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Wambach's three strikes lead 3-1 comeback victory over Japan.

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U.S. under-20 women

Full Brazil team routs American youth 5-0 for Pan American crown.

Lauren Cheney
One of two "overage" players, Lauren Cheney led the U.S. under-20 women with six gooals, fourth best in the Pan American Games women's tournament.
-- U.S. Soccer Federation photo --

RIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil (July 26, 2007) -- In a game that promised to be a mismatch, Brazil's women's national team, playing before a wildly supportive, yellow-clad home crowd of 67,778, routed the United States under-20 women to earn the Pan American Games gold medal at Maracaña Stadium today.

Brazil, ranked sixth in the world, received two penalty kicks from Marta, who also had two assists, plus a goal in each half from fellow midfielder Cristiane. The hosts outscored six opponents by a combined 33-0 to defend their 2003 Pan Am championship.

Brazil used the Pan Am Games to prepare for the Women's World Cup September 10-30 in China, where they could meet the full U.S. women's team should both advance from group play. The top-ranked U.S. women are using a series of six domestic friendlies as their final preparations for the WWC.

The U.S. under-20s, using two "overage" players, compiled a 4-2 record here, winning their preliminary group despite squandering a two-goal advantage and falling 3-2 to Mexico in the group finale. The American under-20s used this event and games against opposing nations' full sides as preparation for their age-group world championship tournament next year in Chile.

"This is a young team and one cannot beat the experience of playing Brazil in Maracaña Stadium in front of a packed house," U.S. coach Jill Ellis said. "Brazil had an exceptional level and style of play that contributed to their great success. We will learn from all of it."

Jill Ellis
Jill Ellis is preparing the United States under-20 women for next year's world championship tournament in Chile.
-- U.S. Soccer Federation photo --

Canada took the bronze medal by defeating Mexico 2-1 today on goals by Christine Sinclair, the former Hermann Trophy winner from University of Portland, and Kristina Kiss. The U.S. defeated Canada's full national team 2-1 in Monday's semifinals with captain and striker Lauren Cheney scoring both American goals.

Cheney finished fourth in the tournament with six goals, trailing Marta (12), Cristiane (8) and Sinclair (8). "Even though we lost, playing in an environment like this was a chance of a lifetime," Cheney said. "It is pretty amazing that we got the chance to play against Brazil in Maracaña Stadium. It is one of those rare opportunities that I will remember forever."

It took Brazil 19 minutes to assume the lead for good today. A minute after Tânia was fouled in the American box, Marta converted the subsequent penalty kick for a 1-0 lead.

Cristiane's header in the 29th minute increased the margin to 2-0, an advantage Brazil took into intermission.

Brazil upped its lead to 3-0 three minutes after the break when Cristiane controlled a long pass from Marta, went by a defender and beat goalkeeper Alyssa Naeher, who had no chance to make a save.

The bulge grew to 4-0 in the 46th minute when Marta put away her second penalty kick for her tournament-leading 12th goal.

Brazil defender Elaine drilled a shot off a goal-post in the 55th minute, 10 minutes before the final tally, which also was the nicest. Marta received a long pass down the right sideline and crossed into the box. Cristiane let the ball go by for Daniela, who finished to make it 5-0.

Notes: The U.S. players return home and head to school. All but Cheney and defender Brittany Taylor are age-eligible for next year's U-20 world championships.

Brazil 5, United States 0

Lineups: Brazil - Andréia, Aline, Renata Costa, Elaine, Rosana (Katia 83), Daniela Alves, Miraildes, Marta, Cristiane (Delma 78), Andreia Santos, Tania. United States - Alyssa Naeher, Brittany Taylor, Nikki Marshall, Lauren Wilmoth (Michelle Enyeart 46), Kaley Fountain, Kylie Wright, Tobin Heath, Becky Edwards, Casey Nogueira, Kelley O'Hara, Lauren Cheney (captain).

Brazil - Marta (penalty kick) 19.
Brazil - Cristiane (assist not reported) 30.
Brazil - Cristiane (Marta) 48.
Brazil - Marta (penalty kick) 56.
Brazil - Alves (Marta) 76.

Shots: Brazil 15, United States 5 Shots on goal: Brazil 9, United States 3 Saves: Brazil 3, United States 4. Corner kicks: Brazil 7, United States 6. Fouls: Brazil 16, United States 13. Offside: Brazil 8, United States 0/ Yellow card cautions: United States - Taylor 43.

Referee: Fernando Cabrera (Uruguay). Assistant referees: Carlos Pastorino (Uruguay), Marvin Ramirez (Costa Rica). Fourth official: Ricardo Cerdas (Costa Rica). Attendance: 67,788 at Maracaña Stadium in Rio de Janeiro. Weather: Cloudy, 65 degrees.

U.S. under-20 women's roster for 2007 Pan American games with hometown and college (or high school, when noted) in parentheses:

Goalkeepers (2): Chantel Jones (Midlothian, Va.; Virginia), Alyssa Naeher (Seymour, Conn.; Penn State).

Defenders (5): Lauren Barnes (Upland, Calif.; UCLA), Kaley Fountain (Austin, Texas; Wake Forest), Nikki Marshall (Mead, Colo.; Colorado), Brittany Taylor (Campbell Hall, N.Y.; Connecticut), Lauren Wilmoth (Garland, Texas; UCLA).

Midfielders (5): Becky Edwards (Downington, Pa.; Florida State), Tobin Heath (Basking Ridge, N.J.; North Carolina), Teresa Noyola (Palo Alto High School; Palo Alto, Calif.) Nikki Washington (Mesquite, Texas; North Carolina), Kylie Wright (Rancho Santa Margarita, Calif.; UCLA).

Forwards (6): Lauren Cheney (Indianapolis, Ind.; UCLA), Michelle Enyeart (Hemet, Calif.; Portland), Melissa Henderson (Garland, Texas; Berkner High School), Jessica McDonald (Glendale, Ariz.; Phoenix College), Casey Nogueira (Raleigh, N.C.; North Carolina), Kelley O’Hara (Fayetteville, Ga.; Stanford).

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