LA MANGA, Spain (March 4, 2016) – The U.S. Under-20 Women’s National Team defeated England 1-0 on a late goal from Ally Watt, duplicating the senior team’s score line against England in the SheBelieves Cup.
Watt bagged the game-winner in the 88th minute on a goal set up by Kaleigh Riehl, who dribbled up the middle of the field before playing a ball to the left wing. Watt ran onto the pass, took a few touches to beat a defender and hit a rocket into the upper right corner of the goal in a play remarkably similar to Crystal Dunn’s game-winner vs. the England senior side.
The USA drew 1-1 with the Sweden U-23 WNT on March 2 in its first match of a six-team event and will finish against the Norway U-23s on March 6.
This competition is serving as preparation for the 2016 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup in Papua New Guinea. The USA earned its berth to the World Cup by winning its semifinal match of the CONCACAF qualifying tournament against host Honduras last December and then defeated Canada 1-0 for the regional title. The eighth FIFA Women’s World Cup for this age level (the first two were held as U-19 events) will take place from Nov. 13-Dec. 3.
The 16-team field for the tournament is set and it’s a strong one, featuring Canada, Mexico, the USA, Papua New Guinea, New Zealand, Japan, Korea DPR, Korea Republic, Ghana, Nigeria, Brazil, Venezuela, France, Germany, Spain, and Sweden.
Referee: Cathrine Eide
Assistant Referee 1: Ann-Marie Sjøvika
Assistant Referee 2: Linda Andresen