CONCACAF WU-20: USA-Canada Championship Final Pre-Match Notes

In advance of tonight’s CONCACAF Women’s Under-20 Championship final between the USA and Canada, here are some notes on Canada’s roster, as well as predicted line-ups for both teams, plus tables of minutes played for both rosters.

For a look back at past USA-Canada U-20/U-19 championship final encounters, see this earlier post. (There’s been four, and all have been decided by a one-goal margin.)

PREDICTED STARTING LINE-UPS

USA — Although Steve Swanson has been liberal in the use of his entire roster during this tournament, he does seem to have a preferred line-up. I am expecting the same starting eleven for Mexico to start against Canada,with possibly one change, Samantha Mewis instead of Sarah Killion: Bryane Heaberlin (GK); Crystal Dunn(RB), Cari Roccaro (CB), Kassey Kallman (CB), Mollie Pathman (LB), Sarah Killion or Samantha Mewis (MF-H), Julie Johnston (MF-A), Morgan Brian (MF-A), Lindsay Horan (FW-R), Katie Stengel (FW-C), Kealia Ohai (FW-L).

A possible change that I could see Swanson making is starting Maya Hayes instead of Lindsay Horan, and then using Horan as an early substitute for Stengel, either at half-time or sometime before the 65th minute. (The precedence for this is the second match versus Cuba, where Hayes started and Horan came on at half-time for Stengel.)

CANADA — Andrew Olivieri has gone with the same starting eleven in the last two matches: Sabrina D’Angelo (GK); Vanessa Legault-Cordisco (RB), Rachel Melhado (CB), Shelina Zadorsky (CB), Kylie Davis (LB); Danica Wu (MF), Constance de Chantal-Dumont (MF), Jaclyn Sawicki (MF); Christabel Oduro (FW), Jenna Richardson (FW), Nkem Ezurike (FW).

Absent injuries, that is the line-up I am expecting. Though, I would not be surprised if super-sub Catherine Charron-Delage started in midfield, most likely in place of Chantal-Dumont. And, it is possible that Canada may try a more defensive or more possession-oriented formation, which could dictate a change in the starting personnel.

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TABLE: U-20 USWNT Playing Time, 2012 CONCACAF Championship
(sorted by playing time in the semifinal versus Mexico)

Player              P.  GUA  CUB  PAN  S-MEX  F-CAN   Grp   Ovr
Kassey Kallman      DF   90   90   90     90          360   360
Mollie Pathman      DF   90   90   NR     90          180   270
Bryane Heaberlin    GK   90    0   90     90          270   270
Cari Roccaro        DF   90    0   90     90          270   270
Crystal Dunn        DF   90   90    0     90          270   270
Morgan Brian        MF   68   90    0     90          248   248
Kealia Ohai         FW   45    0   90     90          225   225
Katie Stengel       FW   57   45   NR     90          102   192
Julie Johnston      MF   90    0   56     70          216   216
Lindsey Horan       FW   90   45   45     61          241   241
Samantha Mewis      MF   90   45   34     45          214   214
Sarah Killion       MF   NR   20   45     45           65   110
Maya Hayes          FW   45   90   45     29          209   209
Vanessa DiBernardo  MF   22   45   90     20          177   177
Olivia Brannon      DF    0   90   90      0          180   180
Chioma Ubogagu      FW   33   90    0      0          123   123
Mandy Laddish       MF    0   70   45      0          115   115
Abby Smith          GK    0   90    0      0           90    90
Micaela Capelle     FW    0   NR   90     NR           90    90
Stephanie Amack     DF   NR   NR   90     NR           90    90

“NR” means not rostered. With only 7 subs allowed on the bench and a 20 player roster, that means that 2 players will be watching from the stands. This information is only readily available for the USA’s matches.

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DATA FILE: CANADA

For Canada’s full roster, with links to collegiate bio pages where available, see this earlier post.

Matches:
CANADA 5, Haiti 0.
CANADA 2, Jamaica 0.
CANADA 1, Mexico 0.
CANADA 6, Panama 0.

Goal Scorers: Catherine Charron-Delage (3), Nkem Ezurike (3), Jenna Richardson (3); Christabel Oduro (2), Vanessa Legault-Cordisco, Amelia Pietrangelo, Jaclyn Sawicki.

TABLE: Canada’s U-20 WNT Playing Time, 2012 CONCACAF Championship

PLAYER                P.  HAI  JAM  MEX  PAN   Total
Sabrina D'Angelo      GK   90   90   90   90     360
Shelina Zadorsky      DF   90   90   90   90     360
Jenna Richardson      FW   90   90   90   76     346
C. de Chantal-Dumont  MF   90   90   90   61     331
Kylie Davis           MF   90   31   90   90     301
Jaclyn Sawicki        MF   67   90   45   90     292
Christabel Oduro      FW    0   90   90   90     270
Danica Wu             MF   90    0   90   90     270
Rachel Melhado        DF    0   90   90   90     270
V. Legault-Cordisco   DF   90    0   90   90     270
Nkem Ezurike          FW   72    0   57   66     195
C. Charron-Delage     MF   45   45   45    0     135
Amélia Pietrangelo*   FW   45   45    1   24     115
Nicole Hill           DF    0   90    0   14     104
Lauren Granberg       DF   90    0    0    0      90
Christine Exeter*     FW^  18   31   32    0      81
Diamond Simpson       MF    0   59    0    0      59
Olivia Colosimo       MF    0   59    0    0      59
Nicole Setterlund     MF   23    0    0   29      52
Dayle Colpitts        GK    0    0    0    0       0

*Against Mexico, Pietrangelo was subbed-on in stoppage time for Exeter, who was a substitute herself. I have credited Pietrangelo with 1 minute, which has been deducted from Exeter’s minutes.
^Exeter is listed as a defender on Canada’s roster, but plays forward for her collegiate team, Louisville. During the group stage, she has been subbed-in for a forward, Ezurike, twice, and a midfielder, Colosimo, once, which was after another forward, Pietrangelo, was subbed off for midfielder Charron-Delage.

The next table lists Canada’s line-ups for their matches so far in this Championship. This is based on CanadaSoccer.com’s match reports, which specifically notes the outside-backs and center-backs. However, I do not have full faith in concerning their accuracy. For example, the report for Haiti includes Colosimo instead of Wu as a starter.) Those match reports are available here: Haiti, Jamaica, Mexico, and Panama.

Players with “s-” before their positions were substitutes in the corresponding match. Some of the substitutes’ positions are best guesses as not all the substitutions were clearly like-for-like.

TABLE: Canada’s U-20 WNT Line-Ups, 2012 CONCACAF Championship

PLAYER                 HAI    JAM    MEX    PAN
Sabrina D'Angelo        GK     GK     GK     GK
V. Legault-Cordisco     RB            RB     RB
Rachel Melhado                 CB     CB     CB
Shelina Zadorsky        CB     CB     CB     CB
Kylie Davis**           LB   s-OB     LB     LB
Danica Wu               MF            MF     MF
C. de Chantal-Dumont    MF     MF     MF     MF
Jaclyn Sawicki          MF     MF     MF     MF
Christabel Oduro               FW     FW     FW
Jenna Richardson        FW     FW     FW     FW
Nkem Ezurike            FW            FW     FW
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Amélia Pietrangelo      FW     FW   s-FW   s-FW
C. Charron-Delage^^   s-MF   s-MF   s-MF
Christine Exeter^     s-FW   s-FW   s-FW
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Nicole Setterlund     s-MF                 s-MF
Nicole Hill***                 LB          s-??
Diamond Simpson                RB
Lauren Granberg         CB
Olivia Colosimo                MF
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Dayle Colpitts (GK)

**For Davis, I am not sure if she played right outside-back or switched with Hill and played left outside-back.
^Exeter is listed as a defender on Canada’s roster, but plays forward for her collegiate team, Louisville. During the group stage, she has been subbed-in for a forward, Ezurike, twice, and a midfielder, Colosimo, once, which was after another forward, Pietrangelo, was subbed off for midfielder Charron-Delage.
^^Charron-Delage is listed as a midfielder, but replaced forward Pietrangelo in the first two matches. She seemed to play centrally, perhaps as an attacking midfielder in a 4-4-2 diamond formation.
***Hill, who is listed as a defender (both on Canada’s roster and for her collegiate team, Georgia) replaced Richardson, a forward.