January 18, 2014
BOOKING A SPOT
U.S. U-20 women advance to CONCACAF final, World Cup
GEORGE TOWN, Cayman Islands ---McKenzie Meehan and Stephanie Amack scored two goals each, leading the U.S. Under 20 National Team to a 6-0 semifinal victory over Trinidad & Tobago at the CONCACAF Women's U-20 Championship Friday. The U.S. not only booked a spot in the tournament final, but also in the 2014 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup.
The USA will go for its third straight CONCACAF Women's U-20 Championship title when it plays Mexico on Sunday, Jan. 19, at 7 p.m. ET. As finalists, both the USA and Mexico have qualified for this summer's FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup in Canada. Earlier on Sunday, Costa Rica, a 3-1 loser to Mexico in the other semifinal, and Trinidad & Tobago will play for third place and the final World Cup spot out of the CONCACAF region.
The USA has now qualified for its seventh straight FIFA tournament at this age level. The first two were held U-19 tournaments and the next four have been U-20 events.
In addition to Meehan, who now has six goals in the tournament, and Amack, the U.S. got goals from Savannah Jordan and Mallory Weber .
Goalkeeper Katelyn Rowland, who wore the captain's armband, secured her third clean sheet of the tournament .
The U.S. opened the scoring in the 13th minute, when Andi Sullivan lofted a long free kick from the left side to the back left post for Naughton, who sent a perfectly headed pass back across goal to an unmarked Meehan, who headed the ball neatly into the net.
Jordan added the Americans' second goal in the 27th minute, collecting a deftly-weighted slip from Rachel Hill at the top of the box, turning away from her defender and slotting a quick shot past onrushing Trinidad goalkeeper Keri Myers into the lower left corner.
Strong attacking play by Sullivan from the right flank set up Amack for the third goal, in the 33rd minute. Yet another excellent series of quick passes got Sullivan free and dribbling into the right side of the box. Her shot on goal was kick-saved, but deflected right into the path of Amack at the top of the box. She did not hesitate in first-timing a blast into the roof of the net.
Soon after, the USA won a free kick 40 yards from goal near the left wing. Sullivan lofted a cross to the back post where the 5-foot-10 Amack met the ball in stride to head home her second goal of the game and third of the tournament, giving the Americans a commanding 4-0 lead at the break. Amack now has three goals in the tournament.
The second half began in similar fashion to the first as the USA was denied a quick-fire opening goal. This time, Weber, a halftime replacement for Jordan, had a shot from point-blank range saved by Myers after USA's passing unlocked the Trinidad defense once again.
Meehan got her second goal in the 65th minute, also off a header. This time a sweeping move from down the right flank saw Weber whip in a cross to the back post that Summer Green headed the ball back across the goal mouth to a wide open Meehan, who nodded home a flicked header to make it 5-0.
Weber capped things off in the 86th minute, smashing home a lower cross from fellow second-half sub Margaret Purce after it took a deflection off an attempted shot by Meehan. The goal was Weber's third of the tournament.