U-20 WNT Crowned CONCACAF Champs

PANAMA CITY, Panama (March 11, 2012) – With a spot already locked up for the 2012 Under-20 FIFA Women’s World Cup later this year, the U.S. U-20 Women’s National Team finished off the tournament with a dramatic 2-1 come-from-behind victory against Canada in the title game of the CONCACAF U-20 Women’s Championship. It was the USA’s second consecutive regional tournament title at this age level.

The USA scored two goals in the final 12 minutes of the match, capped off by Chioma Ubogagu’s 89th-minute game-winning tally to catapult the U.S. past a gritty Canadian defense that had bent but not broken for the majority of the match.

“Credit Canada, they’re a tough team to break down and I thought they played very hard,” said U.S. U-20 Women’s National Team head coach Steve Swanson. ”But full marks to our players. They really came back and showed a lot of determination and heart and hung in there. I was happy to see us win it before overtime. We had the momentum at that point when we scored the equalizer and it was just nice to see it carry through. It was a good tournament for us. We learned a lot and were tested, and are looking forward to the next phase which is getting ready for the World Cup.”

The U.S. team will begin its preparations for the FIFA Under-20 Women’s World Cup to be held in Japan from Aug. 19 to Sept. 8.

Earlier on Sunday, Mexico claimed the final CONCACAF berth to Japan by defeating host Panama 5-0 in the third-place game. It marks the fourth time that the USA, Canada and Mexico will represent the CONCACAF in the same U-20 Women’s World Cup. more