WNT Jul 14, 2010
Maya Hayes (left) and Sydney Leroux celebrate the USA's goal against Ghana. Hayes fed Leroux for the score
The USA's first game in the 2010 FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup had a familiar ring to it. The USA gives up an early goal, then battles to get an equalizer, then has several chances to win the game, but has to settle for the draw against a talented opponent. Of course, it was about 50 degrees hotter in Dresden for the USA's 1-1 draw with Ghana than it was on any day in South Africa, but due to the tie, the Americans now face a critical game against Switzerland on Saturday, July 17. South Korea beat the Swiss 4-0 and are now sitting pretty at the top of the group with a nice cushion on goal difference. The Americans did enough to win the game today, but give credit to a tough Ghana team that possessed the ball very well under pressure. The USA has two days of rest before facing Switzerland and it's supposed to be even hotter on Saturday, if that's possible. It was in the high 80s/low 90s during the match today.
Hayes hurdles the Ghana goalkeeper on one of the USA's many chances