WNT Sep 5, 2012
The USA celebrates Morgan Brian's opening goal in the semifinal
The U.S. U-20 WNT put on another excellent performance to down Nigeria 2-0 in the semifinal of the 2012 FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup. It was the USA's second consecutive victory over a team that had won its first round group and now a much-anticpated World Cup Final against Germany awaits.
You can watch that match on Sept. 9 with coverage starting at 6:10 a.m. ET on ESPNU and ESPN3.
The USA's victories over North Korea in the quarterfinal and Nigeria in the semifinal came against teams that had yet to lose in the tournament and sent the USA to its third Women's World Cup Final for this FIFA youth tournament.
Nigeria put out an excellent and experienced team, but the USA has able to keep the clamps of their speedy attackers while scoring two great goals from Morgan Brian in the first half and Kealia Ohai in the second, both their first of the competition.
Said U.S. captain Julie Johnston of Nigeria after the game: "Those girls were fast."
Yes there were, but on this night, not fast enough, as the USA gained a modicum of revenge from the 2010 FIFA Women's World Cup when Nigeria knocked the Americans out in a controversial penalty kick shootout.
U.S. players celebrate in the locker room after earning a berth to the U-20 WWC Final
Morgan Brian talks to the Japanese media, through a translator, after the semifinal
1-2-3-4: The U.S. back five was stellar against Nigeria. Capt. Julie Johnston missed this pic. She wears #8.