USA U-20 WNT defeats Mexico 2-1 to win Group B at 2018 CONCACAF Women’s Under-20 Championship.
USA Will Face Group A Runner-Up Haiti in Semifinal on January 26 for Berth to 2018 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup
USA Under-20 Women’s National Team defeated Mexico 2-1 to take first place in Group B at the 2018 CONCACAF Women’s U-20 Championship, setting up a semifinal clash with Group A runner-up Haiti on Friday, Jan. 26 (3 p.m. ET; UDN, YouTube) for a berth to the 2018 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup in France.
With the win, the USA finishes atop its group with the full nine points from three wins, while Mexico finished second with six points. Mexico came into the match needing just a tie to win the group as it led on goal difference after both teams won their first two matches, but two goals from the USA in the first half proved to be the difference.
Forward Abigail Kim scored on a semi-breakaway in the 30th minute and Sánchez added a goal in the 39th to give the USA a 2-0 halftime lead that held up despite a late Mexico goal which made the final 15 minutes a bit more tension-filled.
The USA was on the front foot for most of the match, out-shooting Mexico 16-4 and Mexico’s 75th-minute score was its only shot on goal. Led by 18-year-old Jaelin Howell, the USA physically dominated the midfield and stayed busy inside the Mexico penalty area for the entire 90 minutes. The two goals were the first allowed by Mexico in the tournament.
The winners of the semifinal matches and the third-place game earn CONCACAF’s three berths to France. Group A winner Canada faces Mexico in the other semifinal. The USA has qualified for the eight previous FIFA tournaments at this age level.
Up Next: The USA will have a chance to qualify for the 2018 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup when it meets Haiti on Friday, Jan. 26 at 3 p.m. ET.
|2018 CONCACAF Women’s U-20 Championship
Final Group B Standings