January 11, 2010
MAKING THE TEAM
Mewis sisters, Vicki DiMartino on U.S. U-20 World Cup team
CHICAGO---Vicki DiMartio, Kristie Mewis and Samantha Mewis were selected to the U.S. Women's Under-20 National Team for the FIFA U-20 World Cup.
The United States will try to earn a berth to the competition in Germany through the CONCACAF qualifying tournament being held in Guatemala City, Guatemala from Jan. 19-30.
DiMartino, a forward who is from Massapequa, N.Y. was listed as a defender, scored a team-high 14 goals for Boston College and earned several honors, including BigAppleSoccer.com and New England Soccer News women's college players of the year.
Kristie Mewis was the Bronze Ball winner at the 2008 FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup in New Zealand.
Samantha Mewis is the younger sister of Kristie, the 2008 U.S. Soccer Young Female Athlete of the Year. In New Zealand, the two formed the first sister duo to represent the USA in a FIFA World Cup tournament.
The CONCACAF qualifying tournament will consist of two groups of four teams each with the top two finishers after group play crossing over into the semifinals. The reigning U-20 world champion USA is up against Jamaica at 4:30 p.m. ET on Thursday, Jan. 21, live on Fox Soccer Channel. The team will then face Trinidad & Tobago at 4:30 p.m. ET on Saturday, Jan. 23, and Mexico at 4:30 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 25, in Group B. Group A consists of Canada, Costa Rica, Cuba and host Guatemala.
The group winners will play the runners-up from the opposite group on January 28, with the championship and third-place matches set for Saturday, Jan. 30. Both semifinal matches and the tournament final will be televised live on Fox Soccer Channel.
The winners of the semifinal matches and of the third-place match will qualify for the U-20 Women’s World Cup being held in four German cities (Bochum, Bielefeld, Augsburg and Dresden) from July 13-Aug. 1. The age cut-off date for this Women’s World Cup is players born on or after Jan. 1, 1990.
Coach Jillian Ellis named the roster after a chilly week of training in Gainesville, Fla.
The U.S. roster:
Goalkeepers (2): Bianca Henninger (Santa Clara; Los Gatos, Calif.), Taylor Vancil (Louisville; South Elgin, Ill.)
Defenders (6): Amber Brooks (North Carolina; New Hope, Pa.), Vicki DiMartino (Boston College; Massapequa, N.Y.), Crystal Dunn (Albertson SC; Rockville Centre, N.Y.), Kendall Johnson (Portland; Portland, Ore.), Toni Pressley (Florida State; Melbourne, Fla.), Rachel Quon (Stanford; Lake Forest, Ill.)
Midfielders (8): Zakiya Bywaters (UCLA; Las Vegas, Nev.), Elizabeth Eddy (So Cal Blues, Costa Mesa, Calif.), Kristie Mewis (Boston College; Hanson, Mass.), Samantha Mewis (Scorpion SC; Hanson, Mass.), Christine Nairn (Penn State; Bowie, Md.), Teresa Noyola (Stanford; Palo Alto, Calif.), Jenna Richmond (McLean SC; Centreville, Va.), Casey Short (Florida State; Naperville, Ill.)
Forwards (4): Maya Hayes (Aristics Club; West Orange, N.J.), Sydney Leroux (UCLA; Phoenix, Ariz.), Morgan Marlborough (Nebraska; Raymore, Mo.), Tiffany McCarty (Florida State; Laurel, Md.)