USA Meets Mexico in Quarterfinal of 2016 FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup

USA AND MEXICO MEET IN QUARTERFINALS AT 2016 FIFA U-20 WWC: After winning the most difficult group in the 2016 FIFA Under-20 Women’s World Cup by the slimmest of margins, the USA will face a familiar foe in the quarterfinals. With the round of eight match-ups featuring Asia vs. Europe (Korea DPR vs. Spain), Asia vs. South America (Japan vs. Brazil) and Europe vs. Europe (an epic France-Germany clash), it will be CONCACAF vs. CONCACAF on Nov. 25 at 1 a.m. ET (FS1 and telemundo.com) as the USA and Mexico meet for the first time in a Women’s World Cup. The match will be played at the 15,000-seat Sir John Guise Stadium, the same venue where the USA drew 1-1 with Ghana on Nov. 21, which is named after a famed Papua New Guinea politician and Governor General. Like all the matches of the tournament, USA vs. MEX can also be watched on FOX Sports GO and FOXSoccer2Go. Fans can follow all the matches of the U.S. U-20s on Twitter @ussoccer_ynt. For full coverage, visit the FIFA Under-20 Women’s World Cup tournament page on ussoccer.com.

WATCH THE USA U-20 WNT ON FOX SPORTS; FOX PROVIDING FREE WEB STREAM OF 2016 FIFA U-20 WOMEN’S WORLD CUP: All four of the quarterfinals, both semifinals, the third-place match and the championship game will be shown on FS1. All matches are also available for live and on-demand streaming via the FOX Sports GO app, the FOX Soccer 2GO app and online at FOXSportsGO.com and on-demand at FOXSoccer2GO.com. Fans can enter a free promo code to watch the games on the FOXSoccer2Go.com registration page.  The promo code is “U20WNT” and is valid for entry on foxsoccer2go.com/buy until December 3 for free access to FOX Soccer 2Go without credit card payment required. In addition, the NBC family of networks will show all 32 matches in Spanish on TelemundoDeportes.com and the En Vivo App or on NBC Universo.

U.S. ROSTER NOTES

U.S. U-20 WNT – USA vs. MEX Pre-Game Quotes

U.S. head coach MICHELLE FRENCH
On the result against Ghana which won the USA Group C:

“We knew coming into the game that Ghana was going to be extremely unique and athletic in everything that they did. We tried to put together a game plan to give ourselves the best chance to deal with their speed up top, with their one-v-one savviness on the ball and our back line against did a tremend9ous job. Our response to their goal two minutes later was a massive turning point in regards to our confidence and belief and that’s a valuable lesson we’re going to learn from this game moving forward in this tournament.” 

On Group C:
“Every game in our group was difficult and challenging. Each team was extremely different from each other. I couldn’t be more proud of how these players bought into what we asked them to do. It’s tremendous feat for them to do so well in the group and we still have our best soccer ahead of us.”

“We had to navigate through an extremely difficult group. We came out of the group phase with the knowledge of how resilient this group can be. After getting scored on, the response was within five-to-six minutes collectively so we learned how coachable this group is. Their ability to take information and translate it to the field is tremendous.” 

On facing Mexico in the quarterfinal:
“It will be a competitive and spirited match. The last time we played them we tied them 2-2 at qualifying so I can’t help but think they are going to come into this game with a lot of confidence. Any time you are able to reach the quarterfinals of a world event, you have to be doing something extremely well. We have to identity those things that Mexico does well, prepare our team for any scenario that may potentially happen and put our best foot forward when we play them.

“Going into the quarterfinal game, we know that Mexico will be a formidable opponent for us. Our countries know each other extremely well. There’s a lot of history, whether it’s with the women’s team, the U-20s or the U-17s. We’ve seen the growth of Mexico over the last few years as they’ve started to close the gap, as have all the CONCACAF teams. The last time we played them it was 2-2 at qualifying and we were actually up 2-0, so we know the fight and determination they play with and that’s the first thing that we have to match.” 

U.S. defender KALEIGH RIEHL
On navigating a difficult group stage:

“We did really well. We did what we needed to go come out on top and it was exciting to finish first because it was such a challenging group. The three games we played were extremely important. It was the first World Cup games for a lot of us and knowing we can compete and play at this level was great for our confidence.” 

On facing Mexico:
“We’re obviously super excited. We’ve put a lot of time and effort and hard work into this and we know coaching staff has as well. We’re prepared and we’re ready.”

“We’ve seen Mexico in qualifying and prior to that we saw them in the NTC tournament. They are familiar to us I think we can expect a battle. Nothing is easy in this stage of the tournament so we’re going to go out there and compete and bring a lot of energy.”

U.S. defender ELLIE JEAN
On navigating a difficult group stage:

“It was awesome that we got to play three very different teams in the group stage. We had physical teams that we played which was great to help us get to the elimination rounds. That’s something we’ve really tried to work on, our physical presence. France was very technical so we had to deal with a team like that and tactically we just had to be aware of everything they were doing so that prepared us. New Zealand was an all-round great team and we know how hard Ghana is to play against, so we’ve just been trying to deal with everything that’s been thrown at us. I think we’ve done really so far so we are really excited for our next game.” 

“It was great to get group stage out of the way. I think we all had a lot of nerves coming into this tournament of course, but we are really starting to get a hold of things here. We gained a lot of confidence from our group games and are ready to head that into the quarterfinals. We’re really excited to still be here and we’ll see what the next game brings.” 

On facing Mexico:
“I expect it to be a great match. We’ll both show a lot of passion and it will be very intense. They are a great team so of course we have to be tactically and mentally aware for the whole 90 minutes."

BY THE NUMBERS
1.15      Goals allowed per international match by the U.S. U-20s this year
2.23      Goals scored per international match by the U.S. U-20s this year
7          Goals scored by Mallory Pugh in CONCACAF qualifying to lead the team
8          U-19/U-20 Women’s World Cups for which the USA has qualified
16        U.S. players that have seen action in the 2016 FIFA U-20 WWC
19        U-20 International goals for Mallory Pugh
26        Career U-20 caps for Mallory Pugh, the most on this Women’s World Cup roster
31        Players to see action in a U.S. U-20 international match this year
29        Goals scored by the USA in 13 international matches this year 
1080     Minutes played in international matches this year by Kaleigh Riehl, most on the team

IN FOCUS: MEXICO
Mexico Football Federation
Head Coach: Roberto Medina 
Best FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup Finish (Seventh appearance): Quarterfinals

USA VS. MEXICO SERIES

MEXICO NOTES