U.S. Under-20 Women’s National Team vs. Mexico
2018 CONCACAF Women’s U-20 Championship – Final
Ato Boldon Stadium; Couva, Trinidad & Tobago
4:00 p.m. ET (UDN, CONCACAF YouTube & CONCACAF Facebook Live)
Jan. 28, 2018
RIVALRY REMATCH FOR CONCACAF TITLE: After the USA punched its World Cup ticket with a thrilling penalty kick shootout victory against Haiti, the Under-20 Women’s National Team will take on Mexico for the CONCACAF championship on Sunday evening in Couva, Trinidad (4:00 p.m. ET on UDN, CONCACAF YoutTube & CONCACAF Facebook Live). The USA is aiming for a fifth-straight confederation title at this age level, and sixth overall, after winning the tournament in 2006, 2010, 2012, 2014 and 2015. There was no champion crowned in the 2002 inaugural edition of the competition (when it was played as a U-19 tournament), and the USA won only one of the next three tournaments, before reeling off four straight titles.
Mexico is coming off a similarly dramatic semifinal victory over Canada. The U.S. and Mexico finished first and second, respectively, in Group B during first round play. The USA clinched the first place in Group B with a 2-1 victory over Mexico on the final day of pool play.
Friday’s match will be broadcast live on UDN, Facebook Live and CONCACAF’s YouTube channel. Follow the U-20 WNT throughout the tournament on ussoccer.com, Twitter (@ussoccer_ynt) and Instagram (@ussoccer_ynt).
2018 CONCACAF Women’s U-20 Championship
Third Place Match: Canada vs. Haiti
Ato Boldon Stadium; Couva, Trinidad
Final: USA vs. Mexico
UDN, CONCACAF YT and FB Live
Ato Boldon Stadium; Couva, Trinidad
WATCH U-20 WNT QUALIFYING ON UDN: The tournament final will be broadcast live on Univision Deportes Network. The tournament’s final two matches will also be streamed on Facebook Live and CONCACAF’s YouTube channel.
USA VS. MEXICO SERIES:● The USA has played Mexico seven out of the eight CONCACAF U-20 tournaments, including the last seven in a row. The North American neighbors played twice in the 2010 tournament and will do so again this year.
● The meeting in the Group B finale for both teams – the ninth meeting between the countries in this tournament -- saw the USA scored first half goals through Abigail Kim and Ashley Sánchez and out-shoot Mexico, 16-4. The last 15 minutes were a bit tense as Mexico pulled a goal back in the 75th minute, but the USA did well to salt away the final minutes and pick up the important victory.
● The red, white and blue won the first seven games of this series in this tournament, with the closest matches, before this year, coming in 2010 in Guatemala City, Guatemala. The USA won 2-1 in group play and 1-0 in the championship game on a goal from Sydney Leroux, who also scored the game-winning goal in the first fixture.
● The teams tied 2-2 to open play at the 2016 tournament as Mallory Pugh and Emily Fox (who is age-eligible for this tournament but is recovering from ACL surgery) scored in a match that saw the USA ahead 2-0 after 22 minutes before Mexico mounted a comeback and notched the equalizer in the 65th.
● From this year’s roster, Davidson, DeMelo and Sanchez all played in that 2015 tournament opener
● Three of the meetings have come in the semifinal, two in the championship game and four in group play.
● The USA defeated Mexico for the regional title in 2010 (1-0) and 2014 (4-0).
● The USA earned its berths to World Cups against Mexico in semifinal matches in 2004 (6-0), 2006 (3-0) and 2012 (4-0).
● Two of the meetings took place in Mexico, during qualifying tournaments in 2006 and 2008.
● El Tricolor has qualified for eight consecutive World Cups at the U-20 age level, but has never won the CONCACAF title.
● In 2014, Mexico opened the competition with four straight wins for the first time ever, scoring 22 goals and conceding only two over that stretch. The run set-up a showdown in the final against the USA, who had similarly dominated in compiling a perfect 4-0-0 record, scoring 25 goals and allowing none. The Americans struck three times in the last 30 minutes to earn a 4-0 victory and lift the CONCACAF trophy for a record-extending fourth time.
● The teams met in the quarterfinal of the 2016 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup. Mexico had the USA on the ropes before the Americans mounted a tremendous comeback. The U.S. scored in the 80th minute through the speedy Ally Watt before getting a dramatic game-winner three minutes into second half stoppage time from Kelcie Hedge off an assist from Ashley Sanchez.
2018 CONCACAF Women’s U-20 Championship Roster (College or Club; Hometown; Caps/Goals):
GOALKEEPERS (2): Laurel Ivory (Virginia; Surfside, Fla.; 6/0), Amanda McGlynn (Virginia Tech; Jacksonville, Fla.; 5/0)
DEFENDERS (7): Tierna Davidson (Stanford; Menlo Park, Calif.; 7/0), Naomi Girma (California Thorns FC; 8/0; San Jose, Calif.), Tara McKeown (USC; Mission Viejo, Calif.; 13/0), Zoe Morse (Virginia; East Lansing, Mich.; 12/0), Kiara Pickett (Stanford; Santa Barbara, Calif.; 5/0), Isabel Rodriguez (Ohio State; Canton, Mich.; 11/0), Karina Rodriguez (UCLA; Torrance, Calif.; 5/0)
MIDFIELDERS (5): Samantha Coffey (Boston College; Sleepy Hollow, N.Y.; 10/1), Savannah DeMelo (USC; Bellflower, Calif.; 27/4), Jaelin Howell (Real Colorado; Windsor, Colo.; 16/2), Brianna Pinto (NTH Tophat; Durham, N.C.; 11/0), Viviana Villacorta (UCLA; Lawndale, Calif.; 14/1)
FORWARDS (6): Abigail Kim (California; Vashon, Wash.; 14/4), Civana Kuhlmann (Stanford; Littleton, Colo.; 16/9), Ashley Sanchez (UCLA; Monrovia, Calif.; 24/7), Sophia Smith (Real Colorado; Windsor, Colo.; 14/9), Taryn Torres (Virginia; Frisco, Texas; 6/2), Kelsey Turnbow (Santa Clara; Nashville, Tenn.; 10/2)
GOALKEEPERS (2): 12-Miriam Aguirre (Club Pachuca/MEX); 1-Emily Alvarado (Texas Christian University/USA)
DEFENDERS (6): 15-Samara Alcala (Club Atlas/MEX); 3-Miriam Garcia (Club Guadalajara/MEX); 5-Jimena Lopez (Texas A&M University/USA); 4-Kim Rodriguez (Oklahoma State University/USA); 2-Ashley Soto (SoCal Blues/USA); 13-Mia Villegas (Davis Legacy/USA)
MIDFIELDERS (8): 7-Dayana Cazares (Club America/MEX); 17-Belen Cruz (Club Tigres/MEX); 8-Alexia Delgado (Club America/MEX); 6-Andrea Hernandez (Club Toluca/MEX); 20-Montserrat Hernandez (Club America/MEX); 11-Jacqueline Ovalle (Club Tigres/MEX); 16-Maricarmen Reyes (West Coast FC/USA); 14-Natalia Villarreal (Club Tigres/MEX)
FORWARDS (4): 18-Norma Duarte (Club Guadalajara/MEX); 9-Daniela Espinosa (Club America/MEX); 19-Gabriela Juarez (Slammers FC/USA); 10-Katty Martinez (Club Tigres/MEX)
HOW MEXICO GOT HERE: Mexico defeated Jamaica, 4-0, and Nicaragua, 2-0, during group play before falling 2-1 to the USA in the Group B finale for both teams. That result forced Mexico into a semifinal clash with Canada and the Mexicans came through, taking the game to Canada while winning the shot count by a 19-8 margin. If not for a heroic effort from the Canadian goalkeeper, and a late Canada equalizer, Mexico would have won in regulation time.
Mexico Results – 2018 CONCACAF Women’s U-20 Championship
Date Match Result Mexico Goal Scorers
Jan. 19 Mexico vs. Jamaica 4-0 W Muñoz, Martinez, O.G., Cruz
Jan. 21 Mexico vs. Nicaragua 2-0 W Cazares, Cruz
Jan. 23 Mexico vs. USA 1-2 L Martinez
Jan. 26 Mexico vs. Canada 1-1 T (4-3 PKs) Lopez
DRAMA TO EARN WORLD CUP BERTH: There was perhaps a bit too much drama for the U.S. team in the semifinal against Haiti, but in the end, the match was a true test of character and a valuable experience for the young Americans on the path to the 2018 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup. The USA missed several open nets during the match, but was comfortably holding a 1-0 lead against the best Haiti team the USA had ever faced before a shock equalizer from 10-woman Haiti with just one minute left in the three of second half stoppage time. The USA quickly regarding its composure during the shootout, as Taryn Torres, Jaelin Howell and Zoe Morse converted clutch kicks while Haiti missed all three, two well-saved by U.S. goalkeeper hero Amanda McGlynn. Howell had scored in the 75th minute, but Haiti forward Nerilia Mondesir’s equalizer sent her team into a frenzy and the game directly to penalty kicks. The game-winning goal was perhaps extra special for Morse, who missed the deciding penalty kick in the semifinal of the 2013 CONCACAF U-17 Women’s Championship, resulting in the USA’s elimination from the 2014 FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup. CONCACAF had just two berths for that U-17 Women’s World Cup, which was held in Costa Rica. The win has qualified the USA for this age group’s FIFA tournament for the ninth consecutive time. The first two tournaments were staged as Under-19 events before moving to U-20s in 2006.
TRIUMPH OVER EL TRI TO TOP GROUP: The final group stage match kicked off with first place in Group B at stake and the USA need a win to finish in first place. The Americans were on the attack early, and two first-half goals proved enough to power the red, white and blue over El Tri. Samantha Coffey played Abigail Kim behind the defense in the 30th minute, and she hammered home her semi-breakaway chance for the game’s opening score. Nine minutes later, Sophia Smith collected a long pass from Ashley Sanchez on the right wing, had time to settle the ball and then found the cutting Sanchez, who chopped home her first goal of the tournament from six yards out. It was the seventh of her U-20 career, good for third-best on the team. The victory also extended the USA’s tournament undefeated streak to 23.
TOURNAMENT FORMAT: This year marks the ninth edition of the CONCACAF Women’s U-20 Championship. The tournament began in 2002 as the CONCACAF Women’s U-19 Championship. The tournament features eight nations divided into two groups of four teams. The top two finishers in each group qualified for the semifinals. The winners of those games – the USA and Mexico – qualify directly to the 2018 FIFA Women’s World Cup in France. The third-place match will perhaps hold the most intrigue as Haiti tries to make history against Canada to earn its first-ever World Cup berth on the women’s side.
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