The USA captured first place in Group D at the 2006 U-20 Women's
World Championship with a 1-0 win over France Thursday at Moscow's Dynamo Stadium.
Virginia forward Jessica Rostedt
scored the game-winner with a dipping shot from 20 yards in the 61st minute to move the Americans into the quarterfinals. They face Group C second-place finisher Germany, the 2004 U-19 world champion, on Sunday at Petrovsky Stadium in St. Petersburg. The USA-Germany clash is a rematch of the 2004 U-19s semifinals that Germany won, 3-1, in Thailand.
UCLA's Val Henderson
the third player to start in the U.S. goal in three games, came up big
with key saves on Bleuettes Elodie
Aug. 26 in Moscow
is playing in her fourth world championship for Brazil.
The Falconets advanced with an 8-0 win over Finland (after
33 shots on goal).
Danilova, the hosts' best player, was discovered at 11 running track.
China knocked out Canada with a 1-0 win on Ma Xiaoxu's fourth
goal of the tournament.
Aug. 27 in St. Petersburg
surprise Koreans won all three group games, by a margin of 10-0.
French star Louisa
Necib is nicknamed "ZZ" after Zinedine Zidane,
like her raised in Marseilles to Algerian parents.
U.S. striker Lauren
Cheney is back after missing the first two games with
an abdominal strain.
born to a Cameroonian father and French mother, starred on
Germany's '04 U-19 team.