The U.S. U-21 women's national team finished second at the 2007 Futbol Internacional Tournament in Alabama, where it fell on penalty kicks to the Canadian Olympic development team in the final after
playing to a 0-0 draw in regulation.
The Americans had beaten China's U-21s, 2-0, on goals by Kelsey Carpenter
and Kelly O'Hara
and the Trinidad & Tobago national team, 2-0, on goals by Angie Woznuk
and Carpenter in group play. In the final played in Mobile,
former Nebraska goalie Karina LeBlanc
stopped U.S. defender Stephanie Logterman
on the first U.S. penalty, and it
proved to be the difference as both teams made the rest of their penalties. Canada sent a mix of veterans and young players to the six-team tournament put on by the Alabama Youth Soccer
Argentina, which has qualified for the Women's World Cup, sent its full national team, while Mexico also sent a team. Games were played in Birmingham, Decatur, Huntsville,
Montgomery and Tuscaloosa before coming to Mobile for the placement games.
U.S. head coach Bill Irwin
is preparing the U-21s for the annual Nordic
Cup, which this year will be held in Finland July 18-24. The USA won seven Nordic Cup titles in a row before falling last summer to Germany in the title game.