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USA to the Final

For the second time in three weeks, the USA and North Korea will face each other in a FIFA women's championship match. At the U-20 World Cup semifinals in Chile today, the Americans defeated Germany, 1-0, on a first-half goal by Sydney Leroux (UCLA) and North Korea came from behind to edge France with an injury-time goal, 2-1. They'll meet Sunday in Santiago. At last check, TV coverage of the final was still being arranged. At the U-17 World Cup in New Zealand last month, the Koreans took a 2-1 overtime decision to win the title.

By Steve Goff  |  December 4, 2008; 6:56 PM ET
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Thanks for the update. Never could find a working video link.
I'd love to catch the final.

Posted by: DadRyan | December 4, 2008 7:12 PM | Report abuse

hey, if you have to lose to someone, might as well be the poor saps from North Korea, they are quite literally playing for their lives!

Posted by: joshuaostevens | December 4, 2008 7:24 PM | Report abuse

Leroux leads the tournament with five goals. The US is 4th in overall goals (10) and the DPR Korea is 1st (14). However, the US has 2 GA, while Korea has 6. We gave up those two in the meaningless 3rd match of the group stage. So, basically I'm using selected stats to say that we'll beat them.

Posted by: I-270Exit1 | December 4, 2008 7:33 PM | Report abuse

Good to see the incredible depth in the U.S. womens programs. U17, U20, USWNT etc. they are all best or near best in their respective brackets. The WPS should help even more to build a program that looks to be strong for years to come. Impressive.

Posted by: sbg1 | December 4, 2008 10:09 PM | Report abuse

I'm waiting for someone from Canada to lay claim to those five goals.

Posted by: universityandpark | December 5, 2008 8:22 AM | Report abuse

*Several game write-ups say US is dominating with possession and speed on the flanks, esp Washington beating multiple defenders off dribble. Signs that Ryan ball is dead and buried at all levels of play.

*Brazil did not make final four. Where are all those Brazil worshipers from this blog who so denigrate US youth and their coaches? Is the question where will we find our Marta, or where will Brazil find its Nikki Washington? Especially when they're recruiting in Illinois for their youth teams.

*Over 15,000 fans in Chile for a U20 womens game between US and Korea.

Posted by: OWNTF | December 5, 2008 8:53 AM | Report abuse

Sydney Leroux: Canada's Nevan Subotic.

Posted by: I-270Exit1 | December 5, 2008 9:37 AM | Report abuse

I don't believe Leroux is cap-tied once and for all, nor is Brasil's Leah.

Posted by: universityandpark | December 5, 2008 10:00 AM | Report abuse

The Final will be on Galavision at 4:30 ET, IIRC. Nothing yet en engles, however...

Posted by: EricB1 | December 5, 2008 2:41 PM | Report abuse

...and as soon as I typed taht I noitced that it will be on espn2 after all.

Posted by: EricB1 | December 5, 2008 2:46 PM | Report abuse

Are the cap-tying rules the same for men and women? Pia had better call up Leroux before Canada tries to take her back.

Posted by: I-270Exit1 | December 5, 2008 3:48 PM | Report abuse

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