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Sunday, September 3, 2006
U.S U-20 women finish fourth

MOSCOW -- The United States finished fourth at the FIFA Under-20 Women's World Championship, losing 6-5 to Brazil on penalty kicks after a 0-0 tie in the third-place game Sunday.

After Maurine converted Brazil's eighth penalty, Amanda Poach's kick was saved by goalkeeper Barbara. It marked the first time the Americans finished out of the top three in 10 FIFA's women's tournaments.

U.S. goalkeeper Val Henderson saved Erika on the seventh kick but, with a chance to win it, Amy Rodriguez missed her shot. Swedish referee Jenny Palmqvist, who officiated the 2004 Olympic final, got confused and whistled the game over as Brazil celebrated, but after consulting with the assistants and fourth official, Palmqvist continued the game.

North Korea won the final 5-0 over China in heavy rain. China defeated the United States 5-4 on penalty kicks in Thursday's semifinal after a 0-0 tie.

Poach, Henderson and Danesha Adams were picked for the tournament all-star team, and Adams won the Bronze Ball as third-most valuable player at the tournament.

China's Ma Xiaoxu won the Golden Ball as MVP and the Golden Shoe as top scorer with five goals and two assists. China's Zhang Yanru won the Silver Ball, while North Korea's Kim Song Hui (five goals, one assist) won the Silver Shoe and Germany's Anna Blaesse (four goals) won the Bronze Shoe.

The third-place game went straight to penalty kicks after 90 scoreless minutes in rain on a muddy field.

Daiame converted the opening kick for Brazil, and Carrie Dew tied it for the United States. Renata Costa then missed, and Allie Long's shot was saved. Aliane, Francielle, Monica and Fabiana converted kicks for Brazil, while Jordan Angeli, Tobin Heath, Adams and Stephanie Lopez made shots for the United States.




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