Cromwell, U.S. U-20 Women's Soccer Team Set for the World Cup in Chile on ESPN2

Americans meet France in game one Wednesday at 1 p.m. ET.

Tenth-year head coach Amanda Cromwell is already in Chile for the U-20 World Cup.

Nov. 18, 2008

ORLANDO, Fla. ( - UCF women's soccer head coach Amanda Cromwell will rejoin the United States Under-20 Team as an assistant coach in its journey to capture the 2008 FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup starting this week. The event will take place from Nov. 19-Dec. 7 in Chile, with every U.S. game to air on ESPN2.

"I'm honored to be a part of the U-20 coaching staff and I know this opportunity to be an assistant coach for the World Cup will make me a better coach and pay dividends down the road for UCF," said Cromwell, who was a member of the U.S. National Team from 1991-98. "It's always exciting to wear the Red, White and Blue, whether as a player or a coach. I've been fortunate enough to play in a World Cup (Sweden, 1995) and now I'm hoping to help our talented team bring home a U-20 World Cup Championship."

The U.S. is situated in Group B and will face France Wednesday at 1 p.m. It also is ready to meet up with Argentina Friday at 10 a.m. with both of those matches being held in Chillan, Chile. Meanwhile, the Americans will take on China Nov. 24 at 2 p.m. in Temuco, Chile.

This year's World Cup is the fourth edition at this level, and the United States has reached the semifinals in every FIFA women's tournament. The U.S. defeated host Canada in 2002 for the Cup, while it finished third in Thailand in 2004 and fourth in Russia in 2006.

Cromwell has already been traveling across the country, and the world, since April as part of Tony DiCicco's coaching staff. She has visited California, South Carolina, Utah, New Jersey, Mexico and England with the national team as it has been training vigorously for the World Cup.

Cromwell just completed her 10th season at the helm of the UCF program, guiding the Knights to a 14-6-3 record and their 13th overall trip to the NCAA Tournament. She has amassed a 141-63-14 record at UCF, all while taking the Black and Gold to the postseason seven times.



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