Written by Will Parchman

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The 2016 U20 Women’s World Cup was never supposed to be in Papua New Guinea. A strange series of events led us to here, to Port Moresby to be exact, and now we’re less than two months away from the final showcase.

In accordance, the 16 participants are busy pushing out final rosters for public consumption. The U.S. just released its 21-player team for the final event of this cycle, and if this isn’t the most top-heavy team in PNG it’s certainly close.

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Written by Will Parchman

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On this night, Benjamin Moterroso cuts a unique figure. Stalking his Guatemala technical area in loose jean shorts and a workout top, he issues a few curt instructions at the start of a match he can’t possibly hope to win, positioning his players in spots where they’d eventually be hopelessly overrun. This does not seem to have any demonstrative effect on Monterroso. At first.

As the night wears on, the sticky Caribbean evening compressing the air into a dense ball of waterlogged air, the weight of reality begins wheeling around on Monterroso. His motions lose some of their bite. He begins to pace less as the goals pile on themselves like dirty laundry.

And finally, when the Americans score their 10th and final goal with more than 15 minutes left to play, he glances down at his watch. The gesture is not hard to parse.

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Written by Will Parchman

The U.S. U20 WNT blasted Mexico 4-0 on Sunday night to capture the CONCACAF title en route to a bid in the upcoming World Cup. Easy stuff. How easy? How about Olimpico easy?

Andi Sullivan is the only current high school player on the U20 side, and she’ll head off to Stanford later this fall. For now, she’s scoring Olimpicos against Mexico to win international tournaments. This beauty of a corner set up the U.S. with a lead it never relinquished, and now the U20s can call themselves regional champs. Again.

 

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Written by Travis Clark

For the fourth time, the U.S. U20 Women’s National Team are CONCACAF champions. After a tough match against Mexico on Friday, the squad wrapped up qualifying in dominant fashion. Across five games, the U.S. scored 29 goals, conceding none in the process.

The goal scorers in Sunday night’s win were Andi Sullivan, who opened the scoring in the first half, Savannah Jordan and subs Margaret Purce and Mallory Weber.

 

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Written by Reshad Bahadori

We had the opportunity to head down to the U20 MNT camp last week at the Home Depot Center. The fellas were in training for their U20 World Cup appearance beginning on June 21 when they’ll be in Group A alongside Spain, France and Ghana. We spoke with Benji Joya (above), Danny Garcia and DeAndre Yedlin about their progress thus far.

DeAndre Yedlin’s interview can be seen here.
Danny Garcia’s interview can be seen here.

 

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Written by Jahmal Corner

Despite dominating the action but only managing a 1-1 tie in their latest U20 World Cup match, the U.S. side feels good about their performance, if not their result.

Hear from Maya Hayes, Morgan Brian and coach Swanson as they react to the match and look forward.

 

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Written by Jahmal Corner

For starters, you’ll notice that the above video isn’t highlights of the U.S. U20 WNT beating Ghana 4-0 on Sunday to begin the U20 World Cup, but rather the team training in Japan.

Now, about that win over Ghana. Maya Hayes scored a hat-trick in the second half to lend credence to the prediction about her made by most of our most recent 5v5 panel. Just sayin.

 

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Written by Jahmal Corner

Locking up a spot in the U20 Women’s World Cup with a 4-0 win over Mexico on Friday evening, the U.S. did themselves one better thanks to a 2-1 come from behind win over Canada on Sunday to capture the tournament championship.

Perhaps nothing stood out more than the quality of the U.S. goals in the win over Mexico (goals are all above). The three last goals, from Morgan Brian (Virginia standout), Lindsey Horan (heading to North Carolina this fall) and Kealia Ohai (North Carolina) are all excellent finishes.

Also, see if you can pick up on when the language on the highlights package switches.

 

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