DiBernardo delay continues
RIFU, Japan — Illinois' soccer team might be without star midfielder Vanessa DiBernardo a while longer.
DiBernardo and her U.S. Under-20 National Team qualified for the quarterfinals of the FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup.
Team USA advanced by winning a tiebreaker, based on goal differential, with China after finishing in a tie for second place in Group D. The Americans totaled four points in group play while posting a 1-1-1 record. Defending champion Germany handed the U.S. its lone loss, 3-0, on Monday.
The Americans will face Korea in the quarterfinals at 5:20 a.m. (CDT) Friday in Saitama, Japan. The match will be broadcast live on ESPNU.
If Team USA advances to the semifinals, DiBernardo would not be available to play for the Illini until the start of the Big Ten race in mid-September. Illinois has a 2-1-1 record without the 2011 second-team All-American and reigning Big Ten Midfielder of the Year.
Illini head coach Janet Rayfield also is in Japan, serving as an assistant to Team USA coach Steve Swanson.