U-19 WNT Defeats Japan U-20s 1-0 to Open Tournament in China

Brianna Pinto Scores Game-Winner in 64th Minute

DUNYUN, China (Sept. 10, 2017)The U.S. Under-19 Women’s National Team opened the CFA International Women’s Youth Football Tournament with a 1-0 victory against the Japan U-20 WNT as midfielder Briana Pinto scored the game’s lone goal in the 64th minute.

The USA next faces China PR on Tuesday, September 12 and finishes against Iran on Thursday, September 14 vs Iran. China defeated Iran, 8-0, in the other game on the first match day of the tournament.

The U.S. goal came off a creative free kick taken from just outside of the penalty box. Jordan Brewster slipped pass a just outside the Japanese wall into the right side of the box to a cutting Pinto who took a touch before driving her shot past the goalkeeper inside the near post. Claudia Dickey earned the shutout in goal for the USA, making six saves, two of which were of the spectacular variety.

U.S. U-19 WNT head coach Keri Sarver called up 22 players for this trip, 16 born in 2000 (which is the birth year for this age group of U-19s), three born in 1999 and three players born in 2001.

All the players on this roster are age-eligible for the team that will attempt to qualify for the 2018 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup to be held in France. The age cut-off for that World Cup is players born on or after January 1, 1998.

U.S. Under-19 Women's National Team Match Report

Match: United States U-19 WNT vs Japan U-20 WNT
Date: September 10, 2017
Competition: CFA International Women’s Youth Football Tournament Duyun 2017
Venue: Qiannan Fitness Center Main Stadium; Duyun, China
Weather:  68 degrees and windy 

Scoring Summary:   1          2          F         
USA                             0          1          1
JPN                             0          0          0

USA – Brianna Pinto (Jordan Brewster)                     64th minute

USA: 1-Claudia Dickey; 5-Sydney Dawson, 4-Naomi Girma, 2-Brianna Martinez, 3-Shae Holmes (11-Kate Wiesner, 63), 6-Jaelin Howell (capt.) (19-Jenna Nighswonger, 74), 7-Summer Yates (20-Cori Dyke, 63), 8-Brianna Pinto, 16-Rachel Jones (17-Jordan Canniff, 83), 18-Jordan Brewster, 10-Sophia Smith (9-Alexa Spaanstra, 74)
Subs Not Used:13-Aleigh Gambone, 14-Maycee Bell, 15-Astrid Wheeler, 21-Emily Gray, 22-Meagan McClelland, 23-Madeyln Desiano
Head Coach: Keri Sarver

JPN: 1-Aguri Suzuki; 4-Moeka Minami (capt.), 22-Hana Takahasi, 17-Nanami Kitamure (3-Aoi Kizaki, 46), 5-Riko Ushijma, 13-Oto Kanno, 9-Hinata Miyazawa (16-Ibuki Hara, 46), 15-Fuka Nagano, 23-Mizuka Sato (2-Reina Nagashima, 79), 14-Mami Muraoka (7-Mayu Karahashi, 85), 11-Jun Endo (10-Kano Miyamato, 66)
Subs Not Used: 6-Nana Ono, 8-Hiro Ozawa,12-Mai Watanabe, 18-Sawako Suzuki, 19-Rana Okuma, 20-Maho Murakami
Head Coach: Futoshi Ikeda

Stats Summary: USA / JPN            
Shots: 3 / 10
Shots on Goal: 1 / 6
Saves: 6 / 0
Corner Kicks: 2 / 4
Fouls: 9 / 6
Offside: 1 / 4

Misconduct Summary:
USA – Brianna Martinez (caution)                  90th minute

Referee: Dong Fangyu
Assistant Referee 1: Fang Yan
Assistant Referee 2: Wang Kun
4th Official: Yu Hong