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USA Falls to Mexico 4-2 on PKs in 2018 CONCACAF Women's U-20 Championship Final

COUVA, Trinidad & Tobago (Jan. 28, 2018) – The U.S. Under-20 Women’s National Team battled Mexico to a 1-1 tie through 90 minutes of regulation and 30 minutes of overtime in the title game of the 2018 CONCACAF Women’s U-20 Championship before succumbing in penalty kicks by a 4-2 score.

It was the third meeting between the USA and Mexico in the championship game of this tournament and the first time Mexico has come out on top.

Both teams had already qualified for the 2018 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup by winning their semifinal matches on Friday via penalty kick shootouts. Haiti pulled off a huge result in the Third-Place match to claim CONCACAF’s third and final berth to France, ending Canada’s World Cup dreams with a 1-0 victory.

The USA out-shot Mexico 21-17, had more possession and more corner kicks, but overall, the match was a fairly-even affair with both teams understandably showing tired legs in the latter stages of regulation and overtime after playing five games in 10 and 11 days, respectively.

Mexico’s goal came against the run of play in the 33rd minute on a long free kick that was headed down and into the penalty area to Dayana Cázares who made a nice individual dribble before finishing with equal quality.

Tierna Davidson, who joined the USA mid-tournament after earning her first senior team cap on January 21 against Denmark, came off the bench at halftime and almost immediately equalized, finishing a double-header sequence off a corner kick in the 49th minute for her first international goal at the U-20 level.

Mexico made a push in final stages of regulation time, and earned a bushel of corner kicks, but all were well-defended by the USA. Amanda McGlynn was very good in goal again for the Americans, punching away several dangerous crosses throughout the match.

In the shootout, the USA, going second, got off to a slow start as Brianna Pinto saw her shot saved by Mexico goalkeeper Emily Alvarado after Katty Martinez had converted her country’s first kick. Isabel Rodriguez finished the USA’s second shot, and Tierna Davidson made the fourth, but Alvarado saved the USA’s third shot from Kiara Pickett.

McGlynn could only stop one Mexico penalty and Belén Cruz went right up the middle on Mexico’s fifth and final kick to give her country the regional championship.

Up Next: Up next for the USA will be a trip to France at the end of February for a training camp and several matches. The trip will serve as an excellent test run for the U-20 Women’s World Cup being staged later in the fall.
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Goal Scoring Rundown:

MEX – Dayana Cázares (Katty Martínez), 33rd minute: A long free kick from 10 yards behind the midline near the left sideline was headed forward by Martínez and skipped through to Cázares, who did well to beat a defender to the right and then slid to smash her shot just inside the right post from 13 yards out. USA 0, MEX 1

USA – Tierna Davidson (Civana Kuhlmann), 49th minute: The USA started the second half well and it didn’t take long to equalize off a corner kick from the right side. Isabel Rodriguez bent in a cross that was waved at by Mexican goalkeeper Emily Alvarado. The ball bounced and Kuhlmann, who was a few yards outside the far post, did a fantastic job of keeping it on the field, heading into the middle where Davidson headed home from three yards out and just inside the left post. USA 1, MEX 1 [WATCH] FINAL

Key Saves and Defensive Stops:

MEX – Ashley Soto, 11th minute: Civana Kuhlmann worked her way free inside the penalty area on the right side and fired a left-footed shot that was saved by Mexico goalkeeper Emily Alvarado, but she spilled it in front of the goal. Brianna Pinto was first to the rebound and cut it away from the scrambling Alvarado. The ball rolled a short distance to Taryn Torres who fired on goal, but Soto recovered inside the goal mouth and block the ball away for a corner kick with the outside of her right shin.

MEX – Emily Alvarado, 90+1st minute: Sophia Smith almost won the game for the USA in stoppage time, running under a long ball and bringing it down with chest deep inside the box. Her shot from point blank range near the left post was well-saved by Alvarado who held her ground to push the ball away for a corner kick.

Additional Notes:

  • Three U.S. players were named to the Best XI for the tournament: defender Kiara Pickett and midfielders Jaelin Howell and Savannah DeMelo.
  • U.S. head coach Jitka Klimkova made five changes from the players who started the semifinal, giving nods to defenders Isabel Rodriguez, Naomi Girma and Karina Rodriguez (right back Kiara Picket was the only player on the back line who started both games), midfielder Brianna Pinto, and forward Taryn Torres.
  • The USA has been in the final of this tournament eight consecutive times. There were no semifinals or final staged in the first tournament in 2002 as the group winners qualified for the 2002 FIFA U-19 Women’s World Cup.
  • Either the USA or Canada has won the previous seven tournaments staged by CONCACAF at this age level with the USA winning five and Canada two.
  • The USA has qualified for this age group’s FIFA tournament in all nine tournaments that have been contested. The first two FIFA tournaments were staged as Under-19 events before moving to U-20s in 2006.
  • Both goalkeepers -- Amanda McGlynn for the USA and Emily Alvarado for Mexico – served as captains for their teams. Alvarado won the Golden Glove as the best goalkeeper in the tournament.
  • The USA’s eight goals in the tournament came from seven different players with Jaelin Howell the top scorer with two goals.
  • Klimkova made all three allowed substitutes in the second half, sending on Tierna Davidson for Karina Rodriguez and Ashley Sanchez for Torres at halftime; and Abigail Kim for Civana Kuhlmann in the 72nd minute.
  • Jordyn Huitema of Canada won the Golden Boot as the top scorer with five goals.
  • Miriam García of Mexico won the Golden Ball as the top player in the tournament.                 

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

Match: U.S. U-20 Women’s National Team vs. Mexico U-20 WNT
Date: January 28, 2018
Competition: CONCACAF Women’s U-20 Championship – Final
Venue: Ato Boldon Stadium; Couva, Trinidad
Kickoff: 4 p.m. ET
Attendance: 275
Weather: 82 degrees; rainy, wet partly cloudy

Scoring Summary:      1          2          1OT     2OT     F          PK
USA                             0          1          0          0          1          2         
MEX                             1          0          0          0          1          4                                 

MEX – Dáyana Cazares (Katty Martínez)           33rd minute
USA – Tierna Davidson (Civana Kuhlmann)        49                   

Penalty Summary:
USA – Pinto (save), I. Rodriguez (goal), Pickett (save), Davidson (goal)
MEX – Martínez (goal), Rodríguez (save), López (goal), Villegas (goal), Cruz (goal)                                                                                                                                                    

Lineups:
USA: 12-Amanda McGlynn (capt.); 17-Kiara Pickett, 5-Isabel Rodríguez, 4-Naomi Girma, 14-Karina Rodríguez (19-Tierna Davidson, 46); 9-Savannah DeMelo, 18-Jaelin Howell, 8-Brianna Pinto; 3-Sophia Smith, 20-Civana Kuhlmann (11-Abigail Kim, 72), 7-Taryn Torres (2-Ashley Sánchez, 46)
Subs not used: 1-Laurel Ivory, 6-Zoe Morse, 10-Samantha Coffey, 13-Tara McKeown, 15-Viviana Villacorta, 16-Kelsey Turnbow
Head coach: Jitka Klimkova

MEX: 1-Emily Alvarado; 2-Ashley Soto, 3-Miriam García, 4-Kim Rodríguez, 5-Jimena López; 7-Dayana Cázares (19-Gabriela Juárez, 72), 6-Andrea Hernández (13-Mia Villegas, 57), 16-Maricarmen Reyes, 11-Jacqueline Ovalle 10-Katty Martínez, 9-Daniela Espinosa (17-Belén Cruz, 89)
Subs not used: 8-Alexia Delgado, 12-Miriam Aguirre, 14-Natalia Villarreal, 15-Samara Alcalá, 18-Norma Palafox, 20-Montserrat Hernández
Head coach: Christopher Cuellar

Stats Summary: USA / MEX
Shots: 21 / 17
Shots on Goal: 9 / 6
Saves: 5 / 8
Corner Kicks: 12 / 10
Fouls: 20 / 14
Offside: 7 / 2

Misconduct Summary:
MEXMiriam García (caution)                    80th minute
USA – Jaelin Howell (caution)                      97

Officials:
Referee: Carol-Anne Chenard (CAN)
Assistant Referee 1: Chantel Boudreau (CAN)
Assistant Referee 2: Stephanie-Dale Yee Sing (JAM)
4th Official: Crystal Sobers (TRI)

ussoccer.com Woman of the Match: Tierna Davidson

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

Match: U.S. U-20 Women’s National Team vs. Mexico U-20 WNT
Date: January 28, 2018
Competition: CONCACAF Women’s U-20 Championship – Final
Venue: Ato Boldon Stadium; Couva, Trinidad
Kickoff: 4 p.m. ET
Attendance: 275
Weather: 82 degrees; rainy, partly cloudy

Scoring Summary:      1          2          1OT     2OT     F          PK
USA                             0          1          0          0          1          2          
MEX                             1          0          0          0          1          4                                 

MEX – Dáyana Cazares (Katty Martínez)           33rd minute
USA – Tierna Davidson (Civana Kuhlmann)        49                   

Penalty Summary:
USA – Pinto (save), I. Rodriguez (goal), Pickett (save), Davidson (goal)
MEX – Martínez (goal), Rodríguez (save), López (goal), Villegas (goal), Cruz (goal)                                                                                                                                                    

Lineups:
USA: 12-Amanda McGlynn (capt.); 17-Kiara Pickett, 5-Isabel Rodríguez, 4-Naomi Girma, 14-Karina Rodríguez (19-Tierna Davidson, 46); 9-Savannah DeMelo, 18-Jaelin Howell, 8-Brianna Pinto; 3-Sophia Smith, 20-Civana Kuhlmann (11-Abigail Kim, 72), 7-Taryn Torres (2-Ashley Sánchez, 46)
Subs not used: 1-Laurel Ivory, 6-Zoe Morse, 10-Samantha Coffey, 13-Tara McKeown, 15-Viviana Villacorta, 16-Kelsey Turnbow
Head coach: Jitka Klimkova

MEX: 1-Emily Alvarado; 2-Ashley Soto, 3-Miriam García, 4-Kim Rodríguez, 5-Jimena López; 7-Dayana Cázares (19-Gabriela Juárez, 72), 6-Andrea Hernández (13-Mia Villegas, 57), 16-Maricarmen Reyes, 11-Jacqueline Ovalle 10-Katty Martínez, 9-Daniela Espinosa (17-Belén Cruz, 89)
Subs not used: 8-Alexia Delgado, 12-Miriam Aguirre, 14-Natalia Villarreal, 15-Samara Alcalá, 18-Norma Palafox, 20-Montserrat Hernández
Head coach: Christopher Cuellar

Stats Summary: USA / MEX
Shots: 21 / 17
Shots on Goal: 9 / 6
Saves: 5 / 8
Corner Kicks: 12 / 10
Fouls: 20 / 14
Offside: 7 / 2

Misconduct Summary:
MEX – Miriam García (caution)                    80th minute
USA – Jaelin Howell (caution)                      97

Officials: 
Referee: Carol-Anne Chenard (CAN)
Assistant Referee 1: Chantel Boudreau (CAN)
Assistant Referee 2: Stephanie-Dale Yee Sing (JAM)
4th Official: Crystal Sobers (TRI)

ussoccer.com Woman of the Match: Tierna Davidson

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USA Falls to Mexico 4-2 on PKs in 2018 CONCACAF Women's U-20 Championship Final

COUVA, Trinidad & Tobago (Jan. 28, 2018) – The U.S. Under-20 Women’s National Team battled Mexico to a 1-1 tie through 90 minutes of regulation and 30 minutes of overtime in the title game of the 2018 CONCACAF Women’s U-20 Championship before succumbing in penalty kicks by a 4-2 score.

It was the third meeting between the USA and Mexico in the championship game of this tournament and the first time Mexico has come out on top.

Both teams had already qualified for the 2018 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup by winning their semifinal matches on Friday via penalty kick shootouts. Haiti pulled off a huge result in the Third-Place match to claim CONCACAF’s third and final berth to France, ending Canada’s World Cup dreams with a 1-0 victory.

The USA out-shot Mexico 21-17, had more possession and more corner kicks, but overall, the match was a fairly-even affair with both teams understandably showing tired legs in the latter stages of regulation and overtime after playing five games in 10 and 11 days, respectively.

Mexico’s goal came against the run of play in the 33rd minute on a long free kick that was headed down and into the penalty area to Dayana Cázares who made a nice individual dribble before finishing with equal quality.

Tierna Davidson, who joined the USA mid-tournament after earning her first senior team cap on January 21 against Denmark, came off the bench at halftime and almost immediately equalized, finishing a double-header sequence off a corner kick in the 49th minute for her first international goal at the U-20 level.

Mexico made a push in final stages of regulation time, and earned a bushel of corner kicks, but all were well-defended by the USA. Amanda McGlynn was very good in goal again for the Americans, punching away several dangerous crosses throughout the match.

In the shootout, the USA, going second, got off to a slow start as Brianna Pinto saw her shot saved by Mexico goalkeeper Emily Alvarado after Katty Martinez had converted her country’s first kick. Isabel Rodriguez finished the USA’s second shot, and Tierna Davidson made the fourth, but Alvarado saved the USA’s third shot from Kiara Pickett.

McGlynn could only stop one Mexico penalty and Belén Cruz went right up the middle on Mexico’s fifth and final kick to give her country the regional championship.

Up Next: Up next for the USA will be a trip to France at the end of February for a training camp and several matches. The trip will serve as an excellent test run for the U-20 Women’s World Cup being staged later in the fall.
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Goal Scoring Rundown:

MEX – Dayana Cázares (Katty Martínez), 33rd minute: A long free kick from 10 yards behind the midline near the left sideline was headed forward by Martínez and skipped through to Cázares, who did well to beat a defender to the right and then slid to smash her shot just inside the right post from 13 yards out. USA 0, MEX 1

USA – Tierna Davidson (Civana Kuhlmann), 49th minute: The USA started the second half well and it didn’t take long to equalize off a corner kick from the right side. Isabel Rodriguez bent in a cross that was waved at by Mexican goalkeeper Emily Alvarado. The ball bounced and Kuhlmann, who was a few yards outside the far post, did a fantastic job of keeping it on the field, heading into the middle where Davidson headed home from three yards out and just inside the left post. USA 1, MEX 1 [WATCH] FINAL

Key Saves and Defensive Stops:

MEX – Ashley Soto, 11th minute: Civana Kuhlmann worked her way free inside the penalty area on the right side and fired a left-footed shot that was saved by Mexico goalkeeper Emily Alvarado, but she spilled it in front of the goal. Brianna Pinto was first to the rebound and cut it away from the scrambling Alvarado. The ball rolled a short distance to Taryn Torres who fired on goal, but Soto recovered inside the goal mouth and block the ball away for a corner kick with the outside of her right shin.

MEX – Emily Alvarado, 90+1st minute: Sophia Smith almost won the game for the USA in stoppage time, running under a long ball and bringing it down with chest deep inside the box. Her shot from point blank range near the left post was well-saved by Alvarado who held her ground to push the ball away for a corner kick.

Additional Notes:

  • Three U.S. players were named to the Best XI for the tournament: defender Kiara Pickett and midfielders Jaelin Howell and Savannah DeMelo.
  • U.S. head coach Jitka Klimkova made five changes from the players who started the semifinal, giving nods to defenders Isabel Rodriguez, Naomi Girma and Karina Rodriguez (right back Kiara Picket was the only player on the back line who started both games), midfielder Brianna Pinto, and forward Taryn Torres.
  • The USA has been in the final of this tournament eight consecutive times. There were no semifinals or final staged in the first tournament in 2002 as the group winners qualified for the 2002 FIFA U-19 Women’s World Cup.
  • Either the USA or Canada has won the previous seven tournaments staged by CONCACAF at this age level with the USA winning five and Canada two.
  • The USA has qualified for this age group’s FIFA tournament in all nine tournaments that have been contested. The first two FIFA tournaments were staged as Under-19 events before moving to U-20s in 2006.
  • Both goalkeepers -- Amanda McGlynn for the USA and Emily Alvarado for Mexico – served as captains for their teams. Alvarado won the Golden Glove as the best goalkeeper in the tournament.
  • The USA’s eight goals in the tournament came from seven different players with Jaelin Howell the top scorer with two goals.
  • Klimkova made all three allowed substitutes in the second half, sending on Tierna Davidson for Karina Rodriguez and Ashley Sanchez for Torres at halftime; and Abigail Kim for Civana Kuhlmann in the 72nd minute.
  • Jordyn Huitema of Canada won the Golden Boot as the top scorer with five goals.
  • Miriam García of Mexico won the Golden Ball as the top player in the tournament.                 

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

Match: U.S. U-20 Women’s National Team vs. Mexico U-20 WNT
Date: January 28, 2018
Competition: CONCACAF Women’s U-20 Championship – Final
Venue: Ato Boldon Stadium; Couva, Trinidad
Kickoff: 4 p.m. ET
Attendance: 275
Weather: 82 degrees; rainy, wet partly cloudy

Scoring Summary:      1          2          1OT     2OT     F          PK
USA                             0          1          0          0          1          2         
MEX                             1          0          0          0          1          4                                 

MEX – Dáyana Cazares (Katty Martínez)           33rd minute
USA – Tierna Davidson (Civana Kuhlmann)        49                   

Penalty Summary:
USA – Pinto (save), I. Rodriguez (goal), Pickett (save), Davidson (goal)
MEX – Martínez (goal), Rodríguez (save), López (goal), Villegas (goal), Cruz (goal)                                                                                                                                                    

Lineups:
USA: 12-Amanda McGlynn (capt.); 17-Kiara Pickett, 5-Isabel Rodríguez, 4-Naomi Girma, 14-Karina Rodríguez (19-Tierna Davidson, 46); 9-Savannah DeMelo, 18-Jaelin Howell, 8-Brianna Pinto; 3-Sophia Smith, 20-Civana Kuhlmann (11-Abigail Kim, 72), 7-Taryn Torres (2-Ashley Sánchez, 46)
Subs not used: 1-Laurel Ivory, 6-Zoe Morse, 10-Samantha Coffey, 13-Tara McKeown, 15-Viviana Villacorta, 16-Kelsey Turnbow
Head coach: Jitka Klimkova

MEX: 1-Emily Alvarado; 2-Ashley Soto, 3-Miriam García, 4-Kim Rodríguez, 5-Jimena López; 7-Dayana Cázares (19-Gabriela Juárez, 72), 6-Andrea Hernández (13-Mia Villegas, 57), 16-Maricarmen Reyes, 11-Jacqueline Ovalle 10-Katty Martínez, 9-Daniela Espinosa (17-Belén Cruz, 89)
Subs not used: 8-Alexia Delgado, 12-Miriam Aguirre, 14-Natalia Villarreal, 15-Samara Alcalá, 18-Norma Palafox, 20-Montserrat Hernández
Head coach: Christopher Cuellar

Stats Summary: USA / MEX
Shots: 21 / 17
Shots on Goal: 9 / 6
Saves: 5 / 8
Corner Kicks: 12 / 10
Fouls: 20 / 14
Offside: 7 / 2

Misconduct Summary:
MEXMiriam García (caution)                    80th minute
USA – Jaelin Howell (caution)                      97

Officials:
Referee: Carol-Anne Chenard (CAN)
Assistant Referee 1: Chantel Boudreau (CAN)
Assistant Referee 2: Stephanie-Dale Yee Sing (JAM)
4th Official: Crystal Sobers (TRI)

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How to Watch the USA at the 2018 CONCACAF Women's U-20 Championship

The U.S. Under-20 Women’s National Team continues its quest to qualify for the 2018 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup this week at the CONCACAF Women’s U-20 Championship in Trinidad & Tobago. The USA won Group B, defeating Nicaragua, Jamaica and Mexico and now faces Haiti in the semifinal on Friday, Jan. 26.   

Here’s everything you need to know about the knockout stage:

With a berth to the 2018 FIFA Women's World Cup in France on the line, there's a lot riding on Friday's game for the USA. A win would automatically qualify the U.S. for the World Cup, while a loss would see the team need to win the Third Place game to get in. The other semifinal will feature Canada taking on Mexico later on Friday. 

The Final and Third Place matches are scheduled for Sunday, Jan. 28.

U.S. U-20 WNT ROSTER BY POSITION (CLUB; CAPS/GOALS)
GOALKEEPERS (2): Laurel Ivory (Virginia; Surfside, Fla.; 6/0), Amanda McGlynn (Virginia Tech; Jacksonville, Fla.; 4/0)  
DEFENDERS (7): Tierna Davidson (Stanford; Menlo Park, Calif.; 6/0), Naomi Girma (California Thorns FC; 8/0; San Jose, Calif.), Tara McKeown (USC; Newbury Park, Calif.; 12/0), Zoe Morse (Virginia; East Lansing, Mich.; 11/0), Kiara Pickett (Stanford; Santa Barbara, Calif.; 4/0), 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.; 9/1), Savannah DeMelo (USC; Bellflower, Calif.; 26/4), Jaelin Howell (Real Colorado; Windsor, Colo.; 14/1), Brianna Pinto (NTH Tophat; Durham, N.C.; 10/0), Viviana Villacorta (UCLA; Lawndale, Calif.; 13/1)
FORWARDS (6): Abigail Kim (California; Vashon, Wash.; 14/4), Civana Kuhlmann (Stanford; Littleton, Colo.; 15/9), Ashley Sanchez (UCLA; Monrovia, Calif.; 22/7), Sophia Smith (Real Colorado; Windsor, Colo.; 13/9), Taryn Torres (Virginia; Frisco, Texas; 5/2), Kelsey Turnbow (Santa Clara; Nashville, Tenn.; 9/2) 

*U.S. player caps and goals updated as of 1/23.

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KNOCKOUT STAGE SCHEDULE

The top two teams from each group will qualify for the semifinals. Winners of each semifinal will clinch a berth in the 2018 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup. The third and final CONCACAF World Cup spot will be awarded to the third-place match winner.

Date

Matchup

Time (ET)

Broadcast

Jan. 26

USA vs. Haiti

2:30 p.m. 

CONCACAF.com

Jan. 26

Canada vs. Mexico

5:30 p.m. 

UDN

Jan. 28

Third-Place Match

1:00 p.m. 

CONCACAF.com

Jan. 28

Final

4:00 p.m. 

UDN

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USA Schedule Set for 2018 CONCACAF Women's U-20 Championship

CHICAGO (Nov. 7, 2015) - The Confederation of North, Central American and Caribbean Association Football (CONCACAF) has conducted the final draw for the upcoming 2018 CONCACAF Women’s Under-20 Championship, which will run from Jan. 18-28 in Trinidad & Tobago. Drawn into Group B, the United States will open the tournament on Jan. 19 against Nicaragua, then play on Jan. 21 against the first-place finisher from the soon-to-be held Caribbean pre-qualifying tournament before finishing group play against Mexico on Jan. 23.

“We are very excited to know our opponents for the tournament,” U.S. U-20 WNT head coach Jitka Klimkova said. “The CONCACAF region is always getting better and knowing our path gives us even more focus for our preparations, which have been going well. We’ve had four camps and played nine international games in the first half of 2017 and we’re inviting 30 players to the training camp in November. We want to revisit a of couple players who haven’t been involved with us for a while and we want to see some new players who had great college seasons. We’ll play another three international games during the 2017 Nike International Friendlies in Florida in the beginning of December, and the last piece of our preparations before we go to Trinidad and Tobago will be a camp at the end of December.”

The 2018 CONCACAF Women’s U-20 Championship features eight nations divided into two groups of four teams. The top two finishers in each group will qualify for the semifinals, with the winners of those games along with the winner of the third-place match earning berths to the 2018 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup in France.

All three of the USA’s group games kick off at 5:30 p.m. ET. The semifinal matches will take place on Friday, Jan. 26, and the Championship and Third-Place match are scheduled for Jan. 28.

2018 CONCACAF Women’s U-20 Championship

Group B Schedule - USA

Date

Match

Kickoff (ET)

Venue

Jan. 19  

USA vs. Nicaragua

5:30 p.m. 

Ato Bolden Stadium; Couva, Trinidad

Jan. 21

USA vs. Caribbean

5:30 p.m.

Ato Bolden Stadium; Couva, Trinidad

Jan. 23

USA vs. Mexico

5:30 p.m.        

Ato Bolden Stadium; Couva, Trinidad

As defending tournament champions, the USA was pre-seeded atop Group B, and the hosts T&T were pre-seeded atop Group A. The draw, which was conducted in Port of Spain, Trinidad, also drew Canada, Costa Rica and the second-place finisher from the Caribbean pre-qualifying tournament into Group A. All 16 tournament matches will take place across eight match days at Ato Bolden Stadium in Couva, Trinidad.

The USA, Mexico and Canada earned automatic berths to the tournament, while Nicaragua and Costa Rica qualified as the two top finishers from the 2017 CONCACAF Central America Women’s Under-20 qualifiers played earlier this year. The tournament will also feature the top two teams from the 2017 CONCACAF Caribbean Women’s Under-20 qualifiers that will be held in St. Kitts and Nevis from Nov. 22-26. St. Kitts and Nevis, Jamaica, Haiti and the Dominican Republic are competing to join the other six qualified nations in Trinidad & Tobago.

The USA won the previous CONCACAF Under-20 Women’s Championship played in Honduras in 2015, defeating Canada 1-0 in the final on a goal from Ashley Sanchez. It was the USA’s fourth straight championship in this tournament.

Since the 2010 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup, FIFA has mandated that the host of the Women’s World Cup must stage the U-20 Women’s World Cup the previous year and France will do so in four cities in the Brittany region in the summer of 2018.

More than half the field for the 16-team 2018 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup is set. Joining host France will be England, Germany, the Netherlands, and Spain from Europe; Japan, Korea DPR and China PR from Asia; and Oceania qualifier New Zealand. Along with the three CONCACAF berths, there are still two berths from Africa and two from South America up for grabs. 

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