PORT MORESBY, Papua New Guinea (May 27, 2016) – The U.S. Under-20 Women’s National Team fell to their counterparts from Japan by a 5-0 score in the first of two matches in Papua New Guinea. The USA is in PNG, the country that will host the 2016 U-20 Women’s World Cup from Nov. 13-Dec. 3, to get an early look at the environment, facilities and culture they will experience at the end of the year.
Japan, always a powerhouse at the youth level of women’s international soccer, scored three times in the first half and twice in the second against a U.S. team that had been on the ground only 36 hours in PNG after training for two days in Brisbane, Australia. Juri Kawano scored twice for Japan, the second of which came off a penalty kick.
The match was played at Sir John Guise Stadium, which will host 10 matches at the U-20 Women’s World Cup, including two quarterfinals and both semifinals.
The USA will face the PNG U-20 WNT on May 30 in Port Moresby, where all 32 matches of the World Cup will be staged over four venues. This will be the eighth FIFA Women’s World Cup for this age level, with the first two being held as U-19 events.
The USA earned its berth to the 2016 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup by winning its semifinal match of the CONCACAF qualifying tournament against host Honduras last December and then defeated Canada for the regional title, 1-0.
The 16-team field for the tournament is strong, featuring Canada, Mexico, the USA, Papua New Guinea, New Zealand, Japan, Korea DPR, Korea Republic, Ghana, Nigeria, Brazil, Venezuela, France, Germany, Spain and Sweden.
The 2016 FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup will feature the 16 nations divided into four groups of four teams. The top two finishers in each group will advance to the quarterfinal stage to be held on Thursday, Nov. 24 and Friday, Nov. 25. The winners of those games will advance to the tournament semifinals on Tuesday, Nov. 29. The championship and third-place matches are set for Saturday, Dec. 3.
In first round play, the USA will face France, New Zealand and Ghana in Group C. The U.S. opens the tournament on Monday, Nov. 14 against France at 4 p.m. local time, faces New Zealand on Thursday, Nov. 17 at 7 p.m. and finishes the group against Ghana on Monday, Nov. 21 at 4 p.m.
U-20 U.S. Women’s National Team Match Report
Match: U.S. Under-20 Women’s National Team vs. Japan
Date: May 27, 2016
Competition: Tri-Nations Tournament
Venue: Sir John Guise Stadium; Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea
Weather: 80 degrees, humid
JPN – Juri Kawano 15th Minute
JPN – Walajp Lamda 39
JPN – Yuki Mizutani 45
JPN – Juri Kwano (penalty kick) 56
JPN – Shiho Matsubara 73
USA: 1-Rose Chandler, 5-Natalie Jacobs (25-Taylor Otto, 46), 6-Emily Ogle, 7-Kelcie Hedge (8-Marley Canales, 84), 9-Ashley Sanchez, 10-Jessie Scarpa (3-Emily Fox, 46), 11-Maddy Elliston (18-Courtney Petersen, 66), 14-Ally Watt (15-Taylor Racioppi, 46), 16-Kaleigh Riehl, 17-Ellie Jean (2-Sabrina Flores, 73)
Subs Not Used: 4-Katie Cousins, 12-Emily Boyd, 13-Savannah DeMelo, 22-Casey Murphy
Head Coach: Michelle French
JPN: 1-Mamiko Matsumoto, 2-Miyabi Moriya, 3-Nana Ichise (15-Yuka Anzai, 79), 4-Moeka Minami, 5-Mai Okubo, 6-Shiho Matsubara, 7-Wakaho Kanda, 9-Fuka Kono (13-Yukiko Shimamura, 68), 10-Yuki Mizutani, 11-Juri Kawano, 16-Nagisa Yoshida (8-Ayaka Nishikawa, 59)
Subs Not Used: 12-Yuka Toriumi, 14-Mami Ueno
Head Coach: Asako Takakura
Stats Summary: USA / JPN
Shots: 2 / 15
Shots on Goal: 1 / 8
Saves: 3 / 1
Corner Kicks: 3 / 4
Fouls: 3 / 3