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North Korea knocks out USA on penalty kicks
by Paul Kennedy, August 16th, 2014 8:41PM

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[UNDER-20 WOMEN'S WORLD CUP] It has not been a good cycle for the U.S. women's national team in FIFA youth competitions. The U-17s didn't even qualify for the world championship while the U-20s have now been knocked out of Canada 2014 in the quarterfinals, falling to North Korea Saturday on penalty kicks after the USA missed its first three attempts.

Quarterfinals:
SATURDAY:
USA 1 North Korea 1
(North Korea wins 3-1 on penalty kicks)
Canada 0 Germany 2
SUNDAY:
France vs. South Korea
Nigeria vs. New Zealand

The North Koreans rallied from a goal down at the half to tie the USA, 1-1, and win, 3-1, on penalty kicks. Virginia's Makenzy Doniak scored for the USA in the sixth minute, but Jon So Yon equalized from the penalty spot nine minutes into the second half.

Savannah Jordan, Lindsey Horan and Rose Lavelle all had their shots saved by Kim Chol Ok before Stephanie Amack converted her attempt in the fourth round of the shootout.

But the North Koreans were successful with three of their four attempts to gain revenge for their loss to the United States at the same stage of the competition two years ago when the USA went on to win the title.

Chioma Ubogagu scored a 98th-minute winner to lift the USA to a 2-1 victory over North Korea that advanced it to the 2012 tournament's semifinal stage.

The match was the third between the USA and North Korea at the knockout stage. The USA beat North Korea, 2-0, in the 2008 final.

The USA finished the tournament with a 2-1-1 record after opening the year with nine straight wins.

Aug. 16 in Toronto
USA 1 North Korea 1. Goals: Doniak 6; Jon pen. 54.
USA -- Rowland; Amack, Roccaro, Naughton, Gibbons; Lavelle, Sullivan, Horan; Doniak (Jordan, 105), Purce (Green, 75),  Pugh (Racioppi, 83)
North Korea -- Kim Chol Ok; Song, Choe Sol Gyong, Ri Un Yong, Jon; Choe Yun Gyong, Ri Hyang Sim, Choe Un Hwa, Kim Mi Gyong (Rim Se Ok, 86); Ri Un Sim (Kim So Hyang, 96), Jo (Ri Kyong Hyang, 70).
Att.:
7,854.
(North Korea wins 3-1 on penalty kicks.)


7 comments
  1. R2 Dad
    commented on: August 17, 2014 at 12:50 a.m.
    I only got to watch the 1st 15 minutes since all my neighbors are watching movies and/or streaming porn and the replay kept stopping. However, the US U20s looked excellent. Great movement off the ball, the passing was good when the judgement was sound. Horan is a beast so look for more good things from her in the future. Our two dmids tried to force the ball too much so there were too many turnovers there. Not sure what happened the rest of the match but the team can play well and just needs more polish in the passing department. And patience. When your team has that much pace the offense has to decide when to slow it down, build into the attacking 3rd--you can't run 90 minutes all-out. That back line gave up a dangerous free kick in those 15 minutes and obviously a PK in the second half, so more intelligent defending and communication there would also pay off. Tough loss but good football, ladies!

  1. Woody Woodpecker
    commented on: August 17, 2014 at 10:51 a.m.
    I'm not sure what match you were watching, but we couldn't keep possession of the if our life depended on it. For the first time, watching any US national team, I really questioned the technical abilities of many of the players. Simple controlling the ball under pressure. We were clueless on changing the point of attack, while I saw no offensive threat, #a striker with pace, mobility, improvisation, heading, and so on....rubbish, there was no creativity in our play what so ever.....

  1. James e Chandler
    commented on: August 17, 2014 at 11:23 a.m.
    I agree with you Woody. I saw the Germany game, and it was painful to watch. It's not surprising that the best player on the team wasn't reared in our American soccer system that's so money driven. Most of the players that make it to the higher levels of the game are from families that can afford to pay all the training fees, and travel expenses, not the most talented. Then there's the lack of team play. There's a lot of what I call "hot dogging", a player getting the ball and trying to dribble through the entire defense of the other side regardless of how many defenders are around them. I guess they've been watching too much NWSL this season with the likes of Lauren (Cheney) Holiday who seems to think every time she gets the ball, she's supposed to shoot, Whatever happened to the concept of "put the ball on the ground, pass to feet, play the way you're facing, play away from pressure, play defense goal side, and offense ball side." That shouldn't be too difficult for a bunch of suburban upper, and upper-middle class girls to remember. I know better players than who played in this tournament, but they'll never see our national team unless things change. Soccer entails more than just being bigger/stronger/faster than everyone else, the Abby Wambach model. Not qualifying for the U17s, and being knocked out by a tiny Asian country's squad doesn't bode well for the future of our WNT. We'd better do something fast about how we select players, or the days of the U.S. dominating international women's soccer will be a distant memory.

  1. Thomas Hosier
    commented on: August 17, 2014 at 12:25 p.m.
    I also agree with Woody. If this is the best we've got then the future for our USWNT appears bleak. Our ladies looked technically awkward, their passing lacked pace and accuracy. They had no vision for the passing lanes. I also watched them play Brazil and this match was a virtual rerun except the Koreans were much more talented than the Brazilians. Not a pretty sight. The USA Keeper kept booming punts but the Koreans won 90% of all 50/50 balls.

  1. Allan Lindh
    commented on: August 17, 2014 at 12:27 p.m.
    Sorry James, but thanks to Title 9, almost all girls who wish to play, go on to play college soccer. And most play four years, get a degree, and mature physically. So at the age of 22 they have a body of work to judge from, have been widely seen on TV, and coaches and players get to make informed choices about the next level. Viva la Title 9, which is why we dominate at the senior women's level. And the level of Women's college soccer continues to improve, as some of the best players from around the world come here to play. Women are not stupid -- they know they are not going to make a living playing soccer -- getting a degree, and growing up a healthy human being are the main things.

  1. R2 Dad
    commented on: August 17, 2014 at 1:55 p.m.
    re: possession. I don't think the match is a good measure of whether the team CAN keep possession, since this is a coaching decision. I think they can if that is a priority.

  1. Santiago 1314
    commented on: August 18, 2014 at 1:16 p.m.
    @R2..What game were YOU Watching,,,??? @James… You are Correct, but for the Wrong Reason… RePost** commented on: August 6, 2014 at 12:04 p.m….Unfortunately, Our once Dominating, Dynamic Women's Program is a Shadow of view itself... Granted that other Countries have improved, BUT, Instead of Developing more Attacking minded players, Over Coaching has Breed Out these players... No more Turning with the Ball("PLAY THE WAY YOU ARE FACING"!!!)..No more Taking On 1v1("PASS THE BALL").. You Watch ... In a few years we will be talking about US Women's team, Like Brazil is talking about their Men's team.. SAD!!!


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