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USA Drops 2018 FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup Opener to Japan 1-0

CONCARNEAU, France (Aug. 6, 2018) – The U.S. Under-20 Women’s National Team fell to Japan 1-0 in a tightly-contested Group C match at the 2018 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup.

In the World Cup opener for both teams, the USA had its chances to earn at least a point, but in the end fell victim to a long-range effort from Honoka Hayashi in the 76th minute that flew over leaping U.S. goalkeeper Laurel Ivory, skimmed off the bottom of the crossbar and bounced over the line.

The USA will take on Paraguay in its second Group C game on Thurs. Aug. 9 at 1:30 p.m. ET (FS2, UNIVERSO). Paraguay fell to Spain, 4-1, in the other Group C game of the afternoon.

Both teams took time finding their rhythm in the first half. The USA pushed forward early with a few dangerous runs, but both defenses were stout and limited any real scoring opportunities.

Japan nearly took the lead in the 30th minute when a mishit clearance landed at the feet of forward Saori Takarada and her looping header hit the crossbar. Japan kept the ball alive in front of the goal and sent another looping header on fame that Ivory saved spectacularly, flying to tip it into the air and the caught it on the way down before she was smashed into the goal by a Japanese player, and a foul was called.

Aside from a header off a corner kick that midfielder Jaelin Howell pushed wide early on, forward Sophia Smith had the best U.S. opportunity of the first half when she raced into the left side of the box in the 41st minute. Japan goalkeeper Hannah Stambaugh was quick off her line to snuff out the shot to keep the game scoreless.

Japan took a bit more of the attacking initiative in the second half, but only threated the goal a handful of times and could not get behind the U.S. defense due to some excellent play from center backs Samantha Hiatt and Naomi Girma as well as outside backs Isabel Rodriguez and Kiara Pickett.

The USA’s best chance to take the lead came in the 70th minute when substitute Abigail Kim sprinted down the right side and crossed into the middle, but forward Erin Gilroy couldn’t turn her well-struck header on goal.

After Hayashi’s wonder strike, the USA pushed hard for the equalizer and had five quality chances to knot the match.

In the 80th minute, substitute Brianna Pinto ran onto a bouncing ball behind the Japanese defense but spun her shot wide. In the 86th minute, Kim got all the way around the defense on the right side but brought the ball too deep and her near post attempt was slapped away by Stambaugh.

In the 90th minute, Howell had a looped header that was dropping into the upper right corner slapped away by the Japanese goalkeeper. The USA had its best chance to tie as Howell’s header off a corner kick in stoppage time was flying straight into the center of the goal before a Japanese defender cleared it off the line with her head.

The USA’s final chance came when Smith was fouled running at goal in the second minute of stoppage time, but then struck her free kick from 28 yards high and wide.

While the U.S. had more possession in the match and far more completed passes, Japan out-shot the USA 14-10, and had four shots on goal to the USA’s three.

Goal Scoring Rundown:
USA – Honoka Hayashi, 76th minute:
Japan scored the game’s only goal on a well-struck shot from distance as Hayashi pushed through a tackle in midfield and let loose a screamer that flew over U.S. goalkeeper Laurel Ivory, struck the underside of the crossbar and bounced down into the goal. USA 0, JPN 1 FINAL

Key Stops:
USA – Laurel Ivory, 7th minute: Japan earned its first real opportunity of the day when it pounced on a loose ball deep in U.S. territory. Takarada came flying towards the net, and Ivory came out to meet her. Both went for a tackle to win the ball, and Ivory got the better of it, sending the ball flying out of bounds.

USA – Laurel Ivory, 34th minute: Hinata Miyazawa got free down the left wing and sent a cross into the box. Defender Samantha Hiatt was there for the clearance attempt, but it dropped at the feet of Saori Takarada. Her header attempt hit the crossbar, and the rebound was kept alive by a Japanese player to set up another close-range header, but this time Ivory jumped to get a hand on the ball to send it upwards. She caught the ball as it came back down and held on to it as a Japanese player crashed into her.

JPN – Hannah Stambaugh, 41st minute: Forward Erin Gilroy’s played a nice pass into the penalty box for Smith on the left side, but Stambaugh came out bravely to deny the sliding shot with a point blank save.

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

Match: U.S. U-20 Women’s National Team vs. Japan
Date: August 6, 2018
Competition: 2018 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup – Group C
Venue: Stade Guy-Piriou; Concarneau, France
Kickoff: 1:30 p.m. ET (7:30 p.m. local time)
Attendance: 2,332
Weather: 83 degrees, sunny

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

JPN – Honoka Hayashi 76th minute

Lineups:
USA: 1-Laurel Ivory; 2-Ashley Sanchez (17-Abigail King, 64), 4-Naomi Girma, 9-Sophia Smith, 10-Savannah DeMelo (8-Brianna Pinto, 73), 11-Viviana Villacorta, 13-Kiara Pickett, 14-Isabel Rodriguez (20-Emily Fox, 84), 16-Samantha Hiatt (capt.), 18-Jaelin Howell, 19-Erin Gilroy
Subs not used: 12-Amanda McGlynn, 21-Angelina Anderson, 3-Tara McKeown, 5-Zoe Morse, 6-Penelope Hocking, 7-Alexa Spaanstra, 15-Taryn Torres
Head coach: Jitka Klimkova

JPN: 18-Hannah Stambaugh; 4-Moeka Minami (capt.), 5-Riko Ushijima, 6-Hana Takahashi, 7-Honoka Hayashi (8-Yui Fukuta, 89), 9-Hinata Miyazawa, 10-Fuka Nagano, 11-Saori Takarada (20-Jun Endo, 61), 13-Asato Miyagawa (14-Mami Muraoka, 84), 17-Nanami Kitamura, 19-Riko Ueki,
Subs not used: 21-Mai Fukuta, 1-Aguri Suzuki, 2-Nana Ono, 3-Miyu Takahira, 12-Yurina Imai, 15-Mizuka Sato, 16-Fuka Kono
Head coach: Futoshi Ikeda

Stats Summary: USA / JPN
Shots: 10 / 14
Shots on Goal: 3 / 4
Saves: 3 / 2
Corner Kicks: 5 / 3
Fouls: 6 / 12
Offside: 2 / 3

Misconduct Summary:
USA - Savannah DeMelo (caution)     40th minute

Officials:
Referee: Gladys Lengwe (ZAM)
Assistant Referee 1: Lidwine Rakotozafinoro (MAD)
Assistant Referee 2: Queency Victoire (MRI)
4th Official: Lidya Tafesse Abebe (ETH)

ussoccer.com Woman of the Match: Jaelin Howell

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

Match: U.S. U-20 Women’s National Team vs. Japan
Date: August 6, 2018
Competition: 2018 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup – Group C
Venue: Stade Guy-Piriou; Concarneau, France
Kickoff: 1:30 p.m. ET (7:30 p.m. local time)
Attendance: 2,332
Weather: 83 degrees, sunny

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

JPN – Honoka Hayashi 76th minute

Lineups:
USA: 1-Laurel Ivory; 2-Ashley Sanchez (17-Abigail King, 64), 4-Naomi Girma, 9-Sophia Smith, 10-Savannah DeMelo (8-Brianna Pinto, 73), 11-Viviana Villacorta, 13-Kiara Pickett, 14-Isabel Rodriguez (20-Emily Fox, 84), 16-Samantha Hiatt (capt.), 18-Jaelin Howell, 19-Erin Gilroy
Subs not used: 12-Amanda McGlynn, 21-Angelina Anderson, 3-Tara McKeown, 5-Zoe Morse, 6-Penelope Hocking, 7-Alexa Spaanstra, 15-Taryn Torres
Head coach: Jitka Klimkova

JPN: 18-Hannah Stambaugh; 4-Moeka Minami (capt.), 5-Riko Ushijima, 6-Hana Takahashi, 7-Honoka Hayashi (8-Yui Fukuta, 89), 9-Hinata Miyazawa, 10-Fuka Nagano, 11-Saori Takarada (20-Jun Endo, 61), 13-Asato Miyagawa (14-Mami Muraoka, 84), 17-Nanami Kitamura, 19-Riko Ueki,
Subs not used: 21-Mai Fukuta, 1-Aguri Suzuki, 2-Nana Ono, 3-Miyu Takahira, 12-Yurina Imai, 15-Mizuka Sato, 16-Fuka Kono
Head coach: Futoshi Ikeda

Stats Summary: USA / JPN
Shots: 10 / 14
Shots on Goal: 3 / 4
Saves: 3 / 2
Corner Kicks: 5 / 3
Fouls: 6 / 12
Offside: 2 / 3

Misconduct Summary:
USA - Savannah DeMelo (caution)     40th minute

Officials:
Referee: Gladys Lengwe (ZAM)
Assistant Referee 1: Lidwine Rakotozafinoro (MAD)
Assistant Referee 2: Queency Victoire (MRI)
4th Official: Lidya Tafesse Abebe (ETH)

ussoccer.com Woman of the Match: Jaelin Howell

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USA Drops 2018 FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup Opener to Japan 1-0

CONCARNEAU, France (Aug. 6, 2018) – The U.S. Under-20 Women’s National Team fell to Japan 1-0 in a tightly-contested Group C match at the 2018 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup.

In the World Cup opener for both teams, the USA had its chances to earn at least a point, but in the end fell victim to a long-range effort from Honoka Hayashi in the 76th minute that flew over leaping U.S. goalkeeper Laurel Ivory, skimmed off the bottom of the crossbar and bounced over the line.

The USA will take on Paraguay in its second Group C game on Thurs. Aug. 9 at 1:30 p.m. ET (FS2, UNIVERSO). Paraguay fell to Spain, 4-1, in the other Group C game of the afternoon.

Both teams took time finding their rhythm in the first half. The USA pushed forward early with a few dangerous runs, but both defenses were stout and limited any real scoring opportunities.

Japan nearly took the lead in the 30th minute when a mishit clearance landed at the feet of forward Saori Takarada and her looping header hit the crossbar. Japan kept the ball alive in front of the goal and sent another looping header on fame that Ivory saved spectacularly, flying to tip it into the air and the caught it on the way down before she was smashed into the goal by a Japanese player, and a foul was called.

Aside from a header off a corner kick that midfielder Jaelin Howell pushed wide early on, forward Sophia Smith had the best U.S. opportunity of the first half when she raced into the left side of the box in the 41st minute. Japan goalkeeper Hannah Stambaugh was quick off her line to snuff out the shot to keep the game scoreless.

Japan took a bit more of the attacking initiative in the second half, but only threated the goal a handful of times and could not get behind the U.S. defense due to some excellent play from center backs Samantha Hiatt and Naomi Girma as well as outside backs Isabel Rodriguez and Kiara Pickett.

The USA’s best chance to take the lead came in the 70th minute when substitute Abigail Kim sprinted down the right side and crossed into the middle, but forward Erin Gilroy couldn’t turn her well-struck header on goal.

After Hayashi’s wonder strike, the USA pushed hard for the equalizer and had five quality chances to knot the match.

In the 80th minute, substitute Brianna Pinto ran onto a bouncing ball behind the Japanese defense but spun her shot wide. In the 86th minute, Kim got all the way around the defense on the right side but brought the ball too deep and her near post attempt was slapped away by Stambaugh.

In the 90th minute, Howell had a looped header that was dropping into the upper right corner slapped away by the Japanese goalkeeper. The USA had its best chance to tie as Howell’s header off a corner kick in stoppage time was flying straight into the center of the goal before a Japanese defender cleared it off the line with her head.

The USA’s final chance came when Smith was fouled running at goal in the second minute of stoppage time, but then struck her free kick from 28 yards high and wide.

While the U.S. had more possession in the match and far more completed passes, Japan out-shot the USA 14-10, and had four shots on goal to the USA’s three.

Goal Scoring Rundown:
USA – Honoka Hayashi, 76th minute:
Japan scored the game’s only goal on a well-struck shot from distance as Hayashi pushed through a tackle in midfield and let loose a screamer that flew over U.S. goalkeeper Laurel Ivory, struck the underside of the crossbar and bounced down into the goal. USA 0, JPN 1 FINAL

Key Stops:
USA – Laurel Ivory, 7th minute: Japan earned its first real opportunity of the day when it pounced on a loose ball deep in U.S. territory. Takarada came flying towards the net, and Ivory came out to meet her. Both went for a tackle to win the ball, and Ivory got the better of it, sending the ball flying out of bounds.

USA – Laurel Ivory, 34th minute: Hinata Miyazawa got free down the left wing and sent a cross into the box. Defender Samantha Hiatt was there for the clearance attempt, but it dropped at the feet of Saori Takarada. Her header attempt hit the crossbar, and the rebound was kept alive by a Japanese player to set up another close-range header, but this time Ivory jumped to get a hand on the ball to send it upwards. She caught the ball as it came back down and held on to it as a Japanese player crashed into her.

JPN – Hannah Stambaugh, 41st minute: Forward Erin Gilroy’s played a nice pass into the penalty box for Smith on the left side, but Stambaugh came out bravely to deny the sliding shot with a point blank save.

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

Match: U.S. U-20 Women’s National Team vs. Japan
Date: August 6, 2018
Competition: 2018 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup – Group C
Venue: Stade Guy-Piriou; Concarneau, France
Kickoff: 1:30 p.m. ET (7:30 p.m. local time)
Attendance: 2,332
Weather: 83 degrees, sunny

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

JPN – Honoka Hayashi 76th minute

Lineups:
USA: 1-Laurel Ivory; 2-Ashley Sanchez (17-Abigail King, 64), 4-Naomi Girma, 9-Sophia Smith, 10-Savannah DeMelo (8-Brianna Pinto, 73), 11-Viviana Villacorta, 13-Kiara Pickett, 14-Isabel Rodriguez (20-Emily Fox, 84), 16-Samantha Hiatt (capt.), 18-Jaelin Howell, 19-Erin Gilroy
Subs not used: 12-Amanda McGlynn, 21-Angelina Anderson, 3-Tara McKeown, 5-Zoe Morse, 6-Penelope Hocking, 7-Alexa Spaanstra, 15-Taryn Torres
Head coach: Jitka Klimkova

JPN: 18-Hannah Stambaugh; 4-Moeka Minami (capt.), 5-Riko Ushijima, 6-Hana Takahashi, 7-Honoka Hayashi (8-Yui Fukuta, 89), 9-Hinata Miyazawa, 10-Fuka Nagano, 11-Saori Takarada (20-Jun Endo, 61), 13-Asato Miyagawa (14-Mami Muraoka, 84), 17-Nanami Kitamura, 19-Riko Ueki,
Subs not used: 21-Mai Fukuta, 1-Aguri Suzuki, 2-Nana Ono, 3-Miyu Takahira, 12-Yurina Imai, 15-Mizuka Sato, 16-Fuka Kono
Head coach: Futoshi Ikeda

Stats Summary: USA / JPN
Shots: 10 / 14
Shots on Goal: 3 / 4
Saves: 3 / 2
Corner Kicks: 5 / 3
Fouls: 6 / 12
Offside: 2 / 3

Misconduct Summary:
USA - Savannah DeMelo (caution)     40th minute

Officials:
Referee: Gladys Lengwe (ZAM)
Assistant Referee 1: Lidwine Rakotozafinoro (MAD)
Assistant Referee 2: Queency Victoire (MRI)
4th Official: Lidya Tafesse Abebe (ETH)

ussoccer.com Woman of the Match: Jaelin Howell

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From Jordan to France, U-20 WNT Top Scorer Sophia Smith Has Grown in Talent and Confidence

Sophia Smith arrived as a late addition to her first-ever U.S. Under-20 Women’s National Team training camp. She had turned heads when she scored five goals in three international games with the U-18 WNT in England and flew directly to Spain to join the U-20s for the annual La Manga tournament in March of 2017.

She’s been a mainstay for the team ever since. The youngest player on the roster in Spain, Smith continued to impress with four goals against older competition.

Since then, Smith has shown an exceptional ability to find the back of the net for the U-20s. She enters the cycle’s culminating event, the FIFA Under-20 Women’s World Cup, as the team’s far-and-away leading scorer and riding a record-breaking scoring streak of nine straight international matches. But in the 17 months since that first call-up, her presence has grown tremendously beyond just scoring goals.

“I went in with no fear at that first camp. I didn’t really have anything to lose, so I thought I might as well work hard and show them what I could do,” Smith said. “It kind of took off from there. I’ve just grown every single camp. All the opportunities that this team has provided have made me become a completely different player. I’m more mature, both on and off the field. I owe a lot to this team and this journey.”

Smith entered her first U-20 camp fresh off of the 2016 FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup in Jordan, where she played sparingly , logging 80 minutes off the bench.

She’s come a long way since then, and while she’s still one of the team’s youngest players, and one of just two 17-year-olds on the roster, Smith has logged the third-most minutes this year for the U-20s.

“Age is only a number,” Smith said. “I’ve always played up. I’m one of the youngest on this team, but I don’t feel like it. I think one of my strengths is leading by example and working hard for my teammates. That’s how I’ve gotten my foot in the leadership door.”

As she has grown into a starring role for the USA, so has her confidence. She acknowledges earlier in the cycle that she would have been too timid to let her voice be heard in the locker room. Now, head coach Jitka Klimkova has seen Smith pick her spots to speak and has been impressed by the young forward’s development.

“She hits the target when she scores goals and that’s also how she talks. She doesn’t talk much, but when she does, it’s really on-point,” Klimkova said. “It’s not about being the one to talk all the time, it’s about the quality of the message. When she says something, it’s really spot-on.”

At the U-20s’ final international tournament before the World Cup, June’s Tournoi Maurice Revello Sud Ladies Cup in France, Smith went into the locker room unimpressed with her team’s first half effort in the final game. After the U-20s put up 10 goals in a shutout win over perennial power Germany and a strong victory over regional rival Haiti, they stood in position to clinch the tournament with a win against France. But the team had come out flat in a scoreless first half. She let everyone know that the effort wasn’t good enough.

“I knew someone needed to speak up because no one was doing it,” Smith said. “We were all tired. It had been a long camp. I think everyone was just not really feeling it. I was like guys, ‘we could win this whole tournament in these last 45 minutes. Let’s go win this game.’ That was an important part of my career, knowing that I can influence players, even if I’m the youngest. I pick my chances to speak up. When I do, I think it’s in the right moments.”

After the break, Smith netted the game’s opening goal in the 59th minute. When France equalized in the 65th, Smith set-up Erin Gilroy for the game-winner just four minutes later. The USA went on to win 3-1 to clinch the tournament title.

Smith scored four goals at the Sud Ladies Cup, the midway point of the nine-game scoring streak that dates back to early March. The run is a Youth National Team program record, and ties Michelle Akers’ streak at the senior level in 1991.

The onslaught of goals correlates to the team’s extended time together in 2018. While the college season limited the U-20 WNT’s time together in 2017, the team has gathered for training camps and international matches every month this year. The increased programming has paid dividends for the team’s chemistry and connectivity and has reflected in the results this year. The team has lost just once in 2018 heading into the World Cup

Klimkova has seen the team’s level reach new heights since January’s World Cup qualifying in Trindad and Tobago, a rising tide that has lifted everyone’s performance, especially Smith.

“In qualifiers, she really wanted to do it by herself. Now, she’s realized it’s not about her, it’s about the team,” Klimkova said. “She’s combining with the team and the team is combining with her. She needs the people around her. The people around her trust her the same way she trusts the people around her. That’s the synergy and that trust has helped her success scoring goals.”

Current senior WNT midfielder Lindsey Horan visited the U-20s’ final training camp before the World Cup, an 18-day gathering in early July in Portland, Ore. Horan represented the USA at the 2014 U-20 WWC, and like Smith, comes from Colorado. In Portland, she offered advice that has stuck with the young forward.

“She said, ‘You don’t have to be special in every moment, you just need to find your moments to be special,’” Smith said. “She couldn’t have said it better. I think that’s something that I’ve really gotten better with. In Trinidad, I definitely put a lot on myself. I felt like every time I got the ball, I needed to do this or that. Every time I played, I needed to show everyone who I was.
“I’ve slowly learned and I’m still learning, all you can do is be your best and do what you can to help the team.”

The stage is set in France for Smith to find her special moments. Following 17 months of preparation, the 17-year-old is ready to step into the spotlight.

"It almost feels unreal because we’ve been preparing for so long,” Smith said. “Words don’t really describe how excited I am. I have so much confidence in this team, and I really do believe that we could win this whole thing. I think it’s just a matter of maintaining the nerves, approaching them in the right way so that when we get to game time, we’re ready.”

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How to Watch the USA at the 2018 FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup

The U.S. Under-20 Women’s National Team is set to take on the world at the 2018 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup starting this week in the northwestern Brittany region of France.

The USA kicks off the tournament on Monday, Aug. 6 against Japan at 1:30 p.m. ET (FS2, NBC Universo), takes on Paraguay on Thursday Aug. 9 at 1:30 p.m. ET (FS2, NBC Universo and closes out the Group C play on Monday, Aug. 13 against Spain at 7:30 a.m. ET (FS2, NBC Universo).

Sixteen teams have qualified for the World Cup through continental competitions. The tournament began on Sunday, Aug. 5 with four games, while the USA begins play on day two of official competition. The top two teams in each group will advance to the quarterfinals. From there, it’s a knockout round bracket to the championship.

Group A

Group B

Group C

Group D

France

Brazil

Japan

China PR

Ghana

England

Paraguay

Germany

Netherlands

Korea DPR

Spain

Haiti

New Zealand

Mexico

USA

Nigeria

WATCH AND FOLLOW

All three of the USA’s group stage matches will be broadcast live on Fox Sports 2. Following pool play, all knockout round games will be broadcast live on FS2. Matches are also available to be streamed on the Fox Sports App and Fox Sports Go. The USA's three group stage games will be broadcast in Spanish on NBC Universo. 

Every game of the knockout rounds will also be carried on FS2 and Fox streaming apps. Fans can also follow the U-20 WNT throughout the tournament on ussoccer.com, Facebook, Twitter (@ussoccer_ynt) and Instagram (@ussoccer_ynt).

2018 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup Roster by Position (College or Club; Hometown; U-20 Caps/Goals) 
GOALKEEPERS (3):  21-Angelina Anderson (Mustang FC; Danville, Calif.), 1-Laurel Ivory (Virginia; Surfside, Fla.; 12/0), 12-Amanda McGlynn (Virginia Tech; Jacksonville, Fla.; 10/0) 
DEFENDERS (7): 20-Emily Fox (UNC; Ashburn, Va., 32/3), 4-Naomi Girma (California Thorns FC; San Jose, Calif.; 17/0), 16-Samantha Hiatt (Stanford; Newcastle, Wash.; 11/1), 3-Tara McKeown (USC; Newbury Park, Calif.; 22/0), 5-Zoe Morse (Virginia; East Lansing, Mich.; 19/0), 13Kiara Pickett (Stanford; Santa Barbara, Calif.; 16/0), 14-Isabel Rodriguez (Ohio State; Canton, Mich.; 19/0)
MIDFIELDERS (5): 10-Savannah DeMelo (USC; Bellflower, Calif.; 36/5), 18-Jaelin Howell (Real Colorado; Windsor, Colo.; 26/2), 8-Brianna Pinto (NTH Tophat; Durham, N.C.; 22/3), 15-Taryn Torres (Virginia; Frisco, Texas; 12/2), 11-Viviana Villacorta (UCLA; Lawndale, Calif.; 23/1)   
FORWARDS (6): 19-Erin Gilroy (Tennessee; Bellmore, N.Y.; 4/2), 6-Penelope Hocking (So Cal Blues; Anaheim, Calif.; 9/3), 17-Abigail Kim (California; Vashon, Wash.; 24/6), 2-Ashley Sanchez (UCLA; Monrovia, Calif.; 33/11), 7-Alexa Spaanstra (Virginia; Brighton, Mich.; 3/0), 9-Sophia Smith (Real Colorado; Windsor, Colo.; 25/21) 

MORE ON THE U-20 WNT

GROUP C SCHEDULE

DATE

MATCH

KICKOFF (ET)

BROADCAST

VENUE

Aug. 6

USA vs. Japan

1:30 p.m.

FS2, NBC Universo

Stade Guy-Piriou; Concarneau, France

Aug. 9

USA vs. Paraguay

1:30 p.m.

FS2, NBC Universo

Stade Guy-Piriou; Concarneau, France

Aug. 13

USA vs. Spain

7:30 a.m.

FS2, NBC Universo

Stade du Clos Gastel; Dinan-Lehon, France

The quarterfinals will be played on Thurs. Aug. 16 and Friday, Aug. 17. Should the USA advance, it would face a team from Group D. The semifinals are scheduled for Monday, Aug. 20, while the final and third-place match are set for Friday, Aug. 24.

USA VS. JAPAN

Date: 
Aug. 6, 2018
Match: Group Stage
Kickoff: 1:30 p.m. ET
Venue: Stade Guy-Piriou; Concarneau, France
TV: FS2, NBC Universo
Social Media: Facebook, Twitter (@ussoccer_ynt) and Instagram (@ussoccer_ynt)

Japan - 2018 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup Roster by Position (Club) 
GOALKEEPERS (3): 21-Mai Fukuta (Nittaidai Fields Yokohama), 18-Hannah Stambaugh (INAC Leonessa), 1-Aguri Suzuki (Vegalta Sendai Ladies)
DEFENDERS (6): 17-Nanami Kitamura (Cerezo Osaka Sakai Ladies), 4-Moeka Minami (Urawa Reds Ladies), 2-Nana Ono (Kanagawa University), 3Miyu Takahira (Vegalta Sendai Ladies), 6-Hana Takahashi (Urawa Reds Ladies), 5-Riko Ushijima (INAC Leonessa)
MIDFIELDERS (8): 20-Jun Endo (Academy Fukushima), 8-Yui Fukuta (INAC Leonessa), 7-Honoka Hayashi (Cerezo Osaka Sakai Ladies), 12Yurina Imai (Nittaidai Fields Yokohama), 13-Asato Miyagawa (NTV Beleza), 10-Fuka Nagano (Hyundai Steel Red Angels Women/KOR), 9-Hinata Miyazawa (NTV Beleza), 15-Mizuka Sato (United Ichihara Ladies)
FORWARDS (4): 16-Fuka Kono (Nittaidai Fields Yokohama), 14-Mami Muraoka (Orca Kamogawa FC), 11-Saori Takarada (Cerezo Osaka Sakai Ladies), 19-Riko Ueki (NTV Beleza)

 

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PREVIEW: U-20 WNT Ready to Take On the World at 2018 FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup

USA KICKS OFF U-20 WOMEN’S WORLD CUP: The U.S. Under-20 Women’s National Team opens the 2018 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup on Monday, Aug. 6 against Asian champion Japan (1:30 p.m. ET; FS2, NBC Universo). The event marks a significant milestone in the team’s two-year cycle as the USA has compiled a 17-5-5 international record heading into tournament. The U-20s continue Grou Read more
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