosters

2008 FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup squad
2007 Pan American Games squad
2006 FIFA U-20 Women's World Championship squad
2004 FIFA U-19 Women's World Championship squad
2002 FIFA U-19 Women's World Championship squad

Player records

International match statistics, as of February 26, 2010. All goals scored in international matches only.

Top scorers

Rank Player Goals Years
1 Kelly Wilson 31 2001-2002
2 Lindsay Tarpley 24 2001-2002
3 Kerri Hanks 22 2002-2004
4 Sydney Leroux 20 2008-2010
5 Heather O'Reilly 18 2001-2002
6 Lauren Cheney 15 2006-2007
7 Kelley O'Hara 14 2006-2008
8 Amy Rodriguez 11 2004-2006
9 Michelle Enyeart 9 2006-2008
10 Jessica Rostedt 6 2004-2006
Players still eligible for the U-20 player pool in bold.

Most capped players

Rank Player Caps Years
1 Ashlyn Harris 33 2002-2004
2 Kerri Hanks 30 2002-2004
3 Lindsay Tarpley 26 2001-2002
4 Jessica Ballweg 25 2001-2002
5 Stephanie Lopez 24 2004-2006
6 Stephanie Logterman 24 2004-2006
7 Rachel Buehler 24 2002-2004
8 Michelle Enyeart 24 2006-2008
9 Sydney Leroux 24 2008-2010
10 Tobin Heath 22 2006-2007

Notable alumni and U-20 World Cup years




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