Mertz, U.S. U-20 Women Play In FIFA World Cup
Nov. 21, 2008
LAS VEGAS - The season might be over for the Rebels' women's soccer squad, but head coach Kat Mertz is as busy as ever, as she is currently serving as assistant coach for the U.S. Under-20 Women's National Team that is competing in this month's 2008 FIFA Under-20 Women's World Cup in Chile.
Mertz started her association with the Under-20 National team in the summer of 2007, when she was an assistant coach in the team's training camp that was help in Maryland. She then became part of the coaching staff earlier this year and helped see them qualify for the FIFA World Cup, as well as helping them to the championship game of the CONCACAF Tournament in Mexico this summer.
The U.S. won its first game in the tournament, a 3-0 win over France on Nov. 19. The team will play Argentina on Nov. 22 and finish group play against China on Nov. 26. Both games will be carried live on espn360.com, while fans can also follow U.S. matches on ussoccer.com's MatchTracker.
The top two teams in each of the four groups will advance to the quarterfinals, which will be held Nov. 30-Dec. 1. The semifinals are set for Dec. 4, with the championship game to be played on Dec. 7.