U.S. U-20 WNT Falls 3-2 to France in La Manga, Spain

Isabella D’Aquila and Coriana Dyke Score for the USA
By: U.S. Soccer

LA MANGA, Spain (March 3, 2019) -- The U.S. Under-20 Women’s National Team dropped its second straight 3-2 decision at the Women’s U-19 La Manga Tournament 2019, falling to France in the second of three matches in Spain.

The USA fell 3-2 in a tight contest to Germany on March 1 and will face Sweden in its final match on March 7.

Like its match against Germany, the USA started slowly, giving up a goal in just the 2nd minute, but equalized in the 26th. Forward Jordan Canniff sprinted into the penalty area with a defender on her hip and as she neared the goal line, she played a pass on the ground through the penalty area. Isabella D’Aquila made a run to the near post, and with a defender in tow, redirected the ball past the goalkeeper.

The USA gave up an unfortunate own goal in the 54th and France made it 3-1 with a nice finish in the 74th.

The USA responded right away, pulling a goal back just a minute later as Coriana Dyke headed home a loose ball from 10 yards out.

The 20-player U.S. roster is made up of 11 players born in 2000 (which is the age cut-off year for the next Women’s World Cup), eight players born in 2001 and one in 2002. Nine players on the roster were a part of the USA’s 2018 FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup Team and three – defender Naomi Girma, midfielder Brianna Pinto and forward Alexa Spaanstra – were a part of the USA’s 2018 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup Team and return for their second U-20 cycle. The roster is a mixture of collegiate and youth club players with seven already enrolled in college.  

The friendly competition – which consists of players born in the same birth years as the U.S. team – features 14 countries. In addition to the USA and its three opponents, China, Denmark, England, Iceland, Italy, Netherlands, Norway, Scotland, Spain and Switzerland will also participate.

- U.S. U-20 Women's National Team Match Report -

Match: U.S. U-20 Women’s National Team vs. France
Date: March 3, 2019
Competition: Women’s U-19 La Manga Tournament 2019
Venue: La Manga Club; La Manga, Spain
Weather: 65 degrees, sunny

Scoring Summary:   1          2          F                                             
FRA                        1          2          3
USA                            1          1          2

FRA – Margaux Le Mouel                              2nd minute
USA – Isabella D’Aquila (Jordan Canniff)      26
FRA – Own Goal (Michela Agresti)                54
FRA – Kessya Bussy                                      74
USA – Coriana Dyke                                      75

USA: 22-Hensley Hancuff; 4-Naomi Girma (capt.), 13-Maycee Bell, 5-Michela Agresti, 20-Makenna Morris (3-Natalia Staude, 83); 8-Brianna Pinto, 19-Coriana Dyke, 23-Emily Gray (10-Maya Doms, 61); 11-Jordan Canniff, 9-Isabella D’Aquila (21-Samantha Meza, 72), 24-Sakura Yoshida (7-Alexa Spaanstra, 61)
Subs not used:1-Julia Dohle, 2-Brianna Martinez, 6-Sophia Jones, 17-Summer Yates, 18-Hannah Richardson
Head Coach: Mark Carr

FRA: 1-Justine Lerond; 14-Grace Kazadi, 4-Emeline Saint Georges, 12-Lisa Martinez, 3-Selma Bacha; 15-Margaux Le Mouel (6-Carla Polito, 68), 10-Eva Kouache (capt.) (8-Sonia Ouchene, 79), 17-Julie Dufour; 9-Kessya Bussy (20-Jessy Danielle Roux, 79), 18-Lorena Azzaro, 11-Sandy Baltimore (7-Melvine Malrad, 68)
Subs not used: 2-Magou Doucoure, 5-Maelle Lakrar, 13-Camille Collin, 16-Mary Innebeer, 19-Oriane Jean Francois
Head Coach: Gilles Eyquem

Stats Summary: USA/FRA
Shots: 3 / 8
Shots on Goal: 2 / 5
Saves: 3 / 0
Corner Kicks: 0 / 5
Fouls: 9 / 9
Offsides: 4 / 3

Misconduct Summary: