Feb. 4, 2010
By: Kimmy Diaz, FSU Sports Information Assistant
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Florida State standouts Tiffany McCarty, Toni Pressley and Casey Short can now add CONCACAF champions to their resume as the Seminole trio helped lead the U.S. U-20 Women’s National Team to its second CONCACAF championship on Saturday, January 30 as the U.S. defeated Mexico 1-0 in the championship final. In addition to claiming the title, the team also secured a trip to the 2010 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup to be held in Germany, July 13 – August 1.
The U.S. had a good showing throughout the qualifier posting a perfect 3-0 record in group play en route to an undefeated tournament ledger where they outscored their opponents 15-2. As winners of Group B, Team USA squared-off against Costa Rica, who finished second in Group A, in the first semifinal game. The Red White and Blue were able to top the Group A runner-up 2-1, a win which secured the defending World Cup champions a spot in the 2010 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup in Germany.
With a spot in the Cup set, the team focused their attention on the final game where they would meet CONCACAF rival Mexico for the second time in the tournament. The U.S. beat Mexico 2-1 back on January 25 in group play. For the second time in six days the U.S was able to top their rivals coming away with a 1-0 victory. The victory marked the second CONCACAF title for the U.S U-20’s.
All three Seminoles wrapped up the tournament with impressive showings en route to claiming the gold medal. Pressley played in every minute of every game in the tournament as a member of Team USA’s backline. Casey Short played the full 90 minutes in game two vs. Trinidad and Tobago, while earning the starting nod in the final match against Mexico. McCarty played a full 90 minutes in games vs. Jamaica and Mexico as well as adding a goal in Team USA’s opening round victory over Jamaica. McCarty also got the start in the semifinal match against Costa Rica.
With the CONCACAF Tournament in the books, the U-20 squad will begin preparations for the World Cup to take place in Germany this fall.